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June 30, 2013

Encourager Not Judge

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Hebrews 10:24. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,
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We are very judgemental by nature. We compare others with ourselves by the standards we set for ourselves. When they do, talk or think differently we smugly put down or criticize. We are told here to encourage one another in live. We are to help one another through good works. This takes action on our part. We can’t just sit and judge, we must help and encourage. When we see someone struggling we are to step up and say, “Let me help.” or “what can I do to help.” Our question is how often do we encourage others by saying, “good job” or other encouraging and positive statements. We are so fearful that in praising someone for doing a good job diminishes what we door have done. This comes from our obsession with self. Let us choose to love others and lift them up, not only before God’s direction throne of grace but to them and to others. Let us become encouragers rather than judges.

June 29, 2013

Even a Donkey

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Numbers 22:28. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?”

When we become children of God through our belief in Jesus, God’s only Son, Who died for our sins, God will use any means to direct our steps. If we practice the art of listening and respond in obedience communication is through God’s Holy Spirit within us. Many times God directs us through circumstances. Our problem is many times when we see a closed-door we will try to force it open. This is what Balaam did. He was determined to move forward. God had to use a donkey to make Balaam stop and listen. Our question at what point in our decisions will we stop and listen to God’s direction?

June 28, 2013

Above All Else

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Colossians 3:1. Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Keep seeking the things above. What things are above? God the Father and God the Son, Jesus, are seated above. We are to seek them and all they are: love, joy peace, faithfulness, goodness, etc. Our question is what do we really seek. Our prayers sound like we seek the hand of God rather than seeking Him. We pray,God do this, fix this, I need this. We seek what God can do for us instead of seeking Him. God says in Matthew 6:33 to seek His Kingdom first and all things will be given to us. There is nothing wrong with asking God for our needs but let’s keep our priorities straight. Let us seek God before all else. Let us seek to express our love and devotion for Who He is over what we can get from Him. God is worthy to be praised and worshiped above all else.

June 27, 2013

Always Present

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Psalms 139:17. How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total!

I really like this psalm. I encourage you to take the time to read and meditate on each of the verses. Today our question is about our reputation. We strive to be popular with others. We even wear different masks around different people in different places to try to achieve the kind of reputation we desire. We also have our own opinion about ourselves. It may be full of doubt or disappointment. God has thoughts about us. Sometimes we disappoint Him. Sometimes we make Him angry. Sometimes we amuse Him. But through all these we can be sure of His love for us. We cannot understand so much love, a love that caused Hum to sacrifice His only Son. That amount of love is to hard for us to understand. What can we do? We can thank, praise and worship Him for His love. We can learn to practice the presence of our God.

June 26, 2013

Can’t Escape

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Psalms 139:7. Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence?

It is easy for us to live as if God is somewhere in outer space and not paying attention to what we do, don’t do, think or say. We are tuned in to the physical around us and by nature don’t notice or pay attention to the spiritual. God is everywhere, sees everything and hears everything, even our innermost thoughts. We are not aware of His presence for several reasons: we are consumed with ourselves, we are consumed with worldly matters, we don’t believe God, we have not received God’s Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior, we have not opened the gift of His Holy Spirit. Our consciousness of God only grows through our obedience to Him, our meditations on His written word(the Holy Bible) and the frequency of our conversations with Him. We become more aware of His presence by practicing His presence. I recommend a little booklet available for free on the Internet. It I’d “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. Our question is do we want to be aware of God’s presence? Knowing His presence makes it hard for us to be a complainer, door say things hurtful or ignore the needs of others.

June 25, 2013

Number One

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Matthew 6:24. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Most of us just think this verse applies to the love for becoming rich. There are many things we can strive to serve. The biggest temptation is trying to serve ourselves. The world teaches us to look out for number one and we consider ourselves to be number one. We cater to our flesh. We feed our fleshly desires more than we feed our spirit. We expand more energy at a sporting event than we expend in church. Many times we seek recreation in lieu of seeking to assemble together with other believers. We think we get more out of recreation than in church. We think we are supposed to get from church because we are number one. We assemble together to praise and worship God, not to get what might be pleasing or approved by us. We are to place God as number one. Our question is who’d owe serve first, God or ourself? Our attitude of who comes first on our minds and hearts will show in our actions.

June 24, 2013

Open Book

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John 14:23. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him.

Our love for Jesus is demonstrated by our obedience to Him. Our obedience to the words of Jesus bring us into a loving relationship with the Father. In that relationship the Father and the Son come to us and reside in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Our question is what amount of room within us do we give to the Holy Spirit? What do we fill most of our non-income time with? If our relationship is right with God we won’t mind our lives being an open book for all to see.

June 23, 2013

Self-Sins

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Mark 7:23. All these evils come from within and defile a person.”

What are the evils we are to examine ourselves for? We have a group of what I call self-sins. Among them are:
self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love. this is not a complete list but we can add others as the Holy Spirit reveals them to us. These self-sins are part of our carnal nature. we are so accustomed to them we rarely notice. As hard as it is to notice them in us, it is even harder for us to free ourselves from them. The manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are so common that they are tolerated in our Christian leaders. Self can live unrebuked at the very altar. No one is immune. Praise God we don’t have to free ourselves yourself. We have God’s Holy Spirit to not only show us these self-sins. He will help us rid the habits and develop new habits reflecting the fruit of the Spirit. Our question remains are we willing to get serious with ourselves and our Holy God and move on with Him? As long as we keep any of these self-sins we will be separated from close communion with Him.

June 22, 2013

Examine Ourself Part 2

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2 Corinthians 13:5. “Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

It’s hard to be really honest with ourselves. Our first step is to drop all defense. We are not to try and find excuses for what we do, don’t do or think. God knows the truth so the only one who might agree with the defenses or excuses is ourself. Then we must remember Who God is. The examination of ourself is holy business with God. We cannot sluff anything off for God will hold us accountable. Our question is do we really want to examine ourself and make more room in us to reflect the image of God? Without this we will continue to reflect the self-centered sinner we really are. Let us put behind our self-pity and our excuses and move on with our God. Our future is determined by our choices.

June 21, 2013

Examine Yourself

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Genesis 22:2. God a said, “Take your son- your only son, whom you love, Isaac and go to the land of Moriah! Offer him up there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will indicate to you.”

The command of God for Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the promise of God, seems hateful and cruel. But God had a very legitimate reason for this. Abraham began to love his son more than he loved God. He was putting his son first in his life. God wants and demands to be first in our lives and rightly so. This was a test for Abraham to realize Who Gos is compared to all else. God was ready to intervene. Our question is, is there anything or anyone in our lives that we place before God? That’s a hard question to be honest with. Let us take some time this week to examine ourselves. That is what we are told to do in 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! ”

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