Remember for the Right Reasons

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.

1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. 2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. 3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4 But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior–Titus 3:1-6 (NLT)
We all know that we once lived disobedient lives. We did foolish things and our minds were filled with covetous and unkind thoughts. We were envious of others and always complaining about out situations. We were convinced that others had it so much better than we did. Satan tries to get us to remember, so that we feel condemned, but God wants us to remember so that we stay humble. So, God revealed Himself to us through His Spirit, we were convicted and repented of our sins. He washed away our sins with the blood of Jesus. Not because of some wonderful, powerful act that we did, but simply because of His mercy and grace. We should ask God to fill us with the same kind of compassion that Jesus had for others and gently lead them to Christ. We must remember to remain humble because we were once in that same sinful condition.
Post 03-09-14

Do We Still Worship Idols Today?

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.


4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.–Exodus 20:4-5a (NLT)
4 “Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.–Leviticus 19:4 (NLT)
​Our quick response to this question is probably “No.” But think about it for a little while. The better answer might be that we don’t make any statues or images and bow down before them. But where is your focus most of the time? Do you work the hours you work because it is necessary or to feed the need for material possessions? If it is to feed the need then money and material possessions have become your idol. Is God first in every decision you make? If not, then whatever you choose over Him is your god. What do you focus your thoughts on most of the day? Is it Jesus? How much time do you devote to prayer, meditation and Bible study each day? If there is anything in your life that you would not give up if Jesus ask you to, that is an idol. If you compromise your stand on Christianity to please someone, then that person is your idol and god. If our opinions and likes are more important than treating others with respect, then they have become our god. God doesn’t want to be the #1 god in our lives, He wants to be and has every right to be the ONLY GOD IN OUR LIFE. Anything less is an insult to who He is and shows ingratitude for all He has done for us.
Post 01-31-14

Praying With Wrong Motives

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.


1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.–James 4:1-3 (NLT)
Regardless of what popular songwriters might tell us, there is no such thing as unanswered prayer. There are at least 3 possible answers that God can give. He can say “Yes” or “No” or “Go, but go slow”. The prayers that we perceive as unanswered are those that don’t agree with what we expected the answer to be. If we have crosschecked our desires with Scripture and there is no conflict, the answer is usually “Yes”. God provides everything we need when we need it. He is not required to give us everything we want. Focusing on what we don’t have always causes conflict. The conflict may be limited to our own personal life, but it will most likely affect every relationship we have. We wage personal wars against our conscience and against our family and friends. In the case of nations, we wage war to gain new lands or to dominate the wills of others. So, pray about what to pray about, then pray. God hears and answers every prayer.
Post 01-26-14