“DID YOU FORGET STEP 3?”

“Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” Psalm 119:35 NIV Read: Psalm 119: 10-35 This Christmas you may have the opportunity to assemble a toy or gift for a loved one. Many times, we buy a gift only to find it is not assembled and the box is full of a dozen or more parts along with a set of instructions in a half dozen languages. As we go through the motions of ‘tab D in slot 6’, we can find ourselves looking at something that is not quite right. That is usually when we decide to read the instructions. Almost instantly, we see in our anxiousness to put the parts together, we skipped step 3! Now, we have to dis-assemble part of our work so we can complete the forgotten step. Our Christian walk sometimes is like that. We all too often, thinking we know better than GOD, do things our way. After all, we know what we are to do and think there is no reason to read the directions. These are the times that things seem to be going well and then adversity sits in, disappointment overwhelms us or a problem presents itself that seems to undermine our faith. There is one solution. Read the instructions. GOD gave us HIS word. Scripture is not to be read one time as an instruction manual. GOD created HIS Bible as an ongoing conversation with us. HIS Bible is not just an instruction book but it serves as a daily reference of what GOD wants and expects from us. When we take the...

“ARE YOU STRUCK OR STUCK?”

“We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 NIV Read: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18 Life has a way of striking us down, usually at what we think is an inconvenient time. The furnace goes out or the car stops on the way to work. Sometimes even more serious events strike us down. What do you do when it a serious health problem, a job loss or marriage problems strikes? Your response to these problems say a lot about your faith. When you are struck down you don’t have to be stuck down. Being struck down is never a permanent stuck down situation. Many once struck down by the trials of life elect to give up and remain stuck at the bottom of a depressed state. There is a choice. While it is more difficult than said, picking yourself up is more possible when you turn your situation over to GOD. GOD does not want you stuck in a lowly position. GOD wants the best for you. If GOD wants the best for you, you should want the best for yourself. You may find yourself struck down many times during your life, but you don’t have be stuck down. With your faith in the perfect love of JESUS, you can feel HIS uplifting spirit. Remind yourself of the poem ‘Footprints In The Sand’. When we see only one set of footprints, rest assured those are the times JESUS was carrying you. Struck down in many ways, we are all raised up...

“COULDAH, WOULDAH, SHOULDAH!”

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 NIV Read: Psalm 32: 1-11 These words may not be spelled correctly or even real words from the dictionary, but we have all heard them before. The phrase reminds us in a lighthearted way of what was maybe a bad decision. Unfortunately, bad decisions seldom need to be remembered in a lighthearted sense. What couldah happened, did not happen the right way. We couldah done this or we couldah done that. We couldah made other decisions that would have resulted in a totally different outcome. What we wouldah done is often the advice we offer others. It seldom is applied to our own situations. It is usually easier to tell others what we wouldah done in their situation than in our own. Once we have the benefit of hindsight, we are more apt to know what we shouldah done in the first place. Shouldah comes to light earlier when we stop before taking actions without prayer. We don’t have to worry about the couldah, wouldah or shouldah of our lives when we depend on our LORD and SAVIOUR. By taking the time to have a one on one conversation with GOD we can be more assured of making the right decisions…if we listen to HIM. Take the couldah, wouldah and shouldah from your troubles and give them to GOD. HE is there for you before, during and after your trials and incorrect actions. Today’s prayer: “My caring LORD, Thank YOU for always being there...

“DOERS DO!”

“‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. ” ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’” Acts 22:10 NIV Read: Acts 22:8-16 It is said there is one thing successful people have over those who are less than successful. Those who are most successful in any area of their lives are those who simply do what is needed to be done. We can day dream of doing what is needed or we can talk about doing something, but nothing will happen until we actually do it! ‘Doers do’ is not just about our jobs in this sometimes all too often humanly world. ‘Doing’ is what GOD expects us to do. GOD expects us to ‘do’ as HE tells us. We can think about what GOD wants us to do, we can even tell others what GOD wants us to do, but we will not please HIM until we ‘do’ as GOD tells us. Our Bibles tell us hundreds times of GOD instructing HIS people to ‘do’ as HE said. Some were HIS direct instructions while some were HIS instructions through others. Each time, GOD has a purpose. We have been given the benefit of these verses so we can live our lives as GOD intended. We can read the verses and see the good and the wrongs of those lessons. We can understand the lessons GOD is telling us by injecting ourselves into the verses. When we bring GOD lessons into our present day lives we can clearly hear what HE wants us to do....

“GIVE IT BACK!”

“But remember the LORD your GOD, for it is HE who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms HIS covenant, which HE swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV Read: Hebrews 7:1-6 Have you ever been given something by someone and then they asked for it back? Perhaps after a misunderstanding, they felt they were deserving of getting their gift back. How about repaying a debt? Do you have to pay your debts? Are you bound by your honor to return things that were loaned to you? There is another ‘give it back’. One that will make you feel good. This time of year, churches are preparing budgets for the new year. Part of the efforts are tithing promises and stewardship drives. Many get anxious about hearing the need of financial help. Some squirm in their seats thinking; “They are asking for money again!” The ‘they’ you may refer to are not separate. You and every member of your church are part of the ‘they’. The needed funds are not for ‘them’, the funds are needed for all the ‘yous’ in your church family. Churches are often asking simply because the ‘giving’ has been inadequate. Remember, in truth all your donations and tithing are not ‘gifts’ at all. Your ‘gifts’ are not ‘gifts’ but are an opportunity to ‘give it back’. Everything you have came to you from GOD. GOD has blessed you with every financial and material possession you claim as yours. There is nothing you have that was not given to you by GOD’S authority. Of course, you worked for...