What Is Your Heart Saying?

It is very easy to tell when someone is being honest with us. You ask someone “how are you?” and you receive a “fine”. You know in your heart that “fine” really means hurting, suffering, struggling, etc. We say what people want to hear, but it isn’t always what we are truly feeling. Jesus often talked about how our words and actions reveal our hearts.

In Matthew 15:7-11 Jesus said, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” 10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

As you look at your life right now, what is your heart saying about your walk with the Lord?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 – ” Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Have You RSVP’d?

Have you ever not attended an event that your family and friends were attending because you were not invited? Others around you were invited, but you did not specifically get an invitation. Because of that, you chose not to attend — “if they really wanted me to be there, they would have specifically invited me”. Did you know that the biggest gala in history is waiting for your RSVP?

In Matthew 14:28-29 Matthew writes, “28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.”

Jesus has invited all of us to Heaven and salvation, but have you RSVP’d? If not, reply now. Give Jesus your heart, give Jesus your life. Jesus really does want you there, and He has already invited you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Really Offends You?

I think that it is safe to say that most of us are not big “fans” of dentists. We don’t like the drillings, root canals, fillings, etc. Just me mere mention of the word “dentist” causes some of us to grimace in pain. But, why do we not like the dentist when they are there to help us? Is it really that we do not like the dentist or do we not like what they have to do to our teeth? In reality, most dentists are really nice people and very good at what they do. No, it isn’t the dentist that we don’t like; it is what they have to do to our teeth. The same can be said for the Gospel.

In Matthew 14:3-5 we read, “For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.” Herod was angry at John because he didn’t like what John had to tell him. In fact, he was so angry at John that he had John beheaded. It wasn’t that Herod necessarily didn’t like John, he didn’t like his message.

As you look at your own spiritual walk, what really offends you? The brothers and sisters that love you and reach out to you, or the message of the Gospel that they give to you? Too often, we walk away from the Lord because we don’t like the message of the Gospel. Yes, we want salvation, but do we really have to stop living the “fun life”? If you find yourself getting offended, check to see what is really offending you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Does Satan Look Like?

We have all grown up with images of what satan looks like. For some, he has red horns, a pitchfork, a mustache and smiles. In movies, he is portrayed as an evil, mean monster that is scary to look at and even scarier to listen to. We assume that as long as we keep away from people that look like the above, we are OK. But, did you know that the Bible tells us that he looks nothing like that?

In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 Paul writes, “14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” Paul warns us that the enemy will make himself appealing and attractive to us to lure us to him.

I would take it one step further. The enemy doesn’t just make himself look appealing, but he makes the things of this world appealing to us. He will stop at nothing to take us away from the Lord. There may be things in your life that you think are very good for you and your family. But, are they drawing you away from the Lord? If they are, realize that what looks to good to you now could be spiritually fatal to you in the end. Because of those things in your life, will Jesus say to you “I never knew you”?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Should I Get for the One I Love?

Well, Christmas is around the corner (any day now, the Christmas music will again return to the radio stations) and many of us begin to wonder what gifts should we get for the loved ones in our lives. Is it clothes? Is it technology? Is it a vacation or flowers? There are so many choices, and we all want to get the “perfect” gift. How do you decide? Well, did you know that the Bible is the perfect guide for gift giving?

In 1 Corinthians 13:13 Paul writes, “13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” You may already know that 1 Corinthians 13 is called “The Love Chapter” of the Bible. But, in my version of the Bible, this chapter is titled “The Perfect Gift”.

Before you spend anytime shopping for your loved ones, give them the greatest and only perfect available — love. Give them God’s love daily and give God your love daily. What is the best part about this gift — you don’t have to go to a store to get it!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Gift of Faith

Isn’t it ironic that the basis of our belief in Jesus Christ is also the most difficult part of being a Christian? We are Christians because of our faith in Jesus, yet we also struggle with our faith in Jesus. For some, they become upset or discouraged when they struggle with their faith, yet through out the Bible we see many Godly individuals deal with the same struggle. Faith is not only the basis of our walk with the Lord, but it is also a gift from the Lord.

In 1 Corinthians 12:9 Paul writes, “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,” As Paul is listing out the gifts of the Holy Spirits, he includes “faith” as one of those gifts.

As we pray for other gifts from the Holy Spirit (wisdom, knowledge, miracles, prophecy, tongues) don’t forget to pray for faith. It is by faith that we believe. It is by faith that we are recognized. It is by faith that we live.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey of faith!

The Next Time You Ask “Why”…..

It is human nature for us to ask “why?” From the moment we are able to talk, we begin asking “why?” There are so many things that we want to know, so many things that we cannot comprehend. Why do birds fly? Why can fish breath underwater? But, there are also other questions that we have for God. Why did my family member get cancer? Why did my child die? Why did I lose my job and get evicted from my house? Why did my spouse leave me for another person? These are the hardest questions. We may want to ask God “why?” but remember what was said to Job.

In Job 37:5-12 we read, “ God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work. The beasts go into dens, And remain in their lairs. From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north. 10 By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen. 11 Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds. 12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may do whatever He commands them
On the face of the whole earth.

We may want to ask God “why?”. We may even question. But remember this, the God that made everything work perfectly in this world will also make everything work perfectly in your life. We may want to ask “why?”, but even if the Lord were to answer we probably wouldn’t be able to comprehend it. Instead of asking “why?”, give thanks that the God that made the universe is also in control of your life.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Flee from Idolatry

When we think of “idols” we normally imagine those people that are considered successful, attractive, talented, etc. In general, we think of “idols” as those people that we want to be more like, place on a pedestal and, sometimes, even worship. But, did you know that “idols” aren’t always people, but they can also be things?

In 1 Corinthians 10:14 Paul writes, “14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” Paul warns us to flee idolatry because it is idolatry that keeps us from Jesus.

Look at those things in your life (material items, relationships, time commitments). What are the “idols” in your life that are keeping you from Jesus. Once you find them, do as Paul taught, flee and return to your Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Would Jesus Do?

The next time you feel the Lord calling you to serve, but don’t think you have time, ask yourself “what would Jesus do?”

In 1 Corinthians 9:19 we read, “19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;”

Paul reminds us to serve others because that is exactly what Jesus did.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!