Jan 012018
 

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). 

Helen Keller was born blind, but she had vision.

A reporter asked Miss Keller, “Is there anything worse than being born blind?” “Yes,” she said, “It is to have sight and no vision.”

Do you have a vision for your life at the beginning of this new year?

On New Year’s Day, I review the goals for my life. These are my

– Spiritual, Relational, Intellectual, Physical, Financial and few other goals!

I pray over these and ask for God’s will to be done in each one. I hold them in an open hand and ask that God would give me wisdom as to the direction He wants for my life. I don’t want to be a man without vision. I don’t want you to be one either.

Begin to think about some goals you would like for your life Pray and seek the Lord’s face as you ponder about your future!

(PA)

But I’m going to trust that!

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Nov 152017
 

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

We have all considered-
– whether we would be willing to suffer for, even die for, Jesus.

For me-
– though, being willing was not the tough question.

My fearful question is:
Would I actually be able to?

I always find hope in the fact that God promised that He would always be with us.

When we come to Christ-
He fills us with His Spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord will be sufficient in the day of the crisis.

He does not give us strength for tomorrow’s crisis today.
He gives us strength for the crisis when the crisis time comes.

It’s understandable that each of us would gulp and say, “I hope I am willing.”
And then wonder deep inside if we really would be.

Well, I want you to know, as cowardly, weak, and selfish as I am-
I know I could not do that on my own strength.

But I’m going to trust that-
– the power of the Holy Spirit will give me strength in that moment of crisis
– strength that I just can’t imagine having today.

(PA)

Keep your eyes on Him!

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Sep 092017
 

The Bible does indicate that life will become very difficult before Christ comes again:

“For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now” (Matthew 24:21).

Are we living in those days?

The Bible warns us against setting dates or trying to make precise predictions.
We need to remember that the world has gone through hard times before.

But-
The Bible does give us a number of other signs or events that must take place before Christ returns.
And many of these seem evident today.

For example-
Jesus said that “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world … and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Never has this been more possible than today, with satellites and the Internet making the Gospel accessible to millions around the world.

Instead of being fearful about the future-
I urge you to be optimistic – because of Christ.
He alone is our hope, for someday He will return to establish His perfect Kingdom of righteousness and peace.

Keep your eyes on Him!

In the meantime-
Ask God to help you make whatever adjustments you need to during these difficult days, and to trust the future into His hands.

The Bible says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5).

This may seem hard.

But-
It’s the way of peace.

(PA)

If…

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Sep 082017
 

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes we should take a closer look at our scriptures.
For instance, the Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil; it says the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.
Jonah was swallowed by a big fish; it never says a whale.
And Eve ate the forbidden fruit; it never says an apple.

Likewise-
God does not guarantee that all things work together for good.
Do you think for people in hell things have worked out for their good?

He declares that all things work together for good “for those that love God and are called according to His purpose.”

This is a significantly different meaning!
In other words-
Things most certainly work out good for you if – and this is a big if – you are a follower of Christ, willing to trust in His plan, willing to trust in His will, and to seek to fulfill His will.

Under those conditions-
– all things do work together for good!

No matter what kind of setback you face,
-no matter what kind of rejection by man,
-no matter what kind of suffering you have in this life,
-no matter what kind of disappointment and hurt you endure-
God can bring good out of any situation, even out of any evil of our own or that is thrust upon us.

If you choose to trust God-
He can bring good out of the darkest, most dismal situation.

Why don’t you start looking for the good that God wants to bring?

(PA)

God is in control!

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Sep 072017
 

What’s going to happen-
– next year,
– next week,
– next hour from now?

Many people waste time-
– worrying about what might happen in the future.

The Bible gives us a wonderful promise:
God says:
“I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Can we know the future?
No!
We can’t!!

But we can face the future with confidence-
– when we know that God is in control!
– and He is working for our good (Romans 8:28).

No matter what circumstances come our way-
– we know He’s there for us.

When I read the newspapers or see the evening news-
– I don’t always feel optimistic about the future.
– and pessimistic about the days to come,
– but realistic about my earthly and eternal life.

When I put my trust in God-
I know that He is in complete control;
I have hope for tomorrow and
– strength for living each and every day.
(PA)