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  • Learn To Wait – November 1, 2014

    Learn To Wait – November 1, 2014

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    Learn To Wait

    My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15

    The Psalmist writes, ‘…I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hands…’ (vv. 14-15). As you walk with God you’ll find that you spend more time waiting than receiving. And when you receive what you’re waiting for, then you’ll begin waiting for something else! So if you don’t learn to wait with joy, you’ll live in frustration. Paul writes, ‘Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not’ (Galatians 6:9). ‘Due season’ is when God knows the time is right, not when you think it is. God has a set time for accomplishing things in your life, so you might as well settle down and wait because that’s when it will happen, and not before. God knows what you need, when you need it, and how to get it to you. You ask, ‘And what am I supposed to do while I’m waiting?’ Trust Him! One Bible teacher writes: ‘God has taught me to keep living the life I now have while I’m waiting for the things that are in my heart to come to pass. We become so intent on trying to give birth to the next thing that we neither enjoy nor take care of the things at hand. I had a vision from God ten years before I began to see it fulfilled. During those years I believe I missed a lot of joy by trying to give birth outside of God’s timing. Learn to enjoy where you are, while you are waiting to get to where you want to be.’

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, grant me patience for where I am – knowing that it is the place You want me to be while You shape and mold me for the next chapter – while You write the chapter I am in. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Complacent or Committed? – October 31, 2014

    Complacent or Committed? – October 31, 2014

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    Complacent or Committed?

    But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8

    The Bible says, ‘Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with…the king’s meat.’ Daniel had settled the issue, before the challenge arose. Joseph had also decided his values; therefore he was able to say no to Potiphar’s wife. The three Hebrew children already knew what they were going to do, fiery furnace or not: ‘…Our God…is able to deliver us…and He will…But if not…we do not serve your gods…’ (Daniel 3:17-18). What do you believe about God? If you think He might fail you, you’ll never totally commit yourself to Him. Commitment grows. You can’t make big commitments until you’ve first made small ones. The three Hebrew children first said no to the king’s food; later they were able to say no to worshipping his idols. You don’t get that kind of faith suddenly. Most of us can look back over the years and identify a point at which our lives changed significantly. Because of a readiness within us, we made a choice that would affect us from that point forward. But before you can make a real commitment to anything you must overcome three problems: 1) The security problem. Insecure people fear taking risks. They have a ‘Plan B’ in case God doesn’t come through for them; they depend on themselves rather than on Him. 2) The success problem. When you’ve had some success you want to guard it. You want people to continue thinking well of you, so you start living defensively. 3) The satisfaction problem. The lukewarm Laodicean church said, ‘I am…increased with goods, and have need of nothing’ (Revelation 3:17). So ask yourself, ‘Am I complacent or committed?’

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me grow in my trust of You in the little things – so that bigger things can come to help me grow. In Jesus‘ Name, Amen

     

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  • How Much Is Enough? – Part 2 – October 30, 2014

    How Much Is Enough? – Part 2 – October 30, 2014

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    How Much Is Enough? – Part 2

    But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31

    At what point does need become greed? One author writes: ‘Rarely does a person wake up and say, “I’ve been living for an ego trip…I’m going to get rid of the big car and the fancy yacht and go and live in the slums…working with the poor.” God deals with us individually. What may be okay for some, isn’t necessarily okay for others…When Pastor Renny Scott began wrestling with this issue…he said, “I just couldn’t resolve the tension of living in a peaceful bedroom community while hell on earth was all around me in the form of hunger and poverty.” He went to Africa with World Vision, which was the beginning of involvement with the needs of others. Next he moved into the inner city…That was the second step. Then he took a church of 50 which met in a school cafeteria. When a deacon suggested they give the entire Sunday morning offering to missions, Scott swallowed hard—because his salary was included! Eventually he and his wife came to grips with their lifestyle and did something I’ve challenged many to do…cap your lifestyle and say, “This much and no more”; and everything above that was given away…The little church grew into a body of 1,800 people who matched dollars for buildings with dollars for missions. Today they’ve taken on the challenge of helping homeless people find affordable housing. Scott said, “I had to pause and ask myself what I’d want to be doing if Christ returned today. And I found myself answering from Matthew chapter 24 and 25 …to take my talents and invest them [where the need was].’’’

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, enough! Thank You for providing my ‘enough’ and providing even more for others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • How Much Is Enough? – Part 1 – October 29, 2014

    How Much Is Enough? – Part 1 – October 29, 2014

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    How Much Is Enough? – Part 1

    Then He said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ Luke 12:15

    What does ‘the good life’ mean to you? Driving the fastest car? Owning the biggest house? Wearing the latest clothes and having the most prestigious job? God’s concept is very different. Jesus said, ‘Guard against…greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’ G. K. Chesterton said, ‘There are two ways to get enough. One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less and less.’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn discovered this truth in a Soviet prison when his freedom, his friends, his home and his books were taken away. After months of solitude in Antarctica, Admiral Richard Byrd wrote, ‘I’m learning…a man can live profoundly without masses of things.’What a great place to arrive at! Harold Sala writes, ‘People today are possessed by possessions as no other generation…The more complex life becomes, the more convinced we are that we need more to be happy. Having obtained what we think we need, we soon become unhappy because a model with more bells and whistles comes out…It takes far less than we think to discover happiness if [it] comes from within and we break the stranglehold things have on our lives.’ So, how much is enough? Jesus told the rich young ruler who wrestled with that question, ‘…Sell your possessions…give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me’ (Matthew 19:21). Not the answer he expected! Does that mean God is opposed to you having money? No, He’s just against anything taking His place in your life! He knows that ‘Your heart will be where your treasure is’ (Matthew 6:21).

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me live simply so others can simply live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • You Could Look Like … – October 28, 2014

    You Could Look Like … – October 28, 2014

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    You Could Look Like …

    Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

    The good life that advertisements offer is all about owning more and more. But it’s a trap. Any ad that says ‘Your hair could look like this!’ is playing on your insecurity and sense of guilt. Listen up: there’s an underlying message that says ‘you’re not good enough, and we’ll make you better.’

    Jesus calls out something totally different to the world’s consumer choices. He just breezes right past the question of ‘how much stuff is enough’. Life for Him is about getting a tight grip on your desires, and putting them in their right place. ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail.’ Luke 12:32-33

    A life of listening to advertisements will get crushingly oppressive for your sense of worth. John Piper said, ‘If the heart is satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus, the power of sin (or ads) to lure us away from the wisdom of Christ is broken.’ Well, if God really is pleased to offer you a different way of life, even in tiny things, ask Him what it is! If He really has something better than the treadmill of buying stuff, try finding out what it might be.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me not be caught up in the lure of what the world says will make me happy, but have a heart shaped by You that gives me Your peace and joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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