Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mountain Moving Faith

Did you know that God spoke this world into existence?  Did you know that he used His breath to create the moon and stars?  If He can do those things, and we believe that He did, then why do we pray and not expect God to do what we ask of Him?  

The Bible tells us to ask and it will be given to us. Seek and we will find. Knock and the door will be opened unto us. He tells us that if we have faith of a mustard seed that we can move mountains. He can say to a mountain, “move from here to here” and the mountain will move.  We should take God at His word and accept His promises. But we don’t. We believe, but are filled with unbelief. 

When we pray, we should believe that God can do what we want Him to do. Many times, we pray and then “hope” that He will grant our wishes. If we “hope” then we don’t truly believe. We should never doubt God’s ability to give us what we want. After all, He spoke the world into existence, surely he can grant our piddly request. When we pray, we should wholeheartedly believe that it’s coming. Trust that God will do it. And look for it to happen as we believe He can and will. 

Tweak your thinking. Don’t hope that God will help. KNOW that God will help. EXPECT God to help. Then LOOK FOR The help that God gives us. 

Lord, we believe but forgive our unbelief. 
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Multiplication Practice

Matthew 14:15-21

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

I’m sure the disciples worried about how in the world they had enough food to feed all the crowds. They continued, feeding them, doing the next right thing. And as they fed, the food multiplied. There was food left over when everyone was stuffed. 

I had one child. Another child was on the way and I wonder if I can love another child like I can the first. That child is born and love multiplies. We love the second, third, fourth children the same as the first because our love multiplies just like the food did in the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. 

I love hard. If I love you then you know it. There has never been a day in my life that I thought to myself “Self, you are all out of love. If anyone walks up here to you then you can’t love them because you are all full here and can’t love any more.”  It doesn’t happen. 

Give love away. Spread it around like confetti. Like glitter. When there is a party and confetti was involved, you will find that stuff years later. Let us all be spreaders of love. Let us spread it so thoroughly and so often that our love can still be found years later under a chair or in a corner. You may be long gone but your love you left is still there. Love isn’t meant to be finite. It is infinite. Go out this week with your infinite love and spread it around like confetti. Throw it on everyone-the lovable and the unloveable. I guarantee that you will be the one who is blessed because when we try to bless others it always ends up coming back to us multiplied. 

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Embracing Thistles

Thistle is a very invasive weed. A neusance. It’s nearly impossible to get rid of it without digging up the root. You surely can’t just pull them up. They are ugly. Have prickles all over then that hurt when you touch them. But if you let a thistle grow to maturity, it produces the most gorgeous intricate bloom that is fantastic to observe. 

Have you met someone who is a thistle?  A weed that is invasive and sticks people if you touch them?  Have you met anyone who is ugly?  Someone who needs to be dug up from your life or they will continue to contaminate and stick those around them?  Some thistles need to be dug up from your life. Others need to be left alone or coached to maturity until they reach a point where they can produce a beautiful bloom as a reward for working hard to mature. I’m sure glad God didn’t give up on me when I was invasive, sticky, and full of prickles. I’m glad God let me grow and learn until I could produce a beautiful bloom. 

We all have a history. We all have prickly, invasive eras of our lives where we were weeds in the field of society. Yet, God was patient with us and allowed us to grow and mature until we could produce beautiful blooms that came from prickles. And when we mature, we still can see our needles that pricked others in our infancy, but the focus is our bloom. Our flower. Our beauty that shines through the stickers. We are not defined by our invasiveness. Instead we are defined by the flower we produce. The stickers got us to the bloom. Never regret the past. We did exactly what we wanted at the time. Instead, appreciate the prickles that grew you into a beautiful bloom. 

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