Sunday, June 3, 2018

Praise



Merriam-Webster's definition of Praise - to glorify (a god or saint) by the attributions of perfections

I look at my life and think what or Whom do I glorify? Is it always the Lord or an idol? Sadly, at times it is an idol. In my case the solution after repentance is praise.  Dedicated time in praise to God not asking Him for anything, not thinking about my to-do list, praise and praise alone. 

A verse which really speaks to me in this area is because it is the desire of my heart:

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Two more verses concerning praise I love:

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Revelation 4:8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

(NKJV)

Ladies, join me in praising His Holy Name. 

O Gracious Father, You are holy and worthy of praise. You alone are God, the Father of Jesus our Savior and King. You are mighty, You are love, You are merciful, You are the Ancient of Days and so much more. Glory and honour are Yours Yaweh, the Great I Am. We praise You in the mighty name of Jesus.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Alzheimer's is Ghastly

I spent much of April trying (at times successfully others unsuccessfully) to meet the increased needs of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's 16 years ago. I met some days head-on, others only because of a sense of duty. There is no reasoning with the person, time/days of the week has no meaning for someone that far along in the disease, hard to plan ahead because each day presents its own challenges. There is no constant...

But wait,  there is a constant, our Savior. We find His promises in Scripture. He tells us (Matthew 28:20) He is with us always, even to the end of the age:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Hebrews 13:8 clearly states Jesus does not change: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The world changes by the second, our life circumstances may seem to change like shifting sand or on the other hand like nothing will ever get better. 

We need to make sure our foundation is anchored in Christ and not the things of the world. As hard as it is some days to see light at the end of the tunnel, the light is there. Hang on tight because no one or nothing can snatch you from our Heavenly Father's hand.

If you have doubts, write out John 10:28-30, carry it around with you on an index card, say it out loud like you mean it, memorize it:

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

You may feel like no one understands your situation, the fatigue, the grief, but our Lord does. Don't be afraid to talk to someone whether your pastor or a counselor, there may be a support group available to you, and when you least fee like it, find the time and press into the Word and prayer. Ask your friends to pray with you and for you. 

Jesus loves you and He is with you every step of the way.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

Hard to believe Palm Sunday is tomorrow. Jesus' triumphal entry, the crowds waving palm branches shouting:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”


The crowd knew he came in the name of the Lord, they knew he was the King of Israel, but most did not know he was the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. 

My heart's desire is to know Him even more day by day, especially as we enter Holy Week. I do not want to take for granted what He did for me, for us, for everyone who has lived, is living, and will live. 

If you are far off from God there is no better time than the present to come near to Him again. He is waiting for you to clasp His hand. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Option for a Re-ride

Yesterday at Rodeo Houston, a cowboy's horse fell and he was offered the option for a re-ride. His score was 81 which was not enough to advance to the semi-finals so he chose to ride again. 

When we are contrite and confess our sin to God, we turn away from it, we get a "re-ride". 

I John 1:8-10 reminds of us this:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Start today with a clean slate, take your re-ride and confess to God what you need to confess.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Do you see this woman?

Luke 7:36-48 is a familiar passage for many of us. Jesus is dining with a Pharisee when a sinful woman drops by, she brings with her a contrite heart and a costly flask of fragrant oil. She was behind Jesus weeping. She washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair and anointed them with the fragrant oil. The Pharisee was perturbed, to say the least. 

NKJV: Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.  And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,  and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

The Pharisee knew the woman was a sinner, why didn't Jesus know???

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.  Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
 Jesus asked Simon, "Do you see this woman?" Simon saw her and he formed negative thoughts about her, he judged her. How often in this life have I been a Simon? Whether towards another person or myself. 
Jesus saw the woman with love and mercy. He saw her contrite heart. He forgave her sins. We are called to love people, we are to see them with the eyes and hearts of Jesus. That includes ourselves. 
When you look at yourself in the mirror who do you see? A child of God or a divorcee? The apple of God's eye or an adulteress? A precious pearl or a failure?
God loves you. He is El Roi - the God Who Sees. He knows your heart, He knows your pain. 
If you struggle with seeing yourself as redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, please talk to your pastor, please ask trusted friends to pray for you, and or find a ministry which schedule prayer time with you. There are many such ministries out there, I can recommend CHM and CHC :
Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL - 904-765-3332, Mon-Fri 9a-4:30p EST. 
Christ Healing Center in San Antonio, TX - 210-930-7760, I do not have their office hours.