Monday, June 30, 2014

God's Truth Incarnated!

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Prov. 6:23) 

The tyranny of the urgent will always outshout the essential nature of the important . . . if we let it. We have to determine not to let that happen. The secret is establishing personal priorities. I have suggested four:

Set a firm foundation----be biblical
Apply the truth of the Scriptures----be authentic.
Develop a compassionate attitude---- be gracious
Stay current, always up to date----be relevant

As we begin to do this, Christianity becomes something that is absorbed, not just worn. It is more than believed; it is incarnated. 

And if there is anything that will catch the attention of preoccupied people fighting the fires of the urgent, it is God's truth incarnated. It happened in the first century and it can happen in the twenty-first. Even in an aimless world like ours. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Simply put, JESUS is God's truth incarnated. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation points to Jesus. In the eyes of most major religions, Jesus is anything but the Messiah. Jesus is the Way, Jesus is the TRUTH, and Jesus is the Life. Jesus is not a man-made concept. 

My dear friends, if we are to make it to heaven, we must not only believe in Jesus, He must be included in our daily living. He must be absorbed in in the way we live out our lives. I encourage all of you to really get to know Jesus with the same passion and intensity you used to get to know your significant other. To really get a grasp of the reality of Jesus as God's Truth Incarnate requires a great deal of patience and understanding.  I strongly encourage you to introduce Jesus to as many people you know as possible. Jesus is literally the difference between where you end up spending your eternity at. To many people, this may be an inconvenient truth, but it's THE truth nonetheless. We are indeed living in the last days friends. Global calamity is bound to grow exponentially and the time will come where there is no longer going to be a safe haven here on earth. The only safe haven we will ever be in is in the person of Jesus Christ, God's Truth Incarnated. Please find Jesus before it's too late! 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Worry Or Two Or Three . . .!

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? (Lk. 12:25) 

In the depths of every person's soul, in the secret chambers where no one else knows the thoughts, we are usually able to find a worry or two or three. Even in the hearts of those who are laughing and smiling. 

We worry about death---our own or that of a loved one. We worry about daily problems---people problems, decision problems, problems related to work, home, relationships, finances, school . . . you name it, we worry about it. . . . 

One of the problems with worry is that it keeps you from enjoying what you have. When you worry about what you don't have, you won't be able to enjoy what you do have. That's what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:25: "I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink. . . ." Worry is assuming responsibilities that you cannot handle. The truth is, they are responsibilities that God never intended for you to handle, because they are His. 

Perfect Trust 

What are you worried about? 

I used to get that question with regularity at different seasons in my life. At the present moment, I hardly get asked that question anymore. One of my mentors once pointed out to me that I hardly get asked that question anymore because more and more people have begun to recognize the confidence I have in the Lord instead of placing too much stock on the cares of this world. As a result, I trust more and worry less. 

My dear friends, can you say the same for yourselves? Have you learned to trust God more and worry less? I get it friends. It's a whole lot easier said than done, but it can be done. In all reality, our worries never really disappear. What happens is that the weight of our worries are given over to God and He winds up carrying our worries for us. 

Our worries have a way of dragging us down resulting in more worries. Worrying also can result in great discouragement when faced with an uphill battle. That uphill battle will vary from person to person, but the results will remain the same, constant worry. Is that what you really want for your life? Is it really worth holding the weight of all our worries in our own strength? To be frank. . . . no! It's not. Instead of looking like the man in the picture above, we need to have a look of confidence and live out that confidence knowing that God has already taken care of whatever it is that concerns you. Be strong and of good courage friends!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wisdom In The Wilderness!

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. (Prov. 4:11) 

The Hebrew word for "desert" is midbaar. It's from the word dahbaar, meaning "to speak." Let me draw from that root term and suggest that the desert is the place where God speaks, where He communicates some of His most important messages to us. . . . 

Your desert experience might involve caring for an ailing family member or an elderly parent over an extended time, with no help at hand and no relief in sight. Your sojourn in the dry lands might be a stubborn physical condition that keeps you confined. It could be that deep soul-ache that comes with an unfaithful spouse, or a rebellious teenager. . . . 

Does God know? Does He understand? He understands very well, my friend. After all, He's the One who put you there. His schooling includes time in the wilderness. That's where He gets our attention. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Finding our way through life can be a very difficult endeavor sometimes. How much more would it be to find that small morsel of wisdom to help along the way of the wilderness? Man's wisdom can only get us so far. I for one am a very strong advocate of leadership. As a result, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for those who advocate quality leadership. 

My only concern is that in striving for essential leadership, we can get lost in pursuing humanistic wisdom instead of pursuing and being grounded in biblical leadership. Humanistic wisdom is centered in self whereas biblical wisdom in centered in Christ. With that in mind, who's wisdom do you stand on? Man's or God's? 

The wilderness we find ourselves in can be full of dangerous obstacles, beautiful vistas, and all sorts of other things. As we wonder through the wilderness of life, we must be mindful of what is happening in, through, and around us. Are we being mindful of what God Himself is trying to speak (and bring) into our lives? When it's all said and done, it is His wisdom that really matters. This doesn't imply that we cannot learn from or fellow brothers and sisters in Christ because God can (and will) use them to speak to us.  I strongly encourage you friends to seek out the spirit of discernment so that you will be able to decipher the difference between humanistic wisdom and godly, biblical wisdom. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).    

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heed God's Promptings!

A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps. (Prov. 16:9) 

Nothing wrong with planning. Nothing wrong with thinking it through. Nothing wrong with doing your charts, listing all the pros and cons, talking it over. But as you are moving along, stay sensitive to the quiet, yet all-important prompting of God through His Holy Spirit. It's easier to steer a moving car. Just get the car rolling and you can push it into the filling station to get the gas. But it's hard to get it moving from a dead stop. So you're on your way, you're making your plans, you're thinking it through. Just stay open. . . . 

As author Henry Blackaby says, "Watch to see where God is at work and join Him!" Just go there. Why do you want to be anywhere God isn't at work? 

The Mystery of God's Will 

God's promptings are all around us. It is also in us too! Yet, in spite of all this, we often have trouble heeding those promptings. The trouble can come in so many different angles. It can often because we are too distracted or under a great deal of distress to be able to hear God's voice in the midst of the chaos. Heeding God's promptings requires a great deal of discipline and discernment. 

In order for us to heed His promptings, we have to first recognize His voice. Al kinds of questions can be asked ranging from the simple to the more complex and deeper-thinking ones. There's a subject that is talked about very little in our churches today and it's called The Issachar Anointing. This anointing has (and will) play a very vital role in our lives as Christians. You can learn more about the subject HERE

The mystery of God's will is exactly that. . . . mysterious. It is His mysterious will that makes our Christian walk so exciting at the same time. When we least expect Him to speak to us, that is usually the miracle happens in our lives. I ask God every single day to help me to learn how to listen more and talk less. I want to experience less of me and more of Him. My dear friends, the more effort you pour into making it less of you and more of God Himself, the better off you will be in the long run. Not only in the here and now, but in eternity as well. Let us acknowledge our need for God in our daily living in manner that requires humility and hunger for Him. Before you know it, the mysterious will all of a sudden turn into the magnificent. Be ready! It will happen! All you need to do is listen to God's voice (prompting). 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Beautiful Balance!

He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. (Prov. 21:21) 

We've been programmed to think that fatigue is next to godliness. That the more exhausted we are (and look!), the more committed we are to spiritual things and the more we earn God's smile of approval. . . . As a result, we have become a generation of people who worship our work . . . who work at our play . . . and who play at our worship. 

Hold it! Who wrote that rule? Why have we bought that philosophy?Whatever possessed someone to make such a statement? How did we ever get caught in the maddening undertow? 

I challenge you to support it from the Scriptures. Start with the life (and lifestyle) of Jesus Christ. . . . His was a life of beautiful balance. He accomplished everything the Father sent Him to do. Everything. And He did it without ignoring those essential of restful leisure. If that is the way He lived, then it makes good sense that that is the way we, too, must learn to live. 

Strengthen Your Grip 

A beautiful balance.

Is it impossible to achieve? On our own strength, yes. What I'm implying is that achieving a beautiful balance can be accomplished with God and God alone. As servant leaders, all of us have the natural tendency to go gung ho in our service to the Lord. Even though this is a very encouraging sign of how much we love God and how passionate we are in our service to others, it is anything but natural and wise when it is all said and done.

It is neither natural nor wise to lean too heavily in any particular direction when it comes to our work-life balance because all of our time, energy, and resources will be absorbed in one area instead of "spreading the wealth" in a balanced manner. Can we be gung ho in something for a very brief period of time? We sure can! Yet at the same time, we must exercise discernment to learn when to let go of one thing and to grab unto the next thing. 

My dear friends, discernment is a must in our daily living regardless of what we do or where we are (figuratively or literally). If we are going to truly experience a beautiful balance in all areas of our lives and be a blessing to both God and everyone around us, we need to stop and take a moment to really think, pray, and then act on whatever it is that God happens to lay upon our hearts and spirit. Always remember friends, His will (not ours) be done. Amen.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Impossible Is God's Ideal!

Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever. (Ex. 14:13) 

I'd like to underline a major truth in this world of ours that I don't pretend to understand. Here it is: The best framework for the Lord God to do His most ideal work is when things are absolutely impossible and we totally unqualified to handle it. That's His favorite circumstance. Those are His ideal working conditions. 

God does His most magnificent work when the situation seems totally impossible from a human point of view, and we feel absolutely unprepared and unable to do anything about it, yet our eyes are on Him. . . . That's when God rolls up His big sleeves and says, "Step back out of the way a moment, and watch Me work."

Time after time, He brings us to our absolute end and then proves Himself faithful. That, my friend, is the story of the Bible in a nutshell. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

I'm extremely confident in the Lord that this post will resonate with lots of people. This is one of those posts that can be very raw at first and have a glorious ending at the same time. Very raw from the perspective that the hard times leading to the glorious ending can be extremely difficult to the point of almost giving up on life and any possibility of experiencing God's amazing grace, mercy, and love. Yes friends, life has a way of bashing us to the point of bringing us to the absolute end of ourselves.

The irony of being brought to the end of ourselves is that it provides us an opportunity to be able to give God the opportunity He desires to become the Mover and the Shaker of our lives. Being in an impossible situation is not the most comfortable place to be in, but it is necessary for our personal growth and maturation of every single area of our lives. Some of our heroes of the faith have been faced with impossible situations yet have come out victoriously at the end with God's involvement in some way or another.

My dear friends, I want to encourage all of you (and me) to be strong and of good courage when faced with an impossible situation (or two). The Bible makes it abundantly clear in a number of different stories of how God has come through for His children at a precisely perfect moment to deliver them from harm and fall. Does the story of Job come to mind? How about Jacob when he fought the angel for his blessing. When faced with the impossible, don't be afraid to get stubborn with God and watch how your faith will be radicalized. My hope and prayer is that this post will encourage you and be a blessing to you and everyone you know in Jesus' mighty name! Always remember friends. . . . 

God always works in the impossible! 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Priorities For Parents!

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.  (Prov. 23:15) 

Let me make three practical suggestions to you who are parents.

First, determine your priorities. Ask yourself how high the family rates on your list of involvement. How are your children in particular---just how serious are you regarding time with each? Have you told them or your mate? . . . 

Second, record your observations. If a child reveals his or her bents in everyday life, those things are worth writing down. Keep a journal on each child. . . . As you write, pray for wisdom. Ask God to guide your thoughts. Please remember, each child is unique. No comparisons! . . . 

Third, share your findings. Children long to know themselves better. They respect your counsel, and will long remember your remarks. Be candid and honest as you help them "see" who they really are. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

For starters, I'm not a parent. As a result, I'm not as qualified to provide parental counsel as Bro. Swindoll is. As of the writing of this post, I have never had the need to take parental counseling classes. In spite of it all, that in no way, shape, or form will stop me from learning everything that needs to be learned about parenting before it happens. In my honest opinion, it is always better to learn something before it happens than to wait for that "something" to happen and regret not knowing about it later. 

In my mind, parenting is a very serious subject that should never be taken lightly. Granted, reading books or listening to lectures will never replace the actual hands-on experience of being an actual parent. Many times in my short lifetime, I have seen Christian parents present their children to the Lord and that is indeed a sight to behold. I have seen the little children react in a number of different ways ranging from crying to laughter to outright scream in terror being in the hands of someone they don't know. My mom told me that I attempted to poke my pastor's eye out when he held me in his arm. My mom was laughing hysterically she tells me. 

In a nutshell, I guess what I'm trying to tell all the wonderful parents is to give God first priority in the lives of your child(ren). Godly parents will understand the concept of raising your child in the fear of the Lord so that when they get older they won't depart from Him. This doesn't just apply to married parents, this also applies to single parents as well. Is parenting at any level easy? Absolutely not! Is parenting at any level capable of being an outrageous joy? Oh yes! I want to congratulate all my readers who happen to be wonderful parents at the present moment and all the wonderful parents who are empty-nesters and have done the amazing job of being great parents to their children. We are all proud of you and God is very pleased with you! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Sheltering Tree Of Friendship!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  (Prov. 17:17) 

The poet Samuel Coleridge once described friendship as "a sheltering tree." When you have this quality, the branches of your friendship reach out over the lives of others, giving them shelter, shade, rest, relief, and encouragement. . . . 

Friends give comfort. We find strength near them. They bear fruit that provides nourishment and encouragement. When something troublesome occurs in our life, we pick up the phone and call a friend, needing the comfort he or she provides. I think there are few things more lonely than having no friend to call. Friends also care enough about us to hold us accountable . . . but we never doubt their love or respect. 

Hope Again 

I have been told that friendship is overrated and in certain instances that could be true. I have heard the term "fair-weather friend" numerous times throughout my life. A "fair-weather friend" is someone in your life who claims to be your friend only when things are going well or favorably for themselves and when times get real hard, they would be the very first person to desert you when it's most convenient for them. 

In spite of the fact that there are plenty of people out there who are "fair-weather" in nature, that in no way, shape, or form implies that everyone we become friends with is that way. Friends come and go as with lots of great things in life. Even godly friends. The difference between our godly friends and their non-christian counterparts is that long after connecting with your godly friend, you can extended periods of time without hearing from them and remain confident in the Lord that the "covering" of prayer never mellows out. 

Michael W. Smith sings a song named Friends. In that song, the following line sticks out like a sore thumb:

"A friend is a friend forever if the Lord is the lord of them. A friend will not say never because the welcome will not end. It's so hard to let you go in the Father's hand we know. That a lifetime is not too long to live as friends." 

When it comes to the subject of friendship, those words from Michael W. Smith will forever stick out in my mind because they are absolutely true from a Christian context. There's nothing "fair-weather" about this kind of friendship. This kind of friendship is built on mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual understanding. The "true" shelter of friendship is faithfulness. When one person's word is their bond, it fosters faithfulness and credibility. As a result, that friendship will be able to weather the worse kinds of storms. My dear friend, what kind of friendship do you long to have? Some food for thought!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Outrageous Joy!

In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11) 

I know of no greater need today than the need for joy. Unexplainable, contagious joy. Outrageous joy. 

When that kind of joy comes aboard our ship of life, it brings things with it---like enthusiasm for life, determination to hang in there, and a strong desire to be of encouragement to others. Such qualities make our voyage bearable when we hit the open seas and encounter high waves of hardship that tend to demoralize and paralyze. There is nothing better than a joyful attitude when we face the challenges life throws at us. 

Someone once asked Mother Teresa what the job description was for anyone who might wish to work alongside her in grimy streets and narrow alleys of Calcutta. Without hesitation she mentioned only two things: the desire to work hard and a joyful attitude. 

Laugh Again 

Joy is such an essential part of our lives. What would life be really like devoid of joy? If we allow the difficult circumstances that surround us to dictate our joy, we will be in lots of trouble. In my personal experience, outrageous joy has provided me a buffer zone to better absorb the really difficult circumstances in my life. 

The funny thing about trials and suffering is that it often gets you to act in ways that you would not normally act. Outrageous, spontaneous joy along with outburst of laughter may often be accompanied by slapstick (or goofy) humor. Reactions and attitudes that you would never normally expect in times of crises not only develop, but are often upheld throughout our lifetimes. 

My dear friends, we must have outrageous joy. Not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. The joy will be contagious and positively impact the lives of everyone around us. Joy can (and will) be found in any situation. All you have to do is be on the lookout for it. Always be on the lookout! Wow! The miracles of experiencing God's joy in our lives and then sharing it with others in this day and age of uncertainty is so critical. Be ready to be an agent of outrageous joy my friends!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Forever Discontented!

Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. (Lk. 12:15) 

Let's take a brief look at greed. Practically speaking, greed is an inordinate desire for more, an excessive, unsatisfied hunger t opossess. Like an untamed beast, greed grasps, claws, reaches, clutches, and clings---stubbornly refusing to surrender. The word enough is not in the beast's vocabulary. Akin to envy and jealousy, greed is nevertheless distinct. Envy wants to have what someone else possesses. Jealousy wants to possess what it already has. But greed is different. Greed is forever discontented and therefore insatiably craving, longing, wanting, striving for more, more, more. . . . 

That's the whole point of greed. You'll want more and more of something that really isn't good for you. And in the getting of it, you'll suffer the painful consequences. That's why Jesus warns, "Beware. Be on your guard. This thing is like a cancer---an insatiable leech that will suck the life right out of you." Enough will never be enough. 

Beware.

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Man! I cannot stand discontent from either myself or from anyone for that matter. Discontentment within me or anyone else reveals the immense immaturity with us spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. As a result of the discontent, other areas of our lives and the lives of those who are content will be negatively impacted. 

Granted, I'm confident that all of us have had moments where we have been discontented about something at one point in our lives or another. Quite frankly, you may be discontented about something or someone as you read this post. If that happens to be the case, it is never too late to go from being discontent to contentment. 

All we need to do is stop holding on to whatever or whomever it is that is the source of that discontent and give all your cares to God in prayer. The letting go is what frees us from being "forever discontented".Remember friends, discontentment is like a cancer that radically and negatively impact your life like very few negative attitudes can. Are you ready to break free from being "forever discontented"? Then get your act together and give that spirit of discontent over to God in prayer after you finish reading this post. I also highly recommend that you share this post with all of the people that you love, family and friends alike!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-). 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sacred Serendipity!

Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder. (Isa. 29:14) 

Seren-dip-ity--- the dip of the serene into the common responsibilities of life. Serendipity occurs when something beautiful breaks into the monotonous and the mundane. A serendipitous life is marked by "surprisability"  and spontaneity. When we lose our capacity for either, we settle into life's ruts. We expect little and we're seldom disappointed. 

Though I have walked with God for several decades, I must confess I still find much about Him incomprehensible and mysterious. But this much I know: He delights in surprising us. He dots our pilgrimage from earth to heaven with amazing serendipities. . . . 

Your situation may be as hot and barren as a desert or as forlorn and meaningless as a wasteland. . . . But all I ask is that you . . . be on the lookout. God may very well be planning a serendipity in your life. 

The Finishing Touch 

I love unforeseen surprises! 

Granted, serendipities are far and in between, but they do happen. Do we have any idea of when they will happen? Not really. Do we have any idea of how it will happen? Again, not really. The serendipitous moments of our lives can manifest themselves in any number of ways. What's important to understand is knowing whether the serendipitous moments come from God or not. Yes, it's also possible to experience a moment that is apparently serendipitous at first (or on the surface), but eventually turn into an event that can result in you falling from the faith.

Knowing the difference of whether God is the One behind the serendipitous moment or not requires discernment (and lots of it). A sure-fire way of knowing that God is involved in that special moment is the immediate peace you have about the situation. The peace won't be easily explained because it will just overwhelm you beyond simply feeling good about it. There would also be a very firm conviction in your spirit. When the enemy is behind the moment, there would be a very brief moment of hesitation. You would not be at peace. The motivation will be more about what you get out of it instead of lifting up the name of Jesus and how the serendipitous moment will benefit the people around you. 

My dear friends, YOUR serendipitous moments is on its way if it hasn't happened yet. I strongly encourage you to reach out to God every single moment of your life in anticipation of that special, unforeseen moment that will not bless you, but also bless the many people around you. When it happens, give God ALL the praise, glory, and the honor in Jesus' mighty name! Amen? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-). 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Meaningful Memorials!

And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city. (Esther 9:28) 

The Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Memorial. . . . Memorials are places provided for us to stand and be quiet, to reflect, and to pass on to the next generation the roots of a nation's heritage. They give the present significance because they give the past perspective. 

My fear for our rapid-paced lifestyle is that we have so few memorials, so few monuments, even mental monuments. Life is lived in the fast lane. Superficial decisions. Hurry-up childhoods. . . . So little time spent stopping and recording segments of our lives in a journal. So little emphasis on listening and learning and honoring. . . . 

In order to have perspective, we must have monuments and memorials, places to return to and learn from and talk about and pass on. If we don't, we are destined to live rootless, fast-lane lives without much significance. 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

The moment I began writing the devotional, I couldn't help but ask myself the following question:

When (and if) I were to ever die, what kind of memorial or monument would I want to be of me to be remembered? 

That's a very sobering question to ask oneself. There's no doubt that this is the type of question that is very rarely thought of. It's the type of question that forces you to be keenly aware of what type of legacy you want to leave behind. My dear friends, how do you want to be remembered? What kind of memorial or monument would you want made in honor of you? Before answering these questions, you must think long and hard how you want to be remembered. 

There is no doubt whatsoever that God has graced me with leaving "living monuments/memorials" in the lives of those that I have had the honor of ministering, online or offline. An excellent example is what I do here at Christian Living. There is no doubt that numerous people have been blessed in some way, shape, or form through the various posts made on this site. A "living legacy" has been left behind in the lives of everyone who read the posts of this site. Is the purpose of this site for me to be popular with everyone? No. Is the purpose of this site to lift up the name of Jesus Christ? Yes. With that said, my hope and prayer is that a godly memorial/monument will be established in the hearts, minds, and souls of my readers and people I minister to. Not because of anything that Micky has done. No. But because of what Jesus has done for you and me and will continue to do through people like you and me. Any memorials we lay will only be meaningful when Jesus is the Architect (and the Cornerstone) of that memorial. Amen? Amen!...:-). 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, June 6, 2014

What To Do With Worry!

Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matt. 6:34) 

Here's a question worth your time: What are we to do when worry comes knocking on the door of our mind? First, we must set our minds on Christ. "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). When the temptation to worry first arrives, that's the critical moment. The tendency is to entertain it. To let it onto the front porch and allow it to sit there. But before you know it, worry has crawled in through the window and made itself at home! No, worry must be stopped. We have to decide that we are going to commit this worry to God right now and refuse to entertain it, even on the front porch of our thinking. 

Perfect Trust 

It's absolutely true! Worry gets us nowhere. In my honest opinion, worry does nothing more than just simply drain the energy of our present joy and any future accomplishments. My dear friends, we have a choice to make. We can either attempt to tackle on whatever it is that worries us on our own and fail in the process or we can give all our cares to the Lord in prayer while at the same time exercising due diligence as the Lord leads us. 

So then, what do we do with all the worry that surrounds us on a daily basis? The answer to that question has materialized in our lives over 2,000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus Himself Who took it upon Himself to carry the weight of human worry on His shoulders for me and all of you. Yes, the answer lies in Jesus. We must give Him all of our worries. 

With so many things that are happening all around the world beyond our control and the constant worry that it creates, the only solution to all of our cares, especially those cares that are beyond our control, is Jesus. Only Jesus can provide us with the peace that can surpass all understanding and any resources that we have at our disposal. Jesus is the only Person Who can truly satisfy any and all worries we have. Always remember that!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-). 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Magnificent Relief!

I acknowledged my sin unto you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. (Psalm 32:5) 

Like a cool, cleansing shower on a hot, sweaty day, God's forgiveness washes away not only sins but their tormenting guilt. God goes into the depths of our inner being and provides that magnificent relief that only He can bring: PEACE. . . . 

If you are harboring some sin---if you are keeping hidden a few secret regions of wrong---don't expect to enjoy freedom from guilty, child of God. There is an unspoken axiom threaded through Scripture: secret sin cannot coexist with inner peace. Peace returns only when our sins are fully confessed and forsaken. Few grinds are more galling than the grind of an unforgiven conscience. It's awful! And few joys are more relieving than having our sins forgiven. It's wonderful! 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind  

Relief is a commodity that we can never put a price tag on. Relief is a necessary human element to help navigate through the stressful moments of life. So many of us are willing to weather through the various storms that life has to throw our way as long as we know there is some kind of relief in sight. Right?

What would happen if there was absolutely no relief in sight and we go through extended periods of time with absolutely no relief of any kind. Weathering life without relief for extended periods of time will radically change your environment around you and your inward character. My dear friends, magnificent relief can never be found anywhere nor anyone else, except Jesus Himself. 

This brings up a very important question. . . . 

Have you found magnificent relief in Christ? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-). 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Seeking Success!

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Prov. 11:2) 

We are a success-saturated society. The tell-tale signs are everywhere. Each year dozens of books and magazines, scores of audio and video tapes, and hundreds of seminars offer ideas, motivation, techniques, and promises of prosperity. 

Curiously, however, few ever address what it is most folks want (but seldom find) in their pursuit of success: contentment, fulfillment, satisfaction, and relief. . . . 

At the risk of sounding ultra-simplistic, I'd like to offer some counsel to those seeking success. . . . 

First, submit yourself to those who are wise. . . . 
Second, humble yourself under God's mighty hand. . . . 
Third, throw yourself on the mercy and care of God. 

The Finishing Touch 

Success can be very elusive. But success is anything, but objective. It's more subjective as the definition of success will vary from person to person. Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong in seeking success. As a matter of fact, seeking success will reveal to all of us that we are not only driven and goal-oriented, but ambitious as well. 

As I know that I love to reach to the heavens in pursuit of success, I also know that I must remain grounded by keeping my two feet on the ground. Being grounded in humility is what will keep my ambitions in check. My hope and prayer is to become one of the most successful evangelists ever. There is no doubt that God continues to season me and prepare me with global evangelism in mind. 

Being deeply-rooted in humility will definitely help us to stay grounded in Christ and be able to approach success with a godly outlook and not just from some type of self-help fad, book, or seminar. As Christians, we can encourage others to be successful and experience exponential success while remaining grounded in Christ. Philippians 4:13 tells us that with Christ, ALL things are possible. If you honestly believe that with ALL your heart, soul, and mind, then you are on your way to achieving not just any kind of success, but GODLY SUCCESS

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-).