Three Steps to Navigate the Fork on My Road


Who am I? and What should I do with my life? are questions often asked among the human race. These questions are centuries old. What is even more difficult is when we find ourselves at a fork in the road with two paths to choose from. Both are good, but only one should be taken. Which do we take? Often the case is that many seek and never find. Or many take one road but don’t walk it with confidence. What keeps people from finding?

They often neglect the process God has set out for them. It’s really a simple three-step process; but often hard to do. In my opinion, the first step is the most difficult.

According to Romans 12:1-2, the three steps God has given us are…

 We Worship    1. We worship.

To worship is more than singing, praying, and (in some cases) dancing to the Lord. It’s abandonment to our will, our ways, our desires, even our well laid plans. It’s dying to self.  Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).  If we have our desires in one hand while seeking God’s will in the other, we will not discover His good and favorable plan for our lives. We will stand at that fork in confusion. We must offer Him two empty hands so that we can receive His only will for our life.

We Read   2. We renew our minds by the Word.

Once we die to our will and our desires, we choose to not pattern our lives according to the way the world seeks success or even how the world develops their purpose; instead we renew. We throw out the old and renovate. We choose to change for the best not just the better. Once abandoned, then we read the Word of God and let it speak to us. Before you know it, God’s word will speak; we will hear. We will know His pleasing and perfect will.  God may use some of the world’s ways to develop us, and He may not.  Some go to college, and some go on missions or choose some other career path. Some work at a full-time job for 30 plus years, some travel from project to project. Some are stay at home moms and some pull double duty: work full time and parent. The question is not “Should I do one thing or the other, it’s what is God’s word telling me to do? What is God’s perfect and pleasing will for my life?” When we ask the right questions and seek the answers from God’s word, the fork is no longer an obstacle in our path; it’s an opportunity to seek clarity.

fork-in-the-road   3. We walk in God’s will.

Once we listen, we see clearly what was so clouded before. The veil lifts. The spacious lot in our life is distinct before our eyes. But just knowing God’s will is not enough, we must walk in it. We’ve all been given gifts, a mission to carry out, and a direction to walk. The problem is, we know but we neglect. If you have been given a mission, then go. If you have been given a gift, then use it. If you have been called to a task, then get on it. To know and neglect is to be like a car with no engine. We get nowhere. The result is discouragement. There is the familiar saying, “God equips the called.” Trust His ability to equip you just like you trusted His word to tell you His plan. He calls. He prepares. He sends. Get up and get going!

I hope this was helpful to those of you who are truly seeking God’s will for your life. Maybe you are at a fork in the road; you’re not sure which road to travel.  Both good, but there is only one God has planned for you. I promise you this, if you worship first, if you read the word of God and let it speak to you, clarity will come and then will you be able to test that road and live it confidently.

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Praying for Kids and Teens, Tonight


I hurt for the children and teens who have no hope. Our kids and teens face so much today. Stress, high expectations, bullies, and sin; sin is at its all-time high. Now that’s not to say that sin wasn’t rampant years ago, it was. It’s just that sin and evil is so much louder these days.

Evil is reaping havoc on our kids and teens. They have no idea how to handle what they are seeing and hearing. They are trying to cope, join in, accept and be tolerant. But it’s not working. It’s hurting them.

I believe that most children and teens would rather have stability, peace, hope, love and joy. I think they even want faith! I think most are sick of the evil they see day in and day out. They don’t want their hearts to be cold, or indifferent to love. They want to feel good inside and be good on the outside. Sadly, it’s just not popular to be that way.

The truth is, they won’t find this goodness in what this world has to offer; they will only find it in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the only way. One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is a strong faith in God. He doesn’t change, but the world does. It shifts and disappoints, but God is a rock of hope and love.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he said these things, He placed his hands on the children and He blessed them. He touched them. He filled them with the stability, peace, hope, love and joy that they desperately needed. Kids haven’t changed since Jesus walked on the earth. They need Him today, just as much as they did then.

Let your children come to Jesus. They need refreshing! Let them drink deeply the peace of Christ. Healing for whatever they might be going through is in His touch.

Pray with me for our children and our teens tonight. “God draw each child and each teen to your heart. Touch them with abundant life. Restore hope in their hearts. Replace the gloom of culture with the light of Your love. Help them see their value in Your eyes. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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The Trouble with Fear


Our culture is rooted in fear. Its anchor is saturated deeply in the fear of man. The fear of terrorists, the fear of ISIS, the fear of nuclear weapons, the fear of assault and the fear of losing our life is all-encompassing. Fear is also our entertainment. So much of our T.V. shows are based on fear. The news is filled with sensational stories that incite fear upon the people. A people without God is doomed to despair.  But not Caleb! Fear does not control him!

My new hero is Caleb. At 40 years of age he was sent to scout out a land. He went with his buddies. While scouting they experienced a large people – frightful people. (Think ISIS – That kind of people and surely worse.) Caleb’s buddies became overcome with fear. So much so – they melted, they doubted, and they couldn’t get past the abilities of these giants. Not Caleb! Caleb saw possibilities. He saw triumph. He had courage. He had vision. He knew how to overcome such a people. He also saw the mission laid out before him…

CONQUER THE PEOPLE AND TAKE THE LAND!

What set Caleb apart from his buddies? At age 40, Caleb’s confidence was not in himself, nor was it in the giants of the land. His confidence was in the all-powerful God whom he served, loved and trusted. He devoted himself wholeheartedly to the power of God. He trusted God’s promises; he trusted that God would come through on what he pledged to His people. The giants in the land looked like ants to Caleb, because he compared them to the God of the Universe not to his abilities!

At age 85 Caleb’s faith in God was still as strong as when he was 40. God had given him strength and fortitude at middle age, and He did not withhold this power even in old age. Success came to Caleb not because he was physically strong and regimentally equipped (even though he had this); it was because His trust, hope, and strength came from the total presence of God with him. He leaned in and pressed forward into the power of God’s promises and provision.

Caleb believed in the promises of God; He knew the power of His presence. At age 85, Caleb confidently stood and proclaimed, “I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said” (Joshua 14:10b-12).  And Caleb did! Fear did not grip this man’s heart. Nor did hatred. Nor did the love of battle. It was “Perfect Love that drove out that fear.”  The power of Christ was upon Caleb!  Caleb loved God with a perfect love, one that was devoted wholeheartedly to His God.  Caleb’s love for God gave him power! This became his strength. If his heart felt any fear, Caleb remembered as we all need to do,

The Lord is my refuge and His presence with me is my charge.

It’s not whether we will fear or not; it’s what we will do with that fear. The problem with fear is it makes us like Caleb’s buddies. Given over to fear we not only hurt ourselves, we incite that fear upon those around us, creating a cesspool of doubt and terror.  The new charge is this – cast that fear on the Lord and inflame power and trust among the people.  

#neveryieldtofear #leanin  #pressforward  #moveinpower #win!

A New Game of Cards


Before Christ I played cards with the devil.

The devil and his demons, the kings of deceit all allied together

to bring me down, and they nearly succeeded.

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Then Christ showed up in this messy saloon.

He brought a new game of cards to the table.

He brought skills that no one could match.

His skill of redemption, forgiveness and new life

outplayed anything I had ever seen.

 He saved my life from the hand the devil had dealt.

No longer would my life be lived in this saloon.

No longer would the devil’s deck of cards be played at my table.

I play a new game with new rules: love, grace and hope.

This game is called #salvationishere.

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