Paint a Painting with Your Life Everyday

Part 2 of 2
By Pastor Dave     

          Those of you who read this are probably go getters.  You get up in the morning and you are on the run with things to do.  We all have responsibilities and deadlines.  But I want you to consider something.  Put a moment in your moments as someone once taught me.  Fathers, your children will grow up quickly.  I find that there are moments of opportunity and if we don’t look for them we will miss them and they will be gone forever.  We will always be busy.

           I remember once when I was young and poor and struggling to make it in life, I had bought a fixer upper house and I was putting siding on the house, which I bought for 75% off.  I had never worked with siding before and in the evening after work I was working on it by myself.  Always pressed for time I was trying to finish up when just about a half hour before dark, I saw my daughter and the neighbor kids playing football in my backyard.  I had to get the siding done and I could hear the kids yelling and having fun.  Silly but I found myself in a struggle.  I need to finish but I saw a moment to spend precious time with my daughter.  I could see them playing and I would look at the piece of siding in my hand and the work that needed done and then I would look out in the backyard and see the kids playing.  I would look back and forth and finally I threw the siding down and went and played football.  I got the siding done soon after but realized I had made the best decision with my daughter and that would go a long way toward reaching my daughter.  I believe there are a hundred missed moments that could be used in reaching our children with our love, influence, and time that could be lost forever. [Read more…]

Paint a Painting with Your Life Everyday

Part 1 of 2
By Pastor Dave

          Life is short, seize the moment, no regrets are all sayings on how we should live our lives. But life becomes so busy and we are so driven by our schedules and our moments with our children and dearest loved ones that God can easily be last in the business of a day.  Oswald Sanders said, “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.”  I have truly enjoyed my life since I became a Christian 40 year ago.  I have tried to make the best of each day but sometimes life moves so fast that it is hard to taste it. [Read more…]

Restlessness

Part 2 of 2
By Pastor Dave

          We do not have to perform anymore or prove anything.  We are loved by God and that great truth when we get saved will be all the rest we ever will need if we can appropriate it properly.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  All that is left after salvation is to learn how to live in the Spirit, in his power not ours, his wealth not ours, and his greatness not ours.  We can become secure in ourselves from the inside out because he is secure in himself.  Christ gives us his wisdom, his grace, his holiness, his powers, his peace and his rest.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7.). [Read more…]

Restlessness

Part 1 of 2
By Pastor Dave

          It appears to be more prevalent in some people but I wonder if we all have restlessness in us even though we may not show it in a grand way.  If Jesus said come unto me and I will give you rest, doesn’t it seem that Jesus knows that we lack rest in our spirit and we are restless creatures?

          Have you ever felt that there is something missing in your life?  You feel trapped in a place you do not want to be, in a relationship you want to be out of or a job you hate and you want to do something else with your life?  You are restless!  Have you ever set a goal and you reached it and at first it seemed gratifying but as you gazed out from the mountain you have just climbed, you feel a little empty?  The rush seemed to fade away like moving dew.  From your vista you can see someone climbing a bigger mountain than you climbed.  You see them standing at the top and you feel hollowness and you are off to find a bigger mountain to climb.  You are restless!  Isn’t it our goal to be top in our field and to accomplish more than any of our predecessors?  Many times when we get there we seem so unfulfilled.  I am not talking about dreams or goals that come from God.  These are very good and give us purpose in our journey.  I am talking about that gnawing knot inside of you that is never satisfied. [Read more…]

The Victim

Part 4 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          As Christians playing the victim, it blocks us from dealing with sin in our life as well as blocks our process of growth to become more like Christ.  When we face our sin and seek forgiveness, we reopen the fellowship with God and man.  Joy returns and the growth process starts again.  It is in these times we make our greatest spiritual advancements.  David said in Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. David had faced his sin, took the blame, and asked for forgiveness.  He was ready to do things God’s way again.  I believe in the contrite heart that David was referring to when he said in Psalm 51:17 A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. [Read more…]

The Victim

Part 3 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          The night I got saved was the pivotal part of my salvation.  I saw in my heart how I had offended God and it was my sins alone that put me in that situation.  I remember feeling the weight of that thought, having no more excuses.  I thought it was God’s fault that I became an orphan.  Where was he?  That night I realized God answers to no man but every man answers to God.  I simply stopped making excuses.  I said you are right God and I am wrong.  I am a helpless sinner with no hope.  When I did that and when you do that, salvation is at the door.  God then offers Christ as your only hope.  That is why Jesus said in John 10:9 I am the door.   We cannot receive salvation until we have come to the point that we see we need it and get honest about our sin and agree with God.  We are sinners and need a Saviour.  That’s repentance as in Luke 13:3 “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” In bringing us to the position of no hope in our repentance, we are then pointed to our only hope.  It is only then we shed the victim in regard to salvation.   Our sins are taken away when we ask for forgiveness from the one who knows no sin and truly was the victim for our sins but did not play the victim.  He was as a lamb to the slaughter and bore our sins on the cross for us so we would not face eternal damnation.  He gave his life for our life so we could give our lives to him for all eternity.  We no longer play the victim but have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [Read more…]

The Victim

Part 2 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          Do not eat of the tree in the center of the garden.  There was only one tree in the whole garden they were not to eat from.  The command was broken and instead of saying I was wrong and I disobeyed, Adam said, “It’s your fault God because you gave me this woman.”  This is pure victim mentality.  The victim mentality is rooted in our basic nature as human beings and I write about it because it affects all of our relationships.  It blocks the pathway to restoration, forgiveness, and peace with God and our fellow human beings. [Read more…]

The Victim

Part 1 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          If there is one thing I hear when I counsel it’s the phrase “I’m the victim.”  It can also be called shifting the blame or making excuses for your wrongs.  Sometimes it is said outright but often it is veiled many ways by saying “What else could I do?” or “You don’t understand my circumstances.”  This syndrome is nothing new.

          It started in the garden when Adam said in Genesis 3:12 The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.  Two things happened at that time.  The first victim card was played.  Adam said, “God, this is your fault, not mine.  If you would not have given me Eve this would not have happened.”  Sound familiar?  The second thing that happened was that Adam sold out his wife at first chance.  He threw Eve under the bus before God no less.  No wonder we have had friction between men and women through the ages. [Read more…]

Brokenness

Part 7 of 7
By Pastor Dave

          The fifth way brokenness comes is in singing.  When we raise our voices in his praise, brokenness can come.  It is a melodious way to brokenness.  Its beauty, its doctrine, its focus on the God of all creation allows brokenness to come.  Sometimes it comes in conviction, sometimes in unbridled worship and praise.  Brokenness comes when we stand in awe of God and when we sing and a wave of gratitude floods our souls for his love for us and our unworthiness.  People raise hands and often weep in his presence as the music depicts the glory of the Savior and his tender mercies and sacrifices for his poor, fallen, and depraved creatures who stare in wonder as to why he would love us so when we are so undeserving.  This is brokenness in its tenderest form when the bowels let loose and emotions sometimes become uncontrollable.  It is so exhausting, so consuming, and so sweet. [Read more…]

Brokenness

Part 6 of 7
By Pastor Dave

          The fourth way brokenness can come is in the stillness and quietness of our thoughts or as some may put it “our meditation on him and his word.”  As the Psalmist put it Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation (Psalm 119:99). When we think and meditate on God, if brokenness has not come, it will.

          We live in such a busy world clamoring for our attention.  This clamor actually can keep us from God even though we are in business for God.  We are afraid to be alone in our thoughts.  God’s word says Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). In this time of stillness and meditation, his presence and glory is magnified.  That is why Philippians 4:8 says Think on these things. There is power in the scripture and we must not only memorize it, but mediate on it.  A formal plan of meditation I learned looks like this: [Read more…]