Jesus Working at Walmart

Have you run into shortages of food and other products during this government-sponsored hysteria called Covid? We humans get stuck on certain things we like and I and my husband are no different. He likes Stax chips. They are better than Pringles in that they are less oily and a bit thicker, but they have been in short supply lately and I have been searching high and low for the sour cream and onion as those are my husband’s favorites. He also loves the fruit punch Gatorade, and that too has disappeared from store shelves in our locality. I have been on the hunt for both for three to four weeks now. It could be that we are to simply move on to other products….but then the skies part and the sun comes out.

We were in another locality on the weekend and on Sunday afternoon, I went to a Walmart there to hunt for these items. I actually found two cans of the sour cream and onion Stax chips. Of course they were in the very back of very deep warehouse shelves, but I prevailed. So far, so good. Now on to the Gatorade. I found some fruit punch! The small bottles come in a group of ten all strapped together in a plastic carrier. There were three of those on the shelf. The problem was, I could only reach one of them. The box with two more was just ever so slightly out of my reach, and I had exhausted the only option at the moment by standing on the bottom shelf to reach up there. All I could do was consider climbing up on the second shelf, which I wasn’t too keen to do.

Enter an elderly man on a Walmart scooter. He came down the aisle while I was looking around to see if there is anything I could use to grab onto the little box that held the long sought after Gatorade. But there was nothing. He approached and said, “Maybe I can help.”

Now remember, this man was easily in his 70s and perhaps even 80. He was riding a scooter…you know, the ones that people use who can’t or don’t walk. I had no idea what he had in mind, but he stood up slowly with a cane in his hand…a cane with a HOOK on it. He tried to grab the Gatorade with it, but kept scraping over the top of the bottles. I helped guide him until we could hook the edge of the box and bring it forward just enough where I could reach it. I was ecstatic, to say the least. This was all the fruit punch Gatorade there was on the shelf and I was determined to get it all. I thanked him profusely and then I said, “You are a Godsend!” And he replied, No I’m not. I’m just a guy who happened to be here.”

Au contraire, my friend. You were my helper provided by Jesus at that exact moment to assist one of His kids. You just don’t know it.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~~Ephesians 3:20-21

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Everything Summed Up in Christ

Ephesians 1:9-10 says this: “…having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 

What does this verse mean? Let’s look at different versions of it to gain understanding. This is called the goal of history by some.

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The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence

Matthew 11:11-13 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John…

This passage of scripture has always been a bit intriguing to me. What could it possibly mean? What does it mean the kingdom of heaven suffers violence? Other scriptures tell us to ask, seek and knock and keep it up. Don’t quit.

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Is God Hindered by Our Unbelief?

Most of us would say that God can do anything. He is sovereign. Most of us would say we believe that.

But I would like to challenge that on some level…God didn’t stop Adam and Eve from eating of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. Why not? He gave them free will to make a choice. We are not robots. So was God sovereign then? (I would argue yes, he still was sovereign and knew that they would make that choice and had already made a provision for sin in Jesus.)

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Are God’s Love and God’s Approval the Same Thing?

In my previous post, I talked about how God loves us and that His acceptance of us is not based on our performance. I feel the need to discuss these two words: love and acceptance, because I believe there is much confusion in our society today about this. We hear such things as, if you love me, you will accept my lifestyle, my choices.

So let’s talk about this.

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Why We Are Where We Are

I’ve been listening lately to some exceptional teaching about the way believers lose their confidence before God by listening to a sin conscience. Andrew Wommack teaches how a conscience of sin actually makes believers lose their confidence before God and weakens their faith. They are then subject to the works of darkness. They have been deceived.

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In the Beginning, Now and Forever

In the beginning, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. They had a relationship with Him.

In the New Testament, Jesus said eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ. John 17:3. Our life here on earth is about eternal life. I have always thought (and I think most people do) that eternal life just meant living forever, but Jesus defined eternal life as something much more. Shortly before His death, He prayed in John 17:1-3, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that He may also glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that You may give eternal life to as many as You have given Him., And this is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

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The Kingdom Way

I will first note that the ways of God and His Kingdom are not our ways. The bible even says so. We humans have been trained by the world’s knowledge, which is vastly inferior to God’s knowledge. God created everything we can see, touch, smell and hear, therefore He is vastly superior. The carnal mind is enmity against the ways of God. It cannot do otherwise. Romans 8:7. Because God knows everything, and sees everything, even the future, how can our human understanding possibly compete? We must acknowledge that he is far above mere humanity in wisdom, and is far more intelligent. We must accede to that. His wisdom knows no bounds. He is the most intelligent and knowledgeable Being in the universe.

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Thirsting for God?

When I first got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit some 37 years ago, I had a hunger and thirst to know God that was practically UNquenchable! All I did at that time was go to my part time job, read the bible and pray. I devoured the New Testament probably five times in that first 6 months. I was HUNGRY and thirsty. I had so much to learn about Jesus.

Who was this Man who died to pay for my sins? Who was this Man who loved me that much? Did He really provide healing for my body too?

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The Big Picture, Part 2

So in Part 1, we said that Jesus came to earth to show man how to legally use this dominion that God gave man from the very beginning.

Psalm 8:5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Most versions say “angels” in this passage, but the actual word used in the Hebrew language is “Elohim” which also translates as God or deities. I’m sure that can be debated, and is. Several translations show it as “a little lower than God.” And the New Testament says in 1 Cor. 6:3 “Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” Taking these two verses together, one could make the case for a translation of “God” in Psalm 8:5.

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