Archive for December, 2007

Nothing Else Matters

Monday, December 17th, 2007

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:6 KJV

This week someone sent me a Christmas present from Canada. It was delayed at Customs to be inspected and I was told that it could take up to thirty days before it cleared and was allowed to be shipped to me. Since I am human, my first reaction was frustration and disappointment. I felt sorry for myself for about an hour and then I remembered that God has given me the ministries of encouraging pastors and writing devotions and I needed to be about the Master’s business.

We can give all of our money, all of our time and everything else that we have but if we don’t trust God enough to keep serving Him when crises and heartaches come our way then we will never be able to please Him. Every person must have a time in his or her life when he or she says "Nothing else matters but serving Jesus."

Everything that we do while we are doubting Him will stink in His nostrils because everything is meaningless unless we have faith in Him and unless we trust Him and unless we believe that He will do what He tells us that He will do. We have more faith in a chair than we do in Him. How often when we sit down on a chair do we stop and wonder if it will hold us? If you are like me, the answer is "never". I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father has a tender, kind and compassionate heart that is filled with understanding, with forgiveness and with unconditional love for us.

How can we possibly call ourselves Christians and tell Him that we love Him when we don’t trust Him? What a sad commentary on those of us who claim to be Christians. How we must hurt Him when we don’t trust Him. If you are a parent, then you know how it hurts you when your children don’t trust you and when they keep asking you if you will do what you said that you will do. If we, as parents, hurt when our children don’t trust us, how much more our Heavenly Father must hurt when we don’t trust Him. Since we are human, we will fail our children at times but our Heavenly Father never fails to keep His word.

We are His children and He loves us unconditionally. He is a very understanding Father and He is always faithful to forgive us when we go to Him with a humble heart. However, we must go to Him with a humble heart instead of going to Him with an arrogant heart and demand Him to answer us just because we ask. We need to be very careful that we do not go to Him and demand Him to do anything for us. Our dear Heavenly Father is not a puppet. We should not try to pull His strings and make Him perform for us. He is a Holy God and deserves our respect and courtesy.

I asked God to forgive me for thinking about myself instead of concentrating on Him and thinking of others. I composed and sent out my devotion for that day. Within ten minutes after I had sent the devotion to everyone on my mailing list and had posted it on my website, I received an email telling me that the package was in transit. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that had I not trusted God and been obedient to write the devotion and send it that the package would still be there in Customs.

There is a song called "OTHERS". It is one of my favorite songs. Some of the words in the song are "Lord, help me live from day to day, In such a self-forgetful way, That even when I kneel to pray, My prayer shall be for-others." Oh, that you and I would allow Jesus to fill our hearts with so much compassion and so much unconditional love for others that when we kneel to pray our prayer would be for others. Also, it is not enough to kneel physically in prayer; we must also kneel in our hearts when we pray.

In our Scripture for today we read that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. I looked up the word "diligently" in Webster’s Dictionary this morning and this is what I found. The definition that Webster’s gives for the word "diligently" is "characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort." Not only are we to seek God faithfully and earnestly but we are to also seek Him energetically. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always seek Him faithfully, earnestly and diligently. How I must break His heart when I allow material things to come before Him.

Have you said to Jesus "I will serve You no matter how many obstacles, problems, turmoil, heartaches and crises comes my way because nothing else matters but serving You"? If you haven’t said that to Him, not only are you not pleasing Him, you are hurting Him. Determine to serve Jesus no matter what comes your way.

The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit. (Ps. 34:18)

In less than two weeks, much of the world will celebrate Christmas, even if many of those celebrants don’t know the One whose advent we honor. Some don’t even pretend to know. For them it’s just another excuse to take a few days off work, get together with family and friends, and exchange gifts and eat too much. Come to think of it, most of us who do know the Guest of Honor at this great birthday celebration enjoy these same activities, even as we also set aside time to reflect and worship and celebrate the Messiah’s first coming.

But what about the many who don’t view Christmas as a joyful time?
Counselors and pastors often find their work load multiplied at this time of year, as heartbroken people seek answers to their problems and healing for their pain. These same counselors and pastors also know that suicide rates escalate during this season, regardless of how many hours these good shepherds put in or how desperately they try to help.

Though it’s doubtful that Jesus was actually born on December 25, it is still the day we set aside to honor and celebrate that birth, a birth that proclaims peace on earth, goodwill toward men. And yet, as we observe the escalating darkness and evil in the world, it’s difficult to see that peace and goodwill. In fact, without the Holy Spirit inside us to open our spiritual eyes and enable us to see things from God’s perspective, it is impossible. Jesus said we MUST be born again. He stressed that unless we are born again, we can’t even see the Kingdom of God. But when the Spirit of God dwells within us, that otherwise invisible Kingdom takes precedence over the temporal kingdom of darkness that currently rules over the earth and all its inhabitants who have not yet received their spiritual eyes.

No wonder there are so many broken hearts and no wonder it is now, in this season of supposed peace and joy and goodwill, that so many of those broken hearts give in to despair. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Scriptures tell us that The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. He is there, just waiting for the brokenhearted to turn to Him with a contrite, or humble and repentant, spirit. For God’s Word doesn’t just speak of those whose hearts are broken over the loss of a loved one or some other emotional pain; it speaks of those whose hearts are broken over their sin and who know they need a Savior. When we come to that great realization that we are sinners without hope, we also come to the place where Jesus stands, arms outstretched, ready to receive us and give us the joy and peace we so long for and need.

May those of us who know that joy and peace, that goodwill to men, recommit ourselves to extending God’s love in a loveless world, to praying that spiritual eyes will be opened and broken hearts healed. Then we will truly have the merriest Christmas ever!

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Peace or Turmoil

Friday, December 14th, 2007

"Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:17-21 KJV

Christmas is twelve days away and many of us will be gathering with family and friends. Have you ever noticed that it seems like almost every time people get together that there is some kind of conflict? Joyce Landorf, a speaker and author, talked about that very thing on one of her teaching tapes. Joyce said that someone told her "Thanksgiving is coming and my brother-in-law has managed to wreck every Thanksgiving and he is bound to do it again this year."

We are to overcome evil with good and feed our enemies and give them drink if they are thirsty. However, we need to be certain that we are doing it with the right motives. We should be feeding them and giving them something to drink because we care about them, not because we want to get revenge. If ever someone has a right to get revenge, it is our precious Saviour.

He was abused and treated worse than any person has ever been treated or ever will be treated. Yet, while hanging on that old rugged cross of torture and agony, He said "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Oh, that you and I would have a heart filled with compassion and unconditional love for people like our precious Saviour does.

We have a choice when people say unkind things to us. We can say something harsh and unkind in return to them or we can be quiet and not say anything. However, it is impossible for us to be quiet on our own. We are still in the flesh and we are not perfect. We need to ask Jesus to please help us to be quiet and not say something harsh in return to the people who hurt us. It is only through the power of Jesus working in our hearts that we will be able to be quiet and not say something hateful in return to them.

Are you creating peace in your home and with your family and friends or are you creating turmoil? Do you say harsh things back to the ones who hurt you? If so, ask Jesus to forgive you and ask Him to help you be quiet. As my Mother told me when I was a child "If you don’t have anything good to say, keep your big mouth shut!" I think we need to do this very thing.

If we can’t say something kind, then we shouldn’t say anything. Ask Jesus to help you be quiet and then pray for the ones who hurt you. Also, we need to be careful that we don’t hurt people ourselves. Sometimes we hurt people and we aren’t even aware of it. Let’s make this Christmas a time of peace, joy and happiness by giving the love of Jesus to our families, to our loved ones and friends and to everyone we meet. There is no greater gift than the gift of unconditional love that we can give to our loved ones.

Joanne Lowe

Our Fortress

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

"Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." Psalm 56:1–4 KJV

Do you ever feel like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong? For those of us who have surrendered our lives to Jesus in full time service, satan is always trying to discourage us in some way. It would make satan very happy if we were to allow him to defeat us and stop us from serving Jesus. We read in the Bible in 1 John 4:4 "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world." No matter what satan tries to do, he will never defeat us if we have Jesus in our hearts.

We are human and if we are concerned about something, it is not a sin. However, if we are so concerned about it that we constantly dwell on it then we probably should search our hearts and see how much we trust Jesus. When we are unable to believe and trust that Jesus will work everything out for us, we need to ask Him to please help us to have more faith.

Does that mean that we won’t have doubts and fears? Of course not, all of us have situations that arise which test our faith. However, we need to remember that not only does Jesus save us from our sins; He also saves us from the storms of life. There is nothing too hard for Jesus. He is able to rescue us and save us from any situation or crisis. It is always safe to trust our precious Saviour.

If you are discouraged today because of crises and situations in your life that seem overwhelming, run into the protective outstretched arms of Jesus. He is our fortress from the storms of life. He will hold you close to His heart until the noise of the storms goes away. He will whisper softly in your ear "I love you and I won’t let anything happen to you." Give all of your fears and discouragement to Jesus and you will once again feel His peace in your heart, a peace that the world can’t give and the world can’t take away. Thank You, Jesus, for loving us and for protecting us.

Joanne Lowe

A Doctor Who Loved Jesus

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

“And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” Acts 13:21-22 KJV

Several years ago when I was in the hospital for severe depression, I was assigned to a doctor who was a Christian. He was the only Christian doctor I had during those long and seemingly endless forty some years of crippling depression that I endured. This doctor truly is a man after God’s own heart. Not only was he patient, kind, understanding and gentle to me when I was in his office, he was kind and gentle to all of the patients in the hospital.

He shared a story with me that touched my heart even in the midst of all of my pain and heartaches. He told me that he used to take his patients to his home so he could be with them whenever they needed him. He told me that He wanted to take care of them on a personal level so he could prove to them that he cared about them and that God really did love them. He did that for several years until his wife told him that he couldn’t bring them home anymore.

The world says that a doctor or a counselor should not get involved personally with a patient but Jesus got involved with people. If Jesus, the greatest counselor who ever lived got involved with people on a personal level, how much more we should get involved with people. We read in John 11 about Jesus going to the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They had a need and Jesus went to their home and met their need.

What an example of compassionate love our precious Saviour sets for us here. Oh that you and I would be like Jesus and give compassionate and unconditional love to everyone that we meet. When is the last time that you went and ministered to someone that had a need? Sometimes Jesus asks us to get out of our comfort zones and go minister to someone.

Are we willing to get out of our comfort zones or do we, like Jonah did, run the other way? If you remember the Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh but Jonah tried to run away from the Lord. It didn’t work and it will never work. There is no place that we can go to flee from Jesus. If we really love Jesus like we should we will be happy and count it an honor that He gives us someone to minister to.

Are you listening to what the world tell us and not getting involved personally with people, or are you listening to what Jesus tells us do and personally ministering to people as Jesus did? Are you following the example of Jesus? If not, you are following in the footsteps of satan. There is no in between, we are either serving Jesus or we are serving satan.

When Jesus comes back for us, will you be able to look Him in the eyes knowing that you did the best you could or will you have to hang your head in shame because you didn’t want to get out of your comfort zone? Will He say to you “Well done, thou good and faithful servant?” Are you willing to give Him all of your time and everything that you have? The level of our service to Jesus depends on the level of love we have for Him.

How much do you love Him and what are you doing to prove to Him that you love Him? Are you getting out of your comfort zone or are you only doing things that don’t require any sacrifice on your part? Jesus sacrificed everything for us, His very life. If Jesus could do that for us, the very least we can do for Him is love others and get involved with them personally as He did. Will Jesus say to you that you are a man or a woman after His own heart?

Joanne Lowe
www.joannelowe.blogspot.com

God’s Customer Service

Monday, December 10th, 2007

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit." Proverbs 15:1-4 KJV

Did you know that God has a customer service department? Every person who claims to be saved, born again through the precious atoning and redeeming blood of our Saviour is His customer service representative. When a representative in a store’s customer service department is rude to us, it upsets us and sometimes we don’t go back to the store. The same is true when a Christian is rude to someone. Instead of drawing the person to Jesus, our harsh words turn the person away from Jesus.

When we are employed by a store, we have to follow the rules that our employer gives us. If we don’t follow the employer’s rules, we will probably be fired and lose our job. Jesus has given us rules to go by when we talk to others. We are to speak kind and uplifting words to the people we are trying to win to Jesus rather than saying harsh and degrading words to the people we are witnessing to.

An employer at the job can fire us and tell us to get out and never come back. However, Jesus can’t tell us to get out and never come back. Once we are saved, we are His for all eternity. He can’t kick us out but we sure do hurt Him when we are unkind and say harsh criticizing words to people. He loves those people just as much as He loves us. He died for everyone, not just for us.

If we are trying to win our families to Jesus, we will never win them if we constantly argue with them and put them down. Yes, there are many times when they say things to us that hurt us and break our hearts. However, we need to remember that there are probably many times that we say things to them that hurt them and break their hearts.

Many years ago when I lived in Texas, I heard someone make this statement "What I do in my own home behind closed doors is my own business." For a long time I thought that this person was correct. However a few years ago, God convicted my heart through this verse "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." It does matter to God what happens in our homes. We may be able to hide what we say and do in our homes from our neighbors but we can’t hide from Jesus.

What is going on in your home when the door is closed? Are you saying harsh and criticizing words to your spouse and children or are you saying kind and gentle words to them? Do you laugh with your family? Does your family see Jesus in your smile and do they hear Him in the words you say to them? What kind of customer service representative for Jesus are you being to your family?

Joanne Lowe

Our Joy Comes from Jesus

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11 King James Version

I think that there are times in all of our lives when we get discouraged and feel like we can’t give another smile or take another step. Sometimes it feels like we are being bombarded with bills, with problems, with heartaches and with crises. No matter how many heartaches, trials and crises we have in our lives, if we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour then we have the joy of Jesus in our hearts. Jesus not only gives us joy; He is our joy.

We can be happy when we are with our spouses, children, parents, siblings, loved ones and friends but it is only by staying in the presence of Jesus that we will have the fullness of joy. Jesus is the only one who can take the darkness of pain, discouragement and sorrow from our hearts and replace them with the light of His compassionate understanding and His unconditional love. Jesus is the Sonshine of our hearts. He shines the light of hope and victory in our hearts when it feels like we have no hope and when we are discouraged.

Over the past two years I have received a lot of emails from people who were heartbroken and discouraged. Some of them had a lot of money and told me that they didn’t understand why they were unhappy when they had enough money. Then there were people who had only a little money and they too were unhappy and discouraged. It doesn’t matter if we are rich or if we are poor. All the money and all the material possessions in the world will not give us happiness and joy. Only Jesus can give us joy in the midst of our trials and heartaches.

If you are lonely, depressed, discouraged and don’t think you can take another step or give another smile, spend time fellowshipping with Jesus. He is waiting for you with His heart filled with compassionate, understanding and unconditional love and with His precious arms open wide to hug you close to His heart. He will give you so much joy that you will feel like you are going to explode with happiness and joy.

Are you staying in the presence of Jesus or are you spending a lot of time watching television? Again, it is only as we stay in the presence of our dear Saviour that we will have the fullness of joy. He paid an expensive price so that we can fellowship with Him. He gave His life on a cruel cross of agony and horror so that we can fellowship with Him. Please don’t put Him on the shelf and only take Him down when you need something. He deserves all of our time and all of our attention.

Joanne Lowe

A Yoke of Love

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30 KJV

The first thing that I realized when I was writing this devotional is that Jesus does not put us in His yoke like we put oxen in a yoke. He wants us to make the choice to willingly serve Him. I have seen movies and pictures of oxen that were in a yoke pulling something. There were always at least two oxen in the yoke. The same should be true in our service to Jesus. We should be working together as a team for our yoke of love who is Jesus.

Yet, all too often, we try to serve Him alone. Think what would happen if all the people in every church were to go on visitation together. I believe people who aren’t saved would see such a joy, happiness and excitement that Jesus gives to people who have surrendered their hearts and lives to Him that they would want to have the same joy, happiness and excitement in their own lives. I think that we would see hearts and lives changed through the atoning, cleansing blood of Jesus and through His power. We must never forget that we can’t save anybody. We lead them to Jesus, but He is the one who saves them.

It is time that churches start working together as a team in the yoke of Jesus, our yoke of love, instead of saying “You don’t go to my church so I can’t associate with you”. Someone made that statement to me several years ago. I had been a member of the church but had moved to a different city and had moved my membership to a church in my city.

I think Jesus is saying to us that not only should we be working together as a team to serve Him; but that we should also be an encouragement to one another. We need Jesus and we need each other. Jesus is our great encourager but He hasn’t been here for over two thousand years. He has left us to encourage one another. There are times when all of us need to be encouraged.

Joyce Landorf, a speaker and author, said on one of her teaching tapes “We should be balcony people to one another.” We need to lean over the balcony when we see someone who is discouraged and say “You can do it. I believe in you.” Joyce said that we should be balcony people especially to our pastors. There have been several times in the last two years since God gave me the ministries of encouraging pastors and writing devotions that I have needed someone to lean over the balcony and say “You can do it.”

Jesus said “Take my yoke upon you.” Have you allowed Jesus to put His yoke of love on you? Are you serving Him with all of your heart and with all of your time and talents or are you just giving Him what is left over at the end of the day? If you haven’t surrendered all of your time and all of your talents to Jesus, then you need to search your heart and be certain that you have allowed Him to put His yoke of love on you. Have you surrendered your entire life to Him or have you only given Him a portion of your life?

Joanne Lowe

Resolving the Worldwide Identity Crisis

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved… (John 21:20).

I recently heard a story about a rather obnoxious man who had apparently become a legend in his own mind. He was at a busy airport, standing in a very long and slow-moving line, when his impatience overtook his manners and he shoved his way to the front counter, demanding to be waited on immediately.

“I’m sorry, sir,” the attendant said, “but you’ll have to wait your turn.”

Incensed, the man demanded, “Young lady, do you know who I am?”

The woman calmly picked up the microphone and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, there is a man at the front counter who doesn’t know who he is. If anyone can identify him, will you please step to the front of the line and help us out?”

Needless to say, the humiliated man snatched up his bulging briefcase and returned to the back of the line.

A humorous story? Sure. But there’s a nugget of truth in it that we all need to hear, especially in this very busy time of year. Here it is: The greatest problem humanity has ever faced is not global warming or suicide bombers or widespread famine; it is identity crisis. All humans since the great orchard thieves (Adam and Eve) have spent their lives wandering this earth, trying to discover their identity. For the most part, they’ve failed.

People try to fill their longing for identity with accumulated wealth, fame, relationships, busyness, alcohol and drugs…any number of things. But none of it works. The apostle John is the one who nailed it when he referred to himself as “the disciple Jesus loved.”

Isn’t that the starting place for any of us who sense that longing for greater purpose, that built-in knowing that there’s more to life than serving ourselves and building our own kingdoms?

I have a friend name Sarah, who is a very talented writer and whom I recently asked for an endorsement for my next book BEYOND ME: LIVING A YOU-FIRST LIFE IN A ME-FIRST WORLD (New Hope Publishers, July 2008). Sarah graciously read my manuscript and gave me an excellent endorsement, but what most impressed me was the way she signed it: “Follower of Jesus.”

Unlike the self-inflated man at the airline ticket counter, Sarah knows who she is. She is, first and foremost, a follower of Jesus, even as the apostle John knew himself as “the disciple Jesus loved.” As the busyness of Christmas threatens to overwhelm us all, may we refuse to be caught up in activities and pursuits that don’t matter, and instead focus on developing and enhancing our true identity and who we are in Christ. May the assurance of that identity carry you safely and joyfully through your sojourn here on earth and on into eternity with Him.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Time to Grown Up

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” Hebrews 5:12-13 KJV

Last week someone said something that really hurt my feelings and instead of going to the person and discussing the situation, I asked the person not to email me again. I write about giving unconditional love and forgiveness to people that hurt us yet there are times that I do not give unconditional love and forgiveness.

I have asked God to forgive me and I contacted this person this morning to ask for forgiveness. I pray that this person will forgive me but it won’t take the pain and hurt away that I caused this person. Once we say unkind words to someone, we can’t erase them.

I love this person dearly but when I feel like someone has attacked me verbally, I tend to not have anything more to do with the person. A lot of times when people hurt me, I misinterpret what they are telling me. This is exactly why it so important that we tell people how we feel about what they said and ask them if that is what they meant or if we misunderstood what they said.

Withdrawing from people who hurt me is not the way that Jesus wants me to act but it is an old defense mechanism that I used in the past to keep from getting hurt again. It is time that I grow up and stop feeling sorry for myself and it is time that I eat the meat of the Word of God instead of having to drink milk from the bottle when someone hurts me.

Before you start judging me, search your own heart and see if there is something that you need to repent of and grow up in that area of your life. I think if we are honest with ourselves, all of us at times act like babies in Christ and have to drink milk from the bottle instead of eating meat. It is time for all of us to grow up. We will never be able to serve Jesus effectively; the way He wants us to serve Him if He has to constantly give us bottles of milk to drink instead of giving us meat to chew.

We can’t do anything in our own strength and if we would realize this once and for all and stop trying to change ourselves, we would be able to serve Jesus a lot more effectively. Only Jesus can take the pain and hurt from our hearts. Only Jesus can help us forgive the people who have hurt us and only Jesus can melt our hardened hearts so that we will love people unconditionally. We need the help of our precious Saviour in every area of our lives.

Yes, it is time for us to grow up. Instead of taking offense when someone hurts us, we need to search our own hearts and see if we have said or done something that offended the one who just hurt us. We are not to be doormats and let people walk all over us but we need to be certain that we are not as guilty as they are. None of us are perfect, and that includes me. All of us are human and we will make mistakes and we will fail Jesus but when we do fail Him, we need to go to Him immediately and ask Him to forgive us and to please help us not to do the same thing again.

Father, we ask that You would please forgive us for acting like babies and drinking milk instead of acting like mature Christians and eating meat. We can’t do it on our own, dear Father. We need You to please help us not to say or do anything that would offend and hurt somebody. May we be the children that You desire us to be; children who bring honor and glory to You. Thank You for forgiving us when we act like babies. Amen.