Friday, May 31, 2013
I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds. Can worry make you live longer? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn’t as well clothed as one of them. God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith? Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today." These words can bring such comfort an peace when it comes to thinking about the future. Don't let the future worry you or stress you out. Trust Jesus and believe what He said :)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1O1CK0Tur4. As much as encouragement can build a person up, the opposite is also true when we speak negatively about someone. Speaking behind someones back, gossip, slander and backbiting all accomplish the same thing, destruction. I've recently become sensitive to this seeing the results of both firsthand. When someone is praised, encouraged and words of life are spoken to them, they blossom. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that from time to time there won't be need of instruction or correction, but for the most part they are built up. I've also seen the destruction that comes from words of constant criticism, negativity, gossip and slander. Unfortunately words of this nature cause damage that often can't be corrected. I can't forget that in my mouth I have words that can build others or destroy them. What comes out is my choice. If my desire is to be a builder of others my words will reflect that. If my goal is to be a destroyer of others my words will also reflect that. You too have the same choice today. Put a guard over your mouth and be slow to speak. Your words today may have a powerful impact on someone's life for good or they may be very damaging and fatal. And what's so amazing is that you're the one who chooses. Today Psalm 19:14 is my desire, "Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to You, Lord, because You are my mighty rock and my protector."
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
My friends, we beg you to warn anyone who isn’t living right. Encourage anyone who feels left out, help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone. Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else. Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. Don’t turn away God’s Spirit or ignore prophecies. Put everything to the test. Accept what is good and don’t have anything to do with evil." Wow! Talk about some great things to put into practice. Now don't get me wrong, but these are challenging. They are a reality check of whether He's who I trust or not, because many of these go against my human nature. They are good and how we're supposed to live. Will you take the challenge today and live as a follower of Jesus Christ? I'm taking the challenge :)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
One thing that concerns me about our culture is the lack of hard work that takes place and the poor work ethic that seems to be increasing. Now please don't misunderstand me. There are lots of hard workers, yet at the same time there are lots of others who do as little as they can, often with poor attitudes who looking for a handout from everyone else. I'm thankful for the those who instilled within me an ethic of hard work. I was recently listening to some employers who said that the biggest battle they face in hiring is finding someone who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty and work hard, doing a great job at the same time. As I look around I see examples of laziness and poor work ethic everywhere. How can this be? People are expecting so much from doing so little. I was reading in 1 Thessalonians 2 about Paul and his words in verse 9 (from the Message), "You remember us in those days, friends, working our fingers to the bone, up half the night, moonlighting so you wouldn’t have the burden of supporting us while we proclaimed God’s Message to you." What if everyone could have that attitude and be able to say that? What if everyone had a rock solid work ethic? What if hard work was the norm and not the exception? I can't forget that in all of my work I'm not working for any man, but for the Lord. Everything I do is to please Him and I'm not wanting my work ethic to reflect poorly upon Him or other Christians. Today we all the opportunity to be hard workers or not. Will your work ethic reflect who you serve? That's my goal today :)
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail)." What a promise! And if we truly believe these words, our lifestyles (and our faces) will reflect it. Relax a little today. Enjoy life and don't be so intense :) If your heart is full of peace, joy and contentment, then let your face also reflect this.
Monday, May 13, 2013
If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well." Loving your neighbor as yourself should be an aim and goal every Christian. But did you ever realize that this verse is in a passage specifically dealing with the treatment of others? It's a passage that declares that partiality and favoritism to be sin (verse 9). It makes me think of how I treat others. Do I prefer some people over others? Do I treat others differently because of who they are, what they do, what they have, or what they can do for me? Too often I think our partiality and favoritism can often be a blind spot in our lives. My desire is to be a man without who has no evidence of this in my life. I want to see everyone as Christ does. According to Acts 10:34 God shows no partiality, so why should we? I will choose to love my neighbor as myself, regardless of who it is. Today I will choose to fulfill the royal law of Scripture, loving my neighbor as myself. And the only way I can do this is by not having any partiality or favoritism towards people in my own life.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory!"
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first." I know Tim Tebow's aware of this, just as I am and anyone else who takes shots for taking a stand on something. But my comfort comes from knowing Jesus, and that He understands because He's been there, and will help us with whatever we go through. When people hate you it often means you're doing something right. It means you may be standing for something that goes counter-culture. What Tebow has chosen to do is to keep standing, and that's what we should also choose to do. Stand firm!