Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Where do I start?!"

I have been studying this particular epistle for several weeks now (The 3rd Epistle of John), and to be honest I started out of no deep theological debate, nor did I "feel led" to read and study, on the contrary the very reason I started reading and studying was for the simple fact that it is a short book, one of the shortest.  I should have known that as you read with purpose and intention of uncovering what God is conveying that any true desire to seek Him more, to seek His heart, He will reveal Himself more and more, infinitely more... needless to say, as I previously stated this has turned into a month long study, and one that I do not believe I am completely done with either, I know I am not done, this is only the beginning.

Why am I telling you all of this?  The answer is simple really, silly almost, we all know we need to start somewhere and "Where?" is usually the question, so the answer to that question is "ANYWHERE, just start."  So I am starting here with one of the shortest books with the intention of getting to know God more, join with me.  Take some time today and read this Epistle a few times, nothing especially different or difficult, just read it, then pray about it, and check back here and let's see what God reveals to us through it.  Blessings.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Are you blessed?

Can you call yourself blessed if you are rich? certainly, but are you still blessed if you are poor?  again the answer should be and the truth is "Yes!"  Can you feel cursed if you are poor (notice the key word "feel") Yes, yes you can "feel" like you are cursed if you are poor.  On the other hand can those that have money, (what the world considers rich) "feel" cursed as well?  Most assuredly!  So what is the difference between being considered blessed or cursed if it is not rooted and grounded on your finances? ( or any other gift given you; fame, good looks, fortune, etc.)  The simple answer is that we must know what the truth is about being truly blessed is.  Then out of knowing that truth we must apply what we know and hold fast to the truth despite, and in spite of what may try to convince us otherwise.

Let us pray for ears to hear and an open heart.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Who He is part 2

There is an absolute truth, and that is God declaring Who He is, He is God.  If He is who He says He is then everything that He says also speaks of truth (He can not lie).  Since that is TRUE, the absolute TRUTH, we can look at "Who He is" first, then after settling that in our hearts as only He can and will do, everything else that is revealed to us through His word (again, he can not lie) we hold fast to, knowing, believing, and living in Him, because of Him, because of Who He is.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who He is

A very hard truth, but true it is; Our life is not about what God will do for us, nor is it about what He has done for us, but rather our life is about "Who He is".  It is because of "Who He is" that all other blessings come about.  I once heard that "we need to stop focusing so much on the gifts and start focusing more on the gift giver."   I submit to you and others (including myself) its not that we don't focus enough on the gift giver, but rather we need to ONLY focus on Him, not just focus more.  I say that because He IS the gift, and cliché as it may sound He truly is the Gift that keeps on giving.

Let us pray for ears to hear and an open heart. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

What am I doing?

I have been pondering this question at great lengths, and yet have not come up with a definitive answer.  Now that may sound weird, but stick with me, there is a lot that I would like to do, that I would love to do, but again the question rears its ugly head as if I am arguing with myself; "What am I doing?!"  Any of you reading this feel the same?  If you do, this is what I am doing while I wait, and although the answer may sound too easy, to simple I know that it is right, and it is this...PRAY.  Diligently seek His face, His presence and await your answer.  Let us PRAY, consider what we are doing, what we want to do, what we are called to do, and until we are moved to do it, called to do it, or given other orders, let us PRAY. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just Because

I told my sons tonight that I loved them, "Just because"  I usually say it in passing, and now even in text messages, but tonight I also told them that I loved them "Just because".  They hadn't done anything special, in fact I would go so far as to say that they did nothing special today.  I am not saying that that is a bad thing, it could be, and yet I made it a point to say I loved them simply because I can.  As their father I am able and willing to speak into their life my love towards them...Maybe you didn't have a mother or father that said " I love you...just because" but know this God our Father DOES say this, He does tell you, and he went above and beyond by showing you and I as well, just because He could.  He did, He does, and He will continue to do so.  The question is are listening, moreover do you believe me? do you believe Him? believe His word?  I pray that you do.  He loves you, and He is telling you now, " Just because".

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A New Start...

A question that has plagued my mind, and possibly yours is "How do I create a new start?"  The short of it is...We CAN'T, but don't be discouraged! God can and does create a new start for us every time we come to Him.  I do believe that repenting can be a part of it, but I also believe that ANY time we come to Him, with praise, prayer, etc, we are in fact connecting with "A New Start..." once we go back to the world.  So many times I've written out diet plans, budgets, reading and studying times with the hopes of "starting new" only to find them falling by the wayside-like so many New Year resolutions, sad but true.  And yet every time, every time I go to God in prayer I leave "new, renewed, and feeling new"  this includes times when I have cried my eyes out searching for answers, those times when it feels like my prayers are hitting the ceiling, you name it, but every time, every single time that I get up from prayer I am for lack of better words, "new"  I have connected, or reconnected with God my Father, my creator and sustainer.   If you desire a new start, might I strongly recommend you going to the only one who can and will give it to you.  A final thought, if you are like me (again) then you wonder too "What do I do after I have gone to Him?", "What I am supposed to do after I have this life changing rearranging new start?"  That's the easiest answer ever...Whatever you know you are supposed to do.  Vaguely specific.  It will be different for everyone, and yet the same for everyone.  Should you clean? call a friend?  talk to your spouse? write down what's on your mind? what you prayed about?  Yes to anything and everything that you believe you should.  Prayer will put power and perspective back in your life.  So you want a new start, you know where to start, you know whom to go to, go.  Blessings.