What I am about to say, is something that I’ve actually thought about quite a bit, and I hope that it will be taken from the right place. I am concerned that we are not far away from being in a place where we can’t keep or stand for almost anything that we believe …
I was kind of like the “others” in verse 6 where it says “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others.”. I was asleep. I wondered why I couldn’t find clarity and focus in times where I needed it. It’s because I was making too many excuses as to why I wasn’t giving God the time that I knew that needed to, and ultimately, the time that I did desire to give him, but my desire didn’t take root and produce action.
When God underlines something in your heart: Reflections on Romans 9:3b and Hosea 1 I always love the fact that no matter how many times I read a passage of scripture, God always teaches me a different lesson. Even if it’s a lesson that I’ve heard before, or experienced before, it honestly takes on a …
Tell Somebody TODAY! Isaiah 12 Key verse for today: verse 2 says “See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.” Have you had an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus today? Have you …
“I have had to learn, against my instincts, that what seems attractive and alluring may in fact prove destructive. I need outside help in determining what is truly good for me.”
–Philip Yancey, from his book Rumours of Another World
I have so much to be thankful for, even though many times I sadly fail to see the blessings that are right in front of my face. Thank you Jesus, that You’re Word says that with even the faith of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20) YOU CAN MOVE A MOUNTAIN!. Did you get that. You thought Luke Skywalker was cool. Luke doesn’t hold a candle to the things that God can and will do in your life if you have that sincere faith the size of a mustard seed.
As I sit here and examine my purpose for typing out these devotional thoughts, I can’t stop but think about my daughter. Sarah is gone for a few hours to an appointment, and I’m here watching our little Grace. I just picked her up out of the jumperoo (they really need to make one of those for adults, I’m telling ya) and have sat her on the floor in front of me with some toys. I am challenged. Challenged and encouraged. I am challenged and encouraged that I am able to keep this record of the things that God has said and done in my life. I hope that one day maybe my daughter, or any other children or loved ones and friends that I might have, take the time to read over some of these and find any and all encouragement that is possible.
I love to sing. I’ve always loved singing, but there is something extra special and hugely different when I sing to God. He has been so good to me. He has taught me lessons and brought me through the deepest waters. That, among so many other things is the reason that I believe He deserves my praise. With all of my heart I desire to see people understand and be able to experience that same blessing and privilege of knowing Him the way that some many others do. He is not a word on a page, or a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart…He IS The Creator, The Sustainor, The Deliverer, and The Lover of OUR Soul. God doesn’t belong just to me, although the awesome part of this relationship is the fact that He loves and cares for you just as much as if you were the only one out there that needed His love. He’s able to do that.
I’ve always loved the book of Ecclesiastes. I love the perspective and the brutal honesty of Solomon (the likely author of Ecclesiastes). One of the most difficult aspects in life is the inability to see the consequences of our actions ahead of time. So what’s my attitude been like? How do I approach situations? Do I really consider the fact that one day I will stand before God? Do I care? For me, the answer is yes. I do care. I know that the God that I serve is a God that loves me and created me to not only give Him glory, but in the process, to mold me and make me into the man that HE wants me to be.
In my past, I admit that I have had the same kind of attitude that passionately drove me to feeling like I needed to “give a stern talking too” or “tell ‘em like it is”, all under the banner of a “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it” kind of mentality that often has no regard for who or how people are taken down by our path of disproportioned, disgruntled, and spewed chunks of unnecessary, hurtful remarks that are perceived more as divisive than they are helpful.