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Seeing The Invisible

Seeing What Others Can't

Hebrews 11:27(KJV) - By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Can you see the invisible? Moses defied a king he could see because he believed in a greater King he could not see. Initially, his decision seemed foolish to the untrained eye but eventually when God crushed Pharaoh and the Children of Israel were free he was vindicated.

Now that we've set the foundation with our quick study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation let's move forward into deeper waters. Welcome to the new direction of The Cracked Door. It's 2012. Fun and games are over, we're ready to unlock some mysteries in this place. If you're with us, let's go!

Seeing What Others Can't

2 Corinthians 4:18(KJV) - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What defines your reality? What you see, hear, smell, touch or taste? If that's true, then what happens if you can no longer use your natural senses? Do you cease to exist? I think not. Your reality is based on your perspective. Your perspective is based on what you can "see". Sometimes, you can't see enough with your natural eyes.

Each of us have three sets of eyes; spiritual, mental and physical. We're most familiar with our physical eyes which give us the ability to see what's going on around us. Also, many of us can see things through our mind's eyes which give us the ability to see potential. However, we also have spiritual eyes which give us the ability to see the impossible.

Over five thousand people cannot eat from five loaves of bread and two fish but they did. A man who is dead for three days cannot instantly come back to life but Jesus and Lazarus did. A human being cannot walk on water but Jesus and Peter did. A man cannot translate from one location to another but Elijah and Philip did. A man cannot tell the sun to stop but Joshua did. Any intelligent person knows that all of those things are completely impossible... or are they? Who or what defines impossible?

Within my lifetime, I've heard of a pastor who came back from the dead after being in the morgue for three days because people prayed. I also read of another who translated from one location to another while running for his life. I also have a couple testimonies of my own.

Seeing What Others Can't

Genesis 1:1(NKJV) - In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth(physical matter).(emphasis mine)

The spirit realm is eternal. There is no time, space or physical matter in the spirit. Time, space and matter are created entities which came into existence in an instant by The Will of God. The invisible, spirit realm within which God dwells existed before they were created and will outlast them. Hence, when we see things through our spiritual eyes we transcend the limitations of our humanity. We see the same reality that God sees. We see the impossible.

Today, we'll start a new series on the spirit realm. It's probably not going to be like anything you've ever seen or heard before. I believe God wants to show us some things in the scriptures that will elevate our minds and lift our spirits. Join us on this journey as we see the invisible.

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

Mark 10:42-45(NLT) - So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

You've probably heard the term "Servant Leadership" before. If so, what does it mean to you? If not, let me introduce it to you. It's exactly what you just saw in Mark 10:42-45. It's the leadership style taught by Jesus.

This is the fourth installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #4 - Serving God's People.

Last Saturday morning I attended the first session of a Leadership Series at Point University. The speaker was Dean Collins, President of Point University. His topic was "Servant Leadership: A Market Place Mission." I was really happy I went because his presentation was quite enlightening. So in today's blog I'll share what I learned.

Servant Leadership

"The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature." - Source: The Servant as Leader, an essay by Robert Greenleaf (1970)

According to Robert Greenleaf, founder of The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership there are ten basic characteristics of Servant Leaders. Let me share them with you in my own words.

The Character of The Servant Leader

1) Listen - It's important to listen first, then respond so that you can tailor solutions for those you serve.

2) Empathize - Recognize people's worth and value them.

3) Heal - Use your position to help make people whole.

4) Be Aware - Know what's going on around you and also what's going on inside of you.

5) Influence - As often as possible, use your position to influence people to change instead of forcing them.

6) Envision - Dream big. If you don't know where you are going, why exactly should people follow you?

7) Have Foresight - Learn from the past, recognize the present and shape the future.

8 ) Show Stewardship - Treat your leadership role like a steward. You are entrusted to lead by others for a limited period of time. Leave the position better than you met it.

9) Grow People - Don't use people to grow your organization. Grow the people in your organization and as they grow so will your organization.

10) Build Community - Don't lose touch as you grow. The bigger your organization the more effort you have to make in this area.

Luke 16:10-12(NLT) -“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

This is God's message to you. You're a leader whether or not you hold a formal position of leadership. You don't need a position to be a leader, you just need influence. Start being a servant leader today.

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How can a man love God?

How can a man love God?

Mark 12:30(KJV) - And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

God is the embodiment of Love! His standards are higher than we can imagine. What can mere humans possibly offer Him that would satisfy His desire for love? Let's look at that today.

This is the third installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #3 - Obeying God's directions.

John 14:15(AMP) - If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.

Obedience

I once heard a man say that his wife spells love as T-I-M-E. Well, for God it's O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E. He places a very high value on our willingness to do what He says. He sees right through any outward, emotional displays of love and judges our hearts.

There's a famous quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's last speech before he died. He said, "I just wanna do God's Will...." Every time I hear that it really touches my heart. How much simpler can it be put? I just want to do God's Will.

Matthew 22:36-40(NLT) - “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Jesus made it clear that at the top of the list of commandments is LOVE. How can a man show God Love? Obey His commandments. What is His most important commandment? Love! Why not show someone some love today? In that way, you're showing love to God. He would really appreciate that.

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Prayer: The Invisible-Visible Connection

Prayer: The Invisible-Visible Connection

The Invisible-Visible Connection

Colossians 1:16(KJV) - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Genesis 1 is not the complete picture of creation. While it gives an account of God's creation of the visible world it does not detail his invisible creation process. Currently, in existence there are visible and invisible thrones, visible and invisible dominions, visible and invisible principalities, visible and invisible powers. Fortunately or unfortunately for some of us, they all affect our lives. Whether or not we can see what's going on makes absolutely no difference. Thus the importance of today's blog.

This is the third installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #2 - Knowing God Through Prayer.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Before we get into anything deep let's deal with the basics. At the most fundamental level, prayer is our answer to God's invitation for personal communication. He wants to converse with us and has created prayer as an avenue for us to do so. If you want to develop a relationship or get to know God on a deeper level you must spend time with Him in prayer.

Prayer - The Invisible-Visible Connection

Matthew 16:19(KJV) - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Now here's another side of prayer. It's our connection between the invisible and visible realms. When Jesus presented the keys of the kingdom of heaven He really gave us the authority to pray in His name from visible earth and change things that are taking place in invisible heaven. His name gives us the authority we need to subdue rogue elements of His creation.

Ephesians 6:12,17-18(KJV) - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places....And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Our true enemy is invisible and he leads an invisible army which is constantly on the offensive. Even though he uses visible agents, the power behind them comes from the invisible realm. Our war is not with wicked people on earth but with wicked spirits in the heavens that control them. Fight in the spirit where you have unlimited power. Prayer is your weapon. The Word of God is your ammunition. So pray The Word of God and win.

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Can you describe God?

Knowing God Through His Word

Isaiah 50:4(NLT) - The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

If someone asked you to describe God what would you say? If you're a Christian you might say something like He's invisible, all powerful, loving, merciful, all knowing, eternal, spiritual, omnipresent, etc. That might be true but how could you be so sure? Can you prove God's characteristics using logic or scientific evidence? Maybe some, but definitely not all. You know God through His Word. Tangible evidence only backs it up.

This is the second installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #1 - Knowing God Through His Word. Many people have their own ideas about God. However, He is not whatever or whoever people think He is. The God of The Bible is unique. He differs from every god presented by other religions in their holy books.

Knowing God Through His Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17(KJV) - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

If you want to know about our God, you have to read The Bible. I recently engaged an atheist in a debate on my blog at Faith Science Online. In the end I realized that one of the major differences between us was our understanding of God. By his own admission, he captured the vastness of who God should be but he did not understand how God communicates. Hence, since God would not speak to him the way he expected God to, he refused to accept God's existence.

Well, that's just too bad. The God of The Bible is a specific person who demonstrates His character throughout scripture. If you don't want to accept who He is as outlined in scripture you probably won't accept Him. As a Christian for many years I have grown close to The God of The Bible and even though our relationship is quite personal He really is just like what I read in The Bible. Obviously, there is much more to Him but if you're looking for somewhere reliable to start, He's an "open book."

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Developing A Clear Vision

Developing A Clear Vision

 

Habakkuk 2:1-3(NLT) - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 

To kick-start the new daily devotional let's focus on establishing a firm foundation this week. We'll first erect The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation and then start building upon them as time progresses. Our mission is what we do. Our vision is who we are. The Four Pillars are a hybrid of both at this point.

We've been doing this since 2006 and after almost 6 years we've grown into who we are today. We dropped the old vision and mission somewhere along the way. In 2006, we thought we knew exactly what we were supposed to do and who we were supposed to be but we had no idea of the details. It's now becoming clearer.

Every organization has an identity. Sometimes it's completely captured by the vision statement but many times it develops over time. It's easy to claim what your organization is all about before you do one thing but your true identity tends to unfold as you work the mission. It's like you bounce around when you first start but you eventually settle down into the place where you fit.

Nonetheless, it's still important to write the vision as you know it. The Bible has specific directions in Habakkuk 2:1-3.

1) Write The Vision - If you don't know where you're going, anywhere you end up would seem just fine. If you don't write a vision, one will be written for you. Others will determine what you should be doing. Circumstances will push you in different directions. You and the people on your team will lack discipline. You may not know exactly what the future holds but your vision does offer priceless guidance along the way.

2) Why Is The Written Vision So Important? - It's good for you to know your identity but it's more important for others on your team. If people don't know who you are they will make things up for themselves. People tend to have their own ideas and if you don't provide any restraint, they will impose it on your organization. No vision means nothing to stop them from doing whatever they feel like.

3) The Vision Is Future-Oriented - Your vision is not a snapshot of where you are but a glimpse of who you should be. Hence, it should not be limited by your current circumstances. It should stretch you to be more than you are at the time. It's like a carrot on a stick that stays in front of your eyes as you run hard after it.

4) The Vision Takes Time - Only weeds grow up overnight. Unfortunately, they also shrivel up and die suddenly. The strength of a tree to withstand the storms is in it's root system. Root growth is done underground. Nobody sees it. The vision of your organization usually covers what's seen in public. To grow tall, you have to grow deep. The vision will take time to unfold. That's alright. Wait for it!

Proverbs 29:18(KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
 

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The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door

Habakkuk 2:1-3(NLT) - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Thank you for entering the Cracked Door. The concept of the Cracked Door came from a message that God gave to the founder of this movement, Donnell Duncan on the 29th of December, 2003 on a radio program called, “It's Your Date with Destiny”. Appropriately titled “If the Door is Cracked, the Door is Open” Donnell illustrated that there is a direct connection between keeping God's Word (The Bible) and opening doors.

If a person wants opportunities in life, he should keep God's Word and allow God to open the necessary doors based on the promises contained within His Word. In addition, how a person perceives the door determines his access to opportunities. Every human being views a certain level of resistance as a closed door, and in the same way, we all view the size of an opening differently.

The Cracked Door Foundation Inc was officially launched in 2006. It has grown into an international organization with a myriad of initiatives which help people develop both naturally and spiritually using Biblical principles. This ministry is built on the following pillars.

 
1 Knowing God through His Word.

Isaiah 50:4(NLT) - The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

2 Knowing God through prayer.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

3 Obeying God's directions.

Job 23:11-12(NLT) - For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.

4 Serving God's people.

Matthew 23:11-12(NLT) - The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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