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God Owns It All

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it… Psalm 24:1

We are simply stewards of what we have been given.  Thats how it started in the beginning in the garden of Eden.  Nothing has changed, except our sinfulness. 

How does your, our, my sinfulness get in the way of being great stewards of what God brings to us or allows us to have?

What do we need to change?

Doubt and Wisdom

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

When in doubt, simply take a step…a morally ‘right’ step.  Eventually you’ll get where you want to go.  If not, then at least you still did the ‘right’ thing. 

Either way, you’re successful.

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Wisdom vs. Foolishness

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The knowledge and ability to do what is right is wisdom.  Foolishness is knowingly doing what is not right.

Daily Needs – Daily Bread


Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11

A salesman from KFC walked up to the Pope and offers him a million dollars if he would change “The Lord’s Prayer” from “give us this day our daily bread” to “give us this day our daily chicken.” The Pope refused his offer.

Two weeks later, the man offered the pope 10 million dollars to change it from “give us this day our daily bread” to “give us this day our daily chicken” and again the Pope refused the man’s generous offer. Another week later, the man offered the Pope 20 million dollars and finally the Pope accepted. The following day, the Pope said to all his officials, “I have some good news and some bad news. ‘The good news is, that we have just received a check for 20 million dollars. The bad news is, we lost the Wonder Bread account!”’

Ok…this is a tough one.  “Give us this day our daily bread” is verse 11 of Jesus’ model prayer.  If you’ve noticed, Jesus starts out his prayer using the words “us” and “our.”  He continues in verse 11 in the same manner.  It’s true that he was talking to a crowd.  But I wonder if He is also addressing the Kingdom, His church.  If this is true, then this is a prayer for the each member of the group to use “daily.”  He wants us to be on the same page moving together with the same goals and values….His Father’s goals and His Father’s values.

With that said, we need to figure out what this “bread” means.  The more I want to say that it is a spiritual request…the more I lean towards it meaning our daily ‘needs.’  Yes, I just said it.  I’ve been talking with a couple co-workers about how hard this lesson is to swallow being a born and bread “American Dream” type of person.  I also just came back from Haiti where I met and ministered to people who, when they prayed this prayer, knew exactly what it meant.  They lived in a maybe 10×10 wooden box built for them after being displace from their 15×15 cement/dirt floor home.

The question is, what do we truly need?  If Christ’s church shows the world that we need anything more than Christ, don’t we do a disservice to His message?  So let’s look at what we know from Scripture first.  Jesus said in John 6, in an extensive way, that He is the bread of life.  He told Satan during his 40 day fast that the Word of God was His bread to live on.  When telling 72 of His followers to go out on their first missionary mission trip, He said not to take anything except the clothes they were wearing.  They would be taken care of…workers deserve fair wages…God would provide (Luke 10).  In Matthew 6, beginning with verse 24, Jesus says that we can’t serve two masters…then the big word “therefore” comes into play as He says, don’t worry about your food, clothes or anything else that you think you need.  Why?  Because the Father knows what you need, and if you focus on Kingdom work, then He will supply your needs.

That’s what we know. Were the 72 taken care of?  Yes.  Did Jesus make it through His fast? Yes.  Are the birds of the air watched over by their creator?  Yes.  Can God clothe us like the lilies of the fields?  Yes.  Should we have any worry about these things?  No.  Reason?  Because when we truly rely on God for our needs, then people will see Him…and want to have Him…and be with Him for eternity.  Our wanting to supply our own felt needs points back to us.  Our relying on God for our daily bread always points back to Him.  One of those tip toes really close to sin…unintentional or not.  The other walks “humbly with our God” as the Lord points out through the prophet Micah in his book, chapter 6 verse 8.

Ok….what do we do with this?  I’m struggling with this one.  As a reasonable person, I can see how huge this could be to pointing people to see God.  But boy is it hard to let go of “self sufficiency!”  Let’s look for a modern day example of this really happening…not just a fairy tale sermon illustration.

George Mueller is a man we can look to for such an example.  He built and ran an orphanage for many, many, years.  He said, in an interview at age 91, “No man can ever say I asked him for a penny.”  When he needed something for the sometimes 2000 orphans under his care….he gathered his staff together and prayed.  God would send food, money, supplies and workers when needed…sometimes immediately before the prayer was finished.  This man truly relied only on what God felt He and his orphans needed.  Who is glorified in this example?  Mr. Mueller?  Well, his is a life to be patterned after.  But we know who supplied every need….no human.  Through humans, yes….but because of any human?  No.

So, can we live like in this manner?  It has been shown that we can.  Now…the question simply remains…will we choose to do so?…Individually and as a group of people who claim Christ their King and God their Father who supplies all things?

I’m not sure what to add here.  I’m sufficiently guilty right now and need to process where I’m at with this one little life changing verse.  I do know this.  I like to take care of things by myself…and therein lies the problem.  When we take care of things ourselves, we are lifted up.  When we fully and completely rely on God…only He can receive credit and fame.

Questions for thought:

  • What do you really need?  List here……
  • What things do we strive for that aren’t necessary, and sometimes place glory on us?
  • How do we change this?  Why would we even attempt to change this?
  • In the end, who get’s all the glory for our life?…all the glory…all

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,

ed

Meditate on wisdom lately?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

King Solomon has been considered the wisest man who ever lived, next to Christ.  Solomon, early on, had been given the right to make a request of God.  He asked God for wisdom…which in itself is a very wise choice.  Through his life as King over Israel, Solomon’s power grew through his use and manipulation of wisdom.  Let’s say that he was wise, but didn’t stay grounded in the principles of  his Creator.  Towards the end of life, Solomon writes and writes about what he has learned through his life.  He’s made mistakes and lived by want and greed rather than need and purpose.  We have the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes that show a human that has 20/20 hindsight through God’s eyes.  It would do all of us good to regularly visit these books for our daily lives.

Wisdom can be given as advice, but it is ultimately up to the receiver to put it into action or neglect it.  Conduct is up to us.  Most of us have some wisdom, maybe a lot of wisdom.  Many of us don’t live up to our learning and experience though.  Our choices of behavior, speech and thought keep us trapped in a box of habits that continually lead us in a path away from our God and His perfect plans for our lives.

A few Proverbs that you might have read or forgotten, but none the less will be helpful to you this month…and ultimately for the rest of your life.

  • Proverbs 2:11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
  • Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
  • Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
  • Proverbs 3:31 Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
  • Proverbs 4:24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
  • Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
  • Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
  • Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
  • Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
  • Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
  • Proverbs 10:18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
  • Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
  • Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
  • Proverbs 11:7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

ed

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