Tag Archives: grief

Looking’s Not Necessarily OK

Good morning, Father. Thank You for the solid night’s sleep. I would ask for Your presence as the day unfolds. May I help Karen get set for the morning in that I will be gone for a few hours – may I love her as You do. May You be a palpable presence in our services today. May we all be attentive to what You would have to say to each of us individually and may we be compelled to act upon Your word. Amen.

Matthew 5:27-30 (<<click the green)

Several years ago I worked with another believer and on more than one occasion, he was married by the way, I heard him say in regards to admiring beautiful women, “It’s OK to look, just don’t touch.” It bothered me then and it bothers me now.

Sex is one of the most rewarding, yet at the same time, most difficult things with which to deal. It is most assuredly a gift from God. When we act on it in a proper setting it brings us great joy. But outside of that proper setting, it brings way more grief than it will bring satisfaction. And not just for the parties involved – so many others are impacted when lines are crossed.

So, as long as we don’t physically act, it’s alright to have an active fantasy life, right? Uh…no. Lord, we cannot twist Your words as recorded by Matthew any way in which to justify doing so.

“But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” v28

To say that our world is full of temptation is a great understatement! We can’t walk past a magazine rack or turn on a TV without being bombarded by lasciviousness (showing a desire for, or unseemly interest in, sex)! Lord, help us!

The only way we can stand, Lord Jesus, is to stand with You. Only You can help us be what You call us to be. On our own, we are weak and fallible. I fall into You mighty arms. Help me to be the man that You need me to be in this fallen world. Amen.

Nov 12th, Sun, 6:34 am

Paradox of Life

Help me get my mind in gear, Father. It’s been running in “low” since getting out of bed. Help me to shift into thoughts of You and what You have for me this day.

James 1:1-4 (<<click here)

My lesson today, Lord, I believe is the upside-down mentality of walking with You. The book of Puritan prayers a dear friend loaned me and this passage has communicated that. A portion of the prayer reads:

Let me find thy light in my darkness,
                        thy life in my death,
                        thy joy in my sorrow,
                        thy grace in my sin,
                        thy riches in my poverty
                        thy glory in my valley.

And then my passage for today reads,

“…when troubles…come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For…when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

The paradox of life with You, Lord, makes no sense to the world. But why follow what the world says makes sense? The world is a mess! I live in it out of necessity but I don’t have to believe how it does. It only yields grief, sorrow, discontent, hatred, strife, and death. All of it is hidden under the glitz and glamor of stuff and shallowness – no thanks!

Following You, though the world deems it odd, yields joy, deep contentment, love, fellowship, and life. Lord, help me to see as You see, to respond as You would respond. May I see life through the filters of Your love.

July 26th, Tue, 6:31 am