Relationship vs. Knowledge

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…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19

BINGO! Isn’t it fun when you’re the one yelling it? Bingo is a nice, easy game that most people can play. There are other games that can stretch us painfully mentally like Jeopardy, Trivia Pursuit (before you have the answers memorized) and others that seem to measure how much knowledge we have. I, for one, am always excited when I can answer one question among the many tough ones asked. My husband, however, excels at these types of questions for he has a great interest in history and geography, but don’t ask him about the great classic movies … that’s my department.

Aren’t we glad that it doesn’t take being a rocket scientist to be in the family of God? His love is more than facts and figures. It is a relationship … a relationship God started for he first loved us. To be filled with God takes being in relationship with him. As we spend time with the Creator of the universe, God will show us amazing things mostly about who he is and who we are to him. God’s love is more powerful than any amount of knowledge. That’s a fact you can depend on.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I do thank you for your love that is greater than all things. I pray that I may enjoy our relationship today and allow you to work through me. Amen

Faith Tip: If you are feeling unworthy because you believe you lack the knowledge to do anything for God, bask in the great love he has for you and allow him to work through you. God has great plans for you.

Don’t Miss the Feast

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And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:16-21

I am so good at talking myself out of doing something I should. I have a young friend who recently lost a close relative. I hadn’t seen her in about a year and wondered if it would matter if I was there. The visitation was quite a distance, my schedule was full, my gas tank low, my dog would be waiting in the kennel and so on. There was also a traffic jam from an accident along the way which added a good chunk of time to the commute. But I was determined to follow God’s leading no matter how misguided I thought it was.

I am so glad I went. I can now see why God wanted me to go. She needed to hear and experience God’s love for her. As we hugged, I thanked God for the opportunity to express love in a real way and feel I would have missed something huge if I had listened to my negative thoughts and didn’t go.

It’s all about focus. If we look at only the peanut butter and jelly of our own circumstances and try to make things better for us, we will miss the feast God has planned for us.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the opportunities you give me each day to express your love in a real way. I pray that I follow your leading and feast at your table. Amen

Faith Tip: Today when opportunities come up to show God’s love to someone, turn off the negative thoughts of why you shouldn’t and go forth in faith knowing God has set a special place just for you at the table.

Lift Rather Than Carry

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Praise our God, all peoples, 
let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance. – Psalm 66:8-12

I have recently heard about the struggles of numerous people in my life and my love and prayers go out to them. I continually think of them and lift them up to God. It’s difficult to see people go through these difficult times in their lives, but I know God is in it. If I didn’t have God to trust with these people, it would be depressing. But I know that God’s power is real and working all the time. I feel confident that whatever is the outcome in these dear ones’ lives that it will be “big picture” good for God turns all the ashes into beauty for His name’s sake.

Consider the struggles you have gone through or perhaps someone you know. At the time, I’m sure it was difficult to praise God, but as you look back can you see how He was involved? Difficulties shape us. We are made stronger and more into the image of Jesus as we journey through challenges and learn from them. How good to know that no matter what we are going through that God brings us to a place of abundance. It may not be in this life, but it is definite in eternal life.

Prayer: God, I thank you for the work you have done in my life. There have been ups and downs and you were there through it all. I praise you for your goodness in my life. Amen

Faith Tip: If you are going through struggles now or before, think about what you have been learning from God and how you are changing. Give God praise for the great work done in you.