All the days of my life…

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6a).

Even in the middle of your hurts, habits, and hang-ups, God is watching over you.

When King David says, “Surely your goodness will pursue me,” he’s not saying, “Surely only good things are going to happen to me!” He knew as well as anyone that bad things happen to good people.

David’s point is that God’s goodness will follow after, or pursue, him. No matter how bad or evil or difficult something seems, God will work it out for good.

It’s one of God’s great promises that he’s given to believers: We know that in everything that happens to us, God is working for our good — if we love God and are fitting into his plans (Romans 8:28). If you’re a believer, the Bible says all things are working together for good — not that all things are good — but working together for good.

There is no difficulty, dilemma, defeat, or disaster in the life of a believer that God can’t ultimately turn toward his purpose.

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I Press On!

Many times we become weary and feel beaten down, but we need to remember in Whom we must place our trust. We need to continue to fall at His feet, seek His strength, and ask for His wisdom and receive all that we need to fulfill what He have purposed. Then we need to thank Him for the many blessings along the way, but also thank Him for the not so pleasant times in our lives and the lessons learned.

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”Philippians 3:12

Our journey in this life contains disappointments and obstacles. There are many times we may feel like giving up, and retreating. Through our every failure and disappointment, we find ourselves at the feet of our Savior, where He picks us up, reenergizes us, restores us and gives us the push we need to continue; only with a greater understanding, that we aren’t placing the outcome or our trust in our human resources, but trusting fully in His unlimited ability.

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Our human side finds it easy to complain, and resent the difficult circumstance, but our spirits gain an understanding of the greater eternal plan which God has purposed and will bring to completion in our lives. So Today, let go and take hold of all that Jesus has taken hold of for you. Have the faith to make His promises your own, and  press on in faith and live bold in courage.

Have a wonderful day as you press on to to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Love you all. Please listen to this song and I pray it encourages you. God bless you!

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you”

I love reading Psalms. I love reading it any time of the day, but especially in the morning, when the day is new and the sun is rising. David is one of my favorite heroes of the Bible. To me, he’s so real, so human, and yet in the midst of his strife, he’s still looking to God for guidance and searching for God’s will in his life.

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8

This passage should be our prayer every morning. There are so many lessons for us to learn in the Psalms. The psalmists, whether David or others, are very open about their real life situations as well as their dependence upon the Lord for strength, support, guidance, comfort, etc.

In today’s verse, the psalmist makes a point of daily submitting his will to the Lord and declaring his trust in the Lord for that day. But not only is he praying asking for God’s guidance, he is letting us know that God speaks to him daily also. “Let me hear your unfailing love in the morning” indicates that there’s a relationship . . . a two-way conversation occurring every morning when he arises.

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Intimacy is a part of our relationship with the Lord; but it cannot be a one-way street! There has to be two-way communication! Not in loud, audible words, but in that small, still voice which speaks to our innermost man. Talk to the Lord . . . then, listen intently as He allows you to hear his “lovingkindness” in the morning . . . anytime when you pray!

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Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence. Love you all.

Assumptions

Many people assume all sorts of falsehoods that are, in fact, not true! Such assumptions can lead to extremely serious mistakes in judgment—and can ruin our lives physically, mentally and spiritually if we are not careful!

One of the wisest men I have ever known told me, quite a number of times, “Learn not to assume anything!” He went on to point out that a great many common assumptions were simply not true.

Yet, many people assume all sorts of falsehoods that are, in fact, not true! Such assumptions can lead to extremely serious mistakes in judgment—and can ruin our lives physically, mentally and spiritually if we are not careful!

Most of us remember that for hundreds of years most people assumed the world was flat. People today laugh about how silly that assumption was. But which of today’s “assumptions” will we soon consider even sillier?

A few decades ago, the medical establishment commonly told mothers not to breastfeed their babies. Doctors assumed that various formulas were better than a mother’s own breast milk. Yet, today, in the highest scientific and medical circles, it is clearly understood that the mother’s own breast milk has been “programmed” (so they say, to avoid giving credit to a Creator) to give the best nourishment to her own baby. Also, it was commonly assumed in medical circles that male circumcision was “barbaric” and entirely unnecessary. Yet, today, we read that many doctors and medical leaders have come to realize that male circumcision is extremely beneficial for health in various ways.

Another common assumption is that all the professing Christian churches are really “Christian.” Yet many of these churches teach a number of doctrines and practices directly opposite those which your Bible clearly reveals. Should we assume that ministers are “Christian” when their teachings and practices are diametrically opposed to what the Bible plainly teaches?

Remember, the Bible exhorts us to prove any idea to be sure it is correct. We read: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV). The Berean Christians were complimented “in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Notice that they were not necessarily disproving what Paul was saying. Rather, they kept a genuinely “open mind” and were willing to search throughout the Bible to see if what Paul was saying matched up with the Scriptures. That, my friends, is profound advice for all of us! Do you do that?

Think! Where do you get the doctrines that you believe? Where does your church really get those doctrines? Out of the Bible? Are you sure?

Consider how most “mainstream” ministers say that God promises that the faithful Christian’s reward will be eternal life in heaven. People take this for granted. But is it what the Bible actually says? I have for many years offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who could prove to me from the Bible that God promises “going to heaven” as the eternal reward of the Christian. And for decades, no one has been able to claim this $1,000.

Why? Because the Bible clearly indicates, over and over, that the reward of the Christian is to reign on this earth­ — not up in heaven! In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth ” (Matthew 5:5). And Jesus Christ directly stated, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (John 3:13).

Did Jesus Christ know what He was talking about? Surely, if we go to heaven, then Abraham—the “father of the faithful”—would be there. So, too, would be the prophet David—the “man after God’s own heart.” And what about Elijah, whom many assume was “taken up to heaven” in a whirlwind. How could Jesus possibly say that no one has ascended to heaven except Himself?

He could say this because He taught the Truth! The Truth is that God’s word clearly shows that the patriarchs, the prophets and the true saints of God are to assist Christ in the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish on this earth after the coming resurrection from the dead. The Bible clearly states that, at the last trump, “Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'” (Revelation 11:15). So, Jesus will soon rule over the “kingdoms of this world “— not up in heaven! Earlier, the book of Revelation describes these words of praise to Christ, “for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth ” (5:9–10).

The Apostle Paul rhetorically asked, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (1 Corinthians 6:2). Here we see clearly that the saints will “judge the world “— not go off to heaven with nothing to do! This entire passage clearly shows that God’s true saints—members of His true Church—are to be “in training,” preparing now to be those future kings and priests who will assist Christ in ruling over the nations on this earth in Tomorrow’s World.

Speaking of His true saints, Jesus Christ states, “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—’He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father” (Revelation 2:26–27).

If God’s faithful overcomers will rule over the nations with a “rod of iron,” it is obvious that they will not be up in heaven. Are there nations in heaven that need to be ruled over with a rod of iron? Of course not!

So, how can people possibly believe all of this stuff about “going to heaven” when the Bible continually says otherwise? The answer is obvious. Most people just want to “get along.” So, they almost automatically believe whatever they are taught by family and friends. If they had grown up in Nazi Germany, they might have assumed that Hitler was a great man. If they had grown up in a Muslim country, they might have assumed that their prophet Muhammad was even greater than Jesus Christ.

What is the genuine solution to this quandary?

The ultimate solution will come when all human beings prove to themselves that there is a real God—the Creator and Ruler of all nations. Then, they must also prove to themselves that the Holy Bible is, in fact, in its original form the inspired revelation from God. And they must then be willing to believe the Bible—and do what it says!

That sounds very simple. But extremely few people on this earth have ever proved, or been willing to act on, those basic facts! Are you?

If you are, you will find that the Bible gives clear explanations for the problems facing humanity in the areas of physical, mental and—obviously, most important of all—spiritual health. Although it is not a technical book in mathematics or science, the Bible reveals the foundational approach to all aspects of human knowledge and understanding. It is the Truth — for it is inspired by the God who gives us life and breath.

If you will truly learn to study the Bible deeply, as the “foundation of knowledge,” you will learn much about the real origin of nations. You will develop the correct understanding of our relationships on this earth as males and females. You will recognize the right form of government that will eventually take over the earth. You will gain precious insight into how to treat fellow human beings, how to build your mental and physical health and how to gain eternal life in the coming Kingdom of God.

So please do not “assume” anything! Learn to prove diligently and genuinely what is true—and ask God for the intellectual and spiritual courage to act on that Truth. If you do this, you will never regret it!

Are you a seat warmer or street beater?

We were not called to be seat warmers, but to be street beaters!  Jesus said “Go…” didn’t He? That means we must move and move in our community! To do your part you must get active. God is waiting on You to make that move today!

Start a food bank, visit the elderly, support drug rehabs with meeting places, begin a ministry to gather and sending clothes to the poor, start a penny ministry and place jars all over town (great for young kids).

There are countless ways even one person can make a difference,  but it starts with You! We live in a world where poverty is acknowledged, but still exists and where slavery is hidden in plain sight, rather than eradicated. It can be so easy to become overwhelmed and wonder, “What can I possibly have to offer that will make a difference?”

BUT GOD PROMISES that as we trust Him and step out in faith, He will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support (Hebrews 13:5).

I want to encourage you to begin where you are today. Maybe you can’t do everything, but you can do something!  Realize that you have been created for a specific purpose, and have a responsibility to reach those God has put in your life and entrusted to you. And as you simply step out in response to His call, He promises to meet you exactly where you are.

It starts with You and I! We have been blessed to be a blessing!

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