Be Respectful

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Do you consider yourself a respectful person? Even when irritated by someone’s personality or quirks do you still treat them with respect? How about the annoying telemarketer? The stone cold store clerk? There are all types of people to make the world go around and we are supposed to be kind and loving. No cork popping allowed in other words.

So have you been on the receiving end of hurtful comments or disrespect? You learn that people may be going through junk and sometimes their reactions are because of that even though that does not make it right. As a follower of Jesus it is so important to shine the light of Jesus on the just and unjust and the loving and hateful. Don’t lash back.

Pray for people who are hard to love. Pray especially God would give you supernatural kindness for others. Respect your spouse if married. Respect your parents if they are still living. Respect your employer. Overall do what the Bible says and love one another.

PRAYER: Thank you for all lessons learned in life sometimes the hard and hurtful way. Give me strength to be respectful even when I am not respected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



Triumph In Jesus Christ

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

 2 Corinthians 2:14


When I think of being victorious and have something to triumph  in,  my walk with Jesus Christ comes to mind. I try to stay on track without getting legalistic about it. Just being able to wake up daily and take a breath of air is a triumph.

When things get you down I suggest to run to the cross. Look up. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy that will drag you into a pit faster than you realize what is happening. Be positive in life.

To stay triumphant stay focused on God. Turn off the news and meditate on the goodness of the Lord and all the blessings in your daily life.

PRAYER: I thank you that I do not need to be down and gloomy but I can triumph in you and you alone Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are You Eclipsed?

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
Well the big day is finally upon us. Today for the first time in 99 years there will be a total eclipse. Special viewing glasses are being sold. The populace is being warned what to do to protect their eyes and their camera’s. Many doomsday people may come out of woodwork warning it is the end of the world.
There is a greater darkness than this less than three minute ‘outage’ that will occur and that is a lifetime of darkness for those who reject Jesus. There is dark, meaning Satan and his demons, and light, meaning God and His angels. You are either on one side or the other.
Today while you experience this phenomena think about where you stand with Jesus and how you can spread his ‘light’ to a lost world full of darkness.
PRAYER: Lord I thank you for the marvel of your creation and this eclipse today. To you be all the glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sticky Paper

He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:25

I bought the neatest wasp trap at a local big box store and am on my third one. It looks like a bush and the wasps little brains probably think it is and fly right into it and voila never leave again. Stuck tight buzzing for help.

I thought about how the enticement of sin is sort of like that sticky wasp trap. You may be lured into a trap of seemingly innocent sin that could affect your life for a long time. Sin is not without consequences even though forgiveness and grace are available why fall into it in the first place.

If you hang around good Christian friends, read your Bible daily, attend Sunday worship, and stay away from bad junk you are less likely to stumble. Recognize evil and run hard and fast from it.

PRAYER: Lord I need your strength to not get caught up with wrong people or in sinful behavior. Help me Lord and forgive me for the times I have gone astray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Look Up

“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:27-28

When I was in the Army there was a Jody call we sang while marching or running that said something like “What’s The Use Of Looking Down, Ain’t No Discharge On The Ground. Sound Off, One two and so on.” Indeed you miss stuff when constantly looking down.

Today much time is wasted looking down at the ‘tiny screen’. Parents I challenge you to take phones away while on trips and engage the family in road games. When walking don’t look down at your phone but look at nature. If you drive and look down a bad accident may occur.

So many may think this short life is all there is and just live for now and self. God’s plan is much greater and expansive. Get in the habit of looking forward to the coming of the Lord. If you are scared maybe your relationship with God needs some work. Where are you at today? Are you prepared for the coming of the Lord? Keep looking up!

PRAYER: Father I pray for people who just live for now and think nothing of Heaven. I pray that you will use me to help share with others just how they don’t need to fear death. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Keep Your Eyes On The Cross!

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:18-20

Temptation to do wrong is everywhere. It would be easy to get off the righteous path with all the junk screaming at us from every direction. R rated movies, horrible tv in prime time, brain washing going on in schools and colleges, believing lies. You just have to make up your mind who and what you are going to listen to. Hopefully it is the voice of truth.
What is truth? The Bible is truth. In it you learn how to live. Through its’ pages you learn to love and to forgive. You can use it for all decisions of life. You learn what is sin. If you don’t regularly have a quiet time I urge you to do the most important thing and schedule one daily. The enemy will distract you with all sorts of things and help you make excuses as well. What is more important, Facebook or His book? Not intending to guilt you but make you think. Which one has eternal value?
Today get started and start the day with truth so you will recognize lies and evil and be able to counteract them with God’s word.
PRAYER: Thank you Father for your word. Many nations are not able to freely read the word without fear of death or persecution. Help me not just let my Bible be a dust catcher. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23

Ever since the original sin in the Garden of Eden mankind has been sinning and trying to make excuses, cover it up, or hide it. On the nightly news a pretty regular feature are video clips from a hidden camera at the local big box stores catching a criminal leaving after misuse of a credit card that was not theirs or outright shoplifting. Then there are the mug shots of most wanted. It could be a hit and run accident. Somehow people feel they will escape. You can run but you can’t hide.

Maybe you have been in a situation where you fled or wanted to flee. Human nature wants to escape. The little voice inside of us may say, “don’t do that” but you still do. Then guilt ensues, fear, worry, and other emotions. When you do wrong you eventually have to face it. It is better to not do wrong in the first place. It could be as innocent as a teenager sneaking around behind their parents’ back or lying to cover up things. Lying too is a sin.

Stand firm and stay in the word. Know that your mistakes can be redeemed and some will have greater consequences such as jail time. Know what is right and run from wrong. Know that your enemy puts many temptations and obstacles in your path and perpetuates many lies to get you to go his way and not God’s way.

PRAYER: Lord forgive me when I have allowed the enemy to make me get off your path. Help me recognize evil and wrong and stay far from it. Help me admit when I am wrong. In Jesus’ name. Amen.