Monday, June 26, 2017

"Calling On Who?"

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."  Jeremiah 33:3

Call unto who?  Thank the Lord that He has placed people in our lives that we can call upon for help with matters that we face.  But do we call on these people first?  The invitation. and admonishment, is to call upon the Lord.

We are so busy calling on others for help that we forget the One who can truly help us.  We forget that He has invited us to call.  We forget that He has made Himself available to us.  We forget just how much He desires to help us and meet our needs. 

Who are you calling on in your time of need?  Others are the Lord?  Are you calling on Him or them first?  Have you forgotten that you can call on Him?  Do you automatically run to Him or others when you are in need?  Do you run to the phone or to the Throne? 

Perhaps the reason we don't see more answers to our problems and more needs met is because we are calling on the wrong one for help.  People are limited.  People are in need just like we are.  People can only do so much.  But the Lord is more than able to meet the need.  He is all powerful.  He can do anything but fail.  He has all the resources you need.  He is unlimited in His abilities.  Man is not.  So, who are you going to call upon on?

Have a great day.  Who are you calling on in time of need? 

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Get To Pray"

"And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."  Luke 11:1

In having a conversation with people about prayer, one of the things you hear most is-- I don't get to pray.  What do you mean by- you don't get to pray?  They mean they don't get time to pray because they are too busy, have too many other demands on their life and time, they just aren't able to pray.  Newsflash:  it isn't about "getting to pray", it is about "making time to pray". Another newsflash:  the enemy of your soul will make sure you don't get to pray.  He will send every distraction and every excuse as to why you can't pray. 

When you say that you don't get to pray, it sounds like you are helpless to do anything about it.  It sounds like you have no control over the situations that hinder your prayer life and prayer time.  This isn't true.  You have to make the time.  You make time for everything else, why is prayer (your communion with God) any different?  If you want to go somewhere, you schedule everything else around it.  If you need to leave earlier than usual, you set your clock for an earlier time.  If you want to stay up and watch a movie you force yourself to stay awake.  If you want to go to an event out of town, you will make the hour or two drive.   

We do the things we really want to do and we don't let anything stand in the way.  You made time to read this.  You made time to go to your job.  You made time to go on a trip.  You made time to go to the grocery store.  You made time for a hobby.  Why can't we make time for prayer?  It is because it is not a priority in our lives!!  If it were, we would do it.  We would make sure we "get to pray".  We wouldn't let anything stop us.  We would reschedule whatever we had to do to include it.  We would get up earlier if need be.  We would do whatever it took to make sure we got the time.

Have a great day.  If you aren't "getting to pray" it may be because it isn't a priority in your life.       

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Life Line"

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."  Luke 19:10

This morning another song was on my heart when I woke up.  I haven't heard this song since I was a little girl.  ("Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!  Someone is drifting away; Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.")  As I was singing it to myself an incident that involved my husband, which happened around thirty years ago, came to mind. 

My husband and a friend had taken our boat out to a public lake.  The boat motor was having some problems so they took it to the lake in order to put it in the water to see if they could fix the problem and get it to crank.  While working on the motor, they heard a commotion.  An old man had fallen out of his boat into the water.  It was obvious the man was in trouble.  My husband and his friend tried and tried to get the motor to start so that they could get out to the man-- but it wouldn't.  The saddest part was that there was another boat that went right past the man but would not help him.  They got within "reach" of him and turned around.  Sadly, the man drowned.  Later, my husband had to go with the game warden and help retrieve the body. 

The reason this song and this incident came to me, I believe, is because we are to be "throwing out a life line" to people who are drowning spiritually.  Like another old hymn says, we are to "rescue the perishing".  There were two responses that day on the lake to the man who was drowning.  1)  Two men who cared and would have helped save him, but were unable to do so because they lacked what they needed.  2)  People who could have saved him, were equipped to do so, but just either didn't care, didn't want to be bothered, or didn't want to make the effort. 

Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost.  He died on the cross to make salvation possible.  He commissioned us to reach the lost and take them the "life line" that would save their souls-- the gospel.  How many of us are "throwing out the life line"?  How many of us want to, we know people who are lost, but we for some reason we aren't able?  Maybe we aren't equipped?  Maybe we are letting fear stop us, or something else?  How many of us know those we come in contact with who are lost, but aren't willing to do anything to reach them?  Maybe we don't want to get out of our comfort zone?  Maybe we think someone else will do it?  Maybe we just don't care that they are drowning/dying?  Which one are you?

Have a great day.  Are you throwing out the life line?  

Throw out the life line across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody's brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.
Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! away, then away!
Throw out the life line to danger fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you've never been;
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.
Soon will the season of rescue be o'er,
Soon will they drift to eternity's shore;
Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay,
But throw out the life line and save them today.
This is the life line, oh, tempest tossed men;
Baffled by waves of temptation and sin;
Wild winds of passion, your strength cannot brave,
But Jesus is mighty, and Jesus can save.
Jesus is able! To you who are driv'n,
Farther and farther from God and from Heav'n;
Helpless and hopeless, o'erwhelmed by the wave;
We throw out the life line, 'tis 'Jesus can save.'
This is the life line, oh, grasp it today!
See, you are recklessly drifting away;
Voices in warning, shout over the wave,
O grasp the strong life line, for Jesus can save.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Who Frees?"

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."  Luke 4:18

Who set Israel free from Egyptian bondage?  God did.  Who set Joseph free from the prison?  God did.  Who set the three Hebrews free from the fiery furnace?  God did.  Who set Daniel free from the lion's den?  God did.  The Lord is the One who sets captives free. 

Joseph tried to free himself from prison by asking the butler to remember him to Pharaoh.  It didn't work.  Only God could deliver him.  You have tried and tried and tried in your own strength, wisdom, knowledge, education, talents and abilities to free yourself from some bondages that hold you captive, but to no avail.  Try as we may, there are just some things that are bigger than our ability to overcome on our own. 

The bottom line is you can't free yourself.  But there is hope.  That hope is Jesus.  You don't have to stay a "prisoner/captive" the rest of your life.  He can set you free.  He desires to set you free.  He has the power to set you free.  He will set you free.  Give up trying to do it yourself.  Let go of your childish pride that says, "I can do it", "I don't need help".  Yes, you do.  And He is there waiting for you to let Him deliver you.

Have a great day.  Only God can set the captive free.... and He will.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Standing Or Falling"

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."  Galatians 5:1

"Stand fast".  "Be not entangled again".  There is not enough standing and there is too much falling going on in the body of Christ.  We are falling for so much that is false.  We fall for every new wind of doctrine that comes through.  We fall for erroneous teaching because we are impressed by the "personality preacher" that it comes through.  We fall for old wives tales.  We fall for fables.  If it "tickles our ears" or "appeals to our flesh" we "fall" for it-- we believe it and accept it, and then live accordingly.   

As a result of "falling for" some of the things we are "falling for", we are "falling away".  We are falling away from the truth, from righteousness, from holiness, from godliness, from victory, from blessings, from God's will, from conviction.

Why is this happening?  It happens because we are ignorant when it comes to the Word of God.  We don't know what it says.  We believe what everyone else says and don't bother to check it out for ourselves.  We take the word of men without finding out what God really says on the subject. 

I have heard a lot of "strange/far out/ just plain crazy" beliefs and doctrines that men have "conjured up" as truth.  They are a long way from the truth, but many believe and think it is the truth. 

We have got to know the truth-- and the difference between what is and what isn't.  We have to know it, especially in light of the times we are living in.  There is so much that is being preached for truth that is not.  If we don't know the difference we will "fall" and not "stand". 

How do we stop falling and start standing?  Read your Bible-- often!  Memorize it.  Study it.  Meditate on it.  Check in it to see if what you heard is truth or just enticing words of men's wisdom.  It is only the Truth that will make us free-- Thy Word is truth.  And it is only the true Word of God that will keep us from falling. 

Have a great day.  Stand, don't fall.