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Tradition or Truth? You decide.

Friday was supposed to be one of the worst days of my life.  That’s what I expected it to be.  And I was actually ok with it.  I was ok with experiencing pain.  I was ok with crying tears.  I was ok with goodbyes that wrenched my heart.  I was ok because I knew God was with me.  He would hold me up.

But let me just tell you: God blew the shutters off my house.  Yes.  If Friday was like a house and the shutters on the house were my expectations of what that day would be — then He blew the shutters right of that house.  Friday wasn’t the worst day of my life or my week or my year.  No, it was one of the best days of my life.

Friday was my last day at a job that I loved.  I was let go.  But God didn’t let me go.  He never has.  He never will.

In the face of financial uncertainty, in the face of having no idea where I was going to go or what I was going to do next, I trusted Him.  And He was faithful.  No, He was more than faithful.  I expected Him to comfort me.  I expected Him to strengthen my heavy heart.  I expected Him to dry my tears.  What I didn’t expect Him to do was to open a door to a new job the very same day that is 100 times beyond what I was asking Him for.

All the while, people have been saying things to me like, “Well, we know God is in control.  The job market is in shambles right now.  I, myself, was unemployed for 14 months.  But God is faithful.”  Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand that the intention behind such a statement is to encourage me that God will never leave me.  But such a statement paints God out to be more like an invisible friend that just stands next to you when times are tough — rather than the One who spoke the vast universe  into existence, who placed millions of stars in the sky, who placed the waters in the ocean and set boundaries for those oceans so that they could go no further, who knit you and I together in our mother’s womb, who planned out our entire lives before one of them came to pass.

For some of these people, I understand that God is treated and expected to behave like an invisible friend.  And for some people, they believe that because of complete ignorance — they just don’t know any better.  For others, that’s who they want God to be.  Either way, our false beliefs and misunderstandings have rendered Him powerless.

Will you come with me to God’s Word?  In Matthew 15, the Pharisees came to point the finger at Jesus.

Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (verses 2-3)

The Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t doing things in the same way that the elders had done things in the past.  Jesus answered by saying this:

“For the sake of your traditions you have rendered God powerless.” (verse 6)

And it’s no different today.  People look to the news or the stock market or their past experience or their neighbor or their own fears for direction in a storm.  It’s no wonder they get stuck there.  People today are relying on tradition.  Every time I turn on the news and listen to reports about the economy, I hear them take me on a journey back to the Great Depression.  I hear them talk about how bad it was then and how long it took to get out of it, and how we can look to that experience to get us out of this one.  What is tradition?  It’s the way things have been done in the past.

Now, I’m not saying all tradition is bad.  But what is bad is trusting in tradition (the ways things have been in the past) instead of trusting in God and what His Word says.  If I were to trust in the traditions of others — what happened for them in the past, I’m certain I’d be unemployed — and for who knows how long.

I’m God’s daughter.  I’m not subject to the economy, the bad job market, the bad experiences of others.  I’m subject to Him and His Word.  Let’s review that what Jesus said in Matthew 15: “Any why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”  In other words, why do you look away from what God is saying and focus on the way things have been done in the past?

Let’s get back to God’s Word.  What has He promised you?  Whatever your situation is, find out what He’s promised you concerning that situation, then stand on it until it comes to pass.

God’s Word doesn’t return void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

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I’m voting for Jesus

Tomorrow is it.  Tomorrow will determine who will lead this country — and in which direction we’ll go.

I’m ready for it be over.  I’ve prayed.  I’ve researched.  I’ve prayed.  I’ve debated.  I’ve argued.  I’ve prayed.  I’ve done what I could to stand up for my personal convictions.  Now, I’m ready to see God move.

I’m tired of division.  I’m tired of arguing.  I don’t care who you are and what you believe and how much you disagree with my views.  I’m ready to love you.  For better or for worse.  This is America.  And neither of us want to see everything we’ve fought for go down the drain.

You know who I’m voting for this election? Jesus.  I want His righteousness and justice to reign in this country again.

Yes, I pray for a lot of things, but that’s what I really want.  Of course we want a President who’s going to protect our country.  But the strength and wisdom of a man will always fail.  Only God can defend us against our foes – for they are many.  Only God can bring our economy out of shambles.  He’s the One that can give us creative insight, new inventions, supernatural wisdom.  That’s what we need.  As much as I support our troops, risking their lives, fighting with such bravery in courage over there in Iraq — they cannot defeat terrorism.  They cannot scatter our enemies.  But God can.  That’s Who needs to reign in this country.  No man or woman can solve the problems we are facing.

Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.   –Isaiah 9:7

Regardless of the outcome of this election, will you commit with me to hand this great country back over to the One who established America as the country we love?  Will you commit with me to pray for our President?  Will you grit your teeth and lay down your precious opinions (trust me, I know how hard it is) to come together and unite?

The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.

Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Fire goes before him
and consumes His foes on every side.

His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples will see His glory.     –Psalm 97

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Why are you voting?

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 3

It’s not difficult to feel hopeless about the world’s economic state. Especially since the media is always there, just like a faithful friend (or perhaps more like an unwanted enemy) to remind you of the decay and destruction and death that will soon be poured onto your finances. That is why, in times like these, I strongly encourage use of the OFF and MUTE buttons. But shouldn’t I be aware of everything that’s going on right now? You ask. No. Don’t fool yourself. Just as I said on Monday: The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38). That’s not a call to deny reality. It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.

God said that He’s set before us LIFE and DEATH, BLESSINGS and CURSES. Then He says this: Choose LIFE (Deuteronomy 30:19). He also tells us that there is LIFE and DEATH in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t declare over your finances and over your life the destruction that you hear radiating from the speakers on your TV (or the internet or the newspaper). No. How we fight this financial crisis we’re in is not be talking about it or reading about it or studying how much worse so-and-so says it’s going to get. You want a real weapon? A weapon that cuts through decay and destruction and death and lies? A weapon that’s stronger than any two-edged sword? Good. Let me pull it out for you to examine.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Wait, you say, the media’s been telling me that we’re dead meat if we don’t get a President who’s going to provide for us. Don’t look to man. Look to God. He is your source. Use His Word, your weapon, to defeat what’s trying to defeat you. Regardless of who or who doesn’t become President, God is the One who is going to provide for you. LIFT YOUR EYES TO HIM.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these [stars]?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But My salvation will last forever,
My righteousness will never fail. (Isaiah 51:6)

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;

Indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;

The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 2

A friend from work was telling me the other day about a certain church that sat right next to the World Trade Center twin towers, before they were tragically destroyed on 9/11.  Do you remember seeing the news coverage of people running from the towers, running from stores and shops and businesses that were blocks from the towers?  Especially when the towers toppled down.  It looked like destruction spanned for blocks and blocks.  But that church I just mentioned — it was completely unscathed.  It wasn’t destroyed by the debris.  It didn’t topple over.  No, it was fine.  In fact, that church went on to offer food and supplies to the people whose lives were turned upside down by that devastating event.  That church became a resting place for the fireman and emergency workers working non-stop to save people from the debris surrounding the towers.  As my friend finished telling me this story, she reminded me of Psalm 91:  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes.  …  If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (verses 7-11).

What an amazing illustration of God’s promise to protect His children.  And we can apply those same promises to the economic disaster that looms over our country and many countries around the world.  Imagine yourself — like that church, propped up right against destruction, and yet remaining completely unscathed.  In other words, people at your job may be being laid off right and left.  But you need to stand on the promises God’s given you, knowing that even though “a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, [that no such thing will] come near you.”  Are your stocks plummeting?  Did your spouse lose their job?  Have you lost your job?  Have you received a foreclosure notice in the mail?  Are you laying awake at night, in fear, of all of the negative reports on the news?  Get your eyes off the circumstances!  The righteous walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38).  Stop putting your trust in hearsay, in news reports, in polls and lift your eyes to God.

Because he loves Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”  (Psalm 91:14-15)

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 1

God wants His children to prosper in the midst of famine.  Isn’t that good news?  Especially as economies around the world are taking a very big hit.  So wash out of your mind right now all of the negative words the media may have spoken into your heart.  The drop in your income that they told you to expect?   Stop expecting it.  Or maybe you’ve already experienced that drop in your income.  If so, get ready for it to turn back up in the right direction.  Maybe you don’t even have a job or you’ve just lost your job.  Stop worrying and get ready for things to change.  Why?  I’m going to tell you why.

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” That’s what King David said (in Psalm 37:25).  And I think coming from a king, those words mean a lot.  David may have started out all alone, shepherding some sheep in a big empty pasture, but he sure didn’t end that way.  It’s just like today.  You could pluck some average person out of obscurity, someone who doesn’t pay attention to the news or the economy or the job market, and that same person could say what David said with relative ease — that they’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread, but it’d be easy to chalk it up to the fact that that person simply never gets out, never watches the news, isn’t up with the current economic situation.  But now let’s turn the tables.  And let’s think of the candidates that we, in the United States, have running for President.  They may have not heard much flack personally about the economy prior to running for President.  But now these same people are traveling all across the fruited plain, hearing everything there is to hear, from every possible angle, about the economy.  Why?  Because two of them (a President and Vice President) are going to be elected to get our country out of this mess.  That’s what leaders do.  They lead us corporately in a direction that we, ourselves, don’t have the direction or the power or the means to go.  And it wasn’t much different back then.  David was king over an entire nation.  He saw a lot.  He knew the condition of his people.  And even he, in all of his experience and knowledge as a king could say: I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Ok, now I want you to remind yourself that Psalm 37:25 is not just some quote from some person that we read about in a history book.  Yes, it’s something David said.  But where do we find it?  In God’s Word.  And God’s Word is alive, it will accomplish what it’s been sent out to do, it doesn’t return unto Him void.

Start declaring what David said over your own life.  Declare that God will never forsake you, that your children will never be forced to beg – for work, for food, for anything.  Find scriptures you can stand on concerning finances.  The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38).  That’s not a call to deny reality.  It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.  You can wish and hope all day long, but there’s no guarantee that anything you wish or hope for is ever going to come to pass.  But God’s Word?  It doesn’t return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).  And God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).  Take Him at His word.  And watch how your finances change for the better.

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