Live for the Lord

12 02 2009

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

– Psalm 1:1-2

 

This first Psalm is a clear example of the difference between those who are living their lives for the Lord and those who are not.  Are you conforming to the world?  Who are you turning to for advice, support, and comfort?  Who do you surround yourself with?  Who do you depend upon for friendship and love?  Turn to God.  If you are truly one of God’s children, then you cannot walk with one foot in this world.  We are but strangers here.  Look around you.  What are you associated with?  Look to the Bible as your roadmap.  If we are on God’s team, then let’s make sure we’re studying his playbook! 

 

Our essential prayer should be, “Lord, if I’m not living for you, I live for nothing.” 

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What Would Jesus Do?

29 10 2008

We love because he first loved us –1 John 4:19

 

This has become a popular catch phrase in our culture today.  It’s not uncommon to see “WWJD?” on bracelets, bumper stickers, and t-shirts.  However, it seems like we’ve forgotten what those initials represent.  In everything we do, we should be asking ourselves, “How would Jesus act right now?  What would Jesus say right now?”

 

A good friend of mine recently experienced some very trying times at the airport, a scenario I think we can all relate to.  She could have blown up at someone any number of times, but instead she had recently been challenged to reflect upon how Jesus acted in His time here on earth.  Many times we focus on what we say, but overlook what we do.  As someone with a Masters Degree in Communication Studies, I can guarantee you that when our verbal and our non-verbal communication do not match, our non-verbal actions are what speak louder every time. 

 

So I now pass the challenge on to you.  You don’t have to buy a bracelet to participate in this experiment.  In EVERYTHING you do today, first stop and ask yourself how Jesus would act in this situation, how He would respond to an annoying phone call, or what He would do in His quiet time.  The best way to witness to someone about Jesus is by being an example of Him to them.

 

Walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.  – Deut 5:33





It’s Unbelieveable

9 09 2008

One of the most popular critiques of the Bible is that the stories are too fantastic, that they couldn’t possible be true. Obviously they must be fables or just tales passed down from generation to generation that become over-embellished.

However, look at some of the shows we have on TV today: “Most Outrageous Moments”, “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, “Wildest Weddings Moments”, “World’s Scariest Police Chases”…. I could go on. You know, the shows you find when randomly flipping through the channels during your favorite show’s commercials and then your husband can’t peel his eyes away. You don’t necessarily want to watch, but you simply can’t understand how something like that could ever really happen.

Rewind a few thousand years. Do you think Noah really comprehended the reality of building an ark? What about Mary being told she would carry God’s son? Not only were these unbelievable occurrences, they didn’t have the benefit of cameras rolling to prove to others what they believed was true.

I just listened to a sermon about “What chair do you sit in”, basically explaining that there are three chairs each of us can sit in, that of commitment to God, compromise, or confusion. One generation may sit in the first, but it’s easy for the next to slip to the second and so on. It would be easy for us to discount the stories of the Bible as simply that, stories. But how many times have you been involved in a modern miracle story that few would believe unless they knew you personally? Are you framing the Bible in your own terms to rationalize the life that you want to live instead of the best life God has designed for you?

I hear stories all the time of “unexplainable events” happening in medicine, relationships and everyday life. Before you write off parts of the Bible as unbelievable and therefore not applicable, stop and think about how your life story will read to someone hundreds of years from now. I’d rather put my faith in the Father than end up in the seat of confusion.

 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18