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September 11, 2013

Inner-self

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John 3:3. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

People use all sorts of things to try to find their “inner self.” They can try to try but the real inner self can only be known by a re-birth. Jesus said it. We must be born again. Humanity lost their inner self when sin entered in the Garden of Eden. It takes a re-birth to regain the inner-self, the spirit created in the image of God. There is only one birth canal for this. It is the birth canal of giving our hearts and lives to God through His only Son, Jesus Christ. When we do that the stain of sin that separates us from our inner-self (the image of God) is washed away by the shed blood of Jesus. He gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit to reveal to us and teach us about this inner-self new-born within. Our question is are we striving to do this by worldly means or are we choosing God’s labor took of rebirth through sanctification through Jesus?

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September 8, 2013

Missed Voice

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Isaiah 42:2. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

The disciples forgot about this scripture when Jesus was walking with them. They expected a messiah who would gather an army around him and yell out conquering words. We still miss this scripture. We expect God to speak to us loud enough to interrupt our distractions. We think it is up to Him to command our attention. We don’t hear Him though our days because we don’t expect to and we don’t tune our ears to hear Him above our distractions. Just as the original 12 disciples had to learn to listen, we must be willing to learn to hear His quiet voice above our loud distractions. Our question is what voice is most important to us; the quiet voice of God through His Holy Spirit or te noisy clamor of our own minds and the voices in this sinful world?

September 7, 2013

Persistence

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1 Thessalonians 5:17. pray without ceasing

This verse has a double meaning. We are to be continually in prayer–communication with God. It also applies when we are praying for one specific thing. Few are to continue to pray for it until we either see it come about or we see it really wasn’t the right answer. Jesus used a couple of examples about being persistent with our requests. Luke 11:5-8 tells about the man who must continually knock on his neighbor’s door to get what he needs. Luke 18:1-5 is The Parable of the Persistent Widow. Why do we sometimes need to as repeatedly? It may be our timing is wrong, it may be to be sure we really want what we ask, it may be something is blocking our prayers. Our question , is anything in our heart that blocks the Holy Spirit in our life? Another question, do we care enough to be persistent?

September 6, 2013

Show for Believing

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Luke 10:9. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you. ’

John 10:38. but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

Jesus had compassion on those who needed healing but most of the healing along with the other miracles He worked were to help people believe He is Who He says and shows He is. His works were to open the door to belief in Him as the only Son of the only God. In John He starts to clarify the Oneness of the Father and the Son. While on this earth His Holy Spirit was fully in Him. Now we are blessed with His gift of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are to have the same compassion Jesus showed with the goal of showing the path to eternal life with. Our question is what are we showing others?

September 3, 2013

Comparisons

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2 Corinthians 10:12. Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

One reason so many people are so angry and without peace is the continual attitude of needing to compare themselves with others. We tend to strive to have the best, the most, be the decision makers, be the best at all we do and on and on. The only one we are to compare ourselves with is Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Of course we all fall very short in being like Him but He did give us His Holy Spirit to work within us and help us repent from our self-centered sinful ways and learn to follow His way. As we learn to do this anger is replaced with love for fellow people, wanting God’s best for each one. No longer striving against others replaces unrest with God’s peace. Our question is are we willing to choose this repentance and ask God for His filling and help in reflecting His Son in and through us?

August 26, 2013

With Reverence

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Leviticus 26:2. You must keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

As I first read this I thought about our attitude in our churches. As I prepared to write I heard a different aspect. Our bodied are a sanctuary for God to dwell through His Holy Spirit within us. Our question is do we treat our bodies, God’s sanctuary, with reverence? The word “reverence” means deep respect. Look around and perhaps in a mirror. So many of us abuse our bodies. We eat things and amounts that are harmful, drink harmful things, over work or under work our bodies. We all know if we’re honest. When we pray before we eat we should not only give thanks for our food but also ask for wisdom in what and how much to eat. Eating should not be a reflex but a thoughtful action for sustenance. As we should enter the sanctuary of our churches with reverence let us also treat God’s sanctuary of our bodies with reverence.

August 23, 2013

New Every Morning

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Lamentations 3:22-23. The Lord s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end.
They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant!

The Manna was fresh every morning. God’s kindness and compassion for each of us is also new every morning. Each night we confess our sins of the day to God we are forgiven. The morning comes with a clean slate. Our question is, after we confess our sins do we choose to carry that extra baggage the next day? What is behind is behind. Each day is new. Each morning God will fill us anew with His Holy Spirit, His love and His power. All we need do is ask each morning then accept and walk in God’s abundant faithfulness.

August 18, 2013

Devoted to Prayer

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Colossians 2:4. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Devoted to prayer. How underused our prayer room is at church. How underused our altar rails are for people to bend their knees in the presence of others and pray. How as so few are willing to pray aloud. It seems we are embarrassed or ashamed of prayer. Prayer is a wonderful privilege. People aren’t allowed to initiate a conversation with a king unless a king invites them to speak. God is King of all and has given us permission to speak to Him at any time. He is always listening. Like a parent eager to hear their child’s first word, God is always eager to hear us. Quiet prayer within our minds are heard by Him. He also likes to hear our physical voices both in private and in public. Our question is why do we hesitate? Each must answer that for themself.

August 17, 2013

A Missed Opportunity

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Proverbs 3:28. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,” when you have it with you at the time.

I had 2 children under 18 months of age and was very busy. A dear aunt paid to send antique furniture and family heirlooms to me from New York to Georgia. I received them with great joy and knew I needed to send her a thank you note. I was busy and time slipped by. My aunt died without ever k owing my thanks. A missed opportunity I have never forgotton. Our question is how many opportunities do we miss: an opportunity to tell someone what Jesus did and what He means to us, an opportunity to pray with someone, to thank or encourage someone. There are so many opportunities to reach out in love but we allow distractions to interfere. Time moves only in one direction — forward. We cannot go back. There are no re-runs. Let us pray to ask the Holy Spirit to help make us aware of opportunities in time to use them to the glory of God.

August 16, 2013

A New Commandment

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John 13:14. “I give you a new commandment-to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Wow! That’s a lot of love. Jesus gave His life for us because of His love for us. He says we are to love each other in the same way. Giving your life for others isn’t confined to physically dying for another. It means wanting the best for another. It means giving up what we want to do to help another. It means to fellowship with others. It means not thinking critically or judging (even in our own private thoughts) another. We have all experienced jealousy, envy and hurts when someone else gets something we would like to have or gets credit for what we did. That isn’t love. I find it hard to really love in this way but, each time an unloving thought comes into my mind I ask God’s forgiveness and ask His Holy Spirit to help me grow in love for others. Our question is do we want to choose to humble ourselves in the way Jesus did and lay down our life, our self-centered desires and our self-centered desire for credit and approval and praises from fellow people? I’d rather hear Jesus tell me, “we’ll done.” Keep working in and on me, God.

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