Monday, December 31, 2018

On the Cusp of Something Big


You are one decision away from a changed life. Consider this, with God’s help, you actually can change everything! And it only starts with one decision, a lot of prayer and dependence on God and some serious follow through.

 

Possibilities:

Lose weight                                                     Sign up for classes

Recommit to your marriage                             Reconnect with a loved one

Get some counseling                                        Get back in church

Read your Bible                                               Get help

Curb your spending                                         Quit Porn

Get off drugs                                                   Go sober

Dedicate your life to Christ                              Abandon gossip

Get active again                                               Turn off the TV

Put down your phone                                      Start “Amening!” the messages

Look for a soul to win                                     Get discipled in the Word

Bathe decisions with prayer                             Redouble your efforts at work

(Also: Read, walk, give thanks, look up, write, exercise,

love, get filled with the Spirit, pray, meditate, invite, etc.)

 

Pick some of these and go for it. Aim for something big, because he who aims at nothing usually hits it.

 

Here’s how to change your life with one decision: C-U-S-P

Call your problem what it is - - - SIN

Unleash the power of prayer - - - apart from Him, you can do nothing.

Spend a moment each day planning, prepping & performing this life change

Praise God for the victories He gives

 

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Accompanying quotes:
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

The best time for new beginnings is now.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Emmerson

365 new days, 365 new chances.

Gary Fuller

Friday, December 28, 2018

Want a Good and Productive 2019?



Put God first in your life – Mt 6:33
Attend every church service possible – Heb 10:25
Recommit to your family – Gen 18:19
Get more physically active and eat better – Judges 3:17
Treat people with love and respect – Romans 13:9
Eliminate negative influences that are keeping you from God’s best – I Cor 15:33
Be more giving and less taking – Luke 6:38

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Choose Wisely

Pro 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Set before us today is an important choice. In fact, throughout one's life, this choice confronts a soul several times. The choice? Character or cash, one who can be counted on or one who counts their money. If you can't have it both ways, which one would you choose?

The overwhelmingly popular choice is to take the money and run. If it means creature comfort, cash on hand, and not a care in the world, most are going to forget family, faith and friends in deference to the almighty dollar.

But when we take the long look... 5 years down the road, 15 years, 25 years, 150 years, choices take on an ominous fate.

Regret is a mean thing. Once the money has run out of the bag with holes in the bottom, what is a person left with? The wish that he would have went with the good name and loving favor.

It's like the Prodigal Son whose newfound feigned friends disappeared when his cash ran out. All he had left was a ton of terrain separating himself from the really important people he had left behind with his near-sighted choice of denari over dear ones.

Many is the saint who left church family for the gold fields of the far country. If they ever return, it is with tail tucked, shoulders hunched and head bowed, sorrow and regret nipping at their heels because they chose the temporal over the eternal.

When the choice arises, count the cost, not in dollars, but in sense. Choose a good name, choose loving favor. You will never be sorry.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Ten Rules of the Migrant Caravan


1. Move when the Lord says move, stay when He says stay.
2. Be organized! All tents are to be set up in a regimented fashion in relation to the central tent, organized by families.
3. Representatives will be appointed from each family. They will be responsible and accountable for their charges.
4. Strict dietary and sanitary regulations shall be followed to a tee. Cover your cr*p!
5. There will be no hanky-panky within the ranks. a strict moral code will be followed to maintain the integrity of the group. This code is set in stone.
6. There is one unquestioned leader. What he says is ex-cathreda, that is, from the very mouth of God.
7. Everyone will participate in the overall welfare of the group. At times, special collections will be taken, everyone is expected to give charitably according to their ability.
8. Above all, God is to be honored in all things. There are sets of proscribed liturgical practices that will be followed exactly. No WHINING!
9. Upon arrival to the "Promised Land" expect that the caravan will not be readily welcomed. Well fortified walls will stand as a testament against your illegal, unwelcome invasion.
10. The land is yours by birthright. Claim it and make it a place of Godliness and blessings. Mess up, and you will be messed up!

Num 10:11  And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony. 12  And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran. 13  And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Trust and Acknowledge.

Proverbs 3

I Love This Chapter! I believe it was the first passage I was ever required to remember (Christian school). That was 42 years ago. Precious memories flooded my soul with each verse that I reread.

When it comes to "life verses," the wonderful words of 5 and 6 are probably the most popular among all believers:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Trust and Acknowledge. Some may think it to be oversimplification, but there is no better way to approach a complicated life than with this simple motto.

Do we believe that God orders and orchestrates the events of our lives? For me, it is obvious. Retrospection has always revealed to me the wisdom of God in plan and direction and implementation of God's will for me in my moments, days and seasons of life. I only wish I had been more cooperative with His plan. It would be best if my clay were more malleable in the capable hands of the Potter.

My goal today is to trust my Maker wholeheartedly, acknowledging Him in every decision so that my paths will be God directed, each one leading me a step closer to home.