Overcoming the Daily Demand Crisis


The daily demands of the day are constant. They are ever ready to control our day, control our direction and even our destiny. The challenge is this, the demands in our day do not have the ability to sort, weed, or produce what is best. These demands serve one purpose in our life – distraction. And distraction serves one end – destruction. Yet, we follow them anyway!

The answer to this problem of “the daily demand” crisis is found in Mark 1:35-39:

“Early in the morning Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’

Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come. So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.’

Observing this short, yet profound passage we see that Jesus rose early in the morning and set His day in the direction of God’s plans. How? By abiding in God’s presence first before the day of duties even began. When the demands of the day arrived in the form of Simon and his companions, Jesus was ready to meet them with His Father’s purpose.

“Everyone is looking for you!” is often the reason we fall so short of doing what God wants us to do. “People pleasing” is usually at the core of redirecting the mission God has for us. Yet, Paul instructs us by his own example of living from 1 Thessalonians 2:4, “We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” Our solitary place each morning is a time where God tests our hearts and takes all that is busy and demanding in our life and brings to the surface THE ONE THING that matters – His will! And know this, you will not make people happy, you may even make some mad, but the mission is to please our Heavenly Father and pray for those who feel disappointed by our mission.

Jesus replies with a focused and intentional response. Regardless of all the people who were looking for Him, He simply said, “Let’s go somewhere else.” Imagine that! He has all these people looking for Him. He could have fruitful work here. He could accomplish much, but accomplishment was not His goal – doing God’s will was! He continued by stating clearly – we are to go to  the nearby villages, so I can preach, for THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME.

Go to that solitary place today. Ask God to weed out the busy and raise up His mission for your day. Then pray for the courage to confront the demands when they come. Know your God, know His mission and live His will. Intimacy with the Father in Heaven and Impact on the world is the end!   ID-10021450

 

 

 

 

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Honesty is Intimacy


Honesty is intimacy.

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Honesty deepens the bond between husband and wife, and becomes great examples for our children to follow. Nothing else seems to really matter as much in this life if the marriage bond is broken. The homes we build are more than brick and mortar. Homes are crafted by the integrity of our communication and closeness. It all starts with husband and wife.

You can live in a hut and it feels like a palace, if the marriage is strong, happy and close. A date night with pizza and candlelight is as romantic as dinner at the Ritz. Why? A faithful friendship gives precedence to the people involved and not the surroundings and things people use to make a marriage beautiful and good. Things break, money runs out, bodies age, and times change, but if there is a friendship with honesty, it doesn’t matter what’s amiss around us.

Too many marriages fail today, because they become dishonest and filled with secrecy. Illusions and irrational expectations fill the minds of some. They put more faith in what’s false than what’s real. They allow deceit to distance them and eventually destroy them.

However, when honesty is the root, it bonds a deep relationship where all else can be built upon it. The rest is secure, because the marriage knows intimacy.

“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house” (Proverbs 24:26-27).

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Disappointed in Your Lot?


“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring” (Proverbs 27:1).

We do not have the power to predict our future. We make our plans, but it is God who has the last say. Our best approach to tomorrow is to live today in faith and to live it faithfully. The lot God has given us today is spacious and gracious. We can be forever thankful for each moment, each hour, each segment of time, because within each, God teaches us, He prepares us and He moves us forward in the plans He has for us.

Disappointed in your lot? Don’t be. God’s plans are far greater and wider than what we can see with our human eye. It’s better to live in the corner of a roof with the righteousness vision of God, than to live in a house with well laid plans that can lead us to ruin. God has the bigger picture!

This doesn’t mean that we should not plan. Planning is good, because it narrows our focus and makes us intentional. It deliberates our heart, so we can measure our steps toward success. It also shows us where God has been faithful to us! But be careful that your plans do not become your god.  The best way to deal with our plans is to lay them at the foot of the cross and ask God to align them according to His riches in heaven found in Jesus Christ. Plan to God’s glory; do not plan to man’s success.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

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