Monday, June 29, 2015

Whom Will We Follow?

     Each of us will make a choice to follow God or some other belief system,  but we will believe something.

     There are many voices today proclaiming that God is a God of love, but little is being taught  about the danger of rebelling against God.   Choosing what seems best to us, thinking that all is well because we see no immediate harm,  actually sets us on a course away from God's will.

     Some years ago, a certain political leader made frequent use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian beliefs which would become the pillars of the new government.  He spoke of his spirituality to the press, especially to the church papers.  He displayed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew the strength for his great work from it as many Christians welcomed him as sent from God.

     We are told to test the spirits in 1 John 4 New King James Version (NKJV):

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

     Who was this leader? It was Adolf Hitler, a master of religious hypocrisy! (Today in the Word, June 3, 1989).

Image "Compass Study" 
credited to Calsidyrose 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pay It Forward!

God blesses us so that we can turn and bless others.  

Look for someone to bless today!

A smile, a friendly "hello',  holding a door open for the one behind you at the Post Office...try it, you may be surprised!!

Nothing Given to God Is Wasted

We read in John Chapter 6, about the crowd that had come to hear Jesus teach.  

That evening, Jesus said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?" Philip's answer was, "we would need about a year's wages to buy bread for these people to eat."  

Andrew, one of Jesus' disciples, said, "there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish , but that won't go very far for so many people." There were 5,000 men in the crowd.  

Jesus said, "Have the people sit down."  Then, he took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave to the disciples to distribute it to the people.

The Bible says, the people ate until they were filled, and the disciples filled twelve baskets with the leftovers! 

The Takeaway...

There are times we may feel that what we have to offer for spiritual nourishment to others is not enough. But, when we give it to the Lord, He blesses it, and causes it to feed a multitude.

Nothing that we give to God is wasted, no matter how small or insufficient it my seem to us.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Lesson From My Wind Chime

     I have a wind chime that hangs on my porch  which has several chimes dangling in a row with weights at the bottom to keep them straight.

     One morning, while eating breakfast, I noticed there was barely any movement to the chimes.  The wind wasn't blowing much, so I didn't think it unusual.

     I sat there watching it and began to think how our lives are like a wind chime.  Sometimes, it seems the Spirit of God is with us, but we can't 'feel' His presence.  There seems to be little movement.

     As I sat watching the chime, all of a sudden, I noticed  the strings were tangled at the bottom.  The weights were tangled around each other.  It was something I had seen happen many times before since hanging the chime.

     I went out on the porch and began untangling the strings, thinking to myself,  maybe there's  no movement because the strings are tangled.  Then God began speaking this to my heart:

     Very often our lives are like those tangled strings.  We get ourselves so tangled up in life's problems and weighted down dealing with life, that we can barely feel God's Spirit moving in our lives.  It seems He may not be helping us at all.  However, if we allow Him to untangle us, then His Spirit can move freely in our lives.  He can refresh us and breathe His life into us so that we are renewed and empowered to face life again.

     Sometimes God's Spirit is almost undetectable to us when we are all tied up in life's issues, but when we turn to Him for help, He breathes on us and causes our spirits to sing and play a beautiful melody for everyone to hear.

Thanks to JenElizabeth for 
the use of her image "Wind Chimes"