Show Up!

READ:  Mark 7:25-26 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

I hear a lot of believers make the comment that they don't need to go to church.    They argue that churches are filled with hypocrites and they can read the Bible, worship, and pray at home.   And we can and should do all of those things from home, but we are instructed (in the Bible) to meet together with believers.   Hebrews 10:25 "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."

Going to church shouldn't be made into a law that we feel we have to do - it should be something that we "desire" to do and enjoy.   

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In todays scripture this is a gentile woman who had a need - her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. The Bible tells us that when the woman HEARD about Jesus - she went to Him.  This woman received the miracle because she ACTED upon what she heard - she showed up!  If she would have heard of Jesus, and yet stayed home, she would have missed out on a great blessing for her and her little girl.     When you decide to stay home from church, you too miss out on a great blessing.    

If you want to receive from the Lord - show up!    Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.   It's actually more than going to church - it's a relationship with Him.    "Show Up" in your relationship with Jesus - talk to Him, walk with Him, and tell Him all your deepest thoughts and dreams.  He will listen, He will care, and He will be your best friend - but you have to SHOW UP!

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known  

In The Garden (Anne Murray)  

A Father's Supply Source

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READ:  Deuteronomy 6:4-6 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

Sunday we celebrate Father's Day and I am so thankful for my Father.  He has been an example of God's love to our family for many years now.   We are blessed to have him with us still at nearly 84-years-old.     

When I think of a great "father figure" in the Bible, my mind always goes to Moses.   Moses was a man born Hebrew and yet raised Egyptian.  It was the plan of God to use Moses to free the Israelites from slavery to the Egyptians.  Moses felt rather inadequate as we read about him going before Pharaoh over and over in an effort to get the Hebrews freed.    His brother Aaron went with him as a spokesperson because of Moses studder in speech.   

Yet Moses was the one who led the Isrealites out of Egypt and 'almost' to the promised land.  He was the one to guide them across the Red Sea to safety, and he shared the manna from heaven as food in the wilderness.   He wrote down the 10 commandments for them to follow and guided and instructed them in the ways to live.  Although Moses felt inadequate for these tasks, God worked through him in mighty ways to deliver the Israelites into the land flowing with milk and honey.  

What I love most about Moses is his GREAT FAITH.   Even when no one else had faith, Moses seemed to stand tall and believe God.  We see Moses being in such a close relationship with God that they shared intimate times as God talked directly with him. 

As a father today, I know that men face a lot of pressure.  There are certainly large pressures at work/career, but also pressures at home.    If you feel those pressures - let Moses be your example to talk to God and trust in Him.    I believe that God made men extra strong in their mentality and fortitude, but he doesn't want men to walk alone.   God wants to be the supply source of power for you to walk through life STRONG.    He wants to be your supply source for what looks impossible even.   

Let God be your supply source today for whatever you feel inadequate for.   He is a never ending supply of power and strength! 

 

Praise Positions You For A Miracle

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READ:  2 Chronicles 20: 20-22    So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”

 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

King Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of Judah, was facing a dire circumstance.  He needed the wisdom of God because multiple armies were coming after Judah and the circumstance looked dreadful.  He gathered the nation together and they prayed and praised God for who He was.    2 Chronicles 20:12 "O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” King Jehoshaphat KNEW that God could help.  He called out to him for wisdom and deliverance.  

Then Jehoshaphat did a strange thing.... as his army was marching out to battle he positioned singers who would sing praises to God ON THE FRONT LINES.   If our country was going to war and President Trump ordered worshippers to go on the front lines and sing praises - I'm pretty sure the news would have a field day with that and we, the American people, would think he was utterly crazed out of his mind!      But King Jehoshaphat knew the power of praise.  He knew that PRAISE can position yourself for a miracle.   A miracle happened too because the other armies killed each other and the army of Judah didn't even have to lift a finger!!  

When we are facing a dire circumstance we may not feel like praising, but that is exactly what we should do.   PRAISE can actually position us to receive the very miracle we are asking for.     Are you expecting a miracle..... PRAISE THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS!!  

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.  Hebrews 13:15

Leaving A Legacy

READ:  Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.   

Psalm 78:4  We will not hide them (God's laws) from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.   

I recently read an obituary online that went viral for an 80-year-old lady by the name of Kathleen Dehmlow who was from a small town in Minnesota:   

 Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

We can be pretty certain that this mother lived with her regrets and suffered the consequences of her failures, and it is very sad that her children stayed so full of bitterness and unforgiveness for greater than 50 years that they felt the need to say such hateful comments about her after her death.   We can only pray that this daughter and son can find Jesus and learn to forgive through His Love.  

This story made me begin to wonder about the "legacy" that we leave behind.   Our lives on earth are really but a vapor - here today and gone tomorrow - but those we touch and love while here on earth .... their lives go on.      

In 2 Timothy we see clear evidence of the legacy that one can leave.  We read in Paul's letter to Timothy that Paul mentions Timothy's faith and how much it matured under the spiritual guidance of his mother and grandmother.  Paul says, "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice...." (2 Timothy 1:5).    

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. - Peter Strople

Children will grow up to mimic their parents.   Do they see you reading your Bible, praying, lifting hands in worship to Your King?   Do they watch you being honest, hardworking, trustworthy, and full of integrity?    There is great truth in the statement:  Children will learn by YOUR example.    They are watching, even when you don't want them to be, and they are absorbing your life examples like a sponge!!  

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Think about the legacy that you are leaving behind and ask Jesus to help you each day to leave a strong legacy FOR HIM to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.      

 

You Don't Walk Alone

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READ:  Psalm 119:105-106  Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

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This past week we watched as our youngest son graduated from high school.   As I sat and watched all 266 seniors as they walked across the stage, I thought about all that life would hold for them. Some were heading to college close to home, some were going to college far off, some were entering the workforce, and about 12 were honored with a standing ovation for joining our United States Military to serve our country.    

I thought about how many of them would get married and become parents in the next few years.   They sat on the stage, being honored by their families and school leaders, and yet life is an open slate before them.  It will be filled with joyful celebrations, and heartaches, births and deaths, immense happiness and yet deep sorrows.     It's all just part of this walk that we take called LIFE.     

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The only thing that is FOR CERTAIN in their futures is Jesus who remains the same yesterday, today and forever.   The Bible tells us that Jesus never changes like shifting shadows.  We can be certain that no matter what we face - just like that stage full of seniors in their maroon robes waiting to face their future head on, we face it not alone.  We hold to Jesus and He holds to us.   That is a comfort!     

Today, remember that you are NOT ALONE.  The God of the universe - the creator of the heavens and the earth is with you.    We are promised that His Word will be as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path.    Hold onto Him, because He is holding onto you.  AND Remember:  You Do Not Walk Through Life Alone.