“INDIAN GIVER!”

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”   Psalm 55:22   Read:  Psalm 55 What might sound like a politically incorrect phrase is a more correct slang term than what you might believe.   As new Americans traveled west, they literally invaded the lands Native American Indians had known to be theirs.   Then they were ‘given’ back portions of their land by treaty, rounded up and forced to live on the reservations under strict laws. Then these invaders…our forefathers…took back land that had been given to the rightful owners.  The term ‘Indian giver’ was coined.   These new Americans became ‘Indian givers’.  They gave to the defeated Native Americans and then took it back; breaking the treaties.  Our forefathers were the real ‘Indian givers!’ Taking back is something we do all to often.  JESUS died on that cross so that HE could take on all our sins and burdens.   We can take those problems and lay them…all of them…at the foot of HIS cross.  Still, we have a habit of taking them back.   We pray for HIS help with a situation and yet we take it back to do or worry about it ourselves ignoring the fact that GOD does not need our help. Do we think we so self righteous, so in control, so much better than GOD at solving our problems that we don’t trust GOD to fix all our problems? None of us can fix a problem, heal a pain, protect the innocent or stop a tear like our SAVIOUR does everyday.   Give up on...

“ARE YOU CLEAR AS CELLOPHANE?”

“YOU, GOD, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from YOU.”  Psalm 69:5   Psalm 69:1-18 Aren’t clear cellophane and plastics wonderful?  They protect the contents and allow us to see products clearly.  I like to see what I am buying.   Boxes and printed bags hide the contents. We are a lot like the printed bags and boxes.   We tell others who we are, but we block them from seeing who we really are inside.   Just like the box proclaiming its contents are new and improved, we are often less than we advertise. No matter what we want others to think we are, GOD knows who we are.  HE knows our good and HE knows our bad.   Like the old saying; you can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. We need to understand, we cannot fool GOD any of the time.  But, we have something better.   We can have the forgiveness that can only come from a merciful GOD.  Are you hiding dark shadows and a life of sin that needs to be forgiven?   You don’t have to live with those burdens any longer.   Today, you can have a joyful peace; living in the comfort of the loving arms of JESUS.   Tell HIM of the mistakes you have made, of the wrongful things you have done.  Tell HIM of the burdens you have carried all too long and be prepared to be forgiven and spared the agony of all your past. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS Thank...

“NO BELLY BUTTON?”

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”    Genesis 2:7 Read:  Genesis 2:1-25 It seems some are obsessed with trivia and have a need to know every little detail.  You know everyone has a belly button.  But not always.   Our Bibles tell us GOD created Adam and then created Eve.   Since there was no umbilical cord, there was no belly button.   Adam and Eve were created by the hand of GOD. The world sometimes ponders on the obvious.  GOD has given us the answers. ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’   Again, scripture tells us GOD created all living things.   Birds were created by GOD.   Their reproduction process was also created by GOD.   Then came the egg. GOD tells us everything we need to know.   The Bible solves all the questions we may have.  If we are still in doubt…all we have to do is ask GOD in prayer.   We need the eyes to see all HE has written and a heart and ears to hear HIM.   It is not difficult.  We make life more difficult in our own foolish minds. Forget the trivia and go for the truth…the truth that only comes from GOD. Today’s prayer:  “FATHER GOD, Thank YOU for creating me and giving me the life YOU chose.   Help me to be less concerned with the trivia of this world and more aware of all YOU want me to know. ...

“ARE YOU WEAK OR STRONG?”

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.”   Mark 16:4 NIV   Read:  Mark 16: 1-20   Can you move a 1,000 pound boulder?   The stone sealing JESUS’ tomb probably weighed between 1,000 and 2,500 pounds.  If it were round, it was set in a groove cut into the surrounding rock or blocked with stones to support it.   Some archeologists believe the stone was not perfectly round or had a carved flat bottom so that once placed it could not be rolled out. This is one of the facts that logically prove the stone was not easily moved without the aid of many men.  Yet, even with Roman soldiers guarding, the stone was moved in silence.   JESUS defeated death and was raised to walk from that tomb.  From that night, HE was seen by hundreds; proving HE was indeed the SON of the MOST HIGH GOD. RESURRECTION SUNDAY is not about Easter bunnies and candy eggs.  Today is the day to celebrate the RISEN SAVIOUR who died a torturing humanly death so you can live in eternity in Heaven. By believing in JESUS, you can live eternity in Heaven.  If you have never accepted JESUS as your SAVIOUR, today is the day.  Simply pray:  “JESUS, I do believe in YOU and ask YOU to accept me into YOUR kingdom.   Please forgive all my sins.  My life is YOURS.  Amen.” If you have been saved and have not been walking in faith, ask JESUS to forgive you and set today as the day you re-dedicated your life to HIM. Today’s...