Monday, October 27, 2014

Industry Standard or God's Standard: A Monday Check Up

Now as in Old Testament times we see people doing what is right in their own eyes. Far too often we allow what we see done in our various industries, right or wrong, to be the standard. Have you heard anyone lately say, "It's all good; everybody does it." As dark as these times are we have to allow the light of God's Word and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us. We can't afford to hem, haw or hedge.
Our right standing with God is a serious matter that requires our attention moment by moment. I said it last week, there is no 'behind the scenes' or 'doing it in the dark' with God. He sees everything whether it is recorded on our Smart phones or not. Justifying our actions is a dangerous way to live too. That team of lawyers, loyal family members, bosom buddies, co-workers and others who cosign our wrong behavior today will become real scarce when we are called out on that behavior tomorrow. I say we need to develop the habit of 'calling ourselves out'---check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Apostle Paul said it 2 Corinthians 13:5--"Examine yourself". Am I obeying God or going with the flow of the world? Where am I falling short, Lord? What about my thoughts, my conversations, my actions, Lord? Lying as an example is hated by God (Proverbs 12:22) yet common in the culture. The ever so popular Judge Judy on television has some sage advice for all of us on this matter. She says, "If you don't lie, you won't need a good memory." (OUCH) And don't worry, I'm not going to talk about carting company office supplies home, or stealing company time, or plagiarizing (i.e. taking credit for writing something we did not write), or condoning what is politically correct when we know it's wrong, or slipping off the wedding ring for just one night out on the town....
Note that in the Bible in Judges, when we see the phrase "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" it is preceded by the words "In those times there was no king in Israel."(Read Judges 17:6 and Judges 21:25) Hold up now! I don't know about you but when I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord I signed up for an inner check and balance system. Hence, I've got a King on the inside. In fact I have the King of kings living inside me and when the King says do something or don't, I have to obey.
These are some crazy times we live in but that still small voice of the Holy Spirit is ever present, always, speaking, leading, encouraging, correcting us with His gentle, loving wisdom. Yes, Donald Lawrence, I agree, there is a King in us and that King is desirous of enabling us to be our best selves so the light of Christ can beam inside of us. "I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus" He is King of kings and I choose to let Him reign in all I say and do. It's a challenge but I am up for it, what about you?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHO CAN REALLY GET AWAY WITH MURDER?

Where God is concerned there is no 'behind the scenes'. He sees everything and promises that those things done in the dark will come into the light. (Luke 8:17; Jeremiah 16:17) Far too many people believe they can get away with murder. Slick deeds done in secret to advance one's cause (personal or professional) at someone else's expense may profit for a season but will eventually come with great cost. Be careful in this hour. (Isaiah 29:15) David suffered great personal loss because he decided he was going to have what he wanted RIGHT NOW! (2 Samuel 12; 1 Corinthians 4:5) Who will you trust with your destiny today? Will it be your script or the Lord's? Will it be God's timing or yours? 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5 New King James Version)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Want that Divinely Inspired Plan to Succeed?

Nothing will get us in trouble faster than a wacko thought that leads to an even worse choice. Even when the Lord gives us a clear vision and we start to step it out we can still get off track, can still overthink it and lean to our own understanding. Ever felt like that book or film or play you felt inspired to write, that ministry you were inspired to roll out, that business you just knew was a God idea was barely getting off the ground, was a disaster in the marketplace, was failing miserably??????? Don't you dare lose hope or throw in the towel. Here's the cure from Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible. 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. So all of us planners that want our plans to succeed take note. 1) We have to make sure our work is fully, wholly committed to Him. Whole commitment requires 100% responsibility, 100% obligation, 100% duty, 100% faithfulness to executing the plan God's way. It's a tall order but He didn't promise that it would be easy. He promised to be with us. That commitment will help us especially when a wrong motive sneaks in. You get to a certain point in the plan and suddenly you start to think thoughts like "This will show them; just wait until Sister Murray and her sidekick Angela see me." Before long you are driven by showing them and lose sight of the path God had you on. Check yourself, repent and purpose to do better.
That whole commitment will also fuel our trust in God so that we will resist getting ahead of his timing or resist taking matters into our own hands. If you have a work in progress check yourself to see where your trust level is. Are you one day trusting and the next not? If you find yourself falling short, just repent and then purpose to do better. 2) Is anybody else besides me grateful that God has something for our unruly thoughts. This scripture says He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His will. That blesses me beyond measure and serves as a reminder that I can win the battle of the soul and the spirit. The expression that the 'battle is in the mind' is more than a notion. I don't know about you but my thoughts are like little soldiers that sometimes need to be beaten into submission. There's a reason Paul tells us to bring those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
You'll know you are in sync when even your pop up thoughts are pleasing to the Lord. Let me wrap this up by leaving you with one final bit of wisdom from Proverbs 3:5-6. 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Our God loves us beyond measure and wants us to succeed in those endeavors He puts on our hearts, but know that He will never sacrifice the shaping of our souls for anything. Pastor Teirrah McNair CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) Soul Shaping Publications