6/21/18: Half Right?

•June 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I’ll admit it. I like being right. And I’m not by myself. I don’t know anyone who likes being wrong. We like being right so much that we’ll settle for being half right rather than admit the wrong that is our part of the problem, conversation, or situation. I thought about this as I read Proverbs 19:11. It says, “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression” (NKJ). The New Living Translation renders the verse this way, “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” You see, I have no problem with the “slow to anger” part of this verse. In that respect, I’m in the right, but the “overlooking wrongs” part is another story. So I’m half right. I want to see wrongs fixed, and when others insist upon “wronging” me, or holding onto grudges, etc., that just gets my goat. I cannot look at them with the same level of respect I once had until the burr under my skin is relieved. And for me, that relief comes through a conversation in which I feel I am totally heard and respected, one from which I can depart knowing my views were seriously taken into consideration.

Although I struggle with one of the two aforementioned concepts, God talks about being slow to anger and overlooking a transgression in the same breath. Our inner ability to control our anger makes us sensible people, and that sensibility and discretion has an outward manifestation, which is the ability to overlook wrongs. We then gain the reputation of respectability. In other words, we lose respect when we do not demonstrate that we have overlooked a wrong. And we hold onto wrongs because we have not let go of our anger about being wronged in the first place.

So upon further inspection, I’m not really half right when I say I’m slow to anger but I find it hard to overlook wrongs. In truth, I may be slow to anger, but once I’m angry, that’s it, baby. I’m holding that person in the vice of my anger until the conversation can be had on my terms to get things right. So my failure to let it go cancels out any gain I may have received for being slow to get angry in the first place.

Letting go means extending forgiveness and restoring relationships. Wouldn’t we rather be all right with God than half right, or even none right, with our spouse, kids, other family members, friends, and co-workers? We’re fooling ourselves if we believe that we can forgive without restoration. God’s forgiveness of us was for the sole purpose of restoring us into a right relationship with Him. And He tells us we are not forgiven and restored to Him unless we forgive and restore others. Matthew 6:15 is clear, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (NKJ).

With whom do we need to make amends? We’re better together. You be the one to make the first call. That will make you 100% right.

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6/19/18 Tell the Stories

•June 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I love telling the stories about what my grandchildren do and say. Yes, I am a proud, doting Nana. Dallas, now age 3, and Jordyn, almost 1, are dazzlingly cute and unbelievably smart, and they are doing amazingly cute stuff all the time. (I hope I don’t run out of adverbs!) Read my Facebook posts and you’ll soon come across something fun about those pumpkins. It’s like I just can’t keep myself from letting the joy they bring me spill out to be shared by everyone else I know and love.

So I can appreciate Peter’s and John’s enthusiasm about sharing all that Jesus said and did with everyone they met. In Acts chapter 4, the two apostles were pulled aside after performing the notable miracle of healing the 40-year-old lame man who everyone in town knew had been lame from birth. The Sadducees, “rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem” Acts 4:1, 5-6 (KNV). These leaders were incensed because of Peter and John’s boldness to continue to go through town spreading word about Jesus. First of all, the Sadducees did not believe in resurrection, so Jesus’ resurrection posed a huge problem to their whole philosophical system. Then, it was these very religious leaders who had called for the murder of Jesus to squash His message, yet here were these guys, not only claiming that Jesus had risen, but continuing to gain followers in His name.

The problem the rulers had, though, was what even they had to admit. They said, “For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it” Acts 4:16 (KJV). The only thing they could think to do was to call Peter and John in and they “commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus” Acts 4:18 (KJV). But Peter and John responded, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” Acts 4:20 (KJV).

Peter and John, I hear you. That’s the same way I feel when sharing about my grandchildren. You see, sharing about them is simply an extension of sharing about the goodness of God, for it is God who gave them to me.

Tell your stories to someone else today about the goodness of God. What is it that you just can’t keep to yourself? Go ahead and speak the things which you have seen and heard of Him.

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6/14/18: But the High Places…

•June 14, 2018 • Leave a Comment

First and Second Kings and First and Second Chronicles are books in the Bible that tell us about the kings of Israel and Judah. Unfortunately, many times, the record tells us that those kings “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” However, every now and then, a king would get into the job and do what was right in God’s sight, but sadly with most of those guys, we have to read another sad epithet informing us “the high places were not removed.” For example, such was the case with Jotham, the son of Uzziah. His story says, “…Jotham the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem… And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. However the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places…” (II Kings 15:32-35 NKJ).

Another example of keeping the high places up is in Second Chronicles 15. Here we read of the very honorable king Asa. When he became king, he was told by the prophet “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you (verse 2), and to “be strong… for your work shall be rewarded” (verse 7). So King Asa removed the idols from all the land, restored the altar of the Lord, led the people in an oath about following God, an even kicked his own mother out from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of a false god. After cleaning house, King Asa looked pretty good until we get to verse 17 which reads, “But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.”

These and other examples of the failure of the good kings to remove the high places gave me pause. Are our hearts right and loyal, yet are we failing to remove the “high places”? What high places have been erected in our lives or even in our family history that we resist tearing down? What actions, beliefs, attitudes, or habits do we refuse to release to the transforming grace of God?

Who is that one person with whom we just won’t reconcile? It’s on us to start the conversation and tear down that high place.

What is that one act we insist to hold over another’s head? It’s our move to let that person know we are releasing him/her from our vindictiveness and tearing down that high place.

Why are we adamant about doing that one thing our way instead of God’s way? We must buck up and turn that thing over to Jesus in order to tear down that high place.

From generational curses to bad eating habits, God wants us to take a closer look at ourselves. Let us allow God to launch a full inspection through every area of our lives so He can show us our high places and begin their demolition.

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6-12-18: What Your Prayers Reflect

•June 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

It’s a good idea to write your prayers. Prayers we verbally utter can get lost to us in the atmosphere; they can be said and forgotten. However, prayers we write are fixed in front of us. They capture the essence of moments that can be relived, reviewed, cherished, and remembered. Since we know we can’t lie to God, written prayers become a registry of our relationship with Him and a valuable legacy for our children, grand-children, and generations beyond. And prayers have no expiration date!

I Chronicles 4:10, a verse nestled and almost hidden in another boring list of “begats,” is a sincere prayer of an otherwise obscure historical figure. Even though his mother gave him a negative name, Jabez (which means to grieve or sorrowful) did not allow the circumstances of his birth determine His attitude toward God. He realized “it is what it is” when it came to his life’s situation, but focused on God’s truth and tomorrow. His prayer is a reflection of an honorable heart toward God.

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” (NKJ)

Notice that Jabez’s prayer is not void of requests for himself, but it combines those requests with a realization of God’s sovereignty and control. Let’s quickly look at each point of the prayer as it could apply to you if you were to pray like this:

  • Called on God – Recognize who the God is on whom you are calling, with all His associated attributes
  • Bless me indeed –Concentrate on your personal relationship with God. Ask yourself, “Am I part of the family, even in line for the blessings of God?”
  • Enlarge my territory – Be about the business ministry. Know that your life influences others.
  • Your hand be with me – Submit to God’s direction and operate in his favor.
  • Keep me from evil – Give attention to personal holiness.
  • That I may not cause pain – Conduct your relationships with others in an upright, honest, and loving manner.

Start journaling your prayers and after about a month or so, read back over them. What do your prayers reflect? Does God detect an honorable heart so that He can grant you your requests as He did for Jabez?

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6-11-18: What Are You Carrying?

•June 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Lots of us are carrying lots of problems. We carry the pressure of making that proverbial dish: ends meat. How are we going to make those ends meet? We carry the strain placed upon us by the jobs we hold, or the stress of trying to find a job. We carry the tension of distributing the money we do earn in the wisest ways. And don’t let an unexpected expense get thrown into the mix; now there’s a new problem to juggle.

Apart from finances, we carry the burdens placed upon us by our relationship issues with spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, children, friends, ex-people, bosses, business associates, co-workers, teachers/mentors, employees, and neighbors. Additionally, we are surrounded by the problems in our world. Terrorism, taxes, and tension from every side all conspire to add to the load we’re lugging around.

So it may not seem comforting to read “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you…” (I Peter 4:12-14 NKJ). Even though this passage goes on to say that we ought to “rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings,” it doesn’t sound appealing to think about carrying yet another load.

So what’s the good news in all of this?

  • First, we can be comforted in knowing that Jesus knows how we feel. He had a cross to carry. John 19:17 tells us that He physically carried the cross on which He was crucified. By bearing that cross and actually allowing Himself to be attached to it, He carried our sins away from us.
  • Next, Jesus speaks directly to us about this issue saying, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, andfollow Me” (Matthew 16:24).
  • Then, Jesus offers to handle our burdens His way. First Peter 5:7 tells us to “[cast] all [our] care upon Him, for He cares for [us].”
  • Finally, in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus offers us rest from our heavy loads by putting those down and picking up the ones with which He intends for us to deal. He says, “Come to Me, all youwho labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

We can stop carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. Worrying means we don’t trust that God can handle our situation. How is worrying about the problem (carrying the heavy load) helping to change it? God does intend for us to responsibly participate in life; however, the shouting good news about this is that He is with us every step of the way, helping us to carry only that which He intends for us to carry. And as we do so, He blesses our lives.

 

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6-10-18 – A Difference the World Can See

•June 10, 2018 • 1 Comment

I recall a Walter Hawkins gospel hit entitled “Changed.” Some of the lyrics were:

“He changed my life complete, and now I sit at His feet. To do what must be done, I’ll work and work until He comes. A wonderful change has come over me. A wonderful change has come over me.”

As I read II Kings 22-23 and Acts 2:40-47 this morning, those lyrics came to mind. In II Kings, Josiah, a young man who had become king of Jerusalem when he was only 8 years old, had a heart for God. Kings before him had been so corrupt that no one even knew where the Book of the Law was. When the Book was found and read, upon hearing its words, Josiah immediately set about to radically clean things up in the land and among the people. In Acts, upon hearing Peter’s Pentecost Day message, the people asked in earnest, “What shall we do?” and Peter told them to repent and be baptized. Before the end of the day, 3,000 people responded to the first “altar call,” and from then on, the new believers set out to live a different kind of life.

Sometimes I think we take overboard the idea of being “in the world but not of the world” (See John 17:15-18). We interpret that idea to mean we can act, dress, and talk like folks who don’t know Christ as long as we know we have said the sinner’s prayer, because after all, there’s freedom in Christianity. Not so fast. To the contrary, the idea of being “in the world but not of the world” is a reminder of the difference people outside the safety of grace need to see.

I Peter 4:1-5 says, “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do– living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (NIV)

Walter Hawkins was right, a wonderful change has come over us. Let’s not be afraid or ashamed to show it.

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AuthorizeMe Comes to Orange County

•May 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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The AuthorizeMe® seminar will answer all your questions and meet all your needs. Get that book out of your head, down onto paper, and into a professional book proposal format ready to present to an acquisition editor of a major publishing house.

Here’s the truth: writing a book is hard work, publishing a book is harder work, and marketing a book is the hardest work of all. But if your heart is telling you to write your book, and especially if God is nudging you to write your story, let AuthorizeMe® ease the struggle as you follow your heart and obey the Lord. AuthorizeMe® comes alongside you as you navigate through the choppy seas of becoming a published author.

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