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Monthly Archives: October 2009

This book is all about the Israelites being selfish.  They were too busy building palaces for themselves that they ignored the restoration of the House of the LORD.

I do this every day in my heart one way or another.  I put my interests, desires, and plans on the agenda before I do those of Christ’s.

May we learn to do the will of Him who has sent us first and then with His overflowing mercies, take care of our needs.  I find that when I do put Christ’s agenda first, and submit mine to his, I am always more than taken care of.  But when I try to take care of myself first, it makes life a lot more difficult and makes serving Christ and others that much harder as well.

How can we seek to “build the House of the LORD” today?

…are a part of God’s restoration…His ARMY….His plans.

“I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.”

After reading this Scripture, I was struck with the realization that God is inviting us to be a part of everything, even His restoration and building of the New Jerusalem here on Earth.  We often think of this life as fleeting and look forward to dying and waking up in Heaven, but I think it works differently.

We are called to bring Heaven to earth. We are invited to be a part of this process.  In the verse above God says he will restore things before our very eyes.  We are witnesses and a part of the restoration.  We don’t just die and wake up to the new world…Heaven….but rather, we are called to plant the seeds of Paradise while here on earth.

That mandate and and invitation makes this life here on this earth a lot more worth our effort and frustations.  We aren’t just toiling for The Kingdom so that it can all disappear when we go to Heaven, but rather we are literally creating Heaven here on earth.

Dang. Let’s do something.

When is the last time you’ve had everything taken away from you?  Had nothing at all and yet you praised the Lord? Many times in the Bible we see men getting all of their possessions taken away (Job) or we see men giving everything they have away (the apostles).  Yet we sit here comfortably on our beds or couches or in our comfy vibrating computer chairs sitting on line on fancy computers listening to well produced music watching hundreds of television stations…i think you get the point.  These men had everything taken away and yet they rejoiced the Lord.  It’s because whatever they had was nothing compared to God’s love.  There loss of possessions was no loss at all.  We have never felt the hardships that these men in the Bible felt.  If they lost their harvest, they would starve.  There was no super market to go to that had everything you could possibly buy plus more.  So thank the Lord for the smallest of things he has given and take nothing for granted.

“I heard and my heart pounded.” -Habakkuk 3:16

When was the last time you read the Word, were in prayer, on a walk, talking with someone, listening to music, reflecting…and your heart pounded?

Habakkuk was on to something.  When my heart pounds for something, I act.  It makes me uncomfortable…it’s a sign that whatever it may be that is causing my heart to pound is something to move me…and it’s God’s way of showing me He is moving in my life…forcing me to the far reaches of my heart to mend the broken pieces I have swept there.

How is God moving in your life?

“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8

A lot of times I ask God, “What should I do???!?!?!”

His answer is right here before me.  Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.  

A simple answer that is taking me a life time to be molded into.  May God grant us the heart and wisdom to be an example of Micah 6:8.

At the end of Jonah, God tells him, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it ore make it grow.”

I do this all the time.  I complain, worry, gossip, brainstorm, plan about how things could be better….and yet, I do nothing to improve them.

I see the problems in our ministry, point them out, then sit back…and even complain about how things are not the way they should be.  DO SOMETHING.  That’s what I got out of this verse.

“Seek me and live…”  -Amos 5:4

This is a verse I try to include when sharing my testimony.  God promises us life and life to the full in John 10:10.  But how do we find that life? Simply by seeking him.

I sometimes confuse seeking him with praying for answers.  Friends often say, well, I don’t know what I want, I’m just seeking the Lord.  That is an excuse to not do anything and put it all on God.  We do this in many ways.  We do it with sin.  We go window shopping with our sin and see things in the window that we wish we were more like (fruit of the Spirit).  We point out the problems in our life and then tell God what we want to look how, tell him to fix them, and then wait around.  Rob Bell talks about how we need to get dirty…go in the store and try things on with God.  We need to be a part of the process of becoming more like him.  

There is nothing we can do to earn that righteousness.  We are simply told to seek Him and