Archive for May, 2014

As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” (Proverbs 11:19 NKJV)

Thousands have been killed in a 5-year-old Islamic uprising that aims to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, though the country’s population is almost equally divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. In the city of Jos, the center point between the two groups, a terrorist tried to detonate a bomb at a soccer game last week, only to be caught in its premature blast, along with two bystanders.

The Bible guarantees that if we are bent to do wrong, we will eventually pay the price. Even though our flesh desires the things it shouldn’t, we must live disciplined, being willing to deny our passions for what we know is right. No matter how small the temptation, a price will always be payed.

Living pure isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Just as two bystanders were caught in the bungled bomber’s blast, innocent people pay prices for our weaknesses. Go to God and allow His strength to be yours! You are loved today!
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But I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me.” (Psalms 40:17 NKJV)

Daniel Chong was a student at the University of California in San Diego when he visited a friend’s house in 2012. The house was raided that day by the DEA in a drug sting. While being held in an isolated cell during the investigation, Chong was forgotten and left unattended without food, water, or hygiene for 5 days before being found, seriously dehydrated and ready to die. Needless to say, somebody got in trouble!

When we are in the midst of heavy trials, perhaps even isolated from the comfort of others, our soul naturally gravitates to God for help. We fear being alone, afraid that God would forget us, leaving us alone to die, like Chong. Yet the Bible says that He never forgets us, but is always thinking of our well-being!

As you start your weekend, don’t let your fears overwhelm you. You are never alone no matter how you feel. Be confident in that! Let your issues draw you in hope to God! You are loved and highly thought of today!
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Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.” (1 Timothy 5:7 NLT)

On March 12, 2005, 44-year old Terry Ratzmann entered the room at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where the congregation of the Living Church of God was holding a church service. Ratzmann carried his 9mm handgun and fired 22 rounds into the congregation killing the minister and six others, including the minister’s son. It was reported that a previous sermon had unsettled Ratzmann and led to the shooting.

Not everyone will agree with sermons that are preached. During one sermon from Jesus, a crowd got so angry that they tried to throw Him from a cliff! But if it is a true word from God, it will challenge us on how we are living, convicting us where we fall short. Our response shouldn’t be anger at being convicted, but repentance for being wrong.

As you go to church this weekend, go with an open heart. Make sure that you’re not easily offended when you are taught how to live, for God’s desire isn’t to make you happy, just holy! Be easy to instruct! You are loved today!
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Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.” (Hebrews 12:12 NKJV)

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Phillipe is rebuilding his life. “Being an infantry soldier you are on the front,” he said. “I got hit with a lot of IEDs. Got hit with an RPG. Lot of fire fights.” Phillipe suffered a spine injury, a traumatic brain injury, and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His mentor helping him transition to civilian life through a wounded warrior program helped him find Ozarks Hydrographics in Nixa, MO, that is helping him learn a trade and get back to living.

While this verse actually speaks of the wounding from being corrected spiritually, it also applies to the wounds from living. There is a time to be still, repent, learn, and heal. But afterwards, life has got to happen again. We were never meant to live life from the sidelines, no matter what put us there. God’s desire is to be strengthened again and return back to the fight of living!

In you beats the heart of a warrior. We all get battle-weary and wounded. Take heart in knowing you’re not alone! But find that place of healing in God’s presence and enter life again! You were made to fight for the winning side! You are loved to live!
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And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (I Timothy 6:8 NKJV)

According to a study published by the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University Law School, lottery winners declare bankruptcy at twice the rate of the general population. Bud Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988, but was bankrupt one year later, now living on his Social Security. “I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare,” says Post.

We all suffer from a form of discontentment. Whether with money, job, marriage, or a host of other things, many daydream about what they are missing out on in life. “If only…” is our mantra! But things don’t bring contentment, only God does. By living gratefully with what you have, God can see your unselfish life and know He can trust you with more.

Remember that in this life we are simply stewards of what God gives us. If we spend what’s His like it’s ours, then blessing stops. If you struggle with discontent, ask God to change how you feel. A breakthrough is waiting for your permission to happen! You are loved today!
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I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways.” (I Kings 2:2, 3 NKJV)

As old King David was about to pass away, he made his son, Solomon, the King of Israel. David knew what had made his 40-year reign successful, and that was obedience to God. His brief moments of failure were due to times of disobedience, and they cost him great prices. So what was his final bit of advice for the new king? Obey God and you will be successful.

Go to your local bookstore and you’ll find a host of books on ways to succeed in various areas of life: business, finance, relationships, weight management, and so on. And while some of these will work at moments, none are guaranteed. Only God makes your way blessed. But we must be faithful to obey His way written in the Bible and how He daily leads through the direction of the Holy Spirit.

It is a shallow childish person who only lives for the moment, chasing whatever makes them feel good quickly. Live disciplined, knowing that the delayed gratification of obedience will lead to greater satisfaction overall. Let God’s best be yours everyday! You are loved!
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