“WILL YOU DIE ONCE OR TWICE?”

“Jesus replied,”Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  John 3:3 NIV Read John 3:1-21     Will you die once or twice?   Once should be enough!  Many have a horror of the thought of dying.   I admit the idea of immediate death does not excite me as I feel GOD still has work for me to do, but that is another story.   In order to die once, you have to be born twice.  With that knowledge, in order to die twice, you have to be born only once.  No, it is not a riddle.  It is the truth of JESUS’ gospel message.   JESUS told us the miracle of being born twice.   HE told us of how we are to be born again.  When we accept JESUS as our LORD AND SAVIOUR, we are born again.   When we are born again, we will only die once…a physical death.  As saved believers, once we die on this earth we will a continuing life eternally in Heaven.   On the other hand, if you have not accepted JESUS, you will die twice.  You will go through a physical death and you will die a spiritual death. This spiritual death will forbid you from Heaven to live without GOD for all eternity. You will have only been born once and then you will die twice.   As said; it is not a riddle.  It is the truth.  Like the line from the old Clint Eastwood movie…’Can you handle the truth?’.   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for dying...

“A SPINELESS GEEK?”

“I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.”  1Corinthians 2:3 NIV   Read 1Corinthians 2:1-16 The title of today’s devotional may apply to more men than women based on the influences of our society.   It seems men are more motivated to feel the need to be superior or appear stronger in difficult situations.   Women tend to take the lead in situations of the heart and faith.  Men may be just as faithful, but some are afraid of showing this caring side.   While some think they will be viewed as a ‘spineless geek’, nothing could be further from the truth.    It takes more spine to stand strong in your weakness of faith and belief than to hide from your GOD and sit on the sidelines.   Strength is not spouting profanity.  Strength is not being a bully.   Strength is not ignoring responsibility.   Strength is being aware and admitting your weaknesses while using those weaknesses to display your strengths.   The apostle Paul proved the strength we each should have.   Paul was stoned, beaten, criticized, and imprisoned for his faith.   So, what did he do?  Paul shared his faith even more.   While in chains, Paul wrote some of his most inspired teachings of GOD.  Paul showed others the gospel while bringing persecution upon himself.   Are you strong enough to stand up for your faith and share it with the world or are you satisfied being a ‘spineless geek’ while hiding your faith and all GOD has done and is doing for you?   Today’s prayer:  “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for showing me...

“AND THE LORD SAYS: . . . “

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 17:5-8   Jeremiah is a book of truths; very simple truths.  We can find comfort in these simple truths, it does not take a lot of brainpower to understand all GOD is giving us.   “Cursed is the man…”   These are simple and straightforward and not confusing.  Yet, look at those around you.   Are they drawing strength from GOD or are they dependent upon themselves or the instruction and influences of others.  We have a new society being fed the influences and instructions of government over the loving commands of GOD.   Those who do trusts in GOD above all else can find comfort in a complementary verse.   Jeremiah 17, verse  7 tells us: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in HIM.”   Is your confidence in the LORD, yourself or another?   There is only one right answer.  If you are trusting in yourself or another, your time is ticking away.  Until you trust GOD, in time, you will feel HIS cursings, with pain and suffering in your heart.  Trust in GOD only and be Blessed.   Today’s prayer:  “I call now on the TRINITY OF GOD, to protect me from the sins of man.   Today, I will trust in YOU, LORD.  My confidence is in YOU alone.  Instead of being cursed, I will curse the evils of this world.  Amen.” ...

“JUST A SUGGESTION?”

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 NIV   Read:  Exodus 20: 1-17   Has anyone ever made a suggestion to you which made you feel uncomfortable?  Did they touch that nerve that sent a shiver throughout you reminding you of an error or shortcoming?   When we are on the receiving end of a suggestion that comes to close to home, it is time to pay attention.    Ask yourself why.   Ask yourself what is it that others see you need to do that you have not done for yourself.   GOD gave HIS path for your life in the Ten Commandments.   These are not GOD’S Ten Suggestions.   Again, these are not suggestions.   GOD is not passive with HIS absolute Commandments.  They are not take it or leave it maybes.   The Ten Commandments are not Ten Suggestions.  Our dictionaries define suggestion as a recommendation, a proposal or a consideration.   A commandment is defined as a divine rule, a rule that must be obeyed or a direct order.   GOD’S Ten Commandments are direct orders to each of us.   We can be judgmental and see the shortcomings of others; their failures of keeping GOD’S Ten Commandments.   Isn’t it time we look inward?  Are you keeping GOD’S Ten Commandments?  At any time in your life, there is one or more of HIS Commands that you are probably struggling with.   The Ten Commandments are today’s reading.  Open your Bible and spend time with GOD and HIS absolute rules for you today.   Today’s prayer:  GOD MY CREATOR, Thank YOU for laying out YOUR rules for me to...

“WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”  2Timothy 3:16 NIV   Read:  2Timothy 3:10-17   “If you believe only what you like in the gospel, and reject all you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe but yourself.” (Augustine)   A great preacher once said most our trust in the Bible is like Bible roulette.   We are content with most, but we will try to dodge the bullet of truth.   What do you really believe?    Do you believe all of the Bible or do you pick and choose?   While some practice forgetting certain Biblical instructions, others create their own teachings which are not from scripture.   Proverbs 30:5-6 tell us; “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”   Too many are creating doctrine that does not come from scripture.   Some are ignoring GOD’S word and adding their own.  It doesn’t take long to see this new doctrine is not what GOD has told us.   How do you feel about abortion, sex outside of marriage, same sex relationships, pornography, drug use or other society accepting actions?   Are you feeling the same as GOD instructed?   If you are accepting of any of these things, do you feel you are more right than GOD?   Today’s prayer:  “MY GOD, help me to stand firm in all YOU have taught me.   Help me to accept all of YOUR Word and turn from...

“TRUST ME!”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”   Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Read:   Proverbs 3:1-12   “Trust me!”   Hearing this sometimes makes us even more skeptical.   Why should we have to be told to trust someone when our trust should be freely given?  Can you trust someone who has to ask to be trusted?  The world we live in is less trusting than the times we might have grown up in.  With predators, scammers and identity thieves we can justify being leery.   Other times, when we hear “Trust me”, we can take comfort in knowing we can trust another when things just are not going right.  There are times we need to abandon our fears and feel the safety of trusting someone.   When do you trust and when do you question a trust?   We all have been fooled before.   Discernment is the key to finding real trust in others.   Discernment is finding a spiritual peace, depending upon the HOLY SPIRIT to guide our thoughts and reasoning instead of trusting ourselves.   King David got it right when he said in Psalm 20:7; “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our GOD.”     Today’s prayer:  “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for loving me, even when I am not trustworthy.   Help me to follow you.  I can trust YOU more than myself for YOU are ABSOLUTE TRUST.  Amen.”   ...