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The roller-coaster ride of life (Part 2 and 3)

August 3rd, 2009 Comments off

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything appropriate in its time.”

I’m not really going to talk about today’s and yesterdays devotion that I did, because it really felt God was speaking directly at me…  But I will leave you with a quote that has a lot of meaning, and opened my eyes to my own life…

Pretend this is what Satan is saying to all his followers about God: “Our cause is never in greater danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks around upon the universe from which every race of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has foresaken, and still obeys!”

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The roller-coaster ride of life (Part 1)

August 1st, 2009 Comments off

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything appropriate in its time.”

Sometimes it is just amazing how God allows things to happen at the right moment and at the right time…  It’s like a good parent who finds the opportune time to teach their children, and their children will be changed because of it.  Think about it…people don’t change unless they realize they need to change, and it would be pointless to teach someone who believes they are doing everything right.  But somehow, through experiences, their pride is stripped away and suddenly, they realize what they’ve been doing was walking down the wrong path.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason!  I know sometimes life has its ups and downs, and sometimes we wonder why in the world God would let bad things happen…  Why can’t we just experience good times, since God is a good Father.  Well, I think the answer lies within the first paragraph…  God IS a loving Father, no doubt, but the fact that he created such a wide variety of emotions that are conjured up doing events shows just how creative, unique and thoughtful He is.  He really has made everything appropriate in its time!  Imagine a perfect world where everyone had perfect and good-looking bodies, everyone is smart, nobody fights, no divorces, tempature is always at 72 degrees, etc…  (Why wouldn’t He create a world like that?!)  If God created the world like that, He would NOT be glorified because nothing will point back to Him.  Nobody will experience times of need, where God will swoop in and rescue souls.  No one will experience great joy because everyone is pretty much the same, and thus will not praise God for His hand working in situations.  People wouldn’t need God…  They wouldn’t have a teachable heart.  So while the ideal world sounds nice, it would really be a boring, emotionless, and pointless type of living…  As I am sitting here just thinking about this, I can’t stop thinking about how much God desires a relationship with me, and will use “drama” in my life to teach me,mold me, and ultimately to show me that He loves me.  So when I am on a mountain top (good times) in life, I will praise God, and when I am in the trough (bad times) I will still prasie God.  It’s like that song from Casting Crowns: “Praise You In This Storm”.  No matter what, we can’t give up in situations, because EVERYTHING happens for a reason!

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Where’s My Heart?

July 31st, 2009 Comments off

Matthew 6:21 – “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”

This morning’s devotion talked about a guy named William Randolph Hearst (yea Hearst Castle).  What I didn’t know was he was a collector of “stuff”, and boy did he have a lot of expensive treasures and unique items.  Just looking a a few pictures of the castle itself can tell you he definitely would be considered “rich”.  The unfortunate thing for Mr. Hearst is his heart was set on earthly things, and after a lifetime of collecting items he has passed and now probably wishes he would have seen past money and earthly treasures and sought a fulfilling treasure that he would have gained in heaven.

Now, what would it take for Mr. Hearst and so many people who are ‘addicted’ to money to begin to store treasures up in heaven?  Matthew 6: 24 says: “You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Interesting how ‘money’ is capitalized…)  Jesus also clearly tells us in Matthew 19:2324: “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  So, the Bible is pretty clear that being rich means nothing, and you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven because you serve Money.  Not only that, it owns you, you are in this endless cycle of wanting more, the things you only fill the void inside you a little, and you try hard to fill it with more things.  If you truly want to fill that void, there is only one thing that can completely fill it, and that is the TRANSFORMING LOVE of God.  This devotional and appropriately titled blog entry focuses on our hearts…  Once our hearts have been transformed by the love of God, Money becomes money, and we begin to seek more of God and the treasures He has in store for us in heaven! :D

For myself, I admit that I did have a problem with trying store up earthly treasures, and I still have wants in my life today.  The fact that technology always seems to amaze me doesn’t help at all either…  I’ll even go as far to justify those wants and say I’ll use them for the glory of God, but like the verse above said, I cannot serve both God and Money.  However, I think the past 2 months, God’s transformed my heart to become more aligned with His desires and will.  I am starting to see those heavenly treasures and earthly things seem like trash now.  I’m so excited to see where He is taking all of this and really what He is about to do in my life!