Can’t Get Away with it All the Time

I have had my car broken into two times during my life. The first time, I had purposely installed a pull-out radio so that I could remove it each night to insure it would never be stolen. Unfortunately, I got lazy and found it was easier to just leave the radio in my car…. The second time, I became lazy and would leave my prescription sunglasses in my car…… Both times, because I was lazy, my radio and glasses were stolen. You see, I became lazy and let my guard down. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way, you “can’t get away with it all of the time”. The same can be said for the sin in our life.

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad”

Yes, we may become lazy and let our guard down. Yes, we may allow sin into our lives that we know doesn’t belong there. Yes, we may think that nothing will ever happen. But remember, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,“. Just as I learned with my radio and glasses, we may get away with things for a while, but remember, we “can’t get away with it all of the time”. Keep diligent. Keep focused.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Good Things Are Coming

I was talking with a friend today and they were telling me that they have been going through some difficult times lately. They told me it has been going on for a while, but they were confident that “good things were coming”.  They realize that “it won’t always be bad” and “things eventually will turn around”. Have you ever felt that way spiritually?

Psalm 30:5 states, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

Yes, we will go through trials. Yes, we will have difficulties. Yes, we will struggle and grow weary. But, remember, “joy comes in the morning”. Remember, the trials that we experience will only make the joys seem that much better.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Store Up Your Treasures

I recently read an article about a man who saved up his pennies for over 15 years. He finally cashed them in and received over $5,000! He said that he would look for pennies on the ground and would pick them up. Funny, most people would consider a penny “worth nothing”, yet this man saw it’s true value. It is a good reminder of how we should approach our lives.

In Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew states, “19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Remember, we many only receive “pennies” here on earth, but Matthew reminds us that is we continue to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” we have an amazing gift waiting for us in Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Is Your Plan

When I worked in business, I was often faced with “issues” that needed to be fixed. I had always told my staff that they could always bring their problems to me, but they would also have to bring a solution. I would often ask them, “what is your plan?” You see, it is easy to bring a problem to someone. It requires far more thought to also work it through to a solution.  I was always amazed at the great solutions that would be brought to me. Most of the time, my staff had far better answers than I could ever thought of! As you look at your spiritual walk — all the trials, issues and challenges, “what is your plan?”

Malachi 3:1 tells us, “3 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts.”

When it comes to our spiritual lives, we all have a plan, and His name is Jesus. Remember, when we bring our troubles to the Lord, take comfort that He has already given us the solution.  His name is Jesus. He is perfect. He is exactly what you need.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Preparing for the Season

Many of you know that I coach high school football. One of the goals of our preseason schedule is to play very competitive teams.  Why? Because if we play tough teams and have to struggle a little bit, we will be a stronger and better team when we begin to play our league games. It may sound odd, but having to struggle and work hard in preseason makes us a better team. Have you ever looked at the struggles in your life this way?

In Romans 8:18 Paul states, “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Though our struggles may seem hard, it is out of these trials that we become stronger in our faith. Remember, here on earth, we are merely preparing for the “regular season” that awaits us in Heaven. And, in Heaven, “the glory shall be revealed in us”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Race for the Crown

One of the ways that I like to relax is by playing Candy Crush (i know, I know). Recently, while I was playing Candy Crush, the game asked me if I wanted to play a special game to attempt to earn 5 crowns. I didn’t have to think twice — I immediately began playing for the crowns. There is something about earning those crowns; I don’t know what they do, but I know that a crown must be a good thing. Did you know that there are Heavenly crowns that we can also earn?

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 tells us, “24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

Live your life in such a way to earn the “imperishable crown” that awaits us. But, it even gets better. The Bible tells is that there are multiple crowns that we can receive. Don’t be satisfied with just “one” crown, strive to receive them all!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Suddenly Royal

There is a new reality TV show called “Suddenly Royal”. The show is about a man from the United States that discovers that he comes from a family line that was royalty in a country called the Isle of Mann. Realizing that he is now “royalty” and heir to the throne (they currently do not have a king/queen in this country), he and his family travel to Isle of Mann to convince the people that he is the rightful king of their country. He considers himself royalty because his descendants were royalty.  Did you know that we all are “suddenly royal”?

Paul tells us in Romans 8:17, “17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.“.

Because we are children of the King, we too are “joint heirs with Christ”. In other words, we are royalty because we are the children of the one true King. Remember that the world with try to take away your pride, your confidence, your worth and your value. But, never forget that you are royalty because you come from the “King of Kings”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Going Down

If you have ever driven in the mountains, you know that the hardest part is driving up the mountain. When we used to take our RV camping, it always had to work harder to go up. Going down was much easier and faster. The drive up was always worth it so that we could enjoy what awaited us at the top. Doesn’t that sound a lot like our spiritual life?

In Psalms 73:18 we read, “18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.”

Just like driving, out spiritual walk is always hardest when we are working our way towards the top (Heaven). Unfortunately, if we are not going up, then we are going down. Sin will always seem “easier”, unfortunately, it is not the best. As the scripture says, going down leads “to destruction”. Yes, our walk may be hard and require a lot of work, but what awaits us at the top is well worth it.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

El Nino Is Coming!!!

For those of us that live in Southern California, we have been hearing something for the past few months — “El Nino is coming!”. That seems to be on the minds of a lot of people right now. In fact, I recently read that roofing companies are reaping the benefits of El Nino as people are getting roofs fixed to prepare for El Nino. I must admit that we have also taken care of a few things around the house to prepare for all the rain that we are anticipating. It seems that many people are preparing for what is about to happen, but why don’t we do that with Jesus?

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus said, “36 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.

If we are so concerned about the coming storms, are we just as concerned about the coming Savior? It is good to prepare for El Nino. It is better to prepare for the Second Coming. Not only do we need to prepare our house for the rain, we need to prepare ourselves for Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Know My House

I recently attended a Habitat for Humanity breakfast. As part of that event, they had a recipient of one of their houses come and speak about what that house meant to them and their family. As they were speaking, they made a bold statement, “I know my house”. What did they mean? Well, this person explained that they went room-by-room before they moved in praying over each room. As they prayed, the Lord gave them a specific verse for each room. They wrote those verses on the foundation, on the beams, on the walls (before they were painted). This person was correct; they do know their house because they know that the Lord is in it.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:11 that “11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. That speaker knows their house because they know that Jesus is in it. In fact, they know that Jesus is the foundation.

As you look at your house,  do you know your house? In other words, do you know that Jesus is there? Is He your foundation? I encourage all of you today to take “ownership” of your house and pray over it. May the Lord give you scripture that you may “write” over every room. May the Lord be your foundation. May you know your house because you know Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!