My Dedication

I am dedicated to our Lord. I am dedicated to our call. I am  dedicated to the commission that defines our mission. Dedication will keep me at my post even when others have grown battle weary and spirit worn.

Dedication is the bowing of mywill to God’s will.

Dedication is an affinity to a higher cause and a greater power.

In the last days, in the evil day, it is going to take people of preparation, people who have put on the whole armour of God. It’s going to take determination, refusing to run with the world. And its going to take dedication to the will and Word of God.

What am I preparing to do? What am I determined to do? What am I dedicated to doing?  

To stand!

When others have fallen, to stand.

When others have wilted, to stand.

When others have folded, to stand.

To stand against the flood of worldliness that is sweeping across our country and is knocking on the church doors.    To stand in the gap for the city that God’s judgment not destroy it. To stand for what is right, even when it is not politically popular. To stand up for the unborn babies and children in our schools.   To stand up for the marginalized and disenfranchised. To stand up for morality in our homes, justice in our courts, and education in our schools. It’s time  to stand in the gap or our world is in trouble.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

But God….

I continue to be amazed at the way God is working in my life.

Today I met with the Oncologist to discuss the CT scan that was done on December 31st. The cancer has not grown and I continue to be a cancer survivor. It was twenty-one months ago when the news came that there was not much hope.

But God……!

I am totally convinced that my survival is the result of your persistent and untiring prayer for my healing. I am consistently encouraged by your concern for me  and my continuing progress.

I have learned, because of your care and compassion, to be a better care giver.

 Thank you!

So?  The doctor has scheduled a Petscan because she wants to see if any of the remaining tumor is still living or if we are looking at dead cells.

God has been at work! Isn’t He wonderful?

Thank You!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Whatever Happened to Commitment?

And for the support of this declaration and with a firm reliance and with the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. (The Declaration of Independence July) 4, 1776

 History teaches us that it doesn’t take a lot of people to change the world. It takes a committed few.

Nothing happens with out commitment.

My commitments define my life.

Ineffective people are controlled by their circumstances.

Effective people are controlled by their commitments.

God is looking for a person and a people that He can use to make a difference in the world.

Count me in!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

“ The whole burnt offering”

………neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. ………… 

David decided to serve God at his own cost, with self denial and self-sacrifice.

 The principle here is not only about the gift of money:   …but of THOUGHT, EFFORT, TIME, TALENTS, RELATIONSHIPS, INFLUENCE;

   …the renunciation of EASE, PLEASURE, CONVENIENCE, NAME & FAME

   …the endurance of PAIN, OPPOSITION, DISHONOR, and SHAME.

 Here is the highest application, “ The whole burnt offering” of a man (Heart, soul, & will) which virtually includes all other offerings.  What a change it would make in my life if Iwould put this question to myself, “Shall I serve God with that which costs me nothing?”

 God said…None shall appear before me empty…  Every man as he is able…. It shall be perfect to be accepted…..  Neither from a strangers hand

THAT WHICH COSTS NOTHING IS WORTH NOTHING!

 If my prime feeling be that of self, I will go the easiest and most economical way to work and worship. I will seek the largest possible results from the least expenditure.

If my prime feeling be that of God,I will rebuke all thoughts of cheapness and facility.

If I am filled with God…

   I will feel honored in honoring

   I will be blessed in blessing

   I will feel that nothing is good enough or great enough for HIM.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

How Long is my Night?

Several days ago I found myself in the presence of some people who were in the middle of some battles. I spoke with them about valleys and about mountain tops. Somehow, through the conversations, I heard about the darknes and the question, “How Long will this last?” 

It may sound strange but I want to know, How long is my night?  I know that there is a better day coming, but how long is the night?

I know God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform, But how long is the night?

I know, all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, but how long is the night?

I know I need to wait on the Lord and be of good courage, but how long is the night?

I know Jesus is near to comfort and cheer just when I need Him most, but how long is my night?

I know earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, but how long is my night?

I know He knows just how much we can bear, but how long is my night?

I know there is a bright side somewhere, but I still need to know, How long is the night?

 I am learning that the longer my night, the less time I have to wait. You can’t run through the night, you can’t avoid the night. You’ve got to endure the night. The Word says, “He that endureth to the end shall be saved.

If you want to know how long is the night, it’s not long. The same God who closes the curtain of the night also opens the curtain of the morning.          How long? Not long! He promised to wipe every tear from my eye.   How long? Not long! In fact, it will be soon one morning when this life is over, I’ll fly away.   How long? Not Long! He promised a city with a tree of life for the healing of the nations. There’ll be no more sorrow, no more sadness, no more sighing, no more dying, and no night there.

Good night sorrow!       Good night, Sadness!     Good night, sickness!     Good night, pain!          Good night, heartache!     Good night, death!

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

My Resolve for 2010

I will forget about yesterday

I will not worry about tomorrow

I will make today count

I will be helpful to people

I will keep my heart pure

I will act upon my dreams

I will maintain my personal Growth by: 

 Establishing my priorities

Analyzing my assets and liabilities

 Focusing on my strengths

 Surrendering  to God’s will

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Going to the Mountain

In early bible days the priest and prophets would go up into the mountains to worship God and to hear from Him. 

I want God’s help and I must learn to worship Him everywhere and in every situation.

Worship doesn’t mean I have to be in a comfortable place.

Job worshipped sitting in an ash heap with his body full of sores.

David worshipped God from a cave as he was running for his life.

Jeremiah worshipped God sitting out in a field prophesying banging on pots and pans.

Joseph worshipped God out of a prison cell.

Daniel worshipped God out of a den of lions.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, worshipped God out of a fiery furnace.

Jonah worshipped God out of the belly of a fish.

Abraham worshipped God on top of a mountain as he was offering up his only son.

We still talk about mountain top experiences and how we love them.  I have learned that mountain top experiences are not always pleasant.  In fact, some of my mountain top experiences have been the place of the trial of my life. 

But….I am planning this year, to go up on the mountain again, because I must hear from God even if the jaunt is difficult and the stay uncomfortable.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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