Sunday, August 30, 2009
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Please keep him in your prayers.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Motivations to Call
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Friday, August 28 2009
..."Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." Mark 10:49
Do you recall the circumstances when God first called you into relationship with Him? Were you in need of something? Were you in a crisis situation? Every day God calls someone into relationship with Him through different circumstances. More often than not, the circumstances relate to a need in their life that only God can meet.
Bartimaeus had the need to see again. He was a poor blind beggar, who had heard about Jesus and the miracles He had done. The crowds rebuked him for seeking Jesus, yet he continued to cry out. "Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!'...Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus" (Mk. 10:48,50). That day, Bartimaeus saw for the first time. But more than that, he saw with spiritual eyes for the first time.
Each workday, we rub shoulders with someone who has not met this Jesus we know personally. God uses needs to draw us to Himself. What need has He placed in a coworker that only Christ can meet? Perhaps you are the instrument He wants to use to introduce that person to Himself. It requires availability and a willingness to look for people with needs, then point them to Christ to meet their needs. Pray for divine appointments today.
How many people do we know and love that we have never shared the love of the lord our father with. It is hard I know, but life is just a flash in the pan, eternity is forever. If you love them here in this temporary place, invite them today to be with you in eternity.
Death: Because of Christ, You Can Face It.
by Max Lucado
As heart surgeries go, mine was far from the riskiest. But any procedure that requires four hours of probes inside your heart is enough to warrant an added prayer. So on the eve of my surgery, Denalyn, I, and some kind friends offered our share. We were staying at a hotel adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. We asked God to bless the doctors and watch over the nurses. After we chatted a few minutes, they wished me well and said good-bye. I needed to go to bed early. But before I could sleep, I wanted to offer one more prayer...alone.
I took the elevator down to the lobby and found a quiet corner and began to think. What if the surgery goes awry? What if this is my final night on earth? Is there anyone with whom I should make my peace? Do I need to phone any person and make amends? I couldn't think of anyone. (So if you are thinking I should have called you, sorry. Perhaps we should talk.)
Next I wrote letters to my wife and daughters, each beginning with the sentence "If you are reading this, something went wrong in the surgery."
Then God and I had the most honest of talks. We began with a good review of my first half century. The details would bore you, but they entertained us. I thanked him for grace beyond measure and for a wife who descended from the angels. My tabulation of blessings could have gone on all night and threatened to do just that. So I stopped and offered this prayer: I'm in good hands, Lord. The doctors are prepared; the staff is experienced. But even with the best of care, things happen. This could be my final night in this version of life, and I'd like you to know, if that's the case, I'm okay.
And I went to bed. And slept like a baby. As things turned out, I recovered from the surgery, and here I am, strong as ever, still pounding away at the computer keyboard. One thing is different, though. This matter of dying bravely?
I think I will.
May you do the same.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2Tim 1:7
"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them." Joshua 1:6
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1Thes 5:16-18
"When you fast..." Matthew 6:16
"So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer."Ezra 8:23
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..." Hebrew 10:23-25
Today, at a time when so many of us are facing so many challenges; physically, finacially and emotionally, Michael will be in town to share about how the power of God and the truth of the Bible can provide healing and restoration in your life.
Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly. He gives us power over the enemy. Come and learn from God's word how to overcome the world and live life more abundantly.
Date: Friday August 28th
Place: Trinity Christian Fellowship Center, Inc.
Address: 800 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
If you line up your life with God's Word He is then able, by the promise of His own word, to deliver you from strongholds and/or curses in and on your life. If you are not familiar with the enemy and his attacks on your life you do not want to miss this powerful teaching and deliverance.
Be assured, that just as there is a God in Heaven who loves you and has a plan and purpose for your life. There is also an enemy of your soul, whose primary mission and goal is to destroy you - Body and Soul. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Satan works through these aforementioned areas to keep us in bondage (a spiritual prison), to keep us from being everything God created us to be, to keep us from being everything God created to give us to do, and to keep us from receiving everything God created to give us: Peace, Joy, Happiness, Fulfillment, Satisfaction, Purpose, Direction, Meaning in Life, Self-Worth, Value, Financial Stability, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Minds and Bodies, an Eternal Home with Him in Heaven.
We hope to see you see!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy..." Psalm 28:7
"Don't take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties."
Last nights topic made us think about how we handle things in the moment, the above statement hits a nerve, we sometimes are so busy that we dont take the time to slow down and look at the moment and how we can use that situation to glorify God.
In our busyness we also dont trust God to help us, I know that I sometimes am in such a rush that I overlook opportunities to let Gods love shine through because I have to get something done. The truth is that "it" can wait and doing the right thing can not "being present in the situation".
Challange today: Be present in the situation.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1. These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3. As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4. Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
5. remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6. Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
7. it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
8. do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9. If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
10. or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
11. A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
13. Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
14. Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15. Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16. If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17. Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
18. Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
19. Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
20. Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23. As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24. Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25. Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
26. Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
27. It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
28. Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.
Monday, August 24, 2009
October 9th & 10th
Coming to the USF Sundome! We are currently in communication with their national office about partnering with MATC.
Dan Karas is taking ticket orders now. Contact him at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-584-7074
We still have a LIMITED number of tickets at our deeply discounted price.
This is going to be a truly amazing experience, one that has the potential to literally change the world.
Please tell others - especially leaders in other churches - about this exciting event!
We need to get the word out. Send them to www.MenAtTheCross.org.
Less than 60 days to go!
1. Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2. for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4. through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5. A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6. for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8. He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9. The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10. If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11. Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
13. Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
15. Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16. for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
17. Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18. or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19. Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21. Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22. for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
23. These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24. Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent" -- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26. An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27. Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28. Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
29. Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay that man back for what he did."
30. I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31. thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest --
34. and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
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Monday, August 24 2009
"Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing." Acts 9:8a
When God calls one of His servants into service, there is often much travail. There are many examples where God makes His presence known through circumstances that tax the individual to his very soul.
Consider Paul, who was stricken blind on the Damascus road.
Consider Peter; when he denied Jesus after the crucifixion, he was in total despair.
Consider Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were thrown into the fiery furnace.
Consider Daniel, who was thrown into the lions' den.
Consider David, who was forced to flee his former employer for many years and lived as a fugitive.
It may seem strange to us that God uses such incredible adversity to prepare His servants for greater service, but this is God's way. God knows that the human heart is incapable of voluntarily stepping into situations that take us beyond our comfort zone. He intentionally brings us into hard places to prove us and to drive us deeper into the soil of His grace.
In arid regions of the world, trees cannot survive unless their roots grow deeper to where the water table can be found. Once they reach the water, these trees become stronger than any tree that can be found in tropical climates. Their root systems ensure that they can withstand any storm. In the same way, God brings us into extremely difficult situations in order to prove His power and drive our spiritual roots deeper.
Friend, God may take you through times when you will question His love for you. In such times, you must cling to His coattail so that you see His purposes in it. Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For in just a very little while, 'He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him'" (Hebrews 10:36-38).
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tonight we should break 4000 visitors to the blog. In the internet world that is great considering how short the time period is that it has been up. We are reaching out to people all across the country and the world and using the internet for good. Thank you to all the authors and especially to Scuba Dave who without his passion and energy the blog would not exist.
Keep it up....
Friday, August 21, 2009
We are always talking about our spiritual hearts but we need to also protect our physical heart and this is good info:
Why keep aspirin by your bedside?
About Heart Attacks:
There are other symptoms of a heart attack besides the pain on the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be no pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and
swallow them with a bit of water..
Do NOT lie down.
Unlock the front door.
- phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by
- say "heart attack!"
- say that you have taken 2 aspirins.
- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and...
~ Do NOT lie down ~
I would love for you to agree and pray for the following:
- - Larry "Captain" Jack - FL - Larry had surgery today on his vertebrae (Spinal column). The surgery was successful in what is was to accomplish and Larry is recovering peacefully until the Dr. can address what the next step will be. Visitors are welcomed from now until 8:00p EST. He is @ Largo Medical Center, Rm. 440 - 4th Floor. Telephone calls are welcomed, also, by calling his cell# 1-727-692-3574.
- - Eddie Parker - FL - Eddie is truly feeling the tension of being unemployed, yet has not loss faith in what the Lord will due because of his obedience. Eddie had an interview yesterday, (20 Aug 09'), with Pitney Bowes and is waiting to see what the Lord says. Please continue to pray for this present trial and for the entire family (Eddie, Krystal, William).
- - Men At The Cross -- U.S.A. - Men of God, everywhere, have been receiving a word from God for ages. Now, it is Tampa Bay's turn!!! Pray for all men to come to the Men At The Conference 2-day event held at USF Sundome 9/10 October 09'. Focus is Discipleship, "where one man leads another to Jesus, until that man is strong enough to lead another and another and another…
- - Wildmen Men's Ministry - FL - As you pause to pray that the men get their hearts set free in Christ Jesus, I petition that you pray for the Wildmen Men's Ministries all over the globe to never cease seeking God's wisdom, discernment and knowledge as we enter into a new season. For more information, please see www.wildmen.wordpress.com
- - Brian Palmer II - VA - For those that are aware that my son, Brian II, will be attending college (www.calvin.edu) in Grand Rapids, MI next week, pray for him and life. I, and his mother, are traveling there with him for Orientation, Tours, Dorm inspection, etc. I can't wait, but know that I will need a huge bucket to hold all of the tears that are definitely going to be shed. Please pray for traveling mercies, protective covering and the continuance of this young man's journey from adolescent to adult. He will be studying Physical Therapy.
That's it for today…
Thanks you in advance for your earnest petition to our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
Wildmen Ministry Leader
Brian K. Palmer - "Big Brian"
727-319-7256 Work 727-656-0532 Cell
"As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Man Sharpens Another." - Proverbs 27:17
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Friday, August 21 2009
"That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies..." Joshua 7:12
It matters not how strong you are. It matters not whether you have the greatest resources and talent. It matters not if you have the best plans and procedures. It will all fail if you have a break in your armor.
This is the message God told Joshua when he attempted to go against a small army at Ai, which was the Israelites' second battle in the Promised Land. Sometimes we try to figure out why we are not successful in an endeavor. We look at all aspects of our performance to see what went wrong. For the people of Israel, it was not easily seen on the surface. Everything seemed just as it should be from Joshua's vantage point, so when his army was soundly defeated, he cried out to God, "Ah, Sovereign Lord, why did You ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us?" (Josh. 7:7a)
The people had been defeated because God could not bless them. One person had violated the covenant with God. They were not to take any possessions from the first battle, but one person failed to live up to this, and the whole army suffered.
Sin makes our armor vulnerable to attack from satan, who then gains permission from God to attack us in the area where we have failed to uphold righteousness. If we break down in moral purity, satan comes in and establishes a stronghold. If we give place to bitterness and unforgiveness, we will break fellowship with God and others. If we become money-focused, we will fall into greed and deception. It is a vicious cycle.
Examine your armor today. Make sure you are not susceptible to attack. Begin from a solid spiritual foundation and your chances of success will be great.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have undeniable proof that light is faster than sound.
Have you ever seen someone walking toward you that is well dressed, well groomed, and appears to be model citizen? They appear to be intelligent, that is until the open their mouths and begin to speak...
Proverbs 17:28 Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
The book of Proverbs speaks about fools quite often. I noticed a pattern or common feature of a fool in this chapter. Look at these verse segments.
...violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
...a chattering fool comes to ruin.
...a chattering fool comes to ruin.
...the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
...whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Do you see the common trait? It is the mouth. As Jesus said in Mark 12:34 and in Luke 6:45, "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." That which is inside comes out and then is discernible to all. James chapter three speaks of the power of the tongue. It is described as a tiny thing, yet able to do incredible good or harm. James 1:5 says that if any Christ-follower lacks wisdom (is a fool), they should ask God for wisdom and God will give it to him.
A good rule of thumb is; if in doubt, keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool, rather than speak and remove all doubt.
Don't be the fool.
The prophet Elisha often would travel through the town of Shunem, and in that town was a well-to-do couple who extended hospitality to him. At first, they simply offered Elisha a meal when he came through town. Then, seeing that Elisha needed a place to stay and study, they built a room for him above their house so that each time he came through town, he had a place to stay. He was so appreciative of their kindness that one day he asked the wife what he could do for her. His servant Gehazi later informed Elisha that the woman was barren and her husband was old. " 'About this time next year,' Elisha said, 'you will hold a son in your arms' " (2 Kings 4:16). A year later the son arrived.
One day the father was working in the field, and the son became ill and died. The woman ran to meet Elisha to inform him. When Elisha asked what was wrong, she did not panic and react in fear. Her response to Elisha seemed almost unnatural. "Everything is all right," she said. Elisha went to the boy and raised him from the dead. It was a glorious miracle. (See Second Kings 4.)
Faith looks at situations through God's eyes, not the eyes of our limited understanding. This woman did not panic, for she knew something more than the current circumstance. Faith does not panic, but realizes that what looks like devastating circumstances may be God's plan to bring glory to Himself by demonstrating His power.
When Jesus appeared on the water to the disciples in the middle of the night, they exclaimed, "It's a ghost!" (see Mt. 14:26) First appearances can bring great fear upon us even to the point of paralyzing us. Find the Lord in your circumstance today. Exercise your faith today and trust Him for His outcome in the situation.
This was written in the notes in my bible about Prov. 27:17, our moto. Thought it was worth sharing. Looking forward to a little 'sharpening' tonight with my friends.
Hope all have a great day and give God the glory for it.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Make every effort to follow the 7 steps:
1. Speak Truth (Read Ephesians 4:25)
2. Deal with Anger (Read Ephesians 4:26-27)
IN your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. This is one time in the bible that God gives us a time limit on doing his will.
3. Do something useful (Read Ephesians 4:28)
4. Speak good words (Read Ephesians 4:29)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
5. Make God Laugh (Read Ephesians 4:30)
6. Take out the Trash (Read Ephesians 4:31)
7. Forgive others (Read Ephesians 4:32) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Today Angie and I were fighting about parenting differences and tonight I went to a different church and the above was the message. I don’t believe in coincidences I think the are more God incidences and that is why I wanted to share this with you all. I have been struggling with number 2 but the way the pastor tonight shared it this is the most important. Another God incidence happened a week ago while we were having another big fight a friend called out of the blue and told me the same thing.
Please keep Angie and I in your prayers, we are under attack.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Several Years ago Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie got together and invited their friends and recorded the song “We are the World” for African Famine Relief.
45 of Americas TOP recording artists arrived at the studio to participate and the sign on front door read:
Check your EGO at the Door.
With the BLOG, it is a discussion forum, which means that everyone can post his 2 cents. Everyone has an opinion and everyone’s opinion counts. This is not one person’s blog or forum, it is the Wild Men’s Blog and all are welcome.
If you have a comment please share and if you do and someone disagrees with you, Check your ego at the door. We are Brothers, not clones and we are to love one another and that includes understanding them.
This is a email that we are sending out to Churchs around Florida promoting men at the cross. Please take a look and if you have any contacts at a churchs please share the link with them.
by Max Lucado
When you place your faith in Christ, Christ places his Spirit before, behind, and within you. Not a strange spirit, but the same Spirit: the parakletos. Everything Jesus did for his followers, his Spirit does for you. Jesus taught; the Spirit teaches. Jesus healed; the Spirit heals. Jesus comforted; his Spirit comforts. As Jesus sends you into new seasons, he sends his counselor to go with you.
God treats you the way one mother treated her young son, Timmy. She didn't like the thought of Timmy walking to his first-grade class unaccompanied. But he was too grown-up to be seen with his mother. "Besides," he explained, "I can walk with a friend." So she did her best to stay calm, quoting the Twenty-third Psalm to him every morning: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..."
One school day she came up with an idea. She asked a neighbor to follow Timmy to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, lest he notice her. The neighbor was happy to oblige. She took her toddler on morning walks anyway.
After several days Timmy's friend noticed the lady and the child.
"Do you know who that woman is who follows us to school?"
"Sure," Timmy answered. "That's Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy."
"My mom reads about them every day in the Twenty-third Psalm. She says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life.' Guess I'll have to get used to them."
You will too. God never sends you out alone. Are you on the eve of change? Do you find yourself looking into a new chapter? Is the foliage of your world showing signs of a new season? Heaven's message for you is clear: when everything else changes, God presence never does. You journey in the company of the Holy Spirit, who "will teach you and will remind you of everything I have told you" (John 14:26 NLT).
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Michael will be back in town on:
August 28th at 7 pm.
Trinity Christian Fellowship Center, Inc.
800 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
Please check out his web site:
Message from Michael:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
We have met with hundreds of people who are humble and desperate to get victory over sin in their lives; sin that has hampered their Christian walk and caused many of them to be a poor witness for the Lord. We have been so excited to see how the Lord has set so many people free from their bondage to sins like lust, anger, sexual immorality, drug and alcohol addictions, and countless more.
Join us to learn how through Jesus you can live an empowered life.
Monday, August 10, 2009
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Monday, August 10 2009
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!" Isaiah 30:18
Have you ever noticed that God is not in a hurry? It took 40 years for Moses to receive his commission to lead the people out of Egypt. It took 17 years of preparation before Joseph was delivered from slavery and imprisonment. It took 20 years before Jacob was released from Laban's control. Abraham and Sarah were in their old age when they finally received the son of promise, Isaac. So why isn't God in a hurry?
God called each of these servants to accomplish a certain task in His Kingdom, yet He was in no hurry to bring their mission into fulfillment. First, He accomplished what He wanted in them. We are often more focused on outcome than the process that He is accomplishing in our lives each day. When we experience His presence daily, one day we wake up and realize that God has done something special in and through our lives.
However, the accomplishment is no longer what excites us. Instead, what excites us is knowing Him. Through those times, we become more acquainted with His love, grace, and power in our lives. When this happens, we are no longer focused on the outcome because the outcome is a result of our walk with Him. It is not the goal of our walk, but the by-product. Hence, when Joseph came to power in Egypt, he probably couldn't have cared less. He had come to a place of complete surrender so that he was not anxious about tomorrow or his circumstances.
This is the lesson for us. We must wait for God's timing and embrace wherever we are in the process. When we find contentment in that place, we begin to experience God in ways we never thought possible.
I have been praying and struggling because my walk has been off and I have asked God to show me what needs to change. It has been what seams like an eternity but today I was in the library and picked up a book called God Owns My Business and turned to a page and started reading. It was a chapter about TV and the words JUMPED off the page at me. I have been guarding my gates and not watching shows that should not be watched, but I still have been watching some TV, the National Geographic, Discovery and History Channel.
What the message was: do not allow TV to steal time from your family and others, it is a thief and puts a wedge in our life. Last night for example, I went to bed with the TV on and before I knew it the clock read 12:00, what a waste of time. That is time that I should have been resting and restoring my body.
God's desire is that we continually progress, that we reach higher heights and go to new levels. Oftentimes, as soon as we make the decision to step out in faith and obey God, the enemy brings in fear to try to stop us. He'll bring thoughts like, "What if you fail? What are other people going to think? You don't have what it takes." He'll do his best to use fear to try to convince us to shrink back and stay where we are.
The Bible says that fear is a spirit. It plays on our emotions and holds us back. But the good news is that we have power over fear! The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. When we receive God's perfect love, we will have confidence about the future because we know His plans are for our good. I've heard it said that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Understand that fear is a lie. Today, choose to believe God's Word and receive His love so that you can overcome fear and move forward into the good life He has prepared for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for giving me power, love, and a sound mind. I open my heart to You and receive Your perfect love. Fill me with Your confidence and assurance to embrace everything You have for me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It began with the fond recollection of the love of his life, long gone, and somewhere in these albums was a photo of her he hoped to rediscover. Silent as a mouse, he patiently opened the long buried treasures and soon was lost in a sea of memories. Although his world had not stopped spinning when his wife left it, the past was more alive in his heart than his present aloneness.
Setting aside one of the dusty albums, he pulled from the box what appeared to be a journal from his grown son's childhood. He could not recall ever having seen it before, or that his son had ever kept a journal. Why did Elizabeth always save the children's old junk? he wondered, shaking his white head.
Opening the yellowed pages, he glanced over a short reading, and his lips curved in an unconscious smile. Even his eyes brightened as he read the words that spoke clear and sweet to his soul. It was the voice of the little boy who had grown up far too fast in this very house, and whose voice had grown fainter and fainter over the years. In the utter silence of the attic, the words of a guileless six-year-old worked their magic and carried the old man back to a time almost totally forgotten.
Entry after entry stirred a sentimental hunger in his heart like the longing a gardener feels in the winter for the fragrance of spring flowers. But it was accompanied by the painful memory that his son's simple recollections of those days were far different from his own. But how different?
Reminded that he had kept a daily journal of his business activities over the years, he closed his son's journal and turned to leave, having forgotten the cherished photo that originally triggered his search. Hunched over to keep from bumping his head on the rafters, the old man stepped to the wooden stairway and made his descent, then headed down a carpeted stairway that led to the den.
Opening a glass cabinet door, he reached in and pulled out an old business journal. Turning, he sat down at his desk and placed the two journals beside each other. His was leather-bound and engraved neatly with his name in gold, while his son's was tattered and the name Jimmy had been nearly scuffed from its surface. He ran a long skinny finger over the letters, as though he could restore what had been worn away with time and use.
As he opened his journal, the old man's eyes fell upon an inscription that stood out because it was so brief in comparison to other days. In his own neat handwriting were these words:
Wasted the whole day fishing with Jimmy. Didn't catch a thing.
With a deep sigh and a shaking hand, he took Jimmy's journal and found the boy's entry for the same day, June 4. Large scrawling letters, pressed deeply into the paper, read:
Went fishing with my Dad. Best day of my life.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I opened my email and found the below post from Max Lucado about how to handle worry. He quotes the bible:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:19 NIV)
This has been part of my daily prayer lately because I have seeking wisdom and direction from God. I was then reminded about a friend that stopped by last night whose wife has terminal cancer and last week his father suddenly passed away and realized that my problems and challenges pale in comparison to those of my brothers.
His fathers last words to him before he left to take his wife to get her cancer treatment was that he would give Double Dose of Prayer for his son’s wife who is battling cancer.
Today, let’s all slow down and take time to pray for one another. If you have any prayer requests please post them as a comment so that we can all pray over them. If you want to take it to the next level, ask someone if you can pray for them, I put a post up about that yesterday that is well worth reading.
"We have here only five loaves and two fish." (Matt. 14:17)
How do you suppose Jesus felt about the basket inventory? Any chance he might have wanted them to include the rest of the possibilities? Involve all the options? Do you think he was hoping someone might count to eight?
"Well, let's see. We have five loaves, two fish...and Jesus!" Jesus Christ. The same Jesus who told us:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:19 NIV)
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. (John 15:7 NIV)
What ever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)
Standing next to the disciples was the solution to their problems...but they didn't go to him. They stopped their count at seven and worried.
What about you? Are you counting to seven, or to eight?
Here are eight worry stoppers to expand your tally:
Pray, first. "Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him...(I Peter 5:7 AMP)
Easy now. Slow down. "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him (Ps. 37:7).
Act on it. The moment a concern surfaces, deal with it. Don't dwell on it. Head off worries before they get the best of you. Be a doer, not a stewer.
Compile a worry list. Over a period of days record your anxious thoughts. Then review them. How many of them turned into a reality?
Evaluate your worry categories. Detect recurring areas of preoccupation that may become obsessions. Pray specifically about them.
Focus on today. God meets daily needs daily. He will give you what you need when it is needed.
Unleash a worry army. Share your feelings with a few loved ones. Ask them to pray with and for you.
Let God be enough. "Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." (Matt. 6:32-33 NLT).
Eight steps. Pray, first. Easy, now. Act on it. Compile a worry list.Evaluate your worry categories. Focus on today. Unleash a worry army. Let God be enough.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I am back and want to thank you for all your prayers. I found this in my inbox today and I thought it was so a appropriate:
May I Pray for You?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1
by Os HillmanThursday, August 06 2009
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
I walked into the office. The secretary seemed physically struggling with her breathing and her countenance was different than normal. "Are you okay?" I asked.
"Allergies," she replied. "Sometimes it gets so bad I can hardly breathe." "May I pray for you?" I asked.
"Oh, I don't want to take up His time with something as menial as me. I'd rather not waste it on me. You should pray for someone much less fortunate than me. My mother always taught us to pray at the dinner table for those less fortunate than us," she replied. The woman was touched that I would offer to pray for her. The next day I told her my prayer group was praying for her. She could not believe that I would do such a thing for her.
It is interesting what happens when you offer to pray for someone. Offering to pray for someone can be the most genuine and loving thing you can do for another person. It can be the one means of getting a conversation on a spiritual plane that cuts across religious stigmas and gets to the root of the problem - the person's real need. It immediately reveals your own values and sets the stage for future encounters. All it takes is a little holy boldness to step through the door when the opportunity seems to present itself.
Is there anything too small to pray about? Do we, in fact, bother God when we make any request that is not dealing with only the poor in Calcutta? Paul clearly tells us in this passage that prayer is talking with God. It is having such a relationship with Him that we can bring anything to His attention.
We've all heard the housewife's prayer for a parking spot or other such seemingly trivial prayer requests, but are they trivial to God? If God is our closest and most intimate friend, then it becomes very natural to talk to Him as you would a friend who might be sitting next to you in the car. Yes, God desires to have such close communion with you and me that we can pray about anything - even a parking spot.
As you enter the workplace today, ask a co-worker if you can pray for him about something. You may be surprised at what doors will open as a result.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This, then, is how you should pray:
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:6-15 niv
Monday, August 3, 2009
TGIF Today God Is First
Volume 1 by Os HillmanMonday, August 03 2009
"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12
For years Sergis ran his small retail business from his store in a local shopping center. Every week a visitor would drop by to collect a percentage of his sales. The visitor wasn't his landlord; the mafia had taken control of business in his small country.
Through the ministry of a workplace Christian, Sergis came to faith in Christ, and God began a deep work in his life. One day Sergis decided he could no longer give God's money to the mafia.
A few days later his "friends" paid him a visit. They kidnapped him, blindfolded him, and placed him in a jail cell located in the middle of a mafia-controlled house. During the night Sergis sat in the jail cell discouraged. Two locked doors with guards separated Sergis from his freedom. Suddenly, in the middle of the night Sergis awoke to a voice: "Sergis, get up. Follow me." Sergis awakened to a real, in the flesh, angel of God sent to deliver him. The angel opened the doors while the guards remained asleep. Sergis and the angel walked quietly past the guards to freedom. Sergis immediately went to his Christian brothers to share the miracle that had just taken place.
This true story is living proof that we serve a God who still does miracles on behalf of His servants. Ask God for the miracle you need today.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I think it would be an awesome tribute of our group to include ourselves in the special prayer group being held at Woodland at 7:00pm on Tuesday night, the same night of our regular meeting. How great would it be to surround Keith and his family with our love and power of prayer? This man does so much to further the Lord's kingdom and he is sick, and needs us! I feel it would be a huge blessing our small group could lay at the feet of a man who touches so many... Who's with me?
In His loving grace,