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  • Walking In Truth – Part 2 – November 26, 2014

    Walking In Truth – Part 2 – November 26, 2014

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    Walking In Truth – Part 2

    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. Romans 7:21

    Unless you make truthfulness a priority, there’s an actual ‘law at work’ which dictates that even when you ‘want to do good, evil is right there.’ That means our natural ‘default’ setting (the one automatically selected by our internal computer unless we deliberately choose another option) is always set toward a lower standard. One author writes: ‘I lived in Atlanta…there’s a vine there called kudzu…and once it creeps onto your tree or fence, if you don’t kill it immediately, it’ll overtake your entire property. Any deception…subtle omission…telling a tiny white lie…is like planting a kudzu seed in the garden of your heart…For me it’s a slippery slope, like taking a side route on an unmarked path, thinking I’ve found a shortcut. I get sloppy…lazy…then I get lost. I let one infraction of integrity slide without correction. I feel the tug of the Holy Spirit, but I shrug it off and stay busy…and I’ve taken the first step into shadow-living…Tiny lies are like snowballs rolling downhill…they’re sticky, and they get bigger fast! How do we stay in truth when the potential resides in us to compromise? First: we must recommit to our walk with God every morning before we do anything else. We do that through prayer and reading the Scriptures. By doing this we’re choosing light over darkness while it’s still too early to mess up. Second: we must align ourselves with the promptings of the Spirit. This is a highly personal thing which grows in direct proportion to our time and devotion to our walk with God.’

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me correct myself when I fail and drift away from truthfulness. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness that allows me to return—and Your Spirit who helps me recognize when I have erred. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Walking In Truth – Part 1 – November 25, 2014

    Walking In Truth – Part 1 – November 25, 2014

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    Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25

    Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32). But in the process, the truth can make you miserable! One author says: ‘Truth can be very uncomfortable. We have pivotal moments when we’re asked to step up and say it or act on it. In those moments…character is forged and relationships solidified. For example…I had someone share this story with me some years ago, “One summer day some of my friends and I had our kids piled into our 4x4s and were headed to a friend’s ranch for the night. Another buddy who wasn’t invited called the driver of the lead car in our caravan to see if she wanted to get together. Panicking, and fearful of hurting our friend’s feelings, she mumbled something about being busy doing something else; a lie of omission…intended to guard feelings and preserve relationships. Soon…I called the same friend to tell her a group of us were headed to the ranch and I’d see her tomorrow…Suddenly, on the phone, silence. She wasn’t so much hurt that she wasn’t invited…she was hurt that our other friend lied to her. She’d have preferred the sting of the truth…to the isolation of deception.”’

    Paul says, “Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body."  We’ve been socially conditioned to be pleasing and avoid making waves, so some of what we have to learn about truth is actually a process of unlearning.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me tell the truth, even though it may be painful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Saving Faith – November 24, 2014

    Saving Faith – November 24, 2014

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    Saving Faith

    He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30

    After her first flight, someone asked an elderly lady what she thought of being on a plane. She said, ‘It was okay, but I never did put my whole weight on it.’ And we do the same when we refuse to place our trust on the finished work of Christ. Most major religions answer the question, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ by handing you a book of rules you must keep. A lot of us try and give up in discouragement. Instead of leading you away from God’s grace, Satan tries to make you earn it. When asked, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ Paul didn’t say, ‘Work harder, pray longer, give more, and be more moral.’ No, he said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’ (v. 31). Believing is the root of the tree we call salvation; behaving is the fruit that grows on it. We don’t do good works to be saved—our good works are an expression of love and gratitude to the One who already saved us. The Bible says, ‘…We should be holy and without blame…’ (Ephesians 1:4). Without blame? That’s an impossible standard! The only way that will happen is if God takes the righteousness of Christ and credits it to our account. And He does! ‘God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Corinthians 5:21). The moment you place your trust in Christ, God sees you as ‘righteous’, and on that basis He accepts you 24/7. Aren’t you glad?

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, thank You for Your work You have done and the faith that you have given so I can be Your saved child. Help me each day to live like I am Your child! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Barriers in Your Mind – November 23, 2014

    Barriers in Your Mind – November 23, 2014

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    Barriers in Your Mind

    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

    Jesus said that He came to bring freedom to those held captive by destructive habits, to give sight to those who are spiritually blind, to lift up those who’ve been put down, and to announce that the time of God’s favor toward us has come. If you look closely at ancient maritime maps you will see places which are marked with pictures of dragons. Sailors who explored the world wouldn’t go there. Were the dragons real? No, but they were real in the minds of the sailors. Picture a barracuda in a big tank at Sea World in Florida. A glass barrier divides one half from the other. Each time the barracuda tries to swim from one end of the tank to the other, he bumps into it. And here’s an interesting thing: even when the barrier’s taken away, the barracuda still won’t swim beyond that point. Why? Because the barrier is in his mind! Satan will place barriers in your mind and say you can’t go beyond a certain point in life; you can’t dream beyond it, or reach beyond it. Don’t believe him! Jesus said Satan is a liar and the father of lies. But a lie is as effective as the truth if you believe it and act on it. With God there are no limits, just unlimited power. The Bible is filled with stories of little people, limited people, lack-luster people, and, in some cases, low-life people who penetrated the barriers beyond which they thought they couldn’t go, and God used them to do amazing things. And He can do that for you too.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me realize that you have destroyed the barriers that Satan and myself have put open. Help me realize that they are not real! In Jesus name, Amen

     

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  • Worry – Part 2 – November 22, 2014

    Worry – Part 2 – November 22, 2014

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    Worry – Part 2

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25

    Jesus said, ‘Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life…’ (v. 25) Now, the Lord is not condemning you for having a legitimate concern about your responsibilities. No, what He’s condemning is having a mindset that keeps leaving Him out of the equation, or turning to Him only as a last resort. Destructive anxiety subtracts God from the future, faces uncertainties with no faith, tallies up the challenges of today and tomorrow, and forgets to include God’s promises and His faithfulness. Jesus told His disciples, ‘I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough.’ Note the words ‘whether you have enough.’ That’s what we worry about, isn’t it? Shortfalls, sickness, redundancies, economic downturns. Faced with the feeding of five thousand people, the disciples had the same worry. Philip did an audit: ‘…Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’ (John 6:7) How do you suppose Jesus felt in that moment? Standing next to them was the solution to their problems, but they didn’t go to Him until their backs were to the wall and they had no answers. In their hands five loaves and two fishes looked like nothing. Yet in His hands it was more than enough to feed the multitude and solve their problem. As the bread kept multiplying, surely they must have come to the point where they said, ‘Lord, why did I ever doubt You?’ Let your problems drive you into the arms of Jesus. And when you get there, stay there!

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, by myself I cannot stand up to worry, but in Your arms I cannot only stand up to it, I can overcome my worries because of You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen

     

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