Jun 23, 2017 9:47 AM
Kate Breslin has crafted a suspenseful story involving the Allied Underground in her book, High as the Heavens.
Evelyn Marche is a nurse during WWI who endures the horrors of German occupied Brussels in her native Belgium. Her German bosses have no idea of her true identity.
Evelyn and other characters in this historical fiction are based on real people and real events. It is a satisfying read with more than one surprising twist. 4 stars
Jun 14, 2017 3:54 AM
An Israeli priest named Ezekiel was thirty when one day in June he said, “The heavens were suddenly opened to me and I saw visions from God.” (Ezekiel 1:1-3 TLB)
Merriam Webster defines the word revelation as being “a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way, and the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world.” When God shows up, all our meanings of the word apply.
It was Ezekiel’s first vision in the land of Babylon, and it was an awesome sight. A whirlwind swept toward him from the north, the color of amber, filled with fire and supernatural light. In the middle of this swirling cloud were angelic beings that he described as best as he could.
In reading this account I had a revelation of my own. Ezekiel 1:12 as it describes the angelic beings states, “Wherever their spirit went they went, going straight forward without turning.” It is a picture of perfect union and focused intent.
This verse points out two truths (at least) revealed from the Kingdom of God.
First, the spirit of a man leads him. Whether this spirit is the Holy Spirit or the spirit influenced by the world, it draws him forward. Psychology has long tried to answer the question, who owns the mind? Modern psychology and scientific studies are discovering that the mind follows the heart. Dr. Caroline Leaf has written much on this topic, and I recommend her books.
Second, it is God’s will that we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and that we not deviate from this path. The angelic beings were moving as one with the Spirit, not procrastinating, not distracted and not changing their focus. The word spirit is rȗach which implies wind, breath or exhalation. It is the same word used in referring to the Holy Spirit. The word went is halak from a root word meaning to walk. Wherever the Spirit walked, they walked.
All of our life is one in this type of walking relationship. We do not turn aside from our path in God when we are with unbelievers or the uncommitted. We do not compartmentalize our life into work, home, school, leisure and church. In the Kingdom all of life, all our walk, is sacred and it is to be led by the Spirit.
Pluralism separates the sacred from the common. But this was not the theology of the Hebrew culture because it was not the theology of God. Many indigenous cultures share this theology, a common root to their Creator, the idea that all levels of life, all actions are sacred. God’s perfect will involves a life lived in the light of obedience to the exhaled truth and leading of the Holy Spirit.
What does this mean for you and me in our daily lives? It means waking to the prayer, “God fill me your Holy Spirit,” every morning. It means reading the exhaled word of God, aka the Bible, and asking God to make us sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. It also requires doing— moving in obedience. If you’d like to know more about walking in the Spirit, click here and scroll down for our free download, How to Walk in the Spirit.
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Jun 6, 2017 1:31 PM
Lots of people struggle with knowing God’s will. Skeptics ponder the goodness of God if He lets so much evil happen in the world. This uncertainty causes mistakes in our thinking and doubt in our Creator.
First, if you want to know what God’s perfect will is, check out heaven. This is a place where God’s will reigns supreme. What do you find? The absence of everything we struggle with like sickness, disease, poverty, evil, mayhem, etc. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, Jesus included this statement, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-13) Jesus wanted what He knew in heaven to be manifested on the earth. We can conclude then, what surrounded Jesus was not God’s will.
So— if God created the world and He said it was good, how did it morph into something Jesus needed to pray over and save us from? Did God screw up? Send Jesus to clean-up the mess? Hardly. But one thing He inserted into creation was a gamechanger: free will. We have the free will or choice to obey Him or not. Adam had it. Eve had it. And one wily angel, bent on rebellion knew it. It may sound like a fairy tale but that is because the fairy tales are based on this event found in Genesis chapters 1-3. All cultures contain a concept of this struggle between good and evil. The truth is Adam and Eve screwed up by trading God’s perfect creation for the lie that they would become as wise as God. Men have strived to have full knowledge of their world ever since.
It probably doesn’t seem like such a big deal to eat a piece of fruit God told you not to, but it set into motion a force that permeated all of creation. It is the law of sin and death. In fact the first human death was a murder. This then is the earth we created. God did have a back up plan and that was a covenant and that was Jesus.
Knowing God’s will for your life includes Jesus, but He will also reveal to you His choices for you on a day to day basis. Click here to find out more about Knowing the Will of God.
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