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April 30, 2013

Wait

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Acts 1:4. While he was with them, he declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me

The last instruction Jesus gave was to wait in Jerusalem for the fulfilling of the promise of the Holy Spirit.  At first the disciples were content to worship and pray together. But then they decided the should replace Judas.  We read (Acts 1:26.) “Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.”  They didn’t have the guidance of the Holy Spirit yet and resorted to their old methods of casting lots.  We don’t hear about Mathis again. God would be choosing Paul to replace Judas.  Before we judge the disciples too harshly for their impatience and taking matters into their own hands we must look at our own record.  How many times have we pushed ahead of the Holy Spirit’s leading?  Many times I’ve forced open doors that were shut.  That usually creates more problems than it solves.  Jesus never rushed.  Our question is will we wait for God’s direction in prayer nd use our impatient energy to obey quickly after we receive His direction?  We do the walking but God directs our steps and timing.

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June 15, 2011

Bubbling Joy

1Ch 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever

This next Sunday we will be starting a series on motive. Those in the class who read this will have a head start. God knows every motive behind every thought and action we have and do. Our problem is we have trouble being honest enough with ourselves to discern our real motives. We don’t like to see our own faults. Having self-centered motives when we do good things cancels out good for us. God commands us to let Him do good through us because we love Him and love those He loves. We are bombarded with the world telling us to put ourselves first. A long time ago I learned the secret to JOY = Jesus, Others, Yourself in that order. When we put Jesus first, our love for Him as our motive for all we do and follow that with others, we will find we will have an overabundance of His joy within us. As a child I sang a song that went, “It’s bubbling, it’s bubbling, it’s bubbling in my heart, It’s singing, it’s dancing since Jesus made me whole…..” the “it’s” refers to the Joy of God within my heart. Put Him first then others and His joy will be yours.

April 19, 2011

Judas

Mt 26:14-15 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

There is no particular account in the Bible as to what Jesus did on Wednesday.  He was probably getting in some last minute teaching.  We do know what someone else did that day.  Judas was deciding to betray Jesus.  He went to the priest who he knew wanted to be rid of Jesus and offered to turn Him over for a price.  Judas was trying to watch out for himself.  He should have been watching out for his spirit.  After it was all done, Judas ended up knowing what he did and ridding himself of the death money he killed himself.  Before we judge Judas too harshly we must look honestly at ourselves.  There are many times we put ourselves before being faithful to God.  We might be concerned about the things we want to buy and not give our tithe.  We might be concerned about our reputation and turn our back on one of God’s commandments.  We might desire to be seen with the “right” people and neglect those in need.  Let’s take time today to check ourselves and our motives and ask God for forgiveness.  Then lets turn our backs on the world and face our “Jerusalem” by walking in obedience to God and keeping our faith strong.

November 5, 2010

Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13

(taken from my sermon notes)

Our – Faith is not individual.  Coal by itself will soon die out.      Focus on relationships over results.   Can’t love God if you don’t love others.  Know disciples by love for each other.  Live in Grace and forgiveness.

Father –freedom from worry – Dad will fix it.  God is always there, loving, watching, protecting,

In Heaven- Spiritual realm is as real as the physical realm.  God is present in 3 dimensions as well as 4 dimensions – all dimensions     No limitations to or for God.  Cut back on distractions.  Develop a constant awareness of God’s presence.   Learn to be still, focus, wait and listen.

Hallowed be Thy Name. Honor God – the way you live and talk.  Complete surrender.  Body, mind/tongue and thoughts/spirit.   Don’t be complacent – lukewarm

Your Kingdom come.  Participate with fellow kingdom citizens.  Church, vespers, small groups.   Release your agenda for God’s plans.  Surrender your values for His plans.   Humble yourself – apart from God I am nothing

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Seek God’s will each day.  Choose His best over the good.  Don’t worry – God has the details – trust Him.    Drop expectations of yourself and others – love others.   Live in the present – not what was or might be.   Passion to do His will frees Him to work in and through us.

Give us this day our daily bread.  Daily feed the body and feed the mind and spirit on the bread of life.  God is faithful to supply all our needs (Matt 6:33)              Look or you’ll miss it.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive. Action not feelings.            Takes God’s grace.            Doesn’t condone but releases.  Grace is opposite of what we deserve.  Deserve judgment.  Receive forgiveness.  Measure or measure

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  Trials bring growth.  Recognize sins quickly and deal with them

Yours is the Kingdome, the power and glory for eve.              Pursue God not fame, riches, etc.  The smallest act in line with God’s live is huge for God.           Amen.  Yes, God.

November 1, 2010

A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Sometimes it’s hard to allow our heart to be cheerful.  When a loved one or we are walking through a stormy time it is hard to find something to feel cheerful about.  We, as human, tend to be very shortsighted.  When I was critically ill I regularly recited the things that gave me joy, both in the past and in the present.  It’s amazing how many things in our lives bring us joy.  Dwelling on our current problem, be it illness or anything else, does no good.  We do need to give the current problem attention to walk through it but it doesn’t need to be all consuming.  When it’s hard to get our minds off, when it’s hard to get physical or emotional strength it is time to turn to God.  Start by thanking Him for the gift of salvation through His Son.  When we start into thanks one thing will lead to another and before long we allow God’s joy to enter our heart and cheerfulness returns.  If it helps, keep a thankful list written down to remind us of all our blessings.  In and through everything life brings our way, we can still give thanks to God.

 

January 20, 2009

Contentment

Contentment

 

When I look at others

And see what they have

Am I pleased for their blessings?

Do I strive to have?

When I look at others

And see what they do

Do I turn green with envy

To do all that they do?

 

When I look at others

Lord, let me see You.

You are the blessing giver.

You know what to choose.

Help me grow to trust You.

You know what to choose

To give each child what they need

To bring each close to You.

 

 

 

 

Philippians 4:11

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.

 

Learn to be content.  This is not a natural state.  This is something, which needs to be nurtured.  This is a choice I must make.  I can choose to complain or I can choose to accept.  Part of learning is discovering what should be accepted and what I should strive to change.  Even when I must strive to change something I can do in a spirit of contentment.  There is the often-repeated prayer, “God, give me the wisdom to change the things I should and the patience to endure the things I can’t change.”  Patience and contentment go hand in hand. 

Prayer

Father, give me discernment about what I can change and what I can’t.  Teach me to be contented and to walk in peace and joy.

Provision

 

Provision

 

God has promised to provide

All I need to live my life

I need only look and hear

There is nothing I need fear

He will tell me what to do

I just need His way to choose.

 

 

2 Kings 25:30

and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him of the king, every day a portion, all the days of his life.

 

What a wonderful provision.  I need never worry about what I need for tomorrow.  I need only to use the provision of for the current day.  What God gives me to face today is more than sufficient to meet my needs.  Is my mind on today?  Am I using what He has already given me?  Do I allow my mind to wander to the “what ifs” of tomorrow?  This does not mean I don’t need to make plans for my future.  It doesn’t mean I don’t need to save any income.  It means I am not to be consumed by the future.  Only God knows what lies ahead.  He will meet my needs in the way He knows is best.  My main job is to look to Him for direction.  He shows me His provision for me.  Years ago a friend shared this story with me:  A man was praying for some money.  Someone tapped him on the shoulder and said he would pay him to mow his lawn.  The man said no, God would give him the money he needed.  This man turned his back on the provision God was giving him.

 

Prayer

 

Father, teach me to look to You for my provision.  Teach me to use the provision of the day wisely and give You the praise and glory.

 

January 19, 2009

The Eyes of the Lord

Psa 34:15

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;

 

 

What a comforting verse.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.  Who are the righteous?  The righteous are those who are covered in the blood of God’s Son, Jesus.  Imagine the eyes of God are on me.  He sees me all the time.  There is nothing I can do that is hidden from his eyes.  This fact broke my old habit of going over the speed limit when no others were on the road.  Maybe a policeman wouldn’t see me, but God does and He says to obey the laws of the land.  Imagine, also, His ears are always hearing us.  I want whatever He hears coming out of my mouth to be pleasing to Him.  This is making me learn to think before I talk.  I love this verse.  It is comforting and it is challenging.  It keeps me mindful that I am accountable to God.

January 18, 2009

Sing Joyfully

Psalms 33 1  Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous: it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

 

Today is Sunday.  Hopefully, you will go to a church where you can join God’s family in praise and worship.  When the congregation sings, do you join in, joyfully?  Notice His Word does not say anything about singing on tune or singing with a beautiful voice.  It just says, “sing joyfully to the Lord.”  I have my Bachelor of Music in voice and sang professionally for many years.  One day, in a large service, the Lord (in that sweet inner voice) asked, “Who do you think is making the most beautiful music today?”  I was hoping He would say me but He turned my attention to the man standing next to me.  This man was singing on unknown notes and in an unknown rhythm, but he was totally unaware of anyone else being around.  He was singing joyfully to His God.  What a lesson that was.  I have never criticized anyone’s singing since that time.  So, come on and join in the singing but make it joyful from your heart.

January 17, 2009

Focus

Psalms 3:3-5  But thou, O Lord, art a shiled fo rme; my glory and the lifter up of mine head.  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.  I laid down and slept; I awakened for the Lord sustained me.

We have just finished the process of help one of our daughters and her husband find a job, we found a house to rent, and helped them move from Florida to Texas.  Sounds easy but there are five children present.  We kept the children for 3+ days while mom and dad struggled with one problem after another in that move.  They are now in their house, he is working and most of the children will be enrolled in school on Monday. 

It is so easy to allow problems and business to overwhelm and demand all of our attention.  But, if we determine to keep our eyes on the Lord, talking with Him throughout the business and problems, we can maintain His peace within us.  Yes, our bodies will still be tired, but our spirits will still house the peace of our God.  At the end of a hard day, when we can finally lay down and sleep, it is important to praise God for His continued support throughout the problems of the day.  Leave the unsolved problems and the tasks of the next day in His capable hands and we can awakened sustained and refreshed by Him

 

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