Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dog Determination - Martin Wiles

Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Matthew 7:24 NLT

He was an ornery little cuss that, with the exception of one person, liked no one other than people in our immediate family. 

Gypsy was a Chihuahua Manchester mix. Along with his ill nature came determination. When my middle brother was ready to leave the crawling stage and pull up to walk, Gypsy was the item he chose to pull up on. Gypsy’s stomach sank in the middle as the weight of my brother pressed upon his back. 

Sometimes his stomach would almost reach the floor, but he would never move until my brother was erect. Then he would scoot away, leaving my brother with a decision: walk or sit. He chose to walk. Gypsy was a foundation that at times seemed almost ready to crumble, but he never did. When my brother realized the dog was reliable, he came back for more and eventually learned to walk. 

According to Jesus, he—like Gypsy, is the foundation I need to depend upon. When I obey his commands, I build on this foundation and that makes me like a man who builds a house on a solid rock foundation. When the storms assault it, it will remain standing. Unlike the person who chose to build their house on sands that would easily wash away under heaven rains. 

Obeying Jesus’ commands doesn’t just happen. It takes determination. As my brother had to rely on our dog to walk, and as the dog had to be determined to stand there while he pressed on him, so I must rely on Jesus’ power to obey. Otherwise I’ll crumble like the house the man built on sand. 

I normally accomplish what I’m determined to do. When I’m determined, I’ll put my all into doing whatever I’m determined about. Above all else, it should be obedience to God’s commands. The secret is reliance on His indwelling Spirit. Not only is he my comforter, teacher, and guide, but he is also my source of strength. By his power, I can obey. By his power, I can continually build my life on the solid foundation of faith in Christ. 

Are you dog determined to obey God’s commands? Don’t let obedience merely be a matter of convenience. 

Prayer: Father, help us make our life’s goal to live in complete obedience to You. 

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Flashback Friday - Martin Wiles

Using Our Gifts

Eddie* was a talented young man I met shortly after high school when I became employed by the same industry he worked for. He soon became my idol and good friend.

Eddie seemed to know how to do everything. If it was something unfamiliar, he mastered it quickly. He farmed on the side and periodically invited me over to help him. Whether repairing a fence, disc harrowing a field, mending a barn, repairing his car or building his house, he conquered it all with ease. Read more...


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Choosing a Substitute - Martin Wiles

Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!” Exodus 32:4 NLT

“We have a sub” can spread through a school like a California wildfire. 

The above statement may be followed by an array of negative emotions. Others are ecstatic. They can envision free time and an opportunity to give a difficult time to this person who isn’t their teacher. Being the sub is no easier. Often, the call to fill in comes at the last moment. Then there’s the possibility of being totally unfamiliar with the subject area you are teaching. For some reason, students don’t perceive subs as having authority over them. The sub is not their teacher or normally an employee of the school. 

While I don’t get to choose my subs, there are some I would. The ones who maintain control of the class, know the disciplinary rules, and actually make the students do the work I’ve left. 

God summoned Moses to the peak of Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments as well as other ceremonial laws. After a long absence, the people assumed something had happened to their leader. They beckoned his brother who in turn made them a gold calf and said, “Here is your God.” They chose a substitute—and it couldn’t compare. 

All around me, I see people choosing substitutes for God. I even fall into the trap periodically myself, and I’m one of his followers. My substitutes may be bad habits, sinful practices, laziness, or busyness. Anything assuming God’s place. 

When I chose a substitute, I’ll be disappointed. That’s what God substitutes do. They promise happiness and fulfillment but don’t deliver. They look good but taste bad. They prance around under the guise of being God-sent but never are. God sent Moses not a golden calf. 

Choosing substitutes also guarantees God’s discipline. The Israelites who disobeyed paid the price. Every time I’ve chosen something to replace the real thing, God has lovingly shown me my error and then convinced me by disciplining me like a loving father. 

Don’t let substitutes take God’s place of supreme authority in your life. 

Prayer: Father, keep our eyes focused on You so we won’t choose substitutes to replace You. 


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Loving Through the Faults - Martin Wiles

Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2 NLT

Never had I encountered such suspicions as I did at my maternal grandparents’ house. 

Mom grew up on a farm. Mom’s only sister married and moved a stone’s throw away. I visited often to see my grandparents but also to hang out with one of my first cousins. Visits without stories and suspicious happenings were uncommon. 

My aunt told about the hag, an impish beast who jumped on you at night, paralyzing your body. My cousin referenced a white horse that roamed about in my grandmother’s front yard. And the stories have continued. As we made our way to my grandmother’s funeral, another cousin felt her hand stroke her hair. Then there was the handprint that suddenly imbedded itself on the same cousin’s brass bed while we were at the funeral. 

After my uncle died, my aunt soon found evidence of his living spirit. A leaf floating down the hallway. The rose that mysteriously fell from its resting place in the arrangement while final words were being pronounced over his body. 

My mom and dad laughed at our relatives’ stories—as did I. We weren’t the suspicious type. But we loved our family just the same. They were, after all, our family. Paul encouraged believers at Ephesus to do the same. None were perfect, but they were joined by a common bond—not blood but Christ. Believers still are. 

I’m often tempted to find fault with others. In those moments, I remind myself I have my own trunk full of faults. They may not be sinful habits, but they are blemishes nonetheless. Paul’s instruction in itself is a challenge for me. 

Finding fault with others is the easy way out. Looking for the good—along with encouraging and loving them, takes patience—something I’ve never had large doses of. Remembering we are all pilgrims on a similar journey makes it easier as well. Loving the really difficult to love—my enemies and those not like me, means allowing God to remind me His Son died for them as well.   

When loving others seems difficult, remember God’s love for you.

Prayer: Father, help us love others with the same type of love You love us. 

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