Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What is missing?

I think we’ve lost our fear of God, our reverence for Him.

We’ve remade Him in our own image. Jesus has become our “bro”, our friend, our problem-solver, the “big guy upstairs.”

That’s not who He is. He’s the eternal, everlasting God of the universe. He is holy and righteous and demands our worship… and deserves our worship.

He is the One for whose glory I live.

Psalm 9:1-2
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High.”

We, as a body of believers, lack conviction and intensity.  We lack whole-hearted worship. We miss the idea that when we worship, we are coming into the presence of the Most High God.

We need to reread Isaiah 6 and see Isaiah’s response to being in the presence of God.  We need to reread Revelation 1 and see John’s response to being in the presence of God.

A.W.Tozer said “The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.”

The Apostle Paul wrote “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  (Romans 1:21)

Lord, help us keep a proper perspective on who You are.  You are the creator of the universe. You are almighty, infinite, omniscient, and sovereign.  You choose to have a relationship with us – Your creation.  Help us to to come to You with an attitude of awe and reverence.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Some thoughts from this morning

I come to God in complete surrender. I have no rights. My rights were nailed to the cross when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It’s all about Jesus – His glory, His mission.  Knowing and loving Jesus is the goal of my existence.  And so because of this, I study the Word, pray, seek, press on to know Him better every day.

Surrender. Then surrender some more. Sometimes it is surrendering the same things over and over again. Other times God reveals new things in my life that need surrendered – things I didn’t even know were a problem.

The more I surrender, the more I discover I need to surrender, and so the more I surrender. And the more I surrender, the more I discover it is really  a moment-by-moment practice of surrendering.  Then I need to remember to keep my hands off – leave it on the altar. 

God is constantly working in the midst of my crazy life. God is preparing me for His purposes. He is working in me so that He might work through me.

Be faithful in wherever He has me. Be faithful in my job. Be faithful in the Word. Be faithful in prayer. Be faithful in reaching out to others. Be faithful in teaching. Be faithful as a wife and a mom. Represent Jesus well everywhere and all the time. Be faithful in the small things. God is shaping me and remaking me into the vessel that He is going to use. Relax and enjoy the process.

Surrender my desires. Surrender my wisdom. Surrender everything. Trust God with everything. Surrender the desire to be comfortable. Surrender the desire to know the plan. God’s going to get me from Point A (here) to Point B (who knows where). I don’t need to know the details on how.

It’s not about “just doing it” or “gittin er done”.  It’s about waiting and growing. It’s about trusting and obeying. It’s about letting God be God.

He who has promised is faithful. God will not break His Word. Nothing is impossible for Him.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.”  Psalm 130:5

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Passionately Pursuing Jesus

imageIt seems like I started this project a long time ago!  My second book, "Passionately Pursuing Jesus," is officially published. It is available from Amazon. 

Here’s a preview:

What gets you excited? When you get up in the morning, what can't you wait to do? Who can't you wait to see? Who do you long to spend time with? Who do you seek when you need advice? Who or what can't you live without? What inspires you? Have you discovered God's calling on your life? What's the most important thing in your life? Are you satisfied with your passion for God? Are you satisfied in that relationship? Or, are you seeking more? How do you love God more? How do you seek Him above anything else? How do serve Him better?

This book will attempt to answer those questions. So, won't you join me in "Passionately Pursuing Jesus"?

Here’s a direct link to the page on Amazon.

All proceeds from my books go to missions.