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Disorders are diagnosed, classified, and magnified. I know that self-diagnosis can lead to disaster; yet, it also leads to heaven. I am not claiming to be a sufferer of the latest disorder. I have determined that the Lord has blessed me with ED Order. Read over the symptoms and see if it might be your self-diagnosis and analysis as well.

·         Predestined

·         Conformed

·         Called

·         Justified

·         Glorified

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified (Romans 8:28-30 HCS).

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Not many of us enjoy taking tests; the older we get the more anxiety we feel. I have lived in several different states and each motor vehicles department has different driver’s license regulations. In a few, I had to take written tests. In Florida, I also had to take a road test before transferring my driver’s license from a previous state. I studied the driver’s manuals after each move, in preparation for written examinations.

Life is a continuous test. How well am I prepared to take each test? Do I skim or study the manual? “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15 NKJ).” My study of driver’s manuals paid off; I usually made a 100% score. I don’t attribute the score to a high IQ; I understood the connection between diligent study and passing. I needed a driver’s license.

Do I perceive my need for consistent study of God’s word? In a box of my parent’s important papers, I discovered a yellowed document. A Sunday school department director had awarded a perfect attendance to my father. At the age of seventeen, he had made group study of the Bible a priority. I treasure this tangible reminder that Dad hid God’s word in his heart. He was committed and consistent.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11 NKJ).”

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Dressed in running clothes and gym shoes, the hopeful squat at the starting line, prepared to run. Hearts racing, listening acutely, they wait for the command.

 “Get ready, get set…  Go!”

 Before Jesus ascended back to His Father, He gave commands, not pep talks, to His disciples.

“The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Then Jesus came near and said to them, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:16-20 HCS).”

Jesus had been readying them each step along the way. Through His teaching, preaching and healing miracles they learned the ways of ministry and outreach. Sent out by Him on two-by-two mission assignments, they discovered the necessity of going empowered by Him.  Were they all set to proceed?

“While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. ‘This [He said, is what] you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now (Acts 1:4-5 HCS).”

Set, they waited and watched… “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8 HCS).”  Ready and set they waited on the Lord…

Preparation, presence, provision and power fell upon them. “When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech (Acts 2:1-4 HCS).” Peter and the others were at the starting line.

“Go!”    

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Do you curl up on the sofa on winter nights, reading mysteries, before a blazing fire?  Maybe you stay up and watch the late night movies to catch your favorite detective solve a mystery. You are not alone.  Fans of mysteries have faithfully followed their favorites. From Charlie Chan-to-Doctor Mark Sloan, masters of mystery keep us coming back for more.

The Apostle Paul gratefully shared the greatest mystery of all time. He was eager to tell the gospel story. He requested fervent prayer from his supporters, longing to reveal the fulfillment of that mystery to the lost. “Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19 HCS.”    

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