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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!

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.

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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.

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The Right Hand Complements the Left

The book of Genesis tells us that God made all animal life before He made Adam.  Then, God said, “It’s not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”  God took a rib from Adam, and He made Eve.  In Eve, Adam found the complement that was missing in his life, and in Adam, Eve found the complement and place where she belonged.  Together with God, they were now complete. They all needed one another to be complete.

God gave Himself something that day to love and to save.  God gave Adam something to love and to serve.  God gave Eve something to respect and to love.  In a way, this was the first marriage ever to happen.  Three things – not just two people.  God to Adam to Eve.  This is what makes a marriage to work.

Ephesians 5:33 says, “Nevertheless, let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”  When God says nevertheless, He is saying, I want you to do all the things I just told you to do but I want you to especially do this. Husbands, love your own wives, and wives, respect your husbands.  Marriage needs these things to be whole and complete.  It needs these things because they are complementary, the same way God saw that man needs woman to complement his life and make it whole.

The man is always looking for something that is missing in life, and the woman is always looking for her place of belonging in life.  Adam was missing that rib that God had used to form Eve.  And Eve was looking for the place in the body where she would naturally fit like any other rib.  Life in a way is the pursuit of finding the complementary things that are missing.

In any relationship, the man and the woman have different primary needs.  God saw this with Adam and Eve, and it exists still today.  Love is the foundation of any relationship; that is why Jesus came to give His life for us.   But love looks not just for love in return; it looks for love and something more that complements its work.  We love Jesus, so we long to obey Him.  Love is complemented by obedience.

Many marriages and relationships do not work the way they should because the man and the woman may be willing to bring love into the start of the relationship, but they do not bring the complementary things needed to make that love amazing.  We love, expecting to get love in return.  But we need more, and our love should lead to more.  If love is the right hand, it needs a left hand.

Men, consider this.  When you are told to love your wife, love her boundlessly in ways that cause her to respect you.  Respect is the complement to your love for your wife, and love is the complement to your wife’s respect.  Since the wife is asked to respect her husband, God wants husbands to love in amazing ways so that our wives find it easy to respect us with amazing love.   Love and respect and complementary.

Ladies, consider this.  When you are told to respect your husband, do it in ways make it easy for him to love you with the most respecting of all love.  The wife’s respect is the complement to the husband’s love.  Since the husband is asked to love his wife, God wants you wives to respect in amazing ways so that your husbands find it easy to love and care for you in the most cherished and respectful ways.  Respect and love are complementary.

Love needs respect, respect needs love, and it all needs God.  Husbands, don’t make it difficult for your wives to respect you.  It is hard for a wife to respect an unloving, selfish, and carnally driven man.  And wives, don’t make it difficult for your husbands to love you.  It is hard for a husband to love an emotional, selfish, and carnally driven woman.  And husbands, don’t look to your wives for respect—or wives, don’t look to your husbands for love—unless you have first looked to Jesus with respect and love.

If you do this, you will have a great chance to change the path of your marriage, to have the marriage God intends for you to have.  Bring that which is complementary to that which you want the most from your relationships.  God will bless you for this.  The right needs the left; the left needs the right; and it all needs God.

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Who Are You Gonna Call?

Sometimes, we can get so caught up with life that we come to believe we can only depend on ourselves to make it through.  Sometimes we even believe that the only person who will care about you is you.  But that is not completely so. Though we may be smart, intelligent, or resourceful, we are also made to be very dependent people.  We have been made just short of being able to totally rely on ourselves.  We are made this way so that we learn to count on someone else to complete our lives.  And we are also made this way so that we learn we are needed to complete something in the lives of others.

It is important that we understand this if we are to live the best life possible for us.  God made us to be complete in every way, but we complete our lives by giving Him the place in our lives He reserved just for Himself.

King Solomon understood this.  When he had finished building the temple to be the home for God, he prayed to God, saying, “God let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to my prayer” (2 Chronicles 6:40).  He invited God to come to His resting place and to never turn away His face from the people.

God responded to Solomon with this well-known scripture found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Solomon had the sense to know that life was not complete unless God had a place to live with him and his people.  God responded with love, saying He would do what Solomon asked and more.

Solomon built the house for the Lord and then called on His Name.  He called Him to come and to live.  We ought to learn from Solomon.  Our lives cannot be complete until we complete the work that God has started in each of us.  What is this work you ask?  Well, its three things—three things that we can see in Solomon, and three things that we should see in ourselves.

First, Solomon called on God to save him and His people from themselves and from others.  Solomon was saying, God, you choose us, now save us from ourselves and from our enemies.  Today, you and I need to be saved from ourselves and from the enemy that is ourselves—the person within us who keeps us from seeking to be saved.  We cannot make it alone.  So, we should first make sure we call on the Name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13).

Then Solomon called on God to live life with them.  He asked God never to turn away His face from them.  Life is not meant to be lived alone.  We have a place in life that only God can fill, and we must make that place available for Him.  We should call on the Name of the Lord that He would come live in us so we may live through Him.

Then Solomon called on God so that the people could serve Him.  He had the priests and all the people come to the temple to offer sacrifices to God.  He wanted to make sure God would be home to accept their offerings.  We have a place in life that we must serve with our lives.  Life is not about what we can get.  The Lord wants to teach us that life is more about what we get to do in serving Him.

So, we should call on the Name of the Lord so that He will be there when we serve Him.  Zephaniah 3:9 says, “For I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”

In the times of your life when things are not going the way you would like, consider these three ways that you should be calling on the Lord for help.  When you are lost, living independently and need to be saved into eternal life, call on His Name.  When you are living, but life is not working out the best way for you, call on His Name.  And when you find yourself serving your wants instead of what He wants for you, call on His Name.

If you call Him, He will hear you, He will come to you, and He will heal your life and the land around you.  He will teach you to pray, to repent, and to be humble.  You will learn that your life is not complete until you give it back to Him for His service.  Life a Delivered Life.  Love you.

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Desires Over Goals

Desires and goals are not the same.  What got you started and what keeps you going in your relationship with the Lord?  Some of us would say it is simply by the grace of God that we know Him.  That is true.  But there is a bit more to say.

Abraham was 75 years old when God promised to make him a father of nations (Genesis 12:1–4). He was 86 when Ishmael was born (Genesis 16:16), but Ishmael was not the promised child.  Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac, the promised child (Genesis 17:19, 21), was born (Genesis 21:5).  What do you think Abraham was doing for the first 75 years of his life?  What were his goals?  Did he set out to be a father of all nations?

Abraham was able to avoid a problem that many of us do not avoid today.  He was moved by his desires more than by his goals in life.  Abraham’s desires were the reasons for the few goals he pursued.  His desires were the reason he lived the way he lived.  But, what about you and me today?  Why do we live the way we do, and why do we have the goals we set for our lives?

Scripture teaches about desires.  Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.  To behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”  Here David is telling us of just a single desire, the desire to live with the Lord in His house all his life.  Not a goal; just a desire.

David understood the power of having desires that fueled why and how he lived.  Because he understood the nature of desires, he didn’t have or need many goals for his life.  He didn’t need to set goals for how to be something; his desires taught him who to be and how to live.

You and I should learn from David and Abraham.  We should listen to what the Spirit of the Lord wants us to know about our desires and our goals.  Often, we are told we must set goals for what we want to do in life.  But that is not all that we should hear.  When we don’t have the right desire as the reason for our goals, we can find ourselves pursuing goals for the sake of what we want to get.  This can derail our lives and cause us to live unfulfilled.

So how do you know the difference between living based on your desires and living to chase a goal or a want?  Well, goals tend to be short-termed, focused, specific, and rigid.  They are unchanging, even when everything around you is changing, screaming at you to change too.

Let’s say you want to be married by the time you are 30.  That would be a goal.  But goals like this are a setup for failure because what happens if you are not married by 30?  Or what happens if you are not patient, and you marry someone you shouldn’t marry simply because you are almost 30?  Goals come from your mind, and your mind reacts to the world.  Goals can never express who you are in life.  They only indicate what you can do in life.

Think about Abraham.  What did he think, having to wait so long to become a father?  He messed up and had Ismael because he thought he had to do something to become that father before it was too late.  He didn’t wait.  Sometimes goals make us get out ahead of where we should be.

But after this, Abraham learned he didn’t need to have goals as long as he had desires for his life that came from God.  Our desires come from our hearts, the place where the Spirit of the Lord lives.  God wants us to live by desires that are the reasons for how we live for Him and before others.

You desire someday to be a wonderful parent to some wonderful children. This is a desire.  It is a desire that God loves, and a desire He would help you fulfill.  But your reason for wanting children is so that you can be a wonderful parent.

Desires are not rigid.  They are not short-termed, and they are not something we pursue.  A desire is an expression of why and how we live out our lives the way that we do.  Our desires should be the reasons for the few goals we set in life.

People set goals for what they want to do with their lives. Believers follow desires that express why and how they live out their lives.  When we know our desires, it opens us to all that God can do through our lives.  When we know our real desires, nothing will be able to keep us from living the way God wants us to live.  Goals can be roadblocked, but there are no roadblocks to desires.

Our goals are the place where we do with our life what we want to do.  But our desires are the place where life is fulfilled by God.  Look at your desires and make certain they are real in God, then make your desires the reason for any goal you may set.  One thing we should desire, and one thing only, is to live all our lives in the house of the Lord. Our desire should be to have no goal that is not connected to who God wants us to be.

We don’t need to set a goal for what to do with that.  We don’t need a goal for what time to start the day when we have a never-ending desire for God.  We don’t need a goal to accomplish something by a specific time; we live out what God has accomplished in us.  We don’t need a goal for what to do next; we live each day God gives us the way He wants us to live.  Our desires should have no beginning and no end.  They are infinite and eternal.

We need only the desire to follow what the Spirit will tell us in our heart.   Don’t have a goal to start a homeless shelter if the Spirit of the Lord hasn’t already found in you the desire to build a home and a shelter in your heart for His life.  This is an eternal desire, and it is the basis for all that we can ever want or do in life.

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Will You Go?

In Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah hears the voice of Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”  Isaiah hears this voice after he had been touched by the Lord to atone for his sins and to wipe away his sinful ways.  Isaiah hears the voice, and he simply responds by saying, “Here am I.  Send me.”

Isaiah didn’t know what the task was going to be.  He didn’t know what he was committing to do, but he responded by saying, “Send me.”  He had been prepared to be and to do whatever the Lord was going to ask of him.

In John, 21:19, Jesus is talking with Peter.  Three times Jesus had a question and a directive for Peter.  He asked Peter if he loved Him, and each time Peter responded by saying yes.  After Peter’s responses, Jesus directed Peter to simply feed His sheep.  At the end of all this, Jesus says to Peter, “Follow Me.”

Unlike Isaiah earlier, who knew he had been prepared to go and to do whatever the Lord asked, Peter didn’t really know what was coming, but he was willing to go along because it was for Jesus.  He wasn’t yet prepared for what he was going to be called to be or to do.

There are times when Jesus calls on each of us to follow Him to play a role in the game of life.  We are like Peter.  If Jesus is the owner of the team, we are all eager to be a part of the team no matter if we are prepared or not.  We are eager to tell Him that we are ready to play, and we even think of the position we believe is best for us.

We tell Him we can be the quarterback because we know we can through the ball far and accurately.  Or we tell Him we can be a wide receiver because we can run fast, and we have great hands.  Then some of us will tell Him we can be the running back because we are quick and agile, and we hold onto the ball.  Still, a few of us would say we are best suited to be on the front lines because we are strong, and we can make a way for everyone else to have a breakthrough game.

With Peter, all Jesus wanted him to do was to simply feed His sheep; nothing highly visible but important to the life of the sheep.  Three times He said this to Peter.  I imagine Peter was surprised.  He probably wanted to do something more important.

Jesus listens to all of us, and He finally says to us, “I don’t need you to be the quarterback or the wide receiver or the running back or the lineman.  I need you to be the football.”  Jesus knows that it will be easier for us to be and to do what he wants when we are willing to give up thinking about how the game is going and how important we believe we are to the outcome.

You see the football is just a tool in the hands of the quarterback, the wide receiver, the running back and the lineman.  The football doesn’t think of what it wants to do to win the game.  It knows it will be kicked around, thrown around, tugged, and pounced on.  Sometimes it will even be spiked like it wasn’t important to the outcome of the game, yet the game cannot be played without a football.

Like the football, life cannot be played the way Jesus wants us to play it if we are not willing to let Him decide the roles we play and who ultimately wins.  We just need to be willing to be the part of life people never really think about, but it is the key to all their life.  We must learn that it’s okay to be the football in the hands of Jesus.

The question is, now that you know ahead of time, will you allow Him to prepare you for the role of a football, and will you go when He asks, “Who will go for Us?”

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