Monday, October 9, 2017

Becoming Thankful and Joyful

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.  Philippians 2:14-16

Our attitude determines our altitude.  This is so true.  When we take the position, throughout the day, of being thankful and joyful, our lives shine.  The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.  When we are thankful and joyful, we possess the wherewithal to overcome little and large circumstances.

A cheerful heart is also good medicine according to Proverbs.  It is healthy to have a joyful heart.

When we avoid grumbling and complaining and learn to praise our God throughout the day, we become winsome witnesses of the gospel.  No one wants to take advice from someone that is depressed and always complaining.  In Philippians, it says that when we cease from complaining and arguing, we shine like the stars in the sky.  Unbelievers will take notice of us.

Let’s make it our ambition to be thankful and joyful and let’s let our praise resound each day.  With this attitude, we will rise, we will shine, and we will become winsome witnesses in a world that is warped, crooked and hungry for the truth.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What Can One Life Do?

What can one life do?
In a world that unwittingly hungers for truth.
A people void of understanding
Reach out to God with aching
Their empty, hollow sighs
Are heard by the Author of the skies

Are you poised for battle?
Ready to pray?
Are you full of compassion?
Willing to share God’s love and truth today?
Preach the gospel story
Give Jesus the glory

Your one life can make a difference
Ushering many others into His Presence

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Surfer

The surfer glides over arduous waters
She rides the wave
With God’s help we too can often skim over
The troublesome times that come
We are overcomers, and Christ is the
Ultimate Conqueror over all that tries to defeat us

But, if the waters engulf us,
Jesus is only a whisper away
He will lend us His strong arm
And bring us to safety

We see that some trials are completely under our feet
While others require us to endure
Yet victory is sure

In the waiting, our character is formed
Like the sand inside the oyster that births a pearl
Our lives give glory to God no matter the circumstances
As we stay faithful to Him

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tongues and the Infilling of the Holy Spirit

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.  Romans 8:11

God wants us alive unto Him. He wants to quicken our bodies. His desire is that His life flows through us.
A significant way that we are empowered this way is through praying in tongues. When we pray in the Spirit we become more sensitive to the Spirit's promptings. We become conduits for the Lord to bless others through his power. Praying in tongues also opens the door for us to flow in the gifts of the Spirit.

Again and again in the book of acts, tongues is shown as the initial sign of the infilling of the Holy Spirit for believers.  The Bible says that when we pray in tongues we edify ourselves. In the Greek, the word “edify” means to charge like a battery.  The Holy Spirit is called our Helper, and when we pray in tongues He helps us.

If you have this gift, speak in tongues often. But do it privately. Do not draw attention to yourself.  If you don't have this gift, ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit. The only prerequisite to receive is that you must be born again. Confess to the Lord any known sin you may have. Understand that you cannot earn this gift; it is freely given.

Come before Him now and receive. He loves you and wants only what's best for you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Door

The gift is free
Far as the eye can see
The promise land for eternity

Come believe
Come receive

You cannot buy your way in the door
Your best behavior can’t earn you a pass
Trust in Jesus He’s the Door
His forgiveness will last

Yes, we have all fallen short
Our sins to numerous to measure
Christ’s body was torn
Saving souls is His pleasure

He paid the ultimate price
His life as a ransom
So we could have new life
His act was not random

He did the Father’s will
Prophesied centuries before
He did the Father’s will
So we could open the Door

Come believe
Come receive
Let salvation be yours
Full and free

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Praise for Our Creator

Flourishing grass of green
Sea of deep blue
Air streams churn the surface
And white foam crashes against the rocky shore
White birds with orange beaks
Dive beneath the water’s surface for a catch

Peace floods my soul
As I feast on Your creation
Your world ministers to me
And I respond with praise

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Following the Holy Spirit

When I was much younger, I took a Music Theory course at the College of Du Page.  The course was both challenging and helpful.  While learning about the ins and outs of scales, chords, and other elements of music theory, I met an acquaintance.  He was a classmate, who loved music as I did.  I let him know that I wrote songs and played guitar.  At times, I prayed for him to receive the Lord.

One day when the class ended, I began to walk towards the door to go home, but I felt in my heart that I should stay.  I walked over to the cafeteria and quietly prayed in tongues. A sadness fell over me.  I believe it was the grieving of the Holy Spirit.  I waited for about 15 minutes not knowing why I was there.  I did believe that the Lord wanted to use me to help someone.

After this, I got up and walked towards the door to leave, but I saw my friend.  I said hello to him and, since I had my guitar with me, I asked him if he would like to hear some of my songs.  He said he would so we went to one of the practice rooms, and I played some of my original Christian compositions.  I was then privileged to be able to lead him to the Lord.

Years later, I ran into my friend.  He was attending a church and was on the worship team there.  Praise the Lord!

This was a divine encounter.  All I did was to obey the Holy Spirit – even when I did not know what was going to happen.  You can do this too.  Ask the Lord to baptize you in His Holy Spirit, and obey Him.  He will use you in wonderful ways.  He doesn’t normally guide us with force.  Instead, His gentle nudges lead us to bring others to Him and to do His will. 

Let’s ask the Lord to use us.  If we are available to the Holy Spirit, He will enable us to do wonderful works for Him and for His glory.