Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Afterglow

The Christmas celebration is coming to a close. The gifts are opened and decorations are quietly returning to their boxes, in storage for next year. Loved ones have returned home, and everyone is going back to their normal routines. I sometimes wonder if this is what Mary and Joseph felt after all the excitement of the birth of Jesus.

The shepherds ran to Bethlehem to find them and then excitedly told everyone they met that they had seen the Messiah. The one the angels told them about in the fields outside of town (Luke 2:17-20)

Eight days later, Mary and Joseph were in Jerusalem for the circumcision of Jesus, as required by the Law. There were two faithful servants of the Lord, waiting and watching for His arrival. There Mary and Joseph were greeted by Simeon. He prophesied about Jesus, saying “this child will be rejected by many in Israel, but he will be the greatest joy to many others” (Luke 2:34 NLT). They were surprised.

Next Anna came. Seeing the child, she praised God, and told everyone in Jerusalem who had been waiting for the promised King, that Jesus was the One (Luke 2:38). Mary and Joseph went back to Bethlehem for a short time, because the wise men found them in a house. They brought their gifts and worshiped him. All this excitement was a bit much for Mary and Joseph, but it says a few things.

The Lord was fulfilling the words of the prophets. It's one thing to know about something, yet quite different to see it before your eyes. What the angels spoke to Mary and Joseph separately was also true, being confirmed by many outside sources. Their lives were forever changed by these events. We'll never know what they thought, but one thing we know, they believed.

Knowing the word of the Lord is one thing, but believing the word of the Lord is quite another. We know the story, we celebrate the story, but do we believe the story? How many witnesses have you seen lately? What is their story? If you have believed their report and have received the gift of salvation, this truly is a continuing celebration.

If you haven't believed all these reports, what's the problem? Does it seem too far-fetched to be believable? A virgin can't conceive. Or do you think there are too many contradictions? Only two gospels describe the birth of Jesus and they are both different.

Has it ever occurred to you that faith is the evidence of things not seen, but a confident assurance of what we hope for will happen? (Hebrews 11:1). Don't judge God based on what you think is true; believe God for what He says is true.

Some folks have a sense of sadness at the end of this joyous season, but it doesn't have to be that way, everyday can be Christmas when Jesus lives in your heart!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Star Light – Star Bright

Since the beginning of human existence, people have looked into the night sky and saw God's creative genius. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out throughout all the earth and their words to the end of the world.” (Psalms 19:1-4 NKJ) In utter silence they shout to all the inhabitance of the earth the glory of God!

In the Genesis account, on the fourth day, the Lord God placed different lights in the sky for many purposes. The first was so we would never be in darkness. The second, designed as a holy time clock to mark days, seasons and years. The third, so we could see the stability of God's creation. Lastly, I believe was to spur our imagination. The eternal, boundless quality of God is something our minds can not fully grasp, but with an infinite display of lights, millions of miles away from us, we have a starting point.

According to ancient records, the peoples of Babylon were the first astronomers. They studied to movements, patterns of constellations and are credited with the first 360 day calendar. Unfortunately, sinful man began to read much more in the patterns than God had designed. They began to worship these celestial lights as gods and astrology was born.

In the court of the kings, these astrologers were the royal advisors in charge of predicting everything from harvests, fertility, wars and their outcome. Divination, sorcery and magic became heavily associated with their duties. As a result, the king's decisions became the law and people worshiped evil deities and things made by hand.

Praise God that he did not leave people in their ignorance. During a cycle of discipline that the Lord had brought upon his people, the Israelites, a certain prophet named Daniel was maneuvered into the court of the King of Babylon. He was given great wisdom and insight by God. He made known to the king the reality that there is the only one God, who rules everything, even dreams.

During Daniel's life in captivity in Babylon, he was put in charge of the astrologers, sorcerers, magicians otherwise known as “wise men” of the day. Through his love and knowledge of the one true God, Yahweh (YHWH), he instructed them in the ways of the One who rules over all powers in the heavens. Many centuries later, when the time for the birth of Jesus, the wise men had knowledge of the Messiah and what the star that rose in the night sky meant, it was the sign of the King of kings.

There are many traditions and speculations about who these men were; the number in their group; what their titles were and even what part of the world they came from. All traditions agree what gifts they brought and that they worshiped Jesus. Beyond speculation, the point made is they were invited guests to the event that changed everything.

Just as the angels announced the birth to Jewish shepherds, the Lord also prepared a group of gentiles and set them on a two-year journey, by a light in the night sky. For millennia the Lord sent his message to the Jews and gentiles alike, to watch for his coming. He continues to send the message of his truth to all generations. Jesus came for all people and he is coming again. Are you ready?

“Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation in the fullness of time. He might gather in one all things in Christ, which are in heaven and on earth-in Him.” (Ephesians 1:9-10 NKJ)

May God bless you in the richness of His favor as you recognize His gifts of love!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sign of Hope

Of all the holiday's celebrated, Christmas is a holiday that crosses all denominational boundaries and prejudices. Those who don't know what the celebration is truly about, join in the festivities. It is that one time of year where the hearts and minds of people are focused around that one Holy event that took place 2000 years ago.

As I consider all the traditions of people that have evolved since that night long ago, I stand in awe of God and his wisdom that in one moment we are united. Time spent in considering that precious gift given, so that we would know his love for us.

Although it has become a season of stress, trial and tragedy, it was never intended to be that way. It's not about all the busyness, decorations, buying gifts or parties. It's not about being perfect or living a perfect life. It is about Jesus our Christ our Savior. We can never out give God. We can never achieve the perfect standard of giving love as he revealed to us.

Let your mind wonder back to that little village, in the middle of nowhere, to a stable where livestock were kept. Close your eyes and imagine the stable smells, musty, dried grass and animal dung. The only light was a few oil burning lamps and the stars. Now hear the lowing of those animals and the cry of a woman in childbirth. Imagine the creator of all came into his creation in this way. The King of Glory, Honor and Praise!!!

In obscurity, without the fanfare and pageantry that one would expect for a king, this is what the scriptures say about the birth of Jesus. In Luke's account, he states that when Jesus was born, an angel told a group of shepherds that the king was born. “Don't be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem- City of David” (Luke 2:10-11).

Then the angel told them where to find him and how to recognize him. “You'll find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped in strips of cloth” (Luke 2:12). Then a vast army of angels appeared praising God, “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth to all whom God favors!!” (Luke 2:13-14). Getting over their shock, the shepherds ran to the city to see the baby. Just as they were told about the baby, they began telling everyone about whom they had seen and they had heard. (Luke 2:15-20).

The sign of hope was not the woman giving birth, neither in the angel's message nor the praises of the shepherds whom they had been invited to see. The sign of hope was the baby, the one who prophets foretold, who the angels sang and the one who came to buy us back from slavery. He is the sign that God keeps all his promises to us.

Let's not let get caught up in what gifts we can and can not buy, or the friends and family that we can't be with or the busyness and stress this season brings, but let us focus on what we do have. We have the love of God, whose love knows no bounds. We have the saving grace of Jesus who rescued us from death. Let us put our hope in God from where all blessings flow.
May your light so shine in the love of Christ! Merry Christmas!!!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

One of the traditions of Christmas most children enjoy is writing to Santa. With pen in hand, they write the biggest letter of the year, hoping Santa will bring that one gift, making everything right in the universe. Special care is taken to tell Santa what good little boys or girls they've been, so it shouldn't be hard for Santa to reward them. Secretly hoping he doesn't discover that they had fudged a little on the “good” part.

I remember my brothers, sister and I would have a secret meeting to discuss what we would ask Santa for. Several weeks before Christmas, we'd sit at the kitchen table writing our letters. Beginning with the things we wanted most, then in descending order, telling Santa all the things we'd like. Socks and underwear were not part of our lists.

When we received socks and underwear, it was a sure sign of the dreaded “naughty” list. Growing up in a family of limited means, we still hoped for that one special gift from Santa that we knew our parents couldn't provide. Sometimes, to our surprise it would come and we'd think we made the “nice” list.

That is the world we grew up in, being taught rewards for good behavior while less than good, received scorn. This is known as “conditional” acceptance. We learned that anything less than good behavior, was unworthy of benefits.

Because many relationships are based in condition, we believe that the Lord's acceptance of us is also based on our good behavior. We don't want to end up on the naughty list on Judgment Day, being sent to Hell, while those on the nice list go to Heaven.

Our acceptance by God is not based on our performance, but based on his love. Before sin ever came into the picture, God loved us and chose us to be his special creation. Even after sin separated us from him, he declared he would redeem us.

“The Lord said, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT)

“He will listen to the prayers of the destitute; He will not reject their pleas. Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a nation yet to be created will praise the Lord. Tell them the Lord looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked to the earth from heaven to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die.” (Psalms 102:17-20 NLT)

“The Lord is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love”
“He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us the way we deserve”
“He has removed our rebellious acts, as far away as the east is from the west”
(Psalms 103: 8; 10; 12 NLT)

The “naughty” list was nailed to the cross and all record of wrongs have been destroyed. (Romans 5:9-10). We have been given the special gift that made everything right in the universe, Jesus Christ!

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God, because of what Jesus Christ our Lord, has done for us” (Romans 5:1 NLT)

Let this be a season of Joy!!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Strategy of Truth

Have you ever consider the catastrophic implications of a foreign nation getting their hands on their enemy's battle plan? What if they learned the stratagems, targets and timing? How would that nation ever succeed in protecting itself against their enemy?

What if you learned that the Commander in Chief, purposely released the battle plan for everyone to see? You would consider that Commander foolish for divulging secrets, but that is exactly what happened. Our Commander in Chief revealed his battle plan to the world and you can read it for yourself in the Bible.

You've probably never thought of the Word of God as a strategic battle plan, but in fact it is. The Bible goes into great detail, outlining the war, targets and strategy. Through the prophets, God gave warnings and consequences. Told us when they would occur, who was involved and the outcome. The Bible also gives explicit detail of the Stratagem, the core of the plan, Jesus Christ!

Why would God give away his strategy? Because he is Sovereign, no one can prevent his word from succeeding where he sends it. His plans are good, they can not be thwarted.

As recorded in Isaiah:

“For the Lord is God. And he created the heavens and the earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other. I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so no one can understand what I mean.”” (Isaiah 45: 18-19 NLT).

“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions” (Isaiah 43:13 NLT)

The Stratagem of Salvation:

“You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6 NLT)

“But it was the Lord's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's plans will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted as righteous, for he will bear all their sins.” (Isaiah 53:10-11 NLT).

Jesus came to earth and lived according to the will of the Father. Isaiah records that he lived in obscurity until the time was right to reveal his identity and complete the plan. Because of Jesus, the battle is won, the evil one is defeated and we can live in absolute assurance of the sovereignty of God.

Have you read the battle plan? Do you know the sovereignty of Almighty God and his good plans for all people? Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as the one who completes the Father's awesome plans to rescue creation? If not, do it today, don't waste another minute living in darkness. Come into His light of truth.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Knowing The Truth

Ever wonder why at the name of Jesus people are offended? Odd how the effect is not the same at the mention of other ancient religious leaders such as Buddha or Mohammad. Those names don't strike fear in the heart the way the name of Jesus does.

Isn't it strange that the name of Buddha or Mohammad are not used in slanderous remarks? Yet people use the holy name of Jesus without reverence, cursing the one called the Son of God, on a regular basis. There is only one logical reason for this reaction to the name and person of Jesus Christ; he is who he claimed to be. People use his name because there is power in the name of Jesus.

His name commands recognition, speaks of authority and requires respect. The Bible says, “There is no other name given by which you can be saved” (Acts 4:12) and “Because of this [Jesus laying down his life] God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth and under the earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NLT)

Jesus stated the reason why so many are offended by his name. In a conversation with a religious leader named Nicodemus, Jesus said;

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge it, but to save it. There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they liked the darkness more than the light, because their actions were evil. They hate the light for fear it will expose their sins and they will be punished” (John 3:16-18 NLT).

We can choose not to believe what Jesus said about the love of God for people. We can choose not  to believe that a Holy God would send a savior because of that love. We can choose not to believe that a savior would pay for all our wrongs and offenses against a Holy God, with his own life. We can choose to deny the weight of guilt that hangs on us, and choose live in darkness because we are afraid of punishment.

Then woe to the fool, who has closed their eyes and plugged their ears against the truth! Jesus is the savior!

Do you struggle with the name of Jesus? Do you think that just believing in his name is too easy to have all your many years of sin and guilt washed away? Read again the passage in John - slow and out loud. Let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and don't harden it. You'll know how much Jesus loves you and all your sins can be forgiven.

Prayer of Acceptance:

Lord Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you and the Father. I believe that you came to pay the price for my sin with your own life and rose from the dead. Please forgive my sin and come live in me so that I may know you more. Amen

If you have prayed this simple prayer, welcome to the family of God! Your sins are forgiven and Jesus has accepted you as a brother or sister. Join other family members at your local church and grow in your new life.

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are Reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan-this rebirth comes from God.” (John 1:12-13 NLT)

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Seeking The Truth

The news media has lost its reputation of being unbiased and a truthful form of information. Without giving all the facts, the media has fed the public a continual loop of premature stories; baiting us with the failures of celebrities; religious leaders and politicians, spurring fear and hatred with only partial truth. These stories are repeated unmercifully and without reverence, trying the case before court of public opinion.

No wonder there is such discontentment in the world! We are being fed half truths and outright lies. Separated by prejudice and ignorance, we make decisions without all the facts. Follow up is the first step in seeking the truth. We need to be diligent in finding out all the facts, and then make a decision.

The evidence is clear that people get on one band wagon or another and run out to the streets to protest. Most standing on the side of hate or lack of compassion, they hold signs declaring their belief. There are those who will take lives to prove their loyalty to what they believe.

I am deeply disturbed when I see an organization who claims Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that will protest funerals; hold signs declaring what God hates, or demonizes people of different ethic background or heritage. It tells me that they have been misinformed and need to get their facts straight.

I have cried many tears and prayed long for those who are being led astray in this way. If someone has taught them that they are serving the Lord, then they are following false prophets. We are to be the bearers of the Good News, not the voice of judgment.

Any group of people who feels brave enough to declare what “God Hates” First, of all they are not representing the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not come into the world to judge but to save (John 3:17) and Second, they have to understand God's definition of hate.

We have been taught the word hate to mean: “annihilation and total destruction”, but God's definition of hate is much different, more like: “abhor or detest”. God has a word for annihilation and destruction it is called: Wrath.

Quite a contrast from what we have been taught, but understanding the full council of God in scripture, the meaning becomes clear. God is Holy which means that he can not associate with anything reviling or the disgusting things that sinful people do. “For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 NLT). That includes born again Christians. It's only by grace that we stand a chance!

God proved his love for all people when he poured out his wrath on Jesus Christ when he died on the cross. That is the message that should be proclaimed in the streets, not that God hates this group or that.

No longer is God separated from people by sin, because he annihilated the power of sin over us and destroyed the death sentence that all people faced because of sin. That is the truth and the power of the cross, but each person has to make up their own mind, whether or not to accept Jesus Christ.

If you feel the need to stand in the streets and declare truth, how about “Jesus Loves You”; “Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life”

“But as many received him, to them he gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in his name.” (John 1:12 NKJV)

If you really want to know what God hates, check out Proverbs 6:16-19

If we try to seek the truth in the world, we will be deeply disappointed. If we try to seek the truth in a religious organization, we will be deeply disappointed. If we try seeking the truth in the Word of God, we will find the truth and the truth will set us free. (John 8:36)

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Revealing The Truth!

Happy Reformation Day! Throughout history, when the people of God lose their way, he steps in with the truth and revival takes place. Webster's dictionary defines reform as: To form again or to become formed again. The Lord began to reform his church before the 16th century, which led to the split between the Roman Catholic Church and those who would be called the Protestant Church.

In 383 A.D. Jerome translated the scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. With diversity of language throughout the empire, no other translations were made for almost a thousand years. The Roman Catholic Church was the source of all scriptural knowledge and the Word of God was kept from those outside the clergy.

With this knowledge came the power to rule and control. Unfortunately, those who held the "keys to the kingdom" abused their authority. Any dissidence towards the church was met with crushing blows and extermination in some cases. The people of Europe wanted to separate from the iron fist of the Church.

The exquisite timing of the Lord never fails to amaze me. Although Martin Luther is credited with igniting the fires that lead to reformation, because of the doctrinal errors discovered in the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Spirit was already moving in many hearts in Europe. From the Puritan and Waldensian movements in France 1170 A.D. to the inspiration of John Wycliffe to translate the Old and New Testaments into English 1380, seems the whole known world was hungry for the Word of God.

The Renaissance age, 14th through 16th century, brought with it a season of culture and enlightenment, even commoners were learning to read. While many scholars fled the Eastern Church in the 15th century, with the rise of Islam over the Christian dominated regions, many ancient documents came with them. With the invention of the printing press in 1456, this set the stage for the end of papal authority and rise of reformation.

It was October 31st, 1517, when a monk named Martin Luther nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, 95 errors of the Roman Catholic Church in doctrine and in practices according to the scriptures. This fire which began in Germany quickly engulfed Europe. Tried as it may, the Roman Catholic Church did not prevail in their attempts to extinguish this fire.

The scriptures were being translated and read in the language of the people. The Word of God began to change lives and revival began in the hearts of the people. Many leaders arose out of this movement, reformers like Zwingli in Switzerland (1522), John Calvin in France (1536), William Tyndale in England (1535), and John Knox in Scotland (1559). Many others joined the reformation fever, but for lack of conviction returned to the Catholic tradition.

From this reformation came many of the denominations of the body of Christ, which sprung up different regions of Europe that are prevalent today; Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and several sub-denominations of each.

I remember the words of Jesus, “Upon this rock I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18 NLT). It's a statement that the Lord is in control, protecting, guiding and leading his church on earth until the final chapter.

We, as the body of Christ, may have different religious upbringing, but it is our responsibility to read the Word of God and obey it. Just as the holy fire ignited Europe in the 16th century, may the Holy Spirit once again renew our hearts and minds to the truth!!

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don’t Ask About It – Don’t Tell About It

We hear quite a lot in the news these days about the military “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy. This thinking has infiltrated most of society. We have isolated ourselves from others in our homes.  The only relationships we are willing to invest in are cyber relationships. Behind this wall of defense, we can be anyone we want to be, without any true investment. Before cell phones or the internet, we had to make an effort to develop relationships.

As Christians, we know that our Father is all about personal encounters that build relationships. We have to be out there in society building and restoring relationships. If we are truly loving and caring people, we should see the pain in someone’s life; know that they are lost and confused. Being able to see right through a fake smile, a cheery response, and inquire deeper, if we care to know. This is where the “don’t ask-don’t tell” lie gets it’s feet. Do we really care about one another?

The scripture says that in the last days sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). I’ve seen this in the last two decades. Neighbors don’t know neighbors; families are separated by divorce and many people live secret lives in turmoil, afraid to ask for help. This is evident by the cyber bullying that drives our youth to suicide.

The lie that has spread in the Christian arena and reveals it’s self as “faith is a private matter.” Many Christians seem to think that “living a quite life and minding your own business” means not to be too concerned with another’s struggle or their salvation. We are the vessels chosen by God to share the good news. Being salt and light to the lost, not resting on our laurels, secure in our own salvation. We have an enemy who will stop at nothing to tear us apart and prevent the spread of the gospel.

We might carve out an hour or two, to gather together but as quickly as the meeting is over, we go home and go about our own lives. Some believe they have done their duty by making an appearance and may leave feeling good, but do nothing with the encounter they have experienced. The purpose of meeting with God is to be changed, to be inspired and to go out and bring the gospel message to our neighbors.

Why are we not as eager as the early church to complete our mission? The scriptures say that God built the church and drew thousands to faith in Christ in short period of time. The growth came with believers risking everything to tell others about Jesus Messiah, not sitting in their homes praying for growth. They went out daily to tell everyone they encountered about Jesus; continued  to learn more about Jesus and to praise the Lord for everything he was doing.(Acts 2:41-47)

Can you remember that last time that a stranger brought you the good news about Jesus?
I believe the final moments of the Church age are here, and I there is little time left before the Lord comes as the conquering King and sets his throne physically on the earth. (Revelation 20:4) The bible describes the horrors for those who have rejected the saving grace of Jesus and many lives will be lost. A great time of wrath is coming; something more devastating than the world has ever experience or will ever again.

Don’t you think it’s time to do away with the “don’t ask about it-don’t tell about it” policy?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Songs of Worship

I love to sing! As a child Iwas always singing little made up songs until I learned real songs. I remember singing at the top of my lungs, “Jesus Loves Me” to the whole neighborhood! I am not a musician, I don’t play instruments, but music has always moved me and inspired my thoughts and attitudes.

Singing to the Lord is something special to me. It is my way of reaching out to an invisible God and touching his heart with my love and gratitude.  Through music the Lord has done the greatest work in my life. When I ran away from him, it was through music that he got my attention and then brought me to a place of surrender. To this day, he continues to convict, comfort and assure me through music.

I am reminded of the power that songs possess. It’s amazing, when we think or hear a certain song; it stirs memories of a friendship, a romance, heartbreak, or a certain event. Songs have the power to build up or tear down, just like words, when combined with rhythm they produce a deeper emotional response.  

Jesus said, “Out of the mouth comes the attitude of the heart” (Matthew 12:34 NLT).What we say or sing, reflects our inner most feelings. So if we are feeling happy or in love, there is a song for that. If we are sad, there is a song for that. If we want revenge, there is a song for that too!

God is completely aware of our thought life. Not one thought materializes without his knowledge. So when we are singing songs, he is fully aware of the attitude of our hearts. If we are praising him with honesty and truthfulness, he is pleased and will accept that worship. If our minds are on other things, then we are just giving the Lord lip service, he will not be pleased with our words of praise, honor or commitment.

Jesus also said, “And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak” (Matthew 12:36 NLT). That is very interesting,  we speak so many words, just which of those are considered “idle”. After meditating on this scripture, the Lord revealed to me that all words have purpose, even those we sing. If we sing a song to the Lord and don’t mean what we say, it’s an empty promise.

Solomon put it this way in Ecclesiastes, “As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. Don’t be a fool who doesn’t realize that mindless offerings to God are evil. And don’t make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven and you are only here on earth. So let you words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 NLT).

Music stirs up so many emotions, it exposes our hearts to the beliefs we hold. The Holy Spirit convicts us of the truth and leads us to the place of true worship. Let us remember of who we sing and focus on him, he is the object our worship.

“Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!” (Psalms 118:15 NLT)

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Season of Revival

I am not particularly fond of fall. The mountain of leaves that need removing; the shortened days and the frost that kills the last blooming flower in my garden. I enjoy the beautiful colors and the last few warm days, but sadness stirs in me the cold deadness of winter will soon arrive. Some long for the crisp chill in the air, cozy fires and all those comfort foods that add to our ever expanding waistlines.

Scripture says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT). Like many of you, I don’t like change, I like routine it’s comfortable and predictable. We serve a God who is constantly involved in our lives. He moves us from our comfort zones where faith can become stagnate.

Jesus said, “I am the true grapevine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit and he prunes the branches that do not bear fruit so that they will produce even more” (John 15:1-3 NLT). This is the season of revival.

The gardener prunes only in a dormant season and knows where to make exact cuts otherwise the vine will die. If grapevines are not pruned, the vines will grow wild quickly, produce no fruit, suffocate new growth and become diseased.

We all go through periods of abundance and times of need throughout our Christian lives. These are the seasons described in Ecclesiastes chapter 3. The Lord has determined the course of our lives, he moves us in and out of these times, as he directs the productivity of our lives.

I am beginning to understand what James meant when he wrote, “Consider it all joy when trials come into your life” (James 1:2-4). It is the cutting away of the spiritual deadness we may experience and to develop a deeper relationship with our Lord, then our lives will produce all that he desires.

One of the greatest lessons the Lord has taught me “A closed hand can not receive”. I may not understand why something is not good for me and I may struggle to keep it. Whatever I finally surrender, as an expression of love and faith, the Lord fills me with something beautiful like purer faith, deeper trust or clearer understanding. That is when I discover what I was holding on to was truly harmful to me.

While the vinedresser is cutting those things out of your life, let them go and seek his face. Renew your commitment to his Lordship. Our fruitful lives are yet another expression of his unfathomable love for us.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Loving His Discipline

When we hear the word, Discipline, we imagine punishment of some kind, the loss of freedom or privileges. We believe that discipline is something for children; somehow we believe as adults that discipline does not apply to us. We forget that we are the children of God, and as his children he will discipline us.

Discipline is vital to our spiritual growth. Proverbs says, “My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT).

Sometimes we get confused between spiritual warfare and discipline. I have gotten fooled by this many times. What I think is spiritual warfare, is actually the Lord correcting me. How can that be? It is a level of maturity and the amount of discernment we have developed in our spiritual lives. It shows how closely we are connected to the Lord and hearing his voice.

We are told to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), that is a vital command; that sustains our moment by moment walk with the Lord. If we pray only occasionally or on Sunday mornings, we miss out. We still have the tendency to wonder off in our own wills and ways, when the loving discipline of the Lord seeks us out and brings us back.

So how do we know the difference between spiritual warfare and discipline? The enemy's whole game plan is to divide and conquer. With that in mind, is there anything that you are not willing to talk to the Lord about? Have other things gotten in the way of your spending time with the Lord? The enemy will divert your attention away from God and cause you to focus on all the issues around you, causing you to worry or take matters into your own hands.

The Lord disciplines totally in love and draws us to a place of confession of sins, removing our fears and replacing them with courage, love and faith. We are free only in him. Once we have tasted his freedom and love, nothing in this world can ever satisfy us.

The writer of Hebrews put it this way, “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it is painful! But afterward there will be a quite harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Hebrews 12:11 NLT). Some interpret that verse to mean punishment, referring to the pain involved, but I believe that the pain described here is the loss of communion with God, our lives become full of unrest and uncertainty.

Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. Remain in my love and I will remain in you. For you can do nothing apart from me” (John 15:5). That is discipline in a nut shell. Discipline is the training of the heart to seek the Lord and obey him through our decisions in all areas of our lives. If we don’t remain in him, we are as helpless as a boat adrift on the open sea. Our sins expose us to attacks of the enemy, which break our hearts and leave us fearful and hopeless.

The Lord's discipline is always for our good and his glory. It is his loving protection of us even if it causes us discomfort. It is hard admitting we have made a mistake and are walking out of the will of the Lord, but if we stop and take a good assessment of our lives, seek the Holy Spirit for guidance and confess our foolish behavior, we will once again enjoy the sweet fellowship of the Lord and becoming the people he called us to be.

I’ve come to love the discipline of the Lord, to learn to grow in his provision and protection, knowing that he delights in my life and yours!

“For the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap” (Proverbs 3:26 NLT)

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

True Poverty

It's hard to escape the horrific images of human suffering in many parts of the world that bombard our minds through television,internet and photos. Images of naked starving children, poorly built shelters, and people looking helpless and hopeless, may move our hearts, and quietly we might say to ourselves, “I am so fortunate. I have a home, a job and a family.” But do you have Jesus?

“What does Jesus have to do with poverty?” you maybe thinking. “Why doesn’t he do something about it?” or possibly, “Jesus doesn’t care, we’re on our own here.” The scriptures are very clear that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present, nothing escapes his sight. What we see in our world today is the evidence of the broken relationship of man with God.

Genesis tells how with a word God created an ecosystem bursting with plant and animal life, but he fashioned humans by hand. The power of his voice keeps all of creation producing and sustaining life. The fact that God is still in control is why all life continues to exist.

“If this is true” you might say, “Then why hasn’t God ended all this poverty?” The answer is a simple one, He has! Now that might sound like a contradiction, but the truth is the Cross ended poverty.

The significance of the cross is far more than most people can comprehend. We have heard that Jesus loves us and died on a cross to save us. All people who have accepted this fact know that he rose again to life, as he said he would. This is the foundation of our faith. So, why does all this tragedy continue? It is a prospective of the eternal value system.

Our human economy is based on a temporal system that began with the original sin. Because of our inheritance of sin, we can not think the way God desires. In our depraved minds, we think, “That it’s all about me and my happiness,” In God’s economy it is all about loving, healthy relationships! We tend to think that those who have power, money and position are those who are rich, but in God’s economy, they are the most poverty stricken.

All the wealth and power of the earth belongs to Jesus; those who possess it now only have a small window of opportunity to use it to honor him. As God's masterpiece,we are given cetain abilities that bring him glory. Those who choose to use their position for their own pleasure will suffer eternal consequences for misappropriation of these resources. This is the judgment that weighs heavy on those who refuse the gift of salvation.

The salvation that Jesus brings is complete forgiveness of sin. We are restored to a pure and innocent relationship with God, like the time in the garden. As we grow in his love we begin living for his glory, developing loving, caring relationship with others, which was our original purpose.Jesus said “You will always have the poor among you,” we know this is a true statement, because not everyone has heard or believes that Jesus is the sustaining power of all life. (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Behind the scenes, the Lord continues to rise up his people to be his hands and feet to all the world, in meeting the needs of those who have suffered under greed, injustice, persecution and disaster. He uses every opportunity to touch people with his love and truth, so that they may come to him and be reconciled. By his great love and passion for all humanity, he calls to his people and waits patiently for their response.

Jesus said, “You say, “I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing! And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy gold from me, gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so that you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see” (Revelation 3: 17-18 NLT)

True poverty is living life without the richness and fullness of life found only in our great God, Master and King –Jesus Christ! To him be all the honor, glory and praise! Amen!!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

True Security

When we think of security, we might think of a vault; an alarm system or an armed guard, to protect something of great value. Something of lesser value like our trash can or garden tools, we’d never dream of stationing a guard around those things. Why do we place a higher value on somethings than others? Each has a value and serves a purpose, in our minds everything is on a sliding scale of importance.

Would it surprise you that God has stationed angels around his people and their property that guard these kinds of things. Psalms 91 describes this protection. “No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go” (Psalms 91:10-11 NLT). Amazing security system, the mighty angels of God protect you, there is one catch, “If you make the Lord your refuge, If you make the Most High your shelter” (Psalms 91:9 NLT).

When we try to go it alone, thinking we are masters of our own destiny, then we are unprotected. The storms of life will happen to the godly and the ungodly, but the difference is the foundation. Those who don’t know God’s amazing love and favor will rebuild the wreckage of their lives on the sand, while the child of God can receive forgiveness and continue to build on a solid foundation (Matthew 6:46-49) which is the blood of Jesus Christ, our savior.

True security means we have a sure foundation. We are protected, loved, provided for and no failure is fatal. Proverbs say of the godly, “They may trip seven times, but each time they will rise again. But one calamity is enough to lay the wicked low” (Proverbs 24:16).

Our lives have a greater value than what we can possibly understand. On the cross Jesus paid the penalty of our sins, which is our desire to do things our own way, to be the masters of our own universe. We have the promise of the Father that he will never leave us or forget about us in our troubles (Deuteronomy 31:8). He guaranteed that promise with the gift of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us (John 14:15-17) and eternal life with him (John 3:16).

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous may face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one. For the Lord protects them from harm, not one of their bones will be broken!” (Psalms 34:17-20 NLT). Now that’s security!

Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your savior? There is no greater security than know Jesus as your savior, don’t wait another minute, call on his name right now! To those who have placed their trust in Jesus as savior, my question to you, is he the Lord of your life? We get tangled up in sin and don’t realize we are working in our own strength trying to live the Christian life. Listen to the Holy Spirit and get rid of those sins that are holding you back.

We have been set free to live a life that is pleasing to God, through the blood of Christ. Just let go and love God with all your heart, soul and mind.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

True Love

Ahh, a wonderful subject, we all love, love. We dream of it and hope one day that we will find that perfect one who will make our lives complete. It is one of the passionate pursuits of our lives to find love and thereby achieve fulfillment, or so we think. Love and hate are the two strongest emotions we possess. They operate on the opposite side of the spectrum, where love equals completeness, hate equals retribution and justice.

How is it that these two strong emotions live within one body? How can someone whose love is so strong turn to hate so quickly. Anyone who has experienced rejection from someone they have loved deeply, sacrificed for and built their life on, knows how quickly the pendulum swings. What’s funny this is how some people think about God’s love for us.

I have recently had to rethink my definition of true love. Although I have the impression defined in me everyday since birth; first by my parents, family and friends, but sometimes the definition becomes clouded or unclear in my heart and mind. Our fleshly love is fickle, we love one thing one day and another day we wonder what we were thinking? It is constantly changing in parameters and degrees.

I am grateful that the Lord did not leave us to define love on our own, but constantly reminds of his unchanging love. So what is True Love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 describes it this way, “Love is patient, kind, is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable and keeps no record when it’s wronged. It’s never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.”

Whenever I review the true definition of love, that is described so beautifully here, I realize that my definition falls short. I know that this is how the Lord responds to me, and I am so thankful that he does. I can not say that I respond to every situation I encounter in life with this kind of love, but it is my deepest desire to develop it.

The Lord’s love for us is not fickle and it does not change depending on what we do or don’t do. His love is stable and a sure foundation on which we can grow in. There is nothing we can do to stop him from loving us and pursuing us, he never gives up!

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though some might be willing to die for a person who is exceptionally good. But God showed us his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment.” (Romans 5: 6-9 NLT)

You can not truly love someone until you are loved. We can not fully understand God’s great love for us, but his actions showed us the depth. Have you received his unconditional love? He is the perfect one we are seeking, the only one who will make our lives complete. It is a gift beyond all comprehension of how a Righteous and Holy God would make a way for his enemy to become the object of his affections, instead of his wrath. God’s love for us is our source strength, courage and faith.

“This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10 NLT)

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

True Passion

When people hear the word: Passion, they immediately think of sensual passion, but the true meaning of passion is far from this fleshly attitude, it is the driving force of life. Passion inspires, ignites and moves us directions we never dreamed possible. Passion is what drives an artist to paint or to chisel a sculpture out of stone; a poet to compose a sonnet; an explorer to go farther than his predecessors or a craftsman to perfect his craft.

It was passion that brought Jesus to earth. It was passion that held him on the cross, not the nails. It was passion that caused the first disciples to take the gospel to all nations, regardless of personal cost. The Bible is a book of God’s passion for his creation, which continues to this day. He is ever-present to the fears and concerns of his children.

You may not have considered Elohim, which means “the Sovereign, Mighty Creator”, as passionate, but that is the heart of God. He has stopped at nothing to open his arms of love to us. We are his creation and glory. By our very existence proves his love is unconditional. He is patient, kind, merciful and ready to forgive (Numbers 14:18). We may feel so small and insignificant in the grand theme, but when we truly draw near to the one who loves us unconditionally, we begin to live with his passion.

Passion and Zeal are quite different. Passion presses harder; is more intense, and is a driving force that stops at nothing; where Zeal leads to a goal. Unfortunately zeal can be misguided passion. This is what Jesus confronted during his earthly ministry. He outraged the zealous religious leaders with his passion and not observing their traditions. The Jewish leaders had become so ingrained with religious baggage that they could not see the author of life standing right in front of them.

As we read scripture, we find that many people were filled with this passion. Paul authored many letters in the New Testament, within a few sentences his heart is revealed, Jesus was the driving force of his life. Paul devoted the rest of his life to this passionate pursuit. He inspired others to join him in dumping the religious baggage and live the life that God gave us. He learned the secret of God’s passionate love and was willing to share this truth.

Yes, we are new creations, created in Jesus to live with passion; it is the heart of the gospel. So how have you approached this new life in Christ? Are you stopping at nothing to reach the lost with the good news of freedom, using every gift and talent to its fullest potential for the kingdom of God? If not start today pursuing Jesus with all your heart, mind, body and soul.

Jesus said, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it” (Matthew 10:39 NLT)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Learning to Walk

I love the prayers of a new believer; they are so honest and pure. A new believer’s heart is wide open to praise God with all that they are, from a soul that has been set free. No one has to tell them what to say or how to pray, they know their Lord.

I remember those first few days and months of receiving the gift of salvation. How my heart leaped with joy of the truth, becoming alive in Christ. The craving for God’s Word was unbelievable, I couldn't put it down. I could not get a prayer off my lips before it was answered, and I could not stop talking about Jesus, telling everyone how he saved me. For the first time in my life, I knew what it was like to be fully loved and fully free. I heard clearly from God and I obeyed him without hesitation.

If this testimony sounds familiar, ever wonder why the new believer has a similar story of overwhelming love, gratitude, hunger and obedience? I think that we are never closer to God than we are when we are new born. That new life in the spirit is fresh and pure, coming from the darkness into the light.

It was not long before my faith was tested. This is where many new believers have trouble. Somehow, they believe that they have done something wrong or that somehow their deliverance was not real and begin to drift away. It was not until I came across this verse that my mind was eased.

Peter wrote “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials that you are going through. As if something strange were happening to you. Instead be very glad, because these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NLT)

When we begin to grow, that is when the real work begins. Nothing of any value is achieved without sacrifice; our commitment will cost us something. Jesus said, “If you love your father, mother, brother or sister more than me, you are not worthy of being mine” (Matthew 10:37 NLT). God’s love and commitment to us cost him the life’s blood of Jesus, so that we could know him and be in an eternal love relationship with him.

Growing to become like Jesus is not for the faint of heart. The Lord desires his children to be so secure in his love and his provision, that they never look anywhere else for their needs. That is the truth that challenges us every moment of everyday and causes us to choose righteousness over the flesh. When we choose according to God’s will, it shows our deep commitment to the One who has set us free. When we make a wrong choice it only shows that the Lord has more work to do in our thoughts and attitudes.

Learning to walk is a struggle and we will be tested in every area of our life so that there will be no thought, action or attitude that does not reflect Jesus Christ. The refining may cause us to pause, but keep your eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, he will not disappoint you.

“As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness”
(2 Peter 1:3 NLT)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Touching the Heart of God

No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord, we have an innate desire to please him. Deep with our spirits, we long to bring him something special as our personal love gift for all that he has done for us.

In the pursuit of touching the heart of God, we must remember that he chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes (Ephesians 1:4). The Bible teaches us that at just the right time Christ died for us, while we were dead in our transgressions(Romans 5:6).

We have already touched the heart of God by responding to his love through his word. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our savior, we touched the heart of God and it brought him much pleasure (Ephesians 1:5). As his dearly loved children, we continue to touch his heart by seeking him and by obeying him.

One of the joys of parenthood is an obedient child; they fill our hearts with so much pleasure. Our response to them is always favorable and we cannot do enough for that child. On the other hand, if we have a child that is continually disobedient, we spend all our time correcting and disciplining them. It is hard to enjoy them; our time spent is more of a struggle. I found it hard but necessary to discipline my children because I love them hoping to save their life.

Our Heavenly Father responds favorably to an obedient child. I am sure that it hurts him deeply to continually discipline a rebellious child. It can be quite painful on both sides when all he wants to do is bless us and give to us all the things he has planned for us.

The difference between discipline and testing are miles apart; they both have a common purpose to grow us in Christ Jesus. Testing comes to develop, strengthen and deepen our faith. These tests can be brief moments of time, when we make a correct choice or they can be longer, refining us through a hard situation. Discipline is quite different; because God loves us, he will get our attention not allowing a behavior to continue.

Over the years, I can quickly discern the difference as one who has been under the Lord’s discipline often. First, he will warn me of sin, if I confess it right away, all is forgiven and we get back to growing. If I ignore the warning and continue to sin; I notice my peace is gone, I feel angry all the time. If that doesn’t get my attention, I notice that my joy is gone, I have no song in my heart; finally, my desire for the Lord has disappeared. I don’t have interest in reading my bible, praying or any spiritual thing. When he has gotten my attention, I confess my rebellion, I am forgiven and we begin again. This is how I know when I am under discipline from the Lord.

Testing can be long and sometimes brutal, it is called a “refiners fire” with good reason. What makes testing different for me is I sense the presence of the Lord. He is comforting my heart, he is encouraging me, and I hear his voice through my tears. He speaks peace, joy, love and all I want to do is praise him. In trials and testing, it is for his purpose to grow our faith that is more precious to him than gold (1 Peter 1:7).

How we love the mountain top experience of the Lord’s blessing and provision, enjoying the sweet green pastures, resting along the peaceful streams of his bounty. When testing or discipline come we will sometimes walk in the valley of despair wondering if the Lord is still there. Other times, we find ourselves somewhere in between, not knowing if we are in the right place or doing the right things.

Touching the heart of God can bring us much joy and pleasure, which is only a prayer away. Ask the Lord for an obedient heart, to quicken your mind to his voice and be willing to do what he asks. Don’t let all the time you spend with him be in discipline because his great love always wins!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Life of Integrity

When I think of a life of complete integrity, I immediately think of the perfect life of Jesus Christ. As we read scripture, we learn details of the lives of many others who lived. The Lord has purpose in sharing those lives with us. One whose life modeled integrity is that of the prophet Daniel.

The life story of Daniel reveals many details of a man who lived in confidence and integrity, whose life honored the Lord. His life story began much before we learn of him as a young man lead away into captivity to Babylon (Daniel 1:6),it is shown in the way he lived his faith in this foreign land under a pagan ruler, King Nebuchadnezzar.

He and a few companions were chosen to be in the court of this ruler by virtue of their good looks and lineage of royalty (Daniel 1:3-4), but it was Daniel who decided not to give up on the faith instilled in him by his parents, now that they were under foreign rule. (Daniel 1:8-9).It is apparent that his parents instilled in him the proper respect and faith in the Lord no matter where he lived.

This respect developed into a life of uncompromising faith and the Lord used him in many powerful ways. He was an intelligent man and the Lord gave him the ability to interpret dreams of the king; gave him the ability or organized supplies and equipment, and prophesied of impending dangers.

Never once did Daniel even hint that this knowledge was of his own mind, but gave the complete credit to the Lord from where his knowledge came.

During his lifetime, he served under three rulers of Babylon. Although they were pagans, meaning those who did not honor nor worship the One true God, but had many gods, the Lord used Daniel time and time again to prove there is only One God that rules both heaven and earth.

In the final chapters of Daniel’s life is where we find that other powerful positioned men were jealous of Daniel’s integrity and his God. They knew that there was no way to cause Daniel to lose favor in the king’s eyes, so they devised an evil plan against his loyalty to the Lord.

The scripture tells us how they went to the king and played on his ego. These men convinced the king to sign an irrevocable agreement that “no one for thirty days could pray to anyone divine or human –except to pray to the king- the punishment would be thrown to the lions" (Daniel 6:6-9) But no human law would stop Daniel from praying to the Lord three times a day, as he was known to do.

When the king learned the truth, he mourned for Daniel, but Daniel went fearlessly to the lions den, because he knew no matter what happened the Lord reigns over all life and all death. Daniel was protected by the truth of his God and those who sought him harm were killed by the very lions that were meant for Daniel.

This picture of his life is one that we can honor and respect, but can we say the same for ourselves? When we look in the mirror, do we see a person who loves and adores the Lord? Is it a reflection of a person whose heart longs to glorify and bring praise to the King of Kings? Or do are we just giving the Lord lip service?

Everyday is a new day to begin again, start today by asking the Lord to help you develop a life of integrity, one that no one can speak a word against.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Living with Integrity

The awful truth is most people, who reject the saving grace of Jesus Christ, do so because of the hypocrisy witnessed in those who claim to follow Christ. That is a tremendous blow for those of us who love the Lord and who are faithfully following him. This is continued evidence of the spiritual warfare in which we endure.

In every aspect of life there are numerous signs of this; the impatient driver who cuts in front, the mother who yells at her child, the employee who steals from their employer, the salesperson who cheats an unsuspecting client, and this list goes on an on. This is not description of those who don’t know Jesus, but those who do.

We are called to “Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do, must be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT).

As followers of Jesus, we desire to live with integrity in our day-to-day lives in this fallen world, which is an increasing challenge because of the moral decay we witness daily. Some even fall prey to living in God’s Grace, and treat it as a “get out of jail free card” which is another tactic the evil one has used with great success.

God’s loving grace is something to be honored not treated with disrespect. It is true that you can be forgiven anything, but we should accept his forgiveness with deep humility and awesome reverence for the one who is bestowing that forgiveness and the life that paid for our pardon. (Romans 5:20-21, 6:11)

The definition of integrity is Honesty, without compromise or corruption. In this fallen world that is a huge order to fill, but not for the child of God who has the Holy Spirit living in them. His purpose is to make us Holy, which means: Consecrated or set aside for special use. We cannot live a life of integrity without the Holy Spirit. We cannot fight off the evil one, stand firm or make any lasting changes in our thoughts or attitudes without submitting to the Holy Spirit’s authority. (2 Corinthians 10: 4-7)

If you are willing, take this integrity check up. Do you act differently at church than at home or work? Do you treat your family members differently in public than in private? Do you make excuses for not doing your best for your employer? It maybe painful to answer these questions, but if you do honestly and seek the Lord for forgiveness and ask for help in making changes, you will be the path of integrity and a life that honors our Lord Jesus Christ.

“The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity says, “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.” (Isaiah 57:15)

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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Armory of God

As we walk through our daily lives, we seldom realize the battle that is raging all around us. Some visualize a battle as being somewhere on a battlefield with the sound of artillery and gunfire all around, not in some quite home in suburbia. But, if you look around you will see the evidence is as clear as the sound of gunfire. With tempers flaring, voices bickering and arguing, the deafening sound of anger simmering just under the surface and the cry of a wounded soul.

The battle rages right under our noses, but have we become too callous to recognize it? Maybe we are desensitized, and somehow write it off to daily life. That is not what God purposed our lives to be. Instead of growing in love and compassion toward those in our homes and neighborhoods, we turn a blind eye or make an irrational judgment call. We try to maintain peace in our homes, by giving into the whims of our children and spouses to keep from facing the reality that we are in trouble. We will settle for “good enough” instead of passionately pursuing all God has for us.

In war, there are victims and victors. We all want to win, but we haven’t the strength in and of ourselves to wage a counterattack, that is where the Holy Spirit comes into play. The Holy Spirit ignites our sensitivity to the sinful world we live in and the sin that still resides in us. When Jesus was about to return to heaven he told his disciples that he was not abandoning them, but would send the Holy Spirit. (John 16:5-11). God the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today.

I am sure many have heard of the Armor of God but either don’t use it or don’t understand it. Paul urged us to be strong with the Lord’s mighty power and put on the all of God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-12). Then he went on the describe the equipment; Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit, and of course prayer. (Ephesians 6:13-18).

So how does this equipment defeat evil? We work with the Holy Spirit who gives us strength to continue to stand against all attacks. These attacks are not what some might think, because they are spiritual in nature and the primary purpose is to get us to stop trusting in the Lord and get us walking again in our own strength. We still choose our actions at any given moment, that is why seeking the Lord and obeying the Word of God is vital to our success, knowing what action to take in every situation.

Belt of Truth: Think of this as your personal experience with the Lord. Be mindful of the truth that God has revealed to you. Hold fast to your salvation experience or those undeniable encounters with the risen Lord.

Breastplate of Righteousness: Think of this as the truth of your salvation. The blood of Christ has cleansed you from all unrighteousness and you are a new creation, even though you are still growing in the grace of God and learning his ways.

Shoes of Peace: Think of this as whom you represent. You are a child of God on a mission to bring the Good News to those who are stumbling in darkness. Jesus said that the world would know we are his followers because of our love for one another. We should always walk in forgiveness.

Shield of Faith: Think of this as the truth you have learned in scripture, your “Aha” moments when what the scripture describes is what you have found to be true.Discovering that God is our protector. Standing firm in your faith will send the evil one running.

Helmet of Salvation: The battle begins in your mind so guard your thought life and bring every thought captive to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Don’t dwell on evil thoughts, because they will lead to evil actions.

Sword of the Spirit: Think of this as the truth that is spoken through you by the Holy Spirit. The word of the Lord is sharper than a double edge sword able to get to the heart of the matter. Your words should always be encouraging and loving to those who hear them.

Of course prayer: Begin each waking moment in prayer and continue through your day. Be mindful of the ever-presence of the Lord and his tender care of you.

As you begin to use this armor not as defense but offense against the evil in this world, you will begin to walk in the victory that Jesus won for us at the cross.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Two Enemies

As a child, I was taught about our enemy Satan, otherwise known as the Devil. I was told that he was out to get us and he has a whole army of demons with him. What I understood the difference between God and Satan was God is good and Satan is bad. But no one mentioned the enemy that was the closest and most difficult to understand, my own flesh.

Some still misunderstand the powers between God and Satan. Some think of them as two opposing sides of equal strength. Satan loves for us to believe that, so he continues to perpetrate that lie. Fortunately for us that is false, our Almighty God is supreme, Satan has absolutely no chance of success.

Whatever purpose Almighty God had for not crushing Satan and his rebellion against God's authority when it happened, is a mystery. Perhaps it is the same mystery we experience when we are not immediately punished for our sin, but we do experience the consequences. I believe it is God’s mercy and his all-encompassing knowledge that brings all things into his will for his glory and fulfillment of his plans.

When I first began walking with the Lord, I would often wonder why God told Adam that he could consume anything but, stay away from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil? I now understand the Lord never wanted them to know anything but his goodness and provision. He also desired their trust and obedience to his authority. But if Adam were not given a choice, then his love and worship would have been meaningless. God desires honesty and true commitment, not mindless homage.

We were all born with the heritage of Adam, wanting to live life on our own terms, doing things on our own way. Even those of us who have been born again into the new life Jesus purchased for us, still struggle with obeying God because we still live in these flesh bodies.

The Bible instructs us on how to succeed in overcoming these two enemies, First Paul told us to “Put on the whole armor of God, so that we can stand against the strategies and tricks of the Devil” (Ephesians 6:13-18). This is vital to our success in our daily walk.

Satan deceived Eve, by a carefully laid a trap. He made it seem as though disobeying was not that bad, by saying “they would not die” (Genesis 3:4). That is Satan’s primary strategy to trick you into believing a “watered down” version of God’s Word. He is a master of deceit, so we must not only know God’s Word but also cling to it. Jesus stood victoriously against Satan when he was tempted. (Luke 4: 1-13). We must take God at His Word and believe the promises he has made.

The second enemy is our own flesh. The Bible instructs us how to take charge of the flesh, by surrendering ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit. When we learn how to say “no” to our flesh and “yes” to the Spirit’s leading, we will have continual victory over evil thoughts and attitudes that dishonor our Lord.

“If your sin nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sin nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s Law and it never will. That is why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit, if you have the Spirit of God living in you. Remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all” (Romans 8:6-9 NLT).

With the Spirit of God in us, we will have victory over both of these enemies that are in constant battle against the plans the Lord has for us. Stand firm in the truth you know. Don’t let Satan rob you of the truth of your salvation and all the promises God has made to you. Stand firm against your flesh; get rid of the world’s way of living and thinking. Don’t let it rob you of the living testimony of Jesus Christ to the world.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Character Assassination

One of the most debilitating events in a Christian’s life is going through the trial of character assassination, aka gossip. The scripture reminds us “our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities of the spiritual realm” (Ephesians 6:12), but it sure doesn’t feel that way when we look in the physical face of the person who has betrayed us and says unkind things about us.

Jesus said, “God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember the ancient prophets were persecuted too!” (Matthew 5:11-12 NLT). That scripture encourages me, but the pain is still real and the wound is sometimes deep.

I have recently gone through this trial, and its devastating effects. I kept reminding myself of the Lord’s words and knowing in my mind the only reason I was under attack was because I was representing Christ, but that didn’t ease the pain or the intensity of the trial.

I kept crying out to the Lord for help. I asked him to fill me with his peace, his love, his patience, his kindness, his faithfulness and his self-control. I asked for the strength to forgive those who were attacking me and love them as he would. Everyday he helped me, but I was wounded by those I tried to love. I walked in forgiveness that was the only way I was able to go on. The Holy Spirit reminded me that Jesus also loved Judas.

One morning on the way to work, the Lord spoke to my heart through a Christian song that was playing. Jesus was beaten by sinful man, mocked, cursed, spat on and publicly humiliated by those he came to love. He paid the ransom for all our souls. Then it hit me, I had received the honor to suffer for Christ. (Romans 8:17) Somehow, we forget that our faith is only real when it is tested. Testing comes in all shapes and sizes.

The Apostle Peter wrote, “For God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with you. This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2: 19-21 NLT). This statement no way condones physical abuse, but confirming the reality of the enemy and the war that has been waged against our souls.

The greatest lesson I have learned through this trial is although I felt I was alone in this suffering, I was never alone, Jesus was right there beside me. We forget his promise never to leave us or forsake us. When our pain is so real, we tend to recoil and forget he is ever present. Jesus also knew this pain when he cried out from the cross, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 16:34). His mind knew that the Father could never forsake him, but the intensity of the pain, made it feel as if he had.

If you are suffering from a character assassination, try to remember you are in good company Jesus suffered this way also. Hold tightly to your faith and trust that the Lord is your only judge and he will exonerate you.

To those who are caught up in the sin of gossip, let me warn you that you are an enemy of the cross. “There are six things the Lord hates, no seven things he detests:
Haughty eyes
A lying tongue
Hands that kill the innocent
A heart that plots evil
Feet that race to do wrong
A false witness that pours our lies
A person who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)

If any of these things strike a cord with you, confess them and go make right the wrong you have done. “You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him.” (Ephesians 5:5-6 NLT).

May the Lord our God bless us as we obey his word. May the Lord continue to give us strength as we stand on the side of integrity and honor.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Boundaries of Protection

Of all the boundaries that I have discussed, I believe this is the most beneficial to our spiritual growth. Life is all about boundaries and the way we operate in them. When we live within God’s boundaries, we find peace and fulfillment, when we live out of bounds; we find chaos and pain of every kind.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe. I prepared for the trip by learning a bit of the language and customs, so that I would “fit in” so to speak. Even with all my preparations, once I arrived I quickly realized I was in a foreign land. Trying to navigate life outside of God's Word is like being in a foreign land.

So what is the boundary of protection? Jesus said it best in this statement, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. I have loved you even as the father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my father and remain in his love.” (John 15: 5, 9-10 NLT).

The Boundary of Protection in a word, “Trust”. It is understanding the of sovereignty of Almighty God and believing in his goodness toward us. Jesus knew the Father and knew his mission, and knew the protective boundary. Jesus trusted the Father no matter what came his way. He was not going on his own, but knew the Father was leading him in the right path through the Holy Spirit.

If we have trouble, illness or struggles in our life, it does not mean that we are out side of the protective boundary? No not at all, Paul said, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or are in danger or threatened with death? Even the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep” No despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”” (Romans 8: 35-37, Psalms 44:22 NLT). We must place our hope, trust that God has lead is to it, and he will lead us through it.

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Don’t be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” (Psalms 32: 8-9 NLT)

Are you living within the protective boundaries? Do you have peace in your life and peace with others? Or are you pointing the finger of blame because of your bitterness and discontent.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boundaries of Self

The most limiting boundary that challenges our spiritual growth is the self-imposed one. I wrote a bit on the Boundary of Fear and its debilitating effects along with the spiritual problems that are involved; now I want to take on the notion of self.

When we use these word in reference to ourselves, “I will never” and “I just can’t” the subconscious mind will avoid seeking those things, because we have said they are harmful to our well-being. Our subconscious is a type of “guidance system”, that directs our lives. If we put up these walls to the things the Lord is calling us to, they will prevent him from using us in ways that build our spirit and bring glory to him.

As we fill our minds with the Word of God, it transforms our sinful thoughts into godly goals. Paul wrote, “Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NLT)

When we say “No” to God, we say “Yes” to something else, usually self serving pleasure. If we truly understand the great gift we have been given through Christ, we should always say “Yes Lord, speak your servant is listening”. We will be willing to cross the boundary of self preservation and pleasure, to become true children of God, fearless and effective in this lost world.

Sometimes we get some wrong ideas in our minds about what God is like and what we should be doing.Without careful guidance from God’s Word we sometimes can be fed a bunch of religious doctrines that are focused more on our behavior and actions rather than loving Christ and loving people. If we are wise, we will feed only on the Word of God. “Crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, just as a baby cries out for milk” (1 Peter 2:2NLT).

The battle begins in our minds; we must submit or yield our will to the Lord’s will.“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good, and perfect, and pleasing his will really is” (Romans 12:2 NLT).

When we step outside the boundaries of self then we truly begin to live. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambitions, shoulder your cross and follow me. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his own soul” (Matthew 16:24-26). Jesus also said that he came to give us life, life to the full (John 10:10). Paul cautioned us to “Give our bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind he will accept. When we understand all that he has done for us, is that too much to ask?” (Romans 12:1 NLT)

Are you faithful to respond to the call of the Lord? Have you stepped beyond the limits of yourself and your ways of thinking? Do you let fear and what will others think, stop you from serving the Lord with all your heart? Are you able to say, “Not my will, but yours be done”? These are questions we all have to ask ourselves, from time to time if we are truly seeking to serve and obey the Lord.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Boundaries of Fear

It almost sounds like an oxymoron to hear fear has a boundary, especially to those who are overwhelmed by them. But fear can be extinguished given the right information.

Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. The first example of fear is given in Genesis after the fall of man, “Toward evening, they heard the Lord walking about the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees. The Lord called to Adam, “Where are you?” He replied, I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”” (Genesis 3:8-10NLT).

Fear, if used properly can save your life, removing you from a dangerous situation, but fear used improperly can rob you of your life. The sin that entered into all of creation brought with it the wrong kind of fear, the kind that breeds shame and confusion. This fear separates us from God, from his healing power to restore and renew our purpose.

John wrote, “Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.” (1 John 4:18).

John spoke of the godly love we should possess in our lives and reflect to others, but fear will disarm that love. When we live in fear, we become immobile and cannot grow and develop godly character.

The Fear of Failure plagues many of us as well as the Fear of Disappointing God. Both are detrimental to your emotional well-being and your spiritual life. There is only one remedy for the fear of disappointing God, are you ready? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have pleased God! It may sound odd but that is the only thing God the Father asks of you.

If that is true, you might ask, then why are so many suffering from this fear? The suffering continues because they have not understood nor believed this foundational truth. You cannot please God outside of Jesus Christ and to please God you must believe what he said is true otherwise, you are calling him a liar.

Next, let us disarm the Fear of Failure. Have you placed your faith in Jesus’ finished work at the cross? Then you cannot fail! The life and blood that Jesus paid on the cross is the complete atonement for the failures of men. Once you trust in his completed work, you reap the benefits! “Therefore there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Condemnation means: to declare unfit for use, useful for nothing, to be judged, cast off and the like. In Christ Jesus you cannot fail, his blood secures you.

The true meaning of failure is never attempting anything! Those who try and do not accomplish what they set out to achieve have not failed, they simply are continuing to grow. Are you continuing to grow? It takes time to learn how to overcome these fears and many others. No one is immune and we must constantly trust Jesus to lead us in his victory march. Let him show you what he wants from you. Grow in his love and live the life he gave you in complete victory over fear.

Further encouragement read Psalms 34 aloud, may the words encourage your heart and strengthen your faith!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Boundaries of the Physical

Our eternal God became a man, talk about physical limitations. He surrendered his omnipotence to become a servant, and his omnipresence to seek and save those who are lost. The Bible helps us to understand why our Lord would choose this route, but I don’t think our minds can fully understand all the eternal implications behind this great event.

While Jesus physically walked the earth, he submitted to the same boundaries that we are bound to, whereby he could identify with our weakness and frailty. That should bring comfort to those whose lives are so full with raising a family and caring for the needs of everyone the Lord brings across their path.

The Lord truly knows how it feels to be tired, hungry, pulled,pushed, hassled and not given a moments peace. More than once his ministry took a toll on him and his disciples. (Mark 6:30-34). The scriptures note that Jesus often sought refuge alone to pray. (Mark 6:45-46) If Jesus needed that time of refreshment, we do also.

I have known many dedicated; loving Christians who refuse to take a break, thinking it is a weakness and not a godly attitude to say they are overwhelmed. Sadly, some of those have walked away from serving because of extreme burnout.

I have also known those whose devotion is so strong, and have become so caught up in serving, that they neglect their families. Years down the road, they may lose their most precious from gifts of God, their children. Unfortunately the Bible calls this “walking in the flesh” seeking our own ways of serving God.

Finding balance in ministry is the key to a life filled to overflowing joy the Lord wants us to have. In that balance, we will produce godly fruit and have more of an impact on the world around us. Remember it is “the good things he has planned for us” (Ephesians 2:10), not the things we want to do.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). The Lord knows that the balance of a fulfilling life is dependent on our relationship with him. He wants our lives to be joyful, not a painful pilgrimage.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Boundaries of Time

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclestices 3:1 NLT). We live in the confines of time, we can only remember our past but we cannot see the future the way God does. Time is part of God’s creation whose purpose is defining the physical realm.

Outside of time, there is another dimension known as the spiritual realm, where God lives, that is why he can be everywhere at any moment. With this understanding, we can know that prophecy of the Bible is reliable because God sees everything as if it has already occurred.

Only God controls time, it is his personal possession. When the disciples questioned Jesus about his return, he replied, “The Father sets those dates” (Acts 1:7NLT). The scripture frequently uses the phrase, “at the appointed time,” that should tell us that all things occur on time and on schedule according to God’s plan. Even the time and place of our birth has a purpose. We may never know how intricately our lives intertwine with the rest of creation, but our God is multifaceted and glorious beyond our comprehension.

The Lord also brings comfort to us in the confines of time, when he said, “For I know the plans I have for you declare the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). The Lord clearly sees the plans for our life. He understands that we live without the clear knowledge of the future, because sin clouded our vision. In order for us to receive all that he has for us, we must trust him to guide us. He has given us time and placed desires in us to lead in that fulfillment. When we enjoy this gift of time, our lives give him pleasure.

There is nothing in all creation that does not exist without purpose. Time has its purpose and it has brought glory to God.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

New Resolve

Every new year is looked upon with hopeful anticipation, especially if the last twelve months were filled with pain, disappointment and hardship. We long for change, to start over which is the promise of the new year.

Many, myself included, ponder the past year and resolve to make certain plans to get rid of bad habits and begin new beneficial ones. By the end of January, I find myself failing miserably at the attempts of change I have made on my own.

Paul’s statement to the Galatian church should ring in our ears when we seek to implement change. He said, “After starting your Christian lives in the spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human efforts?” (Galatians 3:3 NLT). He was speaking of pursuit of religion, but we can apply that to our own lives. We belong to Christ and our lives are to bring him glory.

I believe that the evil one looks at January with an amount of pleasure. Remember his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and that means everything, all our hope, faith, purpose and joy. When we fail at our attempts of change, he wins another battle. He knows we live in an instant gratification world and it affects Christians just like anyone else. We must remember where our life comes from. Jesus said also in John 10:10 that he came to give us life to the full.

So how are we supposed to make changes? The Lord is the one who inspires change. Have you heard him lately? Listen quietly for that still small voice, He will tell you what you need to do. “If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9 NLT). His faithful love endures through all circumstances.

Let’s make the resolution to seek his face, listen for his voice, do as he says and confess our sins when we fail. If we can resolve to implement this lifestyle, the Lord will make 2010 a year to remember!

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