Posted in Grace

Difficult People

Is there someone in your life that is difficult to love or who grieves you?  A spouse perhaps, child, sibling co-worker, or neighbor?  One who exasperates you and makes your life miserable?

Our Daily Walk with Jesus

Pay special attention to people such as this in your life and ask God what He wants you to learn about Him and you through this person.  Often the very reason we have such people in our lives is that God has strategically placed them there for our benefit.  Our character can be deeply cut in wounding if left to us, or we are shaped like a diamond when it is polished by the hand of God as we submit to Him such personalities in our lives.  God calls us to love our neighbor as we love our selves, and this should be our goal to those who we find hard to love and forgive.  When we lay down those areas in us that this person seems to be able to rile up, we are making room for the Spirit to work and grow us more into the image of our Lord.

God will give the grace to love with His love that will minister to such souls the power of the Living God.   You will be His witness to them.  He will provide you with the strength you need to bless those who hate you, treat you wrongly, and use you.  They will no longer have the power they have had to grieve you because when you cut the tie of holding them accountable for their sins against you, you are released from all the bondage that held you down and so will experience the freedom that Christ gives from such bondage.

As we submit to God in this area, He will give us wisdom, grace and practicality in dealing with hard and difficult people.  They will even be fast-tracked to God and His dealing as we get out of the way!   Our unbearable situation will be exchanged for the joy that comes as we receive from the Lord His goodness and grace and we will rejoice!

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21

Posted in prayer

Ask

We have so much freedom to go to our Father and ask Him anything – what a blessed people we truly are!   I find that I keep asking for the same things in many different ways.  One day, I believe the Lord gave me something of great value in regard to gaining deeper knowledge for our spiritual growth and health.  I was impressed by the Holy Spirit to ask the Lord to give to me the questions He wants me to ask Him.  It wasn’t long after I did so, that I felt the question come – and I ask the Lord this question it was an amazing open door to many other aspects and avenues to my spiritual walk and life with the Lord.  Sometimes we are so focused on our immediate problems, challenges and all the rest that we ask God for the needs we have there and in some cases we feel He has not heard nor answered our requests.  James says that we do not have because we ‘ask amiss’ James 4:2-3.  God sees the end from the beginning, and is waiting for us to ask Him the question that needs asking and the only way to know this, well, is to go directly to God; ‘Father, I pray you give to me the question that I most need asking today,  for you know everything about me and my life.’

Our Daily Walk with Jesus

Make it our habit to ask the Lord to give us the question He wants us to ask Him.  To realize that as we ask the questions that He wants us to ask, is a guarantee He will provide for us all that His heart desires to reveal to us.

How exciting our walk with Jesus  becomes – as He reveals to us His heart to a soul who wants to know it.  Amen!

 

Posted in Living Water

Living Water’s Flow

We as those who are filled with the Spirit of the Living God are truly glorious vessels!  We have rivers of living water flowing in us and out of us!   I was talking a walk along a river near my home to reach and take delight in the beautiful falls.  In my walk, I felt the Lord describe to me our (Christian) walk with Him as compared to the river.  I felt impressed that the desire of the Lord is for us is to be as vibrant, and alive as this very loud and exciting river was.  The river seemed to come alive and was full of joy and such health and reason for praise – as are we as we flow in the river of God.  Then, as I continued on this wonderful tour I was being led, I saw a portion of water that had become stagnant because it deviated from the river’s flow and became trapped.  It was black and full of mosquitos and their larva.  Such notable contrast yet this had been the same water that was full of life!  I felt the heart of God, as I looked at this – very somber at those who are led into a dead and diseased body of water (religion) – who say it is of God!  In truth, the water that flows is of God, but will die if it is cut off from His will! John 15.  I was stunned at the revelation in this visual He gave me.  The vitality I felt and exhilaration climaxed when I reached to falls.  As I approached they could be heard and the mist in the air was felt.  The stunning display left me in awe, for it was not just waterfalls, but God was allowing me to see the crescendo of Christian life!  A life fully yielded to the power, glory, and honor of the Living God – will be as liken to the falls I was looking at.  I could scarcely take in what I was hearing in spirit for its wonder and beauty;  God longs for us to be vessels that He can flow through – to display such glory, the only thing holding Him back, is us.  To get to the place of such awe comes only when we fear no one, nor look for approval from human beings, but will only fear the Living God and delight to do His will – no matter what it is or its cost.

Our Daily Walk with Jesus

Our lives in Christ are flowing with Living Water and the more we open ourselves up to the Word the greater capacity we have to become alive in His Spirit, even like a waterfall for Him!   God speaks to us daily of who He is, and who we are in Him – through His Word and as we incline our heart and ear to Him.  Like anything in life, if we really want it, we will do what we can to get it.  The River of God, is our Mission here on earth, to explore it and live in it.  If we don’t feel ‘alive’ with the rivers of living water in us – we must stop – and confess to the Lord we have landed ourselves in that dead and diseased pool and cry to Him for the way out!   Then set out to get this Living Water so we also may give it.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.  Matt 5:6

“ He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Is 58:11

 

Posted in worship

Honored Guest

Our Christian walk is to be one where we are continually observant.  We watch around us, look behind and fix our eyes ahead to the prize of our faith.  We take nothing for granted and use all for life lessons in the name of our Lord.  All that we live and do, is about our Lord.  He is on our mind 24/7.

It is easy to compartmentalize our lives where we form areas that are for God and areas that are just for us.  Sometimes, it is a matter of habit, where we just go into autopilot without even thinking about it.

Our Daily Walk with Jesus

Think of the day as you would if you had a guest in whom you were to host.  If we had the Queen of England as our guest, let us say, would we ‘forget’ her presence?  How much more so the Lord Jesus Christ!  Let us develop the habit to be mindful of who it is we are host to, who indwells in us so we do not neglect His presence nor whom we may offend in failing to honor.   It is only to our gain that we give place to the Lord, in every moment of our day –

 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col 3:17

Posted in Grace

When we are Stung

I was out watering my flower garden the other day and was quite enjoying myself.  Taking in the sounds of the day, the smells and the beauty when wham!  Out of nowhere, for no reason I got stung by a wasp!  ‘Ow’ is an understatement here.  Before I knew what happened I felt the burning that comes and dropped my watering can and ran into the house.  I quickly mixed together baking soda and water into a paste and applied it to my stinging foot.  I was told of this remedy but had never used it so I was hoping it be true.  Thankfully the pain began to dull to bearable and then it subsided almost altogether.  Though it never went completely away and felt the sensation throughout the night and next day I would say that the baking soda remedy is tried and true and would highly recommend it.

As I sat on my porch contemplating the gull of the wasp doing such a thing, nursing my throbbing foot – I was thinking, I was doing nothing wrong to deserve his vicious attack, just minding my own business!  I invited the Lord in my rant and no sooner He was showing me how we as God’s own, who are going about their day in doing His business we will come across wasps (people) who will for reasons of their own will not like our presence and feel threatened enough to sting us.  We in our minds have done them no harm, and in fact are looking out for their own good – and wham, we get stung.  Usually by words they say, and sometimes by their actions.  I felt the Lord was giving me a lesson on how we too must quickly run to the Remedy – and NOT to the source of the pain.  Often we do, we try to reason with them, or seek justification or defense and this is not what He desires.

Our Daily Walk with Jesus

Understand that though we walk in the light and seek to serve the Lord, in doing this we WILL get stung by those who will feel threatened by us.  When we run to the Lord and seek His anecdote to the pain that it causes, we can avoid great turmoil and allow His will to overrule what has taken place.  We will not let the ‘wasp’ or the sting be our focus, but our Lord who redeems all things, even stings.  The sting will not necessarily be taken completely away, and we will bear its presence, but it will not be allowed to take over to rule us and will serve to remind us of God’s incredible grace He grants to all of us who are willing to come to Him to obtain it.  Remarkably, the sting will be the reason for much joy – as we give it to God.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor12:9

Posted in God, relationship

The Sound of Silence

Martha came to Jesus to complain about Mary; Luke 10:38-42.  Mary was not helping with the duties in the kitchen.  There were guests to be served, and she was needed.  How shocking it must have been for her to have Jesus gently rebuke her!  Martha was the one who was distracted and Mary in the right place – at the feet of Jesus- listening to His every Word.

Like Martha, how much time do we spend in the distractions of the day?  They may be good, and even for God, or just time fillers for easy escape.  How easy it is for us to be sidetracked in our media smorgasbord we have today?  We are plugged in literally to which we have become dependent, whether it be via the television, a computer device or our phone – in the offering of stimuli they give to us.

This is our daily walk in Jesus:

To zero in on the time we are plugged in, and choosing that good and better thing which is sitting at the feet of Jesus.  This is not so easy as we have jobs to do, children to tend and many other essential duties to conduct in our day.  Its not about stopping these but rather more like a practice of ‘tuning in’ to the Lord, which means tuning out of the things that is our go to ‘plug in’ of choice instead.  I think for many of us, we have pushed out silence in our lives, and it is in silence where we will ‘hear’ God speak to us.  It is where we can have a meaningful conversation with Him.  We can meditate on His word, even while we are going about our duties in the day.  All these are acts of sitting at His feet.   it requires our auto pilot to be shut off, and a consorted effort to bring the Lord into our day – in all we do, do for the glory of God!

In this place we are able to pray unceasingly, rejoice always, give glory, thanksgiving and praise to God.  In this place, we are plugged into what is that good and better:  Jesus Christ!

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41

Listen to God saying to us:

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Matt 17:5

Posted in Kingdom of God

In the World but not of it

If there ever was a much-needed reminder for saints of God today – it would be this:

Our lives and all that concerns us is found not in this world, but in the Kingdom of God. 

Getting our citizenship straight in both understanding and in cooperation is foundational to a healthy walk with the Lord.

“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”  Luke 17:20-21

“My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” John 18:36

To experience the abundant life that Jesus died to give us, this must become our reality.

Upon our conversion, we are granted entry into this magnificent Kingdom – and so conversely we give up our citizenship for this world.  We cannot live in both worlds, for each kingdom is ruled in two distinctive ways.  In the world, we are ruled by our lusts through sin.  In Christ by faith we obey God and by so doing, we deny ourselves (and our lusts).  When we accept Christ- He becomes our life, He is the door we enter, into this new Kingdom, where we conduct our day to day lives in a whole new and living way; John 10:19.  Incredibly really, deserving much more than we acknowledge I’m afraid.

This is our daily walk in Jesus:

To give time and thought to the reality that there are two kingdoms and our life is found in Christ in His Kingdom.  That in every moment of every day we strive to conduct our business according to the Kingdom of God.  In God’s Kingdom to win, we first must lose, to gain we must give, to be cursed we in return bless.   Our motivation and joy is to please God – and our love is self-less.   We remind ourselves that when we live lives according to God, we will not always be in agreement with what is deemed acceptable according to the world’s standard.

Let us pray and ask the Lord to awaken us to His Kingdom and where we are still attempting to live – according to this world.  It truly does involve the Holy Spirit to direct us and show us the way of God for we can be so easily swayed.

This world is not our home, let us take time to let that sink into our understanding in all we do today and forward – Amen!