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Um…Don’t Ask for Snakes…

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day! We finally had the opportunity to enjoy some time together celebrating Karen’s birthday after a nice time of worship. Thank You for traveling mercies to and from. Thank You for the blessings of each other.

Matthew 7:9-11 (<<click the green)

Several years ago, when I served as a Children’s Pastor (one of the greatest jobs I have ever had!}, we coordinated a children’s revival with adult revival services. We had a wonderful evangelist and his wife that ministered to us and several children dedicated their lives to Christ!

In one message he gave he addressed the idea of prayer and the three answers God gives us when we pray. He answers – YES, NO or WAIT. Some 20 years later that precept still sticks in my mind – our speaker didn’t just touch the hearts of children.

As I read the study notes in my Bible* they pointed out one of the reasons God says “No.” In Jesus’’ illustration the children ask for good things but “if the children had asked for a poisonous snake, would the wise father have granted their request? Sometimes God knows we are praying for ‘snakes’ and does not give us what we ask for, even though we persist in our prayers. Nor will God give us ‘stones’ or ‘snakes’ instead of what we need.”

I truly believe that there are times when we ask for detrimental things out of ignorance and our wise Father answers accordingly. I also believe there are times when we deliberately ask for things that are outside God’s will for our lives in a lame attempt to justify our sin.

One example that heard a pastor refer to recently in a sermon was an individual who was asking for God’s blessing on an extramarital affair. They were no longer “in love” with their spouse and had found their “true love.” God’s blessing was not to be found.

Lord, we could fit all kinds of examples here. How many times do we do the same thing when we know that it is not within Your will to grant our request. Help us, Lord. May we know Your will and live it out accordingly. And may we not be disheartened when Your answer is, “No” but may we trust You and acknowledge that You truly want what is best for us. Amen.

*Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Feb 11th, 2018, Sun, 7:25 pm

Deep Seated Trust

Father, quite regularly I am in awe of how you work in my life! On occasion, I can forget why I am entering a room but this morning out of a dead sleep, You enabled me to totally process why I was waking an hour earlier than the norm. I needed to proof one of Massey’s papers. And now I am sitting here with You, ready to learn. Amen- so be it!

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

When a trusted friend shares something with you, you accept it for what it is. That’s the way I feel about John, Lord. I have read through his Gospel and Epistles so many times that I have a deep-seated trust of him and what he has to say. He saw You. He touched You, Lord, and there is absolutely nothing that would give me reason to doubt him.

Lord…I pray from the very depths of my soul that I am the same. I pray that I am trustworthy and true. I pray that the longer people know me, the more assured they are of my genuineness.

I realize that I am human. I make mistakes. I am far from perfect. But I pray, Lord, that You shine through me. Hmmm… that’s probably why I trust and love John and for that matter Paul and Peter and Luke…You shine through them. I love them because I love You.

So many in this world are seeking for authenticity. They crave genuine, deep love. Lord, touch them through me. As I feel that I can see and touch You through the words of John may others see and touch You through what I say and how I live. Amen.

Mar 27th, Mon, 6:06 am

Failing Each Other

Father, You blessed with a such a wonderful day yesterday. Karen had a snow day and we had the whole day at home together. We worked on different projects (I was able to get so much done for worship Sunday!) but it was such a joy to have an unexpected day with each other. Thank You for all that You give me, each and every day!

1 Peter 4:19 (<<click here)

One of the hardest things to deal with in life is when people let us down. Failing each other, unfortunately, is too often the norm and not the exception. Sometimes it is deliberate but many times it is unintentional. The business of life can keep us from carrying out what we’ve said we would do.

It happens all the time at work. A manager says they’ll be right up to help with a situation and they never make it because they are pulled half a dozen different directions en route and complete forget about you. They fail us.

A father has every intention of getting to a child’s ballgame but he’s asked to do one more thing before leaving the office and one thing becomes two and two become four. Before he even realizes it, the game is missed and he has failed to fulfill his expectations.

Lord, it wouldn’t be hard to sit here a write all kinds of examples of our failings, way too frequently we let others down. We hurt each other. We forget. We ignore…

But You, Lord? We can “trust [our] lives” to You. You “created [us].” And, here is the part that caught my eye this morning, You “will never fail [us].” Talk about a foundational truth of Your relationship with us! Scripture is replete with Your promise to “never fail [us].” Here are some examples: Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10-13, Matthew 28:20, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 55:22, Micah 7:7. And those are just a few of them!

Lord, I can trust in You, even when others let me down. Even when those who truly love me, fail me – You never will! Thank You, Jesus!

Feb 10th, Fri, 6:21 am

Cloud Cover

Father, thank You for the wake-up call and for helping me to get up, too. It is early but there is already much on my mind. I pray for a discerning spirit, Father. Help me to see through all the cloud cover to the truth. Give me Your eyes with which to see. May Your love and mercy and compassion be mine.

Lord, it has been 15 minutes and I have not written a thing. I am torn. I am uncertain of which way I should go. Part of me wants to stay with the norm. It is easier. My mind and heart see the truth, it is right there. The other part of me is struggling with the cloud cover. What is true? What is false? Fear, anger, trust, genuineness, deceit, blindness, love, hate, reality all factor in. This is not just a hypothetical situation where theology and philosophy are hashed out. It involves real people, in real life. To some, it may be an inconvenience – a frustrating bump in the road. To others, it may be a life or death circumstance – a life changing situation in which their hands are tied.

Lord, nothing is hidden from You. The Apostle John says of You, “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”1 John 1:5 You pierce through the cloud cover. You, as light, pierce the darkness. May Your light rain down. May we see reality. May we discern the truth. Guide us with Your outstretched arm.

Lord, I feel compelled to write out one verse in particular (v12) but the whole passage is applicable. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

That is where the battle is! May we abide by Paul’s proclamation in verse 18, Lord, as well.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Amen.

Jan 30th, Mon, 6:09 am

We Can’t Know the Future

I am so grateful for Your presence in worship yesterday, Father. You multiplied what was given several times over! It was surely a privilege to be Your mouthpiece.

One of the concepts mentioned yesterday, Lord, as we studied the life of Joseph in Genesis was the fact that all-in-all we cannot see what lies ahead in our lives. We are to trust in Your guiding hand on our shoulders but no matter how much we would like to, we cannot see what our future holds.

Joseph had his heart set on You. His father loved him more than his many brothers and doted on him. Josephs own dreams seemed to point to a day when they all would bow before him. His brothers so greatly despised him that they refrained from killing but did end up selling him into slavery. God blessed him in these circumstances and he rose to prominence in his master’s home. Because of a false accusation he was thrown in to prison but once again God blessed him and he rose to prominence under the leadership of the prison warden. He thought he found a way out when he helped one of Pharaoh’s servants understand that he would find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes once more but was forgotten and left to continue to rot in jail.

Time and again he would work his way to the top only to be pushed back to the bottom. It would have been easy to become bitter or to have simply given up…but he didn’t. He clung to You, Lord. His destiny was in Your hands. He remained faithful to You and You brought him through and used him to literally save the lives of thousands of people from the surety of starvation.

Could Joseph see where his life was headed? No, he just continued to trust You, Lord. He was greatly rewarded for his faithfulness. He was given power and wealth. He was reunited with his family – holding no animosity toward his brothers – for he saw God’s saving hand through it all. But…he didn’t know any of it was coming to him.

As we watched his life unfold, his faith in God was unwavering. Through all the ups and downs, he held on to You. If he had ended his days serving the warden in the jail, with none of his hopes and dreams fulfilled, I believe he would have remained faithful to God.

Lord, we really have no idea what our future holds but, without a doubt, we can trust You to bring us through and with our faith placed in You we can be content in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. May I find peace in You. May I be used by You. Amen

Jan 23rd, Mon, 6:41 am