Sunday, January 31, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.
2. Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
3. Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
4. Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person through whom the stumbling block comes!
We live in a world of profound sin. We qade through it every day. We are in deeper than we want to acknowledge or that we realize. The forces of darkness are cunning beyond words.
Ephesians 6:12-13 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm."
These words and those of Jesus earlier were at a time when the Roman Empire was gaining traction. Christians were becoming the enemy of the state.
In our day we are returning to the ways of the Roman Empire. Christian people are constantly coming under fire.
There are countless wolves in sheep's clothing in government, in politics, in the Church, in the workplace.
You can't even fathom the depths to which Satan is going in order to subvert the will of God in the lives of men and women.
Subliminal messages are throughout just about every single television program and every movie from rated G on up. What you might consider safe movies for children are actually programming them through their subtleties.
The early Church was warned to be on their guard. We live in a highly technical age whereas way more avenues exist to subvert the human mind than at any time since the Genesis Flood.
How are you doing in protecting yourself mind, soul and Spirit? Are you even trying?
My conviction of late is indeed praying Ephesians 6. I cannot get through any part of my day without the armor of God.
I can't trust me.
Until I am in a glorified body, separated from my sin nature, there is no rest. Scripture says we ENTER into rest when we leave this world.
We have been conditioned through schools and what we have watched to believe what we hear, or see. Scripture tells us what to see, to hear, to believe and it's not in television or movies.
Look at that woe from Jesus.
We have everyone from the early days of radio and television, from the early days of movies, who have sought ways to control people. Of how they can subvert people.
In today's world it is indeed about the information. What we see, what we hear, it's all about the information. People can't go even an hour without trying to find out what they missed in their online world. Why is that? Because it's become a drug.
Fear of not knowing. Fear of missing.
We have children being programmed at schools and from video games to be something they are not...and parents are not allowed to challenge it.
Woe from Jesus to those who cause these little ones to stumble.
What are you doing to fight for your mind?
What are you doing to fight in this Spiritual war we are in?
You must choose who it is you are going to listen to.
You must realize that prayer is your greatest ally and weapon.
Children are being murdered not just through abortions but through indoctrination into ungodly thinking.
I, like Paul, urge you to take prayer seriously. Take this battle to Heavens Throne. We need to stand firm in this world. We cannot do it alone.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
The church today and THE Church...the difference is there to be seen.
"Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves also break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘The one who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” he is not to honor his father or mother.’ And by this you have invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, by saying:
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
And in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand! It is not what enters the mouth that defiles the person, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the person.”
Then the disciples came and *said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Leave them alone; they are blind guides of blind people. And if a person who is blind guides another who is blind, both will fall into a pit.”
Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” Jesus said, “Are you also still lacking in understanding? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and those things defile the person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, acts of adultery, other immoral sexual acts, thefts, false testimonies, and slanderous statements. These are the things that defile the person; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the person.” Matthew 5:1-20
There's much to be seen in Scripture...this time, at least for me, it was a wow moment. This passage applies to many many so-called churches today. Note the intentional use of the lower case use of church. The Church is not that way.
Later on in Scripture we are warned that wolves will infect and infiltrate the Church. The result is a mere shadow of what God intended. People really will honor with their lips but their hearts will be far from God.
It is with profound sadness that I know people who have been lead astray in these so-called churches. On the day they worship they are one kind of person. Their mouth, the rest of the week, says they certainly are a different kind of person.
As Jesus Himself just said, out of the mouth comes whatever is in the heart.
This is far more than being about Pharisees or Sadducees. This is about everyone.
Look at what is revealed.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, acts of adultery, other immoral sexual acts, thefts, false testimonies, and slanderous statements.
In politics this is what is coming out of the mouth of supposed leaders...even more saddening is the media is both oblivious to it and endorses it at the same time.
In the Church should be no such behavior.
In your life should be no such behavior.
If you consistently use foul, derogatory words and phrases you see what is in your heart. Blaming others for what you say is a lame excuse. In the day of Christ Jesus you will stand alone to explain yourself. No lawyers, no help from others. Just you before the Lord Jesus Christ...the Judge.
Scripture says we will give an account of every idle word we have said.
Now you see the point behind the passage that says we ought to take every thought captive.
This was a wow passage to read this morning. So many churches out there have recrafted and rebranded what the Church is supposed to be in order to entice people to come in and join verses the real reason to be in Church.
Take a good hard look at the words you use. They honestly will speak volumes as to the state of your heart.
Look at what you are interested in.
It will speak volumes as to where your allegiances lay. Whether it's for Jesus in your life or for you in your life.