Sunday, April 27, 2008
No matter how good your life may be, you will go through valleys or places where you feel you have hit rock bottom. When times are good we may forget we need God, but during trials and the tough times we cry out to the Lord for help. We need to realize that, it is because of God that times are good. It is because of his blessings that we enjoy good health, a good job and a great family life. So does God allow us to go through valleys to remind us of our need for him? Let me answer the question this way; God cares for you and desires you to walk in fellowship with him.
If you don't talk with your spouse, your marriage will fail. If you don't communicate with your employees your business will fail. If you don't pray and seek God then your relationship with him will suffer. A lot of the time we get sick because we don't take care of our bodies. We may get hurt because we did not use the proper safety precautions.
I do not believe God is to blame when we suffer, whether mentally or physically. It may be our fault or simply the result of the world we live in. Regardless of the origin of you being in a low place in your life, reach out to the Lord for help. Take the valley as an opportunity to renew your relationship with God. God does not want you to live in the valley; he desires to help you, to heal you and if needed... forgive you. Satan comes to destroy, God comes to rebuild. Satan wants you to suffer and stay in the valley; God wants you to be on the mountaintop.
I pray that anyone in a low place in their life will reach out to you Lord. It may not be their fault that they are hurting and because of this hurt they have lost faith in you. Maybe because of a bad decision they have found themselves in a valley. Regardless, Lord you are God and can do all things. Touch them Lord; remove their fear and take them back into your loving arms.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
Thursday, April 17, 2008
It's spring and the trees are budding and flowers are in bloom. This is a far cry from the winter scene when trees were dormant and flowers were replaced by brown twigs and dead grass. Our lives go through seasons; sometimes we experience a season like winter where everything we touch seems to go dormant. The good thing about winter is spring is coming. When we go through winters in our life we can have hope because spring in near. Spring can be a time when we recharge our lives spiritually. If you've gone dormant and feel like your life is lacking something call out to the Lord for help. As God has created the flowers and blooming trees he can create in you a refreshed mind. Give your "winter" burdens to the Lord and allow him to take care of them. Spring is here.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections? How do all of those dead bugs end up in enclosed light fixtures? Good questions, right? Silly questions? Sure these are but what about questions like... Should I buy that new house? Should I take that new job? God what should I do? Through out our lives each of us ask many questions. A child learns by asking questions. We learn by asking questions. What about asking God questions? It's OK to ask God anything. How does God answer our questions? Well several ways, he speaks to our heart and gives us peace. He gives us wisdom to make proper decisions. He speaks through others. He speaks in his Word (the Bible).
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 1:5
Does God care if we ask him what some may see as a silly question? I believe He thinks it's silly if we don't ask.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Flags symbolize so much. They tell a story of a country's success and their battles for freedom. Some flags are worn. They have battle tears and holes. Some flags are replaced daily like at the US Capital. Some flags are discolored or worn because of neglect. I'm sure you've seen flags on buildings or homes that are torn, ripped or faded.
What if you were a flag? What would you look like? Would the material that you were made of be battle tested? Would you still be proud of what you stood for in spite of your condition?
Some people look new on the outside but torn and beaten down on the inside. Others show what they've been through and it's obvious they have been abused or neglected.
When you give your heart to the Lord you become a new creation in Christ. The torn flag is mended and repaired. God cares about your condition both physically and spiritually. Ask him to help you. Trust that he will.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17