Focus on God

Focus on God

In life there is one thing that is always consistent in everyone who succeeds, from sports to business to life in general and that is focus. In the Bible we see some great people with great focus such as Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon and many more. They achieved great things and their focus was always on God.

When you lose your focus on your relationship with God you will find yourself slowly slipping into failure, just like keeping your focus firmly fixed on Him can bring some of the greatest victories in life you will ever know. In your most desperate and weakest moments, ask yourself if you are focused on God or on your situation. Whenever we lose our focus, failure is waiting close by to jump in and lead us down the wrong path. Worrying when things go wrong shows that you have lost focus and confidence in the One who is in control of all things. At this point if we are not careful our confidence in God can vanish when we try to solve our own problems apart from Him.

Keeping our focus on the Lord keeps us from repeating past failures and leads us down the path of the best plan for our life. As we realize that He is the One who leads us through impossible situations, we rely less and less upon our own strength and more on His.

Trusting Him for direction and confidently following His lead are marks of a true Christian. One with a personal relationship with God.

Make sure you have that relationship and put in the time to develop that relationship by reading you Bible and praying daily!


Michael’s Monday Meditations



Today I pondered what I might write in my Meditations. The Lord laid on my heart what I’m about to share.
This Friday, we celebrate the birth of our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, I’m aware that the unbelieving love to point out the pagan roots to celebrating the winter solstice, and yes, I’m aware of the fact that Jesus, in all likelihood was actually born in the autumn rather than the winter. And yes, the unbelieving also point out that they consider the virgin birth to be a fairy tale, just as they consider all things biblical to be.
However, we as believers have embraced what is written in the inerrant Word of God. Let those critics criticize. To me, if the Word of God says that Jesus was born of a virgin after a Divine conception, I believe it. If The Bible says that Noah built an ark, I believe it. If the word of God says that the Red Sea was parted during the Israelite exodus, I believe it. If the Word of God says that a donkey spoke to Balaam, I believe it. If the Bible says that Jesus was crucified and rose up out of the grave to be at the right hand of the Father, I believe it. And for us as believers, our belief in the Truth of the scriptures forms the foundation of every other decision we make in our lives.
Let us examine many who are lost, who feel that we are fools. 1 Cor. 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 2:14 tells us, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Isaiah 44:18, “They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.” John 12:40, “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
The lost have rejected the truth, because they are blind, and from that starting position of a lie, live their lives based on that lie, which leads them to far less than what God would be able to give them, even when it appears they have all the material possessions in the world, or all of the power and fame the flesh desires. In the end, it is all vast hollowness; Ecclesiastes 1:2 says, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” In the New Testament, Matthew in Chapter 16:26 puts it this way, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” So the lost go forth seeking to please the flesh, in all of those venues, meanwhile rejecting what God would have for them both for work and for blessing and to be a blessing to others.
Meanwhile, we, the redeemed, often times have, by worldly standards, a more difficult road. We firmly trust the Word of God, and we know from our relationship with Jesus that He is trustworthy, loving, merciful, patient, kind, fills our lives with joy and peace, and keeps His promises. Often, this does not translate into the type of power and wealth as the world sees it. Keep in mind, that was true of Jesus when He walked this earth as well, for the Jews sought political might and an earthly kingdom. God had something far more eternal in mind. Yet, through faith, we stay the course that God has set us on, daily seeking what the Lord would have us do, what He would have us speak, and what He would have us do. Because we believe the truth in scripture, our lives are based upon a completely different foundation than that of the lost. We know that the things that matter most cannot be touched and actually have ETERNAL implications. All that the lost gain, or all that we reap as believers from our sinful base nature will be completely consumed by fire one day. All that we do for the glory of Jesus and the furtherance of His kingdom, shall survive the flame of God’s wrath and justice and not only survive Holy Judgment, but be purified in the process. 1 Cor. 3:13-15 addresses this, “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
So how does what I have written thus far have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord? It is all about Jesus, our embrace of the Truth, our rejection of the lies of Satan, and the foundation that we build our lives upon. When you begin at the lie, as the lost do, short of finally coming to acknowledgement of truth, there is NO WAY to set your compass to the Truth destination, and what the lost see as truth is actually deceit and the lie of Satan. But when you begin life’s journey established upon Truth, keeping our eyes upon Jesus, we not only live Truth, but we will arrive at Truth at the end of our lives, for that is how our moral compass has been reset supernaturally, Divinely by God Himself. When everything happening in our personal lives and what we see around us in the world today in the lives of others is measured by and filtered through The Holy Word of God, everything, both the broken and the good and holy, makes PERFECT SENSE. THIS LIFE WE LIVE IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE. And flawed as we are, being human, even as believers, God counts our work and our worship as righteousness because of the Spirit in which we live our lives when we follow Him in obedience. John 4:24 states, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
So is it not GOOD NEWS, this Child King that we celebrate this week, and hopefully each and every day we are alive, that had He not been born, the world would be completely dark and without hope? It sure is GOOD NEWS to me, and I hope it is to you as well. And might I ask, if you do not believe today, why not ask Jesus into your life today? Remember that 1970’s quotation, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life?” He will TRANSFORM your life, shape your thinking, positively affect your attitudes, and quite frankly, don’t all of us need transformation of one kind or another? Won’t you permit this day, TODAY, to be the FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE LIVING FOR GOD INSTEAD OF SELF? I’d sooner turn it over to Christ (and I have) than I would any human being or any other religion or philosophy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone and as we enter into the coming new year, may the Spirit of God fill you and may you walk in trust, obedience and love in relationship to Jesus1 And this is the prayer I pray for myself, too. God bless you!

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Michael’s Monday Meditations



The champion weightlifter lifts far heavier weights during his training sessions than he will ever likely have the NEED to lift in any encounters he will have in ordinary life. Competition actually seems simple compared to the ardors of training.

The long distance runner trains harder, has more intense sprint sessions, and also likely cross trains in order to perform his or her best in competition. In fact, competition may seem mellow compared to the ardors of training.

The superior musician expends hours and hours of practice, perhaps even working on a single passage of music dozens or hundreds of times to perfect the performance. When it comes time to perform, the performance itself may seem like child’s play because the musician has adequately prepared.

Likewise, the conscientious Christian digs deep into the Word of God, deriving all he or she can prayerfully, and in the spirit of learning and memorizing, so that when the time comes to share the Gospel with those around him or her, the foundation has been laid for a spiritual, meaningful, fruitful witness.

2 Tim. 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Point being, friends, the Christian walk is not a life wherein we do just the bare minimum to get by. Gal. 6:7 says”…for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” We will be a blessing to both God and our fellow man precisely in accordance with how much time we spend with God the Father, in His Word, and in His service. Expend little effort, expect little fruit. Expend great effort with careful leading of Holy Spirit and expect mighty, meaningful things to happen according to the will of God.

This message applies to myself probably more than to any of you reading this, but I feel the Lord imploring me to write this this morning, so my prayer is that this would be uplifting and useful for someone out there today. God bless you and have a wonderful day!

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Don’t Lose Your Confidence

Don’t Lose Your Confidence

To really have confidence in this world, we must understand where it comes from.  If we place our full confidence in our own and even others  human abilities, we will be disappointed over and over again.  No matter how skilled we are or how much self-confidence we possess, no matter how much intelligence we have acquired, no matter how talented we may be, God alone is in control, and He must be the One who we trust and rely upon fully.

True Christians with a personal relationship with God do not lose their confidence because they know they are not really in control and that God alone is and He wants the very best for them, for you, for us all.   They understand that their confidence rests in a loving heavenly Father who has hopes and dreams for their lives far beyond what they could ever imagine.

When prayer becomes a real part of our lives, we will remain confident in God, walking closely with God into what He has called us to do.  When we all to the Lord, asking Him to prepare the way for us to walk in His calling, He will answer us and show us great things in our life, you can trust He is faithful to do so, therefore never lose your confidence.


Michael’s Meditations




You may not hesitate to display various trophies of your spiritual warfare: ‘There was a time when I could not go by the nightclub without being pulled inside by my own lust; but thank God, now I have conquered that sin and I do not even give those places a passing glance.’ But the Holy Spirit comes to contest such a victory with several questions.
a) How long have you mastered your lust?
Let me remind you, some lusts do not return as fast as others. The river does not always move in just one manner. Sometimes its level rises and sometimes it falls. And although it does not ever rise when it falls, it has not lost its forward motion. Now the tide of lust is sometimes up and sometimes down; the man may seem to run successfully from it, but it can return to him around the bend of the meandering stream of sin.
Who would have thought Pharaoh could be caught in another mad fit after his good mood had agreed to let Moses and his people go? Yet this is what happens when a crisis or temptation comes to our port like an easterly wind and brings in the tide of lust to break upon us. Our souls can be as clear of lust as the bare sands are of water; but in just a few moments we can be covered by deep crushing waves. The longer the banks held, the better, of course, but even if you never again outwardly fulfilled your lust, would this be enough to clear you of hypocrisy? The question is, WHY are you trying to stay free of these sins?
b) What is your motive?
The thing which keeps you from the tavern now may be worse than the lust that drew you there in the first place. The money you save by not guzzling colorful cocktails — are you now spending it on finery that only feeds your pride? You have only robbed one lust to sacrifice it to another. Was it God or man, God or your pride, or God or your reputation which motivated you to change? If anything but God prevailed with you, hypocrite is the name that fits you more than it did when you were a drunkard. Maybe you have laid down this sin — good! But why? Did you hate it and love God, or does the wrath of God make you to afraid to continue in it?
You have put down evil, but have you taken up good? Only a foolish farmer plows his ground but never plants. It is not the field clear of weeds, but fruitful grain, which pays your rent and brings gain. So then it is not ‘non-drunkenness’ or ‘non-uncleanness,’ but rather holiness and pure love and unfeigned faith which prove you sound and bring evidence of Christlikeness for heaven.

Now, my words. Difficult words to swallow, but truth often is. I find in my own life, that sorting out the intricacies of my own sin, of parsing my own weaknesses, in my own endeavor to holiness that these words ring true. Perhaps you will too. It is not enough to simply refrain from sin — that is only half of the equation. The other half is why, for what purpose, and will you replace refraining from sin with doing the will of the Father, which is the other half of the equation. Repentance + walking obediently = righteousness, so long as it is done out of a love for God and a hatred for sin — especially our own. This is what you call dying daily — as Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

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Michael’s Monday Meditations




“If our conscience condemn us not,” John said, “then we have confidence toward God” (1 John 3:21). It is not the presence of sin in us, as the covenant now stands, which conscience can condemn us for. Paul’s conscience cleared him — and even afforded cause for holy glorying — while he found sin stirring within himself.
Conscience is set by God to judge for Him in the private court of our own hearts. It is bound up by the same law by which Christ Himself will acquit or condemn at the last day. When we go on trial for our lives, before Christ’s bar, the great question will be whether or not we have been sincere. And as He will not condemn the sincere soul, though a thousand sins be brought against it, neither can our hearts condemn us.
But how can God accept such imperfect obedience when He was so strict with Adam that He pronounced one failure as unpardonable? In the covenant God made with mankind in Adam there was no surety to guarantee and stand responsible for man’s performance of his part of the covenant, which was absolute obedience. Thus God, to recover His glory and pay Himself for the wrong which man’s default would do to Him, stood strictly with Adam.
Yet in the gospel covenant there is a surety — Jesus Christ the righteous — who stands responsible to God for all the sins of a Christian’s lifetime. And the Lord Christ cancels not only the vast sums of those sins which Christians are charged with before conversion, but also all the dribbling debts which they contract afterward through weakness and carelessness. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:1-2). So then, without impeaching His justice, God can cross out His saints’ debts for which He is paid by Christ. It is mercy to saints but justice to Christ that God should do this. What a precious oneness when mercy and justice kiss each other!
Also, God required complete obedience in the first covenant because man was in a perfect state, full of power and ability to perform it; so God expected to reap no more than what He had planted. But in the gospel covenant God does not infuse the believer with full grace but true grace; and accordingly, He expects not flawless but sincere obedience.

Now, my words. Are we not the most blessed creatures in the universe to have a Heavenly Father who not only provided a means for relationship with Him after that bond was broken, but then, through His mercy and the mighty work Jesus did at Calvary, bestows this grace and mercy on our pathetic broken souls that are prone to wander, prone to fail, and counts it all as righteousness through His Son? This is not license, this is incredible love that should make all of us quiver in gratefulness and in turn, should convince each one of us to serve this great lover of our souls with utmost eagerness and earnestness, not to gain special favor, but in sincere gratitude and appreciation for what He has done on our behalf. God bless you all this fine day, friends, and may you look for ways today that you can be of service to God and man?

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Michael’s Monday Meditations


Who cannot be moved emotionally by the events of this past week in Paris, France? This attack on humanity received much media attention but actually, mass slaughters not unlike this have been happening in recent years with little media coverage, and each and every day, someone’s life is turned upside down due to unforeseen events. The reality is this: life is uncertain and can change on a dime. In our safe daily routines, we can be deluded into thinking our lives will continue indefinitely just as they are, or if there are to be changes, that we ourselves will have complete control. However, that is simply not the manner in which life works — maybe for a season — but as the years pass, and jobs change, people come and go in our lives, health issues arise, we begin to understand that we are here on this earth for such a short time. James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
The Bible says our lives are eternal, so have you considered your eternal destiny today? Wouldn’t the wise person want to get this settled right away due to life’s uncertainty? 2 Cor. 6:2 states, “…today is the day of salvation.”
The Lord God provides us with hope. If we were to look at our world and only focus on the things of this world, life appears hopeless. But with knowing Jesus comes hope. James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10. Psalm 29:11, “The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Psalm 121:7-8, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”- 1Peter 5:7. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”- Psalm 41:1
What do all these scriptures have in common? Each addresses life’s uncertainties and that Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy and faithful despite our human weakness and proneness to worry. My friends and family, may you find inspiration in each of the scriptures I’ve cited and if you have not yet made the choice to settle the question about your eternal destination, won’t you do that today by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart? It’s a decision you will never regret, your life will be made sweeter, and you will be eternally grateful that you did when you leave this world, as we will all do one day. God bless you and let us all stay focused on Jesus rather than the world.

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Learn to Lean on God

Learn to Lean on God

In today’s society, people always want to blame the other person and not take responsibility for their own actions. While people in our society love to forgive they seldom forget, they love to appear to be showing grace but they cannot associate how grace and consequences for our actions can live together. If you have this kind of attitude it is a type of attitude that will slow or stop your relationship with God.

God is a God of grace and judgment. He sacrificed His only Son for the forgiveness of our sins. This was the clearest action of mercy, grace and judgment that has ever been displayed. Jesus’ death was the consequence of our sin. The consequences of sin are not dismissed simply because grace is endowed upon us.

The question is, do we really think we need to confess our sins?

If we intend to experience an intimate relationship with God, we must confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness. Whenever we turn to Christ, He is there for us, even if we think He is not.

A true Christian knows when to lean on God, and that time is always! We cannot overcome the sin in our lives on our own. Only the Holy Spirit can do this, but we must be willing to put the effort out and really want it.

When we are diligent to confess our sins and accept responsibility for our actions, God is faithful to respond and lovingly restore us to wholeness.


Michael’s Monday Meditations




Pardoning mercy eagerly embraces sincerity. Christ is the One who covers our failures and sins, but He throws His garment of righteousness only over the sincere soul: “Blessed is he…whose sine is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity.’ Everyone likes to believe this, but notice the requirement of receiving this mercy: “…in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalm 32:1-2). Thus Christ’s righteousness covers the nakedness of our shameful unrighteousness, but faith is the grace which puts this garment on.
God approves of the sincere man as holy and righteous even though he is not totally free of sin. And just as God does not mistake the saint’s sin for sincerity, neither does He unsaint him for it. For instance, Scripture recorded that Job fell into the pit of sin, but God saw sincerity mixed with his transgression and judged him perfect.
Sincerity does not blind God so He cannot see the saint’s sin, but makes Him consider it with compassion instead of with anger. This is like a husband who knows his wife is faithful to him so he pities her weaknesses and cherishes her as a good wife. “In all this,” God said, “Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22). And at the end of the combat God brought Job through with the favorable testimony that His servant had “spoken of me the thing that is right” (Job 42:7). Job himself saw his own earnestness dashed with failures, and this made him confess his sin rather than presume upon God’s mercy. But God saw the sincerity.

Now my words. How often do we search our hearts, dear friends? Has what was once a fiery flame in our hearts for God dwindled to a mere flicker or spark? Have we left our first love? Have we reconsidered just how sincere we are in our relationship with Jesus and how we might walk with Him closer, not only deriving the maximum benefit from a close, obedient walk with the Lord, but also being a blessing to Him through relationship and service to His kingdom. May each of us spend time with our Lord today and ponder these questions as to how we might better live a life that is pleasing to the One who rescued us from our adversary. God bless you.

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Do Things God’s Way Not Your Own

Do Things God’s Way Not Your Own

When we pray, how often do we expect an answer right away? For most, that is the norm. What we need to realize is that even after we pray there may be a time of waiting and sometimes that can even be years. We need to be patient and wait upon the Lord. Our first instinct is to try to push for a result, by trying to make things happen on our own. If we do this we can miss His blessing and the answer to our prayer. Our other response is to just give up. If we do this we can miss out on seeing how His perfect plan is revealed and our prayer is answered. We must know that God’s plan is perfect, our plan is flawed, trust in Him and make sure He is at the center of your life. Do things His way and trust Him!

If you do this you will encounter resistance from the enemy. Satan wants to cause you pain, he will try to make you doubt God, doubt His plan, he wants you to feel disappointment and to feel like giving up.

David had a fear of the Lord. His fear was one of wanting to serve and honor God with purity and integrity. To do this we must trust and do things God’s way. Notice, this is not most people think of then they hear the word fear. This is what is meant when you hear “fear the Lord”. For the true Christian it is not a fear of being terrified, it is one of love for God, and wanting to please Him and follow His plan.

In order to live a life that honors God, we must not only put God at the center of our lives, we also must be committed to doing things God’s way. Too often, we make the mistake of trying to get God to go along with our plans instead of taking the time to find out His plan for our lives.

A healthy fear of God motivates us to change the way we live our lives so that we honor Him all the more. When we realize that we are doing God’s work, but not the way He wants us to do it, we should immediately stop and seek His will for our lives.

Be willing to change your path if necessary in order to please the Lord.