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Jesus and the Teddy Bear

Just trust Me

I know that most of you have probably seen this meme on social media over the past year or so. There is that saying that says “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but I think this photo meme is worth about ten thousand words lol. There is so much spiritual meat that can be pulled from this illustration, and I imagine that a ton of sermons can be preached off of it as well. However, in this post I just want to share some of my personal revelations that I take from what this meme is saying…

What God has in store for us is bigger than any IDOL that we try to hold on to. His plan is so much greater than the plan that we concoct for our lives. However, in order to ever see this reality manifest, we must be willing to let go. We must be willing to DIE to ourselves and allow His spirit to live through us. He has to become LORD over our lives.

Matthew 16:24-26 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (NKJV)

The big teddy bear that Jesus is holding behind His back in the picture can represent your destiny. I believe it can also simply mean the “bigger picture” and represents something that is of eternal value. We have our own ideals, interests and infatuations with whatever moves us, or gives us instant gratification. This is represented by the small teddy bear to which the little girl clings. The small teddy bear represents the temporal and the rewards that will eventually gather up dust and rust, just like Jesus said.

I also believe that the small teddy bear represents selfishness and ultimately the desires of the flesh, while the larger teddy bear represents something that is much greater than ourselves. The little bear also reminds me of when Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for some soup. He gave up the bigger teddy bear for something temporary, something that would give him instant gratification. In his case, it was the very course of his destiny that he forsook. We all have a marvelous journey He has planned out that will end with eternal rewards being reaped due to the spiritual fruit that will be bared, but only if we find that narrow path and stay the course.
The big teddy bear can even represent rewards in the natural, however, we have to be willing to embrace the process that the Lord desires to put us through because He is shaping our character so we can properly handle the enlarged territory that He desires for us to claim. However, this process can only began when we are willing to forsake our way for His way; just like in the photo meme.

John 12:24 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (NKJV)

The choice is ours. Either we trust Him or we don’t. People like me have held on to disappointments and have harbored some resentment towards the Lord because He shut some doors that we desperately wanted open. We need to be reminded that He is lord and is constantly protecting us from ourselves and dangers seen and unseen. We also have to realize that He already knows the beginning and the end. It would be in our best interest to get back to reverencing Him and understanding that His plan will always be far greater than our plans, despite what we appear to experience in the natural. The world says to live in the moment and we should. However, we who are followers of Christ Jesus are peculiar people who are supposed to be living from an eternal perspective. Do we have enough faith to believe that the teddy bear Jesus is holding behind his back is in fact bigger and greater than the one we want to cling to? Are we willing to embrace transformation so that our hearts are moved more by spiritual things (big teddy bear) and not the things of this world (little teddy bear)? I wonder if we truly realize that by clinging on to the smaller teddy bear, we are in fact settling for less. I declare that it is time for many of us to truly die to ourselves so that we can live the abundant life; hence, the giant teddy bear. Blessings to you all.

Nathan Allen Copyright ©2015

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It Will All Be Worth It

On that glorious day, I believe the Heavenly Father will speak affirming words to all who endured and remained in right-standing with Him. I will only attempt to convey what my holy imagination tells me He will say to different types of people. On that day, everything will finally make sense as we are all completely formed to His image and are given the new heavenly bodies. We will be made perfect! It will all be worth it!

 

To the person with the major deformity or rare disease, the Heavenly Father will say:

Thank you, and well done My good and faithful servant! Thank you for showing others how to live in victory in spite of your circumstance. Thank you for not believing the enemy of your soul who tried to get you to believe that I loved you less. I needed people to persevere and show the world the true definition of strength and character. So I chose you long before you were formed in your mother’s womb. I envisioned your bravery and how your life would bring Me glory. You have no idea how many souls you touched and inspired! You held your head up high above the taunts, the jeers and the stares and chose to keep your eyes on the cross of Calvary. You allowed the blood of My Son to cleanse away self-pity, doubt and unbelief. I was there right beside you the entire time up until you breathed your last. While I had to comfort those around you, I rejoiced because I knew that you would be forever in My arms. You fought the good fight! Long suffering has paid you eternal dividends! Now go and see all that your faithfulness has given you for eternity!

To those who died young, the Heavenly Father will say:

I was always jealous for you. Before this earth existed, I adored you and knew that I could only send you to the earth for a short time. Yes your days were short and few but a part of My masterful plan. I couldn’t bare the thought of you having to remain in all the wickedness and evil of the world. I needed you by My side sooner than later. So thank you for shining My light and being salt to those around you. Thank you for learning how to embrace each step of the path I laid out for you with gladness and joy. I fashioned and formed your infectious smile and aura with My precision, and it brought Me such great delight! You left imprints of My glory after you breathed your last. I have come off of My throne and am running to you with open arms because we are now reunited. Now you will bask in My light for eternity and reign with Me forever and ever! Your reward awaits you!

To the artisans who went unrecognized, to those who dreamed big but seemingly came up short, the Heavenly Father will say:

I saw your sorrow that you kept hidden and I bottled up all of your secret tears. However, I rejoiced when you decided to choose joy over happiness. I gave you marvelous gifts that were for My glory. They were like precious jewels that a woman would keep locked in her jewelry box away so nobody would take them. Thank you for allowing My spirit to tame the wild stallion in your heart. Thank you for worshipping Me and not your gifts, charisma and ideas. Thank you for choosing the audience of Me over the audience of many. I needed secret weapons in the spirit realm for specific times and you held on to your faith. You allowed Me to use you the way I always had intended. Thank you for choosing Me over fame and riches. Thank you for being a pure vessel that only desired My presence and for My purposes to come forth. Thank you for not trusting in the promises of worldly success and trusting in the life I predestined for you. Thank you for not taking yourself too seriously and overcoming jealousy and envy of those who I chose to use in a more visible way. Your weapons remained razor sharp and defeated demonic forces in ways you would never know. Your gift caused great conviction, edification and repentance to those assigned to you. The applause of heaven shall now forever fill your ears! Go see all the rewards that never gathered up dust! 

To the soldiers killed in war and those who died saving the lives of others, the Heavenly Father will say:

Your bravery has earned you a glorious crown that will forever sit upon your head. No greater love is there than for a man who will give his life for others. I placed that love on the inside of you. In a world full of pride and selfishness, you remained selfless. You showed the world the true meaning of sacrifice and became a hero. Not only are you forever remembered in the earthly realm, there is a chapter in the Book of Life that is all about you! I’m your daddy and I will always say, “This is my child in whom I am well pleased.” You are of the chosen few throughout the ages who believed in something enough to die for. So in essence you truly lived! Enjoy the eternal fruits of your labor! For they were never in vain, and when I tried them in My holy fire they held up and remained. Now go see all that you have gained!  

To those who were martyred, the Heavenly Father will say:

Your death was victorious! It shook the very foundations of hell and caused demons to tremble! Your blood spilled and turned the hearts of many into fertile ground. Many lukewarm souls were made hot by your death. Many others came into My kingdom after witnessing or hearing about your passion for Me. You brought in a great harvest! Thank you for not loving your life till death. Your unwavering obedience kept you on that narrow path no matter where it would lead to because you trusted in Me. The truth is that I suffered with you even up to the moment when your earthly body was killed. But now I adorn you in this white robe. You will now rest in My glory and enjoy pleasures forever more! The pain your flesh endured has given you access to everything in My kingdom! Go and behold treasures that have been never seen!    

 

This life will have its troubles, but He said that he would never leave us no forsake us. Life is not fair, according to mankind’s standards. But Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJV) His plan is perfect despite whatever might seem to manifest in the natural. We have to trust in what we cannot see. We must walk by faith and not by sight. Trust the Heavenly Father as He is saying “It will all be worth it!”

Nathan Allen Copyright© 2012

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Spirituality

 

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