But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23Waiting is never fun. It is not something any of you probably do but it is part of life. I got the idea for this topic as I waited 20 minutes for a simple coffee drink as other customers who came in after me with larger orders came and went. I stayed cool. Finally I spoke up and had I not I would never have been served.What do you wait on? Traffic lights, food orders, birth of a baby or grand baby, paycheck, news of a new job, medical report, internet connection, a table at a restaurant. To be patient is a fruit of the spirit mentioned in today's verse. It is of utmost importance to develop this quality in your life. If you are raising children you do them a disservice by giving in to their every desire because patience is something as adults that will make or break a person.Is there an area of your life you need to develop patience in? Maybe many areas. Take a breath, be still, and realize this too shall pass. Getting impatient leads to quarrels and other not so good things. Stay cool and wait.PRAYER: Lord I confess to you that many times I can get a little perturbed at waiting but I know it is necessary to do to stay at peace and to grow in life. Thank you for the opportunities you give me to practice being patient. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 21 July 2017
May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Wouldn't it be great if we all were perfect in the use of our words? There would be no arguments, no divorce, no anger, no misunderstandings among friends. You get the idea. That mouth of ours can get us into a heap of trouble. If yours doesn't or hasn't please let me know and I will submit your name to Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Lies, gossip, backbiting, yelling, arguing, blaming, cursing, disrespect, hurtful words all proceed from that little 'hole in your face' and somehow it has to be tamed. But alas James chapter 3 reminds us "no man can tame the tongue" but we can sure try!
Your assignment, and I hope you choose to accept it, is to use your mouth for praise, love, compliments, encouragement, truth, kindness, and praising the Lord. If you can make a habit to do this daily your outlook on life and love for others should increase. Now go have a blessed day.
PRAYER: I always hate it Lord when I say something I regret or send an email or text and wish I could take it back. Help me be mindful or the words I use. If I have hurt someone help me go to them for forgiveness. In Jesus' name. Amen.
ORIGINALLY RELEASED 21 JULY 2017
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
Depending on what part of the world you live in, the temperature can vary a good deal. Personally I prefer winter and fall. Here where I live, right now it is hot and humid. I still get out to exercise but have to find shade to stay cool. I got to thinking how Jesus is like your shade or umbrella of sorts from the 'heat of life' that can come on you occasionally.
A big shade tree is a welcome sight on a hot day if you are outside and just want to sit where it is cool. Let Jesus be that shade tree. Rest with Him each and every day. You have to be more or less intentional to have this 'shade tree time' with Jesus. Everything else is so important such as Facebook, the news, the newspaper, so where is spending time with God and resting under His shade tree before you head out the door?
You hear the sermons probably that say 'make Jesus first' but He is not really first if you only make time for him one hour a week. Some of you may live with someone who goes to church but little more than that. Say nothing and let the Holy Spirit do the convicting. You may have adult children who have lost their passion for the Lord. Once again let the Holy Spirit convict them and just keep praying they will want to sit under 'Jesus' shade tree' again really soon.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus it is so easy to say you are first place but them following it up with action is where I often fall short. I know Satan loves it when I forget my 'Jesus time' so nudge me daily Lord to spend time with you. Also I pray for family members who could care less about a relationship with you that you will light that flame again. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
Right now going on in the nation I live in , the great United States of America, are people still mad at the results of the election resisting the government and being very hateful. You don't hear about it as much but there are pockets of dissenters out there as well as a shadow government trying to bring disruption. You either love or you hate. No in between.God is a God of love. No matter if someone spat on Jesus He would turn the other cheek. He did not cause trouble when people mocked Him, spoke evil of Him, or even when He was going to be crucified. He warned us there would be trials and tribulation in the world. He also told us to Rejoice!Is there someone you are having trouble loving who maybe hurt you with actions or words? You know what you need to do don't you? Show love back regardless and give the situation to God. Pray for those who you may have trouble loving. And pray for our leaders. Now go show some love!PRAYER: Lord Jesus give me a heart to love ALL people even those who humanly I may not agree with or don't understand. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 1 Peter 4:7Do you realize one day this Earth will be no more? One day you will be no more as well. You are born, you die. During this time you choose to accept or reject Jesus and His teaching. You can live for the temporary which is very fleeting or you can choose things of eternal value.Your 'religion' won't save you. Church membership won't save you. Being a certain denomination won't save you. Baptism won't save you. Going to church on Sunday won't save you. Being righteous won't save you. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and calling on his name is what you need to do.Satan will muddle the truth and in the times we are living in allot of lies are being made to seem like truth and much that is sinful is being accepted as normal. Only the Holy Spirit can draw people unto Him and convict their hearts. Don't despair but continue to pray for many to come to know the Lord and if your 'walk' with Him is not so great maybe it is time to get back into the word. Someday it will be too late and no one knows when that day is. Be ready.PRAYER: I thank you Lord for each and every day you give me on this Earth. Help me to remember that I am here to make a difference and not live to just please myself. Help me remember to pray daily for those I know to come to know you as their savior and get serious about their 'walk' if they aren't already. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”Luke 5:9-10
A few weeks ago in church our pastor was talking about going fishing for men. Just as the familiar verse above indicates we need to go fishing for souls. Not an in your face type of fishing but by being available to share the reason of hope in you.
Once you accept Christ you need to step up to the plate, or get in the boat, in this case and do your part for the kingdom of God. God uses us to spread His word and draw men and women to Him. Your smile, your kindness, your willingness to go beyond the call to help.
Go get your tackle box ready and be prepared when you may be asked. Don't ever be ashamed or afraid to share the Gospel with those you may come in contact with.
PRAYER: The world around us is hurting, confused, scared and in many cases hopeless. Use me Lord to plant seeds of love and hope and share Jesus with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, July 17, 2017
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
Every day you engage in conversation with people. Your family, your friends, telemarketers, co workers, merchants, waiters, neighbors, mailman, UPS driver, folks at the gym, and you can add more to your list I am sure. What you say can make you or break you. Words are so vital and thinking before speaking as well.
How many problems have been caused by miscommunication, a misspoken word, a misunderstanding? From my experience, many. Do a search in the Bible for the word 'words' and many things pop up. If you only could think before you randomly communicate many problems could be avoided.
Why not try this week to purposefully use your mouth to say kind, uplifting, encouraging, and praiseworthy things. Try to be alert to any negativity that creeps in. And certainly beware of gossip or saying cruel things. Make it a point to use your mouth to praise God and build up others, not tear them down. Oh yes and remember to also say 'I forgive you' to those you need to.
PRAYER: I have said things in the past that has been hurtful or misunderstood. Help me Lord to choose my words wisely and to make a point to be positive and kind. In Jesus' name. Amen.