TAKE IT TO THE LORD

I was listening to a song titled, Take it to the Lord in Prayer by Vep Ellis

I realized that I have the distinct privilege to take EVERYTHING to God in prayer.

 So I just had to ask…. What is everything? What can I take to God in prayer?

 I can take my friends to the Lord

 I can take my needs to the Lord               

 I can take questions to the Lord. Lately I seem to have more than ever    

 I can take unbelief to the Lord. Mine or someone else’s.    

  I can take my children to the Lord    

 I have this promise Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

 Still listening to the song……

I’m going to “Take it to the Lord in Prayer”

I already know that works…. The avenue is still open to me!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I’m A King’s Kid

Someone asked if serving the Lord was motivated by my desire to go to Heaven……or avoid hell.

While it should go without saying that I do not want to go to hell and, that I absolutely want to go to Heaven,  neither of those are my primary motivation or concern.

The fact is that I truly love walking with Him on a day by day basis as He helps me to do life. And,  there are percs that make the walk with Him both joyful and exciting.

Angels of God canopy me with their wings….

Lightning’s of heaven are my armed allies….

The Lord is my Shepherd..picking out for me pastures beside still waters

If I walk forth…. heaven is my body-guard!

If  I sleep ……. the light of heaven enters my dream!

If I thirst…..the armies of heaven are my cup-bearer!

If I sit to eat… my plain table blooms into the kings banquet!

 Men say…look at that odd fellow with the worn out coat.

But the Angels of God cry, “ Lift up your heads, ye ever lasting gates, and let him come in.”

 The rich say, “Get off my steps”

The doorkeepers of heaven cry, “ Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom.”

Hey, I’m a Kings kid and I am enjoying the journey.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

THE GLORY OF HIS POWER

  I have never doubted the power of Jesus. Not even when I am waiting desperately for an answer that would prove His power again.

I have seen His power as I travelled through Holy Scripture.     

I have seen His power in His Miracles

He raised the dead

He healed the sick

He opened blinded eyes

 He unstopped deaf ears

He loosed stammering tongues

He fed 5000+ from 5 loaves and 2 fishes

He stilled the tempest

He cast out demons

He cleansed the lepers

He straightened the crooked

 He turned water into wine

 He rose from the dead

I have seen His power in the lives of great leaders that I know. I have seen His power in local pastors and their members.

I have seen His power in my own life!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Our prayers do make a difference

Sometimes, when I have prayed, and the answer doesn’t come quickly enough I am prone to wonder. I wonder if He heard me….I wonder if I said it properly….I wonder if….I wonder when….I wonder why……

So I need assurance that my prayers make a difference. When I look in my Bible I am comforted to find;

Jabez prayed for enlarged borders and protection from harm. Other people in the Bible prayed for deliverance from trouble, deliverance from both poverty and riches, deliverance from the belly of a great fish, daily bread, preservation and sanctification of spirit, soul, and body, the healing of the sick, and the ending of the rain and its beginning again.

When the disciples prayed, the building around them shook  and an earthquake opened the doors of their prison.

Our prayers do make a difference in how God acts in the world!

I’m praying….

In the Bonds of Calvary,

“Father, Forgive Them………..”

I have been with scores of people as they were dying.

I have become very interested in the things people say in the hour of death. While serving as a police officer I wanted to hear a death bed confession. Later, after beginning pastoral ministry, I wanted to hear: “It is well with my soul.” or “I see Jesus.” You know, comforting words. Words that sealed the deal….brought some closure.

So today I leaned in and listened  to Jesus.
The first statement He makes is this, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It’s His prayer from the cross.

He was suffering untold agony.

He was dying a shameful death.

Then He speaks,

He does not cry out for pity?

He does not curse His crucifiers?

He does not plead for His release?

He prays…not for Himself but for all of His enemies.

Those who jeered Him…..Those who condemned Him…..Those who nailed Him to the cross

Who else but the Son of God could have prayed like that in an hour like this?

In the original Greek we read that He prayed that prayer many times.

 When He arrived at Calvary… “Father forgive Them”

 When the soldiers crushed Him down and laid Him upon the  cross.

When the nails tore through His flesh.

 When He was lifted up on the cross.

 When the crowd jeered Him.

 When the soldiers gambled for His garments.

No one knows how many times this cry pierced the Heavens.

He kept storming the throne of grace on behalf of others.

I WANT THE ONE WHO PRAYED LIKE THAT TO BE MY SAVIOR.

I want to be like Him.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Calvary

I have been thinking about the Cross lately. I have been thinking about that a lot.

Actually, it’s Calvary that seems to have captured my heart and mind.

Calvary…the place of curse and the place of blessing. The place of curse for Jesus and the place of blessing for me.

Calvary…where we see man at his worst and God at His best

Calvary…where the Lamb of God was slain and the Son of God gave up His life for  me

Calvary…where I see the awful depths of human sin and  the tremendous heights of divine love

Calvary…where every man must come if he expects to be saved

Calvary…where all my hopes are centered, both for this World and the next

I like it when my mind and heart get invaded with thoughts like this!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Tornado

Yesterday morning, a few minutes after 600 AM, a tornado touched down at my house.

I had heard the weather news. They said that severe weather was moving in. I planned on showering and heading for the office so I wouldn’t have to be out in the rain when it got here.

It came so quickly! I had no clue. The power went off and it became very still.  Suddenly, There came a wind. It sounded like a jet plane was sitting in my yard. I heard things breaking……….trees falling. I saw, in the shadow of the lightning, things flying by the house at tremendous speed.

And, just as quickly, it was gone.

But it had left the carnage behind. Broken fences…..broken yard ornaments and decorations…….trees, broken limbs and trash littered the property.

For a few moments during the storm I became very tense. That feeling  passed as quickly as the tornado had and I’m OK.

Four years ago when the tornado hit my house it did structural damage. This time there is just a mess to clean up.

For a moment during the tornado I supposed that I was going up in a whirlwind.

I didn’t…..and I’m OK with that!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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