Archive | January 2013

Hang on!

Psalm 37:12-13 – “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but The Lord laughs at the wicked for he knows their day is coming.”
So, do you ever get frustrated and think “this is not fair! Here I am doing everything I am supposed to do and getting nowhere. And over there so-and-so is making out like a bandit while doing nothing!”
I had a history teacher in high school that was a Cajun. She would always say to us, “Scholars, it is time to get some knowledge”, when she was ready to start class. When we would complain about things, she would smile, put her hand on our shoulder and say, “Life’s rough, then you die.”
Harsh, but sometimes you need a jolt of reality to get you out of your pity party.
David had the same problems we have today. People were out to destroy him. Sometimes we have to accept that there are people in the world that just refuse to do the right thing. And they don’t see a problem with that. But the problem they have is jealousy. That jealousy is caused by the peace they see in those who choose to do the right thing. They want to destroy that peace. They will plot and scheme until the whole world is as miserable as they are. Sick, right?
But here is the bright side princess, God laughs at their foolish decisions. He knows what is coming. When things are not going your way, when you feel like one more thing will push you over the edge, hang on. You have read the end of the book and you know where all of this is going. We are just called to faithfully hang on and let God do His thing.
Remember this: John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Hope is rising

Psalm 25:4-5 – “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
It is 5:30 in the morning here and it is very dark. They say that the darkest time of night is just before the dawn.
Princess, we are in the darkest part of night in our world. The Son is getting ready to pop over the horizon and take us home.
It has been a long way home too. Followers of Christ have been looking and hoping for His return for centuries. We are blessed to live in a time where we are getting very close. It is a scary time as well. We have a record of what will happen but so many opinions on how it will happen. I don’t want to hash out theology, so let’s just agree that it is getting close and it will not be a bed of roses. (By the way, I have never understood that phrase. How can of bed of roses be easy with all those thorns?) Anyway….
Hope. We have a hope, as a child of the King, that no one else has. We have the hope that He is coming back to get us and that He will walk with us down His path until He comes. How cool is that?
And even though everything around us is in the dark, we walk in the Light. The Son has dawned in our life and we walk down the long road home.
But we mess up. We stray off the path sometimes. We fall down when we don’t watch where we are going. That is why He is there. To show, guide and teach us how to follow Him.
If you can, princess, I want you to get up early tomorrow and watch the sun rise. Not only is it a beautiful sight, but let it remind you that hope is rising. And it is rising up in you.

Kryptonite

Proverbs 16:6 – “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.”
Do you ever stop and think about what all Jesus really did for you? I mean really think about it? It is hard for me to do that because it makes me want to cry. I want to cry not only for His suffering and shame but for my lack of continual acknowledgement.
It was His love and faithfulness that has brought me to where I am, nothing of my own doing. His sacrifice covers it all. It gives me the opportunity to stand before the Father spotless.
But do we really stand? My pride may cause me to stand but in reality we should be on our faces before God. I mean, this is God we are talking about here – Creator of the universe, Knower of ALL things! Hello! Not Someone to quibble with!
I think our society has lost touch with a healthy fear of things. We think we are invincible – modern day Superman. Even Superman had his fears – kryptonite. But it was a healthy fear.
We are told here in Psalm that the “fear of the LORD” helps one to “avoid evil.” What does it mean to “fear” The Lord? In my life, it means that my deep love and respect for Him make me want to do my best for Him and not hurt His feelings by doing something wrong. I don’t want to disappoint Him. If I were perfect, I wouldn’t have a problem doing this. However, when my sin creeps into the situation and I forget all that He has done for me, his “love and faithfulness” bring me back around and set my feet on solid ground.
So today, princess, take some time and analyze your level of “fear of the LORD”. If things are lacking, run to His “love and faithfulness” and claim the promise of atonement and your place on solid ground.

Monkey on my back

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
So this week I am in Aruba with my husband. He is working on a project that involves sorting through and merchandising a new hardware store. His member is way behind on sorting. So I decided to come in and volunteer some of my time.
You know, when you volunteer, you really have to guard your heart. It is so easy to get caught up in thinking “does so-and-so know that I am here?” Satan can use this time to really mess with your heart. But – God can use this time to really show His true colors, if I just get out of the way!
Philippians 2:5 – “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”
Yowza! That one makes you stop in your tracks! Christ came to serve. Matthew 20:28 – “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It is my duty, as a child of the King, to live like Jesus. He did not do things to receive honor from men, but rather to give glory to God.
So watch your back, princess. Don’t let the devil put a monkey on your back – the sin if pride.

Get out of the boat

Matthew 14:28-31 – “‘Lord, if it is you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'”
Today is the day that Jesus is calling you out of the boat. He wants you to get out of your comfort zone and trust Him. Spooky stuff, I know. No one likes to be uncomfortable. We all want to stay in our warm, dry little boat. We don’t want to step out on the water where we might get wet or even sink!
Peter was always into something. Many times, I am a lot like Peter. Bold at first and then I look around and get scared. Jesus wants us to step out, eyes on Him and keep walking. When we get distracted, and He knows we will, He is right there with His hand out to pull us back up.
I know that it is scary, but take a step. Get out of the boat and spread your wings. Let God do something amazing today in your life.

Someone is watching

Someone is always watching. Someone is watching how you live your life. Someone is listening to what you say. Someone is judging your life and how you live it each and every day. Does that make it okay to judge? Nope. But it does make us realize that actions sometimes speak louder than words.
In Matthew 12:1-2, the disciples were following Jesus through a field of grain. They were hungry. They picked off a few heads of grain and ate them. The Pharisees had a fit! How dare they do the unlawful on the Sabbath – work!
These guys were following Jesus around just waiting for Him to trip up. Fools. They had no idea that would never happen.
Anyway, this example reminded me that whether I like it or not, someone is always watching and judging me. So I need to try my hardest to do what I know is right.
1 Timothy 4:15-16 – “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Watch how you live your life so that others will see Christ and not sin.
And my biggest problem – my mouth. Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Here is the key to it all – let God do the watching and preserving. If I try to watch how I live my life alone, failure is the sure end. Look back in Matthew. The disciples did not try to defend themselves. They let Jesus do it. That is where we need to be today, princess. Following right behind the Savior and letting Him be our mouthpiece.

Commit

Psalm 37:5,6 – “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
Commit. People have such a hard time with that word. Commit means to bind or obligate. No one wants to commit to anything or anyone these days. It is every man (or woman) for themselves.
But God wants us to be different. He wants us to take a stand and bind ourselves to Him.
What if for today, you determined in your heart that everything you do today would be done exclusively for the honor and glory of Christ? I mean everything – cleaning house, doing your paperwork, driving your car. Those things have to be done, so why not purpose in your heart to do them for The Lord? He knows that you need to do them. Having a servants heart changes the outcome dramatically.
He will work a change in your day. You will be practicing righteousness. Now, don’t be afraid of that word. It just means right living, not something unattainable.
So today, princess, commit your ways to The Lord. Watch your righteousness break through the darkness of this world and see everyday tasks in a whole new light.