Have you ever turned on a movie and couldn’t figure out the plot because you came in late and didn’t understand the context or characters? Or have you been witness to an inside joke…in which you were clearly not “inside!” What about inadvertently opening up someone’s mail that was delivered to you by mistake? Have you ever been left at the dinner table alone with someone you barely knew, trying to make small talk? Any of these circumstances can cause strain, discomfort and anxiety. Maybe tonight you feel that way when you think of the Bible, like your reading someone else’s mail? Or you feel uncomfortable talking to your Heavenly Father (praying)? Don’t know what to say? Perhaps you never really understood how this “religion thing” works?- Tonight during these Quiet Moments- I want to encourage you to open up your heart by first and foremost closing off all the doubts, the confusion, the questions, etc. Now let’s take a step of faith. Did you know that your step of faith will build more faith! Hebrews 11 faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.” Now while you probably will not see or hear God in a “physical” manifestation tonight, through faith you will be transported to His throne room, and have an audience of one with the creator of the universe. Imagine that! We know this because His word says “He inhabits the praises of His People” Psalm 22:3 …and that “when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us” James 4:8- Plus, “we enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise” Psalm 100:4-Still struggling with belief? It’s okay if we have doubts! Even Jesus’s own disciple Thomas had doubts at times! Jesus had compassion for Thomas’s unbelief and even took the extra time to make sure Thomas believed. John 20:24 He will do the same for you and me tonight if we will just take the first step. How do we take this step? This requires you and me to acknowledge our desperate need for a Savior. In the Old Testament in order for mankind to have fellowship with God, the high priest would have to offer a blood sacrifice. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23 God can’t have fellowship with sin- someone had to die…and the blood shed cleansed the sin…it was the ransom. We all need to come to grasp that we are all sinners. We don’t compare our self to other men and women on earth, or our friend and family, etc., we compare our self to the standard Jesus Christ set and God’s laws. You see the Bible says that when we die we will all stand before the ultimate judge, God, and when we do… if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, our penalty and sentence for being sinful on earth will be pardoned. You see Jesus paid the price with his blood on the cross at Calvary! Tonight because of Jesus, we can have fellowship with God! Pray this prayer with me tonight if you have never asked Christ into your heart. “ Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner in desperate need of a Savior. I accept you Jesus Christ as my Savior, please come into my heart and forgive me of my sins and be the Lord of my Life, amen.” If you prayed this prayer, let us know… we would like to send you some free materials including a Bible. Visit us at www.quietmomentsonline.org Thanks for letting me share, Randy Young.
What are you most afraid of in your life? Growing old? Death? Getting sick or disabled? Being bankrupt or financially bereft? How about being all alone, or even abandoned? Betrayal? These are all very understandable answers. I share many of them, yet tonight, I want us to look past these common “fears” that we all share, and dig a bit deeper into to what I contend should be all of our biggest fear. “Disbelief,” the inability or refusal to believe or accept something as true. You see unlike a dreaded disease, or the red ink on a spreadsheet, even an empty fridge, this is much less obvious! Disbelief sneaks into our life if we let it, the seeds get planted any number of ways, it crawls in and whispers little doubts into our ear. Maybe you will recognize the voice? Sounds like this: “don’t even bother, it won’t do any good anyway.” Or maybe, “that’s just an old story written from a long time ago, you can’t take it literal,” or “that wasn’t a miracle, that was just coincidental.” This little “harmless whisper” can quickly spread into a widespread virus of disbelief. Before long we become doubters of God’s power and even relevance in our life. More and more doses of doubt and before long we become cynical, and pessimistic. Oh yes we still claim to believe in God, yet we have so marginalized Him and even relegated Him to nothing more than an old “story” that has no context or power for our life right now! 2nd Timoth 3:5 says we have a form of Godliness yet deny its power,” which I contend is worse than not believing altogether. We can look in the Gospels or Old Testament and see time and time again- where doubt snuck in, it often led to a forfeiture of God’s blessing!- You see when we doubt and disbelieve, we disempower God’s work in our life. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he no longer could walk on water. When King ASA of Judah ( even after trusting God and dedicating his life to follow God) turned away from God and instead made his own peace treaty (out of fear) he messed up the blessing of peace for his life. I wonder if I am circumventing blessings in my life, or hindering a breakthrough because I simply don’t believe? Hebrews 11:6 says- “without faith it is impossible to please God.”- Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
Imagine inviting a person to live with you and then once they move in locking all the rooms off that are in the common areas. So in essence you say, “come on in and be my roommate,” then you lock off the kitchen, the bathroom, the family room, the office, etc. They only get their one room! How do you think that would go over? Ouch! For years and years of my life that is what I did to my Savior Jesus Christ. I invited him into my heart, then I systematically closed down and locked him out of areas my life. I never gave him access to the areas in my life that I needed him most. You see for me my faith was really a Sunday only proposition. So Jesus fit conveniently in that “room.” I think back at many mistakes and failures in my life and know had I had invited Him into those areas of my life…the outcome would have been much different. The good news is that tonight, right now, I have given Him the master key to every room! What area of life right now are you struggling in? Where do you hurt? Have you unlocked the door and allowed Jesus Christ to come in? When He comes in…He sends the darkness running. He brings healing, He brings answers, He brings restoration and peace. Call on Jesus and He will come. 2nd Chronicles chapter 16 verse 9. “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. I remember reading “ My Hearts is Christ’s Home” written by Robert Boyd Munger, a number of years ago and now I finally get it!!! Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
Do we have enough milk for breakfast? Or do I need to stop and get more? This is one of the most common questions asked in households with kids. Making sure the supply of milk is replenished before the need arises. When there isn’t milk for breakfast it creates havoc and unnecessary strain in the morning, so we try and avoid that. You see not having breakfast isn’t an option. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This blog isn't about "breakfast" or the contents of your fridge! Rather, an encouragement to take inventory of the content of our "spiritual" pantry! Where do we stand? Are we running low on...? Joy? Peace? Hope? You see on any given day we expend our energy, our efforts, pouring out all that we have for our work, our family, friends, etc. So the question for you and me is, do we have enough for breakfast? Are we so tired, so weary, so pushed, pulled and overcome with the worry of the world that we are emptied out? Have nothing left? Then let’s replenish the supply! Have we run out of hope? Have we depleted our supply of joy? No more peace-? No patience? NO PROBLEM! When we go to the storeroom for our soul, (which is the throne room of our KING)- through Jesus Christ we ask to be filled up, replenished, rejuvenated, restored, and even repurposed! God is faithful to given us His guidance and send His Holy Spirit to work through us. Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. How- by the POWER of the Holy Spirit! We go from an empty... “out of stock” pantry to an overstocked pantry! Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
Ever been in a line at the grocery store waiting and waiting for someone to count their change? They have a $200 check and they are paying with pennies! Or, ready to go somewhere and you are outside in the car and waiting...forever? My son Ryan and I inevitably find ourselves waiting for his mom and sister everywhere we go. We comfort each other. I say, "son, we both need to enjoy these times of waiting...because it's never going to change!" He reminds me of my own words when I get impatient. The fact is: none of us like to wait. What are you waiting on tonight? Maybe a callback? News about a job? An answer to a looming question? A breakthrough at work? Waiting can be so hard. We don't have any control. When we see the fruit or attributes of the Spirit, we are quick to remember the peace, the joy, the hope, the gentleness. What about the "long suffering?" Waiting to me is a perfect example of "long suffering!" It is an amazing quality. Ever heard of the patient JOB? How? By learning how to get out of our self, our own agenda and specifically our own timeline, and know that we are not in a vacuum--we have a Heavenly Father who is omnipresent--He isn't bound by time. So, when we find ourselves getting angry about having to wait (which we all have to do), let's pass the test, put a smile on our face, and ask the Holy Spirit to work through us! Isaiah 40:31: "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,and not faint." Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
How are you at reading the directions or instructions? If you are like me you probably toss them aside and proceed using logic, common sense and good reasoning-only problem is, inevitably I end up lost and confused...extra parts, or not enough pieces! As I have gotten older I hope at least a little wiser! I try and approach a project with as much information as I can up front, try to slow down, look at my goal, I lay out all my pieces, make sure I have the required tools, and then read the directions carefully. Sounds reasonable enough...yet for years I was too much in a hurry to build whatever it was that I didn't take the time to do my prep work. What a mistake-oh don't let me tell you about my painting-not masking up the trim properly-what a mess! The bottom line is that whatever task it is that we have before us, we need to plan for it, make sure we have everything we need and all the tools necessary. Whoever designed or manufactured the product probably knows more than me...so why don't I slow down and take heed to his direction? Stubborn! This hurry up and just do it with no regard for the outcome is prevalent in today's society. As a result of this kind of recklessness many of us find ourselves hurt and broken. The good news is that it's not too late! Winston Churchill once said that a country that forgets it's mistakes will repeat them-the same is true for most of us. We may have many mistakes and blunders-let's learn from them. In life our Heavenly Father says that we are in a battle that each day we need to be prepared, to suit up for it. God who is the author of our life, formed us in our mother's womb. He has the directions for us! (Ephesians 6:10) says: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. (6:11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (6:12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (6:13) Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (6:14) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (6:15) and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (6:16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (6:17) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. May we slow down and consider what's at stake with each decision we make. Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
Are you ready to weigh in like a prize fighter weighs in before a bout. For years and years I would avoid stepping on a scale. You see, I knew I wasn't living right and it wasn't going to be pretty so I didn't even want to know. The scale is a true reflection of where we are today physically, right now. It doesn't define us as to who we are, or what we are, or even what we are going through. It gives us information that is critical in managing our life today. (iceberg straight ahead) A great business CEO once said, "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it". Is it any wonder why the first thing every doctor does when you show up at their office is to have you step on the scale? It is a window into your possible condition. Some of us think we'll, I will hurry up and crash diet before I get on the scale-doesn't work. When we avoid the scale we can hinder or postpone a breakthrough in our life-instead if were not careful we can allow the enemy to keep us bound in shame, shackled in lies, etc. The fear of the unknown can be worse than the reality. Knowledge is power and what shows up on that scale is the equivalent of an indicator light in your car, you want to know when your car is overheating, or has low fuel, etc. it can be a powerful tool in helping prevent a greater problem. Some people view the Bible and God like they view their scale. They don't want to go near it. They are afraid of what they will hear or see. They have been lied to and kept in shackles of shame. I suppose in some ways the Bible is like a scale, it shows us our current condition. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23) yet unlike a scale, through God's son Jesus Christ we have the power to over come sin and death and no weapon formed against us shall prosper, and we are more than conquerors, and we are over-comers. (Romans 8:1) Friend, therefore there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ-don't allow your current mess to prevent you from entering into a deeper, more personal relationship with Jesus. Don't try and lose weight before you step on the scale. Don't try and clean yourself up in your own strength before you call on Jesus. Tonight, right now, in your current place, we cry out to Jesus-Help us Lord, forgive us Lord, we need you Lord, we love you Jesus, Help!, come into our life, cleanse us, transform us, in Jesus precious name, Amen. Thanks for letting me share.
Time and time again...we are reminded that although our circumstances may point in one way...we need not fret, we need not fear. When we realize completely that we are in Him...that we belong to Jesus, that He lives in our heart, we don't need to panic. Though storms may come, and barren valleys appear never ending...we can walk upright and confidently rest in our Savior. We don't need to react, we don't need to fear, we can rest. Matthew 8:26, after the disciples were terrified by the storm on the sea, they awoke Jesus to save them. Yes, Jesus was on the boat and asleep-not exactly a picture of one worrying or about to be killed by a violent wreck. Jesus was in the boat and in the storm, and as a human being He obviously had human feelings, yet there was more going on, He was in fellowship with his Heavenly Father, so He was experiencing more than the howling winds and the thunder, He was in His Fathers care. We know He exhorted his disciples to have more faith and rebuked the winds and calmed the storm yet, let's look at our own life for a minute. What storm are we going through? What impending crisis looms? What desperate situation do we find ourselves in? Jesus was in His Father's care during the storm. We too can be in our Father's care. When you were a child and your dad was with you did you ever worry? We knew nobody could harm us or hurt us if dad was around. We rested. In my house my wife describes how my dogs stand on guard when I am traveling, and my kids get more anxious...there is a different feeling in the home yet, when I am home the dogs sleep for days and the kids are better. Tonight we can rest in our daddy's care. We can have peace in the midst of the storm. Call out to Jesus, He is our refuge and our hiding place. Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
40 million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. What's keeping us up? It could be any number of reasons, even conditions that include medical, psychological ailments, etc. For many though it is a matter of not being able to quiet our self down...too many thoughts, these thoughts can run rampant, fears, worries, to do's, an argument at work or with a friend, bad news, etc...we replay these tapes over and over...before long we can work our self up all over again and our adrenaline goes and were wide awake. We watch news, we read email, it's a miserable cycle for many. Tonight I pray these Quiet Moments will be just that for you. A time to bring whatever is heavy on your heart to our Heavenly Father. He wants to comfort you right now and take your pain. He will replace the tears of sorrow with hope everlasting...that heavy heart can be lifted up! Proverbs 17:22 "a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Our Heavenly Father is a gentleman...He won't force himself on us. He won't demand you or me to give Him our pain and suffering...so if you so choose, you can carry on in misery. Imagine that, being so stubborn that we allow ourselves to dry up and die, instead of taking the Living Water from the fountain of Life, that He stands ready to shower on you and I tonight! Thanks for letting me share.
Randy Young, Host of Quiet Moments
Do you feel lovesick? You're all alone? Or worse yet, you're not alone, and yet you still feel so very lonely? Being lovesick is a state of feeling down and blue because we're either longing for love, missing a loved one who is far away, or wanting love again badly after a breakup. We've all felt the pain and sting of a relationship gone bad, or an estranged relationship...missing a person who is gone from our life. That pain inside is real and deep yet right now this very moment, we can take a giant step in healing that heartache. How? By opening our hearts to our first love. God. We love Him because He loved us first, 1st John 4:19. His love is perfect! In fact, when we look at 1st Corinthians 13, we have a beautiful description of those attributes of His love: patience, kindness, trusting, humbleness, forgiving, hopeful, enduring, He never fails. His love doesn't disappoint, and what's so amazing is that His love is pursuing you and me! Will we get back to our first love? Will we allow Him to take that emptiness and pain? If we are willing to open the door of our heart, He will take the deep pain and give us the anecdote for a lovesick heart...His son Jesus Christ. Thanks for letting me share.