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How we grow

Being a new grandfather ( I know I look young!!) has been an amazing experience. What I am intrigued with most is just how fast my granddaughter is growing! It seems like overnight she has cut teeth, begun to crawl and now can stand and start to walk. The cute clothes we bought a few months ago no longer fit. I realize a day will come when she will slow down her physical growth and then will grow more intellectually and emotionally. We call this maturity. Yet, I have never seen her “straining” to grow. Why? it happens naturally when she is in the right environment: good food, good care, loving family, etc.

this is similar to how we grow spiritually. Our focus is not on “maturity” or completing the latest and greatest new devotional guide or study book. Growth happens naturally when we our in the right environment. I believe we really grow when we focus on two relationships: our love for God and our love for others. Certainly the Bible, prayer, devotionals and the like help this but what they really do is connect us with God for power and connect us to other believers and allow us to “do life” together. God is a relational God and has created us for relationship with Himself and with others. Therefore, we cannot grow aside from these relationships. Rather than making the focus of your spiritual life on acquiring more knowledge or facts, focus on God’s love and your relationship to Him and secondly on how you can reveal God’s love and grace to those around you. You will find that you begin to grow by leaps and bounds!!!

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October 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

what next?

This past weekend was a weekend filled and anointed by God himself. God was present and moved in the hearts of many people. It was awesome to hear testimony of what God was speaking into lives as well as confession over failures and determination to be different. Many also opened up to the body seeking prayer for difficult circumstances that they face in their life and realized they are not alone. Without it a doubt it was a high time.

so what next? certainly for many it means getting serious about leading their family to know God through His word. For others it is getting involved in small groups or mentoring groups for discipleship. But as a whole, what do we do after a hight time? Often, we just coast on those sails until we finally fall back to the place we once were and look back on the experience with fondness but never letting it really change the course and direction of our life.

Jesus too faced this. In Mark 6 Jesus had just fed 5,000 men with five loaves of bread and two fish. The crowds were astonished and the disciples were totally amazed. Jesus had thousands of people who wanted to follow Him, listen to Him and see what he would do next. so what did Jesus do? did he market the experience on billboards and newspapers? did he plan to build something to hold the crowds? Did he set a time, date and place for the next big event? He did none of these things.

Instead, Jesus sent his disciples to the other side of the sea and he slipped off and prayed. He prayed through most of the night. In his prayer he sought connection with His father and power from His father. He needed this because the storms were coming. Immediately after this he meets up with his disciples who are scared to death and beleive they are gonna die due to a terrible storm on the sea.  How fast we can go from the high mountain top spiritual experiences into the storms of life!

The father had prepared Jesus for what was coming and Jesus met the crisis with all the power of God

A crisis can follow at any time!!

You must stand guard over your high points

It is as these times when you experience God mightily that you should immediately get alone to pray!!

Then you will not be caught unprepared when trials come.

 

Prayer with our father prepares us for what is coming, for he knows what tomorrow holds

Let us pray even more!!

March 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

God’s Process of Renewal

Romans 12:1-2 tells us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  In Colossians 4 it contrasts the old life to the new life by it’s actions and character. We often are under the impression that God just cleans up our actions and changes them over time. But that is the outside stuff and God always works from the inside out. Before God can change your attitude or actions, He has to change your thinking. This can take some time and actually is part of God’s total process of sanctification.What God is doing in changing your mind is changing your thinking. Replacing the lies with the truth. Therefore, the greatest contribution we can make to God’s process of renewal is knowing God’s word. We need to begin to see this world from God’s perspective rather than our own. We need to realize is is God centered, not self centered. We must realize it exists for His glory and not our glory or pleasure. We need to begin to “think scripture” and when we do that is God at work in our lives renewing us beginning with our mind then our attitudes and finally the outside stuff.

Are you “thinking scripture?”

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Renew me

Psalm 51 is well known by most church going folks as David’s prayer to God after his great sin and cover up with Bathsheeba. After finally being confronted with his sin, he was moved to brokeness and repentance and cried out “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  In this prayer David is certainly crying out for forgiveness and cleansing and to come back to the intimacy with God that he was new. What catches my attention is that he also asked God to renew a right spirit within him. It wasn’t just forgive me for what I have done but also change me so that I will never become this same man again. This is what true repentance is about. It’s not just forgiveness for wrongs but a desire to have a changed heart and actions and this only comes by the renewing power of God. Renewal is how God breaks the sinful habits and destructive cycles of our life. This renewing power is what brings hope that God can change us. Even if you have struggled with sin for decades, God can change and renew you. Maybe you haven’t been the husband or father that you should have been and trying to break the cycle of your old ways is hard, but guess what? God can renew you with His spirit. Ask yourself this question: Am I seeking removal of guilt or am I seeking a new way of life and the character of Jesus Christ himself?

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Living courageously

The story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It speaks of courage in the face of life threatening danger. The interesting thing is that everything in this story deals with Daniel’s courageous living prior to the lion’s Den. Nothing is really said of the experience in the Lion’s Den itself. Obviously at this point it was no longer Daniel’s courage but God’s action and protection are all that matter. The question for us is do we live out our life daily with courage or do we just want the experience of the Lion’s Den. I like what Steve Furtick says about this:

But most people will never have the opportunity to prove God’s faithfulness in the lions’ den because they have not proved their faith in everyday life.

They’re not going to see God come through for them in a huge way financially because they haven’t learned to trust Him with 10% of what they have.
They’re not going to see increased favor at work because they segregate God from their work.
They’re not going to see God use them in powerful ways at their school because they live in such a way that no one knows they even believe in God.

Don’t try to be like Daniel in the lions’ den. Be like Daniel who prayed every day and had integrity. Be like Daniel and serve God continually in every aspect of your life. Have the courage and faith to live in such a way that God actually has a platform to show His faithfulness from.

And then God will do His thing in the lions’ den.

 

January 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fear God

There is always a strain in our Christian lives between being the friend of God and also fearing God. We certainly can find deep intimacy with God, but must never take his commands and a relationship with Him lightly

Zephaniah 1:1-6 describes God’s mightyand powerful hand against those who turn from Him. He uses words such as “consume, cut off, and stretch out my hand against.” This action is toward those who worship other gods and “have turned back from following the Lord, and have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.”

God will do whatever is necessary to draw his people back to Himself. Turning from God, no longer seeking after Him and forgetting Him in prayer are serious issues that God will deal with. They are not optional and just for those who want to be super Christians. To inquire of Him means to petition him in prayer. How many Christians today are experiencing God’s hand upon them because they have taken lightly the issue of prayer.

May this day be a day when we turn our hearts fully back to God, seek Him with all that is within you and humble ourselves to Him in prayer.

January 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

die for the name

in Acts 21 Paul is meeting with close friends in fellowship and prayer together. While there a prophet named Agabus prophecies his arrest at the hands of the Jews in Jerusalem.

Immediately his friends plead with him not to go. These were close friends who loved him. they were prophets and evangelists who walked with God. Yet all begged of him not to go.

Paul’s response though was simply this “…why do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalme for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul had a radical faith that did not consider dying for the name of Jesus a loss but instead a gain. Strangely, Paul viewed persecution and possible death as a great privilege to be won rather than a great obstacle to be avoided at all cost.  What it makes me think is two things.

1. Am I one who would choose to preserve life over glorifying the name of Jesus, or do I have such radical faith as to see any persecution I may face for the sake and name of Christ a great victory and blessing in my life?

2. Paul was willing to suffer and even die for the name of Jesus Christ. Yet are most of us even willing to live for the name of Jesus Christ?Very few are ever called to die for the name but each one of us is called to live for the name with the same radical faith that Paul shows in his willingness to even die for it.

Paul knew that  “to live is Christ and to die is gain!”  Is this a truth that is true in our lives also?

January 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

God Can

Most people would agree that we are living in the last days of this world as we know it. If you simply pick up the Bible and begin to read the signs of Christ’s return it appears that it could be this very moment.

Though we as beleivers look forward to this day I beleive there are some dangers for us as well. the number one danger is that of complacency and cacooning. We feel that God is d0ne working and we just hunker down and try to hold on to the end.

As we pray for revival, there are some who would say it is a waste, that God is past that. but I think not. I am encouraged as I read all the scriptures of God’s grace and merciful hand even upon individual families and groups. In the Bible we regularly see God’s hand of judgment upon a people and nation and with that comes great destruction. Yet, you will find Him showing mercy and working in the life of that one family or person who remained obedient and steadfast in their faith in spite of what everyone else around them was doing.

Will God bring revival to America? I cannot answer that. I would hope so but there certainly seems no desire for it. But I am convinced that God can bring revival to a church and community and I beleive He wants to do it here!

There may be a dryness and a spiritual valley of dead bones all around but God can bring a river of water in the midst of it if we ask.

Please continue to pray for revival and those folks you plan to invite

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

40 days of prayer for revival

the prayer topics for the last two days, Feb 21 & 22, 2010 have a simple yet extremely important theme to the life of the body. the word of
God calls upon each member of the body to put away certain things: bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. Then God commands that we be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving and loving.

As we look to experience God more fully through revival, the greatest hinderance I beleive is the little inside attacks. Certainly a church who becomes serious about prayer, seeking God and shining the light of Jesus in their community will come under the attack of the devil. But far too often, we hinder revival and this great expereince with God ourselves.

Each of us needs to examine every relationship in our life and look and see if it is categorized by anger and bitterness or love and forgiveness. It is a humbling thing to love and forgive especially if you feel like you are right and someone else is wrong. Yet, humbling ourselves is the first step of truly expereincing God.

We must ask oursleves, would I rather hand on to my anger, bitterness and unforgiveness, or would I rather experience a greater love of God in my life? The response would seem obvious but for many it is not

Join me in praying fervently this week for our body that God would protect our relationships in love and our unity may not be broken

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Far will You go

This is the time of year for our annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I give thanks to God that each year it has grown and we are able to send more to support our SBC missionaries. So I say this skating on thin ice: Is it enough? I’m not asking if the amount we send is enough. Obviously there is always need for more to do more and reach more. What I am asking is does God want more from me and you and I feel assured the answer is “Yes!”  Writing a check is a pretty easy thing but going to a soup kitchen is not. Finding a few extra bucks in our wallet to donate is not all that hard, but going to a neighbor or a stranger in need is not. What God is calling us to is not an either/ or but a both/and.  We can give but we should also go. God has placed each of us within a circle of influence at school, work, community, etc if we will simply take the time, go out of our way, and share the love of Christ both in action and words. So how far will you go? Will you give up a lunch, an evening, a ball game, a week. Let me put it one other way, how much is too much for God to ask of your life?

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment