Handle Your Life With Care, it’s Your Only One


This weekend I start a new series “Handle With Care”.   The verses for this weekend are:

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”  Ephesians 5.15-16 (New Living Translation)

We only have one life.  We only have the present.  Our decisions are important as they impact so many people. We need to live wise.  Not like fools who have no regard for their family, their future, or their God.  Fools live selfish. Fools make decisions without the Lord. Fools waste opportunities.  Proverbs teach that  fools come to ruin.  They dishonor their parents, they make decisions for their own benefit, they have  lost sight of the gift of life.

The Lord has a will for us all. We can’t control what others do, say, or decide. But we do control our decisions, our speech, our daily choices.  We have so many opportunities, and we need to live wise to make those times prosper with all the good fruit of the spirit.

  • Loving and spending time with your kids is a wise opportunity.
  • Responding to the Lord and others when we fail and not blaming is an opportunity for honesty and humility which are  wisdom.
  • Making the most of your marriage, repairing it, granting grace, serving is sure an opportunity to make the most.
  • Living for Jesus and all the benefits of those choices, make a our lives a legacy.
  • Honesty, morality, sexual purity, love, forgiveness, and being content, are all virtues Christ makes available to us if we walk in them.  This evil world rejects it all.  Greed, lust, materialistic ambitions, always being right is the norm of the day—sadly.

God has called us higher and gives us the power, relationship with him, and the love to live every day to our best and that’s His best.

Handle your life with Care. You only get one. Ask the Lord to help you honor Him, and live without regrets.

Press On  PN

 

 

Let’s Face it, We Have Limits


I have observed so many people living their lives and  how decisions are made based on their mind, will, desires, and understandings. I wrestle with this constantly also.  Making decisions based on our own knowledge and wisdom sounds noble, but can be catastrophic. Why?  We all have boundaries on our what we understand.  We only have learned so much.  We have only experienced so much. We have limits.  Our will can also manipulate our mind into making decisions we think we are good, but our desires, deceive our mind, and the decisions are really about us, and can impact others with pain, grief, and sorrow.

When we trust the Lord’s ways, we enter in to a life of faith and dependence on the One who has no boundaries.  God knows the past, present, and the future.  The Lord also loves us and has a will for our life, if we will but trust Him daily.  He knows what our heart and character need, to shore up our integrity, goodness, and holiness.  He isn’t tricked by our fancy prayers, deals, or justifications.

This verse in Proverbs 3 says it all:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5,6

We are encouraged to Trust in the Lord. His ways, his word, his will.  We are cautioned  about leaning on our own understanding.  Our intellect, our will, and our experiences, can threaten God ways in our lives we sweep Him aside, and trust in our own limited self.

Life is about so many decisions. Maybe today you have some heavy ones weighing on your mind and heart.  Can I encourage you to take the wisdom of Proverbs and apply them to your situation?  I mean, who wants a crooked life, and a rough path?  Surrender your will, and desires, and trust the one who know all, and loves you completely.

I have never heard anyone confess they regret trusting God.  I have heard regrets of the opposite countless times.  Live without regrets, and trust the Lord. He will direct your paths.

Our Compelled Community fills me with Gratefulness


I love our church. I love the heart of our people.  I love how we pursue the Lord and people.  I loved the Toledo Campus going door to door, and hosting a fall festival. I love our Children’s ministry and leaders,  and the annual chili cookout. So glad the Lord led Pastor Matt and Mandie to Compelled. I love Pastor Rick’s heart as we gathered for worship team training and he encouraged us. I love Pastor Dusty getting our students reaching out. I love filling shoeboxes for the Lord and operation Christmas Child.  I love that we are truly “Compelled by love.” I’m am grateful to be part of our Compelled Community.

At Compelled this weekend we stressed our Family Value of Relationships.  “People grow better in relationship than they do in isolation.” We had people stand and publicly  give testimony and thank those who encouraged them in the faith and brought them to Jesus.  This was moving, encouraging, and filled us with faith.  I loved it.  We heard powerful stories of people reaching out in friendship and love for Christ and lives were changed and of course eternities.

We must be those people that are the encourager now.  As we have received, now let’s give.  Make a difference in someone’s life.  Start a small group.  Call someone you have been missing. Write out a prayer for a struggling friend and mail it.  Send a text, buy a coffee, open your home and your heart and see what God will do.

Keep being missional Compelled Church!  We are making a difference.

(NOTE:  All the gatherings were awesome but the 11 am worship was amazing.  The place was packed and so many people were pursuing the heart of God.  It was so powerful.)

Time Continues to Move


“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90.12

This is a prayer that God would help us understand that life goes fast and in the flurry of life we make decisions every single day that can add wisdom to our heart.  I believe as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord and His ways we understand his heart and wisdom much better which gives us a heart of wisdom to present to the Lord.  Also adding wise choices throughout your life adds wisdom.  Here are some thoughts I have on this topic.

  1. We have been given life, and we must use our days for God’s glory.
  2. Making choices that are selfish, sinful, foolish, and self-serving do not add wisdom to our life, but brings foolishness into our life, and hurts a lot of people.
  3. Time moves so fast. Babies, then toddlers, then graduation, then weddings. You know what I mean.  May God teach us to use our time and enjoy that gift.
  4. Use your time to build amazing relationships with your family and others.
  5. Use your time to serve, help those in need, honor God by making this earth a little better for some.
  6. Use your time to go after that desire God put in your heart that won’t go away.
  7. Use your life to be a person who understand the love of Christ and let’s his love and life pour to you and through you to others.

At the end of my life, the only thing I have to present to the Lord is me, with the grace of Christ.  A life that is lived wisely, bringing him honor and his name glory, is a life that is better than all the riches, fame, and empty pursuits, most of our culture thinks is so important. May God teach us to number our days. We need his help.

Don’t Spend Your Life on the Worthless, God has more for you.


broken cistern Jeremiah 21.13 “For My people have committed two evils:
“They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns,Broken cisterns  That can hold no water.”

Cisterns were very important in ancient times. They stored water for the season of drought.  God is speaking to Israel that they have worked hard, but what they are working for is worthless.  He compares it to a cistern that can hold no water, therefore worthless. The application to us would be working and striving fo things in our life, that are the same as broken cisterns…worthless.  We get deceived that the things of this earth are so worthy of our time, our money, our affections, and our attentions.  We strive for acceptence and love from coworkers, friends, and family, even if we must compromise our faith convictions.  We strive after self, to pursue youth, beauty, and popularity, often times pouring great attention and time into a broken cistern.  We look for something to “hold us”.  We hew out cisterns in our life that hold nothing at all that God wants for us.  We hew out and pursue lust, addictions, peace through booze, relaxation through wine, or tobacco, and escape through TV, internet, and avoid. we pursue God in religion and not relationship.  Our world consider all of these things normal.  But God had more for his people.

He wants us to make a cistern that holds water. That is YOU.  As we surrender our lives to Christ and pursue Him, we will hold water, the living water.  Jesus will grow in us and we will be found in Him.  He screams this out and invites us. Consider the world of Jesus in John 7.

37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ”
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Jn 7:37–38). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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