Do you Wanna fly?

 

Most children really wish tey could fly sometime in their life. That is the reason we all got too excited wen they sold us the dream of flying as Super eroes in DC comics and all . Flying have always been the dream of man, people went through great deal of trouble to get us there. Even today to fly an aircraft is always joy (to those that travels less frequently). Beyond that now men are already investing millions of Dollars to be among the first in space.

Have you ever asked, why this continous urge towards the sky? Despite we are not designed to fly at all.

Birds, have air bags for lightness

Have feathers for lifting

Have streamlined body to reduce hair resistance etc, which is strongly the opposite in man

“Rapture” is a Christian term used to denote the ascension (or lifting up) of Christians at the time of Christ’s second coming. This is the noun corresponding to the verb used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, where those believers who are still alive at the coming of Christ are described as being “caught up” together with their resurrected fellow Christians to meet him “in the air.” This same verb used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 is used in 2 Corinthians 12:2-3 to denote Paul’s mysterious experience of being “caught up” into the third heaven, or paradise.

There are differences of interpretation about the timing of the Rapture at the time of Christ’s second coming in relation to other end-time events. This has led to the emergence of distinct schools of eschatological thought (study of end times).

SECOND COMING

 

The New Testament repeatedly announces that Jesus Christ will one day be back. This will be his “royal visit,” his “appearing” and “coming” (Greek: parousia). Christ will return to this world in glory. The Savior’s second advent will be personal and physical (Matt. 24:44; Acts 1:11; Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 4:8; Heb. 9:28), visible and triumphant (Mark 8:38; 2 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 1:7). Jesus comes to end history, to raise the dead and judge the world (John 5:28-29), to impart to God’s children their final glory (Rom. 8:17-18; Col. 3:4), and to usher in a reconstructed universe (Rom. 8:19-21; 2 Pet. 3:10-13). His execution of this agenda will be the last phase and final triumph of his mediatorial kingdom. Once these things are done, the applying of redemption against Satanic opposition, which was the specific work of the kingdom, will be over. When Paul says that Christ then “hands over the kingdom” and becomes subject to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24-28), he is not implying any diminution in Christ’s subsequent honor, but is signifying the completion of the plan for bringing the elect to heaven that the risen Son was enthroned to carry through. The elect in glory, purified and perfected, will forever honor the Lamb as the one who was able to open the book of God’s plan for the accomplishing and applying of redemption in history, and make what was planned happen (Rev. 5). In the new Jerusalem, God and the Lamb are enthroned and reign together forever (Rev. 22:1, 3). But this reigning is the ongoing servant-Lord relationship between God and the godly that follows the era of the mediatorial kingdom, rather than the continuation of that kingdom as such.

 

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Paul teaches that Christ’s coming will take the form of a descent from the sky, heralded by a trumpet fanfare, a shout, and the voice of the archangel. Those who died in Christ will already have been raised and will be with him, and all Christians on earth will be “raptured” (i.e., caught up among the clouds to meet Christ in the air) so that they may at once return to earth with him as part of his triumphant escort. The idea that the rapture takes them out of this world for a period before Christ appears a third time for a second “second coming” has been widely held but lacks scriptural support.

 

Though some of the details Paul gives have symbolic significance (the trumpet, like a military bugle, demands attention to God’s activity, Exod. 19:16, 19; Isa. 27:13; Matt. 24:31; 1 Cor. 15:52; the clouds signify God’s active presence, Exod. 19:9, 16; Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7), he seems to be speaking literally, and the fact that what he describes is beyond our power to imagine should not stop us from taking his word that this is how it will be.

 

The New Testament specifies much that will take place between Christ’s two comings, but apart from the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Luke 21:20, 24) the predictions point to processes rather than single identifiable events and do not yield even an approximate date for Jesus’ reappearance. The Gentile world will be summoned to faith (Matt. 24:14); Jews will be brought into the kingdom (Rom. 11:25-29, a passage that may or may not anticipate a national conversion); there will be false prophets and false Christs or antichrists (Matt. 24:5, 24; 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3). There will be apostasy from the faith and tribulation for the faithful (2 Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rev. 7:13-14; cf. 3:10). A seemingly unidentifiable “man of lawlessness,” about whom Paul had told the Thessalonians in oral teaching that we do not have (2 Thess. 2:5), was or is due to appear (2 Thess. 2:3-12). If the thousand-year period of Revelation 20:1-10 is actually world history between Christ’s two comings, there will be a last climactic power struggle of some sort between the world’s anti-Christian forces and the people of God (vv. 7-9). No dates, however, can be deduced from this data; the time of Jesus’ return remains completely unknown.

 

The return of Christ will have the same significance for Christians who will be alive when it happens as death has for Christians who die before it happens: it will be the end of life in this world and the start of life in what has been described as “an unknown environment with a well-known inhabitant” (cf. John 14:2-3). Christ teaches (Matt. 24:36-51) that it will be a tragic disaster if the parousia finds anyone in an unprepared state. Rather, the thought of what is to come should be constantly in our minds, encouraging us in our present Christian service (1 Cor. 15:58) and teaching us to live as it were on call, ready to go to meet Christ at any time (Matt. 25:1-13).

 

Making Miracles with God

 

What is a Miracle?

mir·a·cle

  1. An event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God
  2. Amazing event: an event or action that is amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected
  3. Something admired as a marvelous creation or example of a particular type of science or skill

wonder, phenomenon, marvel, sensation, vision, dream

(Miracle, from the Latin miraculum, means something that evokes wonder.) A miracle is an observed event that triggers awareness of God’s presence and power. Striking providences and coincidences, and awesome events such as childbirth, no less than works of new creative power, are properly called miracles since they communicate this awareness.

While the terms are often synonymous (the first three occur together in Romans 15:19-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Hebrews 2:4), they designate different aspects of miracles. “Signs” point to the theological meaning of miracle as a revelation of God; “power,” to the force behind the act; “work,” to the person behind it; and “wonder,” to its awesome effect on the observer.

Who is the author of miracles?

Act of God. Supernatural acts of God involving the power that created the world from nothing. John 3:2b for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

How deos God perform miracles?

By breaking the law of nature

The Man the miracle

While the miracles are harbingers of God’s kingdom, their purpose is to force an encounter with Jesus’ true. The miracles are not proofs but powers. God does not authenticate himself through them but shows himself to those with eyes to see.

2 Cor 12:12, Rom 15:18-19 – “sign-gifts,” which authenticated the divine authority of the “true apostle.”

He listed healing and miracles as specific “gifts of the Spirit” in 1 Cor 12:9-10.

Gal 3:5 he considered them evidence for the presence of the Spirit.

Heb 2:4 said “God bore witness” to the true message of salvation by way of miracles. Therefore, in the age of the apostles the miracles performed by God’s servants were seen as authenticating signs of God’s presence and power in his messengers.

What qualifies a Man to be used for miracles?

The working of miracles is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Hence, he who must work miracles must approach God in the power of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus. 1, Born again 2, must have Faith 3, Baptised in the Holy Ghost

They authenticate the miracle workers themselves as God’s representatives and messengers (Exod. 4:1-9; 1 Kings 17:24; John 10:38; 14:11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4)

Benefit of being used for miracles

MIRACLES VALIDATED THE MINISTRY OF THE EARLY CHURCH.

What did these miraculous healings do for the early church? (1) They attracted new believers. (2) They confirmed the truth of the apostles’ teaching. (3) They demonstrated that the power of the Messiah who had been crucified and risen was now with his followers.

HOW DOES GOD USE MIRACLES?

2 Kings 17:36 . . . Worship only the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt with such mighty miracles and power. You must worship him and bow before him; offer sacrifices to him alone.

Daniel 6:27 . . . He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.

Micah 7:15 . . . “Yes,” says the Lord, “I will do mighty miracles for you, like those I did when I rescued you from slavery in Egypt.”God uses miracles to rescue us.

Exodus 10:1 . . . Then the Lord said to Moses, “Return to Pharaoh and again make your demands. I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can continue to display my power by performing miraculous signs among them.”

God uses miracles to show his power.

Matthew 8:3 . . . Jesus touched him. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

God uses miracles to show his love for us.

Matthew 14:14 . . . A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. God uses miracles to show his compassion for us.

When do you want to start?

It is opportunity for Jesus, Glorify God in it

Use it, Create it, Acknowledge it, Announce it Act 3:12, Enjoy it

Dealing with Burn-out

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Isaiah 40:29-31 . . . He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

 

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

What is Burn-out?

A chaotic, beyond exhaustion and helpless feeling that result from over burden, overused effect that goes beyond every day stress of work and other responsibilities, becoming exhausted or unwell through too much hard work, stress, or reckless living. It is characterized by strong feeling of Frustration and powerlessness.

Patients tend to withdraw emotionally, loose motivation and become less productive. It is linked to numerous physical and mental health problems.

Cause:

Increased work load – wanting to increase income, hence increased workload.

Job insecurity

Feeling unappreciated or unfair treatment

Unclear priority – pursuing unrealistic goals and target

  • It is usually self inflicted but may also stem from interaction with others especially with superiors. Burn out often occurs with young mothers. New employees, fresh student etc.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM EXPERIENCING BURNOUT?

  1. If we become weak and exhausted in the middle of doing our work, we may be experiencing burnout.

1 Kings 19:14 . . . I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.

2 Samuel 21:15 . . . When David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted.

Psalm 38:8 . . . I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.

 

  1. We may be experiencing burnout if we despair because our work seems fruitless.
  • Psalm 69:1-2 . . . The floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold to stand on.
  • Matthew 11:11…Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

 

  1. It may be burnout if we feel overwhelmed by everything that is going on in our lives.

Jeremiah 45:3 . . . You have said, “I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more!”

  1. When doubt sets in and you begin to lose confidence in what God can do

James 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

 

  1. When we become burned out, we may feel bitter toward God.

 

How do one overcome or recover from burnout?

  1. Evaluate your priorities: Determine what is important to you and what is important to your environment and make decisions based on it. Choice of basic necessities, cars, education social influence etc. Beware of pressure to adopt the priorities of others.

 

  1. Simplify your life – Reduce stress and gain time for what you value by working less hours, though you may likely need to adjust your financial situation. Note happiness is not dependent on income. Discuss and seek the support of your family members.

 

  1. Learn to say NO reassure people of your commitment to your responsibilities by offering solution that meets both your need. Remain firm within agreed limits.

 

  1. Renew you self, cultivate healthy habits, explore your hubby, create room for recreation, make new friends, avoid defining yourself by your work.

 

. Exodus 23:12 . . . Work for six days, and rest on the seventh. . . . It will . . . allow the people of your household . . . to be refreshed.

Regular, consistent, weekly rest is an important part of avoiding and recovering from burnout.

 

  1. Sometimes we might be able to delegate some of our workload.

Exodus 18:21-23 . . . Find some capable, honest men. . . . They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. If you follow this advice, . . . then you will be able to endure the pressures

 

  1. Getting solid meals and good sleep will help us overcome burnout.

 

2 Samuel 17:28-29 . . . They brought sleeping mats, cooking pots, serving bowls, wheat and barley flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, honey, butter, sheep, and cheese for David and those who were with him. For they said, “You must all be very tired and hungry and thirsty after your long march through the wilderness.”

1 Kings 19:5-8 . . . As he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” . . . So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, for there is a long journey ahead of you.” So he got up and ate and drank.

 

  1. Sometimes we can’t stop working, even though we feel exhausted, but we can encourage each other and pray to God for strength to keep going until we reach a stopping place.
  1. Nehemiah 6:9 . . . I prayed for strength to continue the work.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 . . . May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father . . . comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say.
  1. Isaiah 30:15 . . . Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.
  • Matthew 11:28-29 . . . Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest . . . and you will find rest for your souls.
  • We should renew our fellowship with God and be restored by spending time with him.

Rest to my Soul

Rest to my soul – Heb 4:1 – 11

rest [rest]

1. a state or period of refreshing freedom from exertion
2. sleep: the repose of sleep that is refreshing to body and mind and is marked by a reduction in metabolic activity

freedom from anxiety: freedom from mental or emotional anxiety

  I put her mind at rest.

5.
6. place to stop and relax: a stopping place for shelter and relaxation
7. support: something used for support, especially on a piece of furniture
8. music pause in music: a rhythmic pause between musical notes, or the mark indicating a musical pause
1. intransitive verb sleep or relax: to restore your energy by means of relaxation or sleep

  Put your feet up and rest.

transitive verb let somebody sleep or relax: to allow a person or animal to regain energy by means of relaxation or sleep, or allow a limb or body part to be inactive to restore its strength

  rest the sled dogs

  sat down to rest my feet

2.

“My people shall dwell in quiet resting places.” –Isaiah 32:18

Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate, they are the peculiar possession of the Lord’s people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him.

HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE THE REFRESHMENT GOD PROMISES?

Psalm 23:1-3 . . . He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

As we follow Jesus ever more closely we will experience the rest and refreshment of his presence.

Matthew 11:28-30 . . . Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus relieves our burdens and leads us in a life of peace and rest.

Hebrews 4:1-11 . . . All who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors.

The final and ultimate rest is the promise of heaven for those who put their faith in Christ.

When man was unfallen, his God gave him the flowery bowers of Eden as his quiet resting places; alas! how soon sin blighted the fair abode of innocence. In the day of universal wrath when the flood swept away a guilty race,

The chosen family were quietly secured in the resting-place of the ark, which floated them from the old condemned world into the new earth of the rainbow and the covenant, herein typifying Jesus, the ark of our salvation. Noah – Exd 5: 29, was a type of Christ, to break the yoke of curse and give rest to our soul

 

Israel rested safely beneath the blood-besprinkled habitations of Egypt when the destroying angel smote the first-born;

in the wilderness the shadow of the pillar of cloud, and the flowing rock, gave the weary pilgrims sweet repose.

At this hour we rest in the promises of our faithful God, knowing that His words are full of truth and power; we rest in the doctrines of His word, which are consolation itself; we rest in the covenant of His grace, which is a haven of delight. More highly favoured are we than David in Adullam, or Jonah beneath his gourd, for none can invade or destroy our shelter. The person of Jesus is the quiet resting-place of His people, and when we draw near to Him in the breaking of the bread, in the hearing of the word, the searching of the Scriptures, prayer, or praise, we find any form of approach to Him to be the return of peace to our spirits.

“I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, I see the mighty sacrifice, and I have peace with God. ‘Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah’s name

(Heb verb shabbath, meaning “to rest from labour”), the day of rest. It is first mentioned as having been instituted in Paradise, when man was in innocence (Ge 2:2). “The sabbath was made for man,” as a day of rest and refreshment for the body and of blessing to the soul. instituted for man at his creation, is of permanent and universal obligation. The physical necessities of man require a Sabbath of rest. He is so constituted that his bodily welfare needs at least one day in seven for rest from ordinary labour. Experience also proves that the moral and spiritual necessities of men also demand a Sabbath of rest. “I am more and more sure by experience that the reason for the observance of the Sabbath lies deep in the everlasting

Messiah, “the peaceful one,” as the word signifies (Ge 49:10). The Vulgate Version translates the word, “he who is to be sent,” in allusion to the Messiah; the Revised Version, margin, “till he come to Shiloh;”

Exodus 23:19

v10-19 Every seventh year the land was to rest. They must not plough or sow it; what the earth produced of itself, should be eaten, and not laid up. This law seems to have been intended to teach dependence on Providence, and God’s faithfulness in sending the larger increase while they kept his appointments

to be continued…….