‘Paris’ World

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Photo Credit: Harish Rao via CC Flickr

“Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:17-20

I suppose you’re aware of what happened November 13th in Paris. Tough news. That’s the way it is sometimes. Scripture has a few things to say about a world like this. Let’s take a look…

1. BE ON GUARD. Brace yourself. Let vigilance, awareness, mindfulness mark my life. Evil always lurks and seeks to raise its ugly head. Lay a good defensive foundation. Our ‘Paris’ world always needs protection.

2. ‘ON MY ACCOUNT’. Operate as an uncompromised, unashamed witness. God’s got my back. What happens to me is His business too. I trust Him, come what may. I am not alone.

3. GIVEN WORDS. God supplies clutch play at crucial times. His Spirit gives people perfect thoughts, ideas, words.  That’s because His Name is at stake. So don’t worry. Just live like a mouthpiece.

Pushbacks

* How’s your defensive package? Your alertness and vigilance to evil always powered on? Known for your protection?

* Operating with quiet trust that your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3-4), that you’re on His tab, that your future is secure, that God’s gotcha?

* Experiencing clutch play at crucial times, especially when repping the Lord? Counting on Him to come through and defend His name in a ‘Paris’ world?

LORD, help my vigilance on Your behalf to be strong. The world needs guardians for good. Thrill me again and again with joy and confidence in knowing I operate as Your agent, on Your account. Thank you by faith for the ongoing flow of words I’ll need at crucial times.

Be strong.

Stand for truth.

Live for eternity.

Coach Mo

Attitudes

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Photo Credit: Celestine Chua via CC Flickr

The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of ATTITUDE, on life.
ATTITUDE, to me, is more
important than facts.

It is more important than the past,
than education, than money, than
circumstances, than failures, than
successes, than what other people
think or say or do.

It is more important than
appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a
company… a church… a home.

The remarkable think is we have a
choice every day regarding the
ATTITUDE we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past… we
cannot change the fact that people
will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play
on the one string we have, and that
is our ATTITUDE…

I am convinced that life is 10%
what happens to me and 90% how
I react to it.

And so it is with you…
We are in charge of our
ATTITUDES.


Source: Charles Swindoll

Freedom and Captivity

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Photo Credit: Lynn Willis via CC Flickr

“An evil man is snared his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.” Proverbs 29:6

The presence and absence of sin in one’s life makes all the difference in the world. When sin abounds within me, it’s like I’m casting a net around my own feet. Sooner or later I will stumble, fall, and get bound up in the entanglement it inevitably causes. When righteousness prevails within me, I stay on the high road, snare-free, making me smile and sing to my heart’s content. I’m lifted and there’s nothing really to hold me back. What a way to live!

Is sin a snare to you? Feeling its entanglements (yet)? Walk free. Head towards righteousness and the Righteous One. Like playing a bad game in the past leaves the heart of a true champion, let His righteousness help you put sin in the past. Then sing a song of freedom and victory. You can’t beat the feeling of being clean.

LORD, help us see how critical it is to our future to deal with sin now. Don’t let us wait and get stuck. May your Son and Spirit coach us out of captivity and into forgiveness and freedom. Keep us on the high ground and put a lifting song in our hearts.

Singing towards my freedom,

Coach Mo

Multiple Choice

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Photo Credt: Alberto G. via CC Flickr

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18

Which answer best describes the large part of Proverbs 23?
A. Don’t wear yourself out to get rich.
B. Don’t eat the food of a stingy man.
C. Don’t speak to a scorning fool.
D. Don’t move boundary lines.
E. Don’t withhold discipline from a child.
F.  Don’t let your heart envy sinners.
G. Don’t let wine or meat consume you.
H. All the above.

Hopefully you got the right answer (H)! 😉 The LORD levels with us on these 7 fronts to make sure we’re grounded.

Now, would you take a deeper, reflective moment and soul-search the list above, asking yourself which of the following needs some personal work. Identify an issue (or two) and purpose before God to get some fresh wins. Make the endgame answering this second question – “None of the above!”

LORD, comb through our lives. Keep making us so sure of what You say. We want Your values to be ours. Convince us of these things as true reality:
• Riches sprout wings and fly away. v5
• Compliments must be sincere. v8
• Wisdom stands above men. v9
• Gain advantage only the right way. v11
• Good discipline loves one’s future. v14
• Envy holiness. Zealously fear God. v17
• Eat & drink to live, not the opposite. v21
Future hope will surely come as we do and our hope will not be cut off. Through Christ, our victory, we pray. Amen.

Nothing detrimental.
Bring honor to Christ.
Coach Mo

5 Thoughts on Hope

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Photo Credit: John Liu via CC Flickr

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Since life, like sport, is messy, full of mistakes and failures, we need hope, a confidence to carry on. Only those who have hope fight on. Those with little hope fight little. Those with no hope don’t fight at all. Romans 15:13 certainly offers hope and carries us in the right direction. Here are five ‘hope-full’ thoughts to help in our journey:

  1. Hope is a person, first and foremost! It is God. Above any words, circumstance or other earthly evidence, hope is found here, in Him.
  2. Joy and peace are the evidence of hope. You know you have hope when you have joy and peace. Remember that.
  3. Trust is the front porch of hope. You can’t abide in hope without entering through trust first. Trust unlocks and unleashes hope.
  4. God’s desire is that we have more hope than we could imagine. So let’s fill ourselves with hope. Let’s fill ourselves in Him.
  5. The Agent of Hope is the Holy Spirit. He is the power for hope. Remember hope’s real power source. Ask the Spirit.

I love today’s verse! It has become companion to my life and sweet application to my soul. Perhaps you’ll make a home for it within you too…

Looking for hope? For what? Need a fresh, powerful dose? What are you trusting God for in hope? Work your way into Romans 15:13 and all around it. It will do you good.

LORD, God of all hope, thank you for the hope You bring in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Bring fresh evidence of hope, real joy and peace, to me as I trust You. Grant me the overflowing hope You promise. I want to live and die and live again in hope.

Be strong.

Stand for truth.

Live for eternity.

Coach Mo