“2 A.M. BANGING ON YOUR WINDOW?”

“So Eli told Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel!  Samuel'”   1Samuel 3:9-10 NIV   Read:  1Samuel 3:1-21 It’s 2 a.m. and you are startled awake by what sounds like a banging on your window.  A creak in the night, a loud boom or an unknown whisper can all be times of fear or of doubt.    Our heart races as we check out the sounds.  Were we sure of what we heard or was it simply our imagination? There are times we question what we hear.  There are other times we simply we ignore what we heard.   Often, what we ignore is what we should pay more attention. When GOD talks to us, we can hear HIM in many ways.   GOD can talk with us through HIS Word.   HE can talk to us in a whisper that we barely hear or through a thunderous voice.  And yes, HE can awaken us in the middle of the night to talk to us.  Some have heard an audible voice of GOD, while most can feel HIM talking to us through our hearts.  In all cases, the voice of GOD is very real.   We can also hear GOD through the words and actions of others.   If GOD has your heart, you can hear HIM tugging your heart. How does GOD talk with you?   Do you even know of all the times GOD is communicating with...

“GOD IS NOT YOUR CO-PILOT!”

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to HIM, and HE will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV  Read:  Proverbs 3:1-8   “GOD IS MY CO-PILOT” was the bumper sticker plastered on the back window of an old Chevy.  It may seem like a good thing, until you think about it. We sometimes elevate ourselves to being equal to or above GOD without thinking about it.   At that moment, Satan must be smiling.   When we fail to be submissive to our LORD, Satan is pleased. Unfortunately, others are misinformed.   Some may think having GOD as a co-pilot would be a good thing.  The problem with our thinking is GOD is not our co-pilot; GOD is our pilot.   HE is always in charge.   GOD is never second in command. We cannot choose to allow GOD to be in control.   HE is in control.  We can choose to be under HIS control in every facet of our lives.   If you need a bumper sticker, get one that reads: ‘GOD IS MY PILOT, I AM ONLY HIS CO-PILOT’. Our scripture verse tells us “…in all ways submit to HIM, and HE will make your paths straight.”   For thousands of years, GOD has been telling HIS children to submit.   We are still slow learners and HE is still telling us to submit to HIM.   Today’s prayer:   “Thank YOU, LORD, for continuing to remind us that YOU are always in charge and that we need to be submitting to YOU.   We can do our best when we...

“DON’T TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS TO GOD?”

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!   Psalm 66:20 NIV   Read:  Psalm 66:16-20 Don’t take your problems to GOD!   It sounds like a fool’s advice doesn’t it?  It does until you hear the rest of it.   “Don’t take your problems to GOD.   Take GOD to your problems.” Be proactive with GOD.   GOD knows more and can do more than we can even imagine.   But, GOD can use you.  Instead of dumping all your fears, frustrations, doubts and insecurities on GOD.   Take the ONE who is the SOLUTION to all problems directly to your problem.   We, sometimes, spend more time worrying about our problems and planning on what we should do, we forget GOD.  Instead of hauling your problems around as heavy weights burdening you down, just tell your problem to deal with GOD.   Tell GOD the problem.   Tell HIM the what, who, where and why of your problem and leave it where it is.   Then listen.   Listen for HIS perfect solution.  GOD will tell you what to do…if you are to do anything at all. All too often, we take our problem to GOD.   Instead of leaving it alone, within days, hours or even minutes we struggle with taking it back.  If we really don’t want the problem, why do we insist of taking it back? Guess what?   GOD will do the perfect job in solving your problem and you will do a less than perfect job at solving your problem.   The answer is simple.   Tell your...

“ENERGIZER BUNNY NOW IN HEAVEN!”

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”  1Peter 5:10-11 NIV   I nicknamed Pat Riddlebarger ‘the energizer bunny’.  Pat was the wife of Dr. Statt Riddlebarger, pastor of Pearsall Road Church in San Antonio and both are my very dear friends. Almost three years ago, Pat was told she had cancer and was given just a few months to live.   The doctors did not know Pat and her faith in GOD.  Her faith turned a few months into years. Regardless of her health struggles and the negative assessment by the doctors, Pat kept coming back again and again.   Six months ago, she was back playing the piano at her church.   Like the energizer bunny, Pat kept coming back and kept going and going and going. She told me a few months ago about when she was originally told she was terminal.   She did not want to give up.   She told me:  “I chose to live and you can’t live if you’re thinking about dying!” With a beautiful smile up the end, Pat kept going and going and going.  Like the advertised energizer bunny, Pat had a battery pack that kept her going.  Her battery was the HOLY SPIRIT, whom lived inside her.   Pat was a real born again believer.  Her Christian faith is to be admired. You can be like Pat, ‘the energizer bunny’, with the HOLY SPIRIT living in you as well.  It’s...

“A REAL BIBLE THUMPER!”

“Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”  Jeremiah 3:15 NIV Read:  Jeremiah 3: 14-18 A lady was being introduced to a man at a casual gathering.   Just before the meal, he was excusing himself to lead the group in a prayer before the meal.  In a voice of disbelief, she said; “Oh, you’re one of those Bible thumpers!”   He politely responded; “And proud of it!” Have you ever been accused of being a Bible thumper?   If not, why not?  We all should be proud of our faith in our loving GOD. Too much emphasis has been placed on being politically correct and not enough on being truthfully correct as GOD has taught us.  When we allowed prayer to be removed from our schools, we allowed our society to go into a tailspin of destruction.   When we allowed GOD to be placed secondary to public opinion, we started the destruction of our society. While we should be expressing our faith in our CREATOR, we don’t need to beat others over the head with a baseball bat or our Bibles.   JESUS brought us grace.   We should love and teach others with the grace HE has given us. GOD has cautioned us throughout scripture of our failings and obedience. While most will fall short and never enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we are to spread HIS gospel message so as many as possible can spend eternity with our TRIUNE LORD.  Be a Bible thumper…a Bible thumper filled with the loving grace of our GOD.     Today’ prayer:   “Thank YOU,...

“PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU!”

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.”   Psalm 47:6,7 NIV   Read:  Psalm 47 As the church congregation raised their voices in an old familiar hymn, my oldest son (16 at the time) leaned over and whispered in my ear:  “Not so loud, Dad, people can hear you!”   I loved to sing, but could not carry a tune in a bucket.  I have since learned to sing…not great…but, pretty good.  We can all learn to improve. A minister friend told me his choir teacher in school asked him if he was a tenor.   He replied he thought he was a bass.   The teacher responded he did not mean a tenor.   He was asking if he would sing ten or twelve miles away.   He told me he still sings because he knows GOD likes his voice! Others can be critical of our efforts.  They can criticize our singing, our driving, our cooking or a hundred other things we do.   Not to worry or have concerns.   GOD is the only judge that matters.   Don’t let the loose tongue of another dissuade you. Raise your voice and sing your praises to your HEAVENLY FATHER.  HE is listening for you.   No matter your voice quality to others, you have perfect tone and pitch for GOD’S ears.   Sing today.  HE is waiting to hear your praises. Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for always hearing me and accepting my best efforts to please YOU.  Help me to reflect your...