Archive for January, 2019

Life and Legacy

January 25th, 2019

Satisfaction is in God alone.
“Guard your heart above all else.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT.
My thoughts and comments today are about, “Life and Legacy.”



Life can get upside down and sometimes backwards. One of those ways that can happen when you believe the world’s model of greatness. It is assumed that the one who appears to exceed others’ abilities and achievements must be smarter, stronger, tougher, and more widely regarded. Inaccurately we reason, maybe somehow, they have more importance than others. In the world’s system that might be so.

But in the Kingdom of God, greatness is described as joyfully and generously serving others. Jesus taught that a satisfying life is about serving God and others, not placing yourself above and before others. Jesus warned, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Read Mark 9:33-37 NIV. Paul was clear, “For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:18.

Worldly-wise people can do spiritually foolish things. Solomon was the wisest of men, but his excess eventually overcame the wisdom with which he had begun, and to which he would return. He was given exceeding wealth, privilege, and prominence that provided everything he could desire. Yet his unbridled restraint provided unwise opportunity to explore anything his heart desired.

But Solomon finally recognized it all as vanity that created nothing more than futility and emptiness. More stuff just can’t satisfy. Never has. Never will. Because things alone are unsatisfying, they seem to leave an emptiness that the human heart tries to fill with lesser things.

That emptiness happens too easily, almost without notice at first. Without Godly wisdom, a person can become confused by things that seem important but are inconsequential. Solomon discovered, “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction . . during the few days of life God has given them.” Ecclesiastes 5:18 NIV. Satisfaction is found in God alone.

God’s Word is clear about what demands attention and what deserves your attention. People are always God’s priority – before things, even the best of things. Above all else that clamors for your attention and affections, God and family always merit your first and best.

Life is not about the external matters of, “what you do.” Goodness is internal, “why you do what you do.” Goodness is all about who you are. It begins in your heart. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” Read Luke 6:43-45 NLT.

Solomon advised, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT. And being who you can be has everything to do with your willingness and invitation to place Christ first and foremost in your heart. When Jesus has His rightful place, life is right side up and in spiritual order. Could that be why they describe good people as, “upright and upstanding?”

Your life can be your greatest legacy, and an abiding Godly example for your family and friends to follow. There is no inheritance you will leave behind that would exceed the heritage of your Godly instruction and personal example. Today, I pray for you to keep eternal values preeminent in your life.

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God’s Word Works

January 18th, 2019

 “My Word will achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 NIV.
My thoughts and comments today are about, “God’s Word works.”

We live in a generation of hyper-information, unlike any previous generation. Satellites connect the global community – providing internet, phones, television, radio, instant communication, entertainment, and so much more. Those connect us with information that is immediate, in a quantity that is immeasurable, and on a scale that is global. Because of that incalculable capacity, your challenge is to distinguish truth from the unending opinions, deliberate misinformation, or mere speculation parading its self as truth.

Every day, truth is assaulted by opinions drawn from little more than personal whim or prejudice, or partial truths mixed with so much error as to leave an infinitesimal seed of truth unrecognizable, or deliberate misinformation that is scandalously and blatantly untrue. Pilate asked Jesus we each must settle, “What is truth?” John 18:38 NKJ. You will need wisdom and the Holy Spirit to distinguish between truth and error.

What is true? Where is truth you can believe in? In the shadows and fog of all the noise, God’s Word is a beacon of truth. At the end of his life, Moses instructed, “Ascribe greatness to our God . . A God of truth, righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:3-4 NKJ. Truth is what any of us want. It is simple really. Either God is true, or what He says is not. But if God be true, His Word cannot be otherwise. “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4 NKJ.

Trust the truth God entrusted to you. In life, I have observed this simple, practical fact. “You do not choose what you believe; you first choose who you believe, and that choice determines what you believe.” Choose to believe God and His Word. I want to be counted in the company of those who can say with bold assurance, “We speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV.

Who you know and trust ultimately shapes your opinions and forms your beliefs. Out of those, come your convictions, felt and held deeply. Conviction of truth is not imposed upon you; truth resonates in your spirit and waits to be recognized and embraced by you. I have chosen to believe God; therefore, I believe the Word of God to be divinely inspired, ultimately and eternally true, and both practical and powerful in its application. Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT/2 Tim 3:16-17 NIV.

Paul commended the Thessalonians, “You accepted what we said as the very Word of God – which of course it was. And this Word continues to work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT. Paul’s assuring words intrigue me, “this Word continues to work in you who believe.” Cherish it; read it; study it: meditate on it: obey it; trust it. As you do, truth will continue to work deep within your spirit and mind, imparting God’s wisdom and understanding. When you don’t feel it, or see it, or understand it, or wonder if it is, still “His Word continues to work in you who believe.”

God won’t quit; His Word won’t fail. “If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the Gospel which you heard.” Colossians 1:21-23 NKJ. God’s Word continues to work in those who continue steadfast in His Word. When you embrace God’s Word, you release God Word to work until its promised completion. “My Word will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Read Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV.

The Bible is Truth, and in its pages are found the incomparable wisdom and knowledge of God. The Bible teaches principles of how truth is to be applied in practical ways and ordinary situations. Jesus taught that a life that will endure remains unshaken by all else that changes, when resting firmly upon the Word of God. Read Matthew 7:24-27 NIV.

Today, I pray for you to allow truth to work deeply in your heart and life.

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The Promise in a Seed

January 10th, 2019

To get anywhere, you must begin somewhere.
 “He who began a good work in you will carry it
to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1.6 NIV.
My thoughts and comments today are about, “the promise in a seed.”

For the year to be happy and satisfying, more needs to change than just the calendar. Wherever you are in your journey, any time is a right time to choose more carefully and live more wisely. The beginning of this year is a perfect occasion to commit to clearer goals, better choices, and successful efforts.

The Bible reminds us, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Zechariah 4:10 NLT. Even more, God delights to see efforts rewarded.Too many of us have too many unfinished intentions. The early hours and days of a new year are good for careful reflection and renewed resolve. Where does your spiritual journey need a fresh beginning and focused efforts? Every achievement begins with your vision of possibilities and purposeful decision to accomplish those.

Every seed holds the promise of new beginnings. The largest of trees began as a small sapling, grown from an even smaller seed that released its God-given potential. Yet-unknown possibilities await release and realization from the smallest beginnings. A dear, life-long friend often reminded me, “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.”

And God knows your possibilities because He placed that potential in your DNA. However small that seed may seem, recognize that every seed is the place from which God begins. In our Father’s Kingdom, every beginning holds a promise. To describe the Kingdom of God, Jesus chose the example of a tiny mustard seed.

Jesus explained, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in His field.32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32 NIV. You cannot see the possibilities and power within the seed you sow, but God does. You must learn that to begin does not require anything more than you presently have.

Jesus used His story about a small seed to encourage His followers to realize the power of possibilities. Jesus taught that accomplishment is not about how little or much with which you start; it is how much of your potential you will ultimately realize. With God, your potential is beyond what you may assume. Why do you wait? Today is a great place to start and what you have is enough, when you trust all you have into His hands.

Jesus told the story of a servant who was given a small portion of his master’s wealth to invest and increase. Read Matthew 25:14-29 NIV. Doing nothing is a sure path to failure. He simply buried the money for safekeeping. Incorrectly, he reasoned, he would not lose anything. He failed to realize that neither could he gain anything, and then would lose everything.

The outcome is not only the result of the potential in the seed. God put that there. The result of your small beginning also depends on your view of the importance of what you have and your willingness to begin where you are. To get anywhere you must start somewhere. The longest journey begins with a first step.Where you are and what you have is the right place to begin.

You must plant a seed for its power to be released. The Bible says, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 NIV. Paul encouraged the Christians at Ephesus, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 NIV.God provides the seed to sow and promises the harvest that results.

There are a lot of great things to be accomplished in your life that are waiting for nothing more than your clear decision to begin, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”Philippians 1:6 NIV.

Today, I pray for you to reap an ample harvest from every seed you sow.

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