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One Spared Bird!

Matthew 6:26

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

26Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?

Ever feel like you are unworthy?  Sensing you have no value in anybody’s eyes?  Well, read the above verse until it sinks in just how much you are valued by God.  He takes care of all of His creations and you have a great deal of value.  If He takes care of the birds, He will surely provide for you.  In the past few years I have totally seen how God cares about me and I often just stop and ask, “Why?”  because I cannot not always comprehend His faithfulness to take care of me in ALL of my situations.  We are very valued by God.  He loves us deeply and tries to tell us in so many ways.  Now that I have assured you that God loves you and that you are of great value to Him, let me share a short glimpse of how God works sometimes to take care of the birds of the air.

Today as we had a few extra minutes between lunch and our meeting, we happened to take a drive to the beach.  I was taking a detour so to speak to find a garbage can to throw away a cup and we just happened to come upon a parking lot which had several seagulls wandering around it.  My daughter happened to notice one that appeared to be carrying around a fish and suddenly she is yelling at it not to eat the fish because it had a hook in it.  On a closer view of this poor bird, she notice it was not a real fish but bait with a hook in it and it was secured in the beak of the bird.

Well, what do you do?  There seemed no reason to try to get the bird and remove the hook, because it would either run away or fight us, so we tried to come up with solutions.  The coastguard station was only a short distance away so I drove over there, only to see a seven foot fence all around it and a locked gate.This is where it becomes a God moment!  Suddenly from inside the fence, we saw a young man in uniform walking across a parking lot headed for the building.  He somehow (God steered him) decided to look in our direction and saw us waving wildly, so he waved back but then I put my hand up to indicate for him to stop and then gave him the “one minute” gesture.

I stopped the car and ran up to the fence where he met me.  I told him right of the bat that this would sound crazy and asked if he had the number for the DNR and he told me he could give me the number with hesitation in his voice.  I then explained the circumstances of that poor little seagull and he started to smile and told me he would call them and let them know.  I thanked him and blessed him and then we left for our meeting.  What where the chances that a man would be outside at the EXACT moment we needed help?  What made him glance in our direction?  God cared enough for that bird in distress that He showed me the garbage can which led us to the bird and then gave us enough compassion to try to do something.  Then he showed us someone who could help who did his part and when we went back after the meeting, the bird was not there any more.

All in all, each of us did our part and so did God.  I feel this is the way He works in our lives, making moves on our behalf and setting up moments of “encounterment”.  Yes, He loves us that much!  To me the lesson of this seagull was compassion.  By having compassion for the seagull, though we did not witness to this man, we showed God to him by just moving with compassion for one of God’s special creatures.  Isn’t that a good lesson for all of us?  Be moved by compassion just like Jesus and lives will be touched all around us when we least expect it.  I thank the man at the Coast Guard post even though he will probably never read this and I also thank those who operated out of concern for animals to free this bird from what weighed it down from being free like God created it to be.  Hows that for a short blog?  lol Just gives me the warm fuzzies, what about you?


Drop the Flashlight!

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

What happens when the lights go out?  Or when we venture out too late after dark?  Perhaps we are camping and rise too early in the morning and are greeted with pitch blackness and the need to find something?  How dark is the darkness when there is no glimpse of a rising sun and you are alone?  Many of us have experienced darkness in our lives.  Often we reach for the flashlight to relive our fears but before long we are banging it on our hand to get the last bit of power out before the light disappears.  Surely we can relate this to our Christian walk.  How many times do we reach for a temporary fix to our storm instead of allowing the Light of Christ to guide us?  We think we can handle things on our own with our “man-made light”  when in all reality it may work for a few moments and then fade away like the power in our flashlights.

Faith in God will move us sometimes into unseen territory.  He will take us where we never thought we could go and if it seems overwhelming we tend to take control ourselves not waiting for God’s light to finish leading us.  We live in a NOW society.  Nothing is fast enough for us and we lose sight of what God’s timing might be.  For instance, I want a new home and every time God gives me a glimpse that He is working on it for me, I get excited and sometimes I try to take the situation into my own hands when in all realness I need to just step back and allow God to work in my situation!  We need to follow AFTER the light before us and stay on the path, not go before it and let it follow us.  Remember we are following AFTER Jesus, not leading Him.  Sometimes the light will stop as we work out some issues and we need to be receptive to that stopping and just rest in Him, knowing He controls the light.  If we get ahead of God, we get into trouble resulting in our own brokenness and distrust for the things of God.

Yes, often we stray because we are not patient enough and I think God just sighs and waits for us to return.  How dark  does it have to get before we return?  So lost in our storm we even begin to be at a loss as to where the light even is anymore.  Have you been there?  No hope for things to change just surrounded by darkness and feeling hopeless?  I have been there a few times in my life and I am learning quickly it is better to just drop the flashlight I am holding and RUN towards the light and stay on the path before I fall away from the things of God.  We grow weary without light in our lives, it is something we need to survive. God is our Provider and He gives us the Light of Christ so that we may dwell with Him. Why are we so eager to hold onto our own light when God’s light is everlasting and ours is only temporary?

It is time to let go of our own selfish  insecurity and DROP the flashlights!  God has gone before us and prepared the way, all we have to do is follow and listen for His voice.  Are you ready to let God have total control?  Can you hear God calling you out of the darkness?  What is hindering you from letting go of your own power source for light?  Is it fear or unbelief?  Do you not trust God because of some past hurts or regrets?  Maybe you feel undeserving of such light in your life.  I urge each of us to examine what our source is for light in our lives.  Are we allowing God to shine on our path and lead us into victory over all the issues of our lives or are we clinging to our flashlights praying the batteries will last long enough to get us through the storm?

Drop the flashlight and run towards the Light!!!

How Many Locks?

Revelation 3:20-22

The Message (MSG)

 20-21“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!

 22“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

Are you aware of how close Jesus really is?  Do you know that a mere “door” separates you and Him?  Have you not heard Him knocking?  Are you afraid to let Him in?  What is hindering you from having a relationship with the One who died for you to save you from sin?  Is is shame?  Is is fear?  Is is the feeling of being unworthy?  Maybe it’s self-esteem or is it pride?  Perhaps it is simply wrong-minded thinking and we just need to ask God “erase”  all the wrong equations in our lives.  Is the simple solution to our questions just hidden  by layers of wrong teachings and misunderstanding?

As we read the above scripture tonight at Bible Study, I never read the part about conquerors before like I did tonight.  I had read the part about Jesus knocking at the door and about ears being open, but some how I must have missed the part about being an overcomer and conqueror.  Hmmm wonder how that happens?  We are all called to be overcomers, yet few choose to actually do just that.  We get comfortable where we are and never get the thirst for the heavy-duty things of God.  What stops us?  Does it get to hard?  Is the pain of the past stabbing us so we can not move forward with the things of God?

Partly for me was not believing God enough to provide for me.  I know that writing is what I was designed to do, yet I was too “scared” to step out in faith and actually show the world how God works in my life.  I would  write journals and share a thing or two with others but to write a blog and actually SHARE!  God had to show me that I was helping Him make a difference and the more He did the more I let Him in and the more revelation He shared.  This brings me back to the door.  How many of us have put locks or bolts on that door?  Are we so afraid of the things God is going to change in us we want to keep Him on the other side of the door?  Goes back to the are you JUST saved aspect of Christianity.  God has so many awesome things planned for our lives, why would we want to miss out?

Fear.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of not fitting it.  When we are scared we want to put ourselves in a safe place and just hope the world goes away.  How are we going to conquer anything that way?  I want that special seat in Heaven with Jesus at the head table.  God wants His children to have all that He has destined for them.  He wants us to run the race and along the way grow stronger in the things of Him.  If we just accept our saving grace and then sit back and live life, what have we conquered?  We should press into the things God has for us and seek His will in our lives.  We are called to be doers of the word not just readers.

I urge us all to start removing the locks and bolts from our Jesus doors and begin to let Him in.  Let Him teach us right thinking, letting go of that which hinders us and make room for His love to fill us with love.  We cannot receive the things we have from Him when we are close minded or refuse to yield to Him.  Open your eyes to see Him standing at the door and knocking.  Now open the door and receive Him.  Look into His eyes and feel peace, love and joy wash over you.  Let Him do a mighty work in your life so the Father can be glorified.  Be the overcomer you were called to become.  See yourself as the Father does, seated at the head table with His Only Begotten Son!

Are You Wearing a Jesus Mask?

Jeremiah 29:11

New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Why hide behind masks?  Why push things away behind curtains?  How is it possible that we think things will “just go away” if we ignore them long enough?  When do we begin to take responsibility for the things in our lives and stop blaming everyone else?  Where does it stop?  Maybe it never stops as we are flesh by nature, but that does not mean we have to operate as if the flesh is in control!  We need to operate out of our Spirit man more often to get results in our lives with the things of God.  Christianity should not be a mask we wear, it should be who we are.

Once we accept Jesus as our Savior we begin on a path the stand out from the crowd.  God wants us to be different than the rest.  He desires us to follow His plan for our life and the only way we can discern what that plan may even be is letting God have total control in our lives.  When we let God have control, we are assured of the good path, for God is not going to go against His Word!  Don’t be fooled by the things of this world into believing you don’t need God because you do, we can do nothing separate from the Father.  Also, don’t not find yourself wearing a Jesus Mask around only pretending to be about the things of God.  Be real about yourself and have confidence that you are a child of the King.

Recent events in my life just make me want to scream!  I get so frustrated when things are not going the way I envisioned them.  All too often I look the other direction and just hope the situation will change or go away.  Sometimes I feel I need to DO something in someones life to help them see God.  Well, as my pastor said this morning:  “Only God can change people, you can’t” .  So here I am Lord asking you, “What are You going to do with this?”  I no longer desire to wear the mask of “all is well” or “I have it all under control”.  I want to be me as I am accepted in Jesus.

Okay, harsh message I know, but God is speaking to me and telling me He is control and that when things look the worse, it is when He does His best work.  I need to focus on the now moments and not what the future entails.  People cannot be changed by my actions, but God can work through me to heal.  In order for this to happen, I have to let God have TOTAL control.  Hard isn’t it?  I have no magic answers to life’s problems, I just have Jesus, and that’s all I need.  Jesus is all YOU need.

I encourage you to take off the mask or masks that you are covering yourself with and get real about God.  Begin to see yourself for who you are in Christ and start living as if you KNOW God is control.  No hemming or hawing about what you should know, take the verse in Jeremiah and run with it!  Be secure in your relationship with God and let Him show you where to run to.  If you have fallen, get up!  Dust yourself off!  Reach toward Heaven and say, ” Daddy, will you pick me up?”  There is power in letting go and removing masks.  Seek after that power today and see what happens when you let God have control!