“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...

“IT’S NOT UP TO ME!”

” For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13 NIV Read:  Philippians 4:10-14 I recently read: “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.  Yet, it is not up to me, it’s up to thee.”  As much as we believe in our own abilities, we can do nothing on our own and are nothing without our GOD.   GOD made us as intelligent beings.   HE gave us physical abilities.  When we put our intelligence and physical ability together, we can accomplish many things.  Yet, we still fall short.   We need the insight and guidance that only comes from our TRIUNE GOD. Paul was a brilliant evangelist.  Still, he knew his limitations and had a clear understanding he was nothing without his LORD.  In writing his letters to Timothy, he passed along his wisdom. In 2Timothy 4:17 Paul gave the honor to GOD… “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” GOD can and will give you the strength you need to be delivered ‘from the lion’s mouth’ just as he did for Paul.   Wouldn’t it be great to have the strength to get through a harried day with the kids, to satisfy the boss that seems to never be satisfied, to face the financial problems or that neighbor who does nothing but complain? You can do everything through CHRIST who gives you strength.   It is...

“PROBLEM SOLVED!”

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17 NIV Read:  Zephaniah 3:14-20   Have you ever had a problem that seemed to take over your life?   Maybe a personal health issue or that of a loved one is burdening your mind.   Financial problems rank high on the list of problems for many.   Marriage difficulties and our children’s (Regardless of their ages) struggles can become obsessions.   Maybe, you are like me.   There are times, I think I can fix a problem on my own.   I can’t solve all my problems and you can’t either.   If you have relied upon others, how has that worked out for you?   There is only one real problem solver. GOD is our great PROBLEM SOLVER!  GOD always has a solution.  Only GOD has true wisdom. HIS way is usually very different than what we planned or imagined would happen in a given situation. If GOD’S problem solving way is so much better than ours, why don’t we just give the problem to HIM in the first place? JESUS told us in Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” GOD will care for the sparrows and HE will care for you.  Turn all those thoughts you feel...