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Friday, April 18, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - 1 Samuel 18:1


1 Samuel 18:1  "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself."

Yesterday I introduced the concept of allowing God to help you find the right people for your life who will lift you up and encourage you. I called them the "right they."

Most of us instinctively know the “right they” in our lives, but we don’t always pursue those relationships. God wants us to have the kind of relationships that pour into our lives and give us fuel in our tanks. Look at David and Jonathan, Samuel records that, "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself." God desires each of us to have those kind of relationships in our lives.

Think about people in your life that may be flying under the radar because they are humble. Look for people that are constantly encouraging others, people that easily forgive wrongs and people who are following God’s will in their lives. These are the “right they”. They just might be your David or Jonathan and the people who will help you get to the next level in your relationship with God and ultimately have a full and abundant life.

You are loved!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - 1 Corinthians 15:33


1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

Took this picture of my Amy and her brother in Texas messing around after his wedding in March. She was telling him to take care of his new wife and have the right friends. They were just having fun; but for most of us growing up we had to learn the lesson of todays scripture. You probably heard a parent or teacher quote this familiar Bible verse "Bad company corrupts good character." 

It is amazing how the simplest of principles can sometimes become the most complex. We so easily fall into the trap of the “wrong they”.

It may be big things that scream out that our friends are the "wrong they" or it may be small things that we might easily overlook. Things like a negative attitude, gossiping, lack of making wise choices and lack of love for God can end up being huge things if we allow them to have an influence on our character.

So listen to what John says In 1 John 2:3-6, "and how can we be sure we belong to Him? By obeying His commandments. If someone says, "I belong to God" but doesn't obey Gods commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. But those who obey God's word really do love Him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did."

You are loved!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Matthew 5:13-16


Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
When Jesus taught his disciples about their roles and responsibilities in life He wanted them to realize that ultimately their lives would be put on display for everyone to see as an example. It is no different with us. The expectations for how we live our lives didn't change because of time. The choices we make should be a positive example of who Jesus is and what He means to our lives. When people see how much Christ means to you they see Jesus in you.

Jesus show us in Matthew 5:13-16 that “salt” is used as a preservative and provides “flavor” and creates “thirst,” our choices in life should accomplish the same thing. Our lives should preserve the character of God. When we reflect his Character through our choices we will be like an attractive seasoning that will produce a spiritual thirst in the lives of others. People will be drawn to us and will crave what we have. This is how we are to shine our lights. Remember, God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Make a commitment today to fulfill God’s purposes in your life by shining his light through the choices you make.

You are loved!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Matthew 4:1-11


Matthew 4:1-11 " Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him."

One of the biggest challenges we face in life is distinguishing the truth from the lies of the evil one. Just because everyone else is doing it, (remember saying that to your parents once or twice) doesn't mean that is considered to be normal or acceptable; doesn’t make it right or true.

The only way we can really know for sure what is right or wrong in important choices we make in life is by asking ourselves the question, “what does the Bible say?” In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tempted on three different occasions by Satan. However, Jesus exposed Satan’s lies all three times by saying, “It is written…” Jesus used the truth of the Bible to overcome temptation and to expose the lies from the enemy. In the same way, we must do the same in all areas of life. Satan puts things or people in your path to try to sway to his side. Don't be tempted...some people are just tools the enemy uses.

This is the reason it is so important to memorize scripture. The next time you’re confronted with temptation or placed in an awkward situation ask yourself “What does the Bible say?” Whatever it says, stand on the truth by saying to yourself “It is written…”

You are loved!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Ephesians 5:15-17


Ephesians 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

As I sat down after a long day, I turned the news on to see what was happening around the world. Even on the news our culture is constantly pumping into our lives and minds the things we need and the things that we should prioritize. God tells us through His word that we should be careful how we live. "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

We shouldn’t just thoughtlessly follow whatever is put before us, but we need to know and understand what God’s will and priorities are for our lives. The best way to do that is by reading God’s word, hearing God’s word and hanging around with people who have a close relationship with God.You can't do this on your own. We need each other on this journey. 

Life is not a dress rehearsal! We only have this one life to live so let’s make the most of this day. Let’s choose to live out God’s priorities in all that we do!
You are loved!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Matthew 6:33


Matthew 6:33 " But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Ever heard the saying time fly's? We all have 10,080 minutes in a week. The problem with time is that it quickly passes by. We’ve all said to ourselves or to someone else, “Where did the day go?” or “This week flew by.” When we are younger we want time to go fast and when we get older we want it to slow down.

Time is life’s most precious commodity. James 4:14 say’s “Life is like a vapor, it’s here one day, gone the next.” In today’s fast-passed culture, we have become masters at multi-tasking in order to get everything done and squeeze everything in.

However, the biggest temptation is to confuse activity with accomplishment. Too many people are busy making a living and forget to make a life. The “things” Jesus was referring to in Matthew 6:33 are the “things” that usually take precedence in our lives. However, those “things” are usually the very “things” that rob us from or crowd out the most important things in life; our relationship with Christ, our family and serving others. Jesus said, when you put first things first He will take care of all the other “things” in life.

You are loved!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - James 4:7-8


James 4:7-8 " Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

It is awesome to know that God’s purpose and plan for us is to give us a rich and satisfying life! It may not seem like that sometimes, but it is His plan.

In our culture we become so easily distracted and drawn away by the hundreds of good options out there for us. If you have kids you know what I mean. Sports, dance classes; the list goes on and on. We can quickly become drained by our fast paced, overcrowded lives. But that is not God’s plan for us. He created us for so much more.

It is sometimes hard to stay focused on what God has purposed and planned for our lives. Today as you make choices ask yourself “is this just a good thing for me to do or is it the best thing for me?” And ask yourself, "Is this going to drain me or is this decision going to bring out the best in me so that I can be blessed and in return be a blessing to those around me?” God is ready to give us wisdom if we just take the time to ask! So ask, Gods ready to speak with you. You are loved!