Saturday, June 23, 2018

Those Who Won't Care For Their Relatives, Especially Those In Their Own Household, Have Denied The True Faith.


Those Who Won't Care For Their Relatives,
Especially Those In Their Own Household,
Have Denied The True Faith.
Scripture
1 Timothy 5
8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
Observation
Our family and our extended family, they are so very important! At least I think so and I know that God thinks so! When we neglect them, or when we mistreat them, then the Bible says we are worse than unbelievers!
God has placed us in the family that we are in for a reason. He wants us to be there for them, to guide them, to help them, and encourage them.
I was with a friend yesterday who was sharing with me that now that he is retired that he goes over to his Mom's house almost every day, takes her breakfast and works on her house, and spends time with her. His Mom is 88 years old. It made me smile when I heard him share his daily routine and how much his Mom means to him.
My Mom died at 58 years of age and I have regrets about time that I didn't spend with her.
The point is this: Don't neglect your family. Don't let anything mess up your relationship with your parents or your siblings, or even with your cousins and your Aunts and Uncles. Love must win out … or we end up being the losers!
If a relationship in our family has been damaged – let's not make excuses, let's not try to shift the blame, let's just work on fixing it!
Application
I will enjoy the time I get to spend with my family. How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to be the best Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Cousin and Friend that I can be. I pray for those in my family. Help them to walk in a close relationship with You. I pray that they can see Jesus in me by the way I live my life. Don't let my life cause them to stumble or distance themselves away from You. I pray for my children and my grandchildren. Help them to put all of their trust and all of their faith in You.
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5; I added Psalm 23, Psalm 53; Proverbs 23



Friday, June 22, 2018

Train Yourself To Be Godly. For Physical Training Is Of Some Value, But Godliness Has Value For All Things


Train Yourself To Be Godly.
For Physical Training Is Of Some Value,
But Godliness Has Value For All Things
Scripture
1 Timothy 4
7 … train yourself to be godly. 
8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Observation
Spending time at the gym ... working out, taking time to run every day, keeping your body in good shape, eating right ...YES it is important ... but all of that is a waste of time if you are not training yourself to be a godly person at the same time!
God says, “Godliness is much better, because it promises benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
Do you remember the Bible character Enoch? “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.” (Genesis 5:23-24)
A godly person is not someone who is perfect, but it is someone who has made the decision to put God first in his or her life. A godly person is a person who holds God in awe, he or she is a person who has a love for God, and someone who has a desire to walk in a close relationship with Him.
So here is the big question, “Does this describe me and you?
Is this a description of who we are?
Let's not quit our physical workouts, but lets bump it up it a notch by living our lives in a way that makes God smile!
How to start:
  1. Make a commitment to put God first in your life.
  2. Spend time with Him every day in His Word.
  3. Carve out time on Sunday to go to church where you can be challenged to grow in your faith and to also make some great friends who are also striving to live godly lives!
2 Peter 3:1
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Application
It is my desire to live a godly life. I want to live my life in a way that makes God smile. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to live a godly life. I want to live in a close relationship with You. “Teach me your way, Lord that I may rely on your faithfulness. Give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.” … (Psalm 86:11-13 personalized)
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Those Who Are With Us Are More Than Those Who Are With Them


Those Who Are
With Us
Are More Than Those Who Are With Them
Scripture
2 Kings 6
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Observation
Do you ever feel out numbered? Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
The servant of Elisha felt that way when he saw the vast army surrounding them!
Life has a way of making us feel that way doesn't it?
Problems, opposition from all directions, sickness, a spouse that is badly misbehaving or being down right unfaithful, well maybe one or all of those fits your present situation, if so, if you are a follower of Christ, then I have some great news for you … those who are with us are more than those who are with them!
You + God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit = a majority! He is all we need! He can handle whatever we are going through!
Let's trust Him!
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Numbers 11:23
The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lords arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
Jeremiah 33:3
Call to Me, and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know.
Application
I will trust in the Lord and in His Word today with whatever comes my way. How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, when I look at things from my perspective I get depressed and discouraged, but when I am able to see things from Your perspective I am always impressed and I am greatly encouraged. Help me to see life from Your point of view and not from mine. Open up my eyes so that I can see that Your help is on the way! You've got this!
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 6,7; 2 Chronicles 20; 1 Timothy 3



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Teach Me Your Way, Lord, That I May Rely On Your Faithfulness


Teach Me Your Way, Lord,
That
I May Rely On Your Faithfulness
Scripture
Psalm 86
11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

Observation
Last week, my brother Rick, asked me to memorize Psalm 86:11-13 together with him! I am glad that he didn't tell me to get it done in a week!
The best way I know to get it into my heart is to use it so I thought that I would do that this morning.
Looking at verse 11, “Teach me Your way, Lord …” the best way I know to learn from the Lord is to be in His Word everyday. How can you and I learn from the Lord if we are not spending time with Him in His Word.
I am concerned that we Christians are spending way too much time looking at social media, while we hardly spend any time at all in God's Word.
The second part of verse 11 speaks to our busy and distracted lives when it says, “give me an undivided heart”.
Honestly ... do we really need social media on everything … our tablet, computer, and phone? It is so addicting … so time consuming … isn't it!
We are on kids about all the time they spend on video games … what about us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter?
Why not make a commitment to the Lord to spend time with Him in His Word everyday.
Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Application
I will spend time in God's Word every day. How about you?
Prayer

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead. Psalm 86:11-13 personalized
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 4,5; Psalms 83; 1 Timothy 2; I added Psalm 20, Psalm 50, Psalm 86; Proverbs 20



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sensible People Control Their Temper; They Earn Respect By Overlooking Wrongs.


Sensible People
Control Their Temper;
They Earn Respect By Overlooking Wrongs.
Scripture
Proverbs 19
11 Sensible people control their temper;
    they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
Observation
Overlooking wrongs is not easy is it?
Entire families have been destroyed by family members refusing to overlook a wrong by another family member.
We might laugh when we talk about feuding of the Hatfields and the McCoys, but when it is our own family there is nothing funny about it at all, only tears, heartbreak, and pain.
I love you. I am sorry. Will you forgive me? These three phrases are not just for married couples, but they are for all of us in all of our relationships!
Why is it so hard for us to overlook a wrong? Our enemy is not the person who has hurt us … you think it is but it is not … but we do have an enemy.
Satan is our enemy. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. He is destroying families. How do you think that he does that? He sows discord between husband and wife, discord between brother and sister, discord between parent and child! He is an expert at wrecking families! Don't let him use you!
Love, God's love and being full of God's love is the only way you and I can overlook a wrong. Love must trump all wrongs!
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5,7
So whether it was your fault, their fault, or a little of both remember this: You are the one that needs to say, “I love you. I am sorry. Will you forgive me?”
It doesn't matter if you are right, and it doesn't matter if you are the one who has been wronged, it is your love for that person that needs to win out!
Let's not let Satan destroy our family!
Application
I will not let the enemy win out. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know how much pain I feel in my heart right now because of broken relationships. So many marriages that are in turmoil, so many families that are splintered, so many people who are mad at each other, you know it breaks my heart and I know that it breaks Your heart too.
I pray for all of them. Help them to see that our real enemy is not our spouse, not our brother or our sister, not the rebellious child, but that our real enemy is Satan. Open up the eyes of every person reading this blog today. Help them to see that Your love for people trumps every wrong. Fill them with Your love so that they can humbly go and get things right with the person who has wronged them. Don't let Satan have the victory. Help them to say, “I love you. I am sorry. Will you forgive me?”
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 1,2,3; Psalms 82; 1 Timothy 1 … I added Psalm 19, Psalm 39; Proverbs 19



Monday, June 18, 2018

Let Your Conversation Be Gracious And Attractive So That You Will Have The Right Response For Everyone.


Let Your Conversation
Be Gracious And Attractive So That You
Will Have The Right Response For Everyone.
Scripture
Colossians 4
5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 
6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Observation
It's so important how we talk! What we say and how we say what we say speaks volumes about what is inside of our heart!!
My mouth can get me into a lot of trouble!
I don't know about your mouth but mine can be pretty ugly and pretty destructive sometimes.
And Kathy is the one that catches most of my mouth's abuse. She is the one I love the most and she is the one that I can stab the deepest and hurt the most with my words!
Memorizing Proverbs 12:18 was a big help to me and maybe it will help you too if you memorize it, “Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing” NCV .
Why don't you write it out and put it on your car's dashboard, the refrigerator, or even on a mirror in your house!
That way … when your spouse says something cutting, hurtful or cruel, and you both have this verse memorized, all you have to say to him or her is, “Proverbs 12:18” and let conviction kick in!
Lets all learn to say this often, “I love you”, “I am sorry”, “Will you forgive me”!
Ephesians 4:32
32 Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.
Colossians 3
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Proverbs 16:24
Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 11:17
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.
Application
I will be careful how I talk this week. How about you?

Prayer
Heavenly Father, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 … And help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Whatever You Say Or Do, Do It As A Representative Of The Lord Jesus


Whatever You Say Or Do,
Do It As A Representative
Of The Lord Jesus
Scripture
Colossians 3
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Observation
Whatever you say or do … that pretty much includes everything doesn't it?
We represent the Lord Jesus Christ 24/7 so that means that there should be some things that you and I decide not to do anymore and it should also mean that our vocabulary drops all of those 4 letter words that may have rolled off our tongues before we became followers of Christ.
The Apostle Paul says to us in Colossians 3:7-8, “You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.”
I am definitely not the Holy Spirit, but if you are doing something that you know is not pleasing to the Lord or talking in a way that is not pleasing to the Lord … don't keep it up!
There was a day, way back when Kathy and I were first married that I chewed 2 packs of Red Man chewing tobacco a day! I don't remember anyone saying anything to me about this “fine” habit, but God's Holy Spirit let me know that this was one habit that I needed to let go.
Now I look back on it and I wonder what was so good about that habit in the first place!
If you and I are still doing the same things we did before coming to Christ, if we are still talking, using the same kind of language we did before we gave our lives to Christ, then how can people see any difference in us?
What needs to change? How can I be a better representative of the Lord Jesus?
Application
I will ask the Lord what needs to change in my life to make me a better representative for Him. How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, I know that You know that I am far from perfect. Show me everything in my life that You want me to change. Bring conviction in my life about what I should do or what I should stop doing and show me how I can make what I say and how I say what I say more attractive to the people around me. I want to be a good representative for You.
I pray for my wife Kathy today on her birthday! I am so thankful for You bringing her into my life. Bless her today! Fill her with Your joy! May Your face shine brightly on her today!
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3