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Share a Meal

Good morning, Father! Thank you so much for waking me up this morning. You know what needs to take place this day. May I follow Your direction from beginning to end. Amen.

Revelation 3:20-22 (<<click the green)

Lord, looking at the last of verse 20 and the conclusion of chapter 2, it is a glorious invitation! If we invite You into our lives, Your desire is to “share a meal together” and if we are victorious” in fulfilling Your will in our lives here on earth, we will be able to “sit with [You] on [Your] throne”.

These things do not reflect a relationship between a mighty king and a lowly peasant in some remote village. They reflect a close relationship…an intimate relationship. You, who are so far and beyond us on every level, want to “share a meal” with us – that denotes rapport. The Encarta Dictionary defines rapport as “an emotional bond or friendly relationship between people based on mutual liking, trust, and a sense that they understand and share each other’s concerns.” …and that’s our relationship with You!

We are also included in Your future plans as well as present ones. The invitation to sit with You on Your throne says that we will rule with You if we are victorious –if we are faithful. I can only speculate as to what the ramifications of that invitation may be but looking at what Your mighty hand has accomplished that my limited vision can see in this world just sends my mind spinning as to what Your plans are for the next!

Lord, may I be found faithful! May I be victorious in fulfilling Your will “on earth as it is in heaven”! (Matthew 6:9-11) Amen.

Aug 6th, Sun, 6:22 am

Which Path Will You Take?

Father, thank you so much for the wonderful day yesterday. It was a blessing have Daniel and Renita sharing their talents in ministry. Once again we were shown that Your Word is not stagnant and dead but is truly vibrant and living! The Bible is just as applicable today as it ever has been.

2 Peter 2:4-22 (<<click here)

Most assuredly, Lord, You are a God of Love and you have done marvelous things and sacrificed greatly so that we can be victorious over the sin that wants to trip us up and take us down. All praise to You, our Lord and Savior!

Yes, You are the personification of love itself and we know that, as Peter earlier proclaimed, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8  You are love but You are also holy and just. While we still have breath and until we stand before You at the great judgment, there is always the possibility of forgiveness for our disobedience against you. But once we pass that point of no return our lot is cast. We will have chosen where we stand. If we’ve accepted Christ’s forgiveness and love, and repented of our sins, then we will join him for all eternity. But…if we rejected Christ’s forgiveness and not repented of our sins, then we will be eternally separated from him. We will bring God’s judgment upon ourselves.

2 Peter 2 clearly shows that You extend forgiveness to all but it also shows your judgment if we turn our backs on You. It is totally our choice.

Lord, help us to respond to Your love. Help us to generously share Your love. Help us to diligently proclaim Your love so that all may hear and turn to You. Amen!

Mar 20th, Mon, 6:30 am

Do Good and Share

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Father, place Your hand upon my shoulder this day and help me heed Your direction. This is, of course, is my main day in preparing for Sunday. May all the components come together as You want them to. Use me as You will. Amen.

Hebrews 13:16 (<<click here)

“…don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need.”

Lord, how often do I “forget to do good and share”? I don’t think I do bad and withhold but not doing good and sharing isn’t very helpful. Also in just reading this verse by itself it is tempting to just think along material lines, i.e. money, food, clothing, etc. Now those are important but in context, I don’t think that’s what You are getting at – it’s not physical needs but spiritual.

“Do good and share.” I can do this from a pulpit. I do this one on one…somewhat…well…not nearly enough. I need to be more diligent with people I know but I need to be more forthcoming with people I don’t know. It really scares the bejeebers out of me! And that’s totally ridiculous! That shouldn’t be the case.

I have a Facebook friend who lives a life of “do good and share.” It is his passion. As I am writing this, he is currently in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention – not to express his political beliefs but he, and those like him, will spend the entire week sharing his faith in a loving, compassionate, forgiving God. He will talk to anyonenothing holds him back. And God is using him to change lives one by one by one.

Now I can say, “Well, he has the gift of evangelism.” But if truth be told, that’s just a copout of my part. And I am ashamed to say it…

Lord, help me… Give me passion. Give me courage. Give me wisdom and discernment. I realize I have to overcome quite a few things. If I know someone, I’m good but otherwise, I am a huge introvert. I hesitate to broach all kinds of things not just my faith. I’m too afraid to offend, too afraid to embarrass myself, too afraid to make someone uncomfortable.

But Lord, I realize it’s too important to not “do good and share.” I simply cannot do it in and of myself. I need You. Use me, help me…

July 21st, Thurs, 7:28 am

Called to Share

Good morning, Father! I’m ready to hear what You have to say. Help me to take it all in and to live it out, too!

Titus 3:12-15 (<<click here)

Paul’s letter to Titus concludes with some transitional instruction – a pastoral change with a call for Titus to winter with Paul. Also, Paul asks for the Crete’s to help Apollos and Zenas in their travels for ministry. And in that regard he writes, “Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent need of others; then they will not be unproductive.” v14

Lord, when we are called to share it can be a challenge – it goes against our self-preservation mentality. If I have two apples and I give you one apple… that leaves me with just one apple. Things we own, including money, are at times, difficult to part with…but for that matter so is our time. In fact sometimes it is easier to throw money at a need than to invest time into it. Quite often time is a much more valuable commodity.

Jesus, when You came to live amongst us – You sacrificed everything. We had nothing in comparison but You came to give us Your all. You held nothing back.

For the most part we are not asked to give everything we cherish away. (Though a devout follower realizes all we own – all we are – is from Your bounteous hand.) But how many times when we are asked to give we respond like a toddler whose toy is given to another.

Lord, help me to be wise in my giving. May I give to those who are truly in need. May I do so with the utmost of love and compassion. May I not be hesitant, on occasion, to give until it hurts. May I be Your hands and Your heart to a world in need – not just material need but sometimes I need to give time and a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on.

Feb 7th, Sun, 6:28 am