“Troubles Won’t Last Always. Don’t Give Up!”

We don’t know why we often seem to be in a
holding pattern but we can be assured
that during the process, God is working
out His purpose in the midst of it all. In the end,
whatever He designed for that appointed
time, place, etc will take its rightful place in the
grand scheme of things. Troubles won’t last
always. There will come a shift of seasons.
The wintry blows that may tear at the heart of
life will eventually give way to the blossoming
of something new and better on the horizon.
The holding pattern will break and the days of
crying will give way to rejoicing. The times of
mourning must move that we may dance.
Some seasons may be harder than others to
endure, but trust God’s perfect timing through
it all and don’t give up (Gal. 6:9).

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“Stand For Truth!”

“He who speaks truth declares righteousness . . .” Proverbs 12:17, NKJV

There is a lot being said and there is a lot not being said on truth.  Confused?  Let me explain.  In the secular mindset, there are many who have rallied to challenge and deny the idea of absolute truth.  The idea that one way or one specific train of thought is right for all men is a little too much for them to grasp.  Instead, they promote the idea that truth is only relevant to one’s understanding of the matter.

Whereas, on the other hand, those who proclaim they are bearers of the truth, who have found their understanding of life, faith, and purpose based on what truth declares about them, are eerily silent.  This is one reason, one of the greatest reasons we have witnessed a shift in the atmosphere.  The declaration things seen as wrong are now seen as right, and things that are right are now viewed as wrong in the eyes of many.  And, many truth bearers remain silent.

Silence is a killer of a nation.  Silence allows things to go unchallenged.  Silence gives people permission to carry on as is without regard to consequence.  Consequences that not only the individual involved must experience, but also how it seeps into the very fabric of our culture staining it forevermore.

Think of your life today.  What would it look like if those who stood for truth in our history remained silent?  We have a voice and we should be heard.  Whether in actual speech or in the actions of our daily lives, as Christians, people should know where we stand.  When they are around us they should know what behaviors and ideas are acceptable.  They should know because of our affiliation with Christ, “We don’t play that!”  “That’s unacceptable and I will not be a part of it.”

Alas, many of us are sending the world too many mixed signals.  Sometimes we profess to want to go right and we turn left.  Or, we say we want to go up but end up supporting the causes of them that go down.  We have confused the world and have become confused ourselves in the process, making the value of the truth we stand for appear watered-down.

“He who speaks truth declared righteousness…”   Truth falls in line as an attribute of God.  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent…” (Numbers 23:19).  He can’t do anything but support that which is just because that is who He is.  “Righteousness and justice are the habitation of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face,” (Psalm 89:14).  In essence, he who chooses to stand for truth chooses to stand for everything God believes in and is.  You become a supporter of His causes.

The Bible tells us,  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  All we have to do is stand for truth.  It’s like the old westerns we grew up watching where good always wins (even if it doesn’t presently seem so).

No matter what the world may be doing, you and I must keep doing what is right.  There is an absolute Truth!  He is God!  Everything that is right begins and ends with Him.  So, when we stand for truth, we stand for Him and I can’t think of a better place to be.

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“Remain Strong in God!”

 

One morning as I was making a cup of coffee I ran out of creamer and had to open a new container.  I unscrewed the top and picked and picked at the protective seal underneath to no avail.  I couldn’t get it to rip off for anything.  Finally, out of frustration, I reached into the dishwasher and grabbed a knife and punctured a small hole in the top of the seal.  After that it was easy for me to put my finger in the hole and manipulate the seal for its ultimate removal.  Coffee time!

This had me thinking on how the enemy works in our lives.  As long as we stay sealed up in Christ the enemy can pick and pick but our packaging in Him remains strong.  No wonder Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-3) felt such a compelling urge to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt to their full strength once again.  Wherever there is a hole or a breach in any structure it allows opportunity to an enemy to poke his nose into and gaining access to manipulate the circumstances of life.  It makes his job easier.

Paul admonishes us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).  Our diligence will pay off after a while.  We must be like a wall without breach.  We must take our cue from Nehemiah to patch up any deficiencies in our spiritual walls.  We are the ones who have to be “steadfast and unmovable” to have our work count in the end.  If we stop building and maintaining our walls then they will fall to utter ruin and we will have nothing to show for our work.

We must work at the upkeep of all that God has given us.  “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  Our press matters.  Our work matters.  Our walls matter.  We must continue forth with the mentality of Nehemiah when he stated, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down . . .,” (Nehemiah 6:3).  The enemy wants to thwart your work so that holes and weaknesses can be left for him to poke and manipulate.  But, if we want to “reap” then we must not “faint.”  We must push forth in doing good and leave the benefits to God.

Obtaining coffee creamer this morning was a struggle until I broke the seal.  Don’t let the enemy break your seal.  Stay covered in Christ and push forth until the end for your reward is coming.  Now is not the time to give in or give up.  If necessary, ask God to help you repair what is broken that you may be whole once again.  Remain strong in God!  You can do this!

Be blessed.

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“Stand For Truth!”

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“He who speaks truth declares righteousness . . .” Proverbs 12:17, NKJV

 

There is a lot being said and there is a lot not being said on truth.  Confused?  Let me explain.  In the secular mindset there are many who have rallied to challenge and deny the idea of absolute truth.  The idea that one way or one specific train of thought is right for all men is a little too much for them to grasp.  Instead they promote the idea that truth is only relevant to one’s understanding of the matter.

Whereas, on the other hand those who proclaim they are bearers of the truth, who have found their understanding of life, faith, and purpose based on what truth declares about them, are eerily silent.  This is one reason, one of the greatest reasons we have witnessed a shift in the atmosphere, especially here in our own country.  The declaration of what has always been wrong has now become right, and what has always been right is now deemed wrong in the eyes of many.  And, the truth bearers remain silent.

Silence is a killer of a nation.  Silence allows things to go unchallenged.  Silence gives people permission to carry on as is without regard to consequence.  Consequences that not only the individual involved must experience, but also how it seeps into the very fabric of our culture staining it forevermore.

Think of your life today.  What would it look like if those who stood for truth in our history remained silent?  We have a voice and we should be heard!  Whether in actual speech or in the action of our daily lives, as Christians people should know where we stand.  When they are around us they should know what behaviors and ideas are acceptable.  They should know because of our affiliation with Christ, “We don’t play that!”  “That’s unacceptable and I will not be a part of it.”

Alas, many of us are sending the world too many mixed signals.  Sometimes we profess to want to go right and we turn left.  Or, we say we want to go up but end up supporting the causes of them that go down.  We have confused the world and have become confused ourselves in the process making the value of the truth we stand for appear watered-down.

“He who speaks truth declared righteousness . . .”   Truth falls in line as an attribute of God.  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent . . .” (Numbers 23:19).  He can’t do anything but support that which is just because that is who He is.  “Righteousness and justice are the habitation of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face,” (Psalm 89:14).  In essence, he who chooses to stand for truth chooses to stand for everything God believes in and is.  You become a supporter of His causes.

The Bible tells us,  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  All we have to do is stand for truth.  It’s like the old westerns we grew up watching where good always wins (even if it doesn’t presently seem so).

No matter what the world may be doing, you and I must keep doing what is right.  There is an absolute Truth!  He is God!  Everything that is right begins and ends with Him.  So, when we stand for truth, we stand for Him and I can’t think of a better place to be.

Photo Source: Pixabay

“Remain Strong in God!”

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This morning as I was making a cup of coffee I ran out of creamer and had to open a new container.  I unscrewed the top and picked and picked at the protective seal underneath to no avail.  I couldn’t get it to rip off for anything.  Finally, out of frustration, I reached into the dishwasher and grabbed a knife and punctured a small hole in the top of the seal.  After that it was easy for me to put my finger in the hole and manipulate the seal for its ultimate removal.  Coffee time!

This had me thinking on how the enemy works in our lives.  As long as we stay sealed up in Christ the enemy can pick and pick but our packaging in Him remains strong.  No wonder Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-3) felt such a compelling urge to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt to their full strength once again.  Where ever there is a hole or a breach in any structure it allows opportunity to an enemy to poke his nose into and gaining access to manipulate the circumstances of life.  It makes his job easier.

Paul admonishes us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).  Our diligence will pay off after a while.  We must be like a wall without breach.  We must take our cue from Nehemiah to patch up any deficiencies in our spiritual walls.  We are the ones who have to be “steadfast and unmovable” to have our work count in the end.  If we stop building and maintaining our walls then they will fall to utter ruin and we will have nothing to show for our work.

We must work at the upkeep of all that God has given us.  “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  Our press matters.  Our work matters.  Our walls matter.  We must continue forth with the mentality of Nehemiah when he stated, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down . . .,” (Nehemiah 6:3).  The enemy wants to thwart your work so that holes and weaknesses can be left for him to poke and manipulate.  But, if we want to “reap” then we must not “faint.”  We must push forth in doing good and leave the benefits to God.

Obtaining coffee creamer this morning was a struggle until I broke the seal.  Don’t let the enemy break your seal.  Stay covered in Christ and push forth until the end for your reward is coming.  Now is not the time to give in or give up.  If necessary, ask God to help you repair what is broken that you may be whole once again.  Remain strong in God!

Be blessed.

 

“Remain Strong in God!”

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Photo Credit: Wallpaper4god.com

This morning as I was making a cup of coffee I ran out of creamer and had to open a new container.  I unscrewed the top and picked and picked at the protective seal underneath to no avail.  I couldn’t get it to rip off for anything.  Finally, out of frustration, I reached into the dishwasher and grabbed a knife and punctured a small hole in the top of the seal.  After that it was easy for me to put my finger in the hole and manipulate the seal for its ultimate removal.  Coffee time!

This had me thinking on how the enemy works in our lives.  As long as we stay sealed up in Christ the enemy can pick and pick but our packaging in Him remains strong.  No wonder Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-3) felt such a compelling urge to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt to their full strength once again.  Where ever there is a hole or a breach in any structure it allows opportunity to an enemy to poke his nose into and gaining access to manipulate the circumstances of life.  It makes his job easier.

Paul admonishes us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).  Our diligence will pay off after a while.  We must be like a wall without breach.  We must take our cue from Nehemiah to patch up any deficiencies in our spiritual walls.  We are the ones who have to be “steadfast and unmovable” to have our work count in the end.  If we stop building and maintaining our walls then they will fall to utter ruin and we will have nothing to show for our work.

We must work at the upkeep of all that God has given us.  “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  Our press matters.  Our work matters.  Our walls matter.  We must continue forth with the mentality of Nehemiah when he stated, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down . . .,” (Nehemiah 6:3).  The enemy wants to thwart your work so that holes and weaknesses can be left for him to poke and manipulate.  But, if we want to “reap” then we must not “faint.”  We must push forth in doing good and leave the benefits to God.

Obtaining coffee creamer this morning was a struggle until I broke the seal.  Don’t let the enemy break your seal.  Stay covered in Christ and push forth until the end for your reward is coming.  Now is not the time to give in or give up.  If necessary, ask God to help you repair what is broken that you may be whole once again.  Remain strong in God!

Be blessed.