Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Still...episode 1

In a world that has sooo many moving parts, so many people and so many requirements on our time, how can we simply be still?  

Be still?

It seems as if life will not allow it.  There is a constant bombardment on our senses to think, to plan, to worry, to do the opposite of  being still.  To be still means to halt movement or activity and just be.
We are not going forward nor are we going backwards.  That would put me and you in the perfect position to get knocked over and trampled to death by society.  Why go against the tide of life?
Because the LORD commanded us to.

One of the greatest examples of the power and greatness and supremacy of God can be found in Joshua chapter 10.  Looking at verses 12 & 13 Then said Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, "Sun stand thou stillnupon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon."  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.  Is it not written in the book of Jasper? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hosted not top go down about a whole day.

 During this time Joshua and the mighty men of Israel have been called to the aid of Gibeon, an ally of Israel.  In the ensuing battle Joshua spoke those words , in the preceeding verses, to the LORD.
God listened to Joshua and granted it.  Israel was victorious.  (Jaw dropping stuff is it not?)
In Psalm 46:10  we read "Be still, and know that I am God: i will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."  How timely are these words when we hear them?  Quite so.
Just as Joshua gained victory during the battle, so to can we have the victory over being constantly on the go and the weariness of life.  We are commanded to be still so God can refresh us.

How can a cellphone be recharged unless it can be put in a stationary place for a certain amount of time? It cannot.  Being still does not mean we are totally inactive, it just means we are being prepared to continue going forward with the right perspective.  The perspective of God.
Remember, Be still and know that I am God.

God bless.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Still...episode 2


I decided to name each part of the "Still" posts
as episodes.  Why?  Not sure but it is different. 
Enjoy this great reminder.
















God Bless

Still

Good morning everyone.  It has been some time since I posted an actual post and I do apologize.  Furthermore I would like to ask you all to forgive me for not replying to your posts more than I have.  My priorities have gotten mixed up. 


Just to give you an update I am currently working on a series of post titled, no not titled, but relating to the word still.  Come to think of it the word "still" has held a lofty spot within my blogs over the years.  There has to be a lesson there somewhere.  Getting back to my point. 
This past Sunday during our evening service this word kept playing in my mind and I made a note on the back of the bulletin to flesh out any ideas I may have.  Well, wouldn't you know I have three posts and two videos.  The posts are still (pun not intended) in the early stages.  Hopefully within the next week or so I shall have them ready for the public.


What caused me to reflect on the word was something my pastor said about us as children of God.  Despite our weaknesses, failures and sin, we are still God's children.
Isaiah 41:10 says Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Why would the Almighty do that?  Because He loves us.  Another verse in the same chapter God tells me "I have chosen thee and will not cast thee away." 
If God is making that promise, then you better believe I am trusting Him to keep it. 
Jesus his son, reconfirms this love covenant with us in John 10:29 My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.


Unlike myself and many people we all know, God is person of His word.  The holy scriptures bear that out.  Well, that is all for now and I need to get in some bible reading.  I cant say that being up a 0134 is my idea.  Definitely not.  So God must have called me aside to do some reading and praying. 
Have a good day and as always God bless.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Even I

Elijah's weariness was growing.  Not with the God he served, but in general.

I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD.  

Sometimes in this walk of faith we may feel as if we are alone.  But we are not.  Through our circumstances we fail to see clearly God and therefore do recognize His plan.
Today is the last day of our Independence Day weekend outreach. Weekend being from set-up Friday to tearing down Tuesday afternoon.  The 4th fell on a Tuesday this year.

What does God require of us as we go about doing the task He has called us to?
Faithfulness.
Plain and simple.

In what was obviously a high moment in the life of the man of God, Elijah looks outward and sees a people lost and confused and he alone defending the Most High God.  Even I, foolishly, see that 'aloneness' within the body of Christ.  Why?  The division.  The feuding over doctrine and interpretation of the inspired word of God.  Can a lost world be reached by those in whom the Truth has been intrusted?  No.
Elijah saw God's own children joining in with those who worshipped the Baal god.  Division,
doctrinal differences, confusion.
For the ONE TRUE GOD to be seen today we must not look outward and see the lack.  We must look inward and let His holy fire within us show the  need for Him and return to Him.  God is not slack concerning His promises.  God is also not lacking in servants.  He divinely tells Elijah, in 1st Kings 19 " I have reserved for me 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to the false god of Baal."

Even I can now see, that God has a faithful remnant of servants who serve Him alone.  In need not look at the 'lack of the body of Christ' because I have fallen into judging them. Yet, I must continue to do my accepted part and pray for others to do so as well.

God bless and have a great day.


My Watermelon Induced Rant

It is 0245 and I am eating watermelon.  Mind you, when I say rant, I do not mean a tantrum or a fit of rage.  It is quite the opposite.  But I will let you decide.


We all know that certain smells or sounds or even a place can trigger hidden, dormant or locked away events in a person's life.  As I sit here chowing down I am reminded of what is probably the first goal I set for myself.  "I want to help people."  My age at the time was about 10 or 11 years.  How I was going to accomplish this was vague.  Even vaguer was the profession by which I would be capable of doing so.  I had NO goals of being a doctor, lawyer, athlete or anything at that time. 


Fast forward several years and I am in high school.  My sophomore year another goal was set...to join the Few, the Proud, the Marines.  On Friday June 23, 1989 I graduated high school.   On Monday June 26, 1989 I was on my way to Marine Corps boot camp training in San Diego, California.  What a way to spend the summer.  California yes.  Getting yelled at by grown men in funny hats.  No.


Taking a break from eating I don't know if I should laugh or cry.  Looking back at it all from the days of my youth up until now, I have set very few goals in my life of things that I REALLY wanted to achieve.  Whether they be personal, professional or anything, I could count them on one hand.  Yes, you read that correctly. 


Another goal I had set myself as I got older was to go to bible school.  After a period in my life of wandering and being spiritually deficient and unsure of my salvation, I wanted to know more about the God of the bible my mother so enjoyed spending time with.  So in September of 2003, I enrolled in Maranatha Full Gospel Bible Institute.  Three plus years later I graduated.  To put it all together, I can say that from a young age God was leading me to a soul winner for the Kingdom of heaven.  Much like the Marines in which all who wear the uniform and no matter their job description as a cook, motor pool, administration, etc., they are all at the most basic level trained as infantry.  As with the church or body of Christ there are pastors, deacons, teachers, prophets, etc., but they are all at the most basic level evangelists.  We carry the gospel message of salvation.  The Good News.


What an amazing thing.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
The will of God is than no man or woman spend eternity apart from Him.  As a believer I and you are tasked with fulfilling this/His purpose.  
So can you tell me was that a rant or a kind reminder of the greatness of our God?
  

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Friday

You know it's Friday when you call a coworker, Alex, by the wrong name, Brandon, and we enjoy a good laugh.  That's the only time it's happened.

Hope your Friday was just as good.
God bless.

Friday, June 16, 2017