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The Comfort of HOWEVER

January 11, 2013 — 2 Comments

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There are times in my day that I’m not thinking about God at all. I’m just living life. However, there is never a time that God is not thinking about me. God is always thinking about me, and He is always thinking about you.

Psalm 139:17-18, How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with you.

There are times I give up. I’m tired and worn out. I just can’t do anymore. However, God never gets tired.

Isaiah 40:28 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.”

There are times my talent can’t handle all that I face daily. However, nothing is too hard for God. He shows up beyond my talent.

Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.”

There are times I break promises, even when I have the best intentions to fulfill them. However, God is forever faithful and never drops a promise to the floor.

Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.”

There are times I remember a sin I’ve committed, and it drives me to heavy guilt. However, God has made a choice to not remember them.

Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

I could go on and on, but I think I’ll sum up the greatness of God with one last scripture.

2 Timothy 2:13,  “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”

I can’t trust myself to be perfect, but I can trust that God who is perfect is working on me, with me, and through me. Be encouraged today and live in the comfort of HOWEVER.

There Is Coming A Day

January 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

There is coming a day that the entirety of the universe will be at rest under the reign of God. Our beloved world will be covered wholly with the perfect knowledge of our God like the waters are the cover for the sea.

Heaven and earth will be married forever and bathed in the renewal power of God and of his Christ. God will walk with us and talk with us. He will once again dwell among us with love unsearchable.

God’s city, the New Jerusalem, will be a reality of the redeemed, and evil will have no more place. I long for that day. I live for that day. I witness of that day that will arrive fully and soon.

The resurrection of Christ kicked open the door of the new creation and the future trickles into the now. One day the flood will be released, and the world will be changed forever. We are guaranteed this reality. My prayer is that we live like it now.

What say you?

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

To all my readers I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I pray your day is blessed. Thanks for following the blog. Enjoy your day with friends and family.

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The Untouchable God Became Touchable

 

 

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Only one person drank the cup of God’s wrath against the sin of all humanity. Only one person was worthy and qualified of doing so. Only one person ever loved the world that much. Only one person loved you that much. There was only one person that was and is perfect, in order to take your place and mine-that person was 100% man and 100% God.

Jesus drank the cup of wrath that you might have eternal life through His payment for sin. In His incarnation, He deliberately, knowingly, and with great love for the world paid the cost our sins called for.

The Gospel is the good news sent from the Father to an undeserving world. God sent His son into the world. Christ was fully human, and he was fully God, divine. He lived among us in perfection. He never sinned. He fulfilled all of the law and took the place of fallen humanity on the cross.

He took the wrath for all our sin and offers us forgiveness if we believe upon Him. He conquered the grave beating death forever. He then ascended and rules with complete power. He waits to return to give unto us who believe eternal life. Heaven and earth will come together, and we will live with Him forever.

I hope you know Him. Do you? If not you can. Right where you are because He is just a prayer of repentance away. He watches for your heart to turn toward Him.

I end today with a quote.

“He [God] offers you the privilege to know Him, to enter into a relationship with Him, and to follow Him with everything!” ~Paul Washer

Called To The Gap

December 6, 2012 — 2 Comments

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As Christ followers, we follow Christ. That being said, never forget that Jesus is also found walking in mission fields beyond North America and we must follow there also.

You may not be able to travel to mission fields far away, but you can give to them. When your giving is done with God’s love it becomes a demonstration of His grace, mercy to the world beyond your shorelines.

God has called each of us to fill the gap between North America and the rest of the world. As I mentioned a moment ago, you may not be able to travel abroad, but you can give to them. Your money can travel.

God has His missionaries placed throughout the world. They are His servants that live the message of His love out every day in some of the poorest places on earth. They need your help to stay there. Deep in your heart you know they are out there and deep in your heart you can feel the commitment calling you to give more.

2 Corinthians 9:7
tells us, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”

I give to missions. I’ve been on the mission field many times. Yes, there are works to be done at our own doorstep, but our doorstep also opens to the entire world. We have in North America the funding to completely change the world if each of us would do just a little.

I’m sure you have a desire to give, but maybe there is something standing in the way of your giving. You have a life to live. You have bills to pay. You have dreams to accomplish. All of those are fine, but missions should be part of that plan.

When you invest in missions, I’m convinced that God smiles. We must remember that God has called us to the world that is beyond our local world also.

I end with the following quote from David Livingstone who said, “God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary”

Will you follow? Will you go? Will you give? I know you will because all of us are called to the gap in some way or another.

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Is Sex Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence?

The fastest way to destroy your marriage is to allow yourself to fall into an emotional attachment to someone other than your spouse. Nothing can steal intimacy faster than this first step away from the covenant God has placed you in when you took your vows before God and the world. Now, let me say at this point; if you want to comment adultery, it’s your choice…but know this-it’s going to cost you. It will destroy your home and the lives of many around you. There is simply no way around the fact that it will cause pain forever.

Adultery promises fulfillment and excitement that you feel you are not getting at home. The problem is, it always fails to live up to that promise sooner or later. You must remember, love is not a feeling; love is an action that you continually do and feelings are secondary. The green grass on the other side of the fence has the same sun shining on it as the grass you are thinking about leaving.

Please remember, that the decision to cross the fence comes with consequences that are enormous and last for a lifetime. It has been said before, and I agree, “No sex outside of marriage is that good.” That new adventure also has it’s own disappoints of life waiting to show itself soon enough. Those feelings of loneliness, emptiness and boredom that is diving you to pursue someone else…they will soon surface in the next relationship also. The reason why is that those feelings are inside you. In other words, everywhere you go, there you are.

It’s a fact that most people don’t set out to commit adultery. They let down their guard, and they generally drift out to sea until land seems to far to return to. It’s like the frog place in warm water: you turn up the temperature little by little until the frog is cooked. The frog just thinks it’s having a warm bath but the truth is he is being killed.

Allow me to give you three things that will help you to remain faithful and keep you from wreaking you life and others.

1. Keep the marriage bed on fire and purse each other

Take the time to talk with your spouse about your needs, wants and desires. Share with each other what you are looking for in the bedroom. Come to an agreement for the sake of the marriage, your kids and God. Submit to each other the bible teaches us. Cultivate romance in your relationship again. I would encourage you to pursue your spouse the way you did when you first started dating. If you are not still dating your spouse, you need to restart that as fast as you can. Get a baby sitter and leave the kids at home. Go to a movie and a meal. Hold hands and look into each other’s eyes. Talk about the beauty of the past and dream with each other about the beauty of the future.

2. Close the door on your heart to any other except your spouse

Make yourself accountable to a friend that will ask you about your flirting with others. Be open and honest with them and ask them to pray and ask you regularly about it. The bible teaches us that faithful are the wounds of a friend. Trust me, you need someone in your life that will speak truth without watering it down. You eyes are the gateway to the heart. Give your eyes back to your spouse and that feeling of him or her no longer having your heart will return like a flood.

3. Don’t deny you are being tempted

You and your spouse need to make a decision that you can freely and opening talk about your temptations. Temptation is not wrong. Temptation is not a sin. However, once you act on temptation sin is birthed. If you were at the office and someone was flirting with you or you were flirting with them…when you get home sit down and talk about it. You and your spouse need to decide in advance that these kinds of talk can and should take place without judgment. Confession can be risky, but the truth is, they can also save your marriage before it is too late.

Finally, if you are on the other side of adultery and have divorced and maybe even married again, and then grace and mercy from God is there when you repent of your sin. My advice would be this…go to the top of the post and read it again. Don’t commit the same SIN again.

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Decisions sometimes are easy but lets fact it, that’s a rarity. Decisions, most of the times are difficult. The process of deciding what to do can become overwhelming if you don’t have a way to walk through the decision-making responsibility. Trying to figure out what the will of God is on a decision can be life altering for you and your family. So, what are you to do? Below are some things that have helped me over the years. I hope they will help you also.

1. Identify All The Options

I know this sounds elementary but try and think through all the different choices you can make and write them down. Write down what the likely outcome of each of them might be. If they pop into your head and heart, then they just might be worth writing them down. This list will help you with the next step.

2. Talk With A Friend

Run your thoughts by someone who is your friend and that you respect. They might have a few more thoughts that you can write down and might shed some new light on the problem. After, making your list and talking with a friend, take it to God in prayer.

3. Prayer Is Your Connection To God

Take your list, your heart, and your thoughts to the Lord. I know He might have a different plan when it’s all said and done, but God loves to hear your ideas. He loves you and gave you a brain to think with. Pray has a way of removing fear from the decision making process. Prayer gives birth to faith, joy and the power of God’s love connecting with you on a very personal level. Pray you list and thoughts out loud to the Lord…they can become clearer that way.

4. Communication With God Filters Out Moral Issues

As you pray, God will reveal to you, and show you, the moral or non-moral areas of your thoughts. Be prepared to get rid of anything He reveals to you that doesn’t line up with His heart or His Word. If any of your thoughts go against a biblical command, then the decision is an easy one…OBEY His Word.

5. Embrace God’s Decision As You Decision

God will show you and speak to you the right thing to do when it’s the right time. It is essential that your will is submitted to God’s. In order to be submitted, you must be humble enough to accept His decision as your own. Sometimes it will be a combination of your thoughts and His, but more often, it will be different and even better. He is the author and the finisher of your faith. Trust that fact.

Armpit Verses And Lights

October 2, 2012 — 2 Comments

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Luke 6:27-38
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

I’m a dedicated hunter. I get up early during hunting season, and head out the door long before the sun comes up. I love it. One of the places I hunt is way out in the country and just getting there in the dark of the night is quite difficult. There is one area of road that is about 5 miles long near the land I hunt and has more curves in it than a Monte Carlo racetrack. I drive slow and careful as the headlights light the way. Nothing is odd about that because that is what you do on a country curvy road in the dark.

Now let me share a situation and then submit a question. Suppose I was driving that same road in the dark of the night and decided to turn my lights off and navigate the road in the dark. What would you think about that decision?

You would think I’ve lost my ever-loving mind. You would think I was mad because the natural thing that is going to happen sooner or later is…I’m going to run off the road and wreck. Just like turning my light off on a curvy road in the country would be crazy, so is turning your light out on an enemy.

Jesus said in Matthew 5 “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father which is in heaven.”

When you and I turn our light out on our enemies, it’s only a matter of time until we run off the road and bring dishonor to God’s love.

It’s our call and duty as Christians to shine our light on the just and the unjust because it’s the God thing to do. We know deep down these verses are the right way to live, the kingdom way to live, but knowing and doing are two different things. So what does God have to say about loving our enemies?

Some verses in the bible I call armpit verses. We prefer to put deodorant on them and move on. Luke 6 is a great example of some of these armpit verses. However, Don’t look at that passage as a list of moral rules to put a check beside of when you achieve them from time to time. Instead, look at it, as it truly is- the true character of God and the character that should be in his children.

N.T. Wright once said this, “Think of the best thing you can do for the worst person, and go ahead and do it. Think of what you’d really like someone to do for you, and do it for them. Think of the people to whom you are tempted to be nasty, and lavish generosity on them instead. These instructions have a fresh, springlike quality. They are all about new life bursting out energetically, like flowers growing through concrete and startling everyone with their colour and vigour.”

The Blessing Of Being Disliked

September 26, 2012 — 2 Comments

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Yeah, that is right! I believe there is a blessing in being disliked, if you can be who you are, and not something or someone they want you to be. When God made you, He was intentional. I think one of the saddest ways to live life, if you name it living, is to go through life being someone you are not. In other words, you are living a life you think they except you to live. You are not being true to the person you are. You say to yourself; “I’m not who they think I am; I’m what I think they think I am!”

I guess at the end of the day I want to be who I am. I do not want to become something or someone that I’m not just to get a pat on the back. I want to live life; so that when I die, it will have mattered that I lived in the first place. I want to experience being faithful to the real me, and not what they want me to be. How about you-do you feel the same way?

What am I trying to say? I’m telling you to stop being someone beside yourself and lead your life strong just the way God made you. I’m not sure where I heard it, but I agree with this next statement… “I would rather be disliked for who I am than loved for whom I’m not.” If someone doesn’t love you for who you are then they don’t deserve to be in your company. Just remember this today…everything about you is exclusive (the way God made you) and everything about you matters.

The bible says  in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Now go be the YOU God made you to be and change the world for His glory.

 

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Philippians 4:6-7
6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Just reading “Be anxious for nothing” makes me anxious. What about you? Being anxious is to have mental distress. It’s a battle in the mind that works its ugly way to the heart. That’s the destination it seeks out when it’s first birthed in your mind. It wants to race to your heart and take ownership.

The key to victory is not trying to find a loop hole that allows anxious thoughts to grow because the text will not let that happen. Why is that? Because it says to “Be anxious for NOTHING!”- There’s no option there.

What then must we do? We must take “Everything” to God in prayer and turn it over to God. How will you know when you have turned it over?

“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds…”(That’s what the text promises)

In other words, peace comes in and becomes a mighty guard against anxious thoughts.

I mean why battle what you don’t have to battle? God is saying to us to give it to Him, take up His peace and move on with the assurance that He will work all things out for your good and His glory.

So here are 8 tips to help you along the way

1. When you wake up in the morning, have the self discipline to first think about the good things that are happening in your life. There is always something good there…find it.

2. Take a few moments in the shower, or however you get ready in the morning to speak into your spirit how you want your day to be.

3. Don’t neglect your devotions. Read the Word of God, but also allow the Word of God to read you. God’s Word in you, gets through you.

4. Set your goals for the day or you will become idle, and anxious thoughts use idleness as a breeding ground.

5. Stay active by exercising. You can simply go for a short walk at some point in the day and enjoy God’s creation all around you.

6. See how long you can go without saying anything negative about yourself or others. (It’s harder than you might think…try it)

7. Find some funny videos or a comedian to watch on youtube or television. You would be amazed at what a good laugh each day will take away.

8. Finally, at the end of the day don’t go to bed after watching mindless T.V. Take at least one minute to thank God for the day. You sleep better thankful.

What have you found helpful for winning against anxious thoughts? Share with us. Leave a comment.