Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14Are you kidding? You think I can do everything without a single complaint or grumble? How is that possible? Sure things upset us and we react to those things at times. The point is,do not get caught up griping about everything that does not go the way you thought it should. If you do, you have fallen into the trap of being like everyone else. Why get so upset about a wrong order at a restaurant? Perhaps your service was bad. I am sure you can come up with a list of things you maybe have grumbled about in your past.What to do to stop this behavior? Try thinking of good things or happy things and make believe Jesus is with you. He is you know. There may be some so accustomed to griping because they grew up around it and are not aware they picked it up. Try to make yourself aware of how you treat others and catch any slip up when it comes to being a complainer.Before you know it you will be able to turn the other cheek on many things that previously upset you and will be showing more of God's love to those around you.PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I have become a griper or just looked for bad things. Help me look for good things in my fellow man. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33
Parents always delight when their children choose good friends. While they are still under your roof from ages birth to 5, it is pretty easy to control friendships but once they enter the "world" it is up to you to pray and for them to choose wisely. This is not to say parents of young people should sit around fretting about relationships but indeed your job is to pray and keep praying. Even when the picture may look bleak God is not done yet.
Bad friends can lead youth into immoral activity, drunken binges, drugs, pornography, and a life of crime and take them away from their church upbringing. Many a heartbroken parent has wondered what happened and why their son or daughter chose what they did. God uses all things to draw us back to Him. Sometimes a person might have to be flat on his back before he bothers to look up to the Savior.
Do not be misled. You can not continue to live a life away from God and full of sin and get away with it. The lusts of the flesh may entice but my friend run fast and far away from them.
PRAYER: Lord I need you every hour. Lord I pray for those I may know who are disinterested in you. Lead them to the cross. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
When you awaken each morning what is the first thing you think of doing? Turning on the morning show? Reading the newspaper? Checking your Facebook page for likes? Going out for a morning walk or run? Hey what about God? He is the very first thing that should come to mind if you are a believer. Spending quality time with Him daily is what helps you grow and puts your spiritual armor on for the day.Have you lost your first love and that being for the Lord? Have other 'priorities' squeezed Him to the back of the bus? Maybe it is time to take account of your life? Perhaps you are hanging with the wrong groups of friends who do not love the Lord and may in fact make fun of 'religious' people. Whatever the reason, God is calling you back to Him. Stop running away. Maybe you are involved in an activity you know deep down in your heart displeases the Lord even though the world condones it.Friend it is time to stop what you are doing and take account of your life. God does love you no matter what but He wants to have fellowship with you and not just for a tiny little 60 minutes on Sunday. Ours lives get so busy we often times forget about the one who gave us our life and put us where we are. Run back to Him today!PRAYER: Father God I love you and there have been times when my busy day squeezed you out. I know it is wrong. I know I need you each and every day. Lord my desire is to stay on track from this day forward. In Jesus' name. Amen.Click link for a song of worship:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
Recently the stock market plummeted and panicked investors watched thousands of dollars disappear into thin air. Of course in a upturn things could get better. There is nothing wrong with saving but you must remember to not trust in your savings, your stocks, your gold, or your 401k.
Things happen and wealth disappears. Sometimes greedy tyrants take it away to try to control us. The point is everything we have belongs to God. It is He who gave us the power to gain wealth. Just do not freak out when the market crashes and don't live above your means. Be good stewards of what is entrusted to you. Share and tithe as well.
Why not stop and give thanks to God for all your abundance. This means whether you live in a tiny home mansion. Just know God is in control and He will take care of you.
PRAYER: Thanks Lord for all you have blessed me with. Help me to look for legitimate ways to help those going through hard times. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. 1 Corinthians 14:40
As I sat recently in a doctors office I was chuckling under my breath with the way rude behavior has been accepted. A lady was non stop on her cell phone doing her business right there in the waiting room. Sure we did not have phones back in the day, but certain things are common courtesy. Many think anything goes.
Believe it or not God likes good manners. He likes kindness. He likes it when we think of others before ourselves. I understand there may be times when public chatter is unavoidable but all of us must try to be kind and considerate thinking of others first.
Are you in a habit of putting others before yourself? There are many ways to do this. Something as simple as not trying to get your way on a date or day out with friends. See what the other person prefers. Also open a door or two for folks you meet during your day. Keep a smile on your face and try to be grateful. Go into the day making an effort to not let the 'rude monster' rear its' ugly head.
PRAYER: Father God I seek to emulate you as I go about my day. I want to be kind, friendly, and polite. I know I can with you guiding me. In Jesus' name.Amen.
Friday, October 17, 2014
There is a famous athletic shoe company with the motto "Just Do It" which some marketing geniuses dreamed up and people can't get out of their head. I say the same thing is true for not just physical exercise but spiritual as well. When it comes to God's word, the Bible, "just read it", with no excuses.For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1
No theological degree is required. Just the desire to know the truth and be more Christlike. There was a time in my life when the Bible was not exciting then it came alive after I was "born again". The word of God is so powerful. That is why evil forces try to abolish it and why Christians are persecuted in many parts of the world. There is power in the name of Jesus and in His word.
Don't be fooled. You never know if today is your last on Earth. A car wreck, tornado, or illness could suddenly end your life. Make sure you do know Jesus. He is knocking at your hearts door so let Him in.
PRAYER: I love you Jesus. I so thankful for your word and the power it contains. No wonder Satan tries to blind so many to wanting to read it. I will press on to know you better. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
For those who are evil will be destroyed,but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37:9
It is so very easy to shove anything Christian entirely out of our day. It is almost as if we have to be intentional in really putting God first. Facebook beckons us to check our 'likes', the morning show is always so interesting, and of course you have to check your local weather. Then if you work, after you do all these things and shower , there is no quality time left for the Lord. Out the door you go!
I feel many are misled somehow into thinking Christian automatically comes with the title of American or church member. Sadly that is not the case. Things that are a priority to us are always first place. Many find the idea of reading the Bible dull and think perhaps Sunday is the day they wear their 'Christian cap'. To have a heart like Jesus time must be spent with Him and you get to know Him. If you want to know your friends you make time for them. Likewise to know JESUS spend time in His word.
Don't continue to be distracted by things of the world that don't really matter. Purpose to make JESUS first in your heart and in your day!
PRAYER: Lord you are good all the time and all the time you are good. Thanks for loving me even when I ignore you. In Jesus' name. Amen.