There comes a time in every persons life that they have to do something they would rather not do. This post is one of those posts. While going through the sermon on the mount it is expected that conscience readers will come upon verses that will make their walk with God closer. With that said, who are you trying to please? When I post photographs, status updates, or videos through text, Facebook or Instagram what is my motivation? The likes and comments are a huge encouragement to me but I sometimes get caught up in wanting more. If I loose my focus in sharing my life with people from glorifying God to “How many likes did I get today.” Then I need to carefully examine my thinking and habits. What makes your ego swell? Whose praise brightens your day?
Does anyone else get mixed up sometimes in thinking that the Bible commands us to not have enemies? God has much to say about enemies but never says that you will not have one or some. There will be some on our enemy list who are there for a long time like people who spitefully use us for their own gain even taking what may have been rightfully ours. We have some who are only there for a short while, like the old lady or friend who freely lets us know how much weight we are carrying around now a days. And sometimes we are our own worst enemy. When we encounter such people is where God has the most to say about our enemies. God, give us strength to love our enemies. When I see someone who has hurt me give me the opportunity to help them. When I feel the pain of a hurtful comment or action give me the patience to talk to You about the situation. Amen. Have a blessed day!!!
In the first century there were problems with fake Christians and false teachers and today there seems to be an over abundance of them as well. In the first century there was a sure fire way to tell who was fake from who was a faithful Christian. Faithful Christians received the word of God with all of its power, His Holy Spirit, and in full conviction. Today it is just as easy to spot those in Christ. When the word of God has power over my life in what I do, how I act or treat my friends or enemies, where I spend my time, or what I think about. If I do not quench the Spirit by doing things my own way in my finances or worship, or if I have a strong conviction that leads to humility in accepting God’s grace and plan for my life. God help us to stand out as people who live with Your power to have joyful, peaceful, and gentile lives fueled by a strong conviction found in your grace. Amen. Have a blessed day!
Six years ago today, Friday, August 15, 2008, I lost a friend and man I looked up to as my mentor as a husband to his wife and a father to his kids. We spent the day in conversation about knowing who to marry, raising kids, and about the way God leads those who listen. That day my life changed forever physically, but what I miss most are the times that I heard him answer his phone every morning saying, “Hello momma!” To his wife as she woke up, the joy he had in telling me about Avery and Cooper, and the passionate example he set as a Christian for his babies and wife. I’m glad that I got to see it first hand and I treasure every moment that I learned from him. God thank you for putting such special people in our lives who teach us how to live like Jesus through their everyday life. Let me remember to live every moment on purpose never forgetting that life on this side can end so suddenly. Amen.
In this world of contracts, terms & agreements, and other legally binding documents it seems that some have made a game of trying to get out of being personally responsible for their actions. Long gone are the days of shaking hands and taking a man at his word for most living today. We all struggle to follow through with commitments from time to time but Jesus made extra effort to do what He said He was going to do, and so should we. When making a commitment to a friend, spouse, child, or parent I should be extra careful of my promises. If I say I can be there or do that, then an excuse later on won’t cut it. God, help us to live as men and women of integrity doing what we say. Give us strength to not over promise ourselves to those around us by saying no when it is needed, so that Your glory would be seen instead of disappointment. Amen. Have a blessed day!
One of the easiest things to join in on is talking with friends or acquaintances about friends, family, or strangers failures and shortcomings. When things are not exactly right we tend to find others “who know much more than those who are in control” and point out what is lacking or how we would handle the situation better. While making sure that the job is done right we can be insensitive of the heart, soul, and pride that others may be putting into and taking in their job. Jesus dealt with many who were wrong but never insulted them or took part in sharing barely/half/or mostly truths about them or anyone else. God help me to be careful about basing my opinion about those closest to me and even strangers on their failures. Give me the courage to know that I am saved by the same grace that can see past their mistakes. Amen. Have a blessed day!!
Jesus treated people with the upmost respect and kindness even when they were making bad decisions or going as far as bringing humiliation, threats, and persecution upon Him. This outward outpouring of gentleness and grace came from deep inside Himself. Even when thousands of people misunderstood and left only the closest disciples by His side or when Jesus was given the vinegar while on the cross, I am convinced, that He never had one thought of bad will toward those people. And I would even go so far as to say that as we are as guilty today as they were 2000 years ago He still never has a thought of ill will against you or I. God create in us a clean heart that is pure from retaliation just as Your Son has. Give us a new spirit and hope from within to do the good works that You have prepared us to do. Amen.
I know it’s long, lol, but stay in there. I hope you will be blessed as I was as I thought of today’s thought.
“He is the kind of guy that just stands out, even among Christian’s because he is different, but in a good way.” We all think about being that guy. That guy who people admire for being the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” kind of genuine person. But how? Jesus is the light and I must reflect His glory by humbling myself and exalting His preferences and His way above my own, leading to having a deep conviction in my heart that leads to changing my heart and my ways to His way, making me a kind and gentle person, which creates a great appetite for knowing how to better treat Him and my family, friends, and enemies showing them His mercy and even grace, which empowers my thoughts to be pure, not revengeful, allowing me to forgive and bring the Peace of Christ into my life and others. This gives way to being misunderstood by some and being even ridiculed by others but also gives the blessing of being “that guy.” “You are the salt of the earth.” “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” Have a blessed day!!!
In order to win big we must give big. There is an inheritance awaiting those who remain faithful to The Lord that is larger than this life but the price of faithful living to receive it is painful many times. Remaining faithful to Jesus may take time out of sports, it may take shady tax exemptions off the board costing us more money, it could cause us to be misunderstood and even humiliated. To live rightly with God my finances, friendships, health, career, family, and time will be effected but neither here on this life nor in the life to come will we be saddened that we decided to live Godly lives.
When Jesus told the woman in Luke 7 to “go into peace” He was saying exactly what she needed to hear, precisely when she needed to hear it. Today it is no different. For there to be peace in our life, in our family, or in the world we must first know forgiveness. The reason that this formally sinful woman could leave in peace is because she was forgiven. At the root of most peace problems there is a forgiveness problem. Many struggle to forgive themselves or others for past stupidities, they hold grudges and limit the grace of God by thinking such thoughtless mistakes cannot be forgiven. “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Today faithful Christians can live in peace even forgiving others because of the forgiveness they have received. Have a blessed day!