“SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET?”

“‘No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'”  Jeremiah 31:34 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 31:30-34   Do you have skeletons in your closet?    You don’t have to keep those rattling bones around anymore.   So, why do you hang onto the memories of things you should have forgotten a long time ago?   There is no reason to have skeletons in your closet that only bring you haunting fears, anguish and depression.   GOD forgave those past sins long ago…if you asked HIM to forgive you with a remorseful heart.   Not only did HE forgive you, scripture tells us HE has forgotten all HE has forgiven.  GOD will not remind you again of all HE has forgiven and forgotten.   If GOD can forgive you, you can forgive yourself.   If you have forgiven yourself, then why do you still have those skeletons in your closet?   Are you concerned with others and what they may think or hold against you?   GOD forgave you.  Those who would remind or condemn you of a forgiven past are not your friends.  They can question and gossip, but you have GOD.   With the HOLY SPIRIT living inside you, you have more strength than those who condemn you.   They are allies of Satan.   Have peace in knowing you are forgiven.   If you still feel you have skeletons in your closet, ask GOD to remove them…all...

“DON’T BE A FOOL!”

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  Luke 16:9 NIV   Read:  Luke 16:1-15   “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.”  (Jim Elliott, Christian missionary)   I suggest you read this quote a couple of times to apply it properly. We could re-phrase this as ‘He is a fool who holds onto things he cannot keep while losing things he could not lose in the first place.’ We are wise to give up things that we could not keep in the first place in order to gain what we can never lose.  It seems, daily, we strive to hold onto those things that are destined to slip from our grasp.  We reach with even more effort to hold what we know we were to never have. We do this while ignoring all we can have without fear of losing it.   Does this sound familiar?   We acquire worldly possessions which we cannot take with us.   Our lives are obsessed at times with things. JESUS offers us more than things.   HE promises us forgiveness of our sins…all of them.   When we are cleansed of our sins, HE promises us eternity in Heaven.   Are you holding onto things that will rot and decay rather than the sweet, pure eternity in Heaven that once given to you will never be taken away? Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for taking on all my sins so that I may spend eternity in Heaven with...

“IT DOES NOT TAKE COURAGE!”

“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  1Peter 1:7 NIV   Read:  1Peter 1:3-9   Write this down:   “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Courage does not offer support or win battles; faith does. It takes faith to have courage.   Faith comes first.   Whether you are battling a war or cancer, courage is good, but faith will see you through it all.   There are three types of faith.   You can have faith in yourself, faith in someone else or faith in GOD.   The first two are better than nothing, but offer the greatest opportunity for disappointment.   Faith in GOD will never disappoint.   Never.   The only time you will be disappointed in GOD is when you abandon your faith.   GOD will never abandon you.   Never.   GOD gave us magnificent examples of men and women of great faith…Noah, Moses, Abraham, Ruth, the woman who touched the hem of JESUS’ cloak, Paul and others.   You have the ability of being as faithful as any of these great people.   The HOLY SPIRIT resides in you if you are a believer.  If you are not a believer, you have an opportunity right now to accept JESUS as your SAVIOUR and have all the faith you will ever need.   Look at what you just wrote down.  “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR SON and the HOLY SPIRIT to...