Hurry Up!!!

I must confess that I suffer from a terrible disease — impatience! Unfortunately, I am sure that there are many of us that suffer from the same disease. We are so busy, so much to do, that we run full speed to get from point A to point B.
In my reading today Acts 1:23-26 states “23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” The Apostles were seeking to replace Judas Iscariot who we all know had betrayed Jesus and hung himself. The Apostles did the right thing — they prayed and sought counsel from God.
It is a good reminder to me and all of us that we cannot run in front of God. Just as the Apostles faithfully waited upon the Lord for direction and decision, we too must seek our answers from God first, rather than ask God to keep up with us. Our first step in making our decisions should be to go to God in prayer.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Putting into Practice

In my daily reading today, I read in Nehemiah 6:13 – “13 For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me.” God had commanded Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and there were those that were attempting to prevent Nehemiah from following God’s command out of fear for their own well being. Nehemiah made this declaration to those that would seek to do him harm and he makes the same declaration to us. There will those in this world that will seek to cause us to fear and sin so that they may have cause for an evil report against us. It may be someone at home, work, school, etc. When we take a stand for Jesus, we become a target of the enemy. Nehemiah reminds us that following Jesus will not be easy, but we are to remain strong, do not hear and get to work (Haggai 2:1-9).
Who should we fear? The answer is simple in theory, but a little more difficult to put into practice. We should remind ourselves that we are to only fear God as we are commanded in Matthew 10:28 – “28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Did Not Choose Me

John 15:16 – 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Has it ever occurred to you that it was God’s plan is to chosen you for some purpose that you might not know about? It might be to minister to someone who is lost, show kindness to the homeless or show God’s love to a widow or orphan. Before you say you can’t, remember that God has raised you up for this purpose. What is God calling you to do?

Don’t Forget to Train Today!

We have some friends that are triathletes.  It seems that their entire lives are spent preparing for the “upcoming race”. They workout daily. They watch what they eat. They make sure that they get enough sleep. You see, all they do, all they eat is in preparation for their “race”. This is great for triathlons, but do we take that same approach when it comes to our spiritual walks?

In Hebrews 12:1-2 we read, “12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Just like a triathlete, we are all preparing for a “race”. We must look at the days of our lives as days of training and preparation. If we want to “succeed” in the race, we must make sure that we dedicated each moment of each day to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” so that we may “run with endurance the race set before us”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Good As New!

“Good as new!” is a phrase that I am sure we have all heard, and, maybe even said. “Good as new” acknowledges that something that was once broken as been restored completely to a point where it is “good as new”. The broken is no longer remembered, no longer recognized, no longer a hindrance.  As Christians, did you know that “good as new” is something that we should shout daily?

Micah 2:12-13 tells us, ” 12 “I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold,Like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many people. 13 The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate,
And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the Lord at their head.”

The Good New of Jesus Christ is that He took all of us broken people and, by His blood, has made us “good as new!”. Live each day to show others that because of Jesus, you are now “good as new!”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Makes You Different?

I remember years ago shopping for a car. With each salesperson, they said the same thing, “the difference between me and other car dealers is that I will personally stand behind our product and will always be there for you”.  I found it interesting that each was promising to “always be there for me”, even though after purchasing a car, you rarely see the salesperson again. There are many areas in our lives where people try to differentiate themselves from others because, “they will always stand by you and be there for you”. The same can be said for religion. There are many religions that promise to “always be there for you”.

In Micah 4:4-5 it states, “But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God Forever and ever.”

What makes the name of the Lord different from all other gods that people worship? Our God truly will “always be there for us”. Remember, when all false gods fail you, God will still be there for you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!




How Much More?

There was a season in my family where everything seemed to be caving in.  My wife fell and received a concussion that caused her to be in bed for about 1 month. A few weeks later, our oldest son was diagnosed with a large tumor (non-cancerous) in his leg that was going to require surgery. A week after that news, we received news about our youngest son indicating a problem with his hearing that was also going to require surgery.  In fact, our sons ended up having surgery a week a part from each other. It seemed that so many trials were coming our way that it seemed impossible to imagine a time of peace in blessing in our lives again. Have you ever experienced those types of seasons in your life?

In Hebrews 6:13-15 we read, “13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

As hard as it was to imagine at the time, blessings did flow from that season in our lives. The health of my family was restored, our faith in the Lord was multiplied and we as a family grew closer. As difficult as it may seem to imagine, if we are patient in our walks and struggles, the Lord will always deliver on His promise.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Faith is Not a Race

There are many things in life that we want to “complete”. Maybe it is schooling. Maybe it is a job. Maybe it is a personal goal that you have been working towards for a long time. Regardless what it is, we believe that we will not have a sense of accomplishment until “it is done”. That may work in life, but it doesn’t work in our walk.

In Hebrews 5:ss we read, “As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

Remember, that your walk is “forever”. There is no end, only a journey that grows and changes each day as we grow deeper and closer to the Lord. Our sense of accomplishment comes from the steps we take. Make sure that today you are stepping closer to the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Do You See?

People often criticize Christians for being “too judgmental”. In fact, it has been said that some people stay away from churches because of the reaction they will get from those inside of the church. As you look at the world, what do you see?

Hebrews 5:2 tells us, ” He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.”

If we are to treat people like Jesus treats us, then we must have compassion on those “who are ignorant and going astray”. Rather than judge them, pray for them. Rather than ignore them, love them.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Can You Hear Me Now?

I am sure that many of you remember a very popular advertisement slogan for a cellular phone company, “can you hear me know?” Not only was it very popular, but it was also very catchy. How many times do we say the same thing as we are talking to someone on our cell phones? “Can you hear me now?” is a question we asking waiting for confirmation that our connection is good. We may say it on our cell phones, but how many times do we also say it in our prayers?

In Psalms 102:1-2  it states, “Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; Incline Your ear to me; In the day that I call, answer me speedily.”

Unlike our cell phones where bad reception is common, we can take comfort in knowing that the Lord hears all of our prayers, all of the time. And, in His own perfect plan, He will respond.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!