Category Archives: Bible Thoughts

Admit Your Condition – Humble Yourself

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Admit Your Condition – Humble Yourself

The first step to correcting anything is admission. We must admit our lukewarmness, complacency, sins, faults, failures, and weaknesses to God. It is important to see them as God sees them. In other words we must humble ourselves. Humbleness can be described as seeing yourself as God see you. God’s Word tells us that He gives grace to the humble but He resists the proud.
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James 4:6-10 NKJV
“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

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Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

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Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

Our culture changes, styles change, but God’s Word never goes out of style and it remains the same.

In Psalm 119:11 we learn that by hiding God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to sin against God. One might ask, “How does memorizing God’s Word help us not to sin against a holy God?” When you truly memorize Bible verses and know how they apply to your life it gives you something to build your faith on.

Throughout your life the Holy Spirit will bring to your mind scriptures concerning a particular situation/decision you are facing. It is your job to put the scriptures into your mind and it is His job to bring them to your remembrance.

It is sad to say that too many today expect God to do everything for them. They don’t want to put the work, or effort into memorizing/studying God’s Word for themselves.

I would like to encourage all parents to help your children memorize God’s Word because it will help them in their walk with God and in life. After all, you will NOT be around them to tell them what to do all their lives. You’re not going to be there to tell them what’s right or what’s wrong. They must know what they believe and why. When we look back over our lives, at our past mistakes and sin, the chances are our parents were not with us either. When your children are faced with their greatest temptations and decisions you won’t be there, their pastor won’t be there, their Sunday school teacher won’t be there, but the Holy Spirit will be. He will bring to their mind a Bible verse that they have memorized, or a Biblical truth that they have studied. He will encourage them to do the right thing. In the world in which we live today your children need YOU to help them hide God’s Word in their heart.

Psalm 119:11

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

 

Takes Time To Grow

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About five years ago we purchased some land in Washington and began our slow move there. Over these years I have been transplanting my flowers and bushes. The soil at our old place was very rich and it was easy to get things to grows. Our new place however is very sandy and it is a challenge to get things to grow (other than pine trees). Most of the things that I have planted /transplanted has taken several years to get their roots established enough that they actually grow and flower. The thing that I have learned about planting on sandy land is PATIENCE.

When I plant things I have to be patient and allow the plant however long it needs to get its roots established. I can’t give up on the plant just because I don’t see any visible growth. Most of the very important growth is going on where I can’t see – its roots. Sometimes it takes years for the roots to get to where they can tap into underground water. This reminds me of God. He plants us where He wants us. Not everyone is planted in the same soil conditions. I am thankful that He gives us time to grow – He is PATIENT and He never gives up on us. Even when man can’t see our growth, God sees the inside of us and the roots that are growing. One day, when our roots finally reach the streams of living water we will blossom and bloom.

Is The Fire Growing Dim Or Gone Out? – Self-Examination

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Is The Fire Growing Dim Or Gone Out? – Self-Examination

Evaluate your life with the Holy Spirit. Are there signs that you are growing cold in your spirit? Have you left your first love? Can you remember a time in your past when you were hungrier for God than you are right now? If so, you need to repent and ask the Holy Spirit to create a hunger for God within you like you have never had before. Ask Him to fan the flame of passion within you.
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Some signs, but not all, that a person has grown cold in their spirit are:
Adopting a world view instead of a Biblical view.
Exchanging God’s values for the worlds.
Becoming complacent toward sin.
Being critical about everything.
Desiring the approval of man instead of God.
Ceasing to give to God’s work or to the needs of others.
Having secret thoughts that do not honor God.
Lack of love for others.
Lack of joy in their life.
Loving temporary riches more than eternal riches.
Making excuses for sin.
Lack of conviction.
No desire to spread the Good News.
Not enjoying times spent in reading or studying God’s Word, or in prayer.
Placing stumbling blocks in front of others.
Taking pleasure in people or things more than they do in God.
Thinking that they are missing out on fun.
Unwillingness to forgive.
Viewing God’s commands as restrictions.
God is not the center of your life anymore.
Separating yourself from other believers.

My Thoughts From October 6, 2013

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My Thoughts From October 6, 2013

This morning as I was praying, I found myself praying that God would break every yoke, shatter every chain and set His people free. Then I heard a small still voice say, “I already have.” Immediately my thoughts went to our dog, Gunner.

Yesterday as I was walking into the back yard I realized that Gunner had pulled the swivel that he is chained to up out of the ground. I told him to sit and he did. Gunner knows where his chain will reach, his boundaries. When told to sit down, he did not realize that he was free.

Like Gunner, there are times that God’s children do not realize that they have been freed. Their yokes have been broken, their chains have been shattered, and they have been set free. After the thoughts of Gunner, the verse “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NKJV) came to mind. Instead of praying what I was, I felt urged to pray that God’s people would be delivered from a spirit of captivity.

May the sounds of the enemy be drowned out and may you walk in the freedom that God has given you through His Son Jesus Christ.

Clean Up Your House

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Clean Up Your House

The glory of God will come to the church first but it will not stay unless the people take it home with them. If we do not clean up our homes (spiritually) , and keep them that way, the glory of God will not stay in our church. God will not have a double standard. He expects the same standard at home as He does in His church.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.’
Therefore
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty’ ”

We must sanctify ourselves. We must keep ourselves clean if we want to experience a continuing outpouring of the glory of God. Each one of us should ask ourselves, “Is there life or death in my home?” There are different things in our homes that can (and will) bring about a spiritual death in our homes. Ultimately, spiritual death in our homes means spiritual death in our church.

Love Leads To True Conversions

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Love Leads To True Conversions

We were not saved to serve or work. We were saved to love. God saved us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him. Out of that intimate relationship He will place in us a desire to be His hands, His feet, His mouth to a dying world. In the tabernacle, in the Old Testament, there were many people working in the outer court, but their hearts were far from God.

Isaiah 29:13 NKJV
“Therefore the Lord said:
‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’ ”

Mark 7:6-7 NKJV
“…These people honors Me with their lips
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”

God wants your heart so He can give you His. In Acts we see an important truth. When we worship (minister to God), He will put His desires and burdens within us. Then He will fill us with the desire to work (minister to others), and He will give us the words to say. Then the Holy Spirit will bring in the harvest. The people converted will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit, not with man.

The Holy Spirit filled the believers to praise God.

Acts 2:11 NKJV
“…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

The Holy Spirit filled Peter with a desire to preach a sermon. The Holy Spirit put His words in Peter’s mouth.

Acts 2:14 NKJV
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be know to you, and heed my words.”

Acts 2:38 NKJV
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit brought forth conversions.

Acts 2:41 NKJV
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

As you fulfill your royal priesthood duties, ministering to God, He will fill you with a desire to be His servant, to minister to others. As you do your part, ministering to others, the Holy Spirit will do His part. He will bring fourth true conversions.

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Dear Father,

We thank-you that You first loved us and made a way for us to be able to have an intimate relationship with You. May our love for You grow stronger each and every day. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to guard our hearts. Cause us to honor You with our lips and our hearts. Help us to follow Your commandments, not the doctrines of men. Fill us with Your desires and burdens. We desire to be Your hands, feet and mouth. When people look at us may they only see You — let them encounter Your Holy Spirit, not man.
In Jesus’ name, Amen