1/18/17: Rest

•January 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

images-2I love it when I have a day off of work. I love it even more when that day off of work does not include work I have to do before I return to work the next day. In other words, it’s an absolute joy when I can simply rest.

We don’t get enough rest. We’re all busily running around, trying to either keep up, or catch up, or make up, or get ahead. Perhaps this makes us legitimately a part of the human “race.” We forget that even God put a premium on rest. After all the work of creation was finished, “on the seventh day God ended His work… and He rested… and sanctified [the seventh day], because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3 NKJ).

Jesus followed up with this “rest” theme when people were trying to figure out exactly who He was. As He images-1traveled teaching and preaching throughout the disciples’ cities early in His ministry (see Matthew 11:1), He identified Himself saying that “all things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father” (Matthew 11:27). He goes on to attach this knowledge of the Father to the idea of rest. He says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). What do we find when we go to Jesus? We find God. And when we find God, we find rest.

imagesI think my day of rest will consist of eating something I really enjoy, watching some home decor TV shows, rearranging my sock drawer, and maybe even taking a nap. I’ll be in better shape for the Kingdom work I need to do tomorrow. What will you do to rest? Let’s bask more often in the physical refreshment to be experienced as we walk through this life resting with God the Father, thanks to God the Son, and in the power of God the Holy Spirit.

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1/17/16: Accurate Information

•January 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

unknown          I had an opportunity to speak with members of a women’s book club regarding my book Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame. After a lovely lunch and some small talk, we got down to the business at hand of discussing the book. I answered the opening question about my initial inspiration to write the book, and then one of the women asked me about some points I had made in one of the chapters. As I prefaced each of my comments with, “Well, the Bible says…,” I noticed that several of the women were not only quiet, but seemed a bit distant. Soon the reason was disclosed.

         Very politely, one of the women said, “I don’t want to offend you, but I stopped reading the book at page 42.” You see, page 42 lays out the Gospel truth that all religions do not lead to the same God. The book states:

  • No matter what name is on the marquee, churches that teach the fundamental truths of the Bible, acknowledging first and foremost the deity of Jesus Christ, are leading their parishioners to the God of Christianity. However, any religion not willing to assert that Jesus Christ is God – and the coming to Him in faith for eternal life – is not leading its followers to the same God we serve.

A discussion ensued about the veracity of the Bible, the identity of the person of Jesus Christ, and the existence of absolute truth. The question was asked, “How can you say that this viewpoint is “right” and all other religions in the world are “wrong”?

Again, I pointed to Jesus’ own words. I answered, “In John 14:6, Jesus Christ Himself asserted, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ By saying this, either Jesus is lying, He’s a lunatic, or He actually is the Lord stating the truth about Himself. And we are responsible regarding what we do with that truth.”

That comment forced the next retort. “How can you judge everyone in the world like that?”

My heart was racing now because I realized I was literally on the battlefield for which my book instructed me to suit up. I relished the conversation because I knew that in the armor, I could confidently wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and know that each strike would make its point.

My answer was that there’s a difference between “judgment” and “stating a fact.” I could confidently and unapologetically say that Jesus Christ is the only way to God because that is a fact stated in the Bible. If we believe the Bible to be true, we have to believe all of it. We can’t pick and choose the parts we like – the parts that hold no consequence – and toss out the parts that make us uncomfortable or require us to change. By stating what the Bible says, I am not judging. If people feel judged or criticized, it’s God’s word that’s doing the judging.

People probably will be defensive at first when they hear the truth of the Gospel clearly proclaimed. John 3:19-20 says, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (NKJ). However, don’t be scared to share the truth of the Word of God, but do so gently and lovingly. Peter instructs us to have Christ so set apart in our hearts that at any and every moment we should “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [us] to give the reason for the hope that [we] have. But do this with gentleness and respect” First Peter3:15(NIV).

Eternity hangs in the balance. Give out accurate information about God.

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Get to Know God Better in 2017!

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment
  • 619hstwgsl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Friends, Thank you for all your birthday wishes. Sixty – yes 60 – is starting off strong. Let’s give each other a birthday gift. Your gift to me will be to purchase my new book, 366 Glimpses of God: Getting to Know the God Who Knows You. My gift to you is the journey you’ll take getting to know God better while reading each devotion every day this year.
It only takes the sale of 10,000 books to crown a Christian book as a “best seller.” Please help me move 366 Glimpses into that category. Perhaps you’re a family member or a personal friend. Maybe you heard me speak, teach, or preach; or you were one of my former students. However it happened, our paths crossed positively at some time in life. Starting with the 400 of you who sent me a birthday wish, here’s how the numbers look:
1. Each of you please purchase 2 copies – one for yourself and one for your pastor, women’s ministry leader, or men’s ministry leader. That’s 800 books.
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1/8/17: Words We Can Know For Sure

•January 8, 2017 • 2 Comments
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imgresA popular talk show host began using the phrase, “One thing I know for sure.” Whenever this statement was uttered, it would be followed by the host’s declarations of the wisdom she had learned over the years of her life. Millions of viewers hung on her comments, taking them into their lives as words to live by.

Well, as those viewers soak in their favorite TV personality’s thoughts, we can be glad that our God has given us a book full of something we can know for sure. Mark13:31says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (NKJ)

Yes, everything in God’s word we can know for sure. Among other things are these amazing gems of truth:

  • For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16(NKJ)
  • But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJ)
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts4:12(NIV)
  • That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
  • Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7 (NIV)

You’ve just read a very condensed version of the Gospel (the Good News) of God in Jesus Christ. These are indeed words you can know and count on for sure. If you’ve never done so, confess Christ as Lord of your life right now! If you have, forward this devotion to someone who perhaps has never read this message so succinctly. We can keep this devotion circulating around the world! Feel free to comment on the blog when you confess Christ as Lord, rededicate your life to Him, or use this to share God’s good news with your friends!

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1/7/17: Here’s How to Live Out Your Faith

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imgresI have heard people say, “I just don’t know how to be a good Christian. What am I supposed to be doing? I wish God would just tell me.” Well, if you’ve ever thought or uttered a sentiment like this, today’s you’re lucky day. I’ve come across God’s answer for you. He has spoken to both young and old, and has laid out plainly what you’re to do so you can’t miss it. Are you ready? Here goes.

Older men are to be:

  • Sober
  • Reverent
  • Temperate
  • Sound in faith, in love, in patience;

Older women are to be:

  • Reverent in behavior
  • Not slanderers
  • Not given to much wine
  • Teachers of good things
  • Admonishers to the young women

Young women are to:

  • Love their husbands
  • Love their children
  • Be discreet
  • Be chaste
  • Be homemakers
  • Be good
  • Be obedient to their own husbands (that the word of God may not be blasphemed)

Young men are to be:

  • Sober-minded
  • In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works
  • In doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, and sound speech that cannot be condemned (that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you)

Employees are to be:

  • Obedient to their own masters
  • Well pleasing in all things
  • Not answering back
  • Not pilfering
  • Showing all good fidelity (that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things)

Don’t take my word for this list. You’ll find this list in Titus 2:2-10 (NKJ). Once we finish getting ourselves lined up with this list, I don’t think we’ll be running back to God wondering about what He would have us to do. We’ll be doing it.

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1/2/17: Invasion

•January 2, 2017 • 1 Comment
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By now, many people have taken down their Christmas decorations and have thrown the Christmas tree out on the curb for the trash man to pick up. Although the long-awaited holiday is just eight days past, we are moving on in our minds, full steam ahead into the new year. But let’s not allow the glow of the season to rush from our consciousness so fast. It’s extremely important to remember the whole point of the holiday season is to remind us that Jesus entered history. Let’s review that entry one more time:

Mary was minding her own business when God just invaded her life. He didn’t ask her about her plans, her hopes, or her dreams. He didn’t go to her parents to see if His plan for her would be all right with them. He didn’t discuss things with her fiancé until after Mary had submitted to the plan either. The announcement of the plan and Mary’s reaction were as follows:

  • God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
  • Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
  • “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
  • Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
  • The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
  • Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:26-38 (NLT)

God’s plan for Mary had been crafted long before Mary existed in reality, but not before she existed in the mind and heart of the Planner. The same is true of us. God’s plan—for the Savior to enter into our lives and grow there—was crafted long before we existed in reality, but not before we existed in the mind and heart of the Master Planner. May we be as submissive as Mary was to God’s invasion into our lives. May we say to God on a daily basis, “I am Your servant. May everything You have said about me come true.”

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1/1/17: Read, Listen, Focus, Prepare for 2017

•January 1, 2017 • 1 Comment
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None of us know exactly what’s down the road for us in 2017. However, if we’ve paid attention to life for any length of time, we are assured of several things in general. There will be good times with smiles and nice surprises, but there will also be challenging times with battles to fight. We look forward to the smiles, but cringe at the thought of the battles. Thankfully, God has a plan to help us prepare in advance for any upcoming onslaughts.

Step One: Read

“Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” Psalm 119:165 (NIV). For everything that can happen to us, all the answers are already available in God’s word. Get a jump on the news. Read the Bible. Its words are there to be sure we will be balanced and sure-footed when the battles ensue.

Step Two: Listen

We can read the Bible all day long, but if we don’t determine in our hearts to take heed to what God says, all that reading will be for naught. Only those who heed are promised tranquility. Psalm 85:8 says, “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints– but let them not return to folly” (NIV).

Step Three: Focus

Once the battles begin to march forward toward us, adrenaline starts pumping and we can be tempted to go into panic mode. However, Isaiah 26:3-4 suggests that we focus instead. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (NKJ).

Step Four: Prepare

“Finally,” says Ephesians 6:10-11, “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (NIV). Be ready for the battle by dressing for the fight ahead of time. No self-respecting enemy is going to alert us to the time of the attack, so we have to be ready at all times.

The opening line of Oswald Chambers’ December 27th My Utmost for His Highest devotional entry says, “The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world.” May we read, listen, focus, and prepare so that we win battles at His feet before we ever fight them on our feet.

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