Who are you giving Glory to this morning….

Who are you giving Glory to this morning…..

Every day is a great day when your focus is…

Jeremiah 9:24 “But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

There is a warning for the part of our world that does not put their faith in Jesus….

Romans 14:11, 12 “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

It is ok to be narrow mined when it comes to something as important as your eternity.

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

Mat 7:13, 14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”

Not a popular theme in a world of compromise and let everyone do their own thing, but none the less the truth remains and does not change down through the years….

Mal 3:6a “For I am the Lord, I do not change;…”

Have you started this day with Jesus??????????

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain…..

Godliness with Contentment is great gain!

It seems like many in our world only have pessimism in their vocabulary. Optimism or better yet the fact that God is sovereign in my life is not in their thought process. They complain about everything from people to gasoline to health to our leaders to ……! And that complaining affects us and how we respond to those around us. We listen and are drawn in when our emotions start to control us. So, how do we react when the entire world around us is complaining and it is hard to be upbeat and content?

Godliness with CONTENTMENT is great gain.

Phil 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned that in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Scripture, as with all topics, holds the answer if we are willing to listen. Paul went through a time and event in his life that hurt him so he asked God to remove it. He did so three times. When Paul realized that God’s answer was no he further realized that the ailment was there for a reason and we hear him saying…..

II Cor 12:9, 10 “And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for MY STRENGTH is made perfect in YOUR WEAKNESS. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in my
infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We really need to read that truth again because it says that it is actually a good thing when we accept what God has placed in our lives for His purposes in maturing us. The ‘Why Me’ attitude only hurts or stunts our spiritual growth. The purpose for my life goes much deeper than me and the things that I have!

I Cor. 6:20 “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Why is it so hard for me to understand that? It is because of my flesh and its’ desire to serve itself only. The options I evaluate to determine why certain issues and ailments come into my life must include many that I left to my own ways would not choose. Why?

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

Matthew 6:33 “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Have a great day serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords………………….

Stay the course, Fight the good fight…..

I Tim 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith…”

Stay the course…

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into
the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ — or –whatever
mules do when they fall into wells.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with
the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the
trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told
them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the
old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his
neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought
struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of
dirt landed on his back…HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up…shake it off
and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself.

No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the
old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING
UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted,
STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him… All because of the manner in which he
handled his adversity. HEY THAT’S LIFE!

If we face our problems and respond to them positively and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity… THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US! As our Lord states in Romans 8:28, all things truly can work together for good in our lives when we are focused on Him instead of ourselves.

Remember that FORGIVENESS–FAITH–PRAYER–PRAISE and HOPE all are excellent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Simply put; Stay the Course and Fight the Fight for the Glory of Jesus Name!!!!!!

Humor for your day

Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

 Humor for you Day! If you do not understand some of these it will be a challenge to you to research scripture more.

Bible Questions

  1. What kind of man was Boaz before he married?
  2. Ruthless.
  1. What do they call pastors in Germany?
  2. German Shepherds.
  1. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
  2. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
  1. What was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
  2. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
  1. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
  2. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury.
  3. David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land.
  4. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.
  1. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
  2. Samson. He brought the house down.
  1. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
  2. Your mother ate us out of house and home. It’s where the old pass the blame problem was first used.
  1. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
  2. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
  1. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
  2. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.
  1. Who is the greatest baby sitter mentioned in the Bible?
  2. David. He rocked Goliath into a very deep sleep.
  1. Which Bible character had no parents?
  2. Joshua, the son of Nun.

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bone.”

Rom 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

KEEP SMILING!!!! GOD LOVES YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!