“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...

“TURN YOUR HEART . . . NOT YOUR CALENDAR!”

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”   Psalm 27:14 NIV   Read:   Psalm 27:1-14   With the closing of 2017, many are glad to see the year ending with great hopes for a better 2018 year.   The truth is if we put our hope and faith in the turning of a page on the calendar we are preparing for a great disappointment.   The calendar doesn’t change a thing.   The calendar displaying a new year’s date will not heal the serious illness, mend a broken heart, restore stolen property or give you a new job.   Any and all restoration; spiritually, physically or emotionally will come about only through faith in our LIVING GOD.   By faithfully understanding GOD alone has a timetable for all these things, we can find comfort in waiting.   His timing may be at the turning of a calendar page, but it may also mean waiting another year or even a decade.  We often are students, during difficult times, being taught patience.   Find peace in knowing GOD is in control and all is under HIS control not ours.   Trust and believe in all HE can do and has done for you.   In time, not necessarily at the stroke of midnight, your life can change.   Meanwhile, take your request to GOD.   Make your request a vigil under our LORD.  Then, wait for HIS calendar to change…not yours.   Today’s prayer: “GOD OF ALL HEAVEN AND EARTH, Thank YOU for YOUR wisdom  and YOUR timetable.  Help me to be more patient and to wait for YOU to guide...

“WHAT DID YOU GET?”

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  Matthew 6:3-4 NIV   Read:  Matthew 6:1-4   Within hours, we will hear “What did you get?” almost in every house across our nation.   We are so attuned to getting; we seem to have forgotten the real meaning of CHRISTMAS.   When someone asks ‘What did you get for CHRISTMAS?’;  joyfully tell them:   I got my SAVIOURS’ love!   There is no better gift you could receive.   And…be sure to prayerfully thank JESUS for loving you.  When you tell others of JESUS’ love, you have given them the best gift you could give.   You have given them the gospel message.   While you are counting your Blessings, count one more.   Thank your pastor for all he is doing.   Unless you are in a mega church, the chances are your pastor is tremendously under paid.   Most pastors of small to medium sized churches work 7 days a week, then the phone rings at 2 a.m. and he is off the hospital for someone’s emergency.  Be in the gifting mood.  Put a $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can give in an envelope and give it to your pastor with two sincere words;  “Thank you!”.   Prepare your heart to be a giver rather than a getter this coming year.  Keep in mind everything you have is a gift from GOD and all you can give is part of what...

“IT AIN’T ME!”

“But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”   2Corinthians 10:17-18 NIV   Read 2Corinthians 10:1-18   From my northeast Texas ancestry, “It ain’t me” could be taken for proper English.   Proper or not, there are times we would all like to take credit for something we have no rights to claim and other times to avoid association, we would chime in with “It ain’t me!”.   I wear a lot of hats in this ministry and I am often asked how I do all I do.  My answer is easy; “It ain’t me!”   I do what I do only because I am not capable.  Preaching, writing devotionals, helping pastors and churches and remodeling the house to be used as a pastors’ retreat is what GOD is doing through me.  It ain’t me…it is GOD!   Today’s scriptures tell us of Paul and the other disciples desires to deliver the gospel without any credit of their own.   Paul had been an evil man and this humble attitude was opposite from whom he had been.   How about you?   Do you have a humble attitude in all you do?   You can be like Paul.   You can take on a life of submissive achievement.  Take on the world with the confidence that can come only from GOD.   Lay your ego aside and trust in our RISEN SAVIOUR.   Today’s prayer: “LORD, Thank YOU for all you do through me.   Help me to do more, much more, as I listen to...