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Eternal Affairs

Man Praying in ChurchMany of us are not wealthy and we have little influence or status in this world. I’m sure that we have wished our lives were different and that we had more earthly advantages…I know I have.  That thought came again to my mind as I was studying the 20th chapter of Matthew where Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave.” Matthew 20: 26-27,

I realized what He was saying was that the greatest people in God’s Kingdom are those who have servants’ hearts, not those with worldly power, money or influence. “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted.” James 1:9

Upon reading Jesus’ words, we can feel very liberated in knowing that we don’t have to worry about impressing others with money or prestige. His words bring the hope that we can indeed influence people, but in ways that have nothing to do with this world.

We can count ourselves blessed and even grateful that God saw fit to make us “lowly” in the eyes of the world. I know He sees us much differently when we decide to cultivate a servant’s heart.

Heavenly Father, I pray for a servant’s heart that I might be about your business. Thank You for Your Word and for the Holy Spirit who lives in me bringing power and understanding that I may apply it to my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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As Christians, we all want to be more like Jesus. One very good way to help us along that journey is speaking aloud His Word and applying it into our lives (Positive Affirmations). As I was having time with the Lord this morning, I spoke some of these things over my life as I read in the book of Proverbs. Speaking aloud the Word of God is very powerful. Using the Word to bless your family and your own life can stir the heart of God. He wants to bless us and what better way to receive His blessing than to speak His Word over our lives.

As we read Proverbs it’s helpful to remember what God says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Keeping in mind that we are “the righteousness of God in Christ” will help us understand how God sees us as “blameless” because of what Jesus did for us on the cross and how He makes these affirmations come alive in our hearts and minds. We can begin from the moment our child or grandchild is born speaking the Word of God to them. And it’s never to late to begin reading it aloud to ourselves.

1.   I am a person of understanding and will hold my tongue. (Proverbs 11:12b)
2.   I am a trustworthy person and can keep a secret. (Proverbs 11:13b)
3.   I will commit to the Lord whatever I do and He will establish my plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
4.   I will not hold pride in my heart nor have a haughty spirit for pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. I will not fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
5.   I will avoid strife and quarreling. (Proverbs 19:3)
6.   I will not pay back a wrong for a wrong. I will wait for the Lord to avenge me. (Proverbs 20:22)
7.   I will not close my ears to the cries of the poor. (Proverbs 21:13a)
8.   I will pursue righteousness and love so that I may find life, prosperity and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)
9.   I will have a cheerful heart because it is good medicine. (Proverbs 17:22a)
10. I will fear the Lord that I may have a secure fortress and it will be a refuge for my children. (Proverbs 14:26)

Of course there are so many more affirmations and inspirations in the book of Proverbs but this list will be a start and perhaps you would enjoy searching out more of God’s Word to speak into the lives of your family. You may be surprised to find out what powerful changes God will make in your life when you do this one simple thing.

I had no trouble finding the footpath.  It was overgrown with weeds but still discernible.  The old house where I used to live was still there too.  For the first time in over forty years, I stepped onto the path that led to my best friend, Sue’s house.  We had met when we were two-years old.  I remembered that first day, her indignation when I “twirled” on her recently buried parakeet’s grave.  That day her big brother decapitated my doll and my grandmother who ran a doll hospital (yes really) had her turn to be indignant. 

When we were about 12, we met again as neighbors on a rural road.  Only God could have made that happen.  I don’t believe in coincidence.  We forged the footpath then from my house to hers.  I closed my eyes and saw her long brown hair flying in the wind as she ran to meet me halfway so I would not have to walk alone in the dark.   

I opened my eyes and continued down the footpath inviting the past to accompany me.  My memories were of boys and bikes, horses and ’57 Chevy’s, whispered secrets and two young girls blissfully giggling for no apparent reason.  As I trailed around the old fence, and wound my way across an empty field, I recalled the Sundown Drive-In Theater where we both worked when we were teenagers.  I often wish that old drive-in was still there and not forgotten.  The memories are still alive though and always will be for me.

The path ended abruptly at Sue’s front porch. But, Sue didn’t live there anymore. Like me, she had grown up, been married and moved away. I stood looking at the house remembering the love, warmth and welcome I had received there when I could not find it in my own home.  When one of us called, the other one answered without fail. Then, turning my back on the past I slowly retraced my steps to my car.  As I walked, it occurred to me that though distance sometimes separates us, in our hearts Sue and I still never let one another walk alone in the dark.  My friend is very ill now and has lost many of her memories.  At times, it feels like I’m walking alone but I only have to remember that Jesus is always with me and will make sure that even though I may be alone, I’m never in the dark.

Jesus is the light of the world.  He lights our paths in many ways…many times through a parent, a spouse, a minister or even a stranger, sometimes by giving us the gift of an extraordinary friendship.  One day, Sue and I will no longer be apart and there will be no dark footpaths.  She will remember everything and we will walk together on streets of finest gold enlightened by The Glory of God. 

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)

We can think of many reasons not to give to the guy on the street corner or in the intersection holding the sign saying “will work for food” or “my children are hungry”.  He might just be a person who doesn’t want to work and who makes a living holding that sign.  We cannot see into the souls of others so how can we possibly judge if they are worthy of help. We can only obey God’s commands and we have to let him deal with the outcome.  We know that  God just wants the hungry fed; the needy helped.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  James 2:14-16

God says that giving to others is for our own benefit as well; it means that we are storing up treasure in heaven.  (see video/opens in new window)     Laying Up Treasures in Heaven

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Of course, we must be good stewards of what God has given us. However, there is a balance and only God can help us find it. God tells us that we must ‘manage our affairs with justice’ insofar as we are able. We are also to be compassionate. We may not always make the perfect decision, but shouldn’t we err on the side of giving and not miss a chance to minister in God’s name?

“Light shines in the darkness for the upright; the righteous are merciful and full of compassion. It is good for them to be generous in lending and to manage their affairs with justice… They have given freely to the poor, and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor” Psalm 112:4-5, 9

I think this passage speaks for itself.  I will just say that Jesus is coming back soon and I pray that you are all ready!  I hope you will read this. Please don’t be afraid to share…it’s important that we tell everyone; especially those who haven’t heard. And those who profess Christianity yet hate our President, hates what God has done.  I’m being very outspoken but it’s way past time for ear-tickling.

Romans 13  (NIV)

1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full-time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

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