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Friday, May 26, 2017

Real God

God is real, no matter how you feel. “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the Earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” Job 19:25-27

It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life – when he has provided food, friends, family, health, and happy situations. But circumstances are not always pleasant. How do you worship God then? What do you do when God seems a million miles away?

The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving him when he seems distant. How do you praise God when you don’t understand what’s happening in your life and God is silent? How do you stay connected in a crisis without communication? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when they’re full of tears?

You do what Job did: “Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’” Job 1:20-21

And remember what God has already done for you. Jesus gave up everything so you could have everything. He died so you could live forever. That alone is worthy of your continual thanks and praise. Amen?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pleasing God

God wants all of you! “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” Mark 12:30 God doesn't want a part of your life. God is not interested in halfhearted commitment, partial obedience, and the leftovers of your time and money. He desires your full devotion, not little bits of your life.

A Samaritan woman once tried to debate Jesus on the best time, place, and style for worship. Jesus replied that these external issues are irrelevant. Where you worship is not as important as why you worship and how much of yourself you offer to God when you worship.

The kind of worship that pleases God has four characteristics:

- God is pleased when our worship is accurate.

- God is pleased when our worship is authentic.

- God is pleased when our worship is thoughtful.

- And God is pleased when our worship is practical.

When Jesus said, “Love God with all your strength,” he was saying that worship takes effort and energy. It’s not always convenient or comfortable, and sometimes worship is a sheer act of the will – a willing sacrifice. When you praise God even when you don’t feel like it, when you get out of bed to worship when you’re tired, or when you help others when you are worn out, you’re offering a sacrifice of worship to God. And that pleases God.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Be Jesus

We should desire to give God nothing short of our absolute best. Remember you work for God everyday - where God has planted you (home, work, school, anywhere you are). He can use you in a mighty way. I was recently reminded about these three Principles for Christians to work by:

Principle #1: Concentrate on the eternal and you won’t need to worry about how much you can get or keep in this life.
God warns us of the peril of wealth. I Timothy 6:6-10 . But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs

Realization (of the eternal) can lead to Revelation (in the present)!

Principle #2: Don’t be greedy. You can be much happier if you don’t have to own everything you see, and know people are more important than property. Who are our neighbors?... but remember

It starts with Jesus! Nothing in the world is worthy of the love we should have for Jesus Christ. I John 2:15. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

Principle #3: - Love one another. People are so important, it is vital we treat them right. Jesus in Matthew 7:12: "do to others what you would have them do to you"
Does the world see Jesus when they look at us?

To the extent we carry our Christian principles into the work world, and social world it becomes a Christian ministry. This gives work and life new meaning and dignity. Not just on Sunday, but all week long.

Be Jesus in your workplace, community, schools, and everywhere you are!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Think About

The Webster's definition of anxiety is: 

1. painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill 

2. an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.

We live in an anxious world filled with stressed out people. That's not God's plan, look at what His Word has teaches on the topic.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

God's way is always the best way. Accept His peace and give Him your worries. That is a pretty nice trade.

Thank you Jesus!

Monday, May 22, 2017

No Noise

Years ago when I was a kid my parents took my brother and I to Niagara Falls. It is a magnificent example of the Creator's majesty and power. The raw power of the Falls and the millions of gallons flowing over it is awesome. I was shocked to hear that a boy (my age at the time) had survived going over the Falls. How is that possible? At the bottom lay boulders and jagged shards of rocks. 

The Lord on High is mightier than the noise of many waters”. – Psalm 93:4

The truth is it would be impossible without God. The same God who created it's might is powerful enough to catapult a child beyond the base and in to a pool of water to be rescued.

Maybe today you feel like you are headed over a falls in your life. Maybe you think that there is no humanly way to escape. Then cry out to Jesus! He is an expert of making a way where none exists - all things are possible for Christ our Lord. 

He is mightier than all the noise in your life. He can bring peace in to your world.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

God Alone

Sunday and going to church used to be synonymous in American culture. Communities kept the Sabbath separate from the busyness of the week's activities. We made our commitment to go to church a priority. Priorities guide your day - things that are most important are what we do. What place has God had in your day so far?

All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds,  you alone are God. - Psalm 86:9-10

The Bible tells us that everyone eventually will worship and give God glory. When we make our "to do" lists let's make sure our focus stays on Him. Amen?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

One Idea

Nahum’s message has been called the “prophecy of one idea” – the fearful idea that God is angry against sin. The idea of divine retribution is still an essential part – and it’s one the prophet presents very effectively.  It’s also found in the New Testament in a letter that Paul writes to the church in Rome. 

Read Romans 1:16-20 We are all exposed to God’s wrath! He is angry when we suppress the truth about Him – in the case of those who deny the very existence of God; they’re suppressing the evidence that this marvelous universe bears all the hallmarks of having been designed by a supernatural designer. Judgment has already begun.

 Romans 1:26-31 reads like a modern list of the ills in our society. People sinning and turning away from God is not a new concept even though it appears to be getting worse.

Nahum’s reminder to all of us is that the judgment of God for each of us is well deserved. Amazingly enough it is escapable! God offers each of us a way to salvation – the one and only way through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Remember what Paul said in Romans 1:16-17: “The gospel… is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Or as Nahum put it: “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 NASB) 

Have you found this refuge?