God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
Drinian’s hand shook on the tiller and a line of cold
sweat ran down his face. The same idea was occurring to
everyone on board. "We shall never get out, never get
out,“ moaned the rowers. "He’s steering us wrong. We’re
going round and round in circles. We shall never get
out.” The stranger, who had been lying in a huddled heap on
the deck, sat up and burst out into a horrible screaming
laugh. “Never get out!” he yelled. "That’s it. Of course. We
shall never get out. What a fool I was to have thought
they would let me go as easily as that. No, no, we shall
never get out.“ Lucy leant her head on the edge of the fighting-top and
whispered, "Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send
us help now.” The darkness did not grow any less, but
she began to feel a little—a very, very little—better.
“After all, nothing has really happened to us yet,” she
thought. “Look!” cried Rynelf’s voice hoarsely from the bows.
There was a tiny speck of light ahead, and while they
watched a broad beam of light fell from it upon the ship.
It did not alter the surrounding darkness, but the whole
ship was lit up as if by a searchlight. Caspian blinked,
stared round, saw the faces of his companions all with
wild, fixed expressions. Everyone was staring in the same
direction: behind everyone lay his black, sharply-edged
shadow. Lucy looked along the beam and presently saw something
in it. At first it looked like a cross, then it looked
like an aeroplane, then it looked like a kite, and at last
with a whirring of wings it was right overhead and was
an albatross. It circled three times round the mast and
then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded
dragon at the prow. It called out in a strong sweet voice
what seemed to be words though no one understood
them. After that it spread its wings, rose, and began to
fly slowly ahead, bearing a little to starboard. Drinian
steered after it not doubting that it offered good
guidance. But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the
mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart”, and
the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a
delicious smell breathed in her face. In a few moments the darkness turned into a greyness
ahead, and then, almost before they dared to begin
hoping, they had shot out into the sunlight and were in
the warm, blue world again.
I must have read The Chronicles of Narnia over a hundred times when I was little. While I always recognized the Christian symbolism, for the most part I just saw it as a good series. As my faith in God grew more important, that perspective started to change though. Certain plot points really took on a new meaning that was relative to my own life. While I was immersed in the most intense part of my depression, the chapter “Dark Island” in Voyage of the Dawn Treader really resonated with me, even though I wasn’t sure why. When I began to finally come to know God as my Father and not just my Creator, He used the chapter again to speak to me. After over ten years of indescribably damaging emotional and spiritual pain, it was hard to believe that the tunnel I’d been walking through for so long had an end. I’d tried everything I knew to make the pain stop but it just didn’t work. I’d been to therapists until I finally elected to act like I was “all better”, so I didn’t have to undergo more treatment that just made things worse. I’d been on an innumerable number of medications to stop the depression and anxiety. I’d tried reaching out to my youth pastors but it ended up with my feeling more isolated than ever. Out of desperation, I’d also turned to things offering a temporary reprieve from the pain, resulting in tossing addiction onto the stack of problems I was already failing to cope with. Being able to approach God in a more real, sustainable way than I’d ever known growing up, had caused some of the brokenness in my heart to begin to mend. Some things just didn’t seem to be improving though and I became discouraged. Then one day I felt God speaking to me using this chapter as an example as to what part of the problem was. After every person and every method I’d reached out to in my life had failed, I’d learned to rely on my own strength because that’s all I had. That had been worked on to an extent but I still had the focus on what spiritual things I had to do to fix things. Like the characters in the book, my own strength was failing me. It didn’t matter how hard I tried to steer my way out of the darkness engulfing me, I was still just as lost. See, neither I or anyone else could fix me. God was the only one who had the kind of influence it took to destroy the night and bring me out into the clear blue sky. I’m using this example to emphasize how important it is that we don’t lose sight of who is actually the Author and Finisher of our faith, of who it is that carries us when we have no hope of carrying ourselves. The Bible never tells us to be strong in ourselves. It reiterates time and time again that we need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. We were never called to push through the trials of life by our own willpower. It’s only in Jesus that we have the true victory, because when He died and rose again, it was HE who made a show of the enemy openly. I didn’t defeat anything and neither did you. We’re saved because of God’s mercy and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. If you’re struggling with something in your life right now, I encourage you to press closer to God. When you’re looking at Him and not at the waves crashing down around you, you’ll be able to walk on the water instead of sinking beneath it.
Jesse Duplantis is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, and the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries. Jesse Duplantis is a False Prophet & False Teacher. He is well known for his comedic style, prosperity teachings, and personal visits from Christ. In his magazine called: “Voice of the Covenant” Jesse Duplantis claims, “The very first thing on Jesus’ agenda was to get rid of poverty.” In his book and video “Close Encounters of the God Kind”, Jesse Duplantis shares how he had a visit to Heaven. There King David told Jesse that he had regretted writing some of his Psalms (which is so UNBIBLICAL!) and then upon seeing Jesus, Jesse noted that Jesus “was taller than I thought He would be.” Safely back on earth, one day Jesse sensed that Jesus was sad over something. After being asked what was wrong by the concerned Duplantis, the Jesus told him, “I need you, boy” (more unbiblical statements.. God doesn’t need us, we need him!). Jesse says that in Aug 1988 he was transported by a Chariot to Heaven and he saw and talked one-on-one with: Jesus Christ, King David, Apostle Paul, Abraham, etc. The comments he states are such complete Heresy, and are Contrary to God’s Word.
There are so many False Gospels being preached today by false teachers that do not lead to true Salvation. So many people are being tricked and or being taught that they are saved just because they said the sinners pray or because they do some good works. People are being deceived by so many false preaches. I have a strong burden to see these people saved from these false teachers and to be brought to true salvation. My goal with this project to warn people about these false teachers that are destroying peoples lives.
rich, white, straight *Christian men typically abuse power the most, wouldn’t you say? (I’m not trying to incite anything and I️ know it sounds like I definitely am having written that, but I️ feel like people don’t acknowledge that aspect enough. Thanks for considering this.)
Kadidja is a 12-year-old believer from Cameroon diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. Her neighbors introduced her to Christ and last year she gave her life to Jesus. “When I’m in church, I feel at ease despite being sick in my body,” she says.
Her Muslim community isn’t happy about this and has warned her mother to stop allowing her to attend church. Despite the threats, Kadidja uses every opportunity to attend church and fellowship with other Christians.
As one of the local pastors said, “The young girl’s faith is remarkable!”
I really wanna express my amazement right now but I just don’t physically have the words to say!! Why do I forget how awesome God is? Why does it have to take an INCREDIBLE conversation with my youth group to remind me?? Why do I doubt?! Am I just like the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years, constantly dismissing God’s provision and love and wonders? Have I not moved on from then??
Oh man, youth group tonight was something else. They are ready, so so ready to go deeper and I can’t believe I didn’t see it before! I’ve had so many questions this week and God answered them all tonight, and my young people spent so long discussing God and the Holy Spirit and whether God’s voice is as direct now as is portrayed in the Bible and sharing dreams and prophecies and healings they’ve been a part of and, honestly my mouth is just like :O right now
When you feel isolated and lonely, consider that God may be trying to teach you that we can trust He will never truly leave us alone.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
When you feel heartbroken, consider that God may be trying to teach you what it means to fully rely on His strength and perfect will.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
When you feel like your future is going nowhere, consider that God may be growing you for the next season of your life in which you would never experience without the growth process first.
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2)
When you feel hopeless, consider that God may be trying to show you He gives us eternal hope, which outweighs the temporary hope this world offers us.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
The point is, God can teach us in every situation of our lives… we need only to be open to learning what that is.