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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

Obedience in the Little Things

A quiet morning to sit with You Father is definitely the best way to start my day!

Revelation 3:8-11 (<<click the green)

Lord, in the big picture of Your kingdom so often we feel small and weak. There are some big players out there and here we are in our little corner, doing our little thing. Do we make a difference? Yes, we do!

Too often we think of spiritual things in a worldly framework. We are tempted to compare size and numbers and money and results. But as You spoke to the Philadelphians You realized that they had “little strength” but You commended them for their obedience and not denying You

We cannot measure our success in Your kingdom with earthly measurements. We cannot always see what You see. What we may deem as small and insignificant, You may see as having great eternal impact. An old song comes to mind and it is still as applicable today. The third verse and refrain of “Little Is Much When God Is in It” by Kittie L. Suffield go like this,

Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.

Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown, and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.

We are not called to bring about great results according to our definitions; we are called to obey. “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” verse 11. Oh, Lord, may it be so.

July 25th, Tues, 6:41 am

Only Bible

Thank You, Father, for Your guiding hand and watch care yesterday. Even with all the things on my plate, I got a fair amount accomplished for Sunday’s service. I was also able to get my truck serviced with the accompaniment of my father-in-law and we got there and back safely. Praise You for Your love!

1 John 4:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read Your word this morning I think of the phrase “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” It is supposedly a quote of a William J. Toms. Regardless of its origins, ultimately its truth is found in this passage of Scripture,

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

What do people see when the look at me? When I speak, when I act, when they come into contact with me, do they just see me? Or does Your love find “full expression” in me? I realize that I am still I am weak and far from perfect but nevertheless You are able to use me to touch the world. 2 Corinthians 4:7 comes to mind,

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

I, in my own strength and abilities, am powerless but with You filling me, Lord, I can live out Your love.  May my life truly reflect Your presence within me. May I strive to be careful how I live; I will be the only Bible some people ever read. Amen.

May 12th, Fri, 5:26 am

Peace in the Ups and Downs

Father, reading “Our Daily Bread” this morning connected it with a sermon You gave me a couple of weeks ago. Both dealt with John 14 where Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit indwelling us. This is something I realize but what comfort I find in being reminded of it. May Your presence in me this day influence my every word and deed. May the peace You give me be evident to all. “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”

Lord, I thought I was going to read a passage and write on it this morning but You have touched my heart in my opening prayer and I feel compelled to carry on.

In our world “peace” is elusive. Left to us, on a global scale, it is impossible but on an individual basis it is difficult but surely attainable. We all yearn for peace. But our problem lies in the fact that just about all of us search for it in every nook and cranny but fail to look to You – the Prince of Peace. Even Your children are hard pressed from time to time to find it.

Part of our problem is that we feel we have to take care of things ourselves – we shouldn’t have to ask anyone to help us. That would show that we are weak. We may not want to acknowledge it but that’s what we are! We are weak. In and of ourselves we cannot find peace – or we can’t hold on to it.

But probably the biggest contributing factor to our dilemma is the fact that our relationships with You are shallow. You desire deep relationships with us, but we are too busy. Or more likely, we fear giving ourselves over to You thinking that life as we know it will cease to exist – no more fun, just holed up with a Bible somewhere.

But, Lord, nothing could be farther from the truth! When we give ourselves over to You, there is freedom! And there is…peace.

This is a reality, Lord, for I have experienced it firsthand. I have followed You for most of my life but until I gave myself totally over to You, my life was a rotating course of ups and downs, ins and outs. And getting to this point is more than mental assent – it’s more than a wish. It is a deliberate, conscientious act…and I believe it comes with setting aside our precious time and investing it in a heart-to-heart, transparent, honest daily time with You. Only then can we find the treasured trophy of peace, hope and love that You have for us.

Help me, Lord, to stay the course. Thank You for calling out to me. Thank You for having the where with all to answer. Amen.

May 27th, Fri, 6:21 am

Draw Near

Thank You, Father, for being with me yesterday. And I can think of no better place to be than with You! Your presence in worship was impacting in both services. I also appreciate the opportunity to be with family the better part of the day and the situations in which You allowed me to find myself as I interacted with people I care about. What a privilege to be used by You to touch people, to love them as You would have me to.

Hebrews 7:15-28 (<<click here)

“…once for all…” v.27

At least for me, Lord, Hebrews is not a book of which I can take little bites. I have to bite off big chunks! It seems that core concepts permeate large passages. Jesus, You are a priest forever…once for all…” v.21,27 You have taken care of everything! What we could not do, You did. Where we are weak- You are strong! Where we are sinful to the core – You are sinless, righteous and holy! Where we could only obtain short lived forgiveness – You provided eternal forgiveness, “once for all”!

Lord help me to “draw near to” You, v.19 for You are my hope and salvation. I plead that I will continue to crave interaction with You. The peace I find in our relationship brings great comfort through all of life’s ups and downs.

Mar 28th, Mon, 5:48 am