“WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”  2Timothy 3:16 NIV   Read:  2Timothy 3:10-17   “If you believe only what you like in the gospel, and reject all you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe but yourself.” (Augustine)   A great preacher once said most our trust in the Bible is like Bible roulette.   We are content with most, but we will try to dodge the bullet of truth.   What do you really believe?    Do you believe all of the Bible or do you pick and choose?   While some practice forgetting certain Biblical instructions, others create their own teachings which are not from scripture.   Proverbs 30:5-6 tell us; “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”   Too many are creating doctrine that does not come from scripture.   Some are ignoring GOD’S word and adding their own.  It doesn’t take long to see this new doctrine is not what GOD has told us.   How do you feel about abortion, sex outside of marriage, same sex relationships, pornography, drug use or other society accepting actions?   Are you feeling the same as GOD instructed?   If you are accepting of any of these things, do you feel you are more right than GOD?   Today’s prayer:  “MY GOD, help me to stand firm in all YOU have taught me.   Help me to accept all of YOUR Word and turn from...

“DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!”

“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”  Psalm 91:5 NIV   Read:  Psalm 91     As kids, “I double dog dare you!” was a phrase we never wanted to hear.  It echoed in our ears at a time we were too scared to act.  Sometimes, the fear was for good reason and sometimes the fear was from Satan himself.   What we call fear may not be fear at all, but instead a good judgment of what we should and should not be doing.  The other fear is being afraid of something which we have no reason to fear.   The fear which is good judgment is not really fear at all.  It is respect.   I met a south Texas rancher who said he was not afraid of rattlesnakes.   He said he had a deep respect for them and gave them a wide berth.   What things in your life do you give a wide berth out of logical respect?  And what things in this life to you have a fear that comes from Satan?   We don’t have to fear those things that seem like obstacles and we don’t need to be ‘double dog dared’.  All we need to do is to trust GOD.   Satan can turn simple fears into phobias.  If we allow them, phobias can alter our relationship with others and with GOD.   GOD gave us the common sense to know the difference in fears that plague us and in the respect...

“TRUST ME!”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”   Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Read:   Proverbs 3:1-12   “Trust me!”   Hearing this sometimes makes us even more skeptical.   Why should we have to be told to trust someone when our trust should be freely given?  Can you trust someone who has to ask to be trusted?  The world we live in is less trusting than the times we might have grown up in.  With predators, scammers and identity thieves we can justify being leery.   Other times, when we hear “Trust me”, we can take comfort in knowing we can trust another when things just are not going right.  There are times we need to abandon our fears and feel the safety of trusting someone.   When do you trust and when do you question a trust?   We all have been fooled before.   Discernment is the key to finding real trust in others.   Discernment is finding a spiritual peace, depending upon the HOLY SPIRIT to guide our thoughts and reasoning instead of trusting ourselves.   King David got it right when he said in Psalm 20:7; “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our GOD.”     Today’s prayer:  “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for loving me, even when I am not trustworthy.   Help me to follow you.  I can trust YOU more than myself for YOU are ABSOLUTE TRUST.  Amen.”   ...

“OUT OF TIME!”

 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NIV    Read:  Psalm 90: 12-17    Do you ever feel you just don’t have enough time?   Are your days just too short?   We all have the same amount of time.   The clock is not extendable.  GOD gave us all the same time; 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in a hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 4.3 weeks in a month and we still think we don’t have enough time.   How much time do you need?  You have enough.  It is not about having enough time.  It is all about using your time more efficiently by setting priorities.  So, what are your priorities?  Are you setting priorities?  Every morning, set out with your list of priorities.  Establish the list from the absolute requirements to those things which are not so important.  One priority is scheduling time to help others.   Is it get job done at all cost?   In order to know success, we need to work smart not hard.  We spend too much time correcting our mistakes when we did not do something right the first time.  Distractions also have a tremendous impact upon our ability to complete a task.   Scripture tells us to rest.  JESUS left HIS disciples many times to go alone to rest and to pray.   We need to follow HIS example.  Rest is essential for the body.   Prayer is essential for the body, mind and spirit.   GOD has...

‘NUMBERS DON’T LIE!”

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:8 NIV   Read:  Romans 4:1-8   Do you depend upon numbers in your life?  Have you ever had a problem balancing your checkbook?   The numbers in your checkbook just don’t match the numbers from your bank.   Chances are, the math error is in your checkbook.   More and more restaurants are printing the number of calories of meals on their menus.   I recently saw an item with 3,300 calories on the same menu as one with only 575 calories.   We can use these numbers to our benefit.   Look at other numbers.   What are the number of times you pray each day?   What about the number of times you go to church each month…whenever the doors are open or only when it is convenient with your schedule?  How about the number of times you help someone without being asked?  Or how about that checkbook?  How many checks are you writing to help spread the Gospel as JESUS told us to do? There are other numbers that don’t lie as well.   How many times today did you turn your back on a friend or how many times have you uttered GOD’S name in vain or used language you know is not what GOD expects of you? Numbers don’t lie!  Are you counting your blessings or are you counting all the blessing you are missing GOD has for you?   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, Thank YOU for all the times YOU have forgiven me…so many I can’t count them.   Help me use...