Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Cloudy"

"...lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."  Matthew 28:20b
 
I walked outside last night on the patio and was looking up at the sky.  It was cloudy.  You couldn't see any stars.  While looking at the sky the Lord spoke something to my heart.  What He spoke was this:  even though you can't see the stars, they are still there.  Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.  They are just covered up by the clouds.  Then He went on to say that just because you don't see Me doesn't mean that I am not there.

Sometimes there are "clouds" in our lives-- trials, troubles, heartaches, sickness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of our income, persecution, broken relationships, and so.  Like the clouds that block the stars from shinning through, sometimes the "clouds" we are seeing will try to block the presence of God so that we wonder if He really is there. 

The stars didn't vanish because of the clouds.  The stars are constant.  They will always be there.  When the clouds roll away, you will see they have not moved.  They are still where they have always been.  The Lord hasn't moved.  He is still there.  He is constant.  The "clouds" haven't removed Him. 

If you are going through a "cloudy" time, remember this-- the Lord is still there.  He is still where He has always been.  He is watching over you.  He is with you.  His presence has not left you.  Don't let the fact that you can't see Him make you believe He isn't there.  Don't let the "clouds" convince you that He isn't there.  He has always been there, and He will always be there.

Have a great day.  Clouds in your live doesn't mean the absence of God.  He is still there even if you don't see Him.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Just A Priority"

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."  Acts 17:28

We talk about the Lord being our priority-- and He should be, but our relationship with Him goes much deeper than that.  The word priority means:  the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important; the right to take precedence or to proceed before others.  Priority means you give a special place to something or someone above something or someone else.  Priority means that whatever is of most importance should come before that which is lesser.  Well, the Lord should come before anything else in our life in the order of importance because He is more important than anything or anyone else.  But is He just our "top" priority?

He is not just our first priority above everything else.  He is much more.  He is our life!  "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:4)  He isn't just first and above everything else in our lives and then separate from them.  He is our life so He is to be involved in our entire life and everything that consist of.     

Let me explain what I mean.  He isn't just the first priority and then the list continues behind Him-- God first, our spouse, our children, our friends, our career, our health, our entertainment, etc.  As our "life" it means that God is in first place in our marriage.  He is in first place in all our relationships.  He is in first place in our business dealings.  He is first place in our entertainment and relaxation.  He is in first place in our interaction with others.  He is in first place in everything that is part of and makes up our lives.  It means He is actively involved in all our life, every area of our life.  He is not separate from them. 

Are you separating Him from the rest of your life?  Do you have a separate place for God and a separate place for everything else?  Is He just the first on the list?  Or is He integrated (combined with everything else) into all parts of your life? 

Have a great day.  The Lord can't be separated from the rest of your life even if He is the top priority.

Monday, January 16, 2017

"A Little Dab"

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."  Mark 12:30

When I was growing up, there was a hair gel on the market and their slogan was, "A little dab will do you".  I was thinking about that this morning concerning most people's relationship with the Lord.  For some all they want is a "little dab" of God in their life.  They are content to live on the "crumbs" or yesterday's "manna".  That is all they want.  They don't want more.  They are content with having a little of Him once a week in church, or in their devotional reading for the day, or when they are in need and want His help.  But this is not enough.  He wants us to have all of Him.

He wants us to have all that He is and all that He has to give us.  He doesn't want us to have a half-hearted relationship with Him.  He doesn't want just part of your heart.  He doesn't want just what you want to give Him.  He wants all your heart, soul, and mind.  When He died, He gave you all of Him, is it too much for Him to desire all of you in return.   

When Jesus was on earth, He offered mankind to "partake" of all of Him.  He still does today.  But if all you want is a little of Him that is all you will get.  But if you pick and chose how much and what of Him that you want you will miss out and have nothing in the end.  He is not a "buffet" that you can customize to your wants and desires. 

Today, surrender all of yourself and receive all of Him.  A little "dab" won't do it.  You have to have all of Him.  He is not divided.  And just a little Christianity won't do you.  He invites you to receive all of Him and all that He has to give you. 

Have a great day.  A little "dab" of the Lord isn't enough. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Led But Not Left

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil."  Matthew 4:1

The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, but He did not leave Jesus in the wilderness.  He did not leave Jesus alone in the wilderness.  He did not leave Jesus by Himself in the wilderness.  He stayed with Jesus.  He was there every second of every minute of every day--- all forty of them.  He was walking along beside Him giving Him strength, grace and every other thing He needed to make it through.

Wherever the Spirit of the Living God may lead you, remember this-- He may lead you, but He won't leave you.  He may lead you into some unpleasant places, out of your comfort zone, through the fire, through the wilderness, in the valley, in the middle of a storm, through darkness, but He won't abandon you.  He has promised to be with you... always!  Therefore, He will. 

So, don't fear to follow the Spirit of God.  He knows where He is leading you, and why.  He knows what that place holds.  He knows what you will go through.  He knows what you will experience.  He knows what you will encounter, but He has a plan for you.  He has a deliverance to give you, a fruit to produce in you, a grace to manifest through you, a light to cause to shine brightly through you, and a victory to see you walk in. 

Have a great day.  The Spirit will lead you, but He won't leave you when He leads you.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Don't Stop Short"

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatian 6:9

Yesterday we talked about settling-- settling for only some of what the Lord desires for us.  This morning I want to encourage you, basically along the same lines, not to stop short of what the Lord has for you. 


What would have happened if Jacob had stopped short instead of wrestling with the angel until he received the blessing?  What would have happened to blind Bartimaeus had he stopped short of crying out to the Lord because the crowds told him to be quiet?  What would have happened to the woman with the issue of blood had she stopped short because the crowd was just too dense to push through?


Sometimes we are on the verge of our healing, our breakthrough, our deliverance, seeing our need met, etc. but we stop short of receiving it because we get discouraged, we look at the circumstances surrounding us, or we listen to our feelings, emotions or other people and give up and throw in the towel. 


We can't give up if we are too receive.  We have to persevere.  What do you need?  Don't give up.  Don't stop short.  Don't stop short in pressing toward the mark for the prize.  Don't stop short in running the race that is set before you.  Don't stop short in laying aside every weight of sin that would beset you.  Don't stop short of allowing God's love to be shed abroad in your heart.  Don't stop short of entering into your promised land.  Don't stop short of touching His hem.  Don't stop short of being endued with power from on high.  Don't stop short of fulfilling the plan of God for your life. 


Stopping short is the same as quitting and giving up.  The Lord God has not called us to quit!  He has not called us to give up!  What He has done is given us the strength, the grace, the presence of His Holy Spirit, every good and perfect gift, His Word, His faith and His power to keep on going.  There is no reason for us to stop short of His plan for us.


Have a great day.  Don't stop short when it comes to receiving from the Lord.