Uncertainty

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“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”

Psalm 94:19, NKJV

It is the uncertainty of life that causes us anxiety, fear and many other unnecessary emotions.

  • We worry about what the results of our test are going to be!
  • We worry if we are going to pass a test!
  • We worry about our jobs!
  • We worry about our children!
  • We worry about our family!
  • We worry about our money!
  • We worry about our monty! (sorry thought you needed that mentioned twice)
  • We worry about our meeting with the boss!
  • We worry if we don’t have something to worry about!

The truth is the only certainty in life is God (the Trinity), His Word and His Work. It is certain that He is going to do it His way. So here are a few things you can be certain of today.

  • God is God and you are not!
  • God is good! (1 Tim 4:4)
  • God is loving! (1 John 4:8)
  • God is merciful! (Rom 9:16)
  • God is gracious! (Rom 16:20)
  • God is powerful! (Genesis 1:1)
  • God is patient! (Rom 2:4)
  • God is informed! (John 16:30)

GOD CARES! Trust Him even you you can’t see Him!

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LIVE or LOVE?

I find myself when typing on my phone to type “live” when I want to type “love”. So I type, “I live you” instead of “I love you”. I got to thinking about that the other day and wondered what the difference is. “I live you” sounds like it means that I live your desires. It sounds as if you have become that person. I know this might sound a little crazy, but can we “love” God if we don’t “live” God. Isn’t that our call as Christians? Aren’t we to “live” God out in our society. Isn’t that why we have the Holy Spirit.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

(Gal 2:20, NLT)

What do you think?

LIVE LOVED, It’s what you need today! – Lesson 20 of 50

50I am a fan of the writings of Margaret Feinberg. I love her style, with and content. So, she does some different stuff at times and right now I’m part of one of those “different stuff”. It’s an experiment of sorts. She asks us to spend 10-minutes a day reading scripture and thinking on God’s Love. The first day kinda blew my socks off (that’s a good thing). We all have tough days, weeks, years and even sometimes decades or lives. I have found during tough times its easy to get discouraged, depressed and even want to give up. The first verse of our focus was Exodus 15:13.

“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.”

Look at this:

We know we have been “redeemed“. (If Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior.)

Since God “has led” in His “steadfast love“, He WILL led us in our current situations because He is immutable (unchanging) in His purpose and promise. His “steadfast love has not changed! His guidance is so critical to us making the right decisions. “Led” and “guide” are a little different. “Led” has the meaning of “to herd to a predetermined destination” while “guide” is to “lead with care” it seems to have a connotation of holding of one’s hand.

Our desire is simply to be where God is: His “holy abode“. The basis for us being in His “holy abode” is his steadfast love. In the midst of the strong storms of life, it seem weird and easy that we can forget God loves us and seeks to lead us.

Now, what seems critically important to our situation is that it is “by your [God’s] strength” that we get to His “holy abode“. We cannot get there on our own efforts. If we will follow his leading and guidance, He has the strength to knock down any barriers or strengthen us to continue the fight. 

 

Heaven Will Have Surprises, Lesson #16 of 50

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Lesson 16

Heaven Will Have Surprises

Our lives consist of label. We have labels on everything. We know the makeup of the food we eat and the cars we drive. What would we do if labels were removed from our lives? Imagine buying ketchup without a label. How would you know it was ketchup? The problem with label is that we have also put them on people. If we label them, it makes them much easier to compartmentalize. Because the label helps us know if we like them or not. You know most of the labels we have for people so I want go through the long list. But, I would like for you to read this poem and think about this.

I was shocked, confused, bewildered

As I entered Heaven’s door,

Not by the beauty of it all, 

Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven

Who made me sputter and gasp–

The thieves, the liars, the sinners,

The alcoholics and the trash. 

There stood the kid from seventh grade

Who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbor

Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought

Was rotting away in hell,

Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,

Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal?

I would love to hear your take.

How’d all these sinners get up here?

God must have made a mistake.

And why is everyone so quiet,

So somber – give me a clue.”

“Hush, child,” He said,

“They’re all in shock.

No one thought they’d be seeing you.”

Let’s remove the labels from people and once again see people.

 

“If You”

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The “if you”‘s in life make a big difference. 

This morning God reminded me of how big “if you” is in life. I was reading Proverb 2 and verses 1-5 jumped out at me.

“If you receive my word…”

“If you treasure up my commandments…”

“If you call out for insight…”

“If you raise your voice for insight…”

“If you seek it like silver…”

“If you search for it like hidden treasure…”

Every “if you” has “then” close by.

then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

Then I am reminded of this verse.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

AND

“If you love me, (then) you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (ESV, emphasis mine)

 How are your “if you”‘s?

 

50 Things I Have Learned In 50 Years – #1

ImageI plan over the next several days to write about 50 things I have learned in 50 years. Not sure what all this is going to include or the order in which I will present them, so welcome to my randomness. Those who know me know I am a little weird and somethings think a little differently, so laugh with me, cry with me, but don’t always try to understand me. These 50 days are dedicated to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my wonderful wife, Mary Anne, my amazing children, Blake (Kristine), Luke, Hannah, my mother who I miss every day Anne Reynolds Williams and my dad who taught me so much W. Jack Williams (Pat), my crazy brother Stan Williams (Tamara). Also to the churches I have served and the great friendships I have enjoyed. Beware your names might be mentioned. This is not going to be a theological debate and everything is not going to be “spiritual” in nature; however, my spiritual journey has been the defining element of my life. I hope this list helps someone.

#1 – Jesus Is A Big Deal

I would say this is the real #1 of the 5o. Jesus really is a big deal. I remember through the years, as my parents had me in church, learning about Jesus but mostly I remember learning songs as a kid. As many of you know the musical ability has stayed with me through the years. I remember singing, “Jesus Love Me” and many others of the old favorites.

Jesus Is A Big Deal Because…. Continue reading

Struggling, Mature, Assured

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This morning a few of the men of Harvest Church finished up the in-depth study of Colossians. We learned about a man named Epaphras. Here is what Paul wrote about him.

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Colossians 4:12, ESV

That is what we should desire people to say about us. Would anyone describe you by words such as these. Epaphras (E-pap) had the attitude of a servant thus lived out the status of a servant of Jesus Christ. E-pap struggled for other in prayer. E-pap desired the church at Colossae to be “mature and fully assured in all the will of God”. He desired that doubt while being in God’s will be removed. He desired that they walk in “all” God’s will, not part. He most like would believe that partial obedience is disobedience. He desired the will of God for them.

Question For You To Ponder Today:

  1. Who will you struggle in prayer for today? (think of a name)
  2. Pray for their maturity.
  3. Pray for their full assurance “IN” God’s will. Notice it does not say “of God’s will”. He desired they be “in” God’s will. Many have the knowledge “of” God’s will but are not “in” God’s will. WOW.