October 13, 2005

How are you walking?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 1:17 pm

Ephesians 5:15-16 "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." How are you walking? Paul tells us in verse 15 to walk circumspectly. Now this word circumspectlyis a big word…a word you probably don’t use every day in your normal communication! Adam Clarke in his commentary gives us the meaning of this word and also tells us how we can apply it to our lives: "Our word circumspect, from the Latin circirmspicio, signifies to look round about on all hands; to be every way watchful, wary, and cautious, in order to avoid danger, discern enemies before they come too nigh, and secure a manÂ’s interest by every possible and lawful means. But the original word signifies correctly, accurately, consistently, or perfectly. Be ye, who have received the truth, careful of your conduct; walk by the rule which God has given you; do this as well in little as in great matters; exemplify your principles, which are holy and good, by a corresponding conduct; do not only profess, but live the Gospel. As you embrace all its promises, be careful also to embrace all its precepts; and behave yourselves so, that your enemies may never be able to say that ye are holy in your doctrines and profession, but irregular in your lives." Paul also admonishes us to redeem the time, or I like to think of it as "making the most of the time God has given us." We don’t know from one day to the next if we’ll still be allowed to live. Every day is a gift from God. Let’s make the most of each and every day. Make the most of the time we have to spend with our spouses, children, and extended family members. We should also redeem (or make the most) out of every opportunity to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord and to reach those who do not know Christ. We are all gifted in our own unique ways…God has a special plan for each one of the people He has created. Paul ends this discussion with a reminder that the days are evil. Adam Clarke says, "The present times are dangerous, they are full of trouble and temptations, and only the watchful and diligent have any reason to expect that they shall keep their garments unspotted." Lord, help me to be watchful and diligent…I do want to keep my garments unspotted!


October 12, 2005

Is Your Anchor Holding?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 5:01 am

1Timothy 4:10 (HCSB) In fact, we labor and strive for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.

Hebrews 6:19 (HCSB) We have this hopelike a sure and firm anchor of the soul–that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

Is your anchor holding fast and firm as you face the storms of life? If you are a Christian, you can be anchored fast because you “have this hope” in Christ Jesus.

Last Sunday at my church, we sang the song “My Anchor Holds.” The words of verse three are:

I can feel the anchor fast as I meet each sudden blast, and the cable, tho’ unseen, bears the heavy strain between. Thro’ the storm I safely ride, till the turning of the tide.

As we sang these words, it occurred to me that the only way we will know that our anchor is holding fast is for it to be tested. As the storms of life blow our direction, we can know that the anchor is holding fast. With the song writer, W. C. Martin, we can say:

And it holds, my anchor holds; blow your wildest, then, O gale, On my bark so small and frail. By His grace I shall not fail, for my anchor holds, my anchor holds.

We can be anchored in Jesus Christ…He will not fail us! I found this picture on the internet, it was actually inspired by a song sung by Ray Boltz, “The Anchor Holds.” This picture depicts what I’m writing about in a very nice way!

Thank God for the HOPE we have in Him!

October 11, 2005

Our Heavenly Father

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 3:49 pm

At 4 AM this morning, our oldest daughter, Luanna, came into our bedroom. She was awake and having trouble going to sleep. She was frustrated because she had listened to an instrumental CD once or twice and was still unable to sleep. Out of desperation she came to our room for help.

Shawna and I both talked with her and I started the CD again. Shawna suggested she “count sheep” and I explained how that works to her. About 30-40 minutes later…she called out, “Daddy, Daddy!” in a hushed whisper. I went into her bedroom and she said, “I’ve counted to 90 and I’m still not asleep!”

With this, her Daddy’s heart melted! I couldn’t resist my daughters plea for help. Since she sleeps in double bed, there was plenty of room for me to lie down beside her and comfort her. So, that’s what I did…I pulled the covers down and crawled into her bed with her. (Now, you probably wouldn’t have done that because you might think I’m spoiling her…but I don’t see it that way!)

I whispered with her a little more…we counted some more sheep…and after some time, she was back asleep! Meanwhile, it was now almost time for me get up and get ready for work. Yes, she awakened me about two hours earlier than normal…but while I was up trying to get my sleepy head ready for work, I thought of the beauty in what I had just experienced with my daughter. The words of this hymn started going through my mind:

The valley may be dark, the shadows deep, But O, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep: And through the gloom He’ll lead me home, My heavenly Father watches over me.

At 4 AM, to an 8 year old the bedroom is a dark valley…the shadows no doubt seemed very deep. I became the “shepherd” to my daughter…I was able to guard my lonely “little lamb.” Daddy was there with her…she was comforted…and eventually sleep came back to her little body. She relaxed and slept like a baby for several hours!

God wants us as His little sheep to fully trust in Him. He doesn’t grow weary (like I do)…we don’t have to go to Him and wake Him up at 4 AM when we are troubled by something. He is ever present and ready to help.

Isa 41:10,13 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand and say to you: Do not fear, I will help you.” (HCSB)

I trust in God, I know He cares for me, On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea; Tho’ billows roll, He keeps my soul, My heavenly Father watches over me.

I’m so thankful we serve a loving heavenly Father! He wants to help us through every difficulty…He wants to be right there by our side comforting us and giving us encouragement!

* “My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” written by Rev. W.C. Martin

October 10, 2005

What are you attached to?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 1:55 pm

1Ki 11:1-10 HCSB King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women (2) from the nations that the LORD had told the Israelites about, "Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods." Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. (3) He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the LORD. (4) When Solomon was old, his wives seduced him to follow other gods. His heart was not completely with the LORD his God, as his father David’s heart had been. (5) Solomon followed Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites. (6) Solomon did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, and unlike his father David, he did not completely follow the LORD. (7) At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem. (8) He did the same for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and offering sacrifices to their gods. (9) The LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. (10) He had commanded him about this, so that he would not follow other gods, but Solomon did not do what the LORD had commanded. Scripture tells us that Solomon was deeply attached to these foreign women. These women caused him to turn his heart away from the Lord. Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and he didn’t completely follow the Lord. What a sad commentary on a man who was very wise and very blessed by the Lord! What things do you have in your life that you might be deeply attached to? Are you deeply attached to things that will cause you to turn your heart away from the Lord? Let us pray and ask the Lord to search out our heart…ask Him to reveal any way at all in our lives that is wicked or evil.

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