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Running Away – Part 2

Genesis 16:9-10
Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”  The angel added, “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.”

I don’t know about you, but I hate getting instructions like that.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case in life.  The only way forward is to go back.

I have learned this the hard way on many occasions.  I love to go on road trips with my wife.  Most of the time it’s great fun.  However, there have been times when I have missed an exit or a road I needed to go down.

That’s when the “man pride” starts to kick in.  Do I keep going forward as if nothing’s wrong?  Do I humble myself, admit the problem, and turn around?  Sometimes it can be a hard decision.

Backtracking is never easy to do.  It requires you to acknowledge that you’re not perfect.  But, the fact is that not turning around can compound the problem.  If I hadn’t gone back to the right exit, who knows where I would have ended up.

In life, don’t be too proud to backtrack.  Sometimes you need to find the place where you last knew you were in God’s plan.  If you find yourself a little “lost” in life, take the time to go before the Lord and seek His wisdom to get you back on track.  Don’t be too afraid or proud to work on the areas He speaks to you about.  Do what is needed to bring restoration.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 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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Elim

Exodus 15:27
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

Every so often I find it, when I’m hiking.  That place where the view, the temperature, the shade, the water, everything lines up for that “perfect spot.”  I know that one is coming, just ahead, maybe around the next corner.  It is the search for those spots that keeps me hiking.

It is because of this that I can take the cold, the rain, the bugs, and other trail problems.  Just knowing that once in a while I’ll find an Elim on the path gives me hope.

Our journey through life should be no different.  I’d like every day to be an Elim type day, but I know that won’t happen.  As a matter of fact, it would probably make for a very boring life.  We know that we’re going to encounter problems.  But just when we need it, up comes a day that makes all the others worthwhile.

We must live in hope, the expectation that there are good days ahead.  The only guarantee of an Elim, however, is if we follow the trail mapped out for us by the Master.  His Word, the Guide for your life, brings you out to the best spots on the trail of life.

Meditate on His Word to you today.  Allow it to sink deep into your heart.  Only then will it guide your steps and take you to those perfect spots in Christ.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Best Path

Exodus 13:17-18
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.  The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

The best path is not always the shortest.  Sometimes, the road you take is as important as the destination.  As a matter of fact, if we wanted the quickest way between two points, we would have to fly like a bird!

We sometimes get frustrated with God because He doesn’t seem to be leading us to our destiny by the shortest route.  As Israel had to learn, the shortest way may prove disastrous.  God knew the road ahead and took them the way that would insure their survival.  We need to trust God’s plan for our lives as well.  It may be that the longer path is what’s needed for our ultimate victory.

Why are you taking the route you are on?  That is not only a question you need to ask on the road, but also in life.  What choices brought you to this place?  Where does this road ultimately lead you?  Is the destination worth the trip?

These are things to ponder in God’s presence as you free yourself of distractions.  One of your goals should be to see where you’ve come from and where you are headed.  That way you can make a course adjustment if necessary.

Spend time with the Lord today seeking His insight.  Let Him share His mind with you.  Remember, you might not be on the quickest path, but that doesn’t mean it is not the right one.  Take the time today to establish God’s path as the final authority for your journey through life.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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A View of the Promise

God has given you many precious promises.  Some are in the Scripture, while others are more personal – between God and you.  How real are they to you?

Deuteronomy 34:1-2
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho.  There the LORD showed him the whole land – from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea.

Sometimes, when you’re alone with God, He will take you for a mountaintop view of the promise.  Maybe it will deal with your calling, career, family, relationships, or some other area of your life.  At that point you will see clearly what He has in store for you, even if He doesn’t always show the path by which He will take you there.

It is always God’s will to share His plans with His people, the problem is, we are not always listening.  The Lord waits until He has our undivided attention so that He can speak to us clearly and without distraction.

He wants to show you a glimpse of His plan for you.  It will encourage you and strengthen you for the road ahead.  Always be ready for these moments of clarity.  Unfortunately, these times are few and far between in our lives.  Missing the chance that the Lord offers will hurt your progress, but responding to His call will affect the rest of your life.

Use your time wisely.  Spend quality time in His presence, listening for His voice.  Seek to know His will for your life.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Called Back to Egypt

Exodus 4:19-20
Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”  So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt.  And he took the staff of God in his hand.

Moses had been away from his adopted home in Egypt for a long while.  But in this time of his life, God was calling him to go back.  He had a mission from God – to set his people free.  Even so, it still required a wilderness journey.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to leave a comfortable place.  Many people have had to move for various reasons.  I have had to make a move a few times.  It’s not that tough to pack up and fill boxes.  But when the moving truck is all loaded and you are looking into an empty house or apartment – a subtle transformation occurs.

Suddenly, without warning, the place that you’ve called home for this part of your life is no longer yours.  Now you’re on the road and headed for a new destination.

We may be very content where our life is right now.  Then, when God calls us to a higher level, we can never be satisfied this way again.  Remember that we need to be a people who are packed and ready to go.  This world is not our home and the things of this world will never truly fulfill us.

When you go before the Lord today reiterate to Him your total commitment to following His path for your life – no matter where it leads.  Thank Him for your destiny in Him.  Then be open and listening for any course changes He may speak to you this day.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Walking With God

What is God’s greatest call on your life?  What does He want you to do more than anything else?

Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

This is probably one of the most important concepts for any Christian to understand.  It is God’s greatest desire for His people.  It’s for them to come into relationship with Him.  It’s not just about going to Him when we need help, but to simply spend time with Him – to walk with the Lord.

If you read the beginning of Genesis you will find that God walked regularly with Adam before the fall.  Great men of faith, like Enoch, Abraham, and Moses walked with God.  That’s His desire for us as well.

Walking with someone assumes certain things.  It means that you have agreed to go in the same direction.  You’re also going the same speed.  In order for this to happen in the spiritual, we need to spend time with the Lord to get to know His heart.  What direction is He going, and how quickly?

There is another key word in this verse – humbly.  I am not the one setting the pace for this walk.  I must yield my will to His.  It’s unfortunate that so much of our time in prayer is spent trying to get God to walk in our direction and at our speed.  No wonder there are so many frustrated Christians.  We must learn that it’s God’s plan that’s important.  I must pick up His plan if I want to succeed in this life.

Take the time today to humble yourself before God.  Lay your plans at His feet.  Let the Lord know that you’re willing to let Him set the pace for your life.  Then you can go forward in the security that your destination is the one that God has planned out for you.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Right Road

There is nothing worse than being lost.  Confusion, fear and depression can take over.  If you are not careful you can end up simply going in circles.

Life is the same way.  There are thousands of conflicting paths that all intersect at our feet each morning.  Without a guide we’re lost.  How can we make sense of it all?  Which path will bring us to the place we want to be?

Psalm 25:4-5
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

The Holy Spirit wants to lead us though the tangled network of choices that lay before us.  Only He knows the outcome of each path, whether taken or not.  He has the wisdom to bring us victoriously into the destiny God has prepared for each of us personally.

There is no better place to start hearing the voice of the Lord than in a quiet place of prayer each morning.  Here you can be free of the distractions that are constantly begging for your attention.  Use your time in the Lord’s presence to strengthen your relationship with Him.  I know that you will find that it is time well spent, as your path grows clearer before you.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Pressing On

Philippians 3:12-14
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

It is not always easy to press on.  Sometimes it is an effort just to put one foot in front of the other.  Hikers and joggers have learned to just keep moving forward.  There have been times when I was hiking that, because of injury or pain, I have felt like giving up.  It is in times like those that I had to keep telling myself, “As long as you keep taking each step, you will come to the end of the trail.”

It is the same thing in life.  It is usually not the big things that knock us down, but the continual monotony of our daily lives, day after day, week after week.  It is the constant grind that saps our strength and weakens our spirit.

In order to overcome, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  We know that if we keep to His course for our lives, we will come out with His result.  We will lay hold of the prize for which He has called us.

Don’t give up.  Go to the Lord today and ask for His strength for the road ahead.  Don’t live a day without allowing His renewing Spirit to work in your life.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Inner Strength

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Now that we are in the Spring season, my mind starts to think about hiking.  I love to get out and walk the Appalachian Trail.  In order to be ready, I have been either walking or riding my bike each morning.  I want to strengthen those lazy winter muscles.

Strength is a necessary part of the outdoors experience.  When my wife and I started to add children to our family we stopped hiking because of the limited time we had.  Since I have started back up again I have lost 30 pounds.  (Pounds that I had “found” up till that time!)

I can tell you by experience that out of shape people cannot enjoy hiking as fully as those used to the rigors of trail life.  I remember well the pain in my legs and back when I first started.  I had to stop every few feet while going uphill, just to breathe.  Thank God, I am starting to get in shape again!

More important than physical condition, however, is the shape of your inner being.  The spiritual trail you are on is far tougher than any wilderness trail.  God wants to strengthen you for that journey.

It is going to take quality time spent in the presence of the Lord.  That is why your time in the presence of the Lord is so beneficial.  It builds you up internally.  To do this you must free yourself from distractions so that you can concentrate on Christ.

Let Him strengthen you today.  Spend time before Him just drinking in His Spirit.  Take the time necessary so that your inner man is ready for the road ahead, no matter how rough the path.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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