Monday, June 17, 2013

The Importance of Prayer

I don't know if it  can be stressed enough, the importance of prayer. It is the the life line, the connection, the blessed privilege for the child of God. It is a comfort to be able to take all our needs to the Lord with the confidence that He hears us. When our hearts are overwhelmed, through prayer we can be led to that Rock Christ Jesus that is higher than we are. Through prayer, there is an peace that surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds. Through prayer, we can plead for the lost to be found in Salvation. Before you end the day, take time to pray. For prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance, but  rather it is taking hold of His willingness. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Unexpected Change

In the book of Genesis 17, Abram  is now ninety nine years old. He had left his home in Ur when he was in his seventies. During that time God had given him some amazing promises that still had not been fulfilled. Now at ninety nine the Lord  speaks to Abram again. This time the Lord tells Abram to change his name to Abraham. The Lord also confirmed His earlier promise that Abraham's wife Sarah, would have a son in her nineties. However at this point in his life Abraham in essence says to the Lord, " you don't have to do this. I'm old, were fine, we have another son named Ishmael. Can he be the son of promise instead?" The Lord refuses to accept Abraham's alternative. No, the Lord had made a promise and He was going to fulfill it. Abram was now to Abraham, Sarai was now to be called Sarah, and Isaac was going to be born within the year.
It is difficult to wait on the Lord for His promises to be fulfilled. Patience doesn't come natural, nor is it hereditary. Sometimes we get to the point where we want to offer an alternative, or an easier route, or tell the Lord to forget it all together. If the Lord is gonna "change your name" so to speak, or bring "the promise" to pass, let Him. The change may come unexpectedly, but it will be a blessing in the end. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Red Letter Day

Today is a pretty amazing day for a number of reasons. First and foremost because my wife and I celebrate 21 years of marriage today. What a blessing it has been. So thankful for my wife.
Secondly our  youngest son is graduating from 8th grade today. The stage where he will receive his diploma is the same stage where I stood to receive my 8th grade diploma. And it was the same stage that my wife and I said our vows on our wedding day. What an incredible journey it is. I feel like Abraham coming back to Bethel. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Does it Please the King?

Nehemiah 2:5 and I said to the king, "if it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, the the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."  

Nehemiah had received word that the walls that surrounded the city of Jerusalem had been burned with fire, the people were unprotected. They had become a reproach amidst their enemies. The news of their distress moved Nehemiah's heart to pray. In his times of prayer he developed a burden to do something. Nehemiah became so moved by the need that his countenance reflected his deep concern. Then one day the king to whom Nehemiah served as cupbearer took notice of his state. The king could tell that Nehemiah was filled with sorrow in his heart. When he asked Nehemiah what was the cause, Nehemiah shared his heart and his vision. Then Nehemiah made a bold request if he could be sent to rebuild.
Yet I take note of how he asked. He said, "IF IT PLEASES THE KING". Although Nehemiah had a burden to go, he had a desire to rebuild the walls, he was submitted to the kings approval. 
In my own life, I want this to be the underlying foundation of how I live. I want this to be the question that I present to my KING concerning the direction I take. Does this please the King? Is this something that my King wants me to be apart of? I want to please my King and thus I am submitted to my King. There are things that might please me, but do they please Jesus.
Perhaps you have some questions about things within your own life. Ask the Lord Jesus, "is this pleasing in your sight?" This maybe something I want, but Lord is this something You want for me?" And whatever He tells me to do, that is what I will do.