Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What is a gift? A gift is something that you receive which you did not have to go out to buy, it is a free something.
As I was going to sleep a couple nights ago, I got to thinking about what God gave us, eternal Life. I was thinking about the gift, that eternal never ending gift that is new every moment for a longer time than I can even comprehend. It is a gift so far beyond our understanding or what we can imagine, and it is free. We did not earn it, could not begin to earn it by anything we ever did or could do. This gift is free and yet it will cost us to reach out and say thank you.
I was just imagining how I would feel if I could have the freedom to travel everywhere I could possibly think of for the rest of my life and someone else was going to pay all the expenses for as long as I wanted to continue on this journey. Or, I could have the home I have dreamed of since I was a teenager and in fact have drawn the plans for that home. But, I would have it just because I desired it. How awesome is that, it goes far beyond anything any of us deserves because of our fallen nature.
When I was the Staff Photographer for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and photographing the events during the celebration of the feast of tabernacles, I remember speaking to the Lord that I wanted above all things to photograph His Kingdom. His response to me was almost immediate, “Look around you, photograph the joy and the love that you see among the people, that is My Kingdom at work.” What could be more of a gift to me as a photographer than to continually see images of His presence among us? Thus, I have walked these many years seeing images of His Kingdom on this earth and being a scribe, not so much with quill and parchment but with a camera, being a witness of His presence all around me.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
I read a quote today from, I believe it was Carl Sagan, “….have we failed to read the meaning of our own existence.” We look around at others, our community, our environment and even the whole world and seem to forget just who we are. The scripture above goes on in verse 14 to point out why a majority will not come to accepting the power of God; But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. For myself, having listened to that very Spirit calling me 54 years ago, I understand that scriptural statement so very well. To walk with the Creator is far beyond anything I could ever have experienced without Him.
I honestly have no desire for fame or acceptance but I do have a desire for others to know the awesome presence of the Creator in their lives. It’s not like buying a lottery ticket; everyone who steps forward wins eternal life, that’s the prize that is offered and everyone who accepts has chosen LIFE eternal and I believe I can guarantee it will not be boring.
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
It appears to me that this verse in Isaiah 55 also applies to us as individuals. I have seen so many that are continually sick, saying that they can never seem to get over being sick and that seems to be their lot in life. I also see so many who are constant complainers who never seem to be able to get out of the way of something going wrong in their lives. I remember once when I was in my early twenties that it seemed to be that I would have strep throat almost like clockwork every six months. I had just recently come to know this God of Creation and was asking myself what benefit it was to me to be continually battling strep throat. I remember deciding that I was tired of that scenario and started confessing with my mouth that I would never have strep throat ever again and from that moment on, I have never had that disease ever again and that was 50 some odd years ago that I came to that decision and conclusion.
Recently, back in 2001, I came down with cancer and half way through the radiation and chemo treatment, I had a vision that said I was clean. The next day, when I went to the hospital for the treatment, I said that I would no longer be taking their treatment. Three months later, I had a CT scan and the result was that I still had the cancer but that it had not progressed or diminished. I would have another scan in two months and the result of that was that I was clean, healed of the cancer and have been so for the past sixteen years.
I am at this time speaking forth the healing of my eyes from wet macular degeneration. I know that I am healed and expect to be able to broadcast that healing in the coming weeks. I am continually confessing with my mouth that I am healed since the Word of God is voice activated and will not return to me void. (Isaiah 55:11) …….. Stay tuned.