What a Numbskull!


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A pastor I had years ago while I was in Bible College, said that Christians can do 95% of the ministry in the flesh. That has stuck with me through the years. How much do I do in the flesh? How much of my service is “for God” but without God.

This means I can look like a pillar of faith, yet not even know God. I can be an obedient Christian – obedience through habit. This really doesn’t require thought or any communication with God. It becomes very little effort. I become numb to God, which lulls me into a false sense of security. I can be sooo busy working for God, yet be a spiritual numbskull. I actually can do 95% of Christianity in the flesh.

The longer I am a Christian the more I realize that He wants to work through me. God wants me to walk close to Him with all my heart. He wants a relationship with me!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men – Colossians 3:23.


Only God


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The Lord amazes me when I stop to think about Him. For example, He has time for me. He watches over me. He listens to my prayers and answers them.

That is wonderful, but when I stop to think about all the believers in the world that vie for His time and attention simultaneously, it becomes amazing. Only God could handle such a load.

Then I imagine that it isn’t a load for Him. He handles it all with ease. Caring for His children is an act of love and it never overwhelms Him.

He cares for all His children. He goes after the wayward. He retrieves those bratty believers all over the world, at the same time without working up a fuss.

He disciplines, He comforts, He supplies needs, He loves, and saves people. He cares for the rebellious, the obedient. He rewards and renders consequences. He protects. He guides. He allows us to make our own choices.

Through all this He never takes a nap or hires a babysitter. He is in charge all the time. In the midst of all this busy-ness, He never forgets me.

Only God.

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper…” – Hebrews 13:5-6.

My Desire


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Holiday season is upon us. This means that my wife has much more to do than usual. I don’t mind chipping in to help her. I become her assistant (no one wants me as their boss in the kitchen). In this way, I lift some of her burden.

An interesting side effect occurs – she gets the glory for a clean house, table set, and our Yorkie all primped for the day. I am glad she gets the glory because I love her and she does so much to ensure the day is a success. I know she prefers that I take the time to shower, shave and dress decently. In this way, I glorify her with my body. I glorify her with my spirit with a good, helpful attitude.

Similarly, I am to glorify God. That means I am to make Him look good. I am to do all things to please Him. I am to use my body in a way that makes God look good. Dress and act appropriately, use my imagination and speech for His glory. Do the best I can at my job and ministries. This list could go on and on.

What does it mean to glorify God in my spirit? This means the inner man must be in alignment with God. I can do all the above with a bad attitude. By loving God, I want Him to look good. My desire is to please Him. My goal is to glorify Him.

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – I Corinthians 6:20.



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Why does it seem like I traded one kind of bondage for another when I got saved? I am supposed to be free. What’s wrong? After years of struggling with this, I think I have it figured out.

My mind is made up of goal-setting and accomplishment – working for rewards. Thus, it was easy to transfer that to my faith. I began working toward Christian goals. This created a burden, though. I could never do enough. I was always trying to please God…but never could.

There are certain phrases that Christians use that reinforced that in my mind. “Let me introduce our guest preacher tonight, Bro. So-and-so. ‘He has done a great work for God’ in Somewhereville.” I hear that this guy has done a great work and if I want to be like him, I need to work harder. I also hear “for God”. Shouldn’t it be, “God has used Him greatly?” I hear works, not surrender to God. I hear how poorly I am doing.

“If you want God’s blessing on your life, you need to tithe, win souls, do absolutely everything the church offers, etc.” I hear works. “You can’t grow in the Lord unless you do __________.”

I have come to realize that I need to get to know God better first. Since I have been living a misconception for years, I am trying to know God without doing things “for” Him. This is a constant struggle.  Every day, I need to meet with God, talk with Him, surrender to Him, and allow Him to work through me. This frees me of the burden of works. The weight is off. He is in charge. I can LIVE FREE!

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2.

Mind Messing, Brain Boggling Stuff


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When I was a kid my mom would let me take the manually operated egg beater to the eggs she put in a bowl. I would grind that handle as fast as I could. Once it had turned into a yellow mixture, Mom would take it away from me, pour the goo into a frying pan and fry it up.

It doesn’t take much to scramble my brain into a gooey mess. Sometimes the more I think on things the more I mess up my mind.

I boggled my brain this morning when I thought of holding the hand of the God that lives inside of me. God blesses me with the Light of His presence, yet I am a light. He is my friend and my Father. He is in me and I am in Him. He is the God of time and so is the eternal present tense. And so on, etc, etc,…

At times, Mom would separate the yolk from the clear slimy stuff – but not if it has been blended together. She couldn’t unscramble the egg mixture. Once God entered my heart and life, it can never be undone. We are so intertwined it is an impossibility.

The more I think on God, the more my brain is boggled…and comforted. That muddles my mind, too.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost – Romans 15:13. 

I Can Be So Daffy


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Years ago, we had some Laotian neighbors. They had immigrated to the USA many years before. I visited with Wong every now and then. On one of these visits, I noticed that they had retained many of their ways. They had very little furniture, they simply sat on the floor cross-legged. How uncomfortable!

While there Wong’s wife offered me some garden goods. Thinking like an American, thinking they needed the stuff more than we did, I said, “Thank you, but no thanks.” She took this as an insult that her garden goods were no good. She fussed at me in English and in Laotian. She was upset! She never let this go and fussed at me whenever she saw me talking with Wong.

I was thinking this morning how often I do this with God. I wonder how often He wants to give me a blessing but I turn it down. Sometimes I think I do not deserve it. Sometimes I fail to realize that God is working through someone, whether a Christian or not to bless me. Many times I need to accept their gift without feeling I need to reciprocate. Since I do not want to take advantage of someone, I need God’s wisdom regarding their generosity.

God loves blessing His children because He loves them. God rejoices when they receive blessings without balking. He grieves when they reject them.

I can be so daffy at times.

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation Psalm 24:5. 

Bad Daydream


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I can dream of some pretty cool stuff when I want to. I can picture myself winning America’s Got Talent or at least the confetti showering down on me. I can see myself driving down the street behind the wheel of my favorite car. Spending time imagining life without any financial issues sounds good, too. I’ve come up with some funny stuff for skits and some great practical jokes while doing nothing. Daydreams are fun.

At times though, I catch myself having a bad daydream. My mind wanders down “What If Boulevard” where imaginary creatures pounce at me. Worries darken the dreamscape. Problems ambush me. Thoughts of future Parkinson’s negative developments reach out to grab me.

Once I realize what is happening, I slap myself. No, I do not! I do not like pain. I treat myself to a cappuccino – well sometimes I do, but it doesn’t reset my imagination. What I must do is reboot my mind.

I visualize grabbing those bad daydreams and throwing them down to the ground with excessive force. I might even add in a stomp or two. I also picture a high speed chase, doing a pit maneuver to the bad daydream, watch it spin out and then slap handcuffs on it. Busted!

Well, my imagination works! The reality is that I actually have to force myself to turn to Jesus, which requires a genuine act of my will.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; – 2 Corinthians 10:5. 

An Annoyance and a Help


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It’s funny how a Bible verse can be an annoyance and a help at the same time.

For example, I always thought of stimulation as a good thing, until I thought on it. Perhaps I got that idea from coffee.

Speaking of coffee. We don’t have coffee very often, but when we do it absolutely requires flavored creamer. I’m talking a lot of creamer and coffee for flavor enhancement purposes. None of this tasting like recycled tires stuff. I prefer a sweet, creamy and pleasant drink.

Today I decided to be a hero and make some. I was waiting for my wife to notice the greeting of that morning coffee aroma. She didn’t react. So, I proudly showed the freshly brewed coffee to her and she said, “But we don’t have any creamer. Did you forget?”

“Yes.” I grumbled. “So much for being a hero. AND my devotional makes it worse.”


“Because it said, ‘…be stimulated by the challenges that come your way…’” She laughed! Can you believe it? She laughed!

How can one be stimulated by the challenge that deprives one of stimulation?

Then the verse for today said, “Fear not, don’t be dismayed.” I need to depend on God.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10

It’s All Good Stuff


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I remember a day that I wanted to fuss at my wife over something. Then I thought, it really isn’t that big of a deal. If she was gone, I would be glad to experience the little irritation. Then, as I thought on it, I realized that this is a little way to serve her and take care of her. It was a privilege, not something to fuss over. I became happy to see her presence in my life.

I began to think on how often I fail to appreciate the good stuff – all the things she does for me. I don’t think on them enough. I should be awe struck that somebody loves me, married me and has stuck by me despite my foibles. (I like that word, just sounds funny).

To be honest, sometimes the Lord annoys me. He doesn’t do things the way I want Him to do. He makes His presence known through convicting me of sin. He leaves evidence of His existence everywhere. At times, I take Him and His love for granted. David wrote, “…behold the beauty of the Lord…”

I think I need to take a moment to appreciate the good stuff – and it’s all good stuff.

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. – Psalm 27:4. 

I Ain’t not S’posed To Be Do That


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I really like life when things go well, but get grumpy when they don’t. I ain’t not s’posed to be do that. That is allowing the circumstances to direct my day and mood. I even know what I am supposed to do to fix the problem. That is the problem with the problem. I just go along complaining about the problem.

Driving in traffic is a fine example of this. I grumble at the red lights but don’t even notice the goodness of God at work through the green ones. I must confess that sometimes I do and I praise God for them – after I make it through. Hey, they can change quickly.

Today’s verse says I am instructed to notice my need in the best of days and my abundance at the worst of times. In this way, I know how to be full and hungry, notice my bounty and needs at the same time. Hark! I always need Jesus.

The amazing thing is that Paul said the same thing. So the point is to do it.

I guess I better rely on Jesus to help me not to be circumstantially motivated today.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. – Philippians 4.12.