david maxey

December 3, 2010

What G.I. Joe and Lego Taught Me

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I’ve always liked my toys to be in order. In grade school, I was a die-hard fan of G.I. Joe action figures. Not the big ‘Barbie’ sized dolls, but the 3″ tall, molded plastic, hinge jointed, swivel waisted soldiers. Whenever I acquired a new grunt, I would clip out his bio from the back of the packaging, carefully accessorize him with his weapons, and when play-time was over, lovingly deposit him into his own Ziploc bag with the bio sheet and weapons. I never mixed up my guys weapons, not even for fun. When I accidentally snapped off the end of a gunner’s light machine-gun (a certain ‘RoadBlock’), I marooned him to a distant shelf. As far as I was concerned, his career was over. It never dawned on me to re-fit him with a spare rifle, and put him back in the trenches. No, there was only one gun for him, and since it was broken, and he was a gunner, there was no further use for him.

Thankfully, I’ve lightened up a lot since then, though I still do appreciate a tight ship. Not surprisingly, this old quirk from the past began to reassert itself when my son Michael became interested in action toys. Though, in his case, Lego is the toy of choice, not G.I. Joe which has been relegated to the hall of fame. In spite of the fact that Michael began to play with Legos at the age of 3, I instantly began to instill into him the value of keeping each toy in pristine condition. “As you can see, Michael,” I instructed in a studious tone, “there is NO way your ship will fly with its engine missing this valuable air intake brick, and this misplaced tile on the wing has destroyed the aesthetics of the entire ship.” Michael would dutifully puff out his pudgy, red cheeks, and resume repair of the ship before continuing play. Never mind that he could hardly talk, if he was old enough to play with something, then he was old enough to fix it!

There were even times, when after inflicting heavy damage upon a Lego creation I would confiscate the offending toy from Michael till I was able to repair it myself. It got to the place where he would great me at the door with a, “Don’t get upset, Dad, I accidently broke the X-wing today. I am sorry.” Of course, I forgave him, after a long lecture on how the Rebels would perish without properly working X-wings, and about how long it would take me to repair his mess.

Worst of all for me, was when he would take a perfectly good toy, and, gasp, customize it. Mixing and matching random parts into hideous hybrids that were, as we say in Russian “не рыба, не мясо” (neither fish nor beef). I could mourn for days over these. But, all that changed after my wife, Inga, entered the scene.

“David” she said softly, “I think what he made is creative. Just take a look at the details.” Of course, it was hard to look at anything through the red mist, but after cooling down to the lower 100’s, I reluctantly examined one of Michael’s own works formed from cannibalized Star Wars Lego ships. The symmetry was all off, and the colors didn’t match, but I grudgingly conceded that the gun mount was cleverly constructed. In fact, I had never thought of building one like that before. And just like that, it happened: the beginning of the ‘Great Softening’. It was a long, arduous process, but it eventually got to the place where Michael and I would make new ‘toys’ together, and even ‘improve’ existing models. Finally it struck me that these were toys and they were designed to be played with; they weren’t museum pieces. Plus, there was no denying that it did wonders for the creative process.

Still, I realized that there was no sense of throwing out the baby with the bath water. True, I had certainly been way out of kilter, but there were a few good things that should be retained. For instance, order and cleanliness are virtues. Creativity should be no excuse for sloppiness and chaos. My challenge was how to instill my son with a sense of order along with his creative impulses. It took a bit of trial and error, but what I finally came down to was this: Be as creative as you please, but at the end of the ‘day’ make sure everything is in good repair and neatly stowed away. Practically, it looks something like this: feel free to create whatever you want, but if you borrow pieces from another set, or break something in the process, when you are finished, return what you borrowed and fix what was broken. This gives Michael the freedom he needs to develop creatively, while at the same time teaches him to be responsible and orderly. I think that this will be a winning combination.

In a way, it reminds me of God’s grace. Grace has freed us from the chains of sin and condemnation. But it didn’t free us so we could sin. God forbid! How could the grace of God encourage us to sin? The answer is: it NEVER does. It is almost blasphemous to think that God’s grace could initiate sinful deeds. Grace is exactly what frees us from sin, doing what the Law could never do. Since the time grace was first preached in full by the Apostle Paul, men have misunderstood its message. The truth is: grace sets us free, not to sin, but to live a holy life by the power of the indwelling Spirit of God aside from self-effort. In other word, it sets us totally free (to be creative), and empowers us to live a godly life (it produces order). The beauty is, grace doesn’t operate according to our deeds, but is freely received by faith. It changes us from the inside out, and cultivates good works. Grace and faith – now there is a winning combination!

November 24, 2009

Why Can’t I Hear God’s Voice?

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 5:38 am

The heart cry of so many believers is to hear the voice of God. We hear others say things, like, “God told me…”, and sometimes it makes us wonder, “Why don’t I hear His voice?” It can make us feel left out and inferior. Even worse, it can make us think that hearing God’s voice is only for “chosen” ones, and is unattainable for us. These notions are incorrect and are not in line with God’s will.

Think about it. If you were in God the Father’s place (don’t get too carried away with this thought!), and your will was for all to come to the knowledge of the truth as revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, and the way you had ordained for this to happen was through the ‘foolishness’ of preaching facilitated through the members of the Church, wouldn’t it be in your best interests to devise a form of communication with the members of the Church that was simple and accessible? Why would you ever limit it to a group of a select few? Why make it so difficult that few could ever decipher it? No, you would make it as simple and accessible as possible. You know what? God in all His infinite wisdom did exactly that: His forms of communication with us are the simplest, most accessible forms of communication in existence. There’s nothing similar that could even remotely compare to them.

Now, most of you are probably thinking, “Here it is, ANOTHER article about prayer. Ho hum.” But this article isn’t about prayer. “What?” you ask, “But you’re talking about hearing God’s voice.” Actually, that’s not really what I am talking about. I am talking about communication with God: the way He relays information to us. Most other people equate praying to God with hearing God’s voice, but I am going to go out on a limb by faith and make a distinction between the two.

You see, most people limit God’s methods of communication to just one – hearing His voice. Therefore, since they limit communication with the Father to just one channel, they actually end up missing out on the bulk of the information He relays to them. Also, people of this persuasion tend to limit hearing God’s voice to designated blocks of time set part for this purpose only. So not only are they tuned into one singular channel, they are tuned in to it only at specific, unfrequent times. Sadly, this eliminates the greater part of the day, during which, incidentally, receiving information from the Father is VITAL.

Another important point is that even those who do “hear God’s voice” often use the term “hearing God’s voice” as a broad qualifier which actually includes other forms of divine communication. In other words, they have a tendency to group all forms of divine communication under one broad heading: hearing God’s voice. While they are sincere, as a pastor, I have seen how this terminology can confuse and mislead others, especially new believers. It would be best to get our terminology right.

So, David, what is your point? My point is that God has devised many means of communicating with us, and the chief method is not hearing His voice, as many have thought. The chief way that God communicates with us (relays information to us) is through our spirits. Now, I realize that may sounds vague, but stay with me. Instead of searching for a voice to lead and guide you, realize that the main way God is going to communicate to you will be through your spirit, your inner man. Yes, you may hear His voice within your spirit, but chances are you will more frequently receive information from Him through an inward “knowing”, “teaching”, “peace”, or “desire”. Let me share a few verses of Scripture with you to support this:

1).  I John 2:20: But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. ESV. Make sure you read the next verse which tells us where this anointing is located.

2). I John 2:27: But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything—and is true and is no lie, just as it has taught you—abide in him. ESV. You see that this anointing dwells in us and it gives us knowledge and teaches us: imparts knowledge unto us.

3). Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. ESV. The word “rule” in this verse means to “umpire”. In other words, it means that peace should be the determining factor in the decisions we make. It should act as an “umpire” in our lives, deciding what we should or should not do.

4). Philippians 2:13: for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. It is God who produces the willingness to do something or go somewhere. He leads us by the desires of our hearts. Incidentally, the Russian translation of this verse has the word “will” as “desire”.

5). Romans 8:16: The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

As you can tell, these different methods of communication may or may not include a literal “voice” speaking to you. I have found that the most often do not. However, each one is a viable method of divine communication. If we realized that God communicates to us in these ways, we would comprehend that He is in constant communion with us, we just don’t realize it because we are busy straining to hear a voice.

Most often, the Lord leads me by an inward knowing, followed by a willingness in my heart to do something. For example, the other day this “knowing” came to me that I should call a certain brother in our church. On the heels of this knowing came a desire to call him. I never heard a voice saying, “David, you must call so-and-so.” No. It all happened inside, in my spirit. Thankfully, I realized it was the Lord and called the guy. It was the right thing to do. I called at the right time when he really needed to hear from me. Mission accomplished.

I encourage you to follow these leadings of the Holy Spirit. Don’t just expect to hear a voice. Realize that the Lord will lead you variously. When you start expecting Him to lead you by these other methods, in addition to a voice, you’ll discover that He is communicating with you all the time!

November 19, 2009

Monopoly

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 4:39 am

Everybody loves a good game of Monopoly. The quest to obtain riches and influence never ceases to lure us with its bedazzling charms. Not to mention that the miniature figurines (car, boot, etc.) have an allure all their own, at least they did to me as a child. Perhaps the game is at fault for us not being more aggressively opposed to real life monopolies. Believe me, we should be! Just like the game, real life monopolies tend to only benefit the monopolists, while the rest of the “players” go bust. Life in Russia has really exposed me to the rotten, corrupt underbelly of Monopoly. Let me share a true life example with you…

There are actually many examples of monopolies that I could share with you,  in fact, in my humble opinion the entire Soviet apparatus was one GIANT monopoly. Fortunately, today, things are different and continue to change, but the essence of monopoly still abounds in many regions of Russia. Recently, I talked with someone who works as an accountant for a laboratory that studies infectious diseases. The laboratory recently decided to expand its operations, hence, determined to construct a new facility. Before commencing construction of the new facility, the lab did a lot of research to deduce how much such a project would cost. Enter monopoly. Everything seemed doable till they contacted the water company, Vodocanal, and asked how much it might cost to hook up the proposed lab to the city’s water supply. What they discovered was nothing short of shocking.

Vodocanal, being a monopoly, has the privilege of dreaming up whatever prices they so desire for their range of services. Since there are plenty of fat cats in their employ who desperately need new luxury cars, expensive raiment, exclusive watches, etc. their prices can be astronomical. My accountant friend who works for the lab informed me that the cost of hooking up to city water through Vodocanal (incidentally, due to popular monopoly tradition, the ONLY way to hook up to city water) would actually cost more than building the new laboratory from foundation to shingles. And that’s just water. There’s also electricity, which is also controlled by a monopoly. Needless to say after the lab found out how much the water hookup would cost, they canceled their building project.

What can you do when a monopoly is in control?

You are obligated to either pay what they ask, or trust in the Lord, or both. Of course, the best way is to trust in the Lord. When you trust in the Lord, even if you end up having to pay, He will give you such favor with the monopolists that they decide to charge you much less than they could. I cannot imagine having to face monopolies armed with only the strength of the flesh and the mind. What a privilege to be endued with the power of God, and possess the mind of Christ! Let me share with you an example of this…

As you probably know, we are engaged in a building project here in Khabarovsk for our church, Fountain of Life. We will eventually also need to hook up to a water source, yet we certainly don’t want to pay more for the water hook-up than the entire building costs. What to do? The short answer, as you have already guessed, is to trust the Lord. The long answer is: trust in the Lord and ask Him for direction, guidance, and wisdom. That’s precisely what we did and the Lord impressed upon my heart that we should dig a well. The church’s soil is well irrigated, with an abundance of water underground. We priced it out and were informed that digging a well approximately 100 feet deep including pipes and a pump would cost around $6,000.00. While not a tiny sum, it is significantly less than it would cost to hook up to the city’s water, and we are guessing the well water will probably be of higher quality.

So there you have it, a great way to deal with monopolies is to trust the Lord with all your heart and not reply on your own strength and effort.

November 11, 2009

Olga Z

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 6:19 am

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So many major events have taken place recently that I am rather at a loss as to which one I should write about today, however, I think that I’ll start with the most graphic one.

October 22-29th our church hosted Rev. Joe Purcell – director of Rhema Bible Training Center Singapore and Inga’s and my spiritual father. We held evening sessions almost every day with the exceptions of Rev. Joe’s arrival and departure dates. Monday evening, October 26th, we had a wonderful time in the Lord, blessed by the power of the Spirit and the Word of God. After the service, I noticed that Inga, my lovely wife, was having a pleasant, animated conversation with a young lady from our church, Olga Zinovchuk. The thing I remember the most about it is Olga giggling happily away like a bubbling brook. I was so happy that she and Inga found time to fellowship. The following morning, we received some awful news: Olga, upon returning home from church, was viciously assaulted in the elevator on the way up to her 13th floor flat, and was in critical condition in the hospital.

As soon as possible, we visited Olga in the hospital. Honestly, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. The form lying on that single mattress didn’t even resemble Olga aside from the shape and form of her arms and hands (her torso and legs were concealed by a blanket). A white bandage was wrapped tightly around the crown of her head. Her face was swollen to the point that her features were practically undistinguishable. Her eyes were sealed shut by puffy mounds of purple flesh surrounding them. The fleshly protrusions around her eyes dwarfed her nose, while though thankfully unbroken, seemed oddly deformed as if sunk into the encircling facial features. I sat down at her bedside with Inga close by my side, grasped Olga’s hand, and cried. It broke my heart to see one of my lamb’s in such a broken condition. After the tears stopped flowing, we anointed Olga with oil and prayed for her in Jesus’ Name. For some time we prayed in the spirit. In spite of her critical condition, we sensed the peace of God, and a steady faith in our hearts that Olga would certainly recuperate.

Eventually, things became clearer as to what exactly happened to Olga in the elevator, and as to the state of her injuries. Apparently, when Olga got in the elevator that fateful October night, she did so in the company of two other people: a woman and a man (unrelated to one another). The woman disembarked on the 5th floor, while Olga and the man continued upwards – the 13th floor being Olga’s final destination. Somewhere between the 5th and 13th floors, the man assaulted Olga while ascending in the elevator. Primarily her face was beaten in the attack and her skull fractured from being slammed into the elevator’s walls. Eventually, the elevator stopped (below the 13th floor), and the vicious assailant dragged Olga out of the elevator cabin and in to the corridor hoping to find a dark corner to secrete in and continue his nefarious deeds.

Meanwhile, the woman who disembarked on the 5th floor heard Olga’s screams and asked her husband to see what the trouble was. Thankfully, her husband climbed up the stairs in the building searching every floor for any sign of wrongdoing. It was his approaching footsteps which frightened away Olga’s assailant before more damage was done. When he found Olga bloodied and beaten on the floor, he called for an ambulance and Olga was taken to the hospital.

Most likely the motive of the assailant was rape. Praise God, he was thwarted in his evil plans by the good neighbor from the 5th floor. He has not yet been apprehended, but the police are searching for him.

The bulk of Olga’s injuries were confined to her head and face; amazingly enough no bones were broken with the exception of some hair line fractures on her skull. Her arms, legs, and torso were relatively undamaged. Possibly the most serious of the injuries was a “bruise” on her brain.

Today, Olga is vastly improved. I would say miraculously improved. The power of God at work in her body caused her to recuperate at a fantastic rate. The swelling on her face has receded completely. The only trace of her facial injuries are some broken blood vessels in her eyes, which make the whites crimson, but her eyes can see perfectly. Olga is able to walk around slowly with assistance; her main complaint is a ringing in her ears and dizziness. The doctors (who tend to be rather negative and gruff) are amazingly optimistic about her recovery, saying that she will recover 100%.

Olga is a living testimony to the saving power of God. She related to me that when assaulted the first thing to come to her mind were words from the 23rd Psalm. It is remarkable that this slight, petite young lady survived such an ordeal with her virtue intact and without grave injury. There is no sense in asking “why” it happened. The Bible makes it clear that we have an enemy who delights in attacking us saints. The point is that Jesus saved her life and subsequently healed her body. There is no doubt that it was He who inspired the 5th floor neighbor to search the entire building and come to her assistance. The trials of life come to us all, but, praise God, we have a Savior who delivers us out of them all!

 

November 4, 2009

Before He Dies

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A few days ago, after Diana’s gymnastic practice, as we were exiting the gymnasium we happened upon an acquaintance of ours – a father of one of the other little gymnasts. Evidently he was waiting for his daughter, and was whiling the time away, leaning nonchalantly against the cold metal wall of the gymnasium auspiciously puffing away on a cigarette. We greeted one another and chatted for a few minutes before parting ways. As Diana and I headed out to the parking lot to our mini-van, Diana made an astute observation, “ Papa, that man must not be a Christian, huh?” “Well, Diana, I honestly don’t think that he is,” I replied. “We should tell him about Jesus shouldn’t we?” I posed a rhetorical question. “How about you do it.” she replied. She hesitated for a moment before adding, “You should tell him before he dies.”

 

Unfortunately, Russia is rife with smokers. A guest from the States once told me that Russia is a smoker’s paradise, since a pack of quality cigarettes only costs around $1.00. Since smoking people are all around us, Inga and I often have to respond to our children’s comments and questions about smokers and smoking. Obviously, it is our desire that our children realize that smoking is a deadly, nasty bondage, and, therefore, never engage in it. So, we have instructed them that smoking will hurt one’s body and eventually even destroy it. When asked why one would smoke when one knows it will kill oneself, we often reply, “They probably smoke because they don’t know Jesus, or they don’t know that Jesus died on the cross so they could be free from sin.” We are careful not to let our children think that smoking alone will send someone to hell, yet at the same time we want them to realize how harmful it is. Therefore, it wasn’t surprising to me that Diana assumed our smoking acquaintance: 1) didn’t know Jesus, and 2) was in grave physical danger. Her simple words impacted me greatly.

 

I believe that there is only one sin that will send one to hell, and that is unbelief, namely, unbelief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus stated in John 3:18 that he who does not believe in the name of the Son of God is condemned. Yes, unbelief is the only sin that condemns the unbeliever. Smoking, as awful as it is, will not condemn to eternal death, for if the smoker comes to Jesus and believes in Him, he will receive forgiveness of every sin and be washed whiter than snow. So the issue of eternal life or eternal death rests solely in believing or not believing in Jesus Christ!

 

October 13, 2009

“New” Super Mario Bros. for NDS

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 11:53 am

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It was one of those ‘passion of the moment’ purchases. A friend of ours, Derrick, took me to a famous electronics clearance house in Singapore to check out all the fabulous deals, and specifically, to pick up a portable hard disc for our family. As we browsed through the delightful electronic shops, eyes ablaze with excitement and desire, we happened upon a shop specializing in computer game systems. Interestingly, the Lord miraculously delivered me from addiction to computer games over five years ago (that’s another story for another time), and since then I haven’t had even an inkling of desire to fire up the ol’ joystick. But when I entered into that store, all of a sudden a wild desire came upon me to purchase some type of game system for my kids. You can be sure that my motives were of the purest sort.

Up till this point in time, we hadn’t allowed our kids to play computer games of any kind, so this was really a big step for me. I stepped hesitantly up to the counter and asked the shopman what game system he would recommend for children ages 4-7. To make a long story short, he sold me a Nintendo DS Lite handheld game system. This entry isn’t about the NDS itself, but let me tell you, so far I am really impressed with it. It certainly does seem to be the right choice for young children, yet is outrageously fun even for adults.

One of the games that we have acquired for our NDS is the “New” Super Mario Bros. It caught my eye due to the nostalgic vibes it was emitting. The original Super Mario Bros. game was the first computer game I ever played in my life, at the tender age of 12, and it holds a special place in my heart. So it came as no surprise that the “new” version captured my attention. Even better than that, it exceeded my expectations.

It’s hard to improve on a classic, but in my opinion Nintendo has managed to do so with its “New” Super Mario Bros. game. The levels are familiar, yet are upgraded graphically (no surprise here) along with new twists and goodies. The real genius of the game is its retention of the elements that made the original game great which have been combined with new features which pump fresh blood into it. In other words, the designers managed to keep the game true to its roots, while at the same time adding just enough new features to keep it interesting and current.

I won’t go into more detail about the game itself, but I will say that this game is an excellent form of entertainment for children (Adults too!) – a great choice as a first “serious” game to start with. Don’t be deceived by the thought that this game is just a boring remix of the original game – it’s fresh and loads of fun! If you don’t own this game yet, treat yourself and your kids and get it!


October 6, 2009

Muck and Mire

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The most unpopular task at church is emptying the porta-potti tank after a week of vigorous use. As of now, we still don’t have indoor plumbing at the church and have to result to self-contained methods of waste-management. So, every week some very fortunate soul has to detach the 20 liter (read 45 lb.) waste tank from the main unit, carry it to the far end of the property, and carefully pour the unsavory contents onto the welcoming soil. Not only is it heavy work, it’s smelly, and leaves one with a vile taste in the mouth. Still, it is absolutely vital and I can’t imagine what we would do if no one conceded to do it.

It brings to mind the incredible sacrifice that Christ made when He left the realms of heavenly glory and entered into a world stained with the filth of sin. It was a thankless task. The Bible tells us that He came to His own and His own rejected Him, though He came to save them from eternal death. It was a heavy task. Jesus took upon Himself the weight of the sins of the world when He ascended Golgotha to the cross. Our minds cannot grasp what it meant for the Son of God to be made sin with our sin. Every fiber of His holy being repulsed the awful burden, yet He took it anyway. He performed the most vile task imaginable, to save us forever. It is His blood which cleanses us from ALL sin. When we consider His sacrifice, thankfulness and love well up in our hearts, and our knees bow down to worship Him.


October 2, 2009

More Than Enough

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 5:02 am

Before we installed the church’s new entry gate with its electric-magnetic lock (I love the sound of that!), we called the lock company several times and asked them to tell us exactly what type of electric wires we needed to install in order for the lock to function properly. The thing is, the gate is about thirty feet away from the church building and in order to run electricity out to it, we had to dig a channel through the earth from the church to the gate and run a wire through it via a metal conduit. Obviously, since we were going to have to go to the effort of digging such a channel, we wanted to make certain that we ran enough wires through it, so we wouldn’t risk having to dig up the conduit again to run any additional wires. So, we contacted the lock company and they confirmed several times that we needed to run two separate wires out to the gate and that they would be more than sufficient. Based on this information, we went to the colossal effort of digging the channel by hand and running the wires to the gate.

Imagine our surprise when the lock installation man, incidentally from the same lock company mentioned above, arrived at the church to install the lock and matter-of-factly   told us that two wires weren’t enough; we needed three! I was shocked. To make matters worse, it proved impossible to run a third wire through the conduit the other two wires ran through. There was nothing left to do, but dig another channel by hand and install the additional wires, this time with several surplus wires. The blisters on my hand are proof of the difficulty of such a job. Disappointing as it was, this incident taught me a valuable lesson –  often times it is wisdom to add a little ‘extra’ beyond what is called for. If we had installed a third wire ‘just to be sure’ to begin with, we would never have suffered from the mis-information we received from the lock company.

We have a God who is a God of abundance; a God who does more than enough. When God is serving out the drinks, the cups always end up filled AND running over. This was shown in the New Testament incident when Jesus turned water into wine and provided the wedding party with ample wine of the finest quality. God doesn’t just meet our needs, He also fulfills the desires of our hearts. By the same token, if we are to imitate Him, we will in turn bless others generously out of abundance, instead of miserly out of lack. So, in life, consider adding that little extra, and see how it will go a long ways!

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September 29, 2009

Just Him

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 3:52 am

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Once, during a time of mental anguish when it felt as if my soul was melting in despair I wrote a respected ministry friend of mine and asked for some council. Though I secretly hoped that he would express sympathy for me and stroke my raw and wounded emotions, I knew that most likely he would send me a pre-packaged solution basically consisting of ridding myself of the source of the problem and spending copious amounts of time in the Word and prayer. I was wrong on both accounts. He didn’t stroke my emotions and, surprisingly enough didn’t prescribe the spiritual version of “two aspirins and go to back to sleep”. What he said was much simpler, and it frustrated me; he said, “What you need to do is look to Jesus.” After reading this, I was self-righteously indignant. “How dare he write ‘Just look to Jesus’ when he knows how serious my problem is? I need something concrete, something that will help.”

After a while, my dissatisfaction over my friend’s response subsided, though the problem did not. It remained like a tooth ache; not a sharp pain, but a lingering, throbbing one. Thereafter, one fine day, I was listening to a sermon about Jesus, in other words – looking to Him, when something amazing happened inside me. All of a sudden my pain disappeared and relief came. I was shocked. I saw Jesus in a new, glorious light and it set me free. Suddenly, I realized that my friend was right, I didn’t need a spiritual prescription or a sympathetic pat on the shoulder, I just needed Jesus and Him alone.

Might I suggest to you today, that what you need, rather, who you need is Jesus. Look to Him and be saved!

September 24, 2009

Slip and Slide

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 7:05 am

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Most of my computer data is back-upped on a portable hard drive. The hard drive itself is actually the type that is used in laptop computers and is quite small. It fits inside a metal case that not only protects the hard drive itself but also adds functions such a USB and AV ports, SD card reader, and player controls. It’s quite a handy little gadget.

Yesterday evening, I was working on my computer with the hard drive attached via USB cable. Upon finishing my work. I shut down the computer and the hard drive. Then, I placed the hard drive on top of my laptop’s closed screen, which, incidentally, is wrapped in a slick plastic protective shell. From there I proceeded to carry my laptop with the hard drive perched on top from one room to another through a dark corridor. In the dark, I lost my bearings for a split second and leaned to my right. That slight lean was all that was needed to set the hard drive into motion, and I watched in horror as it slipped across the slick plastic shell it was resting on and crashed on to the floor which a sickening “Whop!”

Instantly, I scooped the hard drive off the floor, re-booted the computer, and re-connected the drive to the computer to test what damage had been done. Instead of the smooth whir and beep indicating a healthy status, the hard drive simply clicked forlornly away like a broken record. The hard drive was dead! All information on it was as good as gone. One tiny mistake, one little misstep and the hard drive was doomed.

The good news is that I can always replace the hard drive. But what if instead of hard drives this article was written about people? Many Christians sadly believe that one little slip, one mistake, one sin, will set them hurtling downwards to be dashed upon the rocks of God’s wrath and displeasure – their salvation damaged beyond repair. Thank God, that though true about hard drives, this concept is untrue about both people and God! If you believe in Jesus Christ, you are secure in His mighty hands. He will never drop you; He loves you. You possess eternal life. It is greater than any sin or mistake you could make. You are secure in the hands of Jesus for He is perfect and it is He who is holding you, not you holding yourself.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28

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