Archive for July, 2007

Lord’s Baseball Game, The
                           by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown

 

Bob had a dream one night in which he and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team. The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs.

 

Bob and the Lord continued to watch as the batter, Love, stepped up to the plate. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because Love never fails. The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love. The next batter up was named Godly wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch; Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass, because Godly Wisdom does not swing at Satan’s pitches. Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly wisdom never swings at Satan’s throws. The bases were loaded.

 

 

The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Bob made a face… Grace certainly didn’t look like much to him! Apparently Satan’s whole team agreed: they all relaxed and laughed a little when they saw Grace. Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To all but one’s amazement, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen. But Satan was not worried; his center fielder, the Prince of the air, let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing to the ground; then it continued over the fence for a home run! And so the Lord’s team won.

The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but could not win the game by themselves. Bob, looking a bit sheepish, admitted that he didn’t know. The Lord explained, “If your love, faith and wisdom could win the game, you would think you could win it by yourself. Love, faith and wisdom will get you on base, but only My grace can get you home. My grace is the one thing Satan cannot stop.”

“And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”(Matthew 11:2,3)

 

COMMENT: Here’s the situation: John the Baptist, the man who was the Jesus’ forerunner, preached that the Messiah was coming. As you know, he even baptized Jesus and knew of the many miracles the Lord had performed. However, he was now in prison and was beginning to have doubts about the legitimacy of Jesus. I suspect he was thinking: “I know what You said and what wonderful signs were made by You, but there is something wrong with this picture. If you are really the Messiah, why am I am languishing in this stinking jail?” Now before we treat John too harshly , let us take a closer introspective look at ourselves. Looking back at your life, I am sure you can innumerate many instances where the Lord has come through for you with flying colors when you had trials and tribulations. However, have you ever wondered where God was when your troubles seem to go unabated without an answer to your prayers?  The enemy of our soul will try to persuade us to doubt God. Instead, contemplate on all the miracles the Lord has worked in your life and remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.” (Hebrews 13:8)

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Matthew 11:1-6

 

WISE SONG LYRICS: NO MATTER THE STORMS THAT COME MY WAY. NO MATTER THE TRIALS THAT I MAY FACE. YOU PROMISED THAT YOU WOULD SEE ME THROUGH. SO I WILL TRUST IN YOU.

 

NOTE: My Daily Devotional Bible* is tattered and torn, suffering over 15 years of use. However, I am still running across anointed messages that I am pleased to share with you..

SEEING IS DOING—Matthew 5:27,28  “You have heard that it was said to those of old. ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Both Jesus and the Old Testament teach that God’s law is concerned not only with external and outwards actions, but also with the attitudes of heart and mind that lead to the actions. The action as well as the intent to carry out the action are both condemned as violations of God’s law. In the seventh commandment Jesus includes the lustful look and the sinful imagination. There is adultery of the body and adultery of the mind. Job spoke of making a covenant with his eyes, and not gazing at a virgin (31:1). Peter also makes reference to those who have “eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin.” (2 Peter 2:14). Control of the heart and of the body begins with control of the eyes.

Today’s Thought: I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

* “The Daily Devotional Bible”, Thomas Nelson Publishers

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 Amp. Bible)

COMMENT: The other day I reluctantly decided to go to Gold’s Gym on a Saturday afternoon. I was reluctant because the last Saturday I visited that place I had a difficult time finding a parking spot because of the crowd. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the parking lot relatively empty and, as I suspected, so was the establishment. Then it came to me!. . .many people make commitments to keep their bodies in shape with New Year’s resolutions but here we are in the 5th month of the year and their enthusiasm for a buffed body has waned. That kind of attitude doesn’t apply only to people regarding their physical bodies; some of us, after making a firm commitment to develop ourselves spiritually, find that after a few months we are off-track. I made a commitment to keep a daily journal and I have only 4 entries for the month of May. Perhaps your aim was to renew your mind with God’s Word on a daily basis in 2006 and now you have fallen short. . .way short. Don’t give up, don’t let the devil discourage you; all is not lost! Have you heard about A NEW BEGINNING? Well, why not start it TODAY?  Mind If I join you?

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 12:1,2 and Proverbs 10:4, 13:4

 

WISE SAYING: WITH GOD’S WORD, YOUR MIND’S RENEWED. WTH THE WORLD’S WORD, IT IS SUBDUED. (gene mcguire)   

 

“A wise man will hear and increase learning. And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. . .” (Proverbs 1:5)

COMMENT: Earlier this month I visited an inmate in prison and they put us visitors through some changes that I had not experienced before. After they had a dog sniff us for drugs, they put about 20 of us into a room to wait. Well, I could never allow a group of people just to sit there and be bored, I felt an obligation  to liven up the place; since I had a “captured audience” I began to sing and tell a couple of jokes. I even took requests. One lady asked me if I would sing Happy Birthday to her inmate husband when we were allow into the Visitors’ Room.(Do you think “American Idol” will ever raise the age limit to 70? Gray hair seems to be acceptable!)  When we finally reached our destination, I continued to be jovial with my newfound friends I had gotten to know at my “performance”. The gentleman I was visiting pulled me aside and gave me “the facts of life”. He told me that men who are incarcerated are extremely anxious about what their wives and girlfriends are doing on the outside. My friendliness with “their women” might fuel their fires of jealousy. I immediately realized that my friend was speaking wisely and I curtailed my behavior appropriately. However, I did honor the request made of me and sang Happy Birthday to the gentleman as his wife requested. He was very pleased and gave me a big hug when I left.

SCRUPTURE STUDY: Proverbs 1:5-7, 20-24

 

WISE SAYING: AN UNGUARDED STRENGTH IS A DOUBLE WEAKNESS.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

COMMENT: Recently I heard a message about our spiritual  life that really got down to the “nitty gritty”.  The pastor said :”How would you feel if the thoughts that you have would be flashed on a big screen at your church?” I think you all will agree with me that this would be something less than desirable. Okay, let’s get real;  that is something we would detest! The important question is why should we be so overly concerned about our thoughts being exposed to our peers when every single thought that pops into our cranium is immediately projected on our Heavenly Father’s “screen”? He wants us to think on things that are good, pure, perfect, lovely  and of good report for a very good reason.(Phil. 4:8) As you know, the mind is a spiritual battlefield where the forces of good and evil “duke it out”. The thoughts we entertain and allow to take root will influence our emotions and, in due time, the corresponding behavior will manifest itself.

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 1:28 and Ephesians 2:1-3 & 4:17.

 

WISE SAYING: ATTITUDE IS OUR THOUGHT LIFE TURNED INSIDE OUT! (Joyce Meyer)