Be Content

Be Content

“Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 The Voice

It all starts at the heart. Everything grows and springs forth out of our heart.  Our words. Our motives. Our plans. Our intentions.

How can we learn to be content with what we have?

  • View material goods as given by God to be used wisely
  • Work hard to earn and save money
  • Give to the Lord’s work and those in need
  • Remember to be thankful and to enjoy what God gives

Lord, tend to my heart. Teach me how to be a good steward with every blessing that You give.  Help me to use all things with a kingdom mindset.

Matthew 25:14-30, Proverbs 6:6-11, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 19:17, 1 Timothy 6:17

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Fly

fly

“So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:19 NASB

Unbelief. Skepticism. Doubt. Distrust. Suspicion. These words all have a harsh edge to them.  They have an intellectual questioning, reasoning or arrogance that we know better.

Confidence. Full trust. Integrity. Strength. Honor.

These words are powerful.  It’s like a special additive that super-charges your engine. In order to operate in this state of mind, it’s an “all in” kind of thing.  There is no room for doubt and unbelief.

This is where God wants us.  He wants us to reside in full trust.  Full confidence.  In integrity and strength and honor.  We are the conduit, but He is the power.  He is the fuel that powers it all.  In order for Him to ignite the fuel, we have to be able to rest in Him.  Not wrestle and fight Him with our intellect and reasoning.  Not hanging onto things out of fear.

Fear is a weight that keeps us from being air born in our faith.  Picture a hot air balloon.  There are all kinds of weights to keep it on the ground prior to take off.  The weights have to be jettisoned in order to get the lift required to fly.  Similarly, we have to jettison fear in order to rise above the natural and the expected.  We have to jettison fear in order to embrace flight. We have to let go in order to grab hold of something new and different.

Remember.  God’s thoughts and ways are different than ours.  Be open to new and different! Get ready to fly!

Lord, help me trust Your wings and Your destination.

Hebrews 3:12-14, Hebrews 4:12-14, Hebrews 5:6-10, 14

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A Healthy Diet

healthy diet

”Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 1 Peter 2:1NIV

Malice: settled overgrown anger, retained until it inflames a man to design mischief; to do mischief or delight in any mischief that befalls another.

Deceit: flattery, falsehood and delusion which is a craftiness imposing upon another’s ignorance or weakness to his damage.

Hypocrisy: counterfeit piety; counterfeit friendship – those who give high complements that they do not believe, make promises which they never intend to perform or pretend friendship when mischief lies in their hearts.

Envy: grieving at the good and welfare of another, at their abilities, prosperity, fame, or successful labors.

Slander: detraction; speaking against another or defaming him.

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2NIV

Salvation: the word of God, rightly used, does not leave a man as it finds him, but improves and makes him better.

now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:3 NIV

Taste the Lord: grace is discovered by an experimental taste; there must be an immediate consumption of it. We cannot taste at a distance.

In order to taste grace we have to be united in Christ by faith.  Through faith we taste God’s goodness in all our provision, our circumstances, our spiritual concerns, our fears and temptations.  We do this by being in His Word and worshiping Him daily. When we “feed” on God’s Word we taste and experience His grace to the fullest.

Lord, help me to feed upon Your Word daily and put aside foolish things – malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. Help me to grow up in Your salvation.

Psalm 121:7-8

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Made Perfect

made perfect

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 NIV

Sometimes I feel awkward and unsure.  Fear can have a tendency to creep in. When things get intense, I can be fearful of making a mistake. It can trip me up. But God is always gentle with me. He always reminds me that He loves me. He doesn’t try to set me up. He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. All He asks is that I am willing. I have to have a heart that seeks His.

The enemy wants to derail me, but God knows my heart. He knows I have a loving heart. I have to stay true to that place. Use wisdom. Use discernment.  Use them both with confidence.

Father, thank you for Your encouragement. Thank you for reminding me of Your love. Thank you for making me perfect through Your Son Jesus. Thank you for showing me Your ways and using Your perfect love to chase away any lingering fear.

2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 5:9, Hebrews 11:40, Hebrews 12:23

Come Together

come together

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17 NIV

Sometimes I have to repent for fear and unbelief. Sometimes I repent for giving up. I have to ask for strength and boldness and courage and wisdom and revelation and discernment.  I want to see the gifts that come from standing together united in Christ. I actually have great anticipation about the unification of the body of Christ.

Father, prepare our hearts. Thank you for each and every step. Thank you for giving me the faith and hope to see it through in the spirit. I stand back and marvel at Your handiwork!

Romans 16:17-20, Psalm 51:17

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Check The Instruction Manual

check the instruction manual

“The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:20 NIV

The Bible is a great book of instruction and life examples.  It contains just about every storyline you can imagine: murder, intrigue, love, sibling rivalry and more. You name it. It has it.  Every story serves a purpose.  A real life purpose for today.

As I was reading in Revelation, I began to recognize pieces that relate to this moment in time. As John was talking about the seven churches, I realized they all had their issues.  And they all had characteristics that He loved. When I think of God, I think of perfection.  These churches were far from perfect!

These churches hold lessons for churches today. They are roadmaps for setting things in order for the return of Jesus Christ. They represent the struggles of the churches of today and the corrections that need to be made.

When Jesus died on the cross for us, we were not perfect. We were made perfect in Him. Churches need to be operating in His Spirit in order to function and perform the work that needs to be accomplished.

Lord, perfect our faith.

Revelation chapters 1-3

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Heart To Heart

heart to heart

“He has shown you, O mortal, 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.” Micah 6:8 NIV

Our God is all about relationship.  He wants to walk with us.  He’s always there for us but sometimes we prefer to walk by ourselves.  Have you ever taken a walk with someone and they always try to walk ahead or lag way behind?  It’s really hard to communicate if they are not walking WITH you.  In order to walk with God, He asks that out of love for Him we respect His ways.  His ways are good ways and they certainly save us a lot of heartache.  But most of all, if our heart is turned toward God, we will have intimacy with Him.

The deeper that intimacy grows, the more the desire to please Him grows.  The desires of His heart become the desires of our heart.

Father, I pray that my heart will be so surrendered to You so that Your ways become mine.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 2 Peter 1:5-8, Ephesians 4:32, James 4:6-10

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