Friday, October 30, 2009
You can give Him yourself. He wants you.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the father waited for the son’s return. He watched for his son, waiting hopefully. When the son returned, the father was overjoyed and joyfully welcomed the son back home.
God is always overjoyed when He has us. He rejoices when He has you. He just wants you. When the prodigal son returned, he didn’t have any money, or cloths, or anything of value. The father didn’t care; all he wanted was his son.
God doesn’t want your money or your stuff; He just wants you. You are His child, and He is longing to be with you. He doesn’t care if you don’t have anything else to give Him, or if you’re dirty; He just wants you.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
What is the opposite of love? The answer may surprise you: selfishness and self-seeking. Why?
This question along with many others will be answered in the new blog study True Love. In this study, we will answered the questions of What is love? Why should we love? How to love? by looking at Jesus’ life and His wonderful word.
I hope you can join us on this incredible journey.
This study will start on November 9th at Living Water devotional blog www.well-of-life.blogspot.com
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whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
-Psalms 32:1-2 & 37: 3-7
Friday, October 23, 2009
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that God is withholding blessings or is out to get us. I’m saying I think the mindset of ‘God Bless You’ is wrong.
First, we are treating God like a vending machine. “If we pray long and hard enough, if we read enough of the Bible, if we fast, then God owes me and I deserve to be blessed.” This isn’t true. We can’t control or manipulate God. He’s plans and His will is greater than we can understand.
Second, we want to be in control of our lives. We don’t let God tell us what to do. We want to approve God’s will in our lives. We’ll let God drive, as long as we navigate.
Do you often find yourself asking God to bless a project, but never asked Him if you should have started it?
We’re not His second in command. We’re His servants. We need to submit our lives to Him. Let Him write the story of your live. Then, you will truly see the blessings of God.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
One day, the pastor came to the home of the chief.
“Ever since we have followed Christ,” the chief told the pastor. “I feel a battle going on inside me. It’s like there are two wolfs fighting within me. The first, the white one, is the new truth of Christ. The other, the black one, is the old beliefs and our old wrong ways. They are fighting within me.”
“Which one wins?” the pastor asked. The chief smiled.
“The one I feed the most,” he answered.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
What do you do? How do you stay the course?
Keep doing what you know God has asked you do you. What was the last thing He said to you? What was the last order? Has He told you to stop doing it? If He hasn’t told you to stop, keep doing it!
Just like soldiers may have to march for miles or keep cooking day in day out, we need to be diligent in what God had asked us to do. He wouldn’t give us a new order until we finish the 1st. Why give us new missions if we didn’t finish the 1st ?
Sometimes we don’t understand why we need to do the same thing over and over again. We don’t need to know. He is in control, not us. He is the Author of our story, the director, and the painter. He knows the whole plan, the big picture. We are a small part in the greater plan. When He’s ready for us to change course, He’ll let us know. We need to be ready and prepared when He does.
Between battles, a lot of preparation happens. During the “dry and dull” times, prepare yourself so you can be ready when He needs you. You can jump to arms and fight whenever He calls.
He is the commander, we are mere soldiers. We are His servants. We have not our own masters: He is. We must submit our lives to Him: our bodies, our minds, our souls, who we are, are His. He owns us. Continue the path He has set before you.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So many times in the war against Satan, we love the thrill of serving, we love to see God’s hand move, watch the enemy beaten back, watch the Holy Spirit move in the lives of so many people. We love that. We long for that.
In any war, it is more than just battles. The soldiers are not always on the front lines. After each battle, they still need to tear down camp, clean their weapons, cook supper, march to wherever the next battle is, set up camp, etc. This is very boring, but still necessary. If a soldier doesn’t clean his weapon or cook for himself, his weapon wouldn’t be affective and he’ll be weak for the next battle.
It’s between the battles when everything seems boring and pointless. We can lose sight of the big picture, and we can get discouraged. That’s when the enemy tries to tear us down.
“If this is pointless, why are you doing it?” he says. He tries to make us lose hope, to give up, to quit. So many times we do give up. Nothing is happening. No battles, no victories, no trilling missions. It seems like God has forget us.
What do you do? How do you stay the course?