Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 10

March birthstone- Aquamarine Pictures, Images and Photos
Matthew 5:47
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

What we really need to remember is that simple conversations and greetings are not enough. We need to make sure that our brothers and sisters know Christ and that if today is the last day that we get to see them, that we will know one day we will meet again in Heaven! Do not put off what needs to be done. You are a mouthpiece for the Lord, you may be the only Jesus that anybody can see, and think about those pagans that will come in contact with them. If they are of another religion that they believe is true, they just may tell your brother or sister (which can be blood or friend) about their "god". How sad will it be to know that somebody else snatched them away from the beliefs that true! Be bold for Christ! Make sure that your friends and loved ones know Jesus!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9

Psalm 1:1
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

It seems now more than ever that people are really going through trials and tribulations and they are in distress. I get many calls during the week just asking for prayer. As we pray we should think back to scriptures, it was important to David to write it out, I guess as a reminder to us all. It's okay to say "Answer me when I call" to God. Then follwing up with "Be gracious to me and hear my prayer." Just remember that no matter what is going on in your life, God cares! This hasn't taken Him by surprise at all. Just remember that God chooses us to go through certain things, and sometimes the reason it to possibly get our attention, grow us or use us so that we can give Him back the glory when it is over. My prayer is that God will hear us and answer according to His will and not ours.

March 8

Ezra 10:44
All these had married foreign women and some of them had children by these wives.

The concern for these women being foreign was not because of their color but because of them having false god and being an unholy race. They did not worship the one true God. This is what we must teach our children. The most important factor when looking for a mate is to make sure they are a Christian, not just somebody that is a member of a church, but one who professes Jesus as their Lord and Savior! I have seen many women who thought they could change the person they married, but lived many many years in misery. Let's help our children to learn not to start a marriage off that would not be pleasing to God. Pray now that God will place that special person in their life.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7

Ecc. 9:4
Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

We know that no matter how bad things may get here on earth that as Christians there is a better place for us. Our hope is in Christ! I can only imagine about the place Christ has prepared for us - it will be glorious. Think of the most beautiful sight you have ever seen, it will be simple compared to heaven. Now for that dog, living here on earth will be his greatest experience because when he is gone he just returns to dust. We are the only creatures that God has given a soul. We are the ones who get to choose our eternity. No wonder God instructs us to make wise choices!

This brings me back to a time when Amber was little and she proceeded to tell a little girl whose cat just died that it was not going to heaven. Well this started a converstaion between my husband and the mother. All Chris could finally tell her was that if this cat could claim John 3:16, then he would be in heaven. Life is fun explaining sometimes.

March 6

2 Timothy 4:18
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever Amen.

As His child we do not know what that evil work may be, it could be a sickness or even cancer, but we should know that one day we will be delivered. It may be that we have to suffer for a while, whether short or long, but God has a place prepared for us that we will never have to suffer again. What a comfort! We also must remember that Christ died on that Cross for us. He experienced more pain than we ever could suffer or imagine. - so that we can have a place that we can experience with no more pain or suffering again.

I get enraged at the group that calls themselves a "church" that protests in front of soldiers funerals stating that God kills them because He hates homosexuality. Enrages is the word! I can't believe that people are STUPID enough to think that God would kill soldiers just because he hates something that has nothing to do with the military. PLEASE people, what Bible are you reading. Now God destroyed cities because He didn't like homosexuality, but where do you read that he would kill our military? I am very thankful for the group called Patriot Guard - who goes to the funeral (on thier motorcylces) to make sure these people do not cause too big of a rucus at a funeral - don't you think these people are hurting enough because of their loss. Not one of them that has lost a loved one has thought that God did this because of homosexuality! I can only imagine what the person who was killed would think. All I can think is that God has a great purpose and plan, He will handle this in His time.

March 5

Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

Wow, this hits me hard. I had a conversation with somebody who was sharing with another Christian even to the point of arguing with her and the other women even went as far as telling her she was just a young Christian, she just didn't understand. My "young Christian" friend has been saved for 9 years and has an extremely strong faith!

Where this verse hits me, is about passing judgment. Yes I picked up my heavy stone and was ready to hurl it at the woman. But what I shared with my friend was that we just have to remember we do not all believe things the same way, sometimes even when we are Christians, but we must lay back and not argue when we know that neither of us are going to change our minds. I told her to stand firm in what she believes, and until God changes her mind about it, stick with it. I guess you can tell that I believe the same way about the subject that she does. I have even asked God to help me in this matter. That if I am wrong about what I was sharing that He would let me know.

Today, lets think about how others feel and try not to pick up those stones and throw, when we think that we really have the right to, because we don't! Pray for them and ask God to reveal himself to them, let Him handle it, He wants us to pray for them, guide them, and leave the rest to Him!

March 4

1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

When we think about our lives before Christ, I don't think ignorant is what first comes to mind. Can you imagine telling a lost person how ignorant they are? It truly makes sense thought, we were completely stupid. Scripture tells us not to be stupid again! How will we make sure to make wise choices? Stay in the Word, hold true to what it says. Not that He would, but don't give God the opportunity to say "Hey Stupid" to you. Seek to be pleasing to Him in all you do. Focus on Him when making decisions, ask Him what you should do, we wise!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3

Nahum 2:1
An attacker advance against you, Ninevah, Guard the fortress, watch the road, brace yourselves, marshal all your strength!

This is very important for us to remember as Christians. We seem to forget that there is a battle going on against us. We must always be prepared for the attack against us and know that it is coming so it doesn't take us by surprise. Satan will do all that he can to destroy us and take our joy. We must stay focused on God! Not only do we watch for ourselves but we must pray that hedge of protection around the ones that we love, because if Satan can't get to us, he will go after the ones that we love. Don't forget that in the end we win! God is the greatest warrior that we have to fight with us in our battles. Don't forget to call upon His name; Satan cannot stand in the presence of God.

Now if you remember I told you that Tuesday is very important for us to pray, and here is why:
One of my former pastors got on a plane one day. Bro. Tim said the man beside him looked at him and ask, "Are you a preacher?". Bro. Tim said "Yes". The man said "I am too but we don't serve the same one". He then proceeded to tell him that he was Satanist. That on Tuesdays, they pray for the destruction of all Christians. And on Halloween they come together go all out in prayer against Christians and families.

So as Christians we should really be on guard and really be in prayer on Tuesday! We now know that somebody is praying against us! Oh and do you remember what day Sept. 11 was on - yes Tuesday. This was told to me years before Sept. 11.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2

Jude 1:22
And have mercy on some, who are doubting:

Not everybody has the gift of mercy so this is something that need to be noted for those of us that don't have it. When others can't see God in the way that we do, we need to love them and pray for them instead of condemning them for not believing as we do. Even for those Christians who don't have the gift of faith, they too need love and compassion as they go through their storms. Whether somebody is a Christian or not, we need to love them where they are and encourage them, pray for them and just be a friend to them that they may see our faith, our Hope!

March 1

Psalm 12:6
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

How wonderful to know that everything in the Bible is perfect for us. Now it may not be what we want to hear sometimes, but it is the truth. Have you seen the saying: "BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"? Makes sense doesn't it. We do have instructions for living here but we must be willing to read them. Remember too that it is not pick and choose the ones that we like best. God has so many great things to share with us; take time to see what He wants to show you today. Listen for His voice in all that you do.