Archive | July 21, 2013

Wake Up!

I sat in church today enjoying our guest pastor’s message on the denial of Christ (as Peter did in Matthew 26:69-75). It was indeed very intriguing and need I say, very convicting as well!

Peter was a strong follower of Jesus, giving up everything to follow Him and learn His ways. He was a leader among Jesus’ disciples, and was one of the inner three closest to the Lord. But even with this impressive spiritual resume, Peter still had weaknesses and made mistakes. He was impulsive and often spoke or made decisions before thinking them through. This human disciple was not immune to falling, and fall he did….hard and and fast! He thought he had it all together…stating to Christ that “Even if all (referring to the other disciples) fall way on account of you, I never will” and “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (Matthew 26:31-33). This spiritual pride and arrogance is what led to him denying Christ three times.

Through this Biblical account, the Lord convicted me. The pastor stated how Peter got the point of being an on-fire, born-again follower of Christ to a weak, fear-led human of this world.

1. Spiritual Pride – thinking you have greater knowledge and understanding of God, Christ, Biblical principles, etc., feeling that you are morally superior to other believers
2. Spiritual Slothfulness – Being lazy in regards to prayer, meditation, praise and worship of the Lord, lack of active involvement in learning and growing in the Lord which leads to a weakened flesh
3. Spiritual Distance – the act of distancing yourself from the things of the Lord

As the pastor spoke on each point, I continued to be convicted. The point that struck me most was Spiritual Slothfulness. I have to admit, my prayer life recently has been lazy and lackadaisical (perhaps due to summer vacation). I tend to fit it around my schedule rather than making it the center of my schedule. Without an active prayer life, I leave doors of temptation wide open, beckoning Satan to come on in! Prayer and Biblical reading and meditation should be the start of my day, should carry on throughout my day, and should end my day (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6, Deuteronomy 11:18-21). The last 6 weeks I have found that I have spent more time asleep or watching television/movies than I care to admit, while spending very little time learning and growing in God’s word! I can do better, oh so much better! I don’t want to fall because I have lacked the spiritual discipline necessary to keep me grounded and protected by the Lord.

good morningWe must always be vigilant, watching and waiting for the Lord’s return. We must continually seek the Lord, coming to His throne daily, meeting with Him, reading His word, listening to His still small voice, and communicating with Him through prayer.

Don’t get caught up in the ways of this world, but rather, get back on track to the path of everlasting life and heavenly glory!

God bless, and as I pray for you, please pray for me. In God’s love!

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Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12

Wake Up!

Worldly desires
Materialism
Greed
Lusts of the flesh

Spiritual pride
Disobedience
Arrogance
Sleeping with the enemy

Weakened body
Slumbering
Distanced
Spiritual atrophy within

Godly desires
Worship
Praise
Longings of the soul

Spiritual sweat
Obedience
Humility
Vigilant in the Lord

Strengthened flesh
Alert
Watching
Waiting for His glory

Seasons of Life

Life is a never-ending cycle of changes, both good and bad.  One never truly has the opportunity to sit still or get comfortable in one setting or with one situation.  We move from one house to another, change jobs, lose loved ones, and enjoy the birth of new family members.  There are new people in and out of our lives on a daily basis, be it people we work with, attend church with, live next door to, or meet in various places like the mall or grocery store.

All change brings a certain amount of stress, whether it is the good stress of a planning a wedding or the bad stress of a divorce.  Feelings run rampant, emotions get over charged, and our bodies take the brunt of the stress causing fatigue and sometimes illness.

Whatever the change, one thing is consistently the same….the presence and control of God!  God never changes, even when our lives and our circumstances do.  He stays the same.  His love is never-ending, just as the seasons of life that we experience.  His grace is dependable, and will provide us the strength and patience to adapt to the changes we face each day.  His mercy is reliable, helping us find healing, renewal, and restoration when change brings us to the edge of ourselves.

God is the rock amidst the sea of uncertainty.  He is the steady shelter from the storms of chaos, and He is the unfailing foundation amidst the ever-changing seasons of life.

May you turn to God when change befalls you, relying on Him to meet all you needs, bring you peace, and provide you strength and endurance to make it through all the changes that come!

Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed.
But You are the same, and Your years will not fail. ~ Hebrews 1:12

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Seasons of Life

Seasons change
They come and go
Taking with them the old
With the promise of renewal

In our own lives
Change is inevitable
Sometimes it brings joy
Other times sorrow and pain

As circumstances change
So to do our emotions
Constantly seeking security
Relying on the unknown to aid us

Comfort though
Is not found on this earth
Nor is it within the starry sky
Those we meet provide only temporary solace

Only one source of peace exists
That can provide encouragement
Shower us with blessings overflowing
And give strength to endure

He was with you yesterday
He is with you now
He will be with you always
God is your unwavering serenity