Archive for February, 2013

Spontaneous Blessings

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.” (1 Peter 3:9, 13, 14 NIV)

A free cookie in the middle of mayhem qualifies as a spontaneous blessing. Occasionally life can pleasantly surprise us. Even if the day appears to be going bad the Bible says that God’s people inherit blessings. When people offend us we bless them because we understand that no matter what happens we are blessed. We don’t get bitter we just get better with God’s spontaneous blessings!


Cries Answered

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
(Psalm 34:17 NIV)

When a child cries out in the middle of the night loving parents arise to comfort them and soon they fall peacefully back to sleep. Good parents would never abandon their children. The Lord says “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) As children of the living God we have the love of the eternal Father to comfort our fears when we cry out for help in the darkness of life’s difficult circumstances.


Lavish Living

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
(2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV)

God’s definition of successful living is different then what society strives for. The world covets the accumulation of individual material wealth but God rewards personal sacrifice for others. The kingdoms of this world are about hoarding and keeping whereas the Kingdom of God is about loving and giving. Let us live lavishly by excelling at what the Lord considers valuable.


Spontaneous Surprises

“Not my will, but yours be done.”
(Luke 22:42 NIV)

God attempts to bless us with an unexpected flower in the midst of the mundane mediocrity of each day but our stubborn adherence to a selfish agenda can be an obstacle to His goodness. The Lord wants His people to be free to live in the Holy Spirit and not in the routine. We should always consider our daily schedules as tentative and subject to change as prompted by the Holy Spirit. Being flexible in the Holy Spirit is the secret to an extraordinarily successful life filled with spontaneous surprises. The Lord’s will and not our will be done keeps us blessed with God’s best!


True Love

I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
(Proverbs 8:17 NKJV)

True love does not happen overnight. When a man loves a women he has to spend time with her to develop a good relationship. Diligently putting effort into a relationship is valuable. Slowly with the passing of each day communication barriers are removed and trust replaces uncertainty so that the relationship can progress from superficial to deep. The Lord Jesus loves us and wants to develop a genuine relationship with us but this requires diligent effort. We seek the Lord by spending time with Him in prayer and in the study of His holy Word. Our dialogue moves from superficial to deep as we trust His faithful love with the issues of our hearts. True love is from God for God is love.


Love to Listen

“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
(Jeremiah 31:3 NLT)

Imagine trying to communicate with someone who continually listens to headphones. You try and develop a relationship but it is hopeless because the person does not attend to your dialogue. We live in a media dominated society. There is a entire generation continually connected to the world’s media airwaves but they are not connected to God. The Lord Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with His people but most of the time we ignore His still small voice. With unfailing determination the Lord attempts to draw His people towards Himself with love but the busyness of our selfish agendas ruin any possibility of a healthy relationship. Developing a loving relationship requires effort. Spend time listening to God. He loves us.


And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty)
(John 1:14 AMP)

Theology is a term derived from the greek root words “Theos” and “logos”. “Theos” means God and “logos” means word. Theology is then defined as a “word about God”. Word about God should become work for God as theology needs to be put into practice. The Bible says that Christ Jesus is the Word and as our divine example the Word became flesh and walked amongst us when Jesus came to earth. Our thoughts about God should spring up into words about God as we boast about His majesty in dialogue with others. Our words about God should mature into actions for God as we live out our lives to honor Him. May the Word of God become flesh in us as we live all for His glory.


Trophy Wives

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
(Proverbs 12:4 NIV)

A man’s trophies are usually his car, his house and somewhere down the list his wife but the Bible instructs husbands to honor their wives. (1 Peter 3:7) As the crown occupies the highest position on the head of a man so a virtuous wife should be cherished in his top position of priority.


Secrets in the Dark

“everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.” (Mark 4:22)

Everyone has a secret that no one else knows but God knows. People view the external results of our actions but the Lord discerns the hidden secrets deep within the darkness of our hearts. There is no secret that the light of His gaze cannot find. For “would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” (Psalm 44:21)The Good News is the message of Christ who came to deliver us from the darkness of sin in deed and thought. If we change the attitude of our hearts to turn from our sins and believe that Jesus took our punishment on the cross then God no longer remembers the secret sins of the heart. “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! (Micah 7:19) We are forgiven from the dark secrets and we are free because our sins were nailed to Calvary’s cross and cast into the sea.


Sand Monsters

“how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:14 ESV)

Sand sculpting is a fun leisure activity on a nice beach day. Many hours can be invested into building a detailed sculpture but no matter how much effort we spend constructing the sculpture it will never become alive. The reality is that in just one day the elements of nature will quickly erode whatever is built transforming it into an unrecognizable mound of nothing. We expend much energy in life building sand monsters that have no eternal significance. These dead works waste our time and resources to keep us out of the will of God. In heaven all useless activities will be exposed as idols that we have made. The Bible instructs us to build our life’s work on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. “If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.” (1 Corinthians 3:14)


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