“SPITTIN’ IN THE WIND!”

“JESUS answered, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer.'” Luke 22:67b-68 NIV Read: Luke 22:66-23:4 Think about it. Why would you ever want to spit into the wind? If you ever have, you know the results. The greatest problem is not physically spitting into the wind. The greatest problems are our related actions. Those actions of anger, retaliation, vocally insulting another, cutting off someone on the freeway, gossiping for any reason or ignoring someone who could benefit from your help are all actions that will result with a mess on your face. We are no better than anyone else and we have no justification for our condemning words or actions. What good do we do when we provoke or retaliate? JESUS taught us well. But, all to often, we are not the best students. How many lessons must we be taught before we open our hearts and learn from the greatest teacher? When grilled by the pharisees, JESUS kept HIS cool. Unlike us, HE never argued. Instead, JESUS told them truths. HE gave them lessons from scriptures without anger or slander. The next time you are ready to attack someone to provoke them or to retaliate for their actions or words, don’t do it. You will be simply ‘spittin’ in the wind’ and you will have to wear your own disgrace all over your face sometimes for days, months or even decades or you can do the right thing and wear the results of your actions with honor. Like mama always said; “If you can’t say something nice...

“EAT DESSERT FIRST!”

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. Revelation 22: 12 NIV Read: Revelation 22: 12-21 We sometimes hear it said we should eat dessert first. I could be easily persuaded to change my dining habits and enjoy dessert first! Wouldn’t life be great if we could enjoy all the good stuff first? When we accept JESUS as our LORD, our personal SAVIOR, we really are living our lives enjoying all of HIS goodness. Of course, we have to contend with all the evils and challenges Satan throws at us on a day to day basis. It’s those times, we can enjoy our dessert first life. The grace of our LORD is with us during those times. We don’t have to wait. As believers, GOD is with us. Then, it only gets better! When our lives on earth come to their ends, we are taken into Heaven to enjoy the ‘dessert’ GOD has for us for all eternity. When starting a new book, some read the last chapter first wanting to know how the story ends. As Christians, we are blessed with knowing how GOD’S story ends. Revelation gives us our SAVIOR’S absolute guarantees. Many have started reading their Bible from cover to cover and never made it to Revelation. Most can quote Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning, GOD created the heavens and the earth.” How many can remember the last verse in the Bible? Appropriately, Revelation 22:21 tells us; “The grace of the LORD JESUS be with GOD’S people. Amen.” This is truly...

“MILE MARKER 545”

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?'” Mark 4:13 NIV Read: Mark 4:9-13 While traveling an interstate highway with retired pastor, we were discussing where I get the inspiration for writing these devotionals. The truth is it is all from GOD. If it were not from GOD’S inspiration, these devotionals would never be written. As we traveled the highway, we passed mile marker 545. Something so simple that we take for granted, instantly became the inspiration for this devotional. How many times do you (just as I) ignore the simple things in our life that GOD puts right in front of us to get our attention? There are times others are telling us about a situation and we fail to understand the pain, hurt or difficulty they are enduring. Other times, GOD uses what seems so insignificant to get our attention totally for our benefit. Sometimes, we need more than HIS subtle hint. We fail to appreciate all the clues and hints GOD gives us during our seemingly routine days. Whether GOD is using what seems like a hint or bellows through a bullhorn, we need to more attentive to what GOD is telling us. The old testament gives us ‘mile markers’ of what GOD wants and expects of HIS people. From Moses to the prophets we learn of the obedience and disobedience of HIS people. HIS instructions as clear as the ten commandments or HIS instructions through the lips of prophets, GOD tells us in so many ways of HIS desires for our lives. JESUS tells us in...

“WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE”

“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” 2 John 1:7 NIV Read: 2 John 1:7-11 In going through life, do you ever get a wake up call? Has someone told you to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’? Sometimes, another’s sarcastic prompting is exactly what we need. We need that abrupt, tell it like it is comment for us to understand the reality of a situation. We need to wake up and face reality. Is there a situation you have set aside, perhaps in hope that left alone long enough it will go away? ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ is an adage that deserves our attention. When faced with the truth, we need to ask GOD what we should do. Facing a situation alone is not the wisest decision. When asking GOD for help, understand you are asking HIM to lead you. When being led, we must take our place behind the leader. Asking GOD for help, then trying to be GOD will not work. GOD helps us when we follow HIM. The great prophets told GOD’S people for centuries to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’. The prophets warned the people of their disobedience and intentional failings. Just as we do today, the people were more interested in their selfish desires than being obedient to GOD’S protection of instruction. Our nation is at a crossroads. Political leaders all seem to have their own agenda. At the same time, there are evangelists, preachers...