Category Archives: God in Control
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.
You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. (Psalm 44:4) NIV
V I C T O R Y……this was the name of the cheer I was asked to perform many years ago when I was trying out for the cheerleading squad. It went like this… Our goal is high, our aim to win with A C T I O N, Victory, Victory Victory team! The victory was mine! I won my place on the squad.
Hindsight makes it easy when you get older, to look back and see how God has orchestrated events over time, that have molded your personality and shaped you like a well worn shoe into the comfortable places of your life. Continue reading
“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.
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. (Jeremiah 35:15 NIV)
The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines a habit as a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance; an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary; a manner of conducting oneself.
If we examine our lives, how many habits do we have? If you really think about it, it can become mind boggling. I guess, depending on how old you are, you have a lifetime of acquired habits that have been formed by conditioning. The condition of your childhood, the condition of your health, the condition of your socio-economic surroundings, the condition of your level of education, etc.. The things and people that are around us impact us. The repetitive things are the things that eventually become habits with us.
“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.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Recently, God challenged me about my faith. He asked me “Is it personal and real?” Finding myself in a situation where my faith has been challenged over and over again earns me this little pat on my cheek from God.