Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just Thankful

Sometimes it gets so difficult to write. When so many life-changing things are happening day by day, moment by moment, it is hard to isolate one particular topic to discuss. Today, however, is the day before Thanksgiving Day in America. I choose to be thankful.
The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy. If you listen to/watch the news, you will see that he is very successful in that mission. If we aren’t careful, we will believe that he is winning. With so many bad things happening so frequently, sometimes it may seem that God has thrown up His hands and given up on us. Don’t allow the negativity in the world to cause you to lose sight of everything you have for which to give thanks.
As Christ followers, we have a responsibility (a commission, if you will) to show the world that there is a better way. We are required to love each other, while the world is full of hatred, distrust, and abuse. Don’t allow your emotions to keep you from fulfilling your charge as a child of the Most High. Love those who hate you. Love those who abuse and oppress you. Love those who even hate God. If Jesus can request forgiveness for people killing Him, surely we can at the very least pray for those who persecute us.
When it comes down to it, none of us are worthy of salvation. We all may sin differently, but we all sin. Those of us who have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy have plenty to be grateful for. If we would focus more on what God has done for us, rather than what people have done to us, we would be more willing to find solutions, rather than magnify problems. There are people who will never understand your struggle, but can they see the grace of God on your life?
God, I thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ to save me from my sins. I thank you for my basic needs being met and so much more. Lord, I am grateful for the opportunity to worship you publicly without being executed. I thank you for family and friends with whom to spend the holiday. God, I thank you for your grace and your mercy and for giving me another chance to be your ambassador in the community in which I live. I thank you that I have a mind to be grateful for all that I have without trampling over people to obtain more. Help us all to be more like Jesus Christ, as we live in a world full of inequity and injustice.  I thank you for your Holy Spirit living inside of me to keep me in your will daily. Amen.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Repent: to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent.
Details aside, I had to repent today. God brought it to my attention that although I recognized what I did wrong, I never told Him that I was sorry nor asked His forgiveness. So, I had to repent for not repenting! I heard a wonderful message on Sunday about pursuing God, and how that involves a repentant heart. I hadn’t even realized that I wasn’t truly repenting sometimes.
Doing something different because it produces better results is not repenting. It’s logical, and it’s smart, but that isn’t repentance. Repentance is being sorry enough about it that you change for the better. Repentance is going to God, saying, “I messed up. I know that now. Please forgive me.” We have to fess up to the error, so that we can be forgiven. Then we can go forward in peace.

Pretending that you just changed for the better on your own totally defeats the purpose of pursuing God. We need God, His Son, and His precious Spirit to be able to enjoy His presence in blameless holiness. Admitting our shortcomings to Him, and asking Him to help us overcome them is a part of this process of pursuing God.
I John 1:9 (NASB) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

'Nuff Said

Proverbs 19:1 (NLT) Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.

This is one of those ‘nuff said moments.