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!
September 28, 2017
I’ve learned over the years that of all the things we wear, our expression is the most important. Our attitude is the outward expression of our inward feelings.
*Is our best friend or our worst enemy.
*Is the mouthpiece of our present.
*Is the prophet of our future.
*Is the thing that draws people to us or repels them away.
The good news is that we can choose our attitude. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Recently, as I was enjoying the clear blue sky and the warm weather, I commented to someone standing next to me, “Isn’t this a beautiful day?” That person responded by saying , “Yeah, but did you hear what they’re calling for this weekend?”
Some people are making such thorough preparations for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. I don’t know what pain or heartache you may be experiencing today, however I do know that in spite of any troubles you may have today, you do have many reasons to be optimistic. Think on those things! Attract someone to the hope that is within you!
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (I Peter 3:15).
September 22, 2017
As I entered a local business establishment recently, a man standing in the check out line caught my attention. “That guy looks familiar to me,” I thought. “Is he a doctor? A salesman? Does he attend a local church where I ministered?”
As I go nearer to him he looked directly into my eyes. Immediately I remembered who he was. He and I attended Bible College classes together nearly thirty years ago. We chatted for a few minutes, sharing some of our recent life’s experiences. We also commented on how quickly the years have gone by and how we both have matured, or aged.
All of God’s children should be “maturing” spiritually as the years go by. There should be a noticeable difference in our attitude and conduct as time marches on. We should becoming more and more like the nature of Christ. That will only happen by simply having a desire to have an intimate relationship with Christ.
- Separate ourselves from the attitude of the world. ( I John 2:15)
- Have a hunger for more of God. (Matthew 6:33)
- We must be willing to learn and listen to obey God’s voice. (John 10:27)
Don’t allow past failure and mistakes to keep you from maturing in Christ. If God has forgiven you, learn to forgive yourself and move forward with Him. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. However, He needs your cooperation. Allow Him to transform you into the person He created you to be. Mature in Christ. Look to the future with confidence and expectation. Celebrate each day!
September 15, 2017
Did it ever seem to you that God was on vacation, or that God has abandoned you? Most of the time when a believer is having major problems it is automatically assumed that God is angry with them or has abandoned them. As believers, we must learn to live in trust. We must learn how to trust God in all things, even when life seems to be very unfair.
Just because life is difficult for you today does not mean God has abandoned you. The truth is that perhaps God had your present trial tailor made for you. Perhaps you need to grow stronger in your faith? God’s Word states, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”(I Peter 1:6,7).
David once said, “It was good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Your statutes,” (Psalm 119:71).
God has something good planned for you today. Trust Him with all your heart!
September 11, 2017
“Hurricane Scientists Have Never Seen An Image Like This Before!” That is a news headline I read the morning of September 8, 2017. For the first time in history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic, are lined up in the most dangerous way. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful in recent history.
Jesus told us that in this life we would experience “storms” (John 16:33). Does it feel like you are living in a “storm” right now? Perhaps you thought trouble would never come to you and now it has? Perhaps you are experiencing moments when you feel beaten, battered, and tossed about. Perhaps you are in a “stormy” marriage, a storm at work, or another relationship-type storm?
If you are living in a storm now, look to Jesus. You will find Him there in the storm somewhere. If you don’t see Him, call out to Him. He will answer you. He will strengthen you. He will lift you up and carry you on to victory! Praise His Name!
September 1, 2017
As we celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the high premium the Bible places upon the value of work. The word “work,” itself, alone with its derivatives, occurs over seven hundred times in the Bible. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:25). God himself is not exempt from labor. “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working,” (John 5:17).
We’re living in a day when employers are having difficulty in finding people who are willing to work. Apathy, and poor attitudes about work are commonplace. Many church leaders are discouraged because of the lack of people who are willing to get involved in the ministry of the congregation.
May we all examine our spiritual work ethic. Are we doing our best? Are we working for Jesus while we can work? Are we doing our work with a glad heart as unto God? What often has been referred to as “the Protestant Work Ethic,” could best be described as “The Biblical Work Ethic.” Do you do everything in the name of Jesus?
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is still day; the night is coming when no one can work,” (John 9:4).
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Eph. 6:7).
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
“One machine can now do the work of one hundred ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”……Albert Schweitzer
August 29th, 2017
Relationships, including our relationship with God, require time and effort if the relationship is to remain close.
Be sure to spend quality time with God this week.
- Find reasons to express your thanks and praise to Him.
- How has God blessed you today?
- How has God met your needs recently?
“Come near to God and he will come near to you,” (James 4:8)