In the Blink of an Eye

Romans 12:2 – 2 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

Many of us are dealing with trials and struggles in our lives at any given time. It might be relational, financial, or something other. Perhaps, it seems that just as one trial is ending, another one is beginning.  When I was younger, I used to watch “I Dream of Jeannie”. It was a TV show about Major Nelson in the Air Force that finds a bottle with a jeannie in it. Regardless of what problem Major Nelson got himself into, Jeannie would blink her eyes and make everything better.

Don’t you wish that we could blink our eyes and make everything better? Regardless of our situation, in the blink of an eye, everything would be solved. Our relationships would be restored. Our financial situation would no longer be an issue. Regardless of our trial, in the blink of an eye, it would be turned into a triumph.  That might be great TV, but it is not realistic.

Our verse today reminds us that our struggles should always be approached with patience and prayer.  We don’t blink them away. We should ask –what is it Lord you want to teach me in this? We need to come to a place where we can honestly tell the Lord that our heart is willing to learn through the trial however long it may be.  If the storm brings you closer to the Lord — then let it thunder and hail! That is right — dance in the rain and the storm, rejoicing with joy that the Lord has already gone before you in the battle.


I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Blessing to Your Children

Proverbs 20:7  The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

We recently sent our oldest son on a trip for a summer program on the East Coast. As you can imagine, there were many details to finalize and items to get ready for his trip. From clothing to accommodations and reservations, we wanted to make sure that he was prepared and equipped for what awaited him.  In other words, we wanted to make sure our planning and attention to details would be a blessing to him on his trip.

Isn’t that what we all want for our children — to be a blessing? Today’s passage reminds us that that same attention to detail we gave to our son’s trip is the same detail that we must give to our children’s journey each day. If we pay attention to the details in our own life and “walk in integrity”, then the Bible promises us that our “children are blessed after him”. If you truly want to prepare your children for what lays ahead of them, make sure that you have walked in integrity, paid attention to the details and given them an example by the way you love your life that will prepare them and equip them for the future.

What will you leave your children?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

God Bless,

Pastor Kevin

Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

 

Are You Good or Faithful?

Proverbs 20:6 –  6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?

Words that are often used to describe people are “good” and “faithful”.  We call someone “good” if they are nice, kind or helpful.  Those words do accurately describe someone that is good.  But, do they necessarily describe someone that is faithful?  In our passage today, we read that we all “proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Why do we associate goodness with faithfulness?  Because someone is kind, does it really mean that they are faithful? Why is it that we can do something nice for someone, yet speak poorly of them when they are not around?  As you look at your family and friends, would you prefer that they were kind to you, or that they were faithful to you? I think that we would all agree that we value people that are faithful to us more than they are kind to us. The same goes for our Lord. Do you think that God desires that we are good, or that we are faithful? Personally, I believe that God desires us to be faithful; not just to those around us, but especially to Him. Once you have faithfulness instilled deep in your heart and in who you are as a person, then goodness will flow naturally from that. As you look at your life, are you faithful?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!
God Bless,

Pastor Kevin

Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

 

There Is No Such Thing as a “Small” Lie

Proverbs 19:9 – 9  A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.

The Book of Proverbs is probably one of the most read and popular books in the entire Bible. The verses contained in this book are not only used by Christians, but also people that are just looking for “good life advice”.  The “instructions” in the Book of Proverbs range from general life advice to advice for parents on how to raise their children.

Within the first nine verses in chapter 9, we are told that “a false witness will not go unpunished. And he who speaks lies shall perish.”  We are sometimes fooled into thinking that there is a difference between a “big lie” and a “small lie”.  However, as we read the Bible, we learn that in God’s eyes that is not true.  A “small lie” can be just as destructive and hurtful as a “big lie”.

It is a good reminder to all of us that what we say really does matter. More importantly, we will be held accountable for the words that come from our mouth. The next time you are tempted to tell a “small lie”, remember that there is no such thing as a “small lie”.  May all of your words honor the Lord and provide blessings for you in Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

God Bless,

Pastor Kevin

Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

The Wisdom of God was in Him

1 Kings 3:28 –28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

Because King Solomon asked for the right thing, he was blessed with wisdom never seen before in the world. It was because of this wisdom that the people “feared the king”. How ironic; the did not fear his muscle. They did not fear his army. They didn’t even fear how large his territory was. Of all the things that they could fear, they feared “the wisdom of God that was in him”.

It is that same wisdom that will make us powerful warriors for the Lord. Wisdom is something that people cannot trick. Wisdom is something that people can not take away. Wisdom is something that is more powerful than what this world can offer. It is the wisdom of God that is a strong and powerful tool that we have if we ask for with the right heart and use with the right mind. If we seek the Lord, then the wisdom of God will be within us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Give Your Servant an Understanding Heart

1 Kings 3:9 – 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?”

Earlier in this chapter, the Lord asked King Solomon, “What shall I give you?” It was an easy, but tricky question. Would it be riches, material things, larger territories? King Solomon sought something far greater and more valuable than any material item of this world.  He sought “an understanding heart to judge Your people”. King Solomon understood that without an “understanding heart”, all of the riches of the world would be worthless.

What is it that you seek daily from the Lord? Riches, material items, larger “territories”? Without an “understanding heart”, we have nothing. The greatest gift that the Lord can give us is a heart to understand His will, understand His plan and understand His purpose. Riches will not allow us to live in God’s will, only an understanding heart that can come from above. It is only with an understanding heart can we be in His will and live according to His plan.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Shall I Give You?

1 Kings 3:5 – At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

God asked King Solomon a simple but very tricky question — “What shall I give you?” The Lord was offering anything to Solomon, but it was up to Solomon to decide what that would be. Would it be riches, countries, livestock, women or other prized possessions of that time? The answer was no. Of all the things that King Solomon could ask for, what would he answer?

Each day, the Lord asks us the same question — “What shall I give you?” We might not realize it, but the Lord has promised to provide for us and protect us. So, if we do not need to ask for that, what should we ask for? I believe that the Lord asks us this question not to bless us personally, but rather to equip us to bless those around us. If you are to be used by the Lord today, to bless those around you, what do you need from the Lord to accomplish His tasks? When the Lord asks, “What shall I give you?”, make sure you are prepared to answer.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Have You Built the House of the Lord?

1 Kings 3:1 – Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around Jerusalem.

King Solomon, the son of David, had been richly blessed by the Lord. He was a wise king and sought to honor and please God in all that he did. King Solomon knew that in addition to “building his own house”, he must also build “the house of the Lord”. King Solomon understood that you could not have one without the other. In other words, “his own house” would be nothing without having “the house of the Lord” with him.

Have you build “the house of the Lord” in your own home? We may put much thought, dollars and material items into building our home, but have you first made sure that your house is the “house of the Lord”?  Regardless of what your house may look like, how big it is, where it is located, have you first build a house that would be pleasing to the Lord? Our house should be first build on the Lord. Our foundation should be built on His principles. Our rooms should be filled with praise and thanksgiving to Him. And, regardless of where our house is located, we should always make sure that we have placed our house directly in the will of the Lord. So my question to you today is, “have you built your house upon the Lord?”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Will Get Rest

There is a saying that goes, “rest when you are dead”. The meaning is simple — you need to work now, you can rest later.  We may use it as a scolding to people, but there really is a lot of truth in that saying.

1 Chronicles 23:25 states, “25 For David said, “The Lord God of Israel has given rest to His people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem forever”;

We live busy lives. We live crazy lives. There are more things to do in a day than there are hours. This passage reminds me that the Lord has a place waiting for us where He will give us rest and we will dwell in His presence forever. You may be tired. You may be ready to give up. Take comfort in knowing that the Lord has heard your prayers and one day, He will give you the rest that you desire.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Song Will You Make?

Last night, we attended our youngest son’s middle school graduation. At the end of the ceremony, a bagpipe player performed. As I watched, I thought of how cool it was that there was a bagpipe player. It is a very unique instrument that you don’t hear too often. I also thought how amazing it was that there were people that could actually play that instrument and make that great sound. I began to think that we are all like that bagpipe player.

In 1 Chronicles 23:3-5 we read, “Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand. Of these, twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the Lord, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the Lord with musical instruments, “which I made,” said David, “for giving praise.”

David reminded me in today’s scripture that we are all musical instruments that the Lord has made “for giving praise” to the Lord. No, we might not play a bagpipe, but whatever you do, whatever you say, where ever you go and whatever you look at, you are making a song. Our actions will determine that that song will be. Will you use your body today “for giving praise” to the Lord? Or will you use your body today to give into the temptations of the world? The question isn’t whether or not you will make a song today, the question is “what song will you make”?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!