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When Will It Be MY Turn?

When Will It Be MY Turn?

by Steve Trullinger

Have you ever sent this question heavenward: “Father, when will it be my turn?” Perhaps many of your friends are receiving “blessings” but your hands feel like they are remaining empty?

Our Father’s tender heart understands our self-focus, but he displays amazing love as he helps us to mature and grow in “others-focus.” As we become more like Jesus, self-focus becomes less evident and we gain more of the attitude that he modeled. A wonderful fruit awaits this maturation, because it paves the way for sharing in the extreme joy of Jesus as we join in loving others as he does [John 13:34-35]. 

Becoming more “others-focused” will both challenge you and encourage you to realize that you are not in isolation from the rest of the Body of Christ but in fact are becoming one with them. The incredible unity that Jesus prayed for [John 17:20-23] has at its core the inter-connectedness of our lives as interwoven “threads” that the Master Weaver is fashioning into a beautiful “tapestry.”

So, whatever blessing one of us receives or experiences can be a wonderful blessing to all of us, and vice-versa. As this revelation “takes hold” in your thinking, it will become increasingly and progressively clear that your focus on others actually includes self- focus! As a result, you will discover that it has actually been your turn all along!

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Your Belief is the Enemy of “Impossible!”

Your Belief is the Enemy of “Impossible!”

by Steve Trullinger

The power of belief is much greater than most of us realize, let alone experience. Even though there is remarkable power in your spoken word, as a son of God, there is far more power that springs forth from what you believe in your heart. 

Belief is not just assenting to what is possible; it is the causative agent that makes things possible! The world around you must “shift” when you make the choice to believe! [Mark 9:23]

Yes, belief is indeed a choice that you make – it is not something that just “happens” to you.  Abba has given you a measure of faith, but what you do with it is dependent on your choices to believe.

The incredible gift from Abba that we call “free will” is a direct and stellar example of his desire to give you only “good and perfect” gifts [James 1:17]. When you exercise this gift to make good choices, Abba is blessed beyond measure. He knows that you will be blessed because of the good choices and this in turn is what truly blesses him.  

So, choose to believe and watch the “impossible” become possible! It is your divine re-birthright!

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Invest Your Influence!

Invest Your Influence!

by Steve Trullinger

Your Father has entrusted you with exactly the right amount of influence in the lives of other people, whether they be members of your family, your church, your workplace, or your nation. 

He invites you to invest your influence by entrusting others who look to you for training, mentorship, leadership, etc. What can you entrust to them? Influence with those that they lead.

In other words, be brave enough to delegate tasks and responsibilities that will reveal the faithfulness of those you lead. When they invest influence well, you will share in the joy that Abba has in finding you faithful with your own influence.  

This is an example of the reward described in the Parable of the Talents [Matthew 25:14-30]. Not only will you be trusted with greater influence, but you will also discover that incredible joy awaits you as you see your followers faithfully “invest it forward.”  

Abba wants to bless you with well-timed “escalations” of your influence in the world around you. His trust in you is delightfully paired with your trust in him! As he helps you “steward” your influence, the wonderful outcome is more of Christ’s nature in you.  

You, along with your faithful followers, will discover that:

Genuine influence is not a “badge” of superiority; rather it is a fruit of trust.

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Jesus Enjoys Gravity!

Jesus Enjoys Gravity!

by Steve Trullinger

I was blessed as a new Christian with supernatural experiences before naysayers could “prevent” them by sowing unbelief! One of my favorites occurred in the first year of my walk with Jesus and it had a profound impact on me, with just one of the fruits being the revelation that the Lord actually enjoys his creation.

Not just us, but also the universe he created for us.

I was visiting a popular amusement park, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California, with a few of my friends, just after a new roller-coaster ride had been added to the many thrills in this amazing park. Its name was “Viper” and as we approached the long line of thrill-seekers waiting to try out this new ride, just the sight of the very tall track got our hearts beating faster!

My buddies “chickened out” with the excuse that the line was too long, but I decided to brave the scary contraption and got in the line by myself as they went off to find more tame adventure. After two hours in the slowly moving line, I finally found myself seated alone and buckled in tight in a “car” at about the middle of the roller coaster “train.”  

Just looking up at the initial steep portion of the track caused me to grip the safety bar across my lap so tightly that my knuckles turned white! Just before we began the initial ascent, I heard laughter from somewhere. I turned around to see if it came from the people in the seat behind me, but their knuckles were just as white as mine!

As we pulled out of the station and began our nerve-wracking ascent of the first hill, I heard more laughter. “Maybe it is coming from the speakers at the station,” I thought. Perhaps some sadistic operator is laughing at our fear? But half-way up the first hill I heard the laughter again, seemingly from right next to me in my car. Then I realized that it was Jesus laughing as he “sat” next to me in my car, unseen but very much heard by me!

As we went over the top of the first hill and began to accelerate through loops and corkscrews, Jesus “screamed” with delight right along with me (and everyone else on the ride), right up until we finished the incredibly thrilling ride and decelerated into the station to disembark. I let out a sigh of relief, and heard Jesus do the same!

As “we” began to leave the platform with the other surviving riders, Jesus said to me, “Let’s go again – this time in the front car.” So, we got in line again, this time for the front car, and eventually got buckled in after 2½ hours. This ride was very “different” because of the placement of the front car ahead of the “center-of-gravity” of the train. More screaming by Jesus and I accompanied this very cool thrill of a ride.

As we finished that second ride, Jesus said to me, “Let’s go again, this time in the back car of the train.” After another long wait in the line, we experienced more screaming together on this altogether different ride behind the center-of-gravity of the roller-coaster train. I realized that Jesus knew that I knew these three rides would be quite different because of the physics that governs the roller-coaster during the course of traversing the convoluted track. [My physics Ph.D. was proving useful!]

Occasionally, some of the eventual religious naysayers that heard my story of the roller-coaster rides with Jesus asked me, “Why would Jesus be screaming on a roller-coaster with you?” My answer was always the same:   

“Since Jesus invented gravity, I think he is entitled to enjoy it!”

I am quite sure that Abba enjoyed watching his sons having fun together at Magic Mountain.   

© 2021 The Father’s Touch Ministries

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Getting to Know You!

Getting to Know You!

by Steve Trullinger

Many years ago, one of my close friends shared a deep longing in her heart. This mature woman of God exclaimed, “Steve, I can hardly wait to get to heaven; then it will just be me and Jesus!” I knew she was looking forward to focusing on that most intimate of relationships, the one with the Lover of her soul, the One who has captivated her heart.   

But I was troubled by her statement, and thought to myself, “What about the rest of us that will be in heaven? Surely we must “count for something.” I was surprised by the seeming “exclusion” of her brothers and sisters, in part because I held a different expectation of eventual heavenly pursuits.  

I, too, am enthralled by Jesus and want to get to know him more intimately, and l look forward to that intimacy growing forever in eternity. But I also know that Jesus resides in every believer, and through each of them he displays a different “facet” of himself. So, if I want to get to know Jesus as thoroughly as possible (a continuous adventure!), then I will need to get to know every believer in heaven with growing intimacy. I will want to “see” Jesus in every brother and sister and rejoice in the diversity of expression of his nature through the multitude of brethren.  In other words:

Getting to know Jesus involves getting to know all of YOU!

Although this may seem like a daunting enterprise, namely getting to know everyone in heaven at an intimate level, the good news is that we will all have as long as we need to do so! We can’t “use up” time in eternity; there is always an infinite amount of time left to continue to pursue our passionate quest to get to know each other.   

This delightful adventure of growing in intimacy with each other will never end – it is birthed deep in the heart of your Abba! It is one of the infinite blessings that await you because of his incredible love for you.

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YOU Decide!

YOU Decide!

by Steve Trullinger

Have you ever been “stalled” in making a decision, because the options seem equally “good,” “biblical,” “Kingdom-focused,” etc.? And you’ve been seeking your Father’s direction so that you don’t somehow make the “wrong” choice?

I’ve been stalled this way a few times, and it is not fun! Indeed, it can be agonizing if we remain in “indecision” for too long a time.  

Here’s some good news: I’ve learned to better recognize such times as possible invitations by Abba to “make a decision!” Indeed, he increasingly encourages me directly, saying 

“YOU decide, son, and I will back you up!”

When you know you will have the support of your Father (see 2 Chronicles 16:9), it becomes much easier to make decisions in the “tough” cases. Indeed, your Father wants you to grow in decision-making as you mature in your process of becoming more like Jesus (see Romans 8:29). What parent would be “ok” with their 16-year-old son or daughter asking whether they should buy a red or a blue toothbrush to replace their old one? Surely the parent would say, “The choice is yours!” You get the point, I’m sure.

I believe that Jesus walked the Earth with extreme confidence, and so can you! He gained that confidence by getting to know his Father extremely well. So can you. [See The Belief Advantage! course for strong encouragement.]

Here is a thought to “inspire” you:

Servants wait for instructions, while sons make decisions!

 

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Every Drop is Precious!

Every Drop is Precious!

by Steve Trullinger

Every drop of Jesus’ blood shed for us is precious in the sight of the Father. The value of each one is beyond measure, of course, because of the immeasurable love that it represents.

There are other drops that are also regarded in heaven as precious. Let me explain.  

Many years ago, I was taken in a vision into a realm in heaven where I was standing near the shore of what looked like a vast ocean of golden liquid. I observed an angel standing very close to the ocean, and he was carefully ladling this liquid into what looked like a pitcher made of fine crystal. I had the impression that the liquid was so precious to the Father that the angel didn’t want to spill even a drop on the ground.

Another angel was standing next to me, and I asked him what the liquid was. He replied that it was precious oil of anointing. Just then the vision expanded and I saw angels all along the shore as far as I could see in both directions, and each was carefully, reverently, ladling this golden oil into a crystal pitcher. In awe, I asked why all these pitchers were being carefully filled to the brim.

The answer I received thrilled me beyond measure! I was told that there was a pitcher being filled for every saint and that, at the appointed time, the pitchers would be poured out upon all of us! The symbolism in this vision greatly heightened my anticipation for the “appointed time.”

Be encouraged, beloved ones – Abba is intentional about pouring out his Spirit [see Joel 2:28-32] upon us to anoint us for glorious purpose [e.g., Isaiah 61:1-11]. Every “drop” is precious and powerful. May all our hands and hearts be open to receive this outpouring coming from a limitless supply in heaven.  

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Unity is a Fruit, Not a Tool!

Unity is a Fruit, Not a Tool!

by Steve Trullinger

Abba Father and our brother Jesus both desire unity in their family (see, for example, John 17:20-23). Although their reasons for this desire are likely to be progressively revealed for eternity, we can be assured that unity is not just a tool to be able to live peaceably with one another.

Peaceful coexistence in itself was not an issue until Adam and Eve sinned and will ultimately be restored because of the Second Adam’s sacrifice. True unity is not a tool for accomplishment of projects or goals (such as peace or service), but rather it is a fruit of our love for one another.

The knitting of our hearts to each other, and to his, serves as a springboard to incredible mutual blessing as the turning of our hearts to one another begins to yield the fruit of unity that lasts. Not just the manifestation of peace, but incredible cooperative creativity will result from this unity. And much more fruit will become apparent throughout the eternity of amazing life with each other in heaven.

Unity is not a tool born of necessity; it is a delicious fruit of love!

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You Can Be a “Scare-demon!”

You Can Be a "Scare-demon!"

by Steve Trullinger

Who is afraid of you? The answer depends on your identity, and the source of your confidence.

Farmers used to fashion “scarecrows” by stuffing straw inside of a man’s clothes and propping up the resulting figurine with a long stick in the field of their crops. Crows would be fooled into thinking the figure was a farmer and shy away from the field, thus sparing the harvest.

To demons, you are much scarier, if you know who you are and your authority as a son of God.  Jesus said to his disciples (and through them to us):

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy [Satan and his demons]; nothing will harm you.”  [Luke 10:19]

Indeed, Abba has equipped you to be his “scare-demon” in the Lord’s harvest field, and enjoy some good, clean, Christian “recreation” as you watch demons flee from you [James 4:7].  Your Father in heaven will laugh with you!

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Do You Know Where Abba’s “Tickle-spots” Are?

Do You Know Where Abba's "Tickle-spots" Are?

by Steve Trullinger

Your Father’s playful heart of love is eager to have fun with you! He is the author of fun and wants you to experience it in abundance.

When you laugh, Abba’s ears are blessed. That sound brings him much joy as he delights himself in you (Zephaniah 3:17). He knows where your “tickle-spots” are, because he is a loving Father and giggles when he makes you laugh.

And he “allows” Holy Spirit to become Holy “Fink” in telling you where Abba’s tickle-spots are. Yes, you can “tickle” your Abba and make him laugh!

Having fun with Abba is a two-way party!

Teasing Abba is great fun, and he teases back! For example, he asked me one day, “Son, do you know why I made the human race, including you?” I knew he was smiling as he answered the question for me: “So that my angels would have some entertainment!” ☺ His subsequent “belly-laugh” reverberated through the universe, I’m sure.

Be encouraged to ask Abba how you make him smile. When he answers, enjoy the laughter!

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