“I TOLD YOU SO!”

“HE is not here; HE has risen! Remember how HE told you, while HE was still with you in Galilee”  Luke 24:6 NIV Read:   Luke 24:1-8   “I told you so!”   These words can make you feel miserable, can’t they?   It’s bad enough to be wrong, but being reminded when we are wrong can be devastating.   There are those who seem to thrive on reminding us of our mistakes. Some things in this life are a series of trials and errors.  There are scientist who experiment to bring us new medicines and technology.  Lifetimes can be spent searching for a medical cure or a development to benefit us all. Other times are our errors are repeated when not doing the right thing although we knew the right way and the wrong way.  Failing to do as GOD has told us to do could result in HIM telling us; “I told you so!”.   Sometimes, hearing “I told you so!” can be a good thing. Our verse of the day, reminds us we are blessed when we read JESUS told us of HIS resurrection.   We will be blessed again, when we are taken up for all eternity. Then we will never be told again; “I told you so!”.    No one will have to tell us.  We will be in eternal Heaven. Today’s prayer:   “DEAR JESUS, Thank YOU for telling us of YOUR resurrection and of YOUR return.  May we strive to live faithfully in YOUR shadow until that time.  Amen.”...

“CAN YOU MULTI-TASK?”

“Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence.”  2 Chronicles 6:19 NIV Read:  2 Chronicles 6:18-21   Can you juggle several tasks at the same time?   I once saw a man juggle three bowling pins, while twirling a ring around his neck, a ring on each arm and another ring around his right calf while balanced with his left foot on a ball. Some freely admit they can’t do several things at the same time.   Others seem to have an ability to do two or three things, going from one to another with seamless activity.   Some days, I can move from one task to another while not so well on other days.   All in all, we all have our limits to multi-tasking.  Too many tasks and the quality of our efforts usually dwindles rapidly.  It is difficult to focus on one priority when we are distracted by other activities. GOD is the only multi-tasker.  We can’t even imagine a million prayers coming at HIM all at the exact same moment.   Yet, GOD hears each and every one.   HE gives each prayer the blessing it deserves.  You are important to GOD. Not only is GOD able to hear each and every prayer, HE answers each and every prayer.  While some answers are more complex, basically GOD tells us “YES”, “NO” or “IN TIME”.   The problem is never unanswered prayers.   The problem is we did not hear HIS answer.   In order to hear, we have to listen.   In order to listen, we must listen attentively…not while we are attempting multi-tasks. Prayer...

“PROVE IT!”

“I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'” Psalm 39:1 NIV    Read: Psalm 39 There is an old saying:  “Keep quiet and people may think you’re ignorant or open your mouth and prove it.”   Sometimes these old sayings hit home, don’t they?   How many times have you blurted out an opinion?  As the words passed your lips you reached for them, wanting to take them back…but it was too late!   Words quickly spoken can hurt others, but they hurt us the most.  If you are quick to speak, others may come to know you as opinionated, a braggart, rude, condemning, judgmental, misinformed, or just plain ignorant.  Does the shoe fit? Too often, we speak before we think and others easily find fault with our off base comments.   There is another old saying when building something…”Measure twice, cut once.”   We all would be wise to ‘think twice, speak once”.   Maybe, that is why GOD gave us two ears to hear and only one mouth to speak. When JESUS was telling HIS twelve of coming judgment by the pharisees and all that would follow, Peter spoke in disbelief in Matthew 16:22; “Peter took HIM aside and began to rebuke HIM. “Never, LORD!” he said. “This shall never happen to YOU!” Peter was to lead the church, but his weaknesses were his quick tongue and acting without thinking.   Peter learned.   You can learn, just as Peter did, to think twice and speak once.  Prove it! Today’s prayer:   “JESUS MY LORD,...

“50/50 DOES NOT WORK!”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  Mark 12:30 NIV   Read:  Mark 12:28-33 You may have celebrated yesterday, Valentine’s Day, with your special Valentine.  Flowers and candy seem to be the accepted gifts of the day.   I always liked the simple messages on small heart shaped candies. We often need little messages and hints to keep us on target during our earthly endeavors.   One of the most understood is the false advice that relationships are 50/50. A sure way to a failed relationship is to give only 50 percent and to expect only 50 percent in return.   Do you give only half effort to a relationship? If you are not enthusiastic about giving a full 100 percent, why not?   100 percent commitment, dedication and effort are all absolutely necessary in all personal and business relationships.  If you give less than 100 percent, you should not expect anything from another. A 100/100 percent relationship is what GOD wants with you.  GOD will always give you 100 percent…HE will never  give you less than 100 percent of HIS love and attention.  If GOD is giving you 100 percent, why would only obey HIM 50 percent of the time, talk with HIM only when you want HIS help or attend worship services only when you feel you have time for GOD? It is up to you to complete the 100/100.   Can GOD depend upon you to give HIM 100 percent in return?  Is there any reason for you to feel less than 100...

“NOT THE TYPICAL 90/10 RULE”.

“They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.”  2 Timothy 3:3 NLT Read:  2Timothy 3:1-9     We all have heard of the 90/10 rule.  Sometimes it is referred to when 90 percent of taxes are paid by 10 percent of the people.   Or, you might have heard that 90 percent of work is done by 10 percent of the workers.   We can apply this 90/10 rule to a lot of things in our lives. There is another consideration.   Have you heard of the 10/90 rule?   This rule states that your life is governed 10 percent by what others say or do against you and 90 percent of how you react to those things.   If we consider this rule, we might find it to be more than accurate.  Others do have an influence over us.  Their influence can be controlled by us to a great extent.   They may even influence others who may also deal with us unfairly.  Another person whose words or actions have a major influence over us only if we allow them. No matter the number who try, we have control.  Will you allow others who slander and do evil to govern 10 percent of your life or will you allow them to control 90 percent?   It is your choice, not theirs! By turning your life over to GOD and giving HIM control over you, you are removing the control others have over you.    By giving GOD control, you are actually controlling others! Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD,...