Real Medicine

Proverbs 4:20-22
Proverbs 4:20-22

My wife was telling me how she really enjoyed a message she heard from Joyce Meyer. In it, Joyce mentioned how wonderful medicine is. Got a headache? No problem. Tylenol can help. It knows where to go and what to do to help you.

But you have to put it in your body first.

It wouldn’t do any good to take that Tylenol and place it on top of your head. It activates once it’s inside you.

God’s Word can’t do any good for you until its in you. You must place it in your heart. Once inside, God’s Word knows where to go and what to do to help you. If The Bible remains just a book that you flip through here and there, it’s doing about as good as placing it on top of your head.

“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.” Proverbs 4:20-22

The more you get into The Word, the more The Word gets into you! It is life and health to all your body.

God is the Great Physician and His Word is the the medicine your soul so desperately needs to be healed!

Take two and call me in the morning.

May God’s Love be with you

Catapaulted

20140209-155225.jpg

Sometimes you are going along in your Christian walk and something catapaults you. Something shoots you forward. It elevates you.

For me, it was, “Not a Fan.” Man, I was handed that book at just the right time. It took me to a whole other level.

It lit a fire.

Warning: The opposite can be true as well. You can going along in your Christian walk and something hinders you. Something sets you back. It sinks you.

We’ve all been there and it is guy-wrenching. So, be on the lookout… for both! Both are opportunities to grow and both are lessons to be learned.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says ” There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Whether it be something that lifts you up or something that brings you down, give thanks, praise, and love to God through these seasons. Because God has allowed it. Good or bad, nothing slips by without his say so.

May God’s Love be with you

Dungeon Songs

Acts 16:24
Acts 16:25

Ever get a song stuck in your head? Of course you have! The Belle Stars’, “Iko Iko” from the movie, “Rain Man” used to get it’s catchy claws on my brain and not let go.

Well, how about after you’ve been arrested… in a dungeon… at midnight? Still got a song rattling around up there? Kind of different, huh? Well, that’s exactly what Paul and Silas were doing when they were in prison in Philippi:

“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;” (Acts 16:25)

Nowadays, songs that get stuck in my head are Christian worship songs. That may sound weird to you, but to me it isn’t. A couple of years ago I took the K-Love “30-Day Challenge” of listening to only Christian music for a month… and I never looked back. That’s not my point, my point is this: we lay up things in our heart. They can either be things of God or things not of God. When you wake up with a Christian song or a Scripture verse in your head, then this is the “song in the night” that God has given you!

“The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalms 42:8)

Prison at midnight might not seem like a great place for singing. But in fact, it was ideal. Note that “the prisoners were listening to them.” What a witness! How many of Paul and Silas’s fellow inmates were converted that night? It’s hard to tell.

It’s also hard to tell who’s listening to you. And make no mistake, nonbelievers are listening. What are you singing? What songs are stuck in your head? God can give you songs in the night and it will be a prayer to the God of your life!

May God’s Love be with you

Re: Daily Devotion with Greg Laurie, “Songs in the Night”

Foolish Arguments

2 Timothy 2:23,24
2 Timothy 2:23,24

Recently there was a debate over Creationism between Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis). Here’s the link if you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI

Both parties were respectful of the other’s stance, therefore this was a civil debate rather than a heated argument. However, I couldn’t help but think of  2 Timothy 2:23,24:

“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” (NIV)

Paul purposely and repeatedly cautioned Timothy against “un-instructive” questions that ultimately benefited no one. These type of arguments breed pointless feuds among Christians and ministers let alone with secularists. Don’t have anything to do with them. Other translations read: Reject them. Flee from them. Avoid them.

Before there is a backlash, allow me be plain: Asking questions is not foolish and stupid. We are encouraged to do so! However, whether the earth is 6,000 years old or 6,000,000,00 years old really doesn’t change my relationship with the LORD in the littlest bit.

In the end, our focus should be on Jesus. A good student imitates his/her teacher. Our teacher is Jesus. He did not have anything to do with foolish arguments, quarrels, or disputes. He was a beacon of meekness, mildness, and gentleness.

Our Faith grows from believing and practicing what God desires, not from guessing how old a rock is.

May God’s Love be with you

Secret to Success

20140202-143540.jpg

Everyone wants to be successful, right? There are a million self-help books out there about how to be successful and what to do to be a success. But what is success? And is there a “secret” to it?

I don’t think it’s a secret at all. God gave Joshua the key to being successful way back in Joshua 1:7-9.

“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:7,8 NASB)

Meditate on God’s word and do what it says.

Simple. Too simple for some. But that doesn’t make it any less true.

Follow this simple step and you WILL find success. That’s a God Promise. It may not be what the world considers “success.” But it will be success in God’s eyes. And really who would you rather please?

May God’s Love be with you

A Sit Down

20140128-200231.jpg

Have you ever imagined a “sit down” with God? Just you and God. Maybe over coffee or something. You know, casual. You could ask Him all your questions and just sit and enjoy His company?

It might go down like this:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land; “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 1:18-20 NASB)

This is God laying it out pure and simple. In fact, it doesn’t get any more simple. It doesn’t get any more beautiful.

First He says “Let us.” I love that! God says “Let us reason this out. I don’t want you to be confused! I want you to get it!”

Though our sins stain us, if we but obey, they’ll be as pure as snow. Stained! Once something is stained, it’s ruined. You usually throw it out. But God can remove the stain. And not only that, he can make it better than before! Whiter and purer than it ever could be on its own!

By the way, that “sit down” you are imagining? It can happen any time you want. All you gotta do is call on His name. He’s ready for you. He’s wanting to clear all the confusion you may have. He wants you to get it.

He desires a sit down with you even more than you desire one with Him. Let that sink in for a minute.

Yes. I know, it’s overwhelming. But it’s true.

May God’s Love be with you

Special Delivery

20140127-214853.jpg

I ordered a pizza. The pizza delivery guy did something weird. He put a big red bow on my pizza. But that’s not it, He also attached balloons to it. Then he kept on and on about how much I was going to enjoy this pizza and how this pizza was better than the pizza from the shop across town.

Not really. What he actually did was deliver the pizza. No song and dance.

We are called to deliver the Good News of Jesus (Matt. 28:19,20). We don’t need to dress it up. We don’t need to put a bow on it. The message is powerful enough on its own.

May God’s Love be with you

Stand and Knock

20140126-114634.jpg

Have you ever knocked on your friend’s door and stood there and waited? Well, if he didn’t answer the door you would leave, right? He’s either not home, didn’t hear you, or busy. Or maybe he did hear you, but he’s acting like he didn’t. Maybe he’s ignoring you on purpose! Whatever the reason, you wouldn’t just stand there and keep knocking. Eventually you would leave.

Thank God The LORD is not like that!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NASB)

Jesus stands and knocks.

Even when you didn’t hear Him, He stands and knocks. Even when you are busy, He stands and knocks. Even when you are ignoring Him and pretending that you are not home, He stands and knocks.

He’s persistent like that. He won’t give up. He won’t stop reaching out to you. He won’t stop coming over to visit.

He won’t stop until you answer.

May Gods Love be with you

Whosoever

20140125-231910.jpg

I was just watching Billy Graham’s 1987 Crusade in Denver. He is, of course, the master and one thing he said that I loved was the “whosoever” in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

Everyone knows John 3:16. Even the secular world knows it. Have you ever read it and replaced the word “whosoever” with your name?

Because that’s who whosoever is, it’s you and I.

Try it.

May God’s Love be with you