Saturday, August 30, 2014

Don't Let Your Engine Idle

I woke up this morning with a statement on my mind. At first, I was a bit confused about what it meant. I thought I was supposed to write about not being idle, about how important it is that we stay focused on Christ, read His Word, and not let ourselves become drawn into the drama of other people’s lives. Before long, a Scripture came to mind and I thought I had it all together, so I went to the computer to start writing, as I told the Lord, “I’m up. I’m going.”

But when I got to the computer, the words were forced and stilted. I couldn’t figure out why things were not progressing the way they should. That’s when I realized that the message that woke me up wasn’t exactly for everyone else in particular. It was for me. The message was…

Don’t let your engine idle.

Sounds cryptic, doesn’t it? It isn’t. Not really. Because when you put the following verse with it, it makes all the sense in the world;

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. ~Joshua 1:8, NKJV

Basically, open your Bible and read! Listen. Do what it says. Stay focused on the Lord because He knows which direction you need to go.

I like how The Message puts it; “And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.”

Idleness causes problems in so many ways; mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. It allows the enemy to plant ridiculous notions in you and when they begin to grow, disaster follows.

Why do you think people jump to conclusions, believe gossip, suffer depression, anxiety, have low self-esteem, have anger, discontent, jealousy, or feel hopeless? Maybe you’re thinking right now, that’s just fine for you but you don’t know what it feels like! Oh yes, dear one, I do! I know the feelings I just mentioned because I lived them for far too long! I know how it feels to suffer. I know how it feels to get out. I also know how it feels to be attacked and feel the pull of the things I was healed from trying to weigh me back down! It’s not fun.

But let me tell you this; I also know how it feels to have Someone come to your rescue! I know how it feels to realize that my trials and attacks were the result of the enemy in his jealous rage against me, knowing that I was being moved up and into the destiny God has for me. The enemy doesn’t want to see me succeed, so he begins attacking with every trick he can muster (1 Peter 5:8), as I get closer and closer to the next level, the next phase in my purpose. And if I have become idle in my walk, in my perseverance, then it’s all so much easier for the enemy to attack! This is why I woke up with the message, “Don’t let your engine idle” in my mind, quickly followed by Joshua 1:8.

Today let my message become yours. Don’t let your engines idle dear lovelies! The enemy of your soul wants to throw a monkey wrench in your gears. Stay alert and watch out for attacks. But also know that when the attacks come, you’re getting close to a new blessing from God! So be persistent and stay focused…

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7

...and never give up!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Popping the Bubble

There are times when I feel as if I just go through life completely clueless! Everyone around me seems to "get it" yet I'm left standing, wondering, what "It" is! I wonder if God is really hearing my prayers. I wonder why I can't feel Him. I wonder why it seems as if everyone around me does. And then I wonder why I seem to be hitting a brick wall. That's about the time the brick wall hits me.

Ever have those "Duh!" moments? Those moments when it all falls into place and the light bulb clicks on and all of a sudden, you get it. I mean, you really truly GET IT! We often get into a rut in our walk with God. We get comfy and cozy in that warm, fuzzy place and decide, yeah I like it here just fine. Then we begin to go through the everyday bump and grind of living in a continuous bubble. Because face it, in that little bubble we don't have to change. We can keep things just the way they are because we like it here. Things can stay the way they always were and we can never have any trials.

God knocks us right out of that little bubble and into reality and we are left wondering, what just happened? We weren't meant to live in a bubble. We were meant to play outside and get dirty. We were meant to interact with others, even when they don't look, dress, act, or smell like us. We were meant to live that mystery that we so often place God in. "God is so mysterious! He's hard to get to know. He works in mysterious ways that we don't understand." Nonsense!

Yes, God is mysterious! But He gave us a way to know Him! He gave us Jesus. He gave us a Helper in the Holy Spirit, Who intercedes for us when we pray. I mean, how hard is it to just get it? It's not hard. We make it such by claiming mystery, being afraid, avoidance, and just play 'ol obstinance. And in doing so, we are being disobedient.

I don't want to live that way. I want to know God and for Him to know me. I want to get out there, roll in the dirt, get dirty, sweaty, smelly, and be able to say, "Yep! God was there! He showed up in all my grit and grime and we got some stuff done.

Don't get me wrong. Even if you're not out there getting dirty, God will still meet you wherever you are. God is not going to leave you where you are though. He wants to do a wonderful work in and around you. The mystery of God is that people are afraid of the mystery. We try to figure God out when all He wants us to do is just show up and let Him use us.

He has a purpose for you. He has a plan for you. But He's not going to come in, breaking down the door, blowing the victory horn. God is subtle. God is kind. He is loving. He will kindly knock on your heart's door. But you have to get up, go to the door and open it. Then you have to invite Him in because God won't even come in without an invitation! He's a gentleman. And there lies the mystery.

People have a hard time understanding that mystery. They believe God is sitting on His throne, waiting for us to mess up so that He can "zap" us. Nothing can be further from the truth.

What are you dealing with today? Been away from God for a while? Think you've gone too far? You haven't. God still loves you and still has a plan for you. It's up to you to decide if you want to know what that is. You're out of the bubble. Are you ready to answer the door?

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