January 20, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO BRING IT TO PASS (part 2)

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

As you can see, there are three parts to this verse. The first two parts are our responsibility, and the last part is God’s promise. So we are to do our part, and let God do His. We have already discussed God’s promise, and He has that covered. So let’s move on to us. By the way, this is always where the problem starts. God always does His part, but we fail to do our part.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord.” The Hebrew word for this word “commit” means to roll upon. For a brief period of time when I was in high school, I operated my own small lawn business in Florida. As I would go to each of these yards to mow, I would have to load our riding lawn mower into the back of a pickup truck. I did the old-fashioned trick of laying two boards from the ground to the tailgate, and trying to ride the lawn mower up those boards into the back of the bed of the truck. Of course one time I pushed the gas a little too much and dented the front of the truck bed. From that point on I had to push the mower up the boards into the truck. This was not the easiest thing as I would struggle to push an extremely heavy mower. This mower was too heavy for me to pick up, carry, or lift. But it was not a problem for that truck to carry it. So I would have to push and roll something that was too heavy for me, onto a truck that had no problem bearing it. That is what this word commit means. It means taking things in life that are too heavy for us to carry, and rolling them upon the Lord who has no problem carrying them.

We need to understand that God will take whatever we commit to Him, but He is not going to take it if we are still trying to hold on. Commit means to give it totally. When I drove that lawn mower around in the back of that truck, I did not have to still help lift it or carry it. I let the truck do the work. God does not need our help. He just needs us to let go.

If you and I will consider, it does make make a lot of sense. How can God bring something to pass, if you never give it to him. He is able to bring it to pass, if we are able to commit it to Him.

I encourage you today, give it totally, and completely to God.

January 19, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO BRING IT TO PASS (part 1)

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

If you are like me, there have been many times over the years that I have had great ideas, big plans, and gut feelings. It made such good sense in my mind, and it looked so good on paper. Dynamic dreams, and lofty goals that would motivate sincere intentions; and then the feelings of failure would come when things just did not work out. Do you feel sorry for me? The hard part is always ‘the bringing it to pass’ part. The ‘making it happen’ step of the process is frustrating.

God makes a wonderful promise here. God states that He will bring it to pass. He will make things happen. He will take it from the first to the last step. He will take it from concept to completion. He will dot all the i’s, and cross all the t’s. What is often the hardest thing for us, is the easiest thing to God.

In fact, this verse teaches us that bringing things to pass does not require our involvement. In fact, this verse teaches us to stay out of it! It will work out better if we have no part in making things happen. For the record, we are really good at trying to make things happen. While you are reading this right now, you may have been stressing out, processing in your mind, and almost to the point of anxiety trying to come up with a plan to make some things happen. Maybe in your home, job, marriage, or family, you are trying to bring things to pass. I’ve been there, done that, bought a tee shirt, and unfortunately have it set on my GPS. The reason it brings so much anxiety to our life, for us to try to make things happen, is simply because that is not our job.

What things do you need to happen in your life today? What needs to be brought to pass in your marriage? What circumstances must happen in your job or business to make things the way it needs to be. What upcoming doctor’s report are you burdened about? What person’s heart do you need God to soften, or change? What cloud of depression are you trying to find your way out from under? What bad financial decision are you determined to rebound from? What loneliness, from the loss of a loved one, are desperately trying to overcome? What addiction are you trying to get victory over? And on and on the list can go.

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE TO BRING IT TO PASS!

January 18, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

Psalm 37: 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Two words stand out to me immediately in this verse; the word “delight” and the word “desires”. Obviously, to understand the verse, we need to understand the meaning of these words.

I must admit, I found it a bit surprising when I learned the meaning of the word “delight” in this verse. It is the Hebrew word ‘anag. It means to be soft and pliable. It carries with it the idea of something that is delicate, and is easily molded or broken. So I am to understand that if I make myself pliable, moldable, and breakable in the Lord, He will give me the desires of my heart.

Just so we clearly apply this principle to our daily lives, it means that I need to make sure that God can easily change me. If I discipline myself not to rebel, buck against, or fight God’s will; but remain tender so that God can easily break my will, then God can give me the desires of my heart. It is basically the difference between pride and humility. When I am humble, God can easily direct me. When I have pride, there is a constant inner struggle to submit to God‘s will. Why is this a requirement in order for God to give me my desires?

Well, if God can easily bend me, mold me, and change me, then my heart will automatically be changed in the process. Now we are getting somewhere! If God has freedom to change my heart, then He will begin to make my heart desire the things that are in agreement with His will. Which means, God will only give me the desires of my heart when the desires of my heart are in agreement with God’s will. And the desires of my heart will be in agreement with God’s will, only when I stay humble and submissive to God. As Gomer would say, SHAZAM!

Simply defined, desire is what our heart wants, or longs for. And when our desires are not in agreement with God’s will, He is not obligated in anyway to give us those desires. But if our heart becomes in tune with the Lord, and our desires are in line with His will, then God is obligated to give us those desires. Why? Because in this verse, God promised that. And God always keeps His word!

Today, I encourage you to concentrate on delighting yourself in the Lord. Let God concentrate on giving you the desires of your heart!

January 17, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO KEEP THE CITY (part 2)

Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain

I have always felt, when I read about Biblical days, that it would be a difficult job to be the watchman for a city. It would be burdensome and boring at the same time. Being required to stay awake, to watch everything, to watch the same thing, to have the responsibility of the safety of the city, and to feel as if it is solely on your shoulders. You would probably be noticed only when something went wrong, and probably never thanked when things go right.

I don’t find anything in this statement that implies that the watchman, being discussed here, was a bad person. He probably had been working hard, and maybe even working hard for a long time. I would say that he wanted the city to be safe as much as anyone in the city. There was also the great possibility that he had family living in the city. This does not mean that he did not care, was not working hard, or that he was just lazy. It is implied that he might have fallen asleep on the job because the verse says that he woke up. It was probably just a mistake. Not a mistake that he ever meant to make. The problem was that it was just too late when he tried to correct it. He might have just been nodding off for a few seconds. He could have been awake and aware for hours, but he just let his eyelids close briefly. I mean after all, he was only human!

I guess that is the point. We might do our best, try our best, and give our best, but all that Satan needs is a few seconds. That is why God has to keep the city. Sometimes our best just is not good enough. God sees dangers that you and I don’t see. God never sleeps. God never even gets tired. There is never a moment that God is not watching.

Satan seems to know when we are tired, worn-out, and susceptible. This reminds me of Proverbs 24:33 “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man”. If we are determined to build our house and keep our city on our own strength, then we will eventually finish building, and wake up. The problem is that our house will not stand, and the city will fall about the time we wake up.

I encourage you today to rely upon the Lord to build, and depend upon the Lord to keep. Because according to this verse, the best of our efforts are in vain.

January 16, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO KEEP THE CITY (part 1)

Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Let me start off by saying that God does not need us, but we sure do need God. It is clearly explained in this verse that we need God to build us, and we need God to protect us. The Hebrew word for “keep” here means to hedge about, to guard, and to attend to. That means that God is able to completely surround, constantly survey, and compassionately shepherd His flock. That can only be done by Him.

It is also interesting that God tells us the importance of letting Him build the “house”, but then tells us the importance of Him keeping the “city”. Why the difference? First, it reminds me that my house is not the only one that matters. It is not the only house that He has built. A city consist of numerous houses and individuals. That tells me that all of us need God to do the protecting. That means as you and I serve the same God, Satan is seeking to devour each of us twenty four hours a day. We have an entire city to be concerned about.

Second, this verse reminds me that if we do not keep Satan out of the city walls, it is only a matter of time until he overtakes our house. We cannot wait till Satan is banging on our door before we start trying to protect. We cannot let him get that far. With God’s help, we need to create as many layers of protection as possible.

Let me illustrate. Our vice president of the United States is Mike Pence. I do not know him personally, but I do know some pastors and preachers that do. I have been told that he is a Christian man. As to how firm a Christian that he is or is not, I would not know for sure. There is one thing that I do greatly admire about him. When being interviewed by a few of our media outlets, he did make the statement that he has a policy in his marriage that he will not have lunch with a woman by themselves. He has made that promise to his wife. Of course the media had a good laugh about that. How ridiculous that sounded to them, and it might sound ridiculous to portions of America. It is amazing to me with all the perversion that goes on in politics behind closed doors, The media does not seem to criticize that. The media criticizes a good man for protecting his marriage. My point is that if he will not be with a woman by himself in any situation, I would dare say that he probably will not commit adultery on his wife. He created the protection so strong, Satan probably will never make it to his house.

Protect the city, and you will protect the house.

January 15, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO BUILD THE HOUSE (part 2)

Psalm 127:1. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:”

As we discussed yesterday, man can build a house, but only God can build a home.

I find it interesting when looking closely at this verse, that God makes one thing clear. Man can labor, but only God can build. As you know, there is a big difference. I am not a mechanic. There are a handful of things I certainly understand and can do when it comes to cars. But if somebody brought me a car that had no engine, and then brought me an engine, I could labor hard for months but I would not ever be able to build a car that ran. Oh I could vigorously labor, but it would be in vain.

Our churches are full of families and marriages in which everyone involved is working hard, laboring, and doing everything they know to do, but it is all in vain without the Lord. In fact they are totally worn down, exhausted, and frustrated. They still have the same, if not more, problems than when they started.

I also noticed in this verse that those who labor in vain actually do build a house. Many of us have been taught from this verse that except the Lord builds the house there will be no house. That’s not what the verse teaches. The verse says “they labour in vain that build IT”. An individual can labor and work without the Lord, and eventually they will build something. In fact, I’ve seen a lot of marriages that were built without the Lord. I’ve seen many families that were built without the Lord. There are, “spiritually speaking”, houses all over the place that are being built without the Lord. And trust me, you can see the difference.

You have heard I’m sure, that when it comes to buying a house, you get what you pay for. The house is really only as good as the builder who built it. It’s difficult to use a bad builder, and end up with a good house. If we try to build our house, it will never be any stronger than we are. I do not know about you, but I need God to make my home and family and marriage stronger than I am.

TRUST ME. LET GOD DO THE BUILDING!