Thursday, April 19, 2007

Glorious Inadequacies

There are times that we look at ourselves and wonder, "why did God choose me?" We wonder, "what talent or attribute did He feel was so extraordinary, so redeeming that He would put such confidence in me?"

The tasks before us seem so insurmountable... Reach the World. Bring in the Harvest. Nurture the new. Challenge the old. Give hope to the hopeless. Be the fountain of wisdom for all of life's questions. Be a good father or mother. Be a good spouse. Pray. Study.

On and on the list of requirements pile up in our lives and in our ministries.

The responsibilities and burdens far out weigh our strength and out run our abilities.

We are overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. We are minimized in our own sight by the mountain of position. What is the use, right?

Nevertheless, our weakness is actually an attribute that God chooses to exploit. He thrives on making up the difference between our challenge and our ability.

My mind goes to Gideon and his 32 thousand men. God commanded Gideon to send home those that were unwilling to fight and the majority of them left. Then, with one final test, Gideon's "army" was down to only 300 men.

God made sure that the glory was His and His alone. He made the difference between their weakness and their challenge.

There are numerous other examples such as the Battle of Jericho, David and Goliath, and the four lepers. In each of these stories, God brought great victory, liberation, and provision out of inadequate vessels.

When you sit at your desk, stand at your pulpit or even when you pick up your pen to write, remember God is the X-Factor. He is the Great Equalizer.

So, when the enemy reminds you of your lack; when he points out your weakness; when he scoffs at what seems to be your futile efforts; just agree with him. "Yes, you are right!" "I am gloriously inadequate!"

Then remind him that you are also gloriously called and that your deficit only leaves more room for God to move.

God has called. He will empower. His strength is more than sufficient.

Take courage in the face of your inadequacies. Let faith rise.

One day the tasks will all be accomplished and you will stand victorious, and then all Glory will belong to Him.

2 Cor 12:9
9 but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Beyond Minimum

We live in a "get by" culture. The work ethic of our father's and grandfather's generation has all but disintegrated. Selfishness has created an atmosphere where the questions of the day are... "what's in it for me?" and "what can I do to just get by?"

The infection of these immature attitudes used to be, almost completely, a disease of children and young people. Yet now they seem to be spreading into every aspect of society.

We cannot allow this minimalist mindset to seep into our spiritual pursuits.

We should never get caught in the immature pursuit of the minimum. We should strive to please God to the maximum.

It is time to Pursue Him and His character.

Let us not use simple logic to justify our selfish desires or our lack of spiritual desire. We must refuse to just "get by."

We cannot trade service for relationship; surface for depth; form for substance.

When the darkness of this world works to blur the edges of right and wrong, we must allow the Lord to illuminate our heart. As we press in and pursue His righteousness, His hand will lead us; empower us; and propel us to higher heights and to deeper depths.

The tragic results of living to the minimum can be found in the life of Samson.

Samson was asked to do things that other men did not have to endure. He had a vow from birth attached to his life. 1. He would not cut his hair 2. He would not drink wine 3. He would not touch anything that was dead.

In exchange for his obedience he would receive a strength that no man had ever possessed. He was destined to be the deliverer of Israel.

However, Samson lived to the minimum. He held his great potential so cavalierly. He did just enough to hold on to his "gift" until even that was gone.


Samson was empowered to free Israel from the scourge of the Philistines. He did win a few battles, but he did not even come close to fulfilling his destiny.

We have been empowered to reach our world. We have received the Holy Ghost which gives us the potential to truly impact our city, our nation and our world.

Yet, so many of us choose to live life to the minimum. As Samson we do not go beyond our initial experience.

However, let us strive today for more. Let us reach beyond the minimum. Let us press into His presence. Let us commit to pray, study and reach like never before.

Beyond Minimum!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Time to Tarry

Before the disciples could preach one message, evangelize one city, build one church... Jesus commanded them to go and Tarry in Jerusalem...until!

Many times we get so caught up in the "work" of the Lord that we rush past the "relationship" with Him. Then we wonder why we feel powerless, burnt out, and ineffective.

Tarry for Him. Let the Fire of the Holy Ghost fall on us again and again.

They that wait upon the Lord have their strength renewed.

Let us Tarry UNTIL!

UNTIL His strength saturates...

UNTIL the Power Permeates...

UNTIL the Fire Falls...


Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Isa 40:31
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Pendulum Still Swings


Eccl 3:1
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

God set time in motion. With the words "let there be" the worlds were created, set in their place, and then released into motion. As the newly created earth began it's inaugural trip around the sun, time began also. Eternity became bisected by the ticking of a clock.

Today the pendulum still swings. Even now, as I write and you read, seconds and minutes have faded into nothingness.

How is it that we take something so precious for granted. We carelessly toss these precious moments aside, discarded like yesterdays newspaper.

We spend this moment wishing for the next. The young are the most guilty of this but they are not alone in this tragedy of wastefulness.

I remember being 8 and wishing I was 10.

I remember being 10 and wishing I was 13.

On and on from 16 to 18 to 21 to marriage to children to retirement, we constantly live in the future.

However, we know that there is coming a day when time shall be no more. Therefore, the economy of time makes it even more invaluable.

What will we do with it?

Today is fleeting, let us...
        • Seize it's Potential
        • Enjoy it's Blessings
        • Conquer it's Challenges
We must make the most of each moment.

The Pendulum Still Swings

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