Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spreading the Love

Ever wonder what the writer Paul meant in Romans 5:5 when
he said the Holy Spirit had spread God’s love abroad in our
heart. In my mind this love shedding abroad in our hearts is
much like what happens when a one year old is left alone to
eat chocolate birthday cake.
 I remember many years ago attending a first birthday party
for a beautiful little girl. Her Mom set the little girl in front of a
slice of birthday cake and allowed her the freedom to do with
it as she pleased. The baby had a field day. She put both her
hands in it and moved it around on the plate with great
She then took her hands and began to spread the
chocolate frosting on her face, clothes, body, then the table,
then the sofa and eventually on everything and everybody
that came across her path. The baby squealed with delight
with every chocolate deposit and we all roared with laughter
as she transformed everything she touched.

For me this precious baby girl perfectly demonstrated what
we are to do with the love of Christ in our hearts---saturate
ourselves in it and then spread it on everything and
everybody that comes across our path.
As this Valentine Day comes to a close I challenge you to
daily leave your love print on every place, person and thing
you come in contact with.

Romans 5:5  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  [King James Version (KJV)]

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Eye Opener

2 Kings 6:15-17    When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. 16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
Just like in this story of Elisha and his servant, we often need God to open our eyes so that we can see that if God is for us He is more than a world against us.
 And what about those folk in our sphere of influence who may be having a hard time holding on? They’re serving the Lord and you’ve been encouraging them as best you can. They may be struggling with fear or doubt or sickness or hurt or frustration or depression. You’ve talked and talked and cried and talked with them with no real results. Why not pray Elisha’s prayer and believe God for the change. Say, “Lord open his/her eyes and let them see”. Then go on about your day rejoicing because this is the day that the Lord has made, Amen.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Faith and Fear in the Midst of Change

Both faith and fear are likely to show up when change is on the horizon. People of faith have to choose faith no matter what the circumstances and we have to keep choosing faith until it becomes a habit. In Matthew 14:25-33 both fear and faith were on the scene. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water at 3 o’clock in the morning they were terrified. Jesus told them to take courage and stop being afraid. Peter heard and chose faith instead of fear. Peter told the Lord “if it’s really you, then command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus said one word—Come—and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. That was faith walking for sure. But then the wind came and Peter chose fear. That fear caused him to sink but thanks be to God Peter had the sense to call on Jesus.

God is doing so many new things in our lives that we have to be ever so careful to choose to walk by faith even when the winds of change come.  God is in the midst of uprooting many of us and He’s not saying any more to us than He said to Peter. The word of the hour is ‘Come’—keep heading in the direction of Jesus and do what he commands you to do even if it means doing something you’ve never done before. Be sensitive to His voice. Don’t take your eyes off of Him.

 I heard a mother of an autistic boy in Food Source say, “Come, come here”. The boy replied “where are u. I don’t see you.”  He was kind of walking around in a circle nearby in the frozen food section but he couldn’t figure out that she was just a few steps away. Well, that Mom knew her child well, so she said “Come in the direction of my voice, Son. Come.” That simple instruction made the difference for the boy and it will make the difference for us too.

We don’t have to make this season of change complicated, nor do we have to succumb to fear. We simply must obey our Lord one word at a time—just keep heading in His direction. So now who’s ready to walk on the water?