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Joshua 24:15 “And if  it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

Do you ever get into a pattern of thinking, that it seems as if you can never be free? What about those things in our life that we despise, and yet do?(Romann 7:13-25)

Or those overwhelming emotions that flood us with the very fires of hell!

Well, as I read the above passage this morning, I took it  a part like this:

We can choose to take on the same sins and behaviors as our parents and ancestors did, such as, addictions, unforgiveness, stubbornness, abuse, etc. WOW!

We can choose to serve the gods of this world that we dwell in, such as, materialism, religion, popularity, power, appearance, etc.

We can choose to serve the Lord!

However, we know that whichever we choose, we will have a very different outcome of our lives! I know people who have chosen to completely sell out to the gods of their fathers, the gods of this world, and they are miserable in their homes, their jobs, their very existence! And then I know people who have chosen to serve the LORD even in the harshest circumstances, and are willing to go all the way even to death for their LORD! These people have the greatest peace, the greatest joy, the greatest love that you will ever see in mankind.

Tony often talks about “setting his mind” on something. The battle is fought and won in the mind. We can choose to fight, or we can choose to join the enemy of our souls, and sell out to him through all these other gods.

I choose this day to stay free to choose. As soon as we choose anything but Christ, we are then captive to it, and have lost the right to a choice.

2 Cor 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

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Daniel 12:3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Luke 8:16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.

Luke 11:33“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.

Proverbs 11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,and whoever captures souls is wise.

 

In the day we live in, we put a very high stamp of approval on the education of ourselves and the ones we love. We will spend an enormous amount of money for a schooling for our children, and then on a “higher education” when they graduate high school. Now, don’t get me wrong, Provers 1 clearly states that getting knowledge is a principal thing. But, I tend to believe that we need a greater knowledge of who God is, and what He wants His people to do.

This morning, I read the above verse in Daniel and thought about how even those of us who are believers want to shine. We want to be recognized by other people for all that we “know” and yet we forget that God is the One who actually deserves to be recognized. We tell Him in our prayers that if He will do something we ask, ” we will give Him all the glory and praise.” And yet, when He does, we act as if we did something to deserve it, and move on in our lives without even a thankful nod towards Him!

I have been convicted this morning of my lack of wisdom. True Wisdom, that seeks after the “capturing of souls”. I am married to a man who has a burden for the lost greater than almost anyone I have ever met. He prays for those in his family whose souls are bound for hell, he prays for those he works with, and who tend to mock his faith, he prays. I have spurts of this kind of burden, but I need it to stay. I can get all the knowledge this world has to offer and make sure that you know I have it, but without the burning passion for the lost, I HAVE NOTHING!

Today, I am praying for this kind of wisdom. The kind that leads others to righteousness, the kind that cannot be hidden, the kind that goes way beyond my comfort limits, rescues souls from hell and captures them for heaven!

Amen.

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 Rev 22: 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

I have been taken. I bought several light bulbs for my kitchen about 3 months ago that said  they lasted “1 1/2 + years”. I came home, replaced two that had gone out and went on with my life thinking I was set (as far as light went in that room for a while). Recently, I noticed that one of the “new” ones had gone out! I reached under the kitchen sink to grab the box, forgetting about the promised time, until it was staring me in the face! HA!!! Not such a true statement. In fact, I would call that ” False Advertisement”.

I have a young friend who is deathly scared of the dark. As I read this passage this morning, I thought of my friend, C’Belle. To think of never having the need of a flashlight, lamp, candle, or any other form of light is almost un-imaginable! And yet, here in the above scripture, we are given such a promise! I am so thankful that we can stand on the WORD of God and know that every word is true, there is no false advertising.  If we are His children, He will tattoo His name on our foreheads, we will see HIM face to face, and we will never have need of artificial light again! He is the real deal!!

Amen!

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Greatly Loved

Daniel 10:11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved”….

My husband and I are in the last few weeks of our study in Daniel. Wow! It has been amazing! I cannot get over, nor do I desire to get over ,so many of the amazing truths I have learned.

This morning as I was reading in Daniel 10 I was so warmed by the verse above. This was not the first time nor the last that Daniel was told he was “greatly loved”.

I wonder what it was like for Daniel at this period in his life. As far as we know his three friends we saw in chapters 1 and 3 are no longer with him. It seems as though he does not have many if any close friends in the faith. This must have been a pretty lonely time for the prophet. I think I tend to de-humanize people in the bible unless I imagine what day to day life was like for them. So, as I read this exhortation to him this morning, I wonder how much did he need to hear, that his prayers were heard and that he, Daniel, was greatly loved? I wonder if sometimes at night he could still hear his mama tell him that she loved him, or his dad say he was proud? I wonder if he would tell God, “I need to know, you hear and that you love me’, as he would curl up and go to sleep each night.

I remember a time not too much in the past that I too felt this overwhelming need to have the Father’s arms wrapped around my lonely self.  God feels the same way about His children today as He did about Daniel. We may not have the same trials that Daniel had, most likely none of do, but we can rest assured at night that He does hear, and that He does love us.

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Cave Dwelling

I wonder how many people who will read this ever feel like going into a cave and not coming out until Christ has made all things right on the world? Or, how many who will read this, regularly go into a “cave ” of sorts, where they check out of life as they know it for a period of time until they feel like they can handle various situations? Or maybe you are like me; I have had so many times, a strong urge to run away from the world, take my husband and children and go live on a deserted island! There are times in my life where because of interaction with people and the things which I stand on, I become overwhelmed and want to just flip the switch and check out. In fact, my friend Melody and I have talked often about this state of mind.   However, I seldom stay there very long as my personality and more importantly my LORD compel me to stay connected with others and keep on running the race.

As I was in Psalms this week, I came across Psalms 142. 

The heading says that David wrote this while “in the cave”.

WOW! As I meditated on this short chapter, I was so impressed with the heart of David. He was so honest. He was willing to bare it all before the LORD, and tell Him how he felt so alone in the world. Was he alone? No, at the time which this was written, David had many men who fought beside him, many mighty men. But, all it took was one whom he had once counted as a friend to turn against him, and he was overwhelmed with loneliness just like me so very often.  I wanted to share this, because I feel encouraged to see that David too had to encourage himself to say to God, ” You, are my portion”. In other words, You are all I need, I will run after Your heart!

 

Psalms 142

You Are My Refuge

A Maskil [1] of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.142:1 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
 with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
 I tell my trouble before him.

 

3 When my spirit faints within me,
 you know my way!
In the path where I walk
 they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:
 there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
 no one cares for my soul.

 

5 I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.

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