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Summertime Break Out

Well.  It is summer.  So I have taken the usual precautionary measures. Windows shut, blinds tight, air conditioner set, fans on- ready to be rotated to their various locations. I think I have everything in place.  Ah… the joys of summer in Texas.  I honestly can say I do not enjoy this. I feel trapped inside a box missing the cool air and being outside….. Sigh.

Our spiritual lives can sometimes turn this way.   We can close ourselves off because of hurts and disappointments.  Life is difficult.  It is easy to shut ourselves from others. We try to reach out to people. But sometimes we get let down so the blinds get drawn and no light comes in.

But Jesus has not called us to this kind of life.  He wants us to live outside the box! I think there is a new call to believers in Christ to come outside- regardless of the temperature or weather. We are needed in these days.  We have been hiding our light for too long.  The world has been in charge long enough. It is time for the faithful, who ARE called to come forward. We need to be the light, the voice, the example of Jesus.

We have all been given a measure of faith. Let us use it and no longer live in the box or stay in that boat.  Peter was bold enough when Jesus called him to walk on the water, he did.  We can do the same!  God has placed inside of  you a way to reach others- you have a unique message to share.  It is message from Him that only YOU have.

 It is time to share it.

Be Bold. Be Brave.

It is time for a Summer Break Out!

 

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.   Matthew 14:29

 

 

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Gardening : the Good Soil

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.  The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:18-23

A Letter to Tim

 

Dear Timothy,

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.  Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things.  If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,  he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,  and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.  But godliness with contentment is great gain,  for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.   I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,  to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,  who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,  thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,”  for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you,

Paul

(1Timothy 6)

Pinning or Pining

English: A push pin, or thumbtack Русский: Кан...

Okay, I know, I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this…

But since I write about things that I deal with here goes! (I’m prepared to duck, by the way!)   This is something the Lord has recently reminded me: The Eye Gate and Achan.

Do you remember the story in the book of Joshua about Achan?  The Lord had given specific instructions considering Jericho including what to do afterwards; they were not to take any spoils of war.  When the Israelites went into the next battle, they suffered a great loss which should have been an easy victory.  Joshua rent his clothes and inquired of the Lord to find out happened. God revealed the problem and what needed to be done to make things right.  Achan had seen things that were quite nice in Jericho and helped himself to those choice items. He hid them in his tent, his delightful possessions. When Joshua found out what Achan had hidden away, he ordered Achan and his whole family to die, according to God’s instructions.  Achan died because he saw.

Now this story has many messages but the one that means so much to me is Achan’s problem was what he saw. His sin came through the Eye Gate; what he saw, he had to have.  He coveted so much it cost him his own life and his family. Today, when we walk by what we see, we can be led into areas of sin and away from God.  We start to lust after the things of the world. We begin to compare ourselves with others, wanting to have what they have. Soon we are discontent with our lives and what God has given us, maybe even desiring to exchange lives with someone else. We may take measures to have those things. Sometimes we do whatever it is to have them! This may cause terrific devastation in our lives and those we love.

Throughout the bible we are admonished to hear the Lord. It is by hearing our faith grows- not when we walk by sight. Our vision should be steadfast on the Lord, not looking to the things of this world and its possessions.  This life is temporary but eternity is forever. What awaits us is far better than anything we can be Pinning or Pining for.

Refuse to be Achan!

 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.   1 John 2:16

 

 

 

Sunday’s Word – 11Mar 12

English: Pot of Gold?? No pots of gold I'm afr...

You visit the earth and  water it;   you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water;  you provide their grain,  for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly,  settling its ridges, softening it with  showers, and blessing its growth.

Psalms 65: 9-10

Purim – Letters of Deliverance

She probably never realized the importance of her life until that moment.  Here a beautiful woman once thought as ordinary, now royalty, throwing herself to the ground in humility. Praying, asking, begging for the deliverance of her people and ultimately herself. After 3 days of petitioning the King of the Universe in fasting, petitioning her husband the King of Persia, the death of an evil man, Esther finds herself petitioning once more. Standing now in the presence of the King she is beseeching for another letter to be written. This time it is for her deliverance.

Esther is like all of us at one time or another; a soul in need of deliverance. Whether we are lost, abandoned, sick, poor, bound we can have the favor we seek and deliverance we need.  It is freedom written by the King.  This Word, written in 66 books or letters, has set us free from certain death and destruction.

Esther is not only a story of deliverance for the Jewish people, whom I dearly love; it also is a reminder of our own deliverance as we choose to embrace it.  Grace has delivered us. This day let me encourage you to read the powerful story of Esther and reflect in Heavens deliverance.

Your deliverance has already been written… receive it!

 

Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?”    Esther 8: 5-6 

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Looking Back or Plowing Ahead…Choose One!

Ah… the dreaded old budget…Some days it grows closer to the red than staying in the black. I certainly do not like it and can feel worried.   I start wondering how I can fix it, maybe go back to the way I used manage the budget.  I have tried to figure out what I can do better, and after careful consideration I realize how much inflation has swarmed in and it’s not me!   Whew!

Lately I have thought I need to return to some former methods in my life.  They were easier; they were well-known and simply more comfortable.  However, at the same time this stresses me out.  If I ever want to move forward, which I do, I cannot return to old patterns and thought processes.  Besides it is not what God wants.   I do have obligations and responsibilities that need to be tended to but there are fresh ones on the horizon. In ordered to be prepared I have to stop looking back to what was comfortable, proven and already known.

While I am stuck between these two gates I need to learn the balance of current obligations while preparing for new ones and not revert back to the previous.  It is a difficult task for me. I am good at creating successful structures.  But as I read the Word, Jesus was quite stern on this matter. He said; Let the dead bury the dead.  A strong statement; that which does not have value in my life now, no longer needs consideration even if it was not unrighteous or harmful.  I do not need to spend time covering it, tending to it or putting it to rest.  It is time to move forward.

Jesus said; Looking back is not fit for the Kingdom. What a frightening thought!  I have to be more than unwavering and make a greater effort to not let my thoughts or vision slip backward. I want to be; no I have to be, fit for the Kingdom.  I cannot be a lazy, flabby, lukewarm Christian.  In my natural life, being fit takes discipline, determination, desire and old fashioned hard work. This is true in my spiritual life as well. So I am choosing this one!

Besides looking back didn’t really work out for Lot’s wife…

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.   Luke 9:62