Why Are You Asking?

I was recently talking to an individual that owns a small business. It has been years since I talked to this person so they were updating me with what has been happening with their company. This individual is a good, Godly person who has committed their life to serving the Lord. They were telling me that their business has exploded because their prayer life exploded. They stopped asking the Lord to “bless” their company and replaced that prayer with asking the Lord to “use their company” as a ministry. Each morning, they pray with their employees, they have a ministry now of hiring unemployed people to get them back in the workforce and they use the company to tell people about Jesus. They are not excited about the economic growth of the company, but they are excited about the spiritual growth. As you look at your own prayer life, “why are you asking” for what you ask?

In James 4:3 we read, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

We all ask for things in our lives, but why are you asking? Do we ask for personal blessings in our lives, or do we ask to be a personal blessing to others? Focus your prayers on being a minister for the Lord and a blessing to others. The Lord loves to bless “ministries”!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Maintain, Maintain, Maintain…

It has been said that the hardest part about dieting is not losing the weight, but keeping the weight off. I would have to agree. We work hard to lose weight and get to our goal, but once we do, the real battle begins. We begin to eat foods that we know are not on our diet. We stop exercising as much as we used to. Slowly, we begin to see the weight creep back on. Not only is this difficult for our diets, but it is also difficult for our walks.

In Jude 1:20-21 we read, “20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

As with anything in life, it is one thing to begin a walk with Jesus. It is an entirely different thing to maintain a walk with Jesus. Just like our diets, if we are not diligent, we stop attending church on a regular basis, we read our bibles less frequently, our time with the Lord becomes farther and farther apart. Remember, just like anything in life, when it comes to Jesus, we must “maintain, maintain, maintain!”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Ready to Make Peace?

For those of us that walk with Jesus, there is one thing that we desire more than anything else — a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to love Him and be loved by Him. We want to spend time with Him. We ask for forgiveness when we have sinned against Him. It is safe to say that there isn’t anything that we won’t do to attain the intimate relationship with our Lord. But do we seek the same type of relationship with those around us? Chuck Swindoll once said, “before people can get right with God, they must first get right with people”.

In Hebrews 12:14-15 it states, “14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;”

If we are to have a true and meaningful relationship with Jesus, we must pursue real and meaningful relationships with those around us. We must pursue peace, give grace and show the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Hall of Faith Nominees

In most sports, there is an annual process they follow to nominate and elect former athletes into their “hall of fame”. Each candidate is closely scrutinized for their performance “on the field” and off of the field. Those that are elected are praised and spoken highly off. There is a ceremony and there is some memorabilia of theirs that hangs in that sports hall of fame building. While we may not be professional athletes, we also have the opportunity to be nominated to and elected into God’s “Hall of Faith”.

In Hebrews 11:13-16 we read, “13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11 tells us of people from the Old Testament that were elected into God’s “Hall of Faith”.

As you look at your life, your spiritual walk and your faith, are you a candidate for the “Hall of Faith”? Have you lived out your faith in such a way that has made you stand out from the others? Have you lived out the type of faith that will cause the Lord to say “well done good and faithful servant”? Have you lived out the type of faith that will get you elected into God’s “Hall of Faith”?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You In Shape?

For those of us that live in Southern California, it is not uncommon to see people jogging, walking, riding bikes and working out at gyms. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I think that it is good that we keep ourselves in shape. It is good for us both mentally and physically. It is also good for us spiritually. But, what happens when our concern for our physical health passes our concern for our spiritual health?

In 1 Timothy 4:8 we read, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

Bodily exercise is good, but we are still exercising a body that is temporary and will eventually stop working. Paul reminds us to focus on our spiritual health because it is that, and only that, that is permanent and will be with us for eternity. As you look at your spiritual health, “are you in shape?”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What happens when you get tired?

What happens when you get tired? Well, for the majority of us, we have a tendency to stop what we are doing. We may continue to do whatever it is, but we might not do it with as much effort or strength. We get to the point where we start “going through the motions”. Whether it be work, exercise, sports, or relationships, there are times when we get discouraged and tired and want to start “going through the motions”.  When it comes to your spiritual life, “what happens when you get tired?”

In 1 Timothy 1:18 Paul tells us “18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,” In other words, we are to “fight the good fight”.

As you notice yourself getting spiritually “tired” don’t give up, don’t stop fighting. Seek the comfort of believers around you and at your church. Seek the comfort of God’s Word. Seek to fight not only the “good” fight, but also fight the “God” fight.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Too Good to be True!

How many times have we purchased an item because the deal was “too good to be true?” Let me ask you another question. How many times after purchasing that item did we realize that it was really “too good to be true” and the item ended up failing or disappointing us? There is a very popular statement that says if something is too good to be true, it normally is. That statement makes sense in our purchases, but did you also know that it makes sense in our spiritual life, as well?

In 1 Timothy 1:4 Paul writes, “nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.”

There are many people and doctrines that people that are teaching that are “too good to be true”, but unfortunately, they do not teach the Word of God. Paul reminds us that we must be aware of those teachings and focus only on what edifies God — The Word of God. Fortunately for us, the Word of God is “too good”, but it is also “true”!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How to Say “Hello”

“Hello” and “hi” are probably some of most commonly used words during our day. We say it to people in our family. We say it to people at school. We say it to people in the store and those we pass along the way.  But, is “hello” or “hi” enough?

In Philippians 4:21 Paul states, “21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.”

There is a difference between saying “hi” and greeting someone in Christ Jesus.  When we greet someone in Christ Jesus we show them Jesus in our words and our actions.  When we take time to say “hello”, make sure that we are taking time to show them Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Do You Think Of?

There are many things that can fill our minds — work, family, bills, things that need to get done around the house, etc…. Quite honestly, it can get to a point where there is so much on your mind that you cannot think straight anymore. It gets to a point that you have so much on your mind that you begin to forget about things, even the Lord. Sound familiar?

In Philippians 4:8-9 Paul writes, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Paul reminds us what should take priority in our minds — the Lord. As you start your day and as you go through your day, “what do you think of?”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Prayer for 2014

As we being a new year with new beginnings, let us also begin with a prayer for ourselves and for each other:
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
Ephesians 1:15-2115 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understandingc]”>[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!