Jesus knew that the journey would be a long one and so did his Father in Heaven. But once he made the decision to follow the planned route, the Father blessed him with a spiritual energy boost, filling his spiritual tanks. Are your tanks filled?
There came a deciding point in Jesus’ life when he had to double check the map and make his decision about which way he would go. Was he going to go to the cross? Was he going to walk away from it? He checked his map. He made his choice.
Stephen Covey says that the easiest way to change someone’s behavior is to change that person’s title. If there is a manager who isn’t managing well, then change the title from ?Department Manager? to ?Top Dog Motivator? or something that more clearly describes the purpose of the job. As I see it, behavior changes when we get a new awareness of our purpose in whatever situation we are. What about life? Did you know that your life has a purpose?
The beginning of the year is when we all make our ?resolutions? and by now most of us have already messed up on them. We think, ?I can’t keep my commitments to myself, so why bother making them ever again.? I think I know the solution to our problems with all these commitments. Simply put, we don’t need them. There is only ONE commitment that we should make, and it is one we MUST make if we want our lives to be all they can be.
Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most successful ?life-fixing? organizations out there, and its success is largely a result of their emphasis on community. The simple truth is that for any aspect of life change to take hold on me, I have to get connected with people who are just as committed to that life change as I am. I’m convinced there is only ONE community that can help anyone with any kind of life change he or she needs to make. Interested?
Whenever something is really messed up, I have a tendency to jump into the middle of the situation in a valiant attempt to fix it. How many times have I stopped my car, lifted the hood and gazed vainly into the middle of that vast configuration of hoses and metal only to realize that I’m hopelessly out of my league. The first step in fixing anything is to recognize when the repair is more than we can handle.
Who says Christmas has to end? A brand new year is starting, and brand new opportunities are ours to bring Christ’s Presence to bear on every aspect of our lives. Are you ready to take on the challenge of making Christ a real part of your everyday life?
The point of Christmas is twofold. On the one hand, we are reminded to wait expectantly for Jesus’ return, but we should not forget that he actually came and that he is actually still here through the ministry of His Spirit.
Sometimes I wonder if I really believe that Jesus is coming back. I mean, that’s a pretty crazy statement to make. But if Jesus really does come back, it will be a pretty big thing, don’t you think? If we believe Jesus came from heaven once, can we believe that Jesus will come from heaven again?
One thing is certain, anytime God asks His people to wait, it’s because He has some unfinished business to attend to. What business does He need to do in our lives? He has given us plenty of time to prepare for the return of His Son. How are we doing?
I find it strange that God is always asking His people to wait. It is a theme that gets repeated numerous times throughout Scripture, and I don’t fully understand it. Nevertheless, I am beginning to discover the incredible power that can be found as we wait for God’s will to be done on earth.
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Doesn’t it seem that all the greatest stories happened in the distant past in far off locations? Doesn’t it seem that God’s activity is just a part of history? When was the last time you saw God divide the waters of Lake Michigan? If God is eternally the same, then shouldn’t he be doing miraculous things today?
Finally, we’re getting somewhere. God promises Habakkuk that he will judge the wicked people of the world. However, the promise is not all rosy and happy. God’s promise for judgment contains some things that would scare even the most faithful follower. Do we have reason to be scared?
God is sometimes very confusing. Just when we think we understand Him pretty well, He goes and does something that surprises us. This week, we will eavesdrop on Habakkuk’s prayer for God to show some more consistency in His dealings with people. Is it right for someone to ask God to be more consistent?
I’m frustrated with a world full of rotten people who seem to succeed in life despite their wickedness, but I’m not alone. Habakkuk was a man who lived quite some time ago, but the issues he faced in his day are remarkably similar to those we face today.