Romans 12-I love this chapter!

•December 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Romans 12:1-21 KJV

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Shout out

•August 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

To all those labeled as “dead-beat dads” by employees of the state of Texas just because your child’s mother somehow finagled the court’s into giving custody to her even though she is the true dead-beat, I just want to say, “Don’t give up hope.” I realize that there seems to be little hope while the attorney general’s office is run by incompetent people as well as people who just flat-out don’t care one iota about your child – evident by the fact that they placed your child in the care of an individual who (among other things) claims to have the right to be selfish, to go to drunken parties all night long, to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day inside her new boyfriend’s apartment which she has temporarily labeled as your child’s home, to give your child asthma just because she doesn’t want to give up her own nasty habits, etc. And, yet, the moment you stop fighting for what you know to be best for your child is the moment you seal your child’s doom. I know it’s hard, but put your trust in God and know that you are not alone. (As unfortunate as it is that there are so many children in our society who are being raised in two separate households, it still provides some level of optimism to know that the battles you face on a daily basis are fought by other individuals, too.)

Also, don’t think that God has abandoned you or your child – quite the opposite, in fact. He is willing and wanting to provide what you need and what your child needs.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets…

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:7-12,21-27) {MORE OF HIS WORDS: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:14-21 AND “And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:2-3 AND “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (James 5:16-18)

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:2-10)

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

The Fruits of Repentance

•August 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Why should we repent? “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19) for “your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2), but “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), for “…the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Eternal life… Something we all should strive for…

“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

True repentance should include:

  • “carefulness” to not sin
  • “clearing of yourselves” – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].” Ephesians 5:11 and “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • “indignation” or hate for sin
  • “fear” of what sin can do to you so you don’t repeat it
  • “vehement desire…zeal…revenge” – desire to fix the sin and make sure that neither you nor anyone else repeats your mistake

Don’t just go through the motions. Live every day to its fullest. Live every day for God.

(Ideas  and some scripture refernces from Brandon’s lesson tonight – thank you, Brandon!)

Our Hope

•August 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS, song by Edward Mote and arranged by Wm. B. Bradbury:

“My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. …In ev’ry high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found, Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand…”

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9

“Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For [it is] a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.” Proverbs 22:17-19

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.” Psalm 42:5

“For thou [art] my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth.” Psalm 71:5

“Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8

“Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is…. Be not a terror unto me: thou [art] my hope in the day of evil.” Jeremiah 17:7,17

“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” Joel 3:16

“…God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is] our hope…” 1 Timothy 1:1

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12-14

“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” 1 Peter 1:3,13

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14

WE SHALL SEE THE KING SOME DAY, song by L.E. Jones:

“Tho’ the way we journey may be often drear, We shall see the King some day… After pain and anguish, after toil and care… Thro’ the endless ages, joy and blessing share… After foes are conquered, after battles won… After strife is over, after set of sun… There with all the loved ones who have gone before… Sorrow past for ever, on that peaceful shore, We shall see the King some day… We will shout and sing some day… Gathered round the throne, When He shall call His own…”

WHISPERING HOPE, song by Alice Hawthorne, Arranged by Alton H. Howard:

“…Hope with a gentle persuasion, Whispers her comforting word; Wait till the darkness is over, Wait till life’s tempest is done, Hope for the sunshine tomorrow, After the shower is gone… Then when the night is upon us, Why should the heart sink away? When the dark midnight is over, Watch for the breaking of day. Hope as an anchor so steadfast, Rends the dark veil for the soul, Whither the Master has entered, Robbing the grave of its goal… Come, O Thou blest hope of glory… never depart. Whispering hope, O how welcome Thy voice; Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.”

“And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.” Mark 6:53-56 – The multitudes didn’t do this out of sorrow and despair but, rather, out of excitement and hope, tremendous quality and quantity of emotion. We should also share our hope. God provides innumerable blessings. So why do we focus on the negative.

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, song arranged by Albert E. Brumley:

“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thru, My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue… They’re all expecting me, and that’s one thing I know, My savior pardoned me and now I onward go; I know He’ll take me thru tho I am weak and poor… I have a loving Savior up in glory-land, I don’t expect to stop until I with him stand… Just up in glory-land we’ll live eternally, The saints on ev’ry hand are shouting victory, Their song of sweetest praise drift back from heaven’s shore… O Lord, you know I have no friend like you, If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do; The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

(Idea, verses and songs from my dad’s lesson tonight – Thanks, Dad! I love you!)

Darkness or Light?

•June 1, 2013 • 1 Comment

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

“And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7

“…I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:17-18

“After dwelling in darkness for so long, light hurts. Nevertheless, we are to be that light in a world of darkness.” – Joshua Wyatt in Exalting Jesus Christ by Helping Others to be Faithful

“Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

“Again, a new commandment write I unto you, which thing is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shineth. He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.” 1 John 2:8-11

“…the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night… But you brethren, are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10

Noah did everything – Are we?

•May 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every [sort] shall come unto thee, to keep [them] alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather [it] to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” Genesis 6:17-22

“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that [are] not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.” Genesis 7:1-5

“And God remembered Noah…” Genesis 8:1

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

So … are we doing everything that God requires of us like Noah did?

Lightbulb

•April 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

How to give in the right way of our abundant blessings from God can be a challenge to figure out if one looks in the wrong places – which can be easy to do. Our society is over-run by the idea of entitlement and making sure that we get credit for everything we do before someone else does. The Bible, it seems, states the exact opposite.

In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus says, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” But some might say, ‘Well, what about James 1:27: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.” or Matthew 25:34-36: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” That’s giving. Giving of your time instead of money. And you can’t do those things without somebody knowing about it.’

Ah. Lightbulb!

Such argumentative individuals are right, but wrong. There is a time for everything, just like God said through Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

And, therefore, there is a time to visit the orphans and widows and those who are sick or in prison, and there is a time to feed those who hunger and give drink to those who thirst, but those visited should be the only ones who know (other than God) that someone gave of their time to visit them. God says to keep our donations secret so that He can reward us instead of mankind rewarding us… And that should be enough.

Turning around

•April 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I realize now that I have been idolizing things in my life without realizing it. Things that, although they may be important to a degree, are not nearly as important as serving the one true God and studying His word. My priorities have been mixed up, and it has taken a lot to remind me that I’ve been headed in the wrong direction in a lot of ways. I feel like I’ve gone backward in my walk with God, and that is probably exactly what I’ve done because it seems as though I unlearned certain things – and, that, solely by not studying and reading daily. There is a reason that God says through John in 1 John 5:21: “[My] little children, guard yourselves from idols”, and through Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Fortunately, the widows, orphans and others in my life have allowed me to see things in a different light and made me rethink my priorities in life. I have so many blessings, and I take most, if not all, for granted.

But I want to change that. Right now. Because God gave me this day with all of its fresh opportunities. I don’t know how Paul so drastically turned his life around as quickly as he did (Acts 9; 1 Timothy 1:12-15 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”), so I know it will take me time, but I suppose fixing a little bit at a time is better than not fixing anything at all.

As my beloved sister in Christ reminded me this week: “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9

Giving equals becoming rich

•April 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Philippians 4:14-20 KJV

Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 21:1-4 KJV

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Acts 9:39 KJV

Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

James 1:27 KJV

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Proverbs 31:9-10, 20 KJV

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Matthew 25:34-40 KJV

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Never alone

•April 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Tonight, for the first time, I watched the movie Hope Floats. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I absolutely hated the very beginning. Because things like that really do happen all the time in reality is why, when I dropped cable, I didn’t even bother to hook up the regular antenna to my tv. Instead, I used the tv solely to watch movies that I owned or borrowed from family. I was tired of being depressed and/or angered by what is aired on most channels and finally decided that $80/month was too much to pay for Animal Planet and a few good music channels.

But, back to the movie, it wasn’t all bad. Despite it’s beginning, her one inappropriate night with Justin, and my tears throughout the second half, I liked it because it reminded me of a lesson that I’ve learned more than once – more like two lessons, actually.

1. We are never alone.

“…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

“…be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

2. Even when things do not seem to be going the way that we think they should, it doesn’t mean that everything will not turn out right. There is always someone greater in control.

“…For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8

” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” Romans 8:28

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13