Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wise as an Owl

Daniel 1:20
“And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.”

Wisdom. I have been pondering this word for a couple days now. It all started with a gift I was given for Christmas. It was a simple bracelet with an owl on it. The significance of this was to show the wisdom of the owl. Which led me to think of myself, and why someone would choose this for me. Me?  Wise? I truly don’t see it. Often times I think I know what I am doing or saying and it is completely wrong, I think of the mistakes I have made and think hmm…that really was not wise of me, I could have prevented that. It many cases I probably could have changed things but many times when it comes to wisdom I think of people getting themselves in trouble and having the ability to get themselves back out still standing tall. The reason that the king counted these men as wise is because they had just been studying, and they had another factor working in their favor, God. In John 14:26 it says “But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Without the Holy Spirit I am unable to be wise. It is through the power of Him that I can gain wisdom in Proverbs 2:6 it says “ For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The Lord is the giver of all wisdom and understanding. He is the one that will give me all wisdom in all situations. So to access this wisdom I much take Him into ever part of my being. He is the one that can give me the answers and understanding to all the questions I have in life. Giving him my full heart, my full life, so that he can give me his wisdom to do his will. This is once again a crossroad that I come to what is it that he doesn’t have control of? What is that he still wants to show me? I will continue to ask these questions until he reveals it to me.

Growing Weary in Doing Good

Hebrews 12:3
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
Have you ever grown weary in doing good? It can be a hard road sometimes. I have found while being here I have to remind myself why I am in this crazy weathered place. I daily have to strength and encourage myself in the one who has sent me. When I feel that the day are growing long and I find myself growing weary I do exactly what this verse says I consider Him who endured the cross. As the Christmas season is approaching I have been studying what Mary went through and how each step of Jesus life pointed to him ultimately dying for you and I on a cross at Calvary. He lived a sinless life know how his life would end. Do you think he ever grew weary? I’m sure he did, but he lived this life so that we wouldn’t. He lived so that we would be able to come to him with anything and everything and be strengthened in that. He lived this life so that we wouldn’t grow faint, so that we wouldn’t be weary in doing good.

            Someone recently said to me the fastest way to get burnt out in ministry is to do it with the wrong heart and in your own strength. This really stuck with me because I could really feel myself getting to this point and needing a break. So I began to ask God what it was he wanted. Does he really want task after task? Or does he want constant communion? I haven’t quite figured this out, but I truly want to do this work with a right heart. So from now on as I am doing a task I will ask the lord to show me what he wants me to learn in it. Praying that my heart would be right in doing his work.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Only God

Hebrews 11:2-3
“For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made of things that are visible.”

Faith, that’s what we are talking about here. How do we know when it is by faith or by sight? One way I have always known this is by looking at something and you just know, only God. This was only done by and through God. This verse says that the people of old received their commendation or praise because of it. When I think of this I think of what I get praise for. Do I enjoy being praised for the things I can do in my own strength? Or do I enjoy the praise when others look on and say “only God”? For me it is when other look on and say only God. I want to look back on my life and one day say there is no way I could have done that in my own strength. I want others to remember me for the great faith I had in my creator. Knowing that I relied completely on him to do what only he can. I was pondering this idea today after thinking of a study I was going to do. It is by Jennifer Rothschild, she is blind and cant read like you and I can, but she has written tons of bible studies for women. I was amazed at how God could take a disability and change it for his glory. You look at her and think only God could do that. I think that is something the Lord is teaching me here in this place. He is teaching me to dream big. He is teaching me once again that there is nothing impossible for Him. All I have to do is wait on Him and His timing and he will blow my mind. If and only if I do this I know I will look back on my life and say only God.