“NEVER TURN YOUR BACK!”

“They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.”   Job 24:4 NIV   Read:  Job 24 We have all heard the warning to never turn our backs.   The expression is laced with the dangers of not being aware of something or someone who could do us harm.   But, there is another way of learning from that old expression.   We should never turn our backs on the good things in life either.   In particular, we should never turn our back on a believer.   If you ever turn your back and disregard the needs or refuse to reach out to a believer, you are turning your back on CHRIST.   When we shed our responsibilities, we are abandoning our duties as followers of our RISEN LORD.   Has someone recently asked for your help and you gave it a passing thought and decided you did not have the time or money to aid them?   After all, you thought, somebody else will help them.   The only problem is the somebody else you thought would help them was also thinking they did not have the time or money either.   Guess what…we all have the time.  The problem is we accept the things of this earth as more important than the things JESUS told us to do.  It is not too late.   Go to that person and give them the help they need.   You will be glad you did.   Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for all YOU have done for me.   Please forgive me for not doing for others.   YOU have...

“DISCIPLE OR APOSTLE?”

“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”    Matthew 10:1  NIV   Read:  Matthew 10:1-20 When we think of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James and others we are correct in knowing they were among the first disciples of JESUS, our LORD AND SAVIOUR.   At the same time, these men of GOD became known as apostles of JESUS.   We can learn from the scriptures an apostle is also a disciple, yet all disciples are not apostles.  A disciple is a follower of CHRIST; a student of scripture, who born again and is faithful in believing in all JESUS tells us and then shares that faith in order to teach others.   An apostle is all this and more.   Upon accepting CHRIST as your SAVIOUR, your new role is to be a disciple.   Are you living a life as a disciple?   JESUS gave the original disciples the power to heal and to drive out demons whom HE called HIS apostles.   Mark 3:14 tells us JESUS: “…designating them apostles…” This power was given later to Paul, Matthias (who replaced Judas) and perhaps a dozen others by JESUS.   Some churches claim a hierarchy of apostles, while some individuals claim to be apostles with the power to heal the sick and to drive demons from others.  Others hold there are no new apostles, that all apostles were given the authority only by JESUS.   In truth, most struggle with the task of being faithful disciples.   Many of those you attend church with are disciples, while many...

“WHERE ARE YOU GOING?”

“Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied,”Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”  John 13:36 NIV   Read:  John 3:16-21   It seems, we are all coming from somewhere or going to somewhere.  Where are you going?  Do you have a destination?  You may have a geographic destination, an emotional destination or a spiritual destination.   There is a problem with both a geographic destination or an emotional place you are led to be.   Both are only temporary.   They may satisfy you for hours or even years.   Yet, in time neither will have nothing to offer you.   GOD has a place for you.   The place is so special; HE sent HIS son to take on all your sinful burdens so you can spend all eternity with HIM.  John 3:16 tells us:  “For GOD so loved the world that he gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”   Then HE clarifies and removes all doubt in verse 17:  “For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HIM.”   Scripture tells us only those who have chosen JESUS as their SAVIOUR will spend eternity in Heaven.   We can see that is very true by just looking around at the sin in this world.   Most don’t believe.  Many of those who claim to be believers are living out their lives just as the non-believers do and will never see to glory of Heaven.   Do you...

“TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”   Matthew 38:19 NIV   Read:  Matthew 28:16-20   The phone rings and you hear a voice long forgotten or maybe pushing a shopping cart through the grocery store a face appears you barely remember.   These unexpected encounters remind us of how little we know of GOD’S plan for our lives.   GOD’S ancient people were so concerned about their daily lives they grew faithless.   For thousands of years they had been promised a MESSIAH.  JESUS was born, just as all the prophesies of the Old Testament had taught.  Still, with the star shining bright above that manger, GOD in human flesh laid in a bed of straw.   Most of us have still not progressed very far.   The majority of the world  knows of JESUS, yet refuses to believe.   Even more who claim to believer, have better things to do than do as GOD has told them.   We are told to come together to worship.   Will you gather with other believers today?   We are told to make disciples of all….not to just tell others about our RISEN SAVIOUR…but, to make disciples of all nations.   Are you making disciples of others?  Telling others about JESUS is only part of HIS instruction. This command was given to all believers…including you.   Are you a passive believer or are you a true disciple of CHRIST?   If JESUS returned today would you be ready or would HE arrive totally unexpected?   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, ...

“IT IS ALL IN YOUR MIND!”

“When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.” Job 9:11 NIV   Read:   Job 9:1-11     Perception…it is all in our minds.  When we look at something we believe it is what it is based upon information or the lack of information we have learned from previous observations and teachings.   Have you ever questioned what GOD looks like or how GOD created HIMSELF?   When we try to imagine the physical characteristics of GOD, we attempt to use human qualities.   Despite what we imagine, we have no idea of the scope or person of GOD.   Draw a dot on a piece of paper and you can see the size of it, but you cannot see the thickness.  Raise it off the paper and you can see height, width and depth.  If round like a ball, you cannot see where the ball’s surface or interior began or ends.   GOD is like that.   There is no beginning or end.   GOD came from GOD.  If you want to know more of GOD than what we know, you will find out when you go to Heaven.  Spending eternity with GOD is the only way to know more.  If you don’t go to Heaven, you don’t know GOD in your daily life and you will never know HIM.   This minute, you have a choice.   Accept JESUS as your risen saviour and know the true GOD of eternity; THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.  Reject HIM and you will never know all of GOD.  Stop trying to figure HIM out in your mind...

“THE KNIFE CUTS!”

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.”  Romans 3:19 NIV   Read:  Romans 3:19-24   My mother’s father was a simple man of few words, yet you could feel his love and kindness.  ‘Dirt poor’ was an old expression I learned as a child and it described him well.   When I was 12, while I was with him in his rickety tool shed, he told me to get a nickel from my mother.  Returning, I gave him the nickel.   Then he reached on a shelf and gave me a large pocket knife,   He told me he was selling it to me for the nickel.   That way, if I cut myself, he would not be responsible since I bought the knife.  He said, if he had given it to me, he would be responsible for my carelessness.   In Papa’s sweet simple mind, he removed all responsibility of his actions by transferring the responsibility to me since I bought the knife from him and it was not his gift to me.   All too often, we attempt to transfer our own responsibilities through misguided efforts.   Peter tried to save his own skin with misguided efforts by denying he knew JESUS three times.  When the rooster crowed the third time, guilt came home to roost (no pun intended).   It took the crowing of the rooster to remind Peter of what JESUS had told him.  Still scared, but Peter became one of...