Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Your Provision Changes

When the Jews were slaves in Egypt, their provision came from their masters. But when Moses led them through the Red Sea into the wilderness, they needed a new source of provision. God sent them food from heaven during that time. “The Israelites ate manna for 40 years, until they came to an inhabited land. They ate manna until they reached the border of the land of Canaan” (Ex. 16:35).

They changed locations again and needed a new source. “The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year” (Joshua 5:12).

When a famine hit, God told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and commanded the ravens to bring him food (1 Kings 17:4-7). When the brook dried up, God told him to change locations and go to Zarephath for food. (If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? p.184)

One day your provision will change. Many people have lost their jobs. Many go through divorce and must find new provision. Others can’t work for various reasons. When your provision changes, keep three things in mind:

1. Remember that God is your provider. When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, He takes responsibility to be your provider. He may provide through your job or in other ways.
2. If your brook dries up, you may need to change locations. When you lose your source of provision, God can show you like He did Elijah where to go to find new provision.
3. No matter how bad your situation, trust God to provide. He’s aware of what you’re going through and has a plan for your life. Ask Him to reveal what to do.

For more about trusting God to provide, read The Sure Cure for Worry ($2.99)
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Parable of Two Houses

One man said, “My realtor sold me a two-story house. He told me one story before I bought it and another story after I bought it.” Jesus told a story about two houses, which explains a truth about two types of people.

The wise person built his house on a rock foundation, while the other built on a sand foundation. Both houses were fine for a while, but then a storm came. “The rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew, and burst against that house (Matthew 7:25,27). The storm came from above (rain), beneath (flood), all sides (winds). The house built on sand collapsed and “great was its fall” (v.27), but the house built on rock withstood the storm. Here are three observations about this parable:

1. Both people built houses but the difference was where they built. The wise person built his house on a rock foundation and “dug deep” (Luke 6:48) because he prepared for the future. The foolish person only thought about enjoying the present and built on sand because it’s much easier to sink posts into sand.

2. Both houses experienced the same intensity of the storm. The rain, floods and wind hit both houses. Just because you’re a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean you will escape trials. God will give you the grace and strength to endure the storm.

3. Both builders heard the words of Jesus, but only one obeyed. (7:24,26) Think about it this way: Jesus told both of them to build their house on the rock (Himself), but only one obeyed and did it. And that’s the point. Many people disobey what Jesus clearly said to do. They attend church but they live immoral lives. Jesus said you will know true believers from unbelievers by the fruit they produce (7:17-20).

Shady real estate agents (false prophets--7:15) will try to sell you sandy sites to build your life. Don’t listen to them. Jesus said the person who doesn’t obey Him will one day be destroyed. But the one who hears and obeys will stand. Are you obeying what Jesus said? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Do I Have Blind Spots?

Recently I was driving on the Interstate and wanted to change lanes. I didn’t know a car was slightly behind me on the right in my blind spot. My wife in the passenger seat told me about the car that was hidden from my view. I didn’t get angry with her for pointing out something that I couldn’t see. She was helping me, which kept me from getting in a wreck.

Just like we have blind spots in our cars, we’ve got blind spots in our lives. We have faults and weaknesses that we can’t see on our own. How can we possibly see something we are blind to? It takes humility and willingness to change.

1. Ask God to reveal your faults. King David knew he had blind spots, so he prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Ps. 139:23-24). He realized God knows everything and would reveal harmful attitudes in his life.

2. Ask someone you trust. It hurts to hear someone point out our faults, but if we ask someone that we trust it will probably be accurate and easier to accept. A friend of mine once asked me, “If I knew something about you that you don’t know, would you want me to tell you?” He left the decision in my court, and I told him I did. He told me something I needed to hear and correct.

3. Your critics will gladly point them out. A critical person will probably exaggerate your faults, but ask God if there’s a grain of truth in his/her statement. Shimei cursed and slandered David, but David found a grain of truth in his criticism (2 Sam. 16:5-12).

When we see our blind spots and correct them, it keeps us from wrecking our marriage and relationships—which pleases God and brings His blessing.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lead Parts and Minor Roles

Kent and Barbara Hughes attended a school play in which their daughter Holly played the lead character. She charmed the audience with her incredible acting ability, and her parents proudly applauded her brilliant performance.

Immediately after Holly’s play ended, they watched their son’s Christmas play. Unlike his sister, Kent Jr. had a learning disability and was given a minor role with only four lines. He had a hard time memorizing his part and worked on it from Thanksgiving to Christmas. But he never said his lines correctly even one time.

Now Kent and Barbara sat nervously as the spotlight shone on their son, who still didn’t know his lines. After hesitating for an excruciating moment, Kent Jr. quoted his lines perfectly for the first time! Kent and Barbara were absolutely thrilled with his performance. Even though their son and daughter had vastly different levels of ability, they were equally pleasing to their parents. (Making Today Count for Eternity, pp. 53-54).

Jesus told a parable where a master gave his slaves money to manage. He gave one slave 5 talents (bags of money), another 2 talents, and another one talent, “each according to his ability” (Matt. 25:15). The 5-talent slave produced five talents, and the 2-talent slave made two more talents. They both received identical praise from the master because they both did their best. We all have differing abilities, but we can all be equally pleasing to God.

Don’t be envious of someone with greater abilities (“Why didn’t God give me 5 talents?”). If God gave you the abilities of a 2-talent person, use your God-given ability to the fullest. If you are a 5-talent person don’t say, “Why did God place so much responsibility on me? I wish I were a 2-talent person. He’s got it easy.” God doesn’t expect 2-talent people to produce 5 talents, and He's not pleased when 5-talent people only produce 2 talents. God is pleased when we faithfully use the abilities He has given us.

Do you have a lead part in life, or is it a minor role? Remember all the world is a stage and God is the only audience you need to please. Make the most of what He has given you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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