Friday, January 18, 2008

Excuses, Excuses

Dear Friend:

Do you ever feel like there is never enough time in a day to get things done? Do you just fall in bed at night and think “I never stopped for one moment today, I was like the energizer bunny.” You just keep going and going. I feel as if the Lord is saying “you must take the time out for you and ME. Just as you visit with others to catch up, you must do with me.” I think what happens if we don’t that is when we can get physically sick or maybe just depressed. Do you know what I mean? I really think you understand that time with God is never wasted. Many ask “how do I begin doing that, it just is so uncomfortable for me?”

The Father speaks “baby steps, baby steps, just begin to talk to me.”

Philippians 3:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life –in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

Making excuses, complaining, and arguing only make things worse. I just know you are saying “your right.” Haven’t you ever witnessed someone who is taking the time to pray and spend time with God? They have a peace about them. Paul says these things because he wants to present himself before His savior like a shining star. That is what we want to model to our children and others. Be blessed today with this simple message. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND JUST BEGIN PRAYING AND READING GOD’S WORD.

Let’s pray: Father in heaven I am sorry for making excuses not to spend time with you. Help me to find time for you. Thank you for today and every day. In Jesus Name I pray.

I just thought of something. If you don’t know how to pray, begin with praying and meditating on the Lord’s prayer. You can find it starting at Matt. 6:9.

Not making excuses,


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You've Got to be Kidding

Dear Friend:

Happy New Year! I just got back from a restful vacation with family. Have you ever had a friend who introduced you to someone and the one you were being introduced to is pretty famous? They can be famous because they are a politician, movie star or various other reasons. You find out they are from a very small town you never even heard of and your response is “you’ve got to be kidding.”

When I was reading John 1:35-51, Jesus passed by John and two of His disciples and John exclaims “look, the Lamb of God!” They knew it was true so much so that Andrew, brother of Simon, went out and got his brother and told Simon, come we have found the Messiah, that is, the Christ. They went to see Jesus. Jesus looked up at Simon and said you will be called Cephas, which when translated is Peter, the rock.

The very next day Jesus was moving on and finding Philip said to him, “Follow me.” Philip found Nathanael and told him, “we have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael questions Philip, “Nazareth? “ You’ve got to be kidding.” But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.” Then Jesus assures Nathanael that he saw him under a fig tree in the past. Nathanael knew what Jesus said is true. Enough so that he exclaims “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!” That fast, that quick was Nathanael’s response.

Are you a Nathanael? Do you know that the Father in Heaven sits and knows everywhere you go? How do you respond to that knowledge? Do you exclaim as quickly as Nathanael did? You are the Son of God! Jesus then responds to Nathanael’s reaction with “you believe, because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that. You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” WOW! We know the rest of the story because we have it in writing. Wow! Do you have a Nathanael response to Jesus? Are you as disturbed as Jesus is regarding the “lost”, those who do not know Jesus? Anyone that wants to talk about Jesus today is crazy; it is not a very popular topic. Why? Life and death is all around us and we don’t want to talk about the one who gives life and restores us to Him upon our death? That is something to think about today. We are all called to share our faith. Jesus never pressured the Apostles into following Him. He just simply met them and they knew in their hearts who they were standing before.

Let’s pray: Father in heaven thank you for the Bible. Thank you how I can see one encounter with you can change my life forever. Lord I want to know you more this New Year. Help me to hunger for your word. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Responding like Nathanael,


Saturday, January 5, 2008

No Vacancy

Dear Friend:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Aren’t you happy it is a New Year? I am so excited about everything that is going on in life. Everything was so great this past Christmas. BUT CAN I BE REAL WITH YOU? SOMETHING IS MISSING TODAY NOW THAT CHRISTMAS IS OVER.

At first I described my heart condition as “Empty.” I FEEL EMPTY. But when I looked at the synonym for empty the word “vacant” was on that list. That really is a much better word. Let me describe why “vacant” is a better word for my heart. For Christmas I had a “No Vacancy” heart. That means my heart was filled with Jesus. When I looked at the word Vacant this message really began to develop. I celebrated Jesus birthday. Did you? We get on a roll and do the Christmas thing and life and then all of the sudden “Bam,” Vacancy happens. I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE DROVE UP TO MY HOUSE AND PUT A VACANCY SIGN ON MY FRONT LAWN? A spot in your heart that needs something quick! What that means to me is there is a spot in my heart and mind that has space and I know for myself that I am struggling to have nice responses to those I love. At first I thought maybe there is too much togetherness and we are getting sick of each other. I got alone with Jesus today and asked Him, what is the matter with me and my heart right now? I want so bad to continue to put on a happy face for those I love. But I just can’t control my quick sharp responses to them. WHAT’S UP GOD? I FEEL KINDA OF UGLY RIGHT NOW.

Colossians 3:12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 3:13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

3:14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

3:17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The word must richly dwell with us. We need a fresh word from God. Paul knew when he wrote the letter to the Colossians they needed “rules for Holy Living,” that is why he wrote the above verse. Take down the “VACANCY” sign and say I REPLACE IT WITH “NO VACANCY.” How do you do that? Read the word and be taught by it and meditate on it throughout the day. Take the focus off others and the ugly feeling you are having and think about being taught by the master.

I was just ironing a shirt and the Lord said to me. I am the Iron in your life. I want to take out all of those wrinkles you are complaining about. Can you pick-up the “Iron” and go to work and let me help get out the wrinkles. You can’t look at the wrinkles in a shirt and think they will go away by looking at them. Can you? No! You have to pick-up the Iron and take some time to press them out. Do you get what God is saying? Spend some time on theBible and what God says. If you do then YOU WILL THINK CLEARER, HAVE MORE ENERGY TO RESPOND TO LIFE AND THOSE YOU LOVE. I really pray for us today that we won’t get a “vacancy” notice from God, but we get “No Vacancy.” Why? Cause if you heart is full of God stuff then you have no room for ugly stuff.

No Vacancy,