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Jun 25, 2016

In A Moment

Life is made of moments. One after another they transpire. Some are just ordinary and others extraordinary. Often you can't tell them apart. Wouldn't it be wonderful if life's very special moments were preceded by an audible alert? Then you would know that this moment was really significant. It might be the moment you meet the person that you will spend the rest of your life with or that will be really special to you. It could be a moment when something really incredible and life changing was going to begin or the decision you made was so right on it set a domino effect of God's blessings cascading into place. 

Life doesn't provide an audible indication of magnificent moments or blessings. You have to be alert and aware so you will recognize them and savor every second. Sure there will be weddings, births and big days of achievement that you will be prepared to relish. Even with that the most significant moments might be very unassuming, subtle and without any fanfare. Keep your eyes open! Listen up and really pay attention. Your life may change in a fabulous new direction in a single moment. 

Be alert too for the return of Jesus. There will be no warning or indication to be ready. It is said in Thessalonians - 5:2  "Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night."

Life's moments are amazing and precious. Keep your eyes, heart and mind focused on Jesus and enjoy every single moment to the fullest.

Jun 13, 2016

Deliver Us From Evil

Evil is real. It springs forth from the most hateful and sinister place of darkness. Jesus knew all about evil. He faced it and overcame it. He taught us to pray that we would be kept from it. In fact, He asked that we would be delivered from it. The word "deliver" means saved, set free from or rescued. That means evil is real and Jesus knew we should be seeking God's Almighty Hand to protect us. I pray too that God would protect us as well. Still, the reality is there is evil in this world and we are vulnerable.

If you have spent any time on planet earth you likely have witnessed evil. It rears its ugly head every day but is visible and evident to different people. Often evil is disguised and clearly seen by the naked eye. Still, if you know and are close to Jesus you may have a sense or be able to discern evil and distance yourself from it.

For sure, you will want to draw close to God and use the weapons of spiritual warfare to protect yourself and your loved ones from evil. If you are unfamiliar the armor that you will be using allow me to introduce you to it. These are the spiritual weapons of choice straight from Ephesians 6:12 -18

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spiritwhich is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

May God grant you the strength, wisdom  grace and peace you require to be brave, bold and courageous.  Tighten your belt, get on your breastplate, set your helmet in place, pick up your shield and sword and get in the Word and be praying. Our country needs it. Our families require it. Our lives and the lives of future generations depends on it.  Onward Christian soldiers!

Jun 8, 2016

Simple Pleasantries

Casual waves. Pleasant hellos. You know, the kind of thing that happens when you see a neighbor out while walking the dog or a colleague in the hallway at work. How are you? Isn't the weather lovely? Good seeing you. Hope you have a great rest of the day. See you next time. Simple words, surface deep, expressed almost automatically without any true thought or meaning. Sure you may be busy, distracted or perhaps you just aren't interested in getting involved in a deeper discussion.

Simple pleasantries may be ok for casual relationship and passer by well wishes but will never do when it comes to a relationship between you and Jesus. Prayers on the run, fleeting words and superficial praise are not what God intended for you. He wants to have a relationship with you where he can touch your heart and fill the crevices of your soul. That requires time and quiet uninterrupted fellowship with Him. Don't short change yourself and miss the greatest blessing of your life. God knows you and loves you. Isn't it about time for you to know and love Him?

"I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me." John 10:14