Tuesday on the Run
January 26 2016
Writer, David McCasland tells about a woman whose car was stalled at an intersection: The car’s hood was up, and the woman flagged down McCasland to help. “I can’t get it started,” she said, “but if you jiggle the wire on the battery, I think it will work.” McCasland grabbed the positive battery cable and it came off in his hand. The cable was definitely too loose.
“The terminal needs to be tightened up,” he told her. “I can fix it if you have some tools.” “My husband says to just jiggle the wire,” she replied. “It always works. Why don’t we just try that?” McCasland paused for a moment, sarcastically wondering to himself why her husband didn’t ride around town with her so he would be available when the wire needed jiggling. Finally, he said, “Madam, if I jiggle the wire, you’re going to need someone else to do it every time you shut the engine off. If you’ll give me two minutes and a wrench, we can solve the problem and you can forget about it.” Reluctantly, she fumbled under the front seat and extended a crescent wrench through the window of the car.
As he tightened the battery terminal, it occurred to McCasland how many times he had tried, in his own life, to get a “quick fix” from God. “I have this problem, Lord, and if you’ll just jiggle the wires, things will be okay. I’m in a hurry, so let’s just get me going again the quickest way possible.”
Often, I believe God allows trouble to not only force us to look to Him for help, but to cause us to slow down and address some real problems. When troubles come we should take time to examine our lives and our busy schedules. Is God trying to realign our priorities or change our focus? Maybe we are pursuing the wrong goals or chasing after the wrong dreams.
I consider my life verse to be Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Every now and then I need to stop and make sure the compass is still pointing true north and that the “Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” is still my focus. Which way is your compass pointing?
Have a great week!
P.S. Invite someone to the War Room Movie on Saturday, January 30th at 6 PM
January 19, 2016
A televised documentary recently reported a peculiar tendency among organ recipients to gradually adapt certain appetites or characteristics of their donors, even though they have never met them. One woman, who had no liking for dill pickles before, gradually found herself craving them about a year after she had received the organ of a donor once known by his friends for his strong appetite for – you guessed it – dill pickles. The same has been true with some who hated coffee (now liking it).
The prophet Ezekiel predicted a day when God would give His people “a new heart”. Listen to what the Lord says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36: 26-28). We are living in that day! As of Pentecost we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and our heart of stone has been replaced with a responsive heart that is in tune with Jesus.
Thus, you would expect that some of our likes and dislikes, interests and cravings might have changed. Perhaps the things of this world might have lost some of their luster. You might expect old, sinful longings to dissipate and to be replaced by a desire for worship and praise and God’s Word. Galatians 5: 22-23 indicates that our character, our actions, and our disposition should be changing. (Fruits of the Spirit)
My question this AM is a simple one. What are you craving? If you’re not desiring and seeking the things of the Lord, maybe you should start praying for a new heart and a new infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Have a great week!
I ran across an interesting website recently called “The Mother of All Excuses.” It is basically a collection of excuses for all occasions from cutting classes to breaking dates. There are over 400 unique ones for why a person might have to call in and take a day off from work. Here are a few of my favorites. (These are actual excuses that were phoned in).
Jesus once told a story about three men who came up with excuses for not following Him (Luke 9: 75-62). Though at first they seem legitimate, Jesus doesn’t accept their excuses. The bottom line is there is no good excuse for not following Jesus. The writer of Hebrews says, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). When we stand before Jesus someday our excuses will sound pretty lame. We need to be reminded that putting off a decision about following Christ till someday is a dangerous proposition. Again the writer of Hebrews reminds us. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3:15). Why put it off? Why not make this the day you decide to follow Jesus? It will be the best decision you will ever make.
Have a great week!
This past October delegates from across the country of Mozambique gathered at our Wesleyan Bible College for a conference. Pastor Daniel Chavango and his wife dedicated their baby, Elena, and shared the following testimony of God’s grace and power.
Eleven years ago Daniel and Teresa were newly married an attending our Bible College. Teresa gave
birth in September; but the little girl did not survive. The hospital asked whether they wanted the child. They said, “yes” and mission Director Orai Lehman, went home and made a tiny coffin. Some women from the local area came to them and said. “The baby must be buried only by the women. And you must not give her a name. You must not bury her too deep. If you do not follow these customs, Teresa will be cursed and be sterile”.
“No, we do not believe in superstitions.” The Mozambican National Superintendent Daniel Cossa answered. “This baby is a creation of God and will have a name, have a funeral, and the church will be present.” There was some murmuring, but he and the Chavango’s held fast.
Fast forward to the present. Daniel and Teresa stood in front of the Wesleyan delegates from across Mozambique as missionary Jim Pickett dedicated little Elena. Daniel shared this testimony. “This is how God has shown his power in our lives: Although our first baby girl died in September, we now have three children – two boys and a girl – all born in September. In addition Elena was born on the same day as our first daughter and we are now dedicating Elena on the same day our first daughter was buried. Some women claimed we could be cursed, but we trusted in God and He has blessed us.”
I’m reminded of John’s words on encouragement to the church facing the anti-Christian forces of this present world. (I John 4:4) You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
We need not fear the opposition of our enemy Satan. We don’t have to be bound by the superstitions and fears of this evil world. We should not allow ourselves to be deterred by the negative, faithless beliefs of anti-Christian critics. Our God is greater. No matter what is going on in our life this morning, we can trust our Lord.
Have a great week!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson