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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TRUTH vs. LYING

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.” - Psalm 25:5 (NIV) 
     Why is it that some folks find it so hard to be truthful? The “truth” is that when you get caught, as most people do, it is a very uncomfortable place to be and it should be. Nothing positive and lasting has ever been gained by lying. It only brings pain, sorry and regret. Most importantly, the integrity that an individual may have had is gone; evaporated into the wind the moment they are found out. Integrity, credibility and trust are three characteristics that are vital in the life of any person, especially the Christian, who is supposed to be like Christ in all his thoughts, words and deeds. When these characteristics are lost, it is a very long hill they must climb to reestablish any semblance of trust back again. Many times it is lost forever and the guilty party has absolutely no one to blame but themselves.
     The lying we are speaking of is the type is done to cover up a misdeed as a means of deceiving another person. In spite of any lies we may tell in our lives, there is forgiveness freely given if it is sought.  If we come to our God with a truly contrite heart, he will restore us spiritually.
     God is the personification of truth.  Jesus Christ is the only one who will never, ever fail or deceive you. He is the standard against which all else is to be measured. If God says it you can rely on it to be completely factual and true. This is why the Psalmist asks his Heavenly Father to “guide (him) into truth” and not just any truth but the perfect and righteous truth of Almighty God. 
(NIV) = The New International Version of the Bible.

Monday, August 21, 2017

THIRSTING FOR GOD

“But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”Psalm 42:8 New Living Translation
     According to the Reformation Study Bible, God’s loving kindness is toward those who are in covenant with him. They have acknowledged his rule over them and are the ones his promises are meant for. We are in covenant with God if we have accepted Christ’s forgiveness thru his blood.
     There is a certain level of joy that comes to the heart of those who have surrendered their own will over to their God. It can cause us to praise him with a song in our heart. The Lord has that sort of effect on those whom he has created. Too many are lost and have no idea they’ve been forgiven. They need to see the great and wonderful gift that has been purchased at great price for them. Some may never see, blinded by the prince of this world who seeks only to destroy. Truly living with the resources at your disposal to successfully survive only comes thru following Christ.
     The unfailing love of God shall cover those who are committed to him. No matter what we do we cannot escape this unconditional blessing. God shall love us now and forever, regardless of who we are or how we act. It shouldn’t cause us to live as we choose, but rather cause us to do whatever he says for he alone has the power to see us thru to the end. That’s something to keep in mind. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Quote from Oswald Chambers

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, 
not on the difficulties." 
Oswald Chambers

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quote from Max Lucado

"The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.'" 
Max Lucado

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quote by Soren Kierkegaard

"Prayer does not change God, 
but it changes him who prays." 

Soren Kierkegaard 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quote by Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." 

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, August 14, 2017

A Quote from Oswald Chambers

"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God 
whose ways you may not understand at the time." 

Oswald Chambers



Sunday, August 13, 2017

OUR INCREDIBLE WORTH

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” - Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation
     Thinking back on the entirety of your life have you ever thought of yourself as a masterpiece? Well you are in God’s eyes. He paid a price you could never pay to rid you of your sin. That’s pretty amazing! But far too many people, both believers and non-believers, don’t happen to think they are worth much. That is a lie from the pit of hell. You are worth so much that God became man and died in your place so you wouldn’t have to.
     The salvation that has been purchased for you with Christ’s blood is not a reward for doing good things, for being good is a relative thing. No one will ever be good enough to earn God’s forgiveness. Knowing this to be true God allowed his own blood to be shed as an offering to erase our sin.
     This is phenomenal news! So what are you going to do with it. Do you simply believe in Christ or are you attempting with God’s help to imitate Christ? That’s an important question to ask yourself because God looks at our heart and if we aren’t sincere about following Jesus he will know it. You are of incredible worth to Almighty God! Accept it to be true and live like you mean it. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Friday, August 11, 2017

LIVING OUT THE LAW

“I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches.” - Psalm 119:14 New Living Translation
     A testament is something that provides proof or evidence; it’s a statement of belief. The Bible has an Old Testament and a New Testament. The Laws of Moses cover the Old Testament and God’s grace covers the New Testament. The Mosaic Law was the standard the followers of God were to abide by in that day. The Law was replaced by God’s grace once Christ came. The law no longer binds us yet if we are living to please God we will end up living out his laws as a natural outcropping of serving him. His laws do not restrict us but rather enable us to be all God knows we can be in this life.
     The comparison of rejoicing in God’s Law as much as a person would in great riches may seem odd, especially to those in the world, but the follower of Christ has come to realize that while money is necessary to exist, it is easily spent and therefore does not last. Following God’s standards will lead us to true fulfillment, contentment and peace. This is something money cannot do no matter how great the amount happens to be.
     You may find yourself struggling financially, but even if you were given the resources to eliminate your monetary woes you would still not be content. Money is one of those things a person seems to think they never have enough of. That which the Lord offers cannot be purchased with money. The one who meets our needs is the Lord. He is in Hebrew terms our Jehovah Jireh (ji’rah), our provider. There is nothing that we are in need of that God will not provide for us. So love God’s laws and live according to his statutes and you will find that while life this side of heaven will never be perfect, it will be the best it can be because of God’s involvement. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mahatma Gandhi Quote

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words 
than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Billy Graham Quote

"Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be 
more and more like Christ." 


Billy Graham

Monday, August 7, 2017

PLEASING GOD

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 New Living Translation
     Something that is impossible is something that is ‘not capable of being accomplished’. While it is said that nothing is impossible for God, there are many things that are impossible for mortal man. If one wishes to come to God that person must accept that his existence is real and true and must have a sincere and determined desire to not only seek him but also find him. The writer of Hebrews states that it is impossible to please God without faith. The very definition of faith believes in something that is unseen as if it can be seen. It doesn’t say how much faith you need, just that you must have faith. Jesus speaks of faith the size of a mustard seed in the gospels (Matthew 17:20).  The mustard seed is a seed about the size of a pinhead, so it doesn’t take a lot of faith to please God. Just as it only takes one drop of Jesus’ blood to save a sin sick soul, it only takes the tiniest amount of faith to please our Lord.
     What reward shall we receive from God for seeking him. It doesn’t say, but it wouldn’t be anything material, since material things are temporal. The reward could be his presence in our lives or forgiveness of sins or eternity with him, take your pick. All are worthy rewards and more than generous in light of what we have without him. What is also required is a submissive spirit, for it breeds healthy results.
     Just knowing that nothing is impossible for God should encourage us. As we submit to his will for our lives nothing shall be unattainable. Pleasing the Lord needs to be our top priority in this life. Pleasing oneself results in an inadequate blessing. Pleasing God will, in the end,  result in an eternity with him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; the American Heritage Dictionary.