“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.””
Matthew 12:35-37 NLT
This is a powerful message! I know I am guilty of my words getting the best of me. However, I think many Christian’s today, forget that in the end we are going to be judged. We will face our father… So powerful is the line… “Our words will either acquit us or condemn us”. Ask yourself. If you were to be arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? I would like to hope the answer for me would be yes. However, I think God is call for more. What are you going to do?
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
1 John 2:15 NIV
This is powerful. Where do you place your value? Is it in money, your career, maybe friends, or maybe it’s in your looks. When we place our values in other things, this is when we lose sight of what is important. Our Father! If you wish to know where your value is. Just ask yourself, would your world collapse, would flip out, if you lost your job, lost your friends, lost your money, or maybe if something affected the way you looked? To much stock is being placed in the wrong areas. It is time we place our value in the lord. Amen
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18 NIV
Life is full of distractions. Work, kids, house, money, messes, phones, TV, etc.. the list is a mile long. Love is more than the words being said or texted. Love is more than just an assumption of knowing, “they know I love them, right”. Do they know? Nothing, nothing should take away from our ability to share our love. Not your phone, not your stress, not the kids, not work, nothing. Yet that is exactly what we do. Your tired so you don’t kiss your spouse or say the words. The kids drag you all over for the day so you draw away from the one you love. Work was stressful so you internalize it and become quiet or short tempered. Live in truth, live in love and your world will be brighter than it ever has. For the next week, challenge yourself to love as you may never have. Amen.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
Greater than Faith and even greater than hope is LOVE. Really think about this. We know faith is huge, but here God is saying that even greater that is love. So now ask your self how is love shown, given, shared, and expressed? Now ask yourself do you love as you should? Is love the greatest in your life? Or is heart a little hardened so you get short and frustrated often? I know I can love stronger and I am sure you can too. Amen.
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
Matthew 5:44-45 NLT
Who here can say, yes I have loved my enemy? I can’t say I have. This to many Christians is probably a truly tough thing to do. However when we do the benefit is supernatural. What good does anger bring, nothing but a hardened heart. So if you are someone who holds on to your hurt, holds on to those who harmed you, hurt you, were mean to you. Let go, trust God, and love them, pray for them. This does not make their life better. Instead you will awaken to what God had planned for you. Amen.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10 NIV
I believe we all desire to be and do good. We dont seek out to be disruptive or destructive. Unfortunately life has a way of throwing curveballs at us which can derail us from our walk with Christ. Emotions or feelings are just one example of such a derailment. Being honest, I have allowed my emotions/feelings to overshadow Gods will. When my anger or frustration about things builds up, that’s when I don’t allow Gods will dictate my actions and that is not pleasing to our Lord. Submitting to the word is what is going to help me grow. By submitting, when I face those moments of emotion or feeling I will hear Gods voice and it will drive my actions. GODS WILL IS JOY AND PEACE. Amen.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 6:24 ESV
We all want things, need things. A new car, better house, clothes, the latest trend, you name it the list can be endless. There is nothing wrong with that however when those things get in the way of your joy, your pursuit of christ, your love for another. That is when it switches from being just innocent thought. Look into your life and see if there is some want or need that holds you back. Keeps you from joy, happiness, love, passion, and pursuit of Christ. If so, take notice and pray. Amen.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 NIV
Where does your heart point? Today, there are so many distractions which prevent us from seeking him. TV, work, phones, and apps. All are just excuses and not good ones at that. I know I can be much more deliberate and consistent. The question is how do I know if my heart is not set on him? Ask yourself, how much time is spent on your phone, apps, watching TV, and playing games? The thing is these in itself are not bad things to do, however when these things distract from our responsibilities then it’s time to prioritize. I know I could do better at prioritizing my life for God. Can you? Amen.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV
We can be all that and then some. We can believe, talk the talk, share our faith and yet if we cant love others as God has loved us. We are merely a noise that is repeated over and over without prupose and we all know how annoying that is. Dont just be a noise for others to hear. Be love. In order to be love, we must first love ourselves. Do you? Amen.
There are times when I want to give up fighting the fight. Why must everything be so difficult? Why are my prayers not being heard? What must I do? Where are you? I seek you, I know your there, then why? Why must you allow hurt? Convict the heart I pray, and yet I still do not know their truth. Anger builds in me, I can blow at anytime. Just challenge the truth with your lies and deception. I dare you and you will see my anger. I love the only way I know how, DEEP and FOREVER. Nothing will ever get in the way of that love, no matter what deception satan uses. YET, how does one prove that? I have the love of the lord, so how do I earn the other? I grow tired of the fight. I want only joy and happiness, I want security and warmth, I want strength and prosperity, for the ones I love. My strength is in the Lord. Though I doubt, you are still able to provide me strength. Hear me Lord, if the greatest of all these is LOVE, then how do I earn it? How does one earn Love? Love and trust, dont they walk together? If not one than what about the other? If your unwilling to trust can there be true love? You answered my prayer all those years ago, I have thanked you and I am grateful, than why must it be, what have I missed? Trust in the Lord and lean not on my own understanding! Amen