“EVER DIG YOUR HEELS IN?” Wednesday Minute

 “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”  Psalm 81:12   Read:   Psalm 81:10-16   It seems we have an expression or an old saying for about everything.  Instead of just telling someone they are wrong, being stubborn or not being rational; we say they are ‘digging their heels in’.   We sometimes use words that may seem more palatable than just telling it like it is? So, why do we ‘dig our heels in’?   Are we that much smarter than someone else or believe that our way is the only way?   Maybe, it is just a selfish pride.   We know we are wrong, but our own pride refuses what is right and it gets in the way.   We just don’t want to ever admit to being wrong.   Or maybe, we don’t want to admit that someone else knows more than we do or has a better understanding of a situation.   No matter how we excuse it, ‘digging our heels in’ will not be beneficial to us or to others.  A humble heart is necessary when dealing with situations that require us to be logical.   Usually, when we ‘dig our heels in’ we are making decisions based on our emotional feelings rather than a real right or wrong.   Peter dug his heels in.   He thought he knew better when he cut off a servant’s ear and again when he told JESUS he would never deny HIM.  But, he dug his heels in and denied he was a follower of JESUS or even knew HIM.   Maybe,...

“NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PAIN?” Sunday Sermonette

” And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”    Romans 8:27 NIV   Read:   Romans 8: 26-30   You hurt.   You feel alone and think no one understands how you feel.   That may be what you think, but that is not true.   GOD feels all your pains…physical, emotional and spiritual.  GOD feels your pain just as you do and HE cares about how you feel.   Even when you feel alone, you are never alone.  GOD is with you.   We can find comfort in an assured faith.   GOD sent us HIS only SON.  HE was born as man to feel the hurts as pains we all feel.   HE suffered as man physically and emotionally.  HE suffered beatings, cried at losses and died as a man.  But as GOD, HE was able to deal with those pains.   As a believer, GOD will help you deal with those pains.   JESUS sent the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, to each of us who have trusted in HIM.   THE HOLY SPIRIT is alive in each of us who believe.   HE will never leave us.   Alive in us, HE feels all our aches and pains.   HE knows the emotional turmoils we deal with daily.   Everything you feel, GOD feels as a physical and spiritual part of you.   At those times, when you can’t find the right words or you don’t know the words to pray when asking for help, THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD knows just what to pray.   HE intercedes for us…for you…taking your needs...

“SINATRA: ‘I DID IT MY WAY!” Wednesday Minute

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”  Psalm 37:5 NIV   Read:   Psalm 37:1-7   A few years ago, a very successful business man told me Sinatra’s famous song, ‘I Did It My Way’, was his personal theme song.  He bragged about how everything he had was because of all he had done.   He admitted, without any shame, there were times he lied to get ahead.  He cheated in business and in his marriage and claimed it was all worth it.  He even said he knew for sure he was going to hell.  He believed doing life his way on earth will be worth all the suffering he will endure in hell.   After all, he did it his way.   How wrong can one person be?  The problem is too many of us are doing life our way as well.   Oh, some may be believers, but we are still doing things our way.   We set up our own standards and are self dependent of what we want and what we must do.   Others of us have become modern pharisees professing hardnosed scripture for others while refusing to listen to the wonderful grace of GOD.   We have become experts at condemning others’ lifestyles, while doing what we want for ourselves.  We are so busy ‘doing it my way’, we ignore GOD talking to us and guiding us as individuals…just as he talked with Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jonah and others.   HE gave them very specific instructions of what HE wanted them to do.  If you will stop ‘doing it your way’ and start...

“WHY, WHY, WHY . . . GOD, WHY?” Sunday Sermonette

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?  Psalm 22:1  Read:   Psalm 22:1-10   You feel like you are at the end of your rope.   Your marriage has huge problems, your daughter is walking away from her faith, your boss is more and more critical of your work and bills are piling up.   So, you ask GOD why.   ‘Why, why, why…GOD why?’   Your rhetorical question does not need an answer.   And GOD is not going to tell you why. That is when we need to trust GOD.   We need to know HE has a reason.   HIS reason.   It may not be a reason we can be accepting or comfortable with.  It is GOD’S reason.   In time, in HIS time, HE may share that reason with us or HIS reason may not be known to you or others for generations.  We know of many of GOD’S plans in scripture.  But, we are privy to these thousands of years after the fact. At the time, those in the lessons we learn from usually knew nothing of GOD’S reasons.   They did not always know or understand why GOD was doing what HE was doing.   Today, we need to understand our problem and trust HIM to get us through it.   Remember Job?   He wanted to know GOD’S whys as well.   GOD never revealed HIS reasons.  Job’s friends came up with all kinds of reasons to explain all the hurt and loss Job was feeling.  They were wrong. ...

“DO YOU RUN STOP SIGNS?” Wednesday Minute

“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.'”  John 5:14 NIV   Read:  John 5:1-14   When you approach a yield sign, it can mean several things.   You may be able to continue if there is no opposing traffic, yield to another vehicle or come to a complete stop if you must yield to others who have the right of way.  But if you come to a stop sign or a red light, you have only one choice.   Stop.   Stop means stop, not slow or yield.   GOD tells us throughout scripture to go, to yield and to stop as well.  Are you running GOD’S stop signs?   We all, at one time or another, depend on ourselves and ignore GOD’S perfect instructions.  Oh, we don’t always intend on ignoring HIS lead.  We just become so overconfident in our own abilities, momentarily, we feel we can always make the best decisions on our own.   From Genesis through Revelations, HE has given us real examples of people and situations we can learn and grow from.  Do you view these as great stories of others and fail to apply the lessons to your own life?   GOD’S scriptures are not fairy tales.  They are for your benefit and mine.   As you go through your day, ask GOD if HE is giving you a stop sign, a cautionary yield sign or a bright green light.  He will guide you with HIS love if you will pay attention to HIS signs.   Stop, yield and go...