Archive for October, 2013

When living in the world is such a chore

It should be my desire to know You more

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I LOVE You

 

When the devil tries to steal your crown

Remember God crushed his head to the ground

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I ADORE You

 

When temptation is knocking at your door

Don’t be moved.. plant your feet solid to the floor

 

Lord I Love You, How I Stand In AWE Of You

 

When pain has your stomach tied in knots

Don’t be double minded giving in to you thoughts

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I LOVE You

 

When fear gnaws at you, grips you in your bones

Have faith in Christ, Jesus is your Cornerstone

 

Lord I Love You, Thankfully I DESIRE More Of You

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

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PSALM 37:4

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the

desires of your heart.

I woke up fairly early to drink coffee as I usually do, so after I turned on the coffee I sat down at the dining room table. On the table was my laptop, my Bible and a couple of books I’m reading and I start fidgeting through looking for something to write about. Now mind you that this is a play back at what inspired me to write this morning. I grabbed my coffee and sat back down, opened up one of the books and was just not settled. So I opened my laptop and nothing. Pushing the computer away from me I reached out and grasped my Bible, brought it to my face , held my head next to it then put it down and started drinking my coffee. What happened next set me back for a second, I could not put that coffee cup down, I mean I would take a sip go to put it down and immediately had to pick it up for another sip. This went on and on till my cup was empty and needed a refill. But what I noticed throughout this say 5 minutes was in my left hand was my Bible and in the right hand was my cup of coffee and how I desired that coffee more than anything else, Then it hit me… Just think for a minute with me … What if I Desired God like I had desired my coffee…What if I desired to know God like that this morning…

Now I’m no scholar but the word delight could at least mean to take great pleasure.  I somehow feel that it is a stronger meaning of taking great pleasure than just normal.  As far as the desires of our heart, I think that as we take pleasure in The Lord that our worldly desires change to Godly desires.

Lets try to do something different today.  If you have something in your life that you desire more than you desire God, lets try asking Him to help us to desire Him more than our own desires…

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

You don’t have to go far

to see the dying and the lost

For these exact reasons

are why we count the cost

To share the message is

our only hope and aim

To get people connected

to Christ He can heal the lame

It’s a blessing when you

open your heart and share

To tell the message of how

hope overcomes despair

This is a message about how

God redeemed mankind

Jesus walked as a man and He

opened the eyes of the blind

God sent Jesus to die on a cross

To forgive sin He covered the cost

I used to be lost

Until I counted the cost

Then I was found

By His Grace that Abounds

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Matthew 22:37-38

37. Jesus replied:”’ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind’ 38. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Now I have to admit that I’ve heard my pastor say that he doesn’t doubt whether or not anyone of us in the congregation love God, but what he wondered is do we love God most. And on those days I was already sweating and now feeling convicted started sweating even more.

Now being convicted the right thing to do is see why I’m being convicted. I could ask myself what’s my relationship with Christ like? Is He the beginning and ending of my day, how often do I read the Bible, what is my prayer life like. All these are good and part of the equation but I think there is a bigger part called Obedience. I mean I have or have had things stand in the way of my relationship with God and to be honest will down right fight Him tooth and nail to let them go. All the while knowing that God wins every time. I also don’t believe that He prunes us to have us put down things to pick up better and brighter things, God has us to walk away from things to have us look more like Christ and be more Godly…

Now what I have to do is look at what I’m allowing to take the place of God? What is stopping me from loving God most and becoming willing to give it to God? Then keep submitting it God and prayerfully asking Him to change me to look more like His Son Jesus…

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This is a poem I wrote during a short separation between my wife and i. This was a time that through prayer and seeking God we trusted that the Lord would help us reconcile…. And He did help us Reconcile.

Why do I feel

Alone and depressed

Has my love for my bride

Slowed down and regressed

My bride is the one

I should love and adore

My heart became hard

So I walked out the door

Where did I go wrong

That I didn’t mean what I said

Was I all just noise

That came rambling out of my head

I believed my vows

Surely I did

But what went wrong

And what have I hid

When I shut down

I refuse to talk

Refusing to be open

Is an area I balked

What’s wrong with me

Is a question I ask

Put trust in my Lord

Is my first and foremost task

2 CORINTHIANS 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal…

The country hit by Carrie Underwood Temporary Home indicates what this verse is saying. Look at the chorus if you will: Temporary Home, it’s not where I belong. Windows in rooms that I’m passing through. This was just a stop on the way to where I’m going, I’m not afraid because I know, This was my temporary home.

This verse causes me to wonder in my mind if I get caught up in the things of this world a little too much and lose sight of the purpose God has set before me. Now I’m also not saying that I should just sit back and not take care of things that need to be taken care of either. But I am saying where is my focus? I have to look at , am I focusing on the things in my life like they are a permanent fixture in my life and that my life here on earth is all there is.

Here’s what I believe this verse is saying: To the Christian the experiences and circumstances of this present life, often painful and perplexing are what is visible. We live in a fallen evil age therefore these experiences are temporary and fleeting. To fix our eyes on these things can be the cause of us to lose heart.

The unseen realities which are no less real are eternal.

So this brings us to the question: What do we fix our eyes on?? Things Heavenward and Christ my friends, things Heavenward and Jesus our Savior… Here is what Philppians and Hebrews say about this…

Philippians 3:18-21

18. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame. Their mind is on earthy things. 20. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ..

Hebrews 12:2-3

  1. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We live in very trying times to say the least. Things coming at us, circumstances always changing, not always working out. Instead of fixing our eyes on all these things to the point of discouragement and loosing heart. Lets start with Christ and fix our eyes on Him who is truly the author and perfecter of our faith. Lets focus on our home in heaven and things heavenward. Fulfilling the call that God has placed on your life, and lets get involved in Gods plan as He allows us the opportunity to minister to one another. This is truly our Temporary Home…. God Bless You All!

 

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1 Corinthians 6:18-20 HCSB

18. Run from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.” On the contrary,  the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19. Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary or the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. 20. For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body…..

It’s so hard to write sometimes using ones own conviction of sin. What makes it difficult is we open ourselves up for transparency. Meaning that the whole world can now see my weaknesses… With the goal that this write might help you seek Christ and if you have a problem there is hope and recovery!…

Think about this: What would be one of the quickest ways for a family to be destroyed, if not the quickest way. And somewhere in my mind I don’t think this a problem for only men either. I don’t have any statistics that prove this, but all you have to do is turn on your TV to see this. There is also the factor that when I involve myself in sexual immorality I have to be secret about it creating lies and cover ups and more secrets to the point I can’t keep up. And we are not talking about porn, we are talking about all forms of immorality, from lust to porn, to adultery to sexual idolatry. And this is not just a problem in the world, it is a problem with in the church today.

Joseph in the Bible RAN from sexual immorality and still had to suffer consequences when he did nothing wrong. Well I run now but haven’t always and I will be making amends for the harm done for a long time.

I think what these verses are saying: RUN from ALL sexual immorality. It’s a sin committed inside the body because we are Christ Temple where the Holy Spirit lives. So when we commit sexual sin we desecrate the Temple Of God as well, sinning against God. Christ paid for us with a price, His death on the cross is the penalty that was paid for our sin. Past, present, and future sins, He paid in FULL. So in all we do we are to glorify God, yes even with our bodies..

I have stated in recent posts that I’ve been blessed to attend CR, Celebrate Recovery. For me this is where I find Christ’s healing touch and am in recovery. So if you are battling sexual immorality. RUN , Run to Christ and don’t give up . There is HOPE!!!!!

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