“SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET?”

“‘No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'”  Jeremiah 31:34 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 31:30-34   Do you have skeletons in your closet?    You don’t have to keep those rattling bones around anymore.   So, why do you hang onto the memories of things you should have forgotten a long time ago?   There is no reason to have skeletons in your closet that only bring you haunting fears, anguish and depression.   GOD forgave those past sins long ago…if you asked HIM to forgive you with a remorseful heart.   Not only did HE forgive you, scripture tells us HE has forgotten all HE has forgiven.  GOD will not remind you again of all HE has forgiven and forgotten.   If GOD can forgive you, you can forgive yourself.   If you have forgiven yourself, then why do you still have those skeletons in your closet?   Are you concerned with others and what they may think or hold against you?   GOD forgave you.  Those who would remind or condemn you of a forgiven past are not your friends.  They can question and gossip, but you have GOD.   With the HOLY SPIRIT living inside you, you have more strength than those who condemn you.   They are allies of Satan.   Have peace in knowing you are forgiven.   If you still feel you have skeletons in your closet, ask GOD to remove them…all...

“IT DOES NOT TAKE COURAGE!”

“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  1Peter 1:7 NIV   Read:  1Peter 1:3-9   Write this down:   “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Courage does not offer support or win battles; faith does. It takes faith to have courage.   Faith comes first.   Whether you are battling a war or cancer, courage is good, but faith will see you through it all.   There are three types of faith.   You can have faith in yourself, faith in someone else or faith in GOD.   The first two are better than nothing, but offer the greatest opportunity for disappointment.   Faith in GOD will never disappoint.   Never.   The only time you will be disappointed in GOD is when you abandon your faith.   GOD will never abandon you.   Never.   GOD gave us magnificent examples of men and women of great faith…Noah, Moses, Abraham, Ruth, the woman who touched the hem of JESUS’ cloak, Paul and others.   You have the ability of being as faithful as any of these great people.   The HOLY SPIRIT resides in you if you are a believer.  If you are not a believer, you have an opportunity right now to accept JESUS as your SAVIOUR and have all the faith you will ever need.   Look at what you just wrote down.  “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR SON and the HOLY SPIRIT to...

“HURRY UP . . . AND WAIT!”

 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-“  1Timothy 2:1 NIV   Read:  1Timothy 2:1-8   I was first introduced to the phrase ‘hurry up and wait’ when I joined the USMC.  Standing in line for hours because someone did not schedule things right became common.   From the early days as a trainee to the final days awaiting discharge, the hours accumulated into weeks and weeks of wasted time.  It seemed we waited to wait.   We can grow impatient while waiting for the schedule of others to accommodate us.  It is more than reality that not everyone is on our personal timetable.   Some of our discouraging delays have purpose.  How many times have you prayed for something and it seemed GOD did not answer your prayer? Delays and waiting may just be GOD’S doing.  Remember the last time you thought you wanted something and in time you were grateful that your prayer was not answered.   Your prayer was most certainly answered.  At the time you prayed, the answer was ‘No’.   Maybe, you did not hear it because you were not prepared for GOD to tell you ‘No’.   Every prayer you pray will get an answer.   Be prepared for GOD’S perfect answer.   Listen carefully for “Yes”, “No” or “Not now, wait”.   Don’t forget…be sure to tell GOD thank you for all of HIS answered prayers.   Today’s prayer:   “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for answering all my prayers.  Help me to listen and understand YOUR answers of ‘yes, no and wait’. ...

“HE DOESN’T DESERVE IT!”

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.'”  Matthew 22:8 NIV Read:  Matthew 22:1-14 “He doesn’t deserve it!” a worker commented after hearing his co-worker had been promoted and given a raise.   Even in simple things, we can become both judge and jury…too often in great error.   Sometimes, these judgments are rooted in jealousy, while our ignorance of all the facts can be the reason we misjudge.   Other times we may be right in our perception, but wrong in our accusations.   We need to have the discernment to know and the obedience to not judge but allow GOD to control the situation.  We see evil triumphing over good and those responsible seemingly being rewarded.   Growing richer in money and power; there seems to be little accountability.   If we could see those we know passing into Heaven, would we pass the same judgment?  Knowing the sins of others on this earth, would we question our GOD in allowing such sinners into Heaven?   Turn the table.   If you are to be forgiven of all your sins, would you deserve it?   Do you deserve to be washed in the blood of our RISEN SAVIOUR and to spend eternity with HIM?   Think of all the things you have done.   Think of the things you could have done for others and didn’t.   Then ask yourself; “Do I deserve it?”   If you are truly a believer, you deserve salvation only because JESUS is wearing your rags of sin.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me all I...

“I AM NOT ARGUING . . .”

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'”   Genesis 4:9 NIV   Read:  Genesis 4:1-16   An irritated man continued his defensive tirade, with his boss, affirming; “I am not arguing with you; I am just explaining to you why I am right!”.   In Genesis 4, we learn of Cain lying to GOD after he killed his brother Abel.   GOD knew better.   Then Cain argued with GOD over the punishment GOD was to use.  Cain was wrong on all counts, yet he kept up his argument.   Have you ever continued an argument just to prove you were right?   Did it do you any good or did it just provoke the other person even more?   Sometimes, we want to be right so much, we go to great lengths to prove our point when in reality there is no point to be made.  We can choose to walk away and be the better person rather than dig our heels in.  We have a better chance of convincing the other person we are right when we are gracious than when we are obstinate.   Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving me when I am so wrong.   Help me to be more understanding and less rigid in my dealings with others.  Amen.”  ...

“BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!”

“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”   1Corinthians 2:11 NIV   Read:  1Corinthians 2:1-16   About two months ago, a local TV weatherman predicted this would be a drier and warmer winter than normal.   Within days, he was proven wrong and is being proved even more wrong daily as this bitter cold continues.   As smart as we think we are, as much education and experience we have; we know so little.   It is humbling to admit we are wrong.   GOD knows all and we know all about nothing.   We, all too often, depend upon our own self dependent confidence to make decisions.   We think we know best and more times than not find ourselves asking our FATHER why things are going as they are.   Rather than trust our own instincts, we need to take those thoughts and ask GOD if we should act upon what we think.  We go to doctors when we think we have an illness.  We consult an attorney for advice in legal situations.   We depend upon skilled tradesmen to repair our appliances and cars.  Why don’t we depend upon the most high authority?   GOD is waiting to hear from you.   HE created you so you would fellowship with HIM.  Instead of depending upon yourself, depend on the ONE whom knows all.   GOD is the expert…the only expert…in your life.   Don’t continue making the same mistakes over and over.   Take your problems and lay them...