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Vector Change

John 21:18New International Version (NIV)

18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

This past week I met with a group of men who have attended Fellowship of the Sword. This is a 5 and a half day quest chasing the Creator, Father, or Papa. In our fellowship time, one of the men had just returned from his quest, and he said, “I had a Vector Change in my life.”

Man, that his me. It was the Holy Spirit’s words directly at me. The definition of a vector is an object that has both a magnitude and a direction. Geometrically, we can picture a vector as a directed line segment whose length is the magnitude of the vector with an arrow indicating the direction.

When you have a vector change in life, a new line veers off the original direction with the same magnitude and forms a new line. This was what this man was describing when he connected to the Father. A new line and new direction was made with the same magnitude.

The disciple, Peter, had a vector change in his life after he disowned Jesus. At the Sea of Galilee, the same place Jesus called him to be a fisher of men, he had a heart change and a new direction for his life. He would no longer be lead by his own impulse. He would be lead by the Holy Spirit.

Have you experienced a ‘Vector Change’ in your life? Have you had a place where you have surrendered all of you to Jesus? Men, Vector Changes in life lead to adventure of being a true disciple in Christ, just like Peter experienced, no longer going where you want, but being lead by Christ.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

We still need funds to help our brothers and sisters in Texas for the Housing Relief Work Trip that is Sponsored out of Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. We will leave on Friday evening November 24 and return back to Iowa December 2. It will be an opportunity to work side by side and help those in need.

Strength and Courage

Michael

Vital Ministries News

New Teaching Series

Sunday October 15, 2017

KBOE 104.9 FM

I will start a new series on the Book of Ephesians starting with Chapter 1. We will be challenged by living a life worth of calling as we all have been called by God. I will also be teaching at Central Reformed Church on this day in Oskaloosa. The services are 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Being A Watchman

Ezekiel 3:17New International Version (NIV)

17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

Watchmen are front line soldiers. They see things in a distance, observing what is happening. They lean forward into prayer. Sometimes they see with eyes of discernment. They see things in advance. The Holy Spirit gives insight to intercede.

The word, watchman, comes from a Greek word, watch. It means to be vigilant, wake, to be watchful. Jim Goll, a well known author says this, “A watchman on the wall does many things. He carefully watches what is happening and alerts the community when good ambassadors approach the city. A watchman also warns the city far in advance when an enemy approaches. He sounds the alarm to awaken the city to forewarn them and alert them.

What does watching mean for you personally? Your first watch is your family. Are you in prayer for them? Praying for your wife if you are married and praying for your children is being a watchman. Ask the Lord to help you perceive oncoming danger.

Are you a watchman in your community? Are you praying for your civic leaders. Are you praying over your schools and other locations in your community? Are you asking the Lord’s help to pray for a wall of protection over your community? Pray for salvation. Pray for those who do not know our Lord or have a personal relationship with him.

We also need watchmen for our nation. Ezekiel 33:10 says, ‘Our offenses and sins weigh us down, we are wasting away because of them’. 

Men, we must choose to no longer coast through life. The enemy is prowling, looking for those to devour. Our relationship with Jesus has become fallow, and we need to become awakened. Rise up watchmen of the night. Let’s unite in prayer asking for forgiveness and live faithful lives with unreserved obedience.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Faith Killers

Hebrews 12:15New International Version (NIV)

15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Bitterness is a big faith killer. I have seen it change a person from the inside out. Once having faith but allowing the seed of bitterness into their heart, and they allow it to grow. Here it will eventually allow you to become a person you do not want to be.

The seed of bitterness will also destroy marriage. The seed is usually dropped because of hurt. Your spouse will hurt you in such a way that the seed is dropped, and it eventually may take root.

I like to use the analogy of a dandelion. The rood of a dandelion can actually go 15 feet into the ground. Many people think if they cut it off from the surface that the plant will eventually die. It will not. The only way to kill the dandelion plant is to use a plant killer chemical.

Bitterness is the same way. Trying to only deal with the problem at the surface will only create a short term response. To kill the root of bitterness will take willingness of the person. If you look at Luke 6:22 it says, ‘But to you who are willing to listen.’ Then Jesus talks about forgiving.

Are you willing to kill the root of forgiveness? It will require a person to be obedient to what God’s Word says about forgiving. Will you forgive a debt, a sin, and a trespass that your spouse has committed?

Only by being obedient to the Word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to keep our hearts pliable can we overcome bitterness. As Jesus says, ‘Are you willing?’

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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