DEFEAT DEFLATE DETERMINED

Waking up from a nap and my emotions run wild and turn south. Interesting how this happens since I woke up this morning and my emotions were of gratitude, joy, strength and love. So what of this rollercoaster ride I often find myself in? Simple: its all emotion and from what  I have learned, emotions are subject to change like the waves of the sea.

The solution: Encourage yourself in the Lord, in the faith, in who you really are. If you allow your emotions to dictate you or the emotions of others for that matter, then you have just given yourself a one way ticket to defeat.

I was driving my tractor the other day and noticed that even though i did not change any setting, the mower was cutting lower and lower and more on one side than the other. I had to actiually stop and figure out what was going on, thinking maybe a pin or something major took place to my mower deck. TO find out a few minutes later, it was a simple leak in my tire from a mesquite thorn. It pricked a brand new tire and so began a SLOW air leak. DEFLATION got the best of me that day. The same is true with many of us…DEFLATION does not come suddenly but rather slowly. We leak away and embrace subtle thoughts of fear, lies that prick at our emotional adequacy and eventually we feel drained and come to a hault spiritually. The subtle lies of “your a failure, you’re not enough, you’re not wanted” will drive you further and further away from your original and eternal destiny.

I must turn to scripture and allow His Words to penetrate the thoughts of another attempt for daily defeat. Be DETERMINED to rise above the fray of negativity and Embrace the words of strength He has for His children, The mind is like a WILD HORSE, but the mind must be tamed, disciplined, and renewed.

“Isaiah 12:2 “surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Habakkuk 3:19 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to tread upon heights.”

His Strength Is In The Clouds

Psalms 68:32-35
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord,
Selah
33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!

Regardless of where I am, every morning and evening I sit, look, imagine, and contemplate on Gods beauty. “Daily” He loads us with benefits as the psalmist says. In the middle of the night last night, as we laid to rest near the waters, I heard the thunder and lighting strike upon the waters and the strongest force being displayed right before me. I have never heard thunder as such. The vibrations rushing though my own frail body. I awoke to a calm and a peace in the sunrise. The sea of glass before me and the soothing sounds of the shore as it gently whispers against the sands at bay. But when i looked up at the clouds…although calm and peaceful, I was reminded of the One who rides on the heavens of heavens. He has a mighty voice and He sends His Word out this morning to all who have ears to hear. His strength is in the clouds and I cannot deny His existence. The first Bible is His creation. He spoke and it was and is and continues…The Rock underneath the shore is a reminder of God Almighty, forever grounded and immovable. The sand is humanity who is held firmly in His hands. The waves of the sea that brush up against the sand of the sea are life’s situations. You thoughts, emotions, life. They all come and go my friend. Pay not much attention to it all. What really secures an individual is that He has you. He is the Rock on which you stand. All else will come and go, but He remains grounded and sure. Who has your attention? Who has your being?

Wherever you may rise. Whatever country, nations, city, or street. Always remember there is One who sits on the throne of heaven. His excitement this day is for you and Him to spend time together. Let Him whisper His song in you. You are not alone my friends. He is all around if only you have eyes to see and ears to hear.

May the peace that passes understanding guard your heart and mind today. In Jesus.

THE KING OF MY HEART

Been doing some devotions lately and decided to place some of them on site rather than the journal i reserve for family and future. There is a structured I have been on lately and its really help for daily devotional. We call it SOAP with stands for

S = Scripture (which passage)
O – Observation (about the passage.
A = Application (How does it apply to me right now)
P = Prayer (pray it through)

Luke 11:1-4The Model Prayer
(Matt. 6:9–15) 1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

SCRIPTURE
S – “…when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray,”

OBSERVATION
– The initial observation was “wow, what a powerful moment to be able to see, hear, and experience Jesus praying. Had to make an impact that Luke comes out and asks, “hey, what the heck! Teach me…show me…i want to do what i just experienced as I watched you! I’ve never seen nor heard anything like this in all my life. I do my devotions, read my scripture, sing my hymns, but there is nothing compared to what I just experienced this day. Lord, Teach me to pray!” (My paraphrase of course)

Is there anything in my life that people can see, hear, and feel the passion I have about my devotion to God that provokes a session to sit down with them so they can ask questions?

  • What of my personal devotion
  • My prayer time?
  • My interaction with unbelievers?
  • My interaction with the Body of Christ?
  • My love for my family?
  • My love for God?

DO any of these things provoke others to inquire of me?

APPLICATION

  • STOP allowing others, the needs and emergencies of others including myself to place the most important first…my devotional time daily…early.
  • Be not worried about the naysayers and comments of the past. You are not defined by your past mistakes but by your current passions.
  • Study, listen, and learn of others. Be a student of people and those who draw you in to provocation, well….have a meeting with them and begin asking, learning about the inner workings of their being.
  • RELAX MAN…GOd loves you and is for you and has tremendous things for your life. It’s all good and use the mentors He has provided in scripture to provide some of the most basic and essential life lessons. (Moses, Peter, David, Samson, Elijah, Aquila, etc…)

PRAYER
Father, my prayer today is one of repentance first. Allow me 1st part of the day be centered around you and listening at your feet rather than the news, the flesh, the emotions, the anxieties of the circumstances in life. I pray You help me to be so laser focused of our time together that it will provoke others to see and experience your goodness and love. “Tell them how much I love them” is my mandate on earth and that cannot be done until I spend time with my lover, my Lord, My Christ.

Amen.

SITTING TRUMPS SERVING

Luke 10:38-42
Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

S – 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving.

O – Why we think that others should walk with Christ according to our expectations and rituals is beyond me. My dad taught me something years ago and I continue to heed the advice. “Son, mind your own business”.  Even though there is a lesson to be embraced regarding priorities and placing Christ first in your life. There is another lesson here in this passage but not as popular. The fact that Jesus called “much serving” as “anxious and troubled by MANY things” is worth looking into. I don’t know about you but when I get anxious and nervous about life, I tend to get busy. Some get depressed and slow down but others actually get busy with “stuff”, “projects”, “serving” and we miss out on the most important aspect of the moment. A life lesson at the foot fo Jesus. It’s easy to “run and gun” in basketball but it takes discipline, and routine to set the play up, and defend. The pay off is worth it though. You have a higher chance of winning.

Anyways, i have not written in a long time and thought I would begin again. This time I’m using what  I call SOAP. Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.  I encourage you to do the same or find your own little routine. It pays off and you will become less distracted as you take the time to put Him first in life.

A – Continue to use SOAP as a means to not only wash me through the water of the Word but to focus on the things that really matter which the primary is MY WALK WITH JESUS.

P – My Father, break me down and continue to teach my Your ways O Lord; Guide me into Your path for Your names sake. …and I shall walk in rest with you and with others!

– in Jesus name

Marcus