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There have been many times when a thought or a message came to mind.  Times when God gently spoke to me about things on my mind or maybe things that I was going through.  Here are some blog postings written rather spontaneously with no continuity of message or of sequenced date, just some spontaneous thoughts on various subjects.

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Blessings and Curses Are Conditional

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Included in the Palestinian Covenant is a vital principle of Scripture:

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.  (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

 

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible expounds on this principle at length.  The following is taken from notes on pages 211 and 226 of the Old Testament:

 

Blessings and Curses Are Conditional (Deut. 11:27)

All blessings and curses of Scripture are based on obedience and disobedience to the revealed will of God.  Such conditions, as well as the curses and blessings of God, are so plain that anyone can understand them and obey.  Furthermore, it is clear in Scripture that conditions must be met if blessings are to be received.  Continued blessings are conditioned by continued obedience--not just for Israel, but for anyone.  It is plainly stated that if Israel failed to do the will of God and gave themselves to backsliding and rebellion, "as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.  And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other" (Dt.  28:63-68).

 

This has been literally fulfilled and is still in fulfillment at the present time.  Paul uses this example to warn Christians that if God did not spare Israel from cutting them off when they sinned, He would not spare others (Rom. 11).  Thus, the truth is that only with continued obedience will God continue to bless anyone.  Furthermore, when the righteous turn from righteousness and commit sin, they are cursed again by God (vv.  1-68; Ex.  32:32-33; Lev.  26; Ezek.  18, 33; see Backsliding, p.  237 of O.T., Twenty-one Examples of Beings Fallen From Grace, p.  284 of N.T.

 

If all free moral agents had obeyed God from their creation until now, there would have been no sin and no curse of any kind in the entire universe.  All God's covenants are based on this principle of right and wrong, sin and righteousness.  There is no such thing in Scripture as the government of God or man without strict obedience to law as the basis of assurance of continued grace or favor with those in charge of the government.  In the event of sins against both God and man there must be punishment to assure continued respect for government and those who govern.  It would be a great incentive to rebels if they knew there would be no punishment for rebellion.  No government could long endure where there was leniency with those who plot and practice its overthrow.  If laws and penalties are revealed to subjects of government and they ignore, reject, and willfully disobey them; or if the government is lax and the rulers too weak to punish rebellion, rebels will take over.

 

God is not such a ruler, nor does He carry on a weak government.  He upholds law and order and metes out punishment and reward as required, thus demonstrating His sovereingnty and moral responsibility.  Whether the subjects are holy angels or men, God must demand obedience to all His laws.  He is also obligated to punish as His law prescribes, or bless as He has promised--responding accordingly to both disobedience and obedience.

 

There is no place under law or grace where a man can disobey and be blessed by God.  If God failed to punish the sinner just once, it would result in a loss of respect for Him in the hearts of all who are assured of justice if they sin.  There can be no partiality with God (Rom.  2:11; Jas.  2:9-10), and there is no excuse for failure in man with the provisions God has made for him to remain in obedience.

Temptation

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Diets can be maddening because they make it so difficult to stick to your convictions.  The plan looks great, with a limit on calories or grams of fat per day and a list of prohibited or acceptable edibles.  But when offered a piece of pie, you give in to the temptation, forgetting your diet and your resolution to lose weight.  This struggle is real.  It’s war.

 

The beginning of the Bible tells all about the origin of the world, life, people, and work.  Closer to home, it explains how a perfect world went wrong and why human beings have struggled since then against all sorts of evil.  It tells about temptation.

 

PERSONAL APPLICATION

Everyone struggles with temptation.  We are tempted to lie, to cheat, to steal, and to indulge ourselves in countless ways that God has forbidden.  We give in because of Satan (Genesis 3:1-6).  Temptation is Satan’s invitation to live his kind of life and give up on God’s.  Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin; soon after, Adam yielded to the pull of Satan’s tempting offer.  So sin entered the world, and every person since has been born a sinner.  Today, Satan is busy trying to get us to give in to his temptations.

 

GENESIS 2

When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,

5 there were no plants or grain growing on the earth, for the Lord God had not sent any rain.  And no one was there to cultivate the soil.

6 But water came up out of the ground and watered all the land.

7 And the Lord God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life.  And the man became a living person.

8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he placed the man he had created.

9 And the Lord God planted all sorts of trees in the garden—beautiful trees that produced delicious fruit.  At the center of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

GENESIS 2

15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.

16 But the Lord God gave him this warning: “You may freely eat any fruit in the garden

17 except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die.”

 

Note that God created choice...

God gave Adam responsibility for the garden and told him not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Rather than physically preventing him from eating, God gave Adam a choice and, thus, the possibility of choosing wrongly.

 

God still gives us choices, and we, too, often choose wrongly.  These wrong choices may cause us pain, but they can help us learn and grow and make better choices in the future.  Living with the consequences of our choices teaches us to think and choose more carefully.

 

Why would God place a tree in the garden and then forbid Adam to eat from it? God wanted Adam to obey, but God gave Adam the freedom to choose.  Without choice, Adam would have been like a prisoner, and his obedience would have been hollow.  The two trees provided an exercise in choice, with rewards for choosing to obey and sad consequences for choosing to disobey.  When you are faced with the choice, always choose to obey God.

 

GENESIS 2

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a companion who will help him.”

21 So the Lord God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep.  He took one of Adam’s ribs* and closed up the place from which he had taken it.

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam.

23 “At last!” Adam exclaimed.  “She is part of my own flesh and bone!  She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of a man.”

 

GENESIS 3

The Man and Woman Sin

1 Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the Lord God had made.  “Really?” he asked the woman.  “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?"

 

Disguised as a shrewd serpent, Satan came to tempt Eve.  Satan at one time was an angel who rebelled against God and was thrown out of heaven.  Satan had a choice before he was thrown out of heaven and he made the wrong choice.  Now Satan is busy trying to get you and I to make the wrong choices in our lives.

 

2 “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him.  3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat.  God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”

4 “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed.  5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it.  You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.”

 

Satan made Eve forget all that God had given her and, instead, focus on the one thing she couldn’t have.  We fall into trouble, too, when we dwell on the few things we don’t have rather than on the countless things God has given us.

 

6 The woman was convinced.  The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise!  So she ate some of the fruit.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her.  Then he ate it, too.

7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.  So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.

8 Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees.

 

After sinning, Adam and Eve felt guilt and embarrassment over their nakedness. Their guilty feelings made them try to hide from God.  A guilty conscience is a warning signal God placed inside you that goes off when you’ve done wrong.  The worst step you can take is to eliminate the guilty feelings without eliminating the cause.  That would be like using a painkiller but not treating the disease.  Be glad those guilty feelings are there.  They make you aware of your sin so you can ask God’s forgiveness and then correct your wrongdoing.

 

These verses show God’s desire to have fellowship with us.  They also show why we are afraid to have fellowship with him.  Adam and Eve hid from God when they heard him approaching.  God wanted to be with them, but because of their sin, they were afraid to show themselves.  Sin had broken their close relationship with God, just as it has broken ours.

 

9 The Lord God called to Adam, “Where are you?”

10 He replied, “I heard you, so I hid.  I was afraid because I was naked.”

11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked.  “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied.  “That’s why I ate it.”

 

Adam and Eve failed to heed God’s warning recorded in Genesis 2:16-17.

 

But the Lord God gave him this warning: “You may freely eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die.”

 

They did not understand the reasons for his command, so they chose to act in another way that looked better to them.  All of God’s commands are for our own good, but we may not always understand the reasons behind them.  People who trust God will obey because God asks them to, whether or not they understand why God commands it.

 

Eve and Adam could have resisted temptation by remembering what God had commanded them.  We must realize that being tempted is not sin.  We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation.

 

To resist temptation, we must

  • Pray for strength to resist (see Matthew 6:13),
  • Say no when confronted with what we know is wrong, and
  • Run away from the temptation.  

Adam and Eve hid from God when they heard him approaching.  God wanted to be with them, but because of their sin, they were afraid to show themselves.  Sin had broken their close relationship with God, just as it has broken ours.

 

But Jesus Christ, God’s Son, opens the way for us to renew our fellowship with him.  God longs to be with us.  He actively offers us his unconditional love.  Our natural response is fear because we feel we can’t live up to his standards.  But understanding that he loves us, regardless of our faults, can help remove that dread.

 

Scripture, Notes and Commentary taken from:

New Living Translation Life Application Bible

 

No free ticket here

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This morning I read the book of Jude.  It is a book that I have only read a time or two and I am not sure why.  It may be because it is such a short book having only one chapter.  As I read Jude it spoke to me very clearly as the warning that it is.  One phase in particular stood out among the rest, "...some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God's forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives."

 

This is the exact thing that we are seeing today as people pervert and twist the teachings of the Bible.  People commit adultery believing that it is okay because God's wants them to be happy so His love forgives them.  The same thinking and belief lies in the minds of those "Christians" living a homosexual lifestyle.

 

GOD makes it very clear throughout His teachings that these are very wrong and repeatedly says that these choices will keep one from passing through the gates of heaven.

 

Jude warns us of the false teachers that will be teaching these lies and deceiving the masses.  The pulpits of churches throughout the world are full of false teachers.  If people that hear these teachings don't pick up their Bibles and compare God's Word to what they have just heard they will be led astray, like sheep to the slaughter.

 

Jude also reminds us of the fate of those who turned away from God.  God rescued the people of Israel from Egypt and yet those who turned away from Him, God destroyed.

 

Then there was Sodom and Gomorrah..."And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion.  Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil." Jude 1:7

 

In summary I urge you to be weary and discerning in what you hear or are taught.  Yes we have a very loving, and very forgiving GOD.  He loves you and me so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die the most horrible death imaginable to cover our sins.  Do not let yourself be deceived into believing that God's love and forgiveness is a free ride ticket to commit sin.  Remember what Jesus told the adulertous woman that was about to be stoned for her crime.  Jesus forgave her and then simply said, "Go and sin no more."

 

 

Never again speak...

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM Comments comments (0)

This morning I was reading through Chapter 4 in the Book of Acts and came across some scripture which I am I sure I have read dozens of times or more over the years.  When I read these words this morning they spoke to me and jumped out at me to remind me of a time years ago.


It's been more than a dozen years ago when I was doing some consulting for a small drilling fluids company. I found out that the owner, Bill, was a "Christian" and was also doing volunteer prison ministry, so one day I decided (or was led) to share my faith in God, and what brought me into this awesome relationship that I have with Jesus Christ.  Bill remembered the years past when he and I were competitors in the mud business, so he new about my past success, but not so much about my failure.


I told Bill my testimony about the peaks and the valleys, the goods and the bads, in my life after the oil and gas industry crumbled in 1986. I shared about how my life had turned completely around and was now blessed and successful. After hearing my story he said nice and wonderful things about God, and then he said, and I am paraphrasing, "Please don't tell your story to anyone on a rig while you are representing my company."  He was fearful of the loss of business.  He was fearful instead of faithful.  Rather than seeing the blessing that could come from such a testimony he was fearful. This morning as I read in Acts Chapter 4 these words reminded me of that time.


Acts 4:18 So they called the apostles back in and told them never again to speak or teach about Jesus.  19 But Peter and John replied, "Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?  20 We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard."


That day when I was asked not to tell my story, a very awesome and powerful story of what GOD can do, I said "No" that if GOD leads me speak then I will speak, and thank God that I do.  My story which has been told scores of times over the years on mud pits, in dog houses, crews quarterss, offices, whever and whenever God leads, has led dozens of men to the Lord as we prayed publicly and privately wherever God's Spirit called.


The power of a testimony of what GOD has done in a life, no matter how large or how small, is powerful enough to change a life.  What Jesus has done to make a change in your life, heal an illness, or even brighten your day, whatever He has done should be shared for His glory, and so the seed of God's Spirit will be planted in the listener.


Would God have wanted me to "...never again speak or teach about Jesus."?  Absolutely not. I am to obey God and not man, that is why I said no.  Just like Peter and John I cannot stop telling about the wonderful things I have seen and heard.


Have a blessed day and remember to share a blessing.


Believe it....

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I have said it many times and I truly believe it, "If you believe it, you will receive it."  I don't know where that quote came from but it is a good quote.  It is a quote of faith or as I like to think a quote of supernatural faith.


Recently The Jeremiah Group, the ministry that God has given me charge of, received the needed money to purchase a ministry tent that we needed.  When I first checked on the canopy I got excited and then the excitement faded and nothing happened.  I didn't pray about funds, I didn't do the works would come with faith, I did nothing.


Then a couple of months ago God was telling me that He had big plans for The Jeremiah Group and that 2011 was going to be a busy year for us.  I realized that we needed to get the tent and I began praying and thanking (believing) God for the necessary money to purchase the tent.  Then I put my faith to work and sent out a few emails, praying and believing over each one.


I am happy to say and ALL GLORY goes to God that we will be ordering our StarShade 800 tomorrow. I prayed, I believed, and we received.



Just sayin'...

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (0)

I was just sitting here thinking about my neighbor Jesse who passed away a few days ago, and I was thinking about life.  Mine has been great with many peaks and valleys, and I am sure that Jesse would have said the same thing.


In thinking about my own life all I can say is that I am very blessed.  I have a lot of children and the numbers of grand-children are growing rapidly.  I have my health and my kids are all healthy.  I have income in a time when so many others don't.  I have peace in my heart that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ; I love Jesus and He loves me.


So looking at the whole scope of things, at the bigger picture all I can say is that I am incredibly blessed with much to be thankful for.


Just sayin'...


Have a blessed day!


Living Water

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM Comments comments (1)

Much of the country is walking around spiritually dehydrated.  More troubling is the fact that when we are spiritually dehydrated, we forget where to turn.

 

The answer is simple: Drink Living Water!

 

Drinking Water

 

In our day-to-day lives it is important that we drink plenty of water every day.  It is recommended that we drink about eight 8 oz.  cups (about 2 liters) of water every day.  Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight.  Every system in your body depends on water.  For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

 

Our bodies are made of about 60% water so I think everyone knows the importance of drinking water every day.  We all know that without sufficient water in our bodies we would die.  We need water to live.

 

What about another kind of water?  What about water that has long term life changing effects with benefits far too many to describe in this writing?  What about water that without it, we will surely die?  What about Living Water?


The Fountain of Youth, Health, and Everything Else that's Good


Just as drinking H2O water is necessary for the proper digestion and absorption of food we eat, drinking Living Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb God's Word.  And when it comes to digesting God's Word, it's just not happening without Living Water.

 

If you are water deficient and dehydrated your blood is somewhat thicker and your heart has to work harder to circulate the blood through your body.  If you're spiritually dehydrated, your spiritual blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate.  As a result, you feel spiritually fatigued, and tired.

 

Living Water - The Miracle Worker

 

There is nothing as pure as Living Water.  Living water is pure and free of any and all contaminants, and is truly a "wonder drug." A steady dose of Living Water will:

  • Improve Your Energy and Attitude
  • Help Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
  • Help You Lose Weight (Burdens of sin)
  • Reduce Headaches and Dizziness (caused by worry, stress, etc)
  • Allow for proper Digestion (understanding God's word)

Drinking Living Water is Heart-Healthy

 

Drinking Living Water will change a hardened heart to a more caring and compassionate heart.

 

Drinking Water and Weight Loss

 

Living Water is a natural appetite suppressant (helps to suppress ideas of the world), so developing a good Living Water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight (freedom from the weight of sin). 

 

It's important to remember that when the body is spiritually dehydrated, sin cannot be easily metabolized (changed).  This means that it's harder to resist and get rid of sinful habits when you don't drink your Living Water. 

 

Who Can Benefit From A Water Regimen?  Everyone .  .  .  including YOU! 

 

Drinking Living Water reduces cardiovascular stress.

 

Living Water is also an important "healing tool".  Living Water flushes impurities out of the spiritual system.

 

Even mild spiritual dehydration makes you more susceptible to the viruses of sin.  Living Water is a powerful weapon in the war against sin.  Living Water helps to recover more quickly.

 

Tips for Drinking Living Water

 

I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough Living Water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly spiritually dehydrated.  So I'd like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your "water mark" every day:

 

Get a head start on your daily Living Water requirements by drinking a glass of Living Water first thing in the morning.

 

Don't wait until you're spiritually thirsty to have a drink - you are already spiritually dehydrated if you feel thirsty.

 

Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking Living Water and keep a bottle of water (your Bible) near you at all times.


Remember, Living Water is every bit as important to your living as H2O water is if not more so.  Be sure to drink 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water each day to maintain proper physical hydration, and as much Living Water each day as required to maintain proper spiritual hydration.

 

 

 


Seeking Someone...

Posted on August 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM Comments comments (0)

 

"Stay alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith..." 1Peter 5:8-9


I just finished reading the book of 1 Peter and when I read the familiar 1Peter 5:8 the word "whom" or "someone (NLT)" really stood out.  What this word was telling me is that the devil is seeking to destroy anyone and everyone.  This is what he does  The devil lives to kill and to destroy  The devil is no respecter of persons, with him there is no specific target., he attacks at random.


I recently read a story about a missionary in Africa that gave the children's message in one of the morning services.  What he shared was most interesting and helpful.  He told the children (and scores of interested adults) what to do in case we ever met or encountered a hungry lion.  The first thing to remember is that you should never try to flee.  That would mean certain death.  The lion can run much faster than we can.  Next, you should try to look very brave and stare right into the lion's eyes.  If you are successful, he will back down and run away.  However, if that does not work, you should be prepared for the lion to attack you.  Have your spear ready so that when he leaps upon you, he will land on the spear and be killed!


Now I've never been in that situation, but it sounds like awesome advice regarding how to meet a lion, it is also excellent advice on how to meet the devil.  We should not try to flee from him.  Instead, we should resist him by being steadfast in the faith (1Peter 5:9).  To "resist" means "to stand against" or "withstand."


James gives us the same counsel.  "Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:7-8.  We need to be alert and watchful so that we can resist the devil when he attacks us.  Victory is promised to us as we submit to the Lord and draw close to Him.  We should then resist the devil, and he will flee from us!


Be watchful, be prepared, stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith, because the devil is walking around waiting for the next opportunity to attack.  You could be next!



 


The Choice Is Yours

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Imagine walking through a forest and coming upon a big open field.  Imagine that in that field all you could see was a bunch of dried up weeds.  Now imagine walking into that field of ugly brown dried up weeds and finding in the middle of all of it…a flower full of life and beauty.

 

This beautiful flower with all of its color and beauty had flourished in the middle of all the death that surrounded it.  Isn't that exactly what God wants us to do?  Doesn't God want us to bloom and flourish right where we are?

 

You may be working in a job that you don't really like.  Maybe you have surrounded yourself with friends that are dragging you down and keeping you from blooming.  Maybe you are going through tough times and it seems like your life is all tangled up in the weeds of life.  You don't have to allow your surroundings to keep you from being that beautiful flower that God wants you to be.

 

It all starts with making wise choices.

 

Making wise choices will put you on the path to the abundance, blessings, and favor that God has in store for you.  God has provided everything that you need to make good and wise choices.  Every day God gives you opportunities to make choices that will make your lives victorious.

 

You would be amazed at the number of important choices that you make each day that can greatly affect our future.  These choices determine whether or not your flourish and grow, or whether you will do the opposite and wilt away like those dead weeds.

 

Here are some examples of choices:

  • You chose what to think about each day,
  • You chose your attitude
  • You chose who you will associate with each day
  • You will chose what to watch or listen to
  • You even chose how you will look at yourself each day.

 You are who you are today by the choices that you make…past or present and the choices that you make today will decide the kind of person that you will be and the kind of life that you will have in the days ahead.

 

GOOD NEWS - God has an awesome future planned for you!

 

Jeremiah 29:11 says ”for I know the plans I have for you.” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

You are God's child.  God loves you and He wants good things for you.  How many parents want bad things for their children?

 

God's plans aren't for you to live a run down and depressed life.  God's plans aren't for you to live a life of troubles all the time.  God's plans are just the opposite. 

 

Ephesians 2:10 says that “…we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things He has planned for us.”

 

God has planned a life of abundant joy, abundant peace, and abundance in our relationship with Him.  BUT…you have to make the choice to experience the abundant life and the blessings that God has planned for you.

 

The key is to listen to God…hear His wisdom and then chose to obey it.

 

Proverbs 2:6 says “for the Lord grants wisdom.  From His mouth came knowledge and understanding.” God has given you the wisdom to make the right choice every time.

 

Remember that you've been born again… You don't have to do the same old things you used to.  You don't have to make the same life destroying choices that you used to make.  God gives good sense to His children.  God's wisdom show us the differences between right and wrong.  His wisdom show us how to make choices so that we will bloom just as He had planned.

 

By now you may be saying “okay then if God has these awesome plans for me why is my life so messed up.”

 

A lot of it has to do with the choices we make.  We are children of the Most High God, but we are still human and we still make choices based on emotions rather than what is God's wisdom.  Too often we tend to take the easy way out because that is what everyone else does.  It takes courage to do the right thing.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if you are in Christ, you are a new creature and the old things that used to control you don't have power over you any more.


You can and need to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit tell you the right choice to make.  The Holy Spirit is our Counselor and one of His main roles is to help us make wise decisions.  The Holy Spirit is that nervous feeling that you get; that “still small voice” that we hear telling us when we are about to do something that is not right for us. 

 

The Holy Spirit speaks through your inner feelings not in your head but in your heart.  The more time you spend with God the more you will be able to hear His voice guiding you.


So decide today to spend more time with God.  Spend more time each day reading your Bible.  Spend time with friends who want to serve the Lord and will encourage you in living a God filled life.


Spend time listening to the wisdom that comes from Jesus.



 


Time Flies

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted a blog.  I don't know why time flies like it does, but it does.


I have been "kinda" busy but then again not so much that I haven't had time to post something.  Truth is I wonder if any body reads my blogs.  I wonder if I am just wasting my time here or is it worth something.  I could use this as a place to vent my fustrations, but then I have to be careful about what I share just in case someone actually did read my rantings.


I could and have used this blog log (cool rhyme) to give thanks to Jesus Christ.  I have and will use this blog area to lift up the name of Jesus Christ.  I will tell you about miracles and wonders that I have seen and experienced through Jesus Christ. For these things I don't care who read them or if they are bothered by them.  Jesus Christ has done more for me and brought more peace to me than any one or any thing in all my life.


I don't know if you have noticed but I posted all of my writings and teachings on this site under the not so obivious link titled My Writings (sneaky huh?)  Anyway the thought behind the change is simply to put it all on one site.  So take a few minutes to check out the writings.


I also added a guestbook so if you are here then please go there and sign the book and leave a comment just to let me know that you came by.


Well that's enough blogging for the evening.


See you next time!




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