La decisión del salmista…

La decisión del salmista

“Una decisión de aprender, «…cuando aprendiere tus justos juicios»; David declara en este versículo 7 del Salmo 119, su disposición de «aprender» la Palabra de Dios. Esto es lo que separó a David de la multitud. A pesar de sus obvios problemas, David nunca perdió su hambre insaciable por la Palabra de Dios. Nunca dejó de ser sensible a su corrección, o a su instrucción en justicia. Al estudiar la Biblia, usted ve cómo esta actitud surge una y otra vez. 

Los hombres de Dios, que alcanzan la verdadera grandeza, tienen este tipo de actitud en común. El ser usado poderosamente por Dios no es cuestión de talento, habilidad, posición social, ni educación. Es cuestión de tener corazón por la Palabra de Dios. Obsérvese la actitud de Pablo desde el momento de su conversión: «Señor, ¿qué quieres que yo haga?» Esta misma actitud es la que Dios espera de usted hacia Él y sus mandamientos.

¿Realmente anhela la felicidad, bienaventuranza y plenitud, con suficiente deseo para comprometerse a aprender la Palabra de Dios? ¿Se da cuenta que esta decisión afectará el resto de su vida? No estamos hablando de asistir a un estudio bíblico semanal. Esta es una decisión de aprender la Biblia y no sólo unas cuantas cosas escogidas de la Biblia. 

En nuestra iglesia no existe excusa para dejar de aprender la Palabra de Dios. Nuestro discipulado sistemático y bíblico lleva a un cristiano desde el momento de su conversión al punto que pueda seguir por sí solo el estudio de la Palabra de Dios.

La decisión de aprender la Palabra de Dios es un punto inicial, pero se necesita otra decisión. Ya hemos aprendido que el mero conocimiento de la Biblia no es suficiente para obtener un corazón en pos de Dios. También es necesario estar dispuesto a comprometerse a obedecer la Palabra de Dios.”

“Like a father to his children…”

“The moment my first baby was born, I birthed along with her the expectation that I not only would be—but should be!—a perfect mom. You can imagine how quickly that goal fell flat! Soon I was believing that I was the only imperfect mom in the world, and my poor children had been stuck with me. 

If I have learned anything from Paul’s lament at the end of Romans 7, it is this: not one of us is perfect. And we never will be! We are certainly made perfect through Christ and imputed with His righteousness, but in our own hearts we still daily battle the sin nature. 

I finally realized an important truth as I was in tears again one day over what a “horrible” mother I was – the Lord never asked me to be a perfect mom. He only ever asked me to point my kids to a Perfect Savior. 

Isn’t that freeing? As we travel (and, let’s face it – sometimes stumble!) down the path of sanctification, we oftentimes surprise ourselves with just how much we still repeatedly struggle with various sins. The Psalmist assures us in Psalm 103:13-14, however, that our Heavenly Father is not surprised by our struggles. He knows we are but dust, always battling the flesh and its desires.

In the midst of this, He loves us with a tender compassion as He seeks to help us in our ongoing transformation of growing ever more into the likeness of Christ day by day.

Our gracious God not only lovingly walks alongside us in this journey, constantly working in our hearts, but He also sovereignly brings so much good from even the biggest sins and mistakes we make as mothers. In fact, it has been on those days when I have lost my temper at my children the worst and then, broken over my sin, gone to them in repentance and together prayed to the Lord, that I have seen my children grasp the truths of the gospel like never before.

It isn’t that we choose to go on sinning that grace may abound. Rather, it is that we have a hope to cling to when we do fall again and again. Our Lord is picking us back up with never-ending grace and forgiveness, assuring us again that our children have only one Perfect Parent – our Heavenly Father Himself.” 

Wednesday Night-Cap 🔦

“A darkened heart is a terrible thing, because a darkened heart may make a man peaceful. A man says—“My heart is not bad, I am not convicted of sin; all this talk about being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit is so much absurdity.” The natural heart needs the Gospel of Jesus, but it does not want it, it will fight against it, and it takes the convicting Spirit of God to make men and women know they need to experience a radical work of grace in their hearts.

There are times when inner peace is based on ignorance; but when we awake to the troubles of life, which more than ever before surge and heave in threatening billows, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from our Lord. When our Lord spoke peace, He made peace. Have you ever received what He spoke?

Reflection Question: What kind of peace do I have: the kind that comes from confessing who I am and being reconciled to God or from ignoring who I am and living in denial?”

Bible Read:

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:1-7 NIV

Get Hungry !

Today’s devotional from TD Jakes!

“After spending 3.5 years with Jesus, Peter ultimately denies knowing him, because it became hard to follow Jesus. There is a period of insurrection. Peter rebelled against something that got too hard for him, and he returns to the familiar – fishing. The disciples follow him to his boat. What Peter does not realize is once God calls you out, you cannot go back. God will close a door so that you cannot return to where you came from, and you have to deal with what is in front of you. If you do find a way back, it won’t be easy. Like Peter, when he returned to his boat, you will toil all night. Going back is no longer an option! Sometimes failure is your friend.

Peter had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus shows up in the morning, (Always remember: Power moves in the morning!) and he asks Peter to take inspection; “How’s it going? Have you caught any fish?” You cannot be a leader without taking inspection. In order to get what you expect, you must inspect. An analysis is essential. A report is necessary. Decisions can only be made around inspections and analyses. 

Effort does not equate to impact. The fact that a lot of effort is expended does not mean it will result in impact. Some of the busiest people are failures. What do you have left after all of your energy is spent? Most people measure success using the wrong methodology. It is not about the gross; it is about the net. God wants to make us profitable servants. He will always use what we have left; even if it is a handful of meal, or a pot of oil, or two fish and five loaves. The goal should be to measure what is left. There are only two ways to have something left; either increase what is coming in or decrease what is going out. Why would God give you more when you have been so inefficient with what you have had left? 

It is better to be rich than to look rich. Bling don’t mean a thing if you don’t have retirement, or annuities, or life and health insurance; if you don’t have a strategy for the future. Have you anything to show for your effort? Did you even bother to count to see if what you’ve done is profitable? Are you satisfied to be on a boat impressing people who have no more than you, or are you hungry to catch something? Don’t be satisfied to float on a boat with people who have caught nothing! Get hungry for success! Get hungry to have appreciating assets and not depreciating ones. Get hungry to think like a champion and not like a fool…Get hungry!”

Bible verses for guidance…

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus ), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.” ~ John 21:1-12 NIV

“Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ ” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” ~ 1 Kings 17:8-16 NIV

“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” ~ 2 Kings 4:1-7 NIV

There is no such long list from the Lord Mommy !!! 🚫

“There is a common lie that floats around in mommy culture today and that is the lie that “‘Good’ moms do XYZ…”. We see this most often in the context of the mommy wars, where one group of mamas will regularly pit themselves against another group of mamas if they differ on issues of vaccination, breast-feeding, co-sleeping, education, family dynamics and activities, or birth methods.

There are many problems which arise as a result of this mommy war culture but just one is the problem of wrongly thinking that God has set forth, in His Word, a particular standard of what it means to be a “good” mom in each of those areas. The truth of the matter? He hasn’t.

In fact, I have good news for you, mama. The mile-long laundry list of expectations, standards, and laws regularly placed upon you by this culture as to what constitutes as “good” mothering choices is far, far longer than the list of things the Lord actually does ask us moms to do in His Word.

While the culture says you must make one particular choice on how to feed, birth, clothe, train, disciple, love, and educate your children, the Lord in His Word gives us no such list of standards. While the mommy culture says we “must” breastfeed (or not, depending on who you ask!), the Word of God sets forth no such law. While the culture says we “must” homeschool (or not!), the Word of God sets forth no such standard. While the culture says we “must” co-sleep (or not!), the Lord is silent on that issue.

The reality is this: all God has asked of us mamas is that we train our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6), speak to them of His Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), love them (Titus 2:4), and raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). That’s it! The rest is up to you. The rest is up to how He individually leads and directs you (James 1:5) to parent your own unique children according to your own unique family dynamics.

You have freedom, mama. Turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the laws of mommy culture and instead fix your eyes and ears on Christ. He died to provide you with freedom (Galatians 5:1). Walk in that freedom and enjoy it, even in the midst of your motherhood.”

Bible verses to captivate those mommy war thoughts immediately! 👇🏼

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ James 1:5 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 NIV

“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.” ~ Deuteronomy 12:32 NIV

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” ~ Galatians 5:16-18 NIV

I Surrender

I Surrender

“If worship’s like perfume, I’ll pour mine out on you

For there is none as deserving of my love like you

So take my hand and draw me into you

I want to be swept away, lost in love for you

All to you, I surrender

Everything, every part of me

All to you, I surrender

All of my dreams, all of me

I surrender” ~ Jesus Culture

This morning as I heard these lyrics I couldn’t help but position myself the best way I know how. I couldn’t help but humble myself and lay flat out in the presences of God. In the mist of God blessing us on a daily from the smallest blessing to the largest, there is still that one thing God is waiting for us to surrender but to Him.

It could be to surrender your life 💯 to Him again like the beginning.

It could be your job.

It could be your plans.

It could be your hopes.

It could be your children.

It could be your family.

It could be your marriage.

It could be friendships.

It could be your own thoughts.

It could be your dreams.

It could be….anything !

It could be anything but God wants it all! He knows what is afflicting you and what’s weighing you down. He knows what’s best for you and what you need. He knows the plans for your life and He wants you to receive it all when your ready to. He is a good God and He will remain a good God!

He is good when you don’t receive answers.

He is good when you are being processed.

He is good when everyone is not treating you accordingly.

He is good even if everyone loves you.

He is good when everything is falling apart.

He is good when nothing makes sense.

He is good even in your doubts.

He is good even when you believe he isn’t.

God is good all the time. He is faithful.

In those moments where we surrender the worse part of our being, He still loves us! He still wants to delight in us. He still hears us. He still comes to our rescue. He still cleans us. He still works with us. He will always be a “I will still do this” type of God.

But we must humble ourselves to the Lord and surrender voluntarily our deepest secrets and desires. Sometimes our next breakthrough, blessing, and answer is just a surrender away.

If God tells us to cast our burdens and thoughts to Him is because He can do something with it. He could transform it! His hands are the best ones for your life!

How much is worked in us?

“How much of faith, hope, and love is worked in us when we try to convince somebody else? It is not our business to convince other people, that is the insistence of a merely intellectual, unspiritual life. The Spirit of God will do the convicting when we are in the relationship where we simply convey God’s word. We exploit the word of God in order to fit it into some view of our own that we have generated; but when it comes to the great calm peace and rest of the Lord Jesus, we can easily test where we are.

To “rest in the Lord” is the perfection of inward activity. In the ordinary reasoning of man it means sitting with folded arms and letting God do everything; in reality it is being so absolutely stayed on God that we are free to do the active work of men without fuss. The times God works most wonderfully are the times we never think about it.

Reflection Questions: How much of my unrest comes from trying to create peace on my terms rather than God’s? Which part of the peace-making process belongs to God and which to me?”

Promises

“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” ~ Psalms 37:11 NIV

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” ~ Psalms 37:7-8 NIV