“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...

“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...

“DO NOTHING!”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”   Philippians 2: 3,4 NIV   Read:  Philippians 2: 1-5   The conservative Irish parliamentarian of the 1700s, Edmund Burke, is most famous today from his quote;  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   History has been changed and will be changed because we choose to do nothing.   You don’t need to be a famous inventor, the creator of a new medical procedure, or making a billion dollar donation.  All you need to do is to do something.   Something alone may not be your guiding force.  You need to do the right thing.   Doing the right thing is following GOD’S lead.   How do you follow GOD’S lead?  Start your day in HIS word.   Read HIS Word faithfully.   Then, pray.  Pray over HIS Word.  Pray for others.  Pray for your needs.  But, most of all…pray in thanksgiving for all GOD has blessed you with, for all of HIS answered prayers and for all HE will do for you.   Or be in denial and do nothing.  Do nothing and that is exactly what you will have.  Nothing!   It seems like a easy choice.   But, look around you.  Look at all the people who have nothing.   It is not just about material things.   Look at the people who have no hope, no desires and you will find someone who has no faith.   Do nothing or do what GOD...

“IT’S A NO-BRAINER!”

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”  1John 4:16 NIV   Read:  1John 4:1-21   My computer’s spell check tells me ‘no-brainer’ is not a word.  But, in this part of the world it has been used for decades.   Merriam-Webster tells us that a no-brainer is something that ‘requires a minimum of thought’.  It is believed to be an American slang first used in the late 1950’s.   Loving GOD should be a ‘no-brainer’.   We should not have to think about it.  We should just do it.   Still, it has been a problem for GOD’S sinful people since the beginning of time. Adam and Eve failed at truly loving GOD when they ate the fruit HE had forbid.  Moses had a problem with his temper going against GOD several times.  David proved his problems of loving GOD with selfish actions. People today…all people are proving they have the same problems loving GOD just as people of thousands of years ago.   As much as we have changed, we have not changed that much at all.   Loving our CREATOR is a choice.   It is decision that only has to be made once.  Then knowing we have made a choice to love GOD, it should be a no-brainer to show HIM the love and respect we should. Don’t allow others to influence you wrongly.  Loving GOD is a no-brainer…just do it. Today’s prayer:   “MY FATHER, Thank YOU for loving me.  Thank YOU for forgiving my lack of love and selfishness.  ...

“MAN OVERBOARD!”

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”  James 2:26 NIV   Read:   James 2:14-26   There is a story about a man falling overboard from an ocean liner.  It seems, as he bobbed in the sea, everyone had a different opinion as to what needed to be done.  Comments were more plentiful than actions.   Someone suggested throwing him a life ring.  Someone else suggested throwing him a rope. Another said to throw him some food in case he got hungry before he could be rescued.  One even suggested to continue their travel and rescue the man on their return trip, since rescuing him would delay their vacation time.   Opinions are a dime a dozen.   Some are good.  Some are bad.   Only one is best.  Action based upon the right decision is the only thing to do.   How about your decision to give your life to JESUS?   Have you made the right decision?  Have you taken the action you need to take?   Praying to accept JESUS as your LORD AND SAVIOUR is the important first step.   Being baptized is an important step as well.  Going to church is important.  Studying your Bible and sufficient prayer time with our CREATOR are also important.  Yet, they are but pieces.  One piece without the others is like a pie without the fillings.   Living your life with intent to honor GOD every minute of every day is the goal for each of us.  Life on this earth is difficult.   Satan will do all in his power to confuse you with false ideals and...

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”   “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”  Romans 4:13 NIV   Read:   Romans 4:13-25   Throw all the self help books out!   All the gurus selling ways to success have nothing to sell.   I am going to let you in on a secret, that is no secret at all.   In order to succeed, all you need to do is take four simple steps.   Get up Get dressed appropriately Show up Never, never give up   Oh, wait!   There is a fifth step which too many forget.   Number five is faith.   Without faith, the first four, although necessary, are tremendously incomplete.   If you don’t have faith in our TRIUNE GOD, your life is like a jar with a few pebbles in it.   It may rattle around, and the pebbles may be pretty colors, but your life is basically empty.   No matter the material things you have, the success you have achieved or the status in society you are known by…you can’t take it with you.   Faith is not just your support for today.   It is your ticket to tomorrow and all eternity.  Success on this earth is good, but it is not lasting.   Faith along with getting up, getting dressed, showing up and never giving up will give you your earthly needs.   But, faith alone will give you a personal relationship with our RISEN SAVIOUR, GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT to live within you and GOD HIMSELF.  All this you can...