“TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.   For everyone who asks receives; the one who finds; and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”   Matthew 7:7-8 NIV    Read:  Proverbs 8:4-11 “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’, and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'” is a quote attributed to C.S. Lewis.   I believe it was actually taken from his quote: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”   Two types of people make different decisions.  The free will GOD gave us will have us saying to HIM, “THY will be done.” or GOD telling us “Thy will be done.” when we choose our independent will over GOD’S decision of what is best for us. Are you the person who honors GOD with an absolute “THY will be done.”?  Will you ask GOD, seek to find GOD and knock so you will know all HE has and wants for you? Today’s prayer:  “GOD, MY LORD, Thank YOU for giving me choices.  I do want to make the right decision.   I am committed to living my life as...

“WANT GOD’S BLESSINGS?”

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”   James 1:20 NIV   Read:  James 1:19-27 Do you want GOD’S Blessings?   Does it sometimes feel like everybody else is getting the things you want?   Your best friend just got a new car.  A guy at work is getting married to a beautiful woman.   Your sister’s daughter won a scholastic scholarship to college.  Is the last thing you received another utility bill?   You just don’t understand it.  You get up early and go to work on time.  You put in your 8 hours.  You go to church on Sundays.  You even throw a twenty in the offering plate…sometimes. GOD’S blessings come to those who are blessed.   Do you feel like you are blessed?  If not, maybe that’s the problem. Are you living a blessed life?   From sunup to sundown are you focused on GOD and all HE has for you or are you doing life the way you want to live?  Your way or GOD’S way will be the difference in receiving GOD’S blessings. GOD will not reward you for living a life of sin…those so called little sins are not little at all.  HE will forgive you.  HE will guide you.   But, HE will not bless your actions.  If you want to be blessed, then live a blessed life.  Get rid of all those things you know GOD does not approve.  Prove to GOD you are worthy of HIS blessings. Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank you for the blessings you...

“MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!”

“You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3 NIV Read:  Exodus 20: 1-7 Have you ever been given a choice that was really no choice at all?  Has someone told you that it is their way only?   There is an old expression for such.   “My way or the highway” sums it up pretty well…’do it my way or hit the road’.   I recently was subjected to such a demand when another was demanding a situation which was to his financial advantage.  Money can be a bad influence on some people.  Be careful when requests become demands. Not everyone can be trusted to honor their word when forced changes would benefit them more than others. GOD is the only ONE who is justified in making such a demand.   HIS way is the right way.  HE told us ‘My way or the highway’ in Exodus 20.   We call these  instructions the Ten Commandments.   The first seven verses pertain to GOD himself.  GOD gives us these ‘MY way or the highway’ rules for our benefit knowing HE could not trust sinful man on his own. Are you keeping the Ten Commandments?  Each and every one are for your benefit.   Don’t ever believe you can turn, twist or flatly ignore any one of HIS commandments.   Doing so would be telling GOD you know better than HIM. Go to Exodus 20 and read GOD’S 10 Commandments.   They are not just “MY way or the highway’ rules.  They are GOD’S protection plan for each of us. Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD for protecting me every day.   Help me to faithfully observe...

“HE GAVE HIS LIFE, GIVE YOUR HEART!”

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:6-7 NIV     Read:   Matthew 28:1-10 Look up!   JESUS is looking down upon you.  HE is risen.   JESUS returned to Heaven so that HE may come again in fulfillment of HIS scriptural promises.  HE told us we are not to know the hour and day, but whenever the time, it can’t be too soon for me.   For many, today is just another day.  But, for true believers, today is a day of joy.   We know we are in celebration of our SAVIOUR’S reign on earth and being taken up into Heaven to spend eternity with our loving TRINITY. Are your priorities straight?  While families gather for a holiday of picnics in the park, Easter egg hunts, lots of food, games and more, what is the most important thing for you to do today? Today is the day of celebration.  Is JESUS your reason for celebrating today?  Before the picnic and activities, give JESUS HIS time.   Start your day with your Bible.  Then, spend time in worship and thanksgiving in a local church with other believers.   Praise GOD!  JESUS is risen. GOD gave you free will.  Use it wisely today.   Gather in HIS name.  Give your heart to JESUS! Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for keeping YOUR promises.   I know of YOUR resurrection and of...

“WHY PALM SUNDAY??”

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna’, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’  ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!'” John 12:13 NIV Read:  John 12:12-36 Christians around the world will celebrate Palm Sunday today.  Many churches pass palm leaves out to the church attendees.  It is important to remember the palm leaves or branches are not idols but reminders of the palm branches the crowd laid on the road when JESUS rode into town.  They received HIM as the KING HE is.   They laid out palm leaves as we would roll out a red carpet.   Every day we can spend time reflecting upon our relationship with HIM.   This week is special.   Day by day in scripture we can walk with JESUS during HIS last days on earth. We can witness HIS miracles and conversations with HIS disciples.   We can learn from HIS teachings and grow in our faith.   As we go through these days, we can prepare ourselves for the false allegations, illegal trial, criminal crucifixion and HIS glorious resurrection. Take time daily to reflect upon all JESUS did during HIS last week and all HE is still doing in your life today.   You still have a lot of living to do during your time on this earth.   Live as JESUS wants you to live.   Turn from the evils of this world and embrace JESUS’ ultimate sacrifice when HE forgave all your sins and paid the price for your eternity in Heaven. Lay your palm branches down for JESUS to come into your life. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS,...

“DO YOU LIE?”

“Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.”   Psalm 5:1-12 NIV   Read:  Psalm 5:1-12 Do you lie?   Do you have a habit of exaggerating the truth or totally fabricating a story?   Maybe, you depend upon ‘little white lies’ in some situations or others where the white turns into darker shades of grey?  ‘The check is in the mail’ or ‘I’ll take care of the problem immediately’ are not white lies.  They are lies….plain and simple. You will find some people have no problem exaggerating the truth or telling you anything to serve their purpose with no conscious at all.   You may know someone like this.   If you look closely, their untruths match other areas of their lives.  When you hear an untruth, understand it is a major hint of other problems. When my kids were little, I remember telling them their lies would only get them deeper into trouble and that by telling the truth the consequences would hurt a lot less. Besides today’s reading above, read Acts 5:1-10.   Peter is in a conversation with Ananias.  He boldly and very truthfully tells Ananias in verse 4b; “You have not lied just to human beings but to GOD.”    That is a good lesson for us all.  When we lie, we are not just lying to another human being, we are lying to GOD!   Why would we ever want to lie to GOD?   GOD knows the truth and HE knows when we are not truthful we are following the...