Thursday, February 21, 2019

God Interrupted Plans

"God interrupt whatever we are doing so that we can join You in what You're doing." -Francis Chan

Just as God interrupted Elisha’s plans as he plowed a field to make him Elijah’s successor as prophet of Israel, and just as God interrupted Saul’s travel plans to kill Christians so that he would become the Apostle Paul to write half of the New Testament, God will interrupt our plans to accomplish His will for our lives.  I can count time after time when I was intent on doing it my way only to have God interrupt my plans.  While these interruptions can seem frustrating at first, ultimately, it’s God’s will for our lives, and not ours, that bring us lasting fulfillment.  Whenever we go through setbacks and discouragement when things do not pan out the way that we’d planned, let us remember to rely on God because He is in control, and also that He can use these adversities to make us more Christlike if we let Him. 

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21, NIV). 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vision Beyond

"When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority." -Chuck Swindoll

There is a proverb which says, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” because innovators pinpoint the needs of others or even what they don’t yet know what they need, and they formulate a vision for something that doesn’t exist yet to meet those needs.  A vision does not always come by way of a loud life-altering moment, but sometimes it comes over time by way of many conversations, books, podcasts, and other sources that begin to form an impression on our hearts.  Moreover, God doesn’t always stop us in our tracks with an epic blinding light, like he did with Apostle Paul, to give us this vision.  Sometimes God gives us this vision in the seemingly ordinary moments of life while we were doing something else.  Other times, it’s getting away to still and quiet places of nature that our eyes begin to open. When we pray, let’s pray that God would give us a vision beyond what we can physically see.

Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Harvest Time

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” -Og Mandino

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really thought that by now I would be further along than where I am.”?  Maybe you thought that you would have accomplished the goals you’d set much earlier in your life, or that the goals you did reach would have brought the desired happiness outcome.  We question if God is pleased with us because sometimes we do not feel pleased with where and who we are.  If you are doing your best to honor God, He is pleased with you!  So, stay faithful and don’t give up.  Recognize too that there are some trees that do not bear fruit for many years, and likewise, we may not see the fruit of what we have sown immediately: but it might take many years or even decades before we see the difference we have actually made.  Sometimes we may never realize it in this lifetime but in the next.  God is working in us and through us whether we always see it or not.  


….let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9, ESV)



Friday, February 8, 2019

Priority Check

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at the things in life that don't really matter." -Francis Chan

When we get to the end of our days, can we affirmatively say that we are living now for the things that will matter then?  Most people on their death beds won’t think, “I wish that I’d worked more or I’d purchased the new car or bigger house.”  Rather, they often look back with regret that they didn’t become reconciled to or spend more time with their family to tell them, “I love you.”  They usually do not regret the chances that they took but the ones they didn’t take.  They wish that they would have had integrity when it costed them.  These are the principles that we know make for a successful life, and yet sometimes they’re hard to live by.  James 4:14 says, “What is your life? It is but a midst that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  We may think that we have forever to get our priorities right, but in actuality life will go by much faster than we think, so let’s collectively decide to make it our aim to get this one life that we have given right. 

so that you may live a life worthy of the lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10, NIV). 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Perseverance

"Our motto must continue to be perseverance.  And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success." -William Wilberforce 

It can be disappointing to pour so much of ourselves into being generous to those in need and sharing God’s Word with the lost only to see few, if any, results.  We may even think, “What the point?” or “Am I really making a difference?”  Paul spoke to this very concern in the book of Galatians in a time that the church was being persecuted. He said, "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up" (6:9, NLT).  What's true in this time for the church is also true for me and you in that we cannot let the lack of results or our unsatisfied desires for significance hinder us from persevering on to do what is right.  We must leave these results to God.  We may soon come to recognize that we have made a much bigger difference than we initially thought.  

But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded (2 Chronicles 15:7, NLT). 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Waiting on God

"You can save a lot of time waiting on God." -Adrian Rodgers

It’s been said that “The best things come to those who wait.”  While that may sound good in theory, it can often be hard to put into practice.  It can be exhausting waiting on a dream to come true or for God to answer your prayers, because we are used to instantaneous results.  If you don’t believe me, go through any fast food drive through and wait for more than five minutes to receive your food.  A little frustrating, right?  It’s actually liberating recognizing that there are opportunities that we can’t force open, but rather we have to wait for them to open.  You and I cannot make someone fall in love with us, or force our bosses to give us raises and we cannot become overnight successes.  These things inevitably take time.  I am not suggesting that we don’t strive to be all that God has called us to be, rather we ought to remember that all of the striving in the world won’t cause a flower to bloom before its time.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him (Lamentations 3:25, ESV).

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Walking by Faith

The way you become brave, is one terrifying step at a time.” -Bryan McGill 

Do you have a vision for what God has called you to do?  It may seem lofty and terrifying at first glance.  You may not see where the financing will come from, or who of those people that said that they would support you will actually support you, and you especially don’t know what will happen if you fail.  You think, “Perhaps I could be in even worse position if I fail.” These are all normal thoughts to have based on what you see in the natural—but if God has put this vision in your heart that you can only see by faith—then you have to trust that God is working on your behalf in the supernatural.  Anything worth achieving will involve risk of failure, because if it came too easy then it wouldn’t require faith.  Trust that if God has called you to step out to walk with Him by faith then He will also provide for you every step of the way to see this vision into fruition. 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Psalm 32:8, NIV).