Things Will Get Better!

There are times in our lives when we suffer. It might be a physical or emotional ailment. It might be the death of a loved one. It might be a difficult relationship. It might even be unemployment. Regardless of the cause, we all go through seasons where we suffer. People will tell you to “not lose hope” and “things will get better”.  As Christians, how can we know that “things will get better”?
Well, In Revelation 21:3-4 John writes, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
We do have a hope and can be confident that things will get better because the Bible tells us that all of that pain and suffering we experience here on earth will “be no more, for the former things have passed away”. Remember that the next time you find yourself suffering. Jesus is our hope and because of Him, things will be better. God promised it and Jesus fulfilled it!
I pray blessings for you today on your Journey!

“Buying and Selling”

Today, as I was leaving the bank, I was stopped by a man that asked me some questions about the rapture (I had never met the man before so he did not know I was a pastor). He told me that after the rapture, he doesn’t want to have to stop “buying and selling”, thus, he would take the “mark of the beast”.
Revelation 13:17 states, “17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” He told me he was so concerned about not being able to buy and sell that he would be willing to take the mark of the beast to be able to do so. This man told me he was a Christian, but he had doubts.  Maybe some of us find ourselves in the same situation — we want to believe, but we have doubts.
I told the man that I do not worry about not being able to buy and sell because I don’t plan on being here to deal with it. I think that we all need to live our lives in such a way that we won’t be here to endure what will follow the rapture. We need to focus on how we are living today so that we won’t have to worry about how we would live in the end.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

the More Things Change……

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Have you ever heard that saying? Throughout my life, I have heard this message and throughout my life I have seen ring true and true. We get “new” fashion trends, but they seem to be the same fashion trends that I had when I was in high school. We get excited about “good old fashioned, home cooking”. We get excited about antique cars and love to hear the “songs that we grew up to”. Some things change, but do they really change? I grew up in church singing an old hymn titled, “The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases”. We may change the way the song is sung, the way the music is played, but do the words remain true?
In Lamentations 3:22-23 we read, “22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Are these words still true today? Does the Lord still show us mercy? Does He still have compassion on us? Is God still faithful to us? The answer to all of these questions is “YES”. Our Lord is still merciful to us. He is compassionate towards us. He is faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. Thank you Jesus that even though some things may change, He never will!
I pray blessings today for you on your Journey!

Looks Too Good to be True…..

Have you ever noticed that some the most damaging and harmful products that are advertised are made to look the best and the most appealing? After watching a television commercial or seeing an advertisement in a magazine, we are left thinking about the product and wanting the product. In fact, it has been said that some industries have made billions by getting people “convinced” that they cannot live without their product. While a product may look appealing to us, it doesn’t always mean that it is good for us.
In Jeremiah 42:21-22 it states, “21 And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, or anything which He has sent you by me. 22 Now therefore, know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell.”
There are many things, people and places that the enemy will convince us are “good for us”. But, be careful. Not all that we will desire will be good. Not all that we desire will be healthy. If what you desire causes you to disobey the Lord, then it is not good for you. We should all desire to dwell in the Lord’s will, not outside of His will.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Do You Get Lost?

One of the most frustrating parts to driving somewhere is getting lost. Historically, men has been given a bad name (and we deserve it) for being too proud to stop and ask for directions when we get lost. I remember one vacation we took to Washington, DC. As we were leaving the airport, I was given a “shortcut” that would get us to the city much quicker. Well, a few hours later, I finally stopped and asked for help. The kind lady at the gas station laughed and said, “dear, you are going in the complete opposite direction!” The next day, I went and bought a GPS system. Getting lost can waste time, cause frustration and force us to miss out on things in life. So much of this could be avoided if we would just ask for directions. Well, the same can be said for our spiritual lives.
In Jeremiah 42:2-3 we read, “and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please, let our petition be acceptable to you, and pray for us to the Lord your God, for all this remnant (since we are left but a few of many, as you can see), that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.” We need to seek “directions” for our Lord on a continual basis so that He will show us “the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do”.  Too often, we get ourselves in trouble because we do not “ask for directions”.
Remember each day to ask for directions from God’s “GPS – God’s Protection Service”. The Bible promises that He will lead us, guide us and protect us. All we have to do is go to Him in prayer and “ask for directions”.
I pray blessings today for you on your Journey!

Is It Worth It?

There are times in our lives when we may question whether or not being a “Christian” is worth is. With so many other “things” in life that promise to give us happiness, health, and wealth, is following Jesus worth the sacrifice?
In Revelation 7:11-17 it states, “11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Remember, no other thing or person can give you what the Lord can. He is greater than anything we will experience here on earth.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Where Do You Run To?

I remember, as I was growing up, there were times when I felt afraid or threatened by something. There was always something very comforting and reassuring about running to my parents and knowing that they were going to protect me from whatever was scaring me. Mom and dad didn’t even have to say anything. Just being near them made everything better. As adults, have you ever felt the same way? Who do we run to for protection?
In Revelation 1:17 it states, “17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” In Revelation 1, the Lord tells us 3 times that He is the First and Last, to reassure us that He was here before any other and He will be here long after all others are gone.
If the Lord is the First and the Last, if only the Lord has the keys to Hades and Death, then who or what on earth should we be afraid of? The Lord promises to protect and provide for us. If He is for us, then who can be against us? Let me put it another way, if He is for us, then who should we be afraid of?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

If It Is Planted, Will It Thrive?

Many times, we hear of God’s Word being “planted” in our hearts. What does that really mean? Well, it means that the Word of God has been given to us either in words spoken by someone else or words given to us in something that we have read. We may also be given God’s Word by how someone treats us in love, kindness and compassion. There are many ways that the seeds of the Word of God are given to us. The question is, “will it grow”?
In Ezekiel 17:10 we read, “10 Behold, it is planted, Will it thrive?” Each day, we are given many opportunities to have God’s seeds planted inside of us, but, what do we do with these seeds? Do we nurture them, protect them and watch them grow? Or, do we ignore those seeds, neglect those seeds and watch them wither and die? Nobody can answer that question for you but you. The question is, what are you doing with the seeds that the Lord has planted inside of you?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!