Can You Hear Me Now?

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    It was years ago while talking to my husband I exclaimed, “words sure say a lot!”  He could only laugh at my stating the obvious.  Perhaps we would do well to carefully consider our words and how they affect others.  The Apostle James gives us some timely advice.  “Dear brothers, don’t ever forget that is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry, for anger doesn’t make us good as God demands that we must be.”  James 1:19, 20

    How many times have we wished we would control our words?  Proverbs 10:19 hits a home run on the subject when it says “Don’t talk so much.  You keep putting your foot in your mouth.  Be sensible and turn off the flow.”  Words that are angry, unkind, and said without thought for the feelings of others are too much the norm.  In the book of Proverbs we are again encouraged to move toward the goal God has for every believer.  “A good man thinks before he speaks.”  Prov 15:28   “…how wonderful it is to be able to say the right thing at the right time.”  Prov 15:23

    How do we become a person who daily speaks healing words of love?  One who uses words to build up instead of tear down.  The beautiful song In The Calm gives us a godly perspective.  “Let your Word speak to me.  Let your Spirit draw near.  I will obey the truth that I hear.  There’s a thirst in my soul for your wisdom divine.  I long for that peace and life that I find.  In the calm of your presence, I am listening Lord.  I am still, I am quiet, I am yours.”

    Come with me as we sit at Jesus’ feet and listen.  In the quiet of these moments Jesus teaches us His ways.  His love and compassion envelopes our whole being.  His gracious words, His unconditional acceptance leave us with a sense of holy power and grace.  In His presence we are able to rise above our stubborn humanity.  Jesus Christ, Son of God, is the teacher, God-Man.  He alone knows the stirrings within us.  Friends, do you truly long to put aside your angry and hurtful words?  As believers, each time we read God’s Word the pages flow with living springs, cleansing and renewing our hearts and minds.   Today, may others hear the kindness of Christ because you took the time to listen.

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Do You Believe?

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    Most of us would agree that this is no longer the God fearing country in which we once felt tremendous pride.  Something has fundamentally changed.  Friends, our beliefs have changed leaving us with a feeling of emptiness.  Philip Ralph shares this insight.  “Man and civilizations live by their beliefs and die when their beliefs pass into doubts.”  For many it is past the time of evaluating convictions.  Now is the time to begin living by our confidence and trust in God instead of uncertainty and indecision.  Listen to the words of Joshua 1:9 cheering us on.  “Yes, be bold and strong.  Banish fear and doubt!  For remember the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

   Today ask yourself, “what do I believe?”  Do you believe a Christian should live a pure and holy life?  Do you believe there is a will of God that is good, pleasing and perfect for you?  Do you believe that suffering is a part of life and should be faced with courage?  Do you believe our investments should not be made in this present world but rather in the eternal world?  Do you believe nothing is impossible with God?  Do you believe God loves you more than any human ever could?  Do you believe God knows your needs and desires and wants to be your best friend?  Do you believe your life is of immense value and that God wanted you to be born to fulfill a plan and purpose so unique and special it was appointed just for you?  Do you believe you are the world’s light?   Do you believe that through living in the power of the Holy Spirit others will be inspired to come to Christ?  Lastly, do you believe God is asking you to lay aside a self-indulgent lifestyle and live for Jesus?  We must be careful because God wants an honest response.  “Worship the Lord alone.  But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey.”  Joshua 24:15a

    May the church rise up in joyful unison to proclaim, “but as for me and my family we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b  Dear Christian, will you decide to believe God for all you once knew was true?  God bless you as you follow the Master.

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The Seeker

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Springtime; hues of yellow, red, and violet.
The earth is speaking so I am silent.
A God who whispers, “Are you listening?”
I would, you see, but life is sickening.
Come, show a way to escape from the mess
For everything’s yelling, “You are only a guess!”

Springtime, clouds relaxing, lying in their sunny lawn chairs.
Moon, stars all unchanging circle around me.
I can’t hear you. Are you the man in the moon?
Do you go on vacation and sleep past noon?

Springtime; grass growing, warm breezes embrace my frozen heart
Believing in the solitude of someday, deep waters run free.
Will it be in their reflection I see me
And God is there?

A Love That Will Not Let Me Go

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    “I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years… And in the midst of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. From those strong feet that followed, followed after.”   The Hound of Heaven  Yes, God is pursuing us throughout our lifetime.  Love compels Him.  Love is the driving force.  Never has he left us alone.   “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  You know when I sit or stand.  When far away you know my every thought.  You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest.  Every moment, you know where I am.  You know what I am going to say before I even say it.  This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe!  I can never be lost to your Spirit!  I can never get away from my God!”  Ps 139:1-7 “How precious it is Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly.  I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me.”  Ps 17,18 “Our way lies where God knows and love knows were.  We are in Love’s hand today.”  A. Swinburne  God displays an amazing, unending love.  It is a love that will not let me go. 

    “Love is more than a characteristic of God, it is His character.”  Anonymous  He is unable to be any other way.  When we do not feel His love then we should seek a greater understanding of God’s Word.  What does the scripture say about the security of God’s Word?  Ps 19:7-11 “What a God he is!  How perfect in every way!  All his promises prove true.  He is a shield for every one who hides behind him.”  Ps 18:3 “Show me the path where I should go, O Lord, point out the right road for me to walk.  Lead me, teach me, for you are the God who gives me salvation.  I have no hope except in you.”  Ps 25:4,5   I am so glad that His is a love that will not let me go.

    “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved- loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.”  Victor Hugo “There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.”  Anonymous  God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to personally prove how much the Father cares for us.  He chose you to be in a close relationship with Him.   “…Now you are my friends, proved by the fact that I have told you everything the Father told me.  You didn’t chose me !  I chose you.”  John 15:15,16 

    The love of Christ is real.  It can not be silenced.  Today will you accept His sacrifice on Mt. Calvary?  It was on the old rugged cross that He forgave every wrong we have ever done.  Guilt and shame became our past.  The future is secure and offers friendship with God.  I like what Henry Ward Beecher says illustrating the love of a real friend.  “It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults.  So to love a man (or woman) that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.”  This also describes the friendship of God.  The Living Word is a tremendous encouragement as well as a teacher that instructs us how to live day by day.  God in His love cares what we are and what we become.  I am so very glad that His is a love that will not let me go.

    “O love that wilt no let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer fuller be.”  George Matheson   Whether you know Christ personally as Savior or are still running from the Hound of Heaven I invite you to stand still and let God catch you.  You will never be the same, but a person changed forever by God’s amazing love.

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