Good People

I know a lot of good people. In fact a lot of good people may even read my ramblings and know that I think of them as “good people”.  There is something attractive about good people. They are honest, trustworthy, reliable and dependable. Good people have consistent character. 

I must speak to the bottom line…. Sometimes good people do bad things. Question: Does that make them “bad people” or simply “good people who did something bad”? I know a lot of good people who have made mistakes – sometimes-big mistakes, but a mistake should not define a person, but it often does. For example, a man cheats on his wife, or the wife cheats on her husband. Sometimes those choices/mistakes can alter the rest of their life. Another example, might be driving drunk and crashing the car and killing an innocent victim – changes the life of a good person who had a lapse in judgment.

The Psalmist pens a Psalm for worship and reflection that made me think of good people vs. bad people. Check this out….

 12 But good people will grow like palm trees;
       they will be tall like the cedars of Lebanon.
 13 Like trees planted in the Temple of the Lord,
       they will grow strong in the courtyards of our God.
 14 When they are old, they will still produce fruit;
       they will be healthy and fresh.
 15 They will say that the Lord is good.
       He is my Rock, and there is no wrong in him. (Psalm 92:12-15 NCV)

I really want to be “good people”. I want to make little choices and big choices every day that scream out that I’m a good person because my heart belongs to God. He is the anchor for my soul. He is the One who can help me make good choices. I want to walk all the rest of my days on earth with Him. I want to honor Him. I want to repent of the stupid things I’ve done or that I do, and run back to the safety of the Rock. I want to grow like a well-watered tree whose roots go down deep. I want to be known as “good people” to my family, friends, colleagues, but especially to God.

 

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Safe

That word carries a lot of meaning behind it.  Safe is defined as “protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost”.  I don’t remember feeling scared at night as a child. I do remember being afraid of the dark and things that hide in the darkness. As I’m older, safe means even more to me. I have a security alarm in my home that also has a fire alarm as well. I am concerned for the safety of three of my children who live on their own and I’m never sure whether they are at home, hanging with their friends or driving to Atlanta.  The Psalmist has penned a great passage about safety and protection that comes from God. Check this out…

 14 The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.
       I will protect those who know me.
 15 They will call to me, and I will answer them.
       I will be with them in trouble;
       I will rescue them and honor them.
 16 I will give them a long, full life,
       and they will see how I can save. (Psalm 91:14-16 NCV)

The safety that the Lord provides is like none other. He walks with me through the dark places and guides my steps through unknown territory. He never leaves me or runs away. He is not afraid of anything. Nothing seems to rattle Him. He is steady and sure in all situations even when my stomach is in knots.  I need to grow in my trust of Him and the safety of His Presence.

This passage brought to mind a song called “Safe” by Phil Wickham, a prolific songwriter. Check this out…

To the one who’s dreams are falling all apart
And all you’re left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think your on your own
but you’re not all alone



 

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet

With a love so strong he’ll never let you go

oh you’re not alone



 

You will be safe in His arms

You will be safe in His arms

‘Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart

This is the promise He made

He will be with You always

When everything is falling apart

You will be safe in His arms



 

Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life

Is the very same voice that calls you to rise

So hear Him now He’s calling you home

You will never be alone



 

These are the hands that built the mountains

the hands that calm the seas

These are the arms that hold the heavens

they are holding you and me


These are hands that healed the leper

Pulled the lame up to their feet

These are the arms that were nailed to a cross

to break our chains and set us free
 
Pressing On!
Dwayne

Time

This is a precious commodity that we all have. Time is defined as: the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.  In the big picture of our lives, some of us have more total time than others. But for today we all have the same amount of the currency called time to spend it where we want.

I believe that I often spend time unwisely. I spend it on things that don’t matter in light of eternity. I am constantly trying to budget my time as a REALTOR so that I can serve my clients more effectively, which should lead to transactions that put food on my table at home.   Moses speaks about this subject in a Psalm. Check this out….

1 Lord, you have been our home
       since the beginning.
 2 Before the mountains were born
       and before you created the earth and the world,
    you are God.
       You have always been, and you will always be.
 3 You turn people back into dust.
       You say, “Go back into dust, human beings.”
 4 To you, a thousand years
       is like the passing of a day,
       or like a few hours in the night. (Psalm 90:1-4 NCV)

 God is not bound by the constraints of time that I’m bound to. He is beyond time and space. He is the Creator of all that I see and know about.  Time is much different to Him, but He understand my management of this rare commodity called time.

I want to think about my schedule today and every day and see what I’m spending the currency of time on.  I will spend some working. I will spend some with family. I will spend some resting.  I certainly should notice God and invite Him into my time. He should be present throughout my time on earth.

 Pressing On!
Dwayne

Strength

This term comes from the word strong. Strength is relative in many ways. I can show great strength in some ways and great weakness in other things. To me this word speaks to the Creative process of God and His ability to move things and make things happen. He has strength that I simply don’t understand. I am inspired by the strength He possesses and displays so often. He wants me to be strong and steady too. Check this out….

13 Your arm has great power.
       Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up.
 14 Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair.
       Love and truth are in all you do.

 

 15 Happy are the people who know how to praise you.
       Lord, let them live in the light of your presence.
 16 In your name they rejoice
       and continually praise your goodness. (Psalm 89:13-16 NCV)

To me there is great strength in chasing after the heart of God even when my circumstances are tough. I should pursue His heart in spite of what is happening around me. I should lean on Him for strength in situations where I find myself weak and vulnerable to sin’s clutches. I want my life to be built on His strength and His power that lives in me through the Holy Spirit. I need His strength to fight off sin. I need the strength of God daily in my life!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

A Sad Prayer

There are times when prayer is desperate cry to God for help. There are other times when prayer can be a gentle conversation with God about direction and council as I journey through life.  The sons of Korah evidently written in part by some guy named, Heman, the Ezrahite. Check this out….

  9 My eyes are weak from crying.
    Lord, I have prayed to you every day;
       I have lifted my hands in prayer to you.
 10 Do you show your miracles for the dead?
       Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
 11 Will your love be told in the grave?
       Will your loyalty be told in the place of death?
 12 Will your miracles be known in the dark grave?
       Will your goodness be known in the land of forgetfulness?
 13 But, Lord, I have called out to you for help;
       every morning I pray to you. (Psalm 88:9-13 NCV) 

When I have prayed all I can pray, I will keep praying.

When I’m so desperate for God, I will pray.

When I don’t understand God, I will pray.

When I’m hurt and in pain, I will pray.

When I’m angry with God, I will pray.

When I’m lost from myself, I will pray.

When I’m sad beyond words, I will pray.

 I will pray no matter what. I will pray when I don’t know what to pray or how to pray. I will pray because I believe God hears my prayers and responds according to His will and His heart.  He ALWAYS knows what’s best and He will ALWAYS be there to listen to my prayer, no matter how long, short or desperate it is.

I will pray every day, throughout the day because only God knows what is ahead and which path I need to take.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Jerusalem

This was the Holy city during King David’s time. It was the city where God dwelt. The Lord commissioned Solomon to build a magnificent temple there. God dwelt in the Temple.

Now that God dwells in the hearts of His kids, there’s not a need for a temple made by man. In fact, some of the churches we build today are still relative to the history of God dwelling in buildings. He dwells in our hearts.  The sons of Korah penned a Psalm speaking about Jerusalem. Check this out…

 5 They will say about Jerusalem,
       “This one and that one were born there.
       God Most High will strengthen her.”
 6 The Lord will keep a list of the nations.
       He will note, “This person was born there.”
 7 They will dance and sing,
       “All good things come from Jerusalem.” (Psalm 87:5-7 NCV)

I want my heart to be a place where God’s presence is clear.  I want the Lord’s personality to overshadow mind. I want dancing and singing to come from my heart because He’s there.  God pays very close attention to what happens in my heart, therefore I should guard my heart and cultivate His Presence there.

Pressing On!
Dwayne