How long do you expect to live? Have you ever thought about it?
You might respond, “Well, I try not to think about it… I just try to enjoy life and live from day to day.”
Someone else might respond, “Yes, I have thought about it…based on my family history, I expect to live …..”
Psalms 39:4-5 says, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Our lives are like a moment to God. Think about that… our entire lifetime is like a moment in time to God. Ok, so what does all this mean to us?
It means life is short and we need to be prepared for death. What do we need to do to be prepared for death? First, we need to make sure we are ready for eternity. That means, believing in Jesus as Savior. One day everyone of us is going to die. When we do, the Bible says there are two places everyone can go; one place is called heaven and the other is hell. We need to make sure we are ready for heaven. The only way we go to heaven is by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior.
Secondly, we need to live for the Lord We will face judgment. And when we do, we need to be able to look back at our life and see that we have lived for the Lord.
Life is short… so, we need to make sure we are using our time wisely. Are you spending time with your family and friends? Are you helping others? Or, are you a workaholic… spending all your time at work? Or, is there something that is rather foolish that you are spending your time in?
Life is short.. like a moment to God… so spend it wisely.
Honesty and integrity are two character traits that we need more of today. Think about it; you may talk with someone and they say something that gets your attention. As you mull that over in your mind you think, “Well.. if they are telling the truth.”
IF they are telling the truth. We shouldn’t have to wonder IF someone is telling the truth but unfortunately, you can’t believe everything you hear. I admit, I can be gullible. I have a tendency to believe more of what I hear than I should.
Years ago, a book was written entitled, “The Day America Told The Truth.” One man asked people questions and told them they could be honest and not fear any repercussions. He wrote a book based on the responses he heard.
But there shouldn’t be just one day where America tells the truth. That should happen every day.
Proverbs 10:9 says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.”
Think about that verse… “people with integrity walk safely…” Are you a person of integrity? Can people trust you to tell the truth?
Someone has said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.”
The ninth commandment says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:;16).
We need more people of integrity. We need to be honest with people. We need to be trustworthy.
I forget the name of the movie but it has Jack Nicholson in it. At one point someone says, “I want the truth!” Jack Nicholson’s character responds, “You can’t handle the truth!” If not, we need to grow to a point that we can.
Today and every day, strive to be honest in all you do .
Why did Jesus come to earth?
The Pharisees thought He came to commend them and be the political Messiah they were expecting. But that’s not why Jesus came.
In Mark, Jesus called Matthew to be one of His disciples. After following Jesus, Matthew decided to have a meal and invite his friends over to meet Jesus. Matthew’s friends were unsaved people as well. So Jesus went to Matthew’s home and was eating with “the sinners;” ie… the non-churched crowd… which is exactly what Jesus was supposed to do.
The Pharisees saw this and asked His disciples why Jesus was eating with the sinners. Jesus replied with one of my favorite verses in the Bible; “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
I LOVE that verse. In it, Jesus sums up why He came to this earth… to save those who were unsaved. Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor… sick people do..” You can’t put it any plainer than that.
Now, Jesus wants us to follow His example. But, how many unsaved people do you know? How much time do you spend around unchurched people?
Let me ask you something… if you saw your Pastor’s vehicle at a bar… what would you think? Would you automatically assume he was drinking or… could he be witnessing?
Folks.. Jesus Christ… our model for Christian living said Himself… “I didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners…”
If we are going to win this world to Christ we must invest time building relationships with unsaved people… just like Jesus did in Matthew’s home.
This world badly needs Jesus. We aren’t winning many people to Christ. Coukd it be that, at least in part, it’s because we aren’t the spiritually sick like we should be? If you think your too good to be around the unsaved, you have missed the whole point of Jesus life.
It’s not the healthy who need a physician; it’s the sick. Let’s reach out to the spiritually sick,whereever they are.
When Jesus began His ministry, one of the things He did that attracted so many people was healing. In the gospel of Mark, early in the ministry of Jesus, He healed people. The Bible says that after Jesus left the synagogue in Capernaum He went to the home of Simon and Andrew and Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. Jesus went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. The fever left her and she prepared a meal for them.
Then, that evening, as word got out about Jesus healing power, others were brought to Jesus for healing. From all over the area, people came to be healed by Jesus. And that’s what spread the word about Jesus… His healing power.
People still need to be healed today. Some need physical healing while others need emotional or mental healing and others need spiritual healing. Regardless of the type, Jesus heals.
It may not be instantaneous (and then it could be) but, Jesus heals. When we give Jesus our lives and our illness or problems, Jesus heals.
Jesus heals us emotionally. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus heals us mentally. Jesus said “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
Jesus heals us spiritually. Jesus said, “For God so loved he world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but would have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Jesus is still healing. Maybe you have a problem you need to give Jesus. If you will give it to Jesus, He will heal you. Again, it may not be overnight but, the Lord will begin to work in our lives.
Know this; Jesus loves you. Regardless what your past has been like, Jesus loves you and will forgive you. You can be healed!
Do you battle some demons? Do you battle drug or alcohol addiction? Do you battle anger? Do you battle depression? Or, maybe you battle the pain that remains from verbal or sexual abuse. Lots of people battle different kinds of demons. You may refer to someone and say something like, “He or she has some demons they battle.”
Jesus cast out demons during His time on earth. On one occasion, Jesus was in Capernaum and on the Sabbath day He went to the synagogue. A man with an evil spirit cried out for Jesus to leave them alone. Jesus then commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. When this happened, the crowd was astonished and news about Jesus spread all over the area.
What kind of evil spirit are you dealing with? Whatever it is, Jesus will help you. Is it alcohol or drug addiction? Is it depression or other emotional problems? Is it pain or memories from a troubled past? Do you feel unworthy at times?
Whatever it is, Jesus can help you but, you must give it to the Lord. Lots of people are unwilling to do that because they think they can handle the problem on their own. Friend, there is absolutely no shame in admitting you have a problem. We ALL have problems… my problem is just different from yours.
Whatever you are struggling with today… give it to the lord. Find a competent Christian counselor and let them help you.
Jesus can help you deal with the demons in your life but you have to first, admit you have a problem and you need help and then, turn it over to the Lord.
Give your problem to the Lord today.
Today is Valentine’s Day. A day when many people will give their spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend a card, maybe some candy… maybe some roses to express their love for them.
But let’s look at the opposite side of Valentine’s Day. For many people, this may be a tough day because they are brokenhearted on Valentine’s Day. Some are brokenhearted because they are going through a divorce. Some maybe lost a spouse recently. For many people, they are brokenhearted today.
Psalms 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Think about that verse…
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted… are you hurting today? Has your heart been broken recently? Or maybe your heart was broken years ago and it still hasn’t mended.
The Bee Gee’s have a song that goes;
“I can think of younger days when to live for my life
Was everything a man could want to do.
I could never see tomorrow,
I was never told about the sorrow.
How can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?”
Maybe your heart is broken today. If so, the Bible says God is near the brokenhearted… he rescues those whose spirits are crushed…
But how does God rescue the brokenhearted? He often uses His people. Today, fi you know someone that is broken-hearted, say a kind word, encourage someone, give someone a hug if it’s appropriate.
God is near the broken-hearted.
What are you afraid of?
Don’t say you aren’t afraid of anything because most of us are afraid of something. According to surveys, many people are afraid of speaking in public. So, most of us are afraid of something.
Some of us are afraid of heights. I confess that I am. Some of us are afraid of snakes. I’m not real fond of them either. Others may be afraid of talking to people. That one doesn’t bother me.
So, what are you afraid of and what if I told you that you can be free of all your fears? That’s what Psalm 34:4 says.
Psalms 34:4 says, “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
Think about that verse; the Psalmist is saying the Lord has freed him from everything he was afraid of. Ok, that sounds good but realistically, how does it happen?
First, we must face our fear. It’s not a sign of weakness to be afraid of something so, face it. It is what it is. Now, why are you afraid of it. Get real here. Why are you afraid of something? Work through that. Maybe it’s something you need to research and get information that will help you alleviate that fear.
Second, give it to the Lord. The Lord knows what we are afraid of so… give it to the Lord.
Finally, trust the Lord to help us face it. Whatever the fear is, give it to the Lord. Someone has said that there are three-hundred-and-sixty-five “fear nots” in the Bible. That’s one for every day of the year.
Fear is something I’ve struggled with. But there is one thing I’ve learned that’s helped me some… Whatever I’m afraid of… go ahead and deal with it. Putting it off isn’t going to help anything. Go ahead and deal with it… be done with it and get it out of the way.
Whatever you are afraid of, the Lord promises to be with you. David said, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me” (Psalm 23).
The Lord will be with you too.