I Know Who Wins

On Sunday nights, I love to watch re-runs of the NFL games that happened that day. Of course, before I was these games, I first watch the highlights on ESPN so I know who is going to win even before the replay starts. This comes in very handy when I know whether or not my team won that day. If I know that they won, I never worry if they are losing during the game or make “silly” mistakes. Why? Because I know that they already won. Have you ever thought of your walk with Jesus using my approach with football games?

In Revelation 1:7 we read, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” That’s it. That’s all I need to know. God wins.

I believe that we remind ourselves of this often to help us get through the difficult times in life. If we truly believe the Word of God. If we truly believe that Jesus “is coming with clouds”, then we shouldn’t worry about what happens in this life. Why? Because we have already watched the highlights and we know that Jesus has already won the game.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

We will all experience many different things in life, but there is only one thing that we will all experience — death. Death to both us and death to our loved ones around us. We have all experienced loved one that have battled injuries and diseases and felt like the disease had “won”. As I look at the death of my own parents back in 2012, I have never felt as though their diseases “won”. Cancer did not “win” over my mom. Pneumonia did not win over my dad. If neither of those diseases “won”, then who did? The answer is simple — Jesus.

In John 14:1-3 we read, “14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Ultimately, through all of our trials and losses we have triumph in Jesus. Our “loss” here results in Jesus’ victory for us in Heaven. Jesus will come again, one day, to “receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also“. And to receive this amazing victory, Jesus tells us, “14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Do You Have Any Enemies?

Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Chuck Swindoll about the life of Joseph. There are many amazing pieces to his story and I am sure that each one of us has a particular component of Joseph’s life that touches us. A man that was sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned rises to second in command to save not only his country, but more importantly, his family.

His story culminates with what we read in Genesis 45:4-5 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

What is most amazing about Joseph’s life — the fact that he forgave his “enemies” or the fact that Joseph didn’t think that he had any enemies to begin with? I truly believe that Joseph didn’t see those that sought to harm him as his enemies, but rather part of God’s plan for his life. As he said, But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

There will always be those people that seek to “harm” us (both Christian and non-Christian). I believe that it is our challenge not just to forgive, but to see them in a different light. Not as enemies, but as those we need to pray for and trust that God has a plan even during those times.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How are you tempted?

There are many ways that we can be tempted and there are many ways that we are all tempted. Unfortunately, it might not come in the way that you are expecting. We all know of the “obvious” ways that the enemy tempts us — the internet, TV, movies, magazines, radio, people around us, etc….. While we might not always do a good job of standing strong during those “tests”, what about the temptation that we are not expecting?

Psalm 118:8 tells us, “It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.”

Anytime we are “disappointed in man” there is a temptation to lose faith in the Lord. “If God loved me or was real, this would have not happened”. Isn’t that what we are “tempted to think”? The enemy will use disappointment as a way to tempt us away from the Lord. Temptation is all about satan’s attempt to get us away from the Lord. Faith is God’s way of keeping us close to Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The worst days, the best days.

Often times, when i meet with people enduring some type of crisis in their lives, they often will say that it is the “worst day/time of their life”. Sound familiar? As I look back on my own life, there are those times that I wish would have never happened. They caused pain and suffering on me and those around me, so I understand what those people mean by their statement. As I listen to these people speak, I often remind them that the “worst day” can become one of your “best days”. Why? Because of grace.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul had cried out for relief, the Lord gave Him grace.

As I look back on those “bad days” of my life, I can see how the Lord was working through His grace to restore and comfort me. As you look upon those “bad days” of your life, maybe you are there right now, seek to see God’s grace iin it. Please hear my heart, while we may never be grateful for the “bad days”,we can be thankful if we can see God’s grace. Remember, the bad will get good because Jesus guaranteed it on the cross.

I pray for blessings today for you on  your Journey!

What do you look like?

I recently met the daughter of a friend of mine. Before I was even introduced to this precious, little girl, I knew who her father was. You see, she looked like her father. She acted like her father. Because I recognized that in her, I knew immediately who she belonged to. I was thinking of this as I was having a conversation this week with a few gentlemen about what Jesus really looks like. In America, we think Jesus is Caucasian with blue eyes. A few years ago, I was in Thailand on a mission trip. Guess what? In Thailand, Jesus looks Thai. In other parts of the world Jesus looks like the people that live in that region. Why would that be?

In Genesis 1:27 we read, “27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

We must remember that Jesus was not created in our image, but we are created in HIS image. It is our goal to look more like Him, instead of getting Him to look more like us.

Remember that as you go about your daily activities. As people meet you and see you, can they see your Father in you?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What About the Heart?

This is one of my favorite times of the year — it is football season!!!! I enjoy listening to the “experts” predict upcoming games. They spend hours and hours dissecting every aspect of the game, team and coaching staff. With all of the “data”, they still cannot predict accurately every game, every weekend. Why? Because there is a component of a team that cannot be measured by numbers — the heart. I have seen that this year in the football team that I help coach. No, we might not have the biggest players, the most players on the team, or even the most talented players around. But, there is something that we have that other teams do no — heart. It is our heart that drives us, gives us the strength, encourages us and dictates who we are.

Paul wrote in Philippians 4:1313 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Why would Paul, a man thought to be of “average” body and a physical ailment, declare he could to all things? Because of “him” – Jesus. Paul knew that he could not do everything on his own, but he believed that he could do all things through Jesus. You see, Paul had heart, Paul had faith in Jesus. No, an “average” man could not do everything, but with Jesus, Paul could “do all things”.

As you face each day, remember that you can “do all things through him who strengthens me”. You don’t need to be the strongest, smartest or best looking, but you do need heart — faith in Jesus. You can and will do all things because Jesus is more than enough for us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

God 24/7

It is amazing how technology has changed our world. The Advent of the “smartphone” has changed our lives completely. Just this morning, I used my phone to deposit a check, order and pay for a drink at Starbucks, send emails and read the news. Thanks to technology, we truly have access to the world 24/7. Do you know what else we have access to 24/7?

In Isaiah 58:11 we read, “11 And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. God will guide us and be with us “continually”, or 24/7.

Yes, the battery on our cellphones may die, but our connect to God never will. Remember, we always have access to the Lord of Lord, King of Kings, the creator of the universe.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!