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Actions = Results

Friday, January 15th, 2010

As I was reading in Colossians this morning, these Actions = Results stood out in my mind.  The spiritual maturity and insight that we crave (results), are clearly linked to actions.   Sow to these actions and harvest the results.

Colossians  Chapter  1

 An Action = Result Table From The First Few Verses

Ref. Action Result
Col. 1:5 Looking forward to the joys of Heaven Trust in Jesus 

Love all God’s people

Col. 1:6 Heard and understood the Good News about God’s kindness (grace) to sinners Changed lives at Colosse

Changing lives everywhere

Col. 1:9 Gain understanding of God’s will for our lives and receive spiritual wisdom Live lives pleasing to God

Give honor to God

Bearing fruit

       Do good continually

       Be kind to others

Learn to know God better

Col. 1:11 Be strengthened with HIS power Have patience and endurance

Be filled with joy

Giving thanks always

Oh, that we might know the Lord!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Oh, that we might know the Lord!   Let us press on to know him.  He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.     Hosea 6:3  (NLT)

Pressing on, pressing in, that we might know the Lord.  That is our prime goal and objective.  Knowing and worshiping our Lord God is what makes everything else work.  We may be having good times, or bad times.  Mountain top experiences or deep valleys to walk through.  No matter where we are,  we must press in to know God more. 

Notice how this passage and so many others paint the picture of us pressing in toward God?  Why?  Because no matter what, God hasn’t moved; He is the steadfast Rock.  And it is up to us (with the help of the Holy Spirit), to press on and press in to Him.

Remember the woman with the issue of blood that pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment?  Matthew 9:20   The only way she got through that crowd was to keep pressing on and making her way through every hindrance, every obstacle between her and Jesus. 

Receive that as your example today.  Press on, press in, don’t let anything stop you or hold you back.  Knowing Christ more, will be worth every effort and sacrifice it takes.

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Contrasting the difference between faith and our own wisdom is rather easy in the Bible.  Take this passage in Proverbs 28:26a:

26     He who trusts in his own heart is a fool      (NKJV)

In the Hebrew mindset, the “heart” was not the seat of emotions, but rather your knowledge, intellect and will (cf Proverbs 12:25; 13:12; 15:12,14a; ).   So the Bible warns us in many places not to lean on our own wisdom or will.  Rather, look to your Abba Father in faith – with absolute trust that He has you in the hallow of His hands.  Nothing will reach you without going through Him.  And nothing will take Him by surprise. 

Don’t analyze everything to death.  Don’t assume you have tomorrow—nor even today—totally figured out.  Instead rely on our Father’s love for His children and for you individually.  Count on His loving heart and tender mercies (Psalm 103:4, 118:1).  Know that not only is He in control, He is always victorious. 

Don’t forget, you are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6), you are sealed with His guarantee of the glory to come  (Ephesians 1:13-14), and nothing in Heaven or Earth can separate you from His love and your victorious future in Christ Jesus  (Romans 8:35; Ephesians 1).    

So as the Apostle Paul says:  “…stand…”  (Ephesians 6:13) in these uncertain times.  But don’t stand trusting in your own wisdom and power.  Stand by faith in Christ Jesus and by trust in your Abba Father.

NKJV  Proverbs 3:5-6

5     Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6     In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

The LoTech Word of God

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Those of us who teach and preach the Word of God can sometimes be concerned about all the competition we face with all of the world’s entertainment systems.  How can we compete with a multi-million dollar Hollywood production?  How can we compete with the fast action and ready access of TV?  

But whenever those thoughts crowd in and try to defeat,  we must remind ourselves that we are not teaching and preaching some great words of wisdom only … we are called and commissioned to teach/preach nothing less than The Word of God.  

1 Corinthians 1:18

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

The Word of God brings life for all eternity.  Nothing else can do that!  Preachers and teachers don’t have to compete with the world’s entertainment:  We have the Life Transforming Word of God to share!

God’s Message – preached in God’s Power – will transform lives!   What can compete with that?!?!?!?