Archive for July, 2011

Its All Fun Until…

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Psalms 35:28 “And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” [WBT]

I can remember being constantly told in the playground by our schoolteacher “It all seems fun until someone gets hurt.” I still recall all the fun that we had peppered by the occasional pain when something did go wrong. Life so often reflects this! We can unknowingly be doing something that produces the wrong result.

This leads us to a priceless truth in our Psalm: Our tongue is the joystick of our day.

Now ponder on this for a moment… our tongue will direct our day in the same way as a conductor directs an orchestra. The book of Proverbs is filled with many valuable lessons about our tongue. It lets us know both its power and its weaknesses. Our tongue is able to say whatever we let it but if we want the right results we have to use it correctly.

Take the plunge with us today and let’s use our tongues to speak of God’s righteousness and His praise – all day long. As we do this we will find that our days become filled with Him and the course of our life is right on target.

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Where’s The Dream…

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Matthew 2:9 “…Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child.” [MSG]

Have you ever been on a trip and suddenly realized that you are lost and don’t know where to go? The three wise men had been following their star but then it disappeared for a while! What did they do? They simply waited for its return before moving ahead.  It reappeared and successfully led them to their destination.

Often in life’s journey God places a dream in our hearts. In some seasons we are led with clear direction concerning our dream while in other seasons it seems we are not. During these times we must wait on God like the three wise men. When the dream direction re-appears we are to start moving ahead again according to God’s leading without any doubt that we are on our journey again.

This week spend time in God’s presence letting the Holy Spirit minister life back into the God dreams in your heart. The humble star that appeared to the three wise men knew exactly where to take them. Be confident that the Holy Spirit knows specifically what you are seeking from God and He will guide you safely to that destination.

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Help Me Please…

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Hebrews 2:16 “We also know that the Son did not come to HELP angels; he came to HELP the descendants of Abraham.” [NLT]

Have you ever needed HELP? I need it a lot.  A day seldom passes where I haven’t required HELP in some way.  Its just part of life… we all need HELP time and again. So where do we go to get our HELP? The answer is simple: Jesus!

Jesus is our HELP and Jesus came to HELP us!

That’s absolutely right, Jesus came to HELP you too! Both you and I are the descendants of Abraham through Jesus. We are the people that Jesus came to HELP. We are told that He didn’t come to HELP angels, he could have, but he didn’t. Angels like Michael and Gabriel get HELP from elsewhere but we, get HELP, directly from Jesus.

Jesus came to HELP you!

Here are three simple keys to getting HELP from Jesus:

  1. The Name of Jesus [Phil 2:10]
  2. The Blood of Jesus [REV 12:11]
  3. The Word of God [EPH 6:17]

This week focus on getting your HELP from Jesus. Go to him every day, every hour or every minute… He’s here for you. You will never exhaust the supply of HELP that He has just for you!

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Desperately Seeking You…

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1 Corinthians 12:26 “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every OTHER part, …If one part hurts, every OTHER part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every OTHER part enters into the exuberance.” [MSG]

Today’s verse gives us a timely reminder that, in the body of Christ, we desperately need each OTHER. God’s design is that we depend on our brothers and sisters in Christ during both the good and bad times. Your future is dependent on OTHER healthy and functioning parts of Christ’s Church assisting you, as we need each other.

Now here’s the key. The parts of the body that are hurting must in due course get healed and whole. This is accomplished as OTHERS get involved and help us to get fit again. Healing can feel painful at times but when it occurs every part of the body flourishes again and we all enter into celebration as one.

So why keep yourself healthy in God’s Word? Why take good care of yourself Spirit, Soul and Body? The answer is simple: The healthier you are, the healthier OTHERS around you will be. This will cause a healthier, happier stronger church. We each affect OTHERS in Christ’s Body, so let’s always make sure we are not hurting OTHERS but helping them.

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