Archive from July, 2013
Jul 31, 2013 - Spread The Word    5 Comments

THANKS BE TO YOU

Dear Wade in the Word Readers,

I’d like to take this time to express how grateful I am to all of you! The way that you have supported my blog is heart filling. I so value all your comments and by them I am challenged to grow more and more in the wisdom and knowledge of the Word of God. So many of you have been transparent with your thoughts and the insights you have shared are not only a blessing to me but to others as well. For this, I am truly thankful and reminded of this verse from Colossians 3:17. In whatever you do, whether in word or deed do it all in the name of The Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.image

Keep me in your prayers, it is my deepest desire to continue to make this blog engaging and motivate people to search and study the Bible for themselves. And, even more, to apply The Word of God to their everyday living. My prayer and hope is that all my readers have been encouraged and challenged to shape their lives after Jesus. As the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in this body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I’d like to encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on a posting that has encouraged you, challenged you or got you thinking in a new way. I welcome you to share your reflection by sharing a comment. For example –

Out of the Mouth of Babes encouraged me by ….

I was challenged by The Lord’s Mercies Are Fresh Every Morning because …

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made got me thinking in a new way …

I look forward to reading your thoughts!

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Jul 24, 2013 - Hearing From God    7 Comments

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

CREATED BY GOD
Picture a dot on the end of a needle; that’s how small you were when we were created by God. Inside that dot is all the DNA coding for who you are: your eye color, hair texture, finger print pattern – just to name a few- and it even includes your personality. What’s your personality like? Are you more open? Conscientious? Outgoing? Agreeable? Aggressive? imageSelf-centered? A combo of a few? Whatever your personality, you are God created. God created our innermost being: our thoughts, feelings, convictions, beliefs. King David came to know this and wrote in Psalms: Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb. I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly. Psalms 139:13-14

There is a lot of discussion around personality and personality traits in both the secular and Christian world. I was explaining to my wife about my research around personalities and the different personality traits like aggressive and self-centered. My wife asked me if personalities are created by God, are you saying He created people to be self-centered? This is what I shared with her, “of course not …”
When God created us, He created an awareness of self and a desire to care for yourself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church and we are members of His body. Ephesians 5:29-30

In the beginning, when God created man, he was perfect and his personality traits were disciplined. They didn’t become undisciplined until man disobeyed God. As a result sin entered the world and our God given personalities became corrupt. A desire to care for yourself became a desire to care only about yourself … Self-centeredness. Whatever good we see in our personalities is of God …. Whatever bad we see in ourselves is a result of our sin nature. So what are we to do? Can we change our personalities?

Well, have you ever heard the expression “Can a leopard change its spots?” I’m sure most of us have. I believe the same thing applies to our personalities. They are a God given trait and any attempt to change them is impossible. Just like it is impossible for a leopard to change its spots. Spots are what make a leopard unique and we should embrace the unique personality that God has given us. But we can’ t stop there. We also must deal with the undisciplined side of us. As I put it, “we can’t change our personality but we can change our methods.”

GIVEN FREE CHOICE
You see, God gave you and me the ability to choose. From the very beginning Adam and Eve were given a choice between choosing the tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:16-17
Our new birth in Christ is the method in which God conforms us into the image of His son, Jesus. But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even them that believed on His name. John 1:12. God has given each of us a unique personality but without Christ it’s undisciplined. God has made us all unique down to our fingerprints. But those of us that are in Christ have a new nature. Our new nature allows us to change our methods. Those of us who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior are not to copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Here is a recent example of what I mean by not changing your personality but changing your methods. I was driving through Brooklyn, New York at 12:30 pm. At this time of the day it is not considered to be rush hour traffic, but you could of fooled me! It was bumper to bumper for miles. A fifteen minute drive took an hour and a half. If you left a space of two feet between you and the car in front of you that was too much. Someone will now cut you off and cut in front of you. So for me to reach the Holland Tunnel and leave New York City I had to become an aggressive driver. Just ask my wife, she’ll tell you that I don’t have an aggressive personality. But you would not have been convinced by my method of driving that day. My driving had to change in order to navigate through China Town and get to the Holland Tunnel. Any passive type of driving would have caused even more of a traffic jam or possibly an accident. If any of you have ever have driven in New York City you know exactly what I’m talking about. While I don’t have an aggressive personality, I do have a humorous one. So it didn’t surprise my wife when I said with a smile, “Just funnel into the tunnel, people,” as drivers are impatiently blowing their horns, yelling, and using not nice hand gestures as eight lanes of traffic have to merge into two lanes to go through the tunnel.

EMBRACE THE PERSONALITY GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH

Knowing God is the first pillar in knowing yourself. God knew us even before our birth and each of our personalities is as uniquely different as our finger prints. I am called to glorify Jesus with my God given personality. Our different imagepersonalities is what makes the body of Christ so unique. While our personalities are predetermined, our methods are not. Everyday each of us are presented with choices. Remember, we all have the ability to choose. What I have learned in writing this post is God has placed inside all of mankind’s personality the gift of free will; from babies to adults, we desire to choose for ourselves. As for me and my family I choose to serve The Lord. Joshua said it best when he spoke to Israel: But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15. Don’t allow your personality to get in your way. Let your methods be to always trust God and to obey His word.

Jul 17, 2013 - Hearing From God    13 Comments

HAVE YOU CHOSEN A SPIRIT OF FEAR?

Have you ever given any thought to what stirs fear inside of you? Well as of late I have been giving a lot of thought to what makes a person fearful. Recently, I saw the movie After Earth staring Will Smith and his son. I really enjoyed the movie for its entertainment value but it was also very thought provoking. It dealt with fear. Here’s a quote made by General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) from a conversationimage he had with his son:

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”

Impressive right? Well, it is nothing new … two thousand years ago the Apostle Paul told a young man named Timothy basically the same thing. Paul was telling Timothy, and those of us who have accepted salvation, about who we are in Christ.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Not too long ago my wife Amy was challenged in this area. It all started when I shared that I intended to renew my motorcycle license and teach my brother how to ride his new motorcycle. Amy’s response was not very supportive. The conversation went something like this …
“Why are you going to get a motorcycle license?” Amy said with a disapproving tone. “Well, I use to ride and I enjoyed it very much,” I said. “Yea, but that was like 35 years ago,” Amy scoffed, “and it’s very dangerous.” “Not any more dangerous than anything else,” I countered, “and when I was younger and owned my own motorcycle I was reckless, but now that I’m older I have better judgement and wisdom.” When Amy saw her logic wasn’t working she went the God route, “Are you sure that’s something The Lord would have you do?” she questioned. “I’m trusting The Lord,” I said, “He took care of me when I was young and reckless and for the most part not even following Him. You need to pray for me and trust The Lord as well.”

Days later I took each of our daughters, ages eight and six for a short ride around our neighborhood. Amy, and our youngest Ella, watched as I rode off with our oldest Emma Grace. We returned ten minutes later, Emma Grace was smiling ear to ear, and Ella could not wait for her turn. Ella got on and held on tight just like her sister and off we rode. When Amy saw me riding with confidence and our girls enjoying the motorcycle and trusting their father, I could tell Amy’s heart was softening concerning her fear.

GOD’S WORD RINGING TRUE

Weeks later while shopping with Amy, she happen upon a nice looking jacket. She shared that she thought that the jacket would fit Emma Grace. More important then the fit, the style of the jacket was patterned after a motorcycle jacket. (smile) I thought to myself is this the same women who just weeks ago was against me riding a motorcycle. So what changed. Amy was no longer walking in the fear of her imagination. She had witness,firsthand, me handling the motorcycle and riding with confidence. She had seen our daughters’ excitement and their trust in their dad. Once Amy removed these negative fore drawn conclusions she had about her husband riding a motorcycle, she was able to trust God. When we allow fear to live rent free in our heads without evicting it, the results can be costly. Fear can cause us to stop believing what we know about The Lord Jesus. As Christians, if we place our trust and hope in any other thing other then Jesus we are subject to our own fears. Amy, without knowing it, had forecasted and concluded an outcome that simply did not exist …and she was acting as if it had already occurred. Without even knowing it, she was stirring up fears as though they were realities. Perhaps you’ve been there also.

CAN YOU RELATE TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS?

Have you ever been sitting in your doctors office awaiting test results and running through your mind are the worst case scenarios that one could imagine?

Have you ever applied for a job knowing that you did your very best during to interview, but you find yourself imagining that there is no way you’ll even be considered for the job?

Have you ever set a goal or decided to do something and after you sought the support of family and friends; they turned out to be your biggest naysayers? And you, in turn, allowed their conclusions to become yours?

IF YOU HAVE HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHY? FEAR!!!

Fimageear sets in whenever we determine that there is a negative outcome for a future event. And, when we have already concluded that what we have deem valuable can or will be taken from us. The fear of this can be overwhelming and we’ll begin to live as though that outcome has already occurred. We must remember what God’s word says …

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

So if God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, what has He given us? God has given us (1) a spirit of power to to overcome difficulties and dangers by trusting an all knowing and loving God. We must fully realize that it is God that holds mankind’s future not man; (2) a spirit of love, having the full knowledge that Jesus loved us while we were still sinners and died for us to pay the debt of our sins; and (3) a sound mind to overcome our fears. Meaning, we are not easily driven by our emotions, instead we use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Operating out of your own beliefs can cause you to doubt The Lord. Here is a Bible verse that has continually strengthened me and countless others when our fears have trampled over whatever hope we’ve had remaining. Remember, only God can determine the outcome of the future.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.

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