Black & White

by Dana Peters-Colley                                                                       

Black and white. When things are, it’s pretty clear. What did Jesus say about these times we are in? The last days will be like the days of Noah when He returns (Matthew 24:37).

I looked at the passages about Noah and discovered something I hadn’t seen before. And it was black and white. It’s hidden in plain sight. It’s revealed with the two birds Noah sends out from his amazing float boat, the Ark.

Did you know Noah’s name translates to mean rest? Isn’t it like God to place this man, Rest, into a disaster with a ticket to the other side? Doesn’t sound too restful, does it? Yet, our God put Noah’s and his family on a boat with all the creatures to save them.

Do you feel creatures impacting you these days? They aren’t the ones you want to save, but Jesus might. It’s hard to navigate that when evil is called good and good is called evil. It’s crept into our culture and can blind us to what is truly good.

Yet, we are to love the sinner but hate their sin. We are down here, in a place not our home, instructed to occupy until our Savior return. We are here to be salt, to determine when to speak out and when to hold our tongues. We are called – important – this is so important – to be the Bride. We are to abide with Christ. We must choose when to offer grace and when to bring accountability. Not always black and white, is it?

What is black and white is that there is so much at stake. Eternity, in fact.

When I studied Noah, I discovered he did something. It was after creation drowned. He spent one hundred-and-fifty days out in the water. Then, Noah released two different birds. The raven, a black bird, was set free. It was followed by the dove, a white bird. Black and white. There it is!

And the importance? The raven went to and fro until the waters dried. The first dove returned to the safety of the Ark. The symbolism. Black can represent judgment. White can represent purity, holiness, and the Holy Spirit. Judgment continued to travel around the earth, but purity and holiness returned to the safety inside. And Rest was there to pull the bird in.

As judgment swirls around the world, we’re to abide in Christ and find that rest. Our job is to be like Noah.

I’ve been greatly troubled lately. Concerns were on my mind when I opened my shutters on a recent spring morning. As I peered out, a woman down below walked two dogs. Can you guess their colors?  Yes, black and white! And what was strange was the black dog spun in tiny circles. The white dog just stood. Judgment is circling. The white stands.

The day before, I heard a gentle whisper inside my heart, ‘Stand’. And here was the instruction. Black and white.

Isn’t God good? He says we’ll be followed by signs and wonders. Our job is to be open to see what He reveals. We enter that Ark of rest. We await our Savior’s return. And yes, things can be very black and white.

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Hebrews 4:9-10 NASB

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About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.

Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.

Join the conversation: How do you know when something is truly black and white?

How Big is Your Cross

by Dana Peters-Colley

Crosses. Petite and silver. Earrings. Big and on necklaces. Gold. Pink. Blue. You can see them a mile away. I love crosses. Don’t you? Yet, have you ever thought about the size of the cross? The weight it represents to carry the cross?

I mean your cross.

As you know, the cross defines the sacrifice and the plan of return that God created. We were made in God’s image, but when Adam and Eve didn’t obey – Blam! Humankind was shattered.

Then, the cross. Two pieces of wood tied up to make a difference. Jesus our Savior carrying the cross under ridicule, torment and suffering. The cross remains a symbol of the ultimate sacrifice. His sacrifice and our rescue. But let’s look further. What did Jesus say to us about the cross?

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 KJV).

So, before our Lord completed His assignment, He told us to carry our crosses. We are called to carry our situations, our families, our struggles and no matter what it costs, to follow Him.

Now, let’s get to the size. What’s the size of your cross? He told us to carry it, remember? I’m going to share a personal story to help us consider this.

Recently, a woman asked me if I was happy in the church. She’d sat on the other side for months. Had ignored me at times. When she asked, I said yes, I’m doing good. I put so much effort into a smile that it was forced, you know those ear-to-ear grins. I pushed hard inside to show that it was all good.

As I walked away, I did some self-talk to work on smiling more. You know, one of those, ‘Just get happier, you need to smile more’ pep talks you give to yourself, because you want to have a teachable spirit. If someone’s bringing up something, you should surely receive and work on it, right?

But oh, what a lovely Lord we have. When I got to my car, He exposed it. I didn’t need to paste a smile on my face. I was just fine with all I was going through. I’m not going to unpack it – but it’s been serious. What I love about the Holy Spirit is that He knew and gave me the truth.  

I don’t think this woman realized the pressure she put on me to smile. Of course, I forgive her and pray for her. Yet, the Lord – it was a loving wow! God moment to show me that putting on a good face was not necessary. Jesus saw my cross. He sees yours, too. The struggles. The pain. The family. The friends. Whatever you carry on your cross, there He is beside you, cheering you on.

The cross. The surrender to follow our Savior in whatever He has next for us, whatever we have to walk through to get to the end and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA)

About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.

Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.

Join the conversation: What is on your cross?

Supernatural

by Dana Peters-Colley

For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit o the man which is in him?… Now we have received …the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 NASB

What if supernatural was the normal? People fantasize about it all the time. The fantasy Marvel films have personified the supernatural for decades. But why do people want to be supernatural?

First, we are made in the image of God. We are created from dust. And God created the dust from nothing, too. He spoke and it was. And is.

Yet how easy, with the modern world bringing its deception with every news broadcast, we are deceived into believing this world is the only reality. It may speak with authority, but its message is not the truth. Jesus wants us to recognize He is the Truth. What Jesus says in His Word is the Truth. We chew on His Words and come out filled with power and hope. We find and discover Him.

And here is the second point as to why we are supernatural. We are born again through Jesus Christ our Savior. This means we are re-created into a new being. When we are born again, we  will feel the difference. We will sense when things aren’t right and be uncomfortable until we correct course. That spiritual wisdom comes from the Spirit of God living in us.

Those who are born-again believers are supernatural right now. We have been retooled. Reformed. Remade.

Originally, we were created in God’s image. But we have been bought back through Christ’s blood and thus, have been given even more.

Why would God make us supernatural?  

You have been given an assignment, and only you can complete it with the personality, desires, and character that only you possess. You need the supernatural to assist you to abide in that life.

Those opportunities do not have to be big. They can be the small encounters we have each day that make us One in Christ. It’s listening with the new spiritual senses and abiding with the Maker of the Universe, who through His Son, retrieved us from a dead world. It’s praying and being close to our Maker. It’s reading and devouring the Word of God and being transformed by it. We will be new in every way to accomplish what He has given us to do.

So, today, surrender everything to your Maker. Follow all of His ways. And put some supernatural on. Listen for Jesus to guide you. Enjoy the way the Comforter lives within you. And rise up, saints, to be all that God has created you to be—His special – and yes, supernatural kid.

Be blessed my friends.

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About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.

Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.

Join the conversation: What evidence of the supernatural have you seen in your life

A Banner

by Dana Peters-Colley

Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people…thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.  Isaiah 49:22, 23b KJV

Today, I asked the Lord what to share. The word banner came. A banner is how people are led into battle. Isaiah 13:2 instructs the Lord’s army: lift the banner up on the high mountain, raise your voice, and wave them into the doors of the nobles.

Often, as I live my life, I don’t feel like I can make it one more day through the battle. I’m dealing with prodigals and decades of heartache. The Lord’s been super-good to me, but oh, the battle, and oh my, the giants. Yet, here is God’s instruction. The banner. Let’s look deeper at Isaiah 13:2.

First, we are told to lift what we have on a high mountain. It makes me think of when Moses ascended the mountain to spend time with God, to bring the Almighty’s standard back down to men. The places up there, so joyous. Why would you ever want to come back after experiencing that? But Moses was faithful to bring what God said to the people, and so must we be.

Second, the passage describes waving our hands. Israel gave the Lord wave offerings (Exodus 29:19-28). This made me think of the freedom we receive in Christ to use our hands to reach up and beyond our own limitations and ask for heaven to move in our behalf. People might stare as we lift our hands, so it shows we aren’t man-pleasers but God pleasers. Give the Lord a big wave and say, “I love you, Jesus!”

Third, in that Scripture is the invitation to enter in. And not only that, but enter to where the nobles are. This is God, through the Prophet Isaiah, instructing us that we belong amidst greatness. Nobles. Ones who live well, who are respected and esteemed. Righteous. The banner brings us to this greatness. Nothing we create or do is worthy. Jesus is worthy. And He considers all His children nobility (Ephesians 1:5).

Most Saturdays, I read the portions of the Bible that the Messianic communities and the observant Jews study. All over the world, they read from the first five books of the Bible and then read a portion from the prophets of the Old Testament. The day I received the word ‘banner’ I was in Isaiah 49. In my King James translation, they used the word standard, so I almost missed it. But in modern day English, the best translation is banner.

Our banner. God will place His banner over us. It was there for me to find after the Holy Spirit spoke. I realized as tears swept down my face that this is one of my favorite passages, because the promises are so good to someone like me who is praying that her grown children will return to the Lord.

I hope this simple word, banner, brings you encouragement. God’s banner is filled with His promises to us. It ends with Isaiah 49:25 KJV where it states, “I will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children.” I continue to stand and wait with spiritual eyes, knowing that with God all things are possible. I wait for God draw them back to Him. The enemy has done a superb job in deceiving them; it’s been a nightmare. But God, with one word, turned my helplessness into watching what He will do. The banner. He has it over you, too. Don’t you just love the Lord?

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.

Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.

Join the conversation: What does God’s banner over you mean to you today?