Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 336- Draw Near

Day 336, was an interesting day as I sat at the dining-room table with my 19-year-old son.  The topic of conversation was, “How can Jesus, be God?”  Is Jesus God and if Jesus is God why when he was on the cross did he cry out to God with the following words-

Matthew 27:46 (KJV)

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

To have my son ask such a strong question left me awe-struck.  I attempted to answer his question with the knowledge that I had at the time; however, the more I tried to answer him with reason and logic the more confused I made him.  Therefore, I stopped and explained to him that I also have asked this question and with prayer, instruction, and faith the question I had initially asked became answered.

I found through examining and understanding the correlation of the Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillments of the prophecies the easier the questions became to understand.

As a Christian, we should become very familiar with what the Bible shares with us pertaining to questions such as my son asked me and pertaining to Prophecy and Fulfillment of Prophecy.  The reason behind the understanding is so we as Christians do not become a stumbling block to others who may be seeking God.

For example the question my son asked me left me initially tongue-tied and uncertain of how to answer his question.  Then God shared with me that not so long ago I had read and studied the answers to this particular question and if whenever we seek answers we shall receive them.

So, why did the answer elude me at the time I need it the most?  The answer is very simple … I had not continued to utilize the tools God had provided for me and therefore, I struggled for a moment trying to recapture what God had showed me.

We as Christians have to stay near to God so that He stays near to us, especially when people are sent to us for answers.

The Bible reads-

James 4:8 (KJV)

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

We in accordance with God’s Word NEED to stay near to God, so we will not become double minded.  It is vitally important in the Christian daily walk, so when called upon we will have the answers asked to us pertaining to God, Jesus Christ, and Salvation.

When explaining to my son the reason for  Matthew 27:46,  when Jesus cried out to God, he was quoting a scripture in the Old Testament in order to fulfill the prophecy in Psalm 22:1-

Psalm 22:1 (KJV)

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”

The Bible is filled with internal consistency from Genesis through the completion of Revelation; however for one to see this one must read and study the Bible and seek an unveiling of our worldly eyes so that we can see from our spiritual eyes.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”- the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

Therefore, we may not know all the answers simply because we are seeking with our wrong eyes; however, if allow our Spirit to search for the answers we will not become awe-struck, or tongue-tied.  We will know what to say in the time we are to say it without becoming a stumbling block for another or causing doubt to take hold of a new believer.

Matthew 16:23 (NIV)

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Lord, I do not want to be cast aside due to human concerns, I want to have the mind and concerns of God; unveil my eyes Father so that I may walk along side of you and not be cast behind.

Amen

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 337- Door to Sin

Day 337, I sit and reflect on this past week happenings- The week was anything but ordinary and certainly a surprise.  I cannot say the surprise was a good surprise at the initial onset of the news; however, as I started to view the overall picture I am for certain God has some new plans for my life.

I wish I could say I knew/know what these plans are or that everything will be perfectly settling, but what I do know is all my faith and trust is in him.

My personal experience with God and abrupt life changes are usually always warranted.  I have known in my heart things needed to change and was not certain how “I” myself could bring these changes into action.  I struggled for the past two months wondering, questioning, praying, and worrying about how “I” could change my situation.  My first mistake was to think that “I” had the power or authority to change anything, especially other people in my immediate world.

Within, the last couple of months, I found myself in bed for six weeks, literally physically sick and weak.  Hm, an all too familiar cyclical pattern I have in my recent past found myself trapped.  Within these weeks of holding myself hostage to illness, I found I had some time to trace back when the torment had begun, when I opened the door to sin.

Yes, sin…

The sin I found staring back at me was (WORRY).  Yes (WORRY) …
Worry can disguise itself in many forms and manifest symptomatically (At least for me). 

Therefore, whenever God reveals sin in my life he also shows me how to overcome the specific sin.  The Bible reads-

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Do Not Worry

   -“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, reap, or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

    “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall 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 righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”-

These scriptures were exactly what I needed.  There is not a Doctor in the World that could have given me the medicine to heal what was wrong with my spiritual being.  Sure, they can prescribe antibiotics, pain medicine and even a strong antidepressant, but really what does masking the problem solve.

Absolutely, NOTHING!

I feel it is time for many of us Christians to face the REAL hard truths concerning many of our emotional issues- (You fill in the blank)…

If we seek to know where we may have opened the door to sin allowing satin a foothold in our life God will show us.  With the truth we will find freedom and healing; however, the sad side of this is most would rather continue to be dependent upon a prescription; a person etc… instead of cast our burdens upon God, where they belong and take the daily prescription of Faith.

Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Therefore, I will focus daily on my spiritual wellness and through prayer and petitions seek God to show me where I may be spiritually weak.  I will not worry about what I cannot change instead cast my concerns to the Lord.  For through trust, faith, and obedience to his word I will find spiritual healing and peace.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Amen-

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 338- Utilizing Gifts

Day 338, I was sitting at the table trying to write and I found myself looking into a void of nothingness.  I started to reflect on the reasons why this could be happening … in the past I have been able to open my tablet or computer and pull up a blank white sheet and see the words as I would began to write/type; however, not as of the last few weeks.

I nonchalantly verbalized my complaint not placing much thought into the words I spoke and the minute I uttered the words, a small young voice reflected back the following-

“Write about Jesus or something….”

These simple yet true words resounded from the voice of my eight-year-old son.

The simplicity of a child’s thoughts and the simple words from my child made me stop and think about what biblical scripture shares with us about innocence; moreover, the innocence of a child-

Matthew 21:16 (NIV, 2011)

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
 “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
  “From the lips of children and infants
   you, Lord, have called forth your praise”

Accountability set-in as I began to meditate on the words God spoke to me through my son…

“Write about Jesus or something.”

Were these simple words the reason I was not able to write? 

The Lord had called forth for me to praise him daily by writing about my daily life experiences and to share with others how the Lord helps me overcome adversity and trials through him.

Have I done this?

Have I utilized the gifts he had given me, or had I let them lay idle?

The answer is simple I had neglected the spiritual gift of writing the Lord had given me; therefore, when I attempted to write there was nothing (UNTIL) I turned back to him.

This is what he shared with me through my son and through his word-

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)

- “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”-

We are all given spiritual gifts all we simply have to do is ask to receive them and when we receive them we need to utilize the gifts in every area of our lives.  We cannot take for granted what God has given us for he is trusting us to share with others His words, His love and His story through the various spiritual gifts we are given.

Therefore, Lord please guide and discipline me in being faithful with all that you have blessed me.  Help me not to take for granted any of the spiritual gifts you had gave me.  Discipline my ways and straighten my path so that I will be able to be a light in the darkness in this World.

Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”