Friday, January 30, 2015

Choose Your Attitude!

He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whosoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered. (Prov. 28:26) 

This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude . . . keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me. 

Yet, we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can't be changed in life than we do giving attention to the one thing that can, our choice of attitude. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Attitude is everything. 

Our attitude will speak volumes. Our attitude will influence others around us. Our attitudes will reveal a lot about ourselves and who we are in Christ. My dear friend, what kind of attitude do you have at the reading of this post? 

Is your attitude a godly one? Is your attitude pleasing God and bringing glory to His name? My hope and prayer is that the attitude you have is a godly one. Why? Because I would be more than happy to hang out with you and enjoy godly fellowship with you. See how that works? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Light For The Path!

Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) 

A healthy fear of God will do much to deter us from sin. When we have a proper fear of the living Lord, we live a cleaner life. Any born-again person who sins willfully has momentarily blocked out his fear of God. You and I can do that. When we actively engage in sin, we consciously put aside what we know to be the truth about God. We suppress the knowledge of Him in our hearts and minds. We lie to ourselves by saying, " We'll get by. God won't mind so much." . . . 

I must say that this wholesome fear of the Almighty has turned up missing in our era. And when it is absent, we think we may do as we please. You can live as you please if you know you're not being seen and you won't get caught. But if, down deep inside, you know there is a living and holy God who will not let you get away with sin, you will avoid sin at all costs. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication

My dear friends, have you found yourself in a very dark place lately? I have found myself in several dark places during my Christian walk. The degree of darkness varied from time to time. There were moments when the darkness around me became overbearing and would have been completely lost without Jesus in my life. There have also been moments when the darkness around me would be somewhat like the dawn light of the day. 

The miraculous part is that the further I read God's Word and pray before my Heavenly Father, my path becomes clearer. My confidence in Him becomes stronger. My faith is further reinforced. My energy levels continue to increase incrementally. My passion for Him and everything about Him grows as well. In the same way light brings life into a plant, God's light on our paths will have amazing effects upon us and those around us. 

When God's light shines upon your path, only good things will happen. My dear friend, is God's light shining upon your path? If so, wonderful. Always keep your eyes on Him because He will lead you and guide you in the way you should go. If you don't, don't hesitate to ask God to shed His light upon your path. In a nutshell, your path is your the situation you currently find yourself in. Without God's light upon your path (situation), your path (situation) will remain in total darkness and you will be blind to the course (situation) that you find yourself in. Only Jesus can shed light on our paths. Only Jesus can reveal the obstacles that can and will obstruct any progress off fulfilling our God-given roles while on earth and ultimately our eternal destination, heaven. Be encouraged my friend! God is on your side! 

Thank you so much for reading this my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tender And Tolerant!

The wellspring of wisdom like a flowing brook. (Prov. 18:4) 

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.--- George Washington Carver

I have admired those words for years. They reflect a perspective easily forgotten in a dizzy schedule of demands and deadlines. It is easy in such a scene to become shortsighted, to think that now is forever. But those who sustain a close companionship with wisdom tend to be more tender, compassionate, sympathetic, and tolerant than those whose world revolves around themselves. 

With wisdom comes depth and stability. When we navigate through life under full sail with wisdom at the helm, we may not miss all of the storms, but we will have the strength to persevere. We can face the unforeseen, without the fear of sinking. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

Tenderness and tolerance are among the key ingredients needed as Christians in our daily lives. Jesus provided us numerous examples of tenderness in His ministry. He was tender towards the woman he met at the well. He was also tender toward those that were widely rejected by the society they lived with. Jesus personified tenderness, tenderness that is sorely lacking in our culture today. 

Jesus also personified tolerance. Jesus was never quick to strike back at anyone without justifiable reasons. What do I mean by that? A good example of this was His intolerant nature when He turned over tables, raised a ruckus, and began saying that this temple became a "den of thieves". Even though in this example there was a display of apparent "intolerance", there must have been lots of tolerance leading up to that event. Jesus found a legitimate reason to break the tolerance to display His displeasure of disrespecting the house of worship. 

When thinking about the above examples about  Jesus personifying tenderness and tolerance, have you been able to relate to Jesus in your potential for tenderness and tolerance? As Christians, we must be very careful not to confuse tolerance with long-suffering. Mind you, tenderness must be on display every single moment of our lives. Tolerance, on the other hand, depends on the subject of hand. While there are lots of things we need must tolerate, there are also others in which there should be zero tolerance for. A good way to find out what we shouldn't tolerate is to find out what God is and is not tolerant of. If you're absolutely curious as to what God is not tolerant of, go to His Word. There are lots of examples outlined for us there. 

My dear friends, are you tender AND tolerant? 

Thank you so much for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you always! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Look Heavenward!

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. (Prov. 5:21) 

God is exacting in His knowledge. . . . Not one detail escapes His attention. . . . He knows everything about us. We are an open book before Him. Furthermore, He is immutably faithful. And yet He deliberately surprises us with difficult assignments, premature or unexpected deaths, lost jobs, and disappointing circumstances along the journey, even while were in the nucleus of His will. Let's face it, it's a mystery. . . . 

Wherever you are in this journey called life, wherever you may be employed, wherever you may be in your domestic situation, wherever you may be in your age, your health, or your lifestyle, God may be preparing you for a great surprise in order to find you faithful. Rather than running from Him, let me suggest the opposite: run toward Him. . . . Look heavenward and realize that this arrangement is sovereignly put together for your good and for His glory. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

Millions of people around the world who are in Christ are heaven-bound. In the process of being heaven-bound, our eyes have to be looking heavenward. All of us as Christians have to be looking heavenward. The prize that awaits us is not here on earth. It is in heaven. No matter what it looks like for you at this present moment, keep looking heavenward. Never stop looking heavenward my friend. 

Jesus has told us in His Word that He has a place prepared for us. Isn't that encouraging? Isn't that something that is worthwhile to keep our eyes on? It is for that reason and so much more why we live our lives here on earth the way we do. We want to live our lives in such a manner here on earth that not only pleases God, but will bring glory to His name. God has provided us with the life, the resources, and the passion to reach out to as many people around the world who are in desperate need to see what we as Christians see. My dear friends, I strongly encourage you in Jesus' name to not only look heavenward yourself, but to encourage others around you to do the same. Tell them why you long to see them in heaven and explain to them that Jesus has prepared a special place for them when they surrender their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. With Jesus coming soon, now is the best time for us to be looking heavenward. Wouldn't you agree with me? Be encouraged! God is so good to us! Amen! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pleasure And Pain!

O my God, I trust in you: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalms 25:2) 

It's impossible to pass through life without experiencing times when you cannot see your way through a deep valley. Times when the package delivered at the back door comes delivered in the ugly wrapping of death or affliction or illness or even divorce. . . . John Selden, the old British jurist and scholar, put it even more bluntly. "Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain."

You may find yourself enjoying the intermission. Today, you may be smiling. Your heart may be light and merry. Perhaps answers to prayer have come beautifully and deliberately. You are swept away in delight. But it's also quite possible that you are caught in the grip of affliction. You may be going through some of the hardest days of your life. You may be wondering Why? Why me? Why this trial? 

When you persevere through a trial, God gives you a special measure of insight. You become the recipient of the favor of God as He gives to you something that would not be learned otherwise. 

Perfect Trust 

Life has lots to offer us. Pleasure and pain is definitely a couple of them. Pleasure and pain definitely make an odd couple. To have too much of one or the other is neither healthy nor beneficial. Too much pleasure, we run the risk of being complacent. Too much pain, we run the risk of becoming bitter and resentful. 

When confronted with a trial, there will be lots more "growing pains" than there will be pleasure. The purpose of the pain in our lives is to refine our character so we can develop into more Christ-likeness. The pleasure that comes afterward is of immense relief in which we now have the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of the struggle and the pain that has resulted because of the trial. 

My dear friends, instead of asking "Why?", "Why me?", or "Why this trial?", we must thank God for having chosen us because He intends on using that trial to create a newer version of who we are right now by blessing us, blessing others, and most importantly, bring glory to His name. Periods of pleasure and pain will arrive into our lives if we haven't yet experienced them. And when they do, thank God. Thank Him for experiencing those human elements. Above all, thank Him for His grace to help through those moments of pleasure and pain. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Urgency Of The Hour!

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown. (Rev. 3:11) 

If you live in the light of Christ's return each day of your life, it does wonders for your perspective. If you realize that you must give account for every idle word and action when you stand before the Lord Jesus, it does amazing things to your conduct. It also makes you recognize how many needless activities we get involved in on this earth. Sort of like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Don't bother! Don't get lost in insignificant details! He's coming soon! Recognize the urgency and the simplicity of the hour! 

Hope Again 

My dear friends, time is quickly running out. Every single day, week, month, and year seems to go by faster and faster. Is it any coincidence that things appear to be going faster than ever before? Absolutely not. 

It's all God's design that time moves faster because He is expediting the Second Coming of His Son, Jesus Christ. In the process of expediting His Son's second coming, God is also increasing a stronger sense of urgency in His children and world-at-large. The unfolding events in this world forces us to develop a stronger sense of urgency. 

As Christians, that sense of urgency should be winning as many souls for Christ as possible. Let's be honest, if it is in the United States where terrible things are slowly, but surely developing in spite of our economy and military strength, how much more should the rest of the world take notice in what is happening in their own respective countries and neighborhoods? 

My dear friends, I cannot speak for everyone that reads the words of this blog post, but the one thing that is for sure is that God has created a sense of urgency in me in this very hour to get the word out at this very moment to let you know that God has an amazing plan and purpose for your life as long as you let Him do it. He will never force Himself upon you. That is why He has given us a freewill. Our freewill is a precious gift from God that should never be taken for granted. Are you sensing the urgency of your hour? I hope and pray that that is the case my friend.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friend! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hope Revived!

For in you, O LORD, do I hope: you will hear, O Lord my God. (Psalm 38:15) 

Take us from our wealth and we are unhindered. Take our health and we are handicapped. Take our purpose and we are slowed, temporarily confused. But take away our hope, and we are plunged into deep darkness . . . stopped dead in our tracks, paralyzed. Wondering, "Why?" Asking, "How much longer? Will this darkness ever end? Does He know where I am?" 

Then the Father says, "That's far enough," and how sweet it is! Like blossoms in the snow, long-awaited color returns to our life. The stream, once frozen, starts to thaw. Hope revives and washes over us. 

Inevitably, spring follows winter. Every year. Yes, including this one. 

The Finishing Touch 

My hope being revived is entirely tied to God's plan and purpose for my life. My only hope for my entire life being revived is exclusively identified in Christ. Jesus gave me a reason to live when He chose to die for my sins. 

My dear friends, can you say the same for your own life? Can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror and come to the same or similar conclusion of your hope being inevitably tied to God's plan and purpose for your life? 

Look at the world around you. Can your hope be revived in those things and people around you? To be honest with myself and all of you, no. I thought I keep it real and honest in this post because so many of us (including me) have kept our hope in the things and people of this world instead of in God and God alone. 

If my hopes and dreams are going to be revived in any way, shape, or form, they have to be inevitably tied to the plans and purposes that God has for my life. There was a time when many of my hopes and dreams have died because I have placed all my hope in the things and people around me instead of in God alone. My dear friends, I am writing this to you because God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. Instead of surrendering your hopes and dreams to the things and people of this world, surrender your hopes and dreams to God alone and let Him be the One to resurrect all the hope that has once died in your life. Be encouraged and strengthened in Jesus' name! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Friday, January 16, 2015

An Attitude Of Satisfaction!

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. (Prov. 23:4) 

To the surprise of many people, the Bible says a great deal about money. It talks about earning and spending,, saving and giving, investing and even wasting our money. But in none of this does it ever come near to suggesting that money brings ultimate security. . . . 

If there were one great message I could deliver to those who struggle with not having an abundance of this world's goods, it would be this simple yet profound premise for happiness. For a moment, let's go at it backwards, from right to left. 

That which constitutes great wealth is not related to money. It is an attitude of satisfaction ("enough is enough") coupled with inner peace (an absence of churning) plus a day-by-day, moment-by-moment walk with God. Sounds so simple, so right, so good, doesn't it? In our world of more, more, more . . . push, push, push . . . grab, grab, grab, this counsel is long overdue. In a word, the secret is contentment

Strengthening Your Grip 

In order for us to have an attitude of satisfaction, we must first have a spirit of contentment. My dear friends, I have always had a small hint that this was the case, but didn't become an actual realization until I have read the above devotional. The realization dawned upon me when I have taken notice that I have often placed more stock on finding satisfaction on external things than those things that came from within me. 

In order for me to have an attitude of satisfaction, I must first be content with who I am in Christ and Christ alone. Is there definitely room for both in my life right now? Yes. I have also come to the understanding that this is an ongoing process during the rest of my life and into eternity. It is only when I finally hear the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant." that I will find wholeness in satisfaction and contentment. The source of my satisfaction and contentment doesn't come from external sources, but from within. Do you desire to have an attitude of satisfaction? Find contentment in Christ first. My dear friends, this is a challenge for all of us. Be encouraged! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

All Walls Finally Fall!

For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. (Eph. 2:14) 

All walls fall . . . eventually. No matter how well-constructed or long-standing it is, the wall will fall. It may be as intimidating as an angry giant or as silent as thin air and just as invisible, like the stubborn will of a person or the bitter spirit of an individual. But all walls finally fall. 

Anyone who knows even a little history knows how true that is. To this day, archaeologists' spades continue to unearth the fallen walls of the world's great empire. Egyptian walls. Grecian walls. Roman walls. French walls. German walls. Russian walls. . . . 

All walls finally fall. Even our own. Even those built up against us. In the final analysis, Christ conquers! . . . There is no wall so great but that He is not greater still. 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

What kind of wall have you built around yourself? 

There was one wall that was not mentioned in the above devotional: the Great Wall of China. I find it amazing that this particular wall (in most part) is still standing to this day. This particular wall is so big that it can be seen from the satellites in space. Yes my friend, that wall is that huge and a major tourist attraction for both foreign and domestic visitors alike. 

The irony of it all is that most of us also happen to have a similar sized wall in our own lives. Our wall just so happens to be composed of past failures, disappointments, betrayals, etc. . . .etc. . . . 

Just like the Chinese, we often decide to build walls in order to "protect" ourselves. The Great Wall of China was a necessity to hold off the Mongolians that had continuously invaded their land. The wall we build around our hearts often serves the same purpose. It serves as a defense mechanism to protect us from those who invade our lives with the intention to harm us. 

Guess what friend: the wall around our hearts have to come down one day. If they don't fall soon, they will fall later. The fact of the matter is that the wall we use to protect ourselves will have to fall. All walls finally fall. Has the wall around your heart fallen yet? Better yet, have you begun the process of knocking down the wall yourself? When we are in Christ, there is no reason to have any walls erected in our lives. In the same way Jesus made Himself vulnerable to the people around Him, we must also do the same with the people around us. Amen? I pray that this post will encourage you to not only be vulnerable but transparent as well. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Monday, January 12, 2015

You Are God's Personal Concern!

When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Prov. 16:7) 

You know what? God personally cares about the things that worry us. He cares more about them than we care about them: those things that hang in our minds as nagging, aching, worrisome thoughts. 

Moses had some worrisome thoughts dragging him down. Do you remember why he left Egypt. . . ? He was running for his life. Pharaoh and some of his men were looking for Moses, to kill him. (Exodus 2:15) Then forty years later God told Moses to return to Egypt (Exodus 3 and 4). Naturally Moses was worried about those men back in Egypt who wanted his head. He was reluctant to go back. But once he acquiesced to God's will, he said, "Lord, I'm available. I'm going to trust in You with all my heart. I'm not going to lean on my own understanding." Then while he was still in Midian, God said to him, "Oh by the way Moses, you know all the men who sought your life. They're dead." Isn't that remarkable? What a tremendous relief! 

Perfect Trust 

My friends, YOU are God's personal concern! 

Let those words sinking into your entire being a little bit. Those words are a big deal! Those words are comforting from the perspective that He is sovereign and He definitely has everything under control. 

My dear friends, God is more concerned about your life than you can possibly be about your own life. He is concerned about all the small details of your life (even those big ones too!). In those moments of any given day, God has an amazing way of showing Himself Faithful and True. You're probably thinking, "If God is so concerned with my life, why does He allow me to struggle and suffer?" That is a fair question as I have asked that question a million times myself. The "crazy" part is that every time I asked that question I would get the same answer. The answer is quite simple: He is sovereign. No matter what you are going through or concerned about, God is there by your side. Yes, He is watching you and listening to your pleas. All you need to do is approach Him with childlike (not childish) faith. It can (and will) be a whole lot easier said than done, but it can (and will) definitely be done, in His time, not in ours. So friend, do you trust God enough to surrender your most pressing concerns to Him? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An Unshakable Foundation!

Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; . . . in this will I be confident. (Psalm 27:3) 

The Hebrew term used by David [in this Psalm] and translated "confident" does not mean self-reliant nor brave, humanly speaking. In Hebrew it means "to trust, to be secure, to have assurance." Its Arabic counterpart is picturesque: "to throw oneself down upon one's face, to lie upon the ground." The point here is that the source of David's confidence and stability was not his own strength---but God. His Lord was his only foundation for rock-like stability. What an unshakable foundation! 

When pressure mounts, when a groundswell of fear invites panic, to whom do you turn? 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

There is a hope that does not disappoint, a faith that never fails. That kind of faith is built on the Rock, Jesus Christ. There is no other foundation that is worth building on (1 Cor. 3:11). If what you have trusted in has moved away from you, if your faith is shaken or has faded, perhaps your beliefs weren't really anchored to Jesus Christ. He is our foundation stone. He is the basis for everything we are, everything we do, and most importantly, the wonderful and glorious future He has for us. Only when we give ourselves to Him, fully entrust ourselves to Him, do we really begin to be what He has made us to be. 

My dear friends, are you standing on the unshakable foundation named Jesus Christ? In these tumultuous times we live in, there is no other place we would want to place our livelihood than on the person of Jesus Christ. To place your livelihood on anything and/or anyone else other than Jesus is a recipe for disaster. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Our Job Is To Obey!

But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy. (Psalm 5:11) 

As you walk the path of trust you will 
experience situations that simply defy explanation. When you look back, after the fact, you could never have figured out a better plan. At the time it seemed strange, mysterious . . . even illogical. Let me assure you, that's God working. Things will happen that seem totally contradictory, but these are God's arrangements. It was a wonderful day when I finally realized I don't have to explain or defend the will of God. My job is simply to obey it. 

It is a waste of time trying to unscrew the inscrutable workings of God. You'll never be able to do it. That's simply the way God works. He honors faith and obedience. He will honor your faith if you will trust Him in a walk of obedience. And when you trust Him completely, you will enjoy inner quietness and security. You will have a secure confidence that you are walking in His will. You will be surrounded by His peace. 

Perfect Trust 

Here's a million dollar question. . . . 

Do you trust God enough to totally and completely surrender your faith and obedience to Him? 

This question is a difficult one to answer and should be thought of long and hard before answering. This is one of the questions that require deep thought and lots of prayer to confirm and understand the ramifications of our obedience to God. The bottom line is trust

I will be among the first to admit that it has taken me many years to trust God (even just a little). So many of us can relate to having trust issues when we have experienced so much disappointment and betrayal in our lives. In my experience, the reason why it was so hard for me to totally trust God and be totally obedient to Him is because of my earthly father leaving my mom while she was pregnant of me. 

As a result, my childhood was extremely hard. My adolescent years were not any easier. My young adult years have gotten somewhat easier, but still continued to battle with the emotional scars of the past as well as certain medical conditions began to surface. Let's be honest, how was I supposed to be able to surrender my faith and obedience in its entirety to God? Let's just say I was challenged to say the least. But. . . . 

"Our job is to obey." 

It was not until I was in my mid thirties when "obedience is greater than sacrifice" really took effect. The hardships that I have faced and continue to face has transformed my faith in God like nothing and no one here on earth can. Nine times out of ten, hardships is the key ingredient involved that becomes the catalyst to living a life of radical faith and obedience. Hardships, may or may not harden our hearts to God and those around us. The choice is ours. Instead of allowing hardships to harden my heart, I allowed God through the hardships to soften my heart, mind, and spirit. Not much has changed at the writing of this post, but one thing that has changed among so many other things is my obedience to God. My obedience to God has transformed me inside out and He is right now in the process of opening more doors to fulfilling the call of Evangelist upon my life. My dear friends, it is never too late to totally surrender your life to God in obedience. Why? Because God continues to knock on the door of your heart just like He has done with me. Praise God! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Storehouse Of Promises!

For when God made a promise. . . Saying, Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. (Heb. 6:13-14) 

God's Book is a veritable storehouse of promises---over seven thousand of them. Not empty hopes and dreams, not just nice-sounding, eloquently worded thoughts that make you feel warm all over, but promises. Verbal guarantees in writing, signed by the Creator Himself, in which He declares He will do or will refrain from doing specific things.

In a world of liars, cheats, deceivers, and con artists, isn't it a relief to know there is Someone you can trust? If He said it, you can count on it. Unlike the rhetoric of politicians who promise anybody anything they want to hear to get elected, what God says, God does. 

The Finishing Touch 

Aren't you tired of hearing all the empty promises that come out of the mouths of the societies we live in? I know I am! 

With so many broken promises that continue to go unfulfilled, how can we find anyone whose promises will be sure-footed and solid. Promises that won't be empty, but full of substance. Promises, when hope and faith is applied, will not only be pleasing to our senses, but fulfill the purpose of why God has placed us on this planet. 

As Christians, God has given us wonderful promises in His Word to serve as constant reminders of His love and faithfulness. His Word is the "storehouse" of promises mentioned in the title of this post. Have you ever walked into a store, check out a small section of the store, then just walk out? I would hope not! There is so much more to that store than just the small section you took the time to check out. 

Our approach to God and His Word should be no different. What good would it do to you if you only took the time to read and memorize a few promises and not take the time to fully explore ALL 700 and more of His promises for your life and the lives of all your friends, family, and loved ones? It wouldn't do any of us any good. 

My dear friends, we must stand firm in our hope that God will fulfill His promise for your life because He can and further reinforce that by standing firm in our faith that God will fulfill those exact promises for your life because He will. All that is needed is the hope and the faith of a mustard seed to see those promises come alive in our lives not only providing us hope during the days we live here on earth and our eternal expectations in the afterlife to come. Be encouraged my friend! God's promises will shape the landscape of your entire life and the lives of those around you!

God bless you my friends and thank you so much for reading this far! May God continue to lead you and guide you into the way everlasting in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Friday, January 2, 2015

God Is In Control!

Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (Prov. 3:7) 

What often looks as if it is here to stay . . . can be frighteningly temporary. When God says, "That's it; that's curtains," it's only a matter of time. It is the perspective in all of this that holds us together. Our God is in complete control. He lets nothing out of His grip. . . . 

Yet our Lord is not some tyrannical god who stomps across heaven like the giant in Jack in the Beanstalk, swinging a club and waiting to give us a smashing blow to the head. No. Rather it is as if He says to us, "You're Mine, and I want you to walk in step with Me. I've arranged a plan so that walking with Me will result in a righteous lifestyle. If you make a decision not to walk with Me, I've also arranged consequences that will happen and you must live with them."

Yes, life is short. Yes, our sins are obvious. . . . But instead of thinking of these days as just about as futile as emptying wastebaskets, see the significance of them in light of God's plan. . . . He has a way of balancing out the good with the bad. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Let's be honest friends, how many times have we heard the phrase "God is in control." yet continue to live our lives as if He wasn't? Having grown up in a Christian home and being surrounded by lots of Christian friends and relatives, those were the words that I have heard on so many different occasions. 

In spite of having heard that phrase so many times, I cannot shake off the impression that our independence has grabbed a stronger hold of us than we would like to admit. It's often easy to say that God is in control when things are going well, but exactly how much faith do we place in those exact words when times get real hard? 

What kind of assurance had God given to you lately that confirms that He is indeed in control? Are you willing to acknowledge that God IS in control regardless of what your present circumstances look like? Granted, not everyone will acknowledge that God is in control because the first thing they will look at are the circumstances and not God Himself. With that said, trust and patience are just a couple of many virtues required to come to a total and complete understanding of God's sovereignty in our lives. So, is God really in control of our lives? YES! All we need to do is look at the final outcome of the events that have yet to fulfill itself in light of biblical prophecy that has been written to us in Scripture. Just ask any solid and seasoned Christian if God is in control. I challenge and recommend that you ask any solid and seasoned Christian you know if God is in control. You just can't ask anyone you see because there are lots of things about God's sovereignty that even someone who is young in the faith wouldn't understand. Be encouraged my friends! God is in control and my prayer is that you will comfort in knowing that as fact. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).