Heads Up

woman creating a frame from fingersI like it when I get a “heads up” that something is about to happen. I do realize that the element of surprise is gone with a heads up, but I can mentally prepare when something is going down that affects me and my family. Most recently we’ve had two storms come our way and the weather predictions have missed the mark significantly. My family was preparing for the worst with the wind, rain and possibly tornados that never came. I was thankful for the heads up from the meteorologist. I must say that it feels like they were a bit over dramatic with some of the predictions, but “better safe than sorry”.

The Apostle John is seeing things he can barely describe. These things are happening in a context that he can barely get his head around. He is hearing voices from heaven. He is seeing these massive angelic creatures. One particular angel had one foot on land and another foot on the sea. This angel made some declarations that were giving a “heads up” of sorts. Check this out…

Then the angel that I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. He swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will no longer be a delay, but in the days when the seventh angel will blow his trumpet, then the mystery of God will be completed, as he announced to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:5-7 CSB)

When I look back at the Old Testament and how the prophets tell about the coming of Jesus – He comes. There is consistency with the Lord that comes through His Word and the words of the Apostles, prophets and servants of the Lord. I’ve heard of people predicting when the Lord will come again and they’ve been wrong. I’m not sure when He’s coming again, but the Word says that He’s coming. I think the theme of Revelation could be summed up in a couple of words: “Be Ready”. We don’t know when, but He promised to come. I look at the overall view of Revelation as a “heads up” of sorts. I need to be attentive and alert to the things of God. I need to be aware of His call upon my life. I need to make my life here count for eternity. I should live today like I’ll die tomorrow. I should live in complete surrender to His Will and His Way – I’ll be ready when He comes. I’m going to use this “heads up” wisely.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Bold & Confident

 

I am bolder in some situations more so than in other situations. I think boldness comes from confidence. If I have confidence in my understanding of the situation, I will often feel bolder. I am growing in my understanding of how confident and bold I can be when I have the Presence of God in me. He listens to me when I call upon Him. He doesn’t always do things the way I would do them, but He ALWAYS listens when I pray. He ALWAYS comes when I call. I was reminded of how much the Lord gives me strength, poise and boldness when He comes. His Wisdom, His Strength, His Power is not matched by any education of workout regimen. King David was who he was because of his relationship with the Lord. Check this out…

When I called, you answered me;
    you greatly emboldened me.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures for ever –
    do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:3,6-8 NIV)

I don’t always understand God’s timing, but I’m learning to trust Heart without exception. He has a bigger plan than I can see or understand. I feel like I’m a “big picture” thinker, but when it comes to His ways, they blow past my finite ability to comprehend or grasp. I will simply trust Him. My trust in Him gives me confidence that He has got whatever comes. There is no need to stress on my part, I simply trust. I don’t need to wrestle the situation away from Him or try to take over for Him, He has more than enough expertise to handle ANYTHING that He is faced with. The stuff that surprises me NEVER surprises The Lord. He is not shocked by cancer, death or stupidity. I think they all hurt His heart because those things were not in His original design for humanity. In giving us freedom to accept or reject His way, we chose differently and that rebellion has changed everything.

I want to live for Him. I want to live my life committed to following Him. I want to choose Him the first thing every day. When He lives, and moves in me, I have a boldness and confidence that should not make sense to others. I would be comfortable dining with the president’s and princes, the wealthiest to the poorest because the Lord lives in me and He will help me through any situation or circumstance I’m faced with.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

I Don’t Know

Question and exclamation marksI can use this phrase quite often because there are many things I don’t know. I’m better off saying that I don’t know something then try to give some “hot air” answer. I am educated and experienced in a lot of areas, but there are still things that come up just about every day that I simply don’t have an answer or a solution for. Check this out…

 5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
    or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
    the Maker of all things. (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV)

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Submission

Pretty girl praying.This term is defined as “the act of acceptance or yielding to a superior force or to the will of or the authority of another person”. I’m learning the act of submission on a daily basis. There are authorities all around that I’m in submission to. I submit to the authority of local, state and federal government. However, since we serve in a country where our government is elected by us, we can move them out of office if/when they abuse the authority they’ve been given with the office they hold. Submitting to the authority of God is a bit different. Check this out…

1 I lift up my eyes to you,

    to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,

    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to the Lord our God,

    till he shows us his mercy.
3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,

    for we have endured no end of contempt.
4 We have endured no end

    of ridicule from the arrogant,

    of contempt from the proud. (Psalm 123:1-4 NIV)

I’m learning daily that submission to God is a daily choice. In fact it’s a minute by minute choice. He is the Source of mercy and grace that is much needed in my life. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for His mercy to me. I sometime have to be patient and wait for Him, but He never leaves me or forsakes me. I sometimes question His timing, but He’s always on time. I sometime struggle with my pride, but I’m learning to lay it down and submit to His Will and His Way for me. I don’t always understand the direction He’s leading, but I trust Him – period. I will submit and surrender to the Will and The Way of the Lord.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Undivided

FSU vs Duke FootballEvery now and then I see a plate on the front of a car that has the Georgia Bulldog logo on one side and a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket logo on the other side and the by-line: “A House Divided”. I like to watch sports and I consider myself a fan, but I’m not more of a fan of football than I am of the Lord. Sometimes it appears that the sports arena is a great place to see people worship – just worshipping the wrong thing. When it comes to honoring God, I don’t want to divide my time with Him – He wants all of my commitment to Him. Now it doesn’t mean I quit being a sports fan and attending ballgames. It does mean that I have too keep my heart in check and make sure my love for sports doesn’t overtake my love and pursuit of God. Check this out…..

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

    abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord;

    listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,

    because you answer me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord,

    that I may rely on your faithfulness;

give me an undivided heart,

    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;

    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;

    you have delivered me from the depths,

    from the realm of the dead. (Psalm 86:5-7;11-13 NIV)

 

I need to learn to depend totally upon the Lord for wisdom and discernment. I need to trust Him for provision and protection. He is Creator God and He knows me like no one else. He never leaves me alone. The problem comes when I try to lead independent of His wisdom and discernment. I also sometimes can act independent of His provision and protection. When I’m in trouble, I run to Him. He can handle whatever trouble I’m facing. He also wants to celebrate and be part of my success as well as my failure. I want an undivided heart that is completely devoted to Him, His will and His way for me.

Pressing On!
Dwayne