IN ALL ERNESTNESS


Just call me foolish…

Some have said there is a fine line between faith and foolishness…

What do you think?

  • It would be foolish to believe a 99 yr old woman could conceive and give birth but Sarah did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a slave could rise to 2nd in command and save a nation but Joseph did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a child could defeat a well trained warrior giant but David did.
  • It would be foolish to believe 3 men could be thrown into a furnace and walk away unharmed but “Rack”, “Shack”, and “Benny” did.
  • It would be foolish to believe that a group of slaves could escape Egypt and cross a sea on dry land but the Isrealites led by Moses did.
  • It would be foolish to think a virgin could give birth but Mary did.
  • It would be foolish to think a man could raise the dead but Jesus did (on numerous occasions…including himself).

Shall I go on?

Jeremiah 32:17, “Nothing is too difficult for you (God)”

Mathew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”

Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God”

Ephesians 3:20, “to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think”

Maybe I am foolish; but for me, I would rather be foolish for believing too much than not enough!

My God is a big god and I choose to trust Him for big things!

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All, Most, Some…
December 12, 2007, 12:20 pm
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Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to change the world for the better?

When you close your eyes and allow yourself to dream of “what-ifs” or what could be, do you see yourself doing something different, being something or someone different, living differently, etc.?

If money, failure, the possible rejection of others, and other such things weren’t an issue, what would you want to do?

I think most of us want to be difference makers; I know I do. However, most of us are not doing the things we want or need to do in order to make the difference we desire to make.

I truly believe that God has called all of us to do great things. These things would definitely vary from person to person. For some people it may be more subtle things, for others it may something completely crazy that defies human logic but I believe we are all called and capable to do do great things and make a difference for God.

Then why aren’t more people doing it?

Fear, doubt, insecurity, lack of confidence…all being an antithesis of faith and yet we are called to live by faith and are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. I speak as one who constantly struggles with insecurity and a lack of confidence as well as the other things listed (am we suppose to admit to those type of things publicly???) however, I feel God moving in my spirit and in my life to do more; to make a difference.

I had a friend of mine named Dan DeWitt who when talking about this said, “ALL can, MOST won’t, but SOME will!” Look at the story in 1 Samuel 13:16-14:23 and look at Jonathan’s actions. The Israelites were facing the Philistines. They were not only outnumbered but they only had 2 swords (1 for Saul and 1 for Jonathan) to fight with because all of the blacksmiths were killed by the Philistines. Out of fear, doubt, insecurity and the like all of the Israelites were hiding in caves, thickets, rocks, holes, trees, etc…except for Jonathan. He decides to step out, defy human logic, and make a difference. It was only him, his armor bearer, and 1 sword against a multitude of the enemy but Jonathan said, “Hey, let us go over to the garrison of the uncircumcised and face them; it may be that the Lord will work for us.” Jonathan wasn’t sure he would be successful, he was just tired of sitting around doing nothing when he could be out trying to make a difference…and maybe, just maybe God would show up.

Difference makers are different and being different can be a risky and scary thing…so only one question remains, “Are you willing to be a difference maker?” We all can, most won’t, but some will…join me and let’s be part of the some.



Okay God, come out, come out wherever You are!
October 8, 2007, 4:30 pm
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Have you ever felt like God wasn’t listening?  Life gets hard…Decisions are difficult…Troubles come and there seems like there is no end in sight. Cries for help and guidance seem to not be heard.  “Where are you God?”  can be a thought that easily enters your mind. I have found myself in these same situations.  Too recently in fact.  Okay, I’ll be totally honest…in some areas even now.  I get frustrated, I get impatient, I get confused…”Hello, God!  Remember me?” 

This must be what David felt like in Psalm 22, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are You so far from helping me, and form the words of my groaning?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent…”

David goes into this whole pity party episode in the following verses.  He feels like we do some times.  He’s wondering where God is and why isn’t He listening…It isn’t long until verse 21 when he finds out that God was listening and God did hear his cry. 

Later we see David saying things like, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” 

What a turn around.

When we go through times of despair and it feels like God isn’t there, think of David.  He felt the same way and soon found out that God was listening.  We can also look to Job.  He had no clue why what was going on was going on.  He lost his security, his wealth, his family, his health…He eventually wished he had never been born but as we read of his account we see God was there and He was in control.

It may seem like God isn’t there.  It may seem like he doesn’t care or that He isn’t listening.  Satan may even try to make you doubt God’s existence or love…Just remember that God is there and He does care and He does hear and in His perfect timing and according to His perfect plan He will answer.  He is the one who can bring beauty from ashes.  He can turn our mourning in to dancing.  He can make all things turn out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

We just need to be reminded of that sometimes.  I have to remind myself of that sometimes.  Plus if times were always perfect how would we know we needed God?

Dear God, when life seems bad and situations out of control; when it seems like You’re not there may I remember that You are there.  May I trust You and Your promises.  Help me to stand upon Your truth.  I have so many things to be thankful for; to praise you for.  Help me not to focus on the bad.  I know that You are there and that You will work all things out to my good.  I praise You for it Lord!