Here are some thoughts I’m thinking through, meditating through and pushing through!
I’ve been thinking about the lives of people like David, Daniel, Mary, Esther, Shadrach, Meshach and Abenego. They went to a level of faith and trust in God that most people don’t ever reach. Then I look at the children of Israel. Both groups experienced supernatural miracles. The first group experienced miracles because of their faith. The Israelites experienced miracles in spite of their lack of faith.
This should tell us something about God. HE IS A GOD OF GRACE!
I believe getting a revelation of who God….IS THE KEY! Jesus asked Peter, ”Who do you say that I am?” Peter didn’t hesitate, “You are Christ the Son of the living God.” Jesus said, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you.” In other words, your mama didn’t tell you this. Your daddy didn’t tell you this. Your pastor didn’t tell you this. Some book you read didn’t tell you this. You got this through a “rhema” word by the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the reason David had faith was not because of his confession. His confession was a result of already having faith. He had faith because he had a PERSONAL revelation of who God was?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a person who experiences miracles in spite of my lack of faith. God is good and full of grace, but trusting Him is where we live a blessed life!
Was Ronald Reagan being prophetic?
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
I recently read about a professor who had a great passion for teaching. His statement was ” I cannot not teach.” He craved seeing the “ah ha” looks on students faces as he taught. He put everything he had into his lectures and then would run off to write another book or work on another speech. His students were highly impressed with the places he had been and the people he had met. They wanted to hear story after story.
Each year his audiences grew. One year 10,000 attended his workshops, then 30,000 and then 80,000. His creed was to reach as many people as you can as quick as you can.
There was a tradition at his small college for students to have 15 seconds during the commencement ceremonies to say thank you to the professor who helped them succeed. Some names came up over and over except his.
What he found was the influence in students lives were directly correlated to a personal investment of time. His life changed dramatically as he started meeting students for lunch, would talk with them in the hallway and made time for them when they needed counsel.
We have a responsibility to pass the baton to the next generation. Jesus modeled that better than anyone. Yes, he reached the multitudes, but had He not spent time mentoring and coaching the disciples the baton would not have been passed.
You don’t pass the baton by teaching, but by investing your time in the life of someone else. I think Jesus called it “making disciples.”
So who are you investing and pouring your life into?
We are coming into the Christmas season. The very thing that God placed on my heart several months ago is living a life of generosity. I pray that all of us live a life of generosity and a BLESSED LIFE! Hope you enjoy this blog from one of our young adults who decided to live that life on a new level.
Why do some people keep growing spiritually and why do some people hit a wall?
I think of people who deep in their heart want to get back on track with their life. They do well for awhile, but then seem to fizzle out. They seem to hit a wall.
It seemed like in my relationship with Lisa about every six months we would have some kind of conflict and I wasn’t thinking to myself “what a wonder you are.” I was thinking to myself “haven’t we been around this same mountain before?” Why did we keep hitting the same wall over and over and over?
Have you ever been there before? Hitting a wall?
In the last two years our marriage has grown? Where it seemed we were getting stuck…we were no longer getting stuck. What changed? What happened?
I recently heard a message by Jimmy Evans. He made a statement that made me realize what happened. He said, “We will never grow beyond our unhealed scars.” Wow! Every relationship comes to a point where the unhealed scars get in the way of growth. Pain is the greatest threat to growth.
God has healed some scars in my life the past two years: fear of man, rejection, acceptance, defensiveness. These were my scars.
Don’t act like you don’t have scars. We all do! So let’s take inventory of our scars and ask God to heal and to be Lord over them.
Our marriage, our ministry and our personal walk with God will never grow beyond our unhealed scars.
Let the healing begin and watch the walls come tumbling down!
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There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “Alright, then have it your way.” - C.S. Lewis
How many of you would say you’ve experienced an event in your life that was emotionally devastating?
Jimmy Evans has asked that question all over the country and he says without exception, nearly every hand in the room goes up. No matter if he is speaking to a crowd of 500 or 5,000.
Then he asks a follow-up question. How many of you would say that painful issue has been resolved?
He states that he has a totally different response. The vast majority of those in attendance remain completely silent.
I encourage you as painful as it may be to identify where you have been touched by pain and heartache. What’s your story and has it been resolved?
Many times our response to people who share with us deep seated feelings of pain is “Just turn it over to God and he’ll bring you comfort.” That’s not the response we want or need to hear.
I’m going to let this one sit for a few days as you identify that event or events. The next blog will give you some direction to begin dealing with those hurts.