Sunday, September 28, 2008
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; M God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2 NKJV) Think about this. God is your rock, therefore He is your foundation. And, foundations hold things up and keep them from sinking. Rocks are strong, and they shelter us. They can be tiny like the "still, small voice of God," or they can be massive all encompassing, and all around us. Rocks can also be inviting, after a lengthy climb, as a place to rest, reflect, and meditate. One of mom's favorite contemporary Christian songs says, "I will rest in you." God is your rock...your fortress, your strength, your shelter, your stronghold, your stability, and your place of peace. Think about all the many different ways you see God as your rock this week. Love, Beau
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Phillipians 4:4 NKJV) God is always telling us to do this that and the other. Sometimes it seems that we are overwhelmed with His rules. In turn, that can make us want to rebel against God and His rules. One of those rules is to always rejoice in Him. He even repeated it. But. the way I see it is God does so much for us why wouldN'T we??? Always rejoicing in Him is just another way of thanking Him for all that He does for us and always being there for us no matter what. Who else does that for us? Most importantly, always rejoicing in God is a way of showing God how much you love Him? So, going back to my original question...Why wouldN'T we??? It should be automatic, spontaneous, and natural...just like breathing. Love, Beau
Sunday, September 14, 2008
"And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a loyal heart." (2 Chronicles 25:2 NKJV) In this verse the word loyal is generally translated as halfhearted. The verse is referring to the reign of Amaziah. He obeyed God, and did what was right but his heart wasn't in it. Amaziah only went through the motions. When we just go through the motions we are passionless, and when we are passionless we lose so much of what life has to offer us, and what we have to offer. God wants us to worship Him WHOLEheartedly and with passion. He wants us to worship with every fiber of our being. If we just go through the motions, halfheartedly, we aren't giving God all we can. And, it means our devotion to Him is split with something else. That is unfair to God, and also to ourselves. Ourselves? Yes, because we aren't living up to our full potentials. When we don't live up to our full potential, we hurt and cheat ourselves; and, we hurt and cheat God. This also extends to our family, friends, and our jobs. If we don't whole-heartedly give to each of these we aren't passionate about them and we aren't giving them our best. Jesus also said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21 NKJV) In other words, it doesn't matter what/who you are working with at the moment, whether God, your boss, or your family give to them whole-hearted and with passion. God desires it. Love, Beau
Sunday, September 7, 2008
"Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared." (Exodus 23:20 NKJV) God doesn't let you go through the valleys, unknown territories, and rocky roads of life alone. He sends an angel to guide you, keep you on the right path, and in the right direction. Going to unknown territories without a tour guide can be dangerous and risky, and therefore unwise. The angel is also there to guard and protect you. Think back to when you went through problems that you thought you wouldn't get through. God and His angels were there helping you, You DID make it through. Whatever God has planned for you, you can be sure that God will help you get there. You are never alone.