And the Spirit of God

This year, our church is studying what it means to be “Spirit filled”. While we may talk a lot about the Spirit, we may struggle with understanding what “Spirit filled” means.

In Genesis 1:1 we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

The first thing we need to understand about being “Spirit filled” is that the Spirit is in us and with us. The Bible tells us that if we have Jesus inside of us, then we have the Spirit inside of us also. Just as “the Spirit of god was hovering over the face of the waters”, we must also remember that the Spirit hovers over us each day.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Time to Cry

I was recently talking to a friend of mine. They told me that they had been dealing with a lot of “stuff” lately. While their faith has remained strong and they continue to spend large amounts of time in prayer, they have found that they periodically break down and cry. They told me that they worry that their crying is a lack in faith in the Lord. Is crying really a lack of faith?

In Ecclesiastes 3:4 we read, “A time to weep, And a time to laugh, A time to mourn, And a time to dance;”

The Bible tells us that we will go through season of weeping. In fact, even “Jesus wept” in John 11:35. Crying is not a lack in faith, it is an emotion. From time to time, we will go through seasons of weeping. Sometimes because of struggles. Sometimes because of joy. When you feel the need to weep, weep. When you are finished, thank the Lord that He wipes all of our tears away.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

This World

It is so easy to get caught up in the world. The things we can do, the things we can buy, the places we can go. So many choices, so little time. Unfortunately, as we are given more options, we struggle to “fit it all in” to our schedules. For many, the first thing to go is God.

In 1 John 2:15-17 we read, “15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

The more we love the world, the less love and time we have to give to God. Yes, we should all admire the beautiful creation that the Lord has made. But, more importantly, we should first love the One who created it all.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

He Who Hates His Brother

I was recently studying 1 John and I was struck by a command that John reiterates multiple times throughout the book – “he who hates his brother”.

Specifically, it is first stated in 1 John 2:9-11He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

It is easy to assume that John is talking about blood relatives, but I believe that His caution applies to a much broader definition – those that are brothers in Christ.  How many times we do state we “love God”, yet we often speak unkind words about a fellow brother in Christ? How often do we say we “love Jesus” but do damage to a brother with our words?

Let John’s caution be a daily reminder to us all that if we truly love God, then our words and actions towards our brothers will reflect our love for Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Was Seen

I enjoy looking at those pictures that “play tricks with your eyes”. If you look at it one way, you see one picture. If you look at it another way, you see another picture. It is fun to identify the many picture inside one picture. Unfortunately, for many the Bible can be seen the same way — depending upon how they look at it, they see different pictures.

In 1 John 1:1-4 it states, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”

There is only One way to see the Bible – the Word of life. It has been declared by the apostles, which they had heard, seen and touched. It hasn’t changed and it never will. If we follow it, study it and proclaim it, then our “joy may be full”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Satan Never Sleeps

I was recently flipping through the channels on our TV and I ran across a show titled, “Satan Never Sleeps”. Interestingly enough, it seems that there are more and more programs with “satan” in the title or have satan as the subject matter. I did not stop flipping the channels to watch the show, but I did appreciate the reminder that it gave me.

1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Remember, as Christians, we can never “let our guards down” because “the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. There is no such thing as a “day off” or “vacation” from our faith because “satan never sleeps”. Wake each day with a focus and commitment to serve the Lord and only the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It’s Blue Monday…

You may not know this, but today is “Blue Monday”, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.  “Blue Monday” was created in 2005 by a British holiday company. The idea was derived not from the results of any in-depth research, but instead by using a calculation involving such factors as current weather conditions and debt levels. However, while it had no basis in science, the idea caught on, and now many people have come to dread it. While we all may experience “Blue Monday’s”, did you know we have a 100% guaranteed cure?

In James 1:2-3 we read, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”

When you encounter a “Blue Monday”, “count it all joy” knowing that it is that trial that will strengthen our faith. “Blue Monday’s” come and go, but the Lord will always remain the same.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Go For the Bronze!

This week I read about a fascinating research study done by Vicki Medvec, a professor at Northwestern University. She studied Olympic medalists and she discovered that Bronze medalists were happier than Silver medalists. That may sound crazy, but it is true. Medvec found that Silver medalists tended to focus on how close they came to winning gold so they weren’t satisfied with silver. Bronze medalists tended to focus on how close they came to not winning a medal at all so they were just happy to be on the medal stand at all. When it comes to our spiritual life, would you believe that we should all “go for the bronze”?

Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Paul reminds us to give thanks for what we DO have, not what we DON’T have.  This study should remind us that If we spend all of our time comparing ourselves to others, then we will miss all of the blessings that God has given us and nobody else.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Is He?

I was watching TV today and I saw an advertisement for a new show called, “Lucifer”. Yes, THAT Lucifer. The tag line for the show is “he makes being bad good”. I was a little shocked to see that there is a show that not only talks about Lucifer, but “celebrates him. The character is a good looking, sweet talking man that I am sure will be “likable” to many people. Believe it or not that is exactly the way that the Bible tells us it will work. Yes, he may be likable, but never forget what happens in the end.

In Revelation 20:1-3 John tells us, “20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

Revelation reminds us that while the world may thing that satan “makes being bad good”, the Lord will still prevail; God still wins and satan still loses. Being bad will never be good and good will never be bad.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

After These Things……

How many times have you heard the expression, “and when the dust settled”?  Normally, it is used in reference to someone explaining a problem or issue that this individual was experiencing. “And when the dust settled”, they realized that things weren’t as bad as they thought they were.  Did you know that the same can be said of our spiritual lives?

In Revelation 19:1 we read, “19 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!”. This scripture tells us that after the fall of Babylon, there was praises to the Lord.

There will always be trials, problems, issues that we must face on a daily basis. But, remember, “when the dust settles”, we will still praise our Lord because, “Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!” Nothing in this world will ever be “that bad”, when we remember that we have salvation awaiting us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!