Evolution: Lend-Lease

Lend-Lease was a pre-WW2 US bill by which war and relief materials were exchanged for leasing allied bases.

So, what does Lend-Lease have to do with evolution?

You have been lent everything by which to live – you have a lease on life.

Everything you have, including yourself, is on borrowed time through the hourglass.

Even the ability to learn, apply knowledge and earn a living are gifts.

There’s a point to it all. Neither life, nor you yourself, are accidents of galactic proportions.

 

And as with all leases in life, you owe.

At the end of life’s lease, you do not own yourself.

You existed in a system beyond your control.

The Creator owns it all.

 

We will all appear before the One Who owns life, Who Is that very Life.

Will you have known Him, ignored Him, or rejected Him [or the idea of God]?

There is no recourse, no choice, no avoidance. You will face Him.

At the end of lend-lease you are accountable for what you did with the life that was given to you.

“And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27

 

You were designed in the image of God to be one with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.

Nothing else will truly satisfy you.

 

Did you share with Him, the Creator and Giver of all good things?

He is the Epitome of being free, of living in life and peace.

Would you like to live like this, and to be with the One Who desperately loves you and wants you?

 

If you find yourself alone, apart from Him, with its accompanying stress and depression, let me introduce you to the One Who moved heaven and earth through a cross to show His love to you.

You matter.

All of this was for Him and you enjoying life together.

But, apart from Him, we lose all.

 

“(34) And when He had called the people to Him with His disciples also, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (35) For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, shall save it. (36) For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (37) Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (38) Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38

 

Please accept His offer of life from the dead, and life forevermore.

 

Hot-Seat Behavior

“They just have to love me, right? No matter what!”

What do you mean, “No matter what?

“Irrespective of how I act!”

 

What does my behavior tell the world about my life in Christ?

It ultimately reflects what I believe about God.

 

If needed, am I to be instructed, corrected, rebuked, reproved (2 Tim 3:16)?

Yes.

Do I give my family and friends the right to do so?

Or, do I fight them? Reject what they have to say?

If I reject them, what does that reveal about me?

It reveals this: If I cannot show Him, then I do not truly know Him, for it’s both inner and outer working.

“(12) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (13) For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

 

I remember once and early in my military service that our platoon had a “hot-seat” session.

Each, by turns, sat on the chair in the middle while those encircling said what they thought of him.

At minimum, they spoke from observation, impressions.

Each was hopeful for the more positive comments.

It could be pretty brutal.

Never leave a man behind, but let each see how he measures up.

It was useful, for each needed to know how he was perceived.

They needed to be able to count on each, and maybe they couldn’t.

The goal was known, as was each man’s position relative to it.

 

If things aren’t going well for you, I hope it won’t take a hot-seat intervention for you to accept such honesty from your family and friends.

If they truly love you, they do it for your good, not your harm.

If they truly love you, they want a win-win for you and them.

We all win when we accept what we need to hear from the Lord.

“(5) … you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him: (6) for whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives. (7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? (8) But if you are without chastisement, of which all are sharers, then are you bastards, and not sons. (9) Furthermore we have had earthly fathers who corrected us, and we reverenced them: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? (10) For they certainly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure, but He does it for our profit, that we might be sharers of His holiness. (11) Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to them who are exercised by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11

“I Came Up With the Idea of _________.”

The man on the radio said the above sentence, regarding a certain style of discipling.

Brother and sister: you and I come up with nothing.

If God didn’t bring the idea, then it’s the enemy’s.

“I Am the Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

We originate absolutely 0, nada, nought, nil, null, zero, zilch, zip.

We are no longer just us, as if we’re alone.

We are new creations who are one with Him and who depend on Him.

It’s better to say, and not sounding holier than Thou, “The Lord brought this idea.

Of course, you can only do this, if you actually know Him.

The same is true with a ministry. If it’s not from Him, then it’s not His, no matter how good it may be.

Innumerable are His Thoughts to and Provision for You

 

God never changes.

He desires

 

He is always thinking of you.

“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts to us: nothing compares to You. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

“O LORD, how great are Your works! And Your thoughts are very deep.” Psalm 92:5

“(17) How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (18) If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expectant future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I Cannot, Lord.

It is true that, “Lord, on my own, I cannot do the right thing nor stop sinning.”

“I Am The Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Don’t waste many years, as is so easy to do, trying to do the impossible.

Living, as He desires for you,  is only done supernaturally with His help.

His help is in your being one with Him.

 

He provides Himself to bear fruit and overcome in and with you.

Even regarding your faith.

Remember that, “… if you do not believe, He remains believing: He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

Your spirit, that is one with His Spirit, relies on Him always believing, and shares Him in His faith.

“… the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

The Vine shares Himself in His faith with and through your branch.

 

It is absolute truth, that apart from Him, you can do nothing.

But in Him, you “can do all things through Christ Who strengthens” you. Philippians 4:13

The Ultimate Question: How Can I Restrain or Change Myself?

Do we see our personal problems?

Probably not, or we would be sensitive of them.

Can we get feedback from our friends and family?

Maybe, but they may be afraid of hurting us.

If we are aware of problems, maybe we don’t see any solutions, or we worry that psycho-analysis or Prozac may be required!

And, we don’t believe in the latter two.

Counseling? Yeah, but many counselors need counseling!

Maybe people worry about offending us.

So, we’re stuck.

Gun-shy, afraid to ask, even more afraid of being told.

 

How can I stop doing things that trouble me and others?

How can I see the unseen or hear the unheard?

How can I restrain or change myself?

The simple answer is, “I cannot.

God’s great and amazing answer is, “I never intended you to be able to restrain or change yourself.”

He continues, “I designed you to be one with me. No one else but I can give sight to your blindness, hearing to your deafness, life to your death.”

 

Change is required – it must happen!

The Christian life is all about a brand-new life in Him Whose fruit is evidenced through you.

“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Galatians 5:22

But, how?

 

He initiated your change in His new creation to know what He is saying and doing.

Change will happen by His promise and provision, but only if you know Him.

If you are blind and deaf and constantly upsetting yourself and others, you don’t. If this is you, ask Him to help you get to know Him.

He is so worth it!

“(16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (20) Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to The Power Who works in us, (21) unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21

“but to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ The Power of God, and The Wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24

Been there, done that. But you haven’t met Him!

The popular song of today is replaced by a new one tomorrow.

Similarly, having read something interesting, it becomes less so, or even passé.

You have been there and done that.

You stop hearing and thinking in regard to it.

The good news is that Christ is not similarly passé. If He is that to you, then you do not know Him!

If you have received Him, He is in you.

He is always active, The Latest, the most exciting, both now and forever!

There is no blasé in Him.

He is Passion!