Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday's Soul Shaping Gleaning

"God, I just want to do what you put me on earth to do." (from Rick Warren's 9-29-2015 devotional entitled 'Eternity Should Shape Your Goals')

I read this line and was literally stopped in my tracks this morning. I was up and in a seeking state of mind but realized i was talking to myself moreso than seeking the wisdom of God. This wasn't the first time either and it came to me that I was developing the habit of leaning to my own understanding and failing to properly acknowledge, even overriding that still small voice that has been leading me for so many years.

When I put Pastor Warren's life changing declaration with the wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6, my heart leaped and i felt the pressure of a flood behind my eyelids.

"I am so sorry, Lord," I said to the One who never ever gives up on me and then I thought, Lord, your faithfulness is beyond extraordinary. Here i am trying to hear me, (LOL) and you still manage to get a word in---now that's love.

Then i heard a line or two from that Bill Withers classic--"Lean on me when you're not strong. I'll be your friend; I'll help you carry on.."

Wow...the paper's wet now.

I got the message.

Thank you Lord.

You lead. I'll follow.

Thanks for keeping it simple.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Soul is a War Zone!

Yes, the battle is in the mind but if you zoom out and view the bigger picture you will discover that our entire soul (thoughts, feelings and choices) is a war zone.

Jesus uses the word belly to refer to the soul in John 7:38. What a brilliant way to make His point plain. How many times have you said, “If only I had gone with my gut (belly)?”

Friends, know that those gut feelings are the Spirit of the Lord directing your path. In John 7:38 we read,

In other words when we believe, (i.e. put our trust and confidence in Jesus) we are blessed with a constant flow of His guidance. When we believe and then go another way, we might as well be swimming upstream.

Here’s a poignant example from my book—“The Way of The Holy Spirit” to shed one final beam of light on this subject.

“Has anybody else ever been in line at the supermarket, looked over at the dish detergent less than ten feet away and ignored the feeling that you should get out of line and grab a bottle? That was a long question, but I want to make an important point here. You see, that look back and attention focused on the dish detergent, even for a fleeting moment, was a communication from the Holy Spirit. He drew my eyes to the detergent and in my gut impressed me with a clear 'you need that'. It was a fleeting thought but I know that I know it was Him. I overrode that impression and of course you know what happened. I got home and sure enough there was one greasy fish pot that needed washing and less than a pin head of detergent left…”

The Way of the Holy Spirit: How Sweet it is To Be Led By Him

#Now say ouch if it hits you

Monday, September 14, 2015

Do You Want To Hear The Rest of The Story?

Friends, we live in a world where photo-shopping and extreme editing is commonplace. The media does it masterfully and far too often we are guilty of doing the same. We will edit the facts in a heartbeat to paint a picture that presents us or our loved ones in a favorable light. We know better and it is high time that we did better.

We must seek the truth at all costs. There are always two sides to the story and at the end of the day we are usually too biased and too emotion driven to get to the truth on our own. We need the Lord and He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us into ALL truth. (John 16:13)

So, I admonish you this morning, before you put your mouth or your pen on anyone, get all the facts and then get with the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth of the matter. Ask Him to show you what you cannot see with your eyes or hear with your ears. You’ll be so glad you did.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015