Friday, July 31, 2015

The Balance Bar

Our time of visiting with loved ones from past days had come to an end.  We had spent several hours sitting at the table with friends we think of as family, discussing events from days gone by.   

We had a long drive ahead of us, so it was time we got on the road.  Saying our good-byes we made our way out to the driveway, still sharing things that made us laugh, cry and think about our own lives. 

My husband and I were talking with the other couple when a topic of conversation came up on being content. I have to tell you, after that I was a bit unsettled. 
It wasn’t what my friend said concerning another woman and her desire to have a house, because frankly I never looked at the situation in that way. I am thankful for the discussion that led me to seek the Lord in my own life.
Was my life out of balance in the desires of my heart?  The uncertainty was whether or not I was living a life of discontentment and didn’t realize it.  

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What does being content mean? 

Life is always moving forward, so our desire to have more is often coupled with accomplishments in life. It’s what I call the “if” syndrome.  If I had this, or if I had that, I’d be happy.  So many times we think that contentment has to do with having more or doing more. Chip Ingram says it like this,  

“Since there is no end to our desire to acquire or do more,
we’ll never experience contentment.”
Some believe detaching themselves from material things brings contentment, while others strive to attain more hoping it will give them the peace they desire.  Both, I have to tell you are misguided. 

If I were to answer this question it would have to be in stages with varying results or meaning.  When we think of living in a state of contentment though, we picture being happy or satisfied with the way things are in our lives at that time.  Life is peaceful, not stressed or overtaxed (literally and figuratively). 

Is comparison living hijacking your life? 

As a woman who has worked in the White House, corporate banking, mother and wife, Kay Wills Wyma has another take on living on the balance bar of life.  I love how she asks, “Is comparison living hijacking your life?” 

When we were visiting our friend Lony, she told us to take a tour of her new house.  She was a recent widow and moved after the home going of her husband.  It was lovely, bright and a pleasure to sit on her new furniture. 

It’s not a secret that I love to decorate, so looking around her home I found myself picturing how certain things would go well with her surroundings.  Things I would keep, add or take away to make it a homey environment.  I found she had so many unique things that brought out her personality, frankly there was no need to change anything. 

Have you ever done that?  Do you find that you compare your house to someone else’s?  Are you comparison shopping in another person’s life looking at their “perfect” kids, job, home, marriage, appearance or bank account? 

If we were to look at your life, would it be a copy of someone else’s?  With society telling us that we “must have” and “do more”, it’s no wonder we’re living in discontentment.  Can’t we be happy for others while we wait for the desires of our heart to come to pass? 

I’m Not Moses, John or Paul 

Not feeing “content” (at peace) with what was in my spirit I looked up every passage in the Bible about contentment/content.  Although there were thirty-three matches, the word “content” shows up nine times in the scriptures (not being confused with contention). 

Moses was content with his living conditions, because he was treated like a son.  He was also pleased with the way the sin offerings were handled when Aaron explained the conditions. 

In other passages of the Bible, there were several mentions of people being content, while others were not happy with their dwellings. Some wanted to stay in one place, others wanted to move.  What I couldn’t find was God being angry with either situation, even if He disagrees with how we're going about things. 

In the New Testament John the Baptist answered questions from his wealthy followers who had cheated people out of their money.  Responding to the soldiers, he was referring to their “protection racket” of fees they set for the people that was above their own wages. (see John 3) 

Farther along in the Bible, the Apostle Paul speaks of contentment in his letter to the Philippians.  He spoke of being content in whatever state (condition) he was in at any given time.  However, he also related to them that he knew that if they had another opportunity to give to him (financially and through material things) they would have. 

Another thing he points out to them is that he wanted them to give so God could bless their work and offerings. (see Philippians 4)

“But I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again (that means they gave him something), though you surely did care, but lacked opportunity.  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.  Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel (when I started ministry), when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.  For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.  Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 

Do you think Paul was really content with his conditions?  Certainly not. At the time of that writing the apostle was in a prison in Rome.  Not long before that he was beaten, left for dead and betrayed.  I’m sure he was grateful for the little baked goods (modern day Little Debbie’s) and blankets in that cold, dark dungeon. 

What Paul was speaking of was the joy he had found through his life as a believer in Christ Jesus.  His attitude was different.   

Being trained to be a Jewish leader, Paul had lived a life of luxury. He knew what it was like to have much.  When he became a missionary, Paul didn’t have those same accommodations or supplies. It didn’t mean he wanted to be without them.  If so, he wouldn’t have been grateful for receiving the gifts from the people, but instead would have refused them.   

He realized that being content is an attitude we learn, not what we achieve. 

But what about rich people? 

When writing to Timothy about being a young pastor in ministry, Paul tried to encourage him to stay in the work of the Lord regardless of how he was being treated or cared for when it came to his physical needs. 
At that time the congregation wasn’t listening to him, and believed that having more riches was a way of being godly and obtaining God’s favor.  Paul gave specific instructions on how this attitude could be dealt with in Timothy’s church. 

Obviously Timothy had many rich people in his congregation, but their desires were set on selfishness.  What Paul directs Tim to do is to warn his congregants not to trust in something that can vanish as quickly as it came, referring to their assets. 
He bids the new minister to tell those who had wealth to give out of their abundance.  This is what he said to do. 

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty (puffed up thinking they are better than others because they have riches), nor to trust in uncertain riches but to trust in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 

Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (from 1 Timothy 6) 

Every year Bob Blackley gives out $5.00 bills on his birthday. 
 He blessed 160 people that day!
This suggests that wealth is for a purpose and that it is not a sin to possess things, but is a sin for them to possess us.  If we are to remain content in having nothing, then how could we be “ready to give” or “willing to share” our abundance? 

Jesus tells us to open our homes for His work in the book of Timothy.  How can a home serve as a house for ministry if a person doesn’t have one? There is definitely a problem with balancing the Christian life if we think living in contentment has only to do with material things. 

Spiritually, Physically & Emotionally Content

“If we have Christ we already have everything and all else is a bonus. If we saw things in this way, and embrace it with joy, then the richest man has nothing on you. (revised excerpt from Ron Blue article Focus on the Family)

The same frame of thinking, when it comes to “getting ahead” to have more stuff, is related to us in Hebrews 13:5.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be
content with what you have, because God has said,
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

Learning to live a contented life is complex and can include physical, spiritual and emotional contentment.  Not all have to do with money.
Wanting to have nice things doesn’t mean that a person is necessarily not content with what they have.  There comes a point however, that one should evaluate whether or not their quest for more is based on greed, envy or need.
When we pursue things for the sake of “having” them, we step into an area that companions itself to the sin nature.  Our state of mind changes and we become unsettled, not content, which is the opposite of what Christ wants for His church.  If we are driven by money or the things it can buy, there is never a time when we will be satisfied.
Families who struggle with their finances may do so for various reasons.  Let it be said though that not only those who seek the nicer things of life wrestle with living contented.  Studies have shown that those who have more than enough are less content than those who have little when it comes to material things.

What about my desires?

After I read through all those passages the Lord led me to read Psalm 37.  I questioned it, and again the scripture was giving.  In my head I was thinking of Psalm 35 …

“Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion. Who rejoice at my hurt (in my difficulties); Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who exalt themselves against me.

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. And my tongue shall speak of Your Righteousness and of Your praise all the day.” (Psalm 35:26-28 NKJV)
Oh yeah! Now we’re talking! God grants me favor when I do things for His glory, and it gives Him pleasure when I live in abundance (prosperity).  Not exactly what the Lord was thinking when He directed me to turn two pages more in my search.

This is what calmed my spirit when it came to my thoughts being hijacked concerning living content in my circumstances.

“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5 NKJV)

God knows how I feel about Him, and understands the desires of my heart.  He put those dreams and passions in me for His glory.  They will work together for my good, according to His plan for my life when I commit my life to Him.

I don’t have to feel ashamed for wanting things to be better in my life, but will trust Him to bring them to pass in His way and timing.

God isn’t the thief of your contentment.

Our living a contented life has everything to do with the relationship we have with Jesus, which includes how we view wealth.  It isn’t wrong to have a desire for nicer things, a better marriage, job or future as long as it is in balance with what God has in store for you.

We don’t get to set the balance bar; God has already done that through Christ Jesus and it’s higher than we could set for ourselves.  After all, He is the One who died that we might have life more abundantly spiritually, physically, emotionally and yes, even materially.

“The thief (satan and his workers of iniquity) comes to steal, kill and destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (from John 10:10)

The devil wants us to get side tracked when it comes to seeking God.  He also wants us to believe that more is better, so we have to commit our ways to things and not to Jesus.  If we follow that path it will ultimately destroy us, kill relationships and steal anything meaningful in our lives.

When we pursue Christ and not riches, we will find that our contentment lies in Him and not the things of this world.  We’ll learn to be satisfied in whatever our state, even while waiting for the things we desire in our hearts.

This Week’s Challenge:
Balancing Our Heart 

Are you one of those people who are always looking for something different than what you have?  If so, then this challenge is for you.  God doesn’t want you to live a life of discontentment or discouragement, but one that is full of His peace. 

Learning how to live contented in our spirit comes with spending time with the Lord.  When we fellowship with the KING of Kings, things look differently and we approach life in a whole new way. 

Instead of focusing on the things of this world, we start to live a life of joy, always being mindful of Father God, and begin thanking Him for the blessings and favor He has shown us.  Our hearts become more teachable and grateful (for what we have at our disposal and this time). 

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him, because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 

Our challenge this week will require asking the Lord what He wants us to learn about the life we are living right now.  What mindset do we have when it comes to being content?  What is our definition and what is God’s?  Do they match?  If not, we’re the ones who have to change. 

Whether you realize it or not, God wants you to have a fulfilling life that isn’t always looking at the other side of the fence.  Whatever you are experiencing, God has given you the strength to “hold on” through Christ Jesus.  You can do all things through Him, and that may mean waiting a little longer. 

Look to Jesus to replace the dissatisfaction and discontentment you are now facing.  Stop looking for a way out as the road you need to take.  If your marriage isn’t the best and you’re about to end it … don’t.  Maybe you’re about to quit your job or bail on a partner in business, hold on a bit longer.   

You’ve been waiting for that new car, family or dream home, and are about to give up on hoping.  Keep "doing good", while hoping for whatever it is.   

Believe God will give you the desires of your heart, but at this time He is doing something else in your life.  Don’t look at it as if you are giving up something, but look for the greater need.   

You will never be disappointed when God is in control of the “Balance Bar of Contentment” in your heart and life.  His grace is enough to carry you though.  He is faithful to His Word and promises. 
Believe Him.

Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin
Until next time, seek the favor of God’s grace!

“I will favor you with My grace.”
Jesus Christ 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Four Days Late

Wayne, an Army veteran, was pretty much on his own at this point in life. With his ended marriage and kids grown, we treated him as family. Uncle Wayne as we called him. 

You could talk to him about almost anything; people just liked this sweet, soft spoken guy. He was a great friend and even worked with my father on specific jobs.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen more intricate work when it came to special details he brought to installing carpet, especially when he did logos for companies. 

Sadly, Wayne had taken a turn for the worse and it didn’t look like he would have much longer to live.  By now he was living out his days in the soldier’s home for veterans in Southern Jersey.  It was time we visited; maybe even our last.

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Don’t Pray for Me 

It’s raining as I write this … actually a thunder storm.  The weather is not what causes gloom in my spirit though, but the events in our country that have transpired over the past few months. 

With the changes that have been taking place in America lately and the five fallen soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it caused me to think back on our family friend and our last visit with him. 

My husband and I felt we needed to visit with Wayne again, but this time we were going with a message of hope.  Much had changed since our last engagement with him.  He could no longer do normal activity and had a strap fastened to his arm to help him eat or function on a regular basis. 

It was hard to watch him as he tried to work his way around the room. Even so, Wayne was great company and our time spent with him was rewarding.  We could see he was getting tired so we decided to end our visitation.  As we were about to leave my husband asked him if we could close out our time together in prayer, something Wayne was familiar with in our family. 

“I prefer you didn’t.” Wayne said.  He wasn’t nasty about it, but went on to tell us that he lost hope and didn’t believe.  No matter what we said, he refused to let God work in his life and was willing to die in his unbelief.   

We were heartbroken our loved one didn’t want us to pray with and for him, knowing where he would live for eternity.  Tears flowed gently down our faces as we left with what would be our last time seeing Wayne.  His response is something that we’ve never forgotten, and what drives us to sharing hope in Jesus. 

I’m Coming Soon 

An urgency flows through my spirit about the Lord coming to collect His children.  How much longer will He let sin abound and not act?  I would venture to say, that we are about to see some Heavenly changes soon.   

My husband hit the nail on the head when he called it right regarding the future of America if she persists to follow the path she’s on when it comes to believing in God.  He said,
“America is rotting from the inside out.” 

I bought an avocado thinking I’d add it to some recipes.  Well, I forgot I purchased it and left it in the refrigerator for months.  We noticed that the outside appeared to be alright, but the inside had rotted.  It was like a metaphor of what my husband said.  A country can have subtle changes over time that people don’t notice, than bam – the country is no longer there. 

No matter what country you’re from, has it become a nation that doesn’t believe that God is real or true to His Word?  If Jesus were to come today, would you be part of His favored … the ones He refers to as “Believers?” 

A Memory Lapse 

In preparing for this week’s post the message of hope and sorrow tried to meld in my prayer time and devotions.  If you have spent any time here only Daily Favor you would realize that I don’t dwell on negative things, and always look for a promise of God to see me through difficult times. 

My thoughts led me to the passage in John chapter 11 and the account of Lazarus.  You may not think of the Lord as having a sense of humor, but I think the conversation that took place here is one of the most comical ones in the Bible. 

Do you remember what was happening?  Jesus was preaching His message of salvation from coast to coast and not all had gone well. In fact, there were some places He wasn’t welcome.  Judea was one of those places where the people (Jewish leaders) tried to stone Him, because they felt He spoke against their beliefs in Jehovah the God of Abraham. 

While in travel Jesus received a message that His friend Lazarus was near death and would He please come right away to heal him.  Jesus didn’t disregard the message, but only stated that He knew it wasn’t a sickness that would kill him when He said this in verse four:  

“Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death.  No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God (referring to Himself) will receive glory from this.”  
For two more days Jesus kept on doing the Father’s business before He told the disciples that it was time to go see Lazarus.  We often picture this to be a sad time with the disciples falling all over Jesus in trying to find words of comfort.  I don’t think that’s how it happened. 

When Jesus told the disciples they were going back to Judea it sounds like they panicked and thought the Lord had a memory lapse concerning their last visit. They were so NOT wanting to make this trip again that they boldly reminded Jesus of what happened last time. Could they reason with Him?

He’s Dead, and I’m Glad 

Two more days passed since Jesus first heard of His friend becoming deathly ill.  He wasn’t in a hurry, nor did He worry about the fate of a loved one. By now Lazarus had died. 

Wait a minute, don't you remember what
 happened last time we went there?
The conversation went like this with Jesus making it as plain as He could to the disciples.  (Writer’s license of course!) 

Jesus: “We’re going back to Judea.” 

Disciples: “Rabbi, we can’t go back there. It’s not safe.” 

Jesus: “The people there live in spiritual darkness and keep making mistakes. They don’t understand what I can do for them if they believe in Me as God told them to. 
So, come on, we’re going to see Lazarus.  He’s asleep, but I’m going to wake him up.” 

Disciples: “Well, that’s good. If he sleeps he’ll be better soon.” 

I doubt Jesus rolled His eyes thinking that these guys aren’t with the program, but why else would He have to be so blunt with His answer? 

Jesus: No …. Lazarus isn’t sleeping as in needing a rest, he’s dead! For your sakes I’m glad I wasn’t there to heal him, so you will finally believe me. Let’s go.” 

Now we remember Thomas as the doubter, but I think his statement to Jesus just about shocked the others when he tried to lump them in on what he said. 

Thomas: “You’re glad he died?  Well then, let’s all go together and die also!” 

I wonder how many more times young Tom got into trouble with his mouth? 

Four Days Late 

By the time Jesus reached Bethany which was near Jerusalem, Lazarus had already been in the grave four days.  Martha heard that Jesus was on His way and went out to meet him.  As soon as she saw the Master she began to complain and blame Him for not being on time.  (Something we can all relate to I’m sure.) 

Martha said, “If You had been here my brother wouldn’t have died. I know God will do whatever You ask, so what are You going to do.”  This proves that she believed Jesus could heal and that God answered His prayers. 

Jesus told her that Lazarus was going to rise, but she didn’t get what He meant.  He even asked her “Do you believe this?”  It’s almost like there was a smugness in Martha’s voice when she answered, “I know, I know, he will rise like everyone else who believes in You.” 

Once again He tried to get her to understand that He is the One who gives life, but she didn’t comprehend.  Returning home she told her sister Mary that Jesus was outside of town, but on His way there.   

Mary went out to meet Him.  The mourners saw Mary leaving in a hurry and they presumed she was going to the grave to cry, so they followed her.  She sang the same hopeless song, “Lord if You had only been here, my brother would not have died.” 

Four days; just four little days.  Why didn’t Jesus move as soon as He first heard about Lazarus being sick? 

The Darkness and Smell of Unbelief 

This time Jesus was getting angry and upset from all the unbelief, not only from the sisters, but from the bystanders. 
Something had to be done. It was then Jesus began to cry.   

Can you hear the murmuring and gossip flowing through the crowd as they mocked the abilities of Jesus when they saw Him crying?
“See how much He loved him? Isn’t it pitiful how He could heal a blind person, but not the sickness in Lazarus?” 

Jesus wasn’t crying because of Lazarus. He had long before prayed over that situation and already knew the outcome.  Don’t you remember?  Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus wasn’t going to die several days before when they first got the message. 

In a strong voice He asked Mary where they put Lazarus and to remove the stone at the entrance of the tomb.  Again showing her unbelief, I can see Mary standing in front of Jesus trying to stop Him from going forward. 

“…but Lord, he’s been in there four days and really stinks!  Seriously, You don’t want to go in there!” 

Jesus told Mary the same thing He spoke to His disciples days ago, that in this they would see God’s glory so that they would believe in Him.  Something that gets overlooked is that Jesus didn’t go in the dark stinky grave, but by name called Lazarus out of it!  

That miracle was only one glimpse of hope that we are to see if we would believe all Jesus proclaimed. Oh, if my friend Wayne would have believed and not lost all hope! 

As believer’s we don’t have to live with the “stink” of sin that causes spiritual death, but are called out of the darkness into the Light of Jesus. He calls us by name, and as children of Light we can overcome anything satan tries to put on us.  As Jesus said, “Unwrap him from those death clothes and let him go, and live!” 

When Late is on Time 

There was a reason why Jesus didn’t answer the message as soon as He received it concerning Lazarus.  In John 11:4 we learn the purpose for the delay. 

“This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  This would reveal who Jesus really was so that they would come to believe Him. 

The Lord couldn’t have showed up on time (or in the time they felt He should have arrived at Lazarus’ bedside).  In Jesus’ day it was believed by some that the spirit of a person would hang around the grave for three days trying to get back into the body. So Jesus had to stay away four days to destroy those beliefs. 

Waiting on the Lord for the best outcome is a process that involves hope and belief.  When God doesn’t show up when we think He should, you can be sure there is another reason.  It will always include your believing in Him and it will bring Him glory.   

Would you weep? 

Jesus cried not over Lazarus, who He knew was going to live, but over the city – the people – the nation that would not believe in Him and perish. (vs. 15) 

That’s where we are right now. Jesus is looking at nations that have turned their backs on Him.  When was the last time you cried over a lost nation or even a single soul that “prefers you don’t” pray for them?  Have you too lost hope?  

This Week’s Challenge:
Take Me to the Place: Days of Hope  

The lesson Jesus wants us to come away with, from sharing the account of Lazarus, is that we don’t have to live in the darkness of sin.  We have the hope of salvation now and for eternity.  Both are lavished with His never ending favor. 

When Jesus told Mary to show Him where her brother was buried, He was really asking, 

 “Take Me to the place where you lost hope. Where did you get blindsided by false religion and fall back into bondage?”

Our challenge this week will have us looking back on where we missed God in our losing hope in a situation.  Although we face trials, as true believers in the covenant promises of God we can walk in the power of Christ’s resurrection today. 

It may look like Jesus is late in coming on the scene, but He’s not.  All hope is not lost for you, your family or nation.  Time may be short, but there’s still some time.  We need to pray and believe God will do as we requested as Jesus did. 

You don’t have to understand why things aren’t working the way you thought, but remember this … Jesus is the same, yesterday (as in the days of Lazarus), today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) 

He was on time then and He always will be.  There is hope Jesus! Just wait, He’ll roll back your “stone” and call out your name for the miracle to unfold.

Until next time, favor comes with believing! 

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“I provide resurrection life favor.”
Jesus Christ

Note: The words satan or devil are not capitalized deliberately, because we give him no place in our lives.
Disclaimer: Article information is not meant to be used as treatment for mental or physical issues, but geared toward spiritual awareness. 

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by Erik Lawson 


Maybe you don’t know the Living God that I know, but would like to have this kind of favor in your life also.  Click on the above tab “Tell Me” for more information on becoming a child of the Savior. 

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