Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Honor of Rev. David Wilkerson

Today, as I have sadly pondered the passing of our dear friend and brother, Rev. David Wilkerson, I have concluded that there is no better way for me to honor him and his family than to simply share with you the link to his blog, in hopes that there you might find the sole reason for David's life here on earth.  One man, Jesus Christ.  At age nine David answered the call on his life to serve the Lord, and he did so all his years on this earth.

What made David Wilkerson put himself in the middle of dangerous drug addicts and killer gangs, a man who rolled up his sleeves and got his hands dirty helping the people of the nations?  What kept him going as he watched his family suffer in pain and lost some to cancer?  What made David Wilkerson such a great man?  The answer once again is Jesus Christ. 

David "emptied" himself of his own life and allowed Jesus Christ to live through him, leading him to the hurting and lost.  It was the love of Jesus that moved through David.  And though David is now on the other side of the veil, the love of Jesus remains here, waiting to heal more hurting and lost.  Is that you?  Will you let Jesus Christ love you?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It Begins With You

The following is an excerpt taken from the book "The Confident Woman", by Joyce Meyer.

"If you have made your mind up that you intend to enjoy the best life God has for you then you must realize that it begins with you.  You must believe what God's Word says about you more than you believe what others say or what your feelings or own mind says.  Maybe you had negative messages fed into you since you were a child.  It could have been a parent who had troubles themselves and took their frustrations out on you.  It could have been a teacher who delighted in belittling you in front of the rest of the class.  Perhaps your parents excessively compared you to another sibling giving you the impression that you were flawed.  You may have experienced one or more broken relationships and became convinced it was your fault.  But, whatever the reason for your self-doubt and negative attitude towards yourself, it has to change if you truly desire to enjoy God's best in your life. 

See yourself as God sees you, not the way the world sees you or even the way you see yourself.  Study God's Word and you will find out that you are precious, created in your mother's womb by God's own hand.  YOU ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT.  Even if your own parents told you they never really wanted you, I can assure you that God wanted you; otherwise you would not be here on earth.  YOU ARE VALUABLE, YOU HAVE WORTH, YOU ARE GIFTED, YOU ARE TALENTED, AND YOU HAVE A PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH.  God says that He has called you by your name and that you are His.  'Fear not for I have redeemed you [transformed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine' (Isaiah 43:1b).  'Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.  Fear not, for I am with you...' (Isaiah 43:4-5a). 

Take a minute and look into your heart.  What do you see there?  How do you feel about yourself?  If your answer does not agree with God's word, I want to encourage you to begin today renewing your mind about yourself.  God's Word is the best reference book that exists.  Not only must we ask God for things He has promised us but we must receive them.  John 16:24 says we are to ask and receive that our joy may be full.  If you feel unworthy you probably won't ask and even if you do you won't receive by faith.  The self-doubt you have will always stand between you and the best God has for you. 

IT IS YOUR DECISION.  DON'T LET FEELINGS RULE YOU ANYMORE.  Take a step of faith and start improving your quality of life today.  Believe that you make good decisions, that you are a valuable person with a great future and SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY!"

Sunday, April 17, 2011

HIS Yoke Is Easy, and HIS Burden Is Light

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."  Prov 3:5

I found myself talking with the Lord this morning and asking him about all the trials that have been coming our way.  Our family has been bombarded on all sides for months.  I told him that I wasn't complaining, that I just simply wanted to understand why.  Is there something I'm not getting, Lord?  Is there something that I am supposed to be doing different so these trials will subside?

Then I signed on to Facebook and happened to read a quote that one of my dear friends put on her page.  It simply said, "I lean not unto my own understanding but unto His knowledge!!!!  I suddenly realized that there was my pride again, sticking up it's ugly head, getting me to think that any of this has to do with me.  When am I going to really get a full understanding that everything is about Him!?  And with my spiriitual immaturity, here I am again, looking with my own natural eyes and understanding, instead of looking unto His knowledge.

When am I going to learn this lesson, that I must never look through my own understanding?  That the only way to understand anything clearly is to get it through His understanding and His knowledge?

Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."  If we get wisdom, we would then automatically know that we need His understanding, and we would recognize it much more quickly than when we were leaning on our own.  When we abolish our own understanding and get a hold of His, things become clear, consise, and shall I say, "understandable"? 

Thank you Lord, for leading me to the answer this morning.  Hearing your voice always brings life to my bones.

And thank you dear friend, for your Facebook post.  It was an answer directly to me today.  It is not a coincidence that your name is Hope.  ♥

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Self Confindence or God Confidence?

"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him,
Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him,
Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.  And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich." 
Luke 18:18-23

This rich young ruler obviously thought he had to "do" something to inherit eternal life.  He is no different than us.  If we get honest with ourselves and really examine our own hearts we will discover that we all tend to think that there is something we can or must do.  Something we can do to make ourselves worthy, something we can do to please God, something we can do to change the circumstances of our situation. 

It is really our pride that causes us to think this way.  After all, if there is nothing we can do of our own then we must be pretty small compared to God, right?  And remember, "pride goeth before a fall."  Prov 16:18

It has been this way since the beginning of time.  Before the fall of man In the garden of Eden, God supplied everything that Adam and Eve needed.  He only told them not to eat of the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil."  The serpent came along and placed the idea in their heads that if they ate of that tree they would be as gods.  What this really equates into is that they would no longer have need of the one true God, they would have knowledge for themselves and could then do for themselves.  Adam and Eve had too much self confidence and not enough God confidence. 

The children of Israel told Moses to go find out what God wanted them to do.  They said, "tell us, and we are well able to do it."  There's pride for you.  "We don't want to rely on God to do it, we will do it.  And not only that, we are well able to do it." 

I've been learning a lot about God's rest lately, about his ability versus my own "ability."  The bottom line is: I have no ability.  The only thing I have is what He, himself, gives me.  I am learning that there is nothing I can do to earn anything from him, nothing I can do to change my circumstances, nothing I can do to offer a sacrifice.  Jesus IS the sacrifice, once and for all.  I must learn to rest in him, knowing that he is able to do all that is good for me and to supply me with all that I need. 

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his."  Hebrews 4:9-10