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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bad Company Corrupts Morals

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

First Things First

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousnessfor 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. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Money......Crazy Stock Market!!

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

The New Rude

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

Just Read It!

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
 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.

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Anger.....Part Two

In your anger do not sin and do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

 In writing about anger yesterday I did want to elaborate just a bit. It is good to be angry at sin and evil. It is good to be mad at things like ISIS beheading Christians. It is good to be what is known as righteously angry or indignant. Righteous anger could be when the church starts to accept and condone sinful behavior. People do not roll over and say nothing but speak out for truth and righteousness. When a Christian is angry at say a clerk in a store, he handles things hopefully in a kinder gentler way than his or her non Christian counterpart.

We get mad occasionally at those we love and obviously this type of anger needs to be nipped in the bud  and dealt with in order to not end up in divorce court. When you are the guilty party go to the person and ask for forgiveness. Heal the wound before it festers and grows out of control. Anger has to be kept under control.

There were examples when Jesus was angry such as when He overturned the tables of the money changers in Matthew 21:12.  The main thing is get control of your anger before it gets control of you.

PRAYER: Lord when I become angry help me Lord to control my anger and cry out to you for help. If I have offended someone or hurt them help me be able to go admit it and ask forgiveness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why Be Angry?

 Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:20

 I have a dear friend who used to tell me to "blow it off" meaning basically to let something go. When you are agitated about something if you do not learn to release your anger, it can explode and become much worse. That is probably what we see on our nightly news when an angry person or crowd just could not and did not 'turn the other cheek' thus boiling over into confrontation and violence.

 Anger does not produce anything good. It destroys relationships, breaks things, hurts, and glorifies the enemy Satan. Sure people are going to be upset at times but it is how you deal with it that matters. Don't allow anger to send you over the edge.

 Ask God to help you maintain peace and joy when you really don't feel like it. You can master the anger monster.

PRAYER: Lord I love the feeling of peacefulness and do not like conflict. Give me strength when agitated to deal with it in a Christlike manner. In Jesus' name. Amen.