Writing Fast.

Well I’ve come to a point where I’ve decided through prayer that I need to take a short writing fast, for a couple of reasons, but primarily in order to refocus why I’m writing and what my writing needs to be about. I can’t imagine I’ll be gone long and I’ll be continuing with the four other aspects of my 30 days of productivity, so keep an eye out for my next post.

Thanks everyone,
God Bless

Wait for the Whisper.

“And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” 1 Kings 19:11-13

I hate it when I’m watching something that has gunshots or explosions or something like that and I have to turn the t.v. up higher than usual to hear the dialogue but that means I’m blasted out of my chair by the sound effects. That’s kind of what happens when we try to hear God better; everything else gets louder too. If you’re waiting on a word, maybe you should follow Elijah’s example; go where you can be alone and wait for the whisper.

Thanks for reading,

God Bless

Are You Demanding a King?

In 1 Samuel, God is preparing the world for David to be king, but they’ve gotten sick of waiting and order Samuel to give them one immediately.

“But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19-20

As the study notes in my Bible point out, before this point God had been the one to fight battles for Israel and had been doing quite well, but they wanted a king because they wanted to be like the other nations. Samuel tries to dissuade them, but they insist so they are given Saul, who ends up being a fairly poor king. The point here is that at this time, they really didn’t need a king, and God was preparing one for when they would, but they were impatient. We all go through this today from time to time, needing more money, better stuff, better body, or anything. Absolutely anything. And in the world we live in today there are always shortcuts that seem to get more results faster. If you need something today, dedicate some time to stop chasing it in order to slow down and listen to what God is telling you. Maybe you need to wait, and maybe you need to learn to be okay with that, but it’s always worth hearing from God.

“And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”” 1 Samuel 8:7

If you insist, sometimes you’ll find God gives you what you want, if only so that you eventually learn you should have listened to Him in the first place.

Thanks for reading everyone,

God Bless

Entropy.

Entropy: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder

“and the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17

Today I was having a conversation about how maintaining a home is like living in entropy; the house starts out new and pristine, but with every day the house has a new mess and ages a bit so before you know it pipes are bursting, the roof is leaking, and things all over just seem to be falling apart. It really speaks to us as individuals as well. When we accept Christ we’re made new creations but eventually all new things fade. We need to be watchful of the small things every day in order to be ready for the big things like a burst pipe or a leaky roof.

Where are you today? Are you walking around with a mess you need to deal with or are you kept awake at night by a burst pipe? Whatever it is, I pray you set aside some time today to seek Christ on the matter. There’s a song by Nicol Sponberg, “Resurrection” that really touches on this; just being at the end of your rope and needing Christ to make you new again. You should all check it out.

“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thanks for reading everyone,

God Bless

I’m a Christian.

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 John 2:6

In today’s world, it’s easy for the phrase, “I’m a Christian,” to be confused with, “I think I’m perfect,” when really it’s supposed to be something more along the lines of, “I’ve accepted how broken I am and have chosen to live for God rather than myself.” Not to mention so many people who have grown up in families that attend church out of habit rather than desire so we’ve got people walking around claiming to be Christian who really just create their own gods in order to fit the lifestyle they want.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”” John 6:40-41

This tells us that our first job is to share the Christ with the world and doing that is going to shake things up. Christ came to save a world that doesn’t like to admit that it needed to be saved in the first place. Now be clear, this says share the Gospel. This does not say, tell everyone around you exactly what sins you’ve found them to be guilty of.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10

Christ was prosecuted. If you’re following His path that means you’re going to be prosecuted too. I spent all of 7th grade with a group of six kids following me around “cursing me,” calling me names, and anything else that might offend a 12-year-old. It gets easy to just stop trying so that you can get some peace. Stay strong.

“for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Jesus came for the sole purpose of sacrificing Himself for the world. The key is “sacrifice,” and while we don’t have the ability to save the world with our blood, there are countless sacrifices we will be called to make in order to serve God more fully. This is not all being a Christian means of course, but I think these are some pillars we should all remember. Feel free to share any thoughts or opinions.

Thanks for reading,
God Bless

P.S.
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Just Kids in Strollers.

I’m doing a Bible study and yesterday the chapter talked about when Eli’s sons lost a battle so they took the Arc of the Covenant with them into their next battle, assuming that would be enough to secure the victory for them. Not only did they lose, but the Philistines ended up capturing the Arc. The study goes on to warn against falling into a pattern of using God as a good luck charm. We’ve all done it at some point. When I was in 5th grade I very vividly remember clenching the cross around my neck and praying for knowledge I didn’t have in order to win a spelling bee. I didn’t. Not to say we shouldn’t ask God for things, but there’s always the chance of God saying no, and that’s something we need to accept and learn to be okay with.

“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”” Psalm 31:14

Every once in a while when I’ve got my daughter out in her stroller, she’ll get a little spooked when we go up an incline. There’s no reason for it of course, but sometimes her mind just screams, “This is wrong. I’m not level. I’m supposed to be level, I must be falling.” So she wants me to save her, but before she even has a chance to get truly scared we level out again and she’s just fine. This is kind of how we are with God. When things are fine we’re enjoying the ride, but the moment we aren’t level anymore we want God to provide a magic way out, flatten the ground before our feet, and make the ride comfortable again.

So that’s where you have the choice; you can let God push you up those uncomfortable inclines or you can tell Him to go away and try to push your own stroller.

The problem with that last option is my daughter tries pushing her own stroller too. She doesn’t do that bad, but she can’t see over the stroller and really can’t reach very well so she doesn’t have much control over where it goes and it’s not long before she’s weaving her way right off the sidewalk and I have to intervene. (disclosure: never done beside the street… just in the park) What’s really funny though is that when she’s decided it’s her job to push the stroller, if she notices me helping her guide it, she’ll actually push my hand away. Sound familiar?? I know it does for me.

Can you just imagine though? If the entire world was made up of kids either strapped in strollers or pushing ones too big for them. Some are stretching down to push themselves along with a foot, some might have managed to snag a stick to push with. All of these kids obviously sticking close to the comfortable paths because we can’t do those inclines alone. We just can’t. I don’t have an example where my daughter tried that one because I don’t want to see the stroller flip back on her. Then you have the few actually getting somewhere because they’re letting God push. Yeah, it gets uncomfortable from time to time and most of the time you won’t know what’s at the top of that incline, but that’s okay, because God can see it and He wouldn’t be taking you there if it was somewhere you didn’t need to be.

So if you’re stuck on that incline today and you really wish God would step in and make things comfortable again, just try to accept the chaos for a moment. He’s still there and if you trust in Him, you’ll level out again soon and you’ll be better for it.

Thanks for reading everyone, share any thoughts in the comments.

God Bless

Happy Easter!

I want to wish all of you a very happy Easter, (which it still is by my clock) I hope you all had a great Sunday. I won’t be posting a long rant today, only to say that this is a day of triumph for us and I pray you all remember that. This is the day the game truly changed. He is risen!

“And He said to them, “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

These are the instructions Christ gave His disciples after He rose from the grave. Today we should all take some time to reflect on how we can obey this just a little bit better than yesterday.

God Bless