“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.”   ...

‘NUMBERS DON’T LIE!”

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:8 NIV   Read:  Romans 4:1-8   Do you depend upon numbers in your life?  Have you ever had a problem balancing your checkbook?   The numbers in your checkbook just don’t match the numbers from your bank.   Chances are, the math error is in your checkbook.   More and more restaurants are printing the number of calories of meals on their menus.   I recently saw an item with 3,300 calories on the same menu as one with only 575 calories.   We can use these numbers to our benefit.   Look at other numbers.   What are the number of times you pray each day?   What about the number of times you go to church each month…whenever the doors are open or only when it is convenient with your schedule?  How about the number of times you help someone without being asked?  Or how about that checkbook?  How many checks are you writing to help spread the Gospel as JESUS told us to do? There are other numbers that don’t lie as well.   How many times today did you turn your back on a friend or how many times have you uttered GOD’S name in vain or used language you know is not what GOD expects of you? Numbers don’t lie!  Are you counting your blessings or are you counting all the blessing you are missing GOD has for you?   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, Thank YOU for all the times YOU have forgiven me…so many I can’t count them.   Help me use...

“I GIVE UP!”

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  Luke 18:1 NIV   Read:  Luke 18:1-8   Like in the old movies, we put our hands in the air waving a white flag of surrender. Sometimes, do you want to climb upon your roof or find solitude in your closet while screaming “I give up.  I just give up!”  We all have had that moment but thankfully we did not give up.   Giving up is giving in to Satan.  Read that again.  Giving up is giving in to Satan.   It takes patience and perseverance not to give up and to push on towards your goal.  Our strengths…physical, emotional and spiritual may feel exhausted.   That’s when we can still go on with the strength of THE HOLY SPIRIT.   Do you have THE HOLY SPIRIT in you?  You do if you have accepted JESUS as your personal SAVIOUR.  HE will never forsake you and will always be with you.   So many forget about THE HOLY SPIRIT living within them when the dark clouds of problems consume all the apparent light in our world.   Instead of screaming:  “I give up, I just give up!”, rejoice with “I give it all away, I give all my burdens to THE HOLY SPIRIT!”   Don’t forget HIM.  HE is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all eternity…if you have accepted JESUS as your SAVIOUR.  If you have not accepted JESUS into your life, now is the time…ask HIM now.   Today’s prayer:   “HOLY SPIRIT, I know YOU...

“AVOIDED AMPUTATION!”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”  Philippians 2:3-4 NIV   Read:  Philippians 2:1-4   There was a recent news story of a man who slipped and his leg was caught between a subway train and the platform.  The train was about to start and the man’s leg was sure to be ripped from his body or he would be dragged to his death.   All at once a crowd gathered and pushed the subway car sideways just enough to free his leg.  What one person could not do alone, all working together saved this man’s leg and probably his life!  If only one person had not pushed against that subway car, he would not have been freed. Do you ever feel you don’t matter?  Are you convinced your words or actions are not important?   You do matter and you are important.   We each have a job to do, a role to play and occasionally a brief moment of fame.   Our best job or responsibility is when we are not solo, but are working with others for the good of others.   As Christians, we need to understand we are important and our strengths are complimentary to the body of believers.  Each of us is an important part of the whole.  Whether you are pushing against a subway car in order to save a man or picking a single flower to gift to another, your action is important to someone.   Today’s prayer: ...