Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Worn out shoes...

"And He spake a parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised other:" Luke 18:9

Have you ever went to church to let others know how good you've been.

When you go to church, or get around others do you brag about what you have done for someone else?

When we become self righteous, this is dangerous, and can lead you further down the wrong road.

Self righteousness leads to pride and will eventually having others despise you.

Self righteousness will also prevent you from learning or hearing anything from God.

I showered and shaved, adjusted my tie.

I got to church sat down, in the seat next to mine, bowing his head in prayer, I saw the shoes of the man next to me.

Touching my own,

I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side. I thought, Why must our soles touch?

It bothered me, his shoe touching mine, it didn't bother him much.

A prayer began..I thought, this man with the shoes has no pride.

They're dusty, worn, and scratched, even worse, there are holes on the side!

Thank You for blessings, the prayer went on.

The shoe man said a quiet "Amen."

I tried to focus on the prayer....... My thoughts were wandering on his shoes again.

Aren't we supposed to look our best when walking through that door?

Well, this certainly isn't it, I thought, staring toward the floor.

Then the prayer ended praise and worship began.

The shoe man was certainly loud.

Sounding proud as he sang, his voice lifted the rafters, his hands were raised high.

The Lord could surely hear the shoe man's voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering, I gave mine faithfully, I watched as the shoe man reached into his pockets so deep.

I saw what was pulled, what the shoe man put in.

Then I heard a soft clink, as when silver hits tin.

My mind was not on the sermon, it was on the shoe man.

For the shoe man, only real tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of service I greeted this new visitor.

I felt moved somehow and wanted to meet the shoe man.

So after the closing prayer, I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark, his hair was truly a mess.

I thanked him for coming, for being our guest.

He said, My name is Charlie, glad to meet you, my friend.

There were tears in his eyes, he had a large, wide grin.

Let me explain, he said.... Wiping tears from his eyes, I've been coming here for months; and you're the first to say Hi.

I know that my appearance, is not like all the rest, but I really do try to always look my best.

I always clean and polish my shoes before my very long walk, by the time I get here they're dirty and dusty, like chalk.

My heart filled with pain, I swallowed to hide my tears, he continued to apologize, for daring to sit so near.

He said, when I get here, I know I must look a sight.

I thought if I could touch you, then maybe our souls might unite, I was silent for a moment.

Knowing whatever was said would pale in comparison, I spoke from my heart, not my head.

Oh, you've touched me, I said and taught me, in part...That the best of any man..is what is found in his heart.

Only if he knew just how thankful I really am that his dirty old shoe touched my soul...

Remember, everyone needs a friend.

Someday you might feel like you have no friends at all.

Just remember and take comfort in knowing that someone out there cares about you and always will.

You will never know who's life you will touch.

You never know who is watching your life to see how you react.

Don't let pride in your achievements cut you off from God!

"Then He said unto them, Ye are they, which justify yourselves before men: but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15 Geneva Bible of 1599

Don't be fooled for your sins are not hidden from God!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Through the simple things...

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." Galations 5:22

Seven year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes.

He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor.

He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.

Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated.

He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.

He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove and he didn't know how the stove worked!.

Suddenly, he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor.

Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.

And just then he saw Dad standing at the door.

Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon 's eyes.

All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess.

He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking.

His father just watched him.

Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process!

That's how God deals with us..

We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess.

Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or just can't stand our job, or our health goes sour.

Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do.

That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him.

Just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to make pancakes for God or for others.

Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we tried..

I was wondering if there were any wounds that needed healed between friends.

Friendships that need healing need only three little words to be said... "I love you" which can heal and bless and so many other things!

The power of your words work for you or against you.

Remind every one of your friends that you love them.

Even if you think they don't love back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a reminder like this can do.

Just in case I haven't told you lately... I LOVE YA!!!

Suppose one morning you were called to God; do all your friends know you love them?

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Wonderful Thought.

"Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"2 Samuel 7:18 New International version

Who am I Lord?

Why should it concern the mighty Creator of the universe?

We are but just a tiny fleck in a vast cosmos with no other prominence or prospects.

Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever felt as if you were the least?

Have you ever tried to walk away from friends, family or even parents or even God?

Did you know that even though you have tried to walk away from God, God is still walking with you.

Has that thought ever awestruck you?

Just the thought that God won't let you go.

There is really no way to express the gratitude just thinking about Him not letting us go of us.

God is there waiting for you and me alike.

Even if you feel as if you can't down any deeper, maybe even deeper than you have ever known before.

God is there waiting for you.

God is watching over you.

Even at the farthest point that you can get from God, He is there.

God is there welcoming you into His presence.

Humankind has this thing called GPS (Global Positioning System), which can pinpoint your position within a single yard.

GPS can only trail a living thing, but is powerless to follow a soul into eternity.

God will never lose sight of you even for an instant.

God will follow you from life to death and even into eternity!

What a wonderful thing.

No matter where we go, what we do, through our dreams, our fears, our moments of confusion He is there.

Have you ever took the time to stand and gaze at the stars?

Have you ever wondered how in the world, with all it's immensity that God knows who you are.

God know your heart.

God knows your dreams.

God knows your motives.

God even knows the longings that you have that you have not even told a soul about.

My friend, God knows you!

God has the full story, studied every line, even in between the lines.

God understands you far better than anyone could ever imagine.

God knows us better than we know our self.

When others misunderstand you, and I'm sure you will be misunderstood, make no mistake no one knows your heart any better than God.

God knows you already and He delights in your company.

Remember before you even say one word, you already have His full attention.

He is the best friend that you will ever have in this life or in eternity.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and their is s friend that sticketh closer than a brother."Proverbs 18:24 King James Version

Friday, March 13, 2009

No Wasted Days.

"Thine eyes did see me, when I was without form: for in Thy book were all things written, which in continuance were fashioned, when there were none of them before." Psalm 139:16 Geneva Bible of 1599

Do you ever feel worthless?

Do you ever feel that you hate yourself?

We must remember that God's Spirit is ready and willing to work in us and for us.

We also must remember to respect our self as much as our Maker does.

Anticipation, fear, hope, sadness, excitement, dread all find their way into our hearts.

We all come to that place in our life where our emotions make it difficult to choose between the options before us.

When this happens which happens a lot to most, we must take that all important step back and get a grip on something solid, reliable and unchanging.

We need to find that Anchor in the storm.

The Anchor that I'm talking about is God.

The all knowing, all seeing, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, God!

Everyday, every hour, every minute, every second, every moment is literally an open book to God.

God is never caught off guard, can never be surprised by anything that has happened, or might happen.

When you are trusting God, you have nothing to fear.

If your heart's desire is to please God and you are walking closely with Him, you should not worry about making the wrong choice.

God made you for a purpose, and He will always fulfill His purpose in the lives of His children.

"I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11 King James Version

When you walk with God, you don't have to worry about wasted days.

God had already recorded each one of your days in His book, before you were born.

God is inviting you to fulfill His purpose for your life.

Won't you trust Him to do so?

When you trust Him to fulfill His purpose for you life, you will be able to live everyday of the rest of your life full of confidence that He will direct your path.

Never forget that He has a specific purpose for you.

Yes, we are going to make mistakes.

Sure, we are not always going to be confident.

That does not mean that we need to sit back and do nothing.

We need to trust God to fulfill His purpose in our life.

Through it all!

"But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation." Psalm 13:5

We need to be like David.

We need to be steadfast in our faith.

We need to continue to trust God no matter how long it takes.

We need to continue to trust God for our every need, no matter what the need is or how great the need is.

We need to trust God for the right answer.

When we express our feelings and talk to God through prayer, He will help us regain the right perspective and will give us peace.

God's Word is flawless like refined silver.

So, let us listen carefully when He speaks.

God puts His character into each one of us.

God is with us through every situation, in every trial, He is protecting, loving, and guiding us.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8 King James Version

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Will you stand?

"For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 3:8

Ok, so things of this world are going to hell in a hand basket - is your faith also?

As Christians we are not to keep our eyes on worldly possessions, but on Christ.

He has our every need.

Most people traditionally tell you that the sky is the limit, that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to, that your success will depend upon dreaming big dreams and pursuing your goals with diligence.

I'm here to tell that God is what you need, He is everything you will ever need.

God wants us to run to Him for every situation.
God wants us to become totally dependant upon Him and Him alone.

A great deal of us go about our busy schedules not even asking for His guidance.

We would rather have that heavy burden to carry than to ask for help that He may sustain us, that He may bear our burdens.

"Come unto Me, and all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

God is telling you to come, and make use of His storehouse.

If we do not use the gifts and blessing that God has given us, then He and His gifts and blessings might just be the least most used.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that when we need any sort of help we go to others first for answers, when we should be going to God first and foremost.

We are to use our faith.

God wants us to run to Him, and tell Him all our needs, not just those we think He can handle, but ALL of our needs.

In those dark times when clouds just seem to hang above our head, He is the Sun of Righteousness.

"But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." Malachi 4:2

God is your shield, He is a shield of protection.

"Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head." Psalms 3:2-3

In this life you can so easily lose your way, you have let Him guide you.

"Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:" John 16:13a
If you don't know which way to turn, turn to Him, for He is your Shepherd.

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1

The word want in the previous sentence means lack.

We will never lack anything with God.

When you are on life's road, remember that God is all that you need.

Where ever you may go down this road of life, remember God is just what you need.

God is what we need, He is just where you need Him to be, even if you have walked with Him and have not called on Him in a while, He will be there.

No matter what you do....

No matter where you go....

There is one thing that you can count on; You do not walk alone.

"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I go from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139:7-9 New International Version

If you have trials, or you are free from them, make God your delight.

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he mediate day and night." Psalm 1:2

Sometimes answers are hard to come by.

There is only one answer that you can totally cling to with absolute, unwavering certainty.

God is with you every step of the way!

God who knows you intimately, loves you deeply, walks with you closely, and desires more for you than you could ever hope for or imagine.

He has filled you with life giving breath, will you not praise Him?

We must learn how to Worship in the midst of a trial, but even greater when we are not.

God is watching, listening and acting on our behalf even when it seems that He is nowhere to be found.

There is Someone out there who knows you even better than you know yourself.

Someone who cares profoundly about every detail of your life.

Someone who will place His on your shoulder and guide you.

This some one's name?


We must learn to get past our possessions, our worries, our griefs, even beyond our families and Worship the Almighty!

It is generally through these hangups that God will bring us to our knee's, in so bringing us to Him.

No one can come to the Father except he be drawn.

"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44

We must become totally dependant upon Him, it will be His power, His grace, and His presence at every moment.

When we go to bed, when we arise, while I'm in my house, when I out doing daily errands, My God is always with me.

I love the quote by Charles Spurgeon it says it best....

"With Him I travel, I dwell, I lodge, and I will live forever." - Charles Spurgeon

Will you stand with Him, not matter what life brings your way?

Will you stand and worship Him for the storm that you are in?

Will you stand and worship Him for all those storms that you are about to go through?

Will you lift your voice in the midst of every situation good or bad?

Will you lift your voice in praise?

Will you give to Him the glory that is rightfully His?

Can you stand with Peter and say all is but loss if I have not Christ.

"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him," Philippians 3:7-9a

May God, our faithful Lord and Shepherd, light your way and be your best friend forever!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Hand of God

The hand of the LORD has done this...Job 12:9

A number of years ago the most magnificent diamond in the history of the world was found in an African mine.

It was then presented to the king of England to embellish his crown of state.

The king sent it to Amsterdam to be cut by an expert stonecutter.

Can you imagine what he did with it?

He took this gem of priceless value and cut a notch in it. Then he struck it hard one time with his hammer, and the majestic jewel fell into his hand, broken in two.

What recklessness!

What wastefulness!

What criminal carelessness!

Actually, that is not the case at all.

For you see, that one blow with the hammer had been studied and planned for days, and even weeks.

Drawings and models had been made of the gem.

Its quality, defects, and possible lines along which it would split had all been studied to the smallest detail.

The man to whom it was entrusted was one of the most skilled stonecutters in the world.

Now do you believe that blow was a mistake?

No, it was the capstone and the culmination of the stonecutter's skill.

When he struck that blow, he did the one thing that would bring that gem to its most perfect shape, radiance, and jeweled splendor.

The blow that seemed to be the ruin of the majestic precious stone was actually its perfect redemption, for from the halves were fashioned two magnificent gems.

Only the skilled eye of the expert stonecutter could have seen the beauty of two diamonds hidden in the rough, uncut stone as it came from the mine.

Thought: Sometimes, in the same way, God lets a stinging blow fall on your life. You bleed, feeling the pain, and your soul cries out in agony. At first you think the blow is an appalling mistake. It is not, for you are the most precious jewel in the world to God.

He is the most skilled stonecutter in the universe.

Someday you are to be a jewel adorning the crown of the King.

As you lie in His hand now, He knows just how to deal with you.

Not one blow will be permitted to fall on your apprehensive soul except what the love of God allows.

You may be assured that from the depths of the experience, you will see untold blessings, and spiritual enrichment you have never before imagined.

"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah 28:16

Monday, March 02, 2009

What's going on?

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:7-9 KJV

What's going on the inside of you?

Have you made an commitment to serve God and now your at a stand still?

Have you ever told God that you would follow Him where ever He take you?

Have you thought at one point that you have given all your heart, mind and soul to God only to find out that you have not?

Has God been dealing with you, asking for more of you?

What has been the out come?

You know in your heart that living for God is the most fulfilling thing that has ever happened to you.

So why now do you worry about giving the rest of yourself to God?

Could it be that you are scared?

What is there to be scared of - living a life for God is the best, most fulfilling thing that could ever happen to you.

Do not change your life for someone that you barely know, change it cause you want that change for yourself.

God is the author of change, He is the one whom gives you that desire for change.

We do not have enough of our own strength to get us through this life.

Our personal power, strength is limited, but God's power is infinite.

God is waiting for you to strop trying to do it yourself.

He want to be in total control of your life.

He wants you to give back to Him what was His from the very beginning.

So what you waiting on?

Go ahead and tell Him.

Not my will, but Your will O Lord.

Even I am guilty of being afraid of turning my life completely over to Him.

He is the greater will, so why do I fret?

We seek guidance, but when the answer comes we don't always wanna hear what is said.

God has had our lives in His hand even before the foundation of the world, do you not think that He knows what your going through right now.

We must except whatever He has planned for us, the good, the bad, and even the ugly.

What ever life may throw at our way, we must trust that He is in control!

"Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34 KJV

We must trust God, that He will give us the strength to deal with it.

There is a song that I have run across and it has a lot to say with this situation, here goes...

I'm Counting on God - By Jared Anderson"

I'm in a fight not physcial I'm in a war not of this world
You are the light that beautiful
And I want more.
I want more that's Yours.

Joy unspeakable that won't go away

Just enough strength to live for today
So I never has to worry what tomorrow will bring
My faith is on solid rock.
I'm counting on God!I'm counting on I'm counting on God!
In the miracle of Christ in me

Is the mystery that sets me free
I'm nothing like I used to be
Just open up your eyes you'll see.

I'm counting on God!
I'm counting on I'm counting on God!"

We must put our faith first!

We must learn to put our faith in whatever Goad has for us!

We must love God unconditionally.

We must trust that He will give each of us the strength to deal with whatever comes our way.

We must have that commitment to serve Him unconditionally.

"Though none go with me,
Still I will follow
No turning back
No turning back"

Can you say that and mean it?

Do you have the faith to say that?

If you can it will be the best most thrilling decision you've ever made.

"Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isaiah 55:2