“EVER BLAME GOD?”

“Should GOD then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.”  Job 34:33 NIV Read:  Job 34:5-37   Things just were not going right.   When you felt you were walking a straight line, it seemed everyone else was turning left and right.   No matter what you did, you ended up all alone.  So, knowing in your own mind you were doing all the right things and everything still went wrong, you blamed GOD.   We have a manner of judging ourselves which is very different than the way GOD judges us.  We judge ourselves by looking at others, by standards of the world and maybe with a self blinding eye. GOD judges by HIS standards.   Guess what?   GOD’S standards have never changed and will never change.   HE gave us an easy course if we choose to do things HIS way.  If we don’t obey GOD’S marching orders, we are re-inventing the wheel every day. When we turn to our way rather than GOD’S way, we fail again.  Instead of looking at the reality of our own failures and accepting blame ourselves, we condemn GOD.  We will never truly live until we praise GOD for the times in our lives when we were condemning HIM. We need to be thankful for the times we stumbled and failed only to be forgiven and lifted up by our GOD.   We condemned GOD and HE still forgave us. Today’s prayer:  “GOD OUR FATHER, Thank YOU for forgiving me at those times I blamed YOU for my...

“TELL ME! TELL ME!”

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”  Mark 1:15 NIV   Read:  Mark 1:1-15   Did you ever have great news that you could hardly keep to yourself?   Were your spouse and kids begging, even demanding you to tell them?  As you heard their cries of “Tell me, tell me!”, the excitement grew.   A loving family can be more excited than we are for ourselves.   “Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,and good news gives health to the bones.”  Proverbs 15:30.  Don’t you love the inspiring verses of Proverbs?  These verses are the good news to refresh us when we are tired.  They encourage us when times have been hard and they inspire us to take on new challenges. Individually, we can bring good new to refresh, encourage and inspire others.   GOD can use to the benefit of others.   Is GOD using you?   HE is if you let HIM. JESUS took the good news to all.  HE healed the sick and maimed.  HE spoke with the authority of GOD because HE is GOD.   HIS disciples then carried the good news of JESUS to all…Jews and gentiles alike. GOD is telling you to do the same.   We are to carry the good news of our CREATOR, JESUS OUR RISEN LORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD to all we come in contact with. Christianity is not a closed club.   We are to take the gospel to all nations.   This means we are to tell everyone about good news of our LORD.   Share the...

“AN IRON CLAD ALIBI”

“…and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,”  Revelation 1:5 NIV Read:  Revelation 1:1-6 Have you ever needed an alibi?   Were you ever accused of doing something when you were totally innocent?   A personal eye witness of you not being even near the scene of the situation can be an iron clad alibi.   Then, maybe there was a time when you were guilty, very guilty and there was no alibi.   Guilt was simply guilty.   Recently there was a news story of a man who was arrested for armed robbery.   He was innocent of the robbery and his iron clad alibi was he was buying and selling illegal drugs at the time and was nowhere near the location of the robbery.    He was freed on the robbery charge and re-arrested on drug charges. Have you escaped a guilty situation by using an alibi of another situation?   Guilty is still guilty.   From my childhood, I remember the phrase;  ‘He is as guilty as homemade sin.’   I can’t tell you what homemade sin is.  But, I get the message. Truthfully, we won’t ever need an alibi when we are in places and doing things when and where GOD would want us to be.  GOD is our iron clad alibi.  HE knows all about us; all of our guilt and all of our innocence. Is today the day you trade your guilt for an iron clad guarantee for life with...

“QUITTERS NEVER WIN!”

“Stand firm, and you will win life.”  Luke 21:19 NIV Read:  Luke 21:10-19   “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”, I have heard repeated over the years.  It is short phrase with a cemented truth.  Did you ever quit anything and still won?   It does not happen that way, does it?   On the other hand, those who never give up will eventually win.  The famous baseball great, Babe Ruth, was a winner.   He was also a loser. ‘The Babe’ was struck out 1,330 times.  Yet, he still amassed an amazing 2,873 hits in his career along with 714 home runs and 2,213 runs batted in.   Even with his strike outs, many still consider him the greatest baseball player of all times. Have you struck out 1,330 times?  How about 1,331 times or 1,332 times?  Our failures in this life are often judgments by others.  We live in a sinful world and we will fail.  Isn’t it wonderful, even will all our failings, JESUS will forgive us over and over?   JESUS measures our heart for HIM more than our failures. Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 9:24:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”   One mistake or 1,330 mistakes are all forgotten when we are rewarded with the crown that will last forever.  ...

“IT’S NOT UP TO ME!”

” For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13 NIV Read:  Philippians 4:10-14 I recently read: “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.  Yet, it is not up to me, it’s up to thee.”  As much as we believe in our own abilities, we can do nothing on our own and are nothing without our GOD.   GOD made us as intelligent beings.   HE gave us physical abilities.  When we put our intelligence and physical ability together, we can accomplish many things.  Yet, we still fall short.   We need the insight and guidance that only comes from our TRIUNE GOD. Paul was a brilliant evangelist.  Still, he knew his limitations and had a clear understanding he was nothing without his LORD.  In writing his letters to Timothy, he passed along his wisdom. In 2Timothy 4:17 Paul gave the honor to GOD… “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” GOD can and will give you the strength you need to be delivered ‘from the lion’s mouth’ just as he did for Paul.   Wouldn’t it be great to have the strength to get through a harried day with the kids, to satisfy the boss that seems to never be satisfied, to face the financial problems or that neighbor who does nothing but complain? You can do everything through CHRIST who gives you strength.   It is...