“CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!”

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  2Peter 1:3 NIV Read:  2Peter 1:3-11   The television commercial for an automobile road side service insurance company blared with testimonials claiming the merits of the nationally known company.   One lady declared she ‘could not live without’ her membership.   Do you have something that you simply can’t live without?   Ask and others may tell you they “can’t live without….”.   They may complete the sentence with ‘chocolate’, ‘a good book’, ‘a first cup of coffee’, ‘my cell phone’…you get the picture. The truth is we can all live without any and all of these things.   But, there are some things we cannot live without.   Basics for life are known as water, food and shelter.   Other things may be necessary for comfort but are not absolutely necessary. While many don’t realize it, there is ONE absolute necessity.  GOD.  The majority on this earth believe they are self sufficient.   They depend solely upon themselves.  But, as scripture tells us, when their time comes they will be all alone.  After it is too late, it is too late! Are you like a dog who is chasing his own tail and never achieving anything for his efforts?    Stop chasing after things you don’t need.   Everything you need is available when you go to your knees.   GOD will bring you more than you can imagine.  Just ask HIM. Today’s prayer:  “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for supplying more than I need and...

“WEAK STRENGTH OR A STRONG WEAKNESS?”

“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!”  Proverbs 24:10 NIV   Read:  Proverbs 24:10-22   In a flashback from decades ago, some days, do you ‘feel your Wheaties’ or do you feel like you are not doing so well?   Like most, you have those good days and those not so good days.   Most days you are probably somewhere in between.   The truth is strength and weakness have more in common than you might imagine.  When we are so dependent upon ourselves, we might take either to extremes.  Too much or too little misplaced confidence or uncertainty can have disastrous results. When we put our dependence upon GOD alone, we can trust HIM with stability rather than highs on lows of self dependence. The writer of Hebrews (many believe it was Paul) tells us of great prophets and kings of the Old Testament in Hebrews 11:34: “quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”   Your weakness can be turned into strength when you rely upon the strength coming from GOD.  Relying upon yourself will sooner or later weaken your strength.   GOD alone can strengthen you weakness. Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for the strength that comes from only YOU.  Thank YOU for teaching me from YOUR word.   Help me today to recognize the weakness of my own strength and the strength of my weakness when I depend upon YOU.  Amen.”...

“EVER BLAME GOD?”

“Should GOD then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.”  Job 34:33 NIV Read:  Job 34:5-37   Things just were not going right.   When you felt you were walking a straight line, it seemed everyone else was turning left and right.   No matter what you did, you ended up all alone.  So, knowing in your own mind you were doing all the right things and everything still went wrong, you blamed GOD.   We have a manner of judging ourselves which is very different than the way GOD judges us.  We judge ourselves by looking at others, by standards of the world and maybe with a self blinding eye. GOD judges by HIS standards.   Guess what?   GOD’S standards have never changed and will never change.   HE gave us an easy course if we choose to do things HIS way.  If we don’t obey GOD’S marching orders, we are re-inventing the wheel every day. When we turn to our way rather than GOD’S way, we fail again.  Instead of looking at the reality of our own failures and accepting blame ourselves, we condemn GOD.  We will never truly live until we praise GOD for the times in our lives when we were condemning HIM. We need to be thankful for the times we stumbled and failed only to be forgiven and lifted up by our GOD.   We condemned GOD and HE still forgave us. Today’s prayer:  “GOD OUR FATHER, Thank YOU for forgiving me at those times I blamed YOU for my...

“TELL ME! TELL ME!”

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”  Mark 1:15 NIV   Read:  Mark 1:1-15   Did you ever have great news that you could hardly keep to yourself?   Were your spouse and kids begging, even demanding you to tell them?  As you heard their cries of “Tell me, tell me!”, the excitement grew.   A loving family can be more excited than we are for ourselves.   “Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,and good news gives health to the bones.”  Proverbs 15:30.  Don’t you love the inspiring verses of Proverbs?  These verses are the good news to refresh us when we are tired.  They encourage us when times have been hard and they inspire us to take on new challenges. Individually, we can bring good new to refresh, encourage and inspire others.   GOD can use to the benefit of others.   Is GOD using you?   HE is if you let HIM. JESUS took the good news to all.  HE healed the sick and maimed.  HE spoke with the authority of GOD because HE is GOD.   HIS disciples then carried the good news of JESUS to all…Jews and gentiles alike. GOD is telling you to do the same.   We are to carry the good news of our CREATOR, JESUS OUR RISEN LORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD to all we come in contact with. Christianity is not a closed club.   We are to take the gospel to all nations.   This means we are to tell everyone about good news of our LORD.   Share the...

“AN IRON CLAD ALIBI”

“…and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,”  Revelation 1:5 NIV Read:  Revelation 1:1-6 Have you ever needed an alibi?   Were you ever accused of doing something when you were totally innocent?   A personal eye witness of you not being even near the scene of the situation can be an iron clad alibi.   Then, maybe there was a time when you were guilty, very guilty and there was no alibi.   Guilt was simply guilty.   Recently there was a news story of a man who was arrested for armed robbery.   He was innocent of the robbery and his iron clad alibi was he was buying and selling illegal drugs at the time and was nowhere near the location of the robbery.    He was freed on the robbery charge and re-arrested on drug charges. Have you escaped a guilty situation by using an alibi of another situation?   Guilty is still guilty.   From my childhood, I remember the phrase;  ‘He is as guilty as homemade sin.’   I can’t tell you what homemade sin is.  But, I get the message. Truthfully, we won’t ever need an alibi when we are in places and doing things when and where GOD would want us to be.  GOD is our iron clad alibi.  HE knows all about us; all of our guilt and all of our innocence. Is today the day you trade your guilt for an iron clad guarantee for life with...