Friday, April 15, 2011

What Is In You Life

How many of you are living your life the same at home that you do when you are with your Christian friends, at church, and out in public? Most of us are but there are some that aren’t.

Some people will say what they do in their home is their own business. That is true to a point. Would you want your Christian friends to come in your home while you are watching some of your favorite TV shows? Would you want your friends to hear you speak when something goes wrong?  Would you want them to see the books and magazines you have in your home? The most important guest in
your home should be Jesus Christ. Would you be able to say you would want Him to visit you with everything you do and with everything you have in your home? 

He already knows all that you watch on television, all the words you say, and all the books and magazines you have in your home. Would He approve of all that you do? If He wouldn’t approve, isn't it time to change your ways and actions?

Psalm 101:2-3; “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. v. 3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me”.

Are you able to walk through your home and be sure God will be proud of what you doing, saying, with the books and magazines you have, and what you are watching on television? Are you behaving wisely in all your ways? Are you walking in a perfect way? Are you asking God to come into your home and dwell with you? It is an awesome thing to want the Lord to come into your home to dwell with you always.

Do you want to do the things that will bring glory to God and God only? Are you getting rid of all the undesirable things in your home and life? What are you doing to rid your life of all the undesirable things? This could mean you need to rid yourself of some of your friends if they are ungodly and they don’t bring glory to God. Some people want to eye the immorality, wickedness, brutality, violence, pornography, and anything that will satisfy their lust and desire for distorted pleasure. A godly person wants nothing to do with things like this. If your friends want these things, are you willing to rid yourself of them? People committed to God will not allow these things in their homes and life.

The one person I want in my home is God. God is the one that matters the most in my life. I want to know that if anyone was to come to my home they would not see anything that would be undesirable to God or to them. Is this how you feel?

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you have enjoyed our visit. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nails In The Fence

It is so easy to lose our temper and say things we shouldn't have. It is not easy to keep quiet when we are angry, nevertheless this is what we should always do. Once it is said there is no taking it back. We can say we are sorry and the person may forgive us but the hurt and the scar is still there.

I remember several years ago when Dave and I went to the store I said something to him and by the look on his face I knew I had hurt him. I was so angry that I didn't even tell him I was sorry until much later. Even though I was angry I knew I shouldn't have said it and when I didn't say I was sorry it even made it much worse. I know the Holy Spirit was talking to me but I had to get over my anger, so I thought.  We should never wait when the Holy Spirit speaks to us. I am so thankful that I finally listen to the Spirit speaking to me even though it was four or five hours later when I finally told Dave I was sorry.

Proverbs 15:18; "A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife".

James 1:19; "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath":

If I would have been slow to anger and slow to speak, feelings would not have been hurt and I wouldn't have hurt Dave so bad and I would not have felt so bad for what I said. I hurt him and it wasn't necessary. I praise the Lord the Holy Spirit dealt with me and that I listened to Him even if it took awhile.

I received the following the other day and it is such a good illustration of anger and what it does. I hope you enjoy it.
Nails In The Fence

There was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his Father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his Father that all the nails were gone.

The Father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same". When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out but the hole is still there.

No matter how many times you say "I'm sorry", the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. The best thing to do is not to say anything. If you get angry, don't take the chance of hurting someone and leaving a scar in their heart by hateful words. It is worth working on every single time you feel yourself getting angry.

May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Are You Ready

Are you ready? I am serious, are you ready? The Lord may come today, tonight, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. We do not know when He will come, not even Himself, only God knows.

I Corinthians 15:52; "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed".

Are you ready? God doesn't want anyone to perish, He warns all of us in the Bible about all the things to come.

Are you prepared for His coming? If you aren't prepared you will be left behind. Present day believers have no idea when He will come for them, there will no warning before His coming. We should never think it won't be today because it could be. We must believe He will come anytime.

Matthew 24:44; "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh". Jesus is warning us, the church, that we must be ready at anytime. When He returns He will catch up believers from the earth at an unexpected time, He will take us up to where He is. John 14:3; "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also".

Jesus has told us that He will return for His faithful followers so we will be in heaven with Him, to a place He has prepared for us. We will be with Him forever. When He said "receive you unto myself", He is referring to the rapture when all living believers will be caught up together.
All believers must be ready, this means we cannot presume His coming will be at a later time, we just don't know when He will come. Are you looking up toward the sky?
We need to be serving and working for the Lord at all times, not just on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, or when the church doors are open but all of the time. We need to be out talking to people and bringing them to the Lord, the Holy Spirit will help us do this. We need to always help the new believers in Christ to understand the things of the Lord. We also need to keep our relationship going with the Lord, we need to be praying not only for ourselves, our families and friends, but for ones we don't know and yes, even our enemies.

Believe it or not, working for the Lord is fun. You meet new people and the fun part is telling them all about the Lord. God has done so much for all of us and He is still doing things for us. We need to show Him how much we love Him and appreciate all the things He does for us. When you stop and think about it, it is really exciting. Do you like excitement? I do. I am a timid or backward person but there are times when I start talking about the Lord I get so excited and it is hard for me to shut up.

Are you ready for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, you need to start getting ready as He could come in the next second or minute. We may not have much time left.

Thanks for stopping by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How Is Your Life

How many of us have ever acted or lived like we are something we are not? I believe at one time or another all of us have. Perhaps it was when you were younger or maybe you are even doing it now. I know when I was in high school there were a couple times I acted like I was something that I really wasn’t. I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I believe the Holy Spirit was working in my life so that I would know it wasn’t right. Doing this made me feel down right miserable.

Jesus warned the disciples of doing this. Luke 12:1-3; “IN THE mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. v.2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. v.3  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops”.

Hypocrisy means acting as if you are something you are not. Being a hypocrite is being a deceiver. Living a life of a deceiver will make a person an ally with Satan, the father of lies. It may start out innocently but never the less it is a sin. Hypocrisy is just the opposite of what God is, God is truth.

Jesus warned His disciples about hypocrisy and hidden sin telling them it will be exposed. If it isn’t in this life it will be exposed on the day of judgment. No matter what is done in secret or behind closed doors, it will be revealed openly at some point. It is much better for a person to live the life they have, not a life of a hypocrite.

If a person is not satisfied with their life or something that is in their life they need to change it. A person should never act like they are something they aren’t. This means if a person is not satisfied with their relationship with God instead of acting like it is a godly relationship, they need to change it.

When a person lives in hypocrisy it is a sign that they have no fear of God and don’t possess the Holy Spirit with His regenerating grace. If a person continues in the state of hypocrisy they cannot escape the damnation of hell.

Why not examine your life to make sure you are not living in some type of hypocrisy?

I am glad you dropped by today. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Monument To God

Joshua 4:21; “And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones”?
In the Old Testament stones were frequently used to make a monument to remind future generations about God’s salvation and His grace toward His people. It was very important for future generations to know and understood this. God did many things for the people of Israel and they wanted them to have something to remind them to tell their children of certain things that happened. The great things God had done for them.

Is it important for to you to tell your children of all the things God has done for you? Believers today can choose certain things or places as a tribute to remind them of the things God has done for them. It could be something that would aid in teaching the children how to rely on God for guidance, strength, and help throughout their life.

Has there been anyone in the family or a friend that has had an illness that the Lord has healed? Has anyone needed help financially and Lord has helped them with, or has someone needed guidance in an important decision and God has led them in the direction they should go? There are so many things God has helped each one of us, our families, and friends with and we should let our children know about it so they will know where to go as they grow up and become adults. Sometimes the Lord will work and speak through the Holy Spirit in a child’s life, this is so important to let other children know it just isn’t in adults (Mommy and Daddy’s) lives that He works.

God will always have the desire for people to be concerned about the faith of their children. We need to always make sure our children know of God’s power and faithfulness. What better way to show our children of this than to have a monument of some sorts to have a visual way of showing them?

The way the world is that we live in today we need to teach and show our children of God’s love, power, grace, and faithfulness. The dark one is just waiting for us NOT to teach and show our children of God’s great love. If we teach them while they are young, if they happen to drift away they will return to the ways of the Lord. Do we dare take a chance with the lives of our children?

Thank you for stopping by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!