Walking Makes Noise

Make a little noise while tasting the juicy life!
Depending on the surface, walking makes noise! Asphalt is quieter than hard pack, which is quieter than sand. The places I go usually are country roads where dogs, rabbits, lizards and birds live. As I walk by dogs bark, rabbits hop off, lizards scatter, and birds fly away. In my neighborhood, though, people wave to and sometimes even talk with me.
My walk affects both animals and people. Though I tried to walk carefully, animals still ran away. Though I waved with a smile on my face, some ignored my act of neighborliness.
It’s the same with our walks with Jesus. We can’t control how people will respond to us. We can only control the choices we make on our walks. And if we choose to keep in step or walk with the Spirit, sweet juicy fruits of the Spirit will be experienced.
No matter what, your walks will make noise. And people may or may not respond as you’d like. But, they can’t see Jesus if you’re not walking with Him; and, you’ll never taste the sweet juicy life either. So go ahead and make some noise, just make sure you’re eating fruit while you’re at it.

Slow is Good

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
This morning God seemed very silent as to my next step. I wrestled with it to the point I went into Chris mode. I started doing stuff. All good stuff, but was it His best stuff?
I ended up feeling like a complete failure…then Jesus stepped in. I was prayer walking when I saw the oddest thing. I stopped at the chain link fence and took a picture.
It’s one of those orange security cones highway workers use to get traffic to slow down or switch lanes to insure their safety while working. The picture doesn’t do it justice as I couldn’t zoom in any closer with my phone camera. A tree sprouted out of a caution cone!
Life can come from slowing down. Our God sees around the corner of time. Because of this truth, He can tell us to slow down or speed up, to be quiet still or roar and go for it. All for our own good!
Isaiah 30:15b states, “In quietness and in trust is your strength.” Sometimes it takes great strength to be still and trust in what God is saying to do, which in this case was to shut up and wait. God sees the future. He knows what is best for us and will, at times, tell us to sit still. Angels see and get it. Will you?

Iny vs. Outy

Inward godliness…a changed life.
A Jamaican friend recently told the story of sharing Jesus in a taxi cab with a fellow passenger. This person’s conversation was, let’s just say, very unChristlike. After a few moments, the passenger surprised her by saying that she too was a Christian and then proceeded to commend my friend’s strong faith.
This “Christian” passenger then asked where my friend went to church. Her response was that she didn’t go to church. Without batting an eye, the passenger said, “Oh, you’re not a Christian then!” This only made her smile and think about our many conversations about being church verses going to church.
My friend is not currently attending a church service, but is moving toward Jesus with other believers (the biblical definition of church by the way). In the Jamaican culture, however, attending a church service was the litmus test of a Christian, not one’s changed life.
One looked at outward signs godliness, while the other looked to inward life transformation. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3 that “Christians” in the end days will be counting on outward signs, rather than the power of the Spirit to change a life.
Let the world see your faith in Christ by letting them actually see Jesus in you. This is far more important than where you show up on Sunday morning.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration results in a healthy faith.
This is a picture of the men who recently went out into the desert to get hydrated by Jesus. It’s blurred because of my sunscreen. We were at the Colorado River in the midst of 100+ degree temps! It’s funny to think about being dehydrated with all this water around.
Yet, we had to tell the guys to keep drinking water throughout the day. Even if they were used to the heat they needed to keep drinking water. The downside of not drinking was the very real possibility of fainting, dizziness, and a rapid heartbeat.
Millions of gallons of water came from a rock, which isn’t a natural source of water, in the desert to satisfy the thirst of an entire nation. Jesus, the Word of God, was and is that rock that satisfies a thirst. This hydration also keeps us going about our daily lives instead of having to stop due to the consequences of its absence.
Meditation is that continual hydration process. We take a truth revealed in our daily gulps in God’s word. Then we keep sipping on it throughout our day. This continually intake of Jesus water keeps our faith healthy, which leads to God praising victory.
Drink up and keep enjoying His presence as you walk with Him all day long.

Renewable Energy

Jesus – the true source of renewable energy.
I recently went to the Colorado River for a men’s retreat. On the first day, the guys were up and going by 6:30am. But come the next morning, after a day in the hot sun, it would have taken a bomb to get them up! Why? Summer heat drains physical energy.
In Psalm 32, David writes that when he kept silent about his sin (i.e. never acknowledged it let alone confessed it to receive forgiveness) his strength was zapped just like these men.
Tired of being tired? There could be a physical cause, but it also could be spiritual. When the Spirit wants to draw you closer to Jesus through removing a sinful thought/attitude/action, there will be consequences if you ignore Him. Psalm 32:4 states, “Night and day Your hand was heavy upon me.” This heaviness can lead to physical and emotional (depression) exhaustion.
The solution is to acknowledge your sin, confess it to Jesus, get forgiveness and then start the FREEdom process to see your life changed. As you do, you’ll find energy you never thought you had.
So if you are tired of being tired, by all means seek medical help, but don’t forget to take care of the obvious first: Slow down and listen to Jesus. It just might be His hand on your shoulder!