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What Do You REALLY Want? Daily Inspiration, November 1, 2012

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” Psalm 27:4

What is your greatest desire? What is the one thing for which you strive; that occupies your thoughts day and night? Do you want a better job? Do you need more money? Constantly thinking of satisfying sensual urges?

I have another question: Are you a Believer? No, not a Belieber (fan of a young pop star), but a Christian (one who accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior)? As Christians, our one true desire should be what David expressed in Psalm 27:4 – to be with the Lord all the days of our lives. We should seek a relationship with God above all things. His precepts should be at the forefront of our thoughts, they should guide us throughout the day and comfort us at night.

Striving for material possessions will produce days of disappointment and despair. Striving for a relationship with the Lord will strenthen you, give you hope and equip you with the confidence to face each day – the light, happy ones AND the dark, sad ones. The reality of living in this world is we do need need jobs and money in order sustain our physical needs. The confusion of the world is that we need more money and better jobs to live a prosperous life.

The reality of seeking of God first is realizing He will provide for you just as “the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)… So do not worry , saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and his rightouesness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31).” The confusion of some Christians is believing that following Christ will lead to more money and prosperity based upon the world’s definition. Sadly, many shepherds lead flocks based upon these principles rather than biblical principles.

If you have food, shelter and health YOU ARE ALREADY PROSPEROUS. Desiring more is only an exercise in frustration that will ultimately lead to the disillusionment that God must not care, especially when you see others you deem as having far less “faith” than you living in a home or driving a car that you want. Those who desire mansions on Earth, fancy cars and money have their reward now and will spend their rest of their lives worrying, planning and working to keep those possessions. Those who seek the Lord receive thier reward later, but the reward lasts for eternity with no worry. What they have now is comfort, peace and the strength of the Lord to sustain them through all of life’s situations.

So, Christians, Believers, honestly ask yourselves, “What do I really want?” If being with the Lord is not at the top of your list, what is? Is it truly worth more than a relationship with God?

May the Lord be with you today and always.

Blessed Are All Who Wait For Him – Daily Inspiration, August 21, 2012

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30: 18

Having faith in God means trusting Him in all of life’s difficulties. When Judah turned to other nations for help against their enemies, God warned them that it would do no good. Only He could save them. The same is true for believers today. When troubles come, our first instinct is to look around to others or other sources for help. We check our bank balances, we solicit advice from our friends and professionals or we attempt to soldier through them alone leaning to our own understanding. As Christians, our first instinct should be prayer. Find a quiet spot and pray to God for direction. Man can provide a temporary solution. Only God provides permanent, ongoing solutions based upon His will for your life. Our vision is limited, God’s isn’t. What you may think will solve your problems, God knows it won’t. God doesn’t want to merely apply a bandage to our cuts and bruises; he wants to heal them. Trust Him today in your struggles.

God bless you today and always.

His Violence Comes Down On His Own Head – Daily Inspiration, August 9, 2012

“He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head. I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7:14-17

Those who live to cause trouble and create strife will find themselves always embroiled in trouble and strife. The trap they are so intent on setting for others will snare them in the process. The sad reality is oftentimes innocent people are also hurt. Instead of sowing seeds of discord, plant love, kindness, patience and compassion. Don’t do evil for evil, but pray to Lord for protection against those who mean us harm, whether through violent acts or deceit. God will execute final judgment. We can take comfort and assurance in that.

God bless you today and always.

I Love You, O Lord – Daily Inspiration, July 28, 2012

“I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18:1

During my darkest nights and brightest days,
I praise You, my heavenly Father.
I cannot hide from others my testimony
of the wondrous things You have done and
continue to do in my life.
When my spirit weakens, You deliver through
unknowing messengers Your Word which strengthens me;
responses to petitions presented to You in deepest secrecy.
I know You are the One True God, there are no other gods before you.
You are my Strength, my Protector and my Guide.
Glory to You forever.

Amen

What The Lord Places On Your Heart – Daily Inspiration, July 16, 2012

“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ‘ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22: 37 – 39

Each Christmas, I pass out Christmas cards and candy to my co-workers. It is my way of showing my appreciation for their camaraderie and to bring a smile to their faces. A few years back at a previous employer, the last thing I wanted to do was pass out cards and candy. There had been a falling out and I was no longer a part of one team in the department. I had been moved to a different team with a different job responsibility. My former team had a get-together and made a point of letting my new team and me know that we were not invited or welcomed to attend. It hurt; I had been a part of that team since I started with the company three years prior and had considered my former teammates friends. My new team held it’s own get-together a couple of weeks later. We did not make it private and invited everyone to come enjoy the treats we assembled on a table in the back area. The teammates declined the invitation.

So, when the holiday season approached and I was purchasing the cards and candy, I had no intention of including anyone on my former team. Why should I? They had moved on and so should I. But there was something deep inside that prevented me from evening the score. I purchased cards for each of them and bought German chocolates and candy canes. I placed cards and candy on each co-worker’s desk. My new teammates thanked me; one person from my old team sent a thank you email. As I passed by their desks later that day, I saw some of my former teammates had thrown their cards into the trash. I remember feeling like a fool to have even bothered.

At the end of the workday, I stayed behind to finish a project while everyone else filed out. A member of my old team stopped by my desk. He confided that he was going through an acrimonious divorce. His wife had moved out with their children. He hadn’t seen them in weeks. He said my card was the only kindness he had been shown in a long time and would probably be the only present he would receive this Christmas. He thanked me for thinking of him.

It was at that moment I realized I wasn’t foolish for extending myself to my former teammates. The one who needed it was reached. Don’t ignore what the Lord places on your heart. It may seem foolish in a worldly sense, but spiritually you may be planting seeds of faith, encouragement and love. Your intention may be for many, but God may only need to reach one. Allow Him to use you to accomplish His will.

May the Lord be with you today.

Rejoice! – Daily Inspiration, July 15, 2012

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4: 4-5

Paul was in prison when he wrote these words to the church in Philippi. Certainly, his outward circumstances were not pleasant, yet he didn’t allow his circumstances to steal his joy. Joy comes from within and is an emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good and satisfying, elation. Happiness is good fortune, pleasure and contentment. When we make the Lord our source of joy we can be grateful during times of misfortune. We may not be technically happy about our current lot in life, but this is only a season. Joy in the Lord is forever. So, rejoice today, in spite of your circumstances. Don’t let unpleasant situations alter your perspective. As Paul writes, “The Lord is near.”

God bless you today and always.

The Lord Will Guide You Through The Storm – Daily Inspiration, July 10, 2012

“‘Where is your faith?’ He asked His disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him.'” Luke 8:25

Today’s forecast calls for a 70% chance of storms. In fact, for the past couple of days, this area has been under periods of heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. In my prayers this morning, I asked the Lord to provide a safe passage for me through the storms, those that are physical and also the spiritual storms I will encounter during my lifetime. I prayed for the Lord to be my Guide as I navigate through the dark, foreboding clouds, sharp flashes of lightning and deep rumbles of thunder that were to greet me during my morning commute. I shouldn’t let the storm outside distract me; my attention needs to stay firmly on the road. Just as we shouldn’t let the storms brewing inside distract us from the path in front of us. Place your faith in the Lord today. He will protect and guide you through life’s most difficult moments, whether it is from the dangers of a physical storm or the weariness and dissatisfaction of a spiritual one.

God bless you today and always.

A Beautiful Outward Appearance, But What About the Heart?

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’. 1 Samuel 16:7

Who among us has not felt convicted by this verse at some time or another? For me, it is usually after averting my eyes from that homeless man or woman on the street. When shaking my head “no” from inside my car as they panhandle at traffic lights. Sometimes, it’s when I cross the street or take a different direction to keep from passing a person who just doesn’t look right. You see, I have been conned by people posing as homeless and physically threatened by mentally unstable people while walking to the parking garage from work. So, I’m leery but I do tend to go against instinct and let my guard down. I’ll still offer money and a blessing to the men and women holding signs on the street corners. I’ll push aside past experiences and walk by that person on the street.

When reading the verses leading to 1 Sm 16:7, you will discover the context in which the Lord spoke these words to Samuel. Samuel was sent to Jesse to appoint one his sons king. Samuel saw Eliab’s impressive appearance and thought surely he was the anointed one. Thankfully, the Lord guided Samuel. For it is from the lineage of David that Jesus was born.

Like many, I have no problem with guarding myself against individuals who appear unsavory. But how many times have I been pleased by the outward appearance only to be hurt when the true nature, or heart, shows through? Often, we see people for what we want them to be, not for who they actually are. God doesn’t have these limitations. He sees the heart and knows the person’s strengths, weaknesses and intentions. Before rejecting someone God has placed in your life, pray for discernment. Outwardly, he or she may not be what you expected, but his or her heart may be everything you need.