“IT’S ALL GARBAGE!”

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”  Philippians 3:8 NIV   Read:  Philippians 3:7-11   My trash is picked up weekly by a contracted company.  Their truck broke down several times and the garbage piled up time and time again.  More than once, animals tipped the container over and I found myself picking up the garbage and  re-bagging the trash. Have you ever thought about the millions of tons of trash thrown away daily?  We are certainly a disposable society. In truth, all our earthly possessions will be garbage some day.   Things we value the most will rust, rot or become obsolete.   Of all we have, little is truly collectible or can be passed down to others…and none of it can we take with us when we are called home. If you believe JESUS is your personal SAVIOUR you have one thing that is worth more than anything else you could ever possess.   You have the only thing of value that has no monetary value.   Every material thing you hope to have on this earth has a monetary value.   Eternal life is the gift that can never be bought and can never be taken away. As you take pride in owning this or that, remember in weeks, months or years it is all garbage. Why not turn to JESUS today?   Don’t join your possessions in the garbage dump.   JESUS can re-cycle you today.   If your life is problem...

“IN YOUR HEART?”

“…in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left”  2 Corinthians 6:6-7 NIV Read:  2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Are you up for a riddle?   What has to be in before it can be given out?   Give up?  The purity in your heart. Before you can gift actions of purity and goodness to others, you have to have purity in your heart.   So, where do you get the purity in your heart? You can look the world over and never find it.   You can search Amazon and EBay and never find it offered.  You can amass fortunes and you will never be able to afford it.  It is priceless and will never be able to buy it. Paul tells of purity, understanding, patience and kindness.  No matter the hardships and suffering, he walked the path JESUS desired of him.  Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand the purity of the love of the HOLY SPIRIT. There is only one source where you can find purity: GOD through HIS SON.  JESUS alone can take away the impurities of your sins and fill you with the purity of THE HOLY SPIRIT. Do you have purity in your heart?  You can.  Ask JESUS in! Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for sending YOUR SON to remove my sins and replace them with YOUR purity.  Help me to remain pure in all my thoughts and actions. ...

“GOOD MORNING, SUNSHINE!”

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV   Read:  Lamentations 3:22-27 When you wake up to a new day, would others greet you with ‘Good morning, Sunshine’?  Are you known for your sunny disposition?  Do you radiate good will, enthusiasm and a zest for life? Do you seek GOD out during your waking hours or are you preparing for a drudgery day?  Sunshine or gloom? GOD’S compassions are new every morning!   Isn’t that great news?  No matter the pain or problems of yesterday, GOD has prepared a new day and HE will be with you every minute of the day.   You can have HIS love, strength and support…unless you shut HIM out.  Acknowledge GOD’S presence during your day. Be the sunshine attitude that will win over those difficulties.  It is easier than you think, but still takes a little effort. Within minutes of waking (not hours or when you get around to it), open your Bible.  Have a study time with GOD reading and praying.   Talk with GOD.  Tell HIM all that is on your mind, pray for those special plans, difficulties and include all those you know asking GOD to help them with their problems.   Be specific.  Specific prayers get specific answers. If you want GOD to give you HIS time anytime you call upon HIM during the day, give HIM a respectful time when you wake.  Who knows…someone may just call you “Sunshine”! Today’s prayer:  “DEAR LORD,  Thank YOU for giving me a new day.  Thank YOU...

“NEVER BE DEFEATED!”

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:3 NIV   Read:  Galatians 6:3-10   You will never be defeated, no matter what you are doing if you will do one thing.   You may not win in each situation but you will never be defeated.   How, you ask?   Simple, just never give up.   As long as you continue your efforts, whatever the task, you can’t be defeated.  Never give up and you will never be defeated. Paul was a great example.   Once he became a believer, Paul never gave up spreading the Gospel of JESUS.  From a vicious non-believer to a writer of a substantial part of the New Testament, Paul never gave up.   Paul not only took the message of CHRIST to the gentiles, he instructed gentile and Jewish disciples while delivering the message throughout what we now know as Euro-Asia.  Paul did not try to preach the Gospel…he did it. When we just try, we fail.   The very definition of trying is to not succeed.   If you try it means you will not be successful.  By not stopping, you will not fail. Continued effort will reward you.  Never give up and you will not be defeated. We can learn a lot from the life and writings of Paul.  We can also learn from the passion Paul displayed in all his teachings. Living our lives as CHRIST would have is our Christian duty.  It is not about trying.   It is about doing.  Never give up and you will win the victory...