Face Down

 

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI read an article several days ago about how often we are on our smart phones and the article pointed out that we are walking through life face down. I will confess that I work from my phone a lot because it is such a powerful tool that is with me all the time and I can do lots of business from it.

I’ve also read a book several years ago by Matt Redman called “Facedown”. The author points out: “When we face up to the glory of God, we find ourselves face down in worship.” I believe that my life story of every day life should worship and honor the Lord.

The people of Israel are now traveling through the desert of Zin. Moses and Aaron’s sister Miriam dies and is buried there. The people have no water and they gather in opposition to Moses and Aaron saying they wish they were still in Egypt. It seems to me that every time something doesn’t go like they think, they want to go back to Egypt. Moses & Aaron’s response is predictable but certainly powerful. Check this out…

6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell face down, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so that they and their livestock can drink.’ (Numbers 20:6-8 NIV)

The response of Moses and Aaron in times of difficulty was face down before the Lord.

The sufferings that I’ve been through in my life drove me face down before the Lord.

Maybe I should simply start every day face down before the Lord desperately dependent upon Him for my instructions for the day ahead.

I believe my physical posture before the Lord is important as I come into His Presence. I think my heart posture is most critical. My physical posture and my heart posture can assist one another in His Presence. It’s very humbling to get down on my knees before the Lord. That physical act can help my humble my heart before Him. I am amazed at what the Lord has done in my life over the years and when I bow before Him, its like I can see Him clearer than before. When I’m face down I’m not moving, but humbly lay out before Him. I’m not moving without Him. Face down is an immobile and humble position waiting on instructions from the Lord.

Today when I find my self face down on my phone, I’m going to be reminded to spend some time face down before Him asking for direction for my next steps in this life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Useless

Obedience Respect Responsibility Words Honor AuthorityThere have been many times and situations where I’ve felt absolutely useless. If I don’t have anything to contribute to the situation, I wonder why I’m even there. I’ve learned that the Lord has all sorts of ways to use me even when I can’t see it. If I keep walking with Him daily, He will find all sorts of ways to use me.

The people of Jerusalem were disobeying the Lord. They were rebelling at every turn. He uses the uselessness of a vines wood to describe them. Check this out….

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 ‘Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest? 3 Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on? 4 And after it is thrown on the fire as fuel and the fire burns both ends and chars the middle, is it then useful for anything? 5 If it was not useful for anything when it was whole, how much less can it be made into something useful when the fire has burned it and it is charred? (Ezekiel 15:1-5 NIV)

 

The Lord is serious about obedience. I think that this is the most important component of my faith. If I believe He is Who He says He is, then obedience is not a tall order. Obedience to the Lord needs to be my way of life. He can use people who are obedient. He would rather have my obedience than anything else I could bring. My talent; my treasure; my service; my worship – it’s useless without obedience to Him.

I will walk in obedience to the Lord today. I will listen for Him to speak. I will notice the directions He’s pointing for me to take. I want my life to be useful to Him, therefore I will walk in obedience before Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Less Than Impressive

I am getting old.IMG_8463-34

I am getting (been) overweight.

I eat too much.

I don’t sleep enough.

I have wrinkled skin.

I have thinning hair.

I live a somewhat normal life.

I live in a small white house on a small piece of land.

I drive an old truck most days.

I drive an old SUV on other days.

I’m not always kind.

I’m not always funny.

I’m not always spiritual.

I am a “less than impressive” man who lives in a small area of West Georgia in the United States. I have an unimpressive life, but God has blessed me with an impressive family in spite of who I am. If you look at me like the Lord looks at me, I am quite impressive. My Father owns everything. I mean He really owns everything. He created everything. He is ALWAYS with me. He has promised me that He will ALWAYS be with me – here with me. I am His kid. I belong to Him. I wear His Name.

Without Him, I am less than impressive.

With Him, I am an amazing child of God and with Him living in me – HE is quite impressive! He does things through me that I can’t imagine doing. He has used me to speak truth into other. He has used me to bless others with a gift. He has used me to give another a hug from Him. He is living in me and I carry the Hope of Glory in me, through me and with me everywhere I go.

He is Impressive! He has impressed His Spirit right into my heart and soul.

Keep Calm

Pretty girl praying.There are times that I’m very anxious in my spirit. I can get frustrated with someone or some thing. I can worry. I can be angry. I can be sad. My emotional swing can be quite large. This is not good for me as a follower of God. When I have major worry, major anger or major emotions, I might not trust the Lord as I ought. Check this out….

5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
    than to listen to the song of fools.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
    for anger resides in the lap of fools.
 Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful
    than ten rulers in a city.
20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
    no one who does what is right and never sins. (Ecclesiastes 5,9,19-20 NIV)

 

If you know me, you might be aware that being calm is not necessarily a strong suit of mine. I can get “fired up” with the best of them. I don’t necessarily want to live like that. I like to try to remain calm and properly assess any situation before responding. There are times that my emotion arrives on the scene first before “calm” shows up. I awoke from a nightmare this morning to be reminded to “trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.” I had just reminded my wife of this before going to sleep. Keeping calm is not as easy to practice as it is to preach. Life throws messy things at me sometime. Life throws urgent things at me sometimes. I want to calmly respond to each situation knowing the Lord holds all the wisdom and discernment that will point me in the right directions. I hear His voice best when I settle my heart before Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Small Things

inspectorI usually like big things. I like big buildings – big car – big paycheck – big bank account. You get the picture. There are many things that are big that are good. There are also lots of small things that can be really big. I remember getting a small package for a gift and having someone remind me “big things sometimes come in small packages”. The Proverb writer reminded me of this truth as well. Check this out….

24 ‘Four things on earth are small,

    yet they are extremely wise:
25 ants are creatures of little strength,

    yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 rock badgers are creatures of little power,
 
   yet they make their home in the rocks;
27 locusts have no king,

    yet they advance together in ranks;
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,

    yet it is found in kings’ palaces. (Proverbs 30:24-28 NIV)

 

I am not a fan of any of these creatures. For the most part, I see them as a nuisance. They were created by God for some purpose – I’m just not sure why. J I do appreciate the writer reminding me that I can learn from these little creatures. When I think of humans in the presence of God, we are also very small. One big difference that separates us from other creatures is that we were made in God’s Image.

I want to be a wise man.

I want to be a good steward of my time.

I want to be a wise manager of the resources I’m blessed with.

I want to a man who has the very Heart of God beating in my chest.

I’d rather have wisdom from the Lord than all the wealth in the world. I want to recognize the brevity and “smallness” of this life and keep my eyes on the “big” eternal life that He promises.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Generations

Family tree, relatives, people silhouettesI’m not super good at looking back through the generations before me of my family. I do remember seeing family trees with names of my family and kinfolk on there. It’s pretty interesting but takes some time and effort to study. I’m aware of my Mom & Dad’s family like their parents and grand parents. I’ve never gone too far from there.

To study a generation and to look at their lifestyle and their life’s work takes a good bit of investigation.  Sometimes when I take a look a just my life and my journey I’m a bit encouraged and depressed at the winding road I’ve taken get where I’m at. I’m not always a faithful follower of Jesus. I’m not always a good husband to my wife. I’m not always a good Dad to my children. I’m not always a nice person. I have my moments of being a bit ticked off and somewhat mean. The Lord is always good. He is always full of love and mercy. He always has compassion. He is consistent in His Character.  Check this out….

11 My days are like the evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.
12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;

    your renown endures through all generations.
25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,

    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain;

    they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing you will change them

    and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,

    and your years will never end.
28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;

    their descendants will be established before you.”(Psalm 102:11-12;25-28 NIV)

 

I want to follow the Lord with all my heart for all of the rest of my days. When I follow the Lord fully, I’m a better person, husband, Dad and friend. He is consistent in Who He is and how He loves. I need to learn that from Him so that generations of my family will follow Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne