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A Fresh Start

January 27th, 2017

Today can be an exit from your history and entrance to your destiny

 “His compassions are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

My thoughts and comments today are about, “a fresh start.”

Life can feel unmanageable, your past cluttered with unfinished business and the path ahead filled with responsibilities. But life is not lived in yesterday or tomorrow; life can only be lived today. Your life is more than the facts of your history or your unrealized destiny. Positively or negatively, both of those are greatly affected by anything, or maybe everything, you do today. You can reinforce your history or rewrite its predictions. You can sell your future cheaply or invest yourself in achieving its potential.

This day is a fresh opportunity to write a new chapter in the ongoing story of your life. Sure, you have made mistakes. There are things you would have done better if you had been wiser. The remedy for regrets is simple. Enjoy a fresh start. Do better; learn from your mistakes rather than repeating them.

King David’s story is a record of repentance and redemption. In repentance, he embraced a greater future. Learn from his example and rejoice with him: “The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:23-24 NIV.

Recognize God as Lord of this day and rejoicing becomes the appropriate response. In grace, your history becomes His story. Today can bring a fresh start. Stop rehearsing your mistakes, regretting your failures, or reliving your record. Your God has a record of redeeming tragic histories. And your God is equally adept at crafting unimagined destinies. Both of those the Holy Spirit accomplishes in the context of today.

The Apostle Paul had history that God covered in grace and mercy. “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy.” Read 1 Tim 1:12-17 NKJV. On that road to Damascus, Paul met God face to face and his history was redeemed and his destiny assured. Read Acts 9:1-6 NKJV. People do not turn their life around without divine intervention. Only ignorance or arrogance – or both – would make a person attempt such a life change without God.

Paul found there was only one answer for spiritual transformation and subsequent conformation to Christ-likeness. “I am still not all that I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to Heaven.” Philippians 3:13-14 NLT.

Notice that Paul mentioned, “one thing,” and then proceeded to talk about, “forgetting, looking forward, and straining to reach.” The one thing Paul believed crucial was expressed in three equally essential actions: laying aside everything inhibiting about yesterday, living with anticipation today, and giving Godly effort to fulfill God’s calling every day that follows. Today can be an exit from your history and entrance to your destiny.

Today, I pray for you to trust both your history and destiny into Jesus’ capable hands.

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Obstacles and Opportunities, Part 1

January 29th, 2016

“This is the day of the Lord’s victory. Let us celebrate.” Psalm 118:24 TEV.

The impossible is what God does best.

My comments today are about “obstacles and opportunities.”

I have observed that life presents both obstacles and opportunities. It is unrealistic to presume you will have either without the other. Every opportunity presents an obstacle; every obstacle presents an opportunity. The bigger the opportunity, the greater the obstacles. The greater the obstacle, the bigger the opportunities will be.

You learn a lot about your own character when you experience obstacles. And in every obstacle, God offers an opportunity to learn about His character as well. “This is the day of the Lord’s victory. Let us be happy. Let us celebrate.” Psalm 118:24 TEV. Any day is a good day when you are offered the opportunity to walk and live in His victory.

Take a few minutes to read Joshua 1:1-10 and Joshua 3:1-17 NIV. Joshua and Israel faced serious obstacles; an uncrossable Jordan and an invulnerable Jericho were both impediments to entering Canaan, the land of God’s promise and plenty. Why would the armies in Jericho neither offer opposition to Israel crossing Jordan nor demonstrate any active resistance as they marched around Jericho seven days? I suggest, with such flooded dimensions and depth of the Jordan, they must have assumed it unimaginably impossible for two million people to navigate such a crossing, just as they believed the capture of their city to be impossible. The impossible is what God does best.

Under the cover of darkness, Joshua sent two men went into Jericho to assess the situation ahead. What they heard was that Jericho was more afraid of them than they were of Jericho. Fear creates battles that God has already fought and won. A Canaanite woman in Jericho said, “I know the Lord has given you the land . . all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea when you came out of Egypt . . our hearts melted . . no courage remained in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God is God in Heaven and in earth.” Read Joshua 2:9-11 NIV. Imagine! Canaan’s current and continuing fear began more than forty years earlier, when God drowned the Egyptian army and divided the Red Sea for Moses to lead newly liberated people across on dry land.

Upon return to Joshua, their report was with assurance and certainty, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” Joshua 2:24 NIV. But first they still had to cross the treacherous currents of a flooding Jordan. God always makes a way where there seems to be no way. With divine authority, Jesus said, “The things that are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27 NKJV. But be prepared, God’s way will be what you least expect and never imagined. God said, “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV.

Maybe you face an obstacle, feeling uncertain of the path forward. Sometimes the past feels difficult to overcome; sometimes the future seems unsure and concerning. “This is the day of the Lord’s victory. Let us be happy. Let us celebrate.” Psalm 118:24 TEV. Let me remind you that the God Who makes a way where there seems to be no way knows where you are and what you need, and He 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. Today can be your day of victory. Celebrate!

Today, I pray for you that you will believe God for the impossible.

To be continued . .

I spoke last weekend at the Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, CA. They have posted the video of the teaching, “Seize the Day.” My comments today originate from that teaching. I hope you will take the time to listen . . . https://vimeo.com/153012760

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A Good Morning

August 19th, 2015

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.” Psalm 143:8 NIV.

Morning brings a fresh start to what we call life.

My thoughts and comments today are about “a good morning.”

I am not naturally a morning person, but I anticipate the mornings I write these devotionals. This morning I was inspired by a simple prayer from a Psalm of David. “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 143:8 NIV. Imagine your restful night and anticipated morning when those are your final thoughts and prayer each night. “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 NIV. Now that’s what I would consider a good morning indeed.

“There are two ways to wake up in the morning. One is to say, ‘Good morning, God.’ The other is to say, “Good God, morning!’” Bishop Fulton J Sheen. Which best describes you? Your morning can set the tone for your day, either to be disciplined or disinclined. David prayed, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you.” Read Psalm 63:1-7 NKJV. Be positive and proactive. Your attitude and anticipation each morning either empowers or diminishes your attempts and accomplishments throughout that day.

Mornings are important. Every morning offers unforeseen opportunities and fresh starts. “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth . . And there was evening, and there was morning.” Read Genesis 1:1-31 NIV. I think that statement refers to more than simple chronology. Following and introducing every succeeding act of creation, the same phrase is repeated, “And there was evening and morning,” suggesting to me a satisfaction for accomplishment and preparedness for new tasks. There is a natural rhythm to life. Morning brings a fresh start to what we call life.

“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16-17 NIV. God’s fingerprints are all over your day. What then should be your attitude upon awaking? The Bible suggests this be your attitude, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV. Attitude determines altitude – how high you rise in the day that awaits you. Every morning offers you first day of the rest of your life.

Usually, you find what you are looking for; look for God to bless your day and rejoice in anticipation accordingly. “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT.

Today, I pray for you good mornings with fresh reminders of the Lord’s unfailing love.

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Rejoicing Is a Choice

January 31st, 2014

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NIV.

You can choose to make any day a Sabbath experience.

My thoughts and comments today are that “rejoicing is a choice.”

Emotions! What would you do without them? Without emotion, life would be without color or definition. Yet without direction and discipline, those same emotions will wreak havoc. At any given moment, your emotions are either a choice or a reaction. You do not choose, nor can you control, what will happen in your day; however, you must choose how you will respond. Be prepared. Solomon offers a good reminder, “You do not know what a day will bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 NKJV. Happiness should not relate to happenstance.

You will have good and bad days, happy and sad days, helpful and hurtful days, pressured and care-free days. Addressing this assortment of life experiences, Solomon gave wise counsel when he wrote, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven . . [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has set eternity in the hearts of men . .” Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8/11 NIV. Solomon packages the diversity of life experiences within the larger context of eternity and the overarching capability of God to bring beauty into any season or circumstance.

In this [an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you] you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials . .” Read 1 Peter 1:3-14 NIV. Exactly in the context of suffering, grief, and trials, Peter writes of “inexpressible and glorious joy.” Without a broader, spiritual context for your life, emotions will be rampant – unrestrained and unpredictable.

The most ordinary or difficult of days should be celebrated with the perspective of the Lord’s presence and providence, as David encouraged, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NIV. Read the surrounding context of this Psalm. The words of the Psalmist are not a casual detachment from life’s realities. David’s simple declaration is his response, not to the most tranquil of times, but in the most troubling – personal anguish, swarming enemies, feeling surrounded, searching for refuge, yet finding God in the midst of it all and every reason to rejoice. Such days are when you rejoice, not why. Your rejoicing is because, “the Lord made the day.”

What should you do on your worst day? “Rejoice and be glad in it.” Paul instructed, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! . . Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Philippians 4:4/1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV. You can choose to make any day a Sabbath experience.

A Sabbath experience reveres God’s sovereignty in daily life, rests in His sufficient providence, and recognizes that God is the author of this day and every other, whatever the source or challenge of its present circumstance. The nature of any day should not determine the joy of your embrace of that day; every day provides you opportunity to respond in joyous faith and thanksgiving to God, rather than react in doubt or despair to its situations.

My prayer for you today is that you will rejoice in God regardless of present circumstance.

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Today

June 6th, 2012

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV

Today holds the remedy for your checkered history and the point of entry into your destiny.

My thoughts and comments today are about “today.”

Life can seem unmanageable, often more than you think you can handle. Your past can be cluttered with too much unfinished business, the path ahead filled with too many responsibilities. Life is about today, who you are and what you do today. Your life is not altogether about the facts of your history or the potential of your destiny, yet both of those are greatly affected – positively or negatively – by anything, and maybe everything, you do today. You can reinforce your history or rewrite its predictions. You can sell your future cheaply or invest in achieving its potential.

Today is your opportunity to write a new chapter in the ongoing story of your life. Sure there were mistakes you’ve made, things you would have done better if you had been wiser. Well, today is a great time to fix that. Do better; don’t repeat your mistakes; learn from them. The Psalmist David knew about destiny and history. No one was promised a greater future; few have had a more irregular history. To David’s credit, he would not let the story of his life conclude with his failures. Read Psalm 32/51. His story is a record of repentance and redemption.

Through repentance and redemption, your history can become His story. Listen and learn from David’s counsel: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NIV. Today can be your fresh start. Stop reliving your record, rehearsing your mistakes, regretting your failures. Today is all you have been given right now. It is not about what you did in the past or how well you intend to do in the days ahead; it is just about this one day! God has a sterling record of redeeming people’s sad histories, and is equally adept at engineering magnificent destinies. “This is the day the Lord has made!”

Like David, the Apostle Paul had some history he would like to have forgotten as well. Read Acts 9:1-6 NKJV. On that road to Damascus, Paul met God face to face and everything changed. I have found that most people cannot turn their life around without divine intervention. Either arrogance or ignorance, or both, would make a person want to attempt such a life change without God. Paul found the answer to successful conformation to the likeness of the Savior, “I am still not all that I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to Heaven.” Philippians 3:13-14 NLT.

Notice that Paul mentioned “one thing,” and then proceeded to talk about “forgetting, looking forward, and straining to reach.” The one thing Paul thought crucial was expressed in three equally necessary actions: laying aside everything inhibiting about yesterday, living today with faithfulness and anticipation, and filling tomorrows with Godly effort to fulfill God’s calling. Today holds the remedy for your checkered history and the point of entry into your destiny.

My prayer for you today is to live this day rejoicing and each that follows with gladness.

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