Posted by: lwwcde | April 6, 2009

Remember Lot’s Wife – by Deacon J. Hopkins

Lot's WifeI remember when I was a child our family would have a traditional saying after we blessed our food.  Back then I was taught this one little phrase, “Memberlockswife.”  At the time that’s just how I would say it, not truly understanding what I was saying.  But it was a family ritual, so it became a part of my mealtime prayer.  It was not until I was much older that I realized that what my grandmother and mother were saying was, “Remember Lot’s Wife.”  The relevance of salt at the dinner table was used to instill a principle in my life.  This Old Testament Story is found in Genesis 19.  God tired of the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah and decided to destroy it and all it’s inhabitants.  Obviously this was a pretty evil and corrupt place.  One which was so void of spiritual life that God set out to destroy it.  But because of his love for Abraham, the Lord allowed Lot and his family to escape this judgment and flee to safety.  His only request was that they not look back, but go straight to their destination.  All of Lot’s family fled and followed the Lord’s instructions, except for Lot’s wife.

In Luke 17: 32-33, Jesus speaks of the last days and takes the time to call to remembrance Lot’s wife.  She loved her life so much that she turned back to it on her way to a greater destiny.  There at that very instant she was turned into a pillar of salt which has become a memorial for all of those who cherish their past lives.  Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife!  Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”  This was not the only time that the call to a divine destiny was overshadowed by the desire for the familiarity of the past.  Israel also went through moments where they complained about their present state.  In their complaining they glorified their days of bondage.  In Numbers 20:5, they asked Moses, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place?”  Even though they are now free, some would have preferred the bondage of Egypt.  They would have traded walking freely in blind faith, to being enslaved by the Egyptians who hated them and tried to destroy them.

We also have those times where our past lives seem more attractive than pressing through the call God has on our lives.  This call is no joke, it is serious!  You will have wilderness moments where you have to trust God to see you through.  At times you may hear the enemy’s whispers  of, “Wasn’t it easier when you just did what you wanted?”  But when you’re honest with yourself, the answer is NO!  How can slavery have ever been better?  As a slave you work for the gain of others who don’t have your interest at heart.  But as a free child of God, you are promised an inheritance and a protection like no other.  Too many times we forget what being a slave who was in bondage to sin actually felt like.  We recreate a glorified picture of that past life.  But remember the helplessness and hopelessness of those times when you had no direction and no peace of mind.  Do you truly want to go back to that life?  Do you want to turn around and go your own way and experience the loss of fellowship and the loss of protection from the Savior?

Have you had moments when your “Egypt” looked more attractive than the future promises of God?   Don’t get so frustrated in the wilderness moments that you turn around.  Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you into returning to bondage.  It is in our pressing that we see the promise.  All God has for you is ahead of you!  Just continue taking the steps towards your destiny today.

Scriptures for Meditation:

Luke 9:62      Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5: 1            It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 

2 Peter 2: 20-22

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”



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Posted by: lwwcde | November 16, 2008

THE NEED FOR SOME CLASSES

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I saw I needed to go to a class for my workout.  I just needed to be around other people fighting to get fit.  The beauty is, when I got in the room I overheard others in the class talking about how tired they were. Some of them looked like they had just rolled out of bed.  (I bet I looked the same!)  The body fights and longs for consistence at the same time.  On one hand, what you do each day becomes a pattern to your body and when you try and break that pattern, the body cries out, “Stop!”  On the other hand, when you begin to enter into the second and third week of working out, you start to have pains in places you didn’t know you had.  Everything in you says, “It is time for a break.”  Taking a break is the worst thing you can do, your body must learn this new normal.  You will feel like you are dying but do not quit.  Today I went past the feeling and into the class, only to find that my feelings were not being honest at home.  There is nothing like walking back to the car after the workout saying to yourself “I did it.”  I believe that great success happens in the priorities we set in our daily lives.

 

DAY LESSON:

It is not what you feel when you wake up that matters.  But it’s what you will feel once you have taken a bite out of your dream today.

 

 

Posted by: lwwcde | August 18, 2008

“Arise and Become People of Change”

Become People of Change

Become People of Change

Col. 1:9

For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will, in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things-

Col. 1:10

That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].

 

What does it mean to “Arise”?  It means to be designed for success.  Do you know as believers you have been qualified to succeed? God has designed us with the full measure of His spirit. Therefore He desires for you and I to “Arise” to that occasion. He desires for us to fulfill his ultimate call on our lives. We have been built to succeed. We have been made to conquer.

 

So if that is the case, why do so many of us feel like we are failing?  Believers, I suggest to you that it is our inability to change. As believers God has based our spiritual growth system on “Change”. So, if you and I are ever to fully realize the potential of all that lies within us, we must submit to change.

 

We must “Arise” through allowing God to change us. The question could be asked then, “With so many mistakes in my life, how do I allow God to change me” There are three areas of change that God uses to build the believer.

 

God changes us through:

         a. Re-shaping

         b. Re-fashioning

         c. Re-designing

 

Re-shaping

Jesus reshapes us to make us His image bearers. He will keep reshaping us until we look more and more like Him.  Sometimes, this means He will take away old things that no longer build us and begins to implant us with what He wants to see. This may require us to do new things. While it may stress our natural minds, it will build our spirits.

 

Re-fashioning

Once He re-shapes us He leads us into this next level of growth. This is where God takes away our tattered and torn clothes, which are fear, anger, doubt, and loneliness. Here He re-fashions us in fullness, faith, love and hope.

 

Re-designing

Finally, after the Father has re-shaped and re-fashioned us, we are now ready for the final phase, which is to be re-designed. In this phase the Father will give us our new function in Him.

 

When something is re-designed it means that at one point it was used for one thing and now it is used for something else.

 

This is like the believer. At one time we were used for whatever the enemy wanted. Used to lust, used to lie, used for pain and heartache.

 

Then our Savior re-designed us and called us to “Arise”. Now we are used anew. Used to heal, used for hope, and used for love. If we as a people would “Arise” to the call of our God, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.

 

At this leadership conference allow Him to change you. Allow Him to build you up, to set you on a hill, and use you as an example. Arise to new heights and accomplish all that He has called you to do.

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