Sunday, November 25, 2012

86,400




         86,400 is quite a large number, isn't it?  Imagine someone giving you that much money.
                  What might you do with it?  Many of us might pay off our bills. Take a vacation etc.
                   Certainly one would be blessed if he were able to have that many close friends. Yet we are not speaking of those kinds of things, when we refer to the number 86,400.
          What then is it that equals 86,400? Would it be the number of bones in one's body? No, nothing like that, It is the number of seconds in a day.
          Yes, each day affords us with 86,400 seconds of time to use as we see fit, time to serve God, time to eat, time to sleep, and everything else we do.
           Someone once made the observation of how difficult it would be for someone to spend $86,400 each day, with the stipulation that he could not save it, nor "invest" it, etc.  Because at the end of the day, he would lose any money he had not spent.
          This is similar to the gift of 86,400 seconds we have each day, at the end of the day, they are gone forever! We have no roll-overs.
           Friends 86,400 seconds is all we have been given for the day. How will we use this precious time? Will it be used in selfish pursuit's, or in Godly efforts?  Let us resolve to stop wasting time and instead make the best use of it. Ephesians 5: 15-17
          See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

          When ever i think of God's faithfulness to me over the years, I think of a dear lady by the name of Corrie Ten Boom, a remarkable Dutch woman.
           Corrie was imprisoned in a Ravensbruk  concentration camp, later she traveled the world over telling her story of suffering, forgiveness, and joy.
           For thirty-five years of her life, Corrie never had a permanent home, at the age of eighty-five some friends provided her with a lovely home in California, It was a luxury Corrie never dreamed she would have.
           One day a movie director friend stopped by to visit with Corrie and while they were talking, he said. " Corrie hasn't God been good to give you, this beautiful house?"
            She replied with a firmness in her voice. " My friend God was good when I was in Ravenbruk too!"
            Has God been good to you? Why not give him thanks this Thanksgiving for seeing you through the good times as well as the bad ones
             Isaiah 41: 10
             Fear not, for I am with you: be not dismayed, for I am your God.   

Sunday, November 18, 2012

CHRISTIAN

           The word "Christian" has come to be used in the religious realm as an attachment to any and everything that is desired of a person.
           Today we read of  Christian Ministries,  Christian fellowship, Christian schools, Christian weight -loss centers, Christian dating sites, any activity or end ever that is religious in nature is  identified  as such by calling it a "Christian --------.
           Is this how the word is to be used?  What does the word Christian actually mean? For the answer we turn to the Bible to see how it is used there.
                Acts: 11:26----And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
          Acts: 26:28----Agrippa said to Paul, In a short time would you persuade me to become a Christian.
          1  Peter  4:  16 ----If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
          What do these passages reveal about a Christian?  Simply put it means Christ-like.
           The term is not to be used  to justify what we desire to offer to God, but properly it defines for us, only the things that Christ exemplified in His life.  
            A Christian truly is, Christ-like in all aspects of his life. Individually and collectively,  being Christ-like means we are obedient to Him,  as He was to His heavenly father,He kept the commandment His father gave Him, so should we keep them too, thus the matter is determined by God,Not by man.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES




          Who holds me captive? Who causes me to lose my focus?  Who keeps me spinning my wheels instead of moving forward?    I do.
               When I mess up,  I choose to do nothing,  or  I choose to ask for forgiveness.
          When I say the wrong thing,  I choose to carry that around with me,  or  I choose to make it right.
          When I wrong God, I choose to pray to Him and repent,  or  I choose  to allow that to separate me from Him.
               When I face a challenge or a decision, I choose to seek Gods will for me,  or  I choose to do it my way.
           When I am angry, I choose  to take it out on others,  or  I choose to take it to God and let Him take care of it.
           When I am sad, I choose to be sad and depressed,  or  I choose to praise God and dwell on His promises.
           When I have been wronged, I choose revenge,  or  I choose to trust God to handle the situation for me.
            When I am confused, I choose to talk to everybody but God,  or  I choose to talk to Him first.
            When I am lost, I choose to seek direction in this world,  or  I choose to follow the road God has made for me.

            There is always a choice,  Who sets me free?  Who gives me life?  Who gives me purpose?  Who helps me move forward?  THAT WOULD BE GOD, BUT THE CHOICES ARE UP TO ME.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

UNWELCOME GUEST



          The mischievous twins,  envy and jealousy, these two are common guest in many homes today.
         The less fortunate envy the wealthy, kids that are not out standing athletes envy those that are, couples that are unable to bear children envy those that can, churches that have only a few members envy those that have many.
          There seems to be no end to the modern day list of envy and jealousy.
          The Bible declares envy and jealousy are rottenest of the bones. Proverbs 14:30
          Envy and jealousy have been around for a long time, one doesn't have to read far into the Bible to find it in peoples lives.
          Envy made the top Seven deadly sins in the Bible.
          Unchecked it can cause division in our family's,  violence in our lives, even to the point of murder, bitterness toward others, disrupts peace in society, disrupts peace in our homes, disrupts even peace in the church of the living God.
          What can we do to avoid envy and jealousy?
           First: We can thank God for what we have, rather than dwell on the thought that some one else might have it better.
           Second: Be content with what we have.
           Third: God tells us not to envy others. 
           Fourth: We know from Gods word envious people can not inherit Gods kingdom. 
           These reasons alone ought to inspire us not to be envious.
           Satan knows envy and jealousy are barriers to fellowship with God.
           Don't let him steal your Joy and Peace; Don't  entertain his two guest in your home. Pledge to be an over comer for Christ today!