Monday, February 26, 2007

1 Corinthians 15:58

1 Corinthians 15:58-“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

How long do we spend remembering what we DON’T have in life? How long have you spent in the last week remembering what you haven’t received? How many times have your looked back and remembered what someone hasn’t done for you lately?

I would say that some of you aren’t ashamed to answer that question. But many of you are probably like me, and you have been dwelling in the land of “have not” quite a bit.

You feel like you just can’t give anymore, because YOU aren’t getting anything in return. You feel like all you do is give, and give, and give more. And in return, what do you get? More, right?

You get more responsibility; more is trusted with you because you are already doing tremendously with the pressure that is being applied to you. In response to someone being able to trust you to get stuff done, you get more put on you.

So then, you look at those who aren’t trusted with more. You look at those who seemingly get a free ride simply because if they don’t do it, it will come back on you; since you can get it done.

It’s a vicious, scheming circle.

It’s at this point that we have to realize where we are in our life, and where we are going to be. Quiet time and study of the word work wonders in our lives, especially when our lives get seemingly overwhelming.

I have to remember one thing, and one thing alone. I serve a glorious, risen, wonderful, perfect Savior. I serve someone Who knows everything I am feeling and going through. I serve someone who knows that I am hurting inside, so it’s no good to hide it from Him.

I serve Someone who knows my weaknesses and turns them into strengths. I serve a Lord who listens to me rant and rave at Him about what I can’t do or what’s not fair in life, and He smiles and takes it all. Then He tells me that I work for Him, live for Him, and love for Him. And He will make it all worthwhile.

I serve Someone who loves me, not because I’m not perfect; but in spite of me not being perfect. I serve Someone who puts me first in His life, as an example of what I should do for others in my life.

Is it easy? Not always; but it’s not always hard, either. I guess it’s what we make of it. At least, it is in my case.

Be faithful. Be steadfast. Be a rock for those around you. It takes a LOT for a rock to be marred by its environment. I understand your pain more than you realize. But we can AND will get through this phase, if we remember Who we serve.

Be blessed in the Lord today.

Bo J.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Deuteronomy 30:19

Deuteronomy 30:19- “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”

Each and every day we make choices. We choose to get out of bed and go to school/work/duty. We choose to do things with our family and/or friends. We choose when we lay down, and when we get up.

We choose to love.

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the people who have “fallen” out of love. People who have decided that, for one reason or another, the person they pledged to love in front of God and man is no longer good for them. They just can’t be with that person anymore. Not because of infidelity (cheating) or anything like that; they just don’t think they love them anymore.

Love is a CHOICE. A choice is defined as an act of selection. It means that you have more than one option, and you choose the one that, in most instances, benefits you.

But when is a choice more than just a choice? When does your choice really matter? I think it is when the choice involves taking the easy road on something, or sticking to the road less traveled. I believe that it is when you decide that, no matter how rotten the situation seems to you, you will stick with the God of your fathers and believe in Him and His grace.

It is really easy for us to choose to do things that make it easy on ourselves. We choose to get married. Then, when the marriage gets hard, or someone gets sick or something life changing happens, we decide this is too hard for us and we want OUT!

We choose to befriend people who we think will improve our status, and then we choose to belittle others simply because our “friends” would think less of us if we reached out to help or talk to that weird person.

We choose to accept God in our life; and then, when the enemy sets his sights on us, we decide that it’s not really in our best interest to keep going with Jesus. We begin to think about how easy our life was before Jesus came along and ruined everything for us. We believe that if we just choose to go back and do things they way we used to, everything would be okay.

Don’t shake your head in disbelief. We have all, at one time or another most likely, thought this way. The difference is that we made a CHOICE to continue following Jesus.

In John 6, many of Jesus’ disciples had deserted Him. He asked the twelve if they wanted to leave Him as well. Simon Peter asked Jesus where they would go; He had the words of life.

If you look around in the world today, you will see that the love of many has grown cold toward Jesus. I believe that Jesus is looking around at those of us who are left, some of whom may be in the fight of our life. He’s asking us, “Do you want to leave Me as well?”

Lord, I remember my life before You. I remember how painful and empty my life was before You had come along to save me. I remember that I was just a shell of the person I am now. I remember it all. And I compare it to what I am going through now.

Lord, where would I go? Your words are life to me.

Make a choice. Take a stand.

Be blessed in the Lord today.

Bo J.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Psalm 107:20

Psalm 107:20- “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

I know it’s amazing, especially after I didn’t send anything out last week. However, it needs to be said.

And sadly, I can’t say it. I haven’t a clue as to what to say. I am absolutely speechless.

Thanks be to God, though. Because when we can’t think of anything to say, we can trust in Him. If we will open our hearts and minds to Him, we can and will be used by Him.

Those of you who have been around me know that I haven’t been in much of a “being useful” mood. I’ve been kind of going around and around with myself and my walk. Among other things, that is.

It’s been a long road this year. I don’t’ know quite what is going on.

So, in walks God, to deliver me from this place I find myself in at this time. Oh, I don’t mean literally this time, either. I mean you, and you, and you, and especially you.

Okay, I see the look in your eyes. You don’t get the math. Let me illustrate it for you. This is what it means to me.

The first part of that verse above states that God sent His word. Hmm, that would be Jesus, correct? Jesus came to heal us and deliver us from death and Hell. When you accept Jesus into your heart, you allow Him to be your Lord and Savior.

Then, when God looks at you, He doesn’t see just you, He sees you through the blood of Jesus. You take on the likeness of Jesus. As you walk through your Christianity, you become more and more like Him.

The Bible says that we are the hands and feet of Jesus. Jesus Himself said that the things He did, we will do, and greater things than those because He goes to be with His Father.

So if you are like Jesus, and you help someone; like me for instance, when I am down, then you helped deliver me from myself. Trust me, it works in my head.

Anyway, thanks for being there for me. And for helping me, even when you don’t know what you’re doing. I really feel like I’m in one of those desert places of my life, and you are a fresh drink of water. I’m parched, and you make sure I have plenty of liquid.

I know, I know. I’m spending a lot of time thanking everyone. Remember my New Year’s resolutions? I just think we all need to remember to thank those who help us through life.

Thank you.

Be blessed in the Lord today,

Bo J.