Archive | June 2017

Matthew 18: 21-22 ” Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘ Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘ I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ “

Jesus was explaining to Simon Peter that the number of times we need to forgive one another is just arbitrary.  It’s not about keeping a score card on that other person…for the act of forgiveness not about them at all.    Forgiveness stems from the unlimitless  capacity to forgive that Jesus first showed us while we were still sinners.  So as Christians, we are compelled to show each other the same kind of forgiveness…for forgiveness comes out of love for the Lord and each other.  The act of forgiveness is for our benefit, not others.  For if we allow unforgiveness to fester inside, blame escalates,   and with it,  growing bitterness, which leads only to spiritual blight.

II Thessalonians 1:11 ” With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

God’s mission is our mission.  But sometimes we need to reclaim and recommit to that calling we made so long ago.  Too many of us live in a world of comfortable Christianity.  We’ve found this niche of self contentment in our walk with the Lord…we’ve plateaued and become lukewarm in our passion and dedication.  So what can we do to rekindle the flame that once burned so bright for the lost?  We can begin to  live a missional life…one that is dedicated to spreading the Gospel to those God brings across our path…looking for opportunities to speak life into those lives that are lost.  Reclaim God’s mission in your life today and see what can happen.

Psalm 145:13 ” Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.”

David had seen earthly kingdoms rise and fall in his lifetime.  But this  Psalm of praise he wrote exalted God for His limitless Kingdom…continuing from the ancient past into the infinite future.  David was  celebrating God’s sovereignty…His reign over all things…and the eternal scope of His rule.  And we also praise You, God,  today for Your faithfulness… for kingdoms will rise and fall…but Your Heavenly Kingdom is without end.      Amen.

II John 6 ” And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.”

To walk in love means that the love of God has become so ingrained in you that it has become part of your personality.  I come from a long line of stoic German farmers who are not huggers, so when I became a Nurse,  I had to train myself to touch people…sometimes in very intimate ways, in potentially embarrassing procedures.  And over the years, showing compassion and God’s love through touch just became part of me.  We all need to determine to walk in love.  To respect rather than disregard…to forgive rather than condemn…to show mercy rather than harshness…to be kind rather than cruel.

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”

Make Yourself known to me, Lord.  Instruct me in Your ways… for only You are the source of all truth.  As it says in Job 34:32, ” Teach me what I can not see.”  For my hope and my life is in You.        Amen.

Mark 4:20 ” Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the Word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

Again we’re looking at the Parable of the Sower in this verse.  The seed has been sown on good, fertile soil and has not only sprung up readily, but is bearing fruit.  Our Christian walk is not a stagnant journey where we accept the Lord and never grow beyond the “Baby Christian” stage. We need a fruitful heart – a receptive, responsive heart willing to learn and grow.   For the Lord wants us to be ever enlarging…ever growing…ever increasing…ever becoming more like Him.

Mark 4:18-19 ” Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.”

In the Parable of the Sower, the seed (the Word of God) is sown among the thorns…obstructing its growth.  When as a Believer, we don’t see fruit in our lives, we need to be asking ourselves – “What’s distracting me from God’s plan and purpose in my life?”   The world’s frenzy is enough to distract us from what really matters, so we need to prioritize everything by these categories:  God first, family next, world last.   Distracted faith is as bad a luke-warm faith…it’s a unfruitful faith that God can’t use.