Saturday, January 31, 2015

God Can Bless Your Mess

The next time you feel like your life is a complete mess and there is no possibility of recovery, think about the people whose lives are recorded in the Bible.  You know those heroes of the faith…

Eve was deceived
Adam was disobedient 
Noah had a drinking problem cursed his grandson
Abraham was too old
So was Sarah 
Lot was a compromiser
Isaac went blind 
Rebekah played favorites
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem / murderer 
Miriam was a gossip
Gideon was  coward 
Samson was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David was an Adulterer and a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
So was Ruth
Job went bankrupt
Hosea had a bad marriage
Mary was a teenager 
So was Daniel
Matthew was an extortionist
Mary Magdalen was demon possessed 
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples deserted Jesus
Thomas was a doubter
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman divorced 5 times 
Zaccheus was too short
Paul was was an accessory to murder 
John Mark was a quitter 
Timothy had weak stomach 
Lazarus was dead!

And yet God did use them in spite of the mess.  So no matter your mess, give it to God.  Love Him, serve Him.  Watch what He can do with a messy person.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

First Things First (Luke 12:31)

There is an answer to stress.  Learn more in this Recharge video

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Plan for Blessing (Luke 11:28)

Jesus shares a two-step plan for blessing in your life.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your To-Do List (Luke 10:37)

A familiar story provides instruction for today. Learn more in this Recharge video.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Real Reason to Rejoice (Luke 10:20)

Jesus says that we should not rejoice in things we can do but in our relationship to God.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Your Blind Spot

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You are partially blind! Oh, you don't think so. Allow me to prove my point. Look at the picture at normal reading distance. Close your left eye and look at the magician's wand. Slowly move the picture in and out. As you do, you will notice at a particular point the rabbit will disappear. Go ahead and try it, I'll wait until you get back. So, why did the rabbit disappear? The back of your our eye, the retina, has a place where the nerve endings for the light receptive cells join the optic nerve. At this point there are no light receptive cells and hence a blind spot. When the rabbit is in this blind spot it "disappears." Fortunately the Lord placed this spot 12 degrees to one side. If it were located in the middle of our retina we would have a serious disability. Why don't we notice this blind spot all the time? When both eyes are open the mind combines both images into the 3-D view that we are used to seeing. In combining the two pictures the two blinds spots are covered by the information supplied by the other eye. Even when we only have one eye open we do not see a blind spot because the brain fills in the missing information with detail similar to that nearby.

Now that I have proven one blind spot allow me to prove another. We do not see ourselves as we truly are. Jesus said we could easily see imperfection in others but miss it in ourselves. He said, ... how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's." Matthew 7: 4-5 A moat is a small speck of dust that we can see with 20/20 vision in someone else, the beam is like a 2X4 but we cannot see it. This blind spot is linked to the pride that is part of all of us (see I John 2:16). We do not like to admit that there are imperfections in us. After all if we admit to our imperfections we are admitting weakness and this is painful to our pride.

Since we have such a blind spot and since we should want to correct our own faults how do we go about correcting our vision problem. There are two resources that our Lord has given to enable us to see ourselves in spite of our blind spot. The first is other people. Proverbs 27:6 says it this way, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend;" A true friend will tell us of our shortcomings even though these may be painful to hear. Since we need others, God desires that His children be an active part of a local church. Those who claim to be Christians but find no time for participation in a local church are at the worst not real Christians or at best Christians who are remaining in blind immaturity. (If the preceding sentence seems harsh, consider it the wound of a friend). The second resource is the Word of God. Please take a moment and read James 1:22-25. James states that one who hears the word of God but does not practice it is like a man who takes a quick look in the mirror but does not do anything to improve his appearance. To be what God wants us to be we must look long and hard into the mirror Word of God that perfectly shows us what we are like. Just as I am totally sure you will look into a mirror today to check on your outward appearance be sure this day and every day, to look into God's mirror and make the corrections necessary. If a church and the Bible are part of your life then your natural spiritual blindness is in the process of being healed. Make sure you do not continue in blindness!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Least = Great (Luke 9:48)

Jesus says the way to greatness is not by being number one.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hear Him! (Luke 9:35)

A voice from heaven shows us the significance of Jesus' message.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Re: Temptation

Temptation is something we all face and something that our enemy is always in our face about.  He is a specialist at sending what will tempt us the most when we are in a moment of weakness or a moment of opportunity for him.
  • If you are prone to laziness - he will give you unsupervised time
  • If you are prone to bitterness - he will remind you of past hurts
  • If you are prone to lust - he will send something to catch your eye
  • If you are prone to anger - he will send some irritation
  • If you are prone to gossip - he will send scandalous news your way
  • If you are prone to greed - he will send something for you to grasp
  • If you are prone to pride - he will tell you how great you are
  • If you are prone to depression - he will tell you how pathetic you are
  • If you are prone to selfishness - he will tell you how deserving you are
  • If you are prone to envy - he will tell you how undeserving others are
  • If you are prone to being judgmental - he will tell you how right you are
  • If you are prone to doubts - he will tell you how wrong you are
The solution?  Spend time with God daily, every single day; do not miss a day.  Time in the Word and time in prayer will allow the Spirit freedom to work; it will give you strength to stand and prepare you for the temptation that will come.  Have you spent time with God today?


Friday, January 09, 2015

The Ultimate Question (Luke 9:20)

How we answer the question of Jesus identity has eternal consequences  Learn more in this Recharge video.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

You have a story to tell (Luke 8:39)

The story of you can be a powerful tool to influence and encourage other.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

A Flawless Record (Luke 7:22)

Jesus record should encourage you to trust in Him.  Learn more in this Recharge video.

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