verb ~ be·lieve | \ bə-ˈlēv
Definition of believe
1 a: to consider to be true or honest
b: to accept the word or evidence of
2: to hold as an opinion
1 a: to accept something as true, genuine, or real
b: to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion: to regard the existence of God as a fact
2: to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something
3: to hold an opinion
verb ~ be·long | \ bi-ˈlȯŋ , bē-\
belonged; belonging; belongs
Definistion of belong
1 a: to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous
b: to be in a proper situation
2 a: to be the property of a person or thing --used with to
b: to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency --usually used with to
c: to be a member of a club, organization, or set --usually used with to
3: to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing
4: to be properly classified
Do you believe God? Believe in God? and/or Belong to God? There are many humans who believe in the existence of a Creator, a Supreme Being, in essence God. There are those who believe in God, HIS word, HIS promise, HIS light, HIS truth, and HIS revelation. And then there are those, which is the smallest in number of the three groups, who belong to God. What a person believes, believes in and belongs to changes the outcome of their life. Each individual is given a free choice to believe God or not, believe in God or not, and/or belong to God or not. For me, belonging has made the greatest difference...it is always being at home, never lost. It is always be secure, never insecure. It is always having value, purpose and destiny. It is always knowing who I am because I belong to God, I am HIS daughter. I am at home in HIS Presence.
Annually I read through the Gospels of Jesus Christ and this year I noticed something in a different way. When Jesus first began in ministry, fulfilling the call of God on HIS life, He had 12 disciples, and crowds of thousands following Him. As long as the signs, wonders and miracles prevailed He was popular. In His third year of ministry, when He left Jericho on His way to Jerusalem, the believers heralded Him as King, the unbelievers walked away, and the religious leaders falsely accused Him. Shortly thereafter, following the Passover meal, one of his disciples departed to betray Him. In the garden of Gethsemane, none of the remaining disciples could stay awake to pray with Him. As in all things when it is easy, the crowds that follow are large. When it is not easy, the ones you counted on have fallen asleep. Not one disciple encouraged Yeshua to go to the cross, even though it was the complete fulfillment of HIS destiny. The redemption of humanity was the most important action of His time on earth. It was the time when HIS obedience mattered the most. Although I wish it wasn't true and that it was someone else's story, I have noticed the same in the last 24 years of ministry. In the beginning, everyone was excited, supportive, encouraging and wanted to be in my inner circle of friends. Now, most of those that were there in the beginning have taken other paths, some faithful few have moved to heaven, and in the times when I have needed prayer and/or financial support the most...it has been the least. As I have purposed to walk out the Calling of God in my life, the betrayals have increased, just as it did with Yeshua. I am grateful that HE is my faithful model, mentor, and friend. I am grateful that HE is always faithful and true as I have learned true eternal joy is found only in complete obedience to ELOHIM!
Scripture references: Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
As a parable…we are living in the Kingdom of God. In HIS Kingdom on earth are various educational facilities. God is the superintendent. Jesus Christ is the entrance administrator. The Teacher is the Holy Spirit. Everyone in God’s Kingdom is tested at one time or another. When we fail a test, God offers it again and again until we pass. As we mature in our spiritual relationship, God may invite us to be the test paper for someone else taking a test. Usually it is a test that we have passed so that we know how to mentor, pray and encourage the person taking the test.
As a forerunner in HIS Kingdom, because of the call on my life, I am the test paper. Painfully I have learned that it is essential not to take “being the test paper” assignment personally. Because we all know if someone passes a test…they take you to dinner, buy you flowers and chocolates and you immediately become their best friend. However, if they fail the test, it immediately becomes your fault, you become their least favorite person, hopefully they don’t betray you, but they might. One of the most common ways that a testimony is developed is because someone took a test and either failed, passed, or excelled.
It is essential to remember that it is in fact God’s Kingdom, HE is the superintendent, Jesus Christ is the entrance administrator and the Holy Spirit is the teacher. It is important not to get our role mixed up with theirs.
Scripture references: Genesis 22:1; Exodus 16:14; Exodus 20:20; Judges 7:4; Jeremiah 17:10; Proverbs 17:3; Psalm 105:19; Hebrews 11:17; 1 Peter 1:7; Revelation 2:10.
P.S. At this juncture in time I find myself extraordinarily grateful for the many teachers, professors, mentors, supervisors and leaders that have graciously been my test paper as I have walked through this life in the Kingdom of God on earth!
A Legacy is a Gift to the Next Generation. Each individual chooses the type of Legacy they will leave their family and friends. I am very grateful that my Dad chose to leave me a Legacy of Life.
In loving memory of My Dad (Clarence Franklin Easton 03.17.1924-10.04.2000)...the one who taught me to Walk in Integrity, Stand in Faith, Trust in God, Work Hard, Seek Wisdom, Ask Questions, Never Stop Learning, Speak Truth, Never Give Up, Respect America's Flag, Pray Often, Avoid Addictions, Be on Time, Keep Commitments, Love Unconditionally, Be Strong not Dominating, Forgive Often and read the Bible daily. He was a first generation Christian, a WWII Veteran, a brother, uncle, Dad, husband, grandfather and friend. He left a rich legacy for his family. What I miss the most is that he always believed in me.
An instrument producing a recognized sound, a clarion call, an alarm to hear the voice of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! (Isaiah 5:26; Zechariah 10:8).
A worship instrument symbolizing the faithful life of a true intercessor of the MOST HIGH GOD! (Genesis 1, 2; Isaiah 59; Jeremiah 27:18; Luke 2:37; Romans 8; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 5, 6, 7, 11; 1 Peter 3:12; Revelation 8:3-4; Revelation 21, 21).
“I AM THAT I AM” ~ A worship instrument that aligns the resonations of our soul with the Spirit of the MOST HIGH GOD! A sound of holy alignment and order. (Genesis 28:15; Exodus 3:14; John 14, 15, 16, 17; Hebrews 5, 6, 7, 11; Revelation 21:6).
An instrument demonstrating the sovereign authority, justice, and righteous power of ABBA ADONAI! (Psalm 46, 72, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150; Joel 3:16; Haggai 2:6-7; Mark 6:11; Hebrews 12:26).
March, 11, 2017 ~ HIS ETERNAL VICTORIOUS CHAMPION ~ 2017 ~ The Year of the Home Runs (Genesis 1 and 2; Exodus 26:7-8; Exodus 36:14-15; Esther 5:1; Psalms 3 and 11; Zephaniah 3:17; John 2, 14, 15, 16, 17; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Hebrews 5, 6, 7, 11; Revelation 3:11-12, 5, 21, and 22).
Many years ago, my daughter invited a friend from her Girl Scout Troop to spend the night. Angela (age 11) was taking a beginning sewing class to earn her first badge in Girl Scouts. The troop leader was the mother of the friend spending the night.
During the course of the evening, my daughter's friend, also age 11, make a comment about being "Lucky!" I immediately corrected her and said that because we were Christians we didn't believe in "Luck" we believed in God. The little girl smiled and said that she was also a Christian and she learned in her Sunday School class that LUCKY was an acronym for LIVING UNDER CHRIST'S KINDNESS YES! I immediately apologized for correcting her and thanked her for teaching me something new that day. Sometimes children are the best teachers. May we all be fortunate enough to live L.U.C.K.Y. lives every day!