Jehovah Jireh

And Abraham called that place The LORD will provide.  – Genesis 22:14

This past Sunday the Lord taught me a great lesson.  I have been thinking for months that He wanted me to start something new.  I made sure it was okay for us to use the outside space at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company.  I was granted permission and the only invitation I sent was last week’s WMD.

On Saturday, I was about to do what I always do before I preach on Sunday.  I usually take prayer walks, study the Word, and just overall try to feel like I’m as clean as I can possibly be.  I just felt the Lord say, “Don’t do any of that stuff.”  Of course, I kept wondering if that was really His voice.  Before we headed to church, I thought I’d text some people, make a post on Facebook, or something to get people to come.  Once again, the Lord said, “Don’t do any of that stuff.”  

We were going to start at 9:00.  About 8:50 Tonya and I arrived.  There was nobody there.  In my heart, I immediately thought, “This was just a test from God to see if I’d do what He asked me to do.  Nobody is coming.  I’m probably just supposed to pray with my wife and then just head on home.”  Then, a couple arrived.  We began to pray together.  Then, another couple arrived while we were praying.  It ended up being one of the nicest times in the Lord I’ve ever had.  Instead of me getting all “cleaned up” and then preaching, we just all got cleaned up together.  I loved feeling perfectly refreshed and perfectly renewed.  I’m looking so forward to doing it again.

You are invited to The Wilderness at 9:00.  

Jocassee Valley Brewing Company

13412 SC-11

Salem, SC 29676

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An Invitation to The Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness — Matthew 4:1

This Sunday, September 13 at 9 a.m., you are invited to join me at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company off of Highway 11.  There is a really nice outdoor area that you can’t miss, and we will be meeting outside.  You may want to bring your own chair and even a blanket if you get cold easily.  If it looks like rain, you may want to bring one of those big umbrellas.  I don’t really know what the service will look like, I just know that I’ll be preaching from John 4:1-11.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Back to Simple

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. – Psalm 73:24

For some messed up reason, I’ve gone back into this really strange “I must work for God” mode.  I don’t know how or when it happens, but a lot of time seems to go by before I realize that it has happened.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with working for God, but it can and often does lead to this place where there is no real joy in Him.  This is where I find myself this morning.

Lately I’ve been listening to preachers who have really stressed the importance of praying over these next few months.  Therefore, I’ve tried to really up my prayer game.  I’d go on my prayer walks, kneel in my favorite room, pray while driving my bus route, and basically pray anytime I could grab a spare moment.  Without realizing it, I treated most of my opportunities like I was about to do a workout in the gym.  I walked into prayer with my sleeves rolled up and ready to work.    What was the result?  There was absolutely no enjoyment in prayer.

Between Covid-19 and not being a pastor anymore, I’ve just felt kind of lost lately.  I’ve been wandering in the wilderness looking this way and that wondering where He wants me to go.  For some reason, I feel like I have to find it quickly . . . I realize sitting here this morning that I do not.  I can take a deep breath and simply picture myself resting in Him, knowing He has me right where He wants me.  My prayers can turn back to so simple:

Lord, you have been leading me and guiding me ever since I gave my life to you as a 16-year old kid.  You have guided me with your counsel.  I come back to you now with that same kind of belief I had when I was young.  I don’t want to complicate all of this.  Help me to want to get alone with you and just enjoy you.  I don’t want to feel like I’m going to work when I draw near to you for that is certainly the opposite of resting in you.  Thank you for always pulling me back when I get too far ahead.  Thank you for always catching me up when I’m lagging so far behind.  You always keep me in just the right place at just the right time.  Please keep leading me by your great counsel, and I look so forward to that great and glorious day when you receive me into glory.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A New Kind of Church . . . or Maybe it’s and Old One

They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  – Acts 2:42-47

I have been to a lot of different churches in my 45 years of living on this planet.  Church services come in all shapes and sizes.  I have been blessed to learn about the Gospel inside of church buildings, youth meetings, Bible studies . . . they have all been used for my growth in Jesus Christ.  

Right now, I’m kind of in “no man’s land” when it comes to church.  I’ve been visiting around.  I’ve watched more online services during this pandemic than I’ve probably watched in my life.  I visited the church that I got to pastor for six years recently.  God moved on me in a powerful way there.  I am amazed at how God has been using so many outlets to reach me lately.

Here is the question that I’ve been asking myself lately:  Where do I want to settle down when it comes to church?  I’ve decided, at least for now, that I’m tired of doing what Americans call church.  When I read the Bible, nobody ever asked someone the question “Do you go to church?”  In the Bible, you were part of the body of Christ . . . in essence, the group who called themselves believers were the church.  The question that should be asked today is not, “Where do you go to church?”  The question should be, “Are you a part of the church?”  

That being said, If I could finish out the rest of my existence on this planet meeting with a group of Christ followers regularly, I’d like it to look a lot different than it does right now.  I’m basically just thinking out loud here, but I guess I’m asking you in this WMD if it even sounds appealing to regularly attend a gathering of a group of people that looked more like this:

  •  There were no paid positions.  Speakers were simply speakers who didn’t mind articulating what God was saying to them as they studied His Word and had the Holy Spirit working in their hearts and minds as they tried their best to follow Him.
  • There was no real structure to the services.  Three songs, two fast followed by one slow, announcements, and then a sermon would not be the norm.  You might get an all prayer healing service.  You might get an all worship service.  You might just get a sermon.  You might even just get a person reading the scriptures as passionately as they can.  You might even be asked to not come to a service and simply stay home that morning and devote it to individual prayer and study, or even hold a home service with just you and your immediate family.  We might break up and meet in each other’s house for food and fellowship.  While at these homes, we would pray out loud over them for covering and protection.  Probably, you’d get some sort of combination of these . . . just going wherever the Spirit leads.
  • There was no specific location.  There might be a consistent location, but we would simply meet wherever someone would allow us to meet for free.  Most services would probably be outside.  No utility bills.  No renting. Just asking God to lead us to meet wherever He would like us to meet.
  • The leaders would be devoted to nothing but prayer.  Too often, leaders are worried about what the people like.  I’d like to link up with people who are only worried about what God likes.  If you’ve read all the way through the Bible, you know the God of the Bible asks people to do some crazy stuff sometimes.  How cool would it be to be around a group of people who wanted to find out what He is asking us to do, and then doing it . . . no matter how dumb we looked doing it to the world around us.  
  • Tithes would be given straight to those who had need.  We would pray for the offering, but we wouldn’t take one up at the services.  Each individual would be responsible for allocating his or her money where God led them to give.  It might be a struggling church, it might be a struggling family, or it could be a struggling individual.  I know you wouldn’t get the tax write-offs this way, but that would not be the reason you were giving anyway.  Upon giving to those in need, all that would need to be said is something like, “God loves you.  He led me to help take care of this need for you.”  

I don’t know if that even sounds good to anybody else.  I know most people just want to go sit in church on Sunday morning, go out to lunch, and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon before the next work week begins.  If I’m honest, I like that too!  It is nice, clean, and super easy.  That just isn’t the way I want to finish out the years I have left on this planet.  I don’t want to stand before God having done that.  I want to find a group of believers who honestly might dare to get together and just believe that we could see the signs, wonders, and miracles that the early church saw.  I want to feel God.  I want to see His power manifest itself amongst a group of believers who are simply there for Him, and Him alone.  Nothing else.

What do you think?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rejoicing in Suffering

We rejoice in our suffering, knowing that our suffering produces endurance. – Romans 5:3

This past Sunday, an absolute miracle happened.  I went to an altar, an altar I had visited many times before, and finally and completely laid down the greatest hurt that I’ve known up until this point in my life.  I have received some crushing blows in this life, but I honestly didn’t know if I would recover from this one.  In true God fashion, all in a moment, all in His time, He once more took all of the junk I was carrying around.  I left that place freer than I believe I’ve ever felt in my life.  I have been rejoicing ever since.

Now, I sit here and stare at Paul’s words in Romans 5:3. The apostle Paul endured a minimum of 100 times anything that I will ever endure or experience.  Here is why I am greatly convicted: I rejoiced so little during this past suffering.  Now that I’m on this side of it, I feel like such a whiny wimp.  I realize that there is a pride in me that can’t take anything being said about me or my family.  I may be able to appear like it doesn’t bother me on the outside, but on the inside, it eats me alive.  How could I honestly lay down my life for my Lord under real persecution if I can’t even handle words?

Lord, I so want to unleash this bold prayer and say, “Bring on the suffering! Test me again, Lord!”  I just can’t bring myself to do it.  If I’m honest, I like my American comforts.  I like when all people speak well of me.  I’m a people pleaser that can’t hardly take it if someone isn’t pleased with me.  For the first time in my life, I hate this about myself.  You have just taught me that you are going to come through for me every single time, you are going to comfort me, and you are going to heal all of my hurts . . . whether it be on this side of heaven or not does not matter.  I should have been able to rejoice these past few months.  I rejoiced so little.  I failed the test so miserably.  I should have been able to wholeheartedly sing praises to you no matter what.  Truth be known, I’m an entitled, comfortable American.  Help me, Lord.  Make me bold. Fill me with Your Spirit so I will be like You.  I don’t want to die like I am right now and enter into eternity this way.  I feel like Peter must have felt right after he denied you. I feel like you have already completely restored me.  Now, help me to die in a way that truly honors you and brings glory to Your Name.  Like Paul, may I rejoice in my suffering from here on out.  Teach me how, Lord.  Do it in a way that I’ll really get it.  Do it in a way that I’ll really do it.  I love you more than anything else on this planet. I want nothing more in this life than to lift you up so that all people may be drawn to you.  Please, please, please do a great work in my heart, my mind, and my life.  Amen

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Heart of Cain

 

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”  — Genesis 4:9

 

I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Cain and Abel.  When I first read it, it seemed so unfair.  I mean, at first casual read, it sure looks like God plays favorites.  Abel’s sacrifice was accepted.  Cain’s was rejected.  I believe this little partial verse I chose today reveals exactly why Cain’s offering was rejected.  He had no love for his brother.

 

If you and I are going to call ourselves Christians, I believe we must closely examine the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  Many, many Christians make the weekly sacrifice of going to church.  Many of those same Christians attempt to do good things for God.  Even Cain was no stranger to religious activities.  Why did he do them?  Why do you do them?  If I’m completely honest, there have been months, maybe years that I went to church and did religious things because I was afraid to not do them.  I thought God might punish me for not going to church, reading my Bible, tithing, etc.  I also thought that those things gave me some sort of points in heaven.  Maybe, just maybe, I’d be good enough to get into heaven when I died.  Maybe, just maybe he would throw down a blessing for me.  It isn’t hard to imagine that Cain made his offering with the exact same intent.

 

Here is where it gets rough.  What if I do every religious act I could possibly do for God, yet have no love for my brother?  Well, the Bible says it like this, “Whosoever hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15).  In other words, we can perform all the religious activity in the world, but if we honestly could not care less about people, we are in no way saved.

 

As I honestly think about this, there are people that I can’t stand.  What is worse, many of these people are my brothers and sisters in Christ.  There are people on this planet who do unspeakably evil acts.  It is so easy to wish them harm, and even condemn them to hell.  There is no prayer offered up for them.  There is no fasting and interceding for them.  There is no love for them.  It has become acceptable to condemn those we consider vile.  We so quickly forget that before God came into our lives, we were just as lost and just as vile.  Could you imagine doing life without Jesus?  That is what so many people are doing right now.  Why are we surprised when lost people behave like lost people?  They don’t know Him!  In fact, many have evil spirits at work in them right now!  What are you doing to help? How are you trying to reach them?

 

Am I my brother’s keeper?

 

Lord, I confess my heart of Cain.  I don’t have Your heart and Your love towards so many!  I can’t just turn it on, for I don’t have the capacity to love my enemies.  I hate offering prayers for those who despise me.  They don’t feel genuine and I know that You know my heart anyway!  You know all things!  I ask You to give me a heart that truly loves my brother.  I don’t want the sacrifices I make to be in vain, Lord.  I want to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  I want to love my neighbor as myself.  I confess that I don’t know how.  As You lead me in this life and guide me for the rest of my days, will You show me and teach me how?  I love You, Lord.  Thank You for giving Your life for mine.  Thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  May I be guided by Him more and more as the days seem to grow darker and darker.  Make me more and more like You, Lord.  Amen

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Dog

 

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  – Psalm 51:7

 

So, I was playing golf with my dad yesterday morning and we saw a dog on hole number 14.  He had a leash dragging behind him, so we knew he belonged to someone.  The dog wasn’t interested at all in coming to us.  Right when we were teeing off on 15, we heard someone calling for him.  We tried to yell and say that we saw the dog and point them in the right direction.  It didn’t seem like they heard us, so we went to see them from where they were calling him.  The dog had come to them.  The dog had gotten sprayed with a skunk, so they were putting anything they had on him to take the stink away.  On the 16th hole, there is a pond.  The owner was holding him down and rinsing him off.  You could tell the dog hated it.  By the time we were on 17, it looked like the dog was on his way back home safely with his family.

 

I could not help but see the perfect correlation with God and the way He cleans us up.  Each of us bears the image of God when we enter this world.  Yet, we have been sprayed with sin and we stink quite literally to high heaven.  When we hear our master’s voice and we respond, He quickly does some uncomfortable stuff to us.  He puts us through this process called sanctification so we might not stink the place up when we finally arrive home.

 

Lord, thank you for the perfect picture I just saw.  Thank you that every single thing that You put me through that I have absolutely hated only served to make me more and more like You.  All things truly do work for the good for us who love You and are called according to Your purpose.  Help us to see the end from the beginning.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord my God and my Redeemer.  The last thing I want to do is stink in Your Presence.  There is no one like You.  Prepare me for my heavenly home . . . and help me and that dog not stray too far away.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Always

 

And lo, I am with you always. – Matthew 28:20

 

I love how the Lord works.  He has taken so many what would seem like “small” instances in my life and turned them into lessons that I’ll never forget.  When He says, “I am with you always,” He means it!  For the last 3 weeks, I’ve been on a little mini preaching tour.  Man, did He ever show up!  These atmospheres were created that I just did not want to leave. It had to be at least a .1% taste of heaven.  Any time God’s people are hungry and thirsty for Him, He is going to come down and fill them.  But, what about the small life moments?  Can this type of presence be felt in those?  What does it look like when He show up for those moments?  After all, the verse says that He is with us always, not just when we are in church.

 

Several months ago, I decided that my family would hold our own Sunday services right here in the house.  Those were held in the evenings.  The kids would normally sleep in and Tonya and I were the early risers watching services online in the morning.  One particular Sunday, I decided to go play golf bright and early in the morning before I watched an online service.  I have a history of playing very poorly on Sundays because I feel so guilty that I’m playing on the Lord’s day.  It’s like I feel like I’m hiding what I’m doing from Him, yet I know He is right there.  It’s like I disconnect from Him and hope He will look elsewhere for a few hours.  It is a very weird feeling.  This Sunday was no exception.

 

So, I was standing on number 13 fairway waiting to hit my approach shot.  Here is what I heard from miles away:

 

Hallelujah Thine the glory

Hallelujah Amen

Hallelujah Thine the glory

Revive us again

 

It was so majestic.  Standing there, I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply.  It was like I just breathed Him in.  No judgment.  No “I caught you Adam!”  It was more like He said, “Adam, why won’t you ever let me play golf with you?”  I had no answer.  I felt about two centimeters tall.  Why had I taken my Christianity back to my teenage years when I felt like God couldn’t wait to zap me for every wrong?

 

Since this moment, my awareness of God in the most mundane of moments has increased at least twofold.  Until this moment, when I’d play golf, I was a tense mess.  I would try so hard and just be exhausted at the end of every round.  Now, it is like I enjoy everything.  The good shots, the bad shots, just being out there with both my earthly dad and my Heavenly Father . . . everything.  Sometimes I just give Him my body and let Him hit one . . . He’s pretty good!  We joke around and we laugh.  I can’t believe it could have been like this all along.  As an unbelievable added bonus, I’m shooting these ridiculously low scores.

 

My lifelong goal is to live a day where I am 100% aware of His Presence 100% of the time.  I don’t want this to happen because I stayed home and read the Bible and prayed all day.  I want it to happen because I lived my everyday life.  Maybe I worked all day, then hung out with my family, and then just did normal everyday stuff.  But, while I did that stuff, I was just very aware that He was right there with me.  He and I just enjoyed every moment together.  I can’t help but believe this golf experience just brought me one step closer.

 

Whatever it is you are doing today . . . invite Him to be a part of it.  It will be so much better.

 

He is with you always.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Beyond Sacrifice

 

“The multitude of your sacrifices — what are they to me?” says the Lord.  “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”  — Isaiah 1:11

 

When I first read this verse in Isaiah, I thought, “That is about as harsh as it gets right there!”  The Israelites had begun to treat God the same as other religions treated their gods.  In fact, they had simply lumped Him in with the other gods.  They were offering sacrifices to those other gods and freely breaking Commandment number one.  Yet, because they still gave God a little nod by offering Him what He said it took to have your sins covered, they thought they were okay.  They most certainly were not.  Isaiah let them know that because of their sin and disobedience, foreign enemies would destroy their current way of life.

 

Today, God has allowed the main way that we honor Him to be rocked.  We can no longer freely pack churches without the odds greatly increasing that someone will get sick.  This pandemic was the beginning of a great division amongst Americans.  Even among Christians, we are greatly divided about government control, the wearing of masks, and just whose lives matter the most.  It reveals that we are not unified.  It reveals that we are breaking His command of loving each other as He loved us (John 15:12).  Just as Isaiah 1 was a chance for them to turn it around and make things right, I think we are in a warning period.

 

Three times now, I was allowed to be a part of a church where the Holy Spirit of God absolutely manifested Himself regularly.  Even though each church was different in the way they did things, it was apparent that there were people who very simply loved the presence and the nearness of God.  He was all they wanted.  God was more than happy to come and meet with them.  I can’t hardly describe the feeling when you enter such a place.  It is like you just want to cry.  It is like there is just raw emotion in you dying to be released.  Once you are in that atmosphere, you just never want to leave.  You could be around it all day and never worry about beating the crowd to the restaurant or what you need to get done the rest of the day.  It is nothing short of amazing.

 

I was able to talk to the preacher of one these churches and ask him what he thought happened.  He said that God began to move in their services.  He said that people from all different walks of life began to come.  As a leader, he said he simply got out of the way and let the Spirit lead.  He said it was all almost effortless.  Then, he said that a small group of people who didn’t care for it began to work behind the scenes.  This group found fault with the new people who were coming.  They found fault with him as a leader and decided that he needed to find somewhere else to preach.  In short, they didn’t like change.  They liked the way things “had always been done.”  It was enough for them to open up the Bible, read a bit, pray a bit, take up an offering, shake some hands, talk to some good ole folks, and then go on about the week with regular business.  Here is the question we must ask, does God take pleasure in our church services?  Or, has He had enough of what we’ve been offering Him?

 

The original sin is still the biggest sin flowing through our hearts.  Adam and Eve wanted to be “like God.”  Unfortunately, they succeeded.  We can all freely choose to be the master of our own lives and make our own decisions in life.  What God asks us to do is give up our preferences and desires to follow Him.  He says it like this, “deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) Yet, as we begin our journey with Him, as soon as something He wants interferes with what we want, that is where the breakdown begins.  It is precisely at these moments in life where we have our greatest opportunities to truly worship our Creator.  It is at these moments where we have the chance to truly exercise faith and trust in Him.

 

Don’t get me wrong, there are many great churches doing it right.  But we have to ask ourselves, “What are we really doing?”  Are we truly experiencing God as we worship?  Or, are we simply feeling better about ourselves by going through the motions?  As Isaiah 1:11 teaches us, by the time we are just going through the motions, our hearts are very far from Him.

 

Lord, I don’t like writing such harsh things.  Even now, something in me is saying to just repost an old WMD.  I know people aren’t going to like this because I don’t like it.  It is convicting.  Help me to honor you with all my heart.  May you be the love of my life.  All else pales in comparison to knowing You.  Help us to learn what you want us to learn.  Help us to be what you called us to be.  Help us to fall crazy in love with You and honor the greatest commandment more than any generation ever has.  I look so forward to the day when my faith becomes sight.  I love You, Lord.  Please help Your church to get this right!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When Good is No Good

 

And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in the image of its Creator.  – Colossians 3:10

 

I have been reading this really old book by a man named Arthur Dent.  It is called “The Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven.”  It is kind of hard to read, at least for me, so it has been pretty slow going.  But, one thing has stood out to me and has made it more than worth the effort.  Here is the question that gets answered:  Can a person please God without having been converted?

 

We humans tend to think way better of ourselves than we really are.  Before I was born again, and even years after my conversion, I would defend myself as a good person.  I would point out the fact that I went to church, believed in God, and tried to do good for others.  After God began to change my heart, I began to beat myself up and could find very little good inside of me.  I learned that plenty of church people hadn’t truly been converted.  I learned that people who had zero problem doing some pretty vile and sinful things actually believed in God.  I also found out that “good” could be done with some seriously bad intentions.  No wonder we need to be “renewed” in the image of our Creator.

 

Romans 8:8 says “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  The truth is, until we are in a state of grace, there is no pleasing Him.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Until we are in the state of grace granted by God upon our request for salvation, even our best intentions and our best actions are sinful.  Every single one of us is born corrupt.  Without Christ, we are constantly growing even more corrupt.  Sure, there are good character traits and some morals coursing through all of us, but make no mistake about it, we are all born with spiritual cancer and that sin is eating away at our souls and corrupting our decisions from the moment we enter this world.

 

As soon as we are born again and truly give our life to Christ, there is a great reversal that happens.  It isn’t that God magically makes us better people, but what He does is begin to renew us into His image.  Right after I was saved, I honestly thought because I still sinned that salvation didn’t work.  I didn’t realize that salvation was a slow-going process that God used to make me like Him.  Twenty-nine years later, I don’t really deal with the same sins I dealt with in my youth.  Yet, the closer I get to God I find new sins that, on my own, I would never have even called sin.  I even find that, like Paul, there is this good that I want to do that I just don’t do.  There also exists in me things I hate that I end up doing anyway.  I used to beat myself up like crazy because of these things.  Now, I trust in God to deal with them in His own good time.  He has changed me so much these past twenty-nine years, I suppose He will do a lot more over the next twenty-nine.

 

Here is a difficult truth to swallow:  Christ-less people fail in the manner of doing good because they do not do good out of faith in God, love for God, zeal for God, consciousness of God, or any sense of simply being obedient to God.  This makes sense when we think of Cain’s offering.  He honestly thought he was doing good by bringing God his offering, but his offering was not made out of thankfulness to God.  The Pharisees prayed, but not out of love for God.  Ananias and Sapphira gave an offering, but not out any sense of being obedient to God.  The Israelites fasted and gave offerings, but not in the right spirit.  The prophet Isaiah came along and flat out told them that their religious activity was meaningless.

 

The “Ten Dollar” story that I shared a couple of weeks ago helps me make a little sense of all of this.  Had that student simply asked me for ten dollars to go have fun at the arcade, I would have just given it to him whether I knew God or not.  In an unconverted state, that act of kindness would have been of no eternal value to me.  It isn’t like God is going to let me into heaven simply because “Look, Lord, I do good! I gave that kid ten dollars!”  As it stood, God Himself asked me to give him the money.  I essentially told Him “no” because apparently, I had my own “good” reasons for not obeying.  I missed that opportunity to do good simply because God asked it of me and out of a sense of trusting Him.  In His great mercy, He still used that whole situation to teach me and I’m so thankful.  He still asks me to do hard things.  I’ve learned to just pray and say, “Lord, help me complete the good you are asking me to do.  I would never have done this on my own.  Let it not be me, but You, Lord.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment