The Power of the Reminder

In prayer I remind my audience of three things …

1. I remind God of His promise for my life.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23:19‬

2. I remind Satan of my place in Jesus.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭

3. I remind my situation of my authority over it.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭

Never let Satan or your Situation rob you of your Seat with Christ.

Prayer is our wake up call for the soul and a weapon to defeat anything that appears to be defeating you.

Show Me What’s In Your Hand

It rarely makes sense on paper.

Actually, it never makes sense on paper.

God defies the parameters we work with on planet Earth.

In God’s universe, He’s looking to see what you believe He is able to do through the promise of His Word.  This activates the hand of God to make the impossible, possible.

Friends, what’s in your hands?

What cards have you been dealt?

What is the current inventory of your situation?

What resources are currently at your disposal?

It’s not what’s in your head but your hand and heart that matter. God can work with that.

Have a read about what Jesus did in the moment of compassion and in the face of impossibility. THIS is the God we serve.

30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”

37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.”

They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”

38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”

That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.

39-44 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper.

 

[DEVOTIONAL] : Consumerism

It should not catch anyone by surprise that North America is a consumer driven society.  In 2008, National Geographic published statistics[1] that Americans are estimated to live 77.75 years and consume 31,350 gallons of gasoline, read 5,054 newspapers (43 trees), discard 64 tons of garbage and use 1.8 million gallons of water.

It should not surprise us that our consumer driven society has also infiltrated the ranks of the Church here in North America.  There is much to be said about the existence of consumerism in the Church.  How will the Church serve me?  How will the Church meet the needs of my marriage?  How will the Church meet the needs of my children?  How will the Church … you fill in the blank.

Our world says, let me make sure my world is taken care of before I even give consideration to your world.  Humanistic Psychologists like Abraham Maslow[2] introduced the hierarchy of needs that reflects levels of needs humans seek which include:

From a human perspective, this school of thought makes sense.  Let me take care of me, and figure out who I am, so I can help you do the same.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ presents a lifestyle that completely contradicts Consumerism.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus takes this school of thought and flips the script all together.

In a Kingdom, there is a king.  In this case, His name is Jesus.

In the kingdom of me, you are the center of the universe. 

In the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus is King.

The King has royal power, rule and reign.  The King’s will be executed, administered and all jurisdictions reside with him.  In His Kingdom, it’s not up for discussion or debate.

Seeking first His Kingdom indicates that this must be our life’s first and greatest priority.  Put the needs of others ahead of your own.  Jesus says, don’t worry about the basics; He will take care of that when we put his directive first.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”  – Matthew 6:25

Serve another and trust the Word of God will do what it says.  Seek first His Kingdom in your life, your priorities and your actions; and He will take care of the rest.

If you’re focused on your unmet need, be challenged to align your heart and pursuit with the priority of the Kingdom of Heaven, not the priorities of our consumer driven culture.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 (NIV)


[1] *http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g68/HumanFootprint.pdf

DEVOTIONAL : The Goal of Parenting

It is summed up in this: Our goal as parents is to see our children transfer their dependence from Mom and Dad to a full dependence on Jesus Christ.

As a new dad all over again, I’m reminded of how much my baby daughter is dependent on us as parents for absolutely EVERYTHING. She needs our help to eat, sleep, remain clean, feel loved, have sufficient shelter … and the list goes on.

“24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[a] an ephah[b] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.” – 1 Samuel 1:24-27

If you read and get greater depth into how long Hannah prayed for this child, wept for this child, and agonized over a closed womb, it’s amazing to see how she responded by giving Samuel back to God.

“24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her … and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.”

If our goal is to teach our children to become dependent on Jesus, how have you begun the initial stages of this transfer of dependence?