October 30, 2017
“And there is a time to be silent and there is a time to speak,” (Ecclesiastes 3:7b).
The tongue – what a powerful organ. Without the tongue, no mother could sing her baby to sleep. No teacher could stretch the mind of students. No attorney could defend the truth in court. No Pastor could comfort a troubled soul. Our entire world would be reduced to unintelligible grunts. Seldom do we pause to realize just how valuable this strange muscle in our mouths really is.
But the tongue is as volatile as it is vital. “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell,” (James 3:6).
Did you ever open your mouth when you should have kept it shut, hmmmmmmm? Did you ever keep your mouth shut when you should have opened it, hmmmmmmmmmmmm?
I want to share with you three Biblical truths concerning the tongue.
- The tongue contains an awesome power for good or evil.
- No person can control his/her tongue by their own power.
- We must submit our tongue to the power of the Holy Spirit.
May our prayer be, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:34-37)
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips,” (Psalm 141:3)
October 20, 2017
“But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” (Jonah 1:3a)
Did you ever feel like just “running away?” Did you ever feel like giving up on life? I’m sure we all have had that feeling at one time or another. Sometimes we just want to run away from it all.
In the Old Testament we read of a man named “Jonah” who “ran away.” He was running from the will of God for his life. Often times the reason for our unhappiness is that we somehow got of the will of God. Jonah said, “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction. I remembered the Lord and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.”
At times we need to be reminded of how much God loves us. He wants to bless us, have fellowship with us and He wants to use us to advance His Kingdom. Sometimes advancing His Kingdom requires us to go places that we don’t that we’d rather not go and talk to people that we’d rather not talk to. So, when you feel like giving up or quitting on God, do what Jonah did – Cry out to God!
I guarantee you that God will strengthen you and also give you the wisdom and the courage to accomplish the task He has for you to do.
Trust Him today!
October 17, 2017
“Your outcome in life doesn’t depend upon your income, but on how you overcome.”…..Miguel de Unamuno
There has been and always will be a constant battle or struggle between good and evil, between the works of the flesh and the Spirit of God. Even the Apostle Paul talked about his struggles in the seventh chapter of Romans.
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do.” (Romans 7:14,15)
He then continues to talk about his “struggles” and finally concludes, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
In other words, Paul did not and could not experience victory in his life as long as he relied on his own strength and will power. Only when he completely yielded his life to the Spirit of God did he experience victory over sin and self.
How about you? Are you experiencing victory in your daily walk with God? Have you been relying too much on your own strength and power? Have you completely surrendered your will and life to the Spirit of God? That is a personal choice and daily decision we all must make. Rely on self, or rely on the Spirit of God? What will you do?
October 10, 2017
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; having dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:27,28).
As I read these verses, I believe God wanted Adam and Eve to be successful. God expected Adam (man) to be successful (vs. 28)and God equipped Adam (man) to be successful (vs. 27). God expected Adam and Eve to do that which was right and pleasing in His sight and so God gave them instructions. The only way failure could enter Adam and Eve’s lives was for them to disobey God.
I believe we can then define success as “being obedient to God.”
- KNOWING God and His desires for me.
- GROWING to my maximum potential.
- SOWING seeds that benefit others.
How do you define “success?” Are you “successful” in God’s eyes?
“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness,” (Psalm 84:10).
October 3, 2017
Have you ever experienced the emotion and pain of feeling broken? We all have experienced brokenness or weakness at one time or another. Our nation today is experiencing brokenness due to the terrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas recently. Our hearts and prayers are certainly with the many families who had loved ones senselessly murdered or critically wounded.
The Bible often speaks of “broken” objects and then highlights something positive that came from the brokenness.
*Broken pitchers (Judges 7:18,19) – And the light shone out.
*A broken box (Mark 14:3) – And the ointment was poured out.
*Broken bread (Matthew 14:19,20) – And the hungry were fed.
*A broken body (I Corinthians 11:24) – And the world was saved.
If we give the Lord Jesus our “brokenness,” He will cause good to come from it. We often can’t understand why certain things happen to us, but always remember that God loves you and desires to work through your life.
Trust Him today!