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"Mistakes"

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1

We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. If you have never made a mistake, I would like to meet you. We are human, fail, learning and don't know it all. The Bible is full of mighty men and women that God used in amazing ways who made mistakes-- some very serious mistakes too.

Mistakes often bring consequences with them. And much of the time we have to endure those consequences. Mistakes often bring with it those who are eager to point out your mistakes-- even past mistakes. They like reminding you of "what you did". They are continually bringing it up and reminding you. They won't let it rest and move on. We have all experienced that. Hopefully we aren't the ones who are doing the "reminding". Hopefully we aren't the ones who are keeping someone else in the bondage of "what they did".

Perhaps you can't escape your mistakes because someone is always bringing them up to you? All I can tell you to do about that is pray for the one who is holding your mistakes over your head. Let God deal with them. But I can tell you this... God never holds our mistakes over our heads. He never uses them against us. He never "controls or manipulates" us with them. He never threatens us with them. He never keeps reminding us of "what we did".

Take heart this morning. Although you can't control others and what they do, you can rest assured that God is not going to beat you up with your mistakes or keep reminding you of them... ever!

Have a great day. God does not hold our mistakes over our heads.

For further reading:
Psalm 103:3

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"Close The Door"

"Neither give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:27

When I was growing up, we played outside a lot. That meant we were constantly in and out of the house. Sometimes we would forget to close the door. When we did, we would always hear our mother say, "Close the door, you are letting the flies in". This morning I want to talk about "closing the door so the flies won't come in".

It is interesting that satan is sometimes called Beelzebub. The Aramaic form of the word means "lord of the flies". So we need to learn how to "close the door" to our lives so that he doesn't come in and find a place to "reside" . We have to keep the door closed to our hearts and minds so that he won't be able to build a "stronghold&qu ot; there. 

What opens the door? Disobedience opens the door. Yielding to the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life and the lusts of the eyes will open it. (Matthew 4) It is opened by not keeping your mind renewed with God's word, by not being continuously filled with the Spirit, by not filling yourself with praise. You can't have a "spiritually empty house", it has to stay filled with Jesus. (Matthew 12:44,45)

Once you know what opens the door, then you also know what will close it. Obedience always closes the door. Not yielding to temptation keeps the door closed. Staying full of the Spirit, walking in the Fruit of the Spirit, setting your affections on things above, following Jesus, hiding His word in your heart, keeping His praise in your mouth, and drawing near to the Lord keeps it closed.

Is the door open in your life? Are you letting the "flies" -- anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, greed, pride, fear, deception, ungodly mindsets, etc.-- in? Or is the door closed?

Have a great day. Close the door, or the flies will come in.

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"That Is Not The Problem"

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up." Hosea 8:7

Our nation is facing great calamity. Our religious freedoms are being taken away. Laws are being passed that take away our freedoms and put us in bondage. There Is much confusion. It is, for the most part, in a mess. We definitely have a problem. Some say our problem is the government. Some say it is the president. Some say it is the Republicans/ Democrats. Some say it is our school system. Some say it is the media. There is a whole list of reasons that people give as "the problem" . Yes, they are a problem, but these things are not "the problem" . They are the consequence of the real problem. The real problem that this nation has is we have turned our back on God. We have forsaken Him. We have shut Him out of our society. We are serving our own false gods. And we are shaking a fist of rebellion in His face. 

The whirlwind (in the scripture above) was not the problem-- although it was a problem; it was the consequence. Their problem was they sinned against God's covenant and laws, set up their own kings and replaced God with their own idols that they worshipped. 

Israel's problem was not their wicked kings-- although they were a problem; that was their consequence. Their problem was rejecting God as their King.

The wilderness was not Israel's problem-- although it was a problem; that was their consequence. Their problem was unbelief in God's word and promise.

Any time you remove God, any time you turn from Him, any time you break His commandments, any time you refuse to believe His word and follow it, it brings a consequence- - whether it is in a nation, a corporation, a family or in our own individual lives. So often, what we see as "the problem" , is really the "consequence&q uot; of a greater problem. 

Have a great day. Our real problem is not always the problem at hand. The problem at hand is more likely the consequence of a greater problem.

For further reading:
Hosea 8
1 Samuel 8
Hebrews 3:8-19

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"Standing Before The Lord"

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God..." Revelation 20:12a

Regardless of what you believe, even if you don't believe it, we will all stand before the Lord God one day and give an account of our lives. Every man, woman, boy and girl ever born since Adam to the last person born will stand before Him-- no one will be excluded. Among the great crowd that stands before Him, I see four different categories of people. 

1) Those who didn't believe that He is real and exist.
2) Those who believed He was real but did nothing with that belief- they had a "head knowledge" of Him only.
3) Those who were religious in deed and action, but did not have a relationship with Him.
4) Those who love Him with all their heart, soul, strength and mind and serve Him out of loving devotion.

1) Those who didn't believe that He is real and exist. They either didn't know or refused, like the atheist, to acknowledge Him. On that day they will have no excuse for not believing He was real because the creation declares His existence. "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:20) 

2) Those who believed, but only with a "head knowledge" . They believed He was real and that He exists, but they never did anything with that belief. They did not turn to Him, serve Him, love Him, follow Him or make Him Lord over their lives. They only believed with head knowledge, but there was no heart acknowledgment. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)

3) Those who were religious in deed and action, but did not have a relationship with Him. These went to church, they gave alms, they sang in the choir, they even taught Sunday School, they joined the church, they did all the religious practices, but they did not know Him. They did the work of the Lord without knowing the Lord of the work. They are like the rich young ruler who kept the commandments, who was "good" by religious standards, yet he loved another "god" -- his riches. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23) 

4) Those who love Him and serve Him with all their heart. These are the ones who believed in Him, received Him as Savior, loved Him with all their heart and followed Him. They draw near Him with their hearts and not just their mouths. They know Him and are known by Him. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27)

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matthew 25:31-33) On that day when we stand before Him, there will be a great distinction/ separation between these groups of people. To those of the first three groups He will say, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment. (vv. 41,46) But to only those in the last group He will say," Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (v.34) 

Which groups are you in? 

Have a great day. We will all stand before the Lord one day and give an account of our lives. When you stand before Him, will you hear Him say, "Well, done, enter into the Kingdom" ; or "Depart from Me into everlasting fire"?

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"It' s War"

"...a time of war..." Ecclesiastes 3:8

I think that many times we forget that we are involved in a "spiritual&quo t; war. For many of you that is what is going on in your life at this moment. You have been feeling pressed on every side. Things are not going right. Your mind is constantly bombarded with thoughts it should not be thinking. Your home is in a state of uproar. You're having problems on your job. You are going through difficulties. You are being easily offended. You are depressed, anxious, discouraged even to the point where you feel like "throwing in the towel". There is confusion and distraction. You don't know why this is happening. You can't figure it out or put your finger on the source. Let me put my finger on it-- it is "spiritual warfare" .

Life as a Christian is not just a life of blessings. You have a very real enemy who is not happy that you are living for the Lord, and he is out to destroy you. He has schemes, plans, devices and weapons that he uses to wage war against your soul. He has you in his "cross hairs" with one goal in mind-- to kill you.

When you look at the life of Job, who came after him to attack him? The devil. Job was attacked in his prosperity and material possessions. He was attacked in his health. He was attacked through his emotions, his feelings, in his mind, through his spouse, through his friends and in every way from every side. Job was in spiritual warfare. Don't forget that you are in a battle. Don't lose focus that there is a real enemy out there wanting to destroy you. Don't just think this is a natural occurrence. It is spiritual.

Stop whining, crying and bemoaning your situation. Stop rolling over and "playing dead". Stop fearing the enemy. Don't just sit back with the attitude "Que Sera Sera (Whatever will be will be)". Fight back. Get up and fight the good fight of faith. Get up and fight the enemy (remember the enemy is NOT flesh and blood). Use the mighty weapons that God has given you- put on the full armor of God. Bring those raging thoughts captive. Pull out the sword of the Spirit (God's word- the scriptures). Pray in the Spirit. Put on the garment of praise and break the enemy's hold on your emotions. We tend to focus on the fact that we are heirs and joint-heirs, accepted in the beloved, blessed of the Lord, blessed with all spiritual blessings, children of God-- we focus on all the "good and pleasant" things. But we forget that we are also mighty warriors dressed for battle. We are soldiers in the Lord's army. We take the Kingdom by force. And as we do, we are more than conquerors. We are victorious. We have power over all the powers of the enemy. We are over-comers. We win! Job was victorious in his spiritual battle. Why? "For I know that my redeemer liveth. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold." (Job 19:25,27) He kept his focus on the Lord. It did get hard, and he did wonder why, and he did suffer, but he trusted God would be with him and see him through to the very end. Know that the Lord is with you in your battle and He has given you the victory through His Son Jesus.

Have a great day. Have you forgotten that we are in "spiritual warfare" and much of what is happening to you is an attack of the enemy? Get up and do battle.

For further reading:
John 10:10
Ephesians 6

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"Thankful For Mondays"

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

It is Monday here and many woke up this morning complaining because of it. Monday is the "back to the grind stone day". It is probably the most hated day of the week because for most it means having to go back to work- their weekend is over, no more "fun and games", no more spending their time doing what they want to do. 

Let's get refocused this morning. Instead of complaining because it is Monday be thankful. Thank the Lord you have a job. So many people are unemployed and don't know how they are going to provide for their families. Be thankful that you have the strength and health to go to a job. Let's also get refocused and remember that life is not one big "weekend" . Be thankful for the times of rest and enjoyment that the weekend brings. But the weekend is only two days and the rest of the week consist of five. There is a lesson that we can learn from that. Life consist more of work and responsibility, duty and commitment than it does of rest, relaxation and fun. How nice it would be if life was one big weekend, but it isn't. 

The point I am trying to make this morning is-- just be thankful! Be thankful for what you have and what you can do. Be thankful for the times of labor. Be thankful for the times of rest. Be thankful for the weekend and be thankful for the week. Life consist of both and both play an important part in our lives. They each help to make us into the people that the Lord desires for us to be. He gives us both. So be thankful for both and enjoy both by doing whatever you do as unto Him.

Have a great day. Be thankful for Mondays and the whole week as well as the weekends. 

For further reading:
Colossians 3:23
Romans 8:28

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"Preaching Jesus"

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5

We have been studying the Book of Acts on Wednesday nights at church. The majority of the book is about Paul the Apostle' s journeys preaching the gospel. As you look at the life and ministry of Paul you see he had one message--- Jesus. Yes, he taught the believers how they should live but his main theme was always Jesus.

What is the church preaching today? Are we preaching Jesus? For the most part-- especially in the church in America-- we are preaching a lot of other things. We preach about our plans, our programs, our churches, our visions, ourselves, money and politics. But where is the preaching about Jesus? 

Jesus is the central theme of the whole Bible. God Himself preached the first message about Jesus in the very beginning in Genesis. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15) From Genesis to Revelations Jesus is there. All the prophets preached through prophecy Jesus. The early church, the apostles, the disciples, they all preached Jesus.

What are you preaching? Pastors, teachers and ministers, what are you preaching from the pulpit? Don't think the rest of us are exempt from that question. You may not be called to preach the gospel through an office (Ephesians 4:11-12) in the body of Christ, but you are called to "preach the gospel" (share the good news) where you are. So what are you preaching in your conversations? What are you preaching to the strangers on the street? Is Jesus what you talk about? Or do you talk about everything else but Him? Are you lifting up Jesus to others? That is the preaching of the gospel--- Jesus.

Have a great day. If we aren't preaching Jesus, then we don't have a message. 

For further reading:
1 Corinthians 1:18,23

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"Interpreting God's Plan"

"And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me." Genesis 37:9

The dreams that Joseph had were a vision of God's destiny and plan for his life. The dreams of the wheat, sun and moon bowing down before him represented that he would be in some sort of authority. I wonder if when he had them he automatically thought-- "in fourteen plus years I am going to be a ruler in Egypt, second in command, next to Pharaoh. I am going to rule the entire nation and everyone will have to answer for me." I really don't think that was what he thought. He probably did ponder it and try to figure if out-- just like we do when the Lord speaks to us or shows us something about our lives. His "interpretatio n" of the dreams, I am sure, was definitely not what God's interpretation was. Joseph's interpretation probably centered around his home land, his father, blessings, etc. Never in his wildest imagination would he ever have thought he would wind up where he did. 

When God reveals something to us, it usually doesn't mean what we think it means. We usually have one interpretation and God has another. What God says He is going to do through our lives doesn't always mean He is going to do it the way we think. And it doesn't always mean what we think it means. Paul knew he was going to stand before kings and preach the gospel, but at first he probably didn't realize it would be in chains. Years ago the Lord let me know that this ministry would be "world- wide" . I thought that meant that He was going to send me physically around the world. Several years later He showed me that it is a "world- wide" ministry through the Coffee Break and Internet. I have been contacted by people from all over the world that receive the devotional. (So daily I get to "preach" to the nations.) 

So when God gives us a glimpse (like He did Joseph) into His plan for us, we don't need to try to figure out what He means, and how He means it. We don't need to have any preconceived ideas about it. We just need to trust Him and let Him unfold His plan before us and bring to pass what He intends. 

Have a great day. When God shows us something about His plan for our lives, don't try to figure it out, don't have any preconceived ideas about what it means, because usually we are wrong and it doesn't mean what we think it means. 

For further reading:
Genesis 37:1-10

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"Great Praise"

"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness." Psalm 48:1

God is great, so our praise to Him should be in proportion to His greatness. God is great, therefore, He deserves great honor; He deserves great praise; He deserves great worship. We worship Him in proportion to who He is--- great! So God is worthy of not just praise, but great praise. He is worthy of our praise in every way, with all we have and on every level.

There are seven Hebrew words for praise:
1) Shabach: to shout, to address in a loud tone.
2) Towdah: an extension of the hand in adoration.
3) Yadah: to worship with extended hand.
4) Halal: to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.
5) Barak: to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.
6) Zamar: praise with musical instruments.
7) Tehillah: to sing in adoration.

Great praise to this Great God shouts to Him with the voice of triumph and is not afraid to let His greatness be known. Great praise lifts up its hands in surrender and adoration. Great praise does not mind getting "beside" itself and dancing before the Lord like David did. Great praise celebrates God's greatness. Great praise kneels and bows down humbling itself before the Lord acknowledging how great He is. Great praise praises Him with musical instruments and singing.

Great praise to this God who is great involves our whole being and not withholding anything from Him-- shouting with our voice, kneeling with our knees, lifting up our hands, dancing around on our legs, using our fingers to play instruments, and using our breath to sing unto Him. What kind of praise are you giving to this great God?

Have a great day. Our praise to God should be in proportion to who He is-- great!

For further reading:
Psalm 95:6; 21:13; 22:3; 47:1; 63:1; 149:3

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"Consider The Source"

"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Psalm 103:14

My husband' s grandmother had a word of advice that she would always give in dealing with difficult, obnoxious, gossiping, disagreeable and rude people. It was,"Consider the source" . In other words, she was saying-- you know how that person is, don't let it bother you.

During those times when we fail and fall, I tend to believe that the Lord does that very thing--- "considers the source" . He knows who we are--- people made from dust. He knows we are weak, frail, make mistakes, mess up, helpless on our own and have problems doing what is right because of what we are made of. Because He remembers our frame-- our makeup, our source-- He shows us love, pity, mercy, grace, compassion and kindness. He understands who we are better than we understand ourselves. He doesn't get mad at us, write us off, cast us aside, scold us or throw His hands up and give up on us.

When a baby is learning to walk, they fall a lot. We don't scold them, spank them or get mad at them for falling, they're a baby and are learning how to walk and do something they have never done before. It is the same way when potty-training them. We are patient and understanding with them. They will mess up many times before they actually learn how to go to the potty. Why are we patient with them; why are we understanding; why do we not give up on them? Because we know their "frame" (we consider the source-- they are little children).

When the Lord looks at us with all our faults and mistakes, He remembers who we are and His love for us compels Him to be patient, longsuffering, forbearing and gracious to us. He knows who we are so He doesn't get mad at us when we mess up. He is not mad at you when you mess up, but He understands and doesn't give up on you.

Have a great day. The Lord remembers that we are made from dust; so He doesn't give up on us when we make mistakes.

For further reading:
Exodus 34:6
Numbers 14:18
2 Peter 3:9

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"Don' t Spend It All"

"Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment." Proverbs 13:23

I recently went to the market to purchase a bag of peanuts. I wanted to get the jumbo size but was told that they would no longer be getting that size because the farmers are not selling them any more this year. They are putting them back for seed for next year. This is a wise move on the farmer's part. Although they could sell those peanuts now and get the extra money for them, they made the choice to save them.

The Proverbs addressed this very thing in the verse above. Sometimes we complain about not having enough but the truth is it is not because the Lord hasn't blessed us, most the time it is because of what we do with it. Often we use poor management with what we get--- we want to spend it all now with no foresight. Those peanut farmers had the foresight to know that if they were still here next year they would need seed to plant another crop so they saved them in order to get more later instead of a little now. also we don't use good judgment-- we want to spend it on needless things that have no value.

Let me give you an example of this. Many years ago my husband worked offshore. I will never forget this one guy he worked with and his wife. As soon as they got his pay check they would go to town and spend every bit of it on needless things. (They would spend it all and have nothing to show for it.) The next day they would be crying and worrying about how they were going to pay their rent, car note, utility bills and buy groceries. The man made a good amount of money, but one day after he was paid it was all gone and nothing important was paid.

What are you doing with the material things that God has blessed you with? Are you being a good steward with it? Are you making wise choices? Are you managing it well? Are you using good judgment? Are you thinking ahead? Or does it (like my mama used to say) "burn a hole in your pocket" ? I know that often what we do have may not be much, but if we will use good judgment and take care of it properly, we will have more than we realize.

Have a great day. Don't spend all you have without any thought to tomorrow.

For further reading:
Proverbs 6:6-8

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"The Lord Is My Source"

"So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Hebrews 13:6

If you don't know that The Lord is your Helper during these trying and uncertain times you will not be able to stand or endure them. You have to know-- not think so, not hope so-- that HE IS YOUR helper. This is a personal assurance. You have to know that He is your helper on a personal, individual level. Just because He may be your parent's helper, your spouse's helper or your friend's helper won't "help" you through hard times. You have to know Him for yourself personally and that He is YOUR helper.

You also have to know that The Lord-- not your boss, not the government, not your savings account, not your welfare check, not your spouse, not some other person-- is your helper. He alone is your SOURCE. He may use different avenues, different means and other people, but they are not your source-- HE is your source. Who sent the Israelites food for forty years? The corner grocery didn't; some leader of another country didn't ship it in; Moses didn't. God rained it down on them from heaven. Who fed Elijah at the brook during a drought? God did. He used a raven, then He used a widow, but God was His source of provision. Who caused Isaac to prosper even in a time of famine? God did.

If you aren't settled in your heart that God alone is your helper then you will not be able to boldly say, "The Lord is my helper" . Your faith will be weak because faith is grounded in truth. If you think that something other than God is your helper, then you are trusting in a lie. Your faith is based on something that is false, therefore, it will not stand the times of testing. It has to be rooted and grounded in truth. Jesus is the Way, TRUTH and Life. It has to be rooted in the Lord and the truth of His word. When it is, you will have boldness to stand during those times. This word boldness means: to be courageous, confident. When trying times come, if you are settled and established in the truth that God alone is your help, your source and your provider, and not something else, then you will have the courage to stand in adversity because your confidence is rooted in God who cannot lie, who cannot fail, who will not leave you nor forsake you, and can make a way even where there seems to be none.

Have a great day. The only way to stand during trying times is by being confident that the Lord alone is your source of provision.

For further reading:
Genesis 26:1,12
John 14:6
1 Kings 17:1-9
Exodus 16:4,15

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"God Is The Shield - part 3"

"I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." Job 42:5

This morning I want to talk a little more about something we said yesterday. We said that when God allows satan to touch our lives, there are three things we need to remember: 1) God is still in control; 2) God loves us and only has good thoughts toward us; 3) God will cause what is happening to work together for our good. This third thing is the one I want to talk about.

Although what happened to Job was not good, God worked it out for good. What was the good? When you ask people this question, their answer is-- he got back more in the end than he had in the beginning. He received more sheep, camels, oxen and donkeys. He also received money and gold. He had more children. His daughters were the fairest in all the land. 

The material blessings and wealth that Job received at the end sounds good. But that was nothing compared to what the real riches were that he received. There are blessings that are more valuable than silver or gold. There is an immeasurable wealth that is not material in substance. Sadly, that is what we focus on though-- the material blessings of money, gold, silver, and things. These were not the "real" treasures that Job received. These are all temporary. He was rich one day and a pauper the next-- he lost them all once, it could happen to him again. Riches take wings and fly. Gold can become devalued. This is why the Bible cautions us to not lay up treasures on earth that moth and rust corrupt and thieves break in and steal.

So what was the real "good" that came out of Job's trial? "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." It was a revelation of God that he did not have before. Job was a perfect and upright man, who feared God, served Him, hated and shunned evil, and was a worshipper. God Himself gave this testimony about Job. But before his trial everything Job did, his service to God, his worship, and his faith was based on "hear-say" ;. "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear". But afterwards it was based on a personal encounter with God-- " mine eye seeth thee". He discovered in a personal way that God could do anything. He went from religious service and hear-say to an intimate relationship based on personal experience. 

Job's trial brought him into a personal, intimate encounter with God that forever changed his life. It changed his view of God; it changed his service for God; it changed his worship to God; and it changed his relationship with God. He received eternal riches, and they far outweigh material riches. That is how "all things work together for the good". They bring us into a personal revelation of God that causes us to know Him in a deeper, more intimate way and it increases our faith in Him. 

We need to change our focus and the way we think about what is truly valuable. Too often we want to embrace and settle for temporary riches-- money, houses, lands, cars, gold, etc.-- and forget about the eternal riches-- like a revelation of God that brings us into a deeper personal relationship with Him.

Have a great day. Are the temporary material blessings like silver and gold more valuable to you than the eternal blessings of a greater personal knowledge of God?

For further reading:
Job 1, 42
Matthew 6:19

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"God Is The Shield"

"But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." Psalm 3:3

The Bible tells us that the Lord gives us spiritual weapons among which is the shield of faith. But in this verse it tells us that the Lord Himself is a shield to us. He wraps Himself around us and hides us so that the enemy cannot touch us. He did this for the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt. He was that cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that "shielded" ; them from the army of Pharaoh.

The devil could not touch Job because there was a hedge around him. The hedge acted as a shield to keep the enemy from touching Job. Then when the hedge was removed he could only proceed so far in his attack against him. What was that hedge? The word hedge here means "to hedge up; fence about". The literal meaning is- "you fence around him; you guard him". The hedge was God. God was Job's shield hedging/guarding/ surrounding him as protection from the enemy. 

Today the Lord is still our shield. He doesn't just provide a shield of protection for us-- He is that shield of protection. There have been so many times in all our lives when destruction came and should have taken us out but we are still here. That wreck you were in should have killed you, but you are still here. That storm that blew away your home should have destroyed you, that sickness should have overcome you, but they didn't. It is because the Lord was a shield around you. So thank Him for not only providing a shield for you in your battles against the enemy, but thank Him for being your shield.

Have a great day. The Lord God Himself is your shield. 

For further reading:
Ephesians 6:16
Job 1:10-12
Exodus 13:21,22

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"God Is The Shield - Part 2"

"Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." Job 1:10

Yesterday we talked about God Himself being the shield of protection around us. In the story of Job we discovered that the "hedge" that was around Job was God his shield. In the Book of Job we see satan testing and tempting Job. How could this happen if God was Job's shield? Because there was an opening in the hedge. How did it get there? It was there because God removed a small part of Himself which provided an opening to let satan get to Job. That is what we mean when we say, "God allowed it". 

When God removes a small part of Himself from around you, thus allowing satan to "touch" you-- (satan can't touch you other wise because he is not strong enough or smart enough to get through God)-- there are three things you need to remember while going through this time.

1) God is still, and always will be, in control. He is watching over the situation and will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able to bear. He will not allow satan to destroy you. "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life." (Job 1:12a; 2:6)

2) God is not mad at you. He is not against you. He does not hate you. He is not punishing you. He only has good thoughts that He thinks about you and not evil thoughts when He allows satan to come against you. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11) 

3) God causes all things to work together for your good. He will bring something good to you out of it. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) There was nothing "good" about what Job suffered but God brought "good" out of it. In Job's case the "good" that came out of it was not that Job received back more than he had lost, but that he got a revelation of God that he had never had before. "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." (Job 42:5) Before his trial, although he was a worshipper, he only knew God through what he had heard about Him. At the end of the trial, he saw God for himself and now knew Him personally. 

We are not exempt from trials. There will be times when God allows the enemy to test us. But if you will remember these three things-- God is in control, He loves you and only has good thoughts about you, and He will work this out for your good-- you will make it through it and be victorious like Job. "So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning." (Job 42:12a) 

Have a great day. When God allows the enemy to test you, He is still in control, He loves you and He will bring good on your behalf out of it.

For further reading:
Job 42
1 Corinthians 10:13

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"A Future"

"Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink." John 4:5,6

Yesterday I heard three different ministers bring up the woman at the well in their sermons. Of course they each said something different about her in connection with the topic of their sermon. I began to ponder this woman and I want to share something about her that stood out to me. 

She went to the well at the sixth hour-- 12:00 noon. There was a reason why she didn't go during the earlier hours which would have been a cooler time during the day. Twelve noon is the hottest time to go and do the task of getting water from a well, or any physical activity. But she did this because she had a "past" and a reputation because of it. She had had five husbands and was then living with a man who was not her husband. Her past kept her from going when it was cooler. It kept her away from others. It caused her to have to wait and arrange her schedule in such a way where she would be alone while drawing water. It kept her tied down in the present. Her past kept her in bondage. And it would have continued to keep her in bondage had she not had an encounter with Jesus on that particular day. After her encounter with Jesus she was no longer bound to her past. We read where she left the well and went to her city, witnessed to the people and brought them to Jesus.

Without an encounter with Jesus our past will not only keep us in bondage in the present but it will keep us from having a future. Is your past keeping you bound? Most of us love the verse, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11- NIV) When we think about this verse, we usually think about the "plans" as being some work God has for us to do-- some ministry, some vocation, some riches that will make us prosperous. But His plans for you also include freedom from the bondage of your past. His plan is that you have a future- a productive one. His plan is not for you to be tied down to past mistakes and failures. 

The life this woman was living was not His plan for her-- going from one relationship to another, having to avoid people, having a bad reputation, stuck in her past. He wanted to give her a hope and a future-- one of freedom, joy, security, peace, productivity. That is the same plan He has for you. His plan is not for you to live your life in the past, or in shame, or in bondage. He wants to set you free like He did her and give you a future.

Have a great day. Jesus wants to deliver us from the past and give us a future. 

For further reading:
John 4 
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"Nudity Or Modesty"

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." 1 Timothy 2:9

I heard someone once say that one of the signs that demonic influence is present is nudity. Specifically this person was talking about a nation as a whole. As you see nudity increase, it is a sign that the nation is going the way of ungodliness. I never thought about it before, but I can see it. This nation is getting further and further away from God and as it does I have noticed an increase in people wearing less and less. 

People from all walks of life are scantily dressed-- mostly women. The shorts are getting shorter, the tops are getting lower, the shoulders are bared, the skirts are split higher. Even our little girls are being taught to wear "less" . Less seems to be better. There is a mindset that has influenced our society. That mindset wants to be "sexy/hot" ;. It wants to be noticed. It wants to be attractive and attract attention.

I have even noticed this same "trend" among Christian women. I see women who profess Christianity dressed like what I have described above all the time. I see them in stores, at various events and even in church. I felt strongly impressed to address this today and call out to my sisters in Christ to please put some clothes on. As women of God we should do everything in a way that is becoming to our profession of godliness. This includes the way we dress. We should dress appropriately to the faith we profess. 

I am not talking about legalism, I am talking about modesty. I like to wear some bling. I like to be stylish. I like to look fashionable, but we can do that and still be modest. We can look like "a million dollars" and still be covered. You don't have to expose yourself to look "good" . On the contrary, if you want the truth, that just distracts from your beauty.

Please, ladies, don't get on the defensive. Take these things into consideration as you think about your dress. We should not only dress modestly because of our relationship with Jesus but we are our "brother&# 39;s keeper" . When we dress inappropriately, we are placing a stumbling block before others- namely our brothers. Men are sight driven and have a greater temptation with the lust of the eyes. Are you going to place this temptation before them-- even in church where they are trying to get empowered to serve the Lord? When we dress in a revealing way, we are giving place to certain spirits-- seduction, immorality, adultery, fornication, pornography and perversion. While you are not under legalistic bondage, and you might argue that you are free in Christ and have the right to wear what you want to wear, remember the words of Jesus who called us to "deny ourselves" and "love our brothers" . Deny yourself and don't wear it just because you want to wear it, but think about those who have to "see" all that skin and what it may do to them-- put your wants aside and do what is in their best interest. Love them with more than just words by not wearing something that will cause them to sin or be tempted. 

Have a great day. Please dress modestly. 

For further reading:
1 Timothy 2:9,10
Matthew 16:24
John 13:35
1 Corinthians 8:12,13

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"Christianity Is Transformation" ;

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

Religion deals with changes on the outside. Religious people clean up their act, turn over a new leaf, start trying to be good and do better. True Christianity involves change from the inside out. The acts, deeds and goodness that we do starts on the inside and works its way out. It is a result of something that has happened on the inside of a person. There is no true salvation unless there is transformation.

Transformation comes when we are "in Christ" . It doesn't come from just knowing "about" Him; or "hearing" about Him; or "believing&quo t; He is real. It comes when we are "in" Him and He is "in" us. The word "in" means to be engrafted. When a branch is grafted into a tree, it gets its nutrients and life from the tree. (Cut that branch off and it dies.) Inside the branch is whatever is going into it from the tree. If we are engrafted in Christ we are being transformed because what is in Him is going into us-- love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, etc. This cannot be faked. It can't be copied. It cannot be reproduced outside of being in Christ. 

Are you trying to change your own life by doing "good" things? True change can only come through transformation. Transformation can only come through Christ and only then if you are "in" Him. You may say you are "in" Him. You may say you are a Christian. You may say you are a believer. But if you truly are then your life will be transforming to look more like Him because you are engrafted into Him.

Have a great day. Religion starts on the outside. Christianity starts on the inside. Religion knows about Christ. Christianity means being in Christ. Religion cleans up its act. Christianity is transformation.

For further reading:
John 15:1-7
Galatians 5:22,23

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"The Familiar"

When the Lord is trying to do a "new thing" in our lives-- take us to a new place, a new level of glory, a greater level of faith, transition us from one place spiritually (or physically)- - if we aren't careful we will turn around during the process and try to go back to the "familiar" ;. This is the greatest temptation that we face when transitioning from where we have been to where we are going. 

The Israelites faced this temptation. They were delivered out of Egypt and on their way to the Promised Land. During the transition and journey from captivity to freedom, from living in a foreign land to living in their own land, from serving under Pharaoh to being led by God, they began to be tempted to go back to the familiar-- back to the slavery and bondage of Egypt. Peter did the same thing. After the crucifixion, resurrection, and Jesus' appearance to His disciples we hear the words of Peter-- "I go a fishing" . He was tempted to go back to the familiar-- the life of a fisherman. 

When we are in transition, when the Lord is taking us from one place to another (whether physically or spiritually) , when we are getting closer to fulfilling His plan for our lives, if we aren't careful we will be tempted to go back to the familiar. The familiar is that place of old habits, old attitudes, old mindsets, old patterns. It is the temptation to handle situations the way we once did. For example-- if you use to handle a situation by getting angry, when you find yourself in that same situation, or one similar, you will be tempted to handle it in the same old way. If you used to run to a certain habit- whether that habit was going to a drug of choice, having a pity party, running from the conflict, holding a grudge, picking up an offense, etc.- you will find yourself trying to do the same thing now. There will be a temptation to revert back to doing what you used to do and handling it the way you used to handle it-- that is the place of the familiar. 

The familiar place is a comfortable place. It is a place of security. It is a place where we are in "control" . That is why this is such a strong temptation and one many give in to. It is also one of the least recognizable temptations- - it is so easy to do it because we are used to doing it-- therefore, it "feels" so right. 

We all are tempted to go back to the familiar. None of us are exempt. Even pastors/ministers are tempted to go back to the familiar. When the Spirit is moving in church trying to take the service in a different direction, pastors/ministers will often quench the Spirit by doing things in the same familiar (ritualistic) manner as they always do. All Christians are tempted to go back to the familiar from time to time. I wonder how many times Joseph longed for the familiarity of home during his transition into God's plan?

Have a great day. When in transition, we must guard against the temptation to return to the familiar.

For further reading:
Exodus 14:1-12
John 21:1-3 

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"Death"
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27

Death is not a subject that we like to talk about. It is one of the most painful experiences that we face. It is a part of life, but it wasn't in the beginning. It was never God's plan for men/women to die. He created us to live forever. Death came as a result of sin-- spiritual death and physical death. 

Death is not finality. We don't cease to exist. We just don't live in this physical realm any more, but we "live" on. Our spirit and soul does not die and when it leaves the body, it goes to another place. That place would either be heaven or hell. Depending on where it goes depends on what we do with the provision that Jesus made at the cross to take care of the issue of our spiritual death. Jesus died so that we can come from spiritual death unto spiritual life. When we are brought back to life spiritually, then when we die physically, death has no victory over us-- Jesus took care of that as well. He took the sting out of the grave and the victory away from death. At the end of time as we know it, Jesus will return and He will once and for all destroy death in the lake of fire. There will be no more death, just as He had intended originally. 

The fact is that we have an appointment with death. We just don't have the luxury of knowing when that appointment time will be. It comes to young and old alike. But the good news is that we can have the glorious hope that when we leave this life we will be in heaven in the presence of the Lord forever if we place our faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross and then place our lives in His hands to live for and serve Him the rest of our days. Those who don't do this don't have that hope. All they will hear Him say to them is, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire." (Matthew 25:41) Which one of the two are you? What will He say to you on that day? There is no reason for anyone to spend eternity in hell. Jesus provided the way so we could have eternal life. Have you accepted it? Will you accept it?

Have a great day. Death comes to all of us. But death has no victory over those who have placed their lives in His hands. 

For further reading:
1 Corinthians 15:53-55
Revelation 20:14
Romans 6:23
2 Corinthians 5:8

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"Are You Listening?"

"Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord." Psalm 34:11

"Hearken unto me"-- or in other words, "listen to me". Listening is something that people don't do much of. Parents try to get their children to listen to what they are saying in order to keep them on the right path. Married couple's biggest complaint is that the other spouse never listens to them. We live in an age where people just don't listen. Oh, they may "hear" words coming out of your mouth, but they aren't listening to what you are saying. Our society thinks they already know it all. They think that there isn't anything you can say that they haven't already heard. They already have their minds made up about something so it is a waste of their time to have to listen to what you say. They let it "go in one ear and out the other".

The Psalmist was saying, "Listen to me and I will teach you the fear of the Lord". If a person doesn't listen, he won't learn. There are some things we learn through experience, but there are other things that we learn through listening. Have you ever talked to someone until you were "blue in the face" but it didn't matter what you said, how often you said it or how much emphasis you placed on what you said, they still didn't hear you and did the wrong thing anyway.

It is one thing to listen, or not listen, to your parents, your spouse, your friend, a counselor, your boss, your child or someone else who is trying to tell you something, but it is another thing not to listen to the Lord. He speaks to us often and in many forms. The most frequent way He speaks to us is through His Word (the Bible). Within its pages are His words that will instruct us, guide us and help us. If we would listen to them, we would prosper and have peace. But people aren't listening-- even to God. They ignore what He says, act like they know more than He does, or excuse themselves by saying it is too difficult to understand. What is so hard to understand about-- "You shall not lie, love your neighbor, forgive those who do wrong against you, be kind, believe in Jesus, etc.?

Listening is a vital part of life. We have to listen if we are going to learn anything or succeed. Are you a listener? Do you listen to others who are trying to help you? Are you listening to yourself only? Are you listening to God?

Have a great day. If you don't listen to what I say, you may miss something important. But if you don't listen to what God says it can carry eternal consequences. His words are a matter of life and death.

For further reading:
Revelation 3:6
Isaiah 34:1

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"God' s Plan"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9

I woke up this morning with these words repeating over and over again in my mind. "Oh, the love that drew salvation' s plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary." The cross was a place of shame, pain and death. But it was also the plan that God devised in order to redeem mankind from sin. This was the plan of God that would settle the sin debt that we owed. The cross, the death of God's Only Begotten Son, this was the only plan that could save men.

We have tried to come up with our own plans. The Pharisee' s plan was through the keeping of the Law. The heathen through worshipping idols and giving gifts to them. The rich young ruler's plan was through keeping the Commandments. Saul tried through his education and knowledge. Countless numbers throughout history, including today, have a plan that they believe will save them. Their plan is called-- salvation by works. They think that church membership, water baptism, giving offerings, singing in the choir, serving on some church committee, or going to church once or more a week will save them. 

If salvation through works was a good plan, if it was the best plan then God would have come up with it-- it would have been God's plan and way. That would have been the plan He put into place. But it wasn't. It is a faulty plan. It is a plan based on our own ability. We have no ability to save ourselves. No matter how hard you work at accomplishing your plan of salvation, it won't work. The rich young ruler accomplished it rather well to a point-- he did the works, he kept the commandments- - but he still went away sorrowful not receiving salvation because he fell short in his plan, and then would not surrender to God's plan. The only plan that will work was Jesus dying on the cross. This plan is perfect and without fault. Whose plan are you working on to receive salvation? Are you working on your own plan as to how you are going to be saved? It won't work. 

Have a great day. Our plan for salvation is by doing good works. God's plan for salvation is by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. That is the only plan that will work. 

For further reading:
Titus 3:5
Matthew 19:16-22

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"Today, Not Tomorrow"

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

"This is the day which the Lord hath made". The Lord made this day-- today. So many people are living in "tomorrow" ;. They are looking ahead to tomorrow. They are hoping tomorrow will be better. They are excited about some plan that they have made for tomorrow. They are thinking about an appointment that they have tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with preparing for the future, keeping a check on the calendar, or taking care of an upcoming responsibility, but we can't live in tomorrow and neglect today.

All we have is today. We don't have the promise of tomorrow. The Lord has created "this day", He hasn't created your tomorrow for you yet. He sees your tomorrow. He sees your future. He knows the number of your days. But He has not created tomorrow for you or me yet. But He has created today for us. 

So don't live in the past or in the future--- live in today. Enjoy His plan for you today. Today draw near to the Lord. Today be a light and witness for Him. Today love and serve Him. Today walk in His grace and blessings. Enjoy His peace today and don't be anxious about tomorrow. Make full use of today. Don't miss what He has for you today because you long for or are already thinking about tomorrow. 

Have a great day. Don't miss what the Lord wants to do for you today because you are already living in "tomorrow" ;. Live each day to the fullest. 

For further reading:
Matthew 6:34
James 4:13-15

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"Nothings" ;
"And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod." Exodus 4:2

How many times have we heard it preached that God will take whatever you have "in your hand" and use it? Have you ever felt, though, that you have "nothing" in your hand? You don't have a rod like Moses. You don't have a sling like David. You don't have a lunch of bread and fish. What do you have? You have nothing. Well, neither did they to begin with. Moses didn't always have the rod. David didn't always have the sling. The little boy didn't always have the lunch. It was given to them or they obtained it at some point. 

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey." (Matthew 25:14,15) The truth is, we all start out with nothing. You may not feel as though you have anything to give Him- no talent, no ability, no rod, nothing- and that is correct, you have nothing. But He wants our "nothingness&q uot;. He wants us just as we are. He wants to take what is nothing and make us into something. Without Him we are nothing. Without Him we have nothing to give Him. All we have is ourselves- such as I am. But when we surrender our nothing and give ourselves to Him, He will give us- and make us- something. 

He will make us someone who is an heir and joint-heir to Christ Jesus; who is a co-laborer with Him; accepted in the beloved; the righteousness of Christ; bestowed with gifts; blessed of the Lord; etc. Just ask Gideon. He was a nothing with nothing to give the Lord. He was a coward, from a poor family and the least in the family. When God came to Gideon, he had nothing. God wasn't after what Gideon had, He was after Gideon. He took Gideon, who was nothing, and gave him something and made him into something-- a mighty man of valor, a judge in Israel. 

Stop bemoaning, or using as an excuse, that you have nothing to give the Lord and you have nothing in your hand. None of us have anything. That is why we need Him! We start with nothing and we give that nothing to the Lord-- that is all He is after. And He will take the nothing and replace it with something-- something (someone) that He can use for His glory.

Have a great day. You may think that you have nothing to give to the Lord-- you are right. But that nothing is what He wants. 

For further reading:
Judges 6:11-15
John 15:5
Romans 8:17
2 Corinthians 5:21

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"A Call To Arms"

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8

I woke up during the middle of the night and before I went back to sleep, just out of nowhere I heard very clearly in my spirit four words- "a call to arms". I didn't even know what it meant so I had to look it up. The dictionary defines the phrase as: a command to report for active military duty. 

In doing a little further study, I looked up some of the other words that were related to the phrase. Among them were such words as: enlist (sign up for responsibility) ; mobilize (ready for action); rally (reorganize, unite); recruit (gather resources); engage (involve, commit). 

The phrase "a call to arms" that I heard was not a physical call to a natural army, but a spiritual one. When we came to Christ and became saved/believers, we enlisted in the Army of the Lord. "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Timothy 2:3) We enlisted, it was a free choice that we made. And in doing so, we signed up for responsibility in the Kingdom of God, not just for fire-insurance from hell, or to receive blessings. 

Whether we realize it or not, we are in a spiritual warfare; there is a battle going on. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:11,12)

The Bible says that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12) "A call to arms", is the Lord's trumpet sounding to awaken and rally His troops to engage in battle. It is time we recognize that we are in a war (a spiritual one) and that we have a very real enemy (the devil) who has an intense hatred for God, and us because we love and serve Him, and is out to steal, kill and destroy us. (John 10:10)

The Lord is calling us off of our soft couches, to lay down our bless me mentality, to stop worshipping the gods of entertainment, quit compromising, stop being lazy, remove our lack of concern, our disobedience, self-centered, half-hearted Sunday kind of Christianity, undisciplined and uncrucified lives. 

He is calling us to self-denial, zeal for His kingdom, to endure hardship as a soldier, to take us our cross and follow Him, to surrender our wills to His will, to love Him with all our hearts, souls, strength and minds, and to love not our lives unto death. 

He is calling us to mobilize- get ready for action (we can't as long as we are lazy in our Christian disciplines) .
He is calling us to rally- reorganize, unite (we can't if we don't love one another, live with prejudice, or have ought in our hearts).
He is calling us to recruit- gather resources (pick up our spiritual weapons, clean then up, give the gospel to the lost, make disciples- others joining the army of God is the best resource).
He is calling us to engage-- involve, commit (we can't if we are lazy and won't surrender ourselves to the Lord whole-heartedly) . 

Will you hear His call this morning? Will you engage in this spiritual war? You can't sit by and think you will avoid it-- you are already in it and just don't realize it. 

Have a great day. The Lord is calling His church to arms-- to get to "active" duty, and stop being "inactive" ;. 

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"Spiritual Focus"

"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13

We tend to put the emphasis on the first part of the verse-- "I had fainted" . It is human nature to dwell on the negative, on the bad, on our problems and on troubles. (Isn't that what most of us do?) We are always looking at how bad the situation is. We are prone to give up easily when trying times come. We feel so defeated by our circumstances. 

But as born again believers in Jesus, we no longer live as "natural" but "spiritual&quo t;-- "walking after the spirit and not the flesh". So our emphasis now, like the Psalmist, should be, "I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord". 

Our belief (the just shall live by faith) and our focus should be on the Lord. The natural man walks by sight- what he sees and feels. The spiritual man walks by faith-- faith in God. "Unless I had believed" . We should believe that we will see His goodness, even in a bad situation. We should believe that He is faithful to fulfill His promises- what He said He will do, He will do. We should believe that He will cause all things to work together for our good. We should believe that nothing is too difficult or impossible for God to do. We should believe that He loves us will not abandon, or forsake us, and will meet and supply all our need. 

Where is your focus and belief this morning? On the problems, on your difficulties, on the overwhelming situation? Is it on the Red Sea or the God who parts the sea? Is it on the storm or the God who calms the storms? Is it on the lions, the fire, the enemy? Or on the God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think?

Have a great day. The natural man focuses on the problems. The spiritual man puts faith in the Lord who is bigger than the problems.

For further reading:
Romans 1:17
2 Corinthians 5:7
Ephesians 3:20
Luke 1:37 

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Saved from the Flames
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
I will never forget reading about a Midwestern fire that swept across the prairie, devastating crops, houses, and everything else that lay in its path. It ravaged without warning, leaving families and homesteads in ruin. Only one family was unharmed, and this is their story.
They had seen the smoke coming from a distance and knew they could never outrun it. The father grabbed a brand from the hearth and set their own field afire, lighting smaller fires in patches along the surrounding area. The wind fanned the flames and carried them a mile or so ahead of the on-coming prairie fire. He loaded his family into the wagon and then drove into the middle of their burned-out field . . . and they waited.
Within minutes, the great wall of fire reached the edge of their field. Finding nothing to burn, it merely licked its way along the outer edges. Ultimately, the massive wall of flames met at the back of the field and continued downwind with a fury.
They were safe!
Why? Because they were standing on ground that had already been burned. It had withstood the fire and could not be burned again. It had become this family's propitiation.
Do you know why you will never have to face the wrath of God in fiery judgment? Because you stand in Christ—He is your propitiation. Against Him, the wrath of God has already burned, and for us who are in Him, the fire of God will never burn again. John tells us why God did this for us in 1 John 4:10: "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
We come to Christ as our Propitiator, not because of something we did or some measure of worth that we had in ourselves, but because of what He did on the cross and because of His eternal worth as God the Son.
There is a coming firestorm that will sweep up those who have not accepted the propitiatory work of Christ. It is a place called hell; in it, the wrath of God will burn against all those not standing in the finished work of Christ.
For those who have placed their faith in Christ, they are forever safe from that flame. Because of the cross, which is stained with the perfect blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's judgment for sin has been fully satisfied.
The wall of flames has passed away for those who are in Christ . . . there is no need to fear.
Prayer Point: Thank Jesus for drinking the cup of God's wrath that you deserved, and for standing in the way of the fire that was headed for your doorstep. Thank Him for a love so great that He was willing to die on the cross.
Extra Refreshment: Read all of 1 John 4.
Coffee Break 

"The Non-Existent Place"
"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:3

The verse above is almost comical. Where can a person go from the presence of the Lord? There is no place-- it doesn't exist. God is Omnipresent. You will never find a place where He is not. He is every where. He fills all of creation-- even those places that we have never heard of. 

The Psalmist asked this question-- "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" (Psalm 139:7)-- but he turned around and answered his own question because he knew the answer. The Lord is in heaven. He sees in hell. He is in the uttermost parts of the sea. He is in the darkness and night time, as well as the day and light. He was there even watching over you in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:8-16) There is no where where you can go from the presence of the Lord. Jonah learned that the presence of the Lord is everywhere the hard way. The Lord was in Joppa. He was in Tarshish. He was in Nineveh. He was in the boat, in the storm, and in the belly of the whale.

For the sinner this may not be good news because there is no place you can run, no where you can hide, nothing you can do that the presence of the Lord does not see it. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3) For the saved/believer this is good news because there is no place where the presence of the Lord is not with us-- through good times, trials, tribulations, storms, problems, difficulties, etc. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5b) 

Have a great day. Like Jonah you can't escape the presence of the Lord-- He is everywhere. A place where God is not does not exist.

For further reading:
Psalm 139

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Post  Admin on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 1:01 pm

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"Side Tracked"

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before," Philippians 3:13

If we aren't careful, sometimes it is easy to get off track and set our affections and attention on the wrong thing, the things of the flesh, and temporal things. We are suppose to keep pressing toward those things which have eternal value-- heavenly things, things above, the Lord Himself. 

Have you gotten "side-tracked& quot;? Are you lacking in the area of pressing toward heavenly things? Did you lose your focus? Have you set your affection on things of this world and off of the things that are heavenly? 

With each new day comes a new opportunity to get back on track and get refocused. Each new day is a new beginning. Yesterday is gone, the past is the past. But ahead of you this morning is a new day, a new dawn, a new chance. That's because God's mercies are new every morning. 

When the prophet Balaam was heading the wrong direction-- he had gotten his eyes on the riches that were to be gained and off of his devotion to the Lord-- the Lord sent an angel with a sword to get him heading back in the right direction. He also sent a donkey to talk to him and correct him. This morning, if you have stopped heading in the right direction and are heading the wrong way, the Lord isn't sending an angel or a donkey, He Himself is standing before you with outstretched arms to help you get back on track, refocused and heading in the right direction- upward. Let Him help you. 

Have a great day. Have you gotten side-tracked, off-track, heading in the wrong direction? Today is a new day and you have a new opportunity to get refocused and heading in the right direction. 

For further reading:
Lamentations 3:22,23
Revelation 2:5
Numbers 22
Colossians 3:2

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"Ministry" ;

"Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering. .." Romans 12:7

When we think about ministry, we often think that it has to be preaching and teaching. We think it means standing behind a pulpit or delivering a sermon or being in a foreign land as a missionary. Ministry comes in different forms. Sometimes it is simply giving a cup of cold water to someone who is thirsty. It might be sleeping with your five year old grandchild because they are missing their parents. It may be cooking a meal to take to someone who is sick. Perhaps it is paying for someone' s groceries. It could be a quiet smile to someone who looks sad. Maybe it is nothing more than a phone call or text message letting someone know you have missed them and are thinking about them. It may be a dollar bill tucked in a hand shake. 

There are endless ways in which to minister. Yes, ministry does involve preaching, teaching and pulpits. But it also involves acts and deeds of goodness and kindness to others. The Bible said that Jesus went about doing good. That's the bottom line of what ministry is. It is going about doing good to all people. It is doing what Jesus would do. That may include preaching, teaching, healing the sick, casting out devils, as well as sitting the little children in your lap, eating with sinners in order to share the gospel, or washing feet that are dirty. It is doing whatever it takes to lift up Jesus and show someone His love. 

Have a great day. Ministry is simply doing whatever it takes to show someone that Jesus loves them.

For further reading:
Acts 10:38
Mark 10:14
Matthew 9:11; 10:42

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"God' s Kingdom"

".... and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:33

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Once great nations are no longer powerful, some don't even exist any longer. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great statue which was made up of many different materials- clay, brass, etc. The Lord gave the interpretation of the dream to Daniel. The statue represented many strong and powerful nations that would rise throughout history. In the dream the king also saw a great stone strike the statue and broke it in pieces-- signifying that these nations would be destroyed. 

History has recorded the rise and fall of nations. God Himself through dreams, visions and prophecy has told us that the earth and all its kingdoms are temporary. They will not last forever. So when we see the things that are happening in our world between nations, we cannot let our hearts be troubled. We have already been told what will happen. The stone that the king saw in his dream was Christ and His coming Kingdom. The Bible tells us that, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15) Earth's kingdoms are temporary. One day they will be destroyed. When that happens, Christ will establish His Kingdom here on earth, and of His Kingdom there will be no end. It will never be destroyed. It will never be dissolved. It will last forever and forever. His is an eternal one, and He sits on the throne eternally.

Until that time comes, He is establishing His Kingdom in the hearts' of men and women who have been born again. "...the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) Is it established in you? Has Jesus set up His throne in your heart? Does He rule and reign there? None of us know when He will return. None of us know whether the events that are unfolding before us in the world will usher in His return. None of us know how close we are to the removing of the temporary kingdoms and the establishing of His eternal one. It may happen soon, or it may yet be out in the future. But the important thing is whether or not you are a part of His kingdom now. If you are now, you will also be in the future when He sets up His Kingdom among men. 

Have a great day. The kingdoms of this world are not going to last forever, but God's kingdom will. Are you a part of that kingdom?

For further reading:
Daniel 2
Matthew 6:33
Mark 1:15
John 3:5

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