“IS TRUTH DEAD?”

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”  1John 1:8 NIV Read:  1John 1:5-10 “IS TRUTH DEAD?” was the entire cover of Time magazine this past April.   The story was about the truth and lack of truth in the politics of our great nation.   Still, the subject is worth exploring as the lack of truth reflects the mood of our nation and society all too much.     Does everyone you know always tell the truth?  Always?   How about you?   Do you always tell the truth?  Always?  I wonder if everyone I have ever met always tells the truth.   It would be great if everyone did.  Yet, it seems even the best of us ‘stretch’ the truth or leave part of it out when we speak. The truth is the only truth in this world we are spending time is the Holy Scripture of GOD.   Every word of every verse of every book is the only Truth you can depend.  As you are caught up in the evils of this world, take a break and enjoy GOD.  Enjoy all of HIS truths knowing HE will lead you to the truth in your life.   Jeremiah wrote of Judah in chapter 7, verse 28: “Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.”    Are we a nation like Judah?   It is not just about politics.  Are you being truthful to all you know and meet?   Isn’t it time we...

“IMAGE OR INTEGRITY?”

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”  Proverbs 11:3 NIV Read:  Proverbs 11:1-8 Cowboy boots, silk dresses, ragged t-shirts, sequined tops, short shorts, coats and ties all present an instant image.   We are judged by what we wear and how we wear it.   We are also judged by what we say and do as well as how we say and do things.   Image is what we want others to believe we are.   Integrity is what we really are.   Read that sentence again!   Image does not matter when GOD knows who we really are. Our demeanor is an instant statement of the image we want to project.   If you believe in the ways of the world we live, image is everything.  As much as Satan wants us to believe, image is not everything. When we can’t depend upon the image another presents, we can count on integrity.   So often, integrity has nothing to do with image.   Job had integrity.  We read in Job2:3:  “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job?  There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.  And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.'” Job maintained his integrity.   He lost his children, his livestock, his wealth and his health.   Still, he maintained his integrity and GOD restored him. How about you?   Are you projecting an image or does your integrity or lack of integrity prove who you are?  ...

“EVER RAISE YOUR HAND?”

“Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven.”   Revelation 10:5 NIV Read:   Psalms 134, Revelation 10:1-11   As I grew up, I realized there were times it was best not to raise your hand and times to raise your hands high.   One of the first lessons was in Spanish class.   When you have problems with your native language, I learned to never raise your hand when taking a second language class.   Another time, I learned to never raise your hand was in Marine Corps boot camp.   But, there are two times to raise your hand…proudly!   There are times we all should step up and volunteer without being pressured to help.  Raise your hands to help others. The other time to raise our hands is in praise to our LORD.  One hand or both…reaching out to Heaven gives us a humanly effort to honor our GOD. When was the last time you reached out with raised hands to GOD?   HE is closer than you might think and always within reach…just waiting for you.  You don’t have to be in church to raise your hands in praise. Raise your hands to GOD in praise right now.  Now, didn’t that feel good? Today’s prayer:    “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for being so near that I can always reach out to feel YOUR presence and be touched by YOU.  Today, I will raise my hands in praise of all YOU are doing in my life.  Amen.”  ...

“EVER FEEL ABANDONED?”

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”   2Corinthians 4:8-9 Read:  2Corinthians 4:1-12   Have you ever felt abandoned and all alone?    When you needed a friend to lean upon, did it seem everybody had things they thought were more important?  Has the pain of loneliness engulfed you?   Can you feel the silence?  Are you on the verge of depression?   The death of a loved one, divorce, the not good news of a health problem or becoming an empty nester can each bring on a feeling of loneliness and abandonment.  At times, it is easy to feel the pity party is well deserved. Still, in the midst of this the hurt, we need to be reminded GOD has a plan.   It is GOD’S plan.  It is not the plan we might imagine.   It is not usually a quick fix.   GOD does not need a fairy tale magic wand. GOD’S plan is for the long term.   Our lives may change dramatically as time passes.   You only have to look back at your life and where you were years ago.   Through any abandonment you felt at that time, GOD molded you to be the person HE wants you to be.   Are you being submissive to GOD’S plan for your life?  HIS plan is better than your desires. GOD never abandons.  GOD is always with you. Today’s prayer:   “GOD MY SUSTAINER, Thank YOU for loving me even at times when it seems I don’t even love myself.   Thank YOU for always being there for me...

“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...