“DO YOU POSSESS GALLANTRY?”

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  1Peter 4:11 NIV   Read:  1Peter 4:1-11   Do you possess gallantry?   You can have all you want or need and it’s free.  No, you don’t need a white horse with a silver inlaid saddle. The full question is:  “Do you have a willingness to confront agony, pain and fear?   Can you muster bravery to act in the face of anxiety?   Do you have the strength to face any obstacle?  Do you possess gallantry to face frightful situations?” You can be sure you have all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you will ever need.   All it takes is faith in our RISEN LORD.   If you will trust JESUS with all your heart and soul, HE will provide all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you need for your entire lifetime. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians to praise, lift up and teach those of the church at Philippi.   One of the most quoted verses in your Bible is Philippians 4:13. “I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.”   Your Bible translation may read; “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Well worth repeating:  Willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry are all gifts from JESUS.   Take all you need and use all you take. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS,...

“IMAGE OR INTEGRITY?”

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”  Proverbs 11:3 NIV Read:  Proverbs 11:1-8 Cowboy boots, silk dresses, ragged t-shirts, sequined tops, short shorts, coats and ties all present an instant image.   We are judged by what we wear and how we wear it.   We are also judged by what we say and do as well as how we say and do things.   Image is what we want others to believe we are.   Integrity is what we really are.   Read that sentence again!   Image does not matter when GOD knows who we really are. Our demeanor is an instant statement of the image we want to project.   If you believe in the ways of the world we live, image is everything.  As much as Satan wants us to believe, image is not everything. When we can’t depend upon the image another presents, we can count on integrity.   So often, integrity has nothing to do with image.   Job had integrity.  We read in Job2:3:  “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job?  There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.  And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.'” Job maintained his integrity.   He lost his children, his livestock, his wealth and his health.   Still, he maintained his integrity and GOD restored him. How about you?   Are you projecting an image or does your integrity or lack of integrity prove who you are?  ...

“PAST, PRESENT AND OH YES!”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 29:10-14 We can define time usually as past, present and future.  But, doesn’t past, present and ‘Oh Yes!’ sound a lot more interesting?   You have to admit; ‘Oh Yes!’ is always better than ‘Oh No!’.   Past is defined in the dictionary as a time gone by, something before the present or no longer existing.  We can all agree things of the past are in the past and no longer exist.  We may have things in our past which no longer exist, but raise their ugly head from time to time.  GOD has told us those forgiven sins are forgiven.   When we are reminded of those errors, we need to thank our forgiving GOD and know those reminders are all from Satan.   Present is the here and now, not yesterday or last year and not tomorrow or next year.  Have you found yourself in a situation you are less than proud and knowing you went against GOD?   The sins of today may have a past, but they don’t need to have to have a future.  JESUS died on that blood stained cross for all your sins.   Give them to HIM and walk away from those sins that are causing you so much misery. The future, by this earth’s standard, is preparing to be an ‘Oh No!’.   Allow Satan to control your life and your future is destined for eternal misery where...

“EVER RAISE YOUR HAND?”

“Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven.”   Revelation 10:5 NIV Read:   Psalms 134, Revelation 10:1-11   As I grew up, I realized there were times it was best not to raise your hand and times to raise your hands high.   One of the first lessons was in Spanish class.   When you have problems with your native language, I learned to never raise your hand when taking a second language class.   Another time, I learned to never raise your hand was in Marine Corps boot camp.   But, there are two times to raise your hand…proudly!   There are times we all should step up and volunteer without being pressured to help.  Raise your hands to help others. The other time to raise our hands is in praise to our LORD.  One hand or both…reaching out to Heaven gives us a humanly effort to honor our GOD. When was the last time you reached out with raised hands to GOD?   HE is closer than you might think and always within reach…just waiting for you.  You don’t have to be in church to raise your hands in praise. Raise your hands to GOD in praise right now.  Now, didn’t that feel good? Today’s prayer:    “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for being so near that I can always reach out to feel YOUR presence and be touched by YOU.  Today, I will raise my hands in praise of all YOU are doing in my life.  Amen.”  ...