“WANT GOD’S BLESSINGS?”

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”   James 1:20 NIV   Read:  James 1:19-27 Do you want GOD’S Blessings?   Does it sometimes feel like everybody else is getting the things you want?   Your best friend just got a new car.  A guy at work is getting married to a beautiful woman.   Your sister’s daughter won a scholastic scholarship to college.  Is the last thing you received another utility bill?   You just don’t understand it.  You get up early and go to work on time.  You put in your 8 hours.  You go to church on Sundays.  You even throw a twenty in the offering plate…sometimes. GOD’S blessings come to those who are blessed.   Do you feel like you are blessed?  If not, maybe that’s the problem. Are you living a blessed life?   From sunup to sundown are you focused on GOD and all HE has for you or are you doing life the way you want to live?  Your way or GOD’S way will be the difference in receiving GOD’S blessings. GOD will not reward you for living a life of sin…those so called little sins are not little at all.  HE will forgive you.  HE will guide you.   But, HE will not bless your actions.  If you want to be blessed, then live a blessed life.  Get rid of all those things you know GOD does not approve.  Prove to GOD you are worthy of HIS blessings. Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank you for the blessings you...

“ONCE IS ENOUGH!”

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”  Romans 3:25 NIV Read:   Romans 3:21-16 Have you ever done something and said: “Once is enough!”?   After one experience, you immediately decided there was no need to do it again. JESUS told us this…over and over.  For centuries, the Jewish people held the law of Moses close in truth and in ceremony.   Bulls, goats and other small animals were sacrificed.   The blood was evidence of an offering to GOD for the cleansing of sins they needed.   JESUS changed all that. HE knew HIS purpose. HE knew the sacrifice HE was to make. No longer would mankind need to routinely and repeatedly spill the blood of animals in asking for the forgiveness of their sins. JESUS did it all.   Once was enough!   One sacrifice forever and ever.   Once was enough for every believer.   The price is paid in full.   JESUS, OUR LORD, accepted all your sins; past sins and future sins. All your sinful debts are stamped with the blood of JESUS: “PAID IN FULL!”…if you are a believer.  Are you a believer?   Are all your sins truly forgiven? They are if you have trusted JESUS to be your personal LORD and SAVIOUR. If you have not accepted JESUS’ invitation, today is your day!   Once is enough! Today’s prayer:   “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for your greatest sacrifice.   Thank YOU for taking on all my sins and giving me eternal life with YOU....

“MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!”

“You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3 NIV Read:  Exodus 20: 1-7 Have you ever been given a choice that was really no choice at all?  Has someone told you that it is their way only?   There is an old expression for such.   “My way or the highway” sums it up pretty well…’do it my way or hit the road’.   I recently was subjected to such a demand when another was demanding a situation which was to his financial advantage.  Money can be a bad influence on some people.  Be careful when requests become demands. Not everyone can be trusted to honor their word when forced changes would benefit them more than others. GOD is the only ONE who is justified in making such a demand.   HIS way is the right way.  HE told us ‘My way or the highway’ in Exodus 20.   We call these  instructions the Ten Commandments.   The first seven verses pertain to GOD himself.  GOD gives us these ‘MY way or the highway’ rules for our benefit knowing HE could not trust sinful man on his own. Are you keeping the Ten Commandments?  Each and every one are for your benefit.   Don’t ever believe you can turn, twist or flatly ignore any one of HIS commandments.   Doing so would be telling GOD you know better than HIM. Go to Exodus 20 and read GOD’S 10 Commandments.   They are not just “MY way or the highway’ rules.  They are GOD’S protection plan for each of us. Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD for protecting me every day.   Help me to faithfully observe...

“HAVING A BAD DAY . . . OR A BAD LIFE?”

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”  1Peter 3:17 NIV Read:  1Peter 3:8-17 Are you having a bad day or have you given up and settled into the idea you are just having a bad life?    We all have a bad day.   We shouldn’t but we do.   If you have given up and accepted you are having a bad life, ask yourself why.   Some days things go wrong.  The alarm did not go off.    Putting your shoes on and your shoelace breaks.   One of the kids does not get out of bed.  You get caught on the freeway behind a five car accident.   Your boss wants your project due next week on his desk today.   Then, you discover you left your wallet at home and have no money for lunch. What really went wrong was GOD gave you a way out and you did not accept it.   We just celebrated Resurrection Sunday, the day JESUS fulfilled HIS promise to take on all our sins.  The negative way we respond to all of our problems of a bad day can be one of those sins.   Our attitude can make a bad day a good day when we take it all to JESUS.   If you think you are having a bad life, reread the above paragraph and multiply it by 365 and again for the number of years things have gone wrong.  A bad life is the total of number of bad days we allowed to control us.  GOD gave us a way out....

“HE GAVE HIS LIFE, GIVE YOUR HEART!”

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:6-7 NIV     Read:   Matthew 28:1-10 Look up!   JESUS is looking down upon you.  HE is risen.   JESUS returned to Heaven so that HE may come again in fulfillment of HIS scriptural promises.  HE told us we are not to know the hour and day, but whenever the time, it can’t be too soon for me.   For many, today is just another day.  But, for true believers, today is a day of joy.   We know we are in celebration of our SAVIOUR’S reign on earth and being taken up into Heaven to spend eternity with our loving TRINITY. Are your priorities straight?  While families gather for a holiday of picnics in the park, Easter egg hunts, lots of food, games and more, what is the most important thing for you to do today? Today is the day of celebration.  Is JESUS your reason for celebrating today?  Before the picnic and activities, give JESUS HIS time.   Start your day with your Bible.  Then, spend time in worship and thanksgiving in a local church with other believers.   Praise GOD!  JESUS is risen. GOD gave you free will.  Use it wisely today.   Gather in HIS name.  Give your heart to JESUS! Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for keeping YOUR promises.   I know of YOUR resurrection and of...

“$6,960.00 FOR YOUR SOUL?”

“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.”  Matthew 27:3 NIV Read:  Matthew 27:1-10 Would you sell your soul for $6,960.00?   People lie, cheat and steal for a lot less than that everyday.   But, we are not talking about what others have done or would do.   The question is for you to answer personally…just for yourself. If we equate the 30 pieces of silver Judas was paid to turn JESUS over to the authorities to what then was about 120 days pay, at minimum wage in the U.S. this would total to about $6,960.00 in today’s dollars.   $6,960.00 would not make you rich.   It would not buy a house or even a new car, but we might still consider it to be a lot of money.   Is it enough for you to sell your soul?   Would it be enough for you to abandon your LORD and SAVIOUR?   What price do you put on your moral conscious?   Does life have a price?  Is there a difference between what your life is worth and the value of another’s life?   All serious questions for you to ponder…. Judas was so plagued with his guilt, he returned the 30 pieces of silver to the priests and threw the 30 pieces of silver into the temple.  The priests considered it blood money and would not put it into the temple treasury.  Instead, they bought a field to bury the poor. And Judas?  He knew what he had done and could...