“A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE?”

“To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”  Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 A television news anchor once quipped; “The only thing I have ever succeeded at was failing!”   With that once sentence, we saw for a brief moment the sad disappointment he saw in himself.  Being Known by hundreds of thousands, maybe millions did not bring him happiness.   Making over a third of a million dollars a year did not make him happy.   The trust viewers placed in him did not make him happy. We might just say; ‘you just can’t make some people happy’.   In truth, you can’t make anyone happy.   At the same time, no one else can make you happy.   World success of fame or wealth will not make you happy.  They may brighten your mood for a short time, but the false happiness will fade. So, what makes you happy?   In scripture, we find happiness comes from GOD.  That should not surprise us.   Everything comes from GOD.  Abraham’s success came from GOD.   Joseph was successful in Egypt because he was faithful to GOD.  David’s success was delivered by GOD. Are you working 12 hour days to earn more money so you will be happy?  Are you working to be a success while your marriage is failing?   Are you making more money to buy your kids the latest devices and clothes, yet they are respecting...

“TEARS OF DISAPPOINTMENT!”

“JESUS wept.”   John 11:35 NIV Read:  John 11:17-44 The toddler was securely fastened into his mother’s shopping cart.   As she passed the display of snacks and cookies he reached out and grabbed a package.  His mother explained that he could not have it and offered an alternative.   He refused.  As she pried his choice from his grip, the tears of disappointment gushed out! When was the last time you cried tears of disappointment?   GOD created us with the ability to cry for a reason.    A good cry once in a while is good for us.   Just as we shed tears, we can shed the built up fears, angers, losses and disappointments.   Tears will help us, at times, to let go of the things we have bottled up. Tears can also be tears of joy.   This seems a good time to remind you; real men do cry. Scripture tells us important and necessary time to cry.  GOD’S word gives us good instructions and comfort. Take a short trip through your Bible.   Esau and Jacob wept when re-united.  The Israelites wept over and over.   David wept.   Hezekiah wept.  Job wept. Peter wept when he heard the rooster crow the second time.  Filled with disappointment in himself and his abandoning and denial of his SAVIOUR, Peter went outside and wept. Standing outside the tomb of JESUS, seeing the empty tomb with the two angels, Mary wept. JESUS wept.  If JESUS cried for HIS friend while knowing HE would restore the life of Lazarus, you can cry in GOD’S grace and mercy. Today’s prayer:  “MY LORD, Thank...

“BAR B Q!”

“And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.”  Luke 12:29-30 NIV   Read: Luke 12:22-34   BarBQ, BBQ, Barbeque or Barbecue; anyway you say it or spell it, it is good!  In south Texas, cooking on a grill and smoker is almost a right of passage.  Cooks are praised for their concoctions.   From bodacious to smokey dry, honey coated to jalapeno sauce, BarBQ is a diet staple in this area.   Some might argue a diet of BarBQ a few times a week is a necessity. Regions and countries around the world have special foods they are renowned.   Food is a common bond around the world.  We all love to eat! We all need food and water.  They are absolute necessities.   Clothing and shelter are nice as well.  GOD created everything we need.   Everything else are our wants and desires…not our needs.   While things we think we need may help our lives, they are not necessarily real needs. I need a new phone.   I need a new house.   I need a new car.   These are all false statements.   We justify our wants by renaming them as needs. Today, focus in on understanding the difference of what you need and what you want.   The one need at the top of your list should be GOD.  GOD should come before all else.   GOD should be before your family, your country, your job and yes, even before your need of food.  Depend upon GOD for...

“ARE YOU FLOUNDERING?”

“I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.”  Proverbs 4:11-12 NIV   Read:  Proverbs 4:10-17   Flounder:  A flatfish normally found along the bottom of bays and oceans.   The fish is born looking like any other fish and swims upright.   As the newborn develops, its eye on one side physically moves itself to join the other eye on the other side of the fish.  This movement actually twists the fishes skull.  When fully developed the fish swims on its side, actually flat, ‘floundering’ along the bottom.   We get our phrase ‘floundering around’ from this fish.   Floundering around usually means someone is clumsy, stumbling, having difficulty thinking or unsure of their purpose in life.   These definitions can apply to physical or emotional situations or problems. Floundering around can also refer to someone’s spiritual walk.  Are you floundering around with your faith?   Faith will change a floundering life to a life of stability.   Have faith in your Saviour. Paul wrote the letters to Timothy to instruct him so that he would not flounder in his ministry.  Paul did not write the letters to Timothy because he believed Timothy was not or could not do his best.   Paul wrote the letters as guidance and support, reminding him of the strength of the gospel. Our Bibles are just that, GOD’S word of guidance and support.  GOD loves you and does not want you to flounder around.   If you don’t want to flounder around trust in your SAVIOUR, read your Bible...

“SATAN LIVES NEXT DOOR!”

“‘I [Satan] will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”   Isaiah 14:14-15 NIV   Read: Isaiah 14:12-20   Satan may not physically live in the house next door, but he is closer than you think.   Satan and his band of angels are all around us every day.   Don’t believe they are going to walk up to you and introduce themselves telling you who they are and they want your soul to rot in hell. GOD cast Satan from Heaven to roam this earth.  It is believed his casting from Heaven was during the period of creation, during the time of Genesis 1-3, before the tempting of Adam and Eve. Satan is believed to have been the most beautiful of GOD’S angels.   His pride and vanity led him to attempt a war in Heaven. Revelation 12: 7-9 tell us:  “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Notice, the war was fought by Michael and his angels against Satan.  The battle was not fought by GOD.   Satan was defeated in Heaven and was cast to earth by GOD. We have good and evil in our daily lives.  ...