Posts Tagged 'Christ'

Waking Up to God

Did you wake up this morning with a positive deep thought about something you were to do today already playing in your mind? Some of us are naturally gifted with this ability, but too often, I’m afraid that you wake up much like myself in moans, grunts and groans. Has anyone reading this discovered that getting out of bed is requiring more effort each day as we get older? We still need to figure out how to put a positive spin on everything, agreed?
I have an old friend with a flair for the positive, often wakes up with a dream fully played out in his mind. He writes them down for playback with his friends. He has shared them with me and although we don’t fully understand their meaning we laugh about the seemingly randomness of them.
You see, some of your most precious and vulnerable thoughts are the first ones in the morning. Our mind is engaged in a dream state at that point, a place that is somewhere between the possibilities of your spirit and your imagination. It is while in this condition we are the most pliable to deliberate thought. To those of us who truly desire to live right today, shouldn’t we give ourselves to God at this moment? I know our natural pattern of thought is to begin worrying about all the things we need to do today, especially if your money is running thin or you’ve procrastinated for far too long about something. So, if you have all this trouble already waiting outside your front door, wouldn’t it be the best for us to give all of today’s “stuff” to God first thing?
Our Jesus knew this. He knew Jesus always took this time of day to have some of his best talks with his Father. In Mark 1:35 it says, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Now, I don’t know how you do it, but my prayer language is a lot like what I’m saying with you. It should not be an act of religious ceremony, but more simply an act of gratitude to be blessed with the breath of life one more day. Amen? One more time, we get another chance to do something right today.
And when we wake up thinking about doing something positive, by all means, we need to go to God and get instructions. I’ve heard this action called being shaken awake.
In Matthew 6, our instructions say this about our day and all our troubles in it: 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

That’s right. Focus on your next step and the day He has given us and our future is promised to be simply amazing.
And just in case you did not start the day in prayer, let’s pray.

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The Bonding Power of Prayer

Ooh! The nerve of some people! Especially, the people I come in contact with everyday. They can be the most backstabbing and betraying people around me. “And why is that?” I asked myself. Then it dawned on me because they are closest to me. They know me. They have earned “the right” to openly criticize or make commentary about my daily walk. And, oh, does it hurt sometimes.

There was a time that “lashing out” in revenge was my natural reaction. No longer. I’ve learned to measure such accosting behavior with “The Golden Rule.” I now measure and weigh it with this question, “Do I do the same thing?” Nearly every time, the answer is yes.

So how do you make lemonade out of such personal attacks? Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 gives us the exact instructions and the reasons for them: “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Now, this isn’t how you should treat everyone, as much as it special instructions about those you work with, worship with and live with. Those closest to you. This instructions in love and praise so that you may know God’s will for you.

Now, stop writing that mean Facebook post about your least favorite person of the moment and pray for them, instead. It will dissolve the chip on your shoulder and free you. Forgiveness is like that. Keep it up today and you may just be an answer to someone’s prayers.

Destiny of a Victim

Do you feel that you are a victim? Did you grow up wanting to be one? My next question is, are you doing anything about it?
We still live in a country of free choices and free mobility. As a citizen of the United States you CAN move and you CAN change your pursuits with positive results. Funny thing about freedom, though, is that it will leave you alone wallowing in your self-pity if that is all that you want. It is a powerful thing, however, for those seeking opportunities and prosperity. They are the willing to make self sacrifices for the pursuit of their dreams.
But, freedom will also let you alone to just dream, too. Yes, I’m being redundant. Yesterday’s welfare babies are today’s welfare parents and they too, are simply dreaming of the house on the hill, but too often, they’d rather take the pill of sedentary indulgence.
Proverbs 28:19 says, Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Now, I’m not talking about the single moms who have lost the father of their children or of a family that experienced some form of tragedy. I’m talking about the willful ingrate on welfare because they have no hope of succeeding. They have accepted their fate as victims. Victims are people without hope and wear their misery as a sort of badge of honor. But the world sees them as losers; the trash that has settled to the bottom of society. And they get kicked often.
If you are such a victim, I have good news for you. Let me tell you that people who know Christ no longer fall prey to this world. I’m a Christ-follower. You can call me Christian, or a Bible thumper, but you cannot call me a victim. Christ has paid the price for my life and has assured me I will have it more abundantly if I follow Him. I’m following, and I am therefore, content in all things. I never settle for less. I find purpose in all things that I do and endure, including sickness, suffering and humiliating circumstances. Christ has my back. He’ll do that for you, too. But you need to be willing to follow. You see, He knew you before you were born. You were destined to be a Child of the King, not a victim of this world. The choice is yours and it is forever, your destiny.


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