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YES God Does Live Among His People

July 22, 2014

We live in what can be, a cold, cold world. I’m not talking about temperature. I’m talking about love. I’m talking about people.
People can, at times, be very cold.. very unconcerned… People can say things that hurt and can fail to help when they are needed.
Has there ever been a time when you hoped the phone would ring but it didn’t? Has there been a time when you wanted someone to just say “hello” but they didn’t? Have there been times when you just wanted someone to ACT like they cared, if they didn’t
Most of us have been there at some point. People can be good and unconcerned, but our God isn’t. In the book of I Chronicles Solomon was about to dedicate the temple when he prayed “But will God really live on earth among people?” The answer to Solomon’s question was “yes,” God does live among His people. However, God isn’t restricted to a building.
Today, whatever you are facing… know that God cares and God is with us. God DOES live among His people.

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How To Live A Spirit-Filled Life

July 21, 2014

How do you serve God? For lots of people, serving God involves not doing certain things and there are some things we should not do as Christians. But, that isn’t all there is to the Christian life. It’s more than just not doing certain things.
Paul said in the book of Romans, “Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit” (Romans 7:6). So, Paul says the new way of living the Christian life is to be filled with the Spirit.
Ok, you may ask, “How do you do that?” When we received Christ as our Savior the Holy Spirit came into our lives. So, every day, we need to allow the Spirit to control our lives. Paul said in Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.”
That means that every day, we must pray and allow the Spirit access to our lives. The Spirit must control our minds. The Spirit must control our tongues etc… And we must do this every day. As we do this, we will be governed by the Holy Spirit.
A seminary professor once said, “An indication you are filled with the Spirit is not how high you jump when you get it, but how straight you walk when you come down.”
Today, let’s strive to be filled with the ‘Spirit.

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Be Careful! Don’t Let Sin Rule Your Life!

July 20, 2014

At times, a person can think that because they are a Christian, they should never sin. Of course, that’s not true. Just because we’ve asked Christ into our hearts, doesn’t mean we won’t sin.
There is an old saying that expresses this truth;
“When we are saved, we are saved from the PENALTY of sin, meaning death and hell.
We are BEING saved, from the POWER of sin, meaning temptation.
We will BE saved, from the PRESENCE of sin when we go to heaven.”
In Romans 6, Paul said “Do not let sin control the way you live.” So, Paul is saying that we will continue to deal with the power of sin… But we are not to let sin rule in our lives.
Ok, that’s a nice thought but, how do you do it? First, we need to be aware that sin is present and that the devil wants to trip us up. Second, every day, we have to ask the Lord crucify our old selves and not give sin a foothold in our lives. Third, we need to be aware of the sin that we in particularly, have trouble with. Once we are aware of it, we know to watch for it.. be aware of how tempted we are by that sin.
None of us are perfect. We are all sinners. But we need to be aware of the power of sin and not let it control our lives.

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If God Has Called You God Will Equip You

July 19, 2014

Has God called you to do something and you are concerned that you can’t do it? Maybe you have been asked to teach or serve in some capacity and, while you want to do it and you may even see the need for it, you are concerned if you can do it?
You aren’t alone; lots of people have been in your position. But, rest assured… God isn’t going to call you to do something that you aren’t gifted to do.
Solomon was given the job of building the temple. The temple would be the place of worship for Israel. Solomon could have had some anxiety about this. But God re-assured him to take courage & do the work.
You may be nervous about a task you have. You are wondering if you are qualified? You may be thinking “Lord, there are lots of people better at this than me.”
But God says “I will be with you.”
There is an old saying that “God doesn’t call the equipped, God equips the called.”
If God has called you to do something, He WILL be with you.

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We Can Have Peace

July 18, 2014

Do you have peace? Many people do not. We live in a stressed out, anxious world. Lots and lots of medication is prescribed to help us calm down or sleep. This is needed because we want peace but don’t have it. But, we can have peace.
The Bible tells us about three kinds of peace.
There is peace with God. The apostle Paul said, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” This comes when man gives his life to Jesus. When this happens, man has peace with God.
There is the peace of God. This comes when we are obeying God’s will in our lives and we have peace.
Finally, there is peace with our fellow man. Is there a relationship in your life that’s not right? Is there bitterness between you and another person? If so, you do not have peace with your fellow man but we can have it. If there is a problem between you and another person, try to resolve it ASAP.
There is an old song that goes;
“I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river.
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.”
If you don’t have peace, you can have it. If you have never given your life to Christ, you can do that now. If you are a believer, submit to the Lord’s will for your life and get the peace of God. And, if you are at odds with someone, resolve that today.
God wants us to have peace.

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Have You Lost The Sparkle In Your Eye?

July 17, 2014

Have you lost the sparkle in your eye?
Let me explain.
When we are happy, when we have a close walk with the Lord, when we enjoy our jobs, we have a sparkle in our eyes. Maybe not a LITERAL sparkle but our eyes maybe a little brighter. There is a little more bounce in our step. This is an indication of our happiness.
But, you can lose that bounce in your step. The sparkle in your eye can diminish. How?
Sometimes, we lose a job. Sometimes, we go through trials.. maybe marital problems.. or problems with a child.. or financial problems… Or maybe we have lost a friend.
Whatever it is, it can take the sparkle out of our eyes.
The Psalmist asked the Lord, “Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die”(Psalm 13:3). I don’t know what the Psalmist was going through, but whatever it was, it had taken the sparkle out of his eye.
Maybe you are in a position like the Psalmist… the sparkle is gone… If so, the Lord can restore it. Now, a word of caution here; it may take some time. We want things to happen quickly but, it may take some time for you to re-gain your sparkle. But, it CAN be done.
Today, if you have lost your sparkle.. go to the Lord and pour your heart out. Juste empty it. Yep, everything. God knows it all anyway. Just pour out the hurt, the disappointment, the anger, the fear.. whatever it is. Just pour it out and ask the Lord to start from there and help you re-gain your sparkle.
You see, life doesn’t have to be going well for you to have a sparkle. We can have a sparkle in our eye even if we are going through adversity. How? Because we’ve given it to the Lord and we are trusting the Lord.
Ask the Lord to restore the sparkle in your eye today. Right now.

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Tim Doesn’t See My Flaws… We All Need To Be More Like That

July 16, 2014

Yesterday, my post was about my visit with my friend, Tim Bean. I’ve thought about my visits with Tim. As I said yesterday, Tim has down’s syndrome.
Any time I visit with Tim, he makes me feel like I’m a great Christian. I’m not but Tim makes me feel that way. Yesterday, when I walked in and knelt down in front of him… Tim hugged me and held me for a while. As he hugged me, he said “I love you” several times. Hearing that has a tendency to make a person feel good. It made me feel good.
I’m not perfect. FAARRR from it. I have warts and flaws. But Tim doesn’t see that. He just sees “Potsie Webers;” (Tim’s nickname for me)
We live in a very skeptical world. We assume someone isn’t telling the truth. We assume someone has bad intentions or wrong motives. Instead of looking for the best or assuming the best, we can get negative. I do the same.
I need to be a little more like Tim… assuming the best in others. Most of us could stand to be more like that.
Today and in the days ahead.. let’s try to be a little more like Tim Bean and not see all the bad… instead.. seeing the best in others.

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