What would you do if . . .

As I’ve been reading through the account of the gospels this Holy WeekMatthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which is a great read for all of us–I thought about this question:  What would you and I do, IF, we had unimaginable power?

The thing is . . . I made my list . . . keeping these things at the forefront:

The meaning of life is centered in a relationship with God and one another.

The process of life requires continual learning to be equipped to live the best life.

The purpose of life is to partner with God and to impact the community and beyond.

And, then . . . I made sure each line item lined up with these three words:

  1. Impactful (a powerful effect on a situation or person)   2.  Imaginative  (inventive and innovative) 3.  Interesting (immersing, intriguing, involving)

After I wrote the list, it occurred to me that I had described the “now” and “not yet” of the Red Door Church.

20 Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things,

immeasurable things,

things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,

21 to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed

from this generation to the next, forever and ever.

Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21,Voice

For a good portion of my life, the Red Door Church seemed to be a faraway dream for me.  And, honestly, it took decades for the door to open.

BUT.  It’s a big BUT.  Of course.

I go back to what Jesus intentionally told you and I: “But with God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, Voice.

The impossible is seen all around us.  BUT.  There’s an unseen reality of the power of God making all things possible.

Even, so.  Most of us are not always, if, ever, fully engaged with the impossible-is-possible precept.  When and if, you and I ever live with this in the front of our mind and soul, then, the world will be turned upside-down.  It will at least make our yeah-but-list disappear.  And, I’m sure living without the yeah-but-list will change the world for the better. 

BECAUSE, THE IMPOSSIBLE-IS-POSSIBLE PRECEPT IS INARGUABLY TRUE.

It happened on the cross. The power of Christ on the cross is undeniable.  Power is the key-word.  Power was released in Christ’s sacrifice with the purpose to restore humanity’s relationship with God.    It’s the life that’s meant to be . . . fully engaged with God . . . in a partnership of something so big that the world is impacted in amazing ways.

At the end of the day . . . the with-God life is a standing INVITATION . . . to either be accepted or rejected.

 “Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking.

If any of you hear My voice and open the door,

then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table,

and you will be with Me.”

Revelation 3:20, Voice

The word picture of this INVITATION reveals a day-to-day living relationship with God:

Jesus, God-with-us,  knocks at the door of our life.

You and I choose to open the door to Jesus who not only comes in,

but shares a meal at OUR table.

 I see the favor of God when I study this picture!

I can tell you for sure that when I accepted the invitation to live fully in relationship with God, partnering my life with God, that I’ve seen the power of God break through the impossible, opening the door to the possible.

Does that mean my life is perfect?

Of course the answer is an emphatic, “No.”

I’ve gone through deep valleys as well as mountain top experiences during my lifetime.

Accepting the invitation means you and I will receive provision and protection in the valley as God walks us through it.  It’s part of the “with-God-life” as the darkness tries to crowd into our life on earth.  When the darkness pushed at Jesus, there was a battle fought for all.  In effect, Jesus took humanity’s death sentence and restored the plan of a never-ending full relationship with God.

The revolution was formed with Jesus’ words:  “It is finished!”  John 19:30, Voice  

And, so it was:  On the third day Jesus rose from the grave.  What looked like an ending, became a new beginning for all of humanity.

Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that

I preached to you when we first met.

It’s the essential message that you have taken to heart,

the central story you now base your life on;

For I passed down to you the crux of it all which I had also received from others,

that the Anointed One, the Liberating King,

died for our sins and was buried and raised from the dead on the third day.

All this happened to fulfill the Scriptures; it was the perfect climax to God’s covenant story.

 1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 VOICE

So, while a good portion of my list looks impossible right now, I’m able to see the possibilities of the “not yet,”  which is reality in the with-God life.

I encourage you to begin a list for your life as well as for your family and community.

The thing is . . .

I would love you to be a part of  RDC and experience a “third-day-experience” of the unimaginable power released on the cross–Kerrie

I will see you on Easter Sunday @ 10:30 am @ RDC Upper Rooms @ 1219 3rd St Salem 97304.

 

 

 

 

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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