Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do something!!!!




This song by Matthew West is right on the money!!! Listen closely to the words:






Wow! So true! He created you to be the one to do something in this world of ours! Quit looking around waiting for someone else to do what you can do! Remember this word from the Lord:



James 1:22



But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.



Romans 2:13

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.



Don't worry about how big or small the task is that God has laid out before you, just do it. Everyday God places tasks before us, be looking for them. Kind word, a visit to a nursing home, a dollar burger to a homeless person, or a million other things. Another reminder from God's Word:



Matthew 25:31-40

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’



Hmmmm puts a little more on this thought of "do something" huh? As we have said in other devotions, our work does not save us but it does prove what we believe! Ar you a sheep or a goat? The righteous through Jesus Christ serve others! When we serve others we are serving Jesus himself! Think on that!



Folks don't wait on others, God wants you to do it!



Tom

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Remember you are an Overcomer!!!




One thing we always need to remember this morning, followers of Jesus are overcomers no matter what Satan throws our way! Listen to this great song by Mandisa:






John 16:33



I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”



What comforting words from our Savior! When we are in Him, meaning having a true relationship with Him, we have peace! I don't know but just knowing Jesus has overcome the world by defeating death and sin is a comfort in itself! That is why the believer lives! Shout it from the roof tops, we have victory in Jesus.



So many look at death as a downer but for the follower of Jesus it is just the opposite! Absent from the body present with Jesus, it doesn't get any better that that! No pain, no sorrow, nothing but joy and a glorious time with God and our brothers and sisters in heaven. The older I get the more I look forward to that! Amen? This old body isn't what it used to be. The results of sin in this world break us down, but glory be to God a new body awaits when Jesus returns! Praise the Lord!



So remember if you are in Christ, you are an overcomer, that is straight from Jesus!



Tom

Monday, August 25, 2014

Your faith before God!




We looked at this verse in Sunday School Sunday, evaluate yourself before God this morning:



James 1:27

27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.



So when is the last time your helped out an orphan? Plenty of Foster kids out there needing a visit or some affection. When is the last time you stopped by to visit a widow or widower? We all know someone who is alone without husband or wife. Do we care? Then the last question, are you being stained by the world or staying true to the Word of God?



Tough questions with fairly easy answers if we are being true to our God. All three of the questions come down to a pretty simple conclusion....self or serve and obey God. Take my time to satisfy my own fleshly desires and use my time for self or use the time to help some body else and thus obey my Lord.



Folks proving our faith is really not that difficult, it's just we make it difficult because we are selfish with our time!!!!



You and I can change that...the question is do we love our Lord and others enough to do so?



Tom

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greater is He!!!!




Turn up those speakers again and give Jesus some praise this morning! This is "Greater" by Mercy Me:






Oh yeah! No doubt about it my God is greater than the ole devil in this world! Here is the scripture that gos along with that song:



1 John 4:1-6

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.



This is pretty simple. The devil and his cohorts are busy in this world of ours using people for their purposes which is to steal, kill, and destroy. They are easy to spot because they are living by worldly standards not God's Word. Keep your eyes and ears tuned into the Holy Spirit of God and he will reveal the truth to the followers of Jesus.



I like the start of verse 6...We are from God! Our God is all powerful and greater than he(devil) that is in this world! Remember that...we have the power to overcome anything from the devil! God, the Holy Spirit, lives in us!!!!



Give God some praise this morning for there is nothing He has not already taken care of for us!



Tom

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Lighthouse!




Sit back turn up the speakers and listen and worship the King to this catchy little tune by Rend Collective:







What do you look to in the fog of life? Do you turn to the light or head out to the darkness of the lost sea? God uses the image of light many times in His Word to remind of us of Who is our light and guide through the storms of life and on those bright sunny days!!! Let's look at a few scriptures about the LIGHT!



Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.



Matthew 24:27

For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.



John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.



2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.



Ephesians 5:14

for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”



Revelation 21:23

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.



Oh what great light we have that overcomes all darkness. I am so thankful for this light that guides my every step! When we have THE LIGHT then God tells us what that light is suppose to do through us here:



Matthew 5:16



In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.



If you follow the Light, then let that light shine through you so they may in turn learn to follow the LIGHT Jesus themselves!



So you got the LIGHTHOUSE is sight? Isn't nothing like knowing THE WAY in all situations!



Tom

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Hope is in You, LORD!




Where is our hope today? In our government? In the cries of Fergeson, MO.? In our military? In a relationship with another person? In the Pope? NO, NO, NO, NO, and NO!!! For the follower of Jesus our hope can be found only in HIM! Listen to this song and worship our King Jesus:






Now the hope I am talking about is not the hope that is wishing something would happen. No, the hope I am talking about is knowing He has happened, and will return soon. This Hope is not a wishful thinking but a guarantee straight from the mouth of God. Look at the hope we have in these verses:



Psalm 31:24

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.





Psalm 33:18-22



18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,

On those who hope in His mercy,

19 To deliver their soul from death,

And to keep them alive in famine.



20 Our soul waits for the Lord;

He is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

Because we have trusted in His holy name.

22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,

Just as we hope in You.



Psalm 39:7

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.



Psalm 71:14

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.



Psalm 119:116

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.



Proverbs 23:18

For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.



Jeremiah 17:13

O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”



Lamentations 3:24



“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”



Acts 24:15



I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.



Acts 28:20

For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”



Romans 5:1-2

5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.



Romans 5:5

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.



Romans 15:4

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.



Romans 15:13

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.





1 Corinthians 15:18-20

18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.



Galatians 5:5

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.



Colossians 1:5

because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,



1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,



There is many more but for times sake I will stop here. HOPE is Jesus! If you don't have a relationship with Him you have none. Let us get our eyes off of worldly hopes for they fail every time and get those eyes on the HOPE that never fails Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!



Go back and take your time and re-read the scriptures above, and let the HOPE of God soak through your body, it refreshes your soul if you are a follower of Jesus. Makes me want to shout! Hallelujah!!!!!



Tom

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking at your problems correctly!



I came across these verse a few days ago in a devotion I was reading. Needless to say it has stuck with me. So many times when we are having some sort of problems in life we ask God "why me "? Read these verses and hopefully you will see what God wants us all to learn:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Did you see anything? Allow me if I may to break it down for you.

1. Praise God who shows mercy in our tribulations. The bible teaches we live in a sin stained world which brings troubles. We all are going to have them, know that and give God praise for the comfort and mercy He provides through those troubles! We could go through it alone but for the follower of Christ you don't! He is with you!

2. God of all comfort. Don't miss that. The devil could care less about you, and loves it when you are hurting and struggling with life. Not our God though. He loves to bring comfort to His children. Think about when your own kids are hurting, you do everything you can to help them feel better. God does this only much more that we can. I have felt God's comfort numerous times through life...He has never failed me!

3. You probably knew the first two but this may be a point you need to learn. We goes through problems so that we can help others who go through that same problem! Ever thought of that? When you get to the other side you know have the know how to help someone else! Divorce, death of a loved one, cancer, spiritual battles, depression, loss of a job, and the list goes on and on. Once you have been through one of these troubles you know have the knowledge to help somebody else going through that same battle! So go use your pains to comfort someone else!

We have been comforted by God over and over because He loves us. As followers of Jesus, one of the greatest witnesses we can offer to this struggling world we live is the comfort of Jesus Christ our Lord. There is nothing more sweet in life than the peace and comfort He offers which surpasses all understanding. All we have to do is receive it! Then share it.

So take those pains and hurts and use them for the glory of God by helping others who are going through what you have conquered through Jesus!

Tom