“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 is a single task.  Give GOD the solitary respect HE deserves and you will have a better ability to hear HIS answers to your prayers.

Today’s prayer:  “MY LORD, Thank you for hearing my prayers.   Help me to listen for YOUR answers as I come to YOU in a quiet time without distractions.  Amen.”

 

“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, Thank YOU for forgiving all my mistaken words and actions.  Help me today, to prove to all that I am after YOUR desires for my life and not of my own.  Help me to ‘prove it’.  Amen.”

“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 percent is adequate?  Let me give you a hint…NO!   Our scripture verse tells us to love with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.   All is 100 percent.
Today’s prayer:  “GOD, Please hear my sincere prayer.  Thank YOU for all YOU have done for me.   Thank YOU for never ignoring me and always giving me 100 percent of YOUR love and attention.   Help me to give more to YOU than I am.  Amen.”

 

“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, Thank YOU for protecting me in this evil world.   Help me to take all my problems to YOU.  Give me strength to rely upon YOU and ignore those who say and do things against

“IT IS LETHAL!”

“For the wages of sin is [lethal] death, but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23  NIV

 

Read:  Romans 6:19-23

 

We often take risk.   Sometimes it is for the adrenaline rush…skydiving, cliff diving, racing, skin diving or another activity that pushes the envelope just a bit.  Other times our daily risk can include driving too fast, using a chair instead of a ladder or even exposing ourselves to too much sun without the use of sunscreen.  Any of these things could result in our injury or even death.

 

Our parents made efforts to protect us.   They told us not to play in the street, take candy from strangers, run with scissors and other sage words of advice.   Knowing right from wrong came from our parents.   They, most likely, also told us about Jesus at an early age.

 

Others came into our lives as we grew.   Sunday school teachers, school teachers, coaches, uncles and aunts, grandparents and others also had a hand in teaching us not to take risks.

 

While activities in our lives can be lethal, the biggest risk we can take is not a physical risk at all.  The biggest risk we can take is lethal; permanently for all eternity.   Turning away from GOD by not accepting JESUS is the most lethal risk.

 

JESUS came into this world to take on all your sins, forgive all your mistakes and promise you eternity in Heaven with HIM.  You have a choice.   Enjoy eternity with GOD or die a lethal death and spend eternity in the lake of fire.

 

Today’s prayer:  JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for loving me.  Thank YOU for taking the lethal risk of hell from me.  I want to spend eternity with YOU in Heaven.  Amen.”

 

 

“A KODAK MOMENT?”

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”  Psalm 126:3 NIV

 

Read:   Psalm 126:1-6

 

A few decades ago Kodak Company developed an advertising slogan; ‘A Kodak moment!”   It was very successful and is still remembered by millions…and it helped sell a lot of cameras and film.

We still have those moments we want to capture forever.  There are births, graduations, birthdays, weddings, picnics, Christmas gatherings and more we want to capture with a photo.

 

There are also those ‘Kleenex moments’. Those times when the doctor tells us of a serious medical problem, the passing of a loved one, divorce or another depressing life changing event.   The memories of these things can be haunting enough without photos to remind us of these times.

Life sometimes takes us in hours or days from a ‘Kodak moment’ to a ‘Kleenex moment’ when we least expect it.   We may not know of the when, but GOD does.

Staying prepared for life’s ‘Kodak’ or ‘Kleenex’ moments is simply staying in prayer.  Your prayer time with OUR FATHER will help prepare you for the wonderful joys and the disappoints and tragedies of this world.

Whether you are communicating with GOD in a daily prayer time or that quick prayer while waiting for a red light to change, GOD hears you.   Know that GOD is smiling with you during those ‘Kodak moments and HE sheds a tear of compassion and support during those ‘Kleenex moments’ as well.

Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for always being with me.  Thank YOU for the moments of joy and for the times of love and support that comes from YOU alone.  Help me, GOD, to live my life at all times as YOU desire.  Amen.”

 

“WHO ARE YOU REALLY?”

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”  Proverbs 11:3 NIV

 

Read:  Proverbs 11:1-8

The newspaper headlined boldly announced a man’s conviction from several crimes while the TV reporter gave a detailed account of the conviction from the halls of the courthouse.  Past business associates were interviewed along with his family members as well as the victims and their families.

Does this sound all too familiar?  How does a man infiltrate our society in order to take advantage and harm so many people?

 

Depending upon whom you ask, he was either a very evil con man or as some called, a victim himself.   It reminds me of the old adage; “Image is what you want others to view you as, while integrity is who you actually are.”

Do you create an image that you are a good person or does your integrity tell others that you really are a good person?  You can only be one or the other.

A local repair company owner professes to be a strong Christian, yet his company’s trucks are often seen at a beer and burger establishment famous for its very scantily clad young women for their ‘business’ meetings.   I wonder if he feels this unwholesome site establishes his integrity?

Are you walking your talk?   Are you known as a person of image or one of integrity?   You and GOD know the truth of who you really are.  Are you wearing the full armor of GOD?   Wearing the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, your feet fitted with readiness, protected by the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and carrying the sword of the SPIRIT will qualify you as a GODLY person of integrity not one built on a false image.

 

Today’s prayer:  “MY SAVIOUR, Thank YOU for giving me my life to live for YOU.  Help me to live my life as a display of YOUR love and kindness.   May my integrity always be more than my image to others.  Amen.”