Day 13: 50 Days of Impact

We look at other countries or even our own and wonder who put this person in charge. Are the even qualified to run this place? There are different ways to deal with this; 1) There are those who actively oppose them either with protesting and in some cases violence. 2) Those who just take it, they know it will pass and although they may not like it what can they do. 3) lastly there are those who flee for their live.

We need to flee into the arms of Jesus. Then and only then can we actively oppose the enemy that is destroying this world. We are not called to be passive, but to fight the enemy from within is hopeless. Only free people can free people.

 

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.” Psalms 5:11 NLT

All over the world there are millions of displaced people’s, we call refugees. Driven out of their homes by wars or cruel dictators and their armies. They flee in hopes of a new life somewhere else where things can be ” normal”.

Non-believers are living a life full of internal wars, and living a life lead by a mad dictator whose only desire is to keep them from finding the truth that they are heading towards destruction. These people need to have their eyes opened to the sin that infects their lives. As believers, we need to share the love of Jesus who is offering them not just refugee status but citizen status for anyone who would cry out to him for help. He came to rescue them from the path to destruction.

This mad dictator who is running their lives has convinced them that they are good enough, so much so that even when presented with the truth of Jesus they dismiss it as something for the weak person and not for them. We need to work even harder to break this chain of complacency in the lives of those around us. We need to display a life of joy and peace that can only come from Jesus.

Jesus, soften the hearts of those who need you, give us words to displace the lies that the enemy has build into their lives. Give us wisdom to use the right words at the right time, things that we would never know without the discernment of the Holy Spirit. We want to bring people to know you and to be free from the path of destruction. They matter to you and they matter to us. Amen

 

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact
 
Unless you are asleep under a rock or are a hermit in the woods (in both cases why are you on the internet), you know that this world is going crazy. Hatred for fellow mankind which we hope is going runs deep in many, they think of themselves greater then others. Here is the problem and I will say it over and over again, we are so focused on the symptoms and side effects but we fail to see the sickness, Sin. Like a weed unless we destroy the root it will continue to work its way back into our society.
 
The awesome part is that Jesus already defeated the root of sin, he has power over sin. We are foolish to believe that just coming together against sin in our own power will lead to any big changes. All the rallies, policies, vigilantly justice or your social media outcries can do nothing to stop sin. Until people fall to their knees and cry out to Jesus to rescue them the cycle of sin will continue until Jesus returns.
 
 
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?”
Proverbs 6:6-9 NLT
We are in summer, it isn’t time to be sun bathing. Wake up! Jesus is returning soon! Are you ready? Are you sharing with others the hope you have in Christ? Wake up! Don’t be like the foolish virgins who have empty lamps when the groom returns. Fill them up. Wake up! Church are we asleep at the wheel? Wake up! There is a world, a country, a community, a neighbor who needs to know about Jesus. Wake up! Where is our passion for the lost, why are we so apathetic to the cause, everyone needs Jesus. Wake up!
Holy Spirit, we need an influx of passion for the lost. Give us a desire and grieve our hearts for the people who need Jesus. Give us wisdom and determination to just do it. Help us put our pride aside, we need to reach the people who don’t know you. Not to grow our personal church but to grow your CHURCH. If we want to see things change we need to be changed first. Amen
 

Day 11: 50 Days of Impact

Things are happening daily in this world that we would easily describe as tragedies. Others are not so much tragedies but purposeful acts of evil that no one can explain away. They will point the blame and blame a group of people but they never truly understand what is the cause behind it all. Sin, it is the backbone of the evil in this world, its goal is to confuse, constrict and keep people so distracted to who God is. How will our reactions as believers impact those watching?

 

“People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.”

Ecclesiastes 9:12 NLT

 

Tragedy comes to everyone. Cancer, death, strokes, car accidents, suicides, murder, job losses, unexpected expenses, theft, and many other things constitute tragedy. These things can hit the beloved and unbeliever alike.

 

We as believers take these life events no less hard. It is all in how we react to them that will determine how we survive them.

We grieve when we need to grieve. Fight when we need to fight. But the awesome reality is we don’t do it alone. We have a father who comforts us and a family we can come to lean on.

 

Let us be that comfort to those around us who don’t know Jesus. Show them the love in the tragedy. Be the friend they need. They need to see us as friends and not enemies.

Sin is here to keep people away from God, it is our nature to enjoy those pleasures, but our purpose is to connect with the creator. Until we do that we will never be satisfied with life.

If today you are wanting to surrender to Jesus, asking him to forgive you of sin and free you from its bondage, I encourage you to just talk to him. There is no magic prayer, no mantra you must repeat. It is your heart he is looking at when you talk to him. If you make this change I encourage you to find a church that is invested in God and plug into a family of believers.

 

Jesus, we all know people who are hurting, help us to share your love to them in their grief and despair. Let them know they are loved by you and your family. Jesus, I am sorry for the things I have done, forgive me of my sins, I surrender my life to you. Amen

 

Day 3: 50 Days of Impact

I am starting to realize that one on one with people I am strangers with is not my expertise. In a setting I am comfortable in, or around those I know I am great. But to walk up to someone I don’t know and start sharing, that’s dis-comfortable for me. So I am not great at talking to strangers, but I have so many people that I am comfortable with that I am still timid in my sharing of faith? Why? It has a lot to do with our inert desire to be wanted, and we are thinking that if we share this topic we may be rejected. Lets face the facts, they are not rejecting you.

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:17-18, 23 NIV

I thank God, every say for the gift of salvation. I would not want the wages of sin. But the thought I have today is, are we concerned at all about those around us who haven’t received the gift of salvation?

I find it difficult to bring up Jesus in conversation. I don’t know why, He us important to me. Why have we become a society where it is taboo to talk about our saviour? Why are we so concerned with how we will look to others or how they may react if we share our faith?

Maybe we have been burned or seen others burned, but those are only temporary, we will bounce back.

So the challenge I give myself first and then to you is this.

Take the time to talk to at least one person about Jesus in the next three days. Step outside your comfort zone. Be bold and brave, take some time each morning to ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart with the words to speak. He will give you many opportunities if you will take them. Them come back to this post and share your stories to help encourage others to share about Jesus. In sharing we build each other up.

 

Dear Jesus, our challenge today is to share our faith. I know that is your command to us but sometimes we forget or are to timid to do it. Challenge our hearts to be doers and not just followers. They need to know the truth because they matter to you so they matter to me. Amen

 

Day 46: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 46: Things haven’t changed much in the last 2 years. People are busy with their own projects, and that is okay. Expanding this off Facebook has opened my work up to many more fine folks. I am praying that those of you who read this are encouraged. Feel free to share what you have found here and let me know what 50 Days of Pray means to you.

DAY FORTY-SIX

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. (1 Corinthians 15:58 MSG)

When I started 50 Days of Pray, I had visions of an explosion of interest. I had hope that I would get local and outside pastors/speakers/authors to provide devotionals. When that didn’t pan out the way I thought, I had a choice, I would do the devotionals myself, (thanks to the two guests devotionals I did receive).

Maybe at the start I was feeling like what had I started was a large task I wasn’t ready to handle myself. But God has shown me many things in the past 6 weeks. I know my time spent sharing insights with you isn’t wasted time.

So I say all this to encourage you, if you have a project or mission that God has laid on your heart, don’t be afraid to stand firm, dig in and see what God can do. Don’t be discouraged if right away people don’t get behind your vision. Stand firm. We don’t live for praise from man, if you are doing things that line up with Gods holy bible, then have faith that He is watching with a smile and that nothing you do is a wasted effort.

Dear Jesus, help us to stand firm in the visions or missions You have given us. If we have been given one and are afraid to make the first step towards starting it I pray that You will give that extra boost of confidence to move forward on it, knowing that it will not be wasted time. Bless us in our endeavors in furthering and strengthening Your kingdom. Amen

Day 43: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 43: Prayer is a powerful avenue we are given by God as a way to connect with Him. Like anything, it is on good if we use it. Many people will tell you that they will pray for you or a situation, but to take the time aside to actually pray is another story altogether. You generally know someone is praying for you when they gently bring it up in conversation. Not the bragging type, but someone who honestly cares and shows it in the way they communicate. You can tell they care and their actions match their words. 
 
Day Forty-Three
 
Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend travelling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’
 
“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’ “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbours, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. (Luke 11:5-9 MSG)
 
Jesus gave this story after teaching His disciples how to pray. In it He shows us two principles of prayer.
 
Ever hear some teaching on claim your prayers? They will say your prayers weren’t answered because you prayed them too much and your faithlessness surrounding God answered it wasn’t there? This story teaches to be persistent in your prayers to the Father. If you need it, then keep asking for it. Don’t stop. Persisting in pray will let God know how important it is Your life. If my kids asked me for a swimming pool, but only asked once, would I think they really needed one? But if they kept at me, every day, drawing me pictures, and expressing their need over and over, day after day, I might just get them a pool. 
 
The other thing I see in this story is the man was only asking for what he needed. He asked for three loaves of bread go feed his friend a probably his family. The man could have started making a specific request for speciality items, meat, veggies or whatever else. But he went straight to the point and asked for just what he needed to get the job done. Are we asking for more than we need? Would we be satisfied with less but asking for way more than we need?
 
Dear Jesus, help us to learn to ask, seek and knock more. Help us to be persistent in prayer. Show us how to be satisfied with what we receive. Maybe sometimes we don’t see our prayers answered because You give us what we need and not exactly what we asked for. I ask Jesus that You provide me what I need. Amen
 

Day 42: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

 Thoughts on Day 42: We as a people are, for the most, part quick to jump all over someone when they do something wrong. We see this today especially with the media quick to run stories not always checking the facts. These stories, rumours, half truths or even full truths can break trust between the best of friends.  We quickly lose trust and our opinion fades. But is this just one incident? If a limb on you tree dies or is sick you don’t chop down the whole tree? No, you prune the sick or dead part and encourage it to grow again and live. I say this because I feel that many people have seen faith as sick or dying due to one or two incidents or experiences, and instead of pruning the bad part they just chopped the whole tree down in their lives and moved away from it. I am here to tell you that they never got it all and the roots are still there waiting.

DAY FORTY-TWO

But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God! But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. (Romans 10:14-17 MSG)

Are you trusting that Gods word is for everyone? Do you care that there are lost people out side your door? Do you truly believe that Jesus wants to save the lost? Or do you think that some people are beyond saving?

Our actions truly speak louder than words, but it doesn’t mean we should be silent. When we walk the walk, we need to be able to talk the talk. Back it up.

One of the hardest things I am coming to realise is that people’s trust and respect for you can be lost in one action or deed. Someone may have high regard for you, and when you screw up, because we are still human, and do something opposed to our normal character, how quickly they are to judge and say something like “well that’s not very Christian of you”.

We should then apologize for our actions, and if we are sincere, then continue on, if they choose to keep that view of us from now on there is little we can do but keep on walking in Christ and pray they will see that one or two moments in time does not define who we are.

But pushing past that, are you a sight that takes others breath away? Meaning, when someone sees you, or talks to you, are you different than the world or do you conform? When around the water cooler and a dirty joke is told do you stay and laugh or do you excuse yourself from the situation? When you see a fault at work do you work to correct it or bring it to a superior’s attention, or do you just ignore it?

All these things and more are show people around you who you are. If they can trust you, then when you tell them about the God whom you trust in, they will be more willing to trust Him.

Dear Jesus, am I trustworthy to my peers and in my job? Do people see the trust I have in You? I want to be trustworthy in the life You have given me so that other will see the love and trust I have in You. Please share with me the trust I need to make my life a mirror of Yours. Amen