Praise in the Face of Fear

What are you afraid of? Spiders? Snakes? Heights? A Bully at work? We all are afraid of something. Fear is probably not a stranger to anyone. The dictionary says it is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous. I think I would take it a step further and change the word unpleasant to debilitating. Fear can actually cause a change in metabolic and organ function to ultimately change your behavior. I don’t want to talk about fear, the natural reaction to danger (flee, hide, freeze, scream). I want to talk about fear that the enemy uses. The kind of fear that causes worry, dread, anxiety and terror. That behavior changing and debilitating fear that Sat

Living Righteous

“To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3 His Word is pretty clear that we are to live right and just when we are His children. In this verse notice the first two words are, “To do.” We have to make a choice to live righteous and just. In addition, both are action words. They are something we do and how we conduct ourselves. Interestingly, this verse says they are more desired than sacrifice. Sacrifice is good and should be part of a believer’s life. However, sacrifice can be a one-time action and sometimes represents repentance. In contrast, living righteous and just is a way of life. When we live our lives this way, others will see Christ

Nailed It

We talked the other day in the youth group about the power of a nail. You see a nail is a preferred method by a lot of people when it comes to building, fastening, and securing things together. So we took a couple of functions of a nail and talked about how they apply to us as a Christian. The first thing is that a nail pierces through whatever its obstacle is in front of it. Nails go through some really tough things, and as Christians sometimes we feel as though we have some walls or problems in our lives that can’t be pierced through to find healing or help but Jesus Christ was pierced on Calvary for our transgressions. “Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions.” Another fu

Great Opportunity, Poor Choices

In the book of Genesis 13-19 records the story of a man that had great opportunities, but continuously made poor choices. There were two primary men in this passage; Abraham and Lot. The story tells about great Patriarchs of the Old Testament, Abraham and his nephew, Lot. This family was on a mission to leave their homeland and travel to Canaan. While in pursuit of this mission Abraham’s father and brother both died, and he takes sole possession of his nephew, Lot. This was an amazing opportunity for Lot as Abraham had no children at the time, no heir in place and Abraham had become very wealthy along the way. Abraham chose to serve God while Lot observed firsthand how Abraham’s devoti

Plumb Line

What is a plumb line? In the world’s terms it is a line with a plumb attached to it, used for finding the depth of water or determining the vertical on an upright surface. A plumb line is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line to ensure a structure is centered. How does the Bible refer to a plumb line? Amos 7:8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. The Word is our plumb line. The Bible is our guide for life. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in rig

How Well Do You Know the Password?

Well, it happened again today! I forgot a stinkin’ password. Lord, that’s frustrating. I was on my computer, attempting to get into a site that I caught glimpses of a few times in the past. Something had come up and I suddenly remembered that this site promised to take care of my problem. I remembered the name of the place and quickly found myself there. Only thing was… I couldn’t figure out how to get in. Like all things of any real value, this place was secure. I needed but had forgotten… the password. I vaguely recalled that it was written down somewhere. So, I looked. I searched everywhere: my wallet, my desktop, my dresser, my filing cabinet. No luck. I couldn’t recall where it was writ

I AM

“I Am” is used to refer to God over 300times in the Bible. God tells us who He is. Throughout the scripture from start to finish He show us. In Genesis 15:1, God tells us He is the “I Am.” As I perused exactly what “I Am” means the Spirit explained it. The “I” means He is personal to me. So who am I? I am His son, blood bought. The “I” is the beginning of His relationship, “personal relationship” with me. The “Am” means all things for all time. He is eternally mine and I am eternally His. Have you truly met the “I Am” and have you truly accepted His personal and eternal grace, mercy love and desire to be with you?

Expectation vs. Expectancy

A sister in the Freedom in Christ discipleship class shared this and I thought to share it with you. In a book titled, What I Wish I Would Have Known, a chapter by Susie Larson gave definitions of two words that may sound somewhat similar, but vastly different in meaning. She writes…. “There is a big difference between expectation and expectancy. Expectation is premeditated disappointment whereas expectancy involves faith. To cling to your expectation is to decide ahead of time how things need to turn out for you to be okay. (This is how my life will look…) HOWEVER To embrace expectancy is to engage your faith that God will move on your prayers and that he may come through in a way that

Seeing

I saw a lighthouse as I prayed just weeping praying to be open and asking to be that light. Lord I saw that the glass on my lighthouse needed cleaned so I can lead where the Lord shows me to point my light to the lost ships. In this the Lord then gave me the word torrential storm. It’s an immediate soaking and it will wash off the junk from the world on my lighthouse. A lighthouse can symbolize various things, such as overcoming challenges and adversity or guidance. It is most commonly used to symbolize a way forward and help in navigating through the world. ... The first is of the lighthouse itself, which can symbolize salvation and safety, especially in the face of adversity. When there's

My Father’s Eyes

Years ago, one of the first big hits in the new field of contemporary Christian music was a song by Amy Grant called “Fathers Eyes.” It was a play on words where a young girl sings about having her Father’s eyes. This had a double meaning in the song. First, it meant that those who looked at her couldn’t help but see her father because of her resemblance to Him. Second (and more importantly) it meant that she resembled Him because of how she chose to see things when looking at others. So…… How do we see others? The world’s standard is easily stated: They see people based on their worth or benefit to them. Are people wealthy, intelligent, charming, popular or cool? Do they follow the latest t

7 Steps to Growth (adopted from Chip Book, Tony Evans and Rick Edelman)

Live with the end in focus. This is the key to personal motivation. Small steps build upon each other to get to the finish line. Matthew 5:48, Ephesians 4:13, Romans 8:29 Personalize your growth rate. Evaluate your growth. This is the key to overcoming inertia. Luke 9:23-25, 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Value the process. This is the key to progress. Progress measurement detours discouragement. Hebrews 5:11-14 Cultivate stimulating relationships. This is the key to inspiration. Hebrews 10:24-25, Proverbs 18:20 Become a progressive risk taker. Risk is the builder of faith. Hebrews 11:6, Luke 6:38 Leverage life’s hardships. They are the builders of character. James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 5:7 Make ti

What Are You Created to Do?

Several years ago I had traveled to a place just outside Rochester NY on a business trip. It was an early spring. Morning and on this trip is was my responsibility to speed verify a 36’ Spectra race boat. I had performed the vessel inspection the day before. Race boats when designed properly, come with a verified manufacturing origination statement. These “guarantees” state that, based on the boats engineering and motor set up, “x” boat will travel “x” miles per hour in “x” environment. The specific boat I was testing rated at 127 mph in 3 seas at 55 degrees. This particular day was going to be very close to these conditions. At 10:13 that morning in 3’ seas I ran 129½ mph for about 2 m

Remember

Psalm 42:6 “…My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, the heights of Hermon-from Mount Mizar.” What grabbed my attention about this verse was two key points. David is downcast, so he does two important things. First, he puts his hope in the Lord, and second, he remembers. We will have trials in this life, and in those, there will be times when it feels hopeless. It would seem that all is lost, and encouragement can not be easily found. However, our feelings are not always an indicator of truth. We cannot follow or trust them, we simply must follow God’s voice no matter how we feel. So how did David turn hopelessness into hope? He placed all that

The Rain is Coming

Are you waiting on the rain? Are you listening for the change in the wind? Are you aware of the weather in your walk today? I just sit here and as we talk about a flood coming it comes to my mind and heart it starts with a drop of rain it starts with a change in the weather. I close my eyes the leaves are swirling the smell of the earth is rising to meet the rain as it falls from the heavens. In those moments you can look at the cloud you can look at the mud or you can stand in the awe of what God is doing. The change of the weather seems to kill things but in the beauty of God he is restoring, renewing, transforming. How awe and inspiring. God loves us so much that even the earth goes throu

Interruptions are Welcome

“I have several pages to read, but please stop me at any time. I welcome interruptions,” Blanche told the critique group. She knew the group members helped her as she wrote and rewrote the mystery book. They had helpful input, unique ideas, caught mistakes, expressed any misunderstanding, and encouraged her when she allowed them to read or hear her read the book as it progressed. It is easier for a writer to correct any mistakes or misunderstandings before continuing for several chapters. If the mistake is not noticed for many scenes, it takes much longer to correct as the mistake is woven into the story. Blanche wanted her story accurate without goofs so the readers could enjoy the book wi

Who Do You Say I Am?

“Then Jesus and his disciples walked to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way, he posed this question to his disciples: “Who do the people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptizer, others say Elijah the prophet, and still others say you must be one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter spoke up, saying, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!”” Mark 8:27-29 TPT This passage of scripture sparked a question to me. Who is Jesus in my life? For me, He has been my redeemer, my healer, my deliver, and many more. He not only is there for me, but He lives inside of me. Even with all the people on this earth He knows me intimately a

Generosity of Heart

I have had the privilege of caring for my 87 yr old “MADRE/MOTHER” for the last couple of months; having driven to fetch her, and gotten back- God with me, God with us. She fell, got a fracture and endured a cast. Now cast free for 2 weeks, I have been “heading” the exercise sessions, in order to get mobility, strength and full use in her arm. We have laughed and hollered and hooted, like transitioning to hard labour...with the goal in mind of a vastly divinely forged transformed and transfigured arm and wrist. In the process of this service unto the Lord, with love and no self-interest; LO and BEHOLD- I have received healing myself! The prayer deposit that has washed and covered my Beloved

What Are You Tied To?

Ecclesiastes 4:12...A cord of three is not easily broken A lot of us have heard this before that a rope is not easily broken, and as we look at it, we see that a real rope is twisted or braided together to strengthen itself. When we examine some functions of a rope, we note that it holds things together, it pulls things in all directions, and it can even bound things up. So today I want to ask you, what are you tied to? Let’s examine this from two ends since there are two ends to every rope. The first end has you at the end of it, and that causes you to affect other people. The people you are tied to in life. The Bible has some instructions for us about who we are tied to in life. 1 Th

Love Takes You In

When I was little I lived with parents who were addicted to alcohol in an environment that was more chaos than calm. I remember being afraid and abandoned. I had a brother who was my best friend. One winter, just before Christmas we both fell ill with the flu. He became violently ill with Reyes syndrome and within several days succumbed to the illness. I was alone. The household environment spiraled out of control and was no place for a kid. I cried out to God to “get me out of here”. Within two weeks I was living with my Grandmother and Uncle. I remember kissing her feet when I arrived at her door. It was a safe place full of love and peace. God gave me a new start to life. He g

The Battle for our Minds

Psssst… It may have come as a surprise to you to learn that not every thought that comes into your mind is your own. Actually, all that Satan and his demons can really do is try to lead you off course by dropping thoughts into your mind. Our success as Christians depends on how well we can spot those thoughts and choose to ignore them. But this isn’t easy! Satan has been observing people for thousands of years and is very good at sneaking thoughts into our minds that sound very much like our own or that aren’t completely false. Satan’s main strategies are temptation, accusation, and deception. As the tempter, he will use anything he can to tempt us into sin. And when we fall for it, he follo

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