Archive for August, 2014

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What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I want to see!'” (Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭41‬ NLT)

I grew up watching Ed McMahon and the Publishers Clearinghouse folks go around the country awarding unsuspecting people lots of money. Imagine my despair as a child knowing that the van filled with ballons and a large cardboard check were never coming to my house because I lived so far out in the country that you actually had to go BACK towards town to hunt! Yep, ol’ Ed would never do anything for me.

If Jesus, however, showed up at your house and asked this very same question to you, how would you reply? There is much God wants to do on your behalf, but we either don’t ask Him, or we ask for things out of a wrong motive. Both get the same result of nothing. So if I had a chance to ask for the right thing in the right way, what would it be?

Consider that today, and everyday, The Lord waits to help you. All you have to do is ask. Sometimes the answer is “no”, or “not now”; we must have the maturity to identify such moments. Take time to identify what you know The Lord wants to do in your life, then ask. He’s waiting to spend time with you! You are loved today!

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Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭32‬ NLT)

On February 19, 1940, as six German destroyers were sent to intercept a number of suspicious British fishing vessels off the Dogger Bank, a German bomber passed over the flotilla. The plane made no recognition signals, so the ships assumed it was a British reconnaissance plane and opened fire. This prompted the plane to begin bombing runs, sinking a couple ships and killing over 500 sailors, all because of rash decisions.

There’s a danger to being impatient. Shooting first and asking questions later may help you defeat a foe quickly, but it may keep you from recognizing the TRUE problems confronting you. By patiently assessing a situation, you’ll wind up not only fighting the right battle, but also fighting the battle right!

So as you get ready to come to church tomorrow (hint), come with a desire for God’s Wisdom and Self-Control. If you’re going to live the Christ Life, save yourself and others the aggregation of “friendly fire” by living it correctly! You are loved! See you tomorrow!

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‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?'” (John‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ NIV)

“Pastor, we have way too many Baby Christians and not enough tithers! We need to stop focusing on converts and start reaching out to mature believers, to bring them in instead.” I was a little stunned by what I was hearing. I know this precious person meant well, but their concept of evangelism was what we Pastors actually call “sheep stealing”, which is NOT part of God’s agenda. As I think back to that moment years ago, I still see a frustrated soul who had been in church all their life, yet missed God’s desire by a Mile.

As Jesus ministered to the woman at the well, she also was missing Jesus’ meaning, not grasping the spiritual revelation He was trying to give her. All she could understand was the physical need for water. Yet, because she hung in there, the Lord helped her to eventually see and understand His meaning, which caused this woman of bad character and reputation to become one of Jesus’ greatest evangelists!

Are you guilty of trying to explain away God without truly grasping Him yourself? Often times, we’re the last to know! Spend time in God’s presence today, allowing Him to correct you if necessary. The greatest shame is to know of God but never truly understand Him. Learn the true God of the Bible! You are loved today! Have a great weekend!

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For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ AMP)

Jim Fallon may not fit your typical Hollywood stereotype of a psychopath, but his brain is identical to one. A neuroscientist with a long and successful career and has been happily married since 1969, found that while his own brainscans match those of known killers, and openly admits he feels the urge to kill, he does not act violently, believing psychopaths were more likely to be someone on the street who cheated, lied, or manipulated rather than killed.

We all face tendencies to do wrong, calling them temptations. But did you realize that God draws you to do right also? The leading of the Holy Spirit woos us to do right and good things, but wrong is also being whispered in our ears. The winner is the one that we give the control of our life to. Think about THAT!

Live a life that gives Jesus control. He’ll never possess you or make you do anything unnatural, but it will also NEVER lead to regrets and destruction! When guided by God, your life will become a vast improvement over what it’s been! Learn to trust Him! You are loved today!

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Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25‬ NLT)

Stephen R. Covey, author of numerous leadership books, shares his insight on the time wasters of our life: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” We chase what we believe is important only to look back years later and recognize that is was to please people that didn’t like us, to buy things that we gave away shortly thereafter, or to climb the corporate ladder only to find that we hated the job.

Jesus reminds us that we are meant for more than the trivial and the grandiose. Life is accomplished by enjoying the contentment of what we have and who we enjoy it with. By establishing Christ-centered priorities, we are saved from chasing what doesn’t matter and released to find those things that bring joy in this life and reward in the next.

With this being back-to-school time, it’s an excellent opportunity to revamp our priorities list. With my own life only four brief years from the Empty Nest, it’s makes me ask certain questions in order to see the better answers. Take time to truly appreciate the life God gave you! You are loved to live today!

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And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭30‬ NLT)

As Jesus walked throughout Judea doing His ministry, I believe the issue that left Him scratching His head the most was the ginormous lack of faith He found plaguing God’s people. Hadn’t they been privy to all of the stories of the miracles God performed for Israel? Hadn’t they cut their teeth on the acts of Moses and the visions of Daniel? Was it so hard to believe that God could still do it for them?!

I can only imagine that the Lord still moves about the world and stays puzzled when watching the modern Believer. You and I suffer from the same fractures in our faith that ancient Israel did. And for some of us that have witnessed bonafide miracles firsthand, why do we still struggle for even the simplest of things, like finances, food, or family frustrations? God never changes, but our faith ebbs and flows like changing of the tide.

As you read this, take a moment to remember, like I’ve had to today, that God never changes, He’s never fickle, and His best plans include you in them! God is never worried or scared, so neither should we be! Have a little more than a little faith in Him! You are loved today!