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Monday, September 15, 2014

Things Change God Doesn't!

Things Change God Doesn't!

'Find enjoyment in... all the days which God gives.' Ecclesiastes 5:18 AMP

Over one hundred times in Scripture we read, 'It came to pass.' Those may not seem like important words, but if you think about it, most things in life aren't permanent. Things change, but God doesn't! Knowing that can help you to handle the bad times and stop you from clinging so tightly to the good ones. Here are three important truths to keep in mind:

(1) Enjoy today. It's a gift - that's why it's called 'the present'! Solomon said, 'To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life...is...a gift from God.' (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NLT) Even though you are constantly moving toward another goal or objective, learn to live in the present. Don't put your joy on hold, or let it slip away while you're waiting for the next big event.

(2) Learn to appreciate the little things. They're all around you: the love of a good friend, a kind deed, a fresh insight, a good night's sleep, the delight on your child's face. How about simply being a part of an amazing church. Yesterday we not only heard an amazing message, we also took part in a marriage ceremony, and we eat together. I appreciated yesterday so much. Just like I will today. When you appreciate what you have, it multiplies. When you're grateful for the little things, God will give you more to appreciate (Matthew 25:23).

(3) Each ending brings a new beginning. There are two myths you should never believe. The first is the 'forever myth', which says your situation will never improve. The second is the 'never myth', which says if things get any worse you'll never be able to handle them. Both are distortions. God's Word says everything comes 'to pass'. And while you're going through it, He promises to 'strengthen...and help you.' (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) Yes, this ending will bring your new beginning. So keep trusting God.

You are loved!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Valuable!

Flawed, but Valuable to God

'The real power comes from God and not from us.' 2 Corinthians 4:7 CEV

I love the scripture in 2 Corinthians because it reminds me that it is all God! I can't do anything in myself other than what God empowers me to do. As we have walked our path the last two weeks with Amy's health issues, we have learned to lean on His power in a much greater way. Step by step putting our faith in His word, His power, His love.
Paul says, 'We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.' (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV) God's power comes from His written word and supernatural action. Some people don't read the Bible because they think it's all about saintly people whose lives have no bearing on reality.

If you feel that way, read the book of Genesis. The dysfunctional families there will make yours seem normal! Cain was jealous of his brother Abel so he murdered him. Lamech introduced the world to polygamy. Noah, the most righteous man of his time, got drunk and cursed his children. When the men of Sodom wanted the two angels who visited Lot, in order to save himself Lot offered them sex with his daughters instead. And the Bible still refers to him as 'godly'! (2 Peter 2:7) Abraham slept with his wife's maid, got her pregnant and then banished her and her son to the wilderness because his wife Sarah complained about 'the other woman'. Jacob's firstborn son Reuben slept with one of his father's wives. The list goes on ad infinitum.

The question is: why would God include this cast of characters in the Bible? To make the point that we're all flawed in some way! We like to think we're normal, but by God's definition we fall far short. We will never be able to be perfect in His eyes. It's only through the blood of Christ are we made perfect in His eyes. We all have habits we struggle with, past mistakes we can't undo, and inherent tendencies we can't overcome without His help. God said, 'My power shows up best in weak people.' (2 Corinthians 12:9 TLB) You say, 'But shouldn't I strive to be better?' Yes, but if God only used perfect people, He would never call anyone to work with Him.

You are loved!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Are You Growing Spiritually?

Are You Growing Spiritually?

'Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.' Psalm 55:22 KJV

I am concluding the thought today that I started yesterday. How do you cast your daily burden on the Lord?

First, you must learn how to carry your own burden.
Second, you must be able to help those who are weak to carry theirs.
Third, you must learn to give your burden to the Lord. 'Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.'

Sounds easy, but it's not, because:
(1) If you're self-centred, you will think only about your own personal wants, needs and plans, and it is easy to be self-centered in times of distress.
(2) If you're a self-starter and self-motivator, you will struggle with the humility required to get down on your knees and say, 'Lord, I need You; before I make a move I need to know You are with me'. If you are a doer you will struggle with this.
(3) If you're self-sufficient, you will wait until your knees are buckling and your back is breaking, then send an SOS up to heaven asking, 'Lord, where are You?' And He will reply, 'I'm right here, wondering when you're going to start trusting Me, leaning on Me and drawing strength from Me.' Jesus said, 'I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.' (John 15:5 NKJV) Who helps us bear fruit?

The key to success in God's Kingdom is: work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God! Martin Luther said, 'I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.' If He has to, God will allow you to fall flat on your face in order to get you on your knees. If you're wise, you won't wait for that to happen. So learn and don't give Satan the opportunity, "for he prowls around like a roaring lion waiting to devour", You!

You are Loved!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Are You Growing Spiritually?

Are You Growing Spiritually?

'Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.' Galatians 6:2 NKJV

I love this scripture where Paul writes, 'Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.' Why? Because you must take responsibility for your own spiritual growth. Until you learn to carry your own burdens you won't be able to help others carry theirs.

Remember the old Hollies' song, He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother? Instead of always having to be lifted, God wants you to lift others. Instead of always having to be prayed for, God wants you to pray for others. Instead of always needing to receive, you should be able to give.

We so grateful to those who came and visited Amy in the hospital. When you have your own burdens in place are you then able to come and visit and love on people like Amy. Paul also says 'more blessed to give than to receive' (Acts 20:35 NKJV)? Because in receiving, the process ends with you. But in giving, you activate the law of reciprocity. Paul says: 'Every one must make up his own mind as to how much he should give... cheerful givers are the ones God prizes. God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more, so that there will not only be enough for your own needs, but plenty left over to give joyfully to others... Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much... Those you help will be glad not only because of your generous gifts to themselves and to others, but they will praise God for this proof that your deeds are as good as your doctrine.' (2 Corinthians 9:7-13 TLB) When you're all wrapped up in yourself, you make a very small package. It's when you open up and reach out in love to others that you begin to grow spiritually.

Love You Much!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Todays Thought

Good Morning,

Thank you everyone who has been praying for Amy, she made some strides yesterday towards being better. The Dr. said she is moving in the right direction. So please pray for fluid to leave her body and her breathing to get better. That will be the sign that the kidney's are doing what they should. She is still tired. So we move forward today in full faith and confidence.

I was reminded today of everything the apostle Paul went through in his life. Beatings, ship wreaks, stoning's, his own sickness. He said, "no matter what I go through I run the race to win the prize." So we move forward in Christ to win the prize. We also have faith in what we do not see, and hope in what we do not see; yet we move forward knowing we will see what we have faith in. Jesus is our rock, make Him your foundation.

Love you all much in Christ!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Psalms 147:1-11

Good Morning,

Another day at the hospital. Praying we find out what the problem is with Amy today. Up to this point they have ruled out many things, but the CT scan caused her kidney's to struggle yesterday and we are still waiting on test results to see if kidney treatment helped. The won't go on with more tests till then. Doctors have their own schedule but thank Jesus they are here to help. WE appreciate your prayers very much. Love you All!



This portion of scripture gave me strength today, I hope it does you!
Psalms 147:1-11 "Hallelujah! It is good to sing psalms to our God. It is pleasant to sing his praise beautifully. The LORD is the builder of Jerusalem. He is the one who gathers the outcasts of Israel together. He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages their wounds. He determines the number of stars. He gives each one a name. Our Lord is great, and his power is great. There is no limit to his understanding. The LORD gives relief to those who are oppressed. He brings wicked people down to the ground. Sing to the LORD a song of thanksgiving. Make music to our God with a lyre. He covers the sky with clouds. He provides rain for the ground. He makes grass grow on the mountains. He is the one who gives food to animals and to young ravens when they call out. He finds no joy in strong horses, nor is he pleased by brave soldiers. The LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who wait with hope for his mercy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good morning,

I'm sitting in the hospital room with Amy for the third day. It's been a hard couple days as the doctors figure out what is going on in her body. One by one they eliminate stuff but now her kidneys aren't cooperating. I think about the scripture in Isiah that says, "As we wait upon the lord he will lift us up as on wings of eagles." So we are trusting in Him and praying for healing in Amy's body. I probably won't be posting like I do everyday. I'm trusting that those of you who read this will be praying for my wife. If you want updates please call Barb Beach.
You are loved much!