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Archive for July 2014

Character Matters


Your character is who you are when no one is looking. Your character is what you you’re willing to stand for when others are watching. Your character is who you are striving to be and what you can be trusted with. Integrity of our character occurs when there is consistency between our actions and inner convictions. Strong Christian character results from human effort and divine intervention. It is the work of God as you relate to Him. Strong Christian character is the result of your heart’s desire to obey God. So, how is your character?

Friends, God knows you inside and out. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account to” (Hebrews 4:13). God knows your secret thoughts and feelings. He knows your dreams and aspirations. He knows where your loyalties are and what weaknesses you have that cause you to stumble. He knows what you have inside you that is keeping you from becoming a person of strong integrity and character. Maybe it’s a lust that controls your thoughts. Maybe it’s a habit or addiction that you can’t seem to shake and now controls your life. Maybe it’s a hurt hidden deep in your heart that affects how you treat others. Whatever it is, God can help.

This week, let the words of the psalmist be your prayer, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). Engage with God and let His grace develop a character within you that is beyond reproach.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Preserve & Enhance

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” (Luke 14:34-35).

Salt is to preserve. Salt is to enhance flavor.

Jesus says we are supposed to be like salt, we are supposed to be care for His kingdom. We are supposed to enhance the life of others. If we don’t do this, if we are not “salty”, then what good are we? We are not even good for the manure pile and we risk be thrown out. Don’t be one who is thrown out! Instead, commit yourself to a life that is meaningful. It really does matter how we live our lives. It is not simply about accepting Jesus just so you can get into heaven. It is about being a preserver and an enhancer of others. It is about being salt. It is really important that we understand this, because so many do so little for the One who gave so much.

So, let me ask you, is your life meaningful? Are you making your life count? Who are you serving? Where are you giving? What kind of legacy are you leaving? Where are you preserving and enhancing the lives of others? Who do you need to be salt to?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

The Most Important Relationship

What would you say is the most important relationship in your life? Many would say that their relationship with their spouse or with their children is the most important. That is what comes to my mind, but then I read these words that Jesus spoke, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

Now, no one teaches about love as much and as well as Jesus. No one demonstrates love like Jesus, yet he tells us in order to be devoted to Him, we must hate our father, our mother, our spouse, our children, our siblings, and even our own life. Wow! What is Jesus saying here? What is He saying to us?

Darrell Bock says it this way, “The call to hate simply means to love less. The image is strong, but it is not a call to be insensitive or leave all feeling behind. Following Jesus is to be the disciple’s first love.”

Jesus is saying that a relationship with Him needs to be in an altogether different category, far beyond any other relational commitment we have in our lives. In other words, no one can be as significant to us as Him. No one! Practically this means we, as followers of Christ, may face relational pressures to quit being His follower. When this happens a decision has to be made about which relationship is more important…the family relationship or the relationship with Jesus. Which relationship would you choose?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Not My Will, But Your Will


One of the most amazing teachings in the Bible involving surrender involves Jesus surrendering to the Father. He knelt in a garden and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39).

Even with this supreme example of surrender, we still find the act of surrender uncomfortable and hard. The reason for this is that when we surrender, we are no longer in control and that is hard for us. But when we surrender to Jesus, we can be confident that we are placing our lives into the hands of the One who knows best what to do with it. We can be confident in saying, “Okay, Jesus, today You lead, and I will follow. Whatever I have to do in my relationships, my body, my health, and my finances are in Your hands. I won’t try to figure out the rest of my life today. My sole focus is only today. Jesus, I surrender to You. You lead. I’ll follow.”

Where do you need Jesus to lead you? Will you follow?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)