Refreshing the heart of God

Proverbs 25:13  Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Sometimes we are tempted to alter the message of the cross of Jesus to gain  favor. When we do this as a worship leader through our choice of songs, the change is so subtle no one may notice. But the Holy Spirit sees our heart. It is so easy to slip into thinking; what do people like; or does it fit into my plan. What we first need to ask ourself is; is, am I clearly communicating the message of Jesus? God will honor with his presence what clearly gives him glory. We are sending a message through everything we do and say. In those few moments we have in worship together we must be faithful. If what we say in those moments is faithful to God’s message; we will refresh the heart of God. When God’s heart is refreshed good things happen!!

Dreams of the Future

      When I look into the face of a child I wonder what their future will be and where their feet will carry them. I wonder about what dreams they have.     

 Genesis 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had…

Do you have a dream that God has given you? Do you dream of a future that seems strange to others? Joseph’s dream set him apart from his own brothers, but one day it came true. Joseph’s dream was a dream born in the heart of God, not only to give him a better future but also to be a blessing  in the lives of his  brothers. 
Do you have a dream that God has given you? Does it seem that no one understands? God’s dream in God’s hands will accomplish God’s plan!  Trust God just as this tiny one trusts her mother’s care. God will make your dream come true and use it as a blessing in the lives of others. 

Worship: A Faith issue

        How many times we use the word worhip to describe something that is at best only a part of God’s idea of worship. We are thinking of music or of a “worship service”. We use up so much of our energies debating about the form or the style that we use when we are singing together in church. Jesus is with us but we see only the words of the song, the way that the music is played or how things look up on the altar.
When the Bible shows us worship we find moments of faith. Worship is when faith sees clearly through the window of heaven into the face of God. At those times Jesus comes and asks, “Why did you doubt?” Though we have been in stormy seas, He has never left. Though we have slipped and begun to sink beneath the waves, He has pulled us up to Himself again. In one crystal clear moment we recognize in the deepest part of our soul, ‘He really is the Son of God’ ! That is when we fall down again before him wherever we are and in the middle of whatever we are doing and worship Him again. There is no one like our Jesus!

Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Love does not wait!

Love does not wait for a better time! 

 When we haven’t thought even once of looking for God, He steps into rooms where we have locked and bolted the doors. That is at the heart of Easter. Jesus did not wait at the grave for His disciples to come. He met Mary there, sent her ahead with the news, then suddenly came to them. The greatest hope of Easter is that God is not willing to wait for “The perfect time” in our lives. For God the perfect time is right now. The perfect place is where we are. The perfect people are the ones who need him the most. How much do you need God today? God is not waiting for a better day to love you! 

 Romans 5:6  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.