It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Self Discipline

Discipline is not easy, but it’s better than regret.  We need to wait . . . yet the culture is conditioned for the “instant”!

It takes a patient man to sow good seed, even when you’re not seeing a good harvest:

Noah was the butt of jokes for 120 years

Abraham was promised a baby after he was 100 years old

Moses got put into the wilderness for 40 years

David went through trials before he ever wore a crown

Joseph went from a shepherd, to the 2nd most powerful man in the world

The disciples first commission was to “wait”!

Every chapter of life you are in, requires patience.  How many times do we compromise JUST BEFORE the harvest?  God’s best is always better than the alternative.

It’s better to want something you DON’T have . . . than to HAVE something you DON’T WANT!

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Face – To – Face

Exodus 33:11 is a picture of intimacy.  When something comes between two friends, it is awkward to be face-to-face.

A wife can describe a disagreement she has with her husband that results in laying down at night turning her face to the wall and her back towards her husband.  It doesn’t take a therapist to know there’s a problem in that relationship.  The intimacy has been broken.

You may have seen the same principle at work in children.  When your child does something wrong.  Where is the last place in the world he wants to look?  IN YOUR EYES.  Holding his little face in your hands, you say sternly, “Look in Mommy’s eyes!”  But he avoids looking in your face.  Why?  Because something has come between the two of you, and the fellowship has been broken.

If you have walked with God for any length of time, you know what it is to have a breach in the relationship — to find it difficult to look HIM “in the eyes”.  Get back into HIS presence, to find out what has caused the breach, and to reestablish fellowship.  Then you can once again look into HIS face without shame or fear.

Moses was a man who yearned for a deeper, more intimate fellowship with God.  In one of his intimate conversations with God, Moses pled, “If You are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know You.”  Exodus 33:13  Moses didn’t just want to know more ABOUT God.  He wanted to KNOW God.

Do you find yourself in any of these places?  Find your way back to intimacy with God.

 

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Wasn’t It Smart Of God To:

Design Esau to be a skillful hunter and Jacob to be a quiet man living in tents so we know it’s okay to be country folk or city slickers!

Send us into the world with nothing and then take us back with nothing so we’re reminded that the most valuable thing in life is that we belong to HIM.

Make children washable and guaranteed not to shrink!

Design the human body to self-maintain by feeling thirsty when it needs water, hungry when it needs fuel, tired when it needs rest — and grumpy when any of those needs aren’t met.

Give instructions to parents to not spare the rod of discipline so the rest of us won’t mind being around their kids.

 

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Walking With A Limp?

As I left my house this morning in somewhat of a hurried slumber, I realized a few minutes later after putting on my shoes, that something felt significantly different.  I looked down to discover I had 2 different shoes on my feet!  They were both grayish in color.  One with light pink trim & one with light turquoise trim, yet both shoes were mostly gray.  What grabbed my attention, was one had a much thicker insole, making my gait display an obvious limp!  This reminded me of a story in Genesis 32 : 24-30

Sometimes God turns a strength into a weakness in order to use us even more.  Jacob was a manipulator who spent his life scheming & then running from the consequences.  One night he  wrestled with God & said, “I’m not letting go until You bless me.”  God said, “Alright.” & then He grabbed Jacob’s thigh & dislocated his hip.

What is the significance of that?  God touched Jacob’s strength – as the thigh muscle is the strongest in the body, & turned it into  a weakness.  From that day forward, Jacob walked with a limp & he could never run away again!  It forced him to lean on God whether he wanted to or not.

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