August 31, 2008
Psalm 27:14 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
14 Wait for the LORD;
be courageous and let your heart be strong.
Wait for the LORD.
Waiting is difficult. We expect immediate results.(Fast food, high speed internet, fast cars, etc.) Then when we go to God in prayer, we expect the answers to happen very quickly.
If waiting on the Lord results in becoming courageous and developing a strong heart, then the opposite is fear and a weak heart for being impatient. The world expects us to be constantly on our toes and pushing us to the limit. The world believes waiting results in loss of productivity and money.
When the storms of life come, I want to race through the storm and get out a.s.a.p! Yet, God says TWICE in this passage to, “Wait for the Lord.” The Lord exists outside of time and sees the end results of our actions. As for me, living in time, my flesh wants to keep going, going, going. When God makes a statement more than once in His word, I should pay attention and follow his orders. Waiting on the Lord, can produce positive spiritual and physical results.
Some examples of positive results by waiting on the Lord is a focus on the Lord and less on my problem(s), puts the issue(s) in God’s hands and out of mine, peace from the presence of the Holy Spirit and not having to worry about falling into pieces, less likely to be physically ill, plus courage and strength replaces fear and weakness.
Forgive me when I have failed in lack of patience and waiting on you in your timing. Help me to understand you see the future and know the best course of action. Please develop in me a courageous and strong heart to be used for your will and glorify you. Help me to know waiting is a sign of wisdom and not foolishness. Thank you for being patient and waiting on me to come into a relationship with your Son, Jesus. If you are patient, then I want those same traits you possess. Amen
August 24, 2008
August 22, 2008
Philippians 3:12-14 (New Living Translation)
Pressing toward the Goal
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
August 10, 2008
Mark 4:35-41 (New Living Translation)
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
The storms of life are never pleasant at the current moment. At times, I focus my eyes on the problem and become fearful. As a believer, I should never focus on the uncomfortable times in my life. Jesus is my Savior and knows everything beginning to end occuring in my life. I should always focus on Jesus during the storms of my life.
Whatever happens during my life, God is always with me even in the storms. This gives me great comfort. The person not having a personal relationship with Jesus has no hope during the storms. God allows us to experience storms so we can draw closer to Him. If my life should be taken during a storm, I know I will be immediately in the presence of Jesus for eternity.
We can allow the storms to overtake us or we can allow Jesus to overtake us. No storm in life took Jesus by surprise. He controls what occurs in our life. I rather have Jesus direct my steps than allow a storm to sterlize me into ineffectiveness.
August 3, 2008
Brokeness. It’s not always a pleasant experience. When we sin, it hurts not only us, but God and others. During the broken areas of our lives, God is able to work on us and repair us. If we are to be fruitful Christians, sometimes God allows us to be broken. When it comes to my brokeness, it has been result of sin. God still loves me, even though I have made major errors in life. Right now, I am having to face consequences of my actions. Can God still use me? I am a broken and have burned bridges which are now piles of ashes. I’ve made a mess of relationships and areas. I have tearfully repented to God for my actions. Yet, where do I go from here? The Lord continues to bring this passage to me during the past two months.
Isaiah 61:3 (New King James Version)
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”