Friday, February 27, 2015

Give All You Have!

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9:10) 

If you're the kind of Christian who really wants the whole purpose of God, then you dare not leave out kingdom commitment. That means your motives must be investigated. For example, every time you make plans to acquire a sizable possession---a car, an expensive boat, a house, and such like---you must deal with it before God and ask: Is this His will? Would this honor Him? Would this glorify Him? 

Am I suggesting that you take a vow of poverty? No, not that. My message is not that you go hungry and give up all nice things. I just say you give up control of them. Give all you have to the Lord God and trust Him to give back all that you need. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

What do you have to offer to that person in need? All of us have something to offer our fellow man/neighbor. There are all kinds of needs: Spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, even financial or material. 

What are we rendering to God Himself? Are we rendering every single aspect of our lives to Him? Are we giving Him everything that is pleasing Him and bringing glory to His name? Before we can provide for the needs of others around us, we must first render to God the "first fruits". The "first fruits" are the very best we have to offer. The "first fruits" reveal that we give God first place in our lives. Upon giving God the very best we have to offer Him, we can give the very best we have to offer to those around us.

My dear friends, don't just give all that you have; give the very best of what you have in time, talent, skills, and resources. The easiest way to find God's purpose for your life is to give all you have in Jesus' precious name. Everything that you do and give has to be done and given in a selfless way. When it is all said and done, not only will those people around us be abundantly blessed, but we will ultimately be blessed as well.    

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!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sensitive Hearts!

For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted. (2 Cor. 7:10) 

Can you name people today who seem to listen carefully to God---people whose hearts are especially sensitive to the Holy Spirit? I can almost guarantee that those men and women who know what it is to be broken and bruised. They have the scars to prove it. 

Perhaps as you read these words  you bear the marks of a carnal week, day after day in which you've gone your own way and grieved the Spirit of God. And now you come to these pages with desperation to change in your heart---to learn from God and renew your fellowship with Him. Do you realize what's happened? Your failure has given you a sensitive, teachable spirit. It has broken the pride barrier in your life. It is what Paul called a "godly sorrow" (2 Cor. 7:10). 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

I must admit friends, I have run into more insensitive hearts than sensitive ones, even among those who claim to be Christian. In a conversation that I had with my brother-in-law, we has a lengthy conversation about the fallen state of the world we live in. We live in a world that is buried under the burden of sin. As a result of the weight of sin, the lives of so many people have become more and more insensitive and calloused. 

Anybody who watches the news, read a newspaper, of find articles online will notice that there are far more negative than positive news.  To be honest, that is true. There is more negativity in daily news than ever before. The continuous breakdown of our civilization is a result of the sin in the lives of those with insensitive hearts. Sin, when left unchecked, will create an insensitive and calloused heart. My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to move against the grain of the sinful society we live in and ask God to help us develop sensitive hearts. Sensitive hearts that will move with compassion, grace, love, and mercy. Sensitive hearts that will only strengthen with every passing trial and challenge that comes into our lives. Sensitive hearts that will be motivated in the Holy Spirit to make a difference, no matter how insignificant it may be in the lives of those that are hurting and seeking answers to the trials and challenges in their lives. Let us each give someone a small hint of heaven in their lives. Wow! Praise God! Our God is indeed Faithful and True my friends! 

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, February 23, 2015

The Will To Do God's Will!

Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matt. 6:9) 

By merely reviewing the first few lines of the Lord's Prayer, we gain a renewed respect . . . a healthy and wholesome sense of reverence for our Almighty God and Father. Rather than causing us to run from Him and hide in fear, I find that such an awesome respect makes me want  to come close to Him, to wait quietly for Him to work. And so I urge you to slow your pace, to approach His "hallowed name" thoughtfully. Take time! Give Him the respect He deserves. Wait on God. In return, He will give you a clearer vision. Furthermore, He will soften your will and make you want to know and do His will. 

Simple Faith 

Following God's will is a must if we are to get anywhere in life. If we are to experience blessings from Him, we must follow His will. Are you willing to follow God's will? Are you willing to make God's will the central focus of your life?

Following God's will allows us to be able to see things coming through God's eyes. God encompasses every single area of our lives. He has the greatest vantage point. Before we can do His will, we must first know His will for our lives. It is God's will we need to follow, not our own. 

When faced with difficult and challenging circumstances, submitting to God's will for our lives will place everything that is happening in our lives in the proper perspective. If we attempted to try to resolve life's circumstances in our own strength, we run an extremely high risk of failure. Let's be honest with ourselves. Is that a risk really worth taking? Is it really worth the risk of not following God's will? God knows what is best for our lives and definitely has our best interests in mind. My dear friend, our lives are so much better in His hands than in our own. Would you agree?

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, February 21, 2015

Sails Set Toward Joy!

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. (Prov. 15:13) 

I have discovered that a joyful countenance has nothing to do with one's age or one's occupation (or lack of it) or one's geography or education or marital status or good looks or circumstances. . . . 
Joy is a choice. It is a matter of attitude that stems from one's confidence in God---that He is at work, that He is in full control, that He is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen. Either we fix our minds on that and determine to laugh again, or we wail and whine our way through life, complaining that we never got a fair shake. We are the ones who consciously determine which way we shall go. . . . 

Regardless how severely the winds of adversity may blow, we set our sails toward joy.

Laugh Again 

I could not agree more with Charles Swindoll, "Joy is a choice." 

Let's be honest, in order for us to experience joy in all of its fullness, we must first be content with where God has placed us. Contentment and joy go hand-in-hand. They both come from within. They both come from the hand (and heart) of God. When we are at peace with God, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, joy will always be present in our lives. 

To experience joy in all of its fullness is a beautiful feeling and reality. Joy doesn't depend on external circumstances to be right in order to flourish, unlike happiness. We can be in the worse trial of our lives and still be able to experience God's joy in ways that are both miraculous and mysterious. My dear friend, are you ready to set your sails toward joy? Are you ready to experience the fullness of God's joy in your life and share that same joy with the people that you love and have placed around you? I really hope and pray that this is the case because joy is contagious. Joy is a wonderful way to share the love of Christ with those around you. Wow, praise God! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God bless you and keep you as you experience His joy in a miraculous way! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Perfect Plan!

He said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30) 

Though unbelieving men nailed Jesus to His cross, it occurred "by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God." It was exactly at the time and in the place and by the means God had determined. And what looked to the eleven confused disciples as mysterious, as well as unfair and unjust (humanly speaking, it was all of the above and more), God looked at it and said, "That is what I've planned. That's the mission My Son came to accomplish." 

That's why Jesus' final words from the cross before He died were "It is finished." God's redemption plan had been completed---Jesus' payment for our sin. And then He slumped in death. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

My dear friends, God has a perfect plan for your life and the lives of those you love. His perfect plan for our lives began over 2,000 years ago when He sent His Son to be born among us, live among us, and ultimately be crucified among us for the redemption of the sins of those who come to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. My thoughts on this post, in short, revolves around Jesus.

God's desire is for all of humanity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is only through Jesus in which we will ever have a chance of making it to heaven. In a nutshell, Jesus is God's perfect plan for all of us. Sadly, not everyone will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ for a wide variety of reasons. My dear friends, I need you to help me get the following words out: 

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one goes to the Father, but through Him. 

Is God's perfect plan going to be popular with the majority of humanity? No. God's perfect plan will be extremely popular with those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God's perfect plan has already been established since the beginning of time. God's perfect plan will materialize one day. Now is your chance to welcome His perfect plan into your life and embrace the promises He has for 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!!!!. . . . :-).  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Image Of God's Son!

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor. 3:18) 

Maybe you've never before stopped to consider that God is committed to one major objective in the lives of all His people: to conform us to "the image of His Son." We need to blow the dust off the timeless goal now that our cage is overcrowded and our lives  are growing increasingly more distant from each other. 

Exactly what does our heavenly Father want to develop within us? What is that "image of His Son"? I believe the simple answer is found in Christ's own words. Listen as He declares his primary reason for coming: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

No mumbo jumbo. Just a straight-from-the-shoulder admission. He came to serve and to give. It makes sense, then, to say that God desires the same for us. 

Dropping Your Guard 

What does it look like to look like Jesus?

Obviously, I don't think the above devotional is making a reference to looks. 

What the above devotional is making a reference to is what it looks like to bear the image of God's Son in the form of service. Jesus can immediately be seen as we serve those around us. Jesus can be seen through us at home, at work, at church, and anywhere else God sends us to. When we serve with a spirit of joy and happiness, the person of Jesus is more clearly reflected in, through, and around us. 

Can Jesus be seen through you in your service to God and to others? Do you bear the image of God's Son in your daily living? These questions and so many more need to be asked in regards to bearing God's Son's image in our lives. It is His image that will bring souls to Christ. It is the image of Jesus that will compel others to want what you have in Christ. In bearing the image of God's Son, we have a wonderful opportunity to bring a small piece of heaven to earth. Isn't that a wonderful expression of our faith in the living God? My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to bear the image of God's Son so that you have an opportunity to make an eternal impact in the lives of those who live in your community. God is indeed Faithful and True and He is on your side. Be encouraged!

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!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Developing Inward Beauty!

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (Prov. 31:30) 

External beauty is ephemeral. Internal beauty is eternal. The former is attractive to the world; the latter is pleasing to God. Peter describes the inner beauty as a "gentle and quiet spirit"  (1 Pet. 3:4). This might be paraphrased "a gentle tranquility." Without question, this is any woman's most powerful quality---true character. And such character comes from within---from the hidden person of the heart---because you know who you are and you know who you adore and serve, the Lord Christ. . . . 

Outward adornment doesn't take a great deal of time. I've seen women do it in a few minutes on their way to work in the morning. . . . But it takes a lifetime to prepare and develop the hidden person of the heart. 

Hope Again 

I have been to Times Square in New York City on numerous occasions. There are billboards everywhere commemorating the outward beauty of the models and the difference the various products make for the model(s) represented on their billboard. In the American culture, more emphasis is placed on external beauty than internal beauty. 

Unfortunately, the emphasis on external beauty has also permeated our Christian circles. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fitness and wellness fanatic, but that should never be my primary motivation. That should never be anyone's, who is in Christ, primary motivation. Having external beauty is wonderful, but how much more beautiful will our internal beauty be?

When it is all said and done, it is our internal beauty that will matter most. It is in our internal beauty where the wellspring of our true character comes from. When our internal beauty is developed in a manner that pleases God and brings glory to His name, nothing else will matter, especially our external beauty. So friend, have you developed your inner beauty? 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!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mercy Beyond Misery!

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. (Lk. 1:50) 

I have a dear friend who stayed by his wife's side for almost a year as she was dying from ovarian cancer. He told me of such occasions, when the Lord gave merciful relief  from the pain. He said it was almost as if an angel of mercy hovered over their room. 

When we're suffering the consequences of unfair treatment, there is mercy with God. When we're enduring the grief of loss, there is mercy. When we struggle with the limitations of a handicap, there is mercy. When we're hurting and in physical pain, there is mercy. All these earthly struggles that occur are no accident. God is in the midst of them, working out His sovereign will. Yes, it's a mystery, which means we need special mercy to endure the languish and misery of the pain. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

Suffering does indeed play a major role in our lives. Is suffering easy to watch or experience firsthand? No, it is not. Is suffering considered by many a "necessary evil"? Even though it may be considered by many to be a "necessary evil", suffering is not by any means inherently evil. Suffering just so happens to be a byproduct of the sinful world we live in. It is the byproduct of our sinful nature. 

Was it God's intention for mankind to suffer incessantly? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. God's intention is for us to experience His mercy, grace, and love. In spite of all the misery that we see and experience in our lives, there is mercy beyond the misery. God's mercy shines in the lives of His children every single day regardless of the misery present in their lives. My dear friends, there will come a day when God's mercy will not only eliminate misery, but reign forever. God's mercy already reigns in heaven. Earth will also experience His perfect and righteous mercy one day. 

Be encouraged my friend. No matter what it looks like right now in your life, always know that God's mercy is bigger and stronger than any temporary misery you will experience in your lifetime. There is mercy beyond misery! Those words not only encourage me, they comfort me as well. Those words provide the anticipated hope of Jesus coming back in all His glory to claim what is rightfully His, His children. My hope and prayer for you is that you will be constantly reminded of God's mercy beyond any kind of misery you may find yourself in right now. God is indeed Faithful and True my friends!

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!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Selfish Desires or God's Desires?!

The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts. (Prov. 17:3) 

Ask yourself three questions of discipleship:

As you think through the major decisions you have recently made (during the past six to eight months), have they pleased the Lord or fed your ego?

Have you begun to take your personal goals and desires before the Lord or fed your ego? 

Are you really willing to change those goals if, while praying about them, the Lord should lead you to do so? 

Discipleship refuses to let us skate through life tossing around a few religious comments while we live as we please. It says, "There can be no more important relationship to you than the one you have with Jesus Christ." And it also says, "When you set forth your goals and desires in life, say no to the things that will only stroke your ego, and yes to the things that will deepen your commitment to Christ." 

Strengthening Your Grip 

God has created all of us with desires. Desire in and of itself is not a bad thing. Where it can get bad is where we direct our desire. Is our desire a selfish one? Is our desire in direct alignment with God's desire? The way you choose to live your life will directly reflect which question pertains to you.

If it so happens that our desires are self-centered in nature, we may reap certain benefits from those desires, but hold no weight long term. In the long term, our own selfish desire become exactly that, selfish. Those type of desires don't really take anyone else into consideration and give absolutely no regard to what anyone else may contribute to that desire.

On the other hand, God's desires are inclusive. It is inclusive from the perspective that He longs for all of us (individually and corporately) to reap the benefits of what He has laid out for us in His Word. For His desires to be manifested in our lives, we must surrender our lives exclusively to Him through Jesus Christ. So, while God's desires are inclusive, it is exclusive to those who are in Christ and Christ alone. 

My dear friends, in whom do you place your desires? Are your desires God's desires? If so, then God bless you as you continue to move in His light and guidance. If not, I strongly recommend you take a better look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if following your own selfish desires are really worth following. 

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, February 9, 2015

Joy Throughout Our Days!

But if a man lives many years, and rejoices in them all. (Eccl. 11:8) 

Happiness is for today. Joy is available now. We are not to put it on hold. Happiness isn't something that will secretly open up to us when we turn fifty-five, or when we reach some goal or find the right marriage partner. Happiness is for now. It is inseparably linked to the living Lord. 

A catechism in the Presbyterian church begins with the question, "What is the chief end of man?" The answer to that question is familiar to many: "The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever." Not just serve Him, not just obey Him, not just sacrifice to Him, not simply commit ourselves to Him, but enjoy Him---"laugh through life with Him." Smile in His presence. So much more is included in enjoying Him forever than most would ever believe. . . . 

Happiness is to pervade all the years of our life. We don't have to wait until we reach some magical age when we are allowed to crack open the door and slip silently into the realm of happiness. It's there for us to enjoy throughout our days. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Hello friend, have you experienced joy today? 

Depending on where you live, that may be an easy or hard question to answer. Your day may just be starting when you read the words of this post. Your day may also be coming to a close and may be able to answer that question without hesitation. Regardless of where we live or what our circumstances look like, as Christians, we need to walk in joy throughout our days. 

Even though happiness and joy go hand in hand with one another, they are quite different because they are dependent on different factors. Happiness is dependent on the external whereas joy is dependent upon the internal. Is it possible for us to experience joy without being happy? Yes. Is it possible for us to experience happiness without joy? No. Huh? How is that possible? How can that be? Why would that be? There are these and millions of other questions that can be asked. In a nutshell, it works that way because happiness is a byproduct of the joy we have in our hearts. Joy, on the other hand, doesn't depend nor need external circumstances to be just right to experience it. The circumstances and the environment we live in can be at its most chaotic right now, but because our joy is in the Lord, our joy will last throughout our days. Isn't that a beautiful and comforting thought friends? It is to me. . . . :-). 

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, February 7, 2015

Knowing Your Child!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6) 

When it comes to rearing children, developing a strong home where happiness and harmony can flourish, there is a primary starting point: knowing your child. This is the most profound insight, the single most helpful secret I can pass on to you on the subject of child-rearing. 

Do not think that just because you have conceived, carried, and finally given birth to your little one, you automatically know your child. Nor can you say you know him or her just because you live in the same house. I must say, categorically, you do not. Knowing your child takes time, careful observation, diligent study, prayer, concentration, help from above, and, yes, wisdom. Notice I did not include in that list a high IQ or some course in school. The essential ingredients  are desire and time.  If you really want to know, and if you're willing to invest the time, God will honor your efforts. He will enable you to know your child. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

I have written a number of different posts of family matters. In my honest opinion, I believe that this particular post will be among the most important posts you will ever read. 

I was born into and grew up in a home in which I didn't have a father present. When I look back at my past childhood, it was only my mom that really took the time to really get to know me. As difficult as it has been for my mom in raising 4 children alone (with me being the youngest), God's grace became very evident in my mom's life because she was steadfast taking the time to get to know all of her kids and seeing them grow into productive men and women. 

Am I implying that everything was perfect? Not at all. Understandably so, parenting in general has its challenges. My mom, being a single parent with four kids and one of them (the third child) being handicapped and originally given only 6 months at the onset of his birth, must have been extremely difficult. To further complicate matters, I was born into a time when Roe v. Wade (the abortion case) legalized abortion. 

With that said, I cannot and will not ever take for granted the immense effort that my mom has made in the lives of her children. She literally took the time to get to know us. As an aspiring parent, my mom has planted the seed of godly parenthood. I look forward to the day in which I will have the opportunity plant those same exact seeds in my children and really dedicate a great deal of time to really get to know them. Be encouraged parents (current and aspiring) and make the time to really get to know your kids and watch them blossom right before your eyes as productive men and women of God. 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!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, February 5, 2015

God Never Leads Us Astray!

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness . . . make your way straight before my face. (Psalm 5:8) 

God's voice isn't all that difficult to hear. In fact, you almost have to be closing your eyes and stopping your ears to miss it. He sometimes shouts through our pain, whispers to us while we're relaxing on vacation, occasionally He sings to us in a song, and warns us through the sixty-six books of His written Word. It's right there, ink on paper. Count on it---that book will never lead you astray. 

In addition to His unfailing source of wisdom, He has given you wise counselors, friends, acquaintances, parents, teachers, and mentors who have earned your love and respect through long years. Screen what you believe to be the will of God through their thoughts, their perspectives. Does your conviction about the direction you're headed grow, or are you seeing lots of red flags and caution signs? Before you undertake a major life-direction change, be very careful that it is God's voice, that it is God's call you are hearing. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

All of us can use some guidance. Let's face it, without God, we are hopelessly lost. When confronted with uncertain times, God's grace will carry us through and will sustain us. God will never lead us astray. God is omnipresent. 

God's omnipresence enables us, as His children, to be able to tap into His power and confidently trust that God's leading is the only true and faithful way to go. God knows very well what will happen to our lives before we ever see it coming and materializing in our lives. 

Is there anyone else you would prefer to lead the way in your life? Knowing very well that God is the One doing the leading in my life is both very comforting and assuring. During times that are smooth and comfortable, it's easy to become complacent and not render the credit that is due to God bringing you to that place of comfort and stability. It is only during uncertain times when the reality of life without God's leading becomes evident and our need for His presence, His power, and His direction becomes a desperate need. Do you have a desperate need for God's direction and leading? Are you tired of being led astray by the ways of this world? My dear friend, God is waiting for you with arms open wide. All you have to do is ask.

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!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Shared Joy Is Double Joy!

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. (Eccl. 4:9) 

There's an old Swedish motto that hangs in many a kitchen: "Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow." . . . The secret of survival is not simply enjoying life's joys and enduring its sorrows, it is in sharing both with others.

We gain perspective by having somebody at our side. We gain objectivity. We gain courage in threatening situations. Having others near tempers our dogmatism and softens our tolerance. We gain another opinion. We gain what today, in our technical world, is called "input." 

In other words, it is better not to work or live one's life all alone. It's better not to minister all alone. It's better to have someone alongside us in the battle. For that reason, during my days in the Marines, we were taught that if the command "dig in" were issued, we should dig a hole large enough for two.

Living on the Ragged Edge

Joy. Joy. Joy. 

I thank God for the joy I have in my heart. The joy that God has placed in my heart can only come from Him and Him alone. The joy that I express and share with the people that God has placed around is not dependent on what the circumstances are like in my life. No matter how bad things can get in my life, joy continues to play a dominant role in my overall spiritual, emotional, and mental development. 

In spite of the immense blessing of being and experiencing happiness, joy, especially when shared, has a way comforting and providing assurance in ways that happiness could not possibly provide. Whereas happiness is totally dependent on the external circumstances in our lives, joy is exclusively dependent on God's presence and strength in our lives. God's presence and strength must come from within, not from without. 

Shared joy provides collective peace among those who have an intimate relationship with God. Shared joy reinforces our collective faith, hope, and love in (and for) God and the people He has placed in our lives. Shared joy is very contagious. Shared joy will get other people who may not feel so joyful to become joyful (or at least make them curious). When you least expect it, you will be approached by someone asking you what makes you so joyful or tell you that there is something different about you. All you need to do is tell that person that this is the day that the Lord has made and that I will rejoice and be glad in it. The world can be collapsing under the weight of sin and turmoil, but the joy of the Lord will keep your relationship with God intact. What a comforting fact! 

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!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You Lost. Get Over It!

Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (Rom. 15:7) 

If you don't get your way, get over it, get on with life. If you don't get your way in a vote at a church, get over it. The vote was taken (if the church has integrity, the vote was handled with  fairness), now get on with it. Just press on. And don't rehearse the fight or the vote year after year. The work of God slows down when we are not big enough to take it to the chin and say, "We lost!" Having been raised in the South, I didn't know the South lost the Civil War until I was in junior high school . . . and even then it was debatable among my teachers. 

Be big enough to say, "We lost." Grace will help. 

The Grace Awakening 

In my short lifetime, I have had my fair share of losses. I have lost everything from good health to money even a sense of self-worth. I'm confident in the Lord that anyone that reads this post will be able to relate to what it is like to have lost something in life. Experiencing any kind of loss in life is never easy. That is when God's grace comes in. 

God's grace has an amazing way of providing us with the perspective needed to be able to understand and process the loss in our lives. God's grace lightens the load of any loss we experience. Grace and loss are almost inclusive of one another. It's almost inclusive from the perspective that grace can continue to operate away from loss whereas loss requires grace in order for loss to be understood and processed in a godly light. 

My dear friends, has God's grace abound in any losses you have experienced? I really hope and pray that this is the case? Why? Because God's grace is the greatest experience we can have in our lives, especially during times of loss. God's grace is also evident in our times of victory and triumph. My hope and prayer is that when you lose in life, you have developed the maturity and the grace to say the following:

"We lost. Grace will help." 

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!!!!. . . . :-).