“DOERS DO !”

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 NIV

READ: LUKE 6:43-49

Dreamers dream. Talkers talk. Doers do!

Are you a dreamer, a talker or a doer? Everything in life is a choice. What time you get up, what you eat, the car you drive, where you live and your job are all choices for the most of us. If you don’t like something about these things you can dream about changing them, talk about doing something or actually doing something to correct what you don’t like.

Relationships are like that as well. You can do what is necessary to improve a relationship or you can talk about what needs to be done or be really passive and just dream about changing it.

What about your relationship with God? Do you dream of a closer walk with your Lord and Savior? Do you talk about doing His work? You have a choice to have any type relationship with God you desire. It is not up to someone else. It is up to you.

Be a ‘Doer’. Start by asking God what He wants you to do. Is God telling you to be more active in your church, join a bible study, spend more time with your family, to adopt an orphan, to tithe regularly or to go on a mission trip? It is time to stop dreaming and talking about what you can do with God. It is time to start doing as God is leading you.

God has a plan for you. Listen to Him, then be a ‘Doer’ and DO as God leads you.

Today’s prayer: “Lord, please help me stop dreaming and talking about making changes in my life. Help me stop procrastinating and start doing the work you have prepared me to do. Amen.”

“SOLD JESUS FOR A QUARTER!”

“THEN ONE OF THE TWELVE, NAMED JUDAS ISCARIOT, WENT TO THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND SAID, ‘WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE ME TO BETRAY HIM TO YOU?’ AND THEY WEIGHED OUT THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER TO HIM.” MATTHEW 26: 14;15 NIV

READ MATTHEW 26:14-24

I WAS TOLD A STORY OF A MINISTER WHOM HAD JUST MOVED INTO A NEW TOWN. WHILE TAKING A BUS FROM HIS HOME TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA, HE DISCOVERED THE BUS DRIVER HAD GIVEN HIM A QUARTER TOO MUCH IN CHANGE. HE THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING UP AND GIVING THE QUARTER BACK TO THE BUS DRIVER KNOWING IT WOULD BE WRONG TO KEEP THE EXTRA QUARTER. HE ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT IT ONLY BEING A QUARTER AND THE TRANSIT COMPANY WOULD NEVER MISS JUST ONE QUARTER.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

AS THE FAMOUS PAUL HARVEY WOULD HAVE SAID: “NOW, FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.”

THE MINISTER GAVE THE QUARTER BACK TO THE DRIVER AS HE EXITED THE BUS. THE DRIVER ASKED HIM IF HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER IN TOWN. THE MINISTER TOLD THE DRIVER THAT INDEED HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER. THEN THE DRIVER TOLD HIM OF HOW HE HAD GIVEN THE MINISTER THE EXTRA QUARTER ON PURPOSE TO SEE WHAT THE MINISTER WOULD DO. SATISFIED THEN THAT THE NEW MINISTER WAS A GOOD MAN, THE DRIVER ADDED HE WOULD COME TO THE NEW MINISTER’S CHURCH TO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY.

THE MINISTER WAS WEAK IN HIS KNEES OF HIS ALMOST WRONG ACTION. HIS ONLY THOUGHT WAS HE HAD ALMOST SOLD JESUS, GOD’S SON, FOR A WORTHLESS QUARTER.

A QUARTER OR THOUSAND OF DOLLARS DOES NOT MATTER. RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. SOMETIMES OUR ACTIONS ARE ABOUT OUR DESIRES, NOT JUST MONEY. MAYBE YESTERDAY, LAST WEEK OR LAST YEAR YOU TOOK AN ACTION THAT SOLD JESUS OR ALMOST SOLD HIM. AS GOOD AS WE ARE, WE ALL MAKE JUDGEMENT MISTAKES. TAKE THE TIME TO THINK BACK OF A PAST ACTION YOU KNOW WAS WRONG. ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU. GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “DEAR LORD, FORGIVE ME FOR THE TIMES I HAVE SOLD MY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU FOR A WORTHLESS THOUGHT OR ACTION. LET ME FEEL YOUR PRESENCE DAILY AS I MAKE DECISIONS TO DO RIGHT THINGS RATHER THAN WRONG THINGS. AMEN.”

“BUY, RENT OR BORROW?”

“DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. YOU BELIEVE IN GOD; BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. MY FATHER’S HOUSE HAS MANY ROOMS; IF IT WERE NOT SO, WOULD I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU?” JOHN 14: 1-2 NIV

TODAY’S READING: JOHN 14: 1-12

WE BUY AND RENT HOUSES, CARS, PLANES, AND EQUIPMENT. SOMETIMES, IT IS MORE FINANCIALLY EFFICIENT TO BUY WHEN WE INTEND TO KEEP AN ITEM FOR A LONGER TIME, WHILE WE CAN RENT OR LEASE AN ITEM THAT IS NEEDED FOR A SHORT TIME. FRIENDS OFTEN BORROW AND LEND AN ITEM TO ONE ANOTHER FOR A SHORT TIME. I WAS JUST REMINDED OF A TOOL I BORROWED FROM A FRIEND SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHICH I NEED TO RETURN. PERHAPS, YOU ALSO HAVE BENEFITED FROM A BORROWED ITEM.

WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, HE WAS BURIED IN A ‘BORROWED’ TOMB. HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS KNEW OF HIS PROMISE TO RISE FROM THE GRAVE IN THREE DAYS. EVEN AFTER KNOWING OF JESUS RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE GRAVE, MOST DID NOT TRULY UNDERSTAND OR DOUBTED AND MOURNED HIS DEATH. BUT, ON THE THIRD DAY JESUS INDEED ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. THE HUGE STONE ROLLED AWAY WHILE ROMAN SOLDIERS GUARDED THE TOMB.

NOT KNOWING OF THE TRUTH OF JESUS RISING IN THREE DAYS, A RICH MAN NAMED JOSEPH HAD GIVEN THE TOMB HE HAD CARVED FOR HIMSELF SO THAT JESUS COULD BE BURIED. LITTLE DID JOSEPH KNOW, HE WAS ONLY ‘LOANING’ THE TOMB.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON THIS EARTH? ARE YOU BUYING INTO ALL THE WORLDLY PROMISES? DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS OR THAT? WE KNOW WE ‘CAN’T TAKE IT WITH US’. SO, WHY ARE ALL THE MATERIAL THINGS SO IMPORTANT? MAYBE WE SHOULD CONSIDER OWNING LESS OF THE EVILS AND TEMPTATIONS OF THIS WORLD.

HAVE YOU BOUGHT A PLACE IN HEAVEN? YOU CAN’T RENT IT OR BORROW IT. ETERNITY WITH GOD IS NOTHING YOU CAN BUY WITH MONEY OR DEEDS. YOU CAN BUY YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN ONLY WITH FAITH…FAITH IN KNOWING JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOR…YOUR ONLY SAVIOR.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD, HELP ME LIVE MY LIFE AS YOU WOULD HAVE ME. CLEARLY, HELP ME SEE THE DIFFERENCE OF BUYING INTO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD AND BUYING MY PLACE IN HEAVEN THROUGH THE FAITH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. AMEN!”

“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL!”

“AND EVERYONE WHO SPEAKS A WORD AGAINST THE SON OF MAN WILL BE FORGIVEN, BUT ANYONE WHO BLASPHEMES AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN.” LUKE 12:10 NIV

READ: ACTS 1:1-8

DO YOU TAKE THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR GRANTED? HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ENTITY OF THE TRINITY OF GOD? YOU CANNOT PHYSICALLY TOUCH THE HOLY SPIRIT. UNSEEN AND UNTOUCHABLE; THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PART OF EVERY BELIEVER.

YOU KNOW GOD THE FATHER, THE CREATOR OF ALL, MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF HIS PRESENCE. IT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD SINCE HE WALKED ON THIS EARTH. EVEN IN PRESENT DAY, ARTIST AND FILMMAKERS HAVE CREATED IMAGES OF JESUS THAT WE CAN SEE.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DIFFERENT. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN EQUAL PART OF THE TRINITY. YET, WE TALK OF GOD AND JESUS MUCH, MUCH MORE USUALLY THAN THE HOLY SPIRIT. ARE WE SO ATTUNED TO THE PHYSICAL AND MATERIAL THINGS OF THIS WORLD THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO ASSOCIATE WITH A SPIRIT THAT IS SO ALIVE? THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS TAUGHT AND PROPHESIED THROUGH OUT THE OLD TESTAMENT.

FAITH. FAITH IS THE KEY. THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS AS REAL IN GENESIS AS GOD THE CREATOR AND JESUS. THE TRINITY IS REAL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURES. JESUS TOLD US OF THE HOLY SPIRIT COMING TO BE WITH US. IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, THE HOLY SPIRIT RESIDES IN YOU.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TO KNOW GOD IN HEAVEN. YOU HAVE THE TRINITY TODAY. HE IS WITH YOU IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. YOU MAY NOT HAVE WALKED THE PATHWAYS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL WITH JESUS. REJOICE, GOD IS IN YOU AND WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH OUT YOUR DAY! REACH INSIDE, FEEL HIS PRESENCE AND TALK WITH HIM.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL!

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD, I UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE IN YOUR TRINITY. HELP ME BE MORE MINDFUL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, GOD WITHIN ME EVERY MOMENT OF EVERYDAY. AMEN.”

“A SECULAR WORLD?”

“AND JESUS CAME UP AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, ‘ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.'” MATTHEW 28: 18-20 NIV

READ: 2 TIMOTHY 1: 8-14

BESIDES WRITING THE ‘WEDNESDAY MINUTE’ AND ‘SUNDAY’S SERMON’ DEVOTIONALS, I ASSIST INDIVIDUAL CHURCHES WITH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD GROWTH. MANY CHURCHES GET WRAPPED UP IN THEIR MEMBERS’ ACTIVITIES AND FORGET THE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THEIR CHURCH WHO DON’T KNOW THE SAVING GRACE OF JESUS OR OF THOSE WHO ARE SAVED BUT ARE NOT ATTENDING A CHURCH FOR SOME REASON.

LAST FALL, THE MINISTER OF SUCH A CHURCH WANTED HELP IN REACHING OUT TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE CHURCH MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST HOLDING A REVIVAL WHICH WOULD HAVE INVITED 6,000 LOCAL RESIDENTS. THEY LIKED THEIR CHURCH THE WAY IT WAS AND DID NOT WANT THEIR CHURCH TO GET ANY BIGGER. THE MAJORITY HAD FORGOTTEN THE SAVING GRACE THEY HAD RECEIVED AND WITH NO CONCERN FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS, TOTALLY IGNORED JESUS’ COMMAND OF THE GREAT COMMISSION TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL.

THIS PAST WEEK, A STORY REPORTED THROUGH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TELLS US IN THE U.S. THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS IS DECLINING. AND THE NUMBER OF AGNOSTICS (THOSE UNSURE OF A GOD) AND ATHEIST (WHO CLAIM NO GOD EXIST) ARE INCREASING. ACCORDING TO THE NEWS REPORT, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SURVEY FOUND THOSE CLAIMING TO BE ATHEIST, AGNOSTIC OR OF ‘NO’ RELIGION GREW SINCE 2007 FROM 16% TO 23%. THE GROUP OF THIS NO RELIGION GROUP IDENTIFYING AS AGNOSTIC OR ATHEIST GREW FROM 25% TO 31%. THIS IS ALARMING. DURING THIS SAME TIME, THOSE REPORTING TO BE CHRISTIANS DECLINED FROM 78% TO 71%. THOSE REPORTING TO BE PROTESTANTS DROPPED TO 46.5%. PROTESTANTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE MAJORITY REPORTED IN THE SURVEYS OF ALL CHRISTIAN FAITHS. NO CHRISTIAN FAITH REPORTED AN INCREASE IN THE STUDY DURING THIS TIME FRAME.

CHRISTIANS ARE BEING CHALLENGED IN THE COURTS AND PUBLICLY FOR THEIR BELIEF IN THE BIBLE AS GOD’S HOLY WORD. OUR ‘LOOK THE OTHER WAY’ AND ‘IT WON’T HURT ANYTHING’ ATTITUDES OF THE LAST FEW DECADES ARE HURTING US. NOT ONLY WILL CHRISTIANS BE HURT IN THIS TREND, BUT OUR JEWISH GODLY BROTHERS WILL BE MORE SUBJECT TO RELIGIOUS ATTACKS AS WELL IF THIS TREND CONTINUES. UNDERSTAND, THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD WILL NOT STOP IN THEIR AGENDA. THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO ABLE TO WORSHIP GOD IN ANY FORM.

YOU CAN REVERSE THIS TREND. DON’T BE LIKE THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH THAT TURNED ITS BACK ON THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM JESUS, HIMSELF. YOU CAN DO AS GOD TOLD YOU TO DO AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL. INVITE A FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR TO WORSHIP WITH YOU. TAKE THEM TO CHURCH. PRAY WITH THEM. INTRODUCE THEM TO CHRIST, HE IS THEIR SAVIOR AS WELL.

SHARE YOUR FAITH. DON’T HIDE IT. DO AS GOD TOLD YOU TO DO. IT IS THAT SIMPLE!

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD GOD, FORGIVE ME FOR NOT DOING AS YOU TOLD ME TO DO. I KNOW WORSHIPING YOU IS ONLY PART OF WHAT I AM TO DO. TODAY, I WILL MAKE A BETTER EFFORT TO SPREAD YOUR WORD. THERE IS A BATTLE ON THIS EARTH AND I AM IN YOUR ARMY. AMEN.”

“EVIL HEROES OR GOD’S HEROES?”

“THESE ARE THE LAST WORDS OF DAVID: ‘THE INSPIRED UTTERANCE OF DAVID SON OF JESSE, THE UTTERANCE OF THE MAN EXALTED BY THE MOST HIGH, THE MAN ANOINTED BY THE GOD OF JACOB, THE HERO OF ISRAEL’S SONGS:'” 2 SAMUEL 23:1 NIV

READ: 2 SAMUEL 23

MY OLDEST GRANDSON RECENTLY TOLD ME OF ALL THE EVIL HEROES ON TELEVISION THESE DAYS. MORE AND MORE SHOWS ARE FEATURING CRIMINALS, EVIL DOERS, SATAN WORSHIPERS, DRUG USERS AND EVIL CHARACTERS IN THE ROLES OF HEROES. I DON’T WATCH A LOT OF TELEVISION, BUT I REMEMBER THE WESTERNS OF THE 1950s. THEN IT WAS EASY TO DETERMINE WHO WAS THE GOOD GUY AND WHO WAS THE BAD GUY.

SO ARE YOU A GOOD GUY OR A BAD GUY? DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO IDENTIFY WITH THE GOOD GUYS OR THE BAD GUYS? DO YOU ACCEPT THE STANDARDS THE TELEVISION NETWORKS AND HOLLYWOOD CONTINUE TO PRODUCE? OUR WORLD IS CHANGING RAPIDLY. COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET ARE ADVANCING COMMUNICATIONS AT GIGABYTE-SPEEDS. SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ARE BEING USED TO DEFAME AND BULLY CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO THE POINT OF SUICIDE.

GOD DOES NOT PREVENT CHANGE. GOD CREATED US TO BE ABLE TO BETTER OURSELVES. THE QUESTION EACH OF US MUST ASK IS: DO THESE THINGS REALLY BETTER US? TECHNOLOGY IS NOT EVIL. WHAT WE DO WITH ALL WE DEVELOP IS THE QUESTION. WE CAN USE ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT TO FORGE AHEAD WITH ALL GOD HAS PROMISED OR WE CAN USE THESE THINGS AGAINST GOD. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN. THERE IS A DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.

GOD REMINDS US OF THE CERTAINTY OF HIS WORD. HIS WORD HAS NOT CHANGED, IS NOT CHANGING AND WILL NOT CHANGE. YOUR BIBLE IS YOUR GREATEST DEFENSE AGAINST THE EVILS OF THIS WORLD. ACCEPT GOD’S WORD AND STAND STRONG ON ALL GOD HAS TOLD YOU. FROM THE FACTS OF CREATION, TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, TO OUR RISEN LORD, GOD HAS TOLD US WHO ARE HEROES SHOULD BE. ENJOY ALL THE STORIES GOD HAS GIVEN US AS EXAMPLES OF WHO OUR HEROES SHOULD BE.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “FATHER IN HEAVEN, GIVE ME THE ABILITY TO DISCERN GOOD FROM BAD. OUR SOCIETY IS SO APPROVING OF EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING BEING OK, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT IS REALLY GOOD AND WHAT IS EVIL. GUIDE ME TO MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS TODAY. AMEN”

“WORRYWART”

“SO DO NOT WORRY, SAYING, ‘WHAT SHALL WE EAT?’ OR ‘WHAT SHALL WE DRINK?’ OR ‘WHAT SHALL WE WEAR?’ FOR THE PAGANS RUN AFTER ALL THESE THINGS, AND YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED THEM.” MATTHEW 6:30-31 NIV

READ: MATTHEW 6:25-34

WHILE I WAS GROWING UP AND I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT NEEDLESS THINGS, MY MOTHER HAD A OLD SAYING. SHE WOULD TELL ME NOT TO BE A ‘WORRYWART’. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS A NAME SHE HAD MADE UP. ACTUALLY, IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER A CENTURY. IT WAS ORIGINALLY FIRST KNOWN AS ‘WORRY GUT’ IN ENGLAND AND ‘WORRY GUT’ IS STILL USED THERE TODAY. IT BECAME POPULAR IN THE U.S. IN THE 1030s TO THE 1950s FROM AN ADAPTED NEWSPAPER CARTOON.

SO, WHY DO WE WORRY ABOUT THINGS? ALMOST EVERYTHING WE FIND TO WORRY ABOUT ARE THINGS THAT REALLY DON’T MATTER OR ABOUT THINGS WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL. SOMETIMES WE GET SO CONCERNED WE IMAGINE THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT. SATAN USES ‘WHAT ABOUT THIS’ OR ‘WHAT ABOUT THAT’ WORRIES TO NEEDLESSLY CONSUME US AT TIMES.

WE NEED WATER, FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER. WE HAVE OTHER WANTS, BUT WE HAVE NO OTHER PHYSICAL NEEDS. JESUS TELLS US WE HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ABOUT THESE PHYSICAL NEEDS. THE ONLY OTHER THING WE NEED IS A SPIRITUAL WELL BEING. SOME WOULD ARGUE WE HAVE EMOTIONAL NEEDS AS WELL. OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF WHEN WE DEVELOP A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD.

GOD KNOWS ALL. WE HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY. WE NEED TO DEPEND UPON HIM FOR ALL THINGS. AS HUMANS, WE ALL HAVE CONCERNS. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONCERN AND WORRY IS FAITH. YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE FAITH YOU WILL EVER NEED BY ALLOWING GOD TO CONTROL YOUR LIFE. GOD CREATED EVERY GRAIN OF SAND, EVERY MOUNTAIN TOP, EVERY OCEAN, ALL LIVING CREATURES FROM THE PESKY GNAT TO THE HUGE WHALE, TO ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN. GOD DID ALL THESE THINGS. HE CAN EASILY TAKE CARE OF THE EVENTS AND SITUATIONS IN YOUR LIFE.

THERE IS NO NEED TO BE A ‘WORRYWART’. TAKE IT ALL TO GOD IN PRAYER AND LEAVE YOUR WORRIES AT HIS FEET.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “MY CREATOR, MY COUNSELOR, THANK YOU FOR TAKING ON THE PROBLEMS I CREATE IN MY MIND. HELP ME TAKE MY WORRIES TO YOU AND LEAVE THEM AT YOUR FEET. ALL THINGS ARE IN YOUR CONTROL. REMIND ME, PLEASE, TO CONTINUE TAKING MY PROBLEMS TO YOU. AMEN.”

“DISAPPOINTED IN GOD’S GIFTS?”

“HEAR MY VOICE WHEN I CALL, LORD; BE MERCIFUL TO ME AND ANSWER ME.” PSALM 27: 7 NIV

READ: PSALM 5:1-5 AND 27:7-14

THE FOLLOWING IS BELIEVED TO BE AN UNKNOWN CONFEDERATE SOLDIER’S POEM. SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN THIS AS THEIR CREED…AND FOR GOOD REASON.

“I ASKED FOR STRENGTH,
AND GOD GAVE ME DIFFICULTIES TO MAKE ME STRONG.
I ASKED FOR WISDOM,
AND GOD GAVE ME PROBLEMS TO SOLVE.
I ASKED FOR PROSPERITY,
AND GOD GAVE ME BRAIN AND BRAWN TO WORK.
I ASKED FOR COURAGE,
AND GOD GAVE ME DANGER TO OVERCOME.
I ASKED FOR LOVE,
AND GOD GAVE ME TROUBLED PEOPLE TO HELP.
I ASKED FOR FAVORS,
AND GOD GAVE ME OPPORTUNITIES.
I RECEIVED NOTHING I WANTED,
AND I RECEIVED EVERYTHING I NEEDED.

WHO KNOW BEST, YOU OR GOD? THERE ARE TIMES IN ALL OUR LIVES WHEN WE ASK GOD FOR SPECIAL ‘WANTS’ WHICH ARE NEVER RECEIVED AS WE ASKED. IF WE LOOK BACK AT OUR LIVES, MANY OF THOSE WANTS WOULD HAVE BEEN DRAMATIC DISASTERS.

‘THANK GOD FOR UNANSWERED PRAYERS’ IS MORE THAN JUST A SLOGAN OR A LINE FROM A SONG. TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND THINK BACK ABOUT YOUR LIFE. HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU NEEDED ONLY TO FIND OUT WHAT GOD GAVE YOU WAS SO MUCH BETTER? THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT YOU WANT AND WHAT YOU NEED. GOD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “DEAR LORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GIFTS. I AM LEARNING MY HINDSIGHT IS BETTER THAN MY FORESIGHT. I AM SORRY FOR MY DEMANDING PRAYERS FOR THE THINGS WHICH WERE NOT IN YOUR KEEPING. HELP ME RECOGNIZE THE WISDOM OF YOUR GIFTS OVER MY FAILED DESIRES. AMEN.”

“HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?”

“HE SAID TO ME: ‘IT IS DONE. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. TO THE THIRSTY I WILL GIVE WATER WITHOUT COST FROM THE SPRING OF THE WATER OF LIFE.'” REVELATION 21: 6 NIV

READ: ACTS 20: 24-28

ON SALE! HUGE DISCOUNTS! CLEARANCE! TODAY ONLY! WE SEE THESE SIGNS AND PROMOTIONS EVERY WHERE WE GO. WITH STORES ADVERTISING SALES CONSTANTLY, HOW DO YOU KNOW THE REAL PRICE YOU SHOULD PAY FOR AN ITEM? THE MARK IT UP, MARK IT DOWN GAME MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT A GOOD BUY REALLY IS.

WITH MANY ITEMS, THE COST CAN ESCALATE DRAMATICALLY WITH THE COST OF MAINTENANCE. BUYING A PRODUCT THAT YOU DON’T REGULARLY USE CAN ALSO BE VERY EXPENSIVE.

WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE YOU HAVE EVER MADE…YOUR HOME, YOUR NEW CAR, HOW ABOUT WHAT IT COST YOU OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION?

WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE YOU CAN MAKE? THERE IS CLEARLY ONLY ONE MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE. REFUSING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LIVING LIFE AS YOU CHOSE THEN GOING TO HELL WOULD BE THE YOUR MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE.

WHAT IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE? ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LIVING LIFE AS GOD TELLS YOU SO THAT YOU CAN SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN WILL BE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE THING IN YOUR LIFETIME. YOU WILL PAY NOTHING FOR GOD’S MOST EXPENSIVE GIFT. JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU WHEN HE DIED UPON THAT CROSS. THE MOST COSTLY ACT OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE WAS PAID FOR BY YOUR SAVIOR. NO MATTER WHAT WEALTH YOU ACCUMULATE ON THIS EARTH, YOU COULD NEVER PAY THE PRICE FOR ETERNITY WITH GOD. BEING BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT IS ALL YOU NEED FOR A ONE WAY TICKET TO HEAVEN.

IN TODAY’S READING, PAUL REMINDS US OF THE SALVATION JESUS PAID FOR EACH OF US. BENEFIT YOURSELF TODAY AND REFLECT UPON THE COSTS JESUS PAID FOR YOU.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “JESUS, AS UNWORTHY AS I AM, YOU LOVED ME ENOUGH TO GIVE YOURSELF UPON THAT CROSS SO THAT I MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. HELP ME WALK DAILY AS YOU WOULD HAVE ME TO DO. GUIDE ME TO TELL OTHERS OF THE COSTS YOU HAVE PAID. AMEN.”