My Promised Land

God does not merely lead me into the Promised Land.

He is my Promised Land.

For the New Testament states that land speaks of rest.

Jesus said that if I am weary then I come to Him for rest.

He is my Joshua.

God is my rest.

It's not merely what He gives me.

Nor is it only answers to my prayers.

It is God Himself.

Those things are encapsulated within Him.

When I pray...

When I wait on Him...

When I worship the Lord...

I enter into His rest.

He is my Promised Land.

The longer I am here at ACF...

The more I am beginning to understand this.

Whatsoever

The greatest marriage counsel ever given.

"Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."

So said Jesus' mother in John 2.

You know the story and are aware of the account.

Jesus told them to fill the waterpots with water.

And the servants "filled them up to the brim."

They did whatsoever Jesus told them to do.

Water into wine.

Does your marriage need a miracle?

Or how about simply a little refreshing?

Take Mary's advice.

Do whatsoever Jesus speaks for you to do.

Whatsoever.

It may not be convenient.

Or politically correct.

Maybe not even logical.

Filling waterpots rarely is.

Not when wine is what is needed.

But it works.

His Word always does.

Husbands die (to self).

Wives submit.

Spouses serve.

Be kind.

Build up.

Let go.

Listen.

Pray.

It may not always make sense to do these things.

But neither did filling pots with water when wine was needed.

We don't need to know how Jesus will do the miracle.

All we need to do is....

Whatsoever.

He'll Take Care Of The Rest

I know I am not perfect.

Life reminds me of such.

If I rock the boat, I tip it over.

So I no longer rock the boat.

I preach God's Word.

Yet wonder if I am preaching it correctly.

I love my wife and daughters.

And I realize I do not deserve them.

Yet Jesus loved the tax collector. 

And healed the leper.

He had His feet washed by an otherwise loose lady.

He also talked with Nicodemus.

As well as the woman by the well.

Jesus loves sinners like you and I.

All we have to do...

Is admit to Him that we are.

He'll take care of the rest.

It's A Blessing

Obed-Edom brought it into his house.

The Ark of God.

Which had been miscarried.

Causing death and calamity.

And caused anger in King David's heart.

For three months, the Ark was set in Obed-Edom's house.

"And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom, and all his household."

So while the Ark was confusing to the king's heart.

It then brought blessing to Obed-Edom's house.

The things that would others see as inconvenience...

Can bless your family.

Going to church.

Family devotions.

Time of prayer.

Evening strolls.

Dinner conversation.

Watching Chariots of Fire!

"How inconvenient," others might say.

But in your heart...

You know it's a blessing.

 

 

Double for Your Trouble

You going through it today?

Heartache?

Sadness?

Illness?

Weakness?

God will make it up to you.

Double for your trouble.

"For your shame ye shall have double;

and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion:

therefore in their land they shall possess the double:

everlasting joy shall be unto them." Isaiah 61:7.

Double blessing.

Double anointing.

Double portion.

Both spiritually and practically....

He will give you twice.

You see, simply by providing for your needs...

In the following two ways...

He provides "every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3.

And He provides our "daily bread." Matthew 6:34.

You see?

Both shall be provided to you today.

Spiritually.

Practically.

Even in the midst of your trouble.

He is going to grant you double.

Jesus' View On Family

There was no room for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.

You know the Story.

"And she brought forth her firstborn son,

and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,

and laid him in a manger;

because there was no room for them in the inn."

Luke 2:7.

But it was more personal than we may realize.

That word, "inn"...

Means a guest room.

Not public lodging.

Not a hotel or motel.

The public lodging word for "inn" is found elsewhere in Luke's Gospel. (Luke 10:34)

Which means for Jesus...

There was no room at Grandma and Grandpa's.

For Mary...

There was no room at Mom and Dad's.

For Joseph...

At Aunt Rose and Uncle Bob's.

Not even at the sisters' or brothers' place.

Not a guest room was open.

And Mary was nine months pregnant!  

You think your (extended) family Christmas was awkward!

Hence, Jesus' perspective of family would be fascinating.

"My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it."

That's how Jesus sorted out His family dysfunction.

Allow Him now to sort out yours! :) 

 

 

Prayer of Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thine own peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.