8/24/16: The Why-Me-God Blues

•August 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

UnknownWe don’t know why God does the things He does. All we need to know is God’s attributes and then we can confidently flow with whatever He decides to do. In other words, once we learn to trust God for who He is, we’ll be okay with whatever He does because we’ll know that whatever He does is always in line with His character. When I was a little girl, I learned a Sunday School song which lyrics were this:

God is love, God is truth,

God is mercy, God is youth,

God is power, God is right,

God is wisdom, God is light.

This little song helps us – it can even help little kids – to accept what God does even if we don’t quite understand everything about why He is doing it. For example, if we know God was love, we can rightly judge the imitations of love that come our way. If we recognize that God is almighty and has all power, we can securely rest in His protection of us, and so on.

Job’s young friend Elihu gave some counsel to Job along these same lines. He said, “God thunders marvelously with His voice; he does great things which we cannot comprehend… Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; he scatters His bright clouds. And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the face of the whole earth. He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy” Job 37:5, 11-13 (NKJ).

Elihu says that we don’t even know what God is doing when it comes to the rain. He points out that God has three reasons for sending the rain: it comes “for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.” This insight can help us to relax and flow with God’s purpose when trouble comes our way. Perhaps the problem exists because we need correction. Hebrews 12:7-8 says, “If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (NKJ).

We may be facing our trial because God wants to tend His land. We learn from our trials and if we’re attentive, we grow stronger from them and can look back and realize that God was teaching us something we needed to know. James 1:3-4 says, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (NKJ).

Finally, God may be sending the rain as a soothing salve because we are in need of mercy. When we’ve been in a dry spot, rain symbolizes refreshment and cleansing. For example, God uses this metaphor of pouring out blessings when we faithfully tithe. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 (NKJ).

So the next time we are singing the why-me-God blues, remember that God has His reasons. All we need to do is hang on and continue to trust in who He is. Nothing He brings or allows in our lives is out of His control, and nothing He ushers to us is contrary to His character.

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8/23/16: Drunk, Disgraceful, and Drowsy

•August 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Most of us care about our appearance and how we present ourselves. Men and women alike tend to care about how they look when they go out. I know a couple in which the wife loves beautiful clothes and the husband is quite dapper: she uses one small walk-in closet, and he uses four standard ones. That couple is busy at church and ministry, they tithe regularly, and they do their best to live as God would have them live toward each other and their fellowman. Their clothes are but one sign of how God has blessed their faithfulness.

Proverbs 23:21 says, “For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags” (NKJ). This verse details three ways to images-1end up with nothing, out on the street, clothed in rags. The first way is to be a drunkard. The Hebrew word “caba’” means “to drink to try to satisfy your appetite.” The problem with this is that we are only supposed to be fully satisfied by that which God has for us. A New Testament verse instructs us in this vein as well. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18 (NIV).

The second way we can end up in rags is to be a glutton. When we hear that word, we usually think of eating too much, but that’s only a small part of the definition. The Hebrew word for glutton is “zalal” and that means “to shake as in the wind, to be loose morally, worthless, or prodigal; to blow down, be riotous (eater), or vile.” In other words, we are a glutton when we do not hold ourselves to a high moral standard in any area. Philippians 3:18-19 says, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame– who set their mind on earthly things” (NKJ). So then, over-eating becomes a morality issue in that we are loose – out of control – with our appetite. We can be gluttonous in our spending habits, our talking, and our dating or sex lives. In any area in which we are loose and out of control, we are living in gluttony.

Finally, the Scripture says “drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.” We’ll end up out there in rags if we’re lazy. The Hebrew word used here is “nuwmah” which simply means “sleepiness.” We have to get up to get things done. Read Proverbs 12:24, 21:25, and 24:30-34 for more words about laziness.

We can’t judge a book by its cover, so we can’t always tell by a person’s clothes whether or not he or she is living right, but a man or woman who is living right – who is not drunk, disgraceful, or drowsy – won’t be dressed in rags. They will have it together and God will see that their outward clothing beautifully reflects their inner righteousness which in turn reflects the glory of God.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! ZAMBIA AND OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONS, here I come! I started getting the necessary vaccinations for the trip and all that medication is really expensive. Our team will be purchasing our airfare soon. Then the next money due will be for our hotels, food, and visas. Finally, I want to take books for the women who attend the Power Suit Women’s Conferences. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Thank you in advance! Click this link:  https://sanewriter.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/33116-special-requestto go to the full request. You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net (Click “Donate”)
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  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott.)

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8/22/16: Pray for Me

•August 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Unknown-1As Paul was closing out his letter to the church at Rome, he embarked upon a conversation about his upcoming itinerary. He tells his readers that he is going to Jerusalem to take the believers there a contribution from the Gentile Christians in Macedonia and Achaia. Paul knows, however, that there are some folks in and around Judea (that’s like the county in which Jerusalem lies) who have it in for him. So, if he plans to get to Rome after visiting Jerusalem, he’ll need somebody to have his back. Thus he writes to the Romans, “Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me” Romans 15:30 (NKJ).

Paul was serious. He says, “I beg (beseech) you…strive together with me in prayers to God for me.” Let’s break down this request.

  • To beg or beseech means “to call near, invoke, and implore.”
  • Paul referred to the Romans as brethren and the word he used comes from a Greek word meaning “a brother from the womb.”
  • Paul asked for the Romans to “sunagonizomai.” To strive together means to struggle in company with and to be a partner or assistant.
  • Then Paul asked for the prayers to be “to God” and “for me.” He was only interested in having people go to God on his behalf. Those who didn’t know God need not apply. Thinking good thoughts wasn’t good enough. He also wanted to be sure they knew they were praying specifically for him.

These are the conditions when someone says, “Pray for me.” They have reached the point at which they are begging for something and they realize every other means has been expended. They know they are in for a fight, so they are gathering reinforcements to come along. It’s obvious they won’t be able to face the situation alone and they need “family” members who can identify and who care enough to be there for them. They don’t need people playing around or forgetting when they are in a fix and need help.

Let’s not throw this request around nor take it lightly. Recognize the serious nature of the simple appeal, “Pray for me.” Don’t ask others unless you’re serious. And the next time someone asks you, go in earnest to the heavenly throne room. Pour out their requests before God as if they were your own. You are striving together. If she goes down, you go down. If she overcomes, you overcome.

And by the way, while you’re at it, pray Ephesians 6:19 and II Thessalonians 3:1 for me!

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8/21/16: Fulfill Your Purpose

•August 21, 2016 • 1 Comment

UnknownPsalm 97:10a gives a short, yet profound admonition. It says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil.”

Let’s see: if you’re a medical doctor, you help heal people. If you’re a teacher, you teach. If you’re a trial lawyer, you try cases in court. If you’re an operator, you answer telephone calls; if you’re a lineman, you climb poles and fix the electricity; if you’re a chef, you cook. Whatever it is you are, you do. Conversely, if the outcome isn’t happening, there’s a disconnect – something terribly wrong – with the declaration of who you say you are. In other words, there’s something awry about a teacher who doesn’t teach, a chef who isn’t cooking, or an operator who won’t answer the phone. You aren’t living out your calling; you’re not operating in your gift; you’re not fulfilling your purpose.

So again, the bottom line from Psalm 97:10 is clear. If you call yourself a believer, the obvious outcome is that you will hate evil and act accordingly by avoiding it and speaking out against it.

You who love the Lord, hate evil.

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8/11/16: That’s My God at Work!

•August 11, 2016 • 1 Comment

UnknownOn one of our vacations, my husband and I decided to wing it with only a map and a full tank of gas. We were in the San Francisco area, and since I had never crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, we took off to make that happen. Traffic was horrendous, but we finally made it to the famous site. We drove across under a heavy fog that made it impossible to even see the tops of the bridge’s famous towers.

With that mission accomplished and more than half a day of sunlight left, we decided to drive through Sausalito, another place I hadn’t seen. We did so and then saw a sign pointing us temptingly toward Stinson Beach. Why not? We reasoned. Well, that two-way road to Stinson Beach wound us around and through mountains and valleys; it was much more of a drive than we had bargained for. Two hours later, we finally zig-zagged our way back through San Rafael, got ourselves back onto Highway 101, and headed back across the Golden Gate Bridge ($6 toll and all). What a ride!

Even though we had taken an unplanned turn, that drive was devastatingly beautiful. Around every bend was yet another amazing vista; visible only to eyes that took that out-of-the-way road. I kept thinking, Wow, God did all this work for us to enjoy today.

Psalm 92:4 perfectly sums up my feelings, “For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands” (NKJ). At first read, I wondered how I could be the one triumphing in the works of God’s hands. Then I got it. In the same way I used to yell, “That’s my kid,” when Mark scored a basket on the basketball court, I can triumph in the works of my God’s hands when I see them. I guess I’m yelling, “That’s my God at work!”

So the next time you see a gorgeous sunset, the waves rolling in, a mountain vista, or a starry night sky, be glad through God’s work, and triumph in the works of His hands. You may even want to shout out, “That’s my God at work!”

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! ZAMBIA AND OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONS, here I come! I started getting the necessary vaccinations for the trip and all that medication is really expensive. Our team will be purchasing our airfare soon. Then the next money due will be for our hotels, food, and visas. Finally, I want to take books for the women who attend the Power Suit Women’s Conferences. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Thank you in advance! Click this link:  https://sanewriter.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/33116-special-requestto go to the full request. You can give three ways:

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8/10/16: Good News as We Grow Older

•August 10, 2016 • 1 Comment

IMG_1494Once I crossed the fifty-year-old threshold, I suddenly realized there may be less days ahead of me than behind me. Since that revelation, every now and then, my mind floats to wondering how in the world I’m going to get everything done that’s on my “bucket list.” All the contents of that list will remain inside of me for now, but I do have a list, and am excited about the prospect of checking each thing off. But time is of the essence. That’s why Psalm 92:12-15 sounds like good news to me. Here it is in the New King James Version with my bold italics added for emphasis:

12      The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13      Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14      They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

15      To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Thanks to 2 Corinthians 5:21, we know this passage applies to us because “…He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (NKJ). So, as the righteous, we ourselves flourish, being planted in the house of the Lord; and we will remain fresh and flourishing in old age as we continue to bear fruit. This continued productivity declares the Lord’s righteousness and our dependence upon Him.

As I grow older and desire to do many Kingdom things, this is certainly good news to me. How about you?

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  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net (Click “Donate”)
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  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott.)

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8/8/16: Change Your Mind

•August 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

UnknownNo, our salvation does not depend upon us. Jesus supplied the way for us to get to God without our doing anything to earn it. He did it all; however, like a beautifully gift-wrapped present, salvation will remain elusive to us unless we know about it and lay hold of it.

Laying hold of salvation has a lot to do with getting our minds straight. Read Romans 8:5-7:

  • For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

In short, if we set our minds on the things of the Spirit, we will exist in life and peace. When our minds are on spiritual things, we are on God’s side. For most of us, this simply means we need to take our minds off of the things we like and place our thoughts on the things God likes. There’s really no way to butter this up. Here’s the choice: be carnally minded or be spiritually minded. In every area of life, to live for God, it’s time to change our minds.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! ZAMBIA AND OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONS, here I come! I started getting the necessary vaccinations for the trip and all that medication is really expensive. Our team will be purchasing our airfare soon. Then the next money due will be for our hotels, food, and visas. Finally, I want to take books for the women who attend the Power Suit Women’s Conferences. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Thank you in advance! Click this link:  https://sanewriter.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/33116-special-requestto go to the full request. You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net (Click “Donate”)
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott.)

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  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
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    • A View from the Upper Room

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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