FORGIVEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

DO YOU TOIL WITH THOUGHTS OF A FORGIVEN SIN? WAS THERE SOMETHING YOU SAID OR DID MONTHS, YEARS OR EVEN DECADES AGO THAT HAUNTS YOU TODAY? IF GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU, ARE YOU NOT FORGIVING YOURSELF? THIS IS THE WAY SATAN WORKS. HE WILL CONTINUE TO PUT DOUBTS AND CONFUSION IN YOUR PATH AS OBSTACLES. NO MATTER HOW STRONG YOU BELIEVE GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU, SATAN WILL DO HIS BEST TO WEAKEN YOUR FAITH. IF YOU WERE TRULY REPENTANT WHEN YOU ASKED TO BE FORGIVEN, GOD FORGAVE YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ASK GOD FOR HIS FORGIVENESS OVER AND OVER. ONCE FORGIVEN, ALWAYS FORGIVEN. GOD FORGAVE YOU SO THAT YOU DON’T SPEND YOUR TIME IN ANGUISH AND WORRY. ANGUISH AND WORRY ARE BOTH SATAN’S TORTURE. THEY ARE NOT FROM GOD. SATAN PLAGUES US WITH THE GUILT OF OUR PAST. GOD WILL REMIND US OF THOSE SINS ONLY SO WE WILL NOT RETURN TO OUR WRONGS. GOD DOES NOT LAY GUILT TRIPS ON US FOR FORGIVEN SINS. WHILE HE WANTS US TO LEARN FROM OUR PAST MISTAKES, GOD WANTS US TO ENJOY HIS FORGIVENESS. COULD YOU EVER ASK FOR ANYTHING BETTER? WHEN YOU ACCEPT GOD’S ABSOLUTE FORGIVENESS, YOU ARE FREE TO ENJOY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FATHER. THANK GOD FOR HIS MERCY AND LOVE. “TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT, AND FROM THE POWER OF SATAN TO GOD, SO THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND A PLACE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH IN ME.” ACTS 26:18...

WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

OVER THE DECADES, WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD A LOT OF ‘ONE TIME WONDERS’. IN 1962, A SINGING DUO HAD A HUGE HIT THAT HIT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS AND HAS BEEN A FAVORITE ‘OLDIE’ OF MANY SINCE. DON AND JUAN ARE NOT AS REMEMBERED BY THEIR NAMES AS THE HIT SONG THEY RELEASED. DO YOU REMEMBER ‘WHAT’S YOUR NAME’? ” …WHAT’S YOUR NAME, IS IT SALLY OR SUE, WHAT’S YOUR NAME, DO I STAND A CHANCE WITH YOU…” WHAT’S YOUR NAME? WILLIAM WAS FIRST TAKEN TO MEAN A PROTECTOR. MARY WAS PROBABLY FROM ANCIENT EGYPT AND MEANT LOVE OR TO LOVE. GARY CAME FROM A WORD MEANING SPEAR. BRENDA ORIGINALLY CAME FROM A WORD MEANING SWORD. MATTHEW COMES FROM THE HEBREW MEANING A GIFT FROM GOD. GOD RENAMED SOME OF HIS FAITHFUL. ABRAM BECAME ABRAHAM. SARAI BECAME SARAH. GOD RENAMED JACOB TO BE KNOWN AS ISRAEL. JESUS RENAMED SIMON, WHO BECAME PETER. SAUL WAS NOT RENAMED, BUT CARRIED HIS ROMAN NAME PAUL TO BE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT JEWS. JESUS IS NAMED IN SCRIPTURE EMMANUEL, RABBI, TEACHER, SON OF GOD, COUNSELOR, SAVIOR, REDEEMER AND MORE. JESUS WAS WORTHY OF ALL THESE NAMES. SO, WHAT’S YOUR NAME? YOUR NAME IS NOT THE NAME YOUR PARENTS GAVE YOU, BUT THE TRUE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE. WHAT’S YOUR NAME THAT ONLY YOU AND GOD KNOW? ARE YOU WORTHY OF A NAME OF HONOR OR WOULD GOD RENAME YOU FOR YOUR FAITH AND COURAGE OR WOULD HE RENAME YOU FOR YOUR SINFUL ACTIONS OR LACK OF FAITH? WOULD YOU BE KNOW AS ‘UNFAITHFUL’, ‘BULLY’,...

KNOCKED DOWN.

VINCE LOMBARDI WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST FOOTBALL COACHES OF ALL TIME. HE LED THE GREEN BAY PACKERS TO WIN THE VERY FIRST SUPERBOWL. TO PARAPHRASE THIS GREAT COACH, VINCE LOMBARDI SAID; ‘IT IS NOT IMPORTANT HOW MANY TIMES YOU GOT KNOCKED DOWN. THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IS HOW MANY TIMES YOU GOT BACK UP!’ COACH LOMBARDI UNDERSTOOD THAT IF YOU DON’T WIN THE FIRST TIME, IT DOES NOT FORBID YOU FROM WINNING THE NEXT. GIVING UP IS LOSING. FAILING TO WIN IS NOT LOSING. WE ARE GIVEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES EVERY MORNING WHEN WE OPEN OUR EYES. THE OPPORTUNITIES DON’T START HOURS LATER. OUR FIRST THOUGHTS WILL SET THE TONE FOR THE DAY. WE CAN DECIDE TO MAKE THE DAY THE WINNER. ALTHOUGH OBSTACLES MAY ‘KNOCK US DOWN’ THROUGHOUT THE DAY, IT IS UP TO US TO ‘GET BACK UP’. AS BELIEVERS, WE KNOW WE HAVE GOD THERE TO HELP US ‘GET BACK UP’. OUR SPIRITUAL WALK CAN BE A SERIES OF BEING ‘KNOCKED DOWN’ AND ‘GETTING BACK UP’. SATAN WILL THROW OBSTACLES IN OUR PATH. HE WILL USE INDIVIDUALS TO CRITICIZE US AND ABANDON US, CREATE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, PUT TEMPTATIONS IN OUR WAY OR FIND OTHER OBSTACLES TO ‘KNOCK US DOWN’. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE SATAN ROAMS WITH THE SINGLE PURPOSE OF ‘KNOCKING US DOWN’. GOD IS THE ONLY COACH WHO WILL ALWAYS HELP US ‘GET BACK UP’. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES SATAN ‘KNOCKS YOU DOWN’, IT IS ONLY IMPORTANT THAT GOD ‘GETS YOU BACK UP’ ONE MORE TIME! WHOSE TEAM DO YOU WANT TO BE ON? DO YOU WANT TO BE ON THE TEAM...

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

THE POPULATION OF THE WORLD IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED 7.4 BILLION PEOPLE BEFORE YEAR 2014 ENDS. ASK SOMEONE WHERE THEY LIVE AND YOU WILL GET A VARIETY OF ANSWERS. YOU MIGHT HEAR CHINA, MEXICO, KENYA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL OR ANOTHER COUNTRY. IN THE U.S., YOU WILL HEAR PROCLAMATIONS OF TEXAS, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, MONTANA, ALASKA OR ANOTHER GREAT STATE. THESE SAME PEOPLE MAY BE MORE SPECIFIC AND SAY DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, DENVER, ANCHORAGE, OR ANOTHER CITY. STILL OTHERS WILL TELL YOU EVEN MORE SPECIFICALLY BY NAMING THE AREA OF TOWN OR SUB-DIVISION WHERE THEIR HOUSE IS. ARE ANY OF THESE PLACES WHERE YOU REALLY LIVE? WHERE DO YOU LIVE WITH GOD? DID YOU WAKE UP THIS MORNING HEARING HIS VOICE CALLING TO YOU? WHO SUPPLIED THE HOUSE YOU CALL HOME, THE JOB, YOUR FAMILY AND ALL THE POSSESSIONS YOU HAVE OBTAINED? THE TRUTH IS YOU COLLECTED ALL YOUR POSSESSIONS, BUT YOU WERE NOT AWARDED THEM WITHOUT GOD’S APPROVAL. YOU MAY TOIL AND PERHAPS YOU WORK HARDER THAN MANY OTHERS. BUT, WHERE YOU LIVE ON THIS EARTH AND ALL YOUR EARTHLY POSSESSIONS ARE TEMPORARY. AS THE EXPRESSION GOES; ‘YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.’ NO MATTER WHERE YOU CALL HOME, GOD SUPPLIED IT AND GOD WILL SUPPLY ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED. AS YOU ENJOY ALL GOD HAS ALLOWED, TELL HIM THAT ALL YOU HAVE IS WORTHLESS IF YOU ARE NOT LIVING WITH HIM. THE QUESTION ‘WHERE DO YOU LIVE?’ COULD BE ASKED BEST AS TWO QUESTIONS. 1. DO YOU LIVE WITH GOD? 2. HAVE YOU ASKED GOD TO LIVE WITHIN YOU? IN ORDER TO LIVE IN HEAVEN FOR...