“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2 HCSB https://www.bible.com/72/psa.1.1-2.hcsb
If you want true happiness in your life choose to walk with Jesus. He will lead and guide you along the path of righteousness. Don’t be influenced by the ungodly who participates in all kinds of evilness and denies God. The choice you make today impacts your future throughout eternity.
I was extracting honey this week with a friend of mine that needed some help. Till today the honey had been orange honey but is now a mixture of wildflower. I happen to look down into the trough where almost all the honey lands and noticed something strange. On the right side of me was a puddle of orange honey, “which is almost clear,” and to the left was the wildflower honey, ” which is a deep Amber color.” The wildflower honey was sliding down into the orange and changing the color dark. It quickly overtook the orange and slid down the trough into the bottom bucket. This reminded me of times in my life with drugs and alcohol, amongst other things. My life was going so nice and along comes the devil with all his enticements. He dangles those carrots in front of my face and before I know it I’ve been caught in Satan’s snare. I get stuck in the darkness, feeling as though I’m being sucked down to a dismal abyss. I’m not going to lie to all of you. The devil has things that are super fun, for a minute. Some of my most fun times were when I was using drugs and drinking. You wanna know what was at the end of that fun road? Divorce, lost my kids, multiple jobs down the drain, DUI, anger management classes, jail, fighting, and spending all the money we had as a family to support my habit. Not to mention all the bridges I burned along the way, and no self-respect. My advice to you would be to run as soon as you feel like you are being tempted, flee as fast as you can.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
If we don’t think what we hear is important, we completely put it out of our minds. Do you remember in school, the teacher would say, “ you need to know this, write it down.” God is saying the same thing. Remember, don’t be afraid, for I am here to help you. You can call on me anytime day or night. Write it down in your mind and call upon my name.
Yesterday my wife and I went to the doctor. I’ve been struggling horribly with a number of things and it all came crashing down. I’m not going to go into all of my physical problems but I did however express them to the doctor. I couldn’t stop the tears from coming out even though I tried so hard to. I had a procedure that was supposed to be the fix all to my ailments, but it was not! I feel worse than before. I prayed hard this morning for the energy to get through the gym to start my day and God answered me with the kind of strength I had when I was 20! I didn’t want to leave the gym this morning but felt if I didn’t I would over work myself. God touched the inside of me and drove me with His spirit, giving me strength physically. Amen to that! If you feel at all bad about your physical ability whatever the case may be, God will heal you if only we ask.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” That Scripture says “anyone” because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in him, as the Scripture says, “Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.”” Romans 10:9-13 NCV https://www.bible.com/105/rom.10.9-13.ncv
I felt sick to my stomach again, not just hungry for food, but for life. I needed something more but wasn’t sure what it was. I was coming down off of drugs and with only two dollars to my name it wasn’t clear where I’d lay my head that night. I was walking down a horrible part of town that I called home. On every corner here were the many people known as the decay of society. Prostitute’s, pimps and drug dealers we’re all around me along with many homeless people. The thought had never crossed my mind that I was actually homeless myself since I slept on so many couches that were in homes. That day however was my reality check. I hadn’t lined out a place to sleep for the night and without money and my sour attitude from the lack of drugs in my system, I was in a bad spot. A thought suddenly sprang into my mind and not a great one. I was going to strong arm a gas station. My thoughts were that if I got away with it I would have money for a hotel room with food. If I got caught I would go to jail and have a bed and free food. My mind was made up and my shoes made a b-line for the gas station doors. Something came over me though and my whole body turned and ended up at a phone booth where I had called the police on myself!!! I couldn’t believe what I was saying even as the words came spilling from my lips. I had told the operator what I was about to do and hung up the phone! I stood there in absolute disbelief and wasn’t sure what to do with myself at that moment. I decided to take a seat on the side of the gas station because the siren from the police car was already in ear shot. The squad car had pulled up, two police officers got out. They were looking straight at me, and asked if I was the one who made the phone call. I told them yes it was me and they asked what was going on. I told them about my situation and my plan. The officer looked at me and said,” out of all my years on the force I’ve never received a call like this.” He asked if I knew of a certain rescue mission here in town and I told him no. I asked what it was for and he told me that it was to help homeless people like myself. In that moment I realized that I was actually homeless. He asked if that’s what I would like to do. I told him quickly that I would love to give it a shot. He took me over in his car and had a word with the owner of the rescue mission. The man took me in and showed me everything. They had meals and church services. Not to mention showers and many bunk beds. They also had different things to do around the house to work for what you were given. This place was amazing to say the least and changed my life forever. That was 20 years ago and now I am a part of something greater than myself. I am on the board of the Oakdale rescue mission helping others like myself. God has a plan for each and every one of us and is the only one to know our future. Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.