Andy and Jo are fasting for a week, because of some big life decisions coming up in the future, and found themselves waiting for these big changes to…Andy B 2 Minute Video, Don’t Wait To Live, S4, E4
Do you want to sin against God? The obvious answer is no! No one who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ does. Yet, what steps do we take to …Might Not Sin
Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Psalm 39…Blooming For A Season
For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your Pastor’s Strength. I got to be admit this idea came from this weekend; I ended up teaching …This Sunday at Church: Pray for your Pastor’s Strength
This is such a good read! Do spare a few minutes to really digest this one.
I don’t know about you folks but I’m finding these times that we are going through quite difficult. Not difficult from a faith perspective, but …Bring Us Home To You
I have to be honest with you – I was so proud of myself when I came up with that title! Now I just need a blog post to go along with it…
In all seriousness, I do have an important point to make today, and I’m not just bending a message to fit the title.
A few days ago, I sat praying in my usual spot. It has been a fairly tough time for the family over the last few months, and I was reflecting on this and bringing it before the Lord. I started to pray for each individual involved, “God, please help me to support this person…” “Lord, please help me show your love to that person…” Lord, please help me do this, that or the other…” I began to feel overwhelmed and could not imagine how I could minister to all the people in my life who needed it at that moment.
Then, with a simple word, I felt God speak to me.
Don’t try to do my job for Me, Andy…
Now to be clear, this was not an audible voice I heard with my physical ears. I’m always conscious of pointing that out whenever I say that God “spoke” to me. This was an inner witness, and what I mean by that is simply that this was the sense I got from the Father inside.
With that one phrase, it lifted the pressure right off of me. I am responsible to love and care for the people in my life, and where led to, I should minister and support all that I can with the love of the Father. However, I am not God (clearly!). I cannot do what He can do, and I cannot take His place in the lives of those around me.
I have a part to play, but God is the one in charge. He knows far better than I what people need and how best to help them.
The truth is I have a problem with pride. In my time with God in the mornings at the moment, I’m doing a brief study on this subject, and it dawns on me how strong my prideful spirit is at times.
Pride and selfishness are close cousins. Humility and submission are likewise related.
When I become impatient in a situation, it is because my pride is kicking in and telling me I shouldn’t have to wait. When I get angry, it is frequently because I am not getting what I want. When I feel anxious, I am not trusting God but rather trusting in myself to fix the problems – which are often out of my control.
Can you relate?
Too frequently, I do things my way. Instead, let’s try to do things Yahweh…
Let God be God, and humbly submit to Him. Instead of impatience and anger, put the other person first and give them the space and time they need (even if it takes you a little longer to do what you need to).
Christ is our ultimate example of humility.
Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:5-11 (WEB)
Wow! These verses are just wow! What an example of humility! Jesus, equal to God, stepped down from heaven and became a human being… and just that, but became obedient to death – even death of a hideous cross.
He did things Yahweh…
How about you today? Will you try to do it all your way and in your own strength? O will you try, like me, to submit to God and do things His way? It is not a onetime choice, but something we will have to do time and time again. That is what it means to crucify the flesh and to carry the cross daily.
O Lord help me surrender to You this day! Let me do it all Your way and not mine! Help me let go of my pride and se3lfishness, and clothe myself in humility – putting others ahead of myself! In the great Name of Jesus! Amen
This is an excellent post… Well worth a read! Especially, if like me, you have struggled with anxiety in the past.
I had my first panic attack in 2008. At the time, I thought I was having a heart attack, because some signs suggested it, like a crushing sensation …The Verses that Didn’t Work
Loving Father, You shower me with spiritual blessings as You place godly men and women in my path who revere Your holy name and honor You with their …“A Prayer For Remembering”
Father, You give me choices, and in You I am free. Strengthen me to make the right choices, godly choices. Asa started out with such fervor for You…July 25 We make choices
I have been away from the blog for a few days due to some family matters in our life. I sincerely miss writing, but miss reading other Christians blogs and websites even more so.
The Barry Bunch family site it’s just such an example.
I was touched to be mentioned in Andes video today, and likewise echo his sentiments about his own site and encouraging ministry.
Do check out their site, and if you like podcasts, you can also subscribe on your favourite podcatching app!
Enjoy, and God bless you this day!
Modern Christianity has skewed how we see God and the devil. It has skewed God into some sort of best mate or pal. And we absolutely should see God …Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, God, You and Me!, S3, E19
Pearls of Wisdom
Death is coming, and it’s random
I know that probably isn’t the most uplifting piece of wisdom you’ve ever heard, but it is true! Death is not something we should spend our entire lives thinking about, but it does happen to us all and we need to be prepared for it.
We tend to avoid thinking about it if we can, and otherwise take a herd mentality to cope with it. What I mean is this:
- It won’t happen to me, I’m too young
- It won’t happen to me, I’m fit and healthy
- It won’t happen to me, I’ve got the money to pay for excellent health care
- It won’t happen to me, I’ve got longevity in my genes
- It won’t happen to me, I live in a safe town or neighbourhood
Death is random however. While any one of these factors may reduce the risk of death in your life, the fact is neither money, nor age, nor healthy living can ever stop death from coming to us all sooner or later – and I pray it’s later!
I once heard of a serial killer who seemingly had no profile of victims he attacked. That made him one of the more terrifying examples because no one was safe. If he only targeted young women, then older women and men would feel “safe.”
Each of us must come to terms with our own mortality. Just as each of us have been born, each of us will one day face death.
For the Christian, death holds little fear. When our time comes, we will step out of our earthly bodies and into the presence of the Lord. There we will remain for all eternity.
Whether you are young or old, healthy or sick, rich or poor; you do not know when your time on Earth will be up. Do not gamble with your eternal future. Set it in stone right now by putting your faith in Jesus Christ.
You do this by simply asking Him to be in charge of your life, asking Him to forgive you of the things you’ve done wrong, and by starting to live your life following Him. If you make that choice today, please do get in touch as I would love to celebrate with you and give you some pointers.
Do not put off thinking about death, as unpleasant as it may seem. Life is temporary, but eternity, well, it goes on forever!