My Time Wednesday, Jan 24 2018 

The verses to which I would like to draw your attention today can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verses 10-11:

10 Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goes.

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

Most of the bible scholars out there will be saying, “But what about Ecclesiastes 3?” I wanted to use those verses but it is not possible to rescind God’s plan.

It dawned on me this morning that I have spent over 20 years of my life sleeping. So one- third of my time is spent sleeping. But believe me this time has not been wasted. Dreams are incredible tools that God uses to change us. Maybe, I’ll do a blog post on “My Dreams”.

I used to spend one-third of my life working or going to school. That pretty much covers the activities listed in verse 10.

Moving on to verse 11 the first question is where did Solomon return from? It is as if he has risen above time and looked down over the earth and saw these points of wisdom. If time and chance happens to them all, then that means it happens to me. So we all have a chance, an opportunity if you will, to use our time wisely; to be swift, strong, wise, rich, skillful, but that is no guarantee of success. God places great value on us pursuing Him.

Without God’s help we will not be able to understand the meaning of our time here.

I remember when I was a young adult and my hard work studying and earning my degree finally started to return the benefits. It was time well spent. My mother said to me, “You are so lucky.”

At the time, I was so insulted! “It was hard work, not luck!,” I told my mother. But as it turns out, my mother was wiser than I and knew what Solomon knew that “time and chance” happens to us all.

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My Earnest Expectation Saturday, Jan 6 2018 

Today’s verses can be found in the book of Philippians the first chapter verses 19-21.

Philippians 1:19-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 for I know that this will turn out for my [a]deliverance through your [b]prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

It is my earnest expectation that these scriptures will manifest for me in Christ.

My desire is to glorify God in my body in everything that I do. This desire comes from being saved. When you are saved you get this desire in your heart.  That will become your primary desire above all else.

Another desire I have is to pray. Seeking God’s face is like a thirst in my spirit.

A third desire is to be in the WORD. I’m not talking about skimming a few verses every day. I’m talking about a hunger for the meat of the word. I’m in it to chew on it. To meditate on it. To pray about it. “Lord, What are you trying to teach me in these passages?”

I have an overwhelming desire to hear the teachings of the Holy Spirit.

Another desire is to worship. Not just by myself; I want to worship with a big crowd. I want God to be so glorified by our corporate worship that He shows up with bands of angels to sing along.

This is what is meant by being renewed in the spirit of your mind. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Even if salvation was the only thing that God ever gave me that would be enough. But that isn’t all there is to it. There’s unmerited favor. This is God’s grace. I could rant on and on about what is included in the package of  gifts given to the believer but suffice it to say that this world can’t contain it all.

Each day is filled with great expectations.

God’s Economy Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 

Until very recently, I worked all of my life as a tax accountant. In that profession, you are called upon to provide detailed reports for hundreds of entities to federal and state taxing authorities. The rules for these reports are codified in thousands of pages of law. In addition to these there are standards codified by the states to which you are held accountable and permitted to practice by certification and license.

When an error is made you are allowed to amend returns to correct the error and of course pay any additional tax that would be required.

In God’s economy when an error is made we are called to repent. We are led to that repentance by God’s kindness.

Romans 2:4 God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

What God gives us, we are called to give to others in need.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Whatever we give will be given back to us.

Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

We are called upon to remember God’s economy is a free flowing economy.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

The world’s economy and God’s economy are incomparable; but in the Word they intersect.

Proverbs 11:24 24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.