God Truly Takes Care of His Own

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:19)

The other day, while heading to a jobsite that we’d been working on for a couple of weeks, I was sharing with the young man working with me of how rewarding this work had been for me, and how much of a blessing it had proven to be for my family and myself. 
I didn’t neglect to share the many challenges that we faced along the way, as well as the lessons learned through failings and faithlessness; and that, in spite of such, how God had continually been faithful to us.
While sharing the testimonies with him, there were two things that came to mind that I had thought of before, but had been oblivious to during the course of the time that I’d been working and conducting the business that the Lord has blessed us with.
The first thing that I realized is that, God has been good to us, “in spite” of us. In the world that we live in it’s common to think that those who “do good” earn the privilege of being blessed and enjoying “good”; but that’s not the case in God’s economy.The scripture says that the Lord “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth the rain on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45).. He’s been Gracious; but it wouldn’t be Grace if I could earn it, or boast that I deserve it.
(I’m just grateful that my actions and attitude, at times hadn’t disqualified me from being the recipient of His blessings!!) 

The second thing that I realized was that, God has been the one to supply all of the work that my wife and I have done.
We know that advertising is a very necessary component to making any business move forward and prosper; but, if my memory serves me correctly, advertising is not something that either of us have done much of. In fact, those times that I can recall trying to advertise, I don’t remember ever getting those jobs  :-).But the calls come, and the opportunities always seem to be there “right” when we need them; and I believe that’s because God Truly Takes Care of His Own.
The Lord has proven time and time again to be Faithful to us in this manner, and He is not partial in His faithfulness to supply. What Paul wrote to the Philippian church is a promise for believers everywhere to believe and stand on, because we all Have the same source of Supply in our Heavenly Father.
I believe it blesses the Heart of Our Father to trust Him, and Him alone, as our source and provider.

Lord God, we want to Thank You for your constant provision into our lives. We trust no other source for what we need. Help us to rest in your promises and care for us.
In The Love of Christ,
Pastor Lowe

Casting Your Care Upon Him

“Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” 1st Peter 5:7
This morning, when I awoke, this particular verse was on my mind. It has long been one of my favorite verses of scripture; and I believe it’s been one of my favorite because of the simplicity of the charge (casting all our care), and the certainty of the truth (He careth for you).
Though the charge is a simple one, it’s not always so easy for us to cast everything upon The Lord, as He encourages us to do; and the amplified rendering makes the task all the more challenging. It says, “once and for all”. That means, when we give it to God, don’t take it back. Be done with it, and trust that He will do more good with what’s been handed to Him than we could ever imagine.
I think this verse was on my mind this morning as a small reminder, that, though there is much that we have in this hour to be concerned about, and much to be tempted to worry about, There is one Who is far more capable of seeing to the affairs that govern my life than I am; and all He asks is that I trust Him enough to give it all (and the last I checked, “all” means “all”, “all” the time) to Him.
It’s a challenge, as I said before. But, when I consider the truth about His care for me, it becomes a lot less difficult to give Him everything.
The remainder of the verse says, ” He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]”; and to me that says, that, His love for me is so intimate and deep that He “wants” to be fully acquainted with every detail that concerns my life. God wants to be involved with everything that we’re concerned about; He wants to help us in everything we’re going through; and He wants to hold our hand every step of the way.
That’s what that verse says to me.
If you’re going through anything difficult, as we all oftentimes do, I pray that you take comfort in knowing that God will be with you every step of the way, helping you to get through whatever the challenge may be. 
We have His promise…. In Isaiah, He says, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2)
You and I have the greatest support system in this world with the Father holding our hand.
Lord, today we simply want to say Thank You for your never ending Love and Care for us, and your promise to be with us. 
In Christ,
Pastor Lowe

Divine Intervention

“So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.” – Acts 12:5 (Amp)

Last week in bible study we were going thru chapter 12 in the book of Acts.
The chapter began with the record of Herod raising his hand against certain of the church through persecution. In fact, scripture says that he killed James with the sword, and he was aiming to get Peter also.

Yet, he wasn’t able to fully carry out his plan to execute Peter; and the reason why he wasn’t able to do so is because God intervened.

There was a reason (actually several) that I believe brought about that Divine intervention. The bible tells us that prayer was being made unto God for Peter.

Yet this wasn’t any ole type of prayer. The amplified says that ‘fervent and persistent’ prayer was being made to God by the church for him, and as a result, God Intervened.

I hadn’t stopped thinking about that text since we studied it, because it speaks volumes about the benefit of fervent and persistent prayer.

James said it like this, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

In other words, if I ‘really’ pray, God will intervene (according to His will of course… John 5:14-15).

In our day and time, we are so desperately in need of Divine Intervention; and I truly believe that The Lord desires to intervene and move things on our behalf, just like he did for the early church.

But, what if His intervention is contingent upon my willingness to really pray?

Just something to think about.

Father, direct our hearts toward heaven and make us a people who will give you no rest until we have witnessed your intervention.

The Lord Bless and keep You,

Pastor Lowe

Joining God’s Work

But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working.” – John 5:17 AMP

I remember years ago being in a prison setting at a church revival meeting that was taking place over the course of several days.

I was a part of the intercessory prayer team, and part of my assignment during those meetings was to provide prayer support and encouragement to any of the men who may have been in need of such.

That wasn’t such an easy task, because it seemed that noone cared to ask for help; and most were only interested In coming to church to meet up with buddies from down the hall, and so on. It was a grievous sight to witness.

Yet, in spite of all of the negativity and chaos present in some of those meetings, it was in that environment that I learned the truth and reality of what Jesus said in the verse mentioned above, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working]” .

When I took my eyes off of what was going wrong, and set my heart to seek and search out where God was working, He gave me the privilege to join Him In His work, and see many men eternally changed forever.

Right now our society is Chaotic, to say the least; but I humbly assure you that Our Father is still at work, in spite of.

Will we seek Him and join Him?

Father, we pray that you would open our eyes to see what you are doing in the earth at this time and season, and allow us the privilege to join you in that work.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Lowe

A Heart of Continued Trust

“And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated by them, because they put their trust in Him.” (1st Chronicles 5:20)
During devotion this morning I was actually doing a “word study” on the word ‘help’. I was basically interested in seeing how the word was used in scripture as it relates to God helping His people, and in the ways in which he provided that help.
As I searched the word out, I came across the particular verse written above and thought about what it states.
In a nutshell: the sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh went into battle with the Hagarites; and although their men were skilled, valiant, and able, they were wise enough to inquire of the Lord’s help and not trust in their own strength and ability. As a result, the Lord was entreated of them and delivered their enemies into their hand; because they ‘trusted’ in Him. 
Lesson: Trust in the Lord and you will be helped.
That’s it, bible study over. Thank you Lord…. 🙂
But, something prompted me to read a little further; and as I did so, I found that God had more to say about these very people who “Trusted In Him” in the time of battle.
Verse 25 says, “And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, Whom God (not them) destroyed before them.”; and as a result of their idolatry God stirred up the spirit of the King of Assyria and he came and took them captive (read the next verse).
After reading that, I began to think “How could they allow something like this to happen after having such a great victory and powerful testimony of God’s hand moving mightily on their behalf?” “How could they be so stupid?” (as one commentator put it). “How could they trust God one moment and then turn to other gods the next?”
There are a vast number of answers that can be given to the questions above; but if I had to give one thought for what I believe was at the root of their turning, I would say “the lack of continued trust”.
The scripture says, “Trust in Him at all times, ye people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalms 62:8).
He gives us an invitation and charge to trust at all times, and pour out our hearts (our cares, our fears, and our worries and problems) to Him and He will be a refuge for us. That’s not always an easy thing, because our flesh will fight it, and this world will continue to present challenges to oppose it. 
But if we dare to trust God, continually, in spite of all that we face, the fruit and result of that trust (His presence, power, peace, and protection) will always be evident in our lives.

Lord, help us to trust you at all times and not turn away to idols.

May the Lord bless you, keep you, and make his face shine continually upon you.
Pastor Lowe

Thank God For His Enablement

Scripture Reading: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trustworthy, putting me into service [for this ministry]”- 1 Timothy 1:12 [AMP]

In Thursday night bible study we have been working our way through the book of Acts, and it’s been a pretty exciting journey thus far.

Last night we started into chapter 9, which begins with the story of the conversion of the Apostle Paul. It’s a very powerful story, and what was probably a very humbling experience for Saul (as he was then known) as well.

That experience would eventually be the start of a whole new way of life for him, and a redirection of his plans.

Whereas he was once a persecutor of the church, God would now use him to be a pillar, a source of strength and encouragement, and a teacher and guide to the people of God; a tremendously huge undertaking, to say the least

But, Paul acknowledges, in his letter to Timothy, that it is ‘God’ who has given him the needed strength and enabled him (or made him able) to do the work, in spite of his past; and he was thankful for it.

His acknowledgement of God’s enablement to do the work of the ministry stuck with me, because I recognize that same enablement and provision in my own life over and over.

I could not do ‘one thing’ that would count for ‘anything’ without God’s enablement and provision of ‘needed’ strength.

And today, I believe as well, that God desires to always give us the needed strength to do His work, and enable us to do whatever His will may be for us individually. We don’t have to go at life and ministry alone and on our own.

In our times of weariness and exhaustion, If we’d only ask, the provision we need will be there (see Matt. 11:28-30).

Lord, today we thank you for the privilege and honor that you’ve given us to be numbered among those that are called by your name and for your purpose. We are living in some very challenging times, and we are very much in need of your strength. Enable us to do your will and make a difference for the glory of your name!
Thank You Lord.

In Jesus Name.

May God continue to Bless and Strengthen Each of You,

Pastor Lowe

Work while It is Day

"I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work." - John 9:4

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege and Blessing of celebrating my 50th Birthday with family and Friends.

My wife did the most wonderful job of putting this all together without me ever knowing anything.

 I thank God for her.

One of the biggest highlights of the celebration was to have my mother and 2 of my Aunts come down from Temple, Texas and celebrate with us.
That truly blessed my heart.

While talking with one of my Aunts, I heard her say something that really had me contemplating more deeply the present moment that I was in.

She said, "Folks ought to work and do for the Lord while it is day, and while we still have the strength and energy to do so; because there will come a time when we won't  be able to."

That stuck with me. 

Right now, for myself (and many others) it is still daytime; and there are countless opportunities, and areas of great need, for God to do his works in and through us.

But these opportunities won't always be before us, and none of us will live forever.

Now is the time, to work the works of God, while it is still day; because the night will surely come.
My desire, at 50, is to do the works of God while I still have the chance. 
Lord, help us to do the works that you have called us to while we still have the chance. Whether it's to pray, go out into the fields, or simply share your love with those you bring across our paths; help us do your will, in your strength.

In Jesus Name.

May God continue to Show You Kindness,

Pastor Lowe

Only By The Grace Of God

Scripture Reading: "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1st Corinthians 15:10)

 This morning I left for work a couple of hours earlier than normal because I had some things that I needed to squeeze in before going to my regular job.

As I was getting ready to leave the house, my neighbor came out and asked, "Lowe is that you?". I confirmed my identity, and we ended up having a brief conversation.

The conversation was mostly small talk, but somewhere along the line I ended up sharing with him a little of my daily routine: and I told him because he indirectly asked.

Yet, after sharing with him a bit of how my average day goes, he said, "man I don't see how you do it"... My answer to him (he's unsaved) was, "Only By the Grace Of God."

My words to him were sort of cliche as they came out of my mouth; but as I drove to work and meditated on those very words that I had spoken to him, I realized in a much greater sense just how true it is.

The scripture says that God "daily loadeth us with benefits" (Pslams 68:19) and I have no doubt that Grace is one of them; or, it's the ONE that brings all the rest of them.

Either way, without God's grace, none of us would be capable of doing what He has called us to do, or fulfill what he has purposed, and ordained, for us to fulfill in this life.
We can only do it by His Grace alone.

Lord, help us to realize that it's only by your Grace; and teach us to daily depend the Grace that you give.
Thank You Lord

May God Bless You and Keep You,

Pastor Lowe

The Danger Of Neglect

"I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man lacking understanding and common sense; And, behold, it was all overgrown with thorns, And nettles were covering its surface, And its stone wall was broken down. When I saw, I considered it well; I looked and received instruction.“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest [and daydream],”Then your poverty will come as a robber, And your want like an armed man". - (Proverbs 24:30-34) AMP

At my job, for years I've had the privilege and responsibility of taking care of the grass, keeping it cut and trimmed when needed.

But, for various reasons, I hadn't taken the time to cut it for a long while; it's literally been over a month since I last cut it.

This morning I decided that "enough was enough" and I went to finally cut it.

It turned out to be worse than it actually appeared to be, and I had my work cut out for me.

While I was working, I couldn't help but think on the text I shared above, because I knew that what I was dealing with was solely the result of both laziness and neglect.

I had to do "twice" the work that it normally takes to get it cut because it was so thick and wet in the middle. But I resolved in my mind, when it was all over, that I would never let that happen again because I wouldn't want to pay the price of toiling to get it back right.

Yet, the case can be almost exactly the same when it comes to the upkeep of our souls and spiritual well-being. Ultimately, it is God that works in us, both to will and to do of His (own) good pleasure... (Philippians 2:13).

But we too have a responsibility to search him out daily, pray unceasingly, and study his word for the nurture and benefit of our souls.

If we "neglect" to do so, the end results could prove dangerous, and we could end up paying a price that we really don't want to pay.

Lord, help us to not be negligent or lazy with the upkeep of our souls; but grant that we seek you daily for our nurture and nourishment.

In Jesus Name.

May God Bless and Keep each of You Today,

Pastor Lowe

Abiding In The Father’s Care

And he said, “A certain man had two sons:and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living”. – Luke 15:11-12 

Recently, my wife and I had been helping my youngest son out with financial counsel and guidance. Our helping him required us having oversight, and input, into where the money should go, and where it shouldn’t go.
It was challenging for him to allow us to do it, to say the least.
Last week, he decided that he didn’t need our help anymore and insisted that he was well capable of handling his own finances.So, without any argument or resistance, we kindly obliged.
Yet that very situation had me thinking about the prodigal son, who one day, for reasons unknown to me, up and decided that he wanted what rightly belonged to him, and left home.
I thought about “what” he left “when” he left; and if you read further into the story, he quotes it right out of his own mouth; “how many of My Father’s hired servants have bread enough, and to spare, and I suffer hunger.”
When he left home, he left the provision of His Father. But not only did he leave the provision of his Father, he also left the protection of his Father and made himself vulnerable to many dangers.
I believe that the same can happen to us believers when we try to go at life alone, instead of Abiding In The Father’s Loving Care. Under His Roof there is safety and Protection.
Psalms 91, in the amplified version, says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]”.

Father, help us to daily abide and trust in your Care.
May God Bless You And Keep You,Pastor Lowe