Saturday, February 20, 2016

Plans

Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place. God made everything with a place and purpose... Proverbs 16:3-4 MSG

I needed this passage today. As I type this, I'm sitting in the Mexico City airport waiting to fly home. Flying is always a little stressful, making sure you're on time, right gate, right terminal. But we're also flying with our 2 1/2 year old daughter. She doesn't listen, lol. She won't sit still; she gets fussy. Definitely a little frustrating!

But I've found that if I ask God for some help, things go a little smoother. They might not go as I had planned, but maybe as God has planned. The saying is, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." Things happen, but God is in control.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2.9.16

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it-no matter what. Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG

I must be honest. I've been so distracted the last several days, getting ready for a little trip that I haven't focused on God and His Word very much. Hence the late post. I'm currently struggling to even find words to say. I've been worried and stressed about so much that I forget who is in charge of my life. I forget that I need to tell myself daily to let go and let God. I get distracted. I get overwhelmed. I remember that I'm human.

Thankfully, I also have God's Word to keep me in line. And if not for that, I'd be worse off. I'd take wrong turns. I'd make wrong decisions. I wouldn't have God's Word to measure things up against.

Hebrews 4:12 has always been among my favorite verses. Knowing that God's Word can be as sharp as a sword, to be use as a tool against the evil things of this world, is comforting.

Unlike the saying, "Do as I say, and not as I do." God commands us to do what He says, and He does it as well. So thankful for such a perfect Example...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love Squeezes

Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world--wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important--has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. the world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out--but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. 1 John 2:15-17 MSG

When I first read these verses this morning, I didn't think about them a lot. I've been told that I should act as if I am in the world, not of it. So these seemed unimportant... But then I took a second look at the passage.  And realized several things.

I've said before that I'm starting to enjoy the Message version of the Bible more, simply because it is different, explained in simpler terms. I've read these verses before, and never thought of them in this light.

Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. There is not room for 2 masters in your heart. It's either the world or God. It's either you or God. You can't have both. Jesus said so in Matthew 6:24. "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other..." But I never really thought of this. If I love things in this world, such as money, food, cell phones (technology) etc., there is not room for God. I want there to be room for Him. I want God to have full control of my heart, to be the only One I love. And I want the love I have for Him to pour out on others that He's blessed me with in my life. My husband. My daughter. My brothers and sisters. My parents. My friends.

Practically everything that goes on in this world has nothing to do with the Father. Self-explanatory. There's a lot that goes on in the world. And some of it is God, and some of it isn't. There are miracles and there are tragedies. And you can't blame all the bad things on God. "If God exists, why does He let bad things happen?"

The world and all its wanting isolates you from God, but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. I want to be set for eternity. I want to be doing God's work, whatever that might be. In whatever capacity.

As I was watching a TV show this last week, I heard something that struck me as good advice. It made me think. In the show, the character questions how a stale cracker could be the body of Christ, and voices her doubts to her grandmother. And her grandmother, instead of saying "Just believe it." or shrugging off those doubts, says, "Faith is the banishment of doubt."

I want to have the faith that banishes doubt. I want to have love that crowds out the things of the world. I want love that pours out on others. I want to have God's love in my heart, controlling the way I think, the way I act, the way I am.