It won’t rain always….

 

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Or in our case with such high heat and temperatures, it’s all anyone wishes for is rain.  With fire risks and heat stroke always on the prowl, a little rain is just the cure for a time of drought.  The song writer who wrote the song, “It won’t rain always,” was speaking to the fact that sometimes when it rains it pours, but it won’t rain always.  Weeping may endure for a night but joy always comes in the morning.  (Psalm 30:5)

Today, I am speaking on another note.  That although sometimes we have all the rain we need, sometimes we go through periods of drought.  Periods where we aren’t sure that God is working on our problem.  Like there is no life to our dry desert of a situation.   We went without much rain for the start of this summer.  Now we finally have the rain.  And an abundance of it!  God will always give more than you ever think or ask.  That’s just the God He is.

Sometimes when we are waiting for an answer from God, we focus on our situation, and a little bit of anxiety starts to creep in.  We question whether or not God is on the case.

But the rain always comes; everything always works out.  God works all things together for the good of those He loves.  (Romans 8:28)  And God is ALWAYS on time.

 “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” – Joel 2:23

The latter rain I often hear about, is referred to as the day of the Lord; the end time where God is pouring out His holy spirit on His sons and daughters.  I believe that is the time period we are living in.  When the world is at it’s worst, is when God is going to pour out his spirit in excess.  We just have to choose whether to accept the Holy Spirit’s outpouring.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” – Isaiah 43:19-21

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

 What you have and what God has given you, will sustain you until the rain comes.  Keep praying for rain, but wait for it.

“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3

Sometimes God is waiting for the proper season to send the rain, or the answer.  There really truly is a time and a season for all things.  (Ecclesiastes 3)   God often time will use TIME to prepare you for certain things.  So that when the rain comes you will not be overwhelmed. Jesus prepared for His ministry up until He was 30 years old.   We have to prepare the fields and the crops to receive rain.  It takes faith….and patience.  Farmers I’m certain experience some amount of anxiety before a harvest, just as a football player does before a big game.  The farmers prepare the fields to receive the rain, they sow the seed, toil the soil, then they wait for the rain.  Football players train for years, and practice over and over in faith that they might win a victory.   

 

“Then he will send the rains in their proper seasons–the early and late rains–so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil”. – Deuteronomy 11:14

 

If it is Gods will that you are praying for, then God will open the door, and no man will be able to shut it.   (Revelation 3:8)  So prepare yourself, then simply wait and flourish where you are, until God moves you.  He brings life to the valley of dry bones, and causes roses to flourish in the desert.  There is nothing impossible to God!  (Matthew 19:26)

 

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.   You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

 

 

 

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Right expectations – The best is yet to come

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“There are two ways to be happy:  improve your reality or lower your expectations.”  – Jodi Picoult

This is by far one of the hardest things we struggle with in life it seems.  Some days you may feel like you can’t walk right, talk right, or do anything right.  Especially if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed.   It is a thing.

We take for granted the fact that we have all we need (Psalm 23) As humans we are just in a constant state of expectation.  Not that it’s wrong to expect things, even miracles; however, sometimes we have an unrealistic expectation of how things should be, like we know better than God.  Then when things don’t go as we expected, we are left in a very shallow pool filled with disappointment.

You should learn what you want out of life, but Love what God has already given you.  Sometimes God is waiting to see how you handle a little before He gives you more (Luke 16:10) because with great power, comes great responsibility.   (Luke 14:28) Sometimes the answer is yes and it’s a waiting period, and other times it’s a clear no, because it’s not good for you. In any case, there is always something to be thankful for.   When we start focusing on being thankful, we start to realize how much we truly are blessed.  Count your blessings, not your problems!  While you are being thankful for what you have, God is surely working on what you don’t!  He wants us to lack nothing.   (Psalm 34:10)

 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6

Whatever the case, God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask for or imagine; according to his power that is at work within us.  (Ephesians 3:20)  I have many times apologized for my actions, when things don’t go as I expect.  Sometimes expectations in life can be a silent killer, taking an otherwise great opportunity and throwing it in the trash can.   If you are given a small task to do in the church or in your life, when you really want to be doing more, do it cheerfully and as unto the Lord, perhaps God is testing your faithfulness even in the small things.  (Colossians 3:23)

We are human and therefore, to err is human.  We simply have to do our very best, and be patient with others.  Do not expect what you do not expect to give (Luke 6:31) and certainly do not judge someone by your expectations.  Learn to forgive, and be forgiven.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)  Do not expect perfect from a world that simply isn’t.

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton

You have to “find” the beauty in every day, and even in people.  We are put on this earth to make it a more beautiful place, with what God has given us.  To speak life into people, and otherwise dark situations.  We have the ability to make beauty out of ashes.  Each day is a new day, and although today could feel like the worst day of your life; “the best is yet to come.”

“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

 To ensure you are having the right expectations, check with God to see if what you are aiming for is lining up with His will.  If you seek Him first, He will provide all you need.  (Matthew 6:33)

 

 

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A Man With a Measuring Line

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“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.” – Zechariah 2:5

It is said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Dr Martin Luther King Jr

If you wait until the perfect circumstances come along in life to do anything great, you will be waiting forever and a day, and you will never get anything done. (Ecclesiastes 11:4) I’ve learned time and time again not to trust in my circumstances, but to trust in God.

The man in Zechariah 2 had a measuring line. This story is a representation of Jesus coming to restore Jerusalem. So they were measuring in faith.  The Jews were given the okay to go ahead and plan for victory and build on in faith.  They were preparing themselves for God’s promise.  This could also be indicative of the church growing and multiplying in wait for Jesus second coming.

Do you have some measure of a dream for your life?  God has a vision for your life.  A prophet of God once said to me, “One day you will be the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)You were not meant to live in 6 ft of space.” The next day I went to work and measured my cubicle thinking….well not exactly, but I gathered from this that God had bigger plans for me than what I saw immediately for myself.  I was always too focused on my immediate circumstances.

We sometimes have a poverty type of thinking. We think at times that things look impossible. But God assures us that all things are possible through Him.   (Matthew 19:26) So dream BIG, ask BIG and expect BIG things for your life! We have a big God and He is not limited by the things of this world. It’s our minds that are limited to seeing the bigger picture. Most of all commit your plans to the Lord, ask His will, and you will surely succeed.

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” – Eccelsiastes 3:11

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3

Gideon laid out a fleece. Sometimes we think we hear God’s voice but then we doubt, and foolishly challenge God. In any case, God understands our humanity. If you need a sign ask for one. God did answer Gideon’s challenge time and time again until He believed. But sometimes it’s better to just have faith and wait on God.  God will always show up on time.

“Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” – Judges 6:39

God caused the sun to stand still for Joshua. God did do what Joshua asked, but He never again performed such an act again. Why? Causing the sun to stand still probably caused a lot of havoc on the earth. Sometimes when we try to mess with God’s creation, His plans, or try move the hand of God faster, we can run into some sticky situations.. Sometimes He will give us what we ask to teach us something, but it’s best to just trust His plan in the first place.  Things will run a lot smoother.  God had planned to give the Israelite’s victory all along, I’m sure of it.   If God fought for them, He is saying today, “I will fight for you too!”  He is the same now and He was then.

“On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jasharb? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day! – Joshua 10:12-14

Sometimes when we begin to move forward, we take steps back. God wants us to always look forward in faith. If we start looking back on our past failures, it can put a dent in our progress and slow our growth and success in life.

“But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.” – Genesis 19:6

A lot of people say the timing was off in life, that’s why I didn’t succeed. But God doesn’t operate on time. There IS a time and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) but, if you feel God has set something out for you to do, take a step of faith, measure out the cost (Luke 14:28) then trust God to go before you.

If you ask God’s will in your life you can trust that if something is meant to be, the door will open for you.  (Revelation 3:8)  Sometimes we trust our dreams with people.  That can be dangerous as certain people like to crush dreams.  God nurtures our dreams, and encourages us to have them.  God would not give us dreams if He didn’t also create in us the ability to make them come true.  He will be like a wall of fire around it, and He will be the glory within in.

Become like that man with the measuring line, and look forward to the victory that God has in store for your life. His plan is to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

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What is your pleasure?

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“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 16:11

I’ve seen movies where the bartender, or waitress, or a host at a party may ask “What’s your pleasure?”  Meaning, what is it that I can give to you, that will bring you pleasure?

God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and He created pleasure.  He knows our desires and what will genuinely bring us joy and pleasure, more than we would know ourselves.  Most people on this earth seek pleasure alone….   Sometimes as Christians we think that God doesn’t want us to experience joy and that we are to live by a book of rules.   But this isn’t the case; He simply gives us direction so that we don’t fall into the traps of this world.  He know’s what is best.  Adam and Eve knew no evil before their innocent eyes were uncovered.  Sin brings shame, guilt, and resentment.  Righteousness brings joy, truth, and contentment.  There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ, but forgiveness and eternal life.  (Romans 8:1) Moderation, morals and boundaries in life do no limit us, they help us safely enjoy what was ours to enjoy in the first place.  God’s word helps us to discern what is truth.  There is liberty and freedom in Christ, not restriction.  (2 Corinthians 3:17)

“The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

One of the ways the enemy seeks to destroy us is by luring us into things that look glamorous, and then strip us away of our joy.  He knows our weakness better than anyone.   In the end his tricks can leave us with nothing by emptiness.  There is a void in our hearts that can only be filled by one thing.  That is the Love of our creator.

Living for instant gratification, will always leave you feeling empty.  There is no eternal security in that.  When you drive through MacDonald’s, knowing how hungry you are and needing something fast which we all do, you usually eat and then feel guilty after loading your body with all that junk, and then spend the rest of the evening feeling sluggish and rundown.  The devil wants us tired out and unhealthy.

Esau sold his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:19-34), all because he was starving, and his flesh was controlling him.  I’m sure afterward he realized the eternal consequence, and the cost, it was not worth it.  We need to learn to ask God to help us when it comes to putting our flesh under in desperate times, so that we don’t create a myriad of problems and lose out on what God has for us.  Sometimes it’s a matter of holding our tongues, and waiting on God.

People seek many different avenues to find their gratification, to fill an empty void that only God can fill.  Addictions to substance and poor behavior, often come about in this manor, and usually leave you feeling worse in the end, or even death can occur.

When we constantly look to please our physical man, and forget to feed our spiritual man, it can have an affect on our well being.  Let God know your desires….He already knows what you will ask before you utter the words.  But, also ask him to help you have wisdom and discernment against things that are dangerous to our well being.  He cares about all the desires of our hearts.  We were created for Eden in the first place…… not the world we live in.  But we can have joy on the earth, and taste a glimpse of Eden, until we reach our destination point.  There is no joy apart from the Lord.  (Psalm 16:2)

 

 

 

 

 

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Trust in the Lord

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“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  – Psalm 28:7

Sometimes when I turn on the television to catch up on current events, my heart sinks into my lap.  It just seems as though there is never enough good news to go around. Planes are crashing, people are missing, and horrible tragedies are taking place.  I was watching the news about the fires in Fort McMurray thinking, “When will it all end?”  How can we continue to have joy in our lives when all this is happening in the world?  When we have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring! (Deuteronomy 31:8, Matthew 6:25-34))   What impressed me was how the entire country responded to such an event.  Canada, like the body of Christ, binds together and does what they can to help the hurting part of the body.  The bible says when one part of the body hurts the whole body hurts.  When one part of the body rejoices, so does the rest. (1 Corinthians 12:26)  Thank the Lord for the wonderful Canada we have.  God keep our land.

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26

 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” – Matthew 6:25-34

We are to be the salt and light of the world for others that don’t know God.   (Matthew 5:13-16)  How do we do this?  Become that town on a hill that cannot be hidden, to help the hurting when we ourselves are hurting.  To exercise that peace that goes beyond all understanding.  (Philippians 4:7)  These events around us certainly seem to line up with end of the world prophesy that we hear about constantly, time seems to move so fast.  It just seems to create a sense of anxiety, and a sense of insecurity in our world.  If you are a victim of the fire, or have been victim of any tragedy, the Lord has a word for you.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2

It is when we put our trust in things other than God and, place them in the world, that anxiety and desperation set in.  We try to take matters into our own hands, only to realize we are helpless in our own might.  It is not by might or power, but by the spirit of the living God. (Zechariah 4:7)  When we come across such feelings, immediately pray and give them to God, for they are not of God, but of the enemy of the world.  The only really peace, strength, and security can come when we place our trust in the creator of the world, not with man.   Let’s keep praying for Fort McMurray and anyone else that might be suffering similar tragedy and loss.  That God will show them beauty for ashes.

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Blah Blah Blah

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“Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” – Philippians 2:14

 Sometimes we can take an otherwise perfect day or situation and turn it into something completely opposite with negativity.  It’s easy to do, and hard to erase once you get into the habit.

Our outlook on life can change and it can influence those around us.  When we look for the negative in everything, that is what we will find; however, when we look for the good, it is there also.  There is a purpose hidden in every situation.  (Philippians 2:13)

 “But test them all; hold on to what is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

 Negativity can lead to anger, and can contaminate your spirit.  You usually never feel better after an outburst, or not for long anyway.  Anger can give the devil a foothold.  It’s a lethal killer (Ephesians 4:27)

 “To be made new in the attitude of your minds” – Ephesians 4:23

When you come to God, you are made into a new creature.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  The way we think about situations, and handle them should be much different than our old nature.  Doesn’t mean we won’t slip and fall into our old nature; however, God is there to help us right the wrongs.  It’s a process, since old habits die hard, and we still have to live in our sinful flesh.  It takes prayer to die to our flesh daily.  (Romans 8:13)

Positive thinking can lead to more positive outcomes.   It affects every part of your life, even your health.

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” – Proverbs 15:13

“Your attitude is the aroma of your heart.  If your attitude stinks, your heart isn’t right.”  – Facing The Giants.

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Humility

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“Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” – Proverbs 18:12

Pride is focused on self, but humility is focused on God.  You cannot do anything effectively for God, when you are focused solely on self.  “The Purpose Driven Life,” is a great book.  Its first line says, “It’s not about you.”

Anything you do for God will be about helping,”people.”  You must love people.  That is easier said than done sometimes.  We were all placed on this earth with a purpose and a dream.  A dream for our lives of course, but our lives are made up of us, and the people around us.  When you begin to bless others, you are in turn blessed.  (Acts 20:35)

When you do a work for God, you will at times receive encouragement, and other times you may be criticized.  There may also be times, when you receive nothing. It’s then that you will really learn the, “why” of  “what” you are doing.  The things you do in secret will be rewarded in heaven.  (Matthew 6:1)

Our human nature is proud and self serving, so the only way to have true humility is to ask God for it.  Otherwise all we are displaying is false humility.  (Colossians 2:18)

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”  – Matthew 23:11

We must learn how to be servant of all.   In most careers you have to start small and work your way up.  You earn your place.  God sometimes works quickly, and other times he makes you go through things, to help you build character.  To grow into the person He created you to be.  Sometimes the journey is worth so much more than the destination itself.  You would never know a victory, without a fight.  God says the first will be last, and the last will be first.  (Matthew 20:16)

Jesus was the epitome of Humility. He rode a Donkey into Bethphage after walking a considerable distance with his disciples. He was prepared to enter Jerusalem as a King! Riding on a donkey in biblical times symbolized humility and peace.  (Matthew 21:1-17)

Jesus was born in a manger.  Imagine a king that was born in a barn.  Jesus may have been born in a barn, but He was the greatest king that ever lived.  He still lives today.  Jesus was completely sold out to God; able to be taught; molded into a King.  But He was servant of all.  He was always about His Fathers work.  When we completely surrender ourselves to God, humility follows.  We are then available for His best work, his teaching, his molding….the opportunities are endless.  Because all things are possible with God.  He also cares about our dreams as well, and will use and work all things together.  (Romans 8:38)  The bible says if we commit our plans to the Lord, we will surely succeed.  (Proverbs 16:3)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”- 1 Peter 5:6

“Be like the bamboo. The higher you grow, the deeper you bow.” – Chinese Proverb

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