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Nothing Better

Recently, I received an unwanted email from someone who suggested that I qualified to purchase the house of my dreams. I am satisfied with the house we have.   The email said all I needed to do was to apply for a loan that was already guaranteed.  I wasn’t asking for a loan guarantee.  I deleted the email without thought because it was designed to get me to want what I didn’t need.

That email was saying about me – your current house is old – it is dated – it needs upgrades – you can have more and better for less. It was saying to me that at that moment, I had nothing better. I don’t listen to people who put down the things I have.

If we are never satisfied with what we have, we will never have anything better than our next desire. I already had satisfaction. I didn’t need something someone else said was better than what I had.

Paul speaks to this in a way in the book of Philippians.  Philippians 6:11 says, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”  Paul is telling us he knows how to live humbly when he has much, and he knows how to live abundantly when he has little.

Paul was saying he could be hungry, and he could be full at the same time.  How is that so?  Because he was satisfied.  Nothing was better for Paul than what he already had.  Now this was a hard lesson for me to accept.  I used to look at what I had, then I would think about what I didn’t have, and I would think about what I wanted.  I felt like I could not be happy unless I had something better than the thing that made me happy yesterday.

But being happy is a fleeting thing. Happiness is hard to find and harder to keep. The only way to be really happy is to be satisfied. When you are satisfied, nothing you don’t have could ever be better than the things you do have. Learn to desire and to seek after the spirit of satisfaction so you do not run after the quick feet of happiness.

Be satisfied with a good name; it is better than a store house of goods.

Be satisfied in heart with the things that are good and things that are not so good; the heart is made better and stronger when we go through times of sorrow more than when we live only for laughter and happiness.

Hear the people who are smarter than you; listening to wise people is better than dancing to the music of those who misguide us.

Be patient with yourself so you will be patient with others; being patient is better than being proud.

Be gracious towards others; being gracious will teach you to how to control uncontrollable emotions such as anger and anxiety.

And if you find those too hard to accept, remember this. There is nothing better than having the Love of God abiding in your life. His love is better than life itself. So, if you learn to give up your life so that He will claim your life with His love, you will find that there is nothing better in life than the life of the Love of God.

When you have the Love of God in your life, there is nothing better that you could ever want or need. He will take your old life and let you live like it is new every day.

Be encouraged today.  Live as if you have the one thing for which there is nothing any better.

When you have what is best, it makes what you have better than it is, just as it is.

The Lord helps you to be satisfied with what you have when the best that you have is Him.  There is nothing better than that.

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.

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A Thirst for Thirst

There is a saying.  You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink.  I know only a few things about a horse, but one is that they don’t drink water until they are thirsty for water.  They won’t drink when we think they should drink.  They drink when they are thirsty. You can lead them to water, but you can’t make them drink.

In some ways, Jesus is like that towards us.  And we are like the horse is towards Him.  We need water to sustain our lives, especially when we feel like we are not thirsty.  Scripture tells us this in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

To pant for water means to long for the refreshing of the soul that water brings.  It means we have a deep desire for that and nothing else.  The deer knows it needs the refreshing energy that comes with a cool drink of water.  Water prepares the deer to face the challenges of the day in the fulness of all its strength.

If all Jesus ever did for us was to lead us to water, we would all die of thirst.  Why?  Because we will not always drink of the way of life Jesus has planned for us.  Jesus will always lead us to the right place, but He will never force us to do the right things.  We must long to do that. So, what does Jesus do to get us to do what He knows is good for us?

Jesus knows each of us better than we know ourselves.  So, He doesn’t just lead us to where we should be, He is an expert at making us thirsty once we are there.  Yes, He leads us to the water, but then He goes to work to make us thirsty.  Only then will we want to drink.  We must have a thirst for thirst.  We must thirst to have our thirst satisfied by the Father.

Jesus does three things to make us long for Him.  He wants us to say to ourselves, “God you are my God; early in the day I will seek You.  My soul pants for You in the dry land and in the land of plenty where people live as if there is no God.”

When our longing for God is like this, He leads us to where we should be.  Then He makes us thirsty by helping us to see that nothing we have had in the past can compare to what He has in store for us.  We must live to leave our pasts to enjoy our futures.

He makes us thirsty by helping us see that all that we have now must not keep us from all that God promises us even if we do not know it all.  We want the abundant life He promises more than the abundant life we earn for ourselves.

He makes us thirsty by helping us see that a future with much but without Him is not as satisfying as a future with sufficient but with Him.  We long for more of Him and less of the world.

Jesus wants to inspire you more than to command you.  But you must allow yourself to be inspired to thirst for the things He wants to give you. Let your soul follow close after Him.  He is your help when you do not know you need help.

He longs to lead you to the water so He can inspire you to thirst.  He is your portion.  Be inspired to thirst for what He alone can provide you.  Then you will find the refreshing of His life hitting the bottom of your life.

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Mother’s Day 2022

Mother’s Day is a day many people from many nations set aside time to honor mothers and women in general for the roles they play in our lives.  Indeed, mothers are special, and we should honor and cherish them for all they are.

I hope most of you will do something special to celebrate and honor the women in your lives today.  I believe the mothers among us deserve more than what we will give them today so whatever you do, be extravagant in that.

When Jesus He was on the cross dying, he looked down at the people below Him and saw His mother and John his disciple.  Seeing them, He said to His mother, woman behold your son!  And He said to John, behold your mother.

It is said that from that hour that John took Jesus’ mother into his own home.   So, the last thing Jesus did before his death was to make sure His mother would not be left on her own to care for herself.  His mother became mother to John and John became a son to her.

Now, we don’t know if Jesus had any living brothers or sisters still at this time who could have cared for His mother.  But that doesn’t matter.  He made sure she would have a son to care for her for the remainder of their lives.

Let’s look to Jesus’s example for how we ought to view Mother’s Day.  Jesus didn’t just do something for the day.  He didn’t just His give mom flowers and a meal.  He gave her a life as a son that He had given her all His life.

He gave her more of what He gave her each day of their lives; He gave her His love.

He showed her more of what He showed her all their lives; He cared for Her wellbeing.

He did for her what He probably did all their lives; He honored and cherished her.

Jesus’s examples to us are always good for us.  Let’s take this example of His Mother’s Day and do what He did.  Let’s make sure we don’t simply celebrate the day one way and live the year differently.

Love your mothers; provide for their well-being and honor and cherish them all the days of your life.

Behold your mother this Mother’s Day.

Love you.

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The Change Jesus Wants

There is a well-known poem called “Footprints in the Sand.”  It’s a poem about the life of a man who dreams he is walking along the beach with Jesus.  And as they walk, the man notices two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to the Lord and the other belonging to him.

After he dies and goes to heaven, the man looks back at his life.  During his lowest and most difficult times he noticed there was only one set of footprints in the sand.  He asks the Lord why it was when he needed Jesus the most, there was only one set of footprints?  The Lord responded that it was at those lowest and most difficult times that He was carrying the man through on His shoulders.

Sometimes, we don’t get the change we want because it is not the change Jesus is trying to give us.  We see this in many instances throughout scripture.  We want one thing, but Jesus has other plans.  In Luke 22:42, on the night Jesus was betrayed, He prayed to God, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.” 

Jesus had His mind on Himself and on His circumstances, but He had His heart set on God.

Then in 1 Corinthians 12:7, Paul tells us he asked Jesus to remove an infirmity from him.  Paul tells us how Jesus responded to his request.  “Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weaknesses.”

At first, Paul had heart set on himself, and his mind was on his infirmity.

Both Jesus and Paul wanted something about their situation to change.  But notice the difference in how the two approached God.  Jesus acknowledged that God’s Will for His life extended to everything about His life.  Jesus wanted God’s will even if it was different from His own.

Paul didn’t acknowledge God’s will over his life.  Paul wanted his circumstances to be changed.  He wanted that to be God’s will for him.  Like Jesus, Paul learned that God doesn’t change our circumstances because we find them difficult.  He changes our hearts and our minds to recognize the power of His Grace at work in our lives.

I know some of you reading this may have something very troubling you are going through, some of you have been going through this difficult thing for a very long time.  You can’t see how you can make it another day.  You want the Lord to change your circumstances.  And even after all your prayers—and the prayers of many others on your behalf—it seems like He is not listening because things are not changing for you.

I know that the Lord knows your hurt and your pain and your confusion and even your disappointment.  I’ve gone through that myself.  In fact, I lived there until I learned that God often had plans that differed from the plans I had for my life.  I wanted to get out of the bondage of Egypt, but I didn’t want to go through the Red Sea or travel in the desert.

So, this is what I came to know.  I learned that making things the way I wanted wasn’t always better for me.  But Grace always leads us to choose a better way to move than the way we want.

I learned getting out of something wasn’t always what was needed.  Getting through something was better.  Grace will always help you get through what you want to get out of.

I learned that living with my greatest struggles, my lowest moments, and in my greatest fears were the times I wanted to be free.  Grace will always help us get through the things that challenge us most because it is the strength of God coming to life in our weakest moments.

I am not at the point where I claim to be happy to be in trials.  In fact, I hope I’m never happy with that.  But I believe we should be at the point where we know that Jesus carries us through our greatest trials. 

When we feel we are at the end and alone by ourselves, Jesus asks to us to look around.  When we find His Grace, we find that He did not change the circumstances of our lives because He was hard at work carrying us through our circumstances so we can have changed lives like we never imagined.

When we learn to want the change that Jesus wants for us, we will learn to look for Him to take us through our challenges rather than look for Him to change what is before us.

When you learn to live in Grace, you will learn to live in the power of God’s favor in your darkest and most pressing moments.  Grace makes you say for real, “Not my will by Thy will be done O Lord.”  Grace gives you the power to give the Lord the change that He wants to make in your life.

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Just Enough Knowledge

I’m sure most of you have heard the saying “I know just enough to be dangerous.”  What does this really mean?  Well, perhaps it means we know some things, but we don’t know enough to be experts at a particular thing.  We know that we still have some learning ahead of us.  So, it would be wise of us to work with what we know until we learn what we do not know.

It’s a wise thing for us to have the discipline to live and work with what we know and to refrain from trying live by what we do not know.  Our knowledge of what is good and best for us is probably never good enough or best enough to keep us safe from ourselves.  Our knowledge must be tempered by something greater than us—the wisdom of God.

In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is talking with the people of Israel while they are still in the desert.  He reminds them of the times they were disobedient to the things God told them to do and things He asked them not to do.  He explains that because they disobeyed, none of them would be able to enter the Promised Land.

Moses goes on to say, only their little ones, those who did not yet have any knowledge of good or evil, only those would be able to enter the Promised Land.  The little ones didn’t have the sense to be disobedient to the things of God.  They knew just enough to be safe because they knew enough to know that they should obey their fathers who would care for them.

In Genesis 2:16-17, God tells Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  In many ways this is a difficult scripture passage to know.  But let’s not make it difficult.

We do not have to know more than what God is saying, to know what God is saying.  He told Adam don’t eat from this tree; if you do, you will die.  Most of us know that Eve came along a bit later and was tricked to eat from the tree, and she had Adam to do the same.  They disobeyed God.

God gave them just enough knowledge to live safely forever.    They knew enough to be safe, but they learned enough to be dangerous.  Just like those little children in the desert, God cries out to us to be mindful of trying to figure out everything about life.  Just as satan tricked Eve into thinking she and Adam could handle knowing more about life than they knew, satan tries to trick us today into believing we know more about what we do not know.

We do not have to have answers to all the things that will become questions in our lives.  Does knowing that make you feel like you are missing something?  It should not.  That is what caused Eve to fall.  A child does not know good from evil, yet we provide for their security and for their welfare.

Just like little children, God wants us to know that He will provide for our safety and welfare when we learn to know enough to be obedient.  Where did the earth come from?  I don’t know, and I don’t care; God created it.  Why does the sun hang out in the sky and never gets too close to the earth?  I don’t know, and I don’t care; God keeps it in its place.  How do the oceans know how far to come ashore?  I don’t know, and I don’t care; God orders the movement of the oceans.

Let’s not be a people who know just enough to be dangerous with what we do not know.  Instead, let’s become disciplined and good at knowing the things that God has allowed us to know.  Long life and prosperity will come to us when we learn, live, and obey as if we are little children who know no good or evil.

Ask the Lord to help you learn just enough to be safe with what you know.  Then you will live a fruitful life in the Promised Land here that God has reserved for those of us who know Him and who live obediently and in satisfaction with what He reveals to us.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath

Psalms is the longest book in the Bible.  The Book of Psalms has been known as a Book of Praises because almost every psalm contains some expression of Praise to God.

Psalms 150:6, the last verse in the entire Book of Psalms encourages us by saying, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”  As we acknowledge the day we refer to as Easter for 2022, I encourage you, please don’t hold your breath.

God breathed the breath of life into Adam.  And since Adam, every living thing has that same breath of life.  You cannot live without having the life-giving breath of life in you.  The Book of Psalms is simply reminding us that we should make it an intentional act to use our breath to Praise the Lord.

The day we call Easter today was in Jesus’s time a special day of praise.  The day was so important that it is described in each of the Gospel Books of the bible—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  The account in the book of Luke tells us that a week before He would be crucified, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  His disciples were with Him.

And a great multitude of people who had been following Him were also with Him.  Luke 19:37 says, “Then, as He was drawing near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice.”

Something that was so good was happening right before their eyes.  It was so good that they could not contain themselves.  So, on this Easter let me encourage you.  Don’t hold your breath!  The same good things that happened before are still happening for us today, and more so!

The breath of life can give life to dead bones; it will give life to the dead things around you.  So instead of finding the breath to utter complaints about how your life is going, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord.  You have much more to be grateful for than to complain about.  Don’t hold your breath.

Instead of finding the breath to find fault in others, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for how He covers the faults we have in ourselves.  Don’t hold your breath.

Instead of finding the breath to criticize others for what they do, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for keeping you from doing some of the very things you criticize others for doing.  Don’t hold your breath.

Instead of finding the breath to speak lowly about the unsaved, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for keeping you from being an unsaved person.  Don’t hold your breath.

And instead of finding the breath to be silent about who the Lord is, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for all the things He does to sustain the life you live here on earth.  Don’t hold your breath.

I don’t know that God gave us the breath of life just so we could praise Him, but I believe every breath we take should be taken for Him.  God breathed into us the breath of life.  Jesus died for us so we could have eternal life.  So then, we should breathe His breath into the world.

Let everyone who has breath in them praise the Lord.  Don’t hold your breath.  When you breathe but you are silent, someone else will offer the praise you should have offered.  Don’t let your silence awaken the noise of praise that will come from others who cry out to the Lord.  Praise the Lord!

Let this Easter be the time you start praising the Lord because you have breath that won’t let you be silent any longer.  Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!

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We Need Both Faith and Belief

Scripture tells us that on the third day after Jesus had been buried, God raised Him from the dead.  Jesus showed Himself to His disciples that same day—well, to all but Thomas who was not with them at the time Jesus came.  But the other disciples told Thomas they had seen the Lord.

John 20:25 says that Thomas responded, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and I put my finger into the print of the nails, and I put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  His response is interesting.

So, what was Thomas saying?  Was he saying, “I will not believe what you are telling me?”  Or was he saying, “I will not believe that the Lord is risen?”  I don’t know what he was thinking myself, but this much I do know.  Thomas was saying he needed evidence that he could see before he would allow himself to believe what he didn’t see for himself.

Later in this same area of scripture, Jesus again came to the disciples, and this time Thomas is with them.  Jesus invited Thomas to touch Him and His wounds, and after that Thomas was ready to believe.  But Jesus told him, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Many of us are like Thomas but more of us should be like the other disciples.  Thomas had to have proof before he believed; the disciples needed not proof to believe the facts about Jesus that they knew were true whether they believed or not.

The disciples had both the work of belief and the work of faith thriving in their lives.  Thomas had the presence of doubt at work in his life.  Like the disciples, some of us believe the facts without question so our faith helps us to see what the facts say.  Then like Thomas, some of us cannot believe the facts or have faith about God until we have our doubts disproved.

God wants us to know how belief and faith work together.  They may seem like they are the same thing and in some ways they are.  But with our belief, we confirm to ourselves what is the Truth about God; we tell our doubts we will believe the facts as they are.  And with our faith, we can live in ways that are pleasing to God, ways that He is pleased to reward.

Our faith tells our belief you can believe the Truth even if you cannot see it. We need both belief and faith to live the life God wants us to live.  Many of us live trying to disprove our doubts by working ourselves up to believe what we cannot verify.  And many of us fail to live lives that are rewarded to their fullest by God because our faith is only in the experience we get when we put our hands into Jesus side.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  So today ask yourself to believe all that the Word says He is and have faith that is assured enough to say I don’t have to see it to believe it.

Learn to believe in the Truth about God and to have faith in what the Truth says He will do for you.  When you have both belief and faith working for you, God promises to reward you richly.  Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.

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The Same God

A few days ago, I finished reading through the bible from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.  I took two days away from reading and then I started reading again through the bible at Genesis 1.  I have read through the bible many times this way over the past 10 years.

Reading through the bible is not what is important to me.  Learning more about God is important; that is why I choose to read through the bible continually and consistently.

In Revelation 22:13, God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”  In Genesis 1:1 scripture says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Each time I read through the bible, I learn more about God that I didn’t know before.

The same God that was there before there was anything is the same God who is here now with us.  But what does this mean for us?  Well, for me is means God will not change because I change or because I face some difficulty that I cannot overcome.  You should consider what it means to you.

But when God says He is the Beginning and the End and the First and the Last, He is saying before there was anything to speak about, He was.  And while there are things today to speak about, He is.  And when there is nothing left to speak about, He will be. He was; He is; and He is to come.  He is indeed the same God in all our circumstances.

I have learned some amazing things about God by reading through the bible; but I have also learned some amazing things about myself while learning about God. He is always the same God no matter if I am the same person or not.  God never changes, but I have learned that I should never be the same.

The same God that speaks to us today is the same God who told Abraham to leave his home and go to a place that God would tell him.  Abraham obeyed without hesitation; I learned that I am often hesitant to go where God tells me to go.

The same God that told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac is the same God that asks us if we would sacrifice anything of ours that would keep us from having more of Him.  Abraham obeyed without hesitation; I learned I am hesitant to even consider giving up anything I have worked hard to get.

The same God that looked down from heaven and saw Noah trying to live righteously in an unrighteous world is the same God that asks if we will live for Him rather than for man.  I learned that I am often hesitant to live for God if it means man will think I am at odds with him.

And the same God who gave David the courage to stand for Him and slay the giants in his life is the same God who offers this courage to us.  I learned that I am hesitant to accept this courage because I sometimes prefer to live with the giants in my life rather than to defeat them and live like God wants me to live.

Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”  He will never change.  He may do things we have not seem Him do before, but that doesn’t mean He changes.  What we do does not indicate who we are.  Rather, who we are determines the things we ought to do. 

He is the same God.  We ought to be the same in accepting who He was; and in Who He is; and Who He promises to be when He returns.  This is the one way we should be the same.

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.

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Know What Is Better

Things are crazy around us today.  People would say that is because things are changing.  But things are not changing as much as we as people are changing.  When we don’t know what to do because something around us seems to be changing, we don’t want to wait till things pass.  We have a tendency today to press forward and to do something anyway.  How much sense does that make?

God will never ask us to change from what is better to something less. God never changes; we change how we view Him.  There are still boys and girls, but we change what it means to be a boy or a girl.  The Truth doesn’t change; people change the Truth.   In my work, I help leaders to see that they must be different in better ways than the people they lead.  In doing this, everyone stands a chance to be better.  But often, leaders do not see this or accept this.

Many leaders don’t look any different, don’t talk any different, don’t dress any different, don’t live any different, and don’t believe any different than the people they lead.  They believe they must be like the people they lead so that people will follow them.  There is nothing better when everything is always the same.  

The idea of things changing is tricky to us.  Many of us believe time usually changes things for the better.  We believe that as we live longer, we become smarter, and we understand better.  So, we think know better than others did yesterday.  But this is not so; it is a trick of the devil.

Being a leader hasn’t changed; we have changed.  Being a parent hasn’t changed; we have changed.  Being a believer hasn’t changed; we have changed what it means to us to be a believer.  But why is this so?  Well, I believe we simply do not know how to live in a world of truths where people want to change the nature of what is true.

Scripture tells us how we as believers should live in an unbelieving world around us.  1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things of the world.”  It goes on to say, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Scripture says these three things are of the world.  The lust of the flesh—wanting what will satisfy you more than what will glorify God.  The lust of the eyes—believing what you see more than what God has said.  And the pride of life—patting yourself on your own back for what you have, more than humbly thanking God for what you have and for what you do not have.

We must be careful never to change from what is Truth to what is loved by the world.  God wants us to love; the world wants us never to hate.  God wants us to care for and about all, but the world wants all things to be equal.  God says Love your neighbor, but the world says accept your neighbor.

When we love the things of the world, we live so that we can have the acceptance of the world.  But the world is passing away, and all that it loves will pass away.  The believers who live to do the Will of God will stand quietly on the Truth, and they will live on forever in what is better.  If we find ourselves being more like the people of the world, perhaps it is because we are love the things of the world more than we love the things of God.

The world we live in is mostly an unbelieving world; we must not live like we are unbelieving believers.  We may be confused about what is right and what is wrong because we are changing.

But we should not be confused to know what is wrong from what is right because right never changes.  Not even if we change.

We cannot have the things of the world and the things of God also.

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Why So Difficult?

Why is it so hard for us to live right before God each day?  Why does it seem like there is a battle at every turn that keeps us from living a believing and faithful life?  Why are things so hard for us?

For me, the answer to questions like these came when I realized that life seemed hard for me because I wanted an easy life.  I thought that when things were easy for me, I was being my best.  I didn’t want to struggle.  Struggles, I thought, caused me to be someone I didn’t want to be.

There is a scripture in the book of Matthew in which Jesus tells His disciples that one of them would betray Him that very evening.  They all became sorrowful. Each of them began to ask, Lord is it I?  I have always found this exchange amazing; it was a genuine question from all but the one who would betray him.  They didn’t know themselves well enough to know what they could or would do.  I’ve asked myself many times, how is this so?

A little later that same evening Jesus told His disciples that each of them would stumble because of their belief in Him.  But Peter, standing up, said to Jesus that even if the others stumble, he would not.  He boldly claimed he was ready to die for his belief.  In Matthew 26:34, Jesus responded to him, “Assuredly I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  Jesus knew Peter better than Peter knew Peter.

And indeed, before morning, three times Peter did deny that he knew Jesus.  Peter watched as Jesus was beaten that night before the day He would be crucified.  Peter was afraid for himself and sorry for Jesus. I’m afraid I have found the same thing in me that Peter learned about himself that evening.  I believe it’s the reason many of us come to find life to be so hard.  It’s the reason so many of us stumble at the tough things in life.

So, what is this thing?  It’s knowing that you do not know who you are.  Peter allowed himself to be frightened by what was happening.  He saw the challenge within him as the thing before him.  What he saw told him he should be afraid. Peter didn’t know what he was capable of; it was to overcome or to be overcome.  He didn’t see any other options.

But God doesn’t want us to respond to the things of the world the way the things of the world come at us.  The real challenge for us is not what we see; our eyes make things worse than they are.  It is not failing to get what we want; our flesh wants more than what it should have.  These things make life harder than it should be for us.

The real challenge for us is to learn that to defeat more of what comes at us, we must wage a battle of endurance within ourselves.  We do not have to always defeat our enemies.  Often, the easy things to do is to endure so that your enemy does not defeat you.  We cannot know how to live an enduring successful life until we know ourselves well enough to know what we are capable and not capable of.  When we learn to stop living like people of the world, we will learn to enjoy an enduring life not available to those in the world.  Life is made harder than it should be because we still wonder if we have what it takes to change things around us.

Let’s start today changing things within us so that by enduring, we change things around us.  Enduring is God’s way of making hard things easier.

Live a Deliver Life.  Love you.