“TRUST ME!”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”   Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Read:   Proverbs 3:1-12   “Trust me!”   Hearing this sometimes makes us even more skeptical.   Why should we have to be told to trust someone when our trust should be freely given?  Can you trust someone who has to ask to be trusted?  The world we live in is less trusting than the times we might have grown up in.  With predators, scammers and identity thieves we can justify being leery.   Other times, when we hear “Trust me”, we can take comfort in knowing we can trust another when things just are not going right.  There are times we need to abandon our fears and feel the safety of trusting someone.   When do you trust and when do you question a trust?   We all have been fooled before.   Discernment is the key to finding real trust in others.   Discernment is finding a spiritual peace, depending upon the HOLY SPIRIT to guide our thoughts and reasoning instead of trusting ourselves.   King David got it right when he said in Psalm 20:7; “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our GOD.”     Today’s prayer:  “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for loving me, even when I am not trustworthy.   Help me to follow you.  I can trust YOU more than myself for YOU are ABSOLUTE TRUST.  Amen.”   ...

“OUT OF TIME!”

 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NIV    Read:  Psalm 90: 12-17    Do you ever feel you just don’t have enough time?   Are your days just too short?   We all have the same amount of time.   The clock is not extendable.  GOD gave us all the same time; 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in a hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 4.3 weeks in a month and we still think we don’t have enough time.   How much time do you need?  You have enough.  It is not about having enough time.  It is all about using your time more efficiently by setting priorities.  So, what are your priorities?  Are you setting priorities?  Every morning, set out with your list of priorities.  Establish the list from the absolute requirements to those things which are not so important.  One priority is scheduling time to help others.   Is it get job done at all cost?   In order to know success, we need to work smart not hard.  We spend too much time correcting our mistakes when we did not do something right the first time.  Distractions also have a tremendous impact upon our ability to complete a task.   Scripture tells us to rest.  JESUS left HIS disciples many times to go alone to rest and to pray.   We need to follow HIS example.  Rest is essential for the body.   Prayer is essential for the body, mind and spirit.   GOD has...

‘NUMBERS DON’T LIE!”

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:8 NIV   Read:  Romans 4:1-8   Do you depend upon numbers in your life?  Have you ever had a problem balancing your checkbook?   The numbers in your checkbook just don’t match the numbers from your bank.   Chances are, the math error is in your checkbook.   More and more restaurants are printing the number of calories of meals on their menus.   I recently saw an item with 3,300 calories on the same menu as one with only 575 calories.   We can use these numbers to our benefit.   Look at other numbers.   What are the number of times you pray each day?   What about the number of times you go to church each month…whenever the doors are open or only when it is convenient with your schedule?  How about the number of times you help someone without being asked?  Or how about that checkbook?  How many checks are you writing to help spread the Gospel as JESUS told us to do? There are other numbers that don’t lie as well.   How many times today did you turn your back on a friend or how many times have you uttered GOD’S name in vain or used language you know is not what GOD expects of you? Numbers don’t lie!  Are you counting your blessings or are you counting all the blessing you are missing GOD has for you?   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, Thank YOU for all the times YOU have forgiven me…so many I can’t count them.   Help me use...

“DO NOTHING!”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”   Philippians 2: 3,4 NIV   Read:  Philippians 2: 1-5   The conservative Irish parliamentarian of the 1700s, Edmund Burke, is most famous today from his quote;  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   History has been changed and will be changed because we choose to do nothing.   You don’t need to be a famous inventor, the creator of a new medical procedure, or making a billion dollar donation.  All you need to do is to do something.   Something alone may not be your guiding force.  You need to do the right thing.   Doing the right thing is following GOD’S lead.   How do you follow GOD’S lead?  Start your day in HIS word.   Read HIS Word faithfully.   Then, pray.  Pray over HIS Word.  Pray for others.  Pray for your needs.  But, most of all…pray in thanksgiving for all GOD has blessed you with, for all of HIS answered prayers and for all HE will do for you.   Or be in denial and do nothing.  Do nothing and that is exactly what you will have.  Nothing!   It seems like a easy choice.   But, look around you.  Look at all the people who have nothing.   It is not just about material things.   Look at the people who have no hope, no desires and you will find someone who has no faith.   Do nothing or do what GOD...