“PROTECT YOUR MINUTES!”

“Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.”  John 7:33 NIV Read:   John 7:25-44 “I’ll be with you in just a minute!”, the young lady behind the counter told us.   But, it was not just a minute.  It was several minutes!   Another time, the dentist told you, your gums will be numb ‘in just a minute’.  It was more than ‘just a minute’ and it didn’t feel like your mouth was numb…you could feel the pain!   Then there is the recording while you are on hold announcing someone will be with you in ‘just a minute’ that you have heard repeatedly for last 10 minutes. There are minutes and sometimes minutes that are much longer than a minute.   A minute has become a slang term meaning a short while.  Seldom does a minute equal 60 seconds. We need to protect each of our minutes…patiently.  When we take control of the little things, the minutes, the days of our lives will take care of themselves.   If we only applied this basic truth!  We have little or no control over the major events of our lives.   We, usually, do have some control over the next minute. The problem is we are often not concerned about the minutes.   In fact, it is not unusual for us to squander our minutes and then we claim we don’t have time for what is important. Think about yesterday.   Think back.   How many times during the day did you waste, not a minute, but several minutes at...

“HERE IN THE REAL WORLD”

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   John 16:33 NIV  Read:  John 16:16-33 A decade ago, country star, Alan Jackson, sang: “Cowboys don’t cry and heroes don’t die, good always wins again and again” from his song; ’Here in the Real World’. The trouble is; it is not that easy here in the real world.   In our real world, cowboys and real men do cry and we know of too many heroes that have died.   We also know from our existence in this real world that good doesn’t always win again and again. We live in the real world which is the stalking ground of Satan and his angels.   Movies and songs are a make believe glimpse of the good guy always wins. About the time this world was being created, there was a terrible war in Heaven.  Satan, once GOD’S highest angel, was in battle with GOD’S angels.   Satan lost and was cast out of Heaven by GOD to roam this earth.   Satan is still fighting to gain control on this earth. We know too well of his evils.   Our own government has turned its back on good things in favor of political correctness.   All too often, the criminals have more rights than their victims in this real world.  Politics are more important than GOD by many. In this real world, we will lose by simply doing nothing.   Allowing Satan to win his little battles will result in more and more of our religious freedoms being...

“BRING MY BROTHER BRAINS!”

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”   Matthew 6:7,8 NIV   Read:   Matthew 6:5-13   Eight year old Shelly knelt by her bed as her Mom and Dad had taught her.   She thanked GOD for her Mom and Dad and all the things she could think.   Then, she added sincerely; “And GOD can you bring my little brother, Billy, some brains.  I know he is only four, but LORD, I don’t think he has any brains.  Can you give him some brains?” We might smile at what we just read.   But, we may be praying like Shelly.   We sometimes have the answer all worked out in our own minds and think all we have to do is tell GOD the solution to our problems.  After all, we may think; I know me better than anyone else.  You may know you better than your next door neighbor or even your very best friend.  But, I promise you, GOD knows you better than you know yourself. Next time you feel you have the answer to your problem and all GOD has to do is to do what you tell HIM to do, think again.  Hmm…seems you are the one in the situation that is in need of GOD’S help.  GOD is never in a situation where HE needs help.   Never. If you knew what is best, you would not be asking GOD to give you the answer to your...

“TIME IS LIKE MONEY!”

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”   Psalm 104:33 NIV   Read:   Psalm 104:  31-35 Time is like money.  When you are out of it,  there is no more.   You cannot print more money when you are broke and you cannot turn back the clock to create more time when you have used all your minutes. No matter how much money and possessions we have, our society has convinced us we need just a little more.   Just a little more has become the standard we have chosen to live by.  All we gain, we will leave to others.   In time when our minutes are over we will have no need for any measure of gold or silver. You can leave all your gains to others who will spend it as they see, not as you would have chosen.   If you believe you will be helping family or others, you might.  Often you may not be helping, but complicating the lives of some whom cannot handle it responsibly Time is like money.   It has a value all its own.   At the end of your time you will discover if you have not already, time is more valuable than any amount of money.   When you are at your days, how much would you pay for another hour or another year? GOD is in control.   HE can bless you with money for a time and HE can bless you with time to enjoy this life and HE can stop that time when HE alone chooses. Are you a...

“APATHY!”

“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”  1Corinthians 12:25 NIV   Read:   1Corinthians 12:1-27   Apathy!   Our dictionaries tell us apathy is a lack of concern or a lack of interest.  It seems apathy is spreading across our great nation.  Yet, no one seems to care…  These sentences might sound like a pun and bring a smile to your face, but it is no laughing matter. Our Bibles tell us what GOD wants us to do.   HE tells us HIS desires and expectations for all those HE created.   As we read HIS word, we can be apathetic and continue doing as we please while ignoring all our LORD has told us to do. Political correctness has been a major contributor to our apathetic nation.   We seem to more concerned with being politically correct than pleasing our GOD.   How about you?  Do you really care or are you more concerned with being politically correct than being obedient to GOD?    ‘Thou shall’ and ‘Thou shall not’ are not suggestions.   There is no such thing as being just a little wrong or  being right most of the time.   Do you think you can do as you want and refuse all GOD has told you to do? Today is the day you can throw being politically correct out the window and start living as GOD has told you to do.  Obedience is far better than siding with non-believers and doing as Satan wants you to do.   Apathy is Satan’s friend.   Don’t make apathy your friend....

“ARE YOU CLEAR AS CELLOPHANE?”

“YOU, GOD, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from YOU.”  Psalm 69:5   Psalm 69:1-18 Aren’t clear cellophane and plastics wonderful?  They protect the contents and allow us to see products clearly.  I like to see what I am buying.   Boxes and printed bags hide the contents. We are a lot like the printed bags and boxes.   We tell others who we are, but we block them from seeing who we really are inside.   Just like the box proclaiming its contents are new and improved, we are often less than we advertise. No matter what we want others to think we are, GOD knows who we are.  HE knows our good and HE knows our bad.   Like the old saying; you can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. We need to understand, we cannot fool GOD any of the time.  But, we have something better.   We can have the forgiveness that can only come from a merciful GOD.  Are you hiding dark shadows and a life of sin that needs to be forgiven?   You don’t have to live with those burdens any longer.   Today, you can have a joyful peace; living in the comfort of the loving arms of JESUS.   Tell HIM of the mistakes you have made, of the wrongful things you have done.  Tell HIM of the burdens you have carried all too long and be prepared to be forgiven and spared the agony of all your past. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS Thank...