What’s on the inside?
Often when you look at something from the outside you can determine what is on the inside. If you look at a Mercedes Benz from the outside, you know the interior is going to look good on the inside.
I remember going to a nice two story mansion years ago; it was in the nicest part of Pasadena, Texas in the River Oaks Addition. It must have cost, a million dollars. From the outside it was gorgeous. Pillars lined the front with large windows all around the house. It was a dream house. When we went inside, we had the shock of our lives, there was barely any furniture and nothing hung on the walls. They had bought too much house and could not afford to furnish the inside.
This is often how we do with our lives. We fix up our bodies; keeping in shape, dressing nice, making ourselves look the best outwardly, but what about inside? How come we do not take as much care of our inside?
The Psalmist prayed, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12)
We sometimes have faults that no one but God can see. We are notorious for sweeping our sins under the rug while keeping the rug vacuumed. Maybe we should clean out from under the rug first and then take care of the rug itself.
Child of God, we must take extreme care that we do not harbor secret faults. The eyes of the Lord are every where. He sees even the deep crevices of the heart. Ask the Lord to search your heart and when he reveals the secret faults, ask for forgiveness and clean them up.
Do you ever get tired of being busy?
Isn’t it funny how we fill our lives with activity but somehow, we wind up regretting it? Our lives are cluttered with so many types of “things” that we are distracted from the things of the Lord.
We have our kids and grandkids in sports. School programs and extra jobs we must do. The list doesn’t end there. We have the “things” that must be done around the house and yet we still have to make room for all the church “things”. Sometimes we feel more important if our calendars are filled with “things”.
Speaking of calendars, where on your calendar is your time of prayer? I know you have appointments, but do you have an appointment with the Lord. You may have doctor’s appointments to go to, but do you have an appointment to spend time with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ?
It has always amazed me that even in the church we keep the calendars full of activities but yet being busy doesn’t mean that we are somehow more spiritual or more alive. Look at our weekly calendar at the church and find that we have thirty minutes dedicated to prayer out of a week of activities. Is it the same in our lives?
We seem to schedule the most important element (prayer) out of our lives only to find ourselves too tired to pray. Too tired to read the Word.
I challenge you to slow down your life long enough to make sure that your relationship with God comes first. Your prayer life is more important than activities and even more important than church ministry. Everything you do in life should come after Prayer. Adjust your life around spending time with God and watch your life be changed.
I am excited to begin a new series tonight dealing with the topic of Spiritual Warfare. In the last couple of months, this has been on my heart and mind and believe the timing is right to dig into God’s Word and see that God has given us victory over the enemy of our souls. We serve a powerful and good God who will help us through the battles of life. I believe it will be a life changing study for many people.
Here is the video from the message Leave Your Waterpots.
What if today was the day for God to turn your circumstances around?
The amazing thing about life is that things can change in a matter of seconds. Sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad, but let’s dwell on the good. You may have gone to bed with burdens weighing you down. Maybe your worries keep you awake and you wonder will God ever come through for you. All that can change in an instant!
In reading through the Psalms I stumbled across a verse that talks about the tables turning. Sometimes we just need God to turn the tables to our favor.
Psalm 30:11, “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”
This sounds good doesn’t it? What you are facing today can be turned around. There is nothing impossible with God! Life certainly gets us down but it doesn’t have to keep us down. We may fret at times but we do not have to live in fear. We may be hurting on the inside but God wants to turn your mourning into dancing.
You may go to bed crying but you can wake up in the morning praising God for His goodness. You never know what a new day holds. His mercies are new every morning and joy comes in the morning.
Life changes in an instant! Your trials could be over before you know it. Just trust God and let him turn your mourning into dancing. Be of good cheer friend, God is in the turn around business. Your turn around is right around the corner!