Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's In the Way?

                I think every major road in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is under construction. The mess has also spilled over onto some of the side roads. Trying to get somewhere more than a few miles from home usually includes roadblocks and detours. This time of year becomes even more frustrating since there seem to be more cars on the road for shopping and traveling. There are cars in my way, there are people in my way, and there are orange construction barrels in my way. Everywhere I go, something is in the way of my tried and true path.
                The same thing happens in other areas of my life too. I can’t get where I want to be, but more importantly I can’t get where I need to be.
Where I WANT to be:
Sometimes family and friends are in the way of the day I had planned for myself.
Sometimes a coworker is in the way of that finished project.
Sometimes unexpected bills are in the way of my next purchase.
Where I NEED to be:
If I am honest, sometimes the internet and TV are in the way of where I need to be.
Many times my expectations, emotions, selfishness, and attitudes are the things in the way.
Where do I really need to be? What is in the way? Sometimes it’s just me in the way -- my selfish desires, my laziness, my earthly pleasures.
                Where do you want to be this Christmas season? Where do you need to be this Christmas season? You may want to be sleeping fifteen extra minutes, but you may need to be spending that time with God. You may want to be at home relaxing, but you may need to be giving grace and kindness to the cashier at Walmart. You may want to be left alone, but you may need to be holding someone’s hand. You may want someone to help you, but you may need to be helping someone else.
                Most importantly, is where you WANT to be where you NEED to be?
 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Candles

We are candles.
Blocks of wax molded by God.
He placed a wick inside each of us that only He can light.
We are candles.
We were made to shine His light to the world.
Candles are different colors, scents, and shapes.
But we are all candles.

Where is your candle?
It might be on a mantle.
It might be used for decoration without being lit.
Is your life just on display or is your wick lit and burning for God?

Where is your candle?
It might be on a table for a romantically lit dinner.
The wick sheds just enough light for an intimate conversation for two.
Are you sharing intimate conversations with God?

Where is your candle?
It might be on a birthday cake with a light representing each year of life.
Each year the cake burns brighter as another candle is added.
Each year of your walk with Christ brings about a brighter burning in your life.
What is your spiritual age? Does the light you shine in the world reflect that age?

Where is your candle?
It might be in a dark room giving light to those who cannot see.
This is our purpose as candles.
To shine light in the darkness.

God’s love for me is a candle that never burns out.
My love for Him is a candle that burns brightly to the end.

I am a candle.
Someday my wick will burn out.
My prayer is that His light will shine on because I burned brightly.
I am a candle.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Speak the Truth in Love - But SPEAK IT

                It’s time to stand up and stand on the Word of God. God’s Word is truth, and we must speak it. Even if you don’t see the fruits of your voice, God has promised His Word will not return void. “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11 ESV).
                When confronted with things contrary to God’s Word, we need to speak. When you speak truth, it brings light into the darkness. We speak, not out of judgment and condemnation, but out of love. We don’t need to argue or prolong a discussion if it’s not profitable, but we do need to offer light in the dark. If we truly love others with Christ’s love, then we need to share God’s Word.
                Our place is not to judge, but it is our responsibility to speak the truth. We have been called. 2 Cor 5:20 says, “We are ambassadors for Christ.” Only God can convict and bring about change, but the Word must be spoken in order to be heard in order to be believed. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV).
                My encouragement and challenge to you and to myself from this day forward for the rest of our lives: Be committed to speaking the truth of God’s Word because of His love.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

One Nation Under God – Where is Your Hope?


I feel a great burden for spiritual awakening in America, but what can I do? I am only one person.
 Prayer is the key that opens the lock.
Prayer is the hammer that breaks the rock.
Prayer is the substance that seals the breach.
Prayer is the influence beyond our reach.
Prayer is the rudder that guides the boat.
Prayer is the life vest that keeps you afloat.
Prayer is the light on a path that is dark.
Make sure you pray before you embark.
Prayer is the beginning of a Godly desire.
Prayer is the spark that starts the fire.
Prayer is the warmth that melts the ice.
It is the only answer that will suffice.
Prayer is the stitch that mends the ripped seam.
Prayer is the river that starts as a stream.
Prayer is the touch that comforts the weak.
Prayer parts the clouds as God’s face we seek.
Prayer opens the eyes of blind hearts to see
Prayer casts the vision of a nation set free.
Prayer opens the ears of deaf hearts to hear
To relinquish control and let God’s Spirit steer.
Prayer is the hope for a nation torn apart.
Prayer, my friends, is where we must start.

Prayer is all these things, but it doesn’t accomplish anything until you pray.
Thinking about prayer is not praying.
Believing in prayer is not praying.
Reading about prayer is not praying.
PRAY.
Join me in prayer for our nation.