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Are You Read For The Judgment Day?

July 31, 2014

Judgment Day
Most are familiar with the words. Even though a person may not understand what the Bible says about “judgment day” they are likely familiar with the idea. Maybe they have seen a movie that talks about judgment day and that’s their idea of it.
The Bible says that one day Jesus is going to return and when He does, there is going to be a judgment day. If we are believers, our names will be found in the lambs book of life so, we will go to heaven. But in addition to our eternal destiny, our lives will be judged. The Bible says “we must all stand before the judgment seat.” How will that go?
Did we use the spiritual gifts the Lord gives us in His service?
Did we take the money God gave us and use it for His glory? Did we tithe? Did we give over and above the tithe?
Did we serve? Did we serve in the some capacity in the Lord’s work?
The bottom line is, did we live for the Lord? Did we use whatever gifts the Lord gave us for His glory.
God is not going to expect us to do something we aren’t gifted at but He will expect us to do what we could. God is not going to expect us to give what someone else gives. He will expect us to give what we can.
Judgment day is coming. I don’t know when it will happen but, it is coming. We need to live every day being ready to stand before Christ.

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The Problem with Pride

July 30, 2014

Pride
It has brought down many political leaders.
It has broken up many relationships.
It’s ended many marriages.
It’s kept lots of people from admitting they need help
It got Satan (who was originally an angel) kicked out of heaven.
I Chronicles 26:16 says of King Uzziah “But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall.”
Pride led to the downfall of a king. He wasn’t the first and he wouldn’t be the last for pride to be an issue with. What about you? Is pride an issue for you?
Have you made a mistake but your pride keeps you from admitting it?
Has pride kept you from asking for help?
The middle letter in “pride” is “I.” So, when you have a problem with pride, it’s really a problem with selfishness. You are too concerned about yourself.. about what others will think etc…
We all have trouble with pride at times. Some may have it more than others. Pride can even prevent us from admitting that we have a problem with pride.
Today, don’t let pride keep you from admitting you are wrong or, that you need help. The very first thing anyone must do to become a Christian is to humbly admit they are a sinner. Instead of being filled with pride, humble yourself before the Lord today.
C.S. Lewis said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
Humble yourself before the Lord today.

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We Worship God By Giving Our Lives To The Lord

July 29, 2014

When we walk out of worship on Sunday, is worship over?
Not according to what the apostle Paul said. In Romans 12:1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
So, Paul is telling us that worship is not just on Sunday. Worship happens every day as we give our lives to the Lord. Every day, we sing praises to God as we live for Christ.
So, how are you doing with daily worship? What about on the job? Do your colleagues know you are a Christian or, do you show up late, don’t work hard and then, leave early? Do you tell jokes at work that you shouldn’t tell as a Christian? You don’t necessarily have to shove the Bible down everyone’s throat at work but, your colleagues should know there is something different about your life.
What about at kids sports? Do others on your child’s team know that you are a Christian or, are you constantly yelling at the umpire, second-guessing the coach and complaining about playing time?
What about during your recreation. When you play golf with your buddies, do you live in a manner that they know you are a Christian.
Paul said we should present our bodies to the Lord. He added that this worship. So, I challenge you today to give your body to the Lord. Live for Jesus today and throughout the week.

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What Is Your Purpose In Living?

July 28, 2014

What is your purpose in living?
Yesterday I was reading an article about a college football coach who is sitting out this fall. Because he’s not coaching he said he misses being around the coaches and players. He added “I miss waking up with the purpose.”
The purpose he was referring to was coaching and recruiting.
What about you? What is your purpose? The apostle Paul said “God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles.” Paul knew his purpose or his goal in life.
What is your purpose? For every Christian our goal is to glorify God in all we do. We do that living for God. We do that by living a holy life. We do that by serving to help others in Jesus name.
Our purpose also involves our job. Are you happy in your job? Do you know what your skill set is?
A couple of years ago there was a High School Principal who resigned and went back into the classroom. Did he lose money? Yes. But evidently, for him, he didn’t feel comfortable as a Principal and went back to teaching. He knows his skill set and he felt he was better suited as a teacher.
Make sure you are equipped for your job. As you walk out the door, determine to bring glory to God as a nurse or a Doctor or an Attorney or a salesman or an educator.

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The Valley Of Blessing

July 27, 2014

Do you have a designated place that is your “valley of blessing?” Let me explain.
In the book of I Chronicles Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were about to be attacked. God told them to stand still and see that God would win the battle for them.
When the battle was over, there was a lot of plunder left by the opposing army. So, the people of Israel went and gathered the plunder. There was so much plunder, it took them a couple of days.
Because of this, they named the valley, the “Valley of Blessing” (I Chronicles 20). I like that. Each one of us could name our homes, “the home of blessing,” or if we have several acres of land we could name it “the place of blessing.” We might even name our job, “the job of blessing” because we are thankful to have a job.
Everyone of us have been blessed. We probably have several things we could designate as something of “blessing.”
There is an old hymn we sing that goes;
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost.
Count your many blessings name them one by one;
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Count your blessings name them one by one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your blessings! Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings see what God has done.”
Today, let’s designate something as our “place of blessing” and count our blessings because of the mercy of the Lord.

What Are You Committed To? It Should Be Jesus

July 26, 2014

What are you committed to? Everyone is committed to something.
For some it is sports or a particular team. I am a pretty strong LSU fan. I have clothes with LSU on it.. a chair.. some things on my wall etc.. I will pay money to go watch an LSU ballgame. Others will do the same to watch their team.
Others are committed to fishing or hunting or maybe traveling. I knew a man and woman who LOVED going on cruises. They went on several cruises a year.
So, all of us are committed to something. But, we all need to ask ourselves… are we committed to the right thing? The only thing that is worth a deep, lasting commitment is Jesus.
In the Old Testament, it was said of King Jehoshaphat, “He was deeply committed to the ways of the Lord. He removed the pagan shrines and Asherah poles from Judah” (II Chronicles 17:6).
I like the phrase “deeply committed to the ways of the Lord.” The only thing worth a deep commitment of our lives is Jesus. I love LSU but they lose games at times and it makes me unhappy. I love books but the only book that give me lasting happiness is the Bible.
So, what are you committed to? We all need to look to Jehoshaphat’s example and be deeply committed to the ways of the Lord. And a deep commitment to the Lord is going to lead us to worship Jesus and give and serve in the name of Jesus.
Today, let’s evaluate our lives and remove the things that have become too important and commit our lives to Christ.

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Serve The Lord Consistently, Not Just When You’re In Trouble

July 25, 2014

I’ve ministered for thirty years. Over this time, I’ve met lots of people and many of them were down or hurting when I ministered to them. And, I’ve heard LOTS of people promise God they would do this or that if God would just help them. And, I’ve seen lots of these same folks forget the Lord once they get back on their feet.
I can think of a guy now in an earlier church. He lived within sight of the church but he never attended. I visited him in the hospital and he told me that he was going to start attending church. I was a young Minister and foolish enough to believe him. Upon being discharged from the hospital, I never saw him.
What about you? What about us?
When Sunday rolls around, Americans seem to have all kinds of things they need to do INSTEAD of worshiping God. But when Monday comes, or Tuesday or Wednesday, when something happens in our lives, we will cry out to the same God we didn’t have time to worship on Sunday. As the Psalmist said “…whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord…(II Chronicles 15:4).
I am thankful for God’s grace. Lord have mercy, I am thankful for God’s grace because, all of us have at times, been guilty of turning to the Lord when we were in trouble but forgetting Him when things are going well. We need to worship God and serve God with consistency as opposed to just doing it when we are in trouble.
I encourage you this Sunday, find a local church and worship the Lord who has helped you when you were down.

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