Friday Matters-July 23, 2021
Everyday God is Bigger
God is bigger. We may know this in our heart but it’s acting it out like we believe it that makes the difference. One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who isn’t’ sorry for what they’ve done cuz “it’s so not fair!” And because it’s not fair we want them to know how wrong they are. What does God want? Go to 1 Peter 3:9 and read; “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That’s what God asks and He’ll bless you for it.”
Do you think God tells us to be good to those who’ve hurt us just because He wants to watch us suffer? No. The enemy works through people to hurt us and if we end up hating that person because they’ve hurt us then Satan’s job has been accomplished two times over. But if we respond with love then we’ve gotten Satan back and he’ll wish he never laid a finger on our lives…everyday.
Friday Matters-July 16, 2021
Everyday Stripped of Titles
I’ve been going through what I describe as a “stripping away” from titles that made me feel important. I chose to step down as an artistic director, a spokesperson for a noble organization but I didn’t realize how important these titles made me feel. In Colossians 3:4 God told me, be content with obscurity, like Christ. I was to be content with being unimportant.
When Jesus said, “Become like a “little child,” He meant we’re to be willing to accept ourselves as least in importance. The least is a symbol of those who have the lowest places in society; the poor and the oppressed, the prostitutes, the tax collectors. But Jesus concern was that these should not be despised or treated as inferior (Matthew 18:10). He was well aware of their feelings of shame, and because of their humility and His compassion they were of REALLY great value. God’s grace falls on us not because of our titles in society, but because it’s His good pleasure to love us just as we are…everyday.
Friday Matters-July 9, 2021
Everyday Waves of Life
My friend, Michelle, shared; “The waves (trials and circumstances) can be very real and overwhelming. The question is not whether or not I see them; the question is whether or not I see ONLY them. They are temporary, but they are tempting me away from the Eternal One. It's not about the waves; it's about walking...simply because He says ‘Come!’”
That’s truth and it’s beautiful! It’s the truth we read in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus says to the disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake” but a furious storm of hurricane proportions arises with waves crashing into the boat. Where’s Jesus? He’s asleep inside the boat. “Master, don’t You care that we’re dying,” the disciples ask. Without answering Jesus rises and rebukes the wind and sea, “Be still,” He says and a great calm of perfect peacefulness comes. When Jesus says, “you’re gonna to get to the other side” you better believe you’re gonna see the other side no matter what stormy trial you’re facing. Go forward…everyday.
Friday Matters-July 2, 2021
Everyday Like Mother Teresa
It’s so much easier to point out what’s wrong with everybody else rather than look at our own junk to clean up. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But we are all sinners, and we all need help which is why our first step toward reconciliation is to confess our sins, receive God’s pardon and walk forward in a restored relationship with our Creator.
We cannot do anything to merit grace, and yet we look at someone like Mother Teresa and think surely she entered into heaven because of what she did. If we emulate her sacrificial love in some small fashion, we are lulled into a false sense of security that persuades us that we have no need of repentance today. When the little saint humbly confessed her brokenness and her desperate need for God, either we were uncomprehending or we secretly suspected her of false modesty. Yet she got it, and by the love she received, she gave in great amounts to others. Real love, real grace, receive it and then walk forward and give the same to others…everyday.
Friday Matters-June 25, 2021
Everyday Real God
I was born in 1967 and I came to know the realness of Jesus when I was seven in 1974. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. My Aunt Ginger explained how Jesus is God, and there was a way to have a relationship with Him. I was so in. I could talk to God and He would listen and then get back to me.
I don’t recall Ginger giving me a list of “you should” and “you should not” commands. It was helping me learn and receive the grace of God and His “I will never leave you,” unconditional love that gave me the choice to want to follow Him, do what He asked and trust in what He promised. I don’t just talk to God, I hear Him. He knows me and I know Him. Ginger showed me how silly, fun and ridiculously crazy good that having a relationship with Jesus is, too.
I am still incredulous that it’s nothing we do to earn God’s love and nothing we do could take away His love…everyday.
Friday Matters-June 18, 2021
Everyday Confident Love
Our family was stunned, when years ago, our seven-year-old David, the fourth son, decided to walk down the aisle at church. The pastor invited a child to come forward to read a Proverb. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. As David left the pew he said, “I’m a really good reader.” The truth is most of first grade he had a tutor for reading but progressed so much that by the end of the year the tutor had been dropped. Plus, as a family, David read a lot to us aloud and each time he’d read we’d say, “David, you’re a really good reader” and then we’d hug him. David was confident when he read his verse (never mind that he pronounced a few words wrong).
And I thought, “Think of all the things we could do if we believed what God said to us?” I mean like… how much He loves us, He’s cheering for us, He sees our hearts and knows and cries with us when we’re hurting. Go forward in that confidence, fully known and fully loved…everyday.
Friday Matters-June 11, 2021
Everyday Airport Crabby
I was in the airport traveling to speak and I was just so crabby and I felt so negative. What was going on? I began to recite scripture thinking this would help get me out of my muck. Nothing. Then I realized I needed TO APPLY what I knew. I heard Isaiah 32:17; “And the effect of righteousness will be peace--internal and external, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.” I thought about why I can say; “I am the righteousness of God.” It means I’m in right standing with God but not because of anything I do but because I receive what HE DID for me.
Righteousness knows who I am in Christ! So quietly I walked around the airport saying; I’m the daughter of the King. He began a good work in me. I know He’s working all things for the good. He’s planned a wonderful future for me. AFTER I repeated the truth …guess what? I was quiet in my spirit and had peace. Our feelings are indicators but should not be dictators…everyday.
Friday Matters-June 4, 2021
Everyday Well Waiting
Are you waiting for your child to return, for the reconciliation of one has gone a wrong direction? It’s so hard. I heard from a woman who wrote; “It’s hard to see what the purpose is in my son being estranged from his loving Christian family and the many prayers for our reunion but it never comes.”
THAT is so hard. Jesus often asks us to wait at the well for those we love just as He did with the Samaritan woman whose sin was adultery. Jesus didn’t tell the woman she was a sinner only that He knew. He let her eyes be opened as she knew Him more. Silence allows a person to reveal it to themselves and lets us still be accessible when their eyes are opened. He wants to meet us where we’re at and fill the void of thirst. Romans 8:1, “There’s no condemnation with Jesus” but we sure do a good job of it. Go to the well and wait Jesus is there too…everyday.
Friday Matters-May 28, 2021
Everyday Strong Will
I have a strong will. I’m sure someone listening right now can totally relate to the fact that while our spirits may be strong and willing our flesh fails us time and time again. Jesus tells us we do not "watch and pray". The flesh does not conquer the spirit. The flesh is weak - as Jesus said - and the flesh is a stumbling block to our spirit. I want to go to church on Sunday mornings but I’m tired so my flesh gets its way and later I have regrets. I have to pray and set my mind and will the night before to get up in the morning.
My prayer is often this simple, “God You’re stronger and You live in me. Help. Amen.” Sharing areas of weaknesses, with someone, also helps for accountability and strength too. You can overcome. Jesus is there. He’s never mad at you and when you do fall He will help you get back up. He loves you and He’ll never give up on you. Don’t give up on yourself…everyday.
Friday Matters-May 21, 2021
Everyday What Road?
There’s only one road to God? What? But that view is narrow minded. You’re right, it is narrow but through a relationship with Jesus, not religion, it becomes clear that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. There are amazing people who love others but think there are many roads to God and that true spirituality is just to love your neighbor and help the poor.
How then do you know when you’ve given enough to get to God? What about the people who’ve been taught to hate? Are the poor just virtuous? That sounds right, but listen, if a soldier drapes his body over a grenade to save his friends, we recognize it as a sacrifice. Something we honor, but not something we can pay him back for. The same is true with Jesus. We can’t earn our salvation. It’s a gift we have a choice to receive by accepting His sacrifice Christ for our sins. Trust the path He sets and what He’s done for you and then walk in full freedom…everyday.