Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HE HEALS THE WOUNDED SPIRIT!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HE HEALS THE WOUNDED SPIRIT!

Ps 147:3
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Prov 16:23-24
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

           Human relationships are fragile. We sometimes wound each other more deeply than any sword could. We do this with angry words and unfaithful deeds. The relationship that was built on trust now teeters precariously on doubt, fear, and uncertainty. It is a volatile mix that is often ignited by revenge. It engulfs others.

Prov 16:28
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

           Does time really heal all wounds? I’ve lived long enough to cautiously say yes. Conditions apply but time is a great healer. We move on and grow up. The wounds will heal if we don’t pick at them. Scars are not a reminder of who hurt us but how well we healed. We overcame and the tears dried.

           Old wounds remind us of the faithfulness of God and encourage us during times of confusion and conflict. One day we will look back and see this trial differently. We will see old enemies as mutual victims of bad times and bad decisions. Every scar has a story but we must be careful how we tell it.

Dear Lord, thank you for being a Healer of wounded spirits. AMEN

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TAKE UP YOUR CROSS!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TAKE UP YOUR CROSS!

Matt 16:24-26
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

           All three of the synoptic gospels records Jesus saying: “If any man will come after (or follow) me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross.” Luke adds the word “daily.” Following Jesus is not for wimps but risk takers.

1.       The Cross is PERSONAL!

It is YOUR cross. The cross of discipleship and service is not some naturally occurring inconvenience. It is more than a rainy day that spoils a picnic. My cross is so personal that nobody else can carry it.

2.       The Cross is REDEMPTIVE!

I believe that ministry does not happen unless the minister suffers some kind of loss so that the recipient can enjoy some kind of gain. Jesus’ cross redeemed the sinner but Jesus was without sin. The one hanging on the cross suffered loss so that we might gain.

2 Cor 8:9
9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

3.       The Cross is an INVESTMENT!

Mark 8:35-36
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Those who are overly protective of this earthly life will ultimately lose it anyway. Those who recklessly invest their earthly life to do ministry will not lack life. Those who hoard earthly stuff will ultimately lose it but those who lay up treasure in heaven will never lose their investment.

Matt 6:19-21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Dear Lord, I don’t have much, but it all belongs to you. Use both me and my stuff to make gains for your kingdom. AMEN

Monday, July 15, 2019

WEARY!


Monday, July 15, 2019

WEARY!

Luke 18:1-5
18 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

           The word “weary” is found in the Authorized version 42 times! In verse 5, above, it is translated from the Greek hupopiazo and the literal meaning is interesting. It means “to hit under the eye.” We chuckle a bit when we try to imagine an irreligious judge who is so troubled by a persistent widow that he likens her pestilence as a “sock in the eye!”

           Beyond physical weariness, are you just tired of it all? Maybe you are what we often call “sick and tired.” You have reached your LIMIT of resources and endurance. You need some relief! If that is your case then you need to finish reading Jesus’ parable.

Luke 18:6-7
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

He Giveth More Grace
By Annie Johnson Flint

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Lord, I’m sorry to “sock you in the eye” with my burdens again, but there are many who need you today. Please rush to their aid. AMEN