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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Todays Thought - Ephesians 4:29

Todays Thought

Ephesians 4:29  "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

There is a popular saying among young children “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But Seriously nothing could be further from the truth. In our self centered culture it is so easy to get caught up in tearing others down in order to build ourselves up.

God desires for us to be builders, where we build and invest in the lives of those around us! The Bible teaches that the power of life and death are in the tongue. We as Christ-followers have the incredible ability to speak life into people by the words that we choose to use.

If we open or spiritual eyes we can see that there are so many needs around us. People have the need to be loved, encouraged, empowered and to be told that they have unlimited potential and value because of what Christ has done for them. As you go about your day, think about the words you speak. Are you a builder or are you part of a wrecking crew by the words that you speak. Become very aware of the words you speak and let your talk be life-giving today!

You are loved!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Todays Thought - Romans 5:11

Todays Thought

Romans 5:11 " Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."

The greatest relationship we will ever have the opportunity to enjoy in our lives is our friendship with God. Think about that for a moment? The Bible speaks of his love for us in the most quoted scripture of all time, John 3:16. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." This word “love” in the Greek is the word Agape. It is the love that covers all, the love without demand and the love that is impossible to measure. That means we can't comprehend it. This love so great, is the love that God has for each of us and his greatest desire is not for us to be religious, but for us to have a relationship with him!

Scripture tells us that when all other loves will fail, the love of God will never fail you! Even when we feel like He is not there or that He does not care about the situation you are in. You have to remember that our minds cannot even comprehend the eternal, everlasting love of God. We just have to trust that love and gratefully accept Him as the greatest friend we will ever know. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

You are loved!

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!