I am off for Kenya this Thursday, but still in need of some resources to cover my costs and bless the children. It is not unusual for last minute gifts to arrive, so if you have been waiting to see if there is a need, now is the time to act. You can give through my website using PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. If you send a check, please let me know, so I can make sure I take the cash with me from your contribution. I have made my needs known to you in every way possible, now it is time for you to act. Thank you and now let's continue with our series What You See is What You Get.
Yesterday I preached in my home church about the story of Jacob having a dream of angels descending and ascending over him in Genesis 28. Jacob was heading north to find a wife and went to sleep in the open air, only to see a staircase with angels ascending and descending to and from heaven. Jacob's response is found in 28:16: "When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.'” Up to that point in his life, Jacob had heard about God from his parents. In Genesis 28, Jacob heard from the Lord Himself.
How often have you struggled with a situation only to have your eyes opened to see that it was the Lord who orchestrated it or who was working something good out of what others intended for evil? It isn't until you change the way you look at your situation that your situation begins to change. Perhaps up to the time he had the dream, Jacob was focused on the long, 619-mile journey to find a wife. After the dream, he saw that he was on a pilgrimage to meet and know God. What changed? The only thing that changed was Jacob's perspective. That altered perspective went on to change Jacob into Israel, a man who was no longer a conniver but a prince of God. This is another example of the truth that what you see is what you get.
Jesus referred to this story in Genesis 28 in John 1:51: "He then added, 'Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.'” While Jacob only understood part of this dream, we now have the full picture. When you are in Christ, you don't have to act like Jacob to earn or manipulate God's blessings. You will never deserve God's grace, but you can freely receive it by being in Christ! The angels are ascending and descending on Him and those who are in Him.
If you see this truth of your benefits in Christ, you will be a changed person. You won't go begging God for anything; you will rest in His promises and thank Him in advance for their arrival. You won't fret about purpose or goals or provision. You will just believe and receive what you see by His grace.
I'll keep this short because I have much to do to get ready to go this week. I hope you have enjoyed this series on What You See Is What You Get. Ask God this week to open your eyes to the reality of what He is doing in the world around you and in your own life. Pray that He will allow you to see His provision for you so you can enjoy it when you see it and when it eventually comes. I am not sure I will write next Sunday from Kenya, but if I don't, I hope you will review this series and let it sink deep down in your heart and mind that what you see is indeed what you will ultimately receive from the Lord. Thank you and God bless you!
HELP! You can read more about my upcoming trips and the financial needs that go with them on my personal site. Then please give through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you for your help! I depart for Kenya on February 26.