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Godly Life

What are the foundational piers of a life that is pleasing to God? If you were to peel back all the activity of a believer's life you should find these at the core. Psalm 128:1 states them this way, "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways."
They are first, a "fear of the Lord" which we know relates not to fright as much as to respect, reverence and honor, and second, a walking "in his ways" which is obviously a knowledge of those ways and obedience to them. His ways are revealed to us in the commandments He has given.
So, if you were to look at your own life and examine these two piers, reverence and obedience, which one would be most lacking? We know that we are always lacking some in both. The axel that links them together and these two wheels are the base for our movable and growing faith. If we reverence God but don't obey Him then we are really not reverencing Him. If we obey Him but don't reverence Him then we are just d…

Walking

What are the foundational piers of a life that is pleasing to God? If you were to peel back all the activity of a believer's life you should find these at the core. Psalm 128:1 states them this way, "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways."
They are first, a "fear of the Lord" which we know relates not to fright as much as to respect, reverence and honor, and second, a walking "in his ways" which is obviously a knowledge of those ways and obedience to them. His ways are revealed to us in the commandments He has given.
So, if you were to look at your own life and examine these two piers, reverence and obedience, which one would be most lacking? We know that we are always lacking some in both. The axel that links them together and these two wheels are the base for our movable and growing faith. If we reverence God but don't obey Him then we are really not reverencing Him. If we obey Him but don't reverence Him then we are just d…

Directions

It's hard for most men to ask for directions. Men don't get lost. However, amazingly when we do ask for directions the worry is gone and the journey is brought to a close more quickly. The Psalmist gave us directions for life which if we follow will make our journey more enjoyable.
He said, "Trust in the Lord and do good...delight yourself in the Lord...commit your way to the Lord...be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." (Psalm 37:3-7)
Worry runs rampant in most lives. It is connected to all the physical pieces of our existence like paying bills and eating and some non-physical pieces like "will they like me?" In this passage the word "fret" is used for worry. There are "frets" before and after our central verses that focus our attention on the message in the middle.
Consider what God wants from us: first, not to fret and focus on the physical; second, to depend on Him and make our lives about the spiritual. So, if you are…

Source

Americans like to think of themselves as self-made men and women. We enjoy independence and seek after it. We strive for success and popularity; it's in our genes, it seems. However, we forget the truth related to all things worldly. David, being at the end of his forty years as king, is turning over the rule of Israel to his son Solomon. In that moment he refers to the source of power for every person.

He says, "Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all." (1 Chronicles 29:11b-12)David, a man after God's own heart, understands the truth about wealth, honor and strength.
We all desire these three, for we think they are the key to a comfortable life; a life with respect; a life with financial means; a life where we are strong in every way. We fail to recognize that all are gifts of God; all are possessed and pass…

Spiritual Cadence

Football in Texas is big. Friday night lights is not a myth for across the 254 counties of Texas there are illuminated stadiums of up to 10,000 people cheering on their team on the field of green.
All quarterbacks have a cadence that their team mates understand. There are three important words when they stand behind the center. They are "down!" "set!" and "hut!" These three words focus the attention of the offense on the job they are to do. "Down!" tells the offense to "get their physical body in the proper position before the play starts." "Set!" is saying "still yourself, rest in your present position, and mentally think about what your responsibility is when the ball is snapped. Where are you supposed to block? What route are you to run as a receiver? What are you to do in the backfield?" "Hut!" is the initiator of the play. It is when each player goes into activity related to their physical body and m…