Tuesday, July 26, 2011

If You Love Me, You Will Trust Me

Everywhere you turn you hear people talking about the long, hot summer. Here where I am, it is, indeed, hot; and the summer is feeling especially long because I have been dealing with my son and his illness. We came to North Carolina because of a clinic nearby my friend's home that treats illness holistically. The doctors at the clinic are medical doctors and chiropractors who employ massage therapists, colon hydrotherapists, medical assistants and nurses and use not just allopathic medicine but integrate it with homeopathic and holistic care.

My son is really just a little boy even though he is on the brink of teenager-hood (he's just about 12). You know how it is when you're a kid; you just want what you want. This child loves to eat, and it is very easy for him to tell you what his favorite foods are: steak, pizza and hamburgers. Any chance he has had in lifetime to have any one of the three above items, believe me, he has taken full advantage of it and eaten all he could handle. Unfortunately, what you eat has an impact on ulcerative colitis. So my son provided the lab with material to do a complete study to determine what he is sensitive to and/or allergic to. The lab came up with three items that my son can eat with complete abandon: apples, raspberries and apricots! For the next six months, he is relegated to a diet that is vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.

Woe is me I have been crying! Seriously, this is no fun. My son is relentless when he wants something. So, at first, I tried to follow the diet but allow him to have a little here and there that he likes so he wouldn't be miserable. Last week he ended up in the hospital because his intestines became so inflamed he vomited and had diarrhea for five days and lost weight so quickly my husband and I panicked and tooking him to the E.R. I learned my lesson.

My son, however, is a different story. We came home from the hospital yesterday and he immediately started asking me for things that he can't have and telling me how he didn't like the things I was offering him (mostly not even tasting them to even find out!). So I told him: "If you love me, you'll trust me. I don't want to feed you bad tasting food. I don't want you to be sick either. This is one of those times when I'm not your friend, I am your mom; and I will not let your feet slip again."

The Lord showed me that this is so consistent with my relationship with Him. I rarely want to do what the Lord wants me to do immediately. It usually takes thinking, pondering, praying, confiding in someone and more prayer. Well, at least, that's the way it is when it's something big I have to change in my life. God is constantly helping us, showing us the way so our feet won't slip either, and we have to choose to trust Him just because we know who He is; that He is good and He loves us with an everlasting love.

It makes it so much easier for us to trust God if we look at it through the eyes of a child with his/her parent and relate it back to our own children and their trust in us to do the right thing for them. God is all about doing the right things for us just as we are for our children. We want our children to live righteous, fruit-filled, happy, long lives; God wants the exact same thing for us.

Psalms 13:5-6

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (ESV)


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.
Lord,

I want to deal bountifully with my son. When he is grown, I want his heart to rejoice in the things I did for him as a child. Please give me the mind of Christ, the love of Christ, the patience of Christ, the wisdom and understanding of Christ so that I can minister these things to him. Let my child come to know you through me, I pray in Jesus' name. I want Him to bring honor and glory to your name. amen

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hitting the Mark

I bought my son an airsoft rifle last week. It came with a container of biodegradable pellets and a target. I went out and shot it with him and discovered how poor a shot I am. I really had very little idea how to even operate the dumb "toy". But, my son gave me a few instructions and some encouragement and I was able to hit the target and a while later was able to hit the target getting close to the middle (where you want to hit).
And so it is with walking the walk of a follower of Jesus. You hear the call and accept Christ's gift of life in the spirit. You begin the walk and literally have no clue how to place your feet in the prints Jesus leaves for us to follow. It isn't until you take the first step of faith that you see how out of sync your steps are with His and that you really know nothing about what you're doing and that you need help.

Hitting the mark, so to speak, does not come easily whether you are shooting bebe's or walking the path to righteousness. It takes commitment, practice, following directions/instruction and encouragement.

Thankfully, God has given us the necessary help to live a life more abundant and free in Him. When we accept His call to righteous living in the Spirit, He sends His Spirit to live within us, and through inspiration of the Holy Spirit, He has given us His written instructions in the Bible.


It is imperative, then, that we who are on walking on this path to righteous living in the spirit continually check ourselves against the Holy Spirit who is within us as to whether we are: abiding in our commitment, by putting enough faith into action (which is practicing our calling by following the leading of His spirit); reading His word; implementing its insruction in our lives; and giving and receiving encouragement to others who are of a like mind.

What about you? Are you hitting the mark set for you by our Lord? If not, ask for forgiveness right now and get back on the path toward holiness and God. We all miss the mark sometimes in our walk and because of that the enemy has plenty of amunition to shoot at us in the hopes that we will turn and walk away from the path towards God and move over to the path that is much easier and filled with less self-sacrifice; where the motto of the people on the path is "You Deserve It, You're Worth It, So Do It"!

I encourage you, in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, to walk forward today in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit of God within you towards your high calling of being priests and kings of The Most High God.

Father,

Forgive me for stepping off the path that you have ordained for me. Your Word tells me that that I have my own idea of what my path should be but that path leads to death. You alone know the way to life more abundant and free. That is the path I want to be on, Lord; the one that only you can direct me to and along.

I miss the mark somehow, someway everyday. Thank you for your patience and everlasting love. Thank you for your awesome ability to forgive me for all the horrible things that I have done against you. I love you for that. Make me want to be just like you. I pray this prayer on behalf of all my brothers and sisters everywhere who are walking the walk you have called them to, as well. Thank you now for hearing my prayer. I know that you will answer this prayer with my welfare in mind because you do only the things that will benefit those who love you and are called according to your purposes. You want us to be the best that we can be in
you, and I thank you for that, too. I thank you and praise you for who you are today, what you have done in the past and what you will do in the future.

I pray this in the mighty, powerful name of Jesus.

Amen

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Praying for Our Brothers and Sisters

Are you praying with me for a revival in yourself, in America and the World? As we have seen from my previous two posts, Are My Hands Clean and Revive Us, Oh Lord, it is possible for a revival to begin right here, right now if the body of Christ becomes a repenting and praying people.

First, we learned that we must look at ourselves through the eyes of Christ and determine what sins we have committed that are keeping us from really, truly coming into the presence of God in order to pray for revival. We have to really clean up our own life before revival can come to it and thus we can begin to proceed to the second part of revival: praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ and for people in general...intercessory prayer.

Intercessory prayer is lifting up the needs of others but continuing to pray that what God wants to accomplish in a person's life will be done. There are several Bible stories that indicate that God's mind can be changed.



Jonah 3:10 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.




Luke 11:5-8 is when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and He told them the parable of about the value of perseverance in prayer.

God is in complete control, and everything He does is for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). I believe that means that if we intercede on someone's behalf and Gods sees our prayer request as being for the best of all those concerned according to God's purpose for their life, He can change His mind about what is happening and intercede in the matter. Don't you love that? He is ALWAYS about doing what is best for those who love Him and want to accomplish God's purpose in their lives.

Dear God,

You alone are great in wisdom and knowledge and what is best for each one of us. I am sorry that I don't give you the time you deserve. I am sorry for each time I have failed to restrain my tongue. I am sorry when I have failed to do what you asked me to do, and I am even more sorry that I failed to hear you tell me. Make me so sensitive to your voice that I hear even your faintest whisper. Forgive me for any sin that I am unaware of. I want to be able to come into your presence today.

Thank you for the blood that Jesus shed on my behalf. Thank you that you love me and want the very best for me. Thank you that you are all seeing and all wise; for you know my thoughts before I even write them down or finish them in my mind. Praise you for this day and all the things I am living with right now for I know that they are for my good if only I will acknowledge you and let you direct my path.

Almighty One! God of the Ages! Blessed Father. Be with my brothers and sisters today all over the world. Lord, I pray that they would let you be their strength and shield. I pray for an extra measure of grace, faith and endurance for those who are persecuted. I pray that the principalities, powers, rulers of this age, and all spiritual wickedness will be defeated today by the prayers of your people. I pray that your people would stand against the evil one and all his followers today in the strength and power of your armor and the two-edged sword of your Word. May your name be exalted and your son be glorified in all your followers' lives today.

Finally, Lord God, I pray that your holy spirit would move; would flow from your throne and fall on us in mighty power and strength so that we would go forth and do your will in the world...to minister to the poor, the needy and set the oppressed free, to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth and to raise up the name of Jesus Christ. Let it be so, Lord.

Amen