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)