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2013: Prescription

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
(2Timothy 3:16 NRSV)

Want a prescription for what ails you? Consider this: The word of God is a healing balm. It is like a gentle salve that spreads across the cuts, sores, bruises and painful areas of our lives. When God’s word makes contact with our minds, when its truth begins penetrating our thoughts and flowing through our veins, it renews, restores and remakes us!

All of us need the healing touch of truth. The word of God is full of promises and power equal to every illness besetting us, every lie deluding us, and every emotional darkness engulfing us. Its power transforms lost minds, enlivens defeated spirits, and heals broken bodies. Whatever the need, the truth of God’s word is equal to the task!

What’s your need? God’s word has the light you are seeking. God’s truth can show you the way to the new life that God has prepared for you!

So why not step into the word of God today? Begin a new journey. Travel down the pathway of truth. Explore the many promises and truths that God has waiting for you. As you do, ask the Lord to use that truth to brighten your day, to enlighten you mind, and to mold you into the person God created you to be.

Remember, the beginning of a new year is the time to do things differently. It’s time to do something about the cares and concerns you carry, the hurts you harbor, and the things holding you back. It’s the time to listen to a fresh word, to make a fresh start, and to chart a new course! Make 2013 the year you walk in the Word!

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Start The Day Right

Businesswoman with Husband In Kitchen Growing up, most of  us heard about the importance of eating a good breakfast. How we start the day nutritionally makes a huge impact on how we think, feel and behave the rest of the day.

As a psychologist, I am all about helping people think the kinds of thoughts that will build them up, cultivate the kinds of emotions that support joy, and engage in behaviors that are Christ-honoring and love provoking! But I know that a brain deprived of nutrients is going to be less likely to think rightly, experience peace and joy, or act in adaptive ways. So I try to practice what I preach, and not just eat well at breakfast, but all day long. The more I do, the better I feel, and more able I am to cope with my life’s daily demands.

What they don’t teach in psychology school is how important your spiritual condition is to your overall well-being.That’s something I’ve had to learn on my own.

MP900402559[1] So before I eat breakfast, I feed on the Word of God. I bring my thoughts into line with the truths of Scripture, and draw close to my Savior in prayer. What a world of difference that makes! It puts me in a position where my heart, mind and spirit are better attuned to God’s Spirit and aligned with God’s will. It nourishes the desire in me to love and serve God in the day ahead, and fans the flames of my faith!

You know how important it is to eat right. But don’t ever forget your spiritual nutrients. Start the day right. Bring your hopes and dreams, goals and ambitions, and plans and purposes in line with your faith. Then you will be better equipped to think, feel in behave the way God created you to!

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Do What’s Right

His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Isaiah 28:26 NIV

MP900431118[1] For the most part, I try to do what’s right and avoid what’s wrong. The trick is knowing what’s right!

Lawrence Kohlberg was  a psychologist who studied moral reasoning. He found that at the most basic level what’s right is what gets you the things you want. At a higher level, what’s right is defined by what is required for social order. But at the highest level, determining what’s right depends on higher moral principles.

That tells me if I want to do what’s right in a particular situation, I have three ways I can go. I can follow the rules. Following the rules will help me get what I want. If I go a little bit further, I could try and be a good citizen and follow the laws of the land.

MP900399592[1]But if I’m looking to be a good and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, then I  will turn to the principles God gives in the Bible for faithful followers to follow. Those principles don’t negate rules and laws. They transcend them. That’s because they come from the author of all wisdom!

All this comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. Isaiah 28:2 NIV

In the end, doing what’s right depends on what I want. If I want to satisfy my own selfish desires and indulge in a pleasure-filled life, then I should follow the rules for worldly success. If I want to live at peace and keep myself out of trouble, I will follow the laws of the land.

But if I want to please God, I will go one step further. I will apply the principles given me in God’s Word to set my course, to guide my behavior and to live a life of faith!

MP900422534[1]I like Kohlberg’s work because it reminds me that I have a choice. What I do depends on what I want. You have a choice too.

Let’s choose the higher ground and practice the principles God gives. Then we will get what we really want: the presence and power of God at work in our lives! What more could anyone ask for!

Who Does He Think He Is?

Do not judge by appearance, but judge with right judgment. John 7: 24 NRSV

MP900390083[1] Jesus spoke these words to a crowd struggling to figure out who he really was and what he was trying to do. Some of them, including the chief priests and Pharisees, were filled with animosity. Jesus’ teachings didn’t square their way of seeing things.

But then others seemed to recognize that Jesus was more than just another travelling teacher. Jesus’ words were refreshing, and they wanted more. They didn’t let the biased, self-serving views of their religious leaders deprive them of the chance to feed on the Bread of Life. 

PresentationPro,binoculars,discover,male,planning,searches,security,vision,look out,spyingTime after time great men and women of faith have had the courage to look beyond the narrow minded thinking of their day. They refused to judge on appearances alone. They judged their circumstances through the lens of truth.

Look beyond narrow-minded thinking.

Remember David? Everyone in Israel was running scared because Goliath looked unbeatable. But David looked at the giant through the eyes of faith. He knew that his God was bigger than any giant could ever be! So he made a right judgment, and he rose to the challenge.

Today you and I face many challenges. Just as the dazzling the light of Jesus’ truth begins to shine on us, we might wonder, “Is he really who he says he is? Will he do for me all that he said he will do?” When that happens, we might start asking around to see what others think. We might compare Jesus’ teaching to what other authorities say. We might evaluate Jesus’ words by the traditions and values of our society.

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But Jesus is calling us to be different. He wants us to make a right judgment. Jesus wants you and me to leave our cultural and religious prejudices behind for a moment, and let his words speak directly to us. 

As we do that, we will see that Jesus Christ is exactly who he says he is. We will know the truth, and the truth will set us free!

Why not give Jesus’ words a fresh hearing today? Let him be who he really is, and allow Jesus to do all he wants to do for you!

Make a right judgment today!

Prayer:

Jesus, you are the way the truth and the life! Help me to give your words a chance. Give me the strength to turn from the prevailing winds of skepticism and trust your word. Let me see you as you really are. Then help me to live a life a faith in your word and a life of obedience to your calling!

Amen.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. Psalm 119: 93 NRSV

MP900321197[1] Life is all about decisions. At every point along the way, there’s a decision to be made. One of the biggest decisions we have to make is whether we will embrace truth or welcome in the lie. That means deciding who we will listen to, and what we will believe.

I find the more I embrace truth, the more inclined I am to do what God created me to do. The more time I choose to spend in God’s Word, the more aware I am of opportunities to do Kingdom work. The more I understand the Scriptures, the more discerning I become, and the better equipped I am to live a Christ honoring life.

Jesus said that we would know the truth, and the truth would set us free. Truth turns us toward God. Truth shatters the lie. Truth breaks the bonds of sin, and floods the darkness of our lives with light. Truth paints the way to abundant living and eternal life.

MP900400138[1]From where I stand, the best decision I’ve made was to choose truth. Join me today, and make a deliberate decision to flood your life with the Word of God. Make it your center of gravity. Embrace it, believe it and act on it. Then you will be free, just as Jesus promised!

It’s the best decision you’ll ever make!

A Lasting Legacy

Those who speak lies fade away like the last breeze on a hot summer’s day. Those who speak the truth endure forever. Proverbs 12:19 paraphrased

MP900407575[1]Here today and gone tomorrow. That’s not how I want my life to be. I want to make an impact that becomes part of the lasting legacy of Jesus’ work here on earth.

Wise people know what lasts and what doesn’t. That’s why wise people center their lives around the truths of God’s Word. They trust the truth. They work hard to spread the truth, and they live by the truth.

MP900411817[1]The truth is not here today and gone tomorrow. The truth transcends tomorrow. It is part of eternity.

Let the truth define who you are, and turn what you do today into a legacy for Jesus Christ tomorrow! 

The Bible

It’s on my shelf, and it’s probably on yours too.

But it isn’t having a Bible, displaying a Bible or carrying a Bible that makes the difference.

It is only when the scriptures are read and prayerfully probed that the Bible becomes the word of God. Reading it and meditating on its truths makes the Bible come to life. Trusting the Bible’s promises and telling its stories gives it relevance. Applying the principles outlined in Scripture, and practicing the Bible’s teachings turn it from mere words into bread for our souls.

Click here for a brief video that reminds us of what the Bible can be to those who open it and explore its treasures!

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