Monday, October 23, 2017

interacting with the Word of God

One of the reasons is it is so powerful is because when I was 20 I heard a message from John MacArthur using these verses.  That message and it’s truth have continued to ring in my heart and mind since that time, about 26 years ago.  God reminds me often that the Bible changes me.

Interacting with the Word of God gets me interacting with God.  The Bible is not only powerful, but it is illuminated.  Kind of like a powerful sign with bright colors or that blinks simply getting your attention, the Bible does that.  It gets our attention.

As you read these verses today I pray you will interact with God and His word.  May the truth sink in and transform you as it is me…

Psalms 19:7-14  ESV
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.  Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  Who can discern his errors?  Declare me innocent from hidden faults.  Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!  Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Friday, October 20, 2017

happy birthday, Julie

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.

Yes, I have found favor from God.  Not because of something I have done or from being so special.  God loved me as he does every human, and He sent his son to be my salvation and yours too if we will accept Him.

By I found favor and am blessed because God gave me an awesome wife.  Julie is an incredible lady in so many ways.

I first saw her in October of 1992 when I became the pastor of a small country church in south Georgia where her boyfriend’s grandparents attended.  A few months later Julie and her boyfriend parted ways, and his grandmother strongly encouraged me to ask Julie out.

Yep, I did that.  January of 1993 began with a couple dates, and within 6 weeks we were engaged.  Just 7 months later we were married.  3 kids, a bunch of houses, several jobs, lots of water under bridge and many more things have come and gone over the 24 years we have been together.

She is, Julie is a wonderful woman, and I take this opportunity out loud and before everyone to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Julie.

Proverbs 31:28-30  NLT
Her children stand and bless her.  Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”  Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

Please reach out to her Julie today, if you know her, and give her some birthday greetings as well.  Thank you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

start to pray

Psalm 42:8  NLT
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

Prayer is an important part of the life of Jesus followers, yet it is obvious that often people of faith use prayer as their last resort or only as a way of solving problems.  I believe prayer is to be a daily part of our lives.

Making a commitment to pray can make a different for the ones praying and the ones being prayed for.  You may have been challenged to pray as I have, but I have also been convicted when I said, “I will pray” yet have forgotten to pray and follow through with what I said I would do.  Good intentions don’t always cut it.

How will we make assure our commitment to pray is followed?  Like other things in the Christian’s life, prayer and praying are a choice.  It is not an after thought.  It is at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of all that we do.  The older I get the more I find myself praying, needing prayer and wanting to pray.

I issue each of us a challenge to pray.  Just pray.  Start now.  The people on your mind are there for a reason.  They might have been placed on your heart by God Himself.

I am not telling you who or what to pray for but be committed to pray.  Have you ever been comforted when someone tells you that they are praying for you?  Has the card in the mail, or the email, or the text message come to you at just the right time when you needed someone to pray for you?  I have been encouraged, and I bet you have been too.

Commit to pray.  Start now.  Just a minute or two of prayer is a great start.  Maybe an hour or more is more in line for you.  Just start.  It is a choice to commit to pray.

2 Thessalonians 1:11  NLT
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

NOTE: much of this post was shared 2 months ago.

interacting with the Word of God

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