Monthly Archives: September 2011

You’re Not Your Shortcomings

At some point or another, we all feel unworthy. Of our job. Our friends or family. Someone else’s affection. Of God’s love.

I experience this whenever I let my shortcomings define me. I focus on my weaknesses–ignoring my God-given skills, talents, and blessings–and start to think “that’s all there is to me: flaws.”

The Bible calls those shortcomings something else: flesh (as in “the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit”; Galatians 5:17). Which seems to confirm that we’re all just big wads of failure. After all, we’re made of flesh, right? So if flesh is weak and sinful, and flesh is what I’m made of, then I’m made of weaknesses, faults, shortcomings, and sin.

Except that’s not true: we’re not just flesh. We’re souls, made by Almighty God the Creator, who inhabit flesh while on this earth. Continue reading


24: A Day With God (The evening hours)

How do you spend your evenings?

How would you like your “ideal” evening to be spent? Does your “ideal” evening move you closer to the things God desires for your life? I believe that God has given us this time to focus on a few very important things.

3 ways to spend your evening hours that will give you the greatest return….

1. Invest In Relationships
A friend is always loyal,
and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 17:17 NLT)

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. (1 Timothy 5:8 NLT)

God has placed very important people in your life for you to connect with during this part of the day. One of the greatest problems in families today is they spend so much time on the go that they never have time to CONNECT. Slow down and enjoy time with your family. Get together with close friends. Don’t have any? Take time to make some. You NEED solid, godly friends in your life. Building on these relationships will reap lasting benefits throughout your lifetime.

2. Spend Time Enjoying Entertainment
Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy. (Psalm 65:8 NLT)

God is ok with you enjoying some entertainment. Have you looked at his creation lately? The stars will leave you in awe. The sun set will put things into perspective. Some of the animals God created are outright hilarious. Have you ever watched two giraffes get into a fight? Pretty entertaining!

3. Invest In Some Rest & Relaxation
It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2 NLT)

Rest doesn’t make you lazy. Rest makes you able to serve God with more energy and a better attitude.


He Sees The Bigger Picture

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2 ESV)

What a view! God hovered OVER the face of the waters. God is able to see things that we don’t see. He understands things that leave us scratching our heads. He sees the bigger picture. He sees our lives from above.

His perspective is vast.

Your perspective is limited.

God limits your perspective so that you will lean on him for wisdom, understanding, and peace.

I’m not sure what your circumstances are today. Maybe you have a lot on your plate at work. Maybe you have a friend or family member struggling with cancer. Maybe the odds feel stacked against your life. Maybe you feel like you can barely keep your head above the water.

Remember that God is above the water. He hovers above your life with a purpose and a plan. Not only does he hover above with the ability to see a bigger picture. He WALKS WITH YOU through the uncertainty. And he will certainly guide you all the way through. (Psalm 23:4)

P.J.


24: A Day With God (Once You Leave The House)

I imagine we have all heard the statement “What happens in vegas, stays in Vegas.”  I think a lot of Christians have the same motto regarding their faith.  They may not realize it.  But their life style reflects it.  Many church goers are spiritual people on Sunday.  But away from church and  home you would never know it.

Not only is it essential to our faith that we connect with God during the morning hour of our day.  But it’s even more important what we do with what we learn once we leave the house.   Once you leave the house you may be at work, at school, or a stay home parent.  But at some point the 8 -5 part of your day kicks in.  That’s the “once you leave the house” part of the day.

If we are going to live in a way that honors God during the 8 -5, I think we have to answer one very important question.

When do you SET YOUR FAITH DOWN?

I’m not perfect and you’re not perfect.  We fail, we fall, and we sin.  But we must get back up and strive to live the life God has called us to live.  That requires that you recognize the areas of your life where you tend to set your faith down.  Once you recognize this area, you can strive for victory in this area of your life.

“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT

Examine and test yourself.  The results will let you know where you need to form new habits.

P.J.


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