Monthly Archives: November 2013

Home Stretch

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Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

It is the end of the work week! We have almost made it through. If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to a few more hours at home, perhaps sleeping in on Saturday, taking care of the chores at home, and a wonderful day of worship and fellowship on Sunday. You worked hard this week and now it is winding down. One more day to get through – Friday; and we’re heading home to enjoy the time away from the hectic and busy days we are leaving behind for a while.

Walking with God does require endurance. While He does His part to fill us and strengthen us with His Spirit, we still must do our part to “exercise” our faith. We are stretched and tested in the gym room of trials. We do our part by staying the course and trusting God.

Brothers and sisters, we have a glorious prize at the end of this race. He promised us; and He never breaks is promises. As we end this week with a longing for home, may it be a reminder of the promise we have in our heavenly home with Him!

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Psalms & Hymns and Spiritual Songs

imagesCA1HRYYLEphesians 5:18-19 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Paul encourages believers to address or “speak” to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Does that mean we walk up to one another and burst into songs of praise, while plucking an instrument in perfect melody? Wouldn’t that be an awkward scene? Especially for those of us who are musically challenged! It really means we are to be inspired by the Spirit to share songs of thanksgiving and praise. This is no ordinary song developed by a talented writer or musician. It is more than just an expression of how we feel. It is a divinely inspired song from Heaven. It cannot be sung while filled with worldly influences or engaged in sinful behaviors. This is HIS song – a new song inspired by Heaven itself. To sing this song, we must first be filled with the Spirit and ready to receive divine revelations from Heaven and declarations of salvation through Christ Jesus. The interaction with our brothers and sisters that follows is infused with joy and thanksgiving as we speak together in harmonic melody. To the outside world, it looks and sounds like common, pleasant conversation. But to the Lord, it is a beautiful choral accompanied by a grand symphony as His children’s voices are lifted high in worship and praise!

Today, before you set out to interact with your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, seek to be filled with His Holy Spirit first. As you engage in conversation, keep your heart attentive to the Spirit as He inspires your conversation, or “song,” with the glorious language from Heaven.

Ephesians 6:23–24  Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.


In His Word Today?

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Psalm 119:10–11 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Our pastor challenged us to be in the word everyday. Not just pick up the Bible and read it, but prepare our hearts to “receive” it. Like hard soil that must be broken, tilled, weeded, and purged of stones, we should open the soil of our heart and allow the Lord to dig deep, root out, and make ready our souls to receive all He has for us in His word. “Don’t just get into the word. Let the word get into YOU!” Said a pastor not that long ago. Let it be true.

Today, I have no special devotion prepared with great study and lengthy seeking of the Lord. Today, I simply have an exhortation – rise up, pick up your Bible and read. One-year Bible plans are easy; you just pick up on today’s reading and get started. Pick a Psalm to meditate on this week or a short epistle to read completely through like a letter. If time is an issue, pick up Proverbs and read one chapter; there are 31 – a chapter a day and you’re through the entire book! Most of all, start your reading with honest prayer, asking God to prepare your heart as you humbly read His love letter to you. Every day for a week (to start) of getting into His word, allowing His word to get into YOU and watch and see what happens.

This is the busiest time of the year for me at work. I understand your challenge.  But after spending all this time with God as I write these blogs, I solemly declare: I cannot make it through the day without Him, without His word – it is changing my life in ways I cannot even express. 4:30 a.m. comes along and I can’t wait to see what He has for me. I can’t help but give Him my all.

Seek Him out today and everyday. You’ll never be the same.

Psalm 119:9–11

How can a young man keep his way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;

let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you.