5/1/15: What Makes You Say, “I’m Good”?

•April 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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For my internet TV show, I interviewed a young woman whose husband is a quadriplegic. She discussed their struggle with facing the possibility of never being natural parents. In I Samuel chapter one, Hannah was having that same struggle. She prays to have a son. At one point, she is so distraught over this that she is not even able to eat, so she goes to God with a very specific prayer. She is so serious about it that she adds a vow to her request. First, she asks God to “look on my affliction.” Then she requests that God would remember her, and she goes on to ask God directly, “Give me a male child.” Finally she vows to give him back to the Lord and that no razor would come upon his head. (I Samuel 1:11)

Eli the priest saw Hannah praying and when he recognized her sincerity, he blessed her and prophesied that God would grant her petition. Right then, Hannah stopped crying, changed her whole attitude, and acted as if her prayer had been answered.

That’s what caught my eye. Hannah didn’t have her baby; in fact, she wasn’t even pregnant yet, but look at her attitude. Once she received the word from God, her faith in His word took over and she moved as if the manifestation was already there. In essence, upon hearing God’s promise, Hannah said, “Fine then, I’m good!”

May we learn to live in faith in God’s word even before we see results.  “For we walk by faith, not by sight” II Corinthians 5:7 ((KJV).

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4/29/15 Life Will Work Out

•April 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Besides being a classic love story, what we read about Ruth in the Bible is an uplifting reminder that where we were born and the bad things that happen to us in the past are no indicators of what God can do with us in the present and future. Ruth was from a family line considered cursed. (The Moabites descended from the incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters, see Genesis 19:36-37.) Then she became a widow at an early age and had no children through which to secure an inheritance. But none of that mattered to God. What mattered to God was her heart, which was sold out to Him. After all was said and done, Ruth caught the attention of the most eligible bachelor in town, he fell in love with her and married her, and she became the great-grandmother of King David, directly in the line which led to our Savior!

Stay committed to following God. No matter where you come from or what you’ve been through, a heart sold out to Him is what matters. Don’t worry. Life will work out.

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4/22/15: Don’t Push It

•April 22, 2015 • 1 Comment

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Have you ever gotten to the place in your frustration with a situation where you draw a line in the sand? You’ve had it. This is absolutly as far as you will go. Something must change. If you are the one in charge of the situation, you then move to bring those changes about. You are the one with the power and authority, so you make the changes. End of discussion.

In Judges chapter 10, God got to that place with His people. Yet again, once their leader (the current judge) had died, the children of Israel returned to their worship of other gods. When they were once again oppressed by the enemy (this time the Philistines and Ammonites), they cycled back to crying out to God. But this time God exhibited His frustration with them. After reminding them (again) of what He’d done for them in the past, He says, “Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress” (NKJ). Not until the children of Israel confessed their sin and turned from their ways by putting away the foreign idols, did God move to put away their misery.

God has both the power and authority to bring a decent amount of discomfort into the lives of His children when we are disobedient. His word is His line in the sand. Are any of your ways bringing God to the point at which He will say to you, “I will deliver you no more”? If so, confess and put away the “foreign idols.” Don’t push it.

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4/21/15: Get to Work

•April 21, 2015 • 1 Comment

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I asked some teenagers, “What would you need to consider yourself to be living the “good life”? The common thread in all of the answers was, “I would need lots of money and to be safe when I walk outside.” Hmmm, money and security: I thought that was interesting.

Only one or two mentioned anything about working, yet we read in Proverbs 14:23, “In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty” NKJ. Contrary to the beliefs of those young people, they are headed for 30 – 50 years of work in order to earn the means to live. When I said that to them, my words weren’t exactly met with glee. You see, some of those young people are not working hard in school because they actually believe someone will hand them money to live on when they reach adulthood.

Did our kids come up with this idea themselves? What would cause young people to think money just falls from trees (or simply pops out of the automatic teller)? Why would young people think they should be rewarded simply because they exist? How much of their attitude have they inherited from our actions?

A godly work ethic actually involves work and will be “caught” by our children as they watch our lives. Talk is cheap. Whether we’re in school, in transition between jobs, employed just to get a paycheck, involved in our desired career, or even retired and free to choose how we spend the hours of our days, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work glorifying God with the breath He’s allowed us to use.

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4/20/15: Reassurance

•April 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

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In Judges, chapter 6, the Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon to tell him he is the next judge chosen to deliver Israel, this time from the oppression of the Midianites. Not understanding why he, the least in a small family, would be chosen, Gideon asked the Lord for some reassurance. First, the Lord consumes food with fire. Then He allows dew to fall on an animal skin only and not on the ground, and then on the ground and not on the animal skin (see verses 21 and 36-40).

I was a little puzzled by this, not by the signs themselves, but by Jesus’ reaction in the New Testament when He was asked by the Pharisees to show a sign. His reaction then was, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!” Matthew 12:39 NIV. Why was it wicked for the Pharisees to ask for a sign but okay for Gideon?

I think the answer lies in the heart of the one asking the question. You see, the Pharisees were asking for a sign out of their sarcastic disbelief; Gideon was asking because of his sincere desire to believe. Gideon’s heart beat for God and he wanted to be sure he was moving in obedience. Our loving heavenly Father has no problem reassuring us that we are really hearing from Him, but woe to those of us who clearly hear God’s voice and still do not move and obey. The Pharisees simply wanted to see some magic; their hearts were twisted to hate Jesus no matter what they saw. Gideon was poised to obey.

What do we do with the voice of God when we hear it?

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4/19/15: Why Go to Church?

•April 19, 2015 • 1 Comment

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We hear Hebrews 10:25 preached to us all the time, admonishing us to go to church. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (NKJ). Okay, that’s fine, but why? Other than the fact that this verse says I should go (which should be enough of a reason to do anything – because the Bible tells me to), what’s the big deal about going to church? Why can’t I just stay home and glorify God? I can read my Bible. I can do Bible studies. I can even watch preachers on TV. Why do I need to physically go to church?

As with all the Bible, verses don’t stand in isolation from the other verses around them. Let’s look back a few verses and pick up the context of Hebrews 10:25. Chapter ten begins by giving an explanation of how the old covenant, with its many sacrifices, was just a shadow of the new covenant, now ratified by the one marvelous, atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Since we can now enter into this new and living way thanks to Jesus Christ, our high priest, let’s live in accordance to it. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Verse 22: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…” We live this new life in Christ by drawing near to God with a true and sincere heart.
  2. Verse 23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering…” We live this new life in Christ by holding fast to what we believe without being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
  3. Verse 24: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” We live this new life in Christ by admonishing others to love and participate in good works.

The command in verse 25 concerning going to church comes on the heels of verses 22 – 24. We draw near to God by hearing the Word taught on a regular basis by someone we know and trust, and to whom we have committed the care and nurturing of our soul – our local pastor. We hold fast to the confession of our hope by being in constant fellowship with other believers who can encourage us through our ups and downs. And we can only consider one another to stir them up toward love and good works if we are around other believers. We are able to draw near, hold fast, and stir up as we assemble ourselves together.

No more excuses. The next time the church doors are open for service or Bible study, be there.

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4/18/15: God Has No Grandchildren

•April 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

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One of my Biola professors once said, “God has no grandchildren.” What he meant by that was everyone must come into a personal relationship with God for himself or herself. We must interact with God as our Father and we as His children. Every generation with God is the first generation.

I thought of this as I read Judges, chapters one and two. It took only one generation before the children of Israel were utterly disobeying God. They were not driving out all the old inhabitants of the land, which led to their intermingling with them and taking on their habits, the worse of which was worshipping their gods. Judges 2:10-12 says:

  • 10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.
  • 11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals;
  • 12 and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. (NKJ)

Because the folks of the new generation had not experienced God for themselves, they easily slid away from Him. That taught me that the development of my faith is a function of trusting God for myself. I must get to junctures at which no one can help me but God. As the saying goes, “I won’t know that God is all I need until God is all I’ve got.”

We hinder our children when we don’t allow them to lean on God for their needs, their rescue, and their advancement. Perhaps we are helping to raise a generation who is leaving the Lord because we keep trying to provide for them that which only God can provide. It’s difficult, but there comes a time to allow our children to work out their own salvation, to work on their own testimony. Do our children know God for themselves, or is He more like a grandfather to them – someone their parents knew well, but who is removed and seen as the guy who comes by to dole out money every now and then? A child who knows the Lord for himself – as his own Father – will come to please God with his entire life.

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