5/24/16: Openly Christian

•May 24, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Psalm 67:7 says, “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him” (NKJ).

The Hebrew word used for “bless” here is the word “barak.” We can bless God by giving Him adoration, and God can bless us by giving us benefits. Notice that whichever way blessing goes, some act of giving is involved. This verse says that “God shall bless us.” We can therefore be assured that by God’s hand, we will indeed receive some sort of benefit. Hallelujah! That’s good news.

Let’s keep reading the verse. Connected to part A of the verse is part B. The “God shall bless us” part is followed by a comma and the word “and,” indicating something of equal value and importance is attached. Our blessing will evoke a response. “All the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” In other words, everyone from every part of the world will be moved to reverence (yare`) God.

We must stop being stingy isolationists. We travel through life concerned only with what’s mine and ours, living in our comfortable little Christian bubble, testifying to and preaching to the choir. It’s the world that needs to see the magnificence of God, and it will only do so if we let the world witness what God can do with and for us. This means we must be willing to let God take us to the big stages. We cannot be afraid to be openly-Christian as we engage the world in the arenas of politics, show business, the arts, the business, and Wall Street. As we live for God in these arenas, and God blesses us, the ends of the earth will fear Him because the ends of the earth will see Him through us.

Live a holy life that God will bless, and don’t be afraid to do so out in the open. Our blessings are for a reason – so that our dying world can look and live. The world can only begin to reverence God if they see Him, and it sees Him by peering wide-eyed into our lives which God is blessing. May our blessings be a witness to someone today.

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5/23/16: What Have You Gotten Into Now?

•May 23, 2016 • 3 Comments

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Immediately following the miracle when Jesus fed 5,000 people with a little boy’s lunch, He left for some alone time at the mountain. We take up the narrative in John chapter six when His disciples, seemingly tired of waiting, took off in a boat without Him.

  •  “Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going” John 6:16-21 (NKJ).

How like us these disciples were! How often do we get tired of waiting for Jesus and decide to take things into our own hands? We wait, it gets dark, and still no word from Jesus. So what do we do? We strike out on our own. We get into relationship boats, business deal boats, and debt boats. As the storms arise around our boats, we do exactly what the disciples did – we row like crazy, making three or even four more decisions that do nothing but take us deeper into the tempest. Like the disciples, we never even think of Jesus; after all, we are well aware that we’re the ones who left Him behind.

Ahh, but the Savior has a trick up His sleeve. He can walk on water (and why not, He created it)! Even without being asked, Jesus went to the disciples in their distress. The storm which was causing the disciples so much anguish was the very thing Jesus stepped on to get to them in order to rescue them.

My mother used to ask, “Just what have you gotten yourself into now?” What “boat” are you in today? Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (NKJ). Our wonderful Lord still walks on water. Even though you have gotten yourself into a mess, you left the Lord behind, and you’ve continued to make decisions that have only sent you farther “out to sea,” I challenge you to look up. Jesus is coming to you, walking right on top of madness.

Now continue to be like the disciples at the end of the story: willingly receive Jesus into your boat. That’s right, let Him step smack dab into the middle of the mess. You will find He will immediately take you to where you are supposed to be.

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5/21/16: And the Winner Is…

•May 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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It’s a nice thing to receive a pat on the back. In fact, we’re obeying Scripture when we congratulate each other. Romans 13:7 tells us, “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (NKJ, italics added). We get all dressed up to attend awards dinners that honor our colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. We let people know when we’re receiving honors so they can come and celebrate with us. Hollywood has this down to a science with the multitudinous awards shows that air annually – the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammy’s, the American Music Awards (AMA’s), and the People’s Choice Awards – just to name a few.

No, there’s nothing wrong with honoring someone for the work she has achieved, but Jesus makes a very pertinent case about this practice as it deals with how we relate to Him. In John chapter 5, Jesus pointedly explains who He is and the importance of our belief in Him. He says, “…He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him… But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish– the very works that I do– bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me… You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” John 5:23, 36, 39-40 (NKJ). Then John 5:44 asks, “How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?” (NKJ)

Jesus makes His case for who He is – the very One sent by God, empowered to give us eternal life – yet many of us more readily work to receive honor from men rather than seek the honor that comes from God. We receive that honor from God by accepting the work and the word of Jesus Christ. That means we seek out that which Jesus would have us to do, and then we do it. Like my friend Danielle likes to say, “It’s Barney simple.”

There’s an awards show coming for the believer. We will one day all stand before God and instead of the words “and the winner is…,” we hope to hear words like those of one of Jesus’ parables: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” Matthew 25:21 (NKJ).

Whose honor will you earn today?

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5/20/16: See God in the Sanctuary

•May 20, 2016 • 1 Comment

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A home is wonderful. It’s the location where all the “stuff” of our life has a place. Our homes, and the stuff in our homes, usually reflect our personalities too and what’s important to us. For example, my friend Annvernette and her husband’s home in New Orleans is warm and inviting as well as knock down, gorgeously appointed. Their home not only says, “Welcome,” but you know you’re special to them because they took the time to share with you and surround you with so much beauty. If you come to our home, you would see lots of pictures of family and you’d see lots of books. These items reflect our devotion to our loved ones and our thirst for knowledge.

I believe it is especially true of a woman that her home is an extension of who she is. We “see” her in her home. The same is true of God. We see Him (or we ought to) in His home. Psalm 63:2 says, “I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory” (NKJ). Did we look for God in His house the last time we attended church? Did His house reflect His power and glory? Deeper still, now that we realize that our hearts of God’s home, do we see His power and glory there? “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NAS).

Perhaps it’s time to do some interior and exterior renovation to the temple of God – the sanctuary that is you – so that it looks more like God’s house. When folks “visit,” when they come in contact with us, may they look for God in the sanctuary that is our lives, and see His power and glory.

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5/16/16: Know the Author

•May 16, 2016 • 1 Comment

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At a Mother’s Day luncheon at our church, our pastor’s wife, Teresa, taught us something very profound about the Bible. She said we can read, understand, and even enjoy other books without the slightest hint of insight into the lives of their authors; however, we must have an understanding of the Author of the Bible in order to comprehend its truths. From her statement, I realized that reading the Bible and knowing God go hand-in-hand. We come to know God as we read the Bible, and we come to understand the Bible as we know God more intimately. One is not possible without the other.

Although the Bible had not been put together as we know it today, Jesus told Nicodemus essentially the same thing. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, who approached Jesus one evening and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” John 3:2 (NKJ). Jesus’ answer is intriguing. He told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3 (NKJ). The words “know” and “see” in the above two verses are really the same Greek word – eido – which means “to know, be aware, have knowledge, perceive, and understand.” Although Nicodemus and the other Pharisees had come to a logical conclusion about who Jesus must be, Jesus clarified that true perceptive understanding could not come unless they were born again. Being born again meant becoming a part of the family, coming into a personal, intimate relationship between Father and child. Since Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh (see John chapter 1), for Nicodemus, knowing Jesus in person was the same as reading the Bible.

We must become part of the family to know the Father. You can do that easily right now. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:9-10 (NKJ). If you are already born again, determine today to get to know Jesus even more intimately. To better understand the Bible, get to know the Author; to better know the Author, read the Bible.

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5/11/16: More Than Playing Dress-Up

•May 11, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Remember the question we were always asked as kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What happened to those goals? Maybe they were unrealistic (I want to be a warrior princess or king of the world) or extremely far-fetched (I want to be the queen of Morocco or the first landowner on Mars), but you must admit, they were sincerely held beliefs. Even if those childhood fancies have altered a bit, it’s still important to have goals. Have you had any good ideas lately? Do you have plans down in your heart – dreams of what you’d like to accomplish? How exactly to we get to the concrete (works) from the abstract (thoughts)? Those longings are not there for nothing.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established” (NKJ). The definitions of the main Hebrew words in this passage give deeper insight into its meaning.

  • Commit (galal) means “to roll away or trust.”
  • Works (ma’aseh) means “an action activity, product (specifically a poem), property, business, deed, thing made, occupation, thing offered, possession, handiwork, needlework, network, and workmanship.”
  • Thoughts (machashabah) means “a contrivance, i.e. intention, plan, device, imagination, purpose.
  • Established (kuwn) means “to be erect, hence to set up, appoint, confirm, direct, render sure or prosperous, ordain.

At first glance, this verse seems backward. Shouldn’t I think things totally through first before I commit them to the Lord? After all, I don’t want to take some fly-by-night idea to God and ask Him to bless it. No, the verse is in the right order but there’s a presupposition here that most of us miss and that’s why few of us get anything significant done.

The presupposition is that we actively follow through with the ideas God gives us. You see, we’ll have no works to commit to the Lord unless we have stepped out to do something about our ideas in the first place. Just as the lepers were healed “as they went” after Jesus had told them to go show themselves to the priests (see Luke 17:14), we will be directed and established as we work. We are to trust our business to the Lord, rolling it into His hands. Then the exact purpose and full intention that He has for it will be fully revealed to us, and the business will be confirmed and rendered prosperous.

So again, what about those goals and dreams? Get to work. As you are committed to God, He will direct your hand in your business, and He will establish and prosper you.

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5/10/16: Takes One to Know One

•May 10, 2016 • 1 Comment

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When David had to go on the run from King Saul, the first people who rallied to his support were his family members. The next folks were not necessarily the folks David would have chosen as followers. I Samuel 22:1-2 says, “David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him” (NKJ).

If it’s true that birds of a feature flock together, this ragtag band of followers doesn’t seem to speak too well of David. Look who decided to band with him: those in distress, those in debt, and those who were discontented. Man, what a bunch of complainers!

However, maybe the bird saying is the wrong way to look at it. Perhaps a better cliché would be “it takes one to know one.” Maybe these distressed, discontented debtors felt an affinity with David, knowing he too was distressed and definitely discontented. They also realized David had favor with God and was positioned to be the next king. If we look back a few verses, we see what people were saying about David. “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances saying, ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” I Samuel 21:11 (NKJ)

At times, we may find ourselves in distress, in debt, or in discontent. We cannot, however, allow these problems to cloud our outlook. It’s still important to pay attention to whom we should follow. We are to keep ourselves connected to the King. That’s the only sure way to be sure we’re on the winning side.

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