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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Mentor Mentors

    Posted on November 20, 2011 by Family Christian

    “He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.”  Psalm 105:21-22

     

    Some are ready to mentor mentors. It is a little scary and you never feel totally qualified, but it is the right thing to do. The timing is right to go for it. You are a leader of leaders. You are a man’s man. You are a woman’s woman. It is time that you became very selective of those into whom you pour your life. You choose to mentor mentors because you know they are serious about developing others into passionate followers of Jesus Christ. These are men and women who serve their families, who build leaders at work and who press hard after God.

    Some already mentor. You are not trying to get them to mentor; instead, you are affirming them and providing them with mentoring resources. Even mentors need encouragement and a fresh perspective. Mentors are on the front lines being shot at. They need another respected leader to assure them it is worth it. They need someone to help bind up their wounds, decorate them with a medal of courage, and commission them back into battle.

    No mentor can survive alone. They need the community of other like-minded mentors. They need someone to look up to, someone they respect and can learn from. Learning is the essence of mentoring. One truth you pass on to budding mentors is the valuable lesson of selectivity. Young mentors need to avoid time wasters. If a man is not faithful in his commitments, do not use God’s good time to chase him down.

    There are too many others who value time with a mentor. Help these “wet behind the ear” mentors hold those in whom they invest to a higher standard criteria. Faithfulness is in the vortex of that qualification, because without faithfulness, they will grow frustrated to the point of giving up. Give them the freedom— even encourage them—to walk away from the unfaithful.

    Time is very precious and life is too short, so it is imperative we spend our time reproducing other mentors. Pray for people who will carry the mentoring torch long after you are gone. Look for people who are already influencers in their circle of relationships. These may be people who are mentoring and are not even aware of their influence. In some ways these oblivious mentors are the best kind to be mentored. They are naturally gifted by God for this role. People automatically go to them for counsel and advice. They already serve as a personal coach for others.

    Your role as a mentor of mentors is to affirm their current role as an informal mentor and to provide them with a little more structure. Help them balance spontaneity with structure. Indeed, both are critical to the mentoring process. Another good relational investment in mentors can be found in a retreat environment. Go away for a night or two and allow participants to discuss what is and what is not working in their current mentoring situations. Keep it to a small group of no more than ten so you can begin building a community of mentors. Retreats provide laser-beam focus on learning and encouraging.

    Lastly, and most importantly, mentors need spiritual discipline. Help them understand and follow the ways of God. The wisdom of God goes a long way in equipping mentors. To the degree you stay fresh and hungry for God, your mentors will stay fresh and hungry for God. Discuss the Word together, memorize the Word together and apply the Word together. Submit to your younger mentor’s accountability and ask them to do the same. Mentor mentors, because they need it. Mentor mentors, because you need it. Mentor mentors for the sake of future mentors. Mentor mentors, and watch God multiply your influence exponentially for His glory!

    Taken from Dose 75 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.


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  • Heavenly Heroes

    Posted on November 19, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”    Hebrews 12:1

     

    Dead heroes inspire you to live life to its fullest. Those who have endured hardship and were treated unfairly inspire us through our current tests and temporary trials. Most of us have not suffered to death because of our faith in Christ. Some have. Others have been down the road that denies earthly wealth, only to receive heaven’s riches.

    Heroes of the faith knew a better way. Theirs was the way of faith in God and obedience to His expectations. No temptation of the world was strong enough to pull them away from the moorings of their walk with God. With some, even on their deathbeds, there was an uncharacteristic unselfishness and generosity.

    Heavenly heroes do not languish without hope on the eve of their homegoing. Instead, they are busy bestowing blessings to those who will be left behind. These heroes of the faith have an eye on heaven in worship, while they quietly wind down for the conclusion of their earthly assignment. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). Look for heavenly heroes who may have lived within your lineage. You may be surprised to discover the faith of former generations was robust and alive.

    Or, you may need to adopt one of heaven’s saints who can represent one of God’s finest heroes. Let them motivate you to live a life worthy of God’s calling. Let their past faithfulness propel you to do the same in the present. We all need heroes who have overcome adversity by faith in God, and who knew how to enjoy Him whether in times of difficulty or peace.

    Your heavenly hero may be a godly grandparent who walked faithfully with the Lord. You watched your grandmother and/or grandfather persevere through adverse conditions. They kept a relationship with God that flourished and grew, up to the very end of their lives on earth. Money was not an issue for them because they learned to be content with a home, food, and clothing. Relationships are what mattered most to them. They always seemed to have time for you. Phone conversations did not seem rushed and their door was always open. In their presence there was a serenity and stability that had heaven as its origin. You experienced a little bit of heaven each time they graced your presence.

    Now is the time to allow the death of your heaven-bound hero to have even more impact on your life. Let their going home galvanize your faith. They remained faithful to the end, even though they did not receive their full reward in this life. Their life of perseverance with God is a tremendous motivation for you to do the same. You worship Christ, but you can still let your heavenly hero facilitate a deeper walk with God. Your hero is dead, but their influence is greater now than when they walked the earth.

    Ask God to graft their passion for His word into your heart and mind. Remember their words of encouragement, and become more secure and confident. They were bigger than life. Now in their death they have heaven’s platform for even greater Kingdom leverage. Your greatest hero is Jesus, but be encouraged to remain true to the faith by these lesser ones who reside in heaven. Because one day you may very well do the same for another.

    Taken from the November 19th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.


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  • Poisonous Words

    Posted on November 18, 2011 by Family Christian

    “They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.” Psalm 140:3

     

    Poisonous words come from a proud heart. In our original state of sin, Satan, the old serpent, infected us with the venom of injurious words. We have to watch what we say, or we may regret what we say. A person in their anger tends to say what their parents said in their anger. It is a vicious cycle of cynicism that only Christ can break.

    Instead of lashing out with language that stings or is even slanderous, there needs to be a cooling down time for calm and clear thinking. Frustration tends to feed judgmental behavior. When our throat is dry and our blood pressure is up, it is not the best time to speak, because poisonous words pronounce judgments driven by anger and emotion.

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly” (Proverbs 15:1-2)
    If you have been bitten by bitter words, then apply the balm of first bowing down to Christ. Jesus has just what the wounded soul and hurting heart needs. The Holy Spirit helps you discern how you can become better, and He gives you the patience and humility on when to wait, or when to confront. Victims of poisonous words need the serum of their Savior’s love and forgiveness. When applied liberally and regularly it allows you to handle harsh words with an understanding and non-defensive attitude.

    Followers of Jesus are men and women of ‘no reputation’. It is God who gets the glory and grants a good name. So, go to the Lord when your pride has been punctured by poisonous words, and ask Him for faith to forgive and grace to extend pleasant words. Don’t stew when you have been stung by slander; rather apply the ointment of God’s grace.

    Moreover, pleasant words work out the hurt and replace it with hope. Words like, “I love you, I believe in you, how can I help, how can I pray for you?” bring out the best in those in need of soul nourishment. Emotions venture back out in vulnerability within a safe environment of encouragement. Offer often pleasant words that feed hungry hearts.

    “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

    What are some pleasant words like, ‘How can I help?’ that I can apply to a wounded relationship?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 12:25; 15:4; Zechariah 1:13; Acts 20:2; 1 Peter 5:12

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  • God Knows

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Family Christian

    “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me”. Psalm 139:1

     

    God knows everything about us. He knows our dreams, fears and failures. He knows our noble thoughts, and He knows our foolish ones. He knows, but He knows with an eye toward eternity. His motive for the use of this exhaustive information is intimacy with His creation. Indeed, His infinite knowledge is an invitation to know Him.

    He understands our nature and character way beyond our comprehension. He searches the soul for our sakes, not His, for He already knows. We do much better when we sense our Savior is watching. So, our first step in accountability is to daily ask the Almighty to search and diagnose our heart. His sensitive searchlight helps us to see our motives and methods from His perspective.

    “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

    God knows you need a job, but He wants you to persevere in the process of prayerful networking. God knows you need a spouse, but He wants you to hold high your standards of conduct and character. God knows you need a house, clothes or a car, but He wants your faith focus to stay on Jesus and not stuff. God knows your every want, need and desire, so ask Him to embed His wishes into your wants.

    Through prayer, fasting and godly counsel, invite the Holy Spirit to align your expectations with an eternal agenda. You trust in the Lord even when you are unable to completely comprehend His understanding, because He is God. But in time He reveals just what you need to know. You know that God knows, and that’s all you have to know.

    “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).

    You can rest in the assurance that the Lord will meet your needs, maybe not your wants, and He knows what’s best. Like a parent’s love for a child, your heavenly Father loves you in spite of your imperfections. When He sees Jesus as your Savior and Lord, He sees the perfection of His son. He knows this is what you need most, for Christ is all you need.

    “God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us” (Acts 15:8).

    How does it make me feel to know that God knows everything about me, yet loves and accepts me unconditionally?

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 2:3; Psalms 44:21; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Philippians 4:10-13

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Everyday Relationship

    Posted on November 16, 2011 by Family Christian

    "I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me— just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:14, 15 NIV)

     

    Jesus desires an everyday relationship with those He has given eternal life. Like a sensitive shepherd individually cares for his sheep, so Christ cares for His flock of followers. Daily a wise sheep herder looks to keep the sheep from harm and leads them into green pastures. Similarly, the Lord watches out each day for the interests of His children whom He protects and provides. 

    If we wander away from the influence of our Great Shepherd Jesus, we risk exposure to evil elements. However, as we remain in the shadow of His long supportive staff, we benefit from His benevolence and His capacity for good.  Each day we have the opportunity to engage eternal resources for His Kingdom purposes. So, pray that everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

    "Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway" (Proverbs 8:34).

    Listen for the Lord’s voice and He will speak truth that you can treasure in your heart. He initiates marching orders daily so His disciples know where to go, what to say and how to behave. As your body calls out three times a day for food’s nourishment, so your soul’s appetite growls for God with a hungry heart. Feed it by faith and enjoy its fullness.

    What competing voices vex your mind and emotions? Is it a voice of fear from within, a voice of criticism from without or a voice of disbelief from below? Indeed, it is the voice of assurance and affirmation from above that provides everyday encouragement to your life. The voice of the Lord vows to be your delight and bold advocate. So, listen intently to the one voice that is guaranteed to give you life and hope.

    “Love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life” (Deuteronomy 30:20a).

    Daily you have the opportunity to rest in the Lord or get worked up. He longs to walk with you and talk with you. As you face big decisions and create future plans, Jesus is ever ready to grow in a loving relationship with you. Perhaps you slow down and see Him for who He is: holy, wise and joyful. He speaks through His word, His creation, His children, His circumstances and His Spirit. Everyday with Jesus is sweet and satisfying.

    “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

    How can I let the Lord love me each day, so I can in turn love others with His love?

    Related Readings: Job 37:5; Psalm 95:7; Luke 9:23; Hebrews 3:13

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0 All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • The Lords Servant

    Posted on November 14, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord…” Psalm 134:1a

     

    Servants of the Lord have one goal, and that is to serve at the pleasure of their Master Jesus Christ. It is an honor to represent the vision, mission and values of heaven. Servants of God are quick to praise Him. They show respect by blessing His name, and loathe the thought of disrespect in cursing His name. Followers of Jesus think well and speak well of Him. He is the object of their affection, the adoration of their worship. 

    Servants of the Lord bless the one from whom all blessings flow. They speak well of their Master. Wise servants understand that the purpose of serving God is not just accomplishing the work, but representing Him in their work. Therefore, toil in trust and do not give up for Christ’s sake. You are a servant of the Most High, so hold your head high and your heart low. He keeps His covenant of love for those who long for Him.

    “He said: “LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way” (2 Chronicles 6:14).

    Servants of the Lord also serve those their Master loves and accepts. There is alignment around the Almighty’s interest in people and their needs. He feeds and clothes the poor, so you feed and clothe the poor. He forgives and frees those who sin against Him, so you forgive and free those who sin against you. He seeks and saves the lost with the glory of the gospel, so you seek and save the lost with the glory of the gospel.

    Unrecognized service seems insignificant, but it is the most significant. What others don’t see, God does, and He rewards accordingly. The Lord blesses those who bless others on His behalf. Servants of the Lord are significant Kingdom builders, so stay put in your service on His behalf. The best service leads others to understand the way to be saved.

    May others see you in this same way, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved” (Acts 16:17b).

    How can I serve the Lord with gladness, and bless Him and others in the process?

    Related Readings: Nehemiah 1:11; Psalm 85:8; Isaiah 56:6; Acts 4:29; Revelation 22:6

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0 All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Patient Perseverance

    Posted on November 13, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

     

    Patient perseverance is required to see the fruit of your labors. It takes time to penetrate hard hearts and to influence those outside the faith. Family members can be especially difficult to love. This is why you have the family of God to serve and to love. Sometimes you feel closer to your family in Christ than you do your biological family. 

    This can be discouraging, but do not take it that way. Rather, accept the fact that blind people grope in the darkness and need special attention. They are very limited and may be incapable of giving any direction or unselfish leadership. This is the nature of their condition. You will be continually disappointed if you expect non-Christian family members to bend toward your interests and desires.

    For instance, you have an event that means the world to you, such as the graduation, birthday or marriage of a child. Do not expect an unbelieving relative to care. They are self-centered by nature. This is how they live life every day. It is a chore and a burden for them to give. They are oblivious to the need for celebration of this momentous occasion for you and your loved ones.

    Indeed, they are rejecting you by their absence. But you can let go of this hurt. Like a helium-filled balloon, release it to heaven. Let go of this offense and give it to your heavenly Father, who certainly understands. Non-Christians act like non-Christians. So do not be surprised. But you know better—you will continue to do good because it is the right thing to do. You will reap a harvest, though the reward of its fruit may be stored in heaven!

    So, you still serve even when you are not served. You still love even when you are not loved. You still forgive even when you are not forgiven. You still celebrate important occasions even when your important occasions are ignored. You still listen even when you are not listened to. You still care even when you are not cared for. This can take its toll in wearisome service and giving. But do not give up—the Word of God will make a difference. Your life is making a difference. God is using you in ways that you currently cannot comprehend.

    Others are watching your unselfish acts of kindness. Your children especially are watching. They are defining patient perseverance by the number one influencer in their lives. Stay in the giving process for their sake. Stay in the game for God’s sake. Ultimately it is all about Him. You remain unselfish for Him. You stay others-centered for Him. You give because Christ gave. You forgive because Christ forgave. It is all about being a good citizen in His Kingdom. Patient perseverance has nothing to do with demanding your way in your kingdom.

    Moreover, as you stay the course in good deeds, it leads others to Christ. This is the end game. This is the purpose for patient perseverance, so that others will see your good works and glorify God in heaven. You will probably be taken advantage of, yet it’s all for the praise of our Lord.

    Patient perseverance is for people and God. Do not give up on them. His timing is perfect. There will be a harvest and, for eternity, you will enjoy its fruit. Therefore, stay engaged in patient perseverance. Do not grow weary by depending on and looking to Him!

    Taken from Dose 74 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion

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  • Patient Love

    Posted on November 12, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Love is patient.”    I Corinthians 13:4

     

    Love, by nature, is patient. This is why those couples who are “in love” exhibit an inordinate amount of patience in the beginning. What is said, what is done or not done has extra grace embedded in the relationship. Lovers believe, “I will let you down. You will let me down. I will act immaturely. You will act immaturely. I will struggle with fear. You will struggle with fear. 

    We both need patience, for love is “patient.” If there is no evidence of patience in a relationship, then there is a love deficiency. Love expresses itself in patience. For example, you serve your children because you love them. They are sometimes silly and prone to foolishness, but you still love them. Because you love them, you are patient with them.

    This may become more of a challenge when you relate this thinking to relationships outside of your family. A work associate, a stranger, or especially someone outside the faith, is harder to love. You barely know them. Therefore, how can you love them? The most difficult to love is someone who has offended you. We tend to lose our patience with those who are offensive. So, here is an important distinction to make.

    You love someone, not because they necessarily deserve it, but because they are created in the image of God. Jesus loved them so much He died for them. You can disapprove of their behavior and still love them. Your willingness to tolerate delay may keep the relationship intact. This is love. This is patience. Your calmness and self-control may be the very thing needed to stabilize the situation. Wake up loving, go to bed loving, and love in between. This environment of love will nurture and produce patience—lots of it.

    God understands this because He is love. Therefore, He is the epitome of patience. If anyone has the right to lose His patience, it is God. Everyday He deals with billions of sinners, many of whom are demanding their way. Some are oblivious to God. Some are harsh and angry toward God. But because of His great love for mankind, His longsuffering endures rejection and apathy.

    He feels compassion, not defiance, toward someone—lost in his or her sins—flailing away in criticism toward Christ. His love expands rather than contracts in the face of your failures. His capacity to love is greater than ours and his propensity for patience is also greater. But followers of Jesus have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them to love through them. The state of an unredeemed sinner is a limited love. The condition of a saved sinner is Christ’s capacity to love.

    Thus, you have the potential for a higher degree of patience. Allow Christ to love through you, and watch your patience grow and expand. Do not fall into the trap of an angry rebuttal. People and situations tend to cool off tomorrow. You still confront, but in the right timing and in the right way. Invest in patience, and the pay off is exponential. Express patience, and everyone is in a better state of mind to discuss the facts. Love the unlovable. Love the undeserving. Love the impatient. Love keeps your motive pure. Love feeds a healthy perspective.

    By your love you can be patient, because love is patient. Jesus patiently loved the unlovely. The Bible says, “Jesus looked at him and loved him…” (Mark 10:21a).

    Taken from the November 11th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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  • Tidings of Crowder & Joy – An Interview with David Crowder

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Family Christian

    David Crowder

    Family Christian Stores: This is the band’s first Christmas CD. What inspired you to create one after all these years together?

     

    David Crowder: Well, I think when you form a band you know that it is inevitable you make a Christmas album. It only took us 11 years to pull it off! We were actually supposed to start work on our last album in January and instead of making any headway on it, a Christmas album popped out. I would get calls from our label asking how the new recording was coming along and I responded, "Are you feeling festive?" We didn't mean to make this album, but Christmas apparently, was still in the air.

    FCS: Since Christmas music is so regularly covered, how do you find something that hasn’t been done before?

    David: Well, the beautiful part about the Crowder*Band is that we are a collection of six different folks with varying tastes in music, so for us to revisit some of the classic carols would, by default, turn out a bit different than what you've heard previously. It's really something special when you consider it a conversation; that everyone's voice is important. It gives it an eclectic blend that is compelling, I think.

    FCS: Do you have a favorite song on the album? What makes it special to you?

    David: My favorite song on the album is “Silent Night.” I think the reason that I love it so much is because the center is people in the room with us when we were playing. Plus, the outro was a rather spontaneous thing that turned out better than I could ever have hoped for!

    FCS: There’s a very unique bluegrass version of ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ on the record. What influenced that musical direction?

    David: We became intrigued with the genre a number of years ago. If you could have ever been on tour with us, you would have heard us sitting around in the dressing room together playing old gospel songs or bluegrass tunes. So, this one just sort of popped out. It's rowdy, fun and very unlike any version of this song I've heard. But I think it is completely appropriate, given the subject matter. Christ has come and that is reason to celebrate and throw a hoedown of sorts!

    FCS: Do you have any special holiday traditions as a band?

    David: Actually as a band we have always taken December off so that we could be with family. It's been rather annoying for all of those wonderful people attempting to book us during the holiday season, but we've been careful about keeping those days set aside for family.

    FCS: You’ve been very open that the album you’re currently working on (Give us Rest) will be your last. What can we expect to hear?

    David: It is the last offering we will have as a collective and it's turned into the most ambitious offering we've had since we formed in the year 2,000. It's the most music we've ever put in one place at the same time. We have composed a ‘requiem mass’ that feels like all of our explorations as a band in one place. We absolutely can't wait for people to hear it.

    FCS: So how will everything wrap up?

    David: Our final CD will release January 10th. I couldn't be more pleased with the songs we've collected for it. We will play together as a band for the last time at Passion 2012, a collegiate conference in Atlanta, GA. The album will release shortly thereafter.

    FCS: And finally, are there real Crowder*Band nutcrackers, as seen on the album art?

    David: I wish! We're actually working on that and if it happens, you'll be able to find them on our website.

    FCS: Thanks for such a fun interview! We wish you a wonderful Christmas & a memorable final tour with the band.


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  • Ask with Assurance

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord was on him.” Ezra 7:6

     

    You can ask with assurance when the Lord is with you. You can ask for prayer when the Lord is with you. You can ask for money when the Lord is with you. You can ask for protection when the Lord is with you. You can ask for a friend when the Lord is with you. You can ask for wisdom when the Lord is with you. 

    You can ask for understanding when the Lord is with you. You can ask for forgiveness when the Lord is with you. You can ask others to consider Christ when the Lord is with you. You can ask for boldness, wisdom, humility, strength, kindness, and opportunity when the Lord is with you.

    Therefore, do not limit your ‘ask’ to your influence; unleash your ‘ask’ based on His influence. Fear does not lack reasons why you cannot ask. Pride will strangle the life out of your asking every time. The chance of rejection can lead you to postpone your asking for a more convenient time. However, the longer you wait, the harder it can become to simply ask. Asking is not easy, but it is necessary.

    If you don’t propose, you may not marry. If you don’t ask for directions, you may wander around in frustration. Asking is an everyday part of life. Indeed, do not underestimate the power of God in your life, family, and work. His hand is on you for a reason and He has shown you favor for a reason.

    “God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5b).

    Yes, it is wise to ask respectfully and responsibly. You are not a ‘bull in a china shop’, but rather a sheep in God’s flock. So ask prayerfully and in a timely manner. Make sure your ‘ask’ has been preceded by proper planning and prayer. You have a finite amount of relational and emotional capital to spend, so budget accordingly.

    Above all else stay immersed in Scripture. A proper perspective provides for a potent petition. It is when we lose perspective that our asking becomes anemic and even non-existent. God’s Word will flush out your fear and replace it with His calm confidence. Seek the Lord and He will show you how and when to ask.

    Ask for His wisdom to marinate in your mind, as it facilitates your freedom to ask. Ask for humility and God will use it to tame your trepidations. Sometimes it is easier to ask God than people, so ask Him so you can ask people. Asking is God’s methodology to accomplish His mission and it is an expression of trust. By faith, ask with assurance and you will be amazed at what you discover about yourself, God and others.

    The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2b).

    What do I need to first ask of myself, before I ask of God and others?

    Related Readings: 1 Kings 3:5; Matthew 8:5; 21:22; James 1:6; 2 John 1:5

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