I’ve Got The Keys! (11/6/18)
“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 NLT)
Some dude named William Temple once said, “Power in complete subordination to love – that is something like a definition of the Kingdom of God.” One thing I have to constantly remind myself of is that God has the ultimate authority in this universe. Yet, He has also entrusted me with His authority here on earth because I have been given the “keys”. I may be in the driver’s seat now but Jesus is still my GPS. Where would I be without GPS nowadays? My prayer is that I will always follow His lead and be faithful to lead others to follow Him as well. Here we go…
Trouble Of Joy (10/18/18)
“When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (James 1:2 NLT)
The Lord spoke to me the other morning about the troubles that come my way (which are often) and the joy I should have in spite of those trials/struggles. As a matter of fact, Henry Drummond once said, “Joy is very cheap, and if you can help the poor on with a garment of praise it will be better for them than blankets.” Based on this passage, my prayer journal read as follows: “Father, it is only because You make promises about me being an ‘overcomer’ and ‘all things work together’ for my good that I can defy my natural instincts and rejoice in my trials. This is the key to overcoming because it undoes everything the enemy intended to accomplish by opposing me. This is bringing the celebration of Heaven into the trials of Earth. Joy comes before breakthrough! Amen.”
“Elisha replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.’” (2 Kings 2:6 NLT)
From sports to marriage to eating healthy to life in general… everything comes down to persistence. How persistent am I in my walk with God is the real question. A.W. Tozer once said, “If there is anything in your life more demanding than your longing after God, then you will never be a Spirit-filled Christian.” That is a tough pill to swallow but so true! The question I believe this passage (when thinking about Elisha’s persistence in following after Elijah) begs of me is how persistent am I for God’s presence, for His touch, for my continual spiritual growth? I must press in to Him with all I’ve got, much like Elisha’s example here. My prayer is that God would allow me to not be content with just a casual relationship with Him. I must remain persistent.
I Am Born Again! (9/24/18)
“In His great mercy He has given us new birth…” (1 Peter 1:3 NIV)
I have heard this concept of being “born again” since I came to know Jesus personally (just over 20 years ago). Yet, does it’s truth really sinking into my daily life? Do I really live as someone whose old self died and who now has a new, fundamentally different nature – complete with a clean slate with no past errors on it? This is what transformation is all about. I am a new creation. The old is gone! This is what happens when the Spirit of God comes to live in the human heart… it’s amazing! I am born again, so how can I better live born again today? First, I need to stop dwelling on my past mistakes, they are gone. Secondly, I need to walk every moment of my life in the victory of Christ, because He lives in me. And, thirdly, I must live this new life out loud so others can know how great it is to be made new as well. I am born again!!
More & More (9/5/18)
“Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord – crowds of both men and women.” (Acts 5:14 NLT)
Why do “more and more” people continue to believe in God? Because He is a God who wants to be known more and more. He wants to be known in His compassion, and His mercy, and in all His wonderful attributes. Just the fact that God wants to be known personally blows my mind! He is not my heavenly butler, who I request this or that favor from, as I sometimes treat Him. He wants relationship. It’s why He wants to be known. I need to see everything about God through this lens… He desires relationship with me. Like Gerard Hughes once said, “God is continually drawing us to Himself in everything we experience”. He is the God of relationship, and I am truly thankful for that.
The Shepherd’s Voice (8/27/18)
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27 NLT)
“There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well nigh incessantly.” (Frederick William Faber)
Oh Good Shepherd, this world is a noisy place and I am bombarded with many opinions and voices. Help me to hear You above all the other voices and all the other noise. Help me (as Your sheep) to hear Your voice (as my Shepherd) above everything and everyone else. You care for me and I care what You say. Fine-tune my hearing to Your voice alone today. Amen.
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