Be Someone’s Miracle

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

 

When my wife and I were first married, we were struggling students. I was going to college, working at a pool supply store, and interning at our church. The pay was not great and medical insurance for the likes of us was not even an option. Kristi had finished her student teaching and had just started teaching in a private school that did not offer much in the way of benefits. Well, Kristi had to have a root canal so we sought out a dentist we knew from our church, knowing we would be paying off this debt for along time. The procedure was completed and when we went to pay, the receptionist said, “Ok you are all set, have a nice day.” Kristi, a little numb in the face said, “Yes, but what do we owe?” The lady looked back and with a warm smile again said, “You are all set!” Kristi maybe not thinking clearly from all that time in the dentist chair, said, ‘No, we have to pay for the root canal!” The receptionist leaned over the counter, getting close to Kristi so no one else could hear and said, “ Someone has paid your bill.” She held up the bill and it was stamped ‘PAID.’ “See,” she said. Kristi and I were blown away! Who would do such a thing? How did they know we couldn’t really afford this? We went to our car and with tears of joy and thankfulness we praised God for sending someone to be a miracle for us.

 

See God works His miraculous hand many times by encouraging others to be someone’s miracle. We are instructed to do good…

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Titus 3:14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age (rich meaning not in poverty), charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

In the ‘good work’ of being someone’s miracle, we encourage people’s faith.

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Kristi and I were encouraged because it was clear God orchestrated the blessing. God miraculously does things like that. Maybe even some of you have been nudged by God to send a note of encouragement, call a friend, go talk to someone, give a gift, or anonymously give help to someone or pay someone else’s bill. You are part of someone’s miracle!

 

Now sure, some people are more inclined to be creative in helping others, but all of us can follow Scripture and seek to be that encouragement in another’s time of need.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

 

How fun that would be to be part of God’s miracle in someone else’s life. Maybe that could be you! Maybe even today! Who is someone that you know who needs a miracle? How could you be part of that miracle? It could be God is stirring in you right now and wants you to be someone’s miracle.

 

We have an idea who paid our dentist bill, and I know they were blessed because they followed God’s lead. What about you?

 

Church is a great place to learn of needs and be a part of God’s miracles. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We are in the midst of our new teaching series called “Living Proof”, a biblical study of miracles. It might be just what you are looking for.

 

Seeking to be part of God’s miracle among others along with you,

 

Mike

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When Miracles Don’t Happen

We love stories of miracles. Those miraculous events, brought about by the power of God where His power is revealed, where, at times, the occurrence makes no scientific or human sense, and where the normal order of things is temporarily interrupted. It’s miraculous, and we love those stories. Like the Bible story of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-27) where this valiant warrior is healed of leprosy by the famous prophet of God, Elisha. We also love the humbling twist as proud Naaman almost misses the miracle of healing because he expected the miracle to be done in a certain way, with actions that equaled his desires. Naaman’s unmet expectations seem almost foolish for as heroic as Naaman was, who was he to tell Almighty God how this miracle should happen, let alone feeling entitled, expecting God to do what he asked. Nonetheless, we love the miracles recorded in the Bible and are intrigued by them.

 

We are also captivated by stories of God’s miraculous action in present day. Like when we hear of someone who was struggling with a difficult medical condition and either immediately or over time they are healed. Now, sure, the more immediate the better, because not only were many of Jesus’ miracles immediate (here is a list of a few: John 2:1-11, 4:43-54, 5:1-15, 6:1-15, Mark 1:21-34, Luke 5:1-26, 6:6-11, 7:1-17, 8:22-25) but, well, though we don’t want to be presumptuous like Naaman, it feels more miraculous if it happens immediately or at least within our time frame.

 

So, what happens when God does not do the miraculous, when God chooses not to answer our heartfelt earnest prayers, even our desperate prayers? I know many people who have struggled greatly with faith because of unanswered miracles. They stretched out and placed their hope in God and He did not grant their desperate desire. Their disappointment and disenchantment with God due to the lack of miracle brought about a choice to walk away from belief in God. Some even turned vindictive or indifferent towards God, thinking either there must not be a God or if He does exist, He must not share the same value, so why be connected to Him? The truth is God does not always miraculously heal, help, fix a desperate situation, provide the needed funds, mend a relationship, or stop death. I know I have been greatly disappointed when God chose not to miraculously act. Even more disheartening was I know He was capable of doing the miracle, and it seemed to me to make great sense for Him to act in the way I desired, besides, that action was even in line with biblical truths. Yet, He did not act as I had hoped and yes, that is a bit discouraging.

 

There are no easy answers when we are disappointed when miracles don’t happen. There should be much discussion as we process through the emotions around desired and desperate miracles that don’t happen. If that is where you are, please seek out help and connect with a qualified counselor, or a wise and godly pastor. I know in my struggles when miracles have not happened, it really helps to talk it though with godly, wise people. I have also found great comfort as I have thought through some solid truths of God from the Bible.

 

One foundational truth to dwell on when miracles don’t happen is that God has a deep love for us.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Psalms 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and

faithfulness.

God’s ‘steadfast love’ is His loyal love, His favor-giving love, His faithful-without-condition love, His kind and good love. It is an active love that God has chosen to bestow on us. So regardless of what happens in this world and irrespective of requests for the miraculous, His love is constant! We may not always understand this kind of pure love, but it is sure, real, and deeper than we can imagine.

When miracles don’t happen it helps to remember God is sovereign and He has plans greater than our understanding.

Psalms 135:6 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It also helps when miracles don’t happen to remember that God is eternal (He always has been) and He sees our whole story, and yes, He has good plans for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

It does come down to trust and belief. I know for me, I have chosen to place my trust in a miraculous God, and who am I that I know better than God? Sure sometimes that trust is difficult and requires humility. Yet, for me, there has been miraculous peace and a settling deep down in my soul, even when what I hoped for did not happen. It comes down to trust. Will you trust in a miraculous God, who does His will in His time?

 

Church can be a place of help when miracles don’t happen as hoped. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. You also might enjoy our new teaching series called “Living Proof”, a biblical study of miracles. We would love to connect with you.

 

Trusting God even when miracles don’t happen along with you,

Mike

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The Beautiful Mess of Miracles

When you think of miracles, what comes to mind? When some think of miracles they think of an extraordinary shot in basketball, a superior feat in athletics, an incredible win in sports, an amazing rescue, a near miss in an accident, an unscathed escape from a tragedy, a unexplained healing, or a radical life change. The source or generation of these miraculous occurrences can be messy. Some define these incidences as rare, yet naturally and scientifically explainable, others look at miracles as divine intervention. Have you ever experienced a miracle?

 

The reality is there are more and more happenings that are extraordinary, amazing, phenomenal, astonishing, and even inexplicable. The beauty of these miracles is more and more people are seeing the power and love of our miraculous God. They are seeing miracles as they study the Bible being the Bible is packed full of divine interventions. As well, many people believe they have experienced modern day miracles, though some doubt that miracles happen today. Regardless, whether a miracle is heard of, witnessed, or experienced, the happening brings a beautiful, great hope in an all-powerful, loving God.

 

I know my wife and I have experienced a few miracles over the years. One was when we were on a trip to a missionary school in Africa. I was invited as a guest Bible teacher for a week of inspirational meetings for the junior and senior high school students. Prior to the meetings, we had the joy of joining the students on a trip to show the “Jesus” film to some remote villages. As hundreds of people gathered from numerous villages, the event began. However, some of us noticed an oncoming rainstorm rolling towards the open plain of the event. This rain was not a little sprinkle, but I was informed that rain in this part of Africa is a deluge that results in flash floods and can even pummel you to the ground! The organizing missionary of the event asked us to pray. Many of the students stood facing the oncoming rain and prayed. The rain kept coming. We kept praying. The rain could now be heard and the wind that preceeded it began to be felt. The people enjoying the film were getting antsy. They were encouraged to enjoy the film. The rain kept coming, but something miraculous happened. The rain actually parted and went around the plain where the film was being shown. I could, and did, actually stand on the dry ground with no rain hitting my body, yet could stick my arm out into the rain as if I was inside a building and checking rain outside! Was it just a freak of nature or a miracle of God? I believe it was a miracle of God!!!

 

Lee Strobel, in his new book “The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural” Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018, agrees with the definition of miracles from Richard L. Purtill, professor emeritus of philosophy at Western Washington University, where a miracle is “an event brought about by the power of God that is a temporary exception to the ordinary course of nature for the purpose of showing that God has acted in history” (page 27). Strobel’s book walks through the skepticisms of miracles, the biblical reality of the miraculous, and miracles today, leaving the verdict up to the readers. The truth is this whole area of miracles is a bit messy, but there is a beauty in that they can point us to an all-powerful, loving God.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Job 5:8-9 As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.

See God is amazing, the Creator of all existence. He is the one who set up the natural laws and orders of all the systems like gravity, entropy, cause and effect, life and death, sound, time, and such.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

The Lord is the One who is over all creation and has the power to interrupt these systems to accomplish His purposes. He can cause an immaculate conception Luke 1:26-38 or a resurrection John 20:1-29. Yes, there is a beautiful mess around miracles. Beautiful in that they point to a miraculous, Almighty God that has intense love for each of us, messy in that they stretch our mind and challenge our typical way of thinking. Why not do a bit of investigative research of your own and read up on some of the miracles of the Bible like these: 1 Kings 17:1-24, 2 Kings 5:1-27, Daniel 3:1-30, John 9:1-38, John 11:1-44. There are way more, so pick up a Bible and read on! It will give you hope.

 

Church is a great place to learn more of miracles of God. Actually, at Cypress Church and at our Los Al Branch we have just started a new Bible study on miracles called Living Proof. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love for you to join with us in this study.

 

Enjoying the beauty of the mess of miracles along with you,

 

Mike

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Faith is not Foolishness

Have you ever been scammed? I was, just a few months ago! We had purchased a new computer and some new programs to go along with it. While installing the new programs, I received a message that there was an error and I needed to call a certain number. Trusting the program and following the instructions I figured this was legitimate. I started talking with a technician and eventually purchased what I thought was a needed additional program. I felt funny with the whole process and called to check a few days later, and yes, I was scammed. I had unknowingly clicked on the wrong website. It was almost exactly like the one listed in the instructions. By the grace of God we were able to get the charges reversed on our credit card and our computer shows no signs of spyware. However, the whole ordeal cost me a day and I had to bear the shame that I had been duped, tricked, fooled, swindled, hoodwinked, and scammed. That day and even a bit after, I was uneasy, wondering where else I had been deceived. I felt fooled, embarrassed, shamed, and unwise. I mean, I am an educated person with, I thought, just enough skepticism to smell a scam, but not this time. Has that ever happened to you? I think most people don’t like being fooled.

 

The feeling of not wanting to be fooled gets stronger when it comes to our faith and belief in God. Sure, some say all faith in God or spirituality is fooling and many will say that it’s fitting that April Fools Day lands on Easter Sunday this year (this is actually a rare occurrence, the last one was in1956 and the next two are in 2029 and 2040!). Easter Sunday is a High Holy Day for those who call themselves Christians. For we believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. To some this does seem a bit foolish and actually, if it is not true our faith is foolish. The Apostle Paul put it this way…

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

That word vain means empty, untrue, and foolish. The resurrection of Jesus is the validation and verification of faith and it is a Biblical truth. Jesus said He would come back from the dead Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 8:31, John 12:23-25. The Bible records Jesus did as He said, and rose from the grave: Mark 16:5-7, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:16-18. One of earliest accounts that has been dated just months after Jesus’ resurrection is a creed found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8:

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me (Paul).

Eyewitnesses saw Jesus alive after He was declared dead and His body had been laid in a tomb. Yet on that Easter Sunday morning -He rose. Here a few more Scriptural accounts of eyewitnesses who saw Jesus alive after His death:

Mary Magdalene John 20:11-18
Other women on that morning Matthew. 28:8-10
Peter Luke 24:34
Two people on the road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35
The eleven of the disciples, except Thomas John 20:19-24
Thomas and the others John 20:24-29

Seven disciples by the sea John 21:1-23
The disciples at the ascension Acts 1:3-12

 

Faith in the resurrected Jesus is not foolishness to those who believe. Now faith is a choice. What’s your choice? I know for me and my family, and many others, we have found great victory in life, choosing faith in Jesus. Maybe you can too. It’s no April Fools joke.

 

Church is a great place to learn more about Jesus and the victory of life through faith in Him. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. Hope to see you some Sunday.

 

Enjoying the victory of life through faith in Jesus along with you,

 

Mike

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Easter, Its More than Chocolate Bunnies

I have always loved Easter/Spring time. As a kid, I had no idea of any spiritual significance, but I sure did love the chocolate! Still do! Especially those solid chocolate bunnies, Hmmm, yes! Oh, and those ‘Cadbury Easter Candy Coated Mini Eggs,’ I could eat bags of those! Love jelly beans, too. OK, I love all sweets. But I also love this time of year. The Spring-freshness in the air like after the rain and that great eye-popping beauty of new budding flowers and trees. It is refreshing, uplifting, and energizing to smell that incredible aroma of orange blossoms filling the air (I have a few orange trees in my backyard and when the breeze picks up…oh my, the fragrance is amazing! OK, yes, if you have allergies it is a bit of mixed blessing, yet the flowers are so beautiful, the bright colors are stunning, and the new life and new growth are a joy to witness. The refresh of springtime brings on a smile! What a wonderful time of the year, full of the hope of new life and thriving life.

 

Easter time and Spring bring in that refreshment of vitality not only in the plants and trees around us, but in our lives as we are reminded of the newness and vitality that Jesus can bring. A number of wonderful and interesting things happened during Easter week or Holy Week from what is called Palm Sunday through the week to Easter Sunday. Here are a few highlights from the Bible:

 

Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18 Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem where people think Jesus might use His miraculous power and overthrow the Roman and religious oppression and set up His kingdom of peace. But Jesus has a different plan.

 

Holy Monday Jesus sees the religious system of the day that exploited people and made faith all about our efforts, not the greatness and grace of God and He chases people out of the temple in Jerusalem. Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46

 

Holy Tuesday Jesus teaches about the things to come. Mark 11:27-12:44, Luke 20:1-21:4

 

Holy Wednesday The religious leaders plot to have Jesus killed. Matthew 26:3-5

 

Maundy Thursday Jesus washes the disciples feet and gives a new commandment to love one another. John 13:1-34

 

Good Friday Jesus is arrested: Matthew 26:36-46, tried: Matthew 26:57-27:14, sentenced to death on a cross: Matthew 27:15-26, tortured: Matthew 27:27-31. and crucified Matthew 27:32-44, where He gives up His life: Matthew 27:45-55, and is buried in a tomb: Matthew 27:56-66

 

Easter Sunday Jesus rises from the dead! Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-21:25

 

Jesus’ resurrection is validation and verification that all He taught is true, that we can have a new, revitalized life in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Our sin-tainted human nature Romans 3:23, 6:23 does not have to shape our destiny. We can be free to be the people God created us to be. The truth is Jesus can make a difference in our lives and Easter is a yearly reminder. Sure the chocolate is fun and enjoyable, but Easter is way more than that. Why not look into yourself. Find a church and attend one of their Easter week services. Read through some of Bible verses mentioned. You might find just what you are looking for. I know I have.

 

If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love for you to join us this Easter season.

 

Enjoying both chocolate and Jesus this Easter along with you,

 

Mike

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Beauty from Brokenness

I was out repotting some plants the other day and broke one of my clay pots by accident. Though it was disappointing, I threw away the old pottery shards and found a new planting pot to use. As I was cleaning up, I noticed a few of the broken pieces that I had missed in my initial trashing of the broken pot. They were curiously arranged with a curved piece of the shattered pot and two other little chips of the broken pottery looking much like one of those emojis of a face winking at me, and with the some of the fallen dirt above the two pottery pieces that looked like eyes, it looked a little like hair. I laughed and smiled and thought out loud, “How fun, a little joy from the disappointment of my broken pot.”

 

As I swept up the remaining debris, my mind went to some of the beautiful art I have seen made from broken pieces of glass, pottery and stones. These mosaics are examples of beauty from brokenness. I admire those artists. They don’t see a damaged item as useless or of no value, but they see the potential of strategically placed pieces of ruined goods not as weakness, but strength.

 

The Apostle Paul had that view of weak and damaged areas of his life. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-11 he describes this broken area of his life as a “thorn in the flesh.” We are not told what this “thorn in the flesh” is. Some have said it was a physical issue with his eyes, or a relationship issue with someone, or an emotional issue dealing with his past since he had people killed who believed in Jesus. Whatever it was, it was troubling, hurtful, distracting, and made him feel weak. Ever have an issue like that?- maybe a physical issue, condition, or sickness? Maybe your thorn is relational – an issue between you and friend, spouse, family member, coworker, boss? The issue can also be emotional- like feeling troubled inside, disconnected, unloved, or like we never measure up.

 

Paul prayed for his ‘thorn,’ his issue, to be fixed, removed from him. He prayed a lot. But God chose not to remove this thorn, this issue. Instead, God choose to take these broken pieces and make something beautiful, a beautiful picture of God’s grace and an amazing display of godly character. See, Paul knew his potential to be conceited. Paul understood he was powerful, and outside of Jesus, he has been the most prominent person in Christianity. This broken area kept him humble and away from the pitfalls of pride.

2 Corinthians 12:7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

This blessed thorn was a gift from God keeping Paul humble but also dependent on God’s strength, not his own.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But He (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul concludes talking about his brokenness by saying, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” In others words, there is beauty in brokenness.

 

When we come to Him, God has a way of taking the brokenness of our lives and arranging it into something beautiful. The key is to approach Him. Jesus said it this way…

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The Apostle Peter encouraged us to…

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on Him (Jesus), because He cares for you.

 

Sure, it will not be easy. Good godly character is built through the crucible of trial and brokenness. Paul had to endure. God will walk with us, and soon we will see the beauty.

 

Church is a great place not only to be encouraged but to come to Jesus. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love for you to join us this Easter season.

 

Seeking discover the beauty in brokenness along with you,

 

Mike

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Two Powerful Words for Faith and Life

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy were driving along one November day and passing in front of them was one of the newer students from their kid’s school, Michael. It was cold, and though Michael was a large boy, nearly 6ft tall and weighing well over 250 pounds, it was obvious Michael was in need. As the Tuohys drove on, Leigh Anne could not take it and told her husband, Sean, to “Turn around!” They did turn around and invited Michael to stay with them. That one night turned in to many more and the Tuohys ended up adopting Michael. Michael went on to be a professional football player and you may recognize the story from the movie The Blind Side. This turn around was life changing. It obviously gave Michael Oher the stability and opportunity he needed to bring out his God-given talents and play in the Super Bowl. As well, Michael’s involvement in the Tuohy family brought out the passion in them to help people and inspire others to turn around. Leigh Anne has even written a book called, “Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving.” The two words ‘turn around’ are powerful and effective.

 

The Biblical equivalent to the words ‘turn around’ is the word repent. The word repent in the Bible has three elements to its meaning.

Biblical repentance is an intellectual realization to cognitively change our minds about Jesus, accepting Him for who He is as Savior (Luke 2:11, 1 John 4:14) and God (John 20:28, Colossians 1:15-20) and agreeing that life lived His way is best.

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

Biblical repentance is an emotional recognition, a sad feeling and remorse over bad choices and wrong directions.

Joel 2:12 and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster.

To ‘rend your hearts’ is to choose to feel the anguish of the wrong done. It’s not to wallow in sorrow or throw a pity-party, but just as we grieve a wrong done to us, we lament and are saddened for the wrong we have done.

 

Biblical repentance is also a physical change by acting differently. It is the choice to live life God’s way.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Mark 8:34 And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He (Jesus) said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

It’s a life change like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10 where in his encounter with Jesus, his repentance was seen in action.

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

 

Repentance is not just intellectual or emotional or physical, it’s the full turn around when we change our minds, feelings, and actions. An attitude of repentance is powerful for faith and life. Both Michael Oher and the Tuohy family have been forever changed by those two words. What about you? Are there some areas of your life needing a turn around? Why not turn around intellectually, emotionally, and physically and see what happens in your faith and life.

 

Church is a great place to help with turning around. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net.

 

Seeking the practice of turning around along with you,

 

Mike

 

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