Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wait


In an act of impatience, a man in San Francisco, California, tried to beat traffic by swerving around a lane of cars that had come to a stop. However, the lane he pulled into had just been laid with fresh cement, and his Porsche 911 got stuck. This driver paid a high price for his impatience.
The Scriptures tell of a king who also paid a high price for his impatience. Eager for God to bless the Israelites in their battle against the Philistines, Saul acted impatiently. When Samuel did not arrive at the appointed time to offer a sacrifice for God’s favor, Saul became impatient and disobeyed God’s command (1 Sam. 13:8-9,13). Impatience led Saul to think he was above the law and to take on an unauthorized position of priest. He thought he could disobey God without serious consequences. He was wrong.
When Samuel arrived, he rebuked Saul for his disobedience and prophesied that Saul would lose the kingdom (vv.13-14). Saul’s refusal to wait for the development of God’s plan caused him to act in haste, and in his haste he lost his way (see Prov. 19:2). His impatience was the ultimate display of a lack of faith.
The Lord will provide His guiding presence as we wait patiently for Him to bring about His will.
Tune your anxious heart to patience,
Walk by faith where sight is dim;
Loving God, be calm and trustful
And leave everything to Him. —Chambers
Patience means awaiting God’s time and trusting God’s love.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

True Happiness Found At Last

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Mark 11:9-10

What is true happiness? How do we get it? On TV, we hear that we will be happy if we get the latest TV or electronic device. On the radio we hear that true happiness in music is often defined by sleeping with every girl to fulfill our needs. At work, true happiness is obtained by getting that big raise no matter how we went about getting it. Is this true happiness? Right now during this season we hear all the time that if we get this one present for our loved ones that we will truly make them happy.   Really, that's what Christmas is really about?

"We all search for happiness on our own terms and because of this, we run the risk of missing Christ's blessings. Man's happiness often depends on chance or luck: a sudden change in our condition. It is something that life offers and then just as suddenly, rips away." - Grace For Each Moment

Yes, when we get that something special we are happy for a moment, but let's not be fooled. That type of happiness doesn't last. But the happiness that comes from following Christ is a different type of happiness - it's a joy we have in Him.  I want that type of joy all year long and so I won't go looking for it in presents, or Christmas songs, or parties..I will only go looking for it in the promise that the birth of Jesus Christ brings.


Friday, December 19, 2014

What Gift Do You Want For Christmas?

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

"In these materialistic days, it is a real problem for many people to appreciate a precious gift that cannot be valued in monetary terms. Nevertheless, when you reflect on the sacrifice that God made at Golgatha, the redemption, salvation and hope that He gave us, it should be a source of inspiration and wonder." -- Grace For Each Moment

We can't repay God for what he has done for us. The most we can do is open ourselves up to Him through his love and accept the grace offered to us through Jesus Christ - and then share that love to all we come in contact with during our daily lives.

It's what makes this season so wonderful. We would never have this gift if it weren't for the birth of baby Jesus. Many who do not believe just don't understand how a baby could be born of a virgin..it scientifically doesn't make any sense. And I myself can't explain it and I don't even pretend too either. I go by faith because of how my life has been affected by Jesus and his gift.

I want to glorify the Lord this season with my thoughts and words and actions. May you be blessed as well by this wonderful gift.



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Like Who You Are?

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14

Let's face it..most of us don't know who we are. We are not comfortable with ourselves and the ability for us to make the right choices. Don't get me wrong, most of us mean well and strongly desire to go what is right - but something just gets in our way...it's called being human! I'll admit if I was to say to someone, "I am who I am" I KNOW I would be disgusted with all that I define as myself. I'm so imperfect and full of sin.

I'm so thankful that I have a God who, when asked who He is, simply states to Moses, "I Am who I Am."  LOVE this! God doesn't have any reservation about who is. He has all these promises about being faithful, and giving us what we need to overcome and I see over and over in the Bible examples of him fulfilling his promises.

Our society tells us to question everything. There is no need to just blankly believe and accept. The thing is...that type of thinking is what gets us into trouble. So when He says "I Am". I'm going to believe Him at his word. Period!  

I don't like the person that I was and so I allowed myself to accept the gift of redemption and forgiveness and not questioned if I did the right thing. And I find strength in the one who can simply say "I Am" and then back it up over and over again! Lately, I've discovered that God is filling me with such blessings and talents and love for others that I'm beginning to finally like who "I" am!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Choked Up Heart or A Heart That Produces?

Matthew 13

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The more we live a life embraced in total recovery, the more we desire and so it builds upon itself. Ever notice that as we become more in tune with the message of Jesus, the more we can see the pain and hardships that others are going through. And we have more compassion for those who are struggling?

That only can happen when we feel the love of Jesus and the forgiveness that he freely gives us. 

In the parable above, we see there are different "lives" that the seeds have. Some are fruitful and plenty and some do nothing. Do we open our eyes and ears to listen to God's message? If so, I venture to say you have the compassion and heart that I wrote about.

If not, ask yourself what is stopping you? Really think through the reasons that keep you from living that full life based upon the promise of Jesus. I want everyone to produce a life full and plentiful and not one choked up because we just couldn't hear and accept the Good News.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Comfort in the Word

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law. Psalm 119:18

Disillusionment and dejection are common among people who have developed a negative outlook on life.

In order to live and not just merely exist, it is essential to nurture a positive attitude -- even when things are not going well. Your faith will need to be strong if you are to triumph over your problems with joy.

Scripture is filled with stories of how ordinary people, life you and me, overcame hostile forces in the name of the Lord. Draw comfort from the Word and through Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word. Then you will be able to triumph over any adversity.

Grace for Each Moment

-- OK, today's devotion got me thinking so I did some digging..who are some people in the Bible that overcame adversity. Paul, Jesus Christ, David, Ruth, Esther, Joseph, the Disciples, Job, and the list goes on. Good places to start reading if you need suggestions.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/overcoming-adversity.html is a site that has some verses listed for overcoming adversity. Philippians 4:13 I can do anything through him who gives me strength.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Take Off the Mask and Behold His Glory


Take Off the Mask and Behold His Glory

by Joyce Meyer - posted December 11, 2013

Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head...
—Ephesians 4:15

It seems that many people struggle to be real. We act one way on the outside, when really, on the inside, we are someone else. Because we have weaknesses, faults, or fears—things about ourselves that we think make us less likable or desirable—we’d rather hide from other people.

The danger of wearing these masks, of course, is that it misrepresents us. What other people see is a lie. It’s not who we are...who we were born to be. By the time we reach adulthood, we’ve spent so many years hiding we’ve forgotten those things about ourselves that make us different and special.
What a shame! What a waste! Each of us—you, me, and every person—is uniquely created by a loving Father who rejoices in our individuality. In fact, it is those distinctive things about us, not our “sameness,” that make us special to Him. The little girl with freckles, the young lady with the dimples, the beloved gray-headed grandmother with the sweet smile—they all stand out...they’re special! And you’re special, too!

Sure, we all have flaws. We’re all less than perfect and wish we were better. But you need to know that God loves you just the way you are right now, and His love for you will never diminish.
God desires that we walk in truth, because only the truth will set us free (see John 8:32). He will help us to let down the defenses we’ve had up for so long. God knows how badly we want to fit in and be accepted. Trust Him to give you favor with people, instead of feeling that you must hide the real you. Learn to live truly by being genuine and real.
Trust in Him: God loves you, and He wants you to trust Him enough to be fully who you are!


From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.