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We Can Have Peace Of Mind

August 28, 2014

Do you have peace of mind? If not, you can.
In the book of II Corinthians 12:13, the apostle Paul says that when he was in the city of Troas, he had no peace of mind because his friend Titus had not yet arrived.
There are three ways we can experience peace;
There is the Peace WITH God which we experience when ask Christ into your hearts;
There is the Peace OF God which we experience when we have made the right decision;
There is Peace WITH our fellow man.
So, this morning, do you have those types of peace? Paul talked about “peace of mind.” Do you have that today?
Lots and lots and lots of people are struggling for peace of mind. Some turn to alcohol or drugs to get some peace of mind. Or, maybe they are taking some type of prescription drug to give them some peace.
Our Lord wants us to have peace. Now, someone may say, “I understand that but, in the situation I’m in, I’m not going to have peace.” You may be in a tough situation but, you can still have peace. You can have peace in the midst of a storm.
Today, whatever is bothering you, try to give it to the Lord and experience peace of mind.
Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden said, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
Today, the Lord wants us to have peace of mind.

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You Can Have A Clear Conscience

August 27, 2014

“They must have a guilty conscience.”
Ever heard something like that? It refers to someone who had made a mistake and their conscience was bothering them. Of everything God created, man is the only part of God’s creation who has a conscience. Our conscience bothers us when we have made a mistake. Our conscience can keep us from doing something wrong.
Job said, “My conscience is clear for as long as I live.”
Job was suffering and his three friends had suggested that he must have sinned because people don’t suffer like he was unless they had sinned. Job answered this by saying “my conscience is clear.”
What is your conscience like? Do you have a guilty conscience? When we have done something that is wrong, we can have a guilty conscience. If you have a guilty conscience, it doesn’t have to stay that way. If we will confess our sin before God we can be forgiven. There is nothing any of us have done that God won’t forgive. So, you don’t have to harbor old sin… you don’t have to dwell on old mistakes… you CAN be forgiven.
Your conscience can be clear. To do that, repent of your sin and confess it and the Bible promises our sins are washed away. Do that today. Our Lord wants to help you have a clear conscience.

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Why Do The Wicked Prosper?

August 26, 2014

“Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful” (Job 21:7).
Most of us have asked that question. Oh, we may not have put it in those exact words but, we have asked the question. Why do we ask it? Well, as Christians, we kind of want to think that God ought to be on our side. I mean, we do serve Him. We try to live for Him. We give money to God’s work. We go to church. We read our Bibles. We may even a Christian bumper sticker on our vehicles. That ought to count for something, right? We do all these things and, because we do we think God should protect us. God shouldn’t let bad things happen to us. Our kids should win all the awards given.
But that’s not how life works, is it? Nope.
Still, we ask, “Lord, why do the ungodly people do well? It just doesn’t seem fair.
Well, the answer is, we live in a fallen world. And the wicked prosper because, well, they just do. Some of them are good business people. Their kids may be better athletes.
But… hear me Christian… it ain’t all about what goes on down here. You see, one day everyone is going to stand before the Lord. One day, the Bible says “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” And when we do, the wicked will be punished.
So, we keep serving the Lord. We keep singing. We keep serving. We keep studying the Bible even though… as we look around us, it can seem like the bad guys are winning. But, we know the end of the story and in the end, Jesus and His followers win.

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You Will Face Opposition Doing The Lord’s Work

August 25, 2014

Back in July of 1981, I surrendered to full-time Christian service. I thought that if I was doing the Lord’s work, it would be great. Everyone would be happy and life would be great. Doing the Lord’s work is great but, that doesn’t mean you don’t face opposition.
I learned this early on. In my first Pastorate I would hear about someone who was unhappy with me. I would get in my car and ride out and talk with them and everything would be fine. But then, someone else would get upset and someone else etc… I finally learned that I could not make everyone happy. Wasn’t going to happen. So, I learned that I had to be faithful to the Lord and if I was, God would take care of the rest.
In the book of I Corinthians, Paul said, “There is a wide-open door for great work here, though many oppose me.” (I Cor. 16:9)
Think about Paul’s words… “though many oppose me.” Paul faced opposition and we will as well.
So, if you are doing the Lord’s work and you are experiencing some opposition, don’t quit, don’t get discouraged. Instead, know that it comes with the turf.
You will not make everyone happy. So, do your best and trust God with the rest.

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The Battle Belongs To The Lord!

August 24, 2014

Are you facing some type of challenge? You have tried everything you to know to whip it but it’s whipping you instead.
You’ve read some self-help books. No help.
You’ve listened to some podcasts. No help.
You’ve attended some conferences. Again, no help.
You are beginning to feel like there is no hope. But there is!
Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.”
The horse was a key to battle in Bible days. The Psalmist is saying the horse is prepared but.. while the horse is key in battle… the victory belongs to the Lord.
Today, there is nothing wrong with reading a self-help book, listening to some podcasts or getting other help to help you in battle. But ultimately, when it’s all said and done, victory belongs to the Lord.
We need to trust the Lord in battle.

How Can A Man Be Right Before God?

August 23, 2014

“How can a man be right before God?” (Job 9:)
That question was asked of Job years ago.
It is a questions man has tried to answer for years. “How can a man be made right before God?” Man has tried to give things… thinking that will make him right. Man has tried to do good works thinking that will make him right. Man has tried to live a good, honorable life, thinking that will make him right. But none of those work. Man is still a sinner in need of a Savior.
There is only one way man is right before God and that’s through asking Jesus Christ to forgive us of our sin. That’s it. There is no other way.
And there doesn’t have to be another way because the blood of Christ covers our sins.
Today, if you are a Christian, give thanks to God for making us right before God. We didn’t do anything to deserve it. But Jesus gave us His life so we can be right before God.
“Love grew where the blood fell,
Showers of hope sprang up in and side misery.
Sin died, where the blood fell,
I’m so glad His precious blood has covered me.”

Even Though Things Appear Bleak… There IS Hope!

August 22, 2014

You are a Christian.
You TRY to do the right thing.
Yet, you look around and it appears that the wicked are advancing and you aren’t. They have good jobs. They get the promotions. Their kids seem to excel. You question that. “How can it be?” you wonder.
The Psalmist helps us answer that. He says, “Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed” (Psalm 37:34).
The Psalmist assures us that living for the Lord is the right thing. Placing our hope in the Lord is the right thing. Even though it seems others get ahead while you don’t, we are still to put our hope in the Lord. The Psalmist reminds us that in the end, the wicked will be destroyed.
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day” is a beautiful Christmas song. It was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the midst of the Civil War. Longfellow looked around and it seemed that the wicked were prevailing.
That led Longfellow to write…
And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
But then, Longfellow heard the bells of the church ring out. As they did, a surge of hope went through his body and he wrote…
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”
Let Longfellow’s words encourage you today… “The wrong shall fail, the right prevail…” Even though for a moment the wicked may seem to be winning, in the end, when the Lord returns, “the wrong shall fail, the right prevail.”

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