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March 24, 2015

All Powerful

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Psalms 139:13-19 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

Hear the Psalmist contemplates on the power of God. God has complete power. There is none more powerful than God. God created all that was, is or will ever be. God has the power to change His creations any way He chooses. Yet, in all that power, God has chosen to give His followers the power of prayer. It is through prayer that we are privilege to share God’s power to change the directions’ of lives on this earth. Our question is are we taking advantage of that power?

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March 22, 2015

All Knowing

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Psalms 139:1-6 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

These verses talk about how God is all-knowing. There is nothing we can do, say or even think that God doesn’t see, hear and know. We may hide actions, words or thoughts from others or even try to hide them from ourselves but not from God. Yet, in spite of His all-knowing, He loves us. To know ourselves we must know God. Through His Holy Spirit He will reveal our innermost being to us as we are able to see and able to allow Him to re-mold us into His image. Our question is do we really want to know what lies deep within us and deal with it according to His wisdom and mercy?

July 31, 2013

Answered Prayer

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Acts 12:15. But they said to her, “Youve lost your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was Peter, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Read the nature account. Peter was chained in prison and his friends were praying for his release. While they were praying Peter, released by God through an angel came to the door. The girl who answered was so surprised Peter was out that she forgot to open the door but want to tell the others while they were still praying for Peter’s release. They did not believe their prayers were answered. There are two truths here. One is where was their belief and where is ours. We often miss the answers to our prayers because we aren’t really looking for them. The other is regardless of our faith God will accomplish His will and purpose with or with out our faith. The question is do we want to actively be part of His workings though our prayers believing and looking expectantly for His answers?

June 29, 2013

Even a Donkey

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Numbers 22:28. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?”

When we become children of God through our belief in Jesus, God’s only Son, Who died for our sins, God will use any means to direct our steps. If we practice the art of listening and respond in obedience communication is through God’s Holy Spirit within us. Many times God directs us through circumstances. Our problem is many times when we see a closed-door we will try to force it open. This is what Balaam did. He was determined to move forward. God had to use a donkey to make Balaam stop and listen. Our question at what point in our decisions will we stop and listen to God’s direction?

May 18, 2013

Walking in Faith

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2 Kings 3:16-17. and he said, “This is what the Lord says, Make many cisterns in this valley, for this is what the Lord says, You will not feel any wind or see any rain, but this valley will be full of water and you and your cattle and animals will drink.

The people needed water. They hadn’t seen rain in a long time. They prayed for rain. God instructed them to show their faith by digging cisterns to catch the rain. They did this in spite of no sign of rain coming. They did this in obedience to God and faith that He is true to His word of supplying their needs. Our question is when we pray and ask God do we pray in faith? Do we live according to the assurance that God will indeed answer our prayers and supply our needs? Let’s get really honest with ourselves about our faith level and obedience level. Honesty will open us up to the workings of God’s Holy Spirit to water and fertilize the seed of faith in us and bring it growth.

March 26, 2012

Balance

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Luke 10:40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” ( New International Version)

I’ve written about the Mary/Martha contradiction before (see archives).  Most of us are a mixture of the two personalities.  In our busy electronic age it is becoming even more a challenge not to be distracted.  Keeping a healthy balance mentally emotionally physically and spiritually takes effort.  It would not be so hard on us if we would put our prayer life into proper perspective.  In our pride we think we are capable of making most decisions on our own.  We only need to consult God on the really big things.  Surely he doesn’t want us to ask about everything.  As we grow in fellowship and obedience with God we do learn what decisions to make in line with His will and purpose for our walk on this earth.  This is a learning process.  I’ve found the more time I spend with the Lord through Bible study, prayer and meditation, the more time I want to spend with Him.  I pray during this Lenten season we are all developing good habits that will produce a Christ-centered, God-balanced walk. 

August 14, 2011

Compassion Not Judging

Mt 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick

Jesus healed all the sick.  He didn’t judge them.  He didn’t give them a lecture or preach first.  He met their need.  He didn’t tell them it was their fault.  He had compassion on them.  We are to do as Jesus did.  When someone around us is sick, we are to meet their needs.  We are not to judge the reason they’re sick.  We are to have compassion for them.  We are to pray for their healing, not lecture them about faith.  Many of the sick had friends who brought them to Jesus.  Do we bring our sick friends to Jesus?  Do we pray for them and tell them of His love and His healing?  Sickness takes many forms: some physical, mental, emotional, financial or spiritual.  All are to be ministered to with compassion not with judgment.  Most people are pretty good at judging themselves though they might not admit it out loud.  Our society is becoming less and less compassionate and more and more stressed and angry.  We may claim not to be judgmental but most of us are, even if we don’t give voice to our judgments.  Being judgmental shows up in our prayers.  Jesus said He didn’t come to judge but to heal and save.  Judgment comes when He returns.  Knowing this we must remember we have no right to judge anyone.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep from judging.  As soon as you recognize you are judging someone else, turn that judging into prayers for the person – prayers for God’s work in that person and prayers for forgiveness for your own judging.  Let us reflect God’s acceptance and love.

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 11, 2011

God Is Good All the Time

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever– do not abandon the works of your hands..
Psalm 138:8

I am a work of God’s hands.  So are you.  Sometimes it seems we just don’t follow God right.  It seems like we’re just marking time.  We don’t see any effect coming from the work we do.  We become discouraged.  Some of us just quit trying.  Before long we are no longer active in our churches or our neighborhoods.  Discouragement leads to depression.  When we find ourselves becoming discouraged through our endeavors we need to remember Psalm 138:8.  God’s love endures regardless of our efforts or the results or lack of results.  He promises to fulfill His purpose for each one of us.  Sometimes we don’t see results because we’re looking for the wrong signs.  Results aren’t up to us.  Results are up to God and His Holy Spirit.  We are to fellowship with God and each other, love God and each other, serve God and each other and always to rejoice and give thanks.  Our eyes are to be on God and His love, not on results from our labors.  Are we rejoiceing or being a “gloomy Gus?”  Are we plugged into the joy of our God or plugged into self-pity?  Are we standing on the faith of God’s faithfulness or are we in doubt?  Let us keep our eyes on Him, and through His Holy Spirit we will fill His purpose for us and will flow in His love.  In our church we take turns saying “God is good.” The response is “All the time.”  Then we reverse and say, “All the time.”   The response is, “God is good.”  Believe it and show it.

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.

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