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Wickedness

Father, at times life’s circumstances can be daunting. Things don’t go as we would like them to and sometimes we feel stuck but we are only seeing the here and now. You, Father, see it all – every possibility – all the way to the end of our life here on earth. I, at times, have to repeatedly lay it all at Your feet…but You know best. I trust You to do what You will with what I have to offer. Amen.

Matthew 11:20-26 (<<click the green)

I have heard it said in Christian circles that if our country isn’t made to pay for its rampant wickedness that God will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah for the destruction they received for their own wickedness. We are not told in Scripture how long God bore with their sin. We are not told how many times and in what ways He tried to turn them from their wickedness.

In Jonah’s story, we are given a glimpse of God’s concern for those who have nothing to do with him. The city of Nineveh finally reached the end of God’s patience (and I, from personal experience, know that his love is long-suffering – to say the least!) and called Jonah to proclaim His pending judgment. Jonah was less than willing, to say the least, but finally went and warned them of their pending doom. And God’s love won out. They saw their depravity and repented of their sins and God’s wrath was withheld.

How long will God allow us as a nation to travel down this path of wickedness? Only He knows but I will do my part to bring others into a saving knowledge of a forgiving Savior. Lord, give me the courage and the wisdom I need. I would pray for a burning sense of urgency…for the days are short and Your coming is near. Amen.

Apr 4th, 2018, Wed, 10:16 am

Draw Me Nearer

Thank You, Father, for Your watch care throughout the night. May I be today who You want me to be. May I reflect You and Your awesome attributes to those with whom I interact throughout this day. Amen.

Matthew 7:21-23 (<<click the green)

Several years ago I read a book of fiction and a portion of it dealt with the eternal destinies of two characters. One was a man who was an imprisoned violent criminal and the other was a religious woman who was very active in her church and doing good deeds. They both died and came before Christ at the judgment…but there was a surprising twist.

While in prison, the man had had the opportunity to examine his wicked ways and had been led into a wonderful relationship with the Lord. His life as a follower of Christ had not been long but it was most assuredly rich. When he stood before His Savior, he was welcomed with open arms to spend eternity with Him.

The woman, on the other hand, though diligent throughout her life in doing good and spending a great amount of her time doing the work of the church had never felt it important to give her life to Christ. She was kind and giving and thought that her actions and diligence would suffice. She was absolutely aghast after she pleaded her case before Christ when He said, “‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].” v23 AMP

The scenario has stuck with me all these years and serves as a reminder to not just be about the work that You have called me to, Lord, but, most importantly, to be attentive in cultivating my relationship with You. Lord Jesus, You love me. You gave up everything that I might love You back.

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

                                                      ~ Fanny Crosby, 1875

Feb 16th, 2018, Fri, 5:17 am

More Flies with Honey than with Vinegar

Yesterday was a physically intense day, Father, and my body is paying for it. But regardless of how I feel physically may I be spiritually ready to receive what You have for me this morning. Amen.

Jude 1:22-23 (<<click green)

Mercy. It should be a common trait amongst believers for You, Lord, have surely extended it to each one of us. But quite often we withhold it. We land on the side of judgment instead. Too often we readily condemn and it is easy to leave compassion and kindness out of the equation altogether.

Lord, in Matthew 26:16-20 You gave us the Great Commission. We were told,

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words] vs.19 Amplified Bible

Lord, if we are to tell people about You and what we must do as followers of You, how are we going to accomplish that task by being judgmental?

An old adage comes to mind that is very appropriate, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Though it is not from the Bible it is sure not anti-biblical. You have given us the wonderful gifts of salvation from our sins and eternal life to boot. Not a one of us is perfect. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 But our very nature makes us want to push ourselves forward by shoving others behind and beneath us.

Yes, our world is full of sinners (I am one of many!) Many are in direct opposition to You and Your standards, Lord. Many thumb their noses at You and do as they please. But how can I possibly impact the world for You by setting out bowls of vinegar? Who would be drawn to You by that? …no one.

Lord, May I, and all Your children who desire to align themselves with You, be eager to spread the honey all around. May we be merciful. Amen.

June 2nd, Fri, 5:09 am