A Divine Pause

As I am sitting here on my balcony, sipping my morning coffee, overlooking and taking in the eerily peaceful surroundings of my woodland view, I sensed the Lord’s still small voice. I had been seeking Him, like countless others, on the meaning of this unholy and tragic event that had suddenly come upon and besieged this nation and its inhabitants.

The answer finally came after weeks of asking, praying, pressing in; and finally letting go and resting in the release and confidence that, while I do not know many things, and when answers don’t come—the one thing I know that I know that I know to be true is that God is in control.  God either causes, stops, or allows things to happen; and He does so for our good, whether it looks or feels that way at the time.

Our Blessed Assurance provides comfort in His Word, scribing: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8-9). And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

My spirit is at peace with the truth that God did not cause this. So, if He did not cause it, then why did He not stop it? Since He did not stop it, why did He allow it?  And if God allowed it, for what ‘higher ways’? What good? My spirit was quickened to the revelation that this was not a punishment, but rather a pause—a Divine Pause. An intermission prepared and packaged with every lost opportunity, every shoulda-woulda coulda, every connection not made, moment misused, point escaped, and road not taken, so that we could have a Divine Do-over.

I said “Wow, God, this is good!” He said, “write it as your next article.” I replied, “okay, I will make some notes and do it next week.” He retorted “do it now, today.” As one who honors the Sabbath (Shabbat), I felt the need to remind my Omniscient (All-Knowing), Omnipotent (All-Powerful), and Omnipresent (Ever-Present) Father: “Um, Daddy, you do realize this is the Sabbath, right?” To which I felt a Holy Head Shake and Sovereign Sigh in the Heavenly Realm, with a reminder back: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). I sensed the Lord of the Sabbath saying, “don’t get all religious on me, Matthew.” Yes, Sir. On it. One article coming right up!

Our Divine Daddy gave me a dream some nights ago, as He often speaks to many of us through dreams and visions. In that dream, I was in New Mexico, and I was trying to get to a realtor’s office. I did not have a navigation system in the car I had rented, and the realtor was trying to give me directions to her office over the phone, without really knowing where I was at; although I was trying to explain my bearings to her. Regardless, she seemed convinced that she knew the way, while I was not as confident in her confidence. To make a long story short, as I need to leave certain details out that are between God and me, I sensed the message was one of guarding against being led blindly, or by someone who is sight impaired (figuratively speaking, of course).

This real estate agent, I believe, represented a part of myself that was causing me to not see as clearly as I needed to see all that God had prepared for me during this time.  New Mexico symbolizes “It grows as it Goes, Land of Enchantment, The Colorful State, Yucca Flower” (© 2015. Dr. Barbie Breathitt), and the Yucca Flower represents “a fresh new positive outlook on life as you work through your present situation” (IBID).

I believe that we can be driven by our fears, doubts, discouragement, disappointments, uncertainties, regrets, past perspectives and encounters, and worldly worries to the point where we miss things along the way, sight-impaired or even blinded to those opportunities and moments that are placed and positioned there to help us grow, heal, and receive what we need to be better equipped and to enlarge our capacity.

God is for each and every one of us—if we allow Him to be. Our Wonderful Way-Maker longs to go before us to right every wrong, straighten every crooked path, and smooth out every rough place (Isaiah 45:2). God is not a man who should lie, nor the son of man who needs to repent (Numbers 23:19). God does not play favorites (Acts 10:34), and longs to be our Faithful Forever Father, our Divine Doting Daddy, and our Precious Papa.

yucca-white-flower-flower-stalk-shutterstock-com_12863 (resized)Each of us has a choice to make during this trying time, as we stand at the four-way intersection of this moment, determining which perspective to travel on: we can either stay stuck in ourselves, be led impaired or blindly by our un-surrendered soul or fleshly nature; or take the perspective of the Yucca Flower, and pursue the fresh new positive outlook which causes us to then step into this God-given gift of this Divine Pause, and unwrap everything put in place to redeem us, make us whole, make us better than new, and cause us to step into our Divine Destiny, and Kingdom Eternal purpose, with nothing missing, nothing lacking, and no sorrow added.

May God comfort, refresh, guide, keep, and bless you always.

With warmest regards,

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

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Resting in letting go (Full radio message)

Is something not sitting right in you, Family? Are you tired of holding to on to every promise you are believing God for, my sister? Is your contending leaving you cranky, my brother?  Then maybe it’s time to take a break, and rest in letting go. Come with me, as we respite in the release after relishing in one minute of intro music.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

Breaking down the Lord’s Supper, part one

Why is partaking in and remembering the Lord’s Supper so monumentally important? Come with me to the Communion Table, as we break bread while breaking down this transformational exchange. The revelation of the significance of the bread and contents of the cup should leave you wanting more! Take your seat at the table after allowing one minute of intro music to position you properly.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

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Pressing past regrets, part one (Full radio message)

Are regrets weighing you down?  Still feeling the effects of regrets of years past, family? Then it’s time to cast off those heavy hindrances, and be truly free to move forward in God’s plan and purpose, designed just for you. Step out of operating in and from that place of regret, and step into this week’s message, after experiencing one minute of intro music.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

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The Power of Agreement, part two (Full radio message)

Continue to walk with me in God’s agreement for us, as we conclude this powerful consensus with Heaven. Learn how to truly get in step and walk with the power of agreement, God’s way, which is always the best for us.  Get ready to harmonize after being tuned up with one minute of intro music.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

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The Power of Agreement, part one (Full radio message)

Are you dealing with some disagreeable situations, my brother?  Feeling outdone by your disharmonious circumstances, my sister? Then have I got a tune of triumph for you! Learn how to truly get in step and walk with the power of agreement, God’s way. Get ready to sync up after being calibrated with one minute of intro music.

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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

All things are possible, part one (Full radio message)

Is your ‘knower’ seemingly not working right these days, Family? Is your believing slowing down the delivery of your ‘all things’? Then it’s time for a reset in perspective! Gear up and calibrate your possibility-finder as we reach for the more of ‘all things possible,’ while stepping into this remarkable interaction of believe-ability between a father and Jesus. Step into your possibilities after one minute of intro music.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

We are missing the mark with reparations

shutterstock_1321069454 By R Wellen PhotographyLet me start by saying that I am soberly aware of the profoundly heavy, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and polarizing nature of this topic. And even in stating this, I am confident that my awareness and appreciation for the veracity, agony, complexity of this issue, and what it invokes, is sorely lacking and belies its due diligence.

Nevertheless, I feel compelled to speak on this weighty matter, after having my conscience pricked, and wrestling with it for many months. As a man, I often try to seek God’s heart on matters big and small; albeit, not always with success.  I try to put aside my own fallible and faulty fleshly unctions and self-righteous indignations that I truly have no legitimate claim to, and rise above the weeds of opinions of others for less than altruistic purposes.

It’s not easy, but it is necessary toward the needed healing, restoration, and reconciliation that is, what I believe, the remedy for this atrocity that has never been properly acknowledged.  This is the real root of the issue: the opening of one of the most heinous and hideous doors in the history of our great nation (and yes, this is a great nation) that has never been shut.  We need to address the root issue which opened this door, so that we can properly close this shameful and lingering chapter that has left a great stain and an open self-inflicted wound on this majestic country.  Reparations are merely a symptom with which to woefully and inadequately apply a band aid on something so deep and stench-filled.

To recommend, subscribe to, and support reparations is to dismiss, dilute, cheapen, and silence the blood of those, denigrated and destroyed by these carnages, that cries out from the soil of this nation’s past. These precious sons and daughters, many of whom were brought here against their will, taken captive, and savagely and mercilessly abused and slaughtered by this nation’s ancestors, deserve better. These previous sons and daughters, their sons and daughters, and their seed deserve better than a band aid.

Please understand that I love my country, this One Great Nation Under God. I do and will forever stand for the flag, and kneel for the cross. This, in my opinion, is the greatest nation on earth, and I count myself blessed to live here. Because I think so highly of our great nation, we have an even greater responsibility to right this wrong that has never been dealt with at its core—the root.  I am not here to pass blame, as blame-naming is one of the great strategies of the enemy to keep a people, or a nation, from truly stepping into the healing, restoration, and reconciliation needed to be applied for something so seemingly insurmountable as slavery.

This being said, we must acknowledge and accept responsibility that, while this nation was being birthed, its birthing process was contaminated, and the birth defect that resulted and still remains has never been properly dealt with; therefore, it remains unhealed and unfortunately intact.

As a man of God, I try to seek wisdom and direction in His infallible, immutable, sovereign, healing, restoring, and grace-filled Word: “If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 2:14).  This is what I believe we must do, as a people, as a nation, to address the root issue, the root cause of this devastating injustice, to close and heal this wound, this birth defect, and to shut and seal the doors permanently that were opened way back when.

And it must come from the head, the President of the United States.  I am not singling out any one president.  I have been hopeful for years throughout the succession of US Presidents from either party, for one to stand up during his or her term and make a public acknowledgement, as the highest representative of this nation, to ask forgiveness for this grievous wrong-doing. To truly call a day for this nation to repent so that this wound can be healed, and this door properly closed.  And to publicly find a proper representation of living ancestors of slaves, who are willing to forgive on behalf of their ancestors, those who committed these vicious acts of barbarism and sin against them. The president needs to stand in the gap to seek such forgiveness; and these precious souls need to stand in the gap and to forgive what we have done as a nation—past and present.

And then a bipartisan Congress must act, ratifying a day: a national day of repentance to commence each year so we can look back and remember, not the sins of our fathers; but instead, the day that our president stood up, asked for, and received forgiveness on behalf of a nation, on behalf of its citizens (past, present, and future) from the gracious heart of those trodden underfoot in unimaginable ways, which brought the Healing Hand of God to rain down the Balm of Gilead. To record such a great day that our forgiven nation was finally reconciled to its past, restored to its future, set free, and able to move forward anew; no longer mired with this lingering stench or foul residue, stepping into her glorious destiny, with nothing missing, nothing lacking, and no sorrow added.

May God bless us all, and may God continue to bless these great United States of America.

With warmest regards,

Matthew

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Take up your mat and walk, part two (Full radio message)

What are you carrying around, family? Is it time to unload, arise, and walk a better way?  A ‘certain man’ in this week’s study certainly thought so, after a trip to the local pool earned him a most unlikely encounter with the One who helped him get his groove back. So, what about you? Learn to walk without affliction as we continue our stride through the Book of John.

Increase your position after getting stirred up in one minute of intro music.


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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

Walking in the finished work of Christ (Full radio message)

We already have the victory that Jesus secured for us through His life, death, and resurrection.  When the Son of God and Son of Man uttered His final words on earth “It is finished” (John 19:30), He meant it!  So where is the disconnect between what He said, what He did, and how we walk? What a great question, so let’s find out!

Walk with me in this finished work, after completing one minute of intro music, as we finalize our three-month journey into and through the Beatitudes.

Join me every Wednesday from 7.30-8PM EST/6.30-7PM CST on the Stellar award-winning Soar Radio Network as we experience God as Elaleh (El-aw-lay’), God Who Ascends. You can listen in by downloading the app from the play store, or by visiting www.soarradio.com.

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God bless!

Matthew
www.SuperNaturalLifeCoach.com

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