I drive a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. It has 200,000 miles and I can’t get the first window to roll down. My air conditioner does work, but it only works when I turn it on full blast. When it rains, it leaks every where in the truck. Two days later, it smells like an old wet dog! But it runs like a dream. Now, I didn’t say it rides smooth, but it does get me from place to place.The best thing about my old truck is I don’t have a payment! It is not much, but it is mine. My wife and kids will drive it when they have to, but they try their best to avoid it. I am content with my beautiful old truck.
Philippians 4:11-12 says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well feed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Peter Lord said it like this, “Contentment is the ability to enjoy life regardless of the circumstances. It is choosing to be happy in every situation, embarrassing your current circumstances and blooming where you are planted. Contentment is not having everything you want, but wanting everything you have. If you are not happy with what you have, you will not be happy with what you get. The craving that discontentment creates can never be satisfied.”
Have you ever noticed that the grass on the other side of the fence always looks greener from a distance. But once you get over there, you begin to see all the weeds. Think about this, have you ever noticed that the grass is always greener over the septic tank? It is so easy to fall in the trap of always wanting some better or bigger! I know, I have traveled that road many times. I found myself always wanting more and never satisfied with what I have. Would I love to have a new big truck? To have a truck where the all the windows roll down and the air conditioner that works on low. Sure, I would be lying if I said I didn’t. But I have learned to appreciate my 2006 Colorado, because it gets me from place to place, and it is mine. Thank God for the little things that we take for granted today. Appreciate the people that God has place around you. We are so blessed! I hope you have a great Saturday! God bless.
Mark 4:35-41 says this, “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let’s us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked they wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the winds died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” I almost believe the rescue scared them more than the storm! After it was all said and done, can you see Jesus turning from the disciples, and head back to the stern of the boat and finishing out his nap? Just a thought.
Think about this, Jesus never warned the disciples about the coming storm! Their boat was on the verge of sinking and they were afraid they were about to die. They became overwhelmed with fear. I am sure they were doing everything they could to keep their boat afloat. They were overwhelmed, fearful, and at their wits end. Have you ever been there? I think we all can relate to this story in some way or another. We all face storms and they usually hit when we least expect them! Just as the wave crashed in on the disciples, our world crashes in on us. But our storms may not involve wind, rain, and waves, but they come in many different forms. How about losing someone you love? That storm will really rock your boat! When financial storms hit, they hit hard. How about the storm of bad health or long term sickness? How about the thunder and lightening of unemployment and family troubles? When our boat is filling up with water, what do we do? Who do we turn to?
When we are going through a storm, we are all guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves, and we feel like we are the only ones facing hard times. But in verse 36, Mark reminded us that they were not the only boat in that storm! There were also other boats with them. I am not sure what you are facing today, but I do know who can calm the storm. Call out to Jesus. Put your trust in Him today. Have a great weekend!
Romans 8:5-8 says this, “Those who lives according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live according with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” Take that piece of God’s Word and a cup of coffee this morning, and chew on it! Let that go deep and see what God is saying to you through His Word.
You see, Christ didn’t come to improve self but to replace it! It’s not a changed life, but an exchanged life that God desires for us. We stay so busy trying to discipline self. We can educate it, change its living conditions, and expose it to the highest kind of morality, but self is still deceitful and wicked. Self will do anything before it will die! It will pray, work in the Church, and even tithe. It will teach Bible Studies, sing a solo, and even preach. But still remains an enemy of God. As long as self and Christ remain in the same heart, there will be war.
We are no use to God until we die to self. We can not live completely to the Lord’s nature as long as we continue to live for self. There is but one cure…Death! Death is the only means of deliverance from the self-life. Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.” Jesus Christ alone offers this cure! Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” The cross is God’s answer to the problem of self. On that cross Christ died. But something else happened. We died with Him. Who is seated on the throne of your heart today? Self has to die daily. Pray over Galatians 2:20 today and ask the Lord what does this verse mean for your life. God bless.
Good morning! I started back trying to add more running into my workout! It has been painful and not fun at all. My feet hurt and my calves are on fire. How do people enjoy this? My niece runs marathons, my daughter absolutely loves to run, and a lot of my friends enjoy a good easy 5k race. Let me tell you this, there is nothing easy about running 3.1 miles. But I am determined to enter and complete a 5k race! Chris at Wild Side Running hooked me up with a new pair of shoes and it made all the difference in the world! He introduced a shoe to me for the “Older Athlete”. What was he trying to say? But I have noticed I have trimmed off about 7 pounds! One could call it pruning! Haha.
John 15:1-2 says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” All living things have to be maintained or they will automatically deteriorate and disintegrate. A relationship is a living thing whether or not it is with a person or God. God desires the best for me and will do everything he can in getting the best for me. My growth is more important to Him than my comfort. He loves me and wants to remove everything that is of no value. He wants to improve all that is good and make it better. He cares enough to work on me and in me! Lord, I thank you this morning for an personally, intimate relationship with you! You are my rock, my shield, and my high tower. Thank you for your patience and undying love. Thank you for seeing the best in me and caring enough to prune off the unnecessary in my life.
Sometimes, the things that hurt the most, does us the most good. You maybe walking through a painful season in life, but I want to encourage you to hang tough! God has a plan and a reason for it all. He is doing a great work in you and He is preparing you for something special. He is working everything out for your good. Trust Him this morning! 7 minute mile here I come! God bless.
The emphasis in the Bible is on knowing God, knowing Him so we can receive and return His love. There is a difference in knowing about a person and knowing a person. When we know about people we have to rely on what others say about them, and they could be wrong. The only way to get to know a person is to interact with them regularly. As we interact with them by conversation and the actions that come out of that, we get to know them for who and what they really are.
God is willing and wanting to make Himself known to us if we will just interact with Him in all the ways that He has provided. The main way that God has made Himself know is in Jesus Christ. God came and dwelt in a body like ours so we could see and know Him. Jesus is called THE WORD for He is the way God expressed Himself so we could come to know Him. “Peter Lord”
Heavenly Father, as I come to You on a daily basis in the Gospel of John, I ask that I will get to know Jesus Christ in such a way that I will come to a new level of trust, respect, and love for Him, and all that He did and is doing, so that I can live in such a way as to please You. John 4:24 says, “Jesus said, “those who worship God must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.” God bless your Tuesday!
Life is full of reasons to worry, especially in our world today! We go to bed worried that we won’t wake up and we wake up worried that we didn’t sleep. We worry about what we touch or who we come in contact with, will we get the Corona Virus? What will happen to us? How sick will I be, and the “what if” game begins. Wouldn’t you love to stop worrying? God offers us just that, a worry free life! Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Worry alters nothing! Worry changes nothing. When we worry, it betrays a fragile faith. We don’t intentionally doubt God, but when we worry, essentially we doubt God. So, how do we stop worrying? Paul gives us a two prong answer here in Philippians chapter 4. God has His part to do, but we play a part too. Our part is to pray and be thankful. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more, and He will bring peace and protection. A believer’s prayer ushers in God’s peace. A peace that will guard your heart and your mind in Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 5:7 tells us this, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” Worry is an option, not an assignment! God can lead you into a worry free life. But, be quick to pray and give thanks. Focus less on the problem ahead and more on the victories behind us. Remember how faithful God was to us in the past. As David would say, “God protected me from the lion and the bear, this uncircumcised Philistine does have a chance!” Don’t you love that? Let’s do our part, because we know God will do His! Pray and be thankful. Love you guys!
There are many things that upset me in this world and yes even things that make me angry. I hate to hear God name used in vain. I cannot stand to see a lot of the shows that come on T.V. and there are no good movies to watch at the theaters any more. But it breaks my heart to see the state of the family today. I come in contact with so many parents that are at wits end. Their children are going down the wrong path, and their marriage is in the rocks, and they don’t know what to do. Life is so busy and so many other things are more important. So we push our children to the side, and say we will work on our marriage later, and things become worse and worse. So many families are crying out for help and looking for answers. There is so much hurt and so much confusion. Families are breaking up and the devil is having a blast.
But there is hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ! The family is God’s first institution He ever created, even before He established the Church. It is something that God himself has created and ordained, and is very close to His heart. God has given us specific direction on how to have a great marriage, and how to raise godly children. But how well are we following His directions? Is marriage easy? No, marriage takes work, it takes commitment, and unconditional love. It’s about giving and sometimes overlooking your spouse’s short comings. When was the last time you said, “I was wrong, can you forgive me?” How long has it been since you took your spouse on a date? How long has it been since you wrote your spouse a love letter? Yes, I am talking about the mushy letters you wrote before you got married. Can you truly say that your spouse is your best friend? I pray that you can honestly say that about your husband or wife.
The greatest investment with the highest return is not found in blue chip stocks. It’s found by investing in your family. Make time with your children a priority. Pour into them love, encouragement, and godly values. Enjoy life with your spouse, do things together, and let them know how much they mean to you. You can never say I love you enough! Go on a bike ride together. Kick the ball around in the back yard and take some time to pray together. You know the old saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.”
God is call us to fight for the family. He is calling us as a body of believers to reach out to families in Jesus Christ. It’s time to get out of our comfort zone. It’s time to reach out to those who need encouragement. It’s time to drop selfish pride and begin to value what God values. I have never heard a dying man say, “I wish I would have spent more time at work or made more money.” I pray God’s blessings on you and your family. Live life with no regrets. To God be the glory.