“1 800 I DON’T CARE!”

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”  Psalm 27:6 NIV   Read:  Psalm 17:1-9 Have you called “1 800 I DON’T CARE’?  There is no such number, but it may seem like that when you call a company’s 800 number.   Have you bought something or had a problem with a product and called an 800 customer service line?   After waiting on hold for what seemed the better part of the day, you are connected to someone who displays an attitude of:  “I am only here for what they pay me and I really don’t care what your problem is.”   Congratulations!   You reached the imaginary    ‘1 800 I DON’T CARE!’   Some companies’ customer service lines seem to fit the imaginary number.   Aren’t you glad that you don’t get such a response when you call GOD?   GOD always answers.   You never get a busy signal.  HE never puts you on hold.  You are never forced to listen to music that you dislike.   You never have to give your social security number, your date of birth, your mother’s maiden name or a pint of blood.   GOD knows who you are without you telling him.   HE wants to talk with you.  Chances are HE has been waiting for you to call HIM up.  Of all GOD has to do, HE wants nothing more than for you to come to HIM in prayer.   Prayers are always welcomed.  Prayers of thanks, prayers for the needs of others, prayers for your needs and yes, even prayers for your...

“JUST A SUGGESTION?”

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 NIV   Read:  Exodus 20: 1-17   Has anyone ever made a suggestion to you which made you feel uncomfortable?  Did they touch that nerve that sent a shiver throughout you reminding you of an error or shortcoming?   When we are on the receiving end of a suggestion that comes to close to home, it is time to pay attention.    Ask yourself why.   Ask yourself what is it that others see you need to do that you have not done for yourself.   GOD gave HIS path for your life in the Ten Commandments.   These are not GOD’S Ten Suggestions.   Again, these are not suggestions.   GOD is not passive with HIS absolute Commandments.  They are not take it or leave it maybes.   The Ten Commandments are not Ten Suggestions.  Our dictionaries define suggestion as a recommendation, a proposal or a consideration.   A commandment is defined as a divine rule, a rule that must be obeyed or a direct order.   GOD’S Ten Commandments are direct orders to each of us.   We can be judgmental and see the shortcomings of others; their failures of keeping GOD’S Ten Commandments.   Isn’t it time we look inward?  Are you keeping GOD’S Ten Commandments?  At any time in your life, there is one or more of HIS Commands that you are probably struggling with.   The Ten Commandments are today’s reading.  Open your Bible and spend time with GOD and HIS absolute rules for you today.   Today’s prayer:  GOD MY CREATOR, Thank YOU for laying out YOUR rules for me to...

“JUST A LITTLE MORE!”

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:41-42 NIV   Read:  Matthew 5:38-48   Do you want just a little more than you have?  Would an extra weeks pay be helpful?   How about a weeks worth of groceries for your family?  Could you use a few days off?   What about a little more forgiveness or being a little closer to GOD?    Being closer with GOD is easier than you might think.   Just a little more effort will give you a little more…more physical strength, more emotional strength and much more spiritual strength.   Most in this world are looking for more of everything, but want to give a little less or a lot less, rather than just a little more.  Those who give a little less will get a little less and all too often will get a lot less.  Just a little more will give you a little more or a lot more.  A little less will eventually give you less and less and less.   Are you giving GOD enough?  Is it just enough or a little extra?   Is your ‘just a little more’ not just an extra twenty in the offering plate?   A little more is just a little more time in prayer, just a little more volunteering at church, just a little more time with someone going through a difficult time and just a little more time reading and studying GOD’S Word.   There...

“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.”   ...