Monday, December 28, 2009

Put Your "Baby" in God's Hands

When Pharaoh ordered all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed, the mother of Moses, Jochebed, did something that didn't make sense to the logical mind. She put her baby in a wicker basket and hid him in the reeds by the Nile River (Exodus 2:3). Moses could have been eaten by crocodiles, or the basket could have been swept downstream. But Jochebed put Moses in God's hands and trusted Him to take care of her infant son.

The day will come when you must put your baby in God's hands. The "baby" represents anything that's important to you. It could be your job, something you own, a relationship, or it might even be your child. Perhaps you're fearful or worried that something will happen to your baby. You won't find peace of mind until you let go and transfer ownership of your "baby" into God's hands. The Lord is perfectly capable of handling the situation that you've given to Him.

What happened to Moses after his mother let go of him? A few minutes later, Pharaoh's daughter just happened to go to that spot on the river and found baby Moses. Then, by an act of God's sovereignty, Pharaoh's daughter paid Jochebed wages to raise her own son! (Ex. 2:5-9) And not only that, the Lord later used Moses to deliver the Hebrew people from Egyptian bondage.

When we place our babies in God's hands, it not only releases us from fear and worry, but the Lord is now free to do great things with what we've surrendered to Him. What do you need to put in God's hands?
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Divine Appointments

A divine appointment is when God leads someone, who usually doesn't know he or she is being led, to a certain place, at the perfect time, to accomplish a specific purpose. The Bible records hundreds of these divine appointments, and Joseph and Mary's trip to Bethlehem was not only a divine appointment, but also fulfilled an ancient prophecy.

In the Old Testament, Micah prophesied 700 years into the future and pinpointed the town of Bethlehem as the birthplace for the Messiah. "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah . . . from you One will go forth from Me to be ruler in Israel, His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity" (Micah 5:2). Out of all the cities on the entire planet, God circled tiny Bethlehem on the map.

Now here's the problem. The virgin Mary and her husband Joseph lived in Nazareth, not Bethlehem (***see note on Nazareth below). They had no intention of traveling to Bethlehem to give birth, so how would they get there to fulfill the prophecy?

In what can only be described as an act of God's sovereignty, the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census be taken, which required everyone to return to their original cities (Luke 2:1-5). This forced Joseph to return to Bethlehem because he was of the house and family of David. Caesar was just a pawn in God's hand, and the Lord used a pagan king to get Mary to Bethlehem at just the right time to give birth to Jesus and fulfill Micah's prophecy!

NEVER FORGET THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL. Even when humans misuse their free will. Even when evil seems to be prevailing. God can overrule what man does, and He always has the last word. Always.
Have a Merry Christmas,
***I led a tour group to Nazareth in October 2008, where we saw a wine press hewn out of the bedrock and a rock quarry that dated back to the 1st Century. To see pictures of these, go to

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Judgment Seat of Christ

Are you ready to stand before God? That day is coming. "For we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body" (2 Cor. 5:10). If you are a Christian, you are reading about yourself in this verse. Actually, this is something to look forward to.

You might wonder, "If God has forgiven all my sins, why am I going to be judged for what I've done?"
When you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, all your sins were forgiven. This judgment isn't to examine your sins. It's to evaluate your faithfulness to determine your rewards in heaven.

The Greek word for judgment seat is "bema." After an athlete in biblical times won an event, he would go stand before the bema seat in the coliseum to receive his reward. A wreath would be placed on his head, similar to an Olympic champion receiving a gold medal. At the judgment seat of Christ, each believer will receive a reward from the Lord according to what we have done for Him during our lives on earth. This is why Jesus encouraged us to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matt. 6:20) and Paul said, "Run in such a way that you may win" (1 Cor. 9:24).

Your rewards will determine your eternal assignments in heaven--what you'll be doing in the next life. Yes, you will have a job in God's kingdom! We will serve Him forever, which means will be fulfilling God's assignments (Rev.7:15). Heaven would be like hell if we had nothing to do forever. Jesus said these rewards are so exciting that, if we could see them, we would "leap for joy" (Luke 6:23).
See you at the bema,
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Your Time is Running Out

Do you know the difference between a clock and an hourglass? A clock has revolving hands, which gives the illusion that time goes on forever. An hourglass, on the other hand, reminds us that time is running out.

In Psalm 90, Moses reminds us that our brief time on Earth is running out. He says "As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years . . . for soon it is gone and we fly away" (v.10). He then offers a bit of advice for all of us, in v. 12:

1. Count your days. Moses says, "So teach us to number our days . . . " We usually say, "I'm 25, or 45, or 65 years old" because we count our days from the time we're born. But I think Moses is telling us to count our days from the other end--from death. And that's assuming we make it to 70 or 80. No one is guaranteed the next breath. "Counting our days" means that we realize that life is short, and we have a ever-diminishing amount of time left.

2. Make your days count. Moses continues, "that we might present to Thee a heart of wisdom." Once we realize every day is a gift from God, we make our lives count for Him. You can only do this if you've given your life to Christ. Once you've done that, live to please Him in all that you do, which is presenting to God "a heart of wisdom." You'll not only make the most out of this life, but you'll also be rewarded in the next life too.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bees in the Promised Land

While Timmy was playing in the yard, a bee stung him on the hand. He ran to his mother, crying, "I hate bees! I wish God had never made them." His mom put some ointment on the sting and said, "Let me get you something that will cheer you up. Do you want some toast and honey?"

Timmy perked up. "Yeah I'd love to have some honey!"
"Are you sure?" she asked. "You hate bees, but it takes bees to make honey." Tim looked at his toast and honey, which he was holding with the hand that had been stung. "Hmm. I never realized that bees had a good side!"

And so it is with life. Everything has a good side and a bad side, including the Promised Land. Moses sent twelve men into the land of Canaan to spy it out. The spies saw the land "flowing with milk and honey" but they also noticed the giants living there. Israel would have to fight the big guys to obtain the land that God had promised them. (See Numbers 13)

When they returned, ten spies gave a frightening report, saying they shouldn't go into the land because the giants would win. Joshua and Caleb said just the opposite--that the land was fruitful and God would give them victory over the giants. Although all 12 spies looked at the same territory, they came to different conclusions because 10 focused on problems and 2 focused on blessings. What we choose to focus on determines whether we're terrified or hopeful!

What does this have to do with your situation? You are "spying out the land" where you now live and are giving daily reports on what you see. Are you looking at your problems and missing what God has promised? Are you like the 10 whiners, or the 2 winners? You choose.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Purpose for Joseph's Pit

Joseph was thrown into a pit in the wilderness by his brothers. They had planned to kill him, but Reuben suggested that they throw him into a nearby pit instead (Gen. 37:18-22). It was no accident that the pit just happened to be where they were. God had planned in eternity past for it to be there, knowing that it would one day serve a divine purpose. It was an ordained pit! Notice three things about this pit:

1. The pit kept Joseph from being killed.
His brothers fully intended to kill him and saw the pit as a way to get rid of him without shedding blood (v.22)
2. God made sure the pit was dry (v.24). If water had been in it, Joseph would have drowned.
3. The pit was used as a holding tank until the Ishmaelite traders came by and escorted him to Egypt (v.25-28). It was no accident that the traders just happened to travel by that route at just the right time. God was leading them (without them knowing it) so they would take His servant to the desired destination. And it was there that the Lord eventually made him a ruler!

Sooner or later, someone is going to throw you into a pit. When it happens, keep in mind that the Lord has a purpose for your pit. Although your enemy had the first word, look for God to have the last word. He is just using your pit as a holding tank to get you to a better place. And He will, if you will keep your heart right and not get bitter at your brothers.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Be Content With What You Have

A dog carrying a bone in its mouth was crossing over a bridge. He looked into the water and saw a dog with a bone that looked a lot more desirable than his own. Not realizing he was looking at his own reflection, he let go of his bone to grab for the other dog's bone... and ended up with neither.

Many people have made the same mistake as that dog. They've given up what they had to get something that they thought would make them happier. Unfortunately, the dream for something better turned out to be only an illusion, and then they couldn't get back what they gave up.

The key to happiness is to "be content with what you have" (Heb. 13:5). Contentment isn't having everything you want, but wanting everything you have. Has it ever occurred to you that the things you now have were once things that you were desperately trying to get? But somehow you lost your appreciation for those things because you took them for granted.

Make no bones about it, you can be happy in your current situation. If you will start thanking God from your heart for each and every item in your possession, your appreciation will increase and you will find the contentment that you've been looking for.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Astronaut's Space Suit

Do you see the astronaut on your left? No, you don't. You're actually looking at the astronaut's space suit, and the astronaut is the person living inside that suit. The space suit allows him to live a little while on the moon, and then he will return to earth.

Just as an astronaut needs a suit to live in space, your earthly body is your "space suit" that allows you to live on this planet. Through your "space suit" you breathe oxygen, drink water, and eat food. But one day you'll shed the outfit, which is the day you'll die.

Even if you live to be 100, your time on earth is extremely brief compared to eternity. "You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (James 4:14). At the moment of death, your spirit will be released from your body and you'll leave your space suit behind for everyone to view at the funeral. Meanwhile, if you're a Christian, your spirit will be immediately ushered into the presence of the Lord, where you'll live forever (See 2 Cor. 5:8).

You can prepare for that day if you will receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you would like more information about knowing God in a personal way, please contact me.
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Having Trouble Sleeping?

A single mom and her little girl were getting ready for bed. The daughter, who was afraid to sleep alone, said, "Mommy, I can't sleep because I'm afraid. Does God ever sleep?"
"No, God never goes to sleep," she replied. The Bible says, "He who protects Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." (Ps. 121:4)
The daughter relaxed and said, "Well, as long as God is awake, I can go to sleep. There's no need for both of us to stay up!"

Do you have trouble sleeping? God wants to deliver us from our "sleep fears." He says, "When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet" (Prov. 3:24).
If your mind races with stressful thoughts, fix your full attention on the Lord. "The steadfast of mind Thou will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee" (Isa. 26:3).

If you are afraid someone might break into your house, ask God to protect you and then go to sleep. "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety" (Ps. 4:8). When someone asked Alexander the Great how he could sleep so soundly in the midst of danger, he replied, "My trusted lieutenant is watching over me." If he could sleep in peace because a man was protecting him, shouldn't we trust our all-powerful God to protect us?
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Monday, August 24, 2009

American Idols

Do you have an American idol? It won't look like those carved statues in Africa. Those are African idols. American idols are a lot more attractive than that and much harder to recognize. In fact, most Americans will deny that what they are worshipping is an idol.

An idol is anything we love more than God. And what might that be? Let's see . . . how about money? Yeah, that might be one. Do you think all those people in Las Vegas throwing dice would admit that? Or the people who buy lottery tickets?

What about football? When 80,000 people pay outrageous ticket prices and scream their heads off for their team to win, could that be considered worshipping an idol? I love to watch college football, but at one time it was one of my idols. Any hobby can easily become an idol if we let it control us. I used to get extremely depressed whenever my team lost. Then it dawned on me that it wasn't God controlling my emotions, but my idol. Clothes, music, cars, houses, movie stars, and rock stars can also be false gods that we worship.

God said, "You shall not make for yourself an idol . . . you shall not worship them or serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God" (Ex. 20:4-5). Whatever you worship, you will serve. Take a look at what you serve (what gets your money, time, and interest) and you will find what you worship. I hope that it's the Lord.
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Dead Man Found 2 Years Later

The body of a man reported missing lay undiscovered for 2 years because police searched the wrong property. The irony was he was at home the whole time. When Walter Bellman passed away in his home in England in January 1998, a neighbor reported that he had not seen Bellman for 5 days. "We went in and searched the flat, but found nothing," said a Sussex police officer, who didn't realize they had looked in the wrong place. Two years later in January 2000, Bellman's nephew contacted police because he hadn't received a Christmas card from him in 2 years. This time the police searched the correct address and discovered his remains.

How is it possible that a person wasn't missed by anyone for two years? It was because Mr. Bellman was a loner. He chose to cut himself off from fellowship, so he had no friends. I'm sure he had his reasons. Maybe someone hurt his feelings, so he withdrew from everyone to protect himself. Perhaps he viewed relationships as a waste of his time. Whatever the reason, when he died, nobody noticed.

Loneliness can be deadly. Peter Lord has said, "The poison of non-fellowship kills so slowly you don't realize it's happening." God has created us so that we need each other. "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" (Heb. 10:24-25).

If you're lonely, you can solve the problem. Dale Carnegie said, "You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in other people than you can in 2 years of trying to get other people interested in you." Pick up the phone and call someone. Get involved in a small group Bible study. Go help your neighbor. Do it today.
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Friday, August 7, 2009

The Turtle on the Fence Post

The late Alex Haley, who wrote Roots, had a unique picture on his office wall of a turtle sitting on top of a fence post. Whenever someone asked about it, Haley would say, "If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know that he had some help. Any time I start thinking, 'Wow, isn't this marvelous what I've done?' I look at that picture and remember how this turtle, me, got up on that post." (Leadership as cited in The Best of In Other Words, 1996, 135).

A turtle can't get on top of a fence post unless a hand picks it up and places it there. Likewise, we can't receive a promotion without the hand of God putting us there. He may even place us in a lower position to teach us some valuable lessons. "For not from the east, nor the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another" (Ps. 75:6-7).

That means we shouldn't be envious of those who have received a promotion, or be the least bit upset if we've been passed over for one. Advancing to a higher position is ultimately in God's hands.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Where's that smell coming from?

A boy sneaked into his grandfather's bedroom while he was sleeping and put some Limburger cheese in his mustache. After grandpa awoke, he muttered, "This bedroom stinks." He walked into the living room and commented, "This living room stinks." Trying to get away from the smell, he rushed into the kitchen. "Good grief. This kitchen stinks too." Finally he ran outside, sniffed, and yelled, "This whole world stinks!"

Some people have Limburger cheese in their attitude, so everywhere they go, it stinks. Their job stinks. Their marriage stinks. Their church stinks. Everything stinks. And they can't seem to figure out that the problem isn't with everyone else, but their own stinking attitude.

Air freshener won't take away the smell. A negative, critical spirit comes from an ungrateful heart, so to change the atmosphere around us we must start being thankful. Psalm 105 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord . . . Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad" (v.1,3). So today, instead of complaining about your boss, spouse, or kids, look for reasons to thank God for them. You'll be amazed how that will clear the air.
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Monday, July 6, 2009

The Story on Your Face

In the 1800's, a couple of gold prospectors discovered a large vein of gold. They wanted to keep their discovery a secret so others wouldn't find out. When they went back into town to buy supplies, neither of them said a word to anyone.

However, as they started back to the mountains, everyone in town was following them with picks and shovels. Although they didn't say anything, the story of their gold discovery was written all over their faces!

Proverbs 15:13 says, "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." Whatever is in our hearts will show up on our face, whether it's anger, depression, worry, or joy. Our faces tell a story of what's taking place inside our souls. The good news is we get to decide the headlines people will read. What's your story today?
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Understanding Why You Get Angry

Do you understand why you get angry? It's because things aren't going the way you would like. Either a person is doing something that you don't want him to do, or he's not doing something that you want him to do. You're angry because someone or something isn't meeting your expectations.

If you let others determine how you feel, you'll have a miserable life. And it's unlikely that your anger is going to fix whatever problem is bugging you. "For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God" (James 1:20). Ask yourself a couple of questions.

1."Am I placing unrealistic expectations on others?" If we're honest, much of our anger comes from our own stubborn opinions. The problem isn't with them, but with us. Instead of trying to make the other person change, we need to soften our hearts and stop demanding that he or she performs to our expectations. This alone could solve many marriage problems.

2."Am I angry over something that I can't change?" It's easy to get angry over the government's wasteful spending of our money, but for most of us, we can't do anything about it. Getting angry over things we can't change only steals our joy and makes us miserable. And that's just not worth the trade.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Fulfilling Your Drives in the Right Way

God told Adam and Eve they could eat from all the fruit in the Garden of Eden except for one tree which was off-limits (Gen. 2:16-17). If they had been eating the fruit God had provided for them, they wouldn't have been hungry for the forbidden fruit!

The Lord gave them a hunger drive and then provided legitimate food to fulfill it. We are tempted whenever we try to fulfill our God-given desires in an illegitimate way. If we will fulfill our drives in the right way, it cuts off the urge to fulfill them in the wrong way. That's why the pecan pie looks so tempting before eating the Thanksgiving dinner, but becomes repulsive after we've stuffed ourselves with turkey and dressing. The pie doesn't appeal to you like it did before because you fulfilled your hunger drive.

The opposite is also true. If we've been eating forbidden fruit, we won't be hungry for legitimate fruit. The first bite of the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest, but it becomes less enjoyable with each bite and creates a craving that can't be satisfied. Before long, we're addicted to forbidden fruit. An addition only partially satisfies, so it requires you to keep consuming more and more, while sucking the joy and happiness out of your life.

To be set free from the addiction, we must learn from the prodigal son, who was eating with the pigs when "he came to his senses" (Luke 15:16). He finally realized how miserable he was, and decided to change meal plans by returning to his father. We must get so disgusted that we make the decision to stop eating the off-limits fruit and return to God's provision.

Galatians 5:16 tells us, "Walk in the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." The only way to overcome lust of any kind is through a genuine work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. We just don't have enough power within ourselves to overcome temptations. However, the Holy Spirit does have the power to change our desires, and if we'll submit to Him, the desires of the Spirit will displace the yearnings of the flesh.

As we grow in our love for God, the love for forbidden fruit dwindles. So the next time you are tempted, instead of saying no to fruit, say yes to Jesus.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Do You Believe Gossip?

A wise schoolteacher sent a note to all parents on the first day of school: "If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens in school, I'll promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home."

Don't believe everything you hear! Instead, be skeptical when you hear scandalous information about someone. A woman in North Dakota committed suicide because the gossip around town said that her husband was having an affair. The facts came out later that the rumor wasn't true, but the damage had already been done.

Before you believe questionable tidbits about someone, make sure you verify the information with two other sources. Second Corinthians 13:1 says, "Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses." This is a Scriptural safeguard to keep false accusations from destroying a person's reputation.

The next time someone tries to tell you gossip, just remember that the person who gossips to you, will also gossip about you!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Do You Like the Way You Look?

Have you ever wondered why Michael Jackson keeps having plastic surgery to reduce the size of his nose? The story behind the nose is a sad one. Michael's physically abusive father constantly mocked him, telling him that he was ugly because his nose was too big. As you can see from the picture on the left, he looked just fine. But apparently Michael believed his father's lie, and that's why he has submitted to so many surgeries to change his appearance.

Do you like the way you look? The father of lies, who is also known as Satan, plants thoughts in our minds to hate ourselves and the way we look. If we believe the lie, we'll then question God by saying, "Why did you make me like this???" Scripture gives the answer, "The thing molded will not say to the molder, 'Why did you make me like this?' will it?" (Rom. 9:20) God, of course, is the molder and we are the clay. The Lord didn't make a mistake when He made you!

The way to overcome self-hatred is to pray, "Lord, thank you for making me the way that I look. I accept myself as your creation!" David told God, "I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . and my soul knows it very well" (Ps. 139:14).

It's a liberating thing to come to the place where you can embrace the way you look. Have you done this? If you haven't, you'll constantly be thinking about that plastic surgery you need.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Defeated by a Trumpet

In the war of the Rhine in 1794, the French took over an Austrian village without striking a blow. Here is how they did it.

The French were planning to attack the village at 10 o'clock at night. However, the 600 Austrian soldiers who were defending the city had found out about the attack and were ready for it. Instead of attacking, the French sent their trumpeter Joseph Werck into the city under the cover of darkness, who slipped in with the Austrian troops.

At 10 o'clock, Werck blew his trumpet for the Austrian soldiers to rally, and then a few minutes later he sounded for them to retreat. The Austrians, deceived by the signal, immediately retreated, and the French soldiers captured the village without any opposition! (Quote, August 1992, p. 248)

Just as the Austrian soldiers gave up when they heard the deceptive command of the French trumpeter, we can do the same when we listen to our fears. Satan tells lies through his trumpet, trying to keep us from doing God's will.

When the devil tries to makes us retreat through intimidation, God's Word tells us, "And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled" (1 Pet. 3:13). Which command are you going to obey--Satan's trumpet or God's Word?
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Am I Deceived?

I laughed when I read a quote by an Army spokesman, "We know of not a single case where the enemy successfully used camouflage against us." The fact is, a deceived person doesn't know that he is being deceived. The scripture continually warns us to not be deceived.

A few days ago, two Mormons came to my front door. One of them told me that he knew the Book of Mormon was true because he was sincere and he felt it was true in his heart. I told him that many people are sincerely wrong and that truth will stand up to the facts. I gave them a paper I had written, proving that Joseph Smith had copied out of the King James Version when he fabricated the Book of Mormon, which was supposedly written around the time of Christ. Joseph Smith had copied the italicized words out of the 1611 King James Version, which were not in the Greek text, but were added by the translators to give clarity of thought.

How could the italicized words get into a document supposedly written 1600 years earlier? Any thinking person, who wants to be undeceived, would have to know that Joseph Smith copied them when he wrote the fictional document called The Book of Mormon.

Even as Christians we can fool ourselves. We can be in denial and refuse to acknowledge those hurtful attitudes that are so easily seen by everyone else. Augustine once said, "Before God can deliver us, we must undeceive ourselves."

How can a person get undeceived? Simply by being honest with yourself and with God. Pray, "Lord, if I am deceived, please show me the truth." Ask Him to show you if an attitude needs to be corrected. David prayed, "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me" (Ps. 139:23-24)
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Use Your Blind Eye

When Lord Horatio Nelson was fighting the Battle of Copenhagen, his senior officer Sir Hyde Parker, also known as "Old Vinegar," hoisted the flag signaling retreat. Nelson deliberately put his blind eye to the telescope and said, "I don't see it."

If Nelson had obeyed the order to retreat and fled from his enemy, he never would have won the battle and captured 12 Danish ships! (Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, p. 139)

Keeping the right perspective is also a battle. When we're going through a difficult time, we're tempted to quit our jobs, quit our marriages, quit trusting, and quit praying. But we can't surrender to discouragement. If we lose heart, we'll lose the battle.

When the enemy hoists the retreat flag, we need to put our blind eye to the telescope and our good eye on God. Hang in there. Don't give up. "For consider Him who endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart" (Heb. 12:3).
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