Are we there yet?

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There will come that moment(s) when one must act on what they have heard. There can be no excuses or reasons why there is no follow-through. With the call made, God is looking for the proper response. Are we there yet?

Samuel, young and inexperienced, but dedicated to God as a gift from his mother Hannah (1 Samuel 1:20-28), and dedicated in heart by what he already knew (1 Samuel 2:18, 26), did not yet know what it truly was to hear the voice of God (1 Samuel 3:7).  After several attempts to gain his attention (1 Samuel 3:4-8), Eli instructed Samuel how to respond to the Lord when he hears his name called again (1 Samuel 3:9).

That moment was not long in coming when we read: “And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).

I must ask, are we there yet?  Are we at a place in our spiritual walk that when the Lord calls us to service, will we, or can we respond as Samuel did, saying, “Speak; for thy servant heareth”?

The word “hear” in the Bible is not merely to be done by the action of listening.  But, to hear in the Bible is to be followed by the act of obeying.  Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24).

Are we there yet?  Are we ready to not only listen to God’s Word from all these modern resources available to us – but are we ready also for the follow-through that demands our attention to act on what we have just heard?

Jesus, Himself, let us know, “He that is of God heareth God’s words…” (John 8:47).  And in another verse, James teaches us to “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

Churches may fill on Sundays, and many may gather around the religious programs and streaming services, but how much of what we hear are we applying to our lives?  To our homes?  To our growth?  To our walk with the Savior?

“Speak; for thy servant heareth.”  Whatever the words he would hear that day, Samuel was ready for the follow-through as well.  He was not going to be a reservoir, merely holding the word in reserve.  When he said, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” he was ready to act upon what he heard.

Are we there yet?  Do not be that one in the crowd that claims they want to hear from God and then does not do what He speaks.  Be that one, that when He speaks, our hearts, mind, and feet are ready to go into action.

Where will it lead?  Who knows?

Can we receive everything we hear?  It may be hard at times.

Are we prepared for the answers?  We may not understand them all.

Will we know every avenue we are asked to walk down?  Probably not, but walk, we must: “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

“Speak; for thy servant heareth.”  Are we there yet?

Father God, we pray not only for ears that will hear Your word and hearts to understand, but we also pray for feet that will follow, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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No Stale Salvation

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“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23

We have no stale salvation.  God’s mercies are renewed in our lives daily.  Daily we experience the freshness of His grace.

Every day, when our eyes open, they open for us to walk in the newness of this life Jesus gave us (Romans 6:4).

Every day when we rise, we rise with freedom as our anthem for the day (Galatians 5:1).

Every day when our mouths open, they should open in praise (Isaiah 25:1) because our hearts should never be exhausted in worshipping the One who has blessed us with this life and that more abundantly (John 10:10).

Do not become stagnant regarding the awesomeness of what God has done for you.  Do not become so used to this great grace in such a way that you brush it off, toss it aside, or treat it in a lackadaisical manner.  Do not become so comfortable with His goodness that you no longer appreciate with wonder the extraordinary gift you have received.

This is no stale salvation.  God’s mercies are renewed over us daily, and daily we should recognize with awe and wonder the miraculous transformation God has made in our lives.

Never stop appreciating where God brought you from.  As He refreshes your soul daily, daily He ought to receive our honor, our praise, our thankfulness, our gratitude, our adoration, and our everything for the awesomeness He has worked in our lives!

Our salvation is the greatest thing we could ever receive.  Daily we are blessed to walk in it.  Do not neglect the freshness of this great treasure.

For, God gives us no stale salvation.  Jesus is our “well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14), always flowing over us and through us daily.  In Christ, we are never without the freshness of His life in us.  In Him, we are always satisfied and never thirst.  Nor shall we ever hunger for the Father fills us daily with that bread of life (John 6:35).

This is no stale salvation, and we ought not to treat it as such.  Do not neglect this great salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3).  Take great care in appreciating the fullness of all God does for you daily.

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Carry the Light

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Help me to carry Your light with me throughout
this day. Let Your brilliance and the radiance of
all you are permeate my very being. In my daily
conversation, let all of who You are, which has
been poured into my life, be a witness with a holy
outflow.

Let my life speak for You. Not just in words, for
man hears much of that these days. But let the
steps I take throughout this day, be filled with the
very love, power, Spirit, and light You have shown
me – may I express it all with the fulness of heart
toward others in the paths I travel toward our
eternal destiny.

The best of me is the Christ in me, and I want to
let Him shine in my life.

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“Lean!”

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“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” John 13:23

Are you a disciple? Are you one of the beloved? Are you as he who sits in fellowship with his Lord?

Then, lean.

Are you savoring time with Him? Are you taking in the words He speaks? Are you resting in His presence?

Then, lean.

Are you struggling in the mire? Are you hanging on by a thread? Are you on the threshold of giving up?

Then, lean.

No matter what the story of our life is telling at this moment. Regardless of the path, be it good or wrought with turmoil. In all cases, and in every way, before we do anything else, we must lean.

Lean into His bosom. Lie close to His heart. Trust Him with your cares. From Him, never depart.

Our strength was never ours on our own. Everything within us was designed to lean. In success and failures, hills and valleys, lean with trust in the Savior who will never let you down.

He is your support, your confidence, and your stay. Jesus loves you.  Let Him hold you like only He can while you just lean.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

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Within

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Within, that’s where she
matters the most.
It’s not the hair
with a stylish boast.

It’s not the brows
arched to shape.
It’s not the makeup
upon her face.

She is who she is,
the woman within.
The woman found there
is where true beauty begins.

There in the places,
hidden from the sight of man,
there within, she is fitted
for God’s plan.

In the crevice of her being
there is a light that shines there
that has nothing to do
with outward beauty or hair.

Within, she is valued.
Within, she is gold.
Within, she holds treasures
of stories untold.

She is fashioned with purpose.
She is made with love.
She is uniquely created
by the Father above.

Not to be an image
of anyone else.
God designed her perfectly
to bring joy to Himself.

He knows her person
from the inside out.
The person within
is what her story’s about.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:13-17

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“Come to the Waters”

 

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters . . .” Isaiah 55:1

Come to the waters, the Lord beckons.  This world will tire you out and the pursuit of it will leave you drained.  Refreshment can only be found in Him.  As one traipsing through a desert of darkness that this world so often leads you through, His plentiful Spirit will satiate the aridness and will water your life where it was once dry.

Do you need that touch from Him?

Come!

Do you need that refreshing spring that flows from the everlasting Father?

Come!

Do you need the tenderness and hope that can only be found in the stream of His salvation?

Come!

Do you need to be rejuvenated into new birth in the waters of His spiritual deliverance?

Then, come!

Don’t lighten your pace.  Run with haste to the pool of His mercy and grace, and come.  Don’t let anyone stop you from dipping in.  Dive in with full surrender and with full abandon, and come.

A sip just won’t do.  We are thirsty for You, O God!  We have nothing to offer for the price You paid, yet, You say come.  We have no value on our own, but You speak, come anyway.  There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18), but You invite us to draw near to You and come.

Come to the waters.  Step into the abundant life He so offers (John 10:10).  Come and let your soul be spiritually satisfied.  Come and take the offer of His salvation for yourself.

Come, and don’t turn away.  Don’t give up this great treasure that can only be found in God.  Don’t let the delight of what the Lord Jesus Christ bought for you on that cross slip through your fingers.

“Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live . . .” (Isaiah 55:3, NKJV).  Live in Him.  Live in the peace He offers through the pouring out of His blood.  Live a life free from spiritual drought because you were once thirsty and you came and partook of His holy waters.

Yes, this world will dry you out, but He restores, He redeems, and He puts in right fellowship with Him every thirsty soul that comes to Him and drinks.  Jesus said, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14).

Therefore, come to the Water!

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“Help for the rise!”

There is such a thing as being swallowed up with too much sorrow (2 Corinthians 2:7). There is such a thing as sadness that seems to be too much for one to bear. There is a heaviness of heart that can weigh an individual down and under the pressure of it all – making it very hard to rise again.

So, how can we help? What can we do during the times of another’s sorrow that will show them that we care? How can we assist with the rise?

The answer is quite simple, but its simplicity can sometimes get lost in our attempt to overcomplicate what our idea of help is.

The plain and simple fact is we can simply love them. Love, like a healing balm, can cover so much of our inner being and what we feel and struggle with on the inside, and it is a gift that can touch one with a trueness of heart like nothing else can.

What you can do is show your personal, heartfelt love to such a one. Encourage them. Though their times may seem to be twisted in tendrils of travail, they have someone – they have you, who are willing to come by their side and show them love (2 Corinthians 2:8).

Although, in the two verses referenced above, the Apostle Paul is teaching about forgiving the sin of one who had done wrong, and the need to help restore them through love, I would say the principle of showing love and comfort to any who may feel overwhelmed by the battles they face, can be nicely applied as well.

The fact of the matter is, when someone is feeling down, they need a hand – or, should I say, a heart who will come alongside them to help them and just love on them. At one point or another in life, everybody needs somebody who will take us by the hand and help us rise from the heart.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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“My soul shall make her boast in the LORD!”

Boast, soul. Go ahead, and boast. Not in what this flesh has done. But, in what our God has done. Today is a testimony of His goodness in your life. Today says that He still wills to work in you. Therefore, boast, oh my soul, boast.

The greatness of our God is incomparable. He is lovely. And the wonder of Him is beautiful to hold in the heart.

Boast. Let His praises flow from not only your lips but from your heart, let the greatness of Him swell therein. Sing to the Lord within – carry the amazement of Him – for this is where your true boast begins.

Boast, oh my soul, boast in your God, for He alone is worthy.

“My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” Psalm 34:2

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The Reward of Remaining Righteous

If we were to look at this world with nothing but our natural eyes, what we see may make us wonder where is the fairness of it all? To some, it may seem the good boys don’t always win. To some, it may seem evil advances while those who work to do right get pushed down, ridiculed, made fun of, and overlooked.

But, the Bible reassures us time and again that what we see is not always the truth of the matter. Although what we see may upset and discourage us, we must maintain our course to live lives that are pleasing to our Lord. We must continue to remain faithful and righteous regardless.

Though we may not know the whole story. And although we may not see things favorably and begin to question “why?”, our comfort is in this one unchanging truth: God sees everything. God knows everything, and He knows how to carry things forward in the best possible way.

Isaiah encourages us, that regardless of what it may look like to us, God will faithfully reward:

     “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

     Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Isaiah 3:10-11

God knows how to perfectly balance what we see and feel against what is true. The psalmist wrote:

    “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

     For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

     They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

     Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

     Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

     They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

     They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

     Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

     And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

     Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

     Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

     For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

     If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

     When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

     Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” Psalm 73:3-17

What people saw and how they lived were far from the true ending of their story. God will faithfully reward both sides of the scale, good or bad: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” (Galatians 6:7).

Continue in obedience. Continue to remain faithful, and let God handle the outcome. Trust me, He can judge every heart and every circumstance far better than we ever could.

Put those in prayer who seem to be straying.  Lift those before the Lord who seem to be struggling.  After all, as Christians we want to see everyone possible make it to heaven even if we don’t agree with them right now (remember Job had to pray for the very friends that ridiculed him, Job 42:10).

Don’t get prideful in your own stance, for our righteousness is nothing we obtained on our own (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 3:9). We, too, need the Lord’s mercy and grace every day of our lives just like everyone else.

Just remain righteous. Keep His will before your eyes and your feet will walk the path He chooses.

Of course, our ultimate reward will be we get to dwell in heaven for all eternity with our Savior.  For this, there is no greater cause for remaining righteous.

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What Would It Have Been Like? – “In the Garden with God”

 

One of my favorite times of the day is waking up.  Not the actual waking up part (sometimes that’s a little hard 😉 ), but when I finally get up, I get to draw back the curtains and see the new day.  It’s untouched.  It’s filled with hope and promise.  Whatever happened yesterday is not here for this is today.  It’s that freshness that draws me in and gets my soul stirred for the possibilities ahead.

When we go on vacation one of the places we stay at is a condo in the mountains.  It’s so peaceful.  With coffee in hand in the morning, I head out onto the balcony and sit to admire the new day.  The only thing I hear is the birds singing their song.  The deer break twigs and rustle leaves when they walk.  Sometimes you see the groundhogs and other animals eating their meals for the day.  You get this sense about you that this is the way it was meant to be.

And it makes me wonder about a time when all days were meant to be like this.  When there was a time when all days started in innocence and nothing was yet corrupted.  When there was a time that man walked freely in the Garden with God.

I love gardens and I declare one day I will have a nice one.  I’m working on it.  We were meant to live the garden lifestyle.  We were designed to reign in innocence and peace.  The world we live in today contradicts the fellowship we were created to have with God.  We were to have an up-close relationship with Him.  After the fall the Bible tells us,  “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” (Gen. 3:8).

Let your mind go back, not to the sin, but to the experience of being with God in the garden.  Adam and Eve experienced God on a level that no other being will have the privilege to.  Surely this was not the first time God had paid them a visit in this fashion for they knew what it sounded like when they heard Him in the garden.  They had a realistic divine view of the Almighty here on earth.

What would it have been like to have the Sovereign of the universe, day by day to come and see about me?  What would it have been like to verbally hear the mouth that spoke things into existence speaking to me?  What would it have been like to hear Him moving among the garden with my own ears and to know it was the Lord?  What would it have been like?

There, thinking back before the Fall, fellowship with God was uninterrupted by evil.  There the beauty of all God is could be seen by those He created.  There, peace was the predominant feeling because the shaker of peace had not entered the scene.  There, God spoke directly to man unhindered by fleshly desires.  There, it’s hard to imagine, but life was nothing but good because the man knew nothing but God.

Imagine the best backyard barbeque.  We sit around laughing and enjoying the company of others.  Not that we are bringing the Sacred down to our level but in our finite understanding can we imagine in the garden, Adam and God chit-chatting about the day, about the animals, or about life in general?  Can we imagine the way Adam’s heart must have felt assured every time He heard the voice of God speak to him?  Can we imagine that when Eve was presented to her husband there was no fear, only love, because that’s all they ever received was love on the earth?  Can we really imagine?

It may be hard for our minds to fathom such an age of innocence and honesty.  It’s hard for us to see what this must have been like because now our view has been corrupted by sin.  But I imagine it was glorious.  It was nothing like we’ll ever know here on earth.  In that garden, during that time, beauty is all that was seen with our eyes and with our hearts.  God was all that was known.  Oh, imagine.

It’s hard to put into words when everyone was right before God.  It’s hard to describe from one’s soul a place of longing but never viewing.  It’s hard to capture the essence of what being with God was like there, and yet my heart still yearns to know what would it have been like?

What do you think it would have been like to see the world at its best?  What do think it would have been like to fellowship with God at your best?  Where we live in the mid-Atlantic region we are expected to have rain most of the day.  Even in this dreariest of settings, I’m looking at the trees swaying outside my window and imagining the beauty of that time.  I guess that’s what it would have been like, beautiful because everything was in harmony with God.  Beautiful represents their relationship with God and it represents the surroundings that God created for them.

One day we will experience that garden lifestyle again, that age of beautiful unbroken relationship with Him when we meet Him in our heavenly home.  And I can’t wait.

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