Feb 192018
 

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On the night of Jesus’ arrest-

Peter denied Jesus – three times! 

In spite of his lack of loyalty-

Jesus extended an invitation of mercy to Peter and said:

“Come and dine!” 

There on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after His resurrection-

Jesus came to Peter and prepared a table of restoration. 

Can you imagine what was going through Peter’s mind?

Guilt and gladness, fear and fascination, wonder and worship-

– a kaleidoscope of emotions! 

He could not believe that-

– he was being invited to the table of the One he had deserted just days before. 

And not only was he being invited but restored!

The depth of Jesus’ covenant love is not exhausted when we sin.

There is forgiveness and restoration. 

Peter is off the scene!

You are on the scene!! 

Allow Him to transform your life.

And to use you for His glory from today on… 

Read this account of restoration in John 21:4-19.

Rejoice over God’s plan of restoration in your life. 

(PA)

Paralysis of analysis!

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Feb 142018
 

“…when the soles of the feet…shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above shall stand in one heap” (Joshua 3:13).

Do you know that faith requires action?

After 40 years-
– the children of Israel had been led out of the wilderness and then found themselves on the banks of a swollen Jordan River.

The Promised Land was just on the other side.

So close-
– yet so far away!

A huge obstacle separated them from the blessing God had promised.
Standing on the bank of the raging river, wringing their hands and praying would not solve their problem.

They had to act.

And it was not until, in faith-
– they stepped into the turbulent waters that the river stood on end and the people walked into the Promised Land on dry land.

So it is with our lives.
Obstacles separate us from God’s richest blessings.

To simply have faith that God will provide a way doesn’t always make a way.
To stand by until God makes a way obvious may cause us to delay His blessing.

It takes both faith and action to experience God’s best.

Don’t fall victim to “paralysis of analysis!”
In other words, go for it as God leads!

(PA)

Let’s take the leap of faith!

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Jan 292018
 

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

We’ve all heard the word “nesting.”
But have we ever taken a close look at true nesting in action?

When a mother eagle starts building her nest, she begins using items we wouldn’t at all expect for such a job-
– sharp thorns, broken branches, rocks.

Later, she places on top of it a layer of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for her eggs.

Her eggs eventually hatch and her little ones grow to flying age.
As with any creature, growing up is never an easy thing.

That’s precisely when mom begins “stirring up the nest.”
With her strong talons, she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface.

As more of the bedding gets plucked up-
– the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles.

Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the little eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode-
– and move on to bigger and better things like learning to fly
– and eventually making homes and families for themselves.

Some of us may have gotten a little too comfortable in our nests.
We’ve had all the warmth, comfort and free meals we could want but all good things come to better things, with the Lord!

It’s time we learned to fly!

Let’s not be bitter at the Lord-
– for plucking up our comfortable nests.

He wants us to be all that we can be!

He wants us to accomplish all the things He has for us-
– to reach our fullest potential
– to experience the amazing sensation of flying,
– even soaring, high above our problems and issues and whatever other distractions hold us back from growing up in Him.

Let’s take the leap of faith!
There’s so much work to be done!

(PA)

Casting your cares

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Jan 232018
 

God’s shoulders are wide enough to carry your burdens.

He is sovereign over the universe-

– so He is certainly capable of working out problems and meeting needs.

I want to give you an exercise that will help make casting your cares a practical act.

First-

Admit!

Write on a piece of paper the things that cause your anxiety.

Once you start writing, you may discover a list of items that cheat you out of peace.

Next-

Submit!!

Pray each issue into God’s care.

Recall Psalm 18:35 which promises that He upholds believers in His loving grasp.

Finally-

Transmit!!!

As you pray, visualize placing the situation into God’s omnipotent hands.

For example-

– you may imagine handing over to the Lord what you owe, while saying, “Father, I give You my financial anxiety. I know that You will show me how to get out of debt. You are more than sufficient to handle it, and I trust You to guide me.”

Some people may protest this suggestion.

Because pseudo-spiritual movements also use a method they refer to as “visualizing.”

Don’t let anyone steal what is rightfully yours.

God creates word pictures throughout the Bible.

This exercise merely creates a mental snapshot of the Lord doing exactly what He says He will do (Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:25-26).

When you have transferred all of your worries to God’s hands-

– wad up that paper in your fist, and then destroy it.

In this way, you symbolize the transaction that just took place.

Your cares are no longer yours.

Every one of them belongs to the Lord.

Walk away in perfect peace!

(PA)

Focus on His Faithfulness

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Jan 222018
 

Do you ride an emotional roller coaster of faith? Do you feel that sometimes God hides from you? Do you ever wrestle with a problem and never find the insight to explain it? Do you ever wonder why prayers may go unanswered year after year? You are not alone in having these feelings of abandonment by God. You are not alone in having those periods of doubt and frustrations. Look at the words of David in the following Psalms.

Psalm 10:1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

On the cross Jesus quotes Psalm 22:1

Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Again in Psalm 13 David cries out:

Psalm 13:1-3 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;

Can you relate to David? I sure can. As you read through the Psalms you see that David does continue to trust God and have faith in God. David realizes as I am sure all of you do, God never turns His face from us. God is always there. We are the ones that turn our backs and hearts from God. Psalm 16:11.

Do you know that God can and will help you beyond your faith and imagination? Eph 3:20.

If you cannot depend upon your faith, just depend upon His faithfulness.

Father, Forgive me when I doubt your presence. Forgive me when I feel so alone and so distant from you. I know you are always there, always patiently waiting for me. I know sometimes as your child you need to press and mold me into becoming all You want me to become. Help me to praise you for caring so much about me, that you take that time to mold me. You have made known to me the path of life; You fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. In Jesus name.

(PA)