“IT’S COUNTERFEIT!”

“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  Matthew 7:23 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:13-23   With the widespread counterfeiting by criminals, stores are more and more skeptical of cash.   Special pens are being used by cashiers to determine if the bill is legitimate or not.   The situation is so bad, that local Goodwill stores are verifying larger denomination bills into optical scanners.   Counterfeiters are now ‘washing’ the ink out of small denomination bills in order to obtain the real currency paper.  Then, they reprint the blank real paper with counterfeit ink of larger denomination bills.   Just as some money looks real but is not as it appears, there are also counterfeit people.   Identifications are being stolen and identities are being counterfeited across the country.   This is now a trillion dollar problem.  Not million, not billion…but trillion! There are also counterfeit Christians…more than we might imagine.   JESUS told us of the narrow road and small gate.   Those who will be considered counterfeiters will never enter through HIS narrow road and small gate.   Only those who are real believers who have really given their lives to GOD will be admitted. Is your faith real or counterfeit?   Ask GOD.  HE knows the real thing!   Today’s prayer:   “LORD MY GOD,  Thank YOU for trusting me to have real faith, to know YOUR desires for me and for me to be the person YOU want me to be.  Amen.”...

“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 have with faith.   Today’s...

“A SANDPAPER PERSONALITY!”

“It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.”  Isaiah 50:9 NIV Read:   Isaiah 50: 4-9 Do you know someone who just ‘rubs you the wrong way’?   Even at their best, their abrasive words and actions overwhelm any other quality they may have.  You may identify with them as having a ‘sandpaper personality’.  They are ready to disagree with everyone it seems.   Nothing seems to please them.  ‘Difficulty’ should be their middle name.   It seems some will criticize the best of situations and will never seem satisfied with even the kindness action.   Understand, people with such a sandpaper personality usually have a problem with themselves and sometimes take out their frustrations and false ideals upon others. Don’t be a sandpaper person.   Be careful when you feel like criticizing others.   A good rule is:  ‘chastise in private only and only when necessary and praise in public as often as you can.’ So, you don’t develop that sandpaper personality, heed JESUS’ words.   In Matthew 7, verses 1 and 2 we read:  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.   For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving me at times I have had a sandpaper personality.   Help me to understand the abrasiveness of others and lead them to YOUR loving forgiveness.  Amen.”...

“IT MAKES YOU HUNGRY!”

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”   John 6:35 NIV Read:   John 6: 32-40 Ad placement.   Did you ever notice, commercials for food and restaurants are timed when you are most likely to respond?    Even in the grocery stores, samples are handed out to stimulate your appetite.   It has been proven, we buy more when we are hungry.  Grocery stores and restaurants do all possible to create that hunger.   The five thousand were hungry and JESUS fed them with only five loaves of bread and two fish.   The people responded.   The wanted to follow JESUS for all HE could supply materially. Few found salvation and many turned on HIM in short time.   They failed to see the real food, the bread of life HE offered. GOD’S Word stimulates your hunger for HIS Word.     Once you taste it, you will want more.   If you are not in a scheduled Bible study, I urge you to join one today.   The more of GOD’S Word you study, the more you will want to study.  GOD’S Word will feed you spiritually.  When you are fed spiritually, you will find the food you need to satisfy you both emotionally and physically.   When you read your Bible regularly, you will find yourself hungry for more.   The more you know, the more you will want to know about our CREATOR, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Today’s prayer:  LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR Word.   Help me...

“DO YOU POSSESS GALLANTRY?”

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  1Peter 4:11 NIV   Read:  1Peter 4:1-11   Do you possess gallantry?   You can have all you want or need and it’s free.  No, you don’t need a white horse with a silver inlaid saddle. The full question is:  “Do you have a willingness to confront agony, pain and fear?   Can you muster bravery to act in the face of anxiety?   Do you have the strength to face any obstacle?  Do you possess gallantry to face frightful situations?” You can be sure you have all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you will ever need.   All it takes is faith in our RISEN LORD.   If you will trust JESUS with all your heart and soul, HE will provide all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you need for your entire lifetime. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians to praise, lift up and teach those of the church at Philippi.   One of the most quoted verses in your Bible is Philippians 4:13. “I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.”   Your Bible translation may read; “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Well worth repeating:  Willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry are all gifts from JESUS.   Take all you need and use all you take. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS,...

“PAST, PRESENT AND OH YES!”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 29:10-14 We can define time usually as past, present and future.  But, doesn’t past, present and ‘Oh Yes!’ sound a lot more interesting?   You have to admit; ‘Oh Yes!’ is always better than ‘Oh No!’.   Past is defined in the dictionary as a time gone by, something before the present or no longer existing.  We can all agree things of the past are in the past and no longer exist.  We may have things in our past which no longer exist, but raise their ugly head from time to time.  GOD has told us those forgiven sins are forgiven.   When we are reminded of those errors, we need to thank our forgiving GOD and know those reminders are all from Satan.   Present is the here and now, not yesterday or last year and not tomorrow or next year.  Have you found yourself in a situation you are less than proud and knowing you went against GOD?   The sins of today may have a past, but they don’t need to have to have a future.  JESUS died on that blood stained cross for all your sins.   Give them to HIM and walk away from those sins that are causing you so much misery. The future, by this earth’s standard, is preparing to be an ‘Oh No!’.   Allow Satan to control your life and your future is destined for eternal misery where...