Someone Needs to Hear this Today

I feel the Holy Spirit pressing a word on me for someone out there going through a difficult time.  They are screaming out to God daily, almost ready to give up on Him.  They feel their prayers are unheard, unanswered, that God does not know them.  They are desperately waiting for God to pluck them out of their despair.

My friend…hear me…God sees youGod knows you. He has not forsaken you.  He has not abandoned you.

David wrote, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me (Psalm 23:4).

Pay close attention to David’s words here, he writes walks through the valley. He does not say, God plucked me out of the valley, so I know God is with me.  He does not say, the valley is narrow, so his time in darkness is short.  He proclaims that God is with him in the valley.  God is with you in your darkness.  In your despair.

Job writes after everything was taken from him, near death, after listening to his friends accuse him of not really knowing God and before his life was restored, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you (42:5).  It was through the darkest period of Job’s life that he began to understand God’s entire nature.

Dear one – turn your eyes away from the expectation of God ending your season of darkness and turn toward eagerly seeking Him in the valley.

He is desperately eager for you to know Him.

I have a promise for you.

The prophet Isaiah writes,

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior (43:1-3).

I know it’s hard to hear these words in the middle of dark seasons.  I get it. I’ve been there too, but here is the promise that you can cling onto, You Are His.  He has called You.  You may pass through some deep waters, may even feel like you are drowning – You will not.  The fires may rage all around you, you will feel the heat, you may get tinged, but I promise those fires will never consume you.  You will come through smelling like smoke, but you will come through.

God does not promise us a life free from trouble.  He promises a life where He will never leave.

I promise you the Lord is with you.

Hold on.

Darkness shall never consume the Light.


Save a Life.

The suicide of Anthony Bourdain hit me like a ton of bricks.  I did enjoy his work, after all he was a brilliant story-teller and willing to go places where no one else dared.  But I cannot say I was a huge fan.   Yet, I found myself sobbing as the news stated he left behind his 11-year-old daughter.  Suddenly, I am flooded with emotions from eight years ago when I had to tell my own eleven-year-old daughter about her father’s suicide.

I may never understand the severity of pain one endures; however, I am very familiar with the aftermath of suicide   My children were nearly 11, 9 and 3 when their father took his life.  To say I understand the pain this mother is going through right now is an understatement.  I feel her pain.  I feel her loss.  I know what it is like to navigate those first few days, nights, weeks and months as the new norm sets in.  Their innocence is lost.  Life will never be the same.

Can I be real for a moment?  The silent whispers of depression tell the victim their pain will simply go away, their problems will be over, and their family is better without them.  Depression tells the victim they will help their family.

This is an ugly lie.

The reality is – the pain simply transfers to the surviving family members.  The same hurts, the same problems, the same burdens.  Often it is hard to resolve this pain because survivors are left with so many unanswered questions.

I know he never meant to burden his family with his demons, but I have seen the same signs of depression, anxiety and a lack-luster approach to life in my children.  It may lie dormant for a while, maybe even years, but it is there ready to wake up at just the right time.  It can rise to the surface during what should be joyous events like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  As hard as we fight it and release it to God, loneliness can unexpectedly take over.

Countless lives are lost every single day due to this silent epidemic.  Countless family members, children are left to endure the same pain and answered questions.

Enough is enough.

We need to do more.

If you see something.  Say something. As a family member or friend, we must take charge to save their life.

Victims may be so lost in their darkness that they will not seek help.  In the aftermath of my ex-husbands suicide, we learned that he meticulously planned out the entire thing.  As much as we may` beg and plead or give them the National Suicide Hotline, our pleas may go unheard.

Speak truth into their life.

They are loved.  They are valued.  And they have a unique purpose.  They matter.

The bottom line is God created each one of us for such a time as this.  And our families, our community, our world suffers when anyone is taken too soon.

Do not worry about offending someone.  I believe we would rather help someone recover than attend another funeral.

See something.  Say something.  Save a Life.

Look at the Birds of the Air

Ever have those seemingly random Holy Spirit moments?  Sink in your soul in the middle of a conversation.   Yup, that happened to me today.

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As, I began to assist a gentlemen over the phone, staring out my window, I heard the Lord whisper,  “Do you not see the birds in the air?”  The word immediately brought to mind the teaching from Matthew 6, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value then they (25-27)?

God knows my heart.  And I am a wreck.

Quite honestly, over the last few weeks I have come to the gut-wrenching conclusion that the job I earnestly prayed for and received is not economically sufficient.  What am I going to do now?  Find a different job?  Maybe a second job?  Either way, the enormity of it all is overwhelming.  More often than not, I am in the red.

Yet, there is so much conflict in this realization.  I prayed for this job.  Sacrificed for this job.  The chance to work from home and be present with my children.  I can honestly say the last few months have proven why I must be home.

And as much as I’ve trusted the Lord with everything, this is my reality.  Living paycheck-to-paycheck and even then it does not add up.  I’ve lost no sleep over it by any means.  God knows the depths of my soul and what I am anxious over even if I may not manifest that anxiety physically.

Then His words fall like a loving embrace.  Don’t worry, I will provide.  I felt the weight of it all immediately fall from my shoulders all while trying to maintain my composure.  After all I still had to help the person on the phone.

As, I look out my window throughout the day, watching the birds fly around and my gargantuan Japanese Maple grow bigger by the day, I am reminded of all of God’s goodness.  His love for His creation is pureWithout ceasing.  He provides us with this amazing, wonderful,  beautiful world to enjoy and know that He is God.  Lord of all.  The Alpha and Omega.  The one that sees my days from beginning to end.

And in that, I can rest in peace knowing He has me in His hands.

You Are Chosen

Stepping into a lobby full of people, some known, others are familiar faces.  The overwhelming sense of loneliness and isolation is a reality for many in these situations.  Although we may come from different backgrounds and experiences, we all long for the same thing, for someone to say I choose you.

Our culture is inundated with expressions of our desire to belong.  As early as elementary school, stories of lining up along the fence, during recess or gym, waiting for “team selection,” are all too common.  The dread of waiting there while everyone else was selected, and the horror of being the last one.  We all recognize the feelings that are attached to these stories.  We simply want to be selected.  For someone to choose us, not settle for us.

With hormones ranging now, the selection process continues across high school campuses where everyone is caught up in the all too real game of boy picks girl or girl picks boy.  The influence of romantic movies only exacerbates the fear of rejection and loneliness.  At some point we all express the same feelings as Julia Roberts character in “Notting Hill,” ‘I am just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.’

In recent years, social media has played an ever dominate role in this game.  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all thrive on the number of likes, comments, and shares.  YouTube users are encouraged to promote subscribers and likes to maintain their audience and influence.  Those that thrive in this arena though are expressing the same desire, they want people to like them.  To pick them out of thousands of posts and videos.

In a world where everyone has an opinion; opinions still matter.

This isn’t limited to “world culture,” as a microcosm of the culture around us, churches are filled with people with the same feelings.  Walking through those doors does not wash them away.

Walk around our church lobbies before and after service and we will find clusters of individuals with backs turned to the outside world.  We are comfortable in our tight communities.  We don’t want to admit this, but the reality is deep inside all of us we long for a sense of belonging.  Just as in elementary school, we simply want to sit with the cool kids, be around the popular ones, because then we can tell ourselves, I am chosen.  I belong.

Sadly, there are individuals in our culture that spend much of their lives never feeling that sense of belonging.  They struggle to find deep connections with other people.  And in their effort to connect, social media disappoints them because they do not receive the same validation as their peers.

Rejected.  Isolated.  Unimportant.  Invisible.  Disregarded.

If you are feeling this way, the churches response may sound like a talking point:

“Know that God is with you!”

“You are not alone!”

During my personal loneliness, I have felt His undeniable presence, so I know this is very true.  My physical environment did not change though.  Nor does it change the perspective of the world looking from the outside.  The lobby is still filled with huddled groups of turned backs.

As Christians, our calling is far greater than our physical reality.  As we study the Gospels and the Epistles, we can see the Apostles spent a lot of time alone.  But they understood one undeniable truth, their physical loneliness was temporary.

So, now we are without excuse.  It is time to get up and walk in the freedom as one already chosen.

Peter writes, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” (1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG).

So, the question may be then, what does this look like exactly?

It means start serving your church community.  As a natural introvert, I began serving on the First Impressions team; far removed from my comfort level.  But I have come to feel the strength of God in those moments when I did not feel like socializing.

Show up to a community group.  Yes, it is terrifying.   I promise, you will not be rejected.  I vividly remember my first day walking into a Bible study group not knowing a single other woman in the room.   Some of those women are now dear friends.

It will not be easy.  I promise you.  But it will build your confidence.  It will destroy those feelings of isolation.  It will help you understand that God choose you for a very specific purpose that only you can fulfill. 



Christ is Life: Breath of Life    


In August I began a series  “Christ is Life” to look into the many ways Scripture point to Christ as our life.  Today, we will begin the second installment of the series by asking ourselves, “How long can you hold your breath”?  Within moments, we realize our dependence upon the natural progression of our breath.  It is the fuel that generates the intricate workings of our human anatomy.

Oxygen feeds everything.

Ali Venosa of Medical Daily writes, “Our body can resist many forms of trauma, fight through a lack of nourishment, and take on harsh outer conditions, but without the ability to draw breaths, we’re effectively dead within a few moments.”[1]

Through intentional study of Scripture, we can find that our Creator specifically designed all of creation to be utterly dependent upon the breath.  We are held in deep connection to the source of all life – Jesus is the Breath of Life.


God’s Breath of Life is Creative

Scripture opens with this truth, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).  I am sure you are thinking, ‘what does this have to do with the breath?’  The Hebrew language is far more descriptive here than the English translation.  The Spirit of God, ruwach elohiym  וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים is a powerful creative force. The word ruwach (roo’-akh) depending upon context, is defined as – wind, spirit, breeze, breath, sense, mind, intellectual frame of mind.  God’s Spirit is the foundation of all creation.

Our close relational connection to God is first seen in Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” This deep connection, breathing life to His Creation is seen only here.  God intentionally breathed His life into Man because we were always meant to be in close relationship with the Father.  Speaking in the Areopagus Paul says, “Yet he is actually not far from each of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:28).


God’s Breath of Life Revives

Can we take a moment here to listen to the sound of our lungs drawing in the breath of God?  For many, this may be the first time we have focused in on this natural phenomena.  But it is purposeful because God can revive that which has been dead inside each of us today.

The restoration of Israel is dramatically prophesized in Ezekiel 36-37.  As Gentile Christians, the lessons from Israel’s sin and restoration is our primary focus. Ezekiel opens with the nation of Israel cut off from the source of all life, “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and sat me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones” (v.1).  Ezekiel testifies further that these bones “were very dry.”  The image here supports Israel’s sin did not happen overnight, but over time.  Generations spent not acknowledging God as Master and Creator, disconnected spiritually and physically.   The same can be true for us.  If we stop acknowledging who God is, then our breath becomes meaningless and we begin to slowly die inside.

The good news – even when all hope is lost, and we have given up, God intentionally makes a way to revive and breathe life into death.

“Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live” (v.4-5).  Just as Israel was lost, they had given up hope of restoration, God brings life back into a lost nation.  A re-connection back to the Father so that the people would know that He is God. He desires to do the same with us today.  There may be moments where you feel lost, without hope, dead, and dry.  It is the power of God to breathe His living breath in you so that you may live knowing that He is God.


Breath of Life Restores

There may be moments where you feel as if you’re starting life’s race from the starting line. Over and over again losing the ground of progress. Believe me, I have been there myself.  I can truthfully say that this is a lie the enemy uses to keep us in our position of fear and hopelessness.

The power of Ezekiel shows that God restores that which was lost, “And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.” He not only revives us, but He also restores.

In one of his final acts on this earth, Jesus connected the breath of life to the giving of the Holy Spirit, “And when he said this, he breathed on them” (John 20:22).

Why the breath?  After all, Jesus could have said the words without any physical contact at all and it would have been done.  But he specifically chooses the act of breathing for a very distinct purpose.

First, let us establish who John was referring to when he used the pronoun them.

The text connects the pronoun them with the disciples in the room. Recall earlier, these same disciples left Him, denied Him, and demanded proof of his resurrection.  The imagery directly connects the creation and dry bones prophecy as an act of restoration to those that believed they were cut off.  Up to this point the disciples lived in utter fear and Jesus restored each of them with His breath of life.


Life Application

Your internal dialogue may be screaming right now: I’ve sinned too much, Jesus cannot restore this dead life. I understand, I have been there before.

For most of my life I struggled in silence from debilitating anxiety attacks.  I had no control over my thoughts or my bodies response to the environment around me.  Eventually, I learned that if I sat in a dark room, closed my eyes and ears and just listened to the sound of breath as it flowed in and out, the creative, restorative force set my mind still.  When I began to acknowledge that the force of my breath emanates from God alone, my anxiety attacks subsided.  I have lived free from this fear for almost ten years.

Jesus does not want to simply revive you, restore you, but He wants you to live a life of fullness and vitality.  Free from the fear, hopelessness and death.  He lives and moves in your entire being.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and know that He is near breathing life into your dry bones.


A Word of Caution


A friend of mine forwarded a video the other day called, “It’s Supernatural” with host Sid Roth and guest Lance Wallnau.  Although Mr. Roth and Mr. Wallnau had some validity, their perspectives were so askew that it leads to this word of caution.

First, let’s talk about biblical foundation. Programs like this one are not new, in the digital age they just have a greater audience.  Like the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ time, today’s religious elite can passionately believe something is true, leading others astray.  Matthew’s Gospel provides some understanding to how the Pharisee’s viewed the Messianic prophecies, “When Herod the king heard this (the news of the birth of the Christ), he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.” We know Herod did not do this out of reverence to the coming Messiah, it was commonly believed the Messiah would reign as King, thus replacing Herod.

As Herod and all of Jerusalem was misled because of their temporal understanding of the Scriptures, our religious leaders today can lead an entire nation astray.  The Pharisee’s and our modern religious leaders tend to believe in a presentation of the truth they want to believe, their points and position may appear Biblical sound, but as we dig deeper into what they are saying it is only a version of the truth that our ears want to accept as valid.

The guest speaker is introduced as Lance Wallnau, known for “prophesying Donald Trump’s victory.” [1] His explanation for Trump’s close victory rested on the “remnant of believers” deciding this crucial victory.  Of course, the argument hinges on Mr. Wallnau’s definition of “remnant.”

Hear me.

We are not meant to catch this, Mr. Wallnau incorrectly uses the word “remnant” in order to prove his argument.

Let’s examine the word remnant.  It is defined as a “small remaining quantity of something.”  Study of Scripture shows “remnant” does not appear often, however when used it signifies an important prophetic event in history.  Isaiah 10:20, “In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.”  Paul speaks of Isaiah’s prophecy further in Romans (9:27; 11:15).  He is clearly expressing that though Israel will be as sand of the sea (Abraham’s promise) only a remnant will be protected, not of human will, but by God’s choice.  Remnant is always referred to those that come from the line of Jacob, true ethnic Israel protected from calamity and strife.  They will come to play a significant role in the end times.  Christians from America are not included in this scenario.

What is with this “Fake News”

The discussion turns to the culture hot topic, “Fake News.” In Wallnau’s view, this is the cause of an “ancient spirit” (later names it Leviathan) he claims this spirit is a “world-ruling class spirit” with the sole purpose to “divide people against people” he continues, “the more division he can create the more power he can consolidate.” His point?  This mind-control spirit has invaded the populous at large and continues to bring turmoil and strife to the American people in all walks of life.  He continues painting a graphic picture of Leviathan’s actions and character to gain the attention of the audience.

What does Scripture say about this creature Leviathan?  The Hebrew word is used only five time and refers to a dragon, serpent, or whale.  Yes, five times!  In each occurrence, the Leviathan is referred to as an actual beast (Job 3:8, 41:1; Psalm 74:14, 104:26; Isaiah 27:1).  Leaders like Wallnau may spiritualize topics like Leviathan to prove their theories, but remember God inspired Isaiah to specifically write, “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”  And that same God has no intention of confusing or hiding deep spiritual secrets through His words.  He is an open God eager to have a relationship with all His children, not the select few.

Please don’t be weary!  We want to trust our leaders and accept their presentations of Scripture as fully accurate.  There are many great leaders out there that speak the truth, but we must be prepared in season and out to fully understand Scripture   Here are a few things that help:

  1. Read the Word Daily!  Not like infants, but like mature Christians that want to consume the Word with every fiber of our being.
  2. Pray without ceasing.  James, the brother of Jesus that didn’t believe Jesus until after the ascension, is commonly known as the “knobby-kneed” apostle.  Let us be like James, on our knees seeking the Holy Spirits intervention so that we can be equipped to know God’s truth.
  3. Stay in Community.  We were never meant to do this life without people of like-mind and spirit.  Talk to your community about what you have read or video’s that you have watched.  Question what you are hearing, dissect the message, look up the given Scripture and read around it.  The more we question what we hear the better our chances of combating the false teachings.
  4. Remember we are all human.  Until we reach eternity none of us are perfect.  I believe most teachers of Scripture do not intentionally seek to deceive their audiences.  We can all be passionate about something, but we can also be passionately in error.  Give love and grace to all as we were instructed to do.



Christ is Life


Have you ever uttered the phrase, “my children are my life,” or “my spouse is my life,” my work, my music, etc.  What are we truly saying?  A part of us put something in the place of honor that does not deserve such esteem.

Read this with me…

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:2-4

Let those words sit on your heart for a moment.

Feel the gravity of them as they sink into your soul.

Sermons have been spoken about the first part, “set your minds on things above,” and I am sure you’ve seen merchandise with the words stamped on the side.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of power in this verse.  However, we will turn our attention to the “why” over the next few weeks.  The reason, Paul writes here, Christ is your life.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines life as, “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body; a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate being; an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.”

Stop right there.

Vital and functional.

Did you pick up those words too?  What makes a life vital and functional?

The blood running through our veins, the air we breathe, the water we need, the food we consume, are necessities that make our life vital and functional.  Biologically, cell reproduction and organ function is the source of a vital and functional life, yet any biological function down to cell replication requires a source; oxygen, water, chemical reactions from the food we ingest, and blood cells to carry those life-giving nutrients.

I am sure most of you by now are wondering what does this have to do with Jesus, bear with me.  First, let’s look at the words of Jesus, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).

Wait a minute, Jesus says that Scripture bears witness about Him, that in Him and through Him we have life.  Shall we dig a little deeper?

I think we shall.

We know Greek is the original language of the New Testament, so to understand the message Paul and John were trying to convey, we need to know the Greek.  Two words are vital to our understanding; the first word “life” in both Colossians and the Gospel of John are the same Greek word, zoe, defined as, “the condition of living or the state of being alive; especially healthiness, happiness, exuberance, energy, vitality, and the like;” the second word is translated bear witness, martyrousai; to offer first hand authentication in favor or in affirmation of someone.  (Catch the word martyr?)

The Scriptures affirm, with first hand authentication, that Jesus is the only way to have a life that is truly vital and functional while on the earth.  What does it look like exactly, I will provide a hint – it is all connected to what is required for humanity to be vital and functional.  The truth is our very lives are deeply connected to Christ in such a way that without Him we are dust.

I am so passionate about this subject because it changed me from the inside. I hope and pray that by sharing this message with you, lives will begin to change too.  In this turbulent world, we need to know that our lives are tangibly connected to the author and perfecter of our faith.

This five-part series, Jesus is Life, will walk with you through the Scriptures and how they testify to Jesus as the source and giver of all life.

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Give Me Your Heart

Have you ever found yourself in a situation and/or conflict where you had to ask yourself should I follow my “heart” or my “head”?  I have certainly found myself in many of those situations in my short-time here on earth.  In recent weeks though, I’ve pondered why?  Why do we ask ourselves such questions for any decision, let alone major life-altering moments?  Have we become a culture that separates intellectual thought (head) from feelings (heart), to such an extent that we live ruled by one or the other?  I find in my observations, that we are generally ruled by our “feelings.”  Exam some of these statements with me:

I feel angry

I feel not loved

I feel in love

I feel inadequate

I feel happy

I feel…… (you complete the sentence)

The list goes on and on.  What we feel is how we live.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating pure intellectualism here, but just pondering how our world became so absorbed with personal feelings over wisdom, discernment, and intelligent thought.

The truth is, we (humankind) are created in the image of God.  As such, our bodies are made to glorify God’s image not our own.  That includes, our speech, our actions, our thoughts, and yes, even our feelings.  Everything reflects His image to the world.  And when we live ruled by our personal feelings we can walk into some morally questionable circumstances that is anything but Christ-like.

So, what is the answer then – feelings or intellectual thought?

I want to purpose something that is so far counter-culture it may shock you a bit.  Are you ready?  As image bearers of the All-Mighty God, we are designed to follow our heart that is solely connected to the Father. 

Don’t take my word for it, let’s examine some Scripture.  As we study the Scriptures it is important to first acknowledge that the English translation of our Old Testament often uses the English word “mind” for the Hebrew word leb, which translates as heart, mind, conscious. The heart is the center of reasoning, meant to understand, discern, to give insight.  The word “heart” interestingly occurs nearly 1000 times in Scripture, “the most common anthropological term in Scripture.”  The Hebrew never differentiated emotion from intelligence or wisdom.

The first example for this Hebrew word comes in Exodus 14:5, “When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people.”  We could also translate this passage as, “Pharaoh had a change of heart.”  Let’s think about this for a moment, Pharaoh is said to have changed his heart toward the Israelites after they left Egypt, he didn’t want them to leave as he initially allowed.  We know from the story that Pharaoh chases after the Israelites only to have many of his soldiers drown.  How often do we find ourselves leading with our feelings only to end up in disaster?

Our second example comes from 1 Kings 3:9, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”   Again, our Hebrew word leb is used here for “mind,” emphasizing Solomon’s desire to lead the people of Israel with an understanding (wise) heart.  We see from Scripture that Solomon’s Israel was the center of the known world.  Although, it is difficult to see how wisdom is connected to our hearts, how would life change if we sought God for a wise heart?

Finally, let’s examine another of Solomon’s writings, which I believe may provide us with a bit of clarity to some of our questions, “whoever trusts in his own mind (leb) is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Prov. 28:26).  Is Solomon saying here that we should not trust our heart?  Absolutely not!  Solomon compares a heart that trusts fully in the Lord (Prov. 28:25) to a heart that trusts in only himself.  The one that trusts in his own heart (in himself) is a fool.

The message that we continually find, as we examine Scripture and ask questions, is our heart can only be trusted based upon our position with God.  If our heart is not connected to the Father, our feelings will mislead us every. single. time.

Take a moment to examine your personal position with the Lord right now.  Is your heart truly connected to Him?  Can you trust that your feelings are leading you in His direction not your own?  If you believe that your heart (feeling) is not connected to Jesus, take a moment to confess and repent.  His promise to true, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26). The world may want you to “Think with your head not your heart” but, I believe that God wants us to use our hearts.


Salvation Comes Today

Today, I want to reach out across this wonderful web to those seeking answers that your hearts yearn to know, we are all hard-wired to seek the answers to the hardest question: Why are we here?

The answer to this question has driven the most controversial debates.  Most people are in one of three camps: they undeniably believe in evolution, that we came from some cosmic ooze and developed into what we see today; they believe we were created by an ultimate Creator that created this entire universe for our benefit, or they don’t really know either way.  Either way, I believe it is ingrained inside of our souls to want to know the answer.  We can look through ancient cultures and see the effects religion had on their communities.  Many were built around centers of worship.  Once we acknowledged that there is something within us driving to answer these questions – I believe the answer is quite easy.

The answers often come linked with our ability to trust and our sense of control.  If we are driven by evolution then control is ours, we own it, no else does. We are individuals capable of making our own choices.  We control our fate.

If we are driven by creation, then our trust and sense of control may appear like it’s ours to own, but it really is in the hands of our Creator. We may even struggle with thoughts of choice and power.  Our personal sense of control is tied in with our overall belief system.

Let me be completely real here – we were Created by a divine Creator, to live in a world created by Him for us to steward.  I know that may be hard for some to hear.  And this blog post is not about proving or disproving this statement.

I want you to be able to settle with this truth for just one moment: God, our Creator, took the time to create you for stewarding His Creation.  You were not an accident.  You were not randomly put together.

God breathed life into your lungs.  You are here for a purpose.

Let’s see if I can explain for the few minutes we have here today.  Your story began as my story did, God created the heavens, the earth, the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the great animals of the ocean.  He also created the first man to become stewards of His personal creation.

Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God and His Creation, there was a deep connection with the Creator, “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed…and they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen2:25,3:8). I cannot imagine a relationship so deep that I walked within the presence of God.  God loved His creation so much that He couldn’t stand being apart from them. Adam and Eve did not question how they were formed or why they were there, they knew it because they were that close with God.

We are not told how much time passed between Creation and sin, but we do know that it began with a serpent, enticing Eve to eat where she was told not to, “Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden…You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:1,4).  Most of us focus on the sin of eating the apple, however, in a book I recently read, the author made a valid point, the serpent got Eve to focus on her restrictions. Adam and Eve lived in abundance, but the thoughts of the one restriction controlled her mind to the point of sin.  We may be in the same situation, so focused on our restrictions that we miss our abundance.

The story of the first sin ultimately focuses on Adam and Eve, yet the curse didn’t just land on them alone, all creation is effected in some way.  We live in a world far removed from God’s perfect design and it yearns for the day of restoration.

So, one may ask, If God wanted such a deep relationship, why did He remove Adam and Eve?

Just as light and dark cannot occupy the same space, God and sin cannot dwell together, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isa 59:2).

The Good News is this – despite our rebellion, God is always faithful.

From the moment of the first sin, God began to work in various ways with humanity throughout time for one purpose – to bring them back into His presence.

Humanity spent a lot of time rebelling, turning their backs on God, all the while He simply desired for us to be with Him.  I can relate to those feelings.  I’ve spent much of my life rebelling against any type of restriction placed upon me.  Ultimately, I felt lost, confused, and alone.

We are all like Adam and Eve, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  But God in all His loving kindness sent His Son to redeem us from our sin and bring us back into right relationship with Him, “and our justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23).   Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus came to redeem us from our sin so that we can reconnect with the Creator as it was meant to be.  The only way we can do that is through acceptance of our sin nature and repentance, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

I know what you may be thinking right now, I am a good person, I am kind, I give to the poor, I do not break the law, etc., etc., here is the thing though, we are all prone to sin because this crazy, whacked out earth is not as it should be because of the curse of sin.  So as much as you may work on being a good person, we always have this innate desire (sin) to live contrary to our real purpose.  And the struggle manifest itself in so many different areas of our lives.  Paul the one we attribute most of the New Testament writes near the end of his life, “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…”  He saved us not because of our deeds, but because He loved us so much He wanted us near Him again.

If you desire to end the chaos, confusion, and rebellion, then place your trust in Jesus Christ.  You don’t have to change who you are to trust in Him.   Simply reach out to Him, “Jesus I need you in my life.  I trust in You to restore my heart.  I believe you are the Son of the Living God.  I believe that you have come to save me from my sin.”  Now, in your own space, repent of your sin and acknowledge that He will be there with you.

If you have taken this time to confess and place your trust in Jesus Christ, please comment below.  I want to pray with you and connect you with a local community of believers to help you navigate this new-found freedom.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”