Thursday, February 28, 2013

Why Do Bad Things Happen To "Good" People?

You would have to look at the book of Job to see how a seemingly good upright man of God suffered. Compare his story to that of a friend or family member. One whom you know treats people right. Always giving. Blessed. Humble.  God fearing. One who seems to be walking that path of righteousness. Only to find that this person has had some very tragic things happen in their lives. God knows what and how a person maintains their disposition. We go through crisis. Passages. We are sometimes carried to the brink while doing so. However we are never given up on. Here's the amazing thing, once through the fire, (you may experience several in your lifetime) you realize you are still here. You have been to what seemed to hell and back unscathed. You thank God and his angels for never giving up. Being grateful to have survived. Now you ask with conviction, "God what can I do for you?"  His answer: Just serve me with grace & mercy. 
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Of Sound Mind And Healthy Body

With so many returning from war, young and damaged. Or living with a war inside the mind. A healing needs to take place. When one has to face an up hill battle with a disease or physical ailment. A healing needs to take place. When one has been broken spiritually. A healing needs to take place.
Mankind has developed superficial "things" to mask the pain. What is needed is divine intervention. Yes, pills help. More importantly a healthy diet.The breathing of clean air. Drinking clean water. Growing a garden. And God. 

Psalm 41:3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.


Isaiah 58:8 
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Solitude, Attitude & Gratitude

How many a time have you gone off alone just to think? To pray? To dwell on your life? This process can take minutes. Hours. Sometimes days. But once things have been thought out, pondered upon, and realized. A new attitude develops. Life changes. There are adjustments. Believing in God has a way of opening the heart, the soul. Giving way to clearing the mind. We somehow know that it is the grace of God that we are eternally thankful for. God gives us choices. It is up to us to make the right ones. It takes a little solitude to develop an attitude, to show gratitude to the Lord for it all.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Shifting For God

 In day to day activity, some of us forget to whom we really serve. Our day begins with God's blessing. Waking up with all of our faculties. Able to breath and for the most part healthy. No matter the circumstance. You rose from the night before. That in itself is a calling to service.  It is ideal in life if we can meld our "job" with  passion of service. That means giving. And giving unconditionally. Taking the "I/me" out of the equation. Challenging oneself to really concentrate on someone else. Asking God "how can I be of service?" The amazing thing once service for God and others come about: your reward is seeing that smile in others. Building that trust with others. To know deep inside all that you do is for someone else. God sees it all. Those things you were once worried about go away. Doors are opened. Mountains are moved. Simply because you have followed the way God wants us all to follow. Giving and sacrificing self. 
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Would Have, Could Have, Should Have

  Walking in faith leaves no room for second guessing. When in doubt get God out. Open  to Psalms. Proverbs. These two chapters are written by father and son. King David and King Solomon. Both men are human beings just like us. They both have fallen down. But were picked back up by their faith. God sees all and when decisions have to be made, just listen, be aware. The answer will come. It will be confirmed. And you will not regret it. God has your best interest at heart. It is the other "cat" that is so deceptive. Be careful not to listen to false hope. You will be left hanging. And yes, doubt, wishing you would've, could've, and should've all suffice.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thank You My Son

Imagine growing up in the shadows of an older sibling. All the while thinking the light always shined on him or her. It is good or comfortable, growing up thinking you are always being compared to someone else. That no one recognizes you for who and what you are. Keep in mind God has our steps ordered and your light is always shining. You may not feel that. You may see grandparents, aunts, uncles giving others praise and glory, why not you? God had a different plan. You took the bumps and bruises through life and came out on top. Better then you ever thought to be. Not because you were compared to someone else. Not because you were shunned. No your light shines because of all of that. Your heart is humble. You give because you were not given to. You love because you felt unloved.You have let go and let God. And it is only him not man that says and shows you, son well done. You are gracious for that and God knows it. Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Giving All That You Have

It takes time and experience to know how to give with no conditions. It can be so easily said or thought, that if one gives, one should receive something back. No, giving unconditionally from the heart, means that you do so without any expectation at all. God will reward you. 
1 John: 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Letting Go

As you visit the last days of Jesus Christ walking this earth, you cannot help but think what he knew.  He had a predestined agreement with God. He had a mission, and that mission was coming to a painful and tragic end. Imagine if you will, that you knew ahead of time that the men that you were in the company of were going to deny that they knew you. Not once, not twice but three times. Think about working all of your life to make sure everyone knew that they had the same chance to know and be in the presence of God as anyone, but you are being killed for spreading that information. It is hard to fathom hanging from a wooden cross, impaled with nails. Mocked with a crown of thorns and given vinegar for water because you are so thirsty from carrying that  heavy wooden cross through the city. As you are dying, you let go of the painful indignity man has bestowed upon you, not for your own sake, but theirs. Whew! Letting go was not an option, it was a choice. 
Luke: 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crying Tears Of Joy

Happiness is expressed in many many ways. Nothing is more satisfying then the joy that comes from within. When you have teetered on feeling lost. When you have no idea when and where the next blessing is coming from. You have faith, however there is that feeling of the unknown. You know deep down inside God is not going to leave or forsake you. You have no other choice but to let go, and let God. But when those blessings flow. When that doubt is erased and you hear that faint whisper. " I am God, did you really doubt? Did you really think that I  would have brought you all this ways to let you down?"Hence tears of joy. It is nothing slight of melting right in the spot of the blessing or blessings. Lifting your hands to the sky. Thanking God for all that you have and that you will have. Once again he has proven to you, that you are his child.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!


Dear God, I thank you for my job.  You have provided me with a steady income and I thank you.  I pray that you watch over me today at work and I pray that there are no accidents, so that everyone can go back to their homes.  I thank you that my job has provided an income to support me and my family.  I thank you for the provisions that you have given to me, my house, car and food.  I pray for safe travels to and from work and I pray that you will use me as you see fit today for Your Glory.  Amen.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.”





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

God: A Positive Motivating Force Within Our Lives

Our motivation can be drawn from various sources. We have choices. Some make good choices. Some are influenced by very bad choices. To make the distinct difference you must be grounded in your source(God). You must have faith that your decision is not yours alone. You have spiritual help. You have guidance. You decision is represented by the goodness of God. Now, evil on the other hand has an equally distributed presence. Know the difference!
Isaiah 5:20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
Luke 11:35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.


Monday, February 18, 2013

The Answer



Proverbs 16:1-9

To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.
 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
 The Lord works out everything to its proper end
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
 Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lord Am I Following Your Signs?

We ask ourselves daily. "Am I doing the right thing?" You ask for guidence. You follow your instinct which is Gods way of sensoring decisions. Most of the time you get it right. There are however times that are designed for you to wait on the Lord. Your faith comes into play. There is not an instant answer. It is almost as if God wants to see how you will react. Things and situations are placed before you. You have choices. You try your very best to make the right choice. The only thing you can do is pray on it. What ever it is. Ask God's forgiveness if you make the wrong decision and keep on the path. Life is not easy by a long shot. You have to dive in. Have a heap of faith. And know in your heart, that God is never going to leave or forsake you.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

No Other Before Me

 Isaiah 44:6 There is no God Beside Me

God does not ask for much. Do not worship anything else. Money, cars, sex, people, idols. None of it. It is so easy to get caught up in this world today. We have to stay grounded. We have to realize where our blessings come from. We must remember being obedient to God as much as we humanly can is all he ask of us. It is not rocket science. Jesus came, reinforced Gods laws. All designed to include everyone not just a chosen few. And died and sacrificed for our sin. So yes, God says put no other before me. We get it.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Why Me?

In the days of old David the chosen one by God to be the next king of Israel was chased by the current king Saul many many many a day. And he could not understand why. Saul  had a mission and that mission was to kill David because he (Saul) was jealous. Saul had disobeyed God and had fallen out of grace. God let it be known that his days were numbered and that David would be the next king. David had many a chance to kill Saul. But he did not. He was trying to honor his relationship to Saul because he was his best friend at one time. David becomes perplexed and ask his good friend Jonathan who is Sauls son why.
1 Samuel 20:1 -3

Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”

Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”

 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

In life we have similar experiences. Perhaps not as dramatic as someone physically trying to kill you. But people for no reason that you can think of trying to destroy your reputation. People judging you without even knowing you. You run into jealousy, envy etc. etc. You ask why? The answer may not be apparent. But this is true. If we lift ourselves above this type of strife, it usually exposes itself and looks to be a foolish thing on behalf of that person or persons. We cannot succumb to any of it. God has given us armor. We pray for the hedge of protection always. And know that the closer we get to what God has for us, the harder and faster the enemy comes at us. Pray hard. Ask for the covering of blood. Go forth knowing that God has your back.




Thursday, February 14, 2013

I Can Do All Things

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
To have that confidence takes courage and faith. God gives us that through the word. We cannot let our lives be run or dictated by anything that does not exuberant love. There is no question at all about that. It is difficult, yes life that is. However to have the breath in your body to rise, to have your physical strength. To have your wits. All should be valued. Be gracious and thankful. By showing God that you love him and he you. Get up when knocked down, dust yourself off and start all over again. It is okay to do so.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Honor In Death

Some may think that the death of a rebel is a cause worth dying for. Most seem to think long after that person is gone, about how honorable it was for this person to have ran amidst with his or her cause. There is nothing pretty about life as we know it ending. Weather it be from illness. Weather it be by the hands of another. Weather it be from natural causes. But the death most memorable to is the rebels. Jesus was surely a rebel of his time. He was despised by the powers to be. He was not famous during his life time. He had an entourage that believed in him most of the time. Until the soldiers came for him, then they cowardly acted as if they did not know him. He died a tortuous death. Was he remembered? Yes. And his honor restored.
1Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It Comes With The Job; Gods Business Model

Imagine having the responsibility of saving souls. How would you build your business model? Who would sit on the board? How would convince everyone this product is something they can't live without? Would you take the time to get to know your customer needs? How about fine-tuning your product to meet all of your customer needs? Would you use "social media" to communicate and receive feedback?

The answers lie as one interprets the Bible. God is the CEO. His angels are his board members. He sent prophets to spread the word. God assumed to much of his customers. Their needs were being supplied, however they took advantage. The "message/product" was getting lost in the shuffle. God had to re-think his strategy. He sent a special messenger. One that would listen to the needs of the people. One that would set up spreading the news, hence the Gospel. And yes, the product was tested and tested and tested. Eventually fine-tuned and designed to save souls for days to come.

2Timothy 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.

God is in charge

Monday, February 11, 2013

Who Is Giant Among Us?

The old testament describes the Philistines as being huge bullies, willing and able to take on anything and everything, until they came upon a shepherd boy named David.

1Samuel 17: 4-7 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels[b]; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.

1Samuel 17:34-38 49

 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
Are there any "giants" in your life? Gather your stones, trust in God and he will back you in the slaying of any giant in your path.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Calamity And Discord

Lamentations 5:1-22

Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
    look, and see our disgrace.
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
    our homes to foreigners.
3 We have become fatherless,
    our mothers are widows.
4 We must buy the water we drink;
    our wood can be had only at a price.
5 Those who pursue us are at our heels;
    we are weary and find no rest.
6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria
    to get enough bread.
7 Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
    and we bear their punishment.
8 Slaves rule over us,
    and there is no one to free us from their hands.
9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives
    because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
    feverish from hunger.
11 Women have been violated in Zion,
    and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;
    elders are shown no respect.
13 Young men toil at the millstones;
    boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate;
    the young men have stopped their music.
15 Joy is gone from our hearts;
    our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head.
    Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our hearts are faint,
    because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,
    with jackals prowling over it.
19 You, Lord, reign forever;
    your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?
    Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
    renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
    and are angry with us beyond measure.

After reading these verses written by Jeremiah the prophet. You wonder if given a moment in time. Could this be ours? There are so many similarities. Jeremiah was around to see the falling of the city of Judah which was occupied by the most terrible people of its time. Babylon is referenced as a beautiful city in this region. A city full of corruption and sin. If you look at the ancient text, you can see that the people wanted for nothing. But lived lives of greed, shame, arrogance, immoral standards. God tried with bringing prophets to warn these people that the city which housed the temple of God would be destroyed if they did not straighten up. Destruction happened three times over the centuries. It begs us to look at this world today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Eyes Of An Empty Soul

It is perplexing for the average person to understand how killing, maiming or abusing can come so easy to some. If you have ever looked into the eyes of anyone that perpetrates any of the above, there is no soul. The disturbance within shows only when that kill level is induced. It is so scary. Their faces look so calm and non threatening until that moment.  These are the spirits that possess so many in our time and in the time that Jesus walked this earth. Your only reprieve  is to pray for them. But praying more so for their victims. Most do not see it coming. The devil is such a liar. Seems so innocent, but not. Cover yourself in the blood. This is not a place you want to be. Nothing you want to confront. Ask for that hedge of protection always. Arm yourself with the word. Ask the angels to go before you. Nothing in life is promised. But we can surely call on God to help us.


2Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Lord My Refuge And My Fortress

Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
This can be applied to human nature. Man without purpose. Until Jesus came along

The relationship between an object's mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
A bit scientific and not so much applied physically to mankinds being but you see the point.This can be applied to man's everyday living, surviving. Man's hunting and gathering skills. Spirituality. Hence, God's laws, the coming of the Messiah.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
You can look at the early Christians. The opposition from the Pharisees to the followers of Jesus.The laws of motion are intertwined through out the Bible. Perhaps not as literal as these scientific statements are but they can be applicable figuratively.

Pslams 96:13

Before the Lord, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Determination

Acts 5:29 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! This chapter of the bible covers a lot of persistence, punishment and death, to those believing and follow the word of God. Imagine if you will growing up Jewish converting to Christianity. There were  fights amongst your own people. Questioning who Jesus was and what his purpose on earth was to be. You as a follower of Jesus literally take your life in your hands to spread to the world this new order in it's infant stages. Many apostles died at the hand of people who got tired of their "rantings". It took determination, trust in God and martyrdom to make the people see, and trust in the Lord. The struggle continues today, for many. It takes, faith, determination and goodness of heart to fight the mounting evilness the world has to offer. The struggle continues.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Giving Away A Pearl Or Two

There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving a gift to someone in need. Or to someone just because paying it forward is the right thing to do. A book, a kind word. Lessons and experiences in life. All can be of value to a person. It is all a matter of how you present it. As we reach our mature time in life. We have to take a look back at our lives as young people. How many times did we hear our parents or grandparents say " you know back in my day I used to....." And your response even if it weren't said out loud, "yeah that was back in your day". Young people today feel the same way, however we must not feel discouraged. We just have to be creative in our explanations. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Treat them with respect as you would expect them to treat you. Our children are our future. We must guide, propel, and excite them into thinking outside of the box. Teach them morals, that prayer changes things. That there is nothing wrong with believing in the Lord our God. Continue to be encouraging. Live, Laugh and Love.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Stages Of Folly Lead To Destructive Behavior

It is something to have something inside of you that hurts so bad, that the only way to keep your sanity, or so you think is to bury (it) as far down as you possibly can. It won't hurt as much. This is so far from the truth. The person who is haunted by anything deep within has a way of showing it. God built in a sub conscience. This natural progressive mechanism designed I believe to relieve pressure. Some what like a real pressure cooker  once heated a loose fitting  knob on the top of the lid rattles and shakes. All the while letting steam out. Relieving the pressure of the pot. These pressures that are built up fighting these inter demons  may come out in destructive ways. 


The wisdom of the Bible (which includes Job, Ecclesiastes, some of the Psalms, and especially the book of Proverbs) gives us a description. The Bible calls it "folly."

Our English word "fool" translates several Hebrew words used widely in the Old Testament for individuals who are lacking in moral character. A fool is not someone who is silly or unintelligent, but one who is unwise. He has never learned that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge."

There are a number of Hebrew words for fool, but they do not all mean exactly the same thing. They have very different shades of meaning. In fact, they indicate at least four degrees of descent into the moral and spiritual depravity.

The first degree is the Simple or Naive Fool, who is unthinking, gullible. He lacks the most basic understanding of moral cause and effect.

The second degree is the Self-Confident Fool. He is known by his stubbornness, and by his big mouth.

The third degree is the Committed Fool, who has decisively rejected wisdom, and instead pledged his allegiance to destructive ideas and behaviors.

The fourth degree or terminal stage is reached by the Scornful Fool, a mocker who is openly contemptuous of spiritual truth and moral righteousness.




Saturday, February 2, 2013

Can The Good Go Bad & The Bad Turn To Good?

The Bible tells of many stories of courage, lives changing, healing, guiding. The list can go on. There are many instances where men and women have found their blessings in following the word of Jesus. There are stories such as this in the old testament. It appears there was a pretty bad king named Nebuchadnezzar who surrounded himself with psychics, fakers and shakers. He had amongst his entourage a prophet named Hananiah. He was a man of God, and known to be a pretty powerful guy. He pretty much told the king what was going to take place in God's playbook. His ego got the best of him. He ended up disobeying God. He let the punished people of these idol worshiping nations off the hook. Told them they did not have suffer  anymore by the hands of God. Hananiah told the king, "hey no worries guys, I got this you owe God nothing. Yep you can go on about your business" "And oh by the way Jeremiah(another of God's prophets)I know the king really hates you, but  I have the power to persuade him to let you go on your merry way too". All the above turned out to be a real bad decision. God told Jeremiah to tell Hananiah that he was wrong  to do what he did, (switch sides, disobey God) and that he was going to be dead in two years tops. And so it came to pass. Reference Jeremiah 28:1-17. The point is many a good can go bad. And many bad can become good by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. 



Friday, February 1, 2013

A Giving Soul

There is nothing that prepares your heart for despair. When you are riding along and you see someone homeless. Someone in need of help. Someone crying from grief. Nothing hurts more then that of a love one passing away. It hurts deep down inside to witness all. We get through it. We help. We hug. We cry. All of which are portions of our souls. Our burdens can become heavy at times. That is what God is for. And there is nothing wrong with praying for another. Making a request on someone elses behalf. God hears all. Giving from your heart and soul is what is all about.


2 Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.