Sunday, September 8, 2013

Psalms 8:3-4



When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Grumbling

Grumbling and complaining. There is nothing worse than to have to listen to another person constantly grumble and complain. It's like fingernails on a chalk board, a dripping faucet, barking dogs in the middle of the night, or even worse... whining children. We all hate it when it comes from someone else but why do we do it ourselves? Why do we think of it as just a minor thing that's really not so bad?

How serious do you think it is when we complain? Let's see what God says.

Do all things without complaining and disputing. Philippians 2:14

Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1 (ouch!)

How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Numbers 14:27 (congregation plus complaining against God equals evil. HMMMMMM...)

The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Numbers 14:29 (carcasses? As in dead bodies. Yep.)

Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Job 7:11 (not restraining the mouth leads to anguish of the soul which leads to more complaining which then results in bitterness. I am beginning to see a trend.)

In 1 Corinthians, Paul tells us: Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."

Next, Paul goes on to say this: Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 1 Corinthians 10:1-10  Paul is listing the failings of the children of Israel, and ends with saying that some of them complained and they were destroyed by the destroyer. Don't let this slip by! Now, who was this destroyer? Go to Revelations 9:11. And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon "Destroyer", but in Greek he has the name Apollyon "Destruction". 

A word of caution, guard your tongue.
Guard your heart.
Guard your mind.
When you open the door to complaining and grumbling, you open the door to hell... you welcome in the Destroyer and the destruction begins.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Keep Your Eye On The Prize


So you have decided to not forgive your enemy?

Betrayed, arrested, questioned, falsely accused, deserted by every friend he had, tried (by mock trial) six times, traded for a criminal, lied about, mocked, whipped with a flagrum that tore chunks of skin from his back, beaten, stripped naked, shamed, screamed at, spat on, tormented,  carried his 100 lb murder weapon on his back for 650 yards, nailed through the wrists and feet, thorns pierced his head, his Father turned his back on him, he gave up his life.

Yet He forgave all.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14 NKJV)

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25 NKJV)

And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:4 NKJV)

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21, 22 NKJV)

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37 NKJV)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Love Just One

Love Just One


Pastor Gene recently challenged us with this. Rather than taking on the whole world, why don't we find one person and just love that one person. School is back in session and this is a perfect time to do something fresh.  Here are a few thoughts on that topic that might challenge us this week.

Jesus was all about relationships, and it seems he liked relationships with people outside the "church" more than he liked hanging around people inside the "church". I'm not knocking church people, because I am one... but Jesus had a reason when he set this example for us. Why not get involved in your kids schools, play sports in a community league, get to know your neighbors? Pick a few key ministries in the church and do them well, but pick a community service or group outside of church and get involved in it a couple of nights per month. Widen your circle. This will create the opportunity to find and love one person.

Trust me. He or she is out there and they need what you have. 
How about this- have a get together at your house and get to know your neighbors.

Salt only realizes its purpose if it gets out of the salt box and into the food it needs to season. You can’t influence people that you don’t even know.