Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Let me remind all of us of something right to think about. God cares about every detail of our lives. God cares about: your house payment, your health, your successes and failures, your children, your money, your marriage, your job, your discipleship class and your church! Think right thoughts and hear God’s voice more clearly.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Let us look at the lightning and the thunder! The lighting represents God’s presence and the thunder represents His voice. As God’s people were preparing to move onward and upward toward the Promised Land, they needed to hear God’s voice and be reminded that He was able to meet their every need along the journey. As we move forward, as individuals and as a church, we will need to hear from God as well. There will be those times when we will need to be reminded that God is able to meet our needs as we make our way toward our Promised Land.
In these days, it is so important to hear God speak and not necessarily each other speak. There are those times when it is more than appropriate to tune out all the horizontal voices in our lives and tune in to God’s vertical voice. Why is that? Well, when we tune into God’s voice … and not human voices … our awesome, incredible and titanic God becomes the main influential factor in the formulation of our expectations and not the molehills that men like to turn into mountains. In these days, we must not allow negative horizontal thinking to smother God’s desire to vertically encourage us.
How can we live in the world and still maintain a positive outlook? How can we give our self a chance to think good thoughts in a world that sometimes thinks wrong? Is our thinking something that we need to think about?
When it comes to hearing God’s thunderous voice clearly, our thinking either enables us or hinders us.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
In 2018, if we want our spiritual tanks to remain full, we must quit worrying about what everybody thinks and focus in more on what God thinks. God is to be pleased, not man!
Jesus knew whom He was trying to please! What does Jesus say in John 5:30, “…I seek not to please myself, but him who sent me.” Jesus knew whom He was trying to please. Do we?
Here is what I have discovered. You cannot please everybody. Even God could not and still cannot please everybody so isn’t it foolish to attempt to do something that even God could not and cannot do? Jesus sought to please God! Let us all do likewise.
Folks! Trying to satisfy everybody produces pitiful results and drains one dry!
If your strategy in life is nothing more than pleasing people, your life will seem like one long lasting root canal. Let us all focus in on what God expects – not on what everyone else expects! It does not matter what the majority thinks, it matters what God thinks.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Kingdom things were the Lord’s #1 priority.
Now, let us bring this home! The Bible is very clear. Jesus is to be our primary example. If that is true, and we know that it is, we must take on the same purpose of Jesus, which is a celebration of all things kingdom. Oh sure, noble and urgent demands will come into our lives and scream for our attention. However, urgent things must never be allowed to push away the important. Secular things must never be allowed to smother the spiritual. Our goal is not to do everything, but instead, to do what Jesus wants us to do. Sometimes, regarding our daily schedules, a little blessed subtraction is a must. However, we must be sure that when we are subtracting things from a schedule, we are not cutting out all things kingdom while our secular life runs wild. People talk about living lives of balance, but that is not appropriate for the follower of Jesus. Balance means that the spiritual things and secular things are equal. For the follower of Jesus, we are looking for imbalance where kingdom things tip the scale.
Keeping the main thing the main thing keeps our tanks full. Chasing every rabbit down every trail leaves us worn out and frazzled. When you try to be all things to all people, you end up being no one to everybody. Let us all save the best of ourselves for Kingdom things.
Matthew 6:33 hits the nail on the head, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”
Considering all that God has done for us, shouldn’t our priorities match up with His priorities? What are God’s priorities?