I’ve watched them with their metal detectors; searching the
sand in hopes of unearthing treasure. It’s how I read the word of God. Sifting
a verse, just a few words, in hopes if discovering something that will sparkle
in my soul.
A treasure to be desired…
Matthew 6:21 says For where your treasure is, there will heart
Proverbs 4:23 says Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out
of it are the issues of life.
I have plenty of issues… believe me!
I search the scriptures for wisdom and I’m not always wise
with what I find. Sometimes I’m like a beach comber, except when I find gold, I
cast it aside and pick up a seashell. Enamored more by its beauty than the
value of the gold. I warned you I had issues. I know it doesn’t have any value,
but it’s pretty.
Matthew 6:20 says of treasure that we should lay
up for yourselves treasure in heaven… I need to desire eternal rewards
by focusing on the spiritual not the carnal. It’s not easy for me, this world
is like a giant candy store and my carnal state is alive and well. I love all
things shiny and tasty. I could say it’s how God created me, but I don’t think
so. He created me with a desire to serve and a heart of compassion. But I
choose to let the bling of this world blind me.
A verse that caught my attention this morning and pierced my
heart was Proverbs 21:16
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in
the congregation of the dead.
It’s those who are not seeking at all. They’re just
wandering around on the beach. Oblivious to eternity. They stay in dead
churches because the Pastor’s preach pretty sermons without substance. Not
gold. Just seashells.
Don’t get me wrong. God’s creation is to be marveled. But we’re to worship the Creator in spirit and truth. Those seashells are going by the wayside when this earth is destroyed by fire. But not the things that we’re laying up in Heaven. Today we should be combing the beach for souls that need saving. We should be encouraging ourselves with His word and looking for an opportunity to share what we’ve found.
I know I’m anointed, but deed… some days I don’t think I
even uncap the bottle of oil God gives me.
Proverbs 11:1 says “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
The world’s standards have skewed our idea of the scale. We do not weigh justly because we measure and weigh by a worldly standard. I have to wonder, when it comes to weighing the worth of what I’ve done on this earth, how much will even make it in the bag? and how much value will it have?
I want to speak of the worlds ideas and values, but I will not stand accountable for theirs; only mine. What has made it into my bag? If I weigh myself by comparison to many others of this world, I look good! Hey, I’m the Jesus Chick. I’m in church. I’m serving the Lord in multiple ares of life. But the very fact that I’ve attached the Lord’s name to my title should scare me to death! I will certainly stand before the Lord and answer for what I’m doing with it.
Its my greatest fear that much of what I view as valuable is being weighed by a false balance. A world view.
God wants it all weighed by His scale, which for us is the word of God. The only true way of weighing earthly value for heavenly reward.
Will have I’ve done satisfy His intent for the purpose of this earthly vessel? After all, He created me for
I can tell you with an honest and ashamed heart that much of what I do is for the service of Shari. It makes me feel good. Not that God won’t appreciate part of it, but He would assuredly appreciate it greater if my heart had been purer, my mind gone deeper into His word and if my service had been bolder, quicker, sharper; making more of an impact and mark.
I need to be filling my bag with weightier matter…
I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope
in thy word.
The Struggle with
human nature we are a selfish lot, are we not? I tuned into social media this
morning and the heartaches of other people overwhelmed my soul. I felt
can’t rebuild a life that was lost in a fire.
can’t undo the bad decision of a young man that didn’t feel there was any other
way than death.
can’t control the fierceness of nature or the devastation it can leave in its
can’t un-break a heart or protect people from destruction.
life. And in this day and age it’s being lived out in a very, very public way
that affects so many people with the stroke of a keyboard. Social media can be
a blessing or a scourge. I have a love/hate relationship with it, as I’m sure
most people do. But like it or not, despise it or not, it’s here to stay. But
you and I need to be careful about the vanity of it all. If we are in the
mindset of Christ… as we should be. We should shield ourselves from ourselves.
of my many, many faults is counting. Now I know it got David in serious trouble
in 2nd Samuel 24. So I try not to; but remember the struggle I spoke
of. It really is a struggle on social media. How many people likes my post… how
many people viewed my video… how many people liked a post, or loved a post. And
who were they? Oh. I’m vain. For me it’s validation as to whether or not I was
a load of lies from Satan. But I buy it like a good flea market find.
lives will never be defined in eternity by how many people seen our posts. But
it will be defined by what that post did for the cause of the Kingdom.
The Shield of Victory
all my vain thoughts, and they are many; God put a heart of compassion within
me. It’s what drives me to share the hope of Jesus Christ that I find in His
word. It’s what creates images like the umbrella in my mind when I think of how
many times the Lord has shielded me from the sun and rain. The good times and
the bad times that would have had a negative result in my life.
not only the bad times in our lives that cause damage. The good in life can
bring more vanity, more self-reliance that can destroy the good things that God
wants for us.
many people do we know with great wealth and health that have no relationship
with God? Or how many do we know that have “seemingly” never struggled as we
have and are so ungrateful.
of the worst things in my life, I am certain, have protected me from forgetting
where my hope lies.
so thankful that we have God’s word! It is as if I’m sitting here in my office
this morning with God, and I hear Him say… “That’s my girl. Keep writing. Keep
drawing. Keep serving. And by the way, stop counting.”
“The BRANCH” is a Bible Lesson that I composed for the teens at Victory Baptist Church. There are questions within the lesson that, although it was written for teens, I consider them young adults and treat them as such. Feel free to read and enjoy or use it for your ministry if you so desire.
Spring branches are a visible reminder of the new life we celebrated on Easter Sunday. The same God that the Jews longed to meet in the Old Testament, but refused to submit to in the New Testament was the BRANCH. Listed in scripture in all capital letters, which for me is like God shouting His name! It makes me want to know more about why it was listed that way, and what information God wants me to know.
speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the
temple of the Lord:
The BRANCH is what caught my attention,
but the context of the scripture begins in verse 9:
9 And the word of
the Lord came
unto me, saying,10 Take of them of the
captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from
Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of
Zephaniah;11 Then take silver and
gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of
Josedech, the high priest;12 And speak unto him,
saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the
temple of the Lord:
Joshua. A name we’re
very familiar with, and a named that is translated from Hebrew Joshua to the
English, Jesus. Joshua is also the common alternative form of Yeshua.
So Zechariah is being
told by God to tell Joshua the Priest that he is a figure of the one to come.
Jesus, the Messiah, now being referred to as “The BRANCH.” And just like the
branches of this season come to life, The BRANCH was going to be born (come to
life) in Bethlehem, but raised in Nazareth. And just like the spring branches
that we have in view now, Jesus was going to spring forth, full of life and
glory for God.
There are two roles
of Christ that we’re going to talk about by unpacking the scripture references
in Zechariah and those two roles are Priest and King.
We too are referred
to as priests and kings in Revelation 1:5-6
5 And from
Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath
made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen.
So how does it make
you feel to know you are considered a priest or king?
Is that a position
you’re comfortable with now, or is it something that you think you’re going to
grow into? At what age, or state of mind do you suppose you’ll arrive there?
Jesus grew up just
like kids of today. He may not have had an iPhone, but He had family, friends,
siblings, and all the common things of that day, and things that we’re used to
having as a family unit.
When you think of
growing up in biblical times, what do you think the cultural differences and
likenesses of that day were in comparison to ours?
What would teens have
done for fun?
What would church services
have been like for teens?
The scripture says
that Jesus was going to grow up out of that place, the place called Nazareth.
That was His place. Nazareth or Netzer, means “The branch from a multitude of
plants that grew there.” Another branch in our story
Our place is where we
live now. Far from a kingdom view. But so was Nazareth during that day. It was
said to be an “insignificant village.” Even the religious of the day said “can
anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Have you ever had
that feeling about our small town?
While Nazareth wasn’t
a big city of that day, it’s now the largest Arab city in the country of
Israel. And clearly something Amazing did come from the Nazareth. So why can’t
God do something amazing here?
Pastor John Powell of
Wadsworth, Ohio was born and raised in Calhoun County, West Virginia. But like
many of his era who were born in the 30’s, he left our area to find work. But
before that he had a back story. He had a Nazareth village.
When he was just a
few months old he got pneumonia and his mother had no money to buy medicine, so
she went to her father to borrow it. But instead she had to give John to him at
the age of 5 in exchange for the medicine. He was used for child labor and
treated very poorly. But even in that state he rose above others as an athlete
and in popularity. God called him into the ministry while in Akron, Ohio and it
was there that he graduated Bible College and became a man of great means
through investments. But the most important thing to know about John Powell was
that he reached thousands for Christ and was known for his generosity and
kindness all over the world.
The man from Calhoun
Jesus grew up in
Nazareth and didn’t travel very far in the lifetime of His ministry. One study
said about 90-120 miles. In this day and age, that’s not many. But we have to consider
His travels were by foot. But look at the impact He made in those 100 miles.
What’s the furthest
you’ve traveled, and where do you desire to go?
Jesus’ time on earth
was spent preaching the Kingdom, and building a temple not made of hands. What
temple has Jesus built?
When Jesus prophesied
of His resurrection He said in three days I’ll rebuild the temple, which made
the religious of the day angry because they thought He spoke of a building.
Which was not so.
We too are considered
a temple, how?
There are three ways
to build the temple we’re in charge of building
We listen (preaching
We learn – (Study to
show ourselves approved)
We live (Sharing the
word of God)
That is how we build
the temple, ours and the body of Christ.
It’s the same thing
that Christ did as a young person. When Christ disappeared from His parents and
was found three days later it says in Luke 2:46
And it came to pass,
that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
doctors, both hearing them, and asking questions.
That’s how we grow in
the Lord, we ask questions. If we want to grow and feel worthy of our royal
positions of priests and kings, we need to do what Jesus did.
If a child never ate
physically they would die. They’d also die of boredom if they ate the same
thing over and over again. The same is true of our spiritual lives.
Eat. Work! Because as
we grow we also need to build.
The new temple that
Christ said He was going to build in three days wasn’t what they expected or
wanted. They wanted it on this earth. That was not the plan. They wanted the
royalty to be here. That was not the plan either. And that’s why it’s hard for
us to comprehend that we are priests and kings. Because we live in red neck
country. Not Jerusalem.
Just as Joshua was
active in the building of the temple, Jesus was going to be the Master Builder
of the Spiritual Temple that we call the church today.
13 Even he (The
BRANCH) shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his
throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace
shall be between them both.
for the Glory of God.
what are the responsibilities of priests and kings?
view it as one governs and the other guides.
what do we govern, and what do we guide on this earth.
27 Now ye are the body
of Christ, and members in particular.28 And God
hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.
Not everyone is a
prophet, teacher, etc. but everyone has a purpose. And every one of us are a
part of the body of Christ if we’re saved. So we are overseeing the business of
the Lord until His return. We are in charge of guiding others. We truly are a
part of the Royal Family. And not the one in England, but the one in Heaven.
14 And the crowns shall
be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah,
for a memorial in the temple of the Lord.15 And they that are far
off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass,
if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.
There were earthly examples like Adam
and Joshua that God put on earth as examples of Christ. We are to be the
examples of the Lord set before the generation we’re now a part of. We are the priests and kings of this
generation, even if they don’t know it, or want it.
When someone is born into a royal
family, only the head of that royal family can kick them out. God’s the head of
this family, and He says that none shall be lost. (John 18:19)
That the saying might be fulfilled, which
he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
So whether the world likes it or not, we
are the royal family. The BRANCH’S government. Not a branch of the government.
We will have our day of sitting with the royal family in person, but today
we’re ambassadors in this foreign land.
So the question is, to who, where and
how are you an ambassador? Pray and seek the Lord’s will for the land the Lord
wants you to cover. And don’t ever think that He can’t take a kid from Calhoun
County, and do something amazing for the Kingdom. Because you are children of
Don’t forget …
Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite
shall not come before him.
It’s not that I don’t
feel like a hypocrite on a relatively regular basis. But for years I have felt
like this was my message for the world. Not in judgement, but rather in tender
compassion and pleading to the soul playing church on earth, and missing Heaven
There’s a vast
difference between being in church and being in Christ. But for too long the
religious crowd has preached (and I use the term liberally) that all the world
is fine, so long as they’re in the building.
When I visited the Philippines several years ago there was a huge church that was the size of a small West Virginia city. It had pointed steeples and ornate architecture that gave it a castle appearance, but not in a good way. It just looked cold and evil. It was the Iglesia ni Cristo (meaning Church of Christ) but not as the American Church of Christ. They believe that they are the one and only true church called out of Isaiah 43:5. It’s a very formalized methodical religion. All who are not a part of their church are Hell bound. according to them. That doesn’t sound any crazier to me than those who preach what many churches are preaching today, which is just show up occasionally, continue living in sin throughout the week, and you’re fine. It causes me to wonder if even the Pastors are saved who preach a message that is anti-relational with Christ.
I can’t help but think
that my message today will be viewed as judgmental. But I promise it’s not. My heart
breaks for church leadership as well who don’t have a deep enough relationship with
Christ to understand its importance and their purpose. They’ve been deceived by
this world too.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This is my friend Chuck McDonald’s life verse. Because when he got saved, he became a new creation. And anyone who knew him, seen the evidence in his life. That’s the key, and it’s the missing piece of many people in our own churches. Evidence. They walk out the door on Sunday morning and walk back into the world looking no different. There’s no evidence that church made a difference.
It’s not that the
message doesn’t go out of many churches, because it does. There are many, many
good preachers. So what makes the difference? Church leadership.
It’s not just the Pastor’s job. What made the difference in my friend Chuck McDonald’s life, and in my life is that there were people who stepped up and took me under their arm as a disciple of Christ. I keep saying it, but I’m not living it any better if I’m honest.
My formative years as a
new Christian were spent in fellowship almost every day with people from our
church. We had breakfast together at a local restaurant, we spoke on the phone,
we were in constant church services of some sort, somewhere. It was amazing! If
our church wasn’t holding a revival I was looking for someone else’s.
Does it have to be that
extreme? I don’t know. It worked for me. And it worked in the days of the
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Steadfast, in doctrine,
in fellowship, breaking bread and praying! Glory to God if only we had that
kind of time.
Well, in this modern day of technology, do we not? We can be across the globe, and still be in constant fellowship, and yet we don’t.
I joyously speak with
my friend Dewey Moede from New Mexico most every day. He is who God sent into
my life to follow up where others left off. You too are that person who is in
need of a Dewey, or perhaps you are the Dewey.
My point being is this;
we should be living our lives, wherever we are for Christ. So that people know
we’re there for them and that a relationship with Him and them is an important part
of our everyday.
I’m not about what denomination
is over the door, I’m about what your relationship is with my Lord. Are you
truly a brother or sister in Christ?
It was one of those words that caught me
off guard; sent my mind pondering about what it was doing there.
days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
I’m just focusing on part “a” of the
verse. Part “b” is a little too sad for my spirit this bright sunny morning.
Even though I spent the night battling blood pressure and sleep deprivation.
Perhaps the two coincide. But it all coincides with age and the thought process
that suddenly changes.
Please don’t think that I’m considering
myself ready for the grave, but it’s a part of the mindset when you have
several days of feeling poorly. Now back to the verse…
The weavers “shuttle.”
I viewed the word shuttle as a modern
word, not one from the oldest book in the Bible. And being that I’m not a
weaver, although I might like to be, I had no concept of what that instrument
might be. So I had to Youtube it. Isn’t that a great tool in the ministry?!
And there it was, the little shuttle
boat that goes rhythmically through the threads of a loom; swish, swishing back
and forth, carrying the bobbin of thread through and intricately weaving a
beautiful pattern of art. Just like life.
The years have swished by to the count
of 56 for me, though I’ve been telling people I’m 57. I’m a nut! For Job,
though the years of his life had passed quickly, time had suddenly slowed
painfully down and in his sorrow, and the discouragement of his friends he had
It’s easy to do.
It’s why I’d rather focus on part “a.”
In the words of Jerry Reed’s country
song, “I’ve got a long way to go and short time to get there,” I want to weave
more into that pattern of life.
The little shuttle boat is a handcrafted
vessel that carries the fabric of the tapestry. Is that not us? Every single
person is a beautiful piece of the Master’s work that He uses to weave into the
lives of others. And together we all makes this beautiful piece of work called
Job had no concept of the impact his
words would be making thousands of years after that terrible day.
My live video feed yesterday was along
this same path. “Why we go through what we go through.” There is always a
reason, and one of my favorites is the Overcomer’s Club. It’s those people, who
against all odds became a victor. They weren’t supposed too. Just ask Job’s
friends and they’ll tell you what a terrible person they thought Job to be. They
thought he was a sinner deserving of his woes for being non repentant. When in
truth he was a vessel of God’s amazing grace. A little boat passing swiftly
through time but leaving beautiful colors in the path. His words encouraged my
soul because I know the end of Job’s story.
He wanted to die. But God gave him a new
reason to live! It will take a few chapters before I get to read about his
victory again, but it reminds me that I may have a few chapters of my own
before I get to sing the Victory song too.
So where is your little shuttle going today, and how are you going to weave the Word of God and the purpose of God into your day. Don’t miss it. Blessings!!!!
in Job 1 it says “While he was yet speaking,” when the four servants of Job
delivered the heart wrenching news of his losses. Three times he loses
livestock and servants, and the fourth and final blow was the loss of His ten
children. As parents, we can’t imagine a greater loss. God totally understands.
It’s why it makes today’s tolerance of the liberal agenda so much harder to stomach.
stated in this blog on more than one occasion that I don’t “watch” the news. But
it has a way of sneaking into my world through social media. So today I sought
a way to deal with foolish people. There’s plenty of them out there to deal
with and they seek to destroy every work of the Spirit.
love tearing down ministries, and governments that bring glory to the Name of
Jesus and discourage those that support them; convincing them all they are the
victors. Part of the reason they are so successful is that we, as the children
of God, are not stepping into our roles.
Silence the Fool
said than done, right?
For so is the will
of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish
the will of God! Glory!
do we do it? By doing well.
not speaking of prosperity, as some would have you believe, but rather speaks
of the character of God’s people. Arguing with a fool seldom creates silence. It
usually just creates chaos. But silencing the fools with righteous living,
honest conversation and good works is extremely satisfying to the soul.
told Paul in Acts 9:5 I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard
for thee to kick against the pricks.”
trembled at Christ’s words. Number 1, because it was God, but also because His
words pricked, pierced Paul’s heart. That’s what the word of God does to the
unsaved. It’s like a bee sting, or a slap in the face. It catches them off
guard and it is for certain our greatest tool in our weapons of warfare. It’s
why it send the liberal news agencies into a feeding frenzy when they hear
someone in Washington quote scripture or mention the name of Jesus. There is
power in those words. There is also power in His people when we’re doing His
work. The Lord has an agenda too. It’s to get as many people to Heaven as we
can. And it is so easy to lose sight of that with all the rhetoric we’re
hearing in the world.
want to silence the masses, start by telling them how Jesus saves.
Avoid the Fool
But avoid foolish
questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for
they are unprofitable and vain.
often just want to see the liberal losers put in their place. But God said that
it is sometimes better just to avoid them all together. They’re just talking to
hear themselves and sometimes so are we. Or so is “me.” I just need to say
anything because I’m tired of everything.
much better if we’d just speak an appropriate scripture to the situation and
then drop the mic. Sometimes that takes a little research, and sometimes the
Holy Spirit will just speak it into your soul if you’re listening.
third, final and most appropriate point for my own study is
Don’t forget, you were the fool
For we ourselves
also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
it’s not true? I have to confess it was the case with me pre-salvation and I’ve
been known to linger on a few of those issues even post salvation.
has the liberal lot, and many who are caught somewhere between liberal and
conservatives, deceived; because they don’t trust either side and with good
reason. We do not always speak the words Jesus would have us speak. And we
forget that we once were just as mislead.
want to silence, and in the worst kind of fleshly way, wipe the arrogant grins
off CNN and the likes of news reporters, I need to remember who it is that I
people ought to have more class than to get into a shouting match with the
His word, walk away and then pray for the enemy. That too is a weapon of
warfare that they can never have in the arsenal. They don’t have anyone to pray
said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So
they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
me when I say, that I could have gotten in the flesh so easy when I read this
scripture this morning in Zechariah. There is no irony, it was deliberate, as
is every word in the word of God. Nothing just happens, and nothing was just
written for the sake of taking up space or embellishing the Book. It’s there on
I began reading, I asked God to speak to my soul through Zechariah. I about
half believed He would. I’m just being honest. Sometimes the Old Testament
prophets are either too meaty or too dark for me. They’re not about the
ratings. They don’t care what I think. Zechariah was preaching the truth to
Israel, they had not been in a good place with God. He’d taken them to the wood
shed so many times the splinters had splinters. And at this point He’s telling
them like it is, one final time “If you won’t listen, I’m giving you a serious
time out.” (Yes that’s the Bible according to Shari) This is about 518 BC.
Jesus doesn’t make the scene for greater than 500 years and Israel’s time out
is long and silent.
stomach just turned thinking about the times that God has been silent in my
life and how hard it was. I didn’t hear from Him until I got into a place that
had me wanting Him more than I wanted the world.
Israel’s silent time, many people went on to the afterlife having never
experienced God. Oh, how sad.
back to the scripture. It’s all too familiar to Matthew 26:15
And said unto them, What
will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him
for thirty pieces of silver.
If you know much
about the bible, you know that that was what Judas received for betraying
Shari “in the
flesh” wanted to write about Washington D.C.’s betrayal of the Lord. I wanted
to name names, and parties. And I may or may not have been justified. I wanted
to name news stations, and denominations. Yes, I was feeling very fleshly
indeed. Until God brought up my own sell out. The times I could have spoken up,
showed up and stepped up and did not.
I’m not saying
it’s easy. I’ve failed on multiple occasions to speak up in the face of adversity
when dealing with non-believers. But when a President, who clearly has not
lived at the foot of the cross, does more for the cause of Christianity and
speaks the name of Jesus in more sincerity than some backslidden politician who refuses to speak up on behalf of
Christians who elected them because of their stand on Christ, something’s wrong
and they should be called out.
It’s an odd
thing to me that people will go to great lengths and expense to attend a
secular event without regard for the day of the week, or the way they feel. But
come Sunday church, or Heaven forbid a revival or Christian concert and
suddenly they just don’t have the energy, money or time.
Stop lying to
yourself and to the unsaved. Because you know better and so do the lost. Show
The hardest one
of three most likely because it requires commitment.
The saddest part
of the story of Judas is the fact that Jesus would have gladly saved him. He
repented of the money he took and gave it back, but couldn’t admit he was wrong
about Christ and humble himself, but rather committed suicide.
He had weighed
the price of his sin at 30 pieces of silver. That’s what he said the life of
Christ was worth. Even though he had spent all that time in His presence.
The children of
Israel had spent time in His presence too, but still failed.
I fall in that category
too. Every time I fail to speak up, step up or show up I’m letting the world
see how much I truly value Christ. Not nearly as much as I should.
Praise God for
Before I throw
anyone or any group under the bus I need to examine my agenda. Is it
self-righteous Shari, self-promoting Shari or possibly even self-denial Shari
who would rather bring attention to someone else’s issues than face my own head
clear. I and you, need to speak up, show and step up into positions of
authority that will give us a voice for Lord. And when others in authority
weasel out and don’t defend Him, we need to call them out and set it right.
so absolute petty, and so very vain. And as I told someone sarcastically this
week “I’m sure it compares with the starving in Africa.” But today it is a
My knee accident and treatment continues to be a major issue in my life. Mainly because it’s so discouraging. I have so much I want and need to do in the ministry and in life and not being able to walk with grace, and sometimes at all, really throws a kink in that plan!
We had a
very cold rainy weekend and it through my arthritic body into a tizzy. It threw
a temper tantrum like a toddler. It wasn’t going anywhere! I made it to church
Sunday morning (in flats!) Oh the horror! J And didn’t make it at all Sunday night. Actually didn’t
make it off the couch. Monday morning came and my hopes of being better were
greater until midafternoon and I derailed again with knee pain. I only lasted
two innings into the tee ball game and had to come home.
beautiful beige high heels that I longed to wear to church on Sunday morning
taunt me from the corner while my “sensible flats” smirk with glee. I know it
sounds so petty. But what it is, is discouraging. How did I get here and what
am I going to do about it?
so much about the heels, which I’m truly not that vain, I just like them, but
it’s more about the fact that life is taking a toll on my ministry work. And
though I know that it didn’t catch God off guard, and perhaps He truly is
trying to slow me down before another heart attack, but I feel that it’s Satan
trying to thwart my efforts. And I must fight back!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” PHIL. 4:13
the verse that was on my mind this morning as I thought about those sensible
shoes. I don’t want to be sensible. I’ve never been sensible in my life, ask
anyone who knows me!
I want to jump and watch the Holy Spirit’s net catch me from afar knowing that I walked in faith. In pretty shoes! I know it doesn’t compare to the problems in the lives of other people who are facing tragedies. I know it’s silly. But faith is faith. For silly shoes, or surgery. I have to be able to trust my Lord.
may say. “Shari, it’s just shoes, wear the flats.” And if He says that I’m fine
and I’ll be grateful I can walk, there are people who cannot. But if He says, “those
shoes look marvelous darling.” I’m going to be ready.
my point for you and me today. The Word of God is truth from the first word in
Genesis to the last word in Revelation. And “all” means “all.”
But “through” also means “through.” I have to do it all through Christ. It’s from Him that I’m going to receive the strength, and that strength may or may not be in my knee, it may be in my Spirit.
people quote Philippians 4:13 they’re often doing it through the flesh and not
through the Spirit. Because they want something so bad, they believe it’s what
Christ wants too, and that may or may not be the case.
So what I
understand from my silly little drawing this morning is I can do ALL things
that Christ wants me to do. Including wear shiny shoes if that be His desire.
Christ think about shiny shoes? Well He adorned the angels in shiny attire, I
truly think it matters. But what matters most is that I keep priorities in
shoes mean nothing, if Christ isn’t in the story.
Today is a gloomy Gus kind of day outside my window. Spring rains are in the day and I noted in my mind that there is a difference between a spring rain and a winter rain. While obviously the temperature difference is much easier on my arthritic bones, but the spring rain hydrates the land and suddenly overnight the trees are out and the flowers are blooming. I need my spirit to fall in line, it’s still in the winter mode.
I have projects that need done and a house that
needs cleaning and repairs and all I want to do is set and space out which is
not healthy for my mind set in so many ways! And it’s surely not healthy for
the things that need done. So this morning I pushed past it and turned to
another book in my reading through the Bible, the book of Zechariah.
One of the minor prophets who always have a
6 Then he
answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel,
saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
do things in my own always leads to trouble, but I do it none the less. While I
need to focus on my personal ministry work I have the collective work of the
church on my heart as well. Which Zechariah spoke directly to this morning.
begins speaking of a candlestick which represents the church. We are supposed
to be a light to the world, but we seem more to be a flashlight under the bed
looking for our lost socks. Wow… where did that analogy come from?
it is and its how I feel. There’s always something we’re looking to do and
finish, like the other sock that never gets found. And rather than making
progress, we’re looking for the lost sock while the laundry is stacking up and
there’s plenty of other stuff to do, but the sock is important.
Mountain, Not Mine
7 Who art thou, O great
mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth
the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Truthfully right now I don’t
have a mountain of laundry, I have only a couple of loads, but what I have is a
mountain of mayhem going through my brain. Bills that need paid, things that
need done, people that need visited,
blogs that need written, lessons that need prepared, songs that need
sung… each one of them seems to be a missing sock. I just can’t get it
together. I need God to flatten this mess out.
Grace, grace unto it!!!
His Mercy, My Message
Have you ever been told, or
told your children (probably both) “I’m going to straighten you out!”
Well, that’s what I feel
like God needs to do to me. I’m out of line.
8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have
laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou
shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me
10 For who hath despised the
day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the
hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro
through the whole earth.
plummet was used to make sure everything was in line in the building of the
house of God. Now, how that plays into the missing sock, I’m not sure. Other
than God is in the details of house work. Be it, the House of God, or the house
of Shari. God’s aware of everything that happens to and fro through the whole
earth. Even the times that I sit in frustration and feel that the mountains are
just too big to move, And God sends a guy like Zechariah to say that no matter
the mountain, God’s work will be done in me. And you!
just need to stay faithful
knows where’s that sock is. And He knows every missing piece of our work in His
name. Keep looking… we’ll find it.
Writer, Speaker, Singer… but most of all, Servant of Jesus Christ