Monday, August 16

Wishing Away God’s Time

This came to me while at my desk on a weekday morning hoping for the weekend. I have taken so much time God has given me for granted. How do we make every moment precious to us as God intends? With all the work that needs to be done in spreading His Word throughout the world, shouldn’t we be asking for more time and showing God how precious it is to us, then wishing it away so quickly?

I’m just as guilty of this; taking time to watch meaningless shows instead of studying and spending time with Him. I’m not saying don’t relax. I am saying how often do I choose Him and His things over my own?

Some of us are good at putting others first, especially parents. But when do you put Him before yourself? Putting your spouse, children, friends, and extended family before yourself will do nothing for them if you first don’t put Him before yourself. My husband and I were talking on this the other day, he made a statement that stuck with me. “When it finally becomes real to us that we are making the most important Being in the universe wait for us by not getting up early as we promised, or making time through out the day for Him, then perhaps we’ll get serious and actually do it.”

Maybe you think if your heart isn’t in the right place or you are in a bad mood it wouldn’t be profitable; but isn’t that when we should be in the Word spending time with God even more? Isn’t that when we should be laying down at the feet of Jesus asking Him to change our hearts, to put us in the right mood?

Why are we so stubborn about the mood we are in, or how our days turn out, when we doom them from the beginning and not allow God to work in them? How many times have I woken up wishing I could go back to sleep knowing today is going to be a “bad one,” or not looking forward to a week ahead at work because of all the meetings I have to attend? “It’s going to be a rough week.” I’m dooming my day or week before it even gets there.

“ For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days (good-whether apparent or not) keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).”

1Peter 3:10 Amplified

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”

Psalm 34:13

“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.”

Proverbs 4:24

I’m fighting against God by using negative words and thinking instead of working with Him. What we speak becomes our thoughts, which, if thought on long enough, falls into our heart and does damage or good depending what they are. We need to more closely watch our vocabulary; but also take an active role in controlling where we let our minds roam.

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive t0 obey Christ”

2 Corinthians 10:5

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

The Amplified Bible explains it further, just quoting the end that I want to emphasis, “exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” As a child, I was taught God is everywhere and knows all things. If you do something bad even, if your parents are unaware, God knows and sees it. How often as an adult I forget that simple lesson?

If we desire to have active, productive, positive days we need to use our words wisely to convey that message, not doom it from the start.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

The Necessity of Living in Love

1 John 4

Do you have hate or discord in your heart for anyone? Do you have or have you ever had ill will towards a person or group of people? If so, first you must confess that sin to God and rid it from your thinking and heart. Second you must discover why it is a necessity to live in love. This concept isn’t a 1970’s hippie movement in 2010 but a concept originated from God and found in His word. You see God is Love (vs.16), so when we are able to live fully in love then we are living in Him and able to truly show Him in every aspect of our lives and every place we inhabit. When we stop speaking ill of others and wishing others bad, when we show them love no matter how we are treated, following those old “golden rules,” we are in fact following one of God’s commandments. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God,” reads 1 John 4:7. So in fact by not loving or showing love we do not truly know God and are not obeying Him either (1 John 4:8).

God showed us true love by sending His only Son to die for our sins at Calvary. I’m not sure if many of us truly grasp that; how deep God’s love is for His people-all of creation; nor do I know if we’ll ever be able to grasp that. But, I sure want to try and not only understand it but show a love to God that is worthy to Him. I believe the way to start is in obedience to Him, by showing love to everyone. Now don’t misunderstand me, you can still not like a person or even disagree with a person but that doesn’t mean that you can’t show them love. Instead of striking in anger you turn the other cheek both literally and figuratively. If someone is mean to you, you pray for them that God will fill their life; you pray that God would develop your heart to be able to empathize with them and, by showing them love, show them God. Pastor Steve from Canyon Hills said something at a child dedication ceremony that is relevant to this, “Always put your marriage first parents, because by showing each other love and having your child see that love he or she is able to see the love God has for him or her.” By showing love, others are able to see God through that love. “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit,” 1 John 4:12-13.

We have the ability to love and to be loved by others because “He first loved us” (vs. 19). When we walk perfected in this love we are free from fear (vs. 18-19). The more freely we are able to walk unhindered in love the closer we are able to draw in our relationship with Christ because the more of Christ we will have in us.

  1. God is love
  2. Love is a commandment from God
  3. Love is how we show God to others
  4. By living in love we are protected.