Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SERVE FOR LOVE

Have you thanked Him?

Have you praised Him?

Have you made it your priority to agree and cooperate with Him today?

Have you taken that deep breath and listened for what He has for you today?

1 Timothy 2:1 (The Message)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.



Yesterday I posted this little quote from nun and saint, Clare of Assisi. "Love God, serve God; everything is in that."



I attached this little verse to “re-emphasize” the point.

Make this your one purpose: to revere Him and serve Him faithfully with complete devotion because He has done great things for you. - 1 Samuel 12:24 (V)



I do think we often “OVER COMPLICATE” things.

GOD kept things pretty simple.



Love Him

Love Others.



Do that and everything else does fall into line, everything is in that.  And BECAUSE we love Him, we SHOULD serve Him.

Like the old song says,



I will serve Thee because I love Thee

You have given life to me

I was nothing before You found me

You have given life to me



Heartaches, broken pieces

Ruined lives are why You died on Calvary

Your touch is what I longed for

You have given life to me



The LORD has breathed life into you today.  That commands our reverence.  He GAVE everything so that we could HAVE everything.  That alone should be PLENTY of MOTIVATION to serve Him today, right?



Coron said it this way, “Coming from a place of humility instead of entitlement and recognizing that you are blessed enough to get the chance to do something, can change everything.”



Friends WE ARE BLESSED to have the chance to humbly SERVE Him today.  And I believe that GOD would want nothing more than for that service to bless someone else; someone who could really use a glimpse of the goodness and glory of GOD today. 



So, there is your assignment.

Acknowledge your LOVE for GOD.  Humbly ASK Him where or who you can SERVE today and then do it!

Remember…

He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name. Hebrews 6:10 (TPT)





I love you all!

Opportunities for Hope

Monday, July 15, 2019

BE LED

Have you thanked Him?
Have you praised Him?
Have you made it your priority to agree and cooperate with Him today?
Have you taken that deep breath and listened for what He has for you today?
1 Timothy 2:1 (The Message)
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.

Paul said,
I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven…Ephesians 1:19-20 (TLB)

When we are faced with challenges in our lives we naturally reach out for the help of others.  Prayer chains get started, FACEBOOK posts for prayer get written to the walls, a text and TWITTER barrage follows.

But today I wanted to share that little passage from Ephesians to remind those of us in CHRIST JESUS that we have the HOLY SPIRIT within us that is energized with the SAME POWER that raised JESUS from the grave; the same power that broke the back of sin and death.  

He lives in us.He too is active and ready to help!
…the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. - Romans 8:11 (ESV)

I think far too often Christians believe our “help, healing, deliverance and hope” always resides in the hands of others.  And while there is POWER and HOPE in our community and I would never discourage anyone from rallying the prayer petitions when needed or seeking companionship when isolation seeks to darken the day, I do want to remind each of us that when the Holy Spirit took residence in us, when we accepted Christ, WE are now fully equipped for the challenge as well; we have the proverbial ace in the hold if you will.

That is what Paul saying in both passages.  That THE INDWELLING Holy Spirit is CAPABLE of restoring hope, capable of turning things around, capable of bring healing to our hurts, capable of infusing life into the most seemingly dead of situations.  

He just needs room to work!

And when He is given that room, strongholds will be broken, burdens will be lifted and spirits will be renewed.  
The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where he is there is freedom... 2 Corinthians 3:17 (TLB)

Friends, there is no way I can begin to know “what” you are up against this morning.  I know in my house anxiety does it bests to find a place of residence. Just ask Dr. D this morning.  Fatigue seeks a little shelter.  Uncertainty tries to snag a seat the table for sure.  The pressures, expectations, naysayers, false allies, and antagonists crouch at the doors.

But I am working today to remember that residing and working in me is THE Spirit and He is MORE than able to HELP me do what needs to be done today. 
(Ephesians 3:20)
He did yesterday.
He will today. 

Let’s both remember that!
…there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit – Meyer

Love you all!
Be blessed today!
OPPORTUNITIES for HOPE

Friday, July 12, 2019

RAKING SMOKE

Have you thanked Him?
Have you praised Him?
Have you made it your priority to agree and cooperate with Him today?
Have you taken that deep breath and listened for what He has for you today?
1 Timothy 2:1 (The Message)
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.
 
“Running from the presence of God has the futility of "trying to shovel smoke with a rake".” – Tripp
For:
“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one” ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
 
Are you “running away from or EMBRACING the presence of GOD today?
It is a fair question.
 
Oh, we try to isolate ourselves, dodge GOD’S presence, hide, and do our best to seal ourselves away, but as that duo of Tripp and Tozar remind, we have a GOD who is OMNIPRESENT.
 
But that is NOT to say GOD is OPPRESSIVELY PRESENT.
Quite the contrary.
 
GOD generously and lovingly makes Himself available to us.
He patiently waits for us to acknowledge Him, encounter Him, engage Him, trust Him, intersect Him, and allow Him to instruct and impact our day!
He is always there. What we do with that truth is up to us!
 
That is why trying to escape His presence and His loving involvement is as futile as Tripp eludes.
 
Instead we should remember that…
…in (GOD’S) presence there is fullness of joy; at (HIS) right hand are pleasures forevermore Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
 

...where can (we) flee from Your presence? If (we) ascend to heaven, You are there; If (we) make (our) bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If (we) take the wings of the dawn, If (we) dwell in the remotest part of the sea…
Even there Your hand will lead (us)…
And Your right hand will lay hold of (us).Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)
 
If you are like me I find that at times reassuring and other times quite convicting.  For there are times in my life where the intimacy of GOD is like a welcomed blanket on a cold fall morning, but when I am out of step with Him, I would love to have a closet or hiding place to escape His view.
 
But the truth of the matter is…
…The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
 
So, we have a choice today as we do every day.
Embrace the presence and ALL that it promises or pointlessly try to “duck and weave” the watchful eye of the Father.
 
Let's trust Him! He has a GREAT plan for the day! He is beckoning all of us to ENGAGE! For God created us to live in close relationship with him, and He is meant to be embraced.
 
So here is your chance.
 
There can be such sweet reward
When we wait upon the Lord
As we take the time, he gives us his perfect wisdom.
To be found in Him alone,
All our deepest secrets known, we're surrounded by his grace
When we seek his face
 
In your presence there is comfort,
In your presence there is peace,
When we seek to know your heart,
We will find such blessed assurance
In your holy presence, Lord. – Tunney
 
Love ya all!
Have a blessed DAY!
OPPORTUNITIES for HOPE