Attention Understood

God does not intend for His people to stumble into His blessings and promises.  We need to be focused.

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Acts 3:4-5 – And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

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Do you believe the Bible?  I do!  If you believe the Bible, then you must believe that YOU ARE who it says you are, that YOU CAN DO what it says you can do, and that YOU HAVE and CAN HAVE what is says you have and can have.  It’s that simple.  Again, I ask, do you believe the Bible?

Doing what the Bible calls upon us to do, especially in the arena of ministry to others, calls for great exertion in sacrifice, compassion, and boldness.  As I have traveled in more recent years, I am happy to say that I still observe great exertion in sacrifice and compassion.  These are still two powerful motivators present in many men and women of God, and can be so clearly seen in their faithfulness to their calling.  But unfortunately, I cannot report the same in the arena of boldness.

In this present age, political and social correctness seems to have superseded necessary boldness for sustaining the purpose, power, and principle required for forward movement in life.  Sin is called a mistake.  Bad is acceptable and we are called upon to understand it for the sake of humanity, and after a time, bad is even called expedient and good.  Consider the abortion issue as it is presently creeping across the banners of television newsrooms.  Abortion is murder; it is now and always has been.  And we have been on that slippery slope, in many respects without strong public challenge from the Church, until we presently are hearing that abortion is a social right, even up to and beyond the point of birth.  Once again, it is murder.  Use any other nomenclature you desire – abortion is murder.

It took great boldness for Peter to say, “Look on us.”  It still takes great boldness.  Sadly, boldness of that magnitude is rare.  Quoting Philippians 4:13, even when it is set within absolutely correct doctrinal guide-lines, takes extreme boldness today.  Leonard Ravenhill said, “Today’s Christian experience is so sub-normal that a normal New Testament experience would seem abnormal.”  Oh, how sad it is that his state- ment is so accurate.  You ARE the righteousness of God in Christ, NOT an old sinner saved by grace.  You ARE the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.  You CAN do all things through Christ which strengthens you, and when that statement is made within the guidelines of anointing, there should be ho shyness in stating it.  The boldness of which I write attracts attention.  It calls for onlookers to gaze for the purpose of seeing something meaningful.  It speaks boldly, acts boldly, lives boldly, and expects boldly.  Oh Father, I ask You, restore Your boldness to Your Church, in Jesus’ Name.

Manna for Today – Acts 3:1-10; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Philippians 4:8; Matthew 12:34-37; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Matthew 18:19-20

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