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April 4, 2017, 3:31 PM

A Daily Reminder


Each day that I get older, the more it seems I manage to forget. I find that if I am not reminded by someone or place a reminder in my phone to myself, that I can forget even the most simple and basic of things. I need to be reminded, it’s a reality and I don’t mind if you stop to remind me…because most likely, I needed the reminder. 


No matter your age or stage of forgetfulness, we all need reminders every now and then. So today, I want to remind you of a few basic truths, that no matter who you are, where you have been or where you are going in life, are matter of fact truths. 


God loves you… So much so that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to this earth to die as your substitute and pay your price for eternal life. A ticket that you would other wise have no way of paying. 


God loves you… It does not matter who you are. It does not matter what you have done. It does not matter what you will do. It does not matter what you have thought or think. It does not matter what you say. 


God loves you… It does not matter what you do or don’t do for Him. It does not matter if you failed today. It does not matter if you were successful today. 


God loves you… He loves you when you feel lost. He loves you when you feel found or feel like you have arrived. He loves you when you have no clue what you are doing or where you are going.


God loves you… When you feel unlovable. When you feel lovable. When you feel like no body loves you…God does. 


God loves you… Even when you reject Him. Even when you deny Him. Even when you ignore Him. Even if you mock Him.


There is nothing you can do to keep God from loving you.
Perhaps you needed that reminder today…maybe you will need it tomorrow. 
No matter when you need to be reminded…God will find a way to remind you.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16




April 3, 2017, 10:46 AM

It is All About Perspective


It has been said that, “perspective is reality.”  

How you view something will impact how you respond.  Your perspective of life will mandate how you live life.  

So what is your perspective of God? 

David, King of Israel had this perspective:

“Wherefore Thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”  II Samuel 7:22

David’s view of God was an awesome one!  It was also one rooted in reality.  His view of God impacted the way David lived his life.  

Defending sheep from a lion or bear?  God is greater! God delivered David and the sheep from the great danger of a mighty predator.  

Overwhelmed with a situation in your life?  David was chosen above all of his older brothers and all of the other men or boys in Israel to be God’s anointed King.  There is none like God to deliver you through your circumstances!  David became king and ruled for 40 years. 

Facing a giant difficulty in your life?  David, as a young boy, faced a warrior giant nearly 10 feet tall!  Everyone else was afraid of the giant, even King Saul.  Yet God is bigger than your problem and can give you victory over the giants of your life.  

David had an appropriate, accurate, and experiential view of God.  There was no one like God!  And, David was a victorious king, and led a courageous life.  

If your view of God is small or limited, fear, intimidation, and trepidation will reign in your life.  But, if your view of God is as it should be a BIBLICAL one, then God will reign in your life.  

A proper, Biblical view of God will cause fear, troubles, and trials to be but speed bumps on the road of life, because your faith is in an awesome God.  

There is no one like the true and living God!  Let God change your perspective of Him.  Then, you can trust Him, turn to Him, and call on Him.. and let Him take on the day!

 




March 31, 2017, 12:06 PM

Escape the Chaos


“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going and they did not even have time to eat.)” Mark 6:31

So many people have their on/off switch stuck in the “high” position.  We get so busy doing, achieving, accomplishing and conquering, that the concept of rest is almost unheard of.   Ad if we are not racing around for our own selves in this rat race of life, then we add the rushing around taking our children all over creation.  Sports, recitals, birthday parties, etc. often threaten to take over our calendar.  Work that spills over past the office and into the home and few days we have off.  We are so busy that we don’t have time to notice how busy we are.  

Yet rest is important.  Jesus knew the need for rest, and in an environment short on time, (He would soon sacrifice His own life on the cross for you and for me) He instructed his disciples to take time to rest.  

But how do we rest in a society that bombards us with information and entertainment.  It is almost considered mandatory to fill our lives with constant activity.  Cell phones, tablets, video games, movies, an the internet dominate the lives of our children.  So much so that my children complain about “having nothing to do” any time they are in the car for longer than 5 minutes.   

But, it’s not just kids that are impacted by these distractions.  Watch adults while standing in a line at the bank or grocery store and you will see how even grown ups can’t stand to be idle for even a few moments.  Watch and you will see how little personal interaction there is with other people.

It is no wonder that living in a non-stop mentality has sapped our energy and leaves us feeling burned out.  It has so impacted us that even when we do find the time and the energy to attend church, read God’s Word, or pray that we feel like it must be short or we must be entertained while doing it.  

Studies show that our minds were designed to work best in silence.  In quiet we can more effectively think, sort our thoughts, and feel God’s presence.  

To grow spiritually and grow closer to God we need rest, we need to regularly take time to get away from all the distractions and spend time resting in God’s presence.  We need to make the effort and plan to find time so that we can really get to know God in a personal relationship with Him.  

Take time to seek silence.  Escape the chaos and down shift.  It is there, where you can best find the Lord and hear Him the loudest.  




March 30, 2017, 3:21 PM

A Heart for the Hurting and Needy


“Jesus Wept.” John 11:35

Two words that I never expected to hear or read.  I remember vividly as a child the first time I heard this verse.  I thought, “Jesus Cried?” 

Now as an adult, I am still shocked by them.  Not because I think Jesus was unfeeling, but because I know that the original audience of John, was primarily Greek.  The god’s weren’t supposed to show this kind of emotion towards their human subjects.  

But when I read this verse or hear these words, I am never able to keep from seeing an image of Jesus face, with tears streaming down it.  

What an image of a loving, compassionate Savior!

In context, Jesus probably wept for two reasons:

1.  He wept because his friends were grieving over the loss of Lazarus.  Jesus was not weeping because of the loss of Jesus, because He knew what He was going to do in raising him from the dead.  But he wept because he hurt at seeing his friends hurting.  He is an all feeling God that knows our pain and hurts with us when we endure difficulty.  

2.  He wept at the lack of faith of those around Him.  People were questioning why Jesus, a man who could heal the blind and make the lame walk again, would let someone he love die.  Yet Jesus knew the reality of what was about to happen.  He knew that by letting Lazarus die, that His miracle of raising him from the dead would be greater than any previous miracle of healing. 

We like Jesus must have compassion on the hurting and needy.  We must not allow ourselves to become cold to the hurts, pains, and troubles that are caused by sin and a world cursed by sin.  We like Jesus must act (according to the will of God) to do what we can to show the love and compassion of Christ.  

But we also must be moved to action by the lack of faith in God.  We must never grow cold to the greatest need this world has:  A saving Faith in a loving God.  Our actions and compassion must point to the Savior!  There is a reason we love.  There is a reason we care.  It is because God first loved us and sent His Son to die for us on the cross, and having been saved we are commanded to love others.  

Yes we must hurt and weep for those that are hurting.  But we must also hurt and weep for those that are in need of more than just physical healing, but a eternal spiritual healing that only Jesus Christ can give.  




March 29, 2017, 11:50 AM

Leave the Past Where It Belongs


“...but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13

Have you ever regretted anything?  Is there something you regret now?

Missed opportunities.  Mistakes.  Bad decisions. Ignorance.  Willful disobedience.  Consequences.  The unfairness of life.

There are plenty of things that can cause us to live with regret.  Most of us have struggled with a regret at some point or another.  We can easily think back to some decision when we went left instead of going right.  We sometimes dwell on the...”what if...”  

Occasionally it is good to look back and remember.  it is important that we glance back so that we can learn from mistakes along the way and learn from them while remembering we don’t want to make those mistakes again.  We can learn from our past mistakes just as we can learn from past successes and how God delivered us from past mistakes and received forgiveness from them.  

“If you spend to much time staring at the rear view mirror, you are destined for a car wreck.”

But too often we get stuck dwelling on the past.  While some regret is understandable, that does not mean it is helpful.  We can’t change the past no matter how much time we spend dwelling on it and God is calling for us to go forward with him into the future.  

The Truth is, regret is one of Satan’s strongest tools in wreaking damage and destruction in the lives of believers.  He wants to distract, sidetrack, and discourage us to the point of inaction and disability.  He wants us to be stuck in the past, feeling guilty over the past.  He lies to us about God’s ability to forgive and redeem us and use us despite our flaws.  

Nothing can be farther from the truth.  The Devil is a liar and the father of lies.  He wants to ruin and destroy, but Christ came that we may have life and victory.    We can live in the light of hope that Christ provides and we can move forward forgiven, useful and free of guilt and regret.  

By God’s grace, you don’t have to be stuck in the past.  You don’t have to be overwhelmed with regret.  God loves you and does not want you there.  

God wants you to walk with Him each step of the way day by day.  And when you fall He is there to pick you up, dust you off and help you leave the past, where it belongs.  


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