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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Quote by Helen Keller

"Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble,we cannot fully respond 
to its consolations because 
we lack equilibrium between 
light and darkness." 

Helen Keller



Monday, January 15, 2018

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD


So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.  And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.”John 8:28-29
            While we are not nor will we ever be Jesus, we have been asked to imitate him. In these verses Jesus the Son tells his disciples that he only does what he has been taught by the Father. He also states that he always does what is pleasing to the Father. That is not us. We struggle daily with doing the simplest things in the name of the Lord. It’s not like throwing darts at a dartboard. It simply cannot be a hit or miss proposition. It takes a concerted, consistent & continuous effort by us to achieve this.
            The Lord is always with us, even when we are unaware of his presence. He also goes ahead of us to prepare future events that must transpire to bring certain things in our lives to pass. God is busy at work continuously orchestrating situations behind the scenes. This is precisely why we must follow the plan written in scripture that we might achieve that which God knows is best for us and of most value to his kingdom. He chooses to use us for his glory. Follow the path of God, not one forged by your own instincts. God has chosen to use us to proclaim the gospel. What an honor to be used in such a way. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: Bible Gateway; The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31-32
            There are many people who consider themselves Christians. They say they believe in God and in Jesus, but is that as far as it goes? What has their belief done to change the course of their lives? Have they submitted to his teachings and followed them in their lives? A true believer in Christ will make time to read and then apply his teachings to their behavior patterns. Saying you’re a Christian while showing no evidence of it is a waste of your time. God seeks obedience not lip service and trust me he knows the difference. Living the truth is a relational thing. God says what he says to us because he knows in his infinite wisdom that it’s what we need most.
            It should be noted that our salvation is not gotten thru the gaining of knowledge, but thru a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As we commit to his truth we will begin to change on the inside. External changes are less important. They may or may not come, but the important thing is that our heart, soul and spirit be changed. They will begin to reflect the image of the Son.
            If you want to know the truth and live in freedom, know and live the teachings of Christ. It will revolutionize your thinking and fill your heart with peace. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: www.biblegateway.com; The Reformation Study Bible.

Friday, January 12, 2018

YOU’RE AN HEIR

“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”Galatians 3:29
            What was God’s promise to Abraham?  “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3) We are blessed as children of Abraham. But we aren’t Jewish. Ah, but we are. According to Romans 11:11-31 we’ve been grafted into the vine of God’s chosen ones due to their rejection of Christ as the coming Messiah.
            If you feel like a nobody … worthless … without a purpose in this life, know this, if you have had your sins forgiven you are blessed of God and an heir to all his promises. Because of that association you are seen as both holy and righteous. It doesn’t matter if you feel that way; feelings can be deceiving. God’s word says you are, therefore you are. Don’t allow yourself to become depressed because you feel all alone in a crowded room. God is with you wherever you go and is within you by virtue of his Holy Spirit. Reality is never what it seems to be because God is there in the midst of it and what needs to happen in your life will happen at the precise moment it is supposed to take place. You are unconditionally forgiven just by asking. Now how will you allow that to change your life?  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thought From a Random Mind

                                   EMPTY LIVES    

            This past year I’ve been asking God to help me see people the way he sees them. I came to that place in my walk with Christ because I have been terribly guilty of judging others by their appearance. I felt I could pretty much size anybody up just by looking at him or her. It never dawned on me that their life is a complicated story just like mine. I knew nothing about them, yet I judged them just the same. Once the Lord granted my request I began to see something that I never expected to see; empty, unfulfilled lives. It made me very sad and frustrated. I realized that while I wanted to let them in on my reason for living, I had no idea how to broach the subject. Ever feel like that? I’ve been walking with the Lord since March 21st, 1979. I’ve preached and taught and even had 3 books published, yet I have no idea how to begin a talk about the Lord with these people that I rub elbows with each day. My next prayer to the Lord is “fill my mouth with the words they need to hear so that they can know you in a personal way just like I do.” May it be as I have prayed. Amen? Amen. rlkeller

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TRIALS PROMOTE GROWTH

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”1 Peter 1:6-7
            I came upon these verses at an interesting time. I’ve been struggling with a number of things and though I know we all go thru trials and that God is with us in the midst of those trials, I frequently allow my mind to take a trip to the negative side, where reality is rarely present. With all the hope filled verses and encouraging passages in scripture to bolster my faith, I allow myself to become downcast, unable to see the positive in anything that is transpiring. When the dust settles at the end of the day I’ve usually come to a place where I realize things could have been much worse then what I was experiencing at that particular time. The Lord is with us wherever we go and allows our trials to come to us to make us stronger. It becomes a matter of trust. Do I trust God to carry me when I am too weak to stand?
            If nothing ever went wrong in our lives why would be need faith? What would we be trusting God for? The Lord knows us so well that he knows exactly what to send our way to promote spiritual growth when it is needed the most. If we decide not to trust the Lord, whom will we then trust? No one else is flawless, perfect, fair and just like Almighty God. No one knows us like he does. We must lean heavily on Christ for he is the way maker. We should be like Peter, who when asked by Jesus if he would leave the faith as others had done, replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WHAT DO YOU TREASURE?

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” - Matthew 6:19-21
            “Storing treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. There is a sense in which giving out money to God’s work is like investing in heaven. But we should seek to please God’s purposes in all we do.”
            “Jesus made it clear that having the wrong treasures leads to our hearts being in the wrong place. What we treasure the most controls us, whether we admit it or not. If possessions or money become too important to us, we must reestablish control or get rid of items. Jesus calls for a decision that allows us to live contentedly with whatever we have because we have chosen eternal values over temporary, earthly treasures.”

Resources: The verse notes from Matthew 6:20 & 21; page 2012 in The Life Application Study Bible.