May 29, 2017
- Mon May 29, 2017
I was watching the Golf Channel the other day and they were saying that professionals will hit up to a thousand practice balls almost daily. It is amazing to me the effort that one puts into something they really want. I recently bought a golf cart. I knew because of being in my retirement years I would have to come up with extra cash, either by working a few more hours and/or cut back on some of the other things that I enjoyed on a daily basis. To my surprise I found I achieved what was needed for my golf cart in a fraction of the time I anticipated, because of my desire.
There are several things we can draw from in the previous paragraph. First is desire which is driven by our feelings, or emotional want. Second is intellect, or thinking through the strategy of how our desires will be attained. Third is the will, or determination to get through the tough parts or the sacrifice that comes from attaining something of value.
I am reminded again that in my time with the Lord I’m not just hitting a number of practice balls (the will), or thinking through corrections to my swing (intellect), but looking at the intensity of emotion evidenced in God’s love for me. What He did and is doing for me, claiming the promises He has made me, claiming the identity He has given me; unless this is happening, the Christian life is not a blessing but turns into an effort. Think on God’s love and you will find a blessed and thankful life. There is power in the passion of God’s love for you.
Thank you Father, for the gift of intellect, of will and last but not least, the power of passion!
May 28, 2017
- Sun May 28, 2017
Being On Target
Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. Colossians 1:11
We are talking about becoming a man who is efficient, who is effective, whose aim is accurate, who multiplies power in his life, who frustrates the enemy, that doesn’t win the battle for appearances in life but actually wins the battles of life, where you actually get lethal for your cause. A sniper is effective because that describes him. He is efficient, he is effective, his aim is accurate, he multiplies power for his team, he frustrates the enemy and he’s lethal for his cause. Do you know what the world needs, it needs God’s men, who are efficient for God, effective for God, their aim and focus is on God, they multiply spiritual power inside of their life so what comes out of their lives frustrates the enemy and advances the cause of loving God and loving people.
Every God’s man wants to be on target but not every man understands the battle to stay on target. It’s the snipers focus - he calibrates, he selects targets, he eliminates opposition, and he reloads. He needs to reload for only one reason, the possibility of missing the target? Do I miss the target? Do you miss the target? Our calibration can be wrong, our targets may not be priority, our focus may be wrong. The biggest obstacle we have in the Christian life is to overcoming the target miss. Check your coordinates, get up, dust yourself off, glance at your past and gaze on your future. God keeps no account of your failures, but helps you look to the future.
Father, I’m sure glad it is you who is my Father.
May 27, 2017
- Sat May 27, 2017
Recognizing God’s Intentions
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
If half the battle is recognizing the motives and intentions of God toward you, His person, His plan, His promises, then half the battle is coming into an awareness of who He is, how He feels about you and how H e performs, how this works. Adam and Eve decided not to let God be God; they abandoned his goodness, his context, his motives, and his intentions toward them. We understand that there are no limits to the love He has for his children.
The perspectives of Adam and Eve changed because of a lie. Satan changed them from not only knowing good but also evil. We have to decide to let God be God versus allowing God to become less than God. If you look at Numbers 13 you will see that there was a group of guys who decided to allow God to become less than God, but there was one guy Caleb who filtered what he saw through his faith glasses versus his fear glasses and God stayed God. For the group that allowed God to become less than God, they exchanged their filter of faith in who God really was and they took on a filter of fear. What happens with your relationship with God when fear enters that relationship is your vision of God becomes blurred and obstacles, circumstances, and people become bigger than God’s person, power and His promises.
The biggest evil lie is that you have to be good enough for God. Don’t let Satan blur your vision. God loves us in spite of who we think we are. He has given us a new heart and a new mind that understands this love and shares it with others.
Father, thank you for pounding this into my thick skull.
May 26, 2017
- Fri May 26, 2017
We Change He Doesn’t
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill. Numbers 23:19
You have relationships and situations and obstacles and things that require the inside of you to match the outside, you need to transform. Growth requires change and change requires shifts in the way you think so that you can then have changes in the way you live, shifts in the way you believe things, so that you can get shifts in the ways you behave. Your behaviors reflect your beliefs. The shifts we make in our believing and living, we are hoping that it will create a positive effect, more health in our lives. There is a billion dollar industry that is trying to help us do that, there’s counselors, and self-help people, books and magazines and they are all trying to help us make these shifts so that we can get more health in our lives.
Question, who or what becomes your reference point to making the needed shift every guy needs to make and will be called to make in order to become more healthy, more mature, better husbands, better dads, what’s your reference point? There’s a plethora of reference points that you can turn to that will say, hey, let us help you change.
You want your reference point to be Christ so that you can get God’s best wisdom and God’s best results, we call those results blessings, and those are the results that we want. We want our reference point to be our creator made known in the person of Christ who reveals to his children the best way to live. That revelation comes from your choice to depend on His word and His Spirit that he has placed in you to guide you into all truth.
Father, thank you for not changing, and for causing change in me.
May 25, 3017
- Thu May 25, 2017
I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Here’s two questions I’m going to ask you, and don’t be afraid of being super transparent because your relationship with the Holy Spirit is like any relationship, it can be fresh or it can be stale, it can be new or it can be old, it can be robust on a certain day, it can be fragmented on a certain day, so here’s our two questions. How would you describe your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Close, near, regular, distant, not sure, no wrong answer. Second question, this get’s more to the practical. When is it hardest to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit? Take some time today to write down your answers.
Having a successful relationship with the Holy Spirit is the quest of every God’s man. If it is not our quest or our real desire to be partnered with Him, our journey is pretty much exhausting. We were never created to be self-sufficient, both the Old and New Testament is a testament to that. The biggest challenge in life is to get past the temptation of leaving a legacy of self. How many times do we have to come to this realization before we get on our knees and surrender? Until we get to this point, we are not ever going to experience the wonderful adventure of Spirit filled life. Yes it is an adventure, it can either be stress filled, filled with doubt and confusion, asking ourselves is this really a life I want to tell others about? Jesus said “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” “I have come that you may have life and that you have it abundantly.” He said he couldn’t wait to leave because we couldn’t have the Holy Spirit until He was gone. Are you walking alone or are you with the person that wants you to experience an abundant life filled with glory and grace, topped with seeing yourself forgiven and completely guilt free.
Father, this is the life the evil one keeps from us. We truly are what we think about.