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Attitudes

Jonah 4:3-5
“Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city.  There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

If you haven’t noticed – sometimes our attitudes stink.  There are times when we are mad at God, just like Jonah.  He was upset because God was not going to destroy the city of Nineveh.

I have found the same things to be true in my experience.  God doesn’t always carry out my plans the way I want Him to.  He seems to never even consider my timetable.

Jonah found out how devastating it is when we desire God to do something that’s not in His will for our lives.  Jonah’s response was to run away to a lonely hillside.  Once there, he erected a shelter and waited.  In spite of his attitude, God met with him there.  Although the Lord didn’t say what Jonah wanted to hear, He was able to redirect some of Jonah’s thinking.

Maybe you have an attitude toward God about some things that have (or haven’t) happened in your life.  These could be bad news, life altering events or unfulfilled dreams.  Whatever they consist of, take them to the Lord.

Use your time in His presence to really wait before Him for an answer.  Spend some quality time before the Lord.  Let God redirect and refocus your life.  Only then can you overcome the problems of the past and make a fresh start.

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Running Away – Part 3

Genesis 16:13-14
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her:  “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”  That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

We serve a God of many names.  It is beyond the capability of human speech to adequately describe Him in one simple name.  Each time someone met the God of Heaven and earth, they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to refer to Him by a new name.

He was called Jehovah Rapha, “God my Healer;” El Elyon, “God Most High;” and Addonai, “God Almighty”, just to name a few.  Here Hagar has just come face to face with a new revelation of her Creator.  She knows Him as “The God Who sees me.”

What an awesome thought.  This is the God who created the universe, the One who upholds all things by His mighty power, the King of kings that sits enthroned above the earth.  Yet in spite of all His glory, He sees me.

Think of it.  God does not only see us, He sees me – personally.  He knows my joys, hurts, frustrations, victories, and needs.  The Lord knows me more intimately than I know myself.

As you go before Him today, acknowledge Him as the One who sees everything about you.  This will allow you to rest in His holy presence, knowing that He cares about everything that concerns you.  Bask in the assurance of His love for you.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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My Distress

Psalm 120:1
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.

We can clearly see from this Scripture what David’s natural response to distress was.  “I call on the Lord.”  It is a simple statement of fact.

I think back to when I first started hiking.  Out of shape and 50 pounds overweight, I was in distress most of the time.  Some hikes were one long prayer for my deliverance!

We need to ask ourselves – “What do I do when I find myself in distress?”  Do we first try to do everything we can think of to help ourselves?  Do we ignore the problem and hope it will go away?  Do we only run to God after everything else has failed?

We need to learn from David’s example.  Our first choice in time of distress should be to call upon the name of the Lord.  He is the Rock of safety that is always close at hand.  He alone is always available to meet our needs.

It is only in Christ that we are assured to come out victoriously on the other side.  Let the Lord handle your problems.  You will find that you spend less time worrying.  Trust Him, it will make all the difference in the outcome of the problem.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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No Turning Back – Part 3

Genesis 12:7-8
The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.”  So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east.  There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

In all his traveling through the wilderness, Abram kept his focus upon the true purpose of life; to be a worshipper of God.  This is the highest calling we could attain to.

Just thinking about the miles that he traveled is daunting.  I Don’t say that because of the great distance he traveled.  There are many long-distance hikers who do an incredible amount of miles each year.  Following the trail is the easy part.

Here we have a man who left all to follow God on a trail that he didn’t know where it ended.  When he got there – he was a stranger.  Yet the first task he set for himself was to build an altar and worship God.

Where has the path of your life taken you?  What kind of place do you find yourself at right now?  No matter what your answers to those questions might be, follow the example of Abram.

Make this place your altar.  Take some time right now to worship God.  Without asking for anything, simply exalt Him for who He is and where He has brought you to – even if it is not the best of situations.  Let the Lord know that He is the central focus of your life.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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No Turning Back – Part 2

Genesis 12:4-6
So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.  Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.  He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem.  At that time the Canaanites were in the land.

The story of Abram’s life always amazes me.  The Word of God was not in written form yet, so he had no Bible.  He had nothing written, upon which to base his trust of God.  Yet, with open arms, he received the promise of God as the path for his life.

Not only was he convinced of the Lord’s faithfulness himself, but it spilled over.  A whole host of others were willing to put their future into the hands of his God based solely upon Abram’s word.  Two whole households moved to a new country in response to the call of God.

Is your faith that evident?  Are there people that have trusted God based upon your word and the testimony of your life?  We need to walk in the things we believe.  Our faith needs to be seen and felt by those around us.

We have the written Word of God.  We have thousands of years of history to view the faithfulness of God.  How can we ever doubt Him?

If you have never made a decision to set the Word of God as the path for your life, today is the day for you.  Spend time, today, placing your destiny firmly in the hands of the Lord.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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No Turning Back – Part 1

Genesis 12:1-3
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

I sometimes wonder what might have been running through Abram’s mind as he was listening to the Lord?  These are some incredible promises that he was given.  God says that He will make Abram’s family into a great nation.  He also promises to make Abram famous and to bestow a blessing upon whoever helps him.

But the toughest part, at least for me, would be to step out based on this simple statement.  Our first reaction today is: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.”

We need to be more like Abram.  We must stop assigning God the role of the Madison Avenue hustler, whose only goal is to get your money into his pocket by selling you something you don’t need.

God knows and wants only the best for our lives.  His Word contains everything we need for an abundant life.  All we need to do is to accept it as true.  If we embrace God’s Word as truth, then we will not be afraid to step out on it.

Spend some time today meditating upon the truth of God’s Word to you.  Maybe there are some things you have never obeyed because of fear.  Use this day to settle the matter before God.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Glory of the Dawn

Job 38:12-15
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?  The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.  The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.”

Sunrise is a very special time of day.  It is then that the dark, gray, formless world suddenly bursts with color, shape, and sound.  I consider it a privilege to be able to wake up with the dawn.  Just to see the blazing colors of the rising sun, to smell the earthy fragrance of the fresh morning dew, and to hear the chatter of the forest creatures as they begin their work in the new day is an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else.

This should humble us as human beings.  Just to think that this ritual of nature has been repeating itself since creation, and yet we have absolutely no control over it.  The rising and the setting of the sun was set by God ages ago and is far outside the realm of our power and authority.

Don’t miss the opportunity to thank God for this new day. Each one is a blessing from Him.  It is a gift from His hand, and we never know what it will bring until we walk it out.  Start each new day with adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to the Lord.  In that way you will have established it on a firm foundation.  What you do at this critical time will set the direction and atmosphere for the rest of your day.  Make good use of each one.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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