Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Sins


Who can say,
 “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”? 
(Proverbs 20:9 NKJV)

Thank God for Jesus because I cannot cleanse myself of my sins. Everyday more sins would be added to my account, except Jesus washed them away.  I try to be a “good person,” except I fail. I try to do what is right, but I find myself doing what is wrong. Jesus did not die to give me a license to sin, but out of gratitude, I will live to bring glory to His name. Of my own power, I cannot enter into heaven, but Jesus made a way.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In The Time of Need

The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. 
(Proverbs 18:10NKJV)

I want the rest of my life to be smooth sailing, so to speak. I hate problems; I do not want any trials or tribulations in my life. None, not one, zero, zip, nada! But we all know life has its ups and downs. We all have our struggles. Some situations are more troublesome than others. One minute we might be thinking, “All is well,” then the next minute life is turned upside down. All that it takes is a slip in the bath tub or some criminal entering your home and life is not the same.

While I do not like the idea of terrible things happening, I believe one should predetermine how we should respond in the event of something does go wrong. For example, learn to administer first aid. At work, we have an emergency evacuation plan in the event of an emergency. Throughout the world, we have fire and rescue teams to come to the aid of people in need. Here in America we dial 911 in the event of an emergency for the proper people to respond to our needs.

While it is wise to prepare as mentioned above, there is only so much these things can do to help. We must also know who our strong tower is. We need to know: “the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV) No matter how unbearable this situation is that we may be facing, we know the Lord will bring us through it. He will not drop the ball. This thing will come to an end. No matter what we are facing, nothing can separate us form the love of God or remove our home in heaven awaiting us. All my brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s be predetermined to run to the Lord the next time, and every time something goes wrong in our lives. We must remember there is protection under the shadow of His wing. (See Psalm 91).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wise Words


A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 
(Proverbs 15:1-2 NKJV)

The words we speak and the way we say them speaks volumes. One may calm an angry soul or pour gasoline on a fire with the words we speak. With our tongue we may lift someone up who is down, or bring a hurt which never heals. With our mouth we may encourage someone to succeed, or leave them feeling as though there is no hope. We may speak words which leads one to Christ, or words which drives them away. What will it be today? Will I speak with wisdom or foolishness? Will I speak with a soft or angry voice?