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Friday, June 23, 2017

Follow Your Heart


We all have problems. King David, a man after God's heart had plenty of them. Some were self-imposed, but others were cast upon him. It was during one of these times that he wrote in Psalm 34:1-9:
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. - David

This is a great model for all of us. Even when we are facing a crisis or even death we should:
1. Tell of His greatness
2. Give Him praise and glory
3. Encourage others
4. Rely and trust in God
5. Know where your true salvation comes from
6. Fear God not man (or the things of this world)
7. Experience God in new ways (even in your pain and sorrow)
8. Accept his protection and provision
9. Be strong and courageous
10. Do not be afraid Christ is always with you
Amen?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Look Forward

God wants us to remember but not to live in the past. Looking back can sometimes cause you trouble. Just ask Mrs. Lot! Jesus has called for us to look forward – even in hard times. Take a look at these Bible verses.

As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”Genesis 19:17

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.Genesis 19:26

The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back; - Psalm 114:3

What do I see? They are terrified, they are retreating, their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste without looking back, and there is terror on every side,” declares the LORD. - Jeremiah 46:5

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”- Luke 9:62

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” - Acts 1:11

Jesus is coming back! What will He find you focusing on?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Unfailing


Today let’s be reminded of God’s Unfailing Love for Sinners as found in Psalm 32:8-11.



*He counsels us in love. (vs 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.)



*He desires us to come willingly. (vs 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.)



*He surrounds those who trust in him. (10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.)



*He gives us reason to rejoice! (11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!)



God’s unfailing love can be seen in King David’s life and in his writings in the Psalms. His unfailing love is ours as well. It should be our main desire and focus. It is what others need from us. It is the message of the Good News of God. “For God so loved the world…” Amen?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

See You


Believers are to follow Christ daily. He will show you the best way, and the truth, but we need to keep our focus on Him. In God's Word, Jesus said in John 1:39, "Come, and you will see." Michael W. Smith wrote a song with the secret of staying close to Jesus.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You - I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy - I want to see You

May we all pray today; Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, I want to see you.

Amen?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Can Do

There is a viral attitude running around in the Christian Body of believers today called the "I can’t" virus. It is an attitude of doubt and disbelief, and a lack of trust & faith in God. This attitude is of the devil and is not of God. Satan would have us to think that we are worthless, and cannot do anything, and that God is a God of small things. God wants us to think positively and to have the opposite of an "I can’t" viral attitude, and to have an "I can" attitude.
Paul speaks in this the 4th chapter of Philippians about an "I can do" attitude. He encourages the church at Phillipi that even though they may be going through “some things”, that they, through Christ, can do all things. And I believe that God wants us to have that kind of attitude today, no matter what we’re facing. So, the question I would pose to you today is; "How do I get over the "I can’t" attitude virus?


Here are three remedies for the "I Can’t" virus:
A.) Recognize who your strength is...We need to recognize that our ultimate, all in all strength, is found in God and God alone.

B.) Don’t be afraid. Fear and anxiety are tools of the enemy, and we need to recognize the power God has given us over him.

C.) You have to BELIEVE that you can do it! God says, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, then you can tell that mountain to move, and it will move." Hebrews 11:1. We have to have faith in things we don’t see yet, but believe God is there!

I want to encourage you, no matter, what you’re facing, you can do it and you can make it, just stay close to God, and he will allow you, to do all things through Him who gives us strength! Amen?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fathering


Several years ago, the church I was at hosted a Men of Honor Simulcast. It came from the church in Georgia that made the movies Courageous and Fireproof Here are some of the notes I took on what effects our relationship with our children. I thought they would be appropriate to revisit today.



Whoever has your children's heart has their trust.



3 ways to win their hearts



1. Attention -give them all they require in time and energy

2. Affirmation - bless them! God verbally approved His Son Jesus in the Bible in public.

3.  Affection - pour it out on them, love them unconditionally.



5 Ways to lose their Heart



1. Abandonment

2. Anger

3. Harsh Words

4. Hypocrisy/Lying

5. Demean their Mother



Win your children’s heart - it's never too late. Happy Father's Day.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Closer Walk


Most people know the song, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee". Did you know that the composer is country star, Merle Haggard?
I am weak but Thou art strong, Jesus keep me from all wrong, I'll be satisfied as long, As I walk, let me walk close to Thee
Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it Jesus is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

God's Word says in John 1:43, The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, He said to him, "Follow me.""
When we accept Christ as our Savior. He says to us, "Follow me". Pray today for a closer walk with Him. Amen?