Faithful Man

24 04 2008

 Proverbs 28:20

A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

There is a distinct difference between the businessperson who operates based on living in the Promised Land versus the one who operates in Egypt. In Egypt, the businessperson sweats and toils to generate an outcome. The final objective is foremost in their mind. Outcome is everything.

In the Promised Land, we learn that obedience is the only thing that matters. We are called to execute, and leave outcome to God. Sometimes that outcome is very positive, yielding a return. In other cases, we may not yield a corresponding return. We may even get a negative outcome. The difference is that we know that we have been faithful to what God has called us to and we yield results to God. God often blesses obedience beyond what we deserve. If God brings wealth to your life, it should come as a by-product of obedience, not an end in itself.

God may call each of us to be obedient to situations that may not yield immediate, positive results. It is in these times that our faith must be obedience-based versus outcome-based. What if Jesus had considered the immediate ramifications of whether he would go to the cross? Based on the immediate outcome, the decision would have been an easy one. Who wants to die on a cross? However, for Him there was a higher purpose in that obedience. We are called to this same kind of obedience. This means putting our own flesh on the line daily, dying to our own self-will.

This is what it means to be a faithful man. Pray that God will make you a faithful man today.





The Devil Left His Bags

22 04 2008

 

You put the devil out, but you let him leave his bags.
 
Never quite looked at it like this before…
 
You got out of a bad relationship because it was bad,
but you are still resentful and angry.

 You let the devil leave his bags.

You got out of financial debt, but you still can’t control
the desire to spend on frivolous things.

 You let the devil leave his bags.

You got out of a bad habit or addiction,
but you still long to try it just one more time.

 You let the devil leave his bags.

 You told your unequally yoked mate that it was over,
but you still continue to call.

 You let the devil leave his bags.

You got out of that horribly oppressive job, but you’re still
trying to sabotage the company after you’ve left.
You let the devil leave his bags.

You cut off the affair with that married man/woman,
but you still lust after him/her.

You let the devil leave his bags.

You broke off your relationship with that hurtful, abusive
person, but you are suspicious and distrusting of every new
person you meet.

You let the devil leave his bags.

You decided to let go of the past hurts from growing up in an
unstable family environment, yet you believe you are unworthy of
love from others, and you refuse to get attached to anyone.

You let the devil leave his bags.

When you put the devil out, please make sure he takes his bags.

 

 

 

 





Servitude

15 04 2008
When we look at another
we look not for them to serve us
but we look for us
to be of service to them.

Before in lust we looked
for them to do for us.

Now in love we look
for us to do for them.
For in them we see you,
and a mirror of ourselves,
and we want to help
rather than be helped.

Thank you our Father
thank you my Savior,
for giving yourself to me,
so I can give of thee to them.

 





His Gift

5 03 2008
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“Woman is nature’s gift to man, that nature has designed her for his stimulation, pleasure and service”




Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

3 03 2008

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That’s ME!!


I received this in the mail today from a friend and thought what a nice reminder it was.

You have probably heard this a trillion times before, but you are absolutely adorable in the sight of our Lord. He calls you the ‘apple’ of His eye, and the Lord says that you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made . . . He knew you before you were even formed in the womb, and He knows every hair on your head, and His thoughts towards you are innumerable. His Word says that He has plans to prosper you, and not to harm. To give you hope and a future. He has filled you with His Holy Spirit, and you are now a reflection of His Son, Jesus the Christ. You are now the Light of Christ, and He fills you with His fruit, that comes from the Holy Spirit, a gift that is unending . . . His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. He is working out His perfect will for your life right now, so rejoice, precious daughter of the Lord, because He also says that He will grant you the desires of your heart, in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path . . . to the ‘one’ He has designed especially for you . . .

shalom

p.s. I pray you never grow weary of hearing this . . .





When I Say….

29 02 2008

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‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.’ 
When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not shouting ‘I’m clean livin”  I’m whispering ‘I was lost, Now I’m found and forgiven.’ 

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. 

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.  I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on. 

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess. 

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect,  My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it. 
 
When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain..  I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name. 

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

 Pretty is as Pretty does… but beautiful is just plain beautiful! 





Who is “the least” in your life?

16 02 2008

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I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!

Matthew 25:40 NLT

Loving the Least

I remember a poster. The poster was a picture of a homeless man lying in a dirty gutter holding a bottle in a paper bag by his side. The inscription on the bottom was a quote from Mother Teresa. It read, “You love Jesus only as much as the person you love the least.”

For all we don’t understand about the life of Jesus and the true nature of God, there is one truth that he made completely clear. The Christian faith is about service and humility. It’s about helping those who can’t help themselves. It’s about loving others more than we love ourselves—even the most unlovable among us.

What is the sign of true followers? Is it the amount of knowledge that we have? Is it the money we give to missions? the degrees we’ve earned? the number of people we’ve preached to? the hours we’ve spent worshiping in church? the books we’ve read or written?

According to Jesus, the sign of the saved is their love for the least.

It is said that when Francis of Assisi left his wealth behind to seek God, he stripped naked and walked out of the city. The first person he encountered on his journey was a leper on the side of the road. He first passed him, then turned back. He embraced the leper in his arms before continuing his journey. A few steps down the road he turned and saw that the leper was gone. Until his dying day, Francis of Assisi was convinced that the leper was Jesus. Even if he was wrong, he was right.