Posted in A Few Thoughts on September 30, 2010|
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Many years ago someone much older and wiser than me, offered a piece of sound advice that I gladly embraced. In effect they said, “Behaviors are obvious, motives are not. Don’t judge someone’s behaviors, or their motives.”
Only God knows the thoughts and intentions of our heart. Isn’t it true that at times we don’t even know what our motives are? Sometimes are motives are as clear as daylight! Sometimes our motives are hidden beneath layers and layers of unresolved issues and life experiences. Thankfully God knows how to get to the bottom of things and in time, He does.
Have you ever asked God, “Lord, why do I repeatedly do that certain thing? Will You show me the source of it? What are the roots or the motives that fuel the behavior?” And then trust Him to show you. It doesn’t take years and years of psychotherapy to get at the root of something. God knows your heart and knows your motives and He desires to set you free. Take it to the Lord and trust (wait) Him to untangle you.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.(A)
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Posted in A Few Thoughts on September 11, 2010|
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When the Lord begins to move things around in your life, nothing is nailed down… Or another way to put that is the abandoned life means you abandon all to God.
On August 31, 2010, I resigned from Inspirational Family Radio in Boise, Idaho. The Lord impressed upon my heart that I was to go out to frontier and rural communities to encourage 1) devotion to God and 2) prayer. At the time I was still hosting Intercessions, a live prayer program. It looked as though that was still nailed down, but on Tuesday, September 7, the Lord made it clear that I was done with radio, at least for the time being. Imagine my surprise…
We aired the last Intercessions radio program yesterday, Friday, September 10. It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, because the Lord had put His deep love in my heart for each listener and I knew that the connection “over the air” was ending.
The team at KBXL will be working with other community partners to keep prayer on the air, but it will probably look a little different. The Lord will lead. If you are a KBXL/KSPD listener, I want to tell you thank you for tuning in and being such a valuable part of what the Lord is doing through the airwaves. I sure appreciate you!
“Where to now, Lord?” I’m on His timetable and in His charge. Wherever He goes, I will follow. Next week, I’m scheduled to be in Cascade and Glenns Ferry fanning the flames of prayer and devotion to God. Stay tuned… God is on the move in North America!
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I just had the most hilarious conversation with my mom. We were talking this morning about gravity thinking that seems to be so rampant in the Church today. We want to take up wings of faith and fly and soar with the Lord, but we either have gravity thinking or superman thinking, both of which prevent us from actually taking off the ground. My 80 year old mom said, “Yes, how many little kids have hit the ground thinking they were superman?” We laughed so hard she almost knocked over her cereal bowl.
This week I turned in my resignation at the radio station (I’m still on the air for Intercessions). Why? Because God is calling me to encourage sold-out devotion to Him and spark prayer among believers in frontier and rural communities (or any open door). I don’t exactly know when, where, or how, but He’ll show me.
For the past six months He’s been preparing me for this leap. He told me to JUMP on August 31…the date of my last paycheck from the station. All week long I was struggling with gravity thinking: what if… And because of the overwhelming sound of the LORD’S voice, evidenced by repeated confirmations that even an atheist couldn’t have missed, I picked up my faith wings and jumped off the cliff.
The joy and confidence of the LORD is incredible! I have no idea how things are going to turn out, but I refuse to borrow tomorrow’s challenges today. My today includes the minute I’m standing in right now! Trust GOD!
And one more thing before I exit my writing screen, God has been revealing the idols in my life. Like the idols of needing people’s approval, comfort and financial security, worry and anxiety. This is how idols manifest in our lives: when we worry, we dedicate our thinking to worrying and we become consumed with the thing we are worrying about and our focus and attention is about the worry and our life. Are we able to focus on God during those sinful episodes? Not. Can we fully worship God when we are wrapped up in our worrying? Not. What’s an idol? Anything we are dedicated to at the expense of being fully dedicated to God. And all the idols in our lives keep our faith grounded and keep us from trusting in God. Gravity thinking.
O Lord, clear our temple of idols and vain imaginations that keep us from a full devotion to You. Bring them to mind so we can confess, repent and move on to Your purposes, for Your glory. In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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