Monthly Archives: December 2011

Off track From a Walk With God

“He makes my feet like hind’s feet and sets me upon my high places.” (Psalm 18:33)

Did you ever watch a deer run? The hind foot falls exactly in the track of the front foot. With that in  mind, does your life track or does it pull against itself? Is there a perfect rhythm or a tug-of-war going on inside the caverns of your soul?

Sin breaks the rhythm of our lives and keeps us off track. Sin is anything that is displeasing to God—the acts we commit as well as the things we should do but don’t. The apostle Paul struggled  with this war between his sinful and spiritual nature. He states, “For the good that I would do I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do. ” If we confess and repent of our wrong-doings and surrender our will to God, we will quench the fiery darts of the enemy and savor peace once again.

Jesus gave us the two greatest commandments in order to help us track. “Love your God with all of your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” By loving God and others we can reach our highest potential. High places and hinds feet are closely connected; you don’t have to be consigned to the lowlands. (Judy Whittaker)

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What Is My Mission?

“I will praise you, oh Lord my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify your name forevermore.” (Psalm 86:12)

The question of mission is, “Why do I exist?”, and the answer can be found in the Bible. Our purpose is to glorify (bring splendor to) God in all that we do. That’s our mission! On this purpose hang the three major sandbags of our life–personal, family, and work. When we glorify God in all these areas, our dull routines are transformed into purposeful excellence. (Judy Whittaker)

What Is Your Passion?

” Don’t lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven….For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

What is your passion (or treasure)? What extra-curricular activities are you pursuing that consume most of your thoughts? Where do you spend your extra money? Where is your heart? These are questions we need to ask ourselves so we can avoid a lifetime of striving after the wind if our heart is not in the right place.

Passions can be fleeting, charged by our temporal emotions, or lifelong. They can he healthy or unhealthy, but will always cost us something. A lot of times we compromise our vocation, marriage, time with our children, and maybe even our self-respect in order to fulfill our unhealthy passions.

What have we set our heart upon lately? Jesus set His heart upon us—so much so that He was willing to die for us! So, as believers, our first passion must be our love for Jesus Christ.

Multiple passions compete with each other in our spirit. If our earthly passions take precedence over our heavenly pursuits, we will be estranged from God and our spiritual vitality will be weakened. But when our love for Jesus reigns in our heart, then we will experience the fullness of life that only He can give. (Judy Whittaker)