WAKE UP!!! Blog

September 28, 2017
 
In this day of self focus and “my way is the right way”, I lay aside any thought or belief or trust in anything or anyone (including myself) besides Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Hope, the Cure, the Answer to our division as a land. My friend, if you really want to make a difference, commit an hour, a day, a week to praying for an awakening in the church and a revival in the land. Jesus, rescue us!
September 27, 2017
 
The devil seeks to divide us, the Lord brings unity. Let us humble ourselves before the One who destroys hatred, fear, anger and unrighteousness. Rather than judging one another, let us love one another. Lord, have mercy!
September 26, 2017
 
Wherever you find yourself and whatever condition you are in, know this, if you will pause to pray, you will quickly realize that you are not alone. God is with you, gently leading all who will cry out to Him. Take some time today to pray, take His hand and enjoy the journey!
September 25, 2017
 
I’m sure that to some I am hard to love and there are people in my life that I find hard to love. The wonder of our relationship with God is that when I look at those folks through His eyes, God enables me to love them with His heart. Lord, help us to love them like Jesus!
September 24, 2017
 
God did not create evil, God created humankind with free will with the ability to choose good or evil. The wonder and witness of the body of Christ is the amazing example we can be to a lost world when we continually exhibit the love and goodness of God to all we meet.
September 23, 2017
 
If we will allow Him, God will gently lead us every day. The challenge is slowing down, being still and recognizing His loving touch showing us the right direction to turn. Stop and seek Him, He is here for you!
September 22, 2017
 
It is through God’s love that we can love others, it is through our love that they can find God. Friends, let us love them into His arms!
September 21, 2017
 
Even when life becomes bad, God is still good! Hold on to Him, my friend!
September 20, 2017
 
Because we are created in the image of God we are capable of amazing acts of love, compassion, self sacrifice, charity and incredible good. Yet, the gift of free will allows us to choose another path of selfishness that can lead to misery for all who choose it. You were created to imitate Christ, imagine the possibilities my friend!
September 19, 2017
 
We all serve somebody, “it might be the devil or it might be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody” (Bob Dylan). I choose the Lord!
September 18, 2017
 
Jesus taught the people, “if you will abide in my word, you will be my disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Lord, help us to abide in You!
September 17, 2017
 
The fingerprints of God are seen throughout creation for those who have eyes to see. The more closely we look, the more evident His creative hand becomes!
September 16, 2017
 
I have failed the Lord many times, but He is yet to fail me. I am so grateful for His mercies that are new every morning!
September 15, 2017
 
Slow down, quiet down and lean back into the arms of God. It is here where we receive our healing, our strength, our guidance, our joy and the love that transforms.
September 14, 2017
 
When the women disciples of Jesus came to His tomb, the angel greeted them with words like these…”Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen!” Many today are seeking to find God in books, in theological discourse, in church attendance… all of which are good and helpful, but, the best way to find Jesus, is draw near to Him by reaching out to Him. This requires a vulnerability of our hearts and minds. Friend, would you trust in Him today?
September 13, 2017
 
Take some time today to make a list of your blessings. Most of us will find that list much longer than the our list of burdens!
September 12 , 2017
 
Let us love one another, this is a sign that God is in us. Friends, love is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of our Lord. It can overcome the darkest tools of the enemy. When we love, the world will see the hope that is available through Christ Jesus.
September 11, 2017
 
I am yet to meet a selfish person who is content, yet I have known many selfless people who experience incredible joy. My friend, look outward toward God and others and your life will gain wonderful meaning!
September 10, 2017
 
When the world around us seems in chaos, we can rest in the Father’s arms. Before we act, let us look to Him, await His guidance and then move accordingly.
September 9, 2017
 
The presupposition that there is no god severely limits one’s ability to consider all the possibilities…socially, scientifically, emotionally, historically and yet how many of our societal institutions are standing on this premise. So much for open-mindedness.
September 8, 2017
 
Lord, help me be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.
September 7, 2017
 
When I start to get impatient with someone, I remind myself of how patient the Lord has been with me. God give us Your heart for others and Your divine patience to love them no matter what!
September 6, 2017
 
Let our daily goal to be in be in continual communion/conversation with God,
so that His thoughts become our thoughts, His vision our vision, His love our love. Imagine holding Jesus hand as you go through Your day, leading you as you take each step, in every conversation, consulting Him with every decision. Perhaps, this is what Paul meant when he said, “pray without ceasing”.
September 4, 2017
 
Lord, let me look upon every person with Your eyes, eyes that love and don’t hate, eyes that see the best and not the worst, eyes of compassion rather than scorn. Lord give me Your eyes!
September 3, 2017
 
We all have fears, we can surrender to them or we can do battle with them. At first we may not succeed, but if we persist, we will make strides and may even gain the victory. If we don’t fight them they will control us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
September 2, 2017
 
Are you trying to connect or re-connect with family member, friend, or perhaps a person who could use a friend? Invite them to work with you on a project. The conversation that ensues will often flow naturally as you labor on the chore together.
September 1, 2017
 
One of our biggest problems is that we think that our own opinions are absolute truth and that we can build our lives upon personal opinion. The fallacy in that mindset is that opinions change continually but truth remains stable and unchanging. My friend, build your life upon the unchanging truth of Christ Jesus, the architect of your contentment!
August 31, 2017
 
Anger may be short lived but it can evolve into bitterness which may take up permanent residency in our hearts.
August 30, 2017
 
To seek contentment anywhere but in God is like grasping at the wind. Stop looking elsewhere and look to Jesus, my friend!
August 29, 2017
 
God has given us this day to live to it’s fullest. Don’t waste it by worrying about tomorrow, rather, determine to seize it and live it wholly for God. By doing this, when your head hits the pillow tonight, you will have no regrets!
August 28, 2017
 
Our words can tear down or build up, spew forth hate or pour out love, discourage or encourage. Our words are a direct window into the state of our hearts, what do your words speak regarding the health of your soul?
August 27, 2017
 
While questioning Jesus after He was arrested, Pontius Pilate asked Him, “What is truth?” Many people today have the same dilemma, they will say things like, “your truth is not my truth” or “what is true for you isn’t true for me”. With such a mindset it’s no wonder our world is in the state that it’s in. Jesus gave us the answer when He said, “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” For a world that lacks a moral foundation, I suggest the Rock of Ages… Jesus!
August 26, 2017
 
It’s impossible to not get dirty when you climb in the pig pen and wrestle with it’s inhabitants. Better to spend time in the presence of God and allow His attributes to rub off on you. The more time we spend with God, the more of His influence will impact the people with which we interact.
August 25, 2017
 
When we practice generosity, we enter the realm of God’s divine economy. I learned many years ago (through my wife) “you can’t out-give God”. If you’re having financial struggles, the first economical change you may need to make is to give to God from your first fruits. Remember, He gives you 90% and only asks for 10%. Don’t believe me? Give it a try for 6 months and see what happens. If you are already tithing, take on the challenge of increasing your giving by taking on some other ministries beside your local church…it’s not a sacrifice, it’s a blessing!
August 24, 2017
 
With every trial, God will provide not only a pathway through it, He will also be our companion onto victory! Friend, whatever you may be experiencing today, whatever burden, you don’t have to bear it alone, let the Holy Spirit share the load.
August 23, 2017
 
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. Placing our trust in any human leads to disappointment, but when we trust in Christ, our spirits are lifted!
August 22, 2017
 
Friend, are you having trouble finding peace in your life? Do you find yourself continually striving to find contentment?This is the state of every human heart that does not ground itself in the presence of God. Take the time you need today to be still in your body, mind and spirit and connect with the One who created you. Out of that stillness move into your day and find a new joy in your existence.
August 21, 2017
 
Many of us have been taught the phrase, “think before you speak”. For the Jesus follower we might add, “pray and think before you speak”. How much hurt and damage would be averted if we were to put that into practice in our lives?
August 20, 2017
 
If we expend our time and energy pursuing the things of the world we will be left feeling empty. When we pursue God, we will be filled!
August 19, 2017
 
Political victories are temporary, changed lives for Christ will affect generations. Friend, don’t place your hope in a political cause, place your hope on the still strong foundation of Jesus Christ. Lord, bring an awakening in the land that will bring us back to You! Pray for revival!!
August 18,2017
 
Be strong and courageous! If you stand with God, you never stand alone. He stands with you and many of His followers are at your side. My friend, be strong and courageous!
August 17, 2017
 
Friend, are you distraught over the recent occurrences that make it appear like the devil is winning? God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind. God is still in control, keep your eyes on Him. If you want to see transformation, turn your energies to prayer before taking action!
August 16, 2017
 
With Jesus as our Anchor, we can withstand any storm. Friend, if you find yourself tossed and thrown by the tempests of life, perhaps you should check to see if you are still connected firmly to Christ.
August 15, 2017
 
I have noticed that people today seem to feel justified in their hatred of others that are different than themselves. If the “good” people hate those that they see as “haters” how are the “good” different from the “bad”? The follower of Christ is called to a different path…and it is difficult at times. We are to see everyone through the eyes of Jesus, even those that we deem despicable because of their beliefs and actions. Lord, give me Your eyes to see.
August 14, 2017
 
Better is a gentle encouragement than a stern rebuke.
August 13, 2017
 
God can take a bad situation and use it for His glory as well utilize it to transform us into the people He knows we can be.
August 12, 2017
 
God’s ability to care for us isn’t limited by our inability to trust in Him, all we need is that mustard seed of faith!
August 11, 2017
 
We don’t have to have a great faith, all we need is a little faith in a Great God!
August 10, 2017
 
Lord, take away my judgmental heart and replace it with Yours. Remove my fears and give me Your heart for Your people, especially the prodigals who have lost their way.
August 9, 2017
 
A small investment in encouragement can provide enormous dividends in the life that it is deposited into. Friend, who is God inspiring you to invest today?
August 8, 2017
 
The problem is not in the authenticity of the Bible but rather our ability to trust in God’s Word.
August 7, 2017
 
The more I concentrate on me, the more miserable I become. The more I focus on God, the more joy I receive. The more I love others the better this world becomes.
August 6, 2017
 
Too often we look at other people and may consider them our enemies. For the believer there is one primary enemy…the devil. All people are God’s sons and daughters, some are walking with Him, others have not found their way to their Father. Let us pray for a Great Awakening where millions are brought into the family!
August 5, 2017
 
And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Jesus is the Truth. There are so many voices in our world telling us what we need to do to achieve happiness, only His voice will set us free. Take some time to know Him better today my friend!
August 4, 2017
 
If you are thirsty, come to me and drink and if you believe, from your heart will flow rivers of living water! -Jesus
Stop and think what it means to have living waters flowing from your heart…perhaps it means that the words of our mouths and the contemplation of our hearts are encouraging, life giving and lead others into the loving arms of Jesus! Drink deeply my friend!
August 3, 2017
 
When I contemplate the holiness and perfection of God, I am reminded of my own imperfections and how far I fall short of who I can be. Though some might say that this is self deprecation, I would say that recognizing one’s own sinfulness and God’s holiness is the greatest weapon in the battle against pride. When God gives us victory over this old opponent, then life really begins!
August 2, 2017
 
Your life really can have a positive impact on this world, one person at a time, one interaction at a time. Lord, we pray that You will bless others through our presence!
August 1, 2017
 
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” -Jesus.
This is an enormous need in our world today, for individuals, for communities and for nations. It starts with us, Christ promises His peace to those who will receive Him. Friend, here is a simple prayer for us… Lord, I need Your peace today. Amen