Archive | January 2021

Fess Up

As followers of Christ it is so important that we remove a major roadblock to our prayers being heard. That may seem like a very strange comment but it really isn’t. We have a part in this. So what is this roadblock? Unconfessed sin. Too often we rush into the presence of God and start making requests when we have neglected to confess our sins first and ask for His forgiveness. We know that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9) This is a beautiful fact to remember. However as we look at our Bibles we will see that not confessing our sins and just making our requests known will not ensure His hearing or answering of our prayers.

Psalm 66:18-20 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,  the Lord would not have listened.
 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer  or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Isaiah 59: 1,2 Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is His ear too deaf to hear you call.  It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.  Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore.

Micah 3:4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but He will not hear them: He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds.

Jesus told us in Mark 11:25, 26 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

The importance of confessing our sins is emphasized so heavily in the book of Corinthians where we are told just how important it is to do before partaking in Communion.

1 Corinthians 11:27-29 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.  For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.

Perhaps the reason some of our prayers have not been answered is because we have approached God with an unrepentant heart and ignored just how important it is we remember He is holy. He is just. He is God. Not just a Santa Clause like figure that we can run to regardless of the condition of our heart and give Him our want list.

So why not start your day off on the right foot and confess your sins. Start your day clean and right before God, knowing that any sin barrier has been removed and you can commune with Him throughout the day. Though He hates sin, He is well aware that we are flawed humans and through Jesus Christ His precious Son, He has made a way for us to be able to come boldly before His throne in prayer. And don’t forget to take time to thank Him for the fact that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins!

Have a blessed day!

This Little Light

I woke up this morning and that song, “This Little Light of Mine,” was playing in my head. Though it’s a simple child-like song it is full of truth. Today, with the current geopolitical situation it is so critical we let our light shine. People are fearful and uncertain about the days ahead. Leaders seem to give people more reason to not trust than to trust their leadership. People are much more open to hearing why you and I still have peace!

I believe with all my heart that the LORD wants us to shine our light everywhere we go right now. There are still so many living in the darkness without the joy of salvation. People that used to be hardhearted to the gospel in comfortable and much more stable times are now more open to hearing some Good News!

With Biblical prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes we can rest assured that our beautiful Savior will soon be appearing for His Bride. I would encourage each of you followers of Christ to encourage yourself in the Word. Stay in fellowship with other believers. Keep in close contact with God in prayer and share the gospel with those you know and love and those you meet. Eternity for many, may just be a conversation away. Use what remaining time we have to ensure you have been faithful to Christ and you have run the good race.

John 9:4,5 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.  But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Be blessed!

Share what’s important!

There are so many hurting people today that desperately need to hear the Good News! Our world is a huge mess and there are people dealing with job losses, restrictions on their freedoms, sickness, discouragement, fear and so much more. We the church have what they need. We have the Good News and it’s so important that we share it in whatever way and to whoever God puts in our paths.

All the prophetic signs show that it is but a little while before our beautiful Savior appears to take His bride back with Him. Once that happens this earth is going to be a hellish place to be! Think about all those people you know and love. Do you want any of them left to deal with what will happen during the Tribulation period? I’m sure you don’t. I know I wouldn’t wish the Tribulation on my worst enemy. It will make our current day look like a Sunday picnic.

So let’s determine to share the gospel of Christ with everyone we can. Use your social media platforms. Call friends. Speak to your neighbors. Be a good example of a Christ follower wherever you go so that if anyone asks why you have peace you can tell them that Jesus Christ gives us a peace that passes understanding. Regardless of our circumstances. Time is short. It is so important that we use it wisely. Share the gospel today with someone. What have you got to lose? Keep in mind, they have absolutely everything to lose without Christ.

Mark 16:15,16 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Blessings!

Discouraged? Well take heart.

There are days we can be easily discouraged by watching evil prevail around us. There is so much injustice and corruption at every level of government and in every aspect of this world we live in. If we keep our eyes solely on what is around us we have very good reason to be discouraged. However, that is not the way for the follower of Christ to live! We are to live by faith knowing that one day justice will prevail. God is not blind to what is going on. He is not ignoring the cries of the persecuted or the unjustly maligned.

A day is coming when He will deal with all of this. Take heart, He hears our prayers. He hears the cries of His children all over the world. Though the world shuns this fact, God will not hold blameless those who have rejected His Son and lived a life of deceit and wickedness. His desire is that all would be saved, but that being said, if people continue to reject Him a day of reckoning is coming.

This morning I was reading the book of Malachi. These words stood out.

Malachi 4:1-3

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.

 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.  On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

So don’t be discouraged Christians. God will bring about judgment one day. Those who are arrogant and wicked and that choose to persecute the righteous will one day be consumed. God’s word does not change. He is ever faithful. While we wait on the day of peace and justice let’s be sure to be about our Father’s business. Let’s be sure to bring as many people with us to Heaven. Share your faith today with someone. Let people know, while there is still time, that Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, came to this world to save them from their sins. Time is short. Let’s use it wisely.

Be blessed!

HE is our all!

It is a beautiful thing that God included the Psalms in the Bible. The inspired words written by David are such a blessing to us when we go through dark days. I find great comfort in knowing David did not have it easy. He had many victories but he also had many times of great trials. The thing is David knew where to turn when those trials came. He knew there was no where to go but to God.

This is something all of us must learn in our walk with Christ. There really is no where else to go to. The world cannot offer us true comfort or security. Our families, though very important in our lives, cannot offer us eternal hope. Our hope must be in our unchanging and secure Savior, Jesus Christ. The One who promised He would never leave us or forsake us! I would like to encourage you today to read Psalm 27 with me. Read it out loud and let it sink in that David’s words are as true for you and I as they were for him.

The Lord is my light and my salvation
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
 When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.

 The one thing I ask of the Lord
    the thing I seek most
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.
 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
    he will hide me in his sanctuary.
    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
 Then I will hold my head high
    above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
    singing and praising the Lord with music.

 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
 Do not turn your back on me.
    Do not reject your servant in anger.
    You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
    O God of my salvation!
 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close.

 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
    Lead me along the right path,
    for my enemies are waiting for me.
 Do not let me fall into their hands.
    For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
    with every breath they threaten me with violence.
 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.

 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Let each of those words sink deeply into your heart and when you feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life read this Psalm out loud again! We, through Christ, can claim every promise of God for ourselves. HE is our light, HE is our salvation, HE is our fortress and we, like David, can rest in knowing that we can and must trust HIM for everything we need to get through whatever comes our way. So take heart today! Be brave and courageous and wait patiently for the LORD. Be confident that you will see HIS goodness while in the land of the living. Be assured that even if your mother or father abandoned you, HE will hold you close!

Blessings!

OUR Refuge

People all over the world are waiting to see what happens in the USA come January 20th. A land of freedom appears to be losing their freedom just as many of us all over the world appear to be. The virus has been used to restrict our movements and visits with family and friends. It’s restricted some from gathering to worship. Freedom of speech is being attacked regularly and people of faith continue to be ostracized. Many of God’s children have felt oppressed during these days. Regardless of how things turn out with the US, one thing will not change. Our Savior will never leave us or forsake us. He will be with us and guide us as we seek His will in all of this.

King David penned some powerful words that are so valuable at a time such as this. In Psalm 9:9,10 he tells us some solid truth that we can depend on, no matter what happens.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

What a beautiful truth! For those of us who know His name we can put our complete trust in Him. He has never nor will ever forsake those who seek Him. Praise God!

So as we approach this coming season of possible trouble, we really need to begin each day spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word (Bible). He is to be our refuge. You may ask, what does that even mean? Well the meaning of refuge is as follows:
Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship. A place providing protection or shelter.

He is our protection! He is our shelter from danger and or hardship! And we can run to Him because He is our place of protection and shelter! Though at times we look to man for help, our true refuge can only be found in Christ Jesus. If this past season of trouble has taught us anything, it should be that no one man or woman can save us. Our help truly can only be found in Christ! So today, be sure to spend time in His shelter. Talk to Him and listen to what He has to say to you. Encourage yourself in His Word. That will equip you for the purposes He has for you today.

Blessings!

Time is Too Short to Waste

Brothers and sisters in Christ, if there were ever a time to pray that time is now. We see prophecy unfolding before our very eyes. Every day is one step closer to the Great Tribulation. Worldwide countries are implementing more and more rules in order to prepare people for the coming new world order. There is no coincidence this is happening at a time such as this. The Bible warned us these days would come and we are now seeing them on our doorstep. No longer can people ignore the massive changes that have been brought about using the pandemic as a platform for change.

All that being said, the most important thing we can do at this time is pray. Pray for our unsaved loved ones. Pray for our leaders that have allowed themselves to be blinded by greed, power and many other things. Pray for our children and grandchildren. Pray for those in ministry. Pray for wisdom. Pray for discernment. Pray for the body of Christ all over the world.

Along with prayer, we must keep ourselves in the word of God. Daily. There is no replacement for allowing the word of God to feed us spiritually. Less television. Less news. Less activities that will not bring about any growth. We need to be strong in the Lord for the days ahead. We are not to lay in bed with the blankets pulled over our head and wait on Christ’s appearance. We need to be abiding in Christ as we fulfill the purposes He has called us to do.

If you’ve been waiting to share the gospel with someone, share it now. If you’ve felt lead to get involved in some type of ministry that would allow you to serve the Lord, do it now. Stop waiting for things to go back to normal. The future is never going to be the same as our old “normal.”

Run the race that Christ has set before you. Let go of any bitterness or malice. Let go of any unforgiveness. Don’t allow old Slewfoot to distract you with things that will keep you from accomplishing what the Lord has called you to do. Apostle Paul warned us of these days. 2 Timothy chapter 3 was written for days just like this. Take heart and listen to his words to Timothy.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.  (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)  These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.  But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.  You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.  Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.  You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.

Doesn’t this sound familiar? Corruption, deception and evil flourishing? You don’t have to look far to see all of the above. However, I love how Paul finishes here with just how we are to go through the days ahead. Remain faithful to the things you have been taught! Know the Scriptures as they give you wisdom that lead to salvation and they teach us what is true and where we may be going wrong in our lives. The Scriptures correct us and teach us to do what is right and God will use it to prepare and equip His people for every good work. That is the format! That is why it is imperative we stay in the Word of God. Daily.

So as we navigate through 2021 and wait on our Blessed Hope of Christ’s appearance to take us home, pray more. Keep an open line of communication with our Father. Spend time in the Scriptures for all the reasons Paul gave us! Do every good work that God sets before you. Stay about your Father’s business while we wait on His Son to call us home.

Be blessed!

Don’t Sweat 2021

Happy New Year! My focus this year is to pray that 2021 is a year that brings us all closer to Jesus. A year that we use to be about our Father’s business and eagerly await the appearance of Christ! As we walk through 2021 may we commit to spending more time in the Bible. Not just to study it but to let it change us into people that are more like Christ. May we commit to using our hands and feet to serve Him more! May we commit to sharing the gospel in every opportunity that presents itself. Though we don’t know what this year holds, we do know who holds this year in His hand!

I would like to share a scripture with you today. A reminder of sorts, of the fact this earth is not our home. Though trouble may be around us, we can rest in the love of our Father and our Savior here and we have a beautiful mansion prepared for us when our time here is done.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”~ John 14:1-4

When you’re tempted to stress, fret or panic this year remember Christ’s words. His word never changes and He does not lie. He doesn’t want us stressing or troubling over things that we can’t control. Instead, He would have us lean into Him. Trust Him. Talk to Him and remember that this world is NOT our home.

Blessings!