The Joy of Picking Weeds

Yesterday, I got home from a full day of work and changed clothes, headed outside on a beautiful spring day with the kids.  Before we went out on a walk to hunt for frogs together, I went out in the front yard and started picking weeds out of my lawn.  Last summer it looked so nice and over the fall the weeds had taken over some areas.  I was out in the silence just enjoying the warmth of the sun, the smell of fresh air, the songs from the birds, the accomplishment of pulling each weed.  Then I thought how blessed I am.  Then I thought how excited I was to get each weed….& then finally I though how excited God must be to pull the weeds (or Sin) out of me.  Sanctification is hard work for me, but enjoyable work for the Lord.  Thanks God for not leaving me looking like a field full of weeds.  Thanks for cleaning me up and transforming me into a lawn You can be proud of.

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God Reveals Himself By His Word

“This relationship between the Word of God and the glory of God- between hearing and seeing – is not new.  In Exodus 33:18 Moses said to God at Mount Sinai, “please show me your glory.”  He wanted to see the glory of God.  God responded with a revelation of himself by the word.  He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “The Lord” (v.19)”

John Piper – When I don’t Desire God

Then when God passed by Moses he proclaimed through His Word His Glories.

To know God is to Know His Word.  I pray that today God would have me know His Word more than yesterday that I would actively pursue His Word.

Love Never Fails

God is Love.  Love Never Fails.  These are two concepts that are so important to us as Christians that I wonder how come we don’t put them together as much as we do.  God is Love.  Love Never Fails.  God Never Fails.  In spite of my love of self, God loved me.  In spite of my love of sin, God loved me.  God is Love.  In spite of my hatred for all things not me, God Never Fails.  He came after me, The Holy Spirit Unveiled my eyes, and gave me the faith to become a believer.  He Loved because He is Love & Love never fails.  I’m a believer because of His love.  What a gift.  I’m an adopted son of the Most High not because of me or my good deeds, but by the grace of God, His mercy, His love.  When I loved myself or the created over the creator he was patient, and kind.  For this I will forever be in love with Christ and I won’t be jealous of Him getting the glory.  I won’t brag about how great I am, because now that I understand God and His love there is nothing to brag about except Him.  I do ask that if you don’t know Him, to read your Bible, find someone who does know Him.  His love is all we can take with us from this world.  God is Love.  Love never fails.

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things.  Love never fails.”

Where is your church?

I’ve been a Christian for almost 13 years now and I’ve considered my church to be located in Denton for the majority of that time even though I’ve attended two different churches in that city.  I have been active in ministry leadership and served in many different capacities.  I’ve gone on short term missions and and even lead a mission trip abroad, so I’ve been exposed to the global glory of Christ.   Where is my church would have still lead me to say “Denton”.  However, my God and my church is much larger than this view.  My church is everywhere God so chooses to put a believer.  With this in mind I have to remember that I have brothers and sisters in every nation.  How can I serve these fellow believers, how can I help them in their ministries in their homelands, how can we reach the un-reached. I need to pray that God would show me how to help, that He would open my eyes to their needs.  That we would be faithful to his word and be witnesses not only in our own homeland but where ever he may send us.

Verse of the Day:

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and D, and to the ends of the earth.”After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Don’t let Satan get a foothold!

One of my favorite stories is about a man who wants to sell his house. Then one day a buyer says that he will buy it and the owner agrees, but says  “if I sell you the house for that price I get to keep the nail above the front door”.  The buyer thinks about it and says sure.  A few years later the original owner comes back and says “I  want to buy my old house back at the same price I sold it to you”.  The current owner says “no I like the house and I want to keep it”.  So the original owner who still owns the nail above the front door hangs an old rotted piece of meat on the nail.  This of course makes the house smell and unlivable.  So the family leaves and they end up selling the house back to the original owner.  You see when we allow Satan a place in our lives no matter how small he still owns us.  He has the ability to take everything we have worked toward for Christ and destroy it.  Continue to examine yourself for cracks that Satan is looking to get a foothold.

Verse of the Day:1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.

Lecrae and his new #1 Album

I’ve noticed over the years as Lecrae moves his music from full out blatant Christian rap to something that is a little more main stream that Christians feel the need to pull him down.  To persecute him for singing a song without the name of Jesus in it as if he is selling out his faith for money and fame.  Folks, Paul himself said we need to be all things to all people for the sake of the Gospel.  Last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Lecrae got more eyes on his Album cover than ever before.  Now what if like most artist that appear on the show there is a jump in sales today.  Is this a bad thing for the expansion of the Gospel?  What if these folks who don’t normally shop at Mardel’s, like the music and then go back to listen to his earlier stuff.  What if God uses Lecrae’s music in a way that brings glory to His name?  Is Lecrae a sell out or is he a disciple of Christ doing what he was told to do in Acts 1 going out and telling his Judea, Sameria, and the ends of the earth?  What if Lecrae is sold out for the Gospel and even if it means taking shots from “Christians” he is willing to die to self for the glory of God?  How do we know that Lecrae is not doing what he has been called to do?  As a Christian I sometimes struggle to know what God is calling me to do much less everyone else.  Perhaps we should pray for Lecrae and the outreach of his ministry instead of saying how we would do it.  Sometimes God gifts us differently and sometimes His vision for our life is different than his vision for others.  As for me when I see Lecrae, I see a man who is desperately living out Romans 1:16.

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 9:22-23   “to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

Do I pray enough?

Do I pray enough?  Wow, what a terrible question.  I came to this question when thinking of a ministry I’m involved with possibly coming to an end soon.  Did I pray for this ministry enough?  Did I rely on God’s hand to work in it or did I rely on my own strength and the talents of others?   Were the strategies good and if not was it because I wasn’t listening to God or asking for his guidance?  Did I give God the glory and rejoice, or was I disappointed more didn’t happen on my schedule or timeline?  Was I giving thanks even when the circumstances looked bleak and the hours were more than I really wanted to put in?  Do I pray enough?  Do I pray without ceasing?  No, I don’t.  In learning this hard lesson I rejoice in you Lord that you give me wisdom and that your word is faithful to correct me.  I also apologize for not doing the hard spiritual work of prayer ahead of time.  Lord help me to pray for this ministry and other ministry’s, as this is the most important work we can do.  Your work!

Verse Of The Day: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Follower of Christ – Born Again in 2002