Thursday, June 22, 2017

Promises Promises

Has God ever promised you something that did not happen? (I can

almost hear the counting going on right about now...)

There are two primary reasons why this happens:

No. 1: We do or do not do something that prevents, modifies, or delays what God promised. He has given us authority to do that. It is called "free will"--think of accepting or refusing a gift. 

No. 2: We have not reached the time of the promise's fulfillment. In other words, "It's not over yet."

  Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take  the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:10-11 NIV)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Know your Value

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a pandemic of arrogance

these days? Being arrogant has been defined as "having an

exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities or showing an

offensive attitude of superiority."

While there is no shortage of those who think they know more,

better, or everything, do not be concerned about them. Why? Like

Jesus, you will likely never please them no matter what you do.

Find your value and identity in your relationship with God. As long

as you are right with Him, it really does not matter what a few

"know-it-all's" think about you. (And God really does know it all!)

  Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she bowed

  at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would

  not have died." When Jesus saw Mary crying and the people with her

  crying too, he was very upset and deeply troubled. He asked, "Where

  did you put him?" They said, "Lord, come and see." Jesus cried. And

  the Jews said, "Look! He loved Lazarus very much!" But some of them

  said, "Jesus healed the eyes of the blind man. Why didn't he help

  Lazarus and stop him from dying?" (John 11:32-37 ERV)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Desertion 

In The Matrix (1999, Warner Bros.), Morpheus says to Neo: "Like

everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you

cannot taste or see or touch, a prison for your mind."

In reality, many today are in bondage to a power they cannot taste

or see or touch. They are oblivious--and its power lies in its

transparency. Jesus came to expose that bondage and free us.

Be alert. Be aware. Jesus may use you today to be a witness of what

you have seen and heard. You could be someone's "red pill" today:

Just offer them the Truth.

  "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' "'I am Jesus, whom you are

  persecuting,' the Lord replied. 'Now get up and stand on your feet.

  I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness

  of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue

  you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to

  them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and

  from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness

  of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

  (Acts 26:15-18 NIV)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let the Lord do it

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless

  the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In

  vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat--for

  he grants sleep to those he loves. (Psa 127:1-2 NIV)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Emotions 

Fear, frustration, and such are emotions. Emotion is not Truth.

God's covenant (and the promises it contains) is Truth. It is not

dependent on feelings. Emotions change. Truth does not change.


When feelings overwhelm you, override them with Truth. It is not

easy, however, you can do it. It takes determination and strength.

You provide the determination. God will help you with the strength.

It will change you for the better. That is how Truth works.

  You gave them bread from heaven when they were hungry and water

  from the rock when they were thirsty. You commanded them to go and

  take possession of the land you had sworn to give them. But our

  ancestors were a proud and stubborn lot, and they refused to obey

  your commands. "They refused to listen and did not remember the

  miracles you had done for them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed

  a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a

  God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and

  full of unfailing love and mercy. You did not abandon them.

  (Neh 9:15-17 NLT)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ministry

Have you ever thought of yourself as a minister? Here is a thought

for your consideration:


We are all ministers, all the time, in the various ways God has

gifted and enabled us. Use your gift responsibly "...so that in all

things God may be praised through Jesus Christ".

  The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-

  controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply,

  because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to

  one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he

  has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace

  in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one

  speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it

  with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be

  praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for

  ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet 4:7-11 NIV)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What you Love

What is the most important thing in your life? Jesus gave us the

test: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.".


You may think you know the answer, but do you really? This is

another test: On what do you spend the most time and attention?


I ask myself that question often--and sometimes the truth is very

uncomfortable! However I must know because I cannot correct what Ido not (or will not/cannot) acknowledge.

Will you ask yourself that question today?

   "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and

  rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for

  yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy,

  and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure

  is, there your heart will be also. (Mat 6:19-21 NIV)