Friday, October 31, 2008

How Smart Are You

While watching Jeopardy the other night, I was shocked by how smart some people are but then how much they lack wisdom in the word. I have seen this several times on Jeopardy, where someone will know all the answers and be running away with the game, but then there will be a category on the Bible, and these people do not have a clue. This happened on this show, and I was thinking, you can be the smartest person in the world, but if you do not know the word of God and His instructions you will lose the game in the end. If you do not have that personal relationship with the LORD JESUS you will not win at the game of life. Oh you might win a TV game, or a board game played against your peers, but the most important game of all will separate you from true wisdom.

My prayer for all of you who are just getting your lives on track, and you have a hunger for the LORD, start out reading 1 Jhn, 2nd & 3rd Jhn, then read the gospels. Then you can go back and read in the old testament. You can get some study tapes, or books by Christian authors, listen to teaching CD's on the radio while you are driving to and from work. Spend your spare time in the word of GOD, and see how much peace and understanding you acquire. Don't try to read the whole Bible in a week, break it down, pick a subject, look in your concordance then read all of the scriptures that pertain to that subject. Keep a notepad, and jot down thoughts as they come to you, questions you may have, then look them up for yourself in the word of GOD. Pray before you open your Bible, pray for wisdom, divine understanding over the word, and ask GOD to reveal to you, what He is saying to you. You can always do like me, and set a time aside for just you and HIM, and have a cup of tea, or coffee together, while you diligently seek HIM and His Wisdom. Some of you may have a whole hour for lunch, talk to GOD while you have your Big Mac, break bread with Him somewhere quiet, maybe in your car where you won't be disturbed. Listen to what He has to say to you.

If you are like me, you are so hungry for HIS word, that you try to soak in all you can when you can. I feel this great urgency to know all that I can about HIM, and I want to be a good servant unto HIM.

Sometimes, I think, is anybody really reading these things, and then like just yesterday, someone tells me how blessed they are by reading these tid-bits, how much they have helped them, and one lady said she sends them to her brother in prison, and how blessed he says he has been by reading them. I told Rob, later, this really made my heart glad, to know that GOD is using me, and this is HIS ministry. I am but a vessel bringing it to these people. But all the glory and praise goes to HIM who sends me. AMEN!

Prov. 8 v 17....I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me......

Heb. 4 v 12-13....For the word of GOD is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,....

If you will diligently seek the LORD, you will be blessed with more wisdom than the so called smartest person. To be smart and learned of this world is one thing, but to have wisdom and understanding of the word of GOD is far much better. AMEN!

Thank you to all the tid-bit readers for being faithful to read, and I pray that you are faithful to look up the scriptures that I use, and read them for yourselves. I love you all and pray for you all each day.

In JESUS name I asked the LORD to bless each and everyone of you with your hearts desires, but most of all that your hearts desires are to seek HIM first. AMEN!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How Do I Vote

It is getting closer and closer to time for us to cast our votes for a new president. A new leader of our country. Some of you may have already even voted early. I will probably go tomorrow. Here in NC we can go to the library and vote early. You may be saying as so many people are saying, I just do not know what to do. Well, I am no political genius nor am I trying to put plugs in for any one candidate. But I will tell you this, and you decide.

One candidate is pro life, one thinks abortion is ok, that it is ultimately up to the woman. For those of you who know my story, you know that I had 2 abortions in my life. This was during a time that I did not know the LORD, and was as lost as one can get. The abortion clinics are ready and willing to tell you how it is all about you, it is your choice. What they don't tell you, is the grief, the pain, the depression, the guilt, the despair, the mourning over this baby you will feel on down the road long after the abortion is over with and forgot about. Your baby will not be forgotten. That's right, Your baby. Oh yeah, you say, what about the baby? Does this unborn fetus have any rights? Who will be the voice for this unborn child? Who will try so desperately to save this unborn childs' life? I mean if the mother carrying the child will not even try to save it, WHO WILL?

While watching TV, Sunday, I heard someone say something that really just sort of put all of this into perspective. He was saying how when the sea turtles come in to lay their eggs, the beach is shut down, all these laws are in place, to protect the rights of this sea turtles unborn, unhatched eggs, so that they will be given a fighting chance at life. WOW! DID I SAY WOW! Do you even grasp the irony of that statement as opposed to WHAT ABOUT AN UNBORN HUMAN BEING??????? Is it just me or is there something wrong with this picture?

Do you really want someone making decisions for your future who thinks that abortion is OK?
God tells us over and over in the word to choose life. Where is the problem with seeing that He says abortion is wrong? Now, you can all judge me and say yeah, well now that you had yours you want to tell everybody else how wrong it is. Your damn right! I had mine, I suffered the loss over and over for over 20 years, I know the hurt, the pain and if I can do anything to set you straight on the real truth behind abortion, the real truth behind saving an unborn babies life as opposed to fighting for some turtles life. Then here I am to defend those little ones. I am blessed to know that I will see my babies one day in Heaven, my only prayer is that those who have already made the same mistake as I have will be able to say the same. That they know the forgiveness, of my Father in Heaven and they have the assurance that they too will some day see their babies.

Come on America, wake up. Do you want to be in the same boat as some of these other countries who kill their first born if it was unlucky enough to be born a female, or if you have 2 children, you can't have anymore, or your children are sold into slavery because the country does not want to take care of them. Let's don't go backwards America.

All I can say is get the word out, read what God has to say about this election, and pray before you vote. Pray to the God who is sitting on the throne, pray to the GOD who says choose LIFE. Then your decision should be easily made without any hesitation.

Deut. 30 v 19.....I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.....

He says choose life so that you and your descendants may live. Who are your descendants? Your unborn children. He says heaven and earth are witnesses watching what decision you make.
How will you vote? Will you pray before you vote? Will you continue to pray for those who are running in this election? Most importantly keep praying for the one who is elected, long after the ballots are counted.


One Little Candle

If you were lost and in a cave and everything was pitch black, darkness surrounding you, all it would take is one little match, or one little candle burning to give you enough light to find your way. That is how it is with Christians. We have enough light to light up the way for someone who is lost. The problem is sometimes we can not keep our candle or match lit. Sometimes our flames just die down. What causes our flames to die down? It is when we get away from the word of God. There is no oxygen to feed the flame. Without oxygen we would die. Without the word of God (oxygen) our flames will start to flicker and die out. When we hang around those who are lost and do not have the light in them, we will start to lose our flame as well.

It is sort of like vinegar and oil, if you shake them together they will mix up for a little bit, just long enough to put some on your salad. But if you let the bottle sit for a minute, they will separate. The same is true with light and dark, they do not mix. If you are a Christian trying to have a relationship with someone who is not living for the LORD, then you will eventually separate as well.

We spend a season trying to share the gospel with the lost, but then as we read last week, if they do not accept it, we are to shake the dust from our feet and move on. We can not hang out longer than our season for then their dirt would start to cling to us. We would start to behave like those around us. Our light would start to fade. Darkness would soon take over.

Have you ever noticed how Christians who really live their life for God, who are really on fire for God, stand out in a crowd? There is no mistake as to who they serve. We as Christians need to all be like that, we need to stand out, we need to let our light shine.

Matt. 5 v 14-16....You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.....

Ephes. 5 v 8.....For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Walk as children of light......

Rev. 21 v 23-27....The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.......

Stop hiding your light. Be bold, stand out in a crowd. AMEN!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Satisfied Or Not

Are you satisfied with your life, with your job, with your spouse, with your house, etc? Have you ever wanted something so badly that you say, I will never ask for anything else, only to find 6 mos or a year later that there is something else. How many times do we say, God had a hand in this, He got me this job, or this house or this car, and then later we are looking at other houses, cars, or jobs with envy and covet in our hearts? This brings up the question, are we ever really satisfied completely? As long as we are living in our flesh, probably not.

It is our flesh that makes us covet these things. Our flesh makes us covet sugar, or coffee, tobacco, or alcohol or whatever it is that we know we do not need. The next time we go on a fast, we need to fast with our whole flesh. Not just fast off one thing, but put our flesh under the fast of preparing it to meet Jesus. The one who gave His flesh on a cross.

It is that time of year that everyone should be doing a cleanse and a fast to keep your body free of toxins, so why not fast with our whole flesh. Why not fast off TV, radio, (with the exception of Christian channels to feed on) fast off FAST FOOD. Let's all fast and pray together for this election coming up. First let's do a cleanse, a total body cleanse, then fast and pray over our flesh, then we can come before the LORD with a clean heart, a right heart, seeking His wisdom in this election, and also in the things in our lives.

God has us where we are for a reason and for a season. Sometimes, we are like snowbirds and we just want to move because it gets a little uncomfortable where we are, a little too cold or hot. We need to make sure that our season is up, and we are not acting out of our selfish flesh instead of what GOD wants us to do. We need to pray before we make important changes in our lives, like moving away, buying a house, changing jobs, etc.

The good news is that we can be satisfied completely. If we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and have faith in what He tells us, then we can have peace in our lives and satisfaction in our decisions if we seek Him first, let the Holy Spirit guide us in all of our decisions. Quit making decisions on our own understanding and quit looking to the world for our answers, and look to Christ. AMEN!

1 John 2 v 15-17...Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever...

PS 91 v 14-16....."Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.....

God wants you to be satisfied, and He tells you to deny your flesh, call on His name, and He will satisfy you. Christians we do not have to worry about the economy if we are living for Him and not for ourselves.

Call on the name of Jesus today and be satisfied.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Read It Believe It Live It

Why do we have the word of God? Because God knew that we could not live our lives to the fullest without instructions from Him who created us. The bible, the word of God is an instruction manual on how we are to live our lives. The word of God covers everything from how to invest your money, to how to eat healthy, to how to take care of your body, and most importantly how to take care of your soul.

God says man shall fulfill the days of his life. He does not say that our life should be cut short. He wants you to fulfill your days, and fulfill them in good health. In the old testament there is a lot said about how we should eat. Things that we should not eat. Don't you think there was a reason why God tells you not to eat these things. If you think about how they ate in those days, they didn't eat alot of meat everyday. And if you think about the setting of where they were, they probably ate alot of fruit, grains, and vegetables. They all had goats, so they probably had alot of milk, cheese and bread. The word talks about olive trees, fig trees, fish. Think about the types of food the word talks about, and then think about what you are eating. I personally believe there is alot to be said about this type of diet. I watched my son and daughter in law make a drastic change in their weight and their health simply by changing their life style of eating habits, and reading the book, 'What would Jesus eat? ' They have a cook book also entitled What would Jesus eat Cookbook. It takes discipline, just like anything else in life that is good for you. I think alot of us would be in better health if we would follow this example. That is just one of the ways the Bible instructs us in our everyday lives.

Another is that we are to have peace. God does not want us to have stress in our lives. He says we are to have peace, and a sound mind. If you are working in a place everyday that is causing you stress to the point that it is affecting your health, then you are probably in the wrong job. Stress causes so many illnesses. Look around you see what you can change to make your life less stressful. Sometimes it might be something as simple as getting up a little earlier so that you are not rushing around trying to get ready for work and not having to fight early morning traffic. In the evenings coming home, listen to something uplifting, and positive on your cd or radio, try a Christian channel, or put some learning tapes in teaching God's word. Don't feed your stress with negative things.

Then God even tells you how to invest your money. He tells you what you are suppose to do with the first fruits of your increases. He not only tells you, He promises you that your storehouses will be overflowing, your vats will overflow with new wine. He says the windows of heaven can not contain all that He will bless you with if you do what He says. WOW! He could not have made it any simpler. You don't have to worry about trying to figure out how to read the stock market pages, because God puts it so simple, give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, running over. HALLELUJAH! The economy should not be worrying children of God. There should be no fear for children of God who are doing what He says to do with their increases. AMEN!

And then most importantly He tells you how to take care of your soul. He tells you what you need to do, to have eternal life with Him, when you are finished on this earth. He tells you the only way to Him is through His Son. How easy can He make it for you?

an insert from Charles Capps book 'God's Creative Power'.......For poverty He has given me wealth; for sickness He has given me health; for death He has given me eternal life. (2 Cor. 8:9,; Isa. 53:5,6; John 10:10; John 5:24) This is another book everyone should have and read everyday, carry it with you, keep it in your pocket. It is a powerful weapon that Satan does not want you to have.

You can have it all. Good Healthy, Peaceful, Stress Free, Long life, and then live in Royalty with Him once it is all done here on earth. What do you say? Get the word out, Read it, Believe it, and Live it.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Forgiveness & Humility

Sometimes forgiveness comes with humility on our part. It is easy to say I forgive you, the hard part is to mean it with all your heart. Empty words are just that, empty. If we say we forgive, but we still feel resentment in our heart, then we have not done anything. Sometimes we have to humble ourselves to forgive a wrong. Like in the book of Hosea, his wife Gomer was involved in adulteries, and their marriage disintegrated because of it. Then God, instructed Hosea to buy back his wife and restore his marriage. He used Hosea to set an example of how He would restore His covenant with His people. God will not ask you to do anything that does not line up with His word.

Hosea probably had a hard pill to swallow to take back his wife after she had publicly humiliated him. Yet he would do whatever God told him to do. He was showing in his actions how forgiveness works. How God wants to forgive you, if you will let Him. No matter what you have done, God is always willing to forgive you and to take you back when you repent and mean it with your heart.

Hosea 3 v 1-3....Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans." So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one half omers of barley. And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so too, will I be toward you.".....

It is like the saying practice what you preach. God was showing through Hosea, that by taking his wife back and restoring his marriage, how God wants to restore His people back to Him.

Remember the hard part is to mean what you say. Don't throw empty words at GOD. He knows what is in your heart.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What is Hard Ground

When you hear scriptures talking about sowing seeds into hard ground, you immediately think of the unsaved, people who will not accept the word of God for their salvation. Well, it does not just mean the unsaved. Hard ground also refers to Christians who will not accept the word about healing in their bodies, or the LORD providing them with more than enough and abundance overflowing into their finances, etc. Hard ground, is anytime someone lets the world tell them what is the truth instead of the word of GOD.

Mark 4 v 35....On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side."....

Mark 4 v 37-40.....And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?".....

Jesus had just finished teaching them the parable of sowing seeds. He had just taught them to have faith in the word (the seed He was planting).
You see Jesus had told them, "Let us cross over to the other side." He didn't say let's try to make it to the other side. He had already told them that they were going to the other side. Yet as soon as circumstances arose against them,, the word (what Jesus had told them) was choked out by the weeds, (the circumstances) and their faith was lost.

Hard ground comes from packing the dirt down over and over again until it is as hard as concrete, and there is no way that a seed sown into this ground can break forth and produce, because the ground is so hard around it, that it keeps it packed down. There is no one tilling the ground up around the seed to give it a chance to break through. It is the same with the word of GOD. If your circumstances keep telling you that you are barely getting by, that you are living pay check to pay check, therefore you hold on to every dime you make instead of investing in the kingdom of GOD, so you are not tilling the ground around the seed, (or worse you never put the seed in the ground to start with) then your seed will not spring forth and produce any fruit. You can not get an ear of corn without a kernel being planted. And you can not get a crop of corn from planting just one kernel. And if you want the best crop, then your ground has to be tended properly. The ones with the best, most productive gardens are those that take time to till their ground, plant and water their seeds, and keep the weeds pulled so that they do not choke out their crop. It is the same with us. The seed (the word of GOD) gets planted, then it is up to us to water and nurture that seed with good things.

We are the ones to take care of our ground (our hearts) because the world will be trampling all over our dirt, packing it down if we let them. We have to keep our soil (our hearts) ready for the seed, so that when planted, it can produce. We have to keep the weeds (things of the world) pulled out so as not to choke our seeds.

Mark 4 v 3-8....Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed that some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony gournd, where it do not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced some thirtyfold, some sixty,, and some a hundred."....

Mark 4 v 13-20.....And He said to them, " Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among the thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.".......

Is your ground (heart) ready for the seed (the word of GOD) to be planted? What kind of crop will you have? Will you have good health because the word says you will, will you have an abundance overflowing into your bosom, because the word says you will, will you have peace, power, and a sound mind, because the word says you will. Will you be able to stand against your enemy and the devourer when it comes and tries to steal your fruit? The word says you can.

Open the word today and till your ground, water and nourish your seed. Protect your seed with the covering of a good bible teaching church. Don't leave it out in the frost to get frost bitten and die. Get into church, get under the covering of a good Pastor. Watch now as your seed grows and produces much fruit.

Stop listening to the world and the world's circumstances and listen to the word of GOD. AMEN!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shake The Dust

When Jesus sent His disciples out to bring the gospel to others, He told them if they were not received to shake the dust off their feet and move on. He however did not mean that we should stop praying for these people, but that we should not continue to stay in their presence any longer. In other words, we should not hang out with them, for light and dark do not go together.

Matt. 10 v 14...".And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet."......

Sometimes we as Christians have the most difficult time understanding why those that are closest to us, our children, our parents, our siblings do not want to accept the gospel of Christ. But often times, we are not the ones that were meant to disciple them. Sometimes we just plant the seed, and then someone else comes along and waters it, and then another comes along to harvest. But we are to continue to pray for the lost everyday.

Some people take this verse out of context and think, well if they are not going to receive what I am telling them, then I will just move on, and let them have what they get. That is the wrong answer. We are to continue to pray for those and for Christian laborers to cross their path each day. Thank God, the people who witnessed to me and prayed for me did not quit praying. It was almost 20 years later before I came to know the LORD as my personal Savior. Oh, I knew who God was and I believed that there was a God, but I was missing out on the best part. Being a highly favored child of God. That means having His peace and His mercy and His grace over my life. Having His forgiveness and being totally in love with Him. And most importantly having Salvation through Him and living eternally with Him and the Father one day.

Even the Devil and all the demons believe in God. They know He is real, and they also know that their time of being able to go about and reap havoc on the non-believers and some believers as well is about to come to an end. Just as we as Christians have an urgency to tell others about Christ before He returns and they get left behind, so does the devil and his demons have an urgency to harden the hearts of those who still will not believe, or who still continue to live their old lives, so as to win them over to their wicked ways of living. You see, you will spend eternity somewhere. Whether it is in God's kingdom, or the devil's pit of hell, it will go on forever. And for those who think that this earth is Hell, I have to tell you, you are mistaken. Hell is real, and it is a lake of fire, with gnashing teeth and pain. As grim as that might sound, you have to be told the truth, and the word of God is the truth.

It is with the utmost urgency that I feel the need to tell those who still are not living for Christ, now is the time to get your life on the right path, the one that leads to salvation with the LORD JESUS. Things are changing very quickly everyday now, and I feel the LORD will not tarry much longer. Please if you have not accepted the LORD as your personal Savior, do so now. Just ask Him to forgive you your sins, and mean it in your heart. Turn away from your old ways and turn to Him. He will show you the way, He will help you to stay on His path. Confess Him before men, and He will confess you before the Father. AMEN!

So remember, when you share the word, and it is not received, do not be discouraged, but continue to pray for those, and then shake the dust and move on to share the word with more. Don't get stuck where you are, keep moving, keep sharing the gospel, and keep praying.


Friday, October 17, 2008

What Is Lack

When asked, what do you lack? Our first thoughts go to material things, such as money, food, shelter, etc. My thought today is the word. The LORD wakes us up sometimes early in the morning hours, so that we can have some quiet time to listen to Him, to seek Him out for the answers we need. He showed me this morning where my lack was. It wasn't finances, love, good health. It was in the word.

He showed me these scriptures today.

Deut. 5:32-33.....So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess......

If our finances are not where they should be, maybe we need to check to see whose ways are we walking in.

1 Cor. 15:33......Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character".....

Who are you hanging out with each day?

Prov. 11:2-3........When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.....

Do not let the unfaithful pull you down with them; do not fall into the trap of being prideful.

Prov. 13:6.... Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner....

PS 57:2......I cry out to GOD MOST HIGH, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.....

What is God's purpose in your life, are you fulfilling His purpose or your purpose?

Ephes. 2 :10.....For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do....

Jer. 29:11...."For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"........

Is your future looking bright or bleak, do you have peace in what you are doing, or are you just working to make money, where is God's will in your job? Can you see a purpose that He has for you to be where you are, or do you only see your purpose in being there? Are you in line with God's word on your job, or are you in line with those around you?

Luke 18 v 1....Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up....

Ps 29:11....The Lord gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace....

Sometimes, we are not giving up to leave where we are, we are simply following the LORD, and keeping in doing His will and not our own will. Do you have peace in what you are doing? Are you constantly stressed to the max? That is not peace, and that is not in line with the word of God.

Prov. 14:30...A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones......

John 16:33...."I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."......

1 Cor. 14:33.....For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.....

If there is chaos in your life, in your work place, then somewhere you are out of line with the word of God. God does not want us in a place day in and day out where we have no peace but only disorder and chaos.

Romans 12:2....Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.....

Exodus 15:26....He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.".....

Whose voices are you listening to each day? Who is shaping your character each day? What is being fed into your spirit each day?

Mal. 4:2....But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves releases from the stall.....

Prov. 4:20-23...My son pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.....

Pay attention to what your body is telling you; listen to the Spirit within you. Save yourself some doctor bills, and troubles. If your body is falling apart because of what you do day in and day out, seek God on what decisions need to be made in your life.

2 Cor. 6:14....Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

2 Cor. 6:17....Therefore, "Come out from among them and be separate says the LORD. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD ALMIGHTY."......

Who are you working with? Who are you spending the majority of your time with each day? How is it affecting your life? Seek God for His answers in what it is that you lack. Have faith in Him to show you what you need to do and then do it.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

What Do You Need More Of

God only asks you to give what He wants you to have more of. What a profound statement. This was the title of one of my devotionals this morning. If this doesn't make you want to just stop and meditate on what He is saying here, I mean exactly what is it you need more of? Is it time, is it money to pay your bills, is it gasoline in your car, is it more groceries, is it love, patience, kindness toward others? No matter what it is, if you will seek God, and start sowing whatever you lack into someone else's life, then God will multiply it back to you. It is a promise. And He does not break promises. He says when you give with the right heart, it will be pressed down, shaken together, running over into your bosom will men give back unto you.

Sometimes we just need more time. We are so busy and overwhelmed these days with our jobs, and our home lives, that we do not stop to take time for ourselves. In one of my health books I am reading, they were telling you to take just a few moments to get quiet, and do some breathing exercises and just this 2-3 minutes of calming yourself, can really revive you. I tried it yesterday. We were so busy, and I could not catch a break, so I excused myself went to the ladies room, and just stayed there and breathed in and out for about 2 minutes, and I was relaxed and ready to go again. While breathing in and out, I thanked God for His blessing of having a job. I asked Him to bless me and my co-workers as well with peace and harmony, and with wisdom to do our jobs correctly. (when you are giving out drugs, you want to make the right decisions) you do not want to be overwhelmed to the point that you start to make errors.

The same is true in our Christian lives. We want to be of a sound mind, with wisdom in our decisions that we make in regards to how we conduct ourselves, how we treat others, how we raise our children, how we take care of our finances, etc. This is why it is so important to spend time with the LORD on a daily basis. The world is changing everyday, and you need to be prepared to deal with that change.

Today, I will stop and meditate on what it is I need more of, and how can I sow this into the life of another. It seems weird to say, if you are short $20 each month on your bills, that you need to sow $20 helping someone else. Or if you need more time in your day, then give part of your time away to help someone else. This is where our faith kicks in.

Luke 10 v 40-42....But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "LORD, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."......

You see Mary needed time to worship, she needed time to be alone with her Lord, time to meditate on Him. She wanted to serve Him, more than serve others. She was more concerned about spending time learning from Him, than what her sister or anybody else thought about her. He knew she needed this time and like He said, it will not be taken away from her.

God knows your heart, He knows your needs. And this is why He tells you, to do unto others what you would have them do unto you. What is it that you need?
If you do not remember anything else in this tid-bit today, remember this.....God only asks you to give, what He wants you to have more of.....


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Who Is Putting Words In Your Child's Mouth

Who is putting thoughts and words in your children's mouths? Are you feeding them the word of God on a daily basis? Are you making sure they know the Lord in such a personal way, that they grow up without fear, but with peace, power over their situations, and a sound mind. How many children today are on medications because of their minds? It is sad, but I see it every day, so many children taking strong narcotics for their minds. What is being fed to these children that their minds need this strong medication?

How much time does your child spend each day with the LORD? How much time do they spend reading His word, listening to what He has to say to them? How much time do they spend on the computer playing games, how much time in front of the TV watching who knows what? How much time at school listening to who knows what? So when they come home from school, do you talk with them, do you spend time with them, or do you send them on with a sugary snack to play on their computers, watch their tv shows that you recorded for them, or go out with more friends, that are influencing them?

This is not a time is this world to be ignoring your children. This is not a time to let the opportunity pass by of teaching your child what the word of God says. I read something yesterday, that may or may not have been true, but just the implication of what this letter from a Jewish woman was saying about when Hitler came into office, and the things that started happening, got me to thinking about our children. Who is going to teach our children the righteous ways of the LORD, who is going to teach them what God says about abortion, about stealing, about fornication, about being honest, trustworthy, about telling the truth, about facing their fears, about Who will bring them through their trials and tribulations? Who will they turn to when they need help? Who will they seek out when they have a secret that is tearing them apart?

Here is what God says....

Jer. 1 v 5-9.....".Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." Then I said, Ah, LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.' But the LORD said to me; "Do not say, 'I am a youth', for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you", says the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold I have put My words in your mouth.".........

Who is putting words in your child's mouth? Who is forming what they believe in their hearts? Because what goes in has to come out. Just like the law of gravity, what goes up has to come down, it is the same with what we feed into our hearts has to come out. I pray today that no matter how young or old your child is, that you pay attention to what is being fed them. What sort of mother would give their child sour milk to drink? Think about that when you let them play a computer game full of violence, or watch a questionable TV program, or who you are letting them hang out with.

Christian Parents it is time to take back the raising of our children and quit letting the world babysit them. There are too many age appropriate Christian activities out there to keep our children happy. They do not have to go to the world to seek happiness, and to get medication for peace in their minds. AMEN!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What Are You Keeping In Front

What are you keeping in front of you, in front of your eyes, your mind, your hearing? If something came against you today, would you have the word of God in the foremost front part of your mind, so that you would be able to rebuke it as soon as it tried to come against you? In other words, if someone told you today that you had some fatal disease and that there was no cure would you say "Oh my God" What am I going to do?" and then break down? or would you say, Praise God, that He says the devil is a liar, and I am not sick, according to My God, His Son has already bore that sickness for me on the cross. HALLELUJAH, and I rebuke that sickness off my body and away from me in the name of Jesus!

That is just one example. What we keep in front of us, is what will come out when we are faced with trials. It is like in your job, you do the same thing day in and day out, so if a problem comes up, you know just how to address it to keep things running smoothly. Or like you are driving down the street in your car and someone pulls out in front of you causing you to slam on your brakes, and all your groceries go flying into the floorboard. What is your first reaction? This reaction will tell you what is in your heart. If you are around gripey, grumpy, negative people all day, then you will most likely be gripey, grumpy and negative. However if you are around positive influence all day then you will most likely have a more positive attitude.

My point is, this is a good reason you need to be in the word of God daily, and you need to be in church being taught on a regular basis. One lesson I learned from my pastor and the way he conducts the services at home, is that we always had the word before us. We always had our bibles with us in church and we were always turning to scriptures with him. This taught us not only where to find the scriptures, but helped us to keep the word in front of us, and to keep it alive in our lives. We are going to a new church now, and it is a good church, the pastor is different though in the method he uses to teach the word. He uses more drama. He has the word on the screens for you to read along. I am not saying this is a wrong way of teaching, but for me personally, I believe that you bringing your bible to church and opening it up and searching out the word yourself, is a good habit for you to take home with you after church is over. If you never bring your bible to church, and you just read along on a screen, how do you know that what you are reading is right, and how often then do you open your bible when you are at home. There are a lot of people who only come to church on Sunday mornings, and that is the only time they hear the word of God being spoken. They don't read or may not even have their own bibles at home. Some may just bring them on Sunday mornings, and that is the only time it gets aired out by opening it to follow along.

God showed me again yesterday how important it is to keep the word in front of you, and foremost on your mind. I don't know why He is revealing this to me again, but I am sure I will find out. Maybe someone out there needs to be reading the word more. Yesterday, a young customer of ours came in and he was telling me how he has so much trouble sleeping at night, and how he is constantly worrying about things that may be coming up a week away, how he never has peace. My heart broke for him, and then I knew why God was showing me this about keeping the word in front of you. I asked him what he did before he went to bed, how often does he get into the word of God. I shared with him how God helped me with sleep by taking a fast from TV, and keeping His word in front of me all day long. By keeping a song in my heart, when I can't actually sit and read His word. A song of praise to Him. In keeping His word in front of me, I could re-call His promises to me, the promise of power, peace and a sound mind. I shared with him, how I started reading the word every night before bed, instead of watching TV, and spending time with just talking to the LORD, and how a peace would come over me, and I would be able to sleep. I pray my words were sown onto fertile ground. Then, I knew why God showed me again earlier that day, about keeping the word in front of you. AMEN!

PS 119 v 15.....I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.......

Don't miss out on your chance to share the word, because you have not kept it in front of you, so that you can not re-call what it says. What will you re-call when faced with a situation? What the world tells you, or what God is telling you?


Monday, October 13, 2008

For The Sake Of Ten

I received an email just the other day from a friend back home, that a radio announcer had sent out concerning how unappreciative the evacuees in LA. were regarding the help they were given there. At first upon reading this, I too was caught up in the anger of this person, but then the Holy Spirit started working on me, about how many times did I come to the LORD, and how many times did He forgive me, when I did not deserve forgiveness, and how many times have I been selfish in ways that I am not proud of. I thought this is the work of SATAN, through this man, by hardening his heart toward the victims of a tragedy. I thought, If I let my heart be hardened, then I too am falling into this trap of Satan. Yes, there may be some who do not appreciate the help, but there are also those that do appreciate. Maybe, there are more that do not, but this brought to my mind, the scripture in Genesis, where Abraham is pleading to God for the innocent people.

Genesis 18 v 23-24......And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?....

Gen. 18 v 26....So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.....

Gen. 18 v 29....And he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose there should be forty found there?" So He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty."...

And this goes on until Abraham is pleading for just 10 righteous people found in the city.

Gen. 18 v 32.....Then he said, "Let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak but once more; suppose ten should be found there? And He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.".....

And so this is a copy of my response to the email to my friend. This response was sent out of love for her and all others who have felt the way I did, so as not to harden our hearts, and get off track from how God tells us in His word how we are to treat others.

Hey homey,
I said a prayer for this radio owner. I prayed the LORD would not harden his heart toward his fellow man when in crisis. There is a reason the red cross uses volunteers to help in these matters, it is to keep organization in what they are doing and not a bunch of mayhem from hungry, grumpy and yes probably alot of unappreciative people. But God did not tell us to get angry with them, He said feed them, clothe them, minister unto them. Just think what if God treated us that way when we came to Him, after we lived such sinful lives, and unappreciative lives. Think how many times did God have to call us from our sinful pasts before we gave in and listened to Him? I know I got just as angry as the next person, but after reading this, I feel ashamed of how I felt toward those people. I know first hand how they trash the things they are given, I cleaned up after them for the church. I know first hand how unappreciative they can be. But I also saw first hand how appreciative some were and how they did all they could to take care of what they were given. It is just like people throwing Christians all into one basket, saying that church goers are hypocrites. We can't throw them all into one basket, and we can't stop helping just because we do not feel they appreciate the efforts. We have to remember like in the word, when in Genesis chapter 18 v 16-33, Abraham pleads for the people when God wants to wipe them out because of their sin, and he says to God, Lord if only ten are found innocent will you spare them. And the Lord said, if ten are found, I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. Not ten thousand but 10. AMEN!
I love you homey, do not let the anger of others get into your heart and feed your spirit. It is hard to be around those type of people and not let their ways and thoughts soak into our spirits, but we have to re-call His WORD and stay on His course. AMEN!


Friday, October 10, 2008

What Is God To You

How do you feel when you think of God? Do you get a warm fuzzy feeling, or do you get this huge overwhelming feeling of awe? Do you feel like you can conquer the world with God by your side, or do you just believe that there is a higher being out there somewhere?

As a child of God, you should have the overwhelming awe of how big and how great our God is. You should not only feel like you can conquer the world, but know that you have the power of God on your side to bring you through whatever faces you. You should be like David running toward his problem with sling shot in hand instead of shrinking from attacks against you. Now you know that big giant had to stop for just a minute and wonder, who does this little shrimp think he is, running at me like this, and it is probably that moment of arrogance that hesitation, that allowed David to land the single shot he needed to bring this giant down. God will do the same for you. When things look hopeless, when it looks like you have a Goliath coming against you, God will show you where you are the one in control, you are the one with the power, because as a child of God, you are given the power of God over your enemies. You too, like David can run forward at your attacker and slay your giant.

God is a Warrior King and He is on your side.

2 Sam. 22 v 7-20.....In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears. The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from His nostrils; consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds under His feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His canopy around Him...the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the MOST HIGH resounded. He shot arrows and scattered the enemies, bolts of lightning and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from His nostrils, He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters, He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me...........

WOW! Can you just see the breath of God coming from His nostrils and parting the earth, laying back the layers of earth and drying up a vast sea with one snort from Him in anger, because someone or something is trying to come against one of His children? What an AWESOME< AMAZING< WONDERFUL< GOD we serve. AMEN!

Does this not make you want to find out all you can about God and His love for you? All the answers are in His word. Read it everyday and be reassured during these troubling times that you will Conquer and come out the Victor. AMEN!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What Is Your Giant

Just like David defeated Goliath who was probably at least 4 ft taller, and a whole lot larger than him, you can defeat your giant. Whatever you are facing, nothing is bigger than God. God says that as a child of God you are the head not the tail. Just like David, cut off Goliath's head, you can cut off the head of your problem. David did not go against Goliath with a sword, he went against him with Faith in God. The words of the Lord were his sword. Because they were in his heart and his faith was built upon them. He was able to defeat this giant with the power of God, and then used the giants own sword to cut off his head.

Speak to your problems today, strike them down with the word of God, and then stand on the neck of your problem and cut off its head. It is as simple as that. It is called FAITH.

1 Sam. 17 v 45......David said to the Philistine, "you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD ALMIGHTY, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.".......

1 Sam 17 v 50-51....So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.".....

After you defeat your problem with the word of GOD, cut off the head of the problem, so that it does not rise up against you again. In other words, don't keep dwelling on it afterwards, forget it, believe in your heart that it has been defeated, and give it no place in your heart to ever raise up against you again. AMEN!

Remember your giant only has as much power as you allow it to have in your life. You have the authority as a child of God to overcome that giant, nothing is bigger than GOD. AMEN!
Make sure your sword is sharpened daily with the word of God.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Watch Our Tongues

Pull your tongue out and look at it. It is not a very interesting piece of the human body, yet it is the most dangerous piece of the human anatomy. Even the smallest, most petite woman could do irreversible danger with her tongue. That is what we need to think about when we go around complaining about this or that. We never know who is listening.

Yesterday, a customer came in and was griping and complaining about how much money he had already given to his church to build this multi-million dollar facility and then he even goes on to say the preacher can't even preach.

God showed me several things that happened through this one statement from this man.

1.) He gave his money to the wrong person. Instead of releasing his money to God, he released it unto man in his heart.
2.) He made the comment about the man not preaching, but does he not realize that a preacher gets his message from God, so you might as well say, God can't preach.
3.) He was doing the work of Satan, by complaining about God's house to another, and everyone within ear shot of him, was being influenced by his idle words.
4.) Satan was working through this man to destroy seeds that I had been planting earlier at work.

The main problem here was I had just had a conversation earlier with one of the people I work with about going to church, and why we go to church, to Worship the Lord, not to see how many hypocrites we find there. That was her excuse, just like so many others, the church is full of hypocrites, she said. My answer, so is the world outside of church. So what? Do you not go out your door everyday, because there are more hypocrites in the world than there are in church. Are you just going to stay holed up in your house all the time so that you won't run across a hypocrite? I mean really, chances are strong that as soon as you walk out your door, you will run across a hypocrite. That is the oldest and most used excuse for not going to church. So what does that make you when you use that excuse? When you get to heaven and Jesus says why did you not come and worship me in my house? And you tell Him that His house was full of hypocrites, He will reply, who says so?

If people would just remember the price God our Father paid for each one of us, then I think running across a hypocrite at church while going to worship Him and give Him praise and thanksgiving, is a small price to pay. The price of His Son's blood, His Son's life dying a brutal death on a cross was the price He paid for you. Is your chip on your shoulder about someone not living up to your standards worth the price God paid? I don't think so.

Try this, when you go to church.

1.) Give God all of your attention while you are there.
2.) Release all of your energy into praising Him
3.) Listen to what God is saying to you through the pastor's message
4.) Soak in the presence of the Lord, instead of the presence of those around you
5.) Give from your heart not your conscience

I promise you will have a much more pleasant experience and you will not even realize that there are any hypocrites in church with you, if you will focus on the Lord and not man.

I know some are saying, well I do not have to go to church to worship the Lord, yeh, well, I will get to that excuse in another tid-bit. If you have to go to church then something is wrong with your thinking to start with. You should be delighted to go to church, excited to worship with other believers, excited to know that the presence of the Lord will be there with you.

Remember, our words are like poison when we complain. If you want to complain, go to the throne with your complaints, take your concerns to the Lord. Let Him help you, let Him show you His plans.

Matt. 12 v 36.....But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken......

Matt. 12 v 34b.....for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.....

Jesus tells us, that we speak what is in our hearts. Think about your words and what they will bring to the listener before you speak them. We need to daily cleanse our hearts with the word of God.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Changing Colors

With Fall in the air, the beautiful golds, reds, and yellows are showing up everywhere as the leaves reach their peak in changing colors. What happens to the leaves when they change colors? Why do they do this? When the days grow shorter and there is less sunshine, the leaves do not get all of the nutrients they need to stay alive, therefore they start dying. It is during this process that they change colors and then fall to the ground, to be raked up, burned, or mulched to nothing. Then the new leaves will take their place.

We are alot like these leaves in our lives we live. When we come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we change to a new creation. We give up our old ways of life and start living new lives. When we get to our peak of not being able to live without Christ, without the light of God, then we will hopefully call on the name of Jesus and be born again. That old man and our old ways will fall off and be forgotten by Christ, and our new man will begin to blossom and grow. And as long as we stay in the light (with Christ) we will continue to grow, but it is when we get away from that life, that our colors start changing and we fall, only to be trampled down, and beat down and mulched to nothingness.

Have you ever felt that way? Well maybe it is time you got back on the path, the path leading you to eternal salvation with the Lord Jesus Christ, so that your leaves will not wither and die, but will always have more than enough light to survive whatever the world can throw at you. Get back into the word of God and make Jesus Lord over your life instead of the things of this world. AMEN!

And if you have never been on that path, then stop right where you are right now, and pray this simple prayer of salvation, so that you too can experience the wonderful life God has for you through His Son Jesus Christ.

Lord, I am a sinner, I come to you and ask for forgiveness of my sins, I believe Jesus that you died on that cross for me and that your blood covered all of my sins. Lord, come into my heart, I will confess you before men, and make you Lord over my life. Teach me your ways Lord, and keep me on your path. Holy Spirit come alive within me, lead, guide and direct me in all of the ways of the LORD. AMEN!

2 Cor. 5 v 17...Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new........

Romans 6 v 4....Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.....

Romans 6 v 7....But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.....

Ephes. 4 v 24....and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness....

Col. 3 v 9-10.....Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.....

Romans 10 v 9-13....that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him, for "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved".......

It is never too late, to keep your leaf from falling off God's tree of life. I believe He is calling each of us now more than ever in this world of troubled times, to share His love with others. Don't just sit and wait on the leaves around you to fall, share with them the nourishment of the Light that lives within you. AMEN!


Friday, October 3, 2008

What Are You Thinking

What kind of thoughts do you have during the day? Is your mind so intent on your work that nothing else around you even affects you. Or is your mind so intent on something that has been told to you, like a bad diagnosis about your health, that you can think of nothing else and are unaware of your surroundings?

God tells us to meditate on His word. He tells us to keep His word in our hearts. The reason for this is because He knows that things will come against us and when they creep into our every thought, they will consume us and we will have no choice but to believe whatever our thoughts keep telling us to be true, that is why we need to be able to shut them out by speaking His word over them.

The other day, I saw this exercise on TV, while watching Creflo Dollar. I don't know how well this will work with doing it like this and not actually speaking to you myself, but let's try, and then you can try it with someone there with you.

I want you to count to 10 to yourself, and then when I will tell you to say your name, then I want you to say your name out loud.
Ready..... count
say your name
........what happened to your counting? It should have been interrupted, when you said your name out loud. you should have forgot to keep counting and said your name. You see it is like that with our thoughts. If something is trying to come against you through your thoughts then you need to interrupt it with the name of Jesus being spoken out loud, and then quoting scriptures over yourself out loud, and then the process of that thought trying to tell you something is wrong with you will be interrupted and more importantly replaced with the word of God telling you that you are all right. AMEN!

That is why it is so vitally important that you know the word of God. That is why we are told to keep in front of our eyes, and written in our hearts, and around our necks. We are to be covered in His word, so that we do not forget that we are covered by His blood. AMEN!

Ps 18 v 30....As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him....

Ps 33 v 4....For the word of the LORD is right, And all His works is done in truth.....

Ps 119 v 15-16..I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways, I will delight myself in Your statutes, I will not forget Your word....

Ps 119 v 50....This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.....

Ps 119 v 89....Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.....

Ps 119 v 105.....Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.....

1 John 2 v 5....But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.....

And if we teach our children now the word of God, then they have the promise that if they keep the word, they are protected.

Prov. 6 v 20-23....My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother, bind them continually upon your heart, tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you, when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you. For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life....

What parent would not want their child to have this peace of knowing that God is their protector, their Savior, and they can have peace in their minds when things try to come against them, and attack them through their thoughts by keeping His word in their hearts.
Let us each keep His word close to our souls by storing His words in our hearts everyday, and sharing them with our children, so that they will know how to fight when a fight comes against them in their thoughts. AMEN!!

Next time your thoughts are being consumed by the devil (who by the way is a liar), then replace those thoughts with the word of God, (which by the way is the TRUTH) and see who wins. My money is on the LORD every time.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Whose Path Are You On

Whose path are you following? Your own, or God's? Sometimes we think we are on God's path when we are living right, doing all the right things, saying all the right things, going to church and feeling good about life. But are we really on His path for our life, or are we just comfortable in our own little world that we have created for ourselves?

A question we can ask ourselves is this, are we producing fruit for His kingdom? When was the last time we shared the gospel with someone? When was the last time we sowed into someone's life the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ? What are we sowing, if not the word of God? What type of seeds are we planting? What does our harvest look like? Just like Fall brings in a season of Harvest, what will you bring in this year?

Here are some words to live by, and to help you have a bountiful harvest this season.
Prov. 3 v 5-10......Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase. So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine......

Those verses cover it all, if you trust in the Lord and not yourself, He will keep you on the right path, so that you will be healthy, strong, and riches overflowing into your life. Your barns will not be empty but you will have more than enough to get through the cold Winter months, through Spring, and well into Summer, if you will trust Him and put your faith in Him and not your own abilities.

So when the cold and flu season come around, don't fret over it, just keep feeding yourself on the healing scriptures from the word of God. When the butane looks like it is going to run out, and the paycheck hasn't gotten there yet, trust in His word where He says He will provide, and you will stay warm, when the bones start feeling the cold and you feel like you can't move around good, read where He says trust in Him and feed on His word and depart from evil and He will bring strength to your bones.

In other words in all things Trust in the Lord and not in your own ways. Sow into His kingdom, and not just into your own world and watch your increases come and watch the fruit of your harvest grow.

And remember in all things give Praise and Thanksgiving unto the LORD!
Hope to see you on His path.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Do You Give Your Best

When you give something to someone to help them out, do you give your best, or do you give what you no longer want or need? When you take things to the Good Will box or to the shelters, do you take junk that needs repairing? Do you take clothes that are worn out? Or do you first fix the torn pieces of clothing, do you put batteries in the toy and clean it up, do you make sure that what you are giving is worth something to someone?

What about your worship time? Do you give God your best when you are worshiping Him? Do you sing praises with all your heart, or do you just read the words off the screen and sing with no feeling? Or worse yet, do you just stand there and not even open your mouth or your heart to Him? How about when you are facing a situation that you need His help, how well do you praise Him then? And then when He answers your prayers, do you go back to praising Him with little or no feeling again?

When you are at work, do you give 100%, or do you just give what the next person is giving, so that you are not working harder than anyone else? Do you go in everyday with the attitude, I am going to give it my best today, and treat the people around me with the love of Christ. Or do you drag yourself out of bed and mope around until you have had your caffeine fix and then start speaking with your co-workers?

When you speak to your family members, your spouse and your children, do you speak to them with love and respect? Or do you just call them when you need them to help you with something? In other words do you spend quality time talking with your children each day, genuinely interested in what they did that day? Do you even know what your children did that day or who they spent the day with? What is your spouse feeling right now? Are they well, and happy, or are they stressed and overworked?

Matt. 7 v 12.....Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets....

2 Cor. 9 v 6-8....But this I say, He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work......

Gal. 6 v 7....Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap......

Those verses pretty much tell us the way we are to sow. First of all we give with our hearts and not just so we can get back. Second we give our best, because what we sow is what we will get back into our lives. Third, the first memory verse many of us as children learned was "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you". In other words, you don't give something to someone that you would not want for yourself.

And most importantly, when we praise Him, we praise Him with all our hearts, our soul and our minds. We do not stand looking around to see what everyone else is doing during praise and worship. This is not the time of service to the Lord to visit with your neighbor about what they did yesterday. This is the time to prepare your hearts to receive the word of God, so that the word will fall on fertile ground, and not fall into a pile of mulch because you've got so many things going on in your head that you are not even listening. When you walk out of church feeling the same as when you walked in, you missed the message! You missed the presence of the LORD!

Don't miss out on what God has for you. He gave you His best when He gave you His Son, Jesus to die on that cross for you. Can't you at least give Him some time in your day everyday to praise and thank Him for what He did for you? How much time will you give Him today?

Remember you reap what you sow. Think about that the next time you need the Lord, how much time have you invested in Him and His word? He is always there for you, but you have to know where to find Him. AMEN! For instance if you need healing in your body, do you know where to look in His word to receive that healing? If you need help with your relationships, do you know where to look for His instructions on how to build better relationships? If you need assurance of His provisions, do you know where His promises are in the word to you?

God loves us each and everyone, regardless of how bad we have messed up in the past, His Son has paid the price for our past, that bill is marked PAID IN FULL! We just need to grow in Him, so that we can sow into others lives the riches He has sown into ours. AMEN!