Tag Archives: wisdom

Itching Ears

Father, it’s been way too long since I’ve sat down with You and I surely feel it. Thank You for Your presence and watch care over me.

2 Timothy 4:3-5 (<<click here)

Lord, reading through this passage reminds me that there are an abundance of charlatans in the world who claim to be faithful proclaimers of Your truths. Some know exactly what they are doing and are only in it for the power or prosperity it brings them. Others, in their “wisdom” have proclaimed “truths” that are not lined up with Your word. They have followers who like what they hear and encourage the broadcast of falsehood. Often these falsehoods are close to truth, maybe tweaked just enough to make them more appealing. “Itching ears” get scratched, egos get stroked, pockets get filled – it’s a win, win situation…right? Wrong!

By rejecting “sound and wholesome teaching” we are following our “own desires.” We listen to what we “want to hear” and in doing so we “reject the truth” and are doing nothing more than chasing after “myths”. No matter how sincere the proclaimer or the listener may be, it does not make it right. Making Your word say what we want it to say takes it out of the realm of truth and places it in the realm of lies.

Lord, help us to “keep a clear mind in every situation.” We must follow You closely so as not to deviate from the “straight and narrow” path before us. (Matthew 7:14) May we keep You at the forefront.

Dec 31st, Thurs, 8:27 am

Unashamed to Proclaim

Father, as my heart turns to You this morning so many needs come to mind… and this is a small cross section of the physical issues, anther who is in need of equipment for better access to her home due to physical problems, a young child finishing up a week of very aggressive chemo with a pending stem cell transplant, a dear friend who is fighting Stage 4 cancer along with recovering from a broken hip, a college friend who recently lost her father… and the list could go on. Father, I am so grateful that You are with each of these people and that though the world may storm about us we are never alone.

 2 Timothy 1:8 (<<click here)

“…never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”

Jesus, I must say that I am not ashamed to tell others about You but must admit that I struggle. Sometimes I am fearful… will they still like me, will my sharing hinder future interactions? Sometimes I am clueless, an opportunity presents itself and my brain doesn’t grasp it until they have moved on. Lord, from the pulpit I have no problem with sharing You but face to face in my daily life I know I can do more… I know I can be more effective.

Lord, I need Your help. Give me courage. Give me wisdom, Give me boldness. Enable me to be Your messenger to a world that needs You so desperately.

Oct 16th, Fri, 6:37 am

Love Your “Family”

Ugh… it has been two days too many since I have sat here in Your presence. Sleep has been too alluring and once the day begins to roll it just doesn’t stop. But Father You are faithful! Thank You for once again waking me and encouraging me to be with You this morning.

 1 Timothy 5:1-2 <<click here)

Our families play crucial roles in all our lives. And if they are to have the greatest beneficial impact then they must be families that are bent on living out Your call on their lives, Lord.

In this passage Paul calls upon Timothy to interact with people in his church as he would with his own family. Now when I think about this in my own life it is not difficult to do so. I grew up in a loving, supportive family. I still love and respect my mom and my dad and my sister. I would do anything within my power to help them and they would do the same for me. I feel the same way, as time has moved on, about my wife, my son and my niece. I have a loving and supportive family so it’s easy to parlay that wonderful blessing over to those in my churches.

But, Lord, I am well aware of the fact that not everyone shares this blessing. Sin has brought much hurt and pain into families across the globe. Many will forever carry scars of abuse for the rest of their lives, be it emotional or physical. And of course it is a multi-faceted problem involving relationships with parent to child and child to parent, husbands to wives and siblings to siblings.

Lord, a simple prayer seems too little too late to address this issue which is so deep and so wide, but I lift it up anyway. For You care about every child and man and woman who would do anything to be truly loved. I pray for them, Lord, but enable me… give me the wisdom and the power and the courage to be Your hands and feet… to love others as You have loved me… as You have inspired my family to love me and how I have loved my family. Help me, help us all, Lord to love You with “all of our heart, soul, mind and strength” and in so doing to love our neighbor (…our family) as ourselves.

Sept 18th, Fri, 6:57 am

Waist-high Pudding

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Father, thank you for a good night’s rest and that You continue to help me throughout busy days. I am so grateful for this time together – it’s the best habit I’ve developed in a long time! Jesus guide me through Your word today.

Colossians 2:8-9 (<< click here)

Lord, You want this mindset not just to apply to Paul and the heresies that threatened the church in Colosse but Your desire is for me to keep my eyes on You and to study Your Word in regards to my life here and now as well.

It is so easy for us to assimilate human thoughts and mindsets into our lives. They are not always in error but they can work their way in so much so that where we at one time would not have even considered them acceptable, now – at worst – just embrace them or – at least – begin doubting why we rejected them in the past.

I feel like I’m trying to make progress through waist-high pudding – Lord, I pray for Your wisdom that I may clearly see and understand Your will. And once Your will is made clear, help me to work it out in my life as You would – strong love comes to mind, firm but not hateful, compassionate but not apathetic. Help me to be strong and courageous as well – to stand up for what is right and to stand against what is wrong. And that applies to both sides of the issue* (Here comes the pudding again!)

Side 1: this way is right / me: no, it is not

Side 1: go my way or I won’t like you / me: it is wrong but I still love you

Side 2: that way is wrong / me: yes, it is

Side 2: let’s hate and reject side 1 people / me: no that is wrong, we must love them – Jesus loves them.

Lord, You love all of us, not just those that follow You and accept Your ways. You love us but by no means do You accept our actions. Help me to be like you – to love others unconditionally but to pointedly reject actions that are opposed to Your word and Your will.

*homosexuality, alcohol, marijuana, extra-marital sex, pornography, other religions, abortion and the list goes on and on!

June 11th, Thurs, 8:07 am

Strong and True

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Father, help me to always keep You at the forefront of my life. Through thick and thin, help me to follow You with my whole heart, holding nothing back. Struggles and heartache will surely come but help me to cling to You. Wonderful blessings will surely come, as well, but in those times let the glory go to You and You alone!

Colossians 2:6-7 (<<click here)

…continue to follow CHRIST

…let your roots grow down in CHRIST

…build your lives on CHRIST

Doing these things will cause our faith to grow stronger in truth and will cause our thankfulness to overflow!

Lord, there’s a lot in these two verses! If I am consistent in following You (continue) I will be solidly grounded (roots grow down) and will be enabled to build on You as a solid foundation that will not be moved – my contribution to the building of Your kingdom will be strong and true.

Yesterday’s Our Daily Bread reading ties in here! Deuteronomy 8:11-20 stresses that when we take the credit for the blessings You’ve given us that we will fail! I can’t take the building materials You give me and use them to build what I want, where I want.  A weak foundation and shoddy construction only lead to calamity! When I am obedient and give You the credit my faith will remain strong and gratitude will come naturally.

Lord, help me to always be looking to You for guidance and wisdom and strength and courage to accomplish the tasks a hand. Fill my thoughts and actions, so I will be a light for You shining brightly in a dark world!

June 10, Wed, 7:00 am