We are all Graduates

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This time of year we see all kinds of people graduating with all kinds of degrees and heading off into their futures and ready to make contributions to society as well as lead their families and corporations and churches to new heights. The memories flood my mind as I write this of the hard work work and endless nights and fears that hit one who is nearing graduation. I write this from experience. You may not have a college degree or a degree of any kind. But you still graduated too you know. The graduation ceremony is the conferring of a degree upon a person who has met the requirements set forth by an institution. In our walk with Christ we graduate so to speak as we move from glory to glory. In II Corinthians 3:18 it is written, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” Graduates enter a program as novices and then graduate with honors as they fulfill the requirements. It is the same with our walk in Christ. As we graduate from one trial to the next we are transformed into our Lord’s likeness. We aren’t the same as when we entered. We graduated and can move onto the next phase of God’s program for us. I know I took a couple liberties but I think you get the message. We are all graduates with the Lord Jesus conferring his degree (anointing) upon us. Walk this day in what God has confirmed upon you. Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people live their lives in the anointing Christ has conferred upon them.


Moses

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I have been reading about Moses in Deuteronomy. What a life this man led! He was on the face of the earth and saw God himself! He raised his staff and God parted the Red Sea and confronted Pharaoh and his hard heart. He struck a rock and enough water gushed out that it satisfied a whole nation of people! Yet after all of that he didn’t enter the promise land on earth. The history book (the bible) shows us a man who although flawed had a calling of God on his life and fulfilled that calling at a great price. I have heard it said and want it to be said of me as well that, “Some men run after men; and some men run after God.” Moses indeed ran after God. Even though Moses was hurt spiritually he still had a heart to please God. A few lessons that some of my friends remind me of Moses are that Moses constantly kept God in view, God was his constant companion. Moses sought to please God and was obedient and placed his trust in the great “I AM.” As for me, Moses taught me that God can be trusted. We all are experiencing things in life that cause us to doubt. The scripture tells us to hold tightly to our faith and it will be rewarded. In Hebrews 11:6 it is written, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Then in verse 24-28 it’s written, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.” We often times want the scars produced by faith as if they were a badge of honor, but rarely do we want to go through the life that actually produces the scars. By constantly keeping God in his view, Moses learned he could trust God. There’s so much more but that is a good start. Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people learn to live their lives trusting God.


Are you tired?

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I have to be honest with you. When it comes to rest I am one of the worlds worst. Like a two year old I seem to have two speeds; on and off. This life and all its pressures bring me to a halt when I realize I just cant keep up the speed I normally do. I am realizing there are times I just need to rest in God and what he has provided for me and not worry or hurry because I have another column or book or blog due and i have an Emergency department staff needing me to breathe life and encouragement into them. Then add onto that the fact we have an enemy called Satan, who seeks to steal, kill and destroy our lives in every which way he can; tends to make things unbearable. In Romans 8:11 it is written, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” I am learning that the Holy spirit can give life to my tired mind and body. Half the time I find people are more emotional tired than physically tired. Placing God first gives us the energy we need to sustain us. All we have to do is get into the word. Satan will do all he can to keep you busy and out of the word of God. Fight it and renew you spiritual and physical energy by the word of God today. Memorize God’s word and let it be the fuel you need to rely on.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people Go to the word of God to get renewed spiritually and physically.