God didn’t sacrifice His Son on the cross to smirk and say “There! Your sins are paid for! Now you owe Me, you filthy sinner.” He sent His Son to show us His true, unconditional love for each and everyone of us. Yes, even you. We are guilty of sin, we are sinners and a price had to be paid – must be paid – for our wrong doing. But the beauty of the cross (I said beauty, ponder that for a moment) is that we no longer owe God for our sin, our sin […]
Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor. ~ Romans 9:21 O, how I long to be a vessel created for honor; I so desire that the LORD is glorified through me. So I set out to do His good works, not realizing that my flesh has tricked me and in reality I am attempting to do my own “good” works and pretending to do them in His name. You may ask, “Whats the difference – doing His good works or […]
God doesn’t need me to worship Him (though I’ll do it just the same), He has an entire universe that glorifies His name. Praise to the LORD from Creation Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created. He also established […]
In John 3:30 John the Baptist says of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (NKJV). John had a very specific role to play in furthering God’s Kingdom. We all do and God gives us skills and talents to fulfill that role. I was thinking about my skill/talent the other day and just how good I am at it. I was wondering what other people thought of me, if they were impressed by what I can do, and how I could be better. The truth was, I was quite self-absorbed in that moment. Then God quietly reminded me that my talent was not given to me to glorify myself […]
This morning as I stood in front of the kitchen sink I was nearly taken over by a woe-is-me, selfish attitude. Don’t they know how much I do for them? I am so under appreciated, I thought. Then in His goodness and grace He quietly reminded me that service was not beneath Him, The King, and service is certainly is not beneath me. Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, […]
I use to believe that my children needed to go to Children’s Church to receive the bulk of their christian education; that the Sunday school teacher had the primary role in this education and I was to reenforce that teacher. I had it backwards. Proverbs 22:6 tells us “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (NKJV). In Deuteronomy 6:7 we are told, “You shall teach (the greatest commandment) diligently to your children, and shall talk of (it) when you sit in […]
And he said to him, “Well done good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.” ~ Luke 19:17 (NKJV) This verse is from The Parable of the Minas and it teaches us much about responsibility. Many of us want something greater – a greater position at work, greater finances, bigger ministries. But let us remember that God gives us each something to be responsible for. That something may seem small or insignificant, but we must learn to be responsible with what we have been given before we can successfully […]
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10). In other words, quit being busy and focus on God. Take time to know who He is and seek His will in your life.
You spend most of your day serving your husband and your children. You probably are tired… no, exhausted… and you may even feel that the work you do is under-appreciated. Oh, what a humble role you fill. Yes, a humble role, one which requires you to continually put the needs of others before yourself. Do you feel neglected, demeaned, or forgotten? You are not. Please remember that “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). You are loved.