Friday, April 29, 2011

Speaking Evil

It is so easy to speak evil of someone especially if we are told by someone this person has done something we don’t believe they should have done. We should not do this. Perhaps the person telling us has not found out all the facts. By doing this we have set aside God’s law of love. We should always find out all the facts. Should you find out this is true you still should not speak evil of this person unless for some reason it would become necessary. If we cannot speak well of someone it would be better for us not to say anything.

James 4:11; “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge”.

The above Scripture says when we speak evil of our brother or judge him is speaking evil of the law and judging the law. We need to be careful of judging the law because the law of the Lord is perfect.

James 4:12; “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy, who art thou that judgest another”?

The only Lawgiver is God Himself and He is the one that reserves the power of passing final sentence on men. He is the one that has the power to save or destroy. He is the one that rewards and the one to punish for disobedience.

We should not try to set other laws or rules; we should go by God’s.

I have been guilty of speaking about someone and there have been times the Holy Spirit has immediately let me know this is something I should not have done. I am working on not saying anything evil of anyone; if I can’t speak well about someone I should not be saying it. I pray the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to me to convict me of this. I hope if you are guilty of this that you will work on it also. If you need help in doing this be sure to call on the Lord as He will help you.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It Depends Whose Hands It's In

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGuire's hands is worth $19 million.
It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venus William's hands is a championship winning.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands may keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy.
A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now, it depends whose hands it's in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families, and your relationships in God's hands because...
It depends whose hands it's in.
You can have something in your hands but it doesn’t mean it is worth as much as it is if it is in the hands of someone else. When you have worries, fears, hopes, dreams, family, and relationships if you put them in God’s hands they will be taken care of. The Lord will take care of each and everyone of these but you must give them to Him and have faith that He will take care of them.

Would you rather have all of your worries, fears, hopes, dreams, family, and relationships in your hands or in the hands of Someone that can really take care of them? Are you capable of taking care of these as well as what the Lord can? Think about this seriously before answering.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Love The Lord Thy God

Matthew 22:37; "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind". Matthew 22:38; "This is the first and great commandment".

Those who believe in Jesus and receive His salvation are asked for their devoted love to God. This type of love requires an attitude where God is so valued and respected that causes us to truly long to have fellowship with Him. Striving to obey Him and bring glory to Him and His name. They will want to advance His kingdom and live for His honor and righteous principles on earth.

The love for God means having a personal attachment of commitment and faithfulness to Him. Our faith should be firm, not wavering, and faithful to our commitment to God, genuine devotion, and loyalty to God's righteous principles in a world that so many are rejecting Him. We need to have a yearning for the presence and fellowship of God at all times.

When we love the Lord with all of our heart this means wholeheartedly not just part of our heart. Our heart cannot be divided in love for Him. We need to know we need Him completely. Our love for God must be a sincere love not one that we say and let it go at that. Our love for Him must be a strong love; we must love Him more than anything else, it should be a supreme love.

All of this may sound like to much but to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind isn't hard at all. If you will think of all God has done for you it will just come as a natural thing. God is the one who will always be with you, help you, take care of you, guide you, and lift you up if you will just let Him.

To love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind is the first and great commandment.

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Believing The Word Of God

Dave received some mail via email today. The information in this was very disturbing to me and I just can't forget about it.

A friend of the person Dave received this mail from passed away. It was sudden and not expected. Life is that way sometimes. The person was writing some things about the man that passed away and the relationship the two couples had. All of it was very nice until it came to the thing that is bothering me. It said he didn't believe in life after death. Then later in the letter it said that she was sure he was looking down and smiling at everyone. To me this is very sad. If he didn't believe in life after death where would he be that he would be looking down smiling at everyone?

I have been looking in the Bible for some Scripture that would help me find out about this. How can a person believe in God but not life after death? I believe a person cannot pick and choose what they believe in the Bible. You have to believe what the Bible tells you, not what you want to believe.

Christians know they will be alive and in heaven when they leave this earth. II Corinthians 5:8; "We are confident, I say, and willing to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord". There is life after death as this is what the Word of God tells us. This is a promise God has given us. We will either be with God or with Satan.

I am so blessed to have God with me and having His Word to read and study. He has given us so much information and we just need to keep reading and rereading and studying. I am so thankful I believe in God and what His Word tells me. When I don't understand something I try to find out what it means even if that means calling Debi and talking to her about it.

It is beyond me how some people choose what they want to believe in the Bible. My feeling is by believing in God you just believe in everything not just this or that. A person believes whatever it is God has chosen to tell us because we love Him and want to obey His commands. To me it is that simple.

John 3:16; "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". This Scripture tells us if we just believe in Jesus Christ we will have everlasting life. I pray everyone reading this will know there is life when we leave our earthly body.

If you don't already know Jesus or you feel the need to rededicate your life to the Lord, I urge you to pray for forgiveness of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and Saviour.

Just say this prayer: Jesus, I love you and ask you to forgive me of all of my sins. I ask you to be Lord and Saviour of my life. Guide me in the way you would have me go. I thank you for your love and your forgiveness.

Jesus has forgiven you your sins and you are now in the family of God. All of us welcome you to our family. If you need to know something about the Lord just ask us.

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

Monday, April 25, 2011

What Will Be Your Reward

What type of reward do you want when you reach heaven? I want the best there is, I don't mean to sound greedy but that is what I want.

How am I going to get this reward? I have to work for it and show I am worthy of the best. What I am given here on earth and how I use it and do with it is what is going to help me get the reward I want.

If God gives to me for a possession here on earth and I don't take care of it or if I don't use the gifts He gives me, what good are there?

What about my faith? Do I use my faith to help others and advance God's glory? If I have faith but don't use it or show that I have faith, it will never help me. It will never bring glory to God.

If God gives me a ministry but I do nothing with it, what good is it? It doesn't do me any good nor does it help anyone. If I haven't used my ministry to advance the knowledge of God it doesn't give God any glory. The ones God wants me to help will have been ignored as far as my ministry goes. He would make sure the person heard from someone else because God wants everyone to know about the Gospel but I didn't do anything to advance my ministry or God's glory.

Matthew 25:29; "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hat not shall be taken away even that which he hath". It is telling us if we are blessed with worldly wealth and possessions and have used them to advance the glory of God and to help those around us we are given more in heaven. Those that have and act as if they have none it shall be taken away. We can also apply it to the means of grace. Those who work hard at wanting to improve the opportunities God has given them, God will enlarge them.

Gifts of the Spirit can also be used as an example. The ones having these and does well with them shall have abundance. By using these gifts we can do more than if we didn't. If we have these gifts but never use them, what good are they?

If I have love but never give nor show it to anyone how is this going to help me or anyone else? The love of God has not been shown to anyone and God's love and glory is not revealed. God has so much love and we know this and we should share our love.

If what I know about God and His Word is never shared with anyone what good is it to me? I am not doing what the Word of God asks me to do. It is not showing God's glory.

Whatever God gives to us to use we need to use it. We need to advance and show God's glory ever chance we have. We need to use everything God has given to us every single day. We need to make sure everyone knows about God and what He has done for us.

Being great in faith, godly character, wisdom, self-control, patience, and love is something we all need to learn. In God's view greatness in His kingdom are those with the greatest love, loyalty, and commitment to Him and to His Word.

Whatever we possess here on earth we will have in abundance in heaven.

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