The Mirror

I am pretty sure that most of you who are reading this, have looked in a mirror today. Perhaps to fix your hair, shave, or make sure you look presentable before leaving the house. After all, one of the habits the majority of people have, is looking into the mirror daily.

Just think of where we would be, if we never looked in the mirror. Disheveled hair, overgrown or unmaintained facial hair, a lack of make up for the ladies, or even makeup that doesn’t look right, because who can put on makeup without a mirror? A mirror is important to our lives as it has been for centuries.

A mirror in our bathroom is a habit, but it shouldn’t be our only mirror. In fact, the most important mirror for our lives which should be a daily habit for us, is the Word of God. The Bible is a mirror that we gaze into in order to see how we need to clean up, fix up, or change our heart and lives.

Paul told Timothy that the Word of God corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). In essence, Paul is saying that the Scriptures are a mirror to show us how to live. This is a thought that I have been mulling over for quite some time. I have a daily habit of reading the Bible. It is one of the first things I do in the morning, but if I only read it and never look into it as a mirror, it will not have an effect on my life.

Over the last couple of months, I have been seeking to change my approach to the Word of God from just reading to actually seeking, even more, to allow it to change me in areas I need some work on. I read a chapter of Proverbs every day meaning I read through the book 12 times a year. Believe me, the more I read it, the more I see the things I need to change. One day, I will learn to get my tongue, among other things, under control. 🙂

There are two passages of Scripture that are my starting point. These places in the Bible are the mirror I gaze into that helps me see the many things I need to work on. The first one is a mirror to see how I am loving. Beginning with my wife, then my children, then to everyone else. Looking in this mirror daily helps me keep a constant check on my heart.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wrongedIt does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (I Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)

Go through each of these traits of love every day and it will give you something to work on.

I also look at the Beatitudes to help me check my attitude. I like the way the AMPLIFIED BIBLE words this passage in Matthew 5. It gives a little more clarity to the things that Jesus challenges us to make a part of our lives. Again, these things are a mirror for us to see how we are doing spiritually.

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted]. “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied. “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God. “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God. 10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

If you are like me, there are some of these things that we need to work on. Check this list daily.

I believe every Christian needs to keep a regular tab on their hearts. The only way we can make sure we are living the way Christ intended is by using the Bible as our mirror. Solomon said that we need to guard our hearts, for it is the well spring of life (Proverbs 4). The Psalmist showed us the way that we can guard our hearts; searching it. Search your hearts and see if their is any unpleasing way in there (Psalm 139:23-24). You can start searching by looking in the mirror.


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Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

100 Year Anniversary of the AG

I am grateful to be a part of this great fellowship. For 19 years I have been licensed to preach with the Assemblies of God and I am proud to be an AG minister.

I am a part of this denomination because I believe in it. I believe in what it stands for and what it holds as meaningful to the heart of God. It is evident that God has blessed the Assemblies of God these 100 years. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident in the churches of this great church. 100 years ago, men and women of God decided to start a movement that would be passionate about the Word of God, preaching, missions and the moving of the Spirit.

I, for one, am thankful for their obedience. It was in an Assembly of God church that I surrendered my life to Christ and found His delivering power. It was in this church that I discovered my calling to preach. It was in this movement that I have pastored for 18 years.

The Assemblies of God has been good to me.

Hungry Hearts

ImageIn our culture, we feed what’s hungry.  Before hunger pains settle in, we feed ourselves.  Generally, we don’t just feed ourselves for nourishment, we eat what tastes good or what we crave.  Our bodies are conditioned to crave certain things and it is those things that drive our hunger.

It is for this reason, that I have been around many tables at restaurants discussing the good foods at other places.  I have been eating Mexican food at lunch and our conversation turns to what is for dinner.  Not only do we crave things, we anticipate our next craving.  Hungry people always want to avoid hunger.

When it comes to the things of God, our hungry heart can lead to more than your mind can comprehend.  Jesus said, “They that hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.”  He guarantees that we will be filled when we are hungry.

I have been pastoring in the Assemblies of God for 18 years.  We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues.  We believe this is a gift from God for those who seek Him.  It is not something He withholds or measures out. In fact, the Bible says God gives the Spirit without measure.

In these 18 years I have seen many people filled with the Holy Spirit, and many more that walked away having not received.  Was there a difference between the people seeking? Most of the time, yes.  The difference is all in the heart.  Those who are filled are hungry.  So hungry that they truly believe that can’t live without the baptism in the Spirit.  They have convinced themselves, rightly, that this experience will make a difference in their Christian life. Indeed, it makes all the difference.  Many people never receive because they might want the baptism in the Spirit but it is not necessarily the most important thing in their life.

Can you go to Heaven without being filled? Absolutely.  Jesus died on the Cross for our sins and it is only through His shed blood that we can enter Heaven.  His resurrection and ascension to Heaven, however, secured for us an experience that is subsequent to our salvation.  It is an additive.  God has more for the believer and those who are hungry shall be filled.

I witnessed today how God fills the hungry.  I was asked yesterday if I would be willing to pray for someone that wanted to be baptized in the Spirit.  They don’t attend our church. They live in another town.  They drove here today just to receive the baptism.  Friend, I prayed hard before they got here. “Lord, don’t let them leave disappointed. Fill them!” He answered.  This precious saint walked into my office and said, “Bro. Danny, I want the gift of tongues. I want to be filled with the Spirit.”  After a little encouragement and teaching, we laid hands on her and guess what? God answered!  He filled her.

She revealed that she had been hungry for months and had been praying for this and she came today knowing that it was going to be “the day”.  How did she receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit? She had a hungry heart.

When we get to a place in our Christian walk that we want all God has for us and we can’t live without it anymore, God begins to pour out His blessing.  When we are hungry for Him to the degree that He is the only thing that satisfies, we will be filled.  With all this world has to offer and the entanglements that our lives have, we find that our affections become divided.  When God has our undivided attention and we focus on Him, great things will happen.

If you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, hunger for it. Pray for it.  Seek Him for it.  You’ll be surprised how quickly He will answer.