|Posted on November 3, 2016 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
How is it that one can muster the boldness to carry on after those who have influenced you most are no longer there? I am impressed by those who see when the mantle falls, yet do not hesistate to reach out to take hold of it.
The weight of the mantle that God gives must not be underestimated. We depend on our own strengths and abilities for the daily duties of life. But when we choose to follow Christ, we understand that "dependance" is not a dirty word. Yes, we appreciate independance as individuals and even as a nation, but a dependance on the sovereignty of the Savior of humanity helps us where we cannot help ourselves.
So I consider Joshua who in chapter one of his book was told to be of good courage. Moses, the former leader was gone, but the work was still to go forward. Also Elijah, who was raptured up to heaven, left a great example for Elisha. Both Joshua and Elisha could've packed up and went home. But the mantle rested upon them both in their generations.
This bears the question: Should we retire from the focus of being a good and faithful servant just because we no longer see the predecessors who showed us how to do what we now do? By no means! Today allow the Holy Spirit to deposit hope, purpose, and courage into the vacant pockets of your life so that you can carry the mantle. It takes audacity to do so. Critics may doubt, self might try and discourage you, but ultimately we say "Greater is He that is in you than He who is in the world."
Joshua 1 and 2 Kings 2
|Posted on May 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
1 Samuel 3:19 “Nothing fell to the ground”
The person that we read about in the beginning of 1 Samuel is an amazing man of God. The very book title contains his name and the main text of this blog identifies the closeness of his relationship with the God of Heaven. The LORD was with him, and the LORD did not let any of his words “Fall to the ground.” Earlier in chapter 2 verse 30 at the pronouncement of judgment against Eli the priest, the LORD told him that “He honors those who honor Him, but those who despise Him shall be lightly esteemed.” It is such an important thing to do to make certain that we as believers honor the LORD.
For those who have been called out of darkness and into light it ought to be our objective to hold the LORD in high esteem. Not that he needs anyone to watch His back, but in contemporary language we would say to those we care for, “I’ve got your back.” So it is with God, that He seeks those with whom He can partner and work with.
Now, if we partner with this chief officer of our souls then it shall be that He will instruct us in our daily lives. And when we open our mouths to speak in His name (out of obedience) then it shall be that the words we speak shall be as Samuels. They shall not be in vain, but they shall do that which the Lord desires to accomplish through us. We ought to be encouraged as we read about the mighty men and women of valor throughout scripture, knowing that if God used them, then surely in this generation He could use us. In relationship with the Father let us be confident in this, that He desires closeness so that we might know Him as Samuel knew Him.
And this is the confidence that we have in him; that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him (1 John 5:14-15).
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 2 & 3
|Posted on April 4, 2016 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
What's so significant about a tea bag?
I recently spoke to the church family at NEW HOPE AG about "REST." As you learn to rest in the Lord, you will grow in your relationship with Him. The concept of service unto our God is one that requires a continual process of learning. Resting requires an entrance, and thereafter the objective is to abide. There remains therefore a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). Unfortunately, there were and are those who choose to avoid the rest.
I invite you to ponder for a moment on the action of the "Tea Bag." Speculation has it that tea came into existence around 2737 B.C. by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung who noticed that a green leaf had blown into a bowl of boiling water. Today, the teabush grows in different parts of the world. Whenever tea is talked about, everyone knows that it requires patience to prepare the water to the right temperature, and thereafter put the tea bag in the water (some like it with milk too:roll:).
Drinking tea is not a thing you do in a hurry. If you are in a hurry, you never sit down for tea time. Some people who have not developed an appreciation for tea try to speed up the process by quickly adding sugar and pressing the spoon against the inside of the cup with the tea bag in the middle. The thought of tea is like the thought of entering the Father's rest. He sees our weary soul. The problem is just that we are moving like Flash from the comic books, missing some of the greater details of what God wants to do in our lives. So many of us work on the clock. We are paid by the hour. We rush to get the kids to school. We hurry to this appointment, and hurry to get a conversation over with, but it is quite necessary to develop a rhythm wherein we have time to reflect on the glory of our Master.
Main Text- Hebrews 4:9
Scripture Reading Hebrew 3 & 4