HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20-20! ….July 22, 2015

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  Proverbs 4:23 NIV

It’s funny how tasting a small bit of juicy, delicious strawberry, blueberry and cherry mix with whipped cream topping can put some perspective on life, but God works in mysterious ways…

The enemy made a short visit to my home this morning.  For a quick moment, I invited him in.  I allowed him to make himself at home.  I sort of even welcomed him.  It was like he was a welcome distraction for but a brief moment, from the hum drum daily activity of waking up, pressing myself to get ready for a part of my life I’ve grown to despise doing, which is going to a job that is unfulfilling, and does not motivate me to do my best, or fulfill my longing desire to be constructive for the Kingdom.  But that’s another story…the paycheck…oh yeah…that’s why I do it…right!?

Nevertheless, back to the “subject”.  He came in, sat down, and made himself at home.  I was comfortable with him there, yet uneasy, I knew he did not belong there…or even “fit in”.  But he spoke things to me, which I agreed with at first.  He spoke about my wife, he spoke about my son, he spoke things about me; and he riled me up!  So much so, I found myself lashing out at my wife, about what, I can’t even remember.  Then I began telling my son, who by the way had no BUSINESS being awake at 4:30 in the a.m., that I was going to spank him if he did not go back to sleep…(now that’s a peaceful thought for him to ponder while trying to meet my demand…huh?)  I yelled at my wife that she was just going to have to deal with it, as I did not have time to…because I HAD A JOB, etc…

Where did THAT come from?  And all the while, the invitee in the room just sat there and grinned, and relished in all of the nonsense!  The funny thing was, in retrospect, I didn’t realize until now, that some people involved, didn’t know we had company.  Then again, at this point, I don’t even remember opening the door for company. But that’s how it works folks!  The enemy “comes in roaring like a flood”, invited…or uninvited.

Here I sit, enjoying the breakfast my loving wife packed for me to bring to work.   I sit here pondering, feeling a little punch drunk, a lot of guilt, and very repentant.  So,  I decided to put pen to paper, and maybe…just maybe, help someone get a realization of…yeah…That’s how he does it…that sneaky, dirty, lowdown enemy of God and man.  The devil starts our days off like that, and then we just continue to scowl all day, just waiting to pounce on the next person who looks at us wrong, or dares to say something we don’t agree with. Maybe they hurt our feelings, and we are ready to lash out and spew our hurt out in words…vomit our anger and rage back upon them.  We do this even to the ones we love and care for the most!

BUT…the fact of the matter is, we CAN command our day!  We CAN command our enemy!  We CAN SLAM the door in his face immediately, and not allow him into our homes…AND…we have the right…THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT to kick him out if he dares to barge in…for he is an intruder!

Hindsight is always 20-20, they say.  I have resolved myself to be more vigilante.  I’m going to use the peephole to see WHO is at the door, BEFORE I open it!  By guarding my heart…being slow to anger, being kind…gentle…being the watchman on the tower, by prayer and supplication…a bit more meek…but not weak!  THAT is how we guard our hearts and keep the enemy out!

It’s much easier said, than done…but I’m going to try!  By God!

HOW ABOUT YOU?????

By:  Michael Mondragon  July 2015

You Are Mine

Psalm 139“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.  I have called you by name; you are mine.”   Isaiah 43:1b

You Are Mine

Loneliness can be a very difficult hole to dig out of. That feeling that nobody loves me, nobody cares, is a strong tool of Satan. The devil loves it when we accuse ourselves of being “un-loveable”, telling us that we are not good enough to be loved or even liked. The truth is even in our loneliest moments, God knows us and loves us.  In the Bible David spent many days on the run, trying to get away from King Saul. He lived alone in caves trying to hide from everyone. His life was on the line should anyone see him. In his most desperate and lonely time here is what David wrote (read this slowly and intentionally)
Psalm 139  (NLT)

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.

You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

(read that one again)

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!

If I go up to heaven, you are there, if I go down to the grave, you are there.

If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.

I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—

but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

(again) You knit ME together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,  you are still with me!

O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!  Get out of my life, you murderers!

They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.

O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?  Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?

Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

God made you just the way he intended

He knows all about your life and struggles

He holds on to you in times of trouble

He will lead you on your life’s journey so hold fast to his instructions. 

Stay blessed,

Pastor Danny