Archive for ‘scripture’

June 10, 2010

Favorite Scriptures

Lean not unto thine own understanding – Proverbs 3:5

This is one of my favorite scriptures.  Verse 6 is good too!!  

What are your favorite scriptures?

May 20, 2010

Keep Watch

“29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”   – Acts 20:29-31

I was lead to this verse today by the Holy Spirit.  I feel of how great importance it is to share the truth and cold hard truth to the world today.  Jesus’ own words above speak of how corruption will occur in the church today amongst the ‘flock’ or the body of Christ…us believers.  Corruption in the sense of drawing away the people of God for an easy, soft, pretty and happy Gospel, that says, Jesus is OK with you and your life no matter what and no matter how you live.  That is NOT TRUE!!!

Distorting truth means exactly that, distortion of what Jesus has said, what God has said in His WORD, the Bible.  If you’re not familiar with the BIBLE, then how do you know what truth is?  If you don’t know what you believe, than you will fall for anything that sounds ‘Good’.   That’s wrong and is a very sad truth in the Church as a whole today. 

It reminds me of my Sunday School class last sunday, where many folks were blurting out things about future and past events, that I felt weren’t on par with what Jesus or scripture says.  I was recalling scripture after scripture in my head of countering what they were saying.  Sometimes you must pick and choose your battles, but at the same time, if I didn’t/don’t know God’s WORD, then how will I know what truth is?  How will you know what’s being distorted versus what scripture says about a particular topic? 

That’s why it’s so easy to be mislead.  In the world today, so many folks are ‘accepting’ of so many things.  We move past a stance of acceptance for acceptance sake.  There must be times where we stand up for God and say,  sorry, no, that’s not true or right!  But, how do we do that?  By our own thoughts and or feelings that have no basis or roots?  No, by our knowledge of the WORD and knowing that Christ himself said this and that and being able to point to those verses to support the truth. 

“So, be on your guard!  Keep Watch”, Jesus exhorts us!  What does that mean?  In a boxing match, in order to protect yourself, you must put up a guard, a shield of sorts and block the enemies punches and attacks.  To say yes all the time and accept everything is heresy!  It’s not what God says is right or true.  He says to be on guards against others that will arise ‘amongst us’ and draw us away.  That seems not too hard to do today in a world that is so accepting of EVERYTHING!

What are you saying NO to?  What are you saying YES to?  Have you ever made a stand for Jesus and said No, sorry, I don’t agree with that based on scripture?  Do you know scripture well enough to NOT be swayed by some ‘sweet’ words that allure you? 

Heavenly Father, please guide and protect us, your children, to and through your truth, so that we may know the right from wrong and know your way versus the evil one’s way.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

November 9, 2009

In times of uncertainty

“He will never leave you nor forsake you”  Hebrews 13:5

Now that’s a GOOD WORD!!  Knowing that in times of trouble, chaos, disorder and stress in our relationships, in our country and around the world, GOD is always with His children.  KNOWING is the key word here.  KNOWING God is with us always and no matter what is very comforting for me.  KNOWING is the foundation of our faith and KNOWING gives me peace internally no matter what is going on around me, in spite of my surroundings or situations.

Lord, may we KNOW that you are always with us everyday of our lives as we ought.  Amen.

September 11, 2009

the Word

From Joe White, menatthecross:

A dear, wise, older friend of mine, Dr. Howard Hendricks, says that if we’ll go to the Word with the following mindsets, the Word will come alive:
 
Prayerfully–Talking to God before, during and after
 
Purposefully–Seeking to get all we can from it
 
Imaginatively–Picturing it like we were there
 
Possessively–Owning it and hiding it in our hearts.
 
Patiently–Pondering it and carefully digging into it
 
Selectively–Asking questions like,
“Who are these people?”
“What’s going on here?”
“Where is this taking place?”  
“Why is this being written?”
“What does this change in me today?”
 
The Word will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Word

July 21, 2009

Goodness

“It is good for me to draw near to God”  Psalm 73:28

 

It’s always good to draw near to Him, no matter how far away you may feel today.  Say some prayers, pray for some folks and share that Christ like love with everyone!!

Blessings!

May 6, 2009

resist

Resist the devil and he will flee from you     James 4:7

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure    Jeremiah 17:9

Good words from scripture to remember for today!

April 7, 2009

dooms day?

I enjoy reading these and sharing them with y’all!

 

It’s The End! Never mind.

Go Back to What You were Doing.


Anxiety added to the chill of the winter of 999 AD as the new millennium drew near. Prophecies and superstition led to the widely held belief that the world was going to end on 1/1/1000.  As doomsday approached, the “end-time epidemic” broke out. That is when the usual course of everyday life detours into primal spiritual instincts.  Christian behavior back then is noteworthy.

Men began confessing their sins and infidelities. Churches were overflowing.
People began forgiving debts they were owed. Many inmates were freed from prison, yet some refused to leave desiring to remain and make amends for their crimes before the end. Enemies were reconciled. Stores gave away food, and many businesses refused to accept payment for their merchandise. (One might believe
that there had been a widespread outbreak of Christianity.)

Finally “the dreaded” night arrived. (Jesus was about to return!?!) On December 31st, 999 AD, a standing-room-only crowd gathered for mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but no one stood, because everyone was on their knees! When the clock struck midnight, there was silence…………….then………….

……..sounds of men and women weeping and laughing in relief. (“We didn’t die!“) Husbands embraced their wives. Friends gave each other the “kiss of peace”.
The clock kept moving. The world didn’t end.

And then…and then…life soon returned to normal. Stores stopped giving away merchandise. Prisoners that had been set free, were hunted down and thrown back in jail. People remembered their debts and demanded re-payment. Reconciled relationships were reconsidered. And the churches emptied.

This “before and after” behavior says something we already know…
Almost everyone acts righteous, when they think they are about to die“. If so, then the normal state of most people is denial & unrighteousness. They are in denial about the fact that they are only a breath away from facing the Lord, and unrighteous because they aren’t doing “what they know is right” on a regular basis.

But acting like you are in right standing with the Lord, (“righteous”) doesn’t make you righteous. Righteousness comes from faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and is shown by obedience to Him. The Christians of 999 did not obey in faith, but from fear. Why were they afraid? Because on some level, they believed judgment awaited them. Otherwise they would have been facing the possible return of the Lord and the end of the world with a sense of divine peace.

(I John 4:17, 18) By this love is perfected in us that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

The 999 AD story is a perfect example of what these two scriptures mean. When we come to know and believe the love the Father has for us, we will have perfect confidence and peace about Judgment Day. We only fear when we believe there is going to be punishment.

It is not the Lord’s will for us to base our relationship with Him on fear, doing what is right only because we fear we will be punished if we don’t. Rather, He desires that we fellowship with Him based on the knowledge of the great love He has for us, and that we do what is right (His will), because we love Him, and because those are the acts of His children, who we are!

 

 

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March 2, 2009

Philippians

I am currently studying the book of Philippians as my new morning devotional.  I encourage you to join me as I study this so we can discuss it together more.  How I go about studying the book in my morning devotional is to read a snippet of some passages and then meditate on those words I read throughout the day.  There is no rush to read it fast as it’s more about mediation than it is to complete the book.  In Chapter 1, I am mediating today on “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”

Be Blessed!

January 29, 2009

daily bread

I read this verse this morning in my devotional in Proverbs 30 and I just really desire this for my life.

7″Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
       do not refuse me before I die:

 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
       give me neither poverty nor riches,
       but give me only my daily bread.

I really desire for verse 8 in my life.  Keep lies and falsities FAR from me.  No one wants people that are going to lie to them, do they?  I surely don’t!  I expect good from people as they should expect the same in return from me.  False and fake people is something else I don’t like nor want in my life.  I have lived too long to see many people come and go in my life that are like this—be banished!

Just as important is the next line.  For me this is so true.  Lord, I don’t want to be too rich and I don’t want to have to look and be worried about my next meal either.  But please Father, give me my daily bread.  For me, I am rich compared to most of the world, but in my view, I’m middle-class, blessed with a great job at a great company.   I don’t desire to be grossly wealthy, because I might feel like I can do it all on my own or get prideful.  Too many things bad could happen, I feel, if I was very wealthy.  So, Lord, I am very content and happy with what you give me and what I have today, Thank YOU LORD!!

Have a Blessed Day!

November 7, 2008

Emergency telephone numbers

Emergency Telephone Numbers
These are more effective than 911
When –
You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone
Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone
Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone
1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone
2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone
Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone
Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone
Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone
Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone
Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone
M ark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone
Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone
Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone
1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone
John 15
You are losing hope, phone
Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone
Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone
John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone
Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone
Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone
Romans 12
ALTERNATE NUMBERS
For dealing with fear, call
Psalm 47
For security, call
Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call
Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call
Psalm 145:18

 

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