Friday, March 26, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

The other night during our family devotional, Caleb was holding a Lego Pirate in his hand. As we were talking, he was telling me about all the things he loved. Then he stopped mid-sentence and said, "I was going to say that I love Legos more than God, but I had to rearrange that."

I said, "A lot of us do, son."

We put too many things before God. We constantly need to be looking at our lives and make sure that things don't need to be rearranged.

Love money, love things, love movies, love internet, . . . love life. Love anything more than Jesus and things need to be rearranged.

Don't be fooled, Jesus is superior to all.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Hebrews 1:1-4

I love these verses. God has spoken to us and these verses tell us what He has said.

Jesus is the greatest, most radiant, most powerful, most majestic, most holy, most excellent being. Anything we put before Him would be idiotic.

It may not be Legos, but examine your life and look for things that need to be rearranged because God has spoken. Don't miss what He said.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. Jn 4:23

You really need to have the right tool for the right job.

In our relationship with God, we often miss the point of why we were created. We were created for His glory.

As a result, we find ourselves being a hammer when a screwdriver is needed. We are misapplied tools because we don't know our proper role in the Kingdom.

We were created to give God glory. To worship Him.

I'm not just talking about music. I'm talking about everything you say, do, and think (yes, think) being a deliberate act of worship to give the Almighty Creator, who happens to be our Father, the glory He deserves.

AW Tozer said, "If you will not worship God seven days a week, you DO NOT worship Him one day a week." Think about it.


Come To The Dark Side

Come To The Dark Side, originally uploaded by DocUNC.

After church, we played Star Wars. Unfortunately, Isaiah always wants me to be Jabba the Hutt.

Is it because of my looks or my laziness? I don't know which one I would prefer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

Exodus 14: 13-15 says, "And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward."

This is part of the story of God dividing the Red Sea.

There is a ton of good stuff in this whole account. Its not just a Sunday school story. Well worth reading a few times.

The Israelites were in a no win situation, rock and a hard place, death by drowning or death by spear.

Many of us probably feel like that right now.

Israel started complaining about the circumstances. Don't do that.

In these verses, the Lord gives us four steps to handle these times.

1. Fear not - if God is for us, who can be against us.

2. Stand firm - have your footing on the Word.

3. Hold your peace or keep silent - don't complain and don't blame. Trust the Lord and see Him fight for you. Cool!

4. Go forward - take a step of faith.

From our perspective, sometimes the sea divides and sometimes it doesn't, but remember that our Father only and always does what is good.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Food for Thought Fridays

I don't know if anybody even reads this, but I am going to TRY to put some thoughts down on Fridays. Not saying I am right, but just some thoughts.

In Romans 1:1 Paul starts his letter by saying, "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. . ."

Paul said he was a servant or bondservant depending on the version you read. We use servant most times in the Bible because slave sounds harsh.

But, I wonder if our prayer life reflects a slave's heart.

Many times I feel like I only make my requests known before the Father without taking time to listen to the Master's voice. What kind of slave tells his master exactly what he wants done and how to do it?

I think it would do us well to take some time to get on our face and seek the voice of the Master.

Romans 11: 34-36 says,

For who has known the mind of the Lord,or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

We must realize the Creator of the universe owes us nothing. But, every day, every minute, every smile, every laugh and every tear are by God's grace and mercy.

How small are we and how great is our God that He is mindful of us.