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Blind Leading the Blind

Father, as I look toward the day ahead I would ask for Your hand upon my shoulder. Guide and direct me in my words, my thoughts and my actions. May I think of You throughout the day. Amen.

Matthew 6:23 (<<click the green)

Lord, the last portion of yesterday’s passage is lingering in my mind and I feel You leading me to not move on quite yet.

“But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

What’s grabbing my attention is the phrase the light you think you have. And this sentence makes me think of something else You said, Lord, which is recorded later on in Matthew 15. The Pharisees (the religious leaders of You day) were stirring up trouble and You said, in verse 14, “so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

Lord, Jesus, I never want to be a “blind guide”. I don’t want the light I think I have to actually be darkness. Some may think me silly for thinking such a thing. But, unfortunately, it happens to Your followers. They start off adhering to You guidance but power comes along and little by little their thoughts begin pushing out Your thoughts. The light they once embraced and the light they thought they had is now instead a deep darkness. It’s bad enough that they become blind but in their mind, they represent the Light and lead others – blinded as well – in their folly and “both fall into a ditch.”

Lord, I would ask that You keep me on the straight and narrow – flood my path and my heart with Your cleansing, guiding light. Might I always be at Your feet, learning and growing, lining up my thoughts with Your thoughts. Amen.

Jan 29th, 2018, Mon, 6:54 am

Watch Where You’re Going!

I am grateful, Father, for Your care and compassion. Your patience, I don’t know if I will ever totally comprehend but You have it in abundance and in so many ways I am indebted to You. May I continue to hear Your call in my life. Amen.

Matthew 6:22-23 (<<click the green)

A few years I had to get up in the middle of the night for a trip down the hall. I have done it so frequently over the many years that I literally can do it with my eyes closed! Well on that particular night it was a very poor choice. I took one too many steps forward and my big toe on my left foot slammed into the base of Karen’s dresser. Needless to say, it hurt like the dickens! I did discover a couple of days later when I had my foot x-rayed after I fractured it – just call me Grace! – that my toe, at least, was not broken.

On that particular night, my eyes were in fine working order – I just neglected to use them! Lord, You state in this passage, “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.” We do not keep our house pitch black at night and if I had just cracked my eyes open a sliver, I probably would not have hit the dresser.

Spiritually, Lord, the same thing can happen. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts].” (emphasis mine)

How often do I close my spiritual eyes thinking, “I’ve done this hundreds of times – in fact, I’m sure I can do it with my eyes closed”? I may get by on occasion but far too often I slam into something detrimental to my spirit that I could easily have avoided if I had been paying attention.

Verse 23 in the Amplified Bible goes on to say,

“But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!”

Lord, may my eyes always be wide open and may they always be focused on You and what You would have me do. Amen.

Jan 28th, 2018, Sun, 6:46 pm

Shine Brightly

What a privilege to be Your child, Father. The assurance of Your unconditional love gives me great comfort regardless of my circumstances. Thank You for the wonderful blessing that You are to my life!

Matthew 5:14-16 (<<click the green)

I have heard it argued that in reality darkness does not exist but in actuality, darkness is the absence of light. We have flashlights that cast beams of light into the darkness but there is no such thing as a darklight the can cast a shaft of darkness into the light.

As followers of Christ, we are responsible to “shine out for all to see”. Lord, You are the Great Light within us but how often do we try to throw a blanket over You so that we can do what we want? We try to hide Your light.

My fear is that many have no problem with shining a little light while in church or visiting dear old grandma but throw them out into the world and many are quick to throw their lamp “under a basket”. Lord, how often, when we live this kind of life, is Your reputation soiled?

We like to think that no one will know but quite often that is not the case. People have a way of finding out lots of things on either side of this scenario. We may try to hide the fact that we go to church from those we work with or live next to but word gets around.

Years ago I ran into an old acquaintance and through the course of conversation, I shared where I was ministering at the time. He told me where he worked and I made a connection to an active member in my church. Just by the look on his face, you could tell that he was surprised – the member’s reputation wasn’t reflecting a whole lot of light in regards to his relationship with Christ.

Our Christian friends can’t be fooled either…at least not for very long.

Lord, Your proclamation in Luke 6:45 rings loud and clear,

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

Lord, we all struggle at times. May I diligently be storing up a good treasury in my heart so that I may be a producer of good things. May my light shine forth brightly so that I may bring glory to You. Amen.

Oct 16th, Mon, 6:25 am

Location, Location, Location!

You have been speaking to me, Father, and You know that my heart’s desire is to clearly hear what You have for me. Give me a burning desire to draw closer to You, to spend time with You in prayer. My relationship with You must be the most important thing in my life – everything else will fall into place when You, Father, are at the center. Amen.

Matthew 4:12-17 (<<click the green)

As I have sat here pondering this passage, Lord, I was curious to see where all these places were. I recognize the names of them but I really didn’t know if they were close together or far apart.

After looking at one of the maps in the back of my Bible, I figured out that Judea is a region of Israel where Jerusalem and Bethlehem were. The wilderness where You were tempted was here as well. So putting that all together, You probably had to travel approximately 45 miles to get to Galilee, where Nazareth and Capernaum were located. That’s about a 15-hour walk! But where You chose to center Your ministry was of extreme importance. Many important things would take place in Judea but equally important was what would take place in Galilee.

As is the case today, You are always in the right place at the right time. For the third time in four chapters, Matthew refers to a proclamation of the prophet Isaiah. Yes, it’s important to realize Your relocation fulfilled prophecy but it also put You in a place where there would be many people who needed You on so many levels.

Lord, You go where You are needed. In Galilee, there were many Jews but there were many Gentiles there as well. Isaiah refers to the people in this area as those “who sat in darkness” and “those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow”. For those with no true hope, Hope has come. For those in darkness, “a light has shined.”

I know You are always with me, Lord, but I would pray that You would shine brightly through me. I am in a land of darkness – a land where “death casts its shadow”. Use me to touch the lives of those in my location. May I bring Hope. Amen.

Oct 4th, Wed, 6:22 am

What? Me Worry?

Father, today has been a very productive day…so productive that I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open! Thank You for the strength and ability to do what I’ve done. Thank You for the opportunity to speak to those who encourage me in what I do. Thank You most of all for the inspiration that You give me each and every day.

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.”

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much into what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need”  And right now “I thank you for all you have done”  and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, 2015, Mon, 8:28 am