You cannot see, without faith, all the possibilities of God!

you cannot see without faith

Just as your physical eye cannot see all the spectrums of light, you cannot see, without faith, all the possibilities of God! So why settle just for what you can see? Why not live for so much more? 

 
The mystery is that there is more to life than what we can see. There are more spectrums to life than the visible eye can see. I still find that hard to believe, I know that it is true, but what it speaks to, is a reality behind what I can see and even what I feel! It really doesn't matter if I feel like ultraviolet light is real or not, it is! 

In the same way, God is here today, though you may not be able to see Him, He is speaking to you in parables to show you a kingdom you cannot see that must become more real to you than a world you can see. For some of you, to personalize this, in your own life all you can see is that you're stuck. The feeling may be that my life will never be more than this. Well, that may be what you can see but it is not what God sees!

In Matthew 16:25, Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"
 
So Jesus is saying 'if you want to save your life, you lose it. Because only by losing your life, for me, will you ever find your created purpose! Will you ever find what you're longing for...will you ever be who you were made to be...will you ever love like you are longing to love and be loved! Only in me will you find that and to find me you have to give up this!' (Paraphrased)

The truth is, we'd have to be blind not to see the worth of heaven over the world around us! The broken world. A 9-11 world. A world of so much injustice. A world of holocaust. A world of racism. A world of people using one another. A world of theft and lying. A world of using every advantage of power and beauty against other people to lift ourselves up! 

Can we not see how radically cancerous our world apart from God is?
 
If you and I want to make our home in this world, we're free to do that. Jesus offers more, but against that more, there is a power working to keep you stuck in your world. To keep you broken down and to keep you less than. To keep you unhappy, to keep you rooted in your pain, to keep you in every way oppressed and in jail (spiritually speaking). 
 
2 Corinthians 4:4 says, "The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God." There is a Kingdom that has come, but that Kingdom is opposed by a God of this age, Satan.

The kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of Heaven are two different economies and what has to be exchanged is the heart and the attachment. 

And so, God wants to give you a Kingdom worth more than the world but there is a worth decision that has to be made. Some of you think that you are worthless, and the truth is there could be no greater lie! God says you're worth more than His own life and so He sacrifices Himself upon the cross, is buried, and on the third day rises again because love will not die! 
 
You are of infinite worth to the Father! You don't have to live your life angry. You don't have to live your life lusting. You don't have to live your life using drugs or people. You don't have to live your life searching for recognition and respect at work because none of that will last forever! 

And so "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field...(Matthew 13:44)" Not everyone is going to see it, and some who do see it will say, "That's not worth much and certainty not worth me giving up everything that I want and everything I've been living for up to this point. No thanks God, that really isn't my treasure, my treasure is elsewhere." And many will see the offer of this Kingdom as something that is just not real. 
 
Some other people will hear this message of Jesus and part of them will say yes to it, but part of them will say "I want the world as well. I want the car but I don't want to give up anything of value to pay for it." And that doesn't work, but I just want to share with you this one simple thing above all else, and that is that the Kingdom only comes to those who let the world go! Why settle, in your life, for just what you can see when the God of parables is seeing so much more and trying to show you so much more? -Dr. Drew Shofner

I Am the Bread of Life!

Bread


In John 6:35 Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Some of you may have said "I've tried trusting God in the past and it doesn't work!" Well, don't keep your distance, it's time to make a move! Do something of faith! Go hard after Jesus and if you'll reach after Him for life, you'll find Him!

You've been given a free will, you've been given a life, you're not beat down, your story is not hopeless -this isn't the end!

Refuse to make peace with passive, some of us are so passive and we're waiting for God to do something. God has already done something! He lived, He died on the cross, He rose again on the third day and since the moment you drew breath on planet earth, He's been reaching out toward you! You respond to what He's done!

Stuck is a choice! You don't have to stay stuck in your sadness, you don't have to stay stuck in your own version of hell! You have been offered the touch of Jesus, and the hand of God is reaching toward you. Yes, we're gonna live in a broken world, 'til the new world comes. Yes, life is gonna be a challenge and it's gonna be hard, but it doesn't have to be hopeless! It can be joyful, purposeful, it can be full of growth and love and it can be full of relationship and life!

Most of all it can be full of Jesus and all that He is can be ours and change our reality! Or you can stay stuck and addicted, or you can try just a little more pornography - another woman or another man. Hey how about some more stuff? That'll do it! Spend yourself a little deeper into debt, then you'll be happy - oh wait, the bill comes!

Don't stay stuck, take the initiative of faith to respond to what God has already done, do something creatively today toward God. So many of us have gotten into such a passive mode that we don't even know how to seek God anymore and I just want to tell you that you gotta use your imagination! Each one of the people in the stories of Matthew 9:18-34 imagined a different way that Jesus could touch them or how they could touch Jesus and that's what you need to do today!

You need to use the creative imagination that God gave you and you need to seek God! Get out of the rut you're in and the routine of religion and go hard after Jesus until His touch changes everything!

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry, whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." No matter how hard your life is or what you're longing for that you can't get, if you will go to Jesus, if you won't keep your distance, He promises to satisfy! -Dr. Drew Shofner

Only a love without limits can blow the limits off your life!

Love without limits

This Christmas season, I want to remind you again that something has happened on planet earth that changed everything. 1 John 4:10 says, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." It was the love of Jesus that cost God everything that He had. Some people live ignoring it but the truth is, the foundational axis of life on our planet shifted when the Messiah was born, crucified and rose again!

Here is the cross foretold, it is the story of Jesus told. "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." -Isaiah 53 

It is the story of a love that cost God everything. It is about our souls, our lives and our eternal destines. The truth is, what Jesus did on the cross was love on a collision course with life; long before you were ever born! You see, only a love without limits can blow the limits off your life! 

Some of you are stuck in some bad places today. Some of you are stuck in some lifeless and lightless places. But our God loves you and is so passionate about you and cares about you so deeply that He truly wants to blow every limit off your life! 

The chains that you're wearing, those have been taken care of. The sadness that you're feeling, it has been answered. The anger and the rage that are inside of you from the woundedness of your past, Jesus can take care of that. In fact, He already has; He gave His life! He poured out His love. Only a love that cost everything can change everything! -Dr. Drew Shofner

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Some of you are stuck where you are because you won’t quit!

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Normally when we think about quitting something it’s because it’s a bad thing, but the reality is some of you are stuck where you are because you won’t quit. Some of the things that you and I won’t quit are the very things that are keeping us from the life that we are longing for inside. I want you to understand the value of quitting the right things; we have to quit before we can start.

Some of the very things that we won’t quit are hurting the people around us. There are homes that are just filled with toxic negativity and people are negative about their kids and negative about each other. It’s hellish, and it’s a sin! Sin is a corrosive that destroys life to the core and that’s why God hates it; because He hates to see His children harmed! 

We were never called to promote satan’s cynical vision of life! Satan is a cynic. You get that right? He doesn’t believe in you and me, and he’s looking for our imminent failure. He sees all of our flaws and faults and is ready to highlight them to anybody. He’s cynical about your worth, your abilities, your heart, your intelligence. He sees the worst in everything about you and is willing to skywrite that for you and the world to see! But God is the opposite. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Two different agendas! 

I want to remind you that this earth is not our home; we are citizens of another kingdom. Sometimes it just scares me to think about some of the suffering that might be ahead; but then I’m like whatever, I have Jesus! I have the most positive message in the world! There is suffering and a struggle here, but there is believing that has to take place and here’s the deal, we live by believing and not by seeing (2 Corinthians 5:7). 

In my old nature, it’s easy for me to see the downside of just about everything. Part of that is my background growing up as the child of an alcoholic in a military family that moved frequently; and life was hard. Things were always changing, always unpredictable and chaotic and so it was easy to develop this mentality that life is just harder than it is good. When I came to know Christ, I experienced the most positive message that I had ever heard. Hearing the good news (the Gospel) about Jesus was so different than hearing about religion. This personal relationship was life changing and so much more than a once a week exercise. This was a whole life transformation! 

When I gave my life to Jesus, I kept my old nature, which is ridiculously negative, but that nature began to die and God gave me a new nature and the cool thing is that you’ve got that same new nature. Remember, negativity comes easy for you because it’s your old nature. In your homes, there are hard things and I get that. I know that, and I honor your struggle and your pain. But I would also say to you, so what? So what do you do with Jesus in the real world and in your home? Is hell more real in your home or is Jesus more real? –Dr. Drew Shofner

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