Friday, September 22, 2017

I AM

God is absolutely faithful to do what He has promised. However,

those promises are--almost without exception--conditional: they

require something from us.

Although it felt unfair at times, looking back over some very

difficult situations in my life, I can say that it was always for

the best. God knows what He is doing.

Let's be certain that we seek, trust, surrender, love, believe, walk

in faith, and fulfill our responsibilities to God before we accuse

Him of failing to fulfill His responsibilities to us.

    I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have

  revealed and saved and proclaimed--I, and not some foreign god among

  you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. Yes,

  and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand.

  When I act, who can reverse it?" (Isa 43:11-13 NIV)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Testimony

I cannot stress enough the importance of being a living witness to

your children, grandchildren, and any who see or know your life. You

teach in ways you of which you may be unaware.

This is very personal for me because as I shared a few weeks ago, I

am a Believer today because of my grandfather. I thank God for him.

In this life, He was unaware of the influence he had on me, and

therefore, on every person this ministry touches.

Also be mindful that family is not necessarily defined by physical

ancestry. Even if you do not have children, someone somewhere is

watching your life. Teach them well.

  We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the

  next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD. We will tell

  of his power and the mighty miracles he did. For he issued his

  decree to Jacob; he gave his law to Israel. He commanded our

  ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation

  might know them--even the children not yet born--that they in turn

  might teach their children. So each generation can set its hope anew

  on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

  (Psa 78:4-7 NLT)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Controllers

I do not like controlling behavior. "Controllers" are typically very

judgmental and in one way or another pressure you to meet their

expectations. They can do much damage if allowed.

They especially do not like it when you do not let them control you;

you run the risk of becoming their "Enemy Number One". "Controllers"

can also get quite aggravated when you ignore their expectations.

So, what do you do? Please God, meet His expectations for your life,

and seek your acknowledgment and approval from Him. What anyone else

thinks of you is far less important.

(And when I can please God--and by doing so I aggravate a "control-

ler"--do I feel good about that? To be candid: Yes, I do.)

  Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove

  faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human

  court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear,

  but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the

  Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and

  will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will

  receive his praise from God. (1 Cor 4:2-5 NIV)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day

 Happy Labor Day!


It is our human nature to attempt to explain away what we do not

understand--or ridicule it if we cannot come up with an explanation

for it. We do not like not being in control. We do not like not

knowing. But then, there is a lot we do not know, isn't there?

So, keep your spiritual "antennas" up. When you encounter something

you do not understand, do not automatically reject it. Proceed with

caution, of course. Take it to God. Ask Him about it first.

  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

  Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much

  wine." Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and

  addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in

  Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I

  say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the

  morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

  (Acts 2:12-16 NIV)

Monday, August 28, 2017

God is always ready

Have you ever been hesitant to bring a need to God because you felt

you were bothering Him or perhaps you felt ashamed because you got

yourself into a bad situation and could not get out on your own?

God cares about everything that concerns your life because

he loves you. There are no exceptions or limits to His love.

And as for situations we get ourselves into: Read about Lot, Jonah,

David, and Peter, to name a few. (There are many more throughout

Scripture.) They each cried out to God to help them in their

circumstances--which they brought on themselves. And He did.

  While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of

  Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said.

  "Why bother the teacher any more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus

  told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."

  (Mark 5:35-36 NIV)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bitter vs. Sweet

Bitter does not become sweet, evil does not become good, and the

wrong thing even when done for a good motive does not become right.

We humans are good at justifying ourselves to ourselves. If only we

could step outside ourselves and hear the unconscious dialog that goes on in our minds... a dialog which God does hear.

He is neither moved or amused. He sees us just as we are--which

should be a goal of how we see ourselves. Today, pick out just one

or two things and think about why you are doing what you do.

    Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them

  and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the

  LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of

  the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

  (Lev 10:1-2 NIV)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Task

What do you do when God gives you a task you know you do not have

the resources or abilities to accomplish? You do it, of course. (No sarcasm intended!)

In The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros, 2003), a Council Member says,

"Comprehension is not a requisite of cooperation.". I like that

quote because it our position with God most of the time. We must

cooperate (agree) with Him even when we do not comprehend

(understand) His ways or purposes. Why?

God always has a plan. His plans work. Ours are subject to fail.

Move forward (cooperate) even without comprehension (understanding).

He will provide what is needed when needed--as long as we are moving.

  Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the

  crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and

  countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote

  place here." He replied, "You give them something to eat." They

  answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we

  go and buy food for all this crowd." Taking the five loaves and the

  two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them.

  Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They

  all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve

  basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

  (Luke 9:12-13, 16-17 NIV)