The Crown Of Life

Welcome to Monday. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)

As you begin your week let me remind you that life is not a 100 yard dash,  but a marathon. It is a test of endurance.

While competing in the marathon in Mexico City, Akhwari cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in his country. At the 19 kilometer point during the 42 km race, there was jockeying for position between some runners and he was hit. He fell badly wounding his knee and dislocated that joint plus his shoulder hit hard against the pavement. He however continued running, finishing last among the 57 competitors who completed the race (75 had started). The winner of the marathon, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia, finished in 2:20:26. Akhwari finished in 3:25:27, when there were only a few thousand people left in the stadium, and the sun had set. A television crew was sent out from the medal ceremony when word was received that there was one more runner about to finish.
As he finally crossed the finish line a cheer came from the small crowd. When interviewed later and asked why he continued running, he said,

“My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”

We are not saved to start the race either. You will be tempted to give up sometimes because the race becomes hard to run. Keep the prize in view at all times. Focus on the finish line. Keep going. There truly is an out of this world reward at the end.[1]

Then you too can be like Paul who said

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7

Today could be the day. Keep looking homeward.

Love ya all. Have an awesome Jesus filled week

 

[1] wikipedia/ Stan Isaacs (November 5, 1991). “Bud’s Olympiads Are Worth Their Weight in Gold”. Newsday. p. 109.

The Comforter

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”. (John 14:17,18)

 

We have something Old Testament saints did not enjoy. We have the indwelling of God’s precious Holy Spirit. The Spirit comforts, guides, teaches, convicts and empowers us.

You can buy a top of the line refrigerator, load it up with food but if you never plug it in to the power source then it is unable to function the way it was designed to. You will end up with a refrigerator full of spoiled food. The same principle applies to the Christian life, we have a power source called the Holy Spirit, but if we never seek His guidance, then we are not living to our full potential.

Seek His counsel. Ask Him to teach you God’s word.

Think about it. Our God, through His Spirit lives in you. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Love you all. Have a great day

The Way, The Truth, AND The Life

Morning church,

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Why am I so narrow minded? Because God is.
There is one way to God and only one way.

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Many are deceived and believe that many roads lead to heaven, but it’s not true. Only the Son of God could claim

Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,

If you truly believe this, then your mission WILL be to make Him known to others when ever the opportunity arises. People need The Lord I know, The Lord Jesus Christ, therefore I will introduce others to Him.

Before Jesus ascended to heaven He charged his disciples with this commission:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What is a commission?

com·mis·sion
1.an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.

2. a group of people officially charged with a particular function.

If you too are one of His disciples then join me and let’s declare His name throughout the land.

Love u all. Be blessed

A Merry Heart

Morning Church “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13)

As you go about your day today be reminded that the Love of God abides within you.

That is what produces a merry (joyful) heart.

Sorrow’s are a certainty in life, they come in many forms. The loss of a job, a relationship that is broken, the death of a loved one, accidents that alter your course, the list is endless. We’re never fully prepared for sorrow and we are not expected to be “happy” that they have come into our life.

We can however prepare for joy.

Prepare by getting close to Jesus, get close to Jesus by accepting his gift of redemption,grow closer to Jesus by reading His love letter to us.

You’ll discover treasure in the pages of the Bible.

Treasure such as “The joy of the Lord is our strength” Nehemiah 8:10.

Or

Psalm 28:7  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

This kind of “joy” is deeper than the “happy” joy feeling that is temporary. The joy of The Lord is a lasting joy, a joy that knows through life’s trials we are helped and strengthened.

We live in a world hungry for joy and we have it.

Today, share that joy with someone. Give them a smile and a genuine look of love. You just might start a spark that will change the world. Love ya all. Have an awesome Thursday.

Does God Run?

“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”            (Isaiah 30:15)

God’s people have always had a rebellious streak in them. They have wandered away from home on more than one occasion and I am afraid it is still so today. It is comforting to know that He always leaves the light on.

Are you tired of straying?

Have the things of the world failed to bring you satisfaction?

Then simply come home.

The Parable of the lost son is a wonderful picture of how Jesus waits for us. Read about it in Luke 15:11-32. But pay special attention to verse 20
“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.“

But when he was yet a great way off his father saw him,
Could that mean the father was always watching for his son to return?

and had compassion,
Sounds like there wasn’t a tongue lashing waiting for the son!

and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Doesn’t appear to me like the father was standing his ground, arms crossed, tapping his foot waiting for his son to grovel.

Just the opposite! When we stray Jesus waits for us to come back to Him! When we do He runs to us has compassion on us! His mercies are new every morning!

When you come home you will find His arms wide open and rest and strength for you weary soul.

GOD LOVES YOU and so do I.

When God Ran by Phillips Craig and Dean

Amazing Love

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38, 39)

I have lived a long time with a chronic lung disease. Over that time I have learned something very valuable.

God still loves me.

Being sick hasn’t changed that one bit. In fact, it has shown me that not only does He love Me, but I am uniquely special to Him. It is His love mark on me, I don’t know what you will face today, but one thing I am sure of.

GOD’S LOVE WILL BE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.

Hardships come in all shapes and sizes; illness, betrayal, divorce, the loss of a job, car problems, natural disasters and the list could go on & on. Hardships are no respecter of persons the affect the rich and the poor alike. You can be sure

GOD’S LOVE WILL BE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU TOO.

You don’t have a choice on whether or not difficulties will come into your life but when they do arrive you have a choice on how you react to them. You can despair or you can choose to not lose hope and to trust in the Savior.

He has you right in the grip of His amazing Love.

Love ya all. Have an outstanding Tuesday.

Standing On The Word

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8, 9)

Bible
For much of my early ministry I spent a lot of time preaching on what MAN taught me was important. One day, about 20 years or so ago I decided to put the books and commentaries up and go directly to the source.

Know what I found? Not all of what I was doing could be backed up by the Word of God.

I was teaching people how to look, not how to live. Had a church of people who looked “Christian” but many of those same people were living ungodly lives.

The Word of God should be what we stand upon , not just what our “favorite” preacher says.

I challenge my people now to check the Word out for themselves because quite frankly my opinion won’t change a single heart, but God’s word will mend the broken heart. We should ALL become like the believers in the city of Berea!

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

This week take time to read this powerful book, it is the catalyst to a deeper walk with God. Conversation is a two way street, we talk to God through prayer and He talks to us through his Word.

Don’t know where to begin? Take these two simple steps:

Pray.
Simply ask the Lord for His guidance and understanding as you begin to read His Word.
John 14:26 tells us “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Find the Bible boring? Ask Him to help you fall in love with the Word. He will answer you and you will discover treasure in the pages of your Bible.

Just Start.
Set aside 15 minutes, everyone can carve out 15 minutes. Don’t just let the book fall open and read, make a plan! Start with the Book of John. When you finish it read it again! Read from Psalms for praise and worship, read from Proverbs for wisdom.

I have to agree with Abraham Lincoln, when he said

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”

 

Love you all. Have an awesome Monday!