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WHO IS YOUR MASTER? 041815

Business conceptMatthew 6:24 “Jesus: No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa. People try to serve both God and money—but you can’t. You must choose one or the other.” (VOICE)  The old versions, like KJV, say “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mammon = riches)

If you can’t serve both, then you must choose.  Or as I often say, “You get to choose.”  Do you want to serve money and stuff, or do you want to serve the Creator and Ruler of the Universe? Continue reading

God Is Your Life. 040915

Male hands with babyDeuteronomy 30:19-20:  “ . . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.”  This passage is part of the renewal of the covenant that the Lord made with the people of Israel at Mount Horeb.  This comes at the end of Moses life, part of his Departing Address to the people, just before the Song of Moses that is recorded in Deut. 32. Continue reading

Seek God With All Your Heart. 040815

MeditationDeuteronomy 4:29-31:  If [even after worshipping idols] you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you .  .  . when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

What does it mean, ‘With All Your Heart”?  Yes, I know, it means that you’re really serious; that you really want to have a relationship with God; that you want the benefits of having a close relationship with Him, because what you’ve been doing definitely isn’t working.

Sounds like, from the next sentence, that if you’re tired of going on without God, and you’ve done a whole lot of really stupid stuff, (like worshipping something besides God), and all these [bad] things come upon you .  .  . when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice.  .  .  God won’t forsake you or destroy you or forget the covenant He made with your fathers, because He is a merciful God. Continue reading

Galatians 2-20. 031415

Open graveOne day I was reading Luke 9:23, where it says, “If anyone would be my disciple, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me;”  and I was thinking about what that means, “Take up your cross daily”.  I heard a number of preachers and teachers say that it means 1 We all have our burdens (problems, troubles, sacrifices) to bear, and each of us has to trust God to bear those burdens in a Christ-like way.  2 Or some say your cross is whatever job or career or ‘calling’ God has called you to, and to be a disciple, you must focus your attention on doing that calling well and properly for the glory of God. Continue reading

CHRISTIANS? 021815

How can you tell if people are Christians?  There are several things:

1]   They love one another.  2]   They trust God and surrender to Him daily. 3]   They seek God’s will, and His Power, and His direction in their lives. 4]   They bear fruit –     a] Fruits of the Spirit b] Fruits of more disciples 5]   They read, study and memorize the Bible. 6]   They pray for themselves and others, they meditate on God’s Word and they listen for God. 7]   They tell what they’ve seen and heard about what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of others. (They just can’t help it.) 8]   They are ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. 9]   They know, be, make and teach others to make, disciples (followers) of Jesus. 10] They gather themselves together regularly to worship God and encourage each other.

Might be a good idea to compare ourselves to this list periodically, to see how we’re doing.   None of us are doing all the right things all the time, but it’s God’s will that we continually grow and develop as Christians by the power and the grace of His Holy Spirit.  (Sometimes you run into someone who exhibits the love and peace of Jesus in their personal demeanor, and even though they don’t say it in so many words, you just know they have to be followers of the King.)

Two things to remember: 1] This is not a comprehensive list of things Christians do (LOL); it’s just a good place to start; and 2] What this is really all about is having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord, and being more like Him every day.

COPING WITH LIFE.021615

Stress Burdens Sticky Notes Reminders for Stressful LifeYou know, every day with Jesus really IS sweeter than the day before; but sometimes the cares of this world just get you down.  There is too much to do and not enough time to do it all in. The bills are more than the income and lots of people standing in line waiting for their part.  You’re tired, exhausted, and you get depressed from all the toxins in your system caused by the fatigue.  There’s nothing you’d like better than to have one whole day just to sleep, and maybe another day to get organized, but all this stuff is still there demanding attention.  What do we do? Continue reading

David Trusted God.020615

In “The Twenty-third Psalm”, David says, “The LORD is my shepherd;  I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures;    He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

What is this passage really about?  It’s about what happens when you really trust God.  In Acts 13:22,  it says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  What did David do to touch God’s heart?  He trusted Him.  He fought lions and wolves, because he knew God was taking care of him.  Heck, he fought Goliath, calling him an uncircumcised Philistine, and whipped him, because David knew God was taking care of him.  He trusted that God would take care of him his whole life, even when he did really bad stupid things like go to bed with Bathsheba and then have her husband Uriah killed in battle.  In spite of David being a ‘regular’ person who sinned like the rest of us, God called him “A man after My Own Heart”, because he trusted Him.  The 23rd Psalm is David telling what happens when you trust God, when you really and truly, with all your heart, trust God.

UNVEILED FACE: 012415

“We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image…” —2 Corinthians 3:18

Here’s what this means.  After Moses went up on the mountain to receive the Law on the tablets of stone, from God, he was so affected by being in God’s Presence (and having God’s tablets in his hands) that his (Moses’) face shown with such a brilliance that the Israelites couldn’t stand to look at him; so he put a veil over his face, to ‘dim’ the glory of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3: 7  .  . and if the ministry of death, [the Law] written and engraved on stones, was glorious,  .  .  . 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 11 For if what is passing away [the Law] was glorious, what remains [life in the Spirit] is much more glorious.” (The glory of the Lord that comes from the Spirit being in our hearts is much more glorious than the glory of Moses with the Law on the tablets in his hands.)

15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their (the Israelites’) heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” [So] we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror [in our own faces] the glory [of the Spirit] of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  So because we have the Spirit, the veil has been taken away, and when we look at ourselves, having the Spirit in our hearts, it’s like looking in the mirror and seeing God looking back at us. and we are being changed (transformed) into the image of Jesus day by day; and the glory of Jesus keeps showing up in our faces, over and over! Keep looking, and you’ll begin to see Jesus!

God Chooses the Little People.011815

I Corinthians 1:  26 For you see from your calling, brothers and sisters, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty,  .  .  are called. 27  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  .  .  .  ”   Do you want to hear something funny?  Until the 3rd Century, that’s sometime after 200 A.D., the Church wouldn’t even let lawyers be members.  Probably because they were scared of them.  In fact until Constantine (the Great) became Emperor, and then converted to Christianity, very few of the wealthy, educated, high-born (royalty) people were members of the church.  Mostly Christianity was a ‘Way’ of the poor, the sick, the slaves, the servants, the criminals, and don’t forget the tax-collectors.  All of the hated people, the despised people, the strangers, the foreigners, the half-breeds, the prostitutes, the bastards and the lepers, even the blind, the lame, the orphans, the widows; all those who were rejected by the in-crowd.

This verse says that God has chosen those exact people to represent Him on this earth, just on purpose to let all the rich and powerful and smart and well-educated and royal people know that they weren’t such hot stuff after all.  Just to let them know that God is God, and for all their natural advantages, God is the real Source of life and power and authority over all, and that He bestows His blessings on whoever He wants to.

Does that mean He doesn’t love the rest of us?  Oh no.  He does love us just as much.  He just wants us to understand that money and stuff (possessions, education, status, etc) are not important.  What is in your heart is what is important.  Verse 31 of this same passage says, “that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”  Don’t glory in yourself, your money or your stuff.

What does the LORD require of you? 010515

 Well, what does the LORD require of you?  He requires us to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God”  Micah 6:8

This verse makes me think of what someone said about getting down to the essence of things. In this case, how do you have a real, long-lasting (i.e., eternal) relationship with God?

First, do right (justly). Trust and obey. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  Don’t worry about anything.  Surrender your whole self to Jesus (inside and out).

Second, “love mercy”.  In other words, love to receive mercy from God, and love to pass it along to others. Love not judging others, but leaving judgment to somebody else, and focus your whole attention on giving everyone as much mercy as you can. With forgiveness, we’re supposed to forgive others in the same measure that we have been forgiven—likewise, mercy is both sides of the same coin. Give mercy abundantly, overflowing, not holding back, with all your heart and soul and strength. Love cutting everyone some slack, a ‘lotta’ slack, all the time. If they need judging, the world and ultimately God will see to it—not me; not you.

Third, “walk humbly with your God.” What does that mean? The simple, clear part is that it means you are supposed to maintain an attitude of humility in relation to God, one that says, “Without God I’m a worthless piece of manure; so I better continually keep in mind Who God is, and what a great privilege it is for me to get to know Him, and have a relationship with Him.” The harder part is what “walk humbly” means in relation to other people. What would it mean if we said, “Walk humbly with your God, [and with others]”. Then it would mean something different, perhaps something like, “Realizing that we are with God all the time, and He is with us all the time (whether we’re paying attention or not), we should “walk humbly” with everyone around us.

How’s that? Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought to think (Romans 12:3).  Don’t take the best table at the banquet (Luke 14:8). Like it says in 1 Corinthians 13, “Don’t demand your own way. Don’t be jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Be patient [put up with them] and kind.” Funny, that passage is supposed to be talking about love, but notice how it is all intermeshed with what it really means to be humble? What a blessing we’d all be to those around us if we just acted out that passage in our everyday, normal, ordinary lives. Surely that is what Micah is talking about when he says, “Walk humbly with your God.”