A Day with the Lord

October 10, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:9
God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Day with the Lord

The sun strikes the peaks with pinkish hue,
As I rise to start my day with You.
Soft, back lit clouds streak across the eastern sky,
As the day dawns and You are nigh.

With sleepy eyes I step out into the newborn day,
With praise and worship, I begin to pray.
Lord you are faithful, good and so kind,
You are the treasure I seek and the wisdom I find.

In the fresh clean morning air,
I step out and sense You are there.
A dove coos nearby as Holy Spirit says I’m here.
A fragrant breeze passes saying God is near.

Outward signs remind me of our inward chat,
A dialogue where we can talk about this and that,
Where God listens intently as I pray,
And I so want to hear what He has to say.

Often it is quiet when I listen for Him
With patience in prayer, I seek Him again.
He doesn’t always respond like I think He should
But often He speaks differently than people would.

Sometimes during the day that He is speaking to me,
Even through my wife, a friend or someone I meet.
I must learn to listen and see with spiritual ears and eyes,
Or I’ll miss what He is saying as my life goes whizzing by.

God often speaks when we’ve ceased to pray,
He talks to us often in such little ways.
He gives us opportunities to respond in His love,
Allowing those little tests for us to rise above.

No, He doesn’t speak audibly to me,
But He is speaking in ways that are setting me free.
He is not constantly condemning my sin,
But He is teaching me the liberty of the righteousness in Him.

Let us always start our day with prayer and praise,
Let us bask in His love, rising above the earthly haze.
Let us learn to carefully listen and look for Him.
Walking in the Spirit, is knowing our dearest Friend.

Blessings,
#kent

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Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Do We Change the Atmosphere?

When light comes into a dark place it brings a change in the atmosphere. It brings illumination. Suddenly we see things more clearly than we did before. Suddenly we see a quality that contrasts with the darkness, but its qualities are so much higher and better. If that were not so we would sit in our dark houses at night rather than turn on the light.
Jesus says we are that light. We are the people that change the atmosphere of our world and our sphere of influence. We are often the only illumination of what people see and perceive to be God. How are we doing with that? Many in the world have looked upon the church and said, “If that is God, I’ll keep my darkness. They may talk different, but their lives are no different.” We, as the body of Christ, can only produce and bring forth what we ourselves are walking in and saturated with. Our lives have so often become shallow muddy wells rather than the artesian rivers of living water that flow from the throne. What we are producing in our atmosphere is a commentary to us on what is, or is not filling our lives. It is not about what we can produce of our own making or our own goodness, it is simply being in such a love relationship with Jesus that the abundance of that love and joy spills out on all who are around us. We want people that are around us to sense and know there is something different about us even before they speak to us. The world is hungry for the reality of Jesus not the facade of it. How sad that we, the people of God, are often God’s own worst enemies when it comes to being His ambassadors to this world. If we are ambassadors then we have to fully represent the values, culture and dynamics of the kingdom that we stand for.
It is sad that many of God’s people are living in defeat and discouragement. That is not God’s will or His best for you. Yes, you may be going through hard times. Even when King David, before he became king, was being pursued by King Saul to take his life, he found his joy in the Lord. In Psalm 103:1-6 David declares, “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” The secret that David learned was that no matter how dark it looked outside the Son was always shinning in heaven. It was the praise and acknowledgement of God’s goodness, even in the bleakest of times that brought back the joy and confidence of faith to David. He had to encourage his soul to bless the Lord with his spirit man. It wasn’t because he felt like it, but he knew that praise, worship, thanksgiving and the remembrance of God’s Word and promises are what would restore the oil of joy and bring the light of gladness.
Saturate yourself in the oil of the Holy Spirit. Become ignited with the love of God. Change the atmosphere around you by the power of His love and life in and through you. You are the light of the world because He is the light within you. Live out of light!

Blessings,
#kent

Odd Little Christmas Tree

October 11, 2012

Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Odd Little Christmas Tree

As I closed my eyes to meditate on what to write I saw a Christmas tree lot full of trees. The lot was a sea of dark green trees, six to eight feet tall, but in the front was a little, maybe four foot tree that was bright, light green. While it stood out from all of the other trees, it wasn’t what the majority of people would be shopping for. Every now and then I would catch a glimpse of an aura around this tree that was maybe twenty feet high and much larger around. This was a special tree, unlike the others, not nearly as impressive in the natural, but what it carried, made it the tree to really be desired and purchased. What it carried was not the appearance of Christmas, but the true spirit of it. It was not about a season when men summon up the spirit of giving and expectation. It was about a tree that carried that spirit through every season of the year. It was the Spirit of God that defined this little tree and though it didn’t appear to be anything in the natural eye, when you saw it by the Spirit, its stature and glory far exceeded all around it.
That little tree may represent you today. You are not seen as anything of importance in the world. The world may hardly notice you and if it does it may be to ridicule you and mock you because you don’t look and act like everyone around you. You may be in the same lot with all of the other trees, but you are unique and different.
The other trees are Christmas trees, grown and cut uniformly for the tradition of the season. You are not for the tradition or the season; you don’t just carry the imitation of Christ, you carry the Spirit and identity of His life within you. You will not die and whither in a month, because through the Spirit in you, you abide in the Vine and draw your life from Him. You are unique and special, but not in a worldly kind of way. You were cut and placed in the lot to bring new light, meaning and understanding to the traditional ways around you. You were meant to stand apart, because in that contrast some will see the real from the facade and fake. You are here to make a difference. Don’t allow what others say or think determine your value or your worth. That has been determined by the Father and you far beyond earthly value or worth because what you carry within you is without measure and price. It is priceless. Be who God is calling you to be, even if that doesn’t look like every other tree in the lot. You are here to make a difference and blessed are the people that choose you to adorn their home and their lives. Be encouraged, what some may reject, others will cherish. Be the light and the true Spirit of Christ in the earth for all seasons.

Blessings,
kent

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