The Church’s Need For Prophetic Zeal – By Thomas Koester

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the State, but rather the conscience of the State. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” Martin Luther King Jr.

This prophetic statement by MLK has come true. And, not only so for the loss of the Church’s moral obligation to State, but more so, for the Church’s spiritual obligation to God and his Kingdom.

Every Church must become self-critical of it’s unique mission and calling to it’s own secular communities. The reason why so many Churches have become Country Clubs, is because of self-focus.

Focused on its income, or lack thereof, rather than its outcome.

Focused on its memberships rather than discipleship.

Focused on career clergy and limited to a “do it all staff,” rather delegating ministry to the congregants who can create an exponential impact.

Focused on electrified, charismatic and dynamic leaders to attract people to create spectators and those who value entertainment more than engagement.

So people flock to County Club Churches to appease their conscience and sense of obligation of assembling together — a sort of paying respects to God with a few worship songs, a monetary tip or token, a short, but inspirational message, all wrapped up with a few handshakes and hugs, and “Ill see you next week, bring-your-friends-and-family plan” benediction.

Meanwhile, the cities and communities remain in spiritual shambles, because the Church has abdicated its mission and calling to the State and to State programs, rather than Her calling to occupy until Jesus’ return and expand his Kingdom beyond the walls of sanctuaries and stained glass windows.

People of God, recapture your “prophetic zeal!” God wants a Church without walls and a gospel message proclaimed loudly in the streets and marketplaces, rather than whispered from pulpits to the faithful few.

Most Churches have a faithful minority of approximately 10% to 20% of their congregations, which also includes the clergy. These 20% percenters pay 80% to 90% of the ministy’s budget in order to support and minister to the majority, who have no heart to obey; even worse, most preaching is to placate the majority and to foster and encourage their passivity. Because of this model, many churches have “become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

Dr. King’s assessment and warning of 1967 remains true to this day. And sadly, the transforming and redeeming power of the Gospel message has been muted by the traditions of men and the promotion of passivity. If you watch the news, you’ll realize that the church is progressively, and forcibly being silenced and threatened by a new minority of secularism and godlessness.

1 Samuel 15:22 (CEV)

22 “Tell me,” Samuel said. “Does the Lord really want sacrifices and offerings? No! He doesn’t want your sacrifices. He wants you to obey him.

James 1:22-24 (MSG)

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

A convention on spiritual gifts is useless without an outlet to exercise them. Even in the failure and mistakes of exercising spiritual gifts comes growth, as it will ultimately edify and build up the whole church. But to ignore spiritual gifts, and worse, create ministries which do not need them is treason against the Kingdom of God; rejection of the Holy Spirit and it turns The Great Commission into The Great Compromise!

Furthermore, a people with a lack of vision will eventually perish, and a people uninvited and unequipped in ministry will become bored and will struggle with personal sin and defeatism. They will become slaves to their old ways for lack of invitation and engagement to the ways of God.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (ERV)

11 And that same Christ gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people.12 Christ gave these gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. 13 This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.

Let’s all encourage one another with the purpose of our calling to greater faith in God, so that we together may reach maturity in Christ, and so present the world with the passion of Christ in us.

Then the whole earth will know of God’s amazing love through his Holy People.

Even In The Shadow of Death, God is Near – By Thomas Koester

The Enemy’s plan: Cause you pain to rob you of your future. God’s plan: Give you a future through your pain and rob the Enemy.

On October 11, 2013 I had symptoms of a heart attack, and was was admitted to the hospital, after several EKGs, blood work, nitro tablets, pain meds and then a stress test the following morning, the diagnosis was that the “heart attack” symptoms were stress induced. So, I created a few boundaries to lessen my stress levels and started some prescribed meds.

On November 13, 2013, I tripped on the mid-landing of our stairs, snapped my left quadriceps and then flew the rest of the way, landing on the hardwood floor below. Another trip to the ER and then surgery to reattach the quadriceps muscle and tendons occurred on November 27, 2013. I was in post op recovery and physical therapy since the day before Thanksgiving.

January 8, 2014, I came down with the flu. Never once have I ever had asthma, but by Friday, January 10, 2014 I was admitted into the ER for respiratory distress, complications from the flu and was prescribed with an inhaler and other meds.

In all of these illnesses and accidents, I bowed my head and thanked God for each and everyone. I did not maintain a positive attitude all the time. I had grumpy and hard days, and made it difficult for my wife to take care of me. But what brought me through each and every trial was the comfort of knowing that none of these events, no matter how painful, frightening or threatening, were outside or beyond the control of a loving Heavenly Father, who had permitted these trials and may have even order them in my behalf.

I create both light and darkness;
I bring both blessing and disaster.
I, the Lord, do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

To complicate these past three months of illness, sickness and my fall down the stairs is that we had lost our healthcare on July 31, 2013, due to a single and sudden increase of our premiums, further complicated by a substantial reduction in income, increased the severity and reality of what we were then left to face.

But still, in all of this and even the onset of the very serious flu I had, I was thanking God and welcoming the chills, fever, aches and pain. This past flu was so bad, that I had made my peace with God and ordered the affairs of my inner house and readied myself to meet my Maker. Yet, I continued to thank him for permitting even the possibility death.

“The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you, and you will not have to search for him any more. If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.” Isaiah 30:20-21

Since all this begun in mid October, 2013, my trust and confidence in God had grown. I had witnessed so may kisses and hugs from God all through these events. They are too numerous to list. But suffice it to say, as I surrendered my will to God and rather than complain and blame, I yielded and accepted each attack, fall and sickness as instruments in the hands of a loving God taking my momentary losses and messes and creating something out from all the chaos I had encountered.

You see, if we put our faith into God’s promises, just like Abraham did, God can, in His power do unbelievable miracles, even raise the dead and speak things into existence that did not before exist.

“As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He is our father in God’s sight, in whom Abraham believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.” Romans 4:17

I am beginning to see the semblance, artistry, order and beauty from those past three months of chaos, pain and sickness and financial ruin. The very things that could’ve destroyed me were called out by God for a better purpose than death.

“On the day when the forts of your enemies are captured and their people are killed, streams of water will flow from every mountain and every hill. The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter than usual, like the light of seven days in one. This will all happen when the Lord bandages and heals the wounds he has given his people.” Isaiah 30:25-26

You see, when the earth was formless and in a state of darkness and chaos, His Spirit hovered over the darkness, over the empty waters and then God began to speak life, beauty, color, order, boundaries and life into existence.

“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water.

Then God said, “Let there be light!” So there was light. God saw the light was good. So God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light day, and the darkness he named night. There was evening, then morning—the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be a horizon in the middle of the water in order to separate the water.” So God made the horizon and separated the water above and below the horizon. And so it was. God named what was above the horizon sky. There was evening, then morning—a second day.” Genesis 1:2-8 (Gods Word)

It is in the nature of God to begin with chaos, disorder and emptiness and begin speaking beauty out of each of our messes. Whether these messes are bad news, sickness, disease or even betrayals, God has the ability to transform all of it into order, semblance, artistry and beauty.

But in order to go from the pain and chaos to beauty and rest, we must join God in faith that He knows what he’s doing. And the best way to do this is to thank him for every ounce; every moment of every pain, loss or hardship. You see, this grants God the permission to bless you through your struggles and hardships, because he can therefore reward your faith and trusting spirit. But bitterness, anger, blaming, or even un-forgiveness robs God of the very opportunity to bless you from all these things, and your faithlessness turns your mess into confused and meaningless tragedy.

So, I encourage you, yes, I en-courage you to begin to thank God for your present suffering, loss or betrayals and kiss the chains which bind you and the suffering which has inflicted you. I en-courage you to rather welcome what has come into your life with a “good morning pain!” or “good evening to suffering.” It changes everything and allows the Holy Spirit of God, hovering over the chaos, darkness and emptiness to start speaking things into existence over your life through all that appears out of control and, which may even be deadly.

Trust in the God, who holds all things together by the Word of his Power and who has even raised his own Son to life from death. God is well experienced in creating order out of chaos, it is his specialty!

My dear friend. Trust that there is absolutely nothing which can separate you from the Love of God found in Christ Jesus. Not things in heaven, nor things in the earth or under the earth; not height nor depth, not even the sword, nor perilous times and neither darkness or dark forces shall separate you from the Love and purpose of God.

But, you can distort what God wants to do by your attitude and being regretful or blaming God, the Devil, the World and others for what you’re encountering, or you can welcome it, thanking him, surrendering to his Will and Power and become all that he has desired to make of you. I can tell you it will be beautiful — it will be eternal and it will satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.

Oh, and by the way, God even works through mean bosses, difficult exes, in-laws and out-laws. You just got to start thanking him for where you are and who’s around you.

“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” Romans 8: 28 (The Voice)

Accept, welcome and thank God for his plan concerning you — God wants to display his love for you and satisfy you with good things. He’s not just God, but your Heavenly Father, wanting to father you through all of life, as his son or daughter.

…even in the shadow of death, God is near. Look for him, and he will be found. Put your faith in God, in his ability and power over your chaos. Amen

The Power of Forgiveness – A True Story – By Thomas Koester

“Reconciliation Starts Here – Forgiveness Starts Here …This is Why it is Such A Powerful Weapon”

Christ came to reconcile our past and future, so that we may live real and abundant lives in the present. Time and forgetfulness cannot heal old wounds, this is why Christ announced his anointing through the reading of Isaiah 61:

“The Sovereign Lord is upon me and has anointed me to preach good news to the spiritual poor and impoverished, to heal the broken hearted; setting captives free, and proclaiming release for the imprisoned.”

Yes he came for our salvation, but he also came for our healing; to release us from our captivities and to set us free from our bondages. All of these things are from our past. The above list is most often what has happened to us and Christ is ready to go there with you.

I was the guest speaker at a men’s retreat a few years ago for a men’s group from a Church which I had not visited or was familiar with. At the opening of the retreat, I was introduced to all the men in the group, and one of the men was familiar to me. I introduced myself to this gentlemen, and I immediately recalled that this was the man who had molested me as a child, some forty six years earlier.

What ended up happening, was nothing short of a miracle and the beauty of the Kingdom of God — peace between the lion and the lamb was about to occur. God had given me the message of reconciliation and forgiveness a few days before the retreat. But before God would allow me to speak on it, he asked me to reconcile with this man now, and at that moment, and to forgive him before I do anything else.

So, with God’s grace and power, I cooperated with His Spirit of forgiveness and mercy. I had kept this man’s offense to myself and proceeded with the rest of the retreat. I walked with God into my past. Christ Jesus brought us peace, healing, freedom and release. Chains fell off that weekend and a new friendship was born.

Later I had learned that this man had become a Christian shortly after he had molested me so many decades ago. But, until I had forgiven him I was buried under a mountain of shame.

God, through Christ Jesus is reconciling the world back to God, including our past. Sometimes his Spirit of Grace brings us backwards to reconcile past hurts, past captivities and past imprisonments. Whether it’s us behind the bars of hatred and unforgiveness, or whether we’re the jailer, holding the keys of someone else’s past offenses, we have divine weapons against fear, hatred and unforgiveness.

Through the Men’s Retreat, God had shown me that we can only stumble over our past, if it is left in a state of unforgiveness and left unreconciled. Because God is eternal, the Alpha and Omega, he exists in our past, present and future. The works of Christ, destroying the works of the Devil in all the areas and seasons of our lives is both completed and ongoing in a multidimensional way, unhindered by time and place.

All governments are upon his shoulders. The expanse of his Kingdom shall know no end. He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6. He is there all the time, and in every area of our lives, past, present and future, but you must believe and obey Him and listen to His voice.

I cannot stress how significant the voice of the Lord is and how important it is to listen, follow and obey. Read the Bible as though it is written to you first before anyone else. You’ll then know what to do and how to do it.

“He has shown you, O child, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Micah 6:8

We can enter into our future with triumph, because Jesus Christ has triumphed over our pasts, and if we work with him, he will bring us to the place of forgiveness, even forgiveness for our past enemies, abusers and those who’ve betrayed our hearts. It worked out for me, and it can work out for your too!

Forgiveness is such a powerful weapon for good. It “liberates the soul.”

God presented me with the opportunity at that retreat — God did not force me to forgive, he simply setup the circumstances. I could’ve gone on hating the perpetrator, exposing him to public shame, condemnation and ridicule. But hatred condemnation, shame and self-ridicule was also the same mountain on top of me.

God softened my heart and Jesus gentley lead me to the cross, and there, at His cross, in a miraculous way, both of our mountains were removed, our hearts softened and forgiveness was granted to us both.

Journey with God, as he leads you, and do not dismiss your past, but have the courage and faith to follow Him wherever he leads you.

Maybe the circumstance that you’re presented with here and now is your opportunity to also give and receive forgiveness.

I can promise you this, when you forgive it’s because God is already there.

“Reconciliation Starts Here – Forgiveness Starts Here …This is Why it is Such A Powerful Weapon”

Healing A Wounded Heart – The Greatest Turning Point – By Thomas Koester

A wound where there are no tears is a wound that refuses to be healed.

A splinter under the skin, if left alone and ignored will eventually fester to a point of infection. Your body is rejecting the foreign object no matter how small it is, the pain calls out for your attention. If you ignore it too long, you could end up in the emergency room.

How about your heart?

Why ignore the pain?

Your heart is more precious than a finger; you can live without a finger, but you cannot live without your heart.

Sometimes we’re strong in the wrong things and at the wrong times, but to be weak in the right things brings true strength.

If you are hurting, in pain and are crushed in spirit, heart and soul, you may be at the greatest turning point of your life. You may actually be dwelling with God in a high and protected place, but you must share your tears with God, or you’ll be swallowed up in bitterness and left alone on earth.

Isaiah 57:15 (TLB)

“The high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite, humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Psalm 51:17 (HCSB)

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.”

Let God encounter your tears, after all, he is the Everlasting Father. Share it with him as your sacrifice. Come to him crushed, broken, betrayed, rejected and despised. He’s well acquainted with all of this and more. He allows it to touch your life, not to destroy you, but to draw you closer to himself.

God wants to father you…

Simply trust and turn to God and surrender your rights to be offended; your anger for being abused; your self hatred for being molested, raped and violated. God specializes with hurting and wounded people, and he’d rather be with you than with Kings and Queens.

The moment you offer up to God your tears and pain, you are with him in spirit and in truth.

Isaiah 42:3 (TLB)

“He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged.”

God won’t exploit your bruises. He’ll not snuff out your heart, even if its barely lit and barely alive.

God desires to be your daddy…

Give it all over to God. If you do, he’ll see to it that justice is served, and you can give your revenge a proper burial.

Then, you’ll knock down your walls of despair and make them into a dance floor and you’ll dance with your Abba, just as He’s always wanted too.

Don’t live with the pain. Time is not the Healer of all wounds, that’s lie.

God is the Healer of all wounds, and he’s waiting to hear your cries directed towards him, so that He may act.

“O my people in Jerusalem, you shall weep no more, for he will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. He will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19

Give it up to God. Let it out and drink in God’s presence and love, and so be healed and restored.

Become healed in the name of Jesus! He came to seek out the lost and broken, and there is no one he cannot save or heal.

This may be one of your greatest days and greatest turning points.

Your heart and soul is God’s specialty!

It’s All Just Cornflakes – By Thomas Koester

Toni and I often talk about life changes, boundaries and priorities. The irony of facing death is that it forces you to a greater life and more meaningful living.

We actually do need to die in some respects to those things which promote death, and live more towards those things which promotes life. It’s like choosing between bacon, which I love, but it promotes death and beansprouts, which I hate, but promotes life. However, living a life on hospital food is certainly no fun either. So, we strive for a balance. And this is what my brush with death has taught me.

The movie “Click”, with Adam Sandler, has some great truths running through it, along with it’s great humor and satire.

Morty (The Angel of Death), played by Christopher Walken, tells Michael Newman, played by Adam Sandler, who’s fast-forwarding his way through life with an enchanted TV clicker, the following:

Morty: remarks:

“He’s always chasing the pot of gold, but when he gets there, at the end of the day, it’s just cornflakes.”

Towards the end if the movie (WARNING SPOILER ALERT) Michael finally gets it, and cries out, in the throughs of death:

Michael Newman: [dying] “Family, family… FAMILY COMES FIRST.”

Isn’t it so true? Family should come first, and I can promise, in the very moment when life is quickly, or slowly draining from your body, its family which first comes to your mind…

…”I want to see and hold my first grandchild from Josh and Jenny.”

“Oh my goodness, today is Tessa’s 24th Birthday, and I’m going to miss it!”

Tears began rolling down my face, as I began to see those moments of life fast-forwarding before me. And that was my wake up call, at 2:30 in the morning, Friday, October 11, 2013, as I sat in triage all alone, and when the reality of “heartattack” was suggested by the physician.

I wanted to exchange “I love you’s” with my wife and children one more time! I wanted to see who’d become my son, Jordan’s wife and welcome her into our family.

I confess that not one of my projects, clients or deadlines entered my mind, while facing the prospect of a heartattack. Not one more contract signings or one more insurances settlement; which, I have to face, is most likely what put me into the hospital in the first place.

I need to say “yes” to life and “no” to death. It’s the wrong choices in the those subtle decisions, which can soon pile up into a health disaster. It is all those times, when the tyranny of less important things over rules the more significant things of life.

“Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no, anything more than that is from the Evil One.” Matthew 5:37 – Jesus of Nazareth

I may be wrong, but I don’t think striving to properly love your family, keeping your promises; being home ontime for dinner, or kissing your wife and kids good bye in the morning, has put anybody into the hospital.

Proverbs 4:23 says it best: “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.”

It is the redeemed heart, where God lives, which is our source of life. This too is where our families live and dwell. This is also where the love of our life dwells. Work should never enter our hearts the way God and our loved ones do, for it will always push God, family and our loved ones out. Guard your heart more than anything else!

Our missedplaced priorities will always attack what truly matters to our hearts, and, if ignored, may eventually cause a heartattack.

So, my new motto for life:

“Family, family… …FAMILY COMES FIRST.”

In this, we find all the treasures of life, and it is those relationships and memories, which are worth living for.

After all, everything else, “at the end of the day is just cornflakes!”

Where Have All The Good Men Gone? – By Thomas Koester

“Where have all good men gone, and where are all the gods?

Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?

Late at night, I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero till the end of the night

He’s gotta be strong, and he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero till the morning light

He’s gotta be sure, and it’s gotta be soon, and he’s gotta be larger than life…” Lyrics by Bonnie Tyler

“In peace nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility; but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, disguise fair nature with hard favored rage. . .” William Shakespeare

We live to fight for others; dammit, there’s no time for cowardice of heart or the indulgence of sorrow and pity…we have no time for what might have been, but only for what must be done! …Stop licking your wounds, get’m healed by Christ himself then back into the fight we go!

We men, must in great hast, understand the times in which we live. It is of no accident or coincidence that you’ve been born in such infamous days. You will not survive what lies ahead unless you ready yourself, strengthen your heart and clear your mind of worry.

Your very soul is witnessing your actions; your wife and kids are watching; angels are gathering and demons are unsettled.

Become the man you’ve been destined and chosen to be, and give your God his due or die trying.

Our warfare is not against men and politics; we’re not battling flesh and blood, minorities or extremist; our fight is with spiritual wickedness in high places and unseen principalities; evil puppeteers preying on the weakness of mortal men, enticing them with absolute power to cause absolute corruption.

Pay attention! If you refuse to battle the spiritual darkness of our time you’ll be swept up into it’s evil, for neutrality is equality with Darkness and bystanders will soon become backsliders.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Good men, do something! Doing nothing is an abandonment of your masculine soul and God given role in this world. There are only two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Heaven. Your convictions and actions dictate to which Kingdom you belong and not your “good” intentions.

Turn your gaming and playtime into the prayers of warriors and saints. Act like the heros of our ancient faith, who’ve never seen their victories in the land of the living, but gave their lives nonetheless. It is they which are in the heavens, cheering us towards glory and final victory.

“As it goes, everyone will receive what his actions in life have cultivated. Whoever has labored diligently and patiently to do what is right—seeking glory, honor, and immortality—God will grant him endless joy in life eternal. But selfish individuals who make trouble, resist the truth, or sell out to wickedness will meet a very different fate—they will find fury and indignation as the fruit of living in the wrong.” – Romans 2:6-8 (VOICE)

Start doing what is right and true; do it with everything you’ve got. What you do, or not do, has eternal consequence.

Say: “goodbye” to selfishness and passivity and say: “hello” to glory, honor and immortality!

Earn your crowns, so that you’ll have something to lay down at the feet of your King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

There is no room for second place winners in the Halls of Heaven.

“Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.” 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15 (MSG)

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” William Shakespeare

We need men to be men, transitioning into warriors and not into women.

Where have all the good men gone?

He’s you! I dare you to come out from hiding.

God Is Live Right Now – By Thomas Koester

“Did you know that God is wirelessly available this very moment, with unmatched bandwidth from Heaven’s Throne? God has infinitely more knowledge than Alexa. He has more wisdom than Siri…”

God does desire your worship of him, but worship is not an end in itself; it’s not the pinnacle of what you have to give the crazed Lover of your soul. He’s after your heart. Your heart is what he wants from you. For without it, your worship is empty and unpleasing to him.

God is not happy with only raised hands, bowed heads and pretty choruses — he’s not impressed with your Sunday’s best, and part-time devotion!

He’s poured out all his pent up wrath against sin on His very own Son, so that he can pour out all his love on you. He’s found a way to make you his very own and desires to be the sole occupant of your heart. He wants your desire to match his Son’s desire to be in him, so that together, Father and Son may dwell in you!

What will it take for you to cut out and remove what is useless and self-destructive to your precious heart and soul?

Is not your life hard enough, empty enough, lonely enough that you’ll go on without God?

You want all these things; all the answered prayers and open doors, but are you really pursuing God, or simply what you want from him?

He’s not behind the doors for which you so wearily push against; earnestly seeking safety, comfort and security. He’s not playing hide and seek with you, he wants to be found as your One and Only Lover and Everlasting Father.

Only in returning to him, will you find everything you are truly seeking and desiring.

Pray to receive him. Climb over every obstacle to find Him, and not what your flesh cries out for, which by the way are only temporal remedies of an eternal desire. God’s promise is that he will be found, if you seek him and him alone with your whole heart.

But perhaps you haven’t done so, at least not with all your heart and strength, or else this note you’re reading wouldn’t be speaking so deeply to you. To honestly and sincerely turn towards God, is my dear friend the only change and the most important decision that you must make at this moment – at this very second.

All other passions, concerns and worries must be trained on the heart of your Fierce Lover and only Healer of your heart and soul. All other methods are simply medicating you. Worldly tips and techniques are not healing you, but masking the pain. “Time does [not] heal all wounds,” God does! God wants you restored and made whole, not medicated.

You want to talk about hands-free devices?

Did you know that God is wirelessly available this very moment, with unmatched bandwidth from Heaven’s Throne? God has infinitely more knowledge than Alexa. He has more wisdom than Siri. We 21st Century Christian are so distracted, but not with idols made of wood and stone, but with artificial intelligence (A.I.)!

We crave Idols that talk back, that hear our every word that answer our immediate questions! Yet the God of Creation, the very One who knows you by name, and has counted every strand of your hair, and has collected like diamonds and precious jewels, each and every tear you’ve shed, waits patiently for your devotion and your “signing in.”

He’s far greater than LinkedIn and has greater opportunities than Ziprecruiter. He wants more than your marketshare and algorithms — He wants all of you; body, mind and soul, but especially your whole heart.

God fills your heart, but the Internet, well, it leaves holes in your heart and never, absolutely never fills your heart as God can. The internet is designed to keep you empty, shallow and alone, causing you to need and crave things more and more.

God is not after your money. He’s not marketing you — He’s trying to love you like you’ve never been loved before. He wants to update and download into the center of your being and fillup your memory with images of Heaven that you’ll never find on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

Did I mention how much I needed to hear this?

My name is Thomas Koester, and I’m addicted to A.I. too. I need, more than I’d like to admit, the words that I’ve written in this article. I am convicted too!

Close this post. Log off Facebook. Shut down your devices. Lower the lights and open your heart to Him. Log into Heaven’s Throne, and tune into God’s presence and scroll up to His homepage, so that you may truly see and truly hear, so that you may truly live!

God is live right now, and his livefeed is where you’ll find real life and all that you’ve been longing for…

…I’m signing in.