Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Stealing Your Joy?

(This story is an excerpt from my book, Slaying Your Giants)
A number of years ago my wife, Cindy, refueled our car at a Texas filling station. She accidentally pulled up to a full-service pump instead of the self-service pump and didn't realize the luxury service cost an extra fifty cents per gallon until she paid for the gas. When she told me about how much the station charged for full service, I got mad. That extra fifty cents per gallon surely has to be a violation of some federal law, I thought. For the next couple of hours, I fumed about the “full-service gas station robbery.”

As I was mulling over this terrible injustice, God showed me what I had done. He spoke to my heart, “You’ve just sold your joy for seven dollars!”  I never thought about how cheaply I would trade off something so valuable. Just as Esau despised his birthright for a bowl of soup, I exchanged my joy for a few dollars’ worth of gas. God used that incident to show me how many times I’ve lost my joy by focusing on little grievances that really don’t matter. I decided right then I wouldn’t forfeit my happiness that easily again. My joy is just too valuable to let go of it.

Imagine going on a picnic. Everyone is having a great time but a fly keeps buzzing around you. Now instead of enjoying the day, you’re focusing on the fly. You keep trying to swat it, missing every time. It continues to bother you, and rest of the afternoon you’re focused on the fly instead of the picnic. The “fly at the picnic” has just ruined your day!  

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11). What’s stealing your joy?  At what price are you willing to surrender your happiness? It may be someone pulling in front of you on the highway, or a small incident at work. It could be a misplaced remote control, a flat tire, or someone’s smart-aleck words directed at you. Shake it off and remember that your joy is worth a lot more than seven dollars.  

Do you want to grow deeper as a disciple?  I’m praying about launching a new ministry to help you grow spiritually and teach you the things I’ve learned from God. This would include adding video teachings on my website and offering Bible studies for small groups free of charge. If you are interested in knowing more, please email me at kent @ Your email to me does not obligate you to anything. I simply want to know how many people would be interested in receiving deeper teachings from the Bible a couple of times a week. Write "discipleship ministry" on the subject line.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beware of the Dog

(The following story is an excerpt from Slaying Your Giants)   A salesman was making his first visit to see a farmer. He was walking down a long dirt road when he saw a big sign: “Beware of the dog.” He paused for a moment and decided to keep going. As he got further down the road he saw of another sign: “BEWARE OF THE DOG!” He gulped and thought about turning around, but decided to proceed. His desire to make the sale was greater than his fears.

Finally, at the end of the road, he arrived at the farmhouse and found a little puppy sitting on the front porch. When the farmer answered the door, the salesman asked, “Do you really expect that little dog to keep people away?” “No,” the farmer replied. “I expect the signs to do that.”

Often the thing we dread isn’t nearly as bad as we think it will be.  It’s just a puppy on the porch.  What frightens us is not the actual event but believing all those scary signs along the way.

What is your greatest fear right now?  Did you know that 92% of the things we worry about will never happen?  You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, but what about the other 8%?”  The other 8% will either not be as bad as you think, or God will give you the grace to get through it.  That takes care of all of your fears—if you will trust the Lord with them. This is why David could say, “I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

Friday, July 12, 2013

Slaying Your Giants (eBook) /Customer Reviews

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Learning from Goldfish

Did you know that goldfish will lose their color if they are not kept near the light? If they are kept in darkness for a certain length of time, or the light isn’t bright enough, the color of the goldfish begins to fade.

When Moses was on Mt. Sinai in the presence of the Lord, his face radiated with the glory of the God, even after he came down from the mountain (see Exodus 33:18-23, 34:29-35). Moses didn’t try to manufacture the brightness with his own ability. The light that came from his face was a result of being in God’s presence. 

The only way we can absorb the glory of God is to spend time in His presence. If we are truly reflecting the Lord’s light, others will notice it and will be drawn to Him. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

Drawing Near or Drifting Away. If we don’t draw near to God, we will drift away from God. The way we draw near to Him is in our hearts through talking with Him and letting Him speak to us as we read His Word. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). If we don’t actively seek to be close to the Lord, we will drift away from Him. “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Heb. 2:1).  Drifting away does not mean losing your salvation, but slipping away from having fellowship with Him. As a result, we lose our joy, enthusiasm, and strength.

Make a decision right now to draw near to God.  He loves you, and wants to speak to you and guide you on the right path.