Archive from June, 2014
Jun 24, 2014 - Faith    2 Comments

IT PAYS TO PRAISE

It really pays to give praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus. Yea! I know you’ve probably heard this before and it may sound all spiritual, I get that. But when you have had a personal experience with the blessing that followed before, during, or after praising The Lord, you know exactly what I mean when I say it PAYS TO PRAISE! Some of you may imagebe wondering where is he going with this praise business? If so, I’m glad that I have caught your attention.

Several days ago I was talking to my brother, correction I was complaining to my brother, about how it feels when people take you for granted. It seems like when you go out of your way to help people these days, they often do little or nothing to show their appreciation. That’s when the Holy Spirit reminded me what’s written in the Bible …

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.

Jesus knew that in this life there would be injustices and if you’re not prepared to deal with them, be prepared for a world of hurt. I knew better then to allow my emotions to get the better of me. Yet, it took a moment before I yielded myself over to the Holy Spirit whose still, small voice said, “What’s stopping you from giving thanks to The Lord? For praising God in heaven for all He’s done for you?” I wasn’t expecting that but never the less I immediately started giving thanks for His mercies, His grace and for His forgiveness of my sins. I asked God to please forgive me for focusing so much on myself and thanked you for empowering me to get pass this “blind spot” that I created for myself. (Speaking of “blind spots,” I’ve got a great post coming out on that soon.) And, I noticed that my mood shifted from woe is me to unspeakable joy.

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Jun 18, 2014 - The Love of God    4 Comments

Happy Father’s Day, God!

It was the morning of Father’s Day and Ella, our youngest, entered our bedroom to get her fifteen minutes of snuggle time with mom and dad. Ella was very excited for me, and with a great big smile, she wished me a Happy Father’s Day. Then, Amy chimed in with her well wishes. I just spontaneously blurted out, “Happy Father’s Day, God.” Amy said, “Oh, hon, too bad it’s too late for that to be a blog post. That would have been a great one.” After we talked about it a bit, we realized it’s never too late to acknowledge our Heavenly Father.

So, you can thank my wife, Amy, for encouraging me to write this post. Although Father’s Day for this year has passed, the spirit of it remains. My Father’s Day was awesome this year because my perspective changed. What I mean is, I took my eyes off me on and placed them on my Heavenly Father. I tell you when you focus on God’s goodness, His blessings follow.

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Jun 11, 2014 - The Love of God    2 Comments

THE HOUSE THAT GOD BUILT

There are sixty-six book in the Bible; all of which are a must read. There is no other book like the Bible in the world for it is the living word of God, yes! It was written by men but they were inspired by God. Scripture has this to say about the word of God:

2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

To make it simple, the Bible teaches all who read it how to live and have life more abundantly. Part of our daily living involves having a roof over our head; it’s called a house. There is no better house then the house that God has built, starting with the Bible with wisdom at its core.

WHERE DOES WISDOM COME FROM?

Proverbs 9:1-1-12 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.” Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.  Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

Verse 9 clearly tells us that wisdom comes from God. The choice to receive wisdom is up to each one of us. It begins with the fear of God. Meaning this, to know God is to love Him in the deepest sense. It’s out of this love you tremble at the thought of being disobedient. You repent and turn to His Son Jesus for help to overcome your temptations because you have a life saving knowledge that God is faithful and forgiving.

PROVERBS TELLS US THAT WISDOM CONSIST OF SEVEN PILLARS

Proverbs 8:12-14 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.image

I want to share what these pillars have meant to me based upon my own personal experiences with Jesus working in and through my life. I pray these pillars will aid you as they continue to aid me in my Christian walk. A house consisting of these seven pillars, and the application there of, gives life to all who take heed to them.

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