“OOPS!”

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  1John 2:2 NIV Read 1John 2:1-2 “What you think you heard me say was not what you think I meant when I said what I said, so what I meant to say could have been said differently so that I was more clear and then you could have understood what I really intended in the first place instead of what you think I meant by what I said.” What??? You can tell we are in the political election period!   The double talk is daily. It is not just politicians who can say the wrong things.  We can all err when we say something.   A wrong choice of words can cause confusion and can lead to devastating results.   We have an obligation to ‘set the record straight’ when we are not clear or use the wrong choice of words. When was the last time you said something you really did not mean to say?  Have you ever said anything and thought; ‘I could have said that differently’?  Last week the prayer in the devotional contained wordings which could be misunderstood.  I chose words and they need to be clarified.   ‘Thank you for helping me carry the weight of my sins and the wrongs of others today’ appeared in the closing prayer.   This was not setting a limit on GOD’S ability. GOD is not a helper as your assistant to situations.  The words were not intended to say that GOD would carry only a part of the...

“ARE YOU AS PERFECT AS MOSES?”

“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,”  Deuteronomy 34:10 NIV Read:  Deuteronomy 34:1-12 It is a real question.  Do you feel you were as perfect as Moses or more perfect or less perfect?  It depends on where you set the standard and how much you know of GOD’S faithful servant. Born a Jew and raised in Egyptian royalty, his life was unique to say the least.   Moses witnessed one of his people being beaten and he killed an Egyptian.  Have you ever killed anyone? Moses and his wife, Zipporah, quarreled over the circumcision of their sons.   Have you ever quarreled with your spouse? Moses was 80 years old before accepting GOD’S plan for him.  Two Thirds of his life was over.   Have you ever delayed accepting GOD’S plan for your life? Moses showed anger in destroying the first tablets of the 10 commandments when the people of Israel worshiped idols of gold.  Have you ever showed anger? Moses was displeased with GOD when he was overwhelmed with the duties over all the people during their desert wanderings.  Have you ever been displeased with GOD and argued with HIM? Moses was told by GOD to pray over a rock the second time the people came to him for water.  Instead, he failed to follow GOD’S instruction and was forbidden to enter the Promised land.   Have you ever failed to obey GOD? Looking at this list, how perfect was Moses?  As we see, Moses was not perfect at all.   Neither are you.  How many of these items were you...

“WEIGHT LIMIT”

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 NLT   Read:  Matthew 11: 27-30   If you cruise the back roads of most states, you might find yourself on a narrow road with an old one lane bridge.  There is likely a sign warning you of the ‘weight limit’ of that old bridge.  As old as some of these old bridges, the signs may be less than accurate.   With sagging timbers and rotten wood, these old bridges may not be able to carry the weight displayed on the sign. Our lives are a lot like those old bridges.   What we once were capable in our prime is not necessarily true physically, mentally or emotionally.  Just a few years sometimes makes a tremendous difference.  We also cannot carry the weight when we are not depending upon GOD. Many blame GOD for the weights they carry.  We only need to go back to the creation of man in Genesis.  GOD created a perfect garden for Adam and Eve.  They were given all they would ever need, yet they wanted more.  Satan did not make them take the forbidden fruit.  He only tempted them.  By their own action, they accepted the weight of sin.   From their actions we are carrying the weight of our sins and others’ sins today. Scripture explains the weight of situations often as burdens.  When our burdens seem to overwhelm us, we feel the ‘weight’.  Our ‘weight limit’ is measured by our faith. It is during these times we are reminded...

“HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?”

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”  Psalm 9:9 NIV Read:  Psalm 9:7-12 If you were to eat an elephant, it would take careful planning.   First, you would have to skin and clean it…an enormous task.  Then you would have to find a mighty big stove to cook it.   Of course, to go through all the preparation, you would need a huge appetite! After preparing it, how do you eat an entire elephant?   One bite at a time… Our lives have several elephants along the way that have to be eaten.   When was the last time a problem presented itself that seemed impossible.   Some problems are so overwhelming, our first response may be to run away or just give up.  Just like a giant elephant, a giant problem can be solved one bite at a time. No matter your problem, GOD has seen it before.   It may be a new problem you feel you must deal with alone.   Not true.  There is nothing you have to deal with alone.   GOD is there.  It is up to you to allow HIM into your life during these difficult and seemingly impossible times.   You don’t have to deal with these elephant sized plans alone. GOD is there for you when problems attack you.  Today’s verses from the book of Psalm tells us of GOD’S faithfulness which we can always depend.  GOD is “a stronghold”.  GOD is your stronghold. If you are dealing with an elephant sized problem, ask GOD to help you deal with it.  There are no problems…any size…to big for GOD.  With HIS...