“BE REALLY DIFFERENT!”

“The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”  1Samuel 10:6 NIV   Read:   1Samuel 10:1-8 Did you ever meet someone who boldly marched to a different drummer?   While almost the whole world seemed to be headed in one direction, this one person took every rabbit trail to the left and the right.   That’s not what GOD had in mind when he told us to be different.   In order to be different, we don’t have to be unconventional.    We are to be different from the majority in this world who do not know GOD.   We are to be different than the unbelieving masses.   Some of these question whether GOD is real, while others deny HIS existence totally. A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker that read: “GOD IS DEAD”.   The owner of the vehicle was not aware, but by posting the sticker, he was admitting to the existence of GOD.   Using his logic, GOD had to be alive in order to be dead.  Then, as GOD is eternal, GOD cannot be dead. Our scripture verse of today tells us the instructions to Saul.   Just as Saul was to be changed into a different person, so are we.   When we put on the whole Armor of GOD, we are changed.   We are to be different from the world.   We are not to be of this world, but of GOD. Are you following the non-believers of this world or are you following GOD?  There is only one right choice!  ...

“MISINTERPRETED CONSTITUTION!”

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 NIV Read:  Isaiah 9:6-7   Many will tell you our country is going in the wrong direction.   Fewer are claiming to be Christians today than ever before.  Church attendance is non-existent for many and sporadic for most. True believers who attend to fellowship and grow in GOD’S word are in the minority.   I am convinced, this is in direct correlation to our courts destroying our Constitution.  Courts are creating laws based upon a liberal interpretation of our Constitution which has nothing to do with the meanings of our forefathers. John Adams, the second president of these United States, in his speech to the Massachusetts Militia on October 11, 1798 said:   “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”     The overwhelming majority of the creators of our Constitution got it right.   But, we cannot blame just the courts for destroying our Constitution.   Until we as a nation return to worshiping GOD as HIS scriptures tell us, our nation will continue in this downward spiral.  Our Constitution “was made for a moral and religious people”. You can stop this...

“THE BUS IS ALMOST EMPTY!”

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21 NIV Read Matthew 7:21-27    Recently, a pastor friend was telling me that if a bus were leaving for Heaven today, he wondered if it would be filled.   No, he was not being judgmental.   His comment was a real concern.   Too many know who JESUS is and still do not know JESUS.   If a bus were at your neighborhood, work place or church, how many empty seats would you expect?   Lots of people will tell you they would want to be on a bus destined for Heaven, but how many would have their own ticket paid for and given to them by JESUS? Do you have your ticket to Heaven?   These tickets are free and individually issued for guaranteed one way instant travel and will never expire and you cannot lose them. How do you get your free ticket?    Trust JESUS as your personal LORD and SAVIOUR while turning over every facet of your life to HIM.  Do this and ask HIM to forgive all of your sins.   As difficult as it may seem, it is really that easy. You can go from a sinner who will die with Satan to a forgiven sinner cradled in GOD’S perfect arms.    The bus is loading.   Do you have your ticket? Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for giving me a life of eternity in Heaven.   Please forgive all my sins at YOUR feet.   I am turning...

“CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!”

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  2Peter 1:3 NIV Read:  2Peter 1:3-11   The television commercial for an automobile road side service insurance company blared with testimonials claiming the merits of the nationally known company.   One lady declared she ‘could not live without’ her membership.   Do you have something that you simply can’t live without?   Ask and others may tell you they “can’t live without….”.   They may complete the sentence with ‘chocolate’, ‘a good book’, ‘a first cup of coffee’, ‘my cell phone’…you get the picture. The truth is we can all live without any and all of these things.   But, there are some things we cannot live without.   Basics for life are known as water, food and shelter.   Other things may be necessary for comfort but are not absolutely necessary. While many don’t realize it, there is ONE absolute necessity.  GOD.  The majority on this earth believe they are self sufficient.   They depend solely upon themselves.  But, as scripture tells us, when their time comes they will be all alone.  After it is too late, it is too late! Are you like a dog who is chasing his own tail and never achieving anything for his efforts?    Stop chasing after things you don’t need.   Everything you need is available when you go to your knees.   GOD will bring you more than you can imagine.  Just ask HIM. Today’s prayer:  “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for supplying more than I need and...

“EVER BLAME GOD?”

“Should GOD then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.”  Job 34:33 NIV Read:  Job 34:5-37   Things just were not going right.   When you felt you were walking a straight line, it seemed everyone else was turning left and right.   No matter what you did, you ended up all alone.  So, knowing in your own mind you were doing all the right things and everything still went wrong, you blamed GOD.   We have a manner of judging ourselves which is very different than the way GOD judges us.  We judge ourselves by looking at others, by standards of the world and maybe with a self blinding eye. GOD judges by HIS standards.   Guess what?   GOD’S standards have never changed and will never change.   HE gave us an easy course if we choose to do things HIS way.  If we don’t obey GOD’S marching orders, we are re-inventing the wheel every day. When we turn to our way rather than GOD’S way, we fail again.  Instead of looking at the reality of our own failures and accepting blame ourselves, we condemn GOD.  We will never truly live until we praise GOD for the times in our lives when we were condemning HIM. We need to be thankful for the times we stumbled and failed only to be forgiven and lifted up by our GOD.   We condemned GOD and HE still forgave us. Today’s prayer:  “GOD OUR FATHER, Thank YOU for forgiving me at those times I blamed YOU for my...

“AN IRON CLAD ALIBI”

“…and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,”  Revelation 1:5 NIV Read:  Revelation 1:1-6 Have you ever needed an alibi?   Were you ever accused of doing something when you were totally innocent?   A personal eye witness of you not being even near the scene of the situation can be an iron clad alibi.   Then, maybe there was a time when you were guilty, very guilty and there was no alibi.   Guilt was simply guilty.   Recently there was a news story of a man who was arrested for armed robbery.   He was innocent of the robbery and his iron clad alibi was he was buying and selling illegal drugs at the time and was nowhere near the location of the robbery.    He was freed on the robbery charge and re-arrested on drug charges. Have you escaped a guilty situation by using an alibi of another situation?   Guilty is still guilty.   From my childhood, I remember the phrase;  ‘He is as guilty as homemade sin.’   I can’t tell you what homemade sin is.  But, I get the message. Truthfully, we won’t ever need an alibi when we are in places and doing things when and where GOD would want us to be.  GOD is our iron clad alibi.  HE knows all about us; all of our guilt and all of our innocence. Is today the day you trade your guilt for an iron clad guarantee for life with...