Be Cheerful in Tough Times


Philippians 2:14-16 The Message (MSG)
Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

If we cannot show the hope and peace of God to the people of this world, where else will they find it? Be cheerful in those tough times, even when you don’t feel like it! Pass on a smile to someone even when that’s the last thing you feel like doing. Let this world can see Christ through you while you are weathering a storm or while you are on a mountain top. If someone hears us do nothing but complain or argue, chances are they will not think too highly of our God. Let’s be the witnesses God wants us to be.

Have a blessed day.


Thought For The Day

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Trials and tests  are part of a Christian walk.  They are not God’s punishment for us. The only time you should begin to really worry is when you stop having trials and tests.  Yes, it may be your mountain top time, but normally we do not plateau forever on a mountain top.  If you are on a long plateau it might be time to check yourself.


What is in the Heart Will Come Out


Mathew 15:18-19:

18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

What is in your heart? Happiness, love, fear, hate, anger, comfort, grace, mercy, lust, bad thoughts, contentment, maybe even revenge? 

Have you ever truly thought about the condition of your heart spiritually? What prognosis or diagnosis would your spiritual “Doctor” give you if He looked into your heart right now? 

For some, you can honestly say, “I have a heart full of love and peace,” while others might cringe once they begin to examine themselves. We can only fool others for a short period before the true content of our hearts comes pouring out, and we cannot fool God at all, for He sees straight into our heart. Being born into sin does present hurdles in our lives as Christians, but God gave us His Spirit and His Spirit gives us the strength we need to jump those hurdles. At times, when we take our eyes off Jesus and our feet somehow get caught on one of those hurdles, we fall. What causes us to take our eyes off Jesus? Are we spending time with Him like we should?

Have you ever wondered why it is that we seem to speak nothing but negative words at times? I am about ninety-nine percent sure that if we would each take a look at ourselves when we notice we are speaking negative or acting in an unfriendly manner, that we will find we have not spent much time with God or in His word for a period of time (whether short or long.) 

If we are feeling energetic, peaceful and our joy is overflowing even when tough circumstances creep up, will probably notice that we have spent some time with God or in His word of late. 

What we need to do is understand this; when we spend time with God and in His word, it penetrates our hearts and His attributes and words begin to flow from our mouth and show in our actions.   This is true for whatever we spend our time in. If we never allow God in our hearts, and we fill ourselves with things of this world, what do you think will show up in our words and actions? Ponder that for a couple of minutes.   

The point I am trying to make is that we should try to spend some time each day talking to God, reading a couple of devotionals and/or some scripture. We will soon see a difference in ourselves if we do.


Our Bodies Are God’s Temple


Corinthians 3:16-17
16:Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17: If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
I Corinthians 6:19-20
19:What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20:For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
So, what are you allowing in yourself? Are there thoughts, actions or things that you would not allow yourself to take to church? Are you gorging your body with food and junk (yummy junk) that will make you lethargic and weak? Are you consuming too much of anything? (you fill in the “anything”.) Over doing anything, with the exception of loving God, is bad for you mentally, physically and spiritually. We are blessed that God has not skipped over us as His temples because of the way we treat ourselves. Eating sweets? Not a terrible thing unless your do it in excess. Having something greasy here and there is not going to block your arteries, but having grease all the time, well that is a different matter.   Watching a movie here and there with some questionable things (again you fill in those questionables) is not going to cause you to become desensitized and backslide or slowly change your outlook, on the other hand, overindulgence may do just that. 
Please, for the sake of being God’s temple, take a look at yourself and consider if you are a temple that God would be proud to dwell in? Remember we were bought with a price and we should glorify God in our bodies and spirits, which are God’s.

No Jesus, No Peace


Over the years, I have seen these eight words on billboards, bumper stickers and even painted on rocks. Every time I see them, I feel the presence of God.  Are any words so powerful as these?  I do not need to explain them or discuss them further, because they are simple and to the point of truth. The statement may only be made of of eight words, but I think these eight words move me more than any others.

Just think on the satement for a few minutes.  It’s the truth, whether we want to admit it or not.

Have  a blessed day!


Guard Your Heart


Proverbs 4:23-27 (The Message)

   Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
   that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
   avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
   ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
   and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
   leave evil in the dust.

Guard your heart from evil.  Do not busy yourself in idle gossip or bad jokes.  Do you think those are what Jesus wants to hear?  Keep a pure heart! Many times this is a daily struggle for many Christians.  In our work, school or any public setting we enter into each day, we hear nothing but negative, perverseness, and twisting of truth.  Many times we feel exhausted by the end of the work week just fighting against the spirits of this world that try to penetrate our hearts and minds.  That is why it is important to meet with God each day and let our hearts touch Him and be touched by Him.  We need the daily cleansing  that only God can give us. He is our strength.  Nothing else can replace Him.


Learn it by Heart


Proverbs 4:20-22 (The Message)

  Dear friend, listen well to my words;
   tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times.
   Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live;
   body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

Hide the words of God in your heart and your life will change.You will see yourself and circumstances in a different light.  God’s word is our light in this dark world!  His word causes our souls to glow from the inside out.  Radiate the light of Jesus through keeping His word in your heart.


Never Walk Away

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Proverbs 3:21-26 (The Message)

 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them.They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner,Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.

I think the scripture says it all.  Guard your mind! Do not let the enemy get hold of it! Do not let the way of the world creep in. Think on the Lord and the pure things of Him.  Do not get sucked into the false promises that are poured into us daily.  Think on God and things of God and get Peace!


Thought for the Day


Psalm 9:13-14 (The Message)

   Be kind to me, God;
      I’ve been kicked around long enough.
   Once you’ve pulled me back
      from the gates of death,
   I’ll write the book on Hallelujahs;
      on the corner of Main and First
      I’ll hold a street meeting;
   I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air
      with salvation songs.

In the verses preceding the above verse, the writer talks about sharing God’s praises for all He has done, and then follows with the above verse. Sometimes we are ready to scream God’s praises from the house tops, and then we hit a trial and tell God “If you get me through this, then I will change this or that.” How many times do we tell God “When you… then I’ll”? God does not need us to make a deal with Him. He wants us to trust Him and have faith that He will deliver us from our trials, storms, enemies and circumstances. Once we realize He loves us just because, then we can rejoice with a sincere heart of thanksgiving in the knowledge that we did not have to coerce or bribe God to do something for us. If we live in the faith that He is God, our Provider, our Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father and much more, we will sound like the below verse.

Psalm 118:17-20(The Message)

I didn’t die. I lived!
And now I’m telling the world what God did.
God tested me, he pushed me hard,
but he didn’t hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates the righteous gates!
I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God,
so the victors can enter and praise.


Thought for the Day



1 Corinthians 15:10 (King James Version)

10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

I am what I am because of God’s grace. How about you?