Archive for March, 2012

How Long Must I Call for Help?

Habakkuk 1:2 “How long O Lord must I call for help but you do not listen?”

I was feeling just like Habakkuk a few days ago. I thought those very words- “How long, Lord?” It was that very morning I opened my Bible to Habakkuk. Now, honestly, I haven’t opened my Bible to Habakkuk often, but God knew I needed my answer that day. So my Bible opened to Habakkuk chapter 1. Verse 2 was my hearts cry, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help but you do not listen?” God answers in verse 5: “Look at the nations and watch- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”
The comfort that God is working even when we don’t see Him was such a great reminder to me.
In Chapter 2:1 Habakkuk says “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me” Habakkuk reminded me to watch expectantly and listen for my God to answer.
Habakkuk 2:3 “Write down the revelation and make it plan on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. THOUGH IT LINGER, WAIT, FOR IT; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

The good news is as you call out for help to the Lord and feel He is not listening, keep watch. He is doing great things, things you wouldn’t believe and even if it is lingering- wait for it. It will come. It will not delay.
What a great Word from our God!

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Beth Moore’s James study- week 4

“Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgement”
James 3:1

Day 3 in our Bible study homework was especially interesting to me. I am a teacher. I have taught high schoolers for 12 years now, and believe me- I don’t take the task lightly! I fully realize the power I have to harm or uplift. There have been many days where I have sought forgiveness for something I had said or done- forgiveness from God and from my students! It is an awesome responsibility. James’ words are very real to me.
Those of us who are teachers, I pray we do realize our role. I know that I haven’t always realized the gravity of my role, but God has grown me and has shown me what a responsibility we have as teachers. Especially through teachings like today’s.
Beth writes about some “land mines” that go with teaching (pg. 110-112).
1) The Capacity to mislead. This is where I pray- Lord, give me wisdom!
2) The temptations to use the platform for personal agendas or opinions. “My teaching isn’t mine but from the One who sent me. The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (John 7:16,18)
3) The demand for self- discipline. “A good teacher has to study. Hard.”
4)The pride and humiliation. “When words are many, sins is not absent” (Proverbs 19:10)
5) God likes to teach the bigger lessons to the teacher.”I will teach you what to say” (Ex. 4:12)
6) The human judgement. “If you can get people please you cannot keep them pleased. Bind your wrist to the One who isn’t fickle.”- Beth (pg. 112)
7) Stricter divine judgement. To much is given- much is required. (Luke 12:48b)
8) Others stumble with us. Beth says, “We all stumble in many ways, when a teacher stumbles, she is apt to be charged a group rate.” (pg. 112)

For those of us who teach, let me encourage you. You have a great responsibility. Please teach! And teach well. God deserves our best. But let us teach with humility- and on our face every day asking for His divine wisdom each morning, and thanking Him for His divine grace each night.

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Beth Moore’s James Study- Week 3

Week 3 in this study is probably the one that has just hit me with so much truth! To be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; don’t show favoritism, love your neighbor as yourself, and of course- be doers of the Word, not just hearers. Slow down James! I can only work on so much! I love what Beth says about writing a new Bible study- “You have a heads -up to straighten up before conviction hits like a sledgehammer.” (pg. 71) Oh- wow! Lot’s of work to do! But I am thankful to James. Sometimes I need a direct hit from a sledgehammer. Don’t you?
One thing (of many!) I gleaned from this week was being DOERS of the Word, not just hearers. James1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself goes away and immediately gorgets what he looks like. But the man who loks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this not forgetting what he has heart, cut doing it-he will be blessed in what he does.”
I like Beth’s commentary who explains it this way, “a person who examines intently his very on face in the mirror, but within seconds he cannot even pick himself out of a police line up” Imagine that!
The Word of God is not just a book of good stories and lessons to think about. They are meant to be implemented into our very lives. TO DO IT!! No matter how hard it may seem. If we DO it, we are blessed. So why don’t we?
It reminds me of Christ’s words that said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
Lord, help me to be wise, and to be a doer of Your Word not just a hearer, no matter how hard it is. Remind me daily and in every situation, this life is not my own- it is yours. “I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20)
Looking forward to week 4!

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