“LOST AND REFUSING TO ADMIT IT?” Wednesday Minute

 “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 3:1-8 It is a common assumption in our society that men refuse to ask directions and will drive in circles for hours while looking for their destination.   Even with GPS in our cars, there are times we don’t even trust it and rely on our own judgment…or lack of judgment…while driving a lost course.   If the scenario is true to you or not, we all can be so self dependent we rely on our own mindsets instead of asking for assistance from someone who knows better.   GOD warned us of this destructive quality in our sin nature.  Our self dependence is so great at times it destroys our reasoning and our ability to think and act logically.   Our misguided value of our own abilities can separate us from our HEAVENLY FATHER.   Are you lost?   Has your own trust in your abilities destroyed your faith and trust in our TRIUNE GOD?   Do you not need GOD anymore?   Or do you need HIM only when you decide?   We all need to trust GOD in all things.   Our selfish independence is a wedge dividing us from our LORD.   We need to take all our thoughts and decisions to HIM before we take action.   And, not just the big things.  GOD wants to hear our prayers ‘continually’.   “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you...

“DON’T EVER COMPROMISE!” Sunday Sermonette

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said.”  2Corinthians: 6:16 NIV   Read:   2Corinthians 6: 14-18   Have you ever been in a disagreement and decided a compromise was the best solution?   Was it?   Chances are you were not happy with the solution or you actually got your way and the other person was disappointed.  Usually, with a compromise, it is lop-sided and there is a very clear winner and loser.   Instead, find a solution that does not benefit either, but both can agree with and accept.   An example could be, a couple needs a new car.  He wants bright red and she wants baby blue.   Neither would be happy with the other’s choice.   But, both would be happy with a silver grey.   Coming to mutual terms avoids the problems created by compromise.   Settling differences by mutual agreement allows both to get some of what they wanted equally and there is no loser.   Don’t compromise your faith.   Your faith is a relationship with GOD alone.  If you compromise even a small part of your faith, you are abandoning GOD.   When you turn your back on GOD, you are turning to Satan in some manner.   You can’t have it both ways.   From Genesis to Revelation, GOD gives us HIS statutes with real examples of how others have and have not obeyed.   There are no compromises in GOD’S Word, just the truth…the whole truth and nothing but the truth.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me direction...

“STOP! DON’T TRY THAT!” Wednesday Minute

“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.”   Hebrews 11:29 NIV   Read:   Hebrews 11   Have you ever tried to do something and failed at it?   Of course!  In fact, everything you have tried to do, you have failed.   You see there is a world of difference in trying and doing.   When you try, you fail.   When you do, you do.  As complex as some things are, it is that simple.  Trying is trying.  Doing is doing.  By definition, trying is attempting.   When you attempt, you never complete the task…you attempt it.   When you clean your house, you clean it.  You don’t try to clean it.  You house is clean because you did not try to clean it you did it.  When you study scripture, you study GOD’S word.   You don’t try to study.   You do it.   When you love someone, you don’t try to love them.   You love them with all your heart and soul.  Being a Christian is being a Christian.   It is not trying to be.   Doing is knowing you will be successful because you have faith.   Our sin nature will cause us to fail sometimes.  But, failure when you are doing what you should be doing is much better than failing because of constantly trying over and over.   It is more than just attitude.   It is faith.  It is depending upon our TRIUNE GOD to help you along.  You can try on your own or you can have faith and...

“IMMEDIATE ANSWERS TO PRAYERS!” Sunday Sermonette

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  Genesis 50:20 NIV   Read:   Genesis 50:15-26   How would you like to pray to GOD and know that HE has heard you by answering your prayer immediately?   When you ask for that new car or your boss giving you a huge raise, GOD gives it to you.   When you have an illness or are suffering in pain, GOD makes it all go away.   While GOD can put things in order to give you a new car, a raise, heal your illness or take your pain away immediately, these are not the answered prayers HE promised.   GOD will answer your prayers that serve HIS purpose, not what you decide you need or what you want.   Your laundry list of wants may not be…probably are not…the things GOD has in store for you.   What you may believe are unanswered prayers are really answered prayers.   GOD says ‘no’.   We need to understand that ‘no’ is an immediate answer to our prayers at the time.   Yes, GOD allows suffering and disappointments for HIS greater purpose.   We are not GOD and we do not have the wisdom or knowledge of GOD and lack the understanding of what GOD’S greater plan is.  But, we can accept HIS plan.   Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  But, unknown to them and him, he was exactly where GOD wanted him to be to fulfill a greater need.  He suffered and was falsely accused and jailed for...

“ARE YOU A CONTROL FREAK?”

“People will be lovers of themselves…boastful, proud, abusive…ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited…Have nothing to do with such people.”  2Timothy 3:2-5 NIV   Read:   2Timothy 3:2-9   It is said, there are two types of controlling people.  One is like the king on his throne.   He rules as he alone decides.   His way is the only way or at least it is the best way as he perceives it, since he is never wrong and never can be questioned.   His actions are absolute and he cares little about others.   The other controlling person is motivated by his desire to fix everything.    He takes control of things that are wrong or people who need help and he rules the situation in order to help.   This person takes control in order to protect others from the wrong things that can happen.   He cares, sometimes, too much.   Often, he takes on so much, he works to control so many things he is physically and emotionally exhausted.   We all fit into one of these two personalities at one time or another.   Which one are you?   Are you right, even when you are wrong?   Are you never wrong or are you stepping into situations that in truth you can never fix?   Only GOD is never wrong.   Only GOD has absolute control.   Peter was a controlling person motivated to fix things.   That may be the reason JESUS selected him.  But, too much of a good thing in excess may not be all that good.  When JESUS was arrested, it...

“DO YOU HAVE A RESTLESS HEART?” Sunday Sermonette

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6 NIV   Read:   Philippians 4:4-9   Do you have a restless heart?   Do you harbor an anxious, searching attitude?  Are you always searching for something better or new?  It seems there are times each of us have unsettled moments.   We search for the peace and consolation from situations that seemingly have no resolutions.   Others are restless in their outlook.   They have a longing for something different.   Many search but have no idea what they are searching for.  They spend their life going from job to job.  They may move from city to city.   Some buy one thing and once the new wears off, they are off to replace it.  Often, some search for love going from spouse to spouse, never appreciating what they do have.   If you have a restless heart, you don’t have to feel anxious, uneasy or constantly searching for something different.  You can have peace in your heart and mind.   Today’s scripture verse is your answer.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”   When you are plagued with the difficulties and uncertainties in your life, take them to GOD.   Now, you have a permanent solution for those anxious times.   Instead of searching constantly for newer and changing situations, lay those problems at the foot of JESUS’ cross.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for always being with me in every situation.   I am leaving all...