God doesn’t give us everything we want—He gives us everything we need. Sooo, are you okay with that?
We want more, bigger, better, faster—and it’s killing us!
There’s the story of a man fishing. Each morning he’d fish, then take time with his family all afternoon.
A businessman asked him, “How much do you make a day?”
The fisherman said, “Twenty-five a day.”
“Wow”, my friend said. “If you’d borrow the money, you could get more boats, hire more people and make a thousand dollars a day!”
“Why?” asked the fisherman.
“So you could take time off with your family.”
The fisherman replied, “But that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Why do we attempt so much? Why are we racing against the clock to make life count? Your answer will make all the difference!
Religion in the public square? Absolutely.
Any religion worth practicing has a public dimension!
Don’t be intimidated by those people who’re trying to get God out of the public square. A popular buzz is “separation of church and state.”
It’s not a phrase found in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. And it certainly isn’t in the Bible.
It was Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase—and it had an entirely different meaning in the 19th century than the way it’s being mis-used today.
God established three governments: the family, civil government, and church government. All three are founded on God, so there can be no separation of church and state.
All authority comes from God—and is only temporarily given to people who then loan power to elected officials.
God in the public square?
I’ve heard it said: It doesn’t matter what you believe—as long as you’re sincere!
It does matter what you believe about God.
A lot of people believe in God and yet act as if He didn’t exist.
They believe in God, but there’s no commitment to what He says in His Word.
They believe in God, but violate His ways.
They believe in God, but don’t want to be with Him or obey Him.
There is Truth; it does exist.
Listen up! It does matter what you believe about God.
God is not a fable or a myth—He is a reality.
And the Bible describes God with the Hebrew word: Adonai.
Lord! The Boss; the One in charge.
It fits because He is in charge.
And if God is in charge, guess who isn’t?
You and me!
Your biggest enemy may not be whom—or what—you think it is!
The apostle Paul put it bluntly to the Corinthian church in 2nd Corinthians 10, verses 4 and 5: He said: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” and . . . here’s the key phrase . . .
“we take captive and make them obedient to Christ.”
You have the ability to control your thought life. We all do.
But it takes discipline, understanding the work power of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the importance of God’s strength in your weakness.
Every thought captive. Every thought obedient to Christ.
It’s the mark of a maturing believer!
If you’re wondering—“Where’s God when I need Him?”
The truth is: God is sometimes most present when we feel He’s most absent!
Psalm 46:1 says God is an ever-present help in trouble, but as you and I both know—the dilemma is—it doesn’t always feel like it!
We’re mistaken if we assume God is only present when it feels like it . . . because the issue isn’t our feelings. The issue is His promise: He IS present. I admit, I’ve known many mature Christians who’ve wondered in the midst of a crises, “Where are you God?”
But I’ve never known a mature Christian who wasn’t able to see God’s presence after the trauma—after it was over.
Suddenly they looked back, and saw God’s footprints all over the place. Where is God? Here. Now—with you!
Whatever we’re excited about—we talk about!
Why then are we so silent about our faith in Christ?
What will compel us to express our personal faith . . . not as a concession, but as a norm?
In the New Testament, Peter and John were ordered to be silent!
They responded to persecution with the attitude: “do to us whatever you’re going to do—but we’re going to talk about Jesus!”
What a great model for us!
Many Christians are silent. The word “Jesus” frequently censored. His name can’t even be mentioned in some prayers today.
But how much of the censorship is self-censorship?
How much do we silence ourselves?
When we do, we deny Christ—and like Peter, we hear the crowing of the rooster in the background.
If you’re excited about Jesus—talk about it!
Live out your faith.