When the Lord asks us to make a change, prioritize or give something up our first reaction probably is not “yes! Sure!”
Most likely we wrestle around with the idea for awhile wondering how we will benefit.
Therein lies the problem. We are concerned with how we will benefit or maybe how others will perceive us. But John the Baptist said that if we make sacrifices for the Lord that HE will benefit.
Our entire purpose is to bring God glory. So instead of making decisions based on ourselves let’s begin making decisions based on the glory it will bring God.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
Are you allowing yourself hopelessness in place of hopefulness?
Hagar had every reason to be hopeful when she left Abraham’s camp. Not because he had provided some essentials for her but because of a conversation she had with the angel of The Lord prophesying a multitude of descendants from her seed.
But instead of focusing on God’s promises she focused on her current situation: she had little to live on, no plan and no help. She prepared herself and her son to perish.
When she should have been praising she was pouting.
God saw fit, as he always does, to keep his promises. He miraculously provided for Hagar and her son. Her eyes were opened to a well in the wilderness. Hagar and Ishmael would survive.
Hopefulness reigned in Hagar’s life again. God blessed in the way that he said he would. A nation descended from Ishmael.
Christian, don’t allow your hope in The Lord to decline when situations don’t look promising. He is always working things for your good. Praise him no matter how dire the situation seems.
Originally posted September 30, 2014
I Corinthians 16:14
The words you speak, are they meant to edify or to destroy? The looks you give, are they meant to encourage or to shame?
How much unnecessary conflict we would avoid if we only did/said things that passed the “love test” spoken of in the verse above.
I’ve recently become a runner. (Aka really slow jogger.) I’ve chosen to use this time to pray, to try to draw closer to the Lord.
The other day he led me to pray along the lines of “show me your presence in my life”.
This morning in my bible time he gave me this scripture: “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”
I Chronicles 16:11
Here is what I took from that: the Lord is present throughout all of my life. I just have to put forth effort to look for him.
Now I’ve known that the Lord is with me. But to be reminded to be on the lookout for the love that he wants to pour out on me daily is a blessing in itself. There is always something to show his presence.
Today when I went to the mailbox and received a note of encouragement from a friend of mine encouraging me in the ministry I was ecstatic. Within the card was a piece of scripture that the Lord has spoken to me over and over. I just stand in awe of the Lord and his want to walk closely with his children!
Our days would go so much better if we are in the frame of mind to be looking for the Lord. I challenge you to try it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Peter felt disconnected from Jesus. Christ had been taken to the temple and he had been left alone. Instead of making an effort to get back in the presence of Jesus he decided to “reinvent” himself by acting like a completely different person. He wanted to leave his past behind and start brand new. He didn’t want to be known as a follower of Jesus. He even changed his speech so that he wouldn’t be linked to him.
He wept when he realized what had been taking place in his life: both figuratively and literally he was running from Christ instead of to him.
Pause today and ask the Lord which direction you are moving. He is calling you closer to him there isn’t any reason to run.
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Have you surrendered yourself to the calling The Lord has put on your life?
Or have you balked at the job that He has lined up for you…thinking that maybe you’re not qualified, maybe you feel overqualified?
Go with what The Lord has laid out for you. Be grateful that He would entrust you with accomplishing His work. Know this: all jobs given by The Lord are a reflection of God’s love and acceptance of you. Even if you’re a doorkeeper, like the psalmist speaks of, you’re still in the family of God, you’ve been separated from the world. You have reason to rejoice.
Dedicate yourself to being your best version of what God has called you to be.
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Colossians 3:17 & Psalm 84:10
Originally posted September 26, 2013
I have zinnias growing in my backyard. Zeke and Trae bring the girls and me flowers from the patches. Lots of beauty and happiness come from the flowers.
I was mowing the yard today and kept walking past a patch of them. The thought entered my mind to just mow them too. I had the mower, the gas and the ability to just plow them down. So I pushed the blessings of the flowers aside. I figured if God really wanted to keep me from mowing them over he would stop it from happening, right? Maybe make an invisible shield around them? Or make my mower break?
No!! Along with the perfect opportunity to mow them over I was given an opportunity to not touch them. He gave me sense enough to be able to walk away from the situation and to pray.
I hope you’re seeing the symbolism here. Too often we get ourselves into positions where we choose to sin (mow the flowers) and then instead of taking responsibility we blame God by saying “well he could have stopped me if I really shouldn’t have done it”.
You have free will. You choose to be a servant to sin or a servant to righteousness.
There will always be a way out. Instead of looking to blame God after the fact look for a way to glorify Jesus in the midst of your trial.
And as a side note: The Lord really used this to teach me a lesson in self-control. I have two patches of flowers. I decided to mow one of the patches down as a reminder to myself of the Lord’s lesson for me. It was hard and I could have cried when Zeke said “Momma, why did you mow down our flowers?” But my answer to him: “it was a choice I made, Bud” spoke straight to my soul.
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I Corinthians 10:13
Gideon was chosen by the Lord to lead the Israelite people to freedom. The Lord had Gideon show his allegiance to God by first destroying the altar of the false god and to then offer a sacrifice.
This is yet another reminder of what our life should like. We should constantly be denying our flesh (tearing down false gods) and choosing the will of the Lord (offering a sacrifice).
Look to Jesus, to the Word, for guidance.
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