What is Right in the Face of All Consequences

Deuteronomy 6:18 – And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers,
I can recall so many times in my life where it would have been easier to put a complaint or issue into the trash bin for recycling because no one would know about it.  Or times when I could make an easy decision to handle something I knew was wrong to not cause waves at work.  What about calling into work sick and lying just to have a day off.  The list can go on and on . . . with much justification.
The Spirit of God that lives in you will always remind you “do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord.”  God does see all.  He sees our integrity, He sees our character, He sees our heart and true motives.  We must always do what God says and not what the world says.  Never follow the path of least resistance if it is the wrong thing to do. The blessing from following Gods word and His ways will ultimately be yours in the end.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Land to Give

Genesis 35:12 – 12 “The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you.”
I often talk to people that are not willing to commit their lives to Jesus because they are afraid that they will have to give too much up to be a Christian. They are having too much fun to stop and become boring. Many people would respond to these individuals by telling them of all of the things they receive when they allow Jesus into their hearts (I agree with those answers). I, however, like to focus on the things that they will have to give up – loneliness, despair, pain, addictions, strongholds, etc. 
In today’s scripture, Jacob was told, “And I will give the land to your descendants after you.” By giving up their false gods, God blessed Jacob (Israel) with the land of his descendants. God does not ask us to give up the good things in our lives, He is asking us to give up those things that are preventing us from receiving His full blessing.
I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

Worthy of Double Honor

1 Timothy 5:17 says that those who preach or teach are worthy of double honor.  I understand that to mean that their is double or greater responsibility.

A Bible teacher is part of the pastor’s ministry team.  The pastor is responsible for everything and everyone who teaches to his congregation.
We teach more by who we are, what we do, and how we do things, than by the words we say.  Once we start teaching everything we do takes on more scrutiny.  We teach discipline, faithfulness, and spirituality by how we do things.  Acts 13:7 “ Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith”
People take us more seriously, ask us questions about different things, and for prayer because we are in leadership.  Acts 13:7 “ Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” Acts 13:7 says “17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account”

Lemonade out of Lemons

Genesis 39:22-23 – 22 The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. 23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.
There is an old saying “make lemonade out of lemons”. We use it to encourage and comfort people that are enduring trials in their lives. This phrase attempts to get us to see something good in whatever bad is happening in our lives. It may be a catchy phrase, but should it really be comforting to us?
In Genesis 39, we read of the story of Joseph who is unfairly imprisoned due to an evil woman. In fact, if you look at Joseph’s early life, there was a lot of unfair things that happened to him. Yet, through it all, God was with Joseph and blessed him. Yes, God did make “lemonade out of lemons”. May Joseph’s story comfort you as you endure your trials. Always remember that God is with you and God will use you, regardless of your situation and circumstance. Even with Joseph was in prison, “the Lord was with him“.  It is the same Lord that will be with you when you feel trapped and imprisoned.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Seek Wise Counsel

Proverbs 12:15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. 

I reflect upon the times when the biggest decisions in my life we made.  I would always pray on my own, but I would thereafter always call my mom who I knew was a woman rooted in God’s Word.  I knew she would correct me in love if I was wrong or she would confirm my decisions as being in line with what the Lord would want for my life.  When she passed away, I felt I lost that wise counselor.  But, our good Lord surrounded me with new wise and firmly rooted friends in Christ who I turn turn even today for counsel with big decisions.
Never be too proud to seek advice from others who you trust and who you know are God fearing people.  Scripture tells us that a fool is right in his own eyes.  But, wise people will seek to listen to wise counsel.  Get the wise advice the Lord has told you to get and then weigh what you have learned and pray on it.  That is a recipe ultimately for a good and mature decision.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Trust In a Mind Centered On Christ

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
A great leader is one who leads beyond their heartfelt emotions.  A good parent is one who parents beyond their heartfelt emotions.  A financially stable person is one who purchases beyond their heartfelt emotions.  Think about this for any type of situation where a decision needs to be made.  Do we make decisions for our children because we want them to like us and be our friend? Do we buy a new car because we will look and feel so cool in it? Do we make a management decision because we want to favor or hurt someone? Do we date someone because we feel butterflies in our stomach? If we make decisions in this manner, we have overlooked scripture that tells us that our “heart” is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  
We always have to remember that every decision in life must first start with a “mind” that is centered on Christ.  We check ourselves not by how we feel in our heart, but we check first through being smart in our mind.  Being smart in our mind means looking to what the Word of God says and living it out.  We live it out not because it feels good or is easy, but we live it out because it is the way God has called us to live. Do not trust your deceitful heart.  Trust a mind centered on Christ.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

One Foot In and One Foot Out

James 1:8 – Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Many people live with one foot in the world and one foot in for Christ.  They tend to pick and choose parts of the Bible that support “their lifestyle”, never fully surrendering to Christ.  The reality is that living like this means that the person is knowingly living with one foot in sin and one foot in Christ.  Our scripture today tells us that the life of such a person will ultimately be unstable.  Sin ultimately causes us internally and externally to be weak and damaged in many areas of our lives.
God wants your full heart and mind.  He does not want a portion of who you are.  He wants you all in! Both feet, all in! That is called a single-minded person; where your eyes, your heart and your mind are always in focus on the one thing that really matters — Christ.  With single-mindedness for Christ we receive stability in life where there is peace, joy, and happiness no matter what comes our way. 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Show Me Great and Mighty Things That I Do Not Know

Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not. 
There is so much about God that we do not know.  His greatness, His holiness, the might of God . . . is far beyond anything we can comprehend on our own.  Have you ever thought about all the names of God? Some of his names are El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty); El Elyon (The Most High God); Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You); El Olam (The Everlasting God); Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts). There is such Power in His Name!
We serve an Awesome and Amazing God.  Ask Him today — show me just a glimpse of who you are and show me beyond what I already know of you.  Scripture says if you call to Him; He will answer you.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Steps of a Godly Man

Psalm 37:23 – 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

I look back on the times in my life where I had big decisions to make regarding my family.  I recall praying and praying, only wanting to always be within the will of God for all decisions I would ultimately make.  One day, I made a decision and I recall being stressed and in worry over whether I made the right decision.  I was talking to a very wise friend about how I was feeling.  He told me very bluntly — you have nothing to worry about — “remember that the steps of a Godly man are already ordered by the Lord.”
I sat in awe at the Word of God.  I thought about that verse over and over and took such comfort in knowing that even though I may make a decision, God does know that I have prayed and sought His plan for my life and for that of my family. God knows my heart and knows my desire to please only Him.
I firmly believe all that has been written.  I firmly believe that my steps and that of my family has already been “ordered” and directed by the Hand of the Most High.  May you too take comfort in knowing that when your heart and life is lived for Christ — He too has ordered your steps!
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Purpose of Potholes

James 1:2-5 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Recently, Southern California has been getting a lot of much needed rain. So much, in fact, that I have noticed a significant number of potholes in the road. Because of all of the rain, the weaknesses in the roads were exposed and potholes appeared. As fast as they have appeared, workers have been filling them with new asphalt to make them stronger.
We too experience storms in our lives. Some small, some large enough to create “potholes” in our own walks. It is through these storms that the Lord will expose the weaknesses in our faith in order to repair and strengthen them. I pray that as you encounter your storms and potholes, you will “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”. Give thanks to the Lord for giving you the opportunity to take what was once a weakness in your walk and making it a strength so that you “may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!