“NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK”

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”  Ecclesiastes 5:4 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 5:1-5   In the spirit of National Procrastination Week, today it has been announced that National Procrastination Week was last week. Do you celebrate procrastination?   Is procrastination a common practice or is it  a permanent resident in your daily life?   It does not have to be. Procrastination can be a result of fear.  It can be from a fear of failure, a fear of rejection or a fear of someone else.   But fear does not have to control your life.   Doing what you need to do today and not procrastinating will give you power over the evils of this world including fear.  Procrastination can also be just a little laziness or not liking what you need to do.   You decide. Our scripture verse tells us:  “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”   As believers, we are to fulfill our vows.   GOD has given us this day to use.  We can waste it full of procrastination or we can use this day to fulfill all GOD wants of us. Stop procrastinating and do it GOD’S way. Today’s prayer:  “MY FAITHFUL GOD, Thank YOU for creating me to do YOUR will.   Help me to recognize all YOU want for me and of me to do and to not put off.   Amen.”...

“THEN . . . IT HIT ME!”

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”  1Thessolonians 5:4 NIV   Read:  1Thessolonians 5:1-11   It sounds like something Babe Ruth would have said;  “I wondered why the baseball appeared to be getting bigger, then it hit me!”  A baseball on the noggin’ doesn’t feel very good. It is more than baseballs that seem to hit us before we get the message.  Sometimes, we need a warning to remind us of things that should be very obvious.  There is no reason to be surprised. Are you so busy, so involved, with all the distractions of daily life you forget to pay attention to the things that really matter?  Do you make one more phone call at work and then you are 20 minutes late picking your kids up from school?   Did you forget to pick up flowers and a card for your mother’s birthday last week?   What is really important to you? Once today is gone; it is gone.   If you intend to do tomorrow what you did not do today, then when will you do the things you have to do tomorrow since you put off them off to do all you did not do today? If JESUS were to come in one hour to raise up all believers, would you be ready?  As our scripture verses tell us; there will be no warning.   It will be worse than getting hit by that baseball if you are not ready.   It will be eternal death.   Now, is the time.   Don’t put it off any longer. ...

“THANK GOD!”

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:7-8 NIV Read: Matthew 6:5-14   “THANK GOD!”   These words have almost become a slang phrase with some and are casually used for almost any situation. When you utter these words, are you really thanking GOD?    HIS commandment tells us not to use HIS name in vain.   If we are not using HIS name in praise and in calling upon HIM in reverence, aren’t we using HIS name in vain? When we call upon GOD, HE listens.  GOD listens immediately when HE hears us call HIS name.   GOD does not wait to hear your need.  HE does not have an answering machine or voice mail to take your message for a later time. In truth, GOD knows your prayer before you even think it for yourself.    GOD is more prepared to hear your prayer than you are in finding the words yourself.   GOD has the answer to all your prayers.   The answer is always perfect.   HIS perfect is not always the answer you think you want to hear.   Time will prove out GOD’S perfect answer. Next time you blurt out “THANK GOD!”, let it be a true and faithful thank you, not just a casual, unappreciative comment.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD, for reminding me of YOUR righteousness.   I need to be reminded of YOUR sovereignty.   Please, hear me when I call YOUR NAME.   Amen.” ...