Category Archives: Following God’s Will
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23:1-3) NIV
When was the last time your soul was refreshed? Have you ever had it refreshed? What was going on around you? Were you beside still waters? Were you lying down in green pastures? Continue reading
Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. (Psalms 12:1) NIV
Independence Day! Significant, yes! But what is the significance? To most it is a holiday, a day off work, a chance to sleep late, be lazy or catch up on housework, yard work, spend a day at the beach, leisure.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1John 1:8) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1John 2:1)
The scene passed before me like I was one of the cast in a scripted play. I walked away wondering what had just happened. Did I really just speak an untruth? Ok, go ahead, call it like it is, I told a lie. ugh……I hate that word and in the moments after it happened I hated myself.
I took a direct hit. Me 0 vs Satan 1. He was really beginning to rub it in. Condemnation, guilt, remorse, you name it, I was being assaulted by it. I sat down and immediately went to the Lord, asking for forgiveness, asking how did I let this happen? This is not me, this is not who I want to be, this is someone that is foreign to me. It happened so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to think twice and decide not to, I just did it!!!!!
“I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.” (Jeremiah 35:17 NIV)
This morning I was talking to my 5-year old, trying to provide an answer to a question. As I was talking, he asked the same question. Each time I went to give an answer, he would interrupt and ask me the question again. I stopped and looked at him and asked if he was listening to me and he gave me he gave an exasperated sigh and said” Oh you never listen to me” and ran off. What went wrong? Now there are some things that involve 5-year olds that will never be understood as amusing as they may be but there are other things that involve listening skills that are quite critical to understand.
“In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame, deliver me in you righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue, be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” (Psalm 31: 1-3)
You are there, I know you hear me. I know you answer prayers, you have taken care of me my whole life. My rock, my salvation, my countenance, my comfort, my peace, you are always there. I depend on you for everything. This is such a wonderful confidence. This is absolute truth and Satan turned it into a deceptive tool.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23 NIV)
No matter how bleak things seem, how frightened or worried, or hopeless the enemy tries to paint a picture in your life, it is a lie.
Friends fall sick, family passes away, husbands or wives walk away from a marriage, jobs are lost, cancer enters your life, homes are lost, children go astray, cars fail. Any number of things can happen in the blink of an eye, when you least expect it and life is dealt a blow that will have some long-term implications. Believe it or not, it is not as important what happens as it is how you deal with it.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” (Matthew 15: 8-9)
Sometimes when we meet with God in our quiet times, it is hard to give over “our” time to “Him”. Why is this? We need to rend our hearts when we first arrive to be with Him, but we are so burdened with our sin, guilt and problems that we put ourselves first in the time slot. I am guilty as charged. Some days I come and rend my heart and I repent so I can be cleansed and have nothing between me and God, but other times I just rush right in. I am so much in need of His loving care that I don’t give Him His rightful place.