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-Michael Thacker
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When Waiting Seems Impossible 

Whether it is waiting for a plane, bus, answers to questions, in line for a movie, etc, it always seems to kill a small part of our inner most self. As humans impatience is an intergral and quite unnecessary part of who we are. 

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“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Why are we so impatient? Because it is primarily based upon our own fleshly desires. Our flesh prompts us and entices us to not wait, but rather to get it now. Just like an old money commercial I saw once, “It is my money and I want it now!” Was the message of the commercial.
Right now my wife and I are in the process of waiting for a loan approval for a house in Colorado. 

With this approval, if approved, will send us into an unknown future of moving our daughter with Leukemia, dogs and things within our current home up into the mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet all while my wife is pregnant with our second child.

The first question popping into your mind as you read this as does the same with everyone we come into contact is, “Why?” The answer is not clear, but simply put is because we have felt the call to move up there and start a new life and have felt the Lord prompting us to do so, and at the same time we want to get our daughter set up with cannabis oil to help her battle through the treatment of her Leukemia.

Now, of course I always like to make it clear that we do not completely know if God is calling up there or not. But the call and pull have been strong for quite sometime now and the signs have been pointing that way over the years. 

How will we know if God is calling us to Colorado? At this point we have seen many signs pointing the way as well as open doors guiding us through. We are now at the final door, awaiting the approval of the loan with uncertainty of whether it will happen while at the same time keeping faith that God will open the final door and bring us to where He wants us to be. 

Colorado is our second home to us and we feel more at home there than we do at our own home. But all in all the point of the story is the fact that we are waiting. Not only are we waiting, but we are waiting for one of the biggest decisions and moves we have ever done up to this point in our life.

The waiting period has been tough and seems to crunch us down each passing day as we eagerly wait on God. At this point we are ready to jump up and move and follow God’s call upon our life, which is good, but we must also show restraint, discipline, humbleness and patience.

How do we find peace during the waiting time? How do we keep faith during the times of what seems like we are floating in the unknown? By leaning on the Lord and not on our own understanding. We let go of worry and not focus on the uncertainty of the situation. But instead keep focused on Jesus and know that He has went before us and will bring us to where we need to be at the exact right time.

Even though it seems like times of uncertainty we must always know that God knows all things and with Him all things are good and work for the good. We have to let go of fear and cling to faith in God. What are you having to wait for today? Are you being patient and waiting on the Lord?

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-Michael Thacker
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Steep Valley

Cisterns run dry,

And valleys steep low.

But in You I will trust,

And where you lead I will go.

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Waves rage high,

And the wind blows hard.

But You hold me up,

And Your word is my guard.

Praise and glory is all Yours,

For in You do all things consist.

There is no end to Your kingdom,

And only by Your word do all things exist.

-Michael Thacker

Preserve The Flavor

It is easy to lose heart and to become flavorless within our walk with the Lord and the work we do for Him. Becoming stale hinders us from accomplishing the will of God for our life and it is the sap that bogs down the flow of the Holy Spirit from within reaching out to touch other people’s lives. Jesus spoke of losing “flavor” within our life by explaining how we are the salt of the earth, and yet if we lose flavor we are good for nothing.

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““Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:34-35‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The only true way to keep our “flavor” is by continually setting our sights back on Jesus. Whenever you begin to feel stale in your walk and work then stop what you are doing and retreat to prayer and meditation. Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit and for Him to put the flavor back into your life. Salt not only adds flavor to the staleness of this fallen world, but it is also a preservative within the church to keep those who are saved and new to the faith to continue to grow within it. 

Have you lost your “flavor?” Stop and pray that your flavor be returned and set your sights back Jesus wherein lies the flavor supplier.

-Michael Thacker

You Have Got The Power

A popular song back in the 90’s and with it also carrying truth within the phrase that correlates with scripture itself. It is a power that does not stem from ourselves or the universe as many philosophers and prosperity gurus like to proclaim. But rather it is a power from on high, it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that gives live to our souls and enlightens our spiritual senses.

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“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In one of my most recent blog post, “You Are Stronger Than You Realize,” I go on to show that we are not necessarily made stronger through circumstances, but rather we are just tapping into the strength that dwells within us by the Spirit. The same applies towards having the power to overcome, excel and even move mountains.

It is not that we receive power little by little from the Lord to overcome certain obstacles that come our way or in order to move forward by moving a mountain. Instead we come to use more of the power that is set within us by the Holy Spirit by the amount of the circumstances and mountains we are presented with. What we fail to realize many of times is that we have greater power in store to actually do more than what our finite minds perceive to be done.

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When we are set out on a mission by the leading of the Holy Spirit, starting a church, going on a mission trip, conducting a home bible study, worship leadership, and the list goes on, we tend to only use as much as needed to get the job done because we feel that is all there is. When in fact we are destined to do more as the power we have received is of eternal origins and is omnipotence, which means we can do far greater than what we perceive as a job well done! 

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The key here is to look at everything with God vision and see that not only can mountains be moved, but nations can be built in their place. We must dream big and then rely heavily on the Lord and the infinite power He supplies us with. We are to seek to do greater than our imagination and seek to have Godination(lovely made up word). Lol. And of course the chief end is not to bring ourselves glory or to take any credit at all, but rather to be done to bring God the glory and to shine forth His light to a sad and lost world around us. 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I am not sure what God is calling you to pursue today, but whatever it is do it with your whole heart and dream bigger than your own imagination. Ask God to help you dream bigger and to reveal His dream for your life to you. Then move forward in faith and fully tap into the power that already resides within you, a power without end.

-Michael Thacker