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This morning I was using for my quiet time and the first thing you do is write out your prayer to God before you see the scriptures you are reading.  This is part of my prayer I wrote:

Thank you for the good and the bad in my life. I trust you. I know you know what your doing.

When I hit submit and went to the next page, this is the first verse that appeared.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

I’ve heard Perry say many times if you want to know God’s will for your life you need to be reading the Bible.  I want to confess that I have wasted so many years thinking activity with/for God was so important, but He wants intimacy not activity. Whatever your doing for God make sure you are spending time with Him first and foremost. (I’m preaching to myself here)

Also just as some encouragement, I have never been a reader. Never enjoyed reading anything. I’ve always known and believed it is necessary and agree that “leaders are readers” but never disciplined myself to be one. But as I have fought through the awkwardness of sitting down and thinking of 1,000 other things while trying to read, it has slowly gotten better. God can change you into a reader.

Responding to Pain

Tim Lemons —  September 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

8I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while.9 Now I’m glad-not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.

10 Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

11 And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.   – 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 (MSG)

Things I love about these verses:

  • Pain can either guide you to God or away from him. It’s your choice (vs9)
  • If you choose to go towards God then you gain from the pain and their is no loss. “God never wastes a hurt” no loss means it was all beneficial. Every bit of it. (vs9)
  • We never regret that kind of pain. I’m going through a divorce. I hate it. So does God.(Mal 2:16) I don’t want it. It hurts. It’s not my choice, but this pain has ultimately brought me and others closer to God so I don’t regret the pain I feel. (vs10)
  • If you choose to move away from God then you will regret it and you wasted a huge opportunity to grow closer to the best friend you’ll ever have (vs10)
  • Look at the fruit that comes into your life if you will draw near to God in your pain (vs11)

It reminds me of proverbs 24:
No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (proverbs 24:16)

If you constantly seek God with all your heart no matter what problems happen in your life you’ll ultimately be ok. It’s the second you give up on God or turn away that you end up flat on your face full of regret.

Last Letter Documentary

Tim Lemons —  January 21, 2010 — Leave a comment

What if we all lived like this? I don’t mean in Memphis in crack houses or in the middle of a jungle with the longest civil war in history. I mean what if we were so in love with God that we would go anywhere, do anything, at anytime for Him without fear of judgement from others or fear of losing our lives? I watched this video and just sat weeping.  I challenge you to watch this video; all of it. Then pray to God a dangerous prayer.  Pray Isaiah 6:8, “Here I am. Send me.” Tell Him you’ll be the one He can ask when ____________ (fill in the blank)

Please watch this. It starts a little slow but it gets better. If you really can’t watch the whole thing start at 4:55.

If you have ever made a mistake and needed forgiveness then you need to watch this and start reading  So just so we are clear, that means you. Yes you have made a mistake at some point in your life. People of the Second Chance is all about grace and forgiveness.  Take for example Michael Vick.  What is your first thought of him when you hear his name? Do you want him to succeed in the NFL or because he made a stupid choice he should not succeed at anything?

We as Christians are supposed to be Christ like. That’s what we do we should do.  Christ forgave. PERIOD!  He is the one true Judge knowing our motives when we do things.  Yet He forgives.  Jesus said “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV)  Do you do more loving or more judging?

I realized this morning when having my quiet time that today is April 20th. It made me think that 12 or 13 years ago I was celebrating today’s date. April 20th = 4/20 or 4:20. ATTN: parents, student workers and others. Do you know what 420 means? Read here if you do not. 12 years ago on this date I was in High School organizing a big camp out/party disguised as a Interact Club Community Clean Up Project.

I read this morning in my quiet time something that made me think about my past as well. “Three things amaze me, no, four things I’ll never understand—… why adolescents act the way they do.” Proverbs 30:18,19 Yesterday Jimmie talked about how if you really accepted Christ into your life then you WILL see a change in your life. (click that link, it is AWESOME) He is too big and too awesome to not influence change in your life. He said that you ought to be able to look back and see how you have changed.

Well today is a reminder of how I have changed. I used to be a druggie and all I focused on was drugs, partying and girls. Now I focus on God, partying (the good/non-destructive kind) and girls, the 3 in my life that God has given me. My wife, Alisha and my two girls, Mia and Tyra.

I don’t know what your struggling with letting go of today or really giving to God, but I do know this. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 I promise that if you let Him have control you won’t be disappointed.

Watch this (skip music if you want – but Highway to Hell is awesome) if you want to know more about this or ask me.