“DO YOU READ HOROSCOPES?” Wednesday Minute

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 19:31 NIV “At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars.”   Malachi 3:5a NIV   Stop anyone on the street and ask them ‘what’s your sign?’   You will likely hear; Pisces, Taurus, Libra or one of the other astrological signs.   Seldom, you may hear; “I don’t believe in astrology.”   I hope that would be your answer. That should be the only correct answer.   Even admitting to a sign or reading a horoscope and you are already on a slippery slope.   Yet many, including some claiming to be Christians, will read horoscopes in hopes of something good.  Some believe that one ‘sign’ is better equipped, cannot be trusted, will be wealthy or some other nonsense.   They believe horoscopes forecast good luck, bad luck, false warnings or good fortune.  But all are nothing but Satan’s lies.   Some will tell you they believe in horoscopes and fortune telling, while others claim it is all in fun and profess it to be innocent.   There is nothing innocent about Satan.   Things that might seem innocent and that GOD has warned us of are things we should totally avoid.   Satan creates footholds in little things.   Deuteronomy 4:19 warns us; “And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars-all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.”   Then in Micah 5:12 GOD tells us; “I will put an end to all witchcraft, and there will be no more fortune-tellers.”   We are to worship GOD only and trust in GOD only.   There is no security or entertainment in partaking of anything that is of Satan.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for protecting me from the evils of Satan in this world.   Help me to warn others of these false hopes and Satan’s lies.  Amen.”  

“IT’S NOT I’M RIGHT, IT’S THEY’RE WRONG!” Sunday Sermonette

“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.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”  Proverbs 3: 5-7 NIV   Do you try to excuse your insistence of claiming you are right when you know how wrong you really are?   Some may take command by simply changing the subject or offering excuses and false information in order to attempt to be right.  Are you in a fatal attempt to convince yourself that you are right rather than self admit to being wrong?   When we assert we are right while knowing we are wrong, we hurt others and are hurting ourselves.  Even if you feel others are wrong when they don’t agree, it does not make you right.  No matter how much we want to be right, there are times when someone is right and we need to concede.   GOD loves us.   HE gave us HIS Ten Commandments of rights and wrongs.   HIS scriptures give us real examples of how others have succeeded and failed.   These are instructional if we submit to learning from these examples.   Still, we choose to do things our way…right or wrong.   Just because you have always done something a certain way does not make you right.   Besides the commandments GOD has given us, we need to listen to HIM in special circumstances.  There are times HE may tell us to do things differently than before.   HE told Moses to pray over the rock the second time after telling him to strike the rock for water decades before.   We need to listen to GOD in each individual situation.   GOD knows best.   GOD does not change HIS mind, HE wants us to change our minds and listen to HIM.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for reminding me that only YOU are always right.   I need YOUR guidance and correction daily.  Help me to be open to others being right and me being wrong.  Amen.”  

“ROLLER COASTER ANDY!” Wednesday Minute

“All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.”   Ecclesiastes 2:23   Read:  Ecclesiastes 2:17-26   Years ago, we went to a theme park with another family.   The dad, Andy, was a big, robust man.  Except for one thing.  He had a fear of roller coasters.   After a lot of coaxing, he climbed in.  Scared for his life he clenched the bar and was frozen in time.   The attendant had to pull his white knuckles off the safety bar to lock it in position.   Soon the coaster was screaming down the track, but not as loud as Andy was screaming!  Then it was over.  Andy kept looking back at the coaster as we walked away.  Then he was on a new high.  Within an hour, he was ready to ride that roller coaster again.   We are a lot like that.   Once we get on the roller coaster of life, we feel like we have to ride out the highs and lows.   One minute, we feel we are on top of the world, then we are whirled into depressions, fears, times of doubt and insecurities.   Is your life on a wild roller coaster ride?   Get off the scary highs and lows and trade them for a level ride on an eight lane, peaceful, scenic super highway.   It is easier than you think.   Today, make a decision not to climb on the highs and lows of that roller coaster.   Today does not have to be a roller coaster day.   Today, you can have the peace and serenity of JESUS.   You can leave all the ‘what is going to happen next’ times at the foot of HIS cross.   You no longer have to fear the unknowns.  You no longer have to those white knuckle worries.   Today can be the day you listen to the SPIRIT OF GOD for direction.   Today, you can have the peace of all GOD has for you.   You can decide to hold HIS hand today or to once again climb on the roller coaster of fear.   It is your choice.   Try to tame that roller coaster of life or give it all to GOD and take that breath of relief.   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, LORD, Thank YOU for keeping me off the highs and lows of life.   I want the steadiness of YOUR care and the security of YOUR loving arms.  Amen.”  

“IT MAKES YOU STUPID!” Sunday Sermonette

“Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.”  Ecclesiastes 10:3 NIV   Read:   Ecclesiastes 10:1-15   Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong, yet you charged ahead and did it anyway?   A lady recently told a story of a 25 year wonderful marriage when her husband suddenly died.   She was lost.   Immediately, she began looking for a new husband.   She married and divorced within months.   She says the loneliness made her stupid.   In this twisted world, we can blame loneliness, anger, depression, anxiety, others and more for making us feel stupid.   But, in truth, we need very little help and can do things that make us feel pretty stupid on our own.    When was the last time you did something that resulted in you feeling stupid?  Maybe not that long ago…  After all, you knew better.   Doing things that makes us feel stupid is more common to some than others.   We all make choices.   We make good choices and we make bad choices.   When we are self reliant, depending upon our own judgment we can make decisions that make us feel stupid.   Perhaps, feeling really stupid is our own wake-up call.   GOD doesn’t make you feel stupid.   We can feel really stupid on our own.  GOD can be your strength.   HE can be your good conscience.  HE can guide you to good decisions.   When you take all your problems to HIM and listen to HIM you will not have to look back and feel stupid for the decisions you made alone.   Give GOD a chance.  It is the only time you have an absolute guarantee for not feeling stupid.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me solid footing in all I do by YOUR grace.   Guide me to be less dependent on my own failed judgment and more dependent upon YOU.  Amen.”    

“YOU BROKE IT, YOU FIX IT!” Wednesday Minute

“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…”   Jeremiah 7:5 NIV   Read:   Jeremiah 7:23-28   Accountability.  It seems to be disappearing in our society at an alarming rate. You may have loaned a tool or a personal item only to have it returned in less than favorable condition.  Many are simply not responsible and are not appreciative of your generous nature in loaning them things.  Are you different?   Do you return things in as good or better condition than when you borrowed them?  If you break something entrusted to you, do you fix it?   More than caring for material things, how about promises?   Is your word good?    Do you keep your promises or is an almost kept promise good enough?   Do you fix broken promises?   While we fail in keeping our promises to one another, we should never fail in keeping our promises to GOD.   GOD never has and never will fail in keeping HIS promises to you.   We read in the Old and New Testaments of GOD’S perfect promises.  For every promise we read, we also read of fifty times or more of people who broke their promises to HIM.   Broken promises are continuing today, just as they did thousands of years ago.   We have not changed from the people of old.  We have not learned from all GOD has told us.   We are still breaking our promises to GOD and failing to fix what we have broken.   As our title instructs; “you broke it, you fix it”.   No one can fix your broken promises to GOD except you.  Your mom or dad can’t fix the promise you made to GOD and broke.   Your spouse can’t fix your wrong and you can’t hire someone to go to GOD in repentance.   Fixing your broken promise or promises is something you have to do.  It is part of your personal relationship with your Heavenly FATHER.  Fix what you need to fix.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, FATHER, for hearing my prayer.   Thank YOU for forgiving all my broken promises to YOU.   Hold my hand this day and guide me to do YOUR will so that this day I don’t break a single promise to YOU.  Amen.”  

“LOAN HIM A THOUSAND DOLLARS?” Sunday Sermonette

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-17   Has anyone ever asked you for a loan of hundreds or even thousands of dollars?   We have all been there.   Short of cash can certainly be caused by unknown situations, but are those times results of not being good stewards of what GOD has given us?   Being good stewards is more than being wise with the money GOD has allowed us to have.   We are also to be good stewards with everything HE has given us.   Possessions, our jobs, our time; all need to be managed as GOD would have us.   But most important of all, we must be good stewards of the time GOD wants us to worship HIM.  Best of all, we don’t have to borrow from GOD.   Everything we get from HIM, we get as a gift.  There is no loan.  There is no payback.   All we get from GOD is still all HIS.  We are allowed to use it during our time on earth.   Short of money or short of time can be an issue with all of us.   If we don’t have money, it has an immediate answer…we simply don’t have it.   While, if we don’t have time, we really do.  Time is the one thing we all have.  It is a matter of how we manage our time.   The most successful people are those who plan their time.   They are also the ones who take advantage and use that extra two minutes rather than sit idle and wait for something to happen.   While planning your time, plan time for rest…a minute or two to catch your breath or a day or two to rejuvenate.   But, to be the best manager of your time, plan to spend time with GOD above all else.   Give GOD the time HE deserves and HE will give you time for all those other things.  GOD first.   Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for always having time for me.   I need to remember that time with YOU is more important and needs to come before anything else.   Amen.”  

“DARK SHADOWS IN YOUR LIFE?” Wednesday Minute

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.”  Psalm 102:11 NIV Read:   Psalm 102:1-11   Do you have dark shadows in your life?  Are there times when gloom and doom seem to follow you every where?   Perhaps, you see the long, dark shadows of sinful times, mistakes and failures that haunt you…shadows of anguish, shadows of pains that won’t go away.   Those dark shadows of the past can be like a black veil smothering you.   Those dark shadows can prevent you from going forward and doing all GOD has for you.   Would you like to see them disappear forever?   The answer is faith.   Have faith in knowing the light of JESUS will take care of you.   JESUS came to be the light of the world.   HE can be the light that removes those cloudy shadows from your life.  Just as when you stand under the sun at high noon and see no shadows, when you stand under HIS perfect light, there are no shadows 24/7!  The problem that was casting those burdening shadows is surrounded by the LIGHT above.   Look into the LIGHT.   JESUS.    When you stand in the light of JESUS, you will not see those dark, haunting shadows.   HIS brilliance is what you have been waiting to see.   The more of JESUS’ light you want in your life, the fewer shadows you will hold onto.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for being my LIGHT in this dark and evil world.  Thank YOU for removing those dark shadows that have haunted me daily.   Amen.”   

“DO YOU SUPPLICATE?” Sunday Sermonette

“May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.”      Psalm 119:170   Read:   Psalm 119:169-176   Often in scripture, we read a word that we are not sure of its true meaning.   We need to understand all the words GOD uses to tell us HIS desires and expectations of us.   So, do you supplicate?  We see this word or form of its tenses just a few times in scripture, yet it is a very important word.   The dictionary tells us that when we supplicate, we are praying to GOD in an earnest and humble manner.  It may also mean we are asking GOD to urgently help us.  When we supplicate, we are begging GOD to hear our prayers.   Do you supplicate when you ask GOD for help?   When GOD answers your prayers, do you go in supplication and thank HIM for answering your prayers or do you just take GOD’S assistance for granted?   Yes, supplication is more than just a rambled prayer.   Supplication is a sincere time of a real conversation with GOD.  When you go to GOD in prayer, you have a choice in the way you pray.   You can mumble a few thoughts with little concern of GOD hearing you and little expectation of HIM answering your prayers or you can pray in full supplication.   Next time you go to GOD, supplicate your thoughts with HIM.    Sincerely beg and plead with GOD in an absolute humble and earnest way.  GOD does not deserve any less.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD for always being there to hear my prayers.    Forgive me when I have not been humble and sincere in coming to YOU.   I am sorry for my selfish thoughts and actions.  Amen.”  

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