Who You Gonna Call?

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When your world is crashing down around you, and you have no where else to turn, you won’t be calling Ghost Busters, trust me. You are going to be crying out to God for deliverance. They say that there are no atheists in foxholes. With bullets flying around your head, people dying all around you, who would YOU cry out to?

I am not sure why so many people have to get to that point before they realize that God is there for them if they will just turn their lives over to Him. There was a commercial years ago for Eggo Waffles. The memorable line in the commercial was, “Let go my Eggo!” Well, I think we need to revise that line to “Let go my EGO!” Too many people think that they have control of their lives. It is pretty ridiculous when you think about how many things we can’t control.

What do you do when:

1. You get that Doctor’s report telling you that you have an incurable disease?

2. You get let go from you job unexpectedly?

3. You have someone that you love betray you?

4. You face financial ruin?

We have all faced tough situations in our lives, and I think we can agree that many of the situations that blew up in our faces were because we did things OUR way and did not seek God’s help. We reaped what was sown. We have also had situations that were not of our making where we were victimized. Either way, God is still God. He is still on His throne and in control. We just have to let Him be God in our lives.

There is an old saying that needs revision. The old saying is, “God is my co-pilot.” I get the gist of the statement, but it is not anywhere close to the truth. He is not my co-pilot. He is God almighty, creator of everything. I am not even the co-pilot. God allows me to be a passenger and occasionally invites me into the cockpit to see what is going on.

Before you face another crisis in your life, consider asking God to help you “Let go of your EGO.” Giving God control is one of the most freeing experiences you can do. You will find peace that passes understanding, and joy in the journey of life. You will find a thankful heart replacing your worries and fears.

If you are in the middle of a crisis, don’t despair. When Jesus was in a boat with His disciples one day, they were surprised by a terrible storm. What did Jesus do? He slept! LOL. The disciples were petrified and woke Jesus up with an attitude of, “What is wrong with you?” How would you like to have that kind of peace in YOUR life? The waves are crashing over the side of your boat and you are about to sink, and you are able to sleep through it! Wow. What a picture of perfect peace. Jesus rebuked the wind and waves and immediately they were safe.

None of us knows what today holds, much less tomorrow. We have to trust God for strength, endurance, wisdom, peace, provision, and protection. Whatever the outcome of the storm, we can trust God. He does not promise us that there will be no storms, but He does promise us that He is with us through the storms. That, my friends, is the meaning of Shalom! Let go…and let God.

Daniel Skognes

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Crazy

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No matter what the Devil throws at you today….hang in there.  God is still in control.  God wants your heart….your mind….your self-will.  Once you lay down your worries and fears at the foot of the cross and realize the price that has been paid for you, and the power that has been given to you…that should give you courage.  It should give you hope!
Let go of what you are holding onto so desperately….and let God be God.  Phil 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply ALL your needs according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”   Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with YOU; do not be dismayed, for I AM YOUR God. I will strengthen YOU and help YOU; I will uphold YOU with my righteous right hand.”  Amen and Shalom!
Daniel Skognes
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The Presence

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There is a principle that holds true with God and with man: “We need to be more focused on presence instead of the presents.” It is human nature to want God and other people to give us presents. We all like them, right? The problem is, we tend to focus on the material gifts vs having meaningful relationships. It is so easy to get focused on the wrong thing because we live in a materialistic world.

Our wants are often at war with our needs. We need a vital relationship with God and with our fellow man, and yet too often we forget what really matters. This is not to beat anybody up over misplaced values. We all struggle in this area, and the more money we have, the greater the temptation to focus on things vs relationships.

We need to teach kids about the value of presence. It is so vital to our spiritual and emotional growth. You know what? God wants our presence first and foremost, but He also likes to give us presents just as we like to give our kids presents. It is really a matter of priority. If we can just humble ourselves before Him and get THAT relationship in order, then the relationships we have with our fellow man tend to work with a lot less friction.

Relationships should never be taken for granted. We have to nurture them or they can and will die. Teach your kids that one concept and it will save them a lot of grief when they get older. Christmas and birthdays are good examples. Where do we typically put our focus? On the presents….not the presence.

When the value of presence exceeds the value of presents, we have taken a huge step in having healthy relationships and a lot less drama in our lives. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Focus on what matters: relationships. Love God and love people. Use things. Don’t get that reversed. If you try to use God or use people, it never ends well. You WILL reap what you sow. It really boils down to what we prioritize in life. If we focus on the presents, we will continually be chasing the dollar and never experience the peace and blessings of God. So we have to ask ourselves, “What really matters to me in this world?” Nobody can answer that question for you. It is up to you to choose. Another question you might want to ponder is, “What will be my legacy?”

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

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Know Yourself

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How well do you know yourself? Before you answer, let me ask you a few questions:

1. Do you ever tell yourself you will never do something and then do it against your better judgment?

2. Do you tell someone you are going to do something and then not do it?

3. Do you make decisions to do something positive and then make excuses as to why you did not do it?

4. Do you feel good about yourself?

5. Do you feel good about other people?

6. Do you see yourself as stressed, or too blessed to be stressed?

7. Do you have habits that you know you need to quit but don’t?

8. Do you live in faith or fear?

Hmmmm….now I know there are questions you are already forming and exceptions to the questions posed. LOL. I know YOU pretty well. That is OK. It is normal. The point I am making is that if you really know yourself you should be capable of doing the right thing for yourself and others without living in fear.

I know that some people have real struggles in this area and can’t figure it out on their own. That is left to the professionals to help them. I am not a Psychiatrist or Psychologist, so please forgive my simple observations, but here are a few things I think we need to do in order to know ourselves better:

1. Know your strengths, and admit your weaknesses. Too often we get paralyzed with the weaknesses we have and forget to capitalize on our strengths. If you don’t know your strengths, take a Strength Finder test (or one like it).

2. Quit telling yourself and believing lies! If you tell yourself or others, for that matter, a lie long enough you will take it as the truth. Be discerning with what you read, what you listen to, who you associate with, and what you accept as truth. “Trust but verify.”

3. Being educated is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it becomes a stumbling block if we think we “know” because we have been taught, how we have been raised, or because we have so many degrees. Being educated does not equate to having common sense. Never leave common sense out of the equation when evaluating something or someone.

As a Christian, I know who I am because of what God has said of me. Here are just a few of the promises of God:

1. I am a crown of beauty and a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord. Isaiah 62:3-4.

2. I am filled with joy because Christ is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10

3. I am adopted and a child of God. 1 John 3:1

4. I am His beloved. Zephaniah 3:17

5. I am seen by God. Genesis 16:13

6. I am holy and blameless in Christ. Colossians 1:22

7. I have the Holy Spirit of God in me, with me, and for me. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

8. I am treasured by God. Deuteronomy 14:2

9. I am alive in Christ and saved! Ephesians 2:5

10. I am God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10

11. I am chosen and appointed by God. John 15:16

12. I am healed. 1 Peter 2:24

13. I am not forsaken. I am accepted by Christ. Psalm 94:14

14. I am secure in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:22

15. I am no longer a slave to fear! Isaiah 46:10

16. I am a friend of God. John 15:15

17. I am an heir to the kingdom of God. Romans 8:16-17

18. I am made in God’s image. Genesis 1:27

19. I am free! Romans 6:14-18.

20. I am redeemed. Ephesians 1:6

21. I am victorious. 2 Corinthians 2:14

22. I am gifted. James 1:17

23. I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Ephesians 2:6

24. I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20

25. I am one spirit with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 6:17

26. I am a branch of the one and true vine. John 15:1, 5

27. I am the salt and light of the world. I am a city on a hill and cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:13-16

28. I am an ambassador for God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

29. I am His and have no reason to fear. Isaiah 43:1

30. I am the head and not the tail. Deuteronomy 28:13

So, that is just a partial list of all the things that God says about us as Christ followers. That, hopefully, will help you know who you are in Christ Jesus. Have a blessed day.

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

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