Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fix Our Gaze

In light of my accident back in October, I sort of chuckled just a bit as I read the scripture “No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalms 91:10-12 NIV

Immediately the thought ran thru my head, "Lord, where were the angels when I kicked the curb and went flying to the ground?"  And immediately the Holy Spirit reminded me that they were right there: shielding me from a fall that could have ended worse than what it did.  As a habit, I tend to walk fast and with a lot of determination. When my left foot hit the curb, I literally went flying fast & hitting hard! But by the grace of God, I could have broke my neck, hit my head or smashed my front teeth. Although I didn't escape complete injury, I am very aware that The Lord was still with me and His angels did shield my fall. And let’s face it folks, sometimes situations in our lives just happen.

As I face surgery this morning, I am reminded & encouraged of the story in Deuteronomy 31 NIV, when Joshua was given the mantle to lead the people into the Promised Land.  The Israelites were facing an enormous army that could have annihilated them with no problem.  But they didn’t face this army alone.  Moses reminds the Israelites not once, by twice that “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” 

So when you face situations in your life and you think the Lord has abandoned or forgotten you, be encouraged and hold on to His promises.  And remember 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Be blessed my family & friends.  Praying you walk in the Lord’s total favor!
Love you all!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

About Our Father’s Business

For quite some time I have sought the Lord, asking Him to use me in ways that would glorify Him.  I asked that He open up doors of opportunity for me to reach the lost & hurting people; share His great salvation plan and restore hope to those who feel like they’ve reached the end of their road. 
And as I drove into work the other day, I was thinking about the different opportunities He has placed in front of me; especially this past year. Most of the time, I do my best to heed to the voice of the Holy Spirit; watching for open doors where I can share the love of Jesus and be a witness. Yet I also realize there have been times where I’ve completed missed His direction; ultimately grieving His Holy Spirit.

But think about Jesus for a moment.  He ministered to those around Him; wherever he went. At the age of twelve, He went with His parents to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover.  But when Joseph and Mary left, He stayed behind.  When they realized Jesus wasn’t with them, they hurried back and found Jesus sitting with the teachers of the temple.  The bible says all who heard Jesus was astonished at His understanding and answers. However, when His parents asked Him why He stayed behind, His response was, Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:49 NKJV

In Matthew 5:1-2 NKJV it says, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them.”   When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.  And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3 NKJV

Luke 8 NKJV tells us that He went through every city & village, preaching about the Kingdom of God.  But that’s not all He done.  As He walked from place to place, He ministered to those who were lost, blind and hurting spiritually.     

In Mark 5 we hear of how Jesus set a man free from an unclean spirit. And remember Jarius; the ruler of a synagogue who’s daughter was about to die?  He asked Jesus to come and lay hands on her so that she would be healed.  As Jesus was going to Jarius’ home, another woman who suffered from a blood disorder reached out just to touch His garment so that she would be healed.  Immediately Jesus stopped and asked, “Who touched My cloths?”  And when the woman came and fell down before Jesus, His response was full of compassion as He said to her,  “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

These are just a few examples of Jesus being used; wherever He was; at any given moment.

Plain & simple folks; Jesus didn’t miss an opportunity. 
And so I ask you, “Have you walked thru the open doors placed before you?  Look around.  There’s a mission field right where He has you.  It may not be the pulpit you’ve been waiting for; or an invitation out to evangelize before millions of people.  But it may very well be the pulpit God has placed before you at this time.  It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

It’s not about us and what we think.
It’s about being “about our Father’s business”.

Be blessed my family & friends.  I pray you walk in the Lord’s total favor!
Love you all,