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Aim

In our stressful military world, we are often pushed and pulled in different ways. At times these ways be contradictory to previous instructions and require clarification and negotiation to sort it out. I think it’s fair to suggest that it can be demanding, frustrating and even aggravating at times. I would also suggest that at times we don’t respond as well as we could.

Matthew 22:36-40 reminds us, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  (Leviticus 19:9-18, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-28)

When we find ourselves squeezed in stressful situations our aim is to respond the best way Jesus tells us. Love God, Love Neighbor. He knows that what is inside of us dictates what comes out of us. He want us to know that too.

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Like a tube of toothpaste, no matter how hard or softly it’s squeezed only toothpaste will come out.

If we love self over others, when squeezed, Pride, Arrogance, Abuse, Disobedience and Ungratefulness comes out of our spiritual tube (2 Timothy 3:1-5). But in contrast, if we love God over self and love our neighbor, when squeezed, Kindness, Graciousness, Truthfulness, Hospitality and Welcoming comes out (Galatians 5:22-23)

If you love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well (James 2:8).

Aim for balancing Truth with Grace.

His Indescribable Gift

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

God’s gift to us is too wonderful for words with no strings attached. A gift is not a gift unless it is accepted. God has given you His Son, but ownership is conditional on acceptance. God does not force His gift on us, but He asks us to receive by faith the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. A person who deliberately refuses God’s offer of love, mercy, and forgiveness is lost. Most people gratefully receive a gift when given in love. The greatest sin that a person can commit is to refuse God’s love.

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Bring Power Into Your Life

“And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

How can God used your weaknesses or disabilities to bring power into your life?

How do you depend on your spiritual and professional training in a hard times?

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Gotcha’ God!

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
A young boy at the dinner table asked, “Dad, is God everywhere?” “Yes,” his father assured him, “God is everywhere.” “Is He in this room?” the boy wanted to know. “Of course,” his father said. “If God is everywhere, then He is in this room.” Eyeing the sugar bowl on the table, the boy continued, “Well, is God in that sugar bowl?” “Yes,” his father replied, “if God is everywhere, I guess we’d have to say that He’s even in the sugar bowl.” Reaching for the lid, the boy quickly slipped it over the bowl. “Gotcha’, God!” he said.
The Israelites also wanted a “sugar bowl” god, someone they could control. Isaiah rebuked them for cutting down a tree and using part of it to warm themselves and with the rest making it “into a god, his carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says, ‘Deliver me, for you are my god!'” (44:17). Israel wanted a god who could be contained in their temples and manipulated by their worship–but the God Isaiah had seen (6:1) was not that kind of a God.
How wonderful to know that the real God is so much greater than anything we can imagine or create. His ways and even His thoughts are so far beyond our finite minds that we can’t begin to comprehend Him. When we come to Him with our problems and our difficulties, we never have to worry about whether He’s big enough to handle them.
Don’t try to put God in a sugar bowl. You won’t be successful, for He is an awesome God. Rejoice that though you may not be able to understand Him, you will always be able to trust Him.
God will be God regardless of what we do!

Hurry Up, God

 Psalm 70:1-5 “Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord! Let them be ashamed and confounded Who seek my life; Let them be turned back[a] and confused Who desire my hurt. Let them be turned back because of their shame, Who say, “Aha, aha!”  Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”
Has God ever been slow in your life? He was in David’s. This undoubtedly was one of the psalms written when David was being harassed by King Saul. So he cries out, “Lord, why don’t You do something? You’re being awfully slow.”
Have you ever pondered the delays of God? He is never in a hurry, but once He starts to work, watch out! He patiently accomplishes His work. David pleads, “Make haste, make haste” (v. 1). He repeats his plea in verse 5: “I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God!You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.” If right now it seems as though God is tarrying instead of working, if it seems as though He is delaying instead of acting, what should you do? Seek Him and wait on Him and love Him. Verse 4 says it beautifully: “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!”‘ We’ve seen that phrase before. David, when he was sinking, said, “I . . . will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Ps. 69:30).

Here’s a good lesson for us. When God is not moving as rapidly as we think He should, when our timetables do not coincide, what should we do? Rejoice in Him, love Him and magnify Him. Let Him worry about the timetable. God is always working, and we know that all things are working together for good (Rom. 8:28). But He waits for the right time to reveal His victories. Let Him watch the clock.
God’s delays are a part of your character-building process. The next time God gives you a delay, encourage yourself by remembering that He never stops working for you, and He knows when and how to help you. Submit to His timetable and His care.

God’s Everlasting Love

Romans 8:37-39“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Pray in Times of Trouble

Jonah 2:7 “When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.”
“Dear God, I pray that thru my journey in life that I follow Your will and not my own emotions. I want to do what You want me to do for my job, spouse, and lifestyle. Lead me and make me someone after your own heart. Amen.”

A Bit Of Faith Goes A Long Way

Do you ever think along the lines of “If I could just get that new job I would be able to buy a better house, car or whatever?”
This is human nature. There is nothing wrong with having ambitions to better ourselves.
Matthew 9:22 “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”
This woman knew what her “If I could only…” was. It was if she could only touch the cloak of Jesus she would be healed. Nothing fancy. Nothing grand. Just a knowledge that faith in Jesus Christ would make her well again.
Do you have a “If I could only…” in relation to Christ? Mine is “If I could only study the Bible better and more indepth then I would be in a better place to teach others so that God’s Kingdom would be furthered.
If you have not considered this then take a few moments to think how your service or worship would be better “if only I….”