We Need the Son!

Solar power is becoming more and more popular. As you drive around your neighborhoods, it is common to see solar panels on top of roofs. Solar power works great and can significantly reduce your electrical costs, but those solar panels cannot work on their own. In fact, they are completely dependent upon the sun — without it, they are useless. Did you know that we are also dependent upon the Son?

In Proverbs 10:14 we read, “14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.”

If we are to be a useful and powerful witness for the Lord, we need the Son. Just like solar panels, if we are to be productive Christians, we are completely reliant and dependent upon the Son. Without Him, we can do nothing.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Guidance for the Young

Guidance for the Young – Proverbs 3

My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Happens When We Are Smart?

When you are teaching a child something, there comes a point when you see the concept “click” in their mind. All of a sudden, they understand what you are saying. All of a sudden, the math problem, spelling word, location of a country on a map seems “easy”. Not only is it a great feeling for the child, but it also is a great feeling for the person doing the teaching. Well, what happens when we begin to gain the knowledge of the Lord?

In Proverbs 2:1-2,10-14 it states, “My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;…..10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked;”

It is a beautiful for the Church and the Lord to see someone receive the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. To see someone apply their heart to the Lord. To see someone walk away from their “evil ways” and the darkness that has suppressed them.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!


It Is Smart to Fear the Lord

Recently, I said during a sermon that we have two choices in life. We can either fear the Lord now and live our lives honoring and serving Him. Or, we can fear the Lord later, when it is too late and we must suffer His judgement and wrath. You see, regardless of your personal beliefs or those beliefs of people around you, we all will have to fear the Lord at some point in our life.

In Proverbs 1:7 we read, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Some may say that it is foolish to fear, serve and honor the Lord now. But the Word of God tells us differently. If we fear the Lord now, we begin to gain knowledge. You see, it is smart to fear the Lord now so we won’t have to fear Him later.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What is Your Song?

I have always said that I wished I could have a good singing voice so that I could sing. Just so you understand, my voice is sooooo bad, even I don’t like to hear it! I think that it is so amazing to hear people worshiping the Lord with their voices. I wish that I could do the same. Thankfully, we all can!

In Psalm 98:4-6 it states, “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.”

Each morning, we are given an opportunity to “shout joyfully to the Lord”. No, maybe not with our voices, but with our lives. How we live, how we speak, how we treat others is our daily worship song to the Lord. As you begin your day today, what is your song?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It Took 13 Years…..

If I were to take a guess, I would bet that most of us struggle with patience.  Maybe it is patience with others. Maybe it is patience with ourselves. Maybe it is patience with the Lord. With the advent of technology, we want everything now and when we don’t get it, we assume it or we are a failure. But, do we work on our time or the Lord’s time?

In 1 Kings 7:1 we read, “But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.” How amazing! King Solomon with all of the resources, wealth and workers he could ever possibly need still took 13 years to build his own home.

The next time you struggle with patience, either with others, yourself or God, remember that sometimes things take time. Yes, that may also include answers to our prayers. The Lord works for our good everyday, but in His time not ours. As we wait for the Lord to move, give thanks to Him for what He has done and what He will do.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Give Thanks

“Thank you”. It is so simple to say, but it seems that it is getting harder and harder for people to say. It seems that as our burdens grow, it is more difficult to see things to be thankful for. We might not like our jobs, but are we thankful that we still have a job? We might not like all of our family members, but are we still thankful that we even have a family? We might not like our cars because it doesn’t have all of the “bells and whistles”, but are we thankful that we even have a car to drive?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul writes, “13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

Regardless of your situation or circumstances, never forget to give thanks to God always. When it seems that there is nothing to give thanks for, remember we always have the Lord!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

In Spite of This…..

Psalm 78:3232 In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works.

“In spite of this”.  How many times have we said that? How many times have we heard this? “In spite of this”, usually refers to something we did that was wrong when we knew better. Yes, in “spite of this” we still sin knowing what the Word of God says, but “in spite of this” the Lord will forgive us when we repent.

“In spite of this”, He still loves us, forgives us, shows mercy on us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Come, Let Us Worship

A Call to Worship and Obedience – Psalm 95

95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

Give Me Your Heart

Everyday, I start my day by praying. As I am sure with all of you, there are many things that we all pray for. Our family, our faith, our health, our provisions, our protection…. I could probably go on for hours about the things that we can and should pray for. All of those are important, but I think there is something else that we need to pray for — our heart.

In 1 Kings 3:9 we read, “ Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” God had asked Solomon what he wanted and Solomon replied, “an understanding heart”.

It is important to include in our prayer life a request to be more like the Lord. We should want our eyes to see what He sees, our mouth to speak what He speaks, and our heart to discern how He discerns.  “Lord, may we all be more like you”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!