Sunday, January 31, 2016

BUT may all who seek you rejoice (Psalm 40:16)

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”
Psalm 40:16
As we close out the month of January, may this be our prayer. Let's seek and rejoice in God's word each and every day. When the day is done we will no doubt say "The Lord is Great!"

Saturday, January 30, 2016

BUT I can't (Romans 7:18-20)

I know what is wrong and I know that nothing good lives in me,
that is, in my sinful nature.
I want to do what is right,
 BUT I can’t.
I want to do what is good,
BUT I don’t.
 I don’t want to do what is wrong,
BUT I do it anyway.
BUT if I do what I don’t want to do,
I am not really the one doing wrong;
 It is sin living in me that does it.
I have discovered this principle of life—
That when I want to do what is right,
 I inevitably do what is wrong.
 I love God’s law with all my heart.
BUT there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.
This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
 Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is:
 In my mind I really want to obey God’s law,
 BUT because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Romans 7:18-20 (NLT)
Do you find yourself in these passages?  If you have struggled in the past in a humbling situation where you want to do what is right but inevitably you still have bad thoughts or actions please be reminded that is the old nature. Until we get to heaven this battle within will always rage, be strong my friend Jesus can concur even this battle. So often we think to pray about health, financial issues or physical needs BUT my friend the greatest pray is for Jesus to get victory over the battles within!  Please feel free to comment and share an internal battle with us. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

BUT a Happy Heart (Proverbs 15:15

All the days of the needy are hard…

A happy heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15  CEB
A happy heart is a choice.
It is not our circumstances that make us happy BUT the condition of our heart.
What makes a person needy?
Did you picture a homeless person? 
 I have spent time with several homeless and many of them have a happy heart. 
I have also been in the presence of wealthy people who do not have happy hearts.
If you are growing weary, my friend. If you feel life is just too hard sometimes.
You may need a new heart.
That's just what Jesus came to do.
He wants to take all your junk and throw it so far away that you can't see it or feel it.
Make the best choice of your life today
Tell Jesus to take control and surrender your heart to Him.
BUT remember the recovery process and success is based on how well you take care of your new heart (It's new Jesus is there to stay)
 Stay with me the rest of the year and let's explore and get rid of all the BUTS in our life.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BUT He said to me (2 Corinthians 12:9)

BUT He said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.
 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
I confess I don't like showing people my weaknesses.
Many times I feel lonely and inadequate and I see my weaknesses glaring at me.
I can be negative- controlling- selfish (okay that's enough)
By God's grace I am a work in progress and over the last 30 years
 I have pleaded God to help me see His goodness.
 I do not say this to boast
BUT to give God the glory for a transformation that still takes place every day.

 If this is what it takes to show Christ Strength- it's worth it.
The weaker we are
the stronger Christ becomes.
 I hope I am not the only one that struggles with this.
Stop trying to be all THAT and start being honest in your weakness
 and let others know you are human. 
Christ is powerful enough to use your weaknesses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BUT, you, Lord, do not be far from me (Psalm, 22:19)

BUT you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Psalm 22:19
If you are feeling that God is far away from you today, my friend.
Stop for a moment... He's there.
No matter where you are at. He's there.
Make this your prayer right now at this moment.
He has never left you.
Unfortunately far too often we turn away from Him.
BUT he is never far from you.
Turn around and fall into the arms of Jesus.
Now I know you got to get up at some point and go about all the stuff life throws at us.
BUT remember God goes before you and is waiting there too!

BUT the Spirit himself intercedes ( Romans 8:26)

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, 
BUT the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26
Do you ever find it hard to pray?
Maybe you are going through a hard time and you just don't know what to say.
 Don't say nothing at all. Hey that reminds me of a song-
Alison Krauss "When you say nothing at all"

It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don't say a thing

It wasn't written as a Christian song BUT listen to it today I believe this is how God feels towards us.
God is there- He will not let you fall- He loves us best even when we say nothing at all.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BUT only what is helpful for building others up (Ephesians 4:26)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
BUT only what is helpful for building others up
according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:26
I confess this is one of the hardest things in the world to do.
BUT could you imagine if we tried, I mean really tried to do this how it could change the world.
We are worth it. Just for today let's try it- I know it will change YOUR world.
Today build others up - not for what you get out of it BUT according to their needs.