He Lives in Us!

VictoryIn difficult times of life, we usually ask God to intervene – to come into our situation and “do something.” It’s certainly good to pray and talk to God. Sometimes, we feel that God is not aware of our situation until we tell Him all about it.  Our problems can feel so overwhelming that we may wonder if God is listening.

God wants to do more in our lives than just answer prayers when He is called. He wants to live in us everyday. 2 Corinthians 6:16 says that His plan is to “live in us and be our God.” He is always there to hear our prayers. Romans 6:4 says we are raised up to “walk in newness of life.” A life of fellowship with God daily because He lives in us. A new life of victory and power in Jesus Christ.

We actually don’t have to ask God to be with us. He is already fellowshipping with us because He lives in us. Not only did Jesus promise that He would always be with us (Matt.28:20) but Paul says God lives inside us because we are His temple. That means God is right here, right now, living inside each one of us to accomplish His purposes and plans.

Our difficulty comes in believing that God really does live in us because we know all our personal limitations and short-comings. We know when we lost our temper, when we judged and criticized others. This is one of the reasons Paul says we must walk by faith (2 Cor.5:7). We must believe what God says about us even when we realize that we are not where He wants us to be. We are His creation, His dwelling place and He lives in us.

As you face obstacles in life and begin to pray for God to help you, remember that He is already there. He already knows about your situation. Expect Him to answer your prayers with miracles today.

Pastor at the Water Park

WaterPark

My friend, Rawd Jones, asked me to help out this summer in a water park – Hawaiian Falls in The Colony, Texas. People in swimsuits everywhere – screaming down waterslides, floating in a lazy river, splashing on beaches, eating picnic lunches and laughing with friends under palm topped cabanas.   The same place my 6 year old loves to go.

The owner of Hawaiian Falls wants a weekly employee meeting encouraging servant-leadership and excellence. He wants pastors to regularly walk around the park, rewarding the young life guards and other employees whenever we see them set a good example of service. So, as the Texas sun beams down and kids fly down slides and tubes that take your breath away, I will be out there with my 6 year old, handing out “Make A Difference – Mad Money” the employees can use for prizes at the end of the summer.

A lot of park owners are more interested in financial profit than anything else. But the owner of Hawaiian Falls is interested in greater profit, the profit that comes from investing in people. He wants his customers to know they are in a wonderful place when they are in this park. A place they can enjoy with their family and where employees really are interested in serving the customers.

When I started out in ministry, I had no idea that one day I would be in a water park, doing the same things I’ve done in church buildings for many years; encouraging people in their everyday life to treat others like they would want to be treated. To serve others as they would want to be served.

But isn’t this really what we should all be doing? Encouraging people to be the best they can & serve those around them. Isn’t this really how we should conduct our business; serving those around us to the best of our ability?

Jesus said, in Matthew 23:11, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”


In Word and Deed

Jesus said we were to have an effect on the world. He even called us the “salt of the earth” in Matthew 5.13. You can’t disguise the presence or lack of salt in any food. Meat cooked without it is bland. But with a touch of salt, the flavors burst onto the palate.

Like salt on food, our words and our actions are not meant to be hidden but we are meant to bring a particular taste to the society around us. We are not to be secretly hidden but we are to be seen, heard and known by the things we say and do in this world.

The words we say, as well as the things we do are to make a difference in our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our nation.  Paul wrote that our speech is to be seasoned with the salt of grace (Colossians 4.6), telling of the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to the world around us.

As we go out into society, we should expect God to do things through us that will be seen. Jesus told us to go & preach with signs following (Mark 16) and that He would be with us.