Saturday, April 21, 2012

There was a guy I planted trees with in the Oregon woods. I remember him saying, "problems (speaking of slash which was logging debris that got in our way of planting trees) what problems? I don't see any problems." And he was the fastest tree planter on the crew.

The lesson being our work is hindered if we focus on problems instead of solutions.

Of course there is problems or there wouldn't be any work to do. But Jesus is the solution and He gives us stratagy on what we can do to overcome the problems.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

God Offers Healing for All

Ex 15:26 Speaks of God not letting the Israelites have any of the diseases that Egypt had. I am looking for promises in the Bible that show that we are free from disease and sickness according to the promises of the Bible.

God promises are for our benefit. He will do His part when we do our part.

Deut 7:15 God promises to remove from us all sickness. This is a great promise that we have that what ever we come down with we can go to God and He will remove them. Some will say you are taking Scripture from the Old Testament. That is true but the New Covenant is better than the old and so what is in the old will also be in the new. And God will add to the new.

It says that all Scripture is for our instruction. We are healed at the cross and and so the Old Testament is still valid for our instruction.

Proverbs 4:20-22 is one of the most interesting healing Scriptures I have come across. It says:
My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body.

God's words and sayings are like medicine, except they don't have any side effects!

As we meditate on the Scripture promises we receive the benefits of what they say. Keep your mind on them and don't let doubt come in and destroy the idea you are contemplating.

The more I meditate on them the more I get out of them.
The Word of God changes things. God's word is not just ideas. The Scriptures are alive and can affect life in the here and now. Heb 4:12

Psalm 105:37 not one stumbled. This verse is talking about the people leaving Egypt and not one of them stumbled or to say it another way no one was sick or weak. NOT ONE. What a record! This God who kept all Israel strong can do the same for us.

God is not a respecter of persons. What he did for one person He will do for another. We can trust Him in all we do.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jesus Lives - Live the Word

Jesus Lives. We celebrate the resurrection each year and go to church to worship Jesus and live for Him. That is half of the equation. The other half is to do what we say. That is to live for Jesus.

How do we live for Him? He wrote us a letter explaining life and purpose to live for God. In this letter this Bible we have many directions and promises that God said He would do. To live for Him is to start by folowing the directions of the Bible. As we grow in Him we will pray and get more spacific direction. This direction will not go against the Bible but will show us more spacificly the things we are to do.

Live for Jesus. This is not so easy in a world that is full of material temtations. Yet it is easy as we draw close to Him in prayer for strength and direction.

John 6:21 one of the basic verses in the bible for me. When Jesus gets in our boat of life we are at the destination God has for us. The point is not so much prep but is relationship. Relationship with God and relationship with others. The prep will come. Our life with Jesus in our boat of life will cause us to read and study the Bible to learn more about and from Jesus.

Verses of the Bible are much deeper than appear on the surface. Pick a verse or a few to meditate on. Don't be afraid of this word meditate. Use the word ponder instead. Ponder the meaning of a passage of Scripture. As we learn from Jesus the ideas of the verse will become real in our life and we will teach, share and live this idea.

The power of the resurrection will change us as we take the words of Jesus as meaningful and not just religious and nice.

To believe is to live. Let us apply our heart to believe and live. Within ourselves we are nothing. With Jesus we are spiritual and the Spirit of God will give life to us.

Praise God for His resurrection. Praise You Jesus. You are Lord and You are Powerful. You come to the lowly of heart and meet us here on this dirty Earth. Give us Your life. Give us Your direction. Thank you Jesus.