OLD AGE IS NOT THE PROBLEM…


Psalms 71:17-21 “God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I have constantly told others about the wonderful things you do. 18 Now that I am old and gray,

do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.  19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?  20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. 21 You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.”  NLT

Recently I was talking to a couple of twenty-something people and they were complaining that their pastor was old and out of touch with modern times.  They even stated that, in their view, once a person was past sixty (60) they should no longer serve as a pastor because they were unable to relate to the younger crowd.  I found that both disturbing and amusing and took the opportunity to share some insight both from the Bible and experience, myself having surpassed that discard age they were speaking of.

This Psalm has brought comfort, encouragement, joy, and challenge to me for a long time and even more so as I grow older.  I asked them if they knew the story of Moses and how God used him to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage.  They needed to be reminded of the three divisions of Moses’ life – 40 years learning in Egypt, 40 years maturing in the wilderness – 40 years doing God’s work in leading His people.  His full ministry didn’t begin until age 80.  They were speechless. 

I asked about the story of Abraham and how at 100 years old he bore the son who would become the father of the people through whom our Savior came into this world.  They were silenced.  I asked them about Caleb when Israel was led into the promised, land by Joshua, and he at eighty plus took the mountain as his possession.  They had nothing to say. 

I quoted them from Job 12:12 – “Wisdom is with aged men, with long life is understanding.”  Also, Proverbs 16:31 – “A gray head is a crown of glory…”  At that point, I asked them if they felt that their life experiences had taught them as much as their pastor’s life experiences or if he had possibly learned some things along the way that could be of benefit to them. 

One of them, with tears glistening in her eyes, said, “I never thought of it that way.  I have been so wrong.”  I asked them to consider their own parents and grandparents and asked, “Do you want to discard them when they reach old age or now that they have become seasoned citizens?”  Should we just provide a place for everyone over sixty (60) to be taken hidden away! 

I confess that many of us who are older do not know the lingo, keep up with the modern music, drink the modern Kool-Aid, dance to the modern beat, sing the modern songs, or think with the modern progressive mentality.  Some of us have built “memorial stones” along the way to help keep us on course and we’ve seen troubles and difficulties.  We have fought battles and learned through suffering and want to never forget the goodness of God through it all. 

For those of you who are older, God is nowhere near through with you.  Your experiences in life are so valuable and need to be shared with the generations who have followed you.  Your wisdom needs to be proclaimed.  They may not listen but at least you can plant the seeds of knowledge and trust God to send another to water them and trust Him to send the sunlight and warmth to cause those seeds to grow. 

So I challenge and urge you to treasure your years and wear them as a badge of honor and consider them a reminder of your opportunity if not obligation to press ever onward and upward, leading all who will follow and teaching all who will listen of the Glory of God’s Goodness!  Your gray head is not a sign of becoming valueless but a sign of value!  Old age (years) is not the problem, growing old in your mind (mentality) is. 

I treasure what I learned from my elders and want to pass on what I’ve learned to those following my footsteps.  I’m not an old man I am a man in whom God has deposited years of life more priceless than silver or gold.  I have value and know it!  I have something to share and share it!  I refuse to just fade away when there is so much to share and so little time to share it.

Therefore, I encourage each of you, older or younger to learn to value life and refuse to allow a moment of it to be wasted.  LIVE IT!  LOVE IT!  SHARE IT! 

I pray the blessings of God upon each of you and may you have a marvelous day in Jesus!

THREE KEYS TO VICTORY IN LIFE…


Romans 12:9-21 – “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.  14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  NASB

This passage gives much more than my title suggests, but I want to focus on those three things for this discussion.  Paul gives us the foundation leading up to his powerful prescription in verse 12 by telling us to Love without hypocrisy, abhor evil, cling to the good, be devoted to brotherly love, honor one another, and to be diligent, fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord with our all.  Then he comes to the three keys to victory:

  • REJOICE IN HOPE.   (Without hope life becomes an almost impossible task for the human soul.  Jesus is our Hope, not the government, not the church, and not man – JESUS!  If we have Hope, we have an expectation of life that will enable us to walk through anything.
  • PERSEVERE IN TRIBULATION.  (Trials, troubles, difficulties, setbacks, problems come to each of us and how we handle those problems largely depends on the first item on the list – Hope.  If we are living in “hope” we are more able to walk through the time of tribulation than if we are Hopeless.  When our focus is on our Great Hope, we have an Expectation of Ultimate Victory and therefore a renewed strength and determination that enables us (Grace) to walk through the fire and the flood.)
  • DEVOTED IN PRAYER.  (Without this the first two fall apart.  Without determined, consistent, committed communication with the Lord, we will be in danger of falling into self-pity, self-focus, and self-centeredness rather than making Him the center of our universe we will be.  At that point, we are candidates for despair rather than victory.  But if we keep our eyes on the prize of the High Calling and on the Lord Jesus Christ, we can go through anything that is set before us because of our assurance and hope in Him.)

As you begin your day, begin it with a commitment to Hope, Perseverance, and Prayer.  I pray that the LORD will give you the Grace to walk through the situation and empower you to overcome anything you face.  It may not be easy or pretty, but you will come out on the other side in Victory! 

Blessings as enjoy this wonderful day the LORD has given.

WHEN YOU ARE ALONE WITH GOD – YOU ARE NOT ALONE…


Mark 1:35 – “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” NASB

Several years ago, I spent months with intense hip pain.  It was a pain that did not have a definitive diagnosis.  The doctors were giving me no real explanations as to the root cause of the pain. The pain became persistent and at times acute.  I learned a much-needed new lesson through that alone time with God. 

I don’t know if you have experienced it, but many times friends and family proved to be physicians of no value.  They meant well and their words and actions are well-intentioned, they produce no comfort, give no answers, and only brought more questions.  I even had one person tell me, “Well everybody hurts.”  I tried numerous types of therapy, had X-rays, a C.T. Scan, saw several specialists, listened to explanations by radiologists, had adjustments, laser treatment, and tried water therapy, yet the pain and problem were persistent.  That continued for about four months. 

There were times I tried to tell myself, as did Paul, that the situation was a thorn in the flesh to keep me focused.  In those times, I would find myself saying, “Roy, shake yourself and tell myself to just deal with it.”  It did not take long for me to realize that this was not something to keep me focused but a physical issue that had a cause and an answer. 

I discovered that although I was normally good at communicating with others, I had difficulty getting people in the medical profession to comprehend what I was telling them about what I felt.  They listen but didn’t listen.  They looked at the reports, X-rays, C.T. Scans, treatments, and formed a conclusion before they even talked to me.  Once that came into the examination room, they would attempt to press upon me what they perceived to be the problem.  They did not often grasp the severity I was experiencing and would leave me without answers or solutions. 

Sometimes even sitting with a doctor I would feel that I was in a room by myself and completely alonePain is a strong enemy to health, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and relationally.  It can become a virtual “prison” and must be addressed either by receiving relief or learning how to manage it.  Otherwise, it will become the dominating factor in our thinking. 

My only solution to this problem was found in the “alone time” with God.  I discovered that when I was alone with God I was not alone!  I know that the one who made this body knows exactly what is going on and exactly what to do.  Even more importantly I know that He will never leave me nor forsake me NO MATTER WHAT! 

I have had issues with my back for years.  I have some malformations in my spine that I’ve had from birth.  I have degenerative discs and joint disease, arthritic symptoms, conditions, and signs, inflammation of tissue, possible nerve damage, etc. yet no real plan on how to address those issues.  I have learned to roll this on the One and Only One who “truly knows” exactly what the situation is and what to do about it. 

Over these months of excruciating pain, I learned afresh and anew the value of “alone time” with God.  Not so much me talking and telling Him my troubles but sitting in His presence listening.  There would be times when I sensed that He was cradling me in His loving arms and comforting me through His presence.  I renewed my appreciation for His word and being sensitive to the “still small voice” of the Spirit of God.

I knew that although I did not know what the final outcome in the natural would be, I knew that I knew that “in God”, I am Never Alone and would Never Be Forsaken.   I know that when I am alone with God I am not alone! 

I pray that the Holy Spirit will enable you to have some “alone time” with God today.  Blessings!

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT…


Joel 2:28-29 – “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29 “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” NASB

Genesis 1:2 – “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”  NKJV

Many Christians view the Person of the Holy Spirit as an “it” rather than a “person”, a member of the Godhead a part of and God Himself.  I don’t relate to an it very well, but I do relate to people.  An “it” is an inanimate object without feelings, mental capacity, emotional capacity, it just is; but the Holy Spirit exhibits characteristics of “mind”, “will”, and “emotions”.  He is a “teacher”, a “guide”, a “comforter”, an “attorney”, an “equipper”, and “one who empowers” in our Christian walk.  He brings conviction, correction, comfort, confirmation, inspiration, and inspires.  He is a very active member of the God-head and should be active in our lives.  He teaches us to pray when we do not know how to pray. 

On the Day of Pentecost, referring to Joel’s prophecy, Peter identified that what they were seeing, and hearing was, in fact, the Holy Spirit.  In Romans 8 we are told that He searches our hearts and knows the mind of God and intercedes for us. In 1 Corinthians 12, we find that He gives gifts for the purpose of furthering God’s Kingdom purposes and does so severally as He chooses. 

The Holy Spirit can be grieved, thus demonstrating emotion as we see in Ephesians 4.  He can be rebelled against as is evidenced in Isaiah 63.  He brings joy as is seen in Luke 10 and 1 Thessalonians 1.  He teaches and is a counselor as seen in John 14.  He testifies of Christ as revealed in John 15.  He brings conviction as described in John 16 and leads as is revealed in Romans 8.  He reveals truth as seen in John 16, strengthens and encourages as reflected in Acts 9, and He comforts as described in John 14:16.  He helps in our weaknesses according to Romans 8, searches the deep things of God as revealed in 1 Corinthians 2, sanctifies as Romans 15 details, and bears witness according to Romans 8.  He can be resisted according to Acts 7, blasphemed as we read in Matthew 12, Quenched as we are informed in 1 Thessalonians 5:19.  All those indicate Personality and being a Person.

Therefore, if He is a Person, persons are relational beings and we can develop a personal relationship with Him.  That means we can hear His voice, sense His checks, pricks, prods, nudges, urging, and recognize His warning signs.  He brings the anointing or the power of God into our lives.  He enables us to utilize the weapons of warfare.  Therefore, we should seek to understand Him.  In our relationship with the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to understand the Father and in understanding the Father we learn to understand the Son. 

As our relationship with Jesus grows into the oneness of being, our relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit grows on a parallel plane.  We learn to hear that still small voice and sense the warning signs before others around us see what is happening.  We are guarded, guided, girded, and gifted to fulfill the purposes of God in our lives. 

I caution you that this is not a relationship that just happens; it is one that is developed. We enter the gates of God through thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  We become what we focus on and as we focus on “the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” we will find ourselves becoming more and more attuned to the ministry of the Spirit of God and walk in greater peace, power, and purpose. 

Blessings as you continue your week!

COMFORT IN TROUBLED TIMES…


Isaiah 43:1-3 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.  3 “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” NASB

All of us face times of trepidation and experience times of deep concern. There are times when we are fearful.  Many of those times we handle the situations reflecting on the promises of God.  We utilize rational thinking or perseverance and receive His peace.  Yet, there are times when we are overwhelmed and need a comforting touch from the Master. 

A few years ago, on the night before I visited an Orthopedic surgeon, I had difficulty sleeping.  During the night the hip pain increased to almost unbearable levels.  I don’t know if it was stress if I was laying wrong, or what the problem was but by 4 AM I was up taking a shower, and getting dressed for my day.  That experience gave me a significant amount of time to pray, meditate on the things of God, and talk to the Father about my situation! 

The two doctors I have seen agreed on the likely ultimate treatment just had differing opinions as to the steps to that achieve that end.  I had been waiting for the time to see the specialist who was supposed to the “the man” regarding hip replacement in this area.  That was his primary specialty.  Did that relieve my anxiety, No!  I was holding on to the Lord for His ultimate and complete healing.  My attitude was that if He chose to use a medical practitioner to accomplish that, I was okay with that.  However, it was not my preference. 

As my spirit calmed down and I read in Isaiah.  I came to Chapter 43 and the words so familiar just leaped off the page at me.  I could hear the Holy Spirit saying, “Son, why are you anxious and allowing an element of fear to enter your heart.  We’ve been through much worse than this and have I ever failed you?”  Of course, the answer is a resounding NO!  He said, “You’ve been through troubled waters even to the point of death and I was there.  You’ve been through the fire where you despaired of life and I was there.  What would make you even consider that I won’t be there this time?” 

It was in a moment of humble repentance, that I cried out to the Lord and peace flooded my heart, mind, and soul.  I did not know what would take place, but I knew that God was in control.  I knew that I was in His hands and as I listen to the direction of His Spirit, I knew that everything was going to be okay!   As I prepared for the evaluation from the “top dog” in the specialty I did so with Complete Peace because I experienced God’s “comfort in a time of trouble.” 

I am always grateful for God’s comfort.  I knew then and know that the peace I that flows out of His love and the prayers of friends are always instrumental in bringing about God’s perfect plan. 

I pray God’s Blessings upon you as you embark on another day’s journey in Jesus! 

GREAT QUESTION – – WHAT IS TRUTH?


John 18:33-38 “Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”  35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”  37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” NASB

That is not only a question that Pilate asked but one that has been asked down through the ages and is still being asked today.  Jesus in the previous chapter answered that question – John 17:17- “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”

Paul admonished Timothy and the church in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” KJV  

He also taught the Ephesian church the reason and function of the Gift Ministries, in Ephesians 4:11-16, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. “

If you find yourself asking this question in your life, consider what Jesus and Paul said.  The Word of God is Truth!  The more we study that word the more stable we become in God’s truth and able we are to recognize truth.  Avail yourself to godly men and women and fellowships capable of equipping you for your service to the Lord and to help you learn truth.  One more thing, learn to rely upon the Holy Spirit for we are told that He will guide us into all truth (John 16:13).  Remember the words of our Lord, John 8:31-33

Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  Truth, God’s Truth liberates!  Man’s distortions bring into bondage. 

It is my prayer that you will be able to walk in Truth and be free in Jesus as you continue to enjoy this wonderful day!  May you be blessed beyond measure! 

WHY I TRUST GOD’S WORD…


Jeremiah 1:12 – “Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” NASB

I have had promises and commitments made to me that for one reason or another did not come to pass.  Sometimes it was due to the lack of credibility of the one making the promise and at other times it was due to some unforeseeable circumstance that prevented them from fulfilling their word.  Yet, with God that Never happens. 

In the Old Testament, we find the powerful words of Balaam when Balak tried to entice him to curse Israel.  Balaam found that he could not, and explained it this way:  Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? “ NASB

I trust God!  He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent!  He does not have the capacity to lie it’s not part of His nature or character.  He is Truth just as He is Love!  Therefore, there is no circumstance or situation wherein God is unable to fulfill His Word.  We may rebel and place ourselves outside His favor but that does not negate His Word nor His ability and willingness to fulfill His Word. 

I grew up being taught that “My word was my bond.”  I was taught that if I committed to something and shook hands on it there was no need for a contract because I had placed “my name, my being, my character, and my integrity” into the promise.  To have done less would have resulted in dire repercussions from my parents as well as my grandparents.  It was unthinkable and unacceptable.

Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:4, “…He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” NIV The greatest promise is Eternal Life through the sacrifice of Jesus.  If that passage was the only promise it would be enough but it’s not the only promise.  The Bible is filled with “promises” to us, as believers.  We know that many either do not know, believe, or receive. 

It is part of the Abundant Life that Jesus said we would have in Him.  I Trust God’s Word because I Trust God!  If He said it, that’s good enough for me!  I encourage you to not only trust God’s Word but invest yourselves in His Word.  Make it as important as natural food and you will be amazed at the change in your life, circumstances, relationships, and understanding. 

May God richly bless you as you continue your week in Him.

PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS…


Colossians 1:19-23 – “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight — 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.”  NKJV

Although it may not be popular in some circles to talk about the shedding of blood and the Cross upon which Jesus died.  That message is the central part of the Gospel and cannot be eliminated. 

We discover in Hebrews 9:22 – “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” NKJV.  In Acts 20:28 we read, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”  NKJV.  There are many other references including Romans 3:23-25, 5:8-11, and Revelation 1:5-6 which reference the blood that purchased us from the clutches of sin. 

The fact remains that the Ultimate Sacrifice for the sin of mankind was the blood of Jesus and it was shed on the cruel cross.  In His Virgin birth, Sinless life, Sacrificial death, Supernatural resurrection, Divine ascension, and Definite return, He has Purchased our salvation.  He suffered for us that we might live for Him and have Abundant Life, Eternally!

            We can never forget the Cross and dare not forget the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.  We dare not forget the price He paid to redeem us from the bondage of sin and the ownership of the devil.  Through the Cross, he transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.  If we always hold before us the Cross and what He did, we will find ourselves much less likely to succumb to temptation and more likely to remain Thankful and live with an Attitude of Gratitude walking in victory. 

His blood makes our souls spotless and as clean as the pure driven snow.  Though our sins are as scarlet they shall be white as snow is the promise of Scripture.  That blood, that cross, that sacrifice brings us a Peace which Passes All Understanding and causes us to Rest in a way that cannot be explained and virtually impossible to adequately describe. 

If you are struggling today, remember the Cross and I believe it will give you the encouragement to rise up and run to Him.  In His arms, you will realize not only Peace but the Power of His Grace to overcome! 

May you enjoy the blessings of the LORD as you embark on today’s journey in Jesus! 

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED…


Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  NASB

Through the years I’ve purchased many things that came with various “guarantees”.  Some of them were legitimate and good, others were not worth the paper they were written on.  Money-back guarantees get a lot of attention and frequently will be a selling point for a particular product.  However, even those prove to not be completely accurate.  They frequently fail to let you know that you have to pay for the shipping and sometimes are charged a restocking fee and by the time you are done you’ve paid almost what you did to purchase the worthless item, to begin with. 

I’ve had people give me “guarantees” with their word only to find that their word was not worth very much because they either had no intention of fulfilling their promise or were not willing to make the sacrifice required to do so.  So, guarantees are only worth as much as the person or entity behind them.

That brings me to the verse above – It Is Rock Solid!  It is a guarantee made by our Lord Jesus Himself and you can take it to the bank.  It works all the time, every time, and anytime.  It works everywhere and under any conditions and is backed up by the integrity of the Son of God!  I’ve had people tell me regarding their church or pastor, “I’m not being fed.”  I have several thoughts regarding that statement:

  • If that is true that there is no spiritual nourishment coming from your church or pastor, why are you there complaining?
  • Why aren’t you feasting on the spiritual nourishment that the Lord has provided in the Written Word and through fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you hungry and thirsty, spiritually?  If so, the Lord has promised that you would be satisfied.  Therefore, either He did not tell the truth, or you are not truly “hungry” or “thirsty”.

I am by no means suggesting that people hop from church to church. I have discovered that frequently the problem does not lie in the church or pastor but the individual who is issued the complaint.  That is not to excuse any preacher that does not feed the sheep or any church that does not place God first and foremost. 

I suggest that the first step is to allow the Holy Spirit to shine the spotlight of God upon our hearts to be sure that the problem does not lie in us.  That being said, if I hunger and thirst for righteousness, I will be satisfied.  There is NEVER a lack of Spiritual Nourishment available to the “hungry” and “thirsty” soul.  It may mean that we have to become more than babies and feed ourselves rather than expect someone to spoon-feed us.  Yet, my purpose for this devotional is not to castigate but encourage you.  “Seek first, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and you will be satisfied and grow spiritually.” 

As you grow, you become able to assist others along the way in their spiritual development.  There is no famine for the Word of God as long as we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  We are promised that He will not only “teach” us but “guide” us into all truth. 

Be encouraged and allow your spiritual hunger and thirst to become so intense that you cannot wait until the next feeding time, either on your own, via your local congregation, or through fellowship with other believers.  God wants you to be spiritually satisfied or fed and filled. 

Blessings as you enjoy this wonderful day in the Lord!

HIDDEN IN HIS PAVILION TENT…


Psalms 27:4-6 – “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.” NASB

The longer I live, the more things I encounter in life, and the more experiences I have with and in the Lord, the more I recognize the times and need for God to occasionally take me from the front lines of battle and hide me in His Pavilion Tent. 

In the battle, the King would have a tent in the middle of the Battlefield, and he would take the weary there for strategy.  God does that in our lives spiritually.  There are times, we are so battle fatigued, weak, discouraged, disillusioned, and even depressed that we need to an infusion of fresh vision and that’s where we find it.  He takes us from the “heat of the battle” into his Pavilion Tent and “refreshes us”. 

We are concealed from the enemy, untouchable by the powers of hell and from there we receive the infusion of strength, power, courage, and anointing to go back out into the battle and win the victory.  Sadly, sometimes we don’t hear the call to come aside for rest and try to be martyrs and push ourselves beyond the limit when He is calling for us to come inside and “rest”.  

Some feel guilty, saying – “There is too much to be done,” and “I must work while it is yet day for the night comes when no man can work.” They press on until exhaustion takes over and we lose our strength and are overcome by the forces of hell.  That’s not God’s way and never has been.  Burning out for Jesus is a good sounding statement but not very productive.

Learn to listen to your body, your mind, your spirit, your heart, and hear the voice of the Spirit of God inviting you to come into His Pavilion Tent and be refreshed.  The time spent there if it is an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year will prove to be far more valuable than staying in the battle when you are no longer at your optimum.  Don’t let the devil shame you into thinking that you are somehow being lazy or slothful but realize that it is the Lord’s design to “refresh” you to make you “better than ever” for the battle. 

If there is one thing that I have learned is that we need to enter the rest wherein the weary are made to rest and when we come out, we are not only refreshed we are emboldened and empowered in a new way.  That is part of learning to lean on Jesus. 

Therefore, as you go into the rest of this week I suggest it might be that now might be a time you need to “rest in the Lord” and allow the battle to rage without you in it.  You will have the opportunity to reenter and to do so with renewed vision, strength, grace, anointing, and power. 

Blessings in your labors for the Kingdom!  Have a spectacular week!