James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each of you are tempted when you are dragged away by your own sinful desire and enticed. I have to admit something to all of you out there, I am a sinner and a bad one at that. I decided to take a walk last night and it was pretty dark out. The path was only lit up by faint lights every twenty feet or so but it made the walkway look so very clean. Every once in a while I would see a little pebble and would kick it away trying to keep it nice looking. The farther along in my journey, the more rocks would be there, so many in fact that it was impossible to get them all off the track . This feels like the sin in my life, once I let one pebble in it just produces more sin than can be handled. After you have sin so much you start to feel a huge distance between God and yourself, like you’ll never get back to where you were with Him. That is why it’s incredibly important to when you are being tempted to pray hard and know that God is with you, but also to walk away knowing that you want to be with God more then the sin that is tempting you. The devil will entice you with a full arsenal of evil desires so we need to stand firm in our faith. Are you tempted or overwhelmed by any type of sin in your life today? Do you want to keep on God’s path and taste the victory over the evil one? If your answer is yes then let us bow our heads in prayer. Heavenly Father thank you for blessing us with the power of prayer to help us conquer the temptations in our lives. Lord we ask you to place a shield of protection around us today to block any and all attacks from the devil. In Jesus precious name , AMEN
Karen and I started a class at the Oakdale Rescue Mission attempting to reach our homeless friends through Christ Jesus and the turnover has been awesome to say the least. We never know who is going to show up and what God has planned for us that day. We do plan the meeting out, sometimes reading from our book, having an open discussion, and on occasion just listening to what problems may have come up throughout the week. We always pray that the Holy Spirit leads us, from whatever comes into our minds to the the words that come out of our mouths. Whatever we are doing and thinking we want it to come from God. It’s so easy to lean on our own understanding, giving advice quickly and without much thought. There are two guys in our group that have made quite a bit of progress and it has made an impression on me. One man doesn’t usually attend our events if he knows that we will be talking about the bible. I’ve been taking him to and from multiple doctors appointments and telling him of our group and the fun we’ve been having. He not only showed up for our group but to sabbath school and church! The other man is a very quiet person and had attended our group and taking a seven day challenge. His challenge was to work on getting out more because he is a recluse, not only has he been attending all our group sessions but he has been going to church every weekend and it’s events! God is good and faithful, I love the fact that He impressed us to start this group. Being able to see the growth in other individuals is nothing short of a miracle and it keeps Karen and I coming back for more. We cannot wait to see what the next week will hold, Praise God! 1 Samuel 2:26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.
Learning to ride a bike was probably the hardest most fearful thing to do. I remember climbing the little pup fence in front of the house just to get on my bicycle. The handlebars rocked side to side terribly as I tried desperately to keep my balance. The bike would end up tipping over before I even began to pedal leaving me with a couple of scratches and damaging my pride. Going in the house for dinner I told my parents through a couple of tears that I was afraid of falling and that, “I’ll never learn to ride this bike,” or so I thought. The next day after work my dad came outside and held the back of my seat then showed me how to mount the bike without the use of the pup fence. When he held the back of the bike the way he did, my hands didn’t shake the handlebars near as much, it was steady and suddenly I felt a sense of security. With this new strength, I was feeling there was an instant change in my mind, “I CAN DO THIS”!!!! With the strength of my father behind me, I felt secure and confident, like the fear had just melted away. The same is with our Heavenly Father if we trust in Him and believe that He will back us, then and only then will we succeed. Do you want to feel His strength today, is your wish to be stronger in the Lord, then let’s bow our head in prayer? Dear heavenly father thank you so much for always protecting us and loving us Lord, today we want to trust in you and ask you to give us your strength Lord to get us through any problems or troubles that we have today. Be our rock and our foundation, helping us to prevail and triumph over fear, in Jesus name, AMEN
Psalm 119:105, Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Matthew 5:16, In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. There are so many verses in the bible about being a light in the darkness and it is so inspiring to me. Because my past was so full of darkness and coming to the light was such a huge change and I want to use that to inspire others. Every morning I pray God sends me someone who needs help and that we can be a light in their life in some way or another. One day I had my son with me and we were running late so we said a prayer in the car on the way to the bank. I had asked God to put someone in our path that morning, turning into the bank parking lot I noticed a friend of mine standing on the sidewalk. Pulling up to him I asked what he was up to and he told me he was having problems at home and got kicked out, he hadn’t had breakfast yet and was very hungry. We invited him to come with us and get something to eat so he hopped in the car. We all sat down to eat and he went on telling us of his problems and we all bowed our head in prayer. He decided to walk home so we said goodbye and he went on his way. My son turns to me and says,”Dad, God answered our prayer”. God did three things that day that we could plainly see. He gave strength to a lost soul, made my son see His light, and made my light stronger. Amen
Matthew 9:11-13 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, ” It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘ I desire mercy, not sacrifice. ‘ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” These verses left such an impact on me when first cracking open the bible. Knowing that God was not in search of an angel, but of a lost, broken and sinful me. The more damaged and incurable we are the more God has victory when we finally let Him into our hearts and except Him as our personal Lord and savior. I was so far down in my life that all I could think of was dying and I couldn’t even do that right. My heart was so very broken and so full of sadness that I thought it unfixable. Jesus loves all of us and all He wants is to help mend our broken hearts, leading and guiding us to a better life. If you are looking for the way, the truth, and the light, then bow your head with me in prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you so much for this beautiful day. Come into our hearts today and begin the healing process from all the damage that we have done over the years. Show us a new way of life in which we put you first and die to our old selves. In Jesus precious name AMEN.
It took all of my efforts just to walk around the block, feeling like there was a ton of rock on my back. My breathing was labored and couldn’t muster up any energy to get through the day and that is not like me. I have always loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, long peaceful walks, exploring, cycling, you name it. God created so many beautiful things and I want to take in as much as possible in this short life. Going to multiple doctors to figure out what was going on was getting to be exhausting and wasn’t sure if they were ever going to find out what was going on. Finally I ended up going to an allergy clinic and had a test done that pinpoints what exactly your allergic to. Turns out I’m allergic to quite a few trees one of them being native to where I live, many types of grass, alot of weeds, a couple of molds and feathers! Bad news for this great outdoorsman, but we explored some options and came up with one that best suited my situation. I need to come in once a week for the next three and a half years to get a shot in both arms and eventually build up an immunity to these allergies. In the meantime there’s inhalers and pills to take to get me back outside and enjoy all of God’s creations and I couldn’t be more pumped. Through prayer God showed me what was wrong and how it could be fixed to get me back out there and fellowshipping with others. Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I just received a warning on my computer this morning that my virus protection expired. My computer is now exposed to all kinds of viruses It took me back a minute, I am so thankful that God’s protection never expires. It’s free for everyone that believes and ask. Don’t leave you’re heart exposed to Satan. Be carrful! Watch out for attacks from the devil your great enemy. He Prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 1peter 5:8
Have we the courage to turn the other cheek, would we be afraid to be seen weak?
We yelled at a sister or even a brother, crossed our father or also let down our mother.
God asks to love one another, no matter the case, even when we feel we’ve been spat in the face.
His son took a beating and died for all of us; He didn’t fight back or yell not even cuss.
Ask God to help put your pride aside, feeling God’s love bubbling up from deep inside.
Don’t argue or fight even saying awful things out of spite, always keeping God in our sight.
A kind word goes a long way when you have something to say, don’t discourage, encourage throughout your long day.
Depending on how they are used words can be extremely damaging or uplifting and encouraging. This is something that we all need to be cautious of and pray that the Holy Spirit speaks through us and that we are quick to listen. My mind naturally thinks of quick-witted remarks and not all of them are healthy sometimes hurting others feelings. On occasion, the roles are reversed and the damage happens to us through other people and we all know that doesn’t feel very good. My mouth in my younger years would run nonstop without a filter, cuss words were my best friend and without any regard for others feelings. Every once in a while if I come across an unruly person who has this same problem my mouth tends to follow suit being rude back to them. This is something that does not belong in my walk with God and even though my mouth has improved about 95%, that 5% can creep out and do a lot of damage. Praying to the Holy Spirit for strength and His words to flow through my mouth, along with my love of God makes this habit disappear, but I need to be more vigilant. James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, and slow to speak and slow to become angry, Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Walking into the hospital thoughts were rolling around in my head of what to say to a church member whom I barely knew. Being led by the Holy Spirit to the hospital to pray for others is a great experience. Upon entering her hospital room and saying hello she had a look of confusion on her face. She had fallen almost a week prior and hurt her head so her memory was a bit fuzzy. We hadn’t had any long talks and I didn’t know much about her but after that day I knew a lot more and what God wanted me to do. After a few minutes she started to remember me and tears began rolling down her cheeks. My heart broke as I heard her say, ” you are the only person from church that has been here to visit me.” I knew that she had been a member there for over 70 years and couldn’t believe no one had reached out to her. Staying with her for a bit we spoke of likes and dislikes, plus the ups and downs that our church has had over the years. It dawned on me that even though I came to visit her it didn’t make me a great friend. The only interaction we’ve had the last couple of years is exchanging the peace during service, giving a quick hug and saying peace be with you. I felt like a total heel, here is this amazing woman that our church is blessed to have as part of our church family that we barely know is there. Being totally honest, it can be hard for me to get to know everyone at church. Some conversations last longer than others so it makes it hard to speak with everybody in an hour and a half. God was speaking to me that day telling me to branch out and expand my circle, not just sticking with the people that are around me the most. Fellowship is crucial to the church and there needs to be more of it and not just for an hour and a half, we need time to rub elbows with everyone and have them feel like family because that is what church is, our family. We grow and learn from others experiences through God and I feel as though that opportunity was missed by not speaking with this woman who had been here the longest. Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifice God is pleased. Philippians 1:5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. Sometimes we can form little cliques in church and not even know that we are doing it. My challenge from here on out is to go up to as many people as possible that I haven’t interacted with much and spread the fellowship. I challenge all of you to make new friends at church expecially with those who are older.
Heavenly Father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day, help us and guide us towards sharing our love for you with others. Give us the strength to fellowship with everyone and not just the one’s we choose. In Jesus precious name AMEN.