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March 2, 2012

Harvest Workers

Luke 10:1-2 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem He appointed seventy-two others to go and share His good news. It was time to start harvesting the seeds He planted and the need for workers is great. Jesus has called us to plant more seeds and harvest seeds that others have planted. To do this we must be sharing what God has, is and will do for us and for others. We must be reaching out in the love God gives us and pass it on to others. We cannot do this if we are critical or judgmental. The Holy Spirit will convict and God will judge. We are just to tell and love. Our question is are we taking this seriously? Not a day should pass without our reaching out in God’s love through sharing His plan of salvation, encouraging someone discouraged and helping someone in need. Let us also be sure to pray for more harvesters to spread God’s news and love.

December 28, 2011

No Regrets

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Phil 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

Part of confessing and cleaning the old is forgiving ourselves, giving up regrets for what we’ve done,said or haven’t done or said and pushing on to what God has ahead for us. So many of us live with regrets. We think often on we should have or shouldn’t have. This puts an unneeded weight on our minds, emotions and spirit. We cannot change the past. What is past is over. We must learn to accept it is over, we have confessed to God, He has forgiven us and no longer holds it against us, we have accepted His forgiveness, we forgive ourselves, we have made atonement if it is possible and we shut the door and move forward. We think it is a sign of humility to bemoan how sinful we have been. It is an affront to God. He says we are wonderfully made. He deemed us worthwhile to sacrifice His Son, Jesus as the atonement for our sins of commission and the ones of lack of commission. We need to accept what God has, is doing and will continue to do for us and turn from our lacks in the past, praise for our past blessings and push forward with whatever God has for us. As we approach the new year let us finish our emotional and spiritual house cleaning so we are free to push ahead in love, joy, peace and confidence with our God, our Father, our Creator and allow His Light to shine through us into this dark world.

August 20, 2011

Work to Do

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Dt 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul

We must seek God with all our heart and all our soul.  There is no half way.  Either we trust God in all things or we don’t trust Him at all.  We cannot pick and choose.  God will not allow us to have Him in part of our lives.  He wants to be in all of our life.  We are to be consumed in our seeking God, believing God, trusting God, worshiping God and praising God.  We fool ourselves thinking we can just be with God part time and all will be fine.  We have the audacity to pray, “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” Then we think we can sit idly by, go on with our material lives and leave the rest to God.  We are here to prepare the way for the re-coming of Jesus, God’s Son.  We are the bride of Christ.  That means we are engaged and joining Him in making the preparations for the wedding.  We must ensure all who are invited will be there.  Who is invited to the wedding?  All who choose to enter through Jesus.  Are we spreading the word?  Are we inviting others and showing them how to enter?  Is God going to ask us, “Where is your friend…. Your child….your neighbor?”  Let us each get up out of our seats, roll our up our sleeves and help to prepare for the greatest wedding ever.  Let us do His will on earth.

August 19, 2011

Nothing Is Impossible

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God”

We may agree in words that nothing is impossible for God but do our actions show it?  Abraham believed God would bless him with a child but then did his own thing.  Those two family lines have been at war ever since.  I’m glad the Bible gives accounts of those who didn’t believe and then saw it come to pass.  My earthly father didn’t believe God could have his way with a family member.  I believe He will and continue to pray.  Just because we don’t see the evidence of God at work in a particular situation doesn’t mean He is not working.  We have a fairly short orientation of time and space.  God has no limits on time or space.  When my faith begins to falter about a prayer answer I sing a song that has the words, “Nothing is too difficult for Thee…Oh great is God, great in power and mighty in deed…..absolutely nothing…is too difficult for thee.”  Singing all the words of this song over a couple of times puts my faith back where it needs to be.  That faith, which is a gift and fruit from God, unites with His power bringing about on earth His Kingdom.  Next time you don’t feel or see God working out your need or request, remember how He worked out requests throughout the Bible and through your life.  Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing.  Nothing is too difficult for God.

August 18, 2011

Ultimate Good

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Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

“What did I ever do to deserve this?”  is the cry of so many whenever something they don’t consider good happens in their lives.  The real question should be, “Whatever did I do NOT to deserve this.”  We are sinful people.  We are sinful in our actions and in our thoughts.  Yet we expect all things should be just the way we want them.  We do not think God needs to get our attention.  We live our lives for ourselves and for our own comforts and pleasures.  When we receive Jesus into our lives and are adopted as God’s very own children instead of just His creations, we can be assured that everything that touches our lives is in line with God’s purpose for us and for the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.  Instead of crying, “What did I do to deserve this?” We should, “God, thank You for not giving me what I deserve.”  Let us remember in all things God does work for our ultimate good and turn our complaints and questions into praises for Him and His love and grace.

August 17, 2011

New Every Morning

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

We easily get discouraged when things are not going our way.  Financial woes, health, relationships and so many other things seem to be able to “get the best of us.”  Our eyes and our minds and consequently our hearts are so very attuned to the material world around us.  Yet, God is so very faithful and desires to renew us with His Holy Spirit every day.  We look at this material world as being so very permanent.  In Texas we say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”  It is so very true of our entire walk on this earth.  In the time of all eternity, our walk on this earth is barely a brief second.  Nothing that can happen in, to or around us should have any power over us.  What really matters is whether our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  If it is, we are assured of eternal life in the very real presence of God.  That life starts the moment we allow His Son, Jesus, to enter our life.  With that comes God’s peace and joy.  There is nothing on this earth that has the power to make me lose heart.  I know Who is in control.  I know Who is victorious.  I’ve read the last chapter of the Book.  Truly, we can give thanks in everything and keep the joy of the Lord alive and active in our hearts, lives and faces in and through all things.  Let God renew you every morning (and more often through the day if you loose track).  His Spirit in us can truly be new every morning because God is faithful.  His love is steadfast.

August 12, 2011

Pool of Siloam

Jn 9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”  (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

I hope you don’t just read this one verse but get the context by reading the entire chapter of John 9.  Some people would read this as Jesus not doing a complete job.  Jesus went to the blind man.  The blind man did not go to Jesus.  Jesus reached out to the man unasked.  He man didn’t know Jesus.  Jesus reached down into the dust of the earth to heal the man’s eyes.  Then He gave the man a choice.  Trust enough in His power to obey and go the Pool of Siloam and wash or remain in doubt and remain blind.  The man chose to trust and went and washed and was healed.  Many times we don’t see the miracles of God because we remain in doubt or we don’t obey what He has already told us.  The blind man was taking ownership of the miracle Jesus was offering him.  God does not force us into belief or obedience.  He does not force us to step out in faith.  When we experience a need we need to check and see if God has already provided it but we are remaining blind to it through lack of faith or obedience.  The lack is never with God.  It is always with us.  The word Siloam means sent.  God sends each of us to a place of trust (faith) and obedience.  Let us go to our pool of Siloam today.

August 10, 2011

It Takes Three

“It is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will send Him to you” (1 John 16.7).

 It takes all three.  God the Father instructed His Son and sent Him to show us the way and die and rise to make eternal life with God the Father available.  The Holy Spirit was and is still sent to convict us of our sin and empower us to believe, trust and obey the instructions given and shown to us by Jesus, the Son.  Jesus could have stayed with us but then we could not have His Holy Spirit dwell within each of us.  The Holy Spirit’s office is of Intercessor, Consoler, and Teacher. We cannot approach God the Father without the call of the Holy Spirit and going through the blood of His Son, Jesus.  Jesus told us to address our prayers to God the Father.  He also said the Holy Spirit would pray through us, and when we can’t form the words, would pray for us.  We must know each part of the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit.  We cannot have one without the other.  Do you know each One of the God Head?   If not, invite Him into your mind, heart and life right now.  They all stand at your door but there is no doorknob on their side of the door.  You must open it yourself.  You will be blessed with all eternity in the presence of the God Head.

July 28, 2011

Not of the World

Even as He is, so are we in this world.”—1 John 4:17.

This can be a very confusing verse.  It is referring to Jesus being in the world but not of the world.  To be of the world is to be living in the sin-nature of the world.  Those of the world or primarily full of self.  Thos of the world are consumed with the things of the world – material wealth, power, self-pleasures and so on.  Jesus was in the world in that He was here to experience and relate all that we do and are yet without succumbing to the sin-nature of man.  He displayed God on a level we could see and relate with.  We are to be as He is.  We are to be in the world to learn to worship Him and allow Him to work through us and to relate to others but not consumed with the world to be of the world.  This may still be confusing.  I sat under a Christian teacher who said the things of the Spirit are like spaghetti sauce.  Some sticks to the pasta and some doesn’t.  Enjoy what sticks and don’t worry about what doesn’t stick.  As we make more and more room for God’s Holy Spirit within us, renewing our minds with the mind of Christ, more and more of the Holy Spirit and His teaching will stick to us – we’ll understand more and be able to allow more to flow through us.  Learning to be in the world but no longer of the world is a process.  Take and eat what sticks and rest in faith all will be given to you in His timing.

July 27, 2011

For Good

Ro 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

It happens so often in most all churches.  Someone doesn’t like what someone else does and criticizes them.  Gossip goes around and before long someone’s feelings are hurt and they leave that church.  Our human nature has us looking out for ourselves.  We want things our way and to build ourselves up we tear others down.  That makes us feel better.  We need to take this scripture to heart.  Maybe our way is the right way but it is not worth putting someone else down.  We are to build up our fellow man.  Notice it doesn’t say anything about building ourselves us.  It is a constant battle against our sin nature.  We are told by Jesus to come as little children.  He didn’t say act like little children with the attitude of “it’s my ball so if you don’t play my way I’ll take my ball and leave.”  There are also two sides to our problem.  Not only do we have the problem of making ourselves feel better by putting someone else down, we should also be more forgiving when others hurt us.  Some may hurt intentionally but most hurt because they don’t stop and think or they are hurting themselves.  Next time we’re tempted to voice a negative opinion let’s stop and talk to God about it first.  Next time we feel hurt, lets also stop and talk to God about it.  He is the one we are to please and He tells us to love and to forgive and to bear with the weaknesses of others.

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