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Keep Alert

This morning during our walk, Max once again proved that he is a horrible hunter. As a Labrador Retriever, his breed is known for hunting and retrieving. The only thing Max is good at retrieving is tennis balls and food that may fall to the floor. During our walk, I could see up ahead that there were two small dogs. Marci saw them too. Max, however, caught the scent of the dogs with his nose, and his head went down. With his nose to the ground, he tried to sniff them out though they were right in front of us. Simply lifting his head and the great mystery would have been solved.

All laughs aside, the truth is that many of us find ourselves not staying alert. Rather than lift our heads or open our eyes, we walk around blind to what is happening. But the Bible tells us often to stay alert. We are to keep alert because we don’t know when the Lord will return. We are to keep alert because the devil prowls around trying to steal, kill, and destroy. Sadly, we oftentimes live life very much like we need a few cups of coffee—dazed and confused.

How can we be on the alert? It takes a lot more than coffee, though I love coffee. If we are so focused on God and His Word, we are more likely to recognize God moving around us. If we are fixing our eyes on Him, it is easier to know what is not of Him. As you continue to drown yourself in the Word of God, you will be more familiar with the great I AM, and His attributes. As you quiet the noise of the world, and spend time communicating with Him (prayer), He will open up to you with revelation.

 

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8 [NLT]

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Spilled Coffee

Yesterday I knew that it would be difficult to share something while giving the message God wanted me to share. Though I can think back on things and feel at peace and praise God through it all, there are moments when the tears still come. When I remember something, I remember it as if it is fresh in my mind, happening right this very moment. The tears may pour and I’ll remind myself time has passed, God is good and I trust in Him.

Nonetheless, I did not want to start tearing up to the point of not being able to speak. I did not want to become a bawl baby and not be able to share the message God gave to me for the night. I prayed for days for the tears to be controlled, for strength, for the right timing, for peace. Not only did I get those things—but I also got spilled coffee.

I have AdHd. I am not one to scan around the room too much with my eyes because I notice things and my mind wanders. Right before I was about to speak about what would be difficult, I noticed a dear brother in Christ in the front row spilled his coffee. Jokingly I said, “You just spilled coffee. Now I’m going to cry.” But it was that humor and that light moment that helped me to press forward through what was to be shared. Prayers get answered, sometimes in ways you would not imagine. James wrote, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (5:16 NIV). Today, don’t forget to pray. Don’t forget to ask God, to go before Him with everything that is on your heart. He cares. He loves you. Just pour your heart out to Him.

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” – Psalm 145:18 [NIV]

Sweet Like Coffee

When my daughter came home from school yesterday, she gave me this little comic drawing of a coffee cup. On the back she wrote that I was as sweet as coffee. My daughter never tasted coffee and she did not realize that coffee has a bitter taste unless sugar is added. She simply sees me drinking it and assumes it must taste good because I drink it often. Therefore she developed this false impression of the taste of coffee.

coffeecup

The same can be said of the Pharisees in the Bible. People observed them walking around holding people to the Law. People assumed that the Pharisees, being educated in the Scripture, were more knowledgeable and understanding of God and what He desired from us. It was quite a false impression, something that can be seen so easily when the Pharisees are called white-washed tombs (Matthew 23:27). They looked great on the outside but on the inside things were not so great. Just like the coffee looks nice and sweet because I’m drinking it each morning, but it is very bitter without some sugar.

God tells us that He desires our love, and Paul wrote that whatever we do, if it is done without love it means nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3). The Bible says that God can see our heart, our true heart (1 Samuel 16:7). He selected David because of what He saw in David’s heart. Our aim should be to have a pure heart, a heart that loves God first, and loves others. There should be no false impression, no confusion as to the appearance of our heart and our motives if we are living our lives with an outpouring of God’s love. The same love that God shows us, we can show others (1 John 4:7).

Today, look at your heart and see what is there.

• Do you love people like Jesus?
• Are you carrying around bitterness and unforgiveness?
• Where are areas for improvement in your life?