Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Prayer for Renewal

Grace. Love. Patience.  Lord, how I need these in full measure today!  When I consider my angst and the battles which I constantly fight wth myself, I realize that it is because these godly qualities are in short supply in my life.

Lord, forgive me and fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit.  Replenish Your divine supply of fuel and fan into flame the gift of God -- of love for you and your Word -- that my testimony of your grace may not be diluted by human weakness and moral failure.

Today, let me love with the love of Christ, see with His eyes, and serve with His hands that others might see Him in me and know there is a God in heaven.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Because She Considered Him Faithful

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise (Hebrews 8:11, NIV).
Do you trust God?  Do any of us truly believe that God will answer our prayers?

Admit it.  We all have times when we doubt that God is really capable of answering our prayers. Perhaps His answer is not what we expected or takes longer to come than we think it should.  After all, why would God allow our loved one to continue wandering lost in sin, or not provide a job after months of unemployment?  Why does a good, loving God allow bad things to happen to good people and good things to happen to those who live without any thought of Him? These are questions which we cannot answer because of our limited human understanding -- questions which try our faith and cause us to doubt God rather than trust Him.

I'll be the first to admit that I have trust issues.  I think we all do at times.  It takes a lot of faith to say, "I trust You, God," and actually give Him the opportunity to be God instead of living like we are.

Failure to trust God is always costly.  My credit card bills are evidence of that.  When we don't trust God we won't have peace.  Our joy will be compromised and we will walk in a perpetual state of defeat and hopelessness.

Our circumstances may seem impossible to us, but nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19:26).  Sarah "considered him faithful who had made the promise" and God honored her faith by giving her a son in her old age.  What might happen if we considered Him faithful?

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Easier Done Than Said

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25, NIV)
There are things we deal with in life that require us to take certain actions which may be unpleasant or require more effort than we are willing to expend. For example, if we are dealing with a health issue that could be helped by losing weight, we might tell ourselves that getting fit is easier said than done. Perhaps if we lived by Nike's "just do it" motto we would find that getting fit is actually easier done than said.

Is anyone besides me guilty of talking about what needs to be done instead of just doing it?  Perhaps we are dealing with a problem relationship that we know could be improved if we simply picked up the phone or stopped by for a visit.  We talk about reaching out but never take the first step because a difficult relationship requires too much effort and often the result is unpredictable.

Obedience to God is not that way, however.  We may spend years in rebellion and self-directed living, thinking that obedience to God is easier said than done and that we will never be able to live up to his holy standards.  But when we fully surrender our lives to him and live according to his Word we will ultimately realize that obedience is easier done than said.  The result of obedience to God will always be peace with God and with ourselves.

It is time to stop talking about what we should do and "just do it!"


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Cone of Uncertainty

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left (Isaiah 30:21, NIV).
As a relative newcomer to the east coast I have spent much of the past couple of weeks watching weather reports and tracking Hurricane Joaquin.  The meteorologists who tracked the storm referred to the "cone of uncertainty" associated with the hurricane's landfall -- a term I had not heard before. Because of various factors during the storm's development it was impossible to precisely forecast what track the storm would take.

For many of us, life is a cone of uncertainty.  There are variables we cannot control and circumstances we don't anticipate which can set our life on a totally different course than we had in mind.  Life, just like the weather, can be full of anticipation and unforeseen outcomes!

Exercising faith in God sometimes requires us to take a bold step toward uncertain outcomes, trusting that God will redirect us if we have moved prematurely or in the wrong direction. When seeking and following God's will, often we find there is a fine line between waiting on God and fear of failure. Are you ready to face your fear, step out in faith, and see where God will take you?

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