Sunday, June 25, 2017

God Has Not Given Us A Spirit Of Fear And Timidity, But Of Power, Love, And Self-Discipline.

God Has Not Given Us A Spirit Of Fear And Timidity,
But Of Power,
Love, And Self-Discipline.

Scripture
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Observation

Man up! 
God did not save us for us to be a bunch of wimps! He has not given us a Spirit of fear and timidity! He has given us a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline! 
Don't tell me you can't quit that old habit! Don't tell me that you can't tell someone about Jesus! Don't tell me that you can't love him or her anymore! 
Yes you can – we have been empowered by God's Holy Spirit – so lets live like it! 
Lets man up!
2 Peter 1:3
3 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.
Philippians 4:13
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Application

I have God's Holy Spirit living inside of me. I am empowered with everything that I need to live a godly life. I have no excuse. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, don't let me try to make excuses for why I sin. Why I don't share the Gospel. Why I don't love people the way I should. I have no excuse. You have given me Your Holy Spirit. I have everything that I need to live a godly life.

Daily Bible Reading: Joel 1,2,3; 2 Timothy 1





Saturday, June 24, 2017

But If We Have Food And Clothing, We Will Be Content With That.

But If We Have Food
And Clothing,
We Will Be Content With That.

Scripture
1 Timothy 6
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Observation

Are you there yet? I am not.

Are you content in life with just food and clothing?

I read what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:6 and I have to admit that I am not spiritually there yet. I consider a roof over my head still a necessity, and a car still a necessity, and air conditioning in my house and in my car, yes, for me still a necessity, but the truth is that the simpler you and I make our lives the more content we will be.

You have to admit that the more stuff we have to worry about the more discontented we are and the more stressed out we become!

Great gain is not having more stuff … great gain is godliness with contentment.

Let's continue to simplify!

2 Corinthians 6

1Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
Application
I will continue to look for ways to simplify my life. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know how stressful it is for me when our old car starts showing its age like it did yesterday. Help me to be content with just food and clothing. Help us simplify our lives more and more everyday so that what is important to You will be the most important to us. Help me trust You completely 100%!


Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 11,12; 2 Chronicles 24; 1 Timothy 6





Friday, June 23, 2017

In The Same Way Good Deeds Are Obvious

In The Same
Way
Good Deeds Are Obvious
Scripture
25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.
Observation

I want to give a big shout out to Jack Roush for all of his help on the remodeling of the ladies restroom in our church's Sanctuary! Jack doesn't get on Facebook so I know that he won't see this post. He is like several other people in our church who volunteer countless hours making improvements and most people in our church never realize who is doing these good deeds. Not that he needs recognition because he doesn't but I thought that I would share it so you could thank him the next time you see him!


By the way the ladies restroom is not complete. It is still a work in progress, but it is getting there!


Application
I appreciate the people that volunteer at our church and I am going to let them know it. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for bringing guys like Jack into my life. He has a servant's heart. Thank you for guys like Wayne, Justin, and Jim who do so much around our church. Thank you also for the ladies that volunteer so much too! It doesn't go by unnoticed by me and I know that what they do makes You smile!
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5








Thursday, June 22, 2017

Be An Example To All Believers In What You Say, In The Way You Live, In Your Love, Your Faith, And Your Purity.


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Be An Example To All Believers
In What You Say,
In The Way You Live, In Your Love, Your Faith, And Your Purity.


Scripture

1 Timothy 4

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
 
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. 

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

Observation

The Apostle Paul’s instruction to young Timothy is for you and me too! Let me rephrase them a little bit:

Be an example in what we say! Words are important and the way we say them speaks volumes about our relationship with Jesus!

Be an example in the way we live – lets cut out the contradictions that keep people from seeing Jesus in us!

Be an example in our love – lets be extravagant with our love for our family and friends today!

Be an example in our faith – lets trust God 24/7 and especially when things get tough.

Lets be an example in our purity – and say no to sexual temptations!

1 Timothy 4

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
 
 Application

I will follow Paul’s advice to Timothy. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to be an example to all believers in what I say, in the way I live, in my love, my faith, and my purity. Help anyone that may be reading this blog to do the same!


Daily Bible Reading:  2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Battle Is Not Your Battle. It Is God’s Battle. Have Faith In The Lord Your God. Then You Will Stand Strong.


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The Battle Is Not Your Battle.
It Is God’s Battle.
Have Faith In The Lord Your God. Then You Will Stand Strong.



Scripture

2 Chronicles 20

15 And he said: “Listen to me, King Jehoshaphat! Listen, all you people living in Judah and Jerusalem! The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this large army. The battle is not your battle. It is God’s battle.

17 You won’t need to fight in this battle. Just stand strong in your places. You will see the Lord save you. Judah and Jerusalem, don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. The Lord is with you.

20 Jehoshaphat’s army went out into the Desert of Tekoa early in the morning. As they were starting out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, people of Judah and Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God. Then you will stand strong. Have faith in the Lord’s prophets. Then you will succeed.”

29 All the kingdoms of the lands around them heard how the Lord had fought Israel’s enemies. So they feared the Lord.

Observation

No matter what battle you and I are facing today or what we will face tomorrow this truth is very clear: If we are children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords the battle is never our battle. It is always God’s battle. So let’s let Him do the fighting for us.


 How do we do that? We have faith in the Lord our God. We stand strong. And we will succeed.

I love what King Jehoshaphat did as he went out to fight the enemy that had come against him. He placed singers in front of his army and they sang praises to God as they went out to face their enemy.

21 Jehoshaphat listened to the people’s advice. Then he chose men to be singers to the Lord. They were to praise the Lord because he is holy and wonderful. They marched in front of the army. They said,

“Thank the Lord.
    His love continues forever.”


22 As they began to sing and praise God, the Lord set ambushes.
Are we facing some enemies this morning? Then it is time to sing His praises!

Application

I will let God fight my battles. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, don’t ever let me fight my own battles. Always remind me to trust You to do the fighting for me. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! When You are on my side who can stand against me! You are All-Powerful. Nothing is too hard for You! I praise You this morning! You are worthy of Praise!


Daily Bible Reading:  2 Kings 6,7; 2 Chronicles 20; 1 Timothy 3



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Also Want Women To Wear Clothes That Are Right For Them. They Should Dress With Respect And Right Thinking.


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I Also Want Women To Wear
Clothes That Are Right For Them.
They Should Dress With Respect And Right Thinking. 



Scripture

1 Timothy 2

9 I also want women to wear clothes that are right for them. They should dress with respect and right thinking. They should not use fancy braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes to make themselves beautiful.

1 Peter 3

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful.

Observation

I didn’t make the above comment, the Apostle Paul did, but I will give it a hearty Amen! Honestly, I am shocked at what I see some women wearing on Sundays when they attend church. 

Ladies, do us men a favor and dress in a way that helps us look at the beauty that is in your eyes and in your face. Don’t dress in a way that draws our attention to the way that God has made all the other parts of your body! Think about what you are doing! Dress with respect and right thinking!

Now I am not talking about those who are new to church. I am not talking about those who are seekers or unbelievers, or even brand new baby Christians who don’t know any better, no I am talking about women who profess a mature relationship with Jesus Christ, but that don’t wear clothes that are right for them. 

1 Peter 3


4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

 Application

I will keep my eyes focused where they are supposed to be focused. How about you? 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to live in a way that brings You honor and glory. Help me to gently encourage others when I see them going in the wrong direction or doing something that is not helpful for them or doing something that is not beneficial for Your kingdom.  And help others do the same thing for me.


Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 4,5; Psalms 83; 1 Timothy 2




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Monday, June 19, 2017

Christ Jesus Came Into This World To Save Sinners. And I Am The Worst Of Those Sinners.


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Christ Jesus Came Into This World
To Save Sinners.
And I Am The Worst Of Those Sinners.

“I was given mercy so that in me Christ Jesus could show that He has patience without limit” and if you are a follower of Christ the same that was true about the Apostle Paul is surely true about you and me! 

Scripture

1 Timothy 1

15 What I say is true, and you should fully accept it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst of those sinners. 

16 But I was given mercy. I was given mercy so that in me Christ Jesus could show that he has patience without limit. And he showed his patience with me, the worst of all sinners. Christ wanted me to be an example for those who would believe in him and have life forever. 

17 Honor and glory to the King that rules forever! He cannot be destroyed and cannot be seen. Honor and glory forever and ever to the only God. Amen.

Observation

“I was given mercy so that in me Christ Jesus could show that He has patience without limit” and if you are a follower of Christ the same that was true about the Apostle Paul is surely true about you and me! 

I look back over my life and I can see how patient the Lord has been with me. He showed his patience with me, the worst of all sinners. I am so grateful that the Lord allowed me to know Him and allowed me to become one of His children. I don’t deserve it. 

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Have you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered your life to Him? Have you ask Him to be your Lord and your Savior? 

You and I … we are both the worst of sinners. I have been forgiven of my sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. How about you? 

It is not good people that go to Heaven and bad people that go to Hell. It is forgiven people that go to Heaven. Have you been forgiven? 

Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life? 

Application

I will share the Good News of Jesus Christ with someone else this week. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I realize like the Apostle Paul realized, that I am the worst of sinners. There is no way that I could ever get into Heaven without Your mercy and Your grace. I don’t deserve Heaven. I deserve Hell. Thank You that You are giving me what I don’t deserve. 

Open the spiritual eyes of anyone reading this blog so that they can realize that they are sinners too in need of a Savior. Help them to trust in what You have done for them with the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. 


Daily Bible Reading:  2 Kings 1,2,3; Psalms 82; 1 Timothy 1




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