Lately, I haven’t been writing as much as in previous months. Since I’m retired, I certainly have the time, and I’m always being inspired by God's presence and His truth. But to be honest, I’m not getting much of anything done that is visible to others. I’m going through a season with God during which He’s making unseen, hard-to-define changes that are emotionally difficult and almost impossible to explain. I'm sure that some of you can identify.
During this unusual chapter of my life, Iam learning the value of just putting one foot in front of the other, doing things whether I feel like it or not. In the natural realm, this discipline has enabled me to get my taxes filed ahead of time. It’s also helping me get past my growing dislike of certain chores, like vacuuming. Actually, the older I get, the more I consider house work to be acts of futility, since they require endless repetition. Of course I want a nice clean house, but I want...
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the Earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side – Psalm 71:20-21 NKJV.
Many can agree that God has shown us "great and severe troubles," just as the psalmist writes of. The Lord has excellent reasons for allowing distresses to come our way. They may arrive for correction, sanctification, enlightenment, or a number of other motives. God is always good, so let’s not be complainers. We should praise Him at every turn (James 1:2-4).
As we consistently trust and obey the Lord, just like the psalmist, we can look forward to God "increasing our greatness."
We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such, we are already distinguished and remarkable. Yes, we're surely great, but God wants to turn the dial of our brightness way on up past high. He wants to increase our voltage tremendously....
For about a week, God has been repeating the term “sleeping giants” to me. I know He’s speaking of His spiritual warriors and not the “giants of the land”—a term referring to evil strongholds of any given area (Joshua 17:15). As Christians, we are the true giants.
I believe that God is rousing His warriors to higher levels of awareness and discernment. This awakening comes in the midst of difficult personal trials. When we turn to God in our times of pain and battle, casting every care and every fear upon Him, He always responds with love and truth.
During the toughest times, God gives us new alertness to His presence. Just a brief glimpse of Jesus’ heart will boost our confidence in Him and thereby quicken our progress. A small foretaste of His beauty and power is deeply energizing.
Warriors, it's time for us to arise! As the Lord increases our wakefulness, let us obey the clarity of His voice! Let's mo...
Christians are called to speak creative words of life into our personal domains. We should always be voicing positive, uplifting words over our family, friends, associates, church, town, state, country, and even distant lands as inspired by the Spirit. (Corrective words are okay if directed by God and spoken in love.)
To consistently speak negative, critical words is contrary to God’s will. Those who insist on spewing their harsh judgments are in rebellion, and scripture calls this witchcraft. Refusing to speak life by giving someone the silent treatment is also rebellion and therefore witchcraft.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry - 1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV.
We are made in the image of God, and we should behave as such. In my experience, the Lord has been my biggest fan—my most devoted cheerleader. He has put in my heart the desire to encourage others, just as He's done for me....
In response to President Trump's election, far-left activists in California are campaigning for the state to secede from our nation. This will leave California vulnerable to attack in many ways, and it will also weaken our country's boundaries.
My daughter and her family live 30 minutes from California's Monterey Bay, and I've visited many times. Aside from the high-traffic zones, the exorbitant cost of living, and the liberal mindsets of many (certainly not all), this state is amazing in many ways. The jaw-dropping coastal scenes captured my heart right away. The mountains, hills, vast agricultural vistas, and lush back yards are all stunning. California has an inspiring history that is rich and unique. The state motto is Eureka! This Greek word means "I have found it!" I certainly understand the excitement.
Yes, a part of my heart is in California. I want to see "The Golden State" prosper under President Trump's leadership....
After a long absence, I'm beginning again to post short, casual articles to this blog. 2016 turned out to be an extremely busy year. God gave me a "green light" to self-publish, so I compiled a devotional book that includes 90 of my INSPIRATION articles (not these blog articles).
I have a new-found respect for traditional publishing houses. I imagined the preparation for my book would take a few weeks—possibly a couple months. After all, the book was already written. But this project gradually stretched into five very long months of determined effort. Many intimidating hurdles had to be conquered. "Giants of the land" were teaming up to stop me. (Technology had to be confronted head-on. Hidden information was hunted down and forced to come out with its hands up.)
No, self-publishing is not for the faint of heart. But God kept remi...
Here's a sobering thought to ponder: Sometimes God will lead us to a metaphorical cliff, then cause a strong wind to push us over the edge. His loving arms will catch us, but the fall is frightening, to say the very least.
"Why would God do that?" Well... in this life on Earth, there are necessary steps we would never take without a push from the Lord. As humans, we would simply be too afraid. Our reasoning would get in the way. "Common sense" would tell us to flee from the heights of the cliff and head for the familiar comfort of low ground.
I'm sure you're still wondering, "What's the point of being pushed off a cliff?" The truth is, only God holds the complete answers to this question. His purpose is unique for each of us. But in general, when finding ourselves completely helpless apart from the Lord, we experience greater depths of His love and care.
I've been studying the names of God, using a book written by Elmer L. Towns. "The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God" is a 3-in-1 edition, including the names of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has motivated me to learn His names so I can interact with Him accurately and also more intimately.
Jehovah Sabaoth is "the LORD of Hosts." He is the One who sends forth warring angels.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? – Hebrews 1:14.
I'm glad these angels are large and powerful. I sometimes ask the Lord to send "one of His strongest and best." A good one is surely dispatched, since all the bad angels were expelled. It's also great to know that angels aren't chubby toddlers or beautiful women, as depicted in worldly art. The angels I've read about can be fierce, depending on their assignment.
When I get alone with God and praise Him out loud, the Spirit will often help by giving me words. During a recent time of early morning worship, the Spirit prompted me to thank the Lord for "directing the steps of my heart." I recorded the phrase in my journal because it seems significant. Now I'm becoming aware of how God leads my heart on a regular basis.
Christians are cautioned to not take action based on emotion, and that sounds like good advice. But the Spirit undeniably leads us with Godly desire and love. Certainly, we must not act on human impulse, but when God orchestrates our moves with the beat of His own heart, we would be foolish not to follow.
A few days ago, I found myself doing something that would have been too difficult if not for the tremendous pull of love. In my heart where God abides, I simply had no choice.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love - 1 John 4:8....
In recent months, almost every time I meet with God, I begin thinking of His patience and longsuffering with me over the years. I love these attributes of God. I am verrrry thankful for His kindness in this area.
I often wonder why I've progressed so slowly. (At least it seems that way to me.) I look back on bright seasons of growth mixed with times of struggle, distraction and failure. Over the years, I have pleaded with God to not give up on me, and I'm happy to say, He's answered that prayer. (I'm still living and breathing and growing.)
When I've been apathetic, God has lit fires to wake me from my slumber. He's had to do this numerous times.
When I've been selfish, God has lovingly showed me better ways. He's done this over and over, year after year.
When I've been prideful or presumptuous, instead of angrily deflating my balloon, God has patiently shined His light on my error.