Friday, March 24, 2017

The Godly May Trip Seven Times, But They Will Get Up Again.


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The Godly
May Trip Seven Times,
But They Will Get Up Again.




Scripture

Proverbs 24

16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
    But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.


Observation

A godly person is not someone who is perfect, or someone who never sins. A godly person is someone who has decided to live each day striving to keep his or her relationship with God as his or her number one priority in life.

Will the godly mess up, slip up, and yes, even fall down? Yes, they will!

But every time they fall down they will get up again, brush themselves off and move on. Why? Because the very same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in them!

Have you messed up? Have you fallen down? Have you let yourself or someone else down? Confess your sin to the Lord and ask Him to forgive you and anyone else that you may have hurt and then move on.

It’s what a godly person does!

 Application

I will strive to live a godly life, getting up every time I fall down. How about you?



Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that Your word to us over and over again in the Bible is for us to be bold and courageous. I know that You repeat that over and over again because our natural tendency is to be fearful and wimpy. Give me the strength that I need today to face whatever comes my way. 

Give me the strength and the courage to pick myself back up when I trip and fall down. I know that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in me.

I pray for anyone that may be reading this blog today that feels like they can’t get back up after messing up. Give them the faith and the strength to get up and to get moving. Help them to live their lives for You. Show them today just how powerful You are!


Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 18,19,20; 1 Corinthians 9; Psalm 54; Proverbs 24




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Thursday, March 23, 2017

It Is Impossible To Please God Without Faith


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It Is
Impossible
To Please God Without Faith



Scripture

Hebrews 11

1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

 5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying— he disappeared, because God took him. For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Genesis 5:23-24 

 Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.  


Observation

 Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him. (Genesis 5:23-24) “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying— he disappeared, because God took him. For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5)

I don’t know about you, but I want to have Enoch’s kind of faith! 

I want the Lord to be so delighted with me that He one day just decides to take me up to Heaven because we are walking so close together! 

How about you? 

What in us needs to change in our walk with the Lord for this to happen? 

“By faith”  … It is the only way for you and me to please God!

Application

I want a walk so close to the Lord that He takes me to Heaven just like He did with Enoch. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that everyday You give me opportunities to walk with You and it is all by faith. I know that is why my life is filled with so many challenges. Those challenges give me the opportunity to trust in you and to walk by Faith.

Problems, troubles, and challenges are all designed to provide me with opportunities to live by faith and to please You. The more that I live by faith the closer my relationship is with You. Lord, You know that I want to walk in a close relationship with You. Give me Enoch’s kind of faith!

I pray for my brother Rick today on his birthday! Bless him Lord. Thank You for giving me such a great brother. Help him today to sense Your presence, Your love, and Your power. Give him all the wisdom he needs to be able to do his job well and help him to have favor with those he works with and may they be able to see Jesus in him! 


Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 15,16,17; 1 Corinthians 8, Psalm 53, Psalm 123; Proverbs 23; Hebrews 11



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

God Paid A High Price For You, So Don’t Be Enslaved By The World.


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God Paid A
High Price For You,
So Don’t Be Enslaved By The World.



Scripture

1 Corinthians 7
23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

1 Corinthians 6
20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Observation

Why should you and I live differently than the rest of the world?

Because God has purchased us, we have been blood bought with the precious blood and sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ!

The world still wants to enslave us even though God has set us free from the bondage of sin!

Lets not make excuses for our being enslaved. There is no excuse.

“I can’t quit.” “I have tried a lot of times but I just can’t quit.” Yes, we can!

Here is why we can, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”  Philippians 4:13, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…”Romans 8:11


Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 Peter 1:18
 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.

Job19:25
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.

Application

I will help and encourage those who are breaking free from the power and grip of sin. Realizing that I too am just a sinner saved by God’s grace. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for redeeming me from the destruction of sin. I have been bought with a high price. Help me to never forget what it cost You to buy me back from the punishment of sin. You paid a high price, a huge ransom for me. Help me not to become enslaved to this world. I have been set free.

I pray for those that may be reading this blog that realize that they have become enslaved in some area of his or her life and are struggle to break free. Show them that they can overcome anything if they will totally trust You and depend on You to set them free. Set them free today from whatever it is that they are struggling with and that they want to quit. Set them free!

Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 12,13,14; 1 Corinthians 7





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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I Must Not Become A Slave To Anything


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I Must
Not
Become A Slave To Anything


Scripture

1 Corinthians 6

12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.

13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. 

They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.

19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
 
20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Observation

Food, Sex, Alcohol, Drugs (prescription or illegal), Gambling, Pornography, Cigarettes just to name a few, we should not be a slave to any of these! Okay you are probably not going to read the rest of this blog because I have gone to meddling! 

Please take time to read and think about this. 

Why? Because you and I were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies!

Yesterday, my two daughters and two of my grandchildren brought over my birthday present. Jenny and Debby and their kids went in together to get me a special gift. I am now a proud owner of a Fitbit! Not just any Fitbit mind you this is a Charger 2 Fitbit! This thing is amazing!

As I think about this passage from 1 Corinthians 6 this morning I can’t help be reminded that the Lord cares about my body. He paid a high price to ransom me from sin and certain destruction. So I must honor God with my body!

He paid a high price for your body too! We can’t afford to be couch potatoes. It is not okay to abuse our bodies with Food, Sex, Alcohol, Drugs (prescription or illegal), Gambling, Pornography, Cigarettes … or INACTIVITY!

If you have one of these Fitbit’s I understand that you can challenge me and we can encourage each other. My account is set up under Eddy Williams; my email address is pastoreddy.kathy@gmail.com 

Application

I will exercise and take care of my body. I will not become a slave to anything except Jesus. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that my girls’ bringing me that Fitbit was something that made You smile. I know that what I do with my body is important to You. I know that You care about me and I know that You paid a high price for me.

I know that You care about those who may be reading this blog. Help them to stop abusing their bodies. Don’t let them be slaves to anything. Give them the strength and power to stop whatever it is and give them victory over whatever has enslaved them. Give them victory so they can bring You glory and honor!

Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 6




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Make Thankfulness Your Sacrifice To God


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Make
Thankfulness
Your Sacrifice To God

Scripture


Psalm 50

14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.

23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
    If you keep to my path,
    I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”


Observation

I just asked Kathy how she was doing in her Gratitude Journal and she reported to me that she now has 982 things that she is thankful for and she has almost reached her goal of 1000!

She started this journal over a year ago and has faithfully been writing down things that she is thankful for as they come to her mind! Maybe you and I are included in her list!

God says that giving Him thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Him! Think about that! Take time right now to make the sacrifice of thanksgiving!

Let’s start out this week full of gratitude and thanksgiving to our Lord!

Ephesians 5:20

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Application

I have so much to be thankful for – and so do you! Let’s thank Him!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that a happy heart is a grateful heart! I give You thanks right now. Thank You for taking such good care of me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Thank You for meeting every one of my needs! Thank You for answering my prayers. Thank You for allowing me to live another day. Thank You for my family and my friends. You are a Mighty God. You are Worthy of All Praise!


Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 7,8; Psalms 69; 1 Corinthians 5; Psalm 50, Psalm 80



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

For When They Die, They Carry Nothing With Them


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For When They Die,
They Carry
Nothing With Them


Scripture

Psalm 49

    [16] So don't be dismayed when the wicked grow rich,
        and their homes become ever more splendid.
    [17] For when they die, they carry nothing with them.
        Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.
    [18] In this life they consider themselves fortunate,
        and the world loudly applauds their success.
    [19] But they will die like all others before them
        and never again see the light of day.
    [20] People who boast of their wealth don't understand
        that they will die like the animals.

Observation

This Psalm is a reminder to me that money and wealth are not everything. In fact, having lots of money and stuff only causes us to miss out on what we were really created for in the first place.
As I write this I am sitting on a campsite table listening to all of God’s creation. All kinds of birds are saying good morning to Kathy and I! It is amazing just how wonderful God’s creation is!
Getting away to a secluded place and having the opportunity to enjoy God and everything that He has created is something that all of us need to do to maintain our sanity and a close relationship with the Lord. 

Pastor Rapley Armstrong made this statement one time and I wrote it in my Bible: “You must come apart or you will come apart!” 

It is sad how quickly our priorities can get messed up by what the world is always offering us. 

So millionaires and billionaires, you don’t impress me! When you die you are not taking any of it with you!


Application

I will enjoy my life and everything that goes with it! How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing Kathy and I the opportunity to go camping this weekend. What a wonderful world You have created. Thank You for all of the people that You have brought into our lives. We are so blessed. Thank You for giving us so many great friends. They are worth more than anything that money could ever buy. 


Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 3, Joshua 4; 1 Corinthians 4; Psalm 49



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

You Are Acting Like People Who Don’t Belong To The Lord.


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You Are Acting
Like People
Who Don’t Belong To The Lord. 


Scripture

I Corinthians 3:3

[3] for you are still controlled by your own sinful desires. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn't that prove you are controlled by your own desires? You are acting like people who don't belong to the Lord.

Observation

The Apostle Paul was letting the believers in Corinth know just how he felt about their behavior. When you and I act like people that don’t belong to the Lord hopefully someone like the Apostle Paul will at least confront us and call us out on our bad behavior. 

We are all sinners and sometimes we are all going to need to be corrected. 

Correction may come through your Christian spouse or even one of your children, maybe by a brother or sister in Christ, maybe by a pastor or maybe if what we did was really bad even by the entire church, but each of us will one day find ourselves being corrected by someone that loves us and cares about us. 

Let’s strive to live and walk in the Spirit and let’s not let ourselves be controlled by our sinful desires! 

What are some ways we acting like we don’t belong to the Lord? Let’s change those ways!

Galatians 5:22-23

    But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 

 Application

I will accept a brother or sister in Christ speaking to me in truth to correct me when I have acted or I am acting in an ungodly manner. How about you? 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me walk in a way that brings You honor and glory. Help me to accept correction when I need it. Help me to watch my attitude and my motives when I help a brother or sister that has fallen into sin. Help me to offer correction in humility and with gentleness and always remind me of my own sinfulness.


Daily Bible Reading:  Joshua 1, Joshua 2; 1 Corinthians 3




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