Weekly Devotions

What Women Need From Men

WHAT WOMEN NEED FROM MEN

The moon has no light of its own.  What we see when we witness the grandeur of the moon at night is simply a reflection of the light of the sun.  GOD has created men for Greatness.  While God has created you to be great, your greatness must always be a reflection of His own.  God’s greatness, which you are to reflect, was demonstrated clearly through His Son who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).   In other words, your greatness ought to be making the lives within your sphere of influence better, and not worse. 

What women need is for Men today to aspire to the greatness that God has placed within them.

Your greatness ought to inspire the women in your life because they see your impact for good in the lives of others. 

Achieving greatness doesn’t mean your name will always be the one in lights on the scoreboard. Achieving greatness means maximizing all that you are destined to be for the glory of God and for the good of others.  One of the greatest players on a football team is the punter. If the punter does not consistently give the opposing team the worst possible field position, the game can change.  Momentum can change.  The score can change.  The outcome can change.

Yet how many fans even know the name of the punter on football teams?   But known or unknown, he still needs to be great.  Known or unknown, you need to be great for the women in your life. 

Greatness for a kingdom man begins by aligning yourself underneath God’s kingdom agenda and in so doing, benefiting others.  Make the decision that not only do you want greatness, but that you are going to pursue it according to God’s method for getting it.  Now,

We live in a culture that in my opinion has demoralized manhood.  It makes the decision to be great in God’s eyes extremely difficult.  Perhaps you feel like life’s circumstances have dealt you a raw hand.   It could be different reasons for different men – perhaps you are facing racial marginalization, or perhaps you were raised without a father or a positive male role model.   It could be that you are living in a financial hole, or maybe your co-workers or boss at work are not playing fair.  Maybe your family is currently in shambles, or you have already set the tone for passive leadership in your home.

Whatever the odds, never let the odds determine your destiny. God has destined you for greatness. Jesus said that if you believe in Him, you will do greater works than He did.  He didn’t say that you might do them.  He didn’t even say that you could do them.  Jesus said that, if you believe, you will do them.  You will.  Be a man that the women in your life needs.  A man destined for greatness in God’s kingdom.
 
~ Pastor Greg
for the Women

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Blind Obedience

Blind Obedience

Last week we looked at the story in John’s gospel where Jesus spit on the ground, made mud and used it to bring about a miracle for a blind man.  Like many of the miracles Jesus performed, this one came with a set of instructions.  He tells the man to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. 

“Go and wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.  So the man went and washed and came back seeing.”

  John 9:7

I’m not sure of the exact distance he traveled to the pool of Siloam, but I’m sure it was a hike.  I’ve actually hiked through Hezekiah’s tunnel back in April of 2006.  It connects the Gihon spring with the Pool of Siloam.  This man, who was born blind, would have to descend several hundred steps during the Feast of the Tabernacles.  This was the busy season in and around Jerusalem.  He would have to bump into several hundred pilgrims on his descent.  And He was blind.

Why would Jesus send a blind man on a treasure hunt for his miracle?  Why not just heal him on the spot?  Doesn’t this seem unnecessary, especially after Jesus just put mud in his eyes? 

I’m not entirely sure why Jesus had this blind man go and wash, but I’m guessing that he had lived relatively helpless life.  He was dependent upon everybody for everything!  So Jesus did more than just heal his blindness.  He restored his dignity by rebuking his helplessness. 
 
The scripture says, “

He came back seeing”.

  It makes me wonder what would have taken place if he hadn’t gone to the pool of Siloam?  I believe his disobedience would have negated the miracle. 

One of the secrets to experiencing the miraculous is our blind obedience. 

  • One step of obedience can open your eyes.
  • One step of obedience can reverse a curse.
  • One step of obedience can begin a new chapter in yourlife.
 
Remember the words to Joshua:  “

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” 

~ Joshua 1:8, NLT

Pastor Greg


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Here’s to Mud in Your Eye

Here’s to Mud in Your Eye
 

“He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.”

~ John 9:6

In John’s gospel, the 9

th chapter, we read about the healing of the man born blind.  Right before Jesus brought about the miracle in this man’s life, He made a statement, “I am the light of the world.” 


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Love Drives Out Fear

Love Drives Out the Fear in Your Relationships

“I hate you!”

When people say that in relationships, it’s often a sign that somebody’s trying to control somebody else.  What’s beneath that control?  It’s fear.  Insecurity causes us to try to control others or resist the control of others.  When you’re so insecure that all you think about is what others think of you, it destroys your relationships and disables your life.

It’s an amazing dilemma we have as human beings:  

We long to be close, but we also fear being close

.  We long to have intimacy with others, but we’re also scared to death of it.

Insecurity prevents intimacy and destroys your relationships.  You can’t get close to somebody if there’s fear in the relationship.  If insecurity destroys relationships, then what builds them?  Love! Love builds relationships.

The Bible says in 1 John 4:18,

“Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it … shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love”


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Pride Destroys

Pride Destroys, Humility Builds Up

Pride destroys relationships. It shows up in a lot of different ways, like criticism, competition, stubbornness, and superficiality.

The problem with pride is it’s self-deceiving.  Everybody else can see it in us but us. When you have a problem with pride, you don’t see it in your life.

Proverbs 16:18 says,

“Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin” (NCV).  I love this verse in the Message paraphrase: “First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.”

Pride destroys relationships, but humility is the antidote to pride.  Humility builds relationships.  The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:8,

“Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble”

(GWT).
How are you and I going to grow in humility?  It happens by letting Jesus Christ begin to control our thoughts and hearts and attitudes and reactions.  He’s got to be a part of this.  Ephesians 4:23-24 says,

“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person”

(CEV).

How do you become a new person?  How do you start to think in a different way?  The basic law of relationships is this:  You tend to become like the people you spend time with.  If you spend time with grumpy people, you get grumpier.  If you spend time with happy people, you get happier.  If you want to have more humility, spend time with Jesus Christ.  He is humble.  He wants a relationship with you.  He wants you to spend time with him in prayer and reading his Word and talking to Him.  He is humble, and as you get to know Him, you’ll become more like Him.

“Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves …. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to”

(Philippians 2:3b, 5-6 NCV/NLT, second edition).

No one has done anything more humble than Jesus, coming from Heaven to Earth to become a man, live for us, give His life for us, and be resurrected for us.  When you spend time around Him, it makes you more humble, and that builds your relationships.

Let’s Do Life Together,

Pastor Greg


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Sow Selflessness, Reap Eternal Life

Sow Selflessness and Reap Eternal Life

Selfishness destroys relationships.  It is the number one cause of conflict, arguments, divorce, and even war.

James 4:1 says,

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”

(NIV)  Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness.
It’s very easy for selfishness to creep into relationships.  When you start a relationship, you work really hard at being unselfish.  But as time goes on, selfishness begins to creep in.  We put more energy into building relationships than into maintaining them.  If selfishness destroys relationships, then it is selflessness that makes them grow.  What does selflessness mean?  It means

less of “me” and more of “you

.”  It means thinking of others before you think of yourself and putting the other person’s needs before your own (Philippians 2:4).

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