Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Soul is Thirsty

You ever notice that when you are really thirsty, there is nothing that will truly quench your thirst but water? I grew up on grape and red kool-aid. Of course I'm a born and bred country boy so I've pretty much got sweet tea pulsing through my veins. In elementary school I never really liked white milk, but I have emptied my share of chocolate milk cartons. I've drank enough Pepsi to buy the CEO of the company a new yacht. You're welcome Mr. or Mrs. Pepsi CEO. And don't even talk about back in the day the beer I have put away. (I think I just heard some of my buddies say "You got that right!"). And certainly all of them went down cold and tasty, but all of them left me thirsty.

It's a thirst we're biologically born with. Our bodies are 70% water. It plays such an important role in just about every body function. Digestion, maintaining our temperature, brain function, keeping our skin moisturized, and on and on. That's why God put a natural thirst in us that can only be quenched with water.

You know our souls have a natural thirst as well. It's a dryness inside that leaves us feeling empty and lifeless. Because we are also born with the sinful nature of our flesh, we go through life seeking out others ways to quench it. We sip on worldly pleasures, material possessions, mind-altering chemicals, and sweet temptations. And though they all will seem cold and tasty at the moment, without a doubt they will yet leave our souls thirsty.

If you haven't already found out for yourself, I hope that you take a chance to see that the living water of God Himself is the only thing that can truly and permanently satisfy our thirsty souls. King David said "O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1 NLT)  Jesus told the woman He met at the well "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14 NLT)

Are you tired of being thirsty? Are you sick of always feeling unfulfilled and lacking? Maybe you've been trying to figure out what that feeling is. I was at that place at one point in my life too. I was tasting of all these other things and didn't understand why they didn't help. What I finally figured out by reading the Bible is that what I was feeling was spiritual dehydration. And the only fix is Jesus!      

Let's pray together.

Dear Lord, I pray that my thirsty friends out there will taste of You and see that You are good. Lord, we realize that at first You don't seem to taste good to us, because we've trained our palates on the kool-aid of worldly pleasures. But without a doubt, You are good FOR us. Draw my friends to Your well that they may receive the spiritual water so they will never thirst again. In Jesus name. Amen!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Butterflies Don't Crawl - A Morning Prayer

My Morning Prayer...

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. I pray You will help me to treat it like the unique and precious day that it is.

Lord, You brought a very interesting thought to mind. The thought is...BUTTERFLIES DON'T CRAWL. Now as You know I am certainly no butterfly expert, or any kind of expert really, but I feel pretty confident in my observation that butterflies..don't crawl. Now before they went through their transformation and lived as a caterpillar, crawling is all they ever did. But once they went through that change, they never ever would do that again, because butterflies don't crawl.

Father, You brought that to my thinking along with 2 Corinthians 5:17 where You say "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new CREATURE, old things have passed away, behold all things are become new". So that means that when I realized I needed a Saviour, and believed in Your Son Jesus as the only one who can save me, You didn't just change some things about me, You changed me. On the inside, You made me a whole new creature. You didn't just reshape my heart, You remade it into a totally new heart. It took some time to show through, but I can tell that I don't feel the same, I don't think the same, I don't see the world or people the same, I don't talk the same, and I don't love the same.

But!!!....the thing that You are still reminding me of this morning is...BUTTERFLIES DON'T CRAWL. That tells me then that if I am a whole new creature, I need to stop doing things that the old creature used to do. It's as silly and sad for me to still be doing some of the wrong things the old me used to do as it would be silly and sad to see a butterfly trying to crawl.

Thanks for being merciful and patient with me Lord. Thanks for changing my heart, and I pray You'll continue to change my ways. I don't need to crawl when I can walk, or walk when I can run, or run when I can fly. I want to make You proud because I love You. In Jesus name. Amen.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Purpose of Your Eyebrows

Fair warning. This is going to sound weird. But I realized it won't be the first of my posts where you have to stretch to grasp it, and likely not the last. So here we go.
One day while cutting grass in the heat and humidity, I had something of a discovery; an epiphany if you will. I realized...the purpose for our eyebrows. (Don't say I didn't warn you). Maybe you figured it out when you were two, but I never really thought about it before. I guess I just took those hairy brows for granted...until that day.
I was sweating like crazy, wiping sweat from my forehead, neck, even my earlobe. But I also noticed sweat was collecting at my eyebrows and dripping down to either side of my eyes. That's when it dawned on me.The purpose of our eyebrows is to keep sweat from rolling into our eyes. You ever thought about that? You thought they were just put there to raise one up and so you can look cool didn't you?
This is the really cool thing though. I think if we had the power to design a human, it would have been after we saw a person sweat before we realized we needed to design two hairy lines to catch the sweat. And then we would have probably nailed, stapled or hot-glued some plastic on our faces. But God fashioned the first eyebrows on the first man and woman before they ever had a nervous situation, a hot day, or grass to cut that would cause them to sweat. Before the first sweat bead ever formed, God already had formed the eyebrows ready to catch them. And He made them so they will grow and grow so we'll always have them when we need them.
Now that might seem silly to you, but to me it's yet one more piece of evidence that God exists aaaand....that He is awesome! And it is also another example showing that everything God created, He created for a purpose of His choosing. Like He did for your eyebrows. Like He did for you and me. And just because I didn't fully understand the real purpose for my eyebrows, does not mean God didn't have one. Similarly just because you might not fully understand God's purpose for creating you, doesn't mean He doesn't have one.
Psalm 139:14 reads "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well." So I will praise God for making my eyebrows the way He did. They came in real handy that day and many other days. And I will praise God for making me the way He did, because I know He made me just the way I needed to be to fulfill His purpose for my life. And you should praise God too for making you. Maybe you don't know what your purpose is. But while you wait for the Lord to reveal it or for you to accept it, just know He made you so you can fulfill it.
Let's pray...
Father, You are perfect in all your ways, and I know You didn't make any mistakes when You made me. Any flaws that show up in my life are in my own doing when I disobey Your word or step outside Your plan for my life. I praise You for creating me the way You did. I pray You give me wisdom and strength to walk in the purpose for which You formed me so that my life will give You glory. In Jesus name. Amen!