“DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?”

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 NIV Read: Ecclesiastes 9:5-12, Matthew 24: 35-42 If you use your watch or the clock on the wall to schedule your day or to keep an appointment, you are using chronological time. This word comes from the ancient Greek word chronos. Other English words also come from the same Greek root; chronic and chronicle. All relate to time or a time schedule. We also talk of father time as the aging man with the long white beard. Our society says goodbye to him every new year’s eve. There is another time also taken from the Greeks. Kairos time refers to the perfect time without the boundaries of chronos time. Kairos time can be used to explain GOD’S time. GOD’S eternity is a perfect example. GOD’S eternity was before the beginning and will continue past the end. GOD’S eternity was before the beginning and will continue past the end. *(This repeated sentence is not a typo.) We personally decide if we are in good times or bad times. Our success and happiness at a moment in time determines if the time is good or bad. We dictate our lives around our personal schedule. We generally have a set time to wake up, to prepare ourselves for the day’s activities, to eat, to work, to relax and to go to bed for another night’s rest. We choose the time we spend with others and activities. What about your time with GOD? Do you simply schedule HIM into...

“WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT WHAT YOU GET!”

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” Job 11:7 Read: Job 11: 7-20 What you see is not always what you get. We have all been amazed and deceived by a magician’s slight of hand. Things are in his left hand one moment only to move to his right hand and then suddenly it is in neither hand and nowhere to be seen. Things of this earth are like that. Satan uses more than a simple slight of hand to hide his evil ways. He will use all forms of deception to convince us that evil does not exist and that we can do things our way without consequences. He will use his powers to turn us from all GOD has told us. From material things to our emotions, Satan will hurt us and others if we allow him. Initially, Job suffered but did not blame GOD for all his losses. It is the tenth chapter of Job that we see Job questioning GOD as he felt GOD had abandoned him. Job suffered tremendous losses. Not only did he have to contend with the loss of his children, possessions, health and wealth, he had to deal with the condemnation from his friends that he was being punished by GOD. Of course, this was not true. It was Satan working against Job, not GOD. GOD knew of Job’s faith. GOD knows your faith as well. GOD is more than aware of the attacks upon you by Satan. GOD is there for you….waiting. GOD is waiting for you to reach out to HIM....

“GPS”

“The LORD will guide you always; HE will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11 Read: Isaiah 58: 9-14 GPS, Global Position System, has crept into many areas of our lives. The U.S. government started development of GPS in the 1960’s and was fully functional in the 1970’s for government and military use. It was then released to the private sector and is still growing. Based on information of only four of dozens of satellites, you can find or be found at almost any spot on the earth. The technology is so advanced your cell phone, hand held device, laptop as well as airplane and ship on board computers can be used as GPS receivers. These navigation systems will probably become standard equipment on new cars. No matter where you are or where you are going, GPS will locate the position within a matter of a couple of feet. You will never get lost if you use one of these devices properly. Simply type an address in and you can get specific directions. Actually, GPS has been around since creation. “GOD”S PERSONAL SAVIOR”, Jesus, is here for you. Not reliant upon satellites or computers, GOD knows where you are, where you have been and where you are going. HE sent HIS SON and the HOLY SPIRIT to guide through all of your life’s difficulties. Connect with HIM today. On bended knee in your prayer closet or in a simple prayer as you go about your day, “GPS, GOD”S...

“I WANT MY WAY!”

“You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.” Job 22:27 Read: Job 22:21-30 She was not happy. The three year old tugged and whimpered as she pulled to be free from her mother’s secure hand. The toy aisle was too much temptation for her as they walked thru the discount superstore. As her mother attempted to explain their purpose to her, the little girl broke loose and ran to the toy aisle. With her mother in pursuit, the little one ran right into another shopper’s cart. Instantly, the new pain replaced her desire to find the toys. Now, she sobbed from her abrupt impact that caused minor pain but no injuries. From moments before of wanting her own way, she was now clinging to the loving arms of her mother with no desire to do things her way. We may often find ourselves in this situation. We want our way and ignore GOD’S lead and protection. Then abruptly during our pursuit of our own way….wham! GOD has a way of stopping us. We were well on our way of doing it our way, but we never asked GOD if we were on HIS pathway. A simple prayer could have prevented our error. Take time as you go through the day. Ask GOD’S help with the decisions and choices you need to make. It does not matter what the situation is. Nothing is too minor or too major to be in prayer. What may seem like an unimportant decision is very important when you take it to God first. Your prayers do...