What Are You Waiting For?

In Acts 7, Stephen gives a thumbnail version of part of the Old Testament, summarizing the journey of God's people through the desert from captivity to the Promised Land. The whole story is in the book of Exodus. At one point, this beloved yet whining and fearful people, after losing sight of Moses for 40 days, decided to make idols for themselves to worship...to give themselves purpose and security and focus.

Oh, how we are like these people: we have each been in captivity to drugs or alcohol or life controlling issues; we have been given promises from God in the Bible; we are on a journey from captivity to those promises of freedom and value and purpose--and eternal life in Christ. Yet how difficult it is (like with the Israelites) to OBEY GOD AND WAIT ON HIM! We become distracted and unfocused. We believe we have no purpose if we are not busy doing something. If we haven't felt a touch from the Lord, we wonder if He truly loves us - or we worry that we don't really know and love Him.

Why the doubt? Why the distraction? Why can't we just wait on the Lord? We know we need a "higher power" to give us hope - just like the Israelites knew that. And we need to take control of the situation.

So when the touch or the encouragement or the proof of God's position in our lives doesn't come instantly, we sometimes have a tendency to look to other things in our lives that will give us purpose or hope or at least distraction from the fact that God is making you wait. And we may go back to our old lives, old friends, or old situations. Back to our drug of choice or attitude of choice or distraction of choice. Just like the Israelites.

But if you would just OBEY GOD AND WAIT ON HIM, you would find FAITH. And then you would find that God would be pleased to reward that faithfulness with strength and purpose and power and focus. And hope. Hope of Promises fulfilled.

Never give up!

 

Temptation

"No Temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under" \ 1 Corinthians 10:13.

When temptation strikes, if we are listening, and if we are in Christ and cognizant of his presence, we will be able to find the way out that has been provided for us. I think motivation is key: do we want to join Christ to our sin, or join ourselves to Christ as he intended?

 

Mother's Day

 Mother's Day is fast approaching! The Bible says, "honor your father and mother," (Deut. 5:16). Mother's Day is set aside for us to honor our mothers. Whether we had great parents or not-so-great parents, we should honor them. Thank God for Mother's Day, a day when we can honor her right out loud. What are you going to do this year to honor your mom? Share one happy memory about your mom. What do you love about her?

Fruit of the Vine

 "I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God" | Mark 14:25.

These are words spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper. He promised He would not drink wine again until He could drink it in the kingdom of God. 

I can imagine lifting a goblet at the marriage table! I can imagine eating and drinking in the kingdom of Heaven at the wedding feast celebration! Oh, what a celebration that will be. A celebration of the Body of Christ--redeemed, delivered, healed, cleansed, and perfect--perfectly united with the Groom, the Son of God, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

And so I find no reason to drink alcohol BEFORE that! Can you join me in that commitment?

What Do You See?

 

How do you see yourself? How does Jesus see you? Sometimes how we see ourselves isn't how God sees us. Sometimes we think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but more likely we think of ourselves as less than adequate in some way because of our flaws, imperfections, inabilities, and limitations. If we can't see ourselves as God sees us we will REMAIN flawed, imperfect, unable, and limited--and we will stay stagnant and hopeless.

However, as a Christian, you can break free of that self-perception and learn to perceive Christ in you. THEN you can see yourself as God sees you: totally forgiven, deeply loved, and completely accepted! 

THEN you'll know the Truth! 

THEN you'll have Hope!

THEN you'll realize the Power of God in your life to GIVE YOU A NEW HEART!