Mom- God is With You
May 13, 2018
Psalm 128:1, Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
A mother’s world – so many ups and downs….joy, laughter, heartache, headache, —- so many emotions to be dealt with. And God knows these times and emotions are coming……..So He’s there, knowing that we go through and have to deal with these. Let’s talk about some of these.
Kids are great at adding pressure to our day. All the questions, all the needs, all the conflicts. Life sure was easier before God added these blessings to our lives. When siblings conflict arises, our mama antennas quickly rise like a red flag. We want it to stop! Now. Especially before it becomes physical, which it can, even when our children are young. The world calls this “sibling rivalry.” But isn’t it really normal human relationships. Every relationship has conflict. As moms, we find ourselves repeating over and over again. “Get along!” Stop hitting your brother. What am I going to do with you two? Will it ever stop? Go to your room!” What if we decided to think of these times as opportunities?
Here’s the thing: Only God can change a heart. If words changed a person’s heart, all my kids would have been perfect. What if we began to see that these situations are actually the hand of God in our lives and the lives of our children? He is giving us opportunities to make the hard, right choices of love, patience and self-control – to choose Him and to choose to be more like Him. Each morning go to God in prayer and give Him your day. Invite Christ into the situation and then face the situation. You’ll be able to go into it with the peace of God. Mamas, keep correcting in love, but more often than you speak, keep modeling a calm and quiet spirit. Take a minute to compose yourself and settle your nerves. (You do it with your boss, friends, other family members) Model apologizing by asking their forgiveness when you lose your calm and teach them to apologize to one another.
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV), Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Today, begin taking the time to teach your children about God. Pray with them and over them. Pour out your heart to God right in front of them. It won’t be wasted time. Don’t just say it; model it. Don’t just say it; pray it.
James 1:2-3, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
James 1:12, Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Our unending fears and anxieties over being “just the right mom,” is so overwhelming. Well, You aren’t enough. None of us are. And that’s ok. The best news is that Jesus loves our children even more than we do. He’ll make sure they learn all they need, have all they need, and be all they need to be. Mothers, God is with you.
Deuteronomy 31:8(NIV), The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Psalm 68:19(NIV), Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
Allow God to teach you to teach your children about Him. Moms, you are not alone. God is with you.
Palm Sunday - Jesus' Call Jesus' Resolve
March 25, 2018
Luke 9:51 (KJV), And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Read Acts 2:21-23. Jesus’ coming and crucifixion was ordained of God before the foundation of the world. It was perfectly planned in the eternal purpose and counsel of the sovereign God. God planned it; He ordered it; and He guided all things concerning it. Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world (Acts 15:18); and the cross is no exception to this. It was no fatal outcome of a hopeless struggle, but it was the consequence of an invincible purpose! Jesus’ death was not a fatal outcome of a hopeless struggle; but it was according to the FOREORDAINED plan of God.
Jesus knew where His journey was leading Him to, yet He was determined to go!.
John 10:17-19, (KJV), Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my father.
John 18:37, to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world. The Lord Jesus carried out into perfect execution the counsel and will of God.
Jesus’ Invitation to the World
Luke 9:23-24, And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Do you know Jesus as Lord and Savior this morning? Are you experiencing His presence in your life? Do you have a desire to follow his footsteps and live for Him?
Satan offered Him the kingdoms of the world – He refused;
His disciples and the people wanted to make Him an earthly king and He refused;
The High Priest wanted Him to just keep silent and go away, but He refused.
He refused because He knew His purpose in life. Jesus’ entering Jerusalem was the pathway to the fulfillment of His words, “Mine hour has come.”
Without hesitation, Jesus went to the cross for our sins. No man took His life; He gave His life. His crucifixion is the picture of God’s unfailing love for mankind.
Receive Jesus as Lord, Today.
Listening To God - Part 1
March 18, 2018
Genesis 6:13, And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Also, even as a Christian, we can act on our own feelings, self-centered pursuits and goals and say I got my direction from God. The question is one of how do we know when God is speaking to us? How do we know if we aren’t just listening to our own feelings; or just doing what we wanted to do to begin with?
GOD REVEALS HIS PLANS TO NOAH – Genesis 6:5-6, And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:13, And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth
BENEFITS OF NOAH’S LISTENING TO GOD – Noah received a God’s eye view of things. A God sized task was given to a little man. Noah received the following:
DIRECTION FROM GOD – Genesis 6:14-16, (MSG), “Build yourself a ship from teakwood. Make rooms in it. Coat it with pitch inside and out. Make it 450 feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. Build a roof for it and put in a window eighteen inches from the top; put in a door on the side of the ship; and make three decks, lower, middle, and upper. Noah was challenged by God to do something that had never been done before.
STRENGH TO BUILD – Noah would need endurance for the work God had for him to do.
Hebrews 11:7 (KJV), By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Undoubtedly, Noah faced daily ridicule in his pursuit of being obedient to God. To truly follow God is not for those who are easily persuaded by the winds of the world. God gives us strength to do all that has given us to do for His glory.
- He valued having conversations with God. Noah set aside time to meet with God. Check point, how are you doing. How much of your day, every day do you spend in prayer with God?
- Noah knew how to listen to God. The inability to listen can cause us to miss out on valuable information, Genesis 6:13 (NIV), So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. Noah became still enough on the inside despite the craziness that was going on in the world around him.
It’s time to “listen to God.”
Waiting on God - Part 3 God's Will, God's Way, God's Time
March 11, 2018
There can be times that we clearly know God’s will for us and the way that He is leading; we don’t like His timing. As a young boy, David is anointed to be King of Israel. God has decided to take shepherd boy from the “Pasture as a shepherd To the Palace as a King.” It would be approximately 15 years until David would actually take the throne. For much of his early life he was a man on the run …. a hit had been put on his life by king Saul. Records show the that King Saul did the following:
- He puts a contract on David’s head. I Samuel 19:1 (ESV), And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. 1 Samuel 19:11(ESV), Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 1 Samuel 19:15 (ESV), Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.”
- He tried to kill David with a spear on two occasions, I Samuel 18:11;19:10
- He attempted to have David killed in battle with the Philistines. I Samuel 18:25 (ESV), 25 Then Saul said, “Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies.’” Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
While there is no biblical statics, it is believed that Saul sought to kill David for a period of 7 to 8 years.
How would you have reacted if someone was trying to kill you and all you had done was to show that person respect and served them faithfully. You could make a case you would have the right to retaliate. David had a different mind. He believed that all things would unfold just as God has said.
Consider the following as you wait on God:
People Are Watching: People knew of David’s anointing; they were watching his life. They saw that he would not act selfishly or act on the opinions of others. People are watching you while you wait.
God has a purpose: Psalms 27:14 (ESV), Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! While on the run, David wrote a large percentage of the book of Psalms. Thanks be to God, we have those to read today.
God is Preparing You: All David knew was how to be a shepherd. God taught him how to be a king while he waited. My personal belief is that God was teaching him over the years.
Hard Times may occur: David spent times in caves hiding from king Saul. Cave times are not easy times. Cave times for us may begin with an unanticipated job loss; difficulty in our marriage; a time of sickness or the loss of a loved one. We must realize that God has not left us alone.
Psalms 57:1-2 (ESV), Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my soul takes refuge; In the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me. God’s love for you is steadfast; You can put your trust in Him. He will deliver you.
Waiting on the Lord is the continual conscious daily decision to say “God, I will trust you and I will obey you no matter what. It is being able to say, God your plan is the best for me. There is no Plan B.”.
As you desire God’s help, accept His timing.
Waiting On God - Part 2
March 04, 2018
God lead Abraham and Sarah for 30 years and then gave them their own son. Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God. There are those times that it seems that God is silent, or He is at a distance. It is in those times that He is working faith into our souls. The fact is that during those times, God is saying WAIT!
In our story today, Jesus receives word that His friend Lazarus’ has fallen sick. He decides to stay where he was for two more days. When Jesus finally arrive at the home of Lazarus, Lazarus had died and had laid in a tomb for four days.
Martha meets Jesus and says, “if you would have been here my brother would not have died.”. When Mary comes to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet saying to Him, Lord” if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” It is my personal belief that the two sisters were sharing their frustration and disappointment that Jesus had not come earlier. In our words today, perhaps we would say, “Jesus when we really needed you…you did not come. We waited Lord, and You didn’t show up. Jesus, I texted You, did you get my text? Lazarus’ illness was posted all over Facebook. How could You not know how desperately we needed You?”
Two things to remember about things you may be seeking God for right now. First of all, His delay does not mean His denial. Secondly, we do not know the full story that God has in mind. It is His plans and purposes that will prevail. Vs 14-15, Then Jesus told then plainly Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe Lazarus’ death was for the glory of God. Following the raising of Lazarus, scripture tell us this in verse 45, many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what He did believed in Him
Jesus waited four days to diffuse any idea that Lazarus was not fully dead. Decomposition had begun to set in. Vs 39-40 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” Jesus exceeded their expectation. Mary and Martha called Jesus to heal their brother, but in turn, they got a resurrected brother.
Here are three things to that may be helpful to you while you are waiting:
- Wait on God Expectantly – Waiting includes the concept of hope or looking expectantly. Lamentations 3:24 (ESV), “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.
- Trust in God’s Person and His Goodness, God is God Almighty; He has all that power is. Isaiah 40:31 (ESV), but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. God omnipotent does what He wills.
Psalm 113:5 (ESV), Who is like the LORD our God, Who is seated on high (ESV).
- Your waiting season is not wasted. God is still God. He is on His throne and actively participating in your life…. Right now! Romans 8:28 (ESV), And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
GOD’S PLANS ARE BETTER THAN YOURS…..WAIT ON HIM!