Our Greatest Need

IMG_0086You and I are attracted to the successful and the flashy, it is part of our human nature, see Genesis 3 to prove that point!  What we are not attracted to is the cost to achieve such status. We prefer the easy route as to the one that is marked with pain and suffering. Often, we ask God for the easy route because, well…it is easy. It is my experience that God seldom operates on my agenda.

King Solomon (1 Kings 3-4), achieved the status of being the wisest and richest famous person in the world. People from all over came to get his opinion. I think we are drawn to this story because of what Solomon received. However, what we tend to forget about Solomon is his prayer asking God for wisdom to conduct his life and kingship.

So, I need to stop and ask myself the question, if God were to give me the same opportunity that He did to Solomon, what would I ask for? Money? Fame?

It is also interesting to note that the blessings that came to Solomon came as a result of what he asked for. He did not ask for riches or fame although, in the plan of God that is what He received. Above all, he knew that in order to conduct the affairs of the nation that he would need the heart and mind of God. And that is what he asked the Lord for.

I don’t know where you are in your journey of faith, but allow me to share that.  I am learning, little by little is that the blessings of God come as a result of being in harmony with the heart of God. Very seldom does He acquiesce to what I think I need in the moment of prayer.  Here is my conclusion after walking with the Lord for more than 30 years; When I have as priority God above everybody and everything else after THEN God will bless me, according to His will and plan, and not according to mine. By the way, in case you are wondering I am not talking about a “health, wealth, prosperity gospel.” I’m talking about a genuine humility that places God first!

So here is the question of the day:

What am you asking God for? What is the greatest need confronting you today? It may not be what comes first to your ming.

The wonderful promise of Scripture is this: “Seek me and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

When Life Hurts

Life is full of lessons. How about that for an understatement!  “What are you talking about?” You may life-hurts1correctly ask.  When we least expect to learn something, we pass through an experience or a situation that leaves us wondering, “What in the world was that about?”  Been there? Recently, I was there, all the way!

We often say that God is in control, and we often say it to others as they are facing some adversity and difficulty.  But when the shoe is on our feet, we tend to ignore that same advice that we are so quick to hand out to others.  We read of the biblical character, Job, and sympathize with him in the midst of his trial. Job’s three “friends” attempted to solve his dilemma and figure out what exactly God was up to in his life. Continue reading “When Life Hurts”

Dedicated Passionately to the Church

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Sports “fans” are half-crazy. There are some who buy “jerseys” and “hats”, there are others that makes no difference whether your team wins or not. They, obviously, really do not have passion. Personally, I’ve been a fan of a team for a long time, since 1967, they have not won anything, but I keep watching their games and buying things that show I’m a fan.  I guess you could say I am passionate about that team!

There is a big difference between the person who only attends the church out of a sense of duty and the person who is really committed to it. The person who attends without getting involved has other reasons to be there, the person committed passionately to the church would really give his life for her. How, then, can we become passionately committed to the body of Christ?
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The Cost and Benefits

 

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It seems that for most things worth pursuing in life there is a cost before there is a benefit. For example, a medical doctor may earn a handsome living for his/her services but the cost beforehand was the price was that of attending medical school, enduring the stress of internship and building a reputation.

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My Reason for Being

 

I remember it like yesterday.  All that I knew about life was from a very distorted perspective of the true biblical Christianity. There was nothing about God who loved me so much that He sent Jesus on a rescue mission for me! I have never recovered from that undeniable truth! Have you?

Before I began this journey of faith began in August, 1977, I was oblivious to the truth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the penalty for my sins so that I could be restored to a right relationship with God. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!”

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Confronting Life’s Challenges

 

There are times in life when it seems that problems seek us out like the unannounced arrival of carbone monoxide gas, silently and deadly! No mattelifeschallengesr where we turn, there is a problem to confront! Be it relationally, vocationally, financially, or physically, problems confront us relentlessly!Continue reading “Confronting Life’s Challenges”

Passing The Torch

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Raising children is the toughest assignment that God has given to ordinary, common human beings like you and me!   Let me qualify that a little, raising children to honor God in our culture today is the toughest assignment that God has given us.  Yet, this is not something new.Continue reading “Passing The Torch”

The “In-Between” Time

The In BetweenOne of the hardest places to live is “in between.”  The term suggests uncertainty and I have yet to meet anyone who likes to live at that address!  We like to know when the next pay cheque is coming and who is writing it!  Most of us build our lives around routines that includes when we get up in the morning, it seems that we could drive to work with our eyes closed (not recommending that at all!) because we know the route so well and our jobs have pretty well-defined expectations and demands.

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Running to Win

No self-respecting athlete ever enters a competition just to say he was just there. I am not an Olympic athlete, not even close, but I know by the hours and years, the self-discipline of training, the restricting your diet to eat what will enable you to perform the best possible on the day of the race. One enters the race to win it.

It doesn’t matter what dirunning-and-lifting-1scipline you train for, be it a 100 meter sprint or the marathon, or something in between, the goal is to win the prize at the end of the day. The great tragedy is when a runner is eliminated by an error that was totally in his control to be able to change. Many Canadians will remember the year (1988) when Ben Johnson apparently won the Gold Medal in the 100 meter race. Tragically, it was discovered later that Ben was disqualified by something that was totally under his control to deny. No one forced him to take a drug stimulant to race faster, he had total freedom to take it or to say no to the temptation. The choice was his to make. Today, he lives with the consequences of his decision.

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Spiritual Amnesia

design-3One advantage of growing older, there are many but one that is particularly advantageous, is life history. Those who are of my generation and older are able to look back and see how we have survived and thrived in the midst of adversity and challenges. Continue reading “Spiritual Amnesia”