“PLACE HAND IN MOUTH!”

“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.”  Proverbs 11:12 NIV   Read:  Proverbs 11:9-13   There have been times we all have been able to put our foot in our mouth.  I have been guilty of taking my foot out of my mouth only long enough to get the other one in.  The phrase, putting your foot in your mouth, probably originated in the 1800’s.  It may refer to the deadly cattle disease, hoof and mouth. Or simply stepping in something that was more than unpleasant.  We suffer too often from foot in mouth disease.   ‘Place hand in mouth!’ should be the first instruction of the day for many of us.  Putting our hands in our mouths and holding our tongues may be the only way we can control our words.   By putting our hands in our mouths, we may avoid putting our feet in our mouths.   Can you put your hand in your mouth?  Do you ever have a problem holding back misspoken words that come out uncomplimentary, rude and often just plain cruel? In Romans 14:11 we read;  “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God,'”   Our tongues can and should be used to honor our LORD with words of praise and respect.  We can also lift others up with words of kindness and support. Place your hand in your mouth and hold your tongue before you put your foot in your mouth…you might find it more appetizing…and more gracious to the hearts of...

“IT’S COUNTERFEIT!”

“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  Matthew 7:23 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:13-23   With the widespread counterfeiting by criminals, stores are more and more skeptical of cash.   Special pens are being used by cashiers to determine if the bill is legitimate or not.   The situation is so bad, that local Goodwill stores are verifying larger denomination bills into optical scanners.   Counterfeiters are now ‘washing’ the ink out of small denomination bills in order to obtain the real currency paper.  Then, they reprint the blank real paper with counterfeit ink of larger denomination bills.   Just as some money looks real but is not as it appears, there are also counterfeit people.   Identifications are being stolen and identities are being counterfeited across the country.   This is now a trillion dollar problem.  Not million, not billion…but trillion! There are also counterfeit Christians…more than we might imagine.   JESUS told us of the narrow road and small gate.   Those who will be considered counterfeiters will never enter through HIS narrow road and small gate.   Only those who are real believers who have really given their lives to GOD will be admitted. Is your faith real or counterfeit?   Ask GOD.  HE knows the real thing!   Today’s prayer:   “LORD MY GOD,  Thank YOU for trusting me to have real faith, to know YOUR desires for me and for me to be the person YOU want me to be.  Amen.”...

“YOUR SONG BOOK TO LIFE”

“Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.”  Psalms 96:2 NIV   Read:  Psalms 96   One of the most repeated commands in scripture throughout your Bible is to sing.  Singing sure seems a lot more beneficial than being angry or depressed.  Our society defines our actions in songs.   Some songs are good and lead us to worship, while others songs have become popular with words of vulgarity and crime.   Radios blare songs of love and songs of hate.  What you choose to listen will help define your thoughts, actions and how you deal with people and situations.  Are you listening to songs to model you as GOD wants or are your listening silently praising the world of Satan?   Of the over one hundred scriptural instructions to sing, almost all direct us to sing praises to our LORD.   The book of Psalms is your ‘song book to life’.   There are more declarations to praise our GOD in Psalms than in all other verses of scripture. The Psalms teach us to not only sing but they teach us to sing in praise as we worship, study, hear, learn, teach others, help others, share HIS Word and pray.   When is the last time you enjoyed the book of Psalms?   Like the old cowboy in the chili commercial said…”Well, that’s been too long!”  Sing the Psalms.  You will be glad you did.  Do it today.   Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for being my GOD.  Thank YOU for guiding me through YOUR word.   Today, I will make an extra effort to sing...

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”

“It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”  Romans 4:13 NIV   Read:   Romans 4:13-25   Throw all the self help books out!   All the gurus selling ways to success have nothing to sell.   I am going to let you in on a secret, that is no secret at all.   In order to succeed, all you need to do is take four simple steps.   Get up Get dressed appropriately Show up Never, never give up   Oh, wait!   There is a fifth step which too many forget.   Number five is faith.   Without faith, the first four, although necessary, are tremendously incomplete.   If you don’t have faith in our TRIUNE GOD, your life is like a jar with a few pebbles in it.   It may rattle around, and the pebbles may be pretty colors, but your life is basically empty.   No matter the material things you have, the success you have achieved or the status in society you are known by…you can’t take it with you.   Faith is not just your support for today.   It is your ticket to tomorrow and all eternity.  Success on this earth is good, but it is not lasting.   Faith along with getting up, getting dressed, showing up and never giving up will give you your earthly needs.   But, faith alone will give you a personal relationship with our RISEN SAVIOUR, GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT to live within you and GOD HIMSELF.  All this you can have with faith.   Today’s...