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A Good Man

Father, thank You for the provision that only You can bring – my salvation and Your mercy and grace. I am who I am and am where I am solely because of You. Praise Your holy name!

Matthew 1:18-19 (<<click the green)

Lord, Your Father’s choice as to whom Your earthly father would be was spot on (as is everything Your Father does!). Just in these couple of verses we see the kind of person that Joseph was. Verse 19 states that he was a “good man”. He was a devout man – he knew all the rules and regulations – and Mary had seemingly crossed some very serious lines. He obviously would have been implicated in her pregnancy, which was a serious implication, to say the least. Intense shame would have been upon them both but strict adherence to the Law could easily have meant the death of them both.

Knowing he had nothing to do with the pregnancy, Joseph would have had every right to be upset. Any man in his situation would understandably feel angry and betrayed. But that was not his response. Being the “good man” that he was, his love for Mary was more than his love for preserving his pride – his reputation even…and that is some very strong love! Instead of defending his innocence, he instead decided “to break the engagement quietly.” Being a “good man” truly is an understatement!

Lord, You are God’s son, yes, but though it may be difficult to comprehend it all, Joseph had a great impact on You as Your earthly father, as all fathers do. Joseph was a “good man” in so many ways. Even before You were born, he loved others more than himself – what an example.

Lord, thank You for the examples You have set before us. Even before meeting You, Joseph lived out his relationship with his God, as we are all called to do. With Your touch and models of people like Joseph may I do no less. Amen.

Sept 11th, Mon, 6:39 am

Pride

Throwback Thursday from June 22, 2015.

I’m so glad we have this time together. Help me to hear clearly and to act with conviction. Please continue to work with me throughout the day, teaching directing, correcting, so I will become more and more like you.

Ephesians 2:11-18 (<<click on the green)

Pride…a struggle for many…and I am no exception. But it sure takes many forms. Feeling like someone reprimands me for something others do all the time and my defenses go up.  My wife says something that I take as criticism even though she may not have meant it that way and I get angry. Behind the wheel I suffer from it regularly, others driving slowly (or more slowly than I’d prefer), bad parking and pulling in front of me…all get a reaction and not a pleasant one.

And the list could go on… Lord, I am sunk on this one. Help me to think of You and when I do fail, to reflect on my problem and to begin responding in ways that would be more pleasing to you. I will trust in You to be able to be an overcomer of pride.

April 23rd, Thurs, 6:46 am

My Ball, My Rules

Yesterday was full from beginning to end and Father, I was grateful for Your presence. On top of all we planned, we were blessed to spend some time with my dear Aunt Ruby and got to see my cousin, Chase, as well! Thank You, Father, for the extra blessings!

3 John 9-15 (<<click green)

There are many aspects of childlike behavior that are honorable, Lord, when You were asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? You called a child to stand among You and said,

“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

Children are wonderful examples of innocence and faith but a keyword of how we are to become like a child is the word humble.

In today’s passage from 3rd John, Diotrephes sure missed that memo. Instead, pride is the name of the game for him. Instead of innocence and faith – other less desirable childlike behaviors are prominent in his life. And unfortunately, childishness is rampant in our society, as well. Many have the “my ball, my rules” mentality. In actuality, it is neither our ball nor our rules. It is supposed to be all about You, Lord, not about us.

Much to our detriment, the enemy of our soul likes to plant thoughts of entitlement and control in our hearts. Even people we admire and love can be overtaken by pride. “I am in charge. Don’t play with them – I don’t like them. If you play with them, I don’t like You anymore, so get out of here!” No humility, no love – just pride and a “me, me, me” mentality.

Lord, may we all look into Your eyes. May we see You for who You truly are – in all Your glory. And may that vision help put us in our place as well – loved immensely by You but Your humble faithful children as well. Amen.

May 29th, Mon, 6:35 am

Swollen with Pride

Lots of things clamoring for my attention this morning, Father, so struggling to sit down and get at it. I am praying for Your touch and direction for my family today – Your will be done. Amen.

1 Peter 5:5-6 (<<click here)

Young and old, Lord – many times we struggle with each other. Lack of respect plagues both sides. Lack of understanding does as well. Frustration can run high. The best thing we can do is to follow Peter’s advice and embrace humility.

In a lot of ways, I think that “pride” impacts us like an allergic reaction. Someone says something with which we don’t agree and it’s like a bee sting! We react almost instantaneously and our pride swells us up so much so that we can’t see things for what they are. I can picture someone with their eyes swollen shut! Pride works the same way many times and when it “attacks” we need a big dose of the anti-inflammatory called humility.

Our society in recent years is a ticking time bomb. Say the “wrong” thing, stand up for the “wrong” cause, express your opinion and if it differs from someone else – watch out! You might just get blown to pieces! We all just need to slow down and think…think…before we act – before we speak – before we blow up!

Love…humility…compassion…mercy…respect…all need to factor in – especially as Christians. God is the judge, not us. Yes, I realize somethings are blatant, in your face, over the top sin. But can any of us honestly throw the first stone? John 8:1-11 We are all guilty. Sin is sin and there is no ranking of them.

Young and old, black and white, men and women, any combination we can come up with…let us love one another! Lord, You said it Yourself, “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12

Lord, help me to use the anti-inflammatory of humility to combat my reactions to pride. Help me to see through your eyes – eyes that see clearly – and to respond as You would. Amen.

Feb 15th, Wed, 9:57 am

Boundaries

Some days are more challenging than others, Father, and this day is a toughie! I’ve already been awake for over two hours and still trying to corral my mind. Help my attention to be drawn to You and to set other things (of less importance) aside.

Hebrews 2:2-4 (<<click here)

Now there is a word we don’t care for – punished. On any front – Biblical or personal – we want to avoid being punished. In the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, punishment is meted out for “violation of the law” and “disobedience” but in today’s mindset many, myself included, tend to avoid the topic. It’s uncomfortable. It goes against the grain. Lord, we speak of You as being a God of love – and you are that – more than we could ever fully comprehend. But tough love must factor in. We need corrected for we all fall – we are all “prone to wander.” You give us boundaries and we must abide by them – if we do not, there are dire consequences. We can hurt ourselves and others – physical, emotionally and spiritually. As in all parent/child relationships, boundaries let us know that we are loved. Many of the issues we see in our world today are because we have removed many boundaries in a very poor attempt to set ourselves “free”. But instead we are drowning in the dire consequences of our disobedience. Anger, violence, disrespect for others, rampant selfishness overwhelms us every day. Just read the headlines! Our punishment seems to be of our own making – we are paying for our own insolence and pride. We have brought it upon ourselves and the payments are due.

Our only means of escape is to not ignore “this great salvation that was first announced by [You] Lord Jesus.” You are the only way out. All of our clever ideas and “solutions” are absolutely worthless. Only a diligently pursued relationship with You can really enable us to get to the core issue of sin in our lives. Only You can eradicate it. Only You can enable us to be the conquerors You have called us to be.

Lord, help me! I so want to be what You have called me to be but things that shouldn’t tempt me do! I am weak – but not in You! I am fearful – but not in You! Please, Lord, help me to be – in You.

You are more active in my life today than ever. I feel You working. I hear Your voice. Help me to abide in You! Amen.

Feb 16th, Tues, 6:22 am