Roy’s Blog: “Rolling Boulders”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/roys-blog-rolling-boulders

Proverbs 26:27 “He who digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.”

Many years ago I was privileged to attend a seminar on alcohol and drug abuse. One of the most vivid memories I took away from there was an illustration used by one of the psychiatrists who spoke to us. He said an alcoholic, trying to rehabilitate himself, was like a person attempting to push a boulder bigger than himself up a steep hill. No matter how much effort he put into it or how far he pushed the boulder, there would come a time he could not control it and it would roll back on top of him.

That bit of wisdom did not start with this psychiatrist, but with Solomon: “he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.”

This is a graphic picture of many people today who are trying to bear burdens bigger than themselves. The good news is God is bigger than any burden. His love for you is bigger than your boulder. He can push the boulder over the hill of Calvary!

Roy’s Blog: “Climbing The Mountain”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/roys-blog-climbing-the-mountain

Acts 1:9b “…A cloud received Him out of their sight.”

I once heard that every great event in the Bible takes place on a mountain. I have decided that is pretty close to the truth.

If I want to know who God is I climb (in the Bible) Mt. Sinai and hear God say, “I am that I am.” If I want to know about Jesus, I climb snow-capped Mt. Hermon and see the glory of Jesus embraced in transfigured splendor.

If I want to know about God’s provision, then I climb Mt. Moriah and see Abraham as he offers his son, Isaac. I see Isaac receive life on the basis of a substitute lamb. If I want to know about salvation, what Jesus did for us, I climb Mt. Calvary and watch as Jesus takes the burden of my sin upon Himself and took my place on the cross.

If I want to reflect upon the wonderful hope in Jesus Christ, the return of our Lord and Savior, I climb to the top of the Mt. of Olives.

The witnesses proclaimed from the Mt. of Olives, “This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

Roy’s Blog: “God’s Sanding Process”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/roys-blog-gods-sanding-process

James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.”

God uses others and circumstances to rid us of our faults, and make us more like Him.    (I John 3:2)

Fine wood furniture must endure a great deal of sanding. All the rough places, the nicks, burrs, and splinters, need to be sanded until they are perfectly smooth–unnoticed by the eye and not felt by the hand. Only then is it ready for the finishing process, then to the furniture store, and ultimately into the buyer’s home.

God wants to do the same thing with every believer. He seeks to smooth out all the rough spots and blemishes and make us fine furnishings in His heavenly home. “A vessel unto honor”. To do this, He must rid us of our chronic character flaws. He may put us under stress causing our weak spots to come out of hiding. Possibly a neighbor, or co-worker, doesn’t bring out the best in you causing you to display an un-Christlike behavior. Sand those rough spots.

God will always bring good even out of a bad situation. This coronavirus is bringing out glaring weaknesses and flaws in some. Anger, mistrust of others, jealousy, and avarice are being displayed by many (yes including believers). These are things that need to be fixed in our lives and now is a really good time to address them.

God is using these things in our lives to move us closer to the day He opens the doors of heaven to us. He is molding us into “vessels of honor” (2 Timothy 2:20-21).

Roy’s Blog: “Why On Earth Am I Here?”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/roys-blog-why-on-earth-am-i-here

Proverbs 16:4 “The Lord has made everything for His own purposes.”

If you look up the word “drive” in the dictionary, you would find it says, “to guide, to control, or to direct.” When you drive a car, you guide it down the road. You control where it goes and how fast. When you drive a nail, you direct, control, guide it into the wood.

In like manner, each life is driven by something. Some are driven by guilt, whether from something they did or by something they think they caused. Some are driven by anger, either at their situation or at someone they can’t seem to forgive, or anger at God. Some are running from their past.

God wants us to be driven by His purpose for our lives. That’s where meaning and significance in life comes from. That is your answer to “why on earth am I here”? You were in God’s eternal plan. Maybe your life hasn’t been perfect to date, but your future can be. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, either where you were born, how you were born, or to whom you were born, you are not an accident. God planned for you.

And He has a purpose for you. He loves you. He doesn’t want you to waste your life letting the world and circumstances control you. Seek His purpose for your life. Let Him guide, control, direct your life.

There is a song that goes, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.

In these trying times, PRAY, READ GOD’S WORD, and SEEK His wisdom.

Roy’s Blog: “The Rainbow”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/roys-blog-the-rainbow

Genesis 9:12-13 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of covenant between Me and the earth.”

Many years ago a heavy band of thunderstorms passed through the area and it dropped huge amounts of rain. I remember how the lightning danced across the sky for hours. It was so dark the street lights came on and house lights came on, even though it was in the middle of the afternoon. It was spooky dark.

But, after the storms passed, there was the most beautiful rainbow in the east among the dark clouds. The rainbow reminds us that even through the worst storms, God has promised us not to flood the entire earth again. When you see the rainbow remember, He keeps His promises.

He has promised to come again. He will keep that promise as well! If you are not ready, you need to get ready.

Roy’s Blog: “On Eagles Wings”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/roys-blog-on-eagles-wings

Isiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary.”

Are you running on empty? Do you go to bed tired, get up tired, and run all day feeling tired? Have you become quiet, sullen, withdrawn? Does God seem remote…nothing makes sense?

If these things are true of you, Isaiah 40:31 is for you. It is about soaring above all the chaos going on. It’s about waiting on God to do what only He can do. As you look toward Him, you gain renewed strength to rise above it all.

Isaiah’s generation faced devastating days. They would be carried away to be refugees and live in exile. In this experience, they would emotionally cave in. They burned out centuries before anyone ever heard the phrase “burn-out”. Isaiah speaks of a way out of such emptiness.

You can recover your hope, your vitality, through Jesus Christ. “Wait for the Lord” and gain new strength to face your day knowing that even though it’s a new day, Jesus is already there.

Roy’s Blog: “Stop And Think”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/roys-blog-stop-and-think

Proverbs 23:7a “For as he thinketh in his heart, so he is…”

“You tell me what you think, and I’ll tell you what you are!

I read the other day that, “only 10% of Americans think, and 10% of Americans think they think, and 80% know they don’t think and don’t want to think.”

People need to stop and think, because “as he thinks in his heart, so he is.” The things you think about in the depths of your heart define you. That is who you are. These are deeply held ideals that you think on. It is not something that is unsure–like I think I’ll go to heaven when I die, or I think I’m saved.

There is nothing more reassuring than to know you know the Lord. Paul said nothing is more important than “to know Him and the power of His resurrection.” Philippians 3:10

This coronavirus is causing people to stop and think. It is my prayer that many will come to know Jesus Christ. Now is the time. Today is the day.

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”