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February 28, 2015

Warnings

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The weather report was for an arctic blast the next day. During the night we had to open a window and put in the window fan. It was a very warm night. I didn’t believe the weather report. I bore the consequences of my unbelief spending time away from home without a coat. The Holy Bible is full of warnings. When we choose not to believe the warnings or take them seriously we will pay the cost. God doesn’t lie. What He says He will do. If we believe in His Son, Jesus, we will obey the commands of God contained in the Holy Bible. We will choose to love and serve Him with all our heart and mind. Let us heed all the warnings recorded in the Holy Bible and let us actively warn others. There is only one way to be in the presence of God and that way is through His only Son, Jesus Christ.

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February 27, 2015

Condemned by Words

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Matthew 1236-37 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

These two sentences from the mouth of Jesus really smart. I’ve said many words that could condemn me. The only thing that keeps me from being condemned is the blood of Jesus through which my words are washed with forgiveness when I confess them as sin. My goal is for all my words to be pleasing to Him. This takes a lot of practice at capturing my thoughts before I allow them to slip out in the form of spoken words. After words are spoken action follows. Let us try to capture our thoughts so our words are pleasant to God and the actions that follow the words bring us and others closer to our God.

February 26, 2015

Capture Thoughts

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2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Our sin doesn’t begin with action, it begins with our thoughts. The first thought that isn’t in line with the attributes of love, the first thought that takes us further from God rather than bringing us closer to Him is to be taken captive, confessed and driven out of our minds. When we fail to confess it we can’t expel it and it will continue to badger us until we give into the thought and it becomes an action. Let us be quick to check our thoughts and capture the ones that need expelling.

February 25, 2015

Owning Up

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2 Samuel; 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.

David was a man after God’s own heart. He was King of Israel and led Israel back to worshiping God. Yet David chose to give into temptation. Not only that, he also tried to cover up his sin with yet another sin, killing an innocent man. When Samuel pointed this out to David, David had the power to keep Samuel quiet or even kill him. But David recognized and owned up to his sin, confessing and asking forgiveness. Maybe our sins don’t seem as big as those of David but any sin, anything that isn’t in line with the characteristics of love defined in 1 Corinthians 13, separates us from God. Our question is do we quickly own up to our sin, confess and ask forgiveness or do we try to cover it up with excuses and/or other sins? Let us be quick to take responsibility for our own thoughts, words and actions and move on with God.

February 24, 2015

Self-Importance

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Philippians. 2:5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature Or in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature Or the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross.

There is no better example of what it means to be humble than Jesus. He was always with God the Father. He is the Word of God and it is through Him all things were and are created. Yet, He came down to earth in the fleshly form of a baby, totally dependent on others. He allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross. Yet we, sinful that we are, continue to argue with God and with His written word. We argue with others around us. We pride ourselves on the fact that we know the facts and know the right answers. We pride ourselves on our independence. We look down on others, considering others to be less knowledgeable, less educated, less spiritual and less important than we are. Pride is our biggest downfall. It take faith and trust to be humble. Faith in Go that He is living through and working in us. Trust in God that He is in control and that all that touches our earthly lives are for His glory. Let us accept we don’t need to be the important person, the one people look up to. Let us be the person who reflects the love and glory of God and gives others the desire to seek Him in their lives.

February 23, 2015

God’s Voice

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Exodus. 20:1 And God spoke all these words:

Would we rush to church if we knew God would be speaking? Of course we would. We wouldn’t be able to keep people away. God does speak today. We don’t hear Him because we don’t listen. When you’ve been married for a long time there are times you know what your spouse is saying just by a look or a thought. When we know God through the Holy Bible, the Holy Spirit and the experiences He takes us through in life we can hear Him speak. We act as spoiled children when we demand we want an audible voice, one that can be recorded. God’s voice is recorded. It’s recorded in the words of the Holy Bible. God’s words are vocal. They’re vocal through the words of the preacher, the prayer warrior, the person reading the scripture reading in church. Let’s not demand a really loud voice from God. Let’s listen for His quiet voice in any form He chooses to speak to us.

February 22, 2015

Miracles

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John. 11:39-41 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

Jesus was about to work a miracle. He was going to call forth Lazarus from the dead. Before He would work this miracle He told His disciples to role the stone away. They must do their work before He would do the miracle. We must consider why we don’t see miracles more often today. It could be because we just ask for them and then sit and wait. Have we asked our Father what part He wants us to have in the miracle? Maybe there is preparation to do like rolling the stone away. Maybe we need to alert others to our prayer for the miracle. We were part of one where part of the ocean was turned to glass. The first time we asked for it, it didn’t happen. That is because we didn’t have the faith to ask for it out loud. We were afraid others would hear us and laugh because we really didn’t have total faith God would do it. Then we asked again. We asked loud and clear and the ocean was glass around the girls being baptized. Let us pray for wisdom in our part in participating with God in the miracles He wants to bless us in the here and now.

February 21, 2015

Foot In Mouth

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Mark 7:5-6 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Poor Peter. He had no idea of the significance of what he was seeing yet he just had to find something to say. How often have we been in Peter’s place? Granted we haven’t witnessed this wonderful event but there are many times we don’t know what to say. Instead of asking God what we should say and listening to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit we usually just blurt out something like Peter did. We are quick to speak because we want to stay in control of what’s happening. There is a saying, ‘Put your foot in your mouth.” I’m sure my mouth must have grown in size considering the amount of times I’ve put my foot in it. Let’s learn to be slow of speech, just slow enough to check with God as to what we should say, if we should say anything.

February 20, 2015

Timing

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Act 3:1-6 Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.

Peter and John went to the temple to pray almost every day. The lame man was there almost every ray. I’m sure he was asking for money every day of all who passed by. We don’t know the timing of the Holy Spirit promptings but this one day He prompted Peter and John to pause and look at this man. It might be they weren’t paying attention to the Holy Spirit at other times or it might be that it wasn’t the man’s time for healing until this day. As the Holy Spirit prompted, Peter spoke the word of faith and the man was healed. There are many times we miss the promptings of the Holy Spirit. There are other times we rush ahead without the direction of the Holy Spirit. We need to always be listing and always wait for His leading so we truly speak the word of faith and not the word of assumption.

February 19, 2015

Follow Through

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2 Kings 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said, Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a present of thy servant.

Naaman was quick to return to Elisha and thank him for the healing. He also declared himself to believe in the one true God Whom the Israelites worshiped. Notice Elisha didn’t appear to Naaman until Naaman followed the instructions. Quite often we don’t feel God’s presence until we are obedient in what He has told us to do. It’s called faith. Faith goes into action before the eyes see and the mind understands. Are we dragging our feet in obedience to something? Let us trust and obey in all God says to do.

This is the last on Naaman but I encourage you to continue reading on. There is still so much more we can learn and apply to our own lives. May God bless you richly as you continue.

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