Showing posts from July, 2013

Be Careful What You Pray For

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” My oh my, the depth of His Truth, the continuous challenge of growth, and the purpose He desires to show us!

Over the last few months we’ve been contemplating what seemed like a worthwhile opportunity to expand our backyard into an additional two lots, by purchasing a foreclosure next door. Oddly, this is during a time that we’ve been actively and passionately ridding ourselves of needless possessions and wasted spending, in an effort to invest more in the active and ever-present spiritual war that is going on in this world! My rationalization was that it was for a good cause, our family, our children, and enjoyment. Of course we want everything for our children. But the fight against the comforts and luxuries and other desires of this world are never-ending! It is a fight worth fighting!

Our purpose, our reason for existence, our “plan” that is so quickly missed in many lives... We are created for God…

Possessed By Possessions

An allegiance to our possessions and to the deceitful promises of the world lead to our death. How easy is it to be comforted and ultimately controlled by the very things we have been blessed with. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” The cause of death and destruction remain in the love of the world, and the root of life and joy remain in Christ.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” - Luke 12:19
It is wise to heed the many warnings Jesus gave in regards to the destruction caused by clinging to our possessions (Mark 10:25), as a man turns away from Christ to keep his belongings (Matthew 19:16-30), and in knowing that we cannot be partiall…