the Source.

God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins when we ask.  He is here right now.  No matter what time you read this He is there and you know what He is doing in you.  Look to Him as the Source

God, I look to You as my source, my strength, and my hope.  It’s really strange it has taken me so long to learn a very important lesson. 

“…pay attention to the Source, and out of you “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38  ). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as “the lilies of the field.'” Oswald Chambers, May 18.

At my daughter’s performance last night, they performed a dance in memorial to September 11, 2001.  I was moved by this.  God was there on 9-11.  He was there on the 110th floor.  He was there on the ground.  He was there in the stairwell.  He was there on the planes.  People were calling out to him in that moment.  He was there.  Many called to Him for the first time.  He heard each one and answered.  He was there with you wherever you may have been that day.  I was in Rio Rancho, NM getting ready to leave the house to head to the church for staff meeting when our secretary called to say, “turn on the news.”

Trust the Source.

 

There’s no excuse

What a challenging week this past week has been.  That which I face has not been solved.   I have no idea where the solution is going to come from. I know God has a solution and that is what is mind blowing.  I’m just one person on this planet.  Think about it for a second… you are just one person…  a tiny speck in the face of humanity. Yet God cares deeply for each one of us.  This is all so hard to comprehend.

What’s even more difficult to grasp is He is constantly calling us to Himself.  I was at my daughter’s ballet performance last night.  What an incredible display of the arts to proclaim God’s love, grace, mercy, creation, and sovereignty.  God’s creation in the heavens even declares His love. 

David writes in Psalm 19:1-4:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (NIV).

I like how The Message reads in Psalms19:3-4, “Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth:  unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.”

It’s hard sometimes to keep our focus in times of trouble.  Our natural tendency is to try and fix things on our own without going to the Problem Solver.  The problem is we often fight in the natural when God requires things to be fought in the supernatural.

I know I’m learning a lot these days.  I know God is helping me get things in order for a reason.  I believe He is preparing me for a specific work and He knows I need to have things in order for that very purpose.  Again I quote Chambers,

If the majesty, grace, and power of God are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you . . . may have an abundance . . .” ( 2 Corinthians 9:8  )— then learn to lavish the grace of God on others, generously giving of yourself. Be marked and identified with God’s nature, and His blessing will flow through you all the time.

While I was in college, we closed out each chapel service quoting Psalm 19:14.  This is my prayer as I walk through this moment in time.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.