Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wake Up

Hope is the dream of a waking man.


If you weren’t dreaming already, then you were sleepwalking. You are asleep to the unique talents and abilities God has blessed you with. You have an incredible opportunity since there is only one you in the entire world, and God created you with a purpose in mind. You are here to grow in your talents and abilities so you can glorify Him in the greatest way imaginable. For those awake, I hope you do not allow anyone or any circumstance to send you into hibernation. For those asleep, wake up and start dreaming. 

Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Eph. 5:14). 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.

—Oprah Winfrey

As the expression goes,“If the shoe fits, wear it.”I was at a sandal shop in Israel, looking to buy a pair. I tried on a sandal on my right foot, and before I could try on the sandal for my left foot, I’d already bought them. Love at first sight, or so I thought! I decided to wear my shoes out of the store, but as I put on the left sandal, I realized it didn’t fit. The more I walked, the more uncomfortable I became. By now, I regretted my impulse purchase. Someone said, “Maybe you just need to wear them in.” I didn’t think so. At first glance, the sandals looked right, and others agreed that the sandals perfectly suited me, but I knew that something just didn’t feel right. Fortunately, the shoes were refundable; however, some life decisions are not. The obvious lesson is this: don’t make impulse purchases. There is, however, a deeper lesson: don’t let others decide what is right for you. When the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t continue to wear it if you don’t have to. 

Then the Lord said to him, “Take off the sandals from your feet” (Acts 7:33 ESV).

Monday, September 30, 2019

Leadership by Empowering Others

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

—Henry Ford

Moses had a difficult time being the lone judge of Israel’s court cases. Everybody—and I mean everybody—came to him for everything they had difficulty with. Eventually, judging alone became overwhelming. Moses’s father-in-law told him he couldn’t keep living this way. So his father-in-law organized a management system so all the tasks Moses had done alone would now be delegated to leaders subordinate to him. Arguably, this system saved Israel and freed their leader to do what he was called to do—hear from God and lead the people of Israel to the Promised Land. Likewise, if you want to successfully lead any organization, don’t be the lone ranger that goes it all alone. That is unsustainable. Instead, exercise leadership by empowering others. You will be working with your head and not just your hands, and those following you will appreciate the new responsibility. Your organization will run more effectively.

You should also choose some of the people to be judges and leaders (Exod. 18:2 ERV).

Thursday, September 26, 2019

True Contentment

 Real contentment must come from within.  You and I cannot change or control the world around us, but we can change and control the world within us.”  -Warren Wiersbe

There may be points in our lives that we are honored and praised, and other times that we are ignored and forgotten about, or even despised and disdained.  We can’t live for the praise of men because it’s as fleeting as chasing the wind.  Likewise, we go through seasons that we have much and others that we must learn to live with less.  We can’t stake our spiritual health and wellbeing in wealth because it can be here today and gone tomorrow.  Our mentality should be that of Apostle Paul’s: I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil. 4:11).  When the world seems to be crumbling around us and life is not going as we had hoped, let’s pray that we would find true contentment in knowing and being known by Christ that lives in every believer (Col. 1:27).

Obey the LORD and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm (Prov. 19:23, GNT).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Unspeakable Peace

“A born-again person ought to possess unspeakable peace in the spirit.” -Watchman Nee

There’s a lot of ways that we can try to find peace in life. We work relentlessly in hopes of earning enough to achieve financial security, perhaps we surround ourselves with people because sometimes we don’t like being alone with our thoughts, or maybe we even try yoga because deep breathing is somehow soothing.  There is nothing wrong with any of this but it is no substitute for being connected to our heavenly Father by way of the Holy Spirit that dwells in every Christ follower.  The world will not be able to understand this kind of peace, because it’s a peace that surpasses all understanding, it can’t be explained or quantified.  If you have lacked peace lately then remember that in prayer you have access to this peace at any time, anywhere, and in spite of whatever your circumstances may be.  

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…(Col. 3:15, NIV). 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Oh, my bad, bro

 The world forgetting, by the world forgot. -Alexander Pope

Ever seen the “Want to get away?” Southwest Airline Commercials?  One day I hung out with a guy who was the epitome cool (all of the ladies loved Wade). A few gals said hello to us and I proceeded to introduce him: “This is my buddy, Graham.”  Fail.  I forgot Wade’s name for what seemed to be ten of the longest seconds ever.  “Oh, my bad, bro.”  Graham was the guy I’d evidently spent too much time doing ministry with, but Wade didn’t know that.  I felt like taking the first flight to Bermuda, and I think Wade would be happy to have seen me leave.  This embarrassing illustration leads me into my Biblical tie-in.  In the world today, people are usually unashamed to talk about “god,” but god is a vague word, especially if and when there are multiple definitions.  Notice that any mention of “Jesus” and their countenance may change because to some “Jesus” is offensive.  Never forget the Name that is above all names: He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  He is God all by Himself.  His name is Jesus.  

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation (Colossians 1:15, NLT). 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

God’s Favor and Discipline

“We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us than under the staff that comforts us.” –Stephen Charnock

More times than just once King David veered off the straight and narrow in his life, and God disciplined him for it, but David expressed: “For his anger is but a moment, and his favor lasts a lifetime” (Psalm 30:5).  In other words, David realized it would be much worse had God left him to his vices, but it was because God favored David that He disciplined him. God chooses to discipline the people that He has a purpose for. Though David was not without sin, he had a general pattern of repenting of his sin to continue being obedient to God, thus living in such a way to bring God glory.  It’s no wonder he was known as “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). May we too be people that recognize the favor of God on our lives through His discipline, so that when He does choose to, we immediately correct course to repent and we have a general pattern of living obediently to Him so that He is brought glory. 

For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child (Hebrews 12:6, NLT).