Tag Archives: truth

Follow the Light

10 Aug

God’s WordPsalms 119:105-112

God’s Attribute: Lightens our path of lifeFollow the light (2)

God’s Message to me:

My Word (the Bible) was given to light up the path of your life so you can see clearly.  The more you read the Word, the more light you have.  There is no need to stumble through life when I am eager to share My light with you.  When you feel like your life is falling apart you will find the guidance you need in My Word to put it back together.

The stories, sayings and rules found in My Word are there to guide you into the happiest life you could possibly have.  They are not given to hinder but to free you.  Truth frees!  When others try to throw you off track, the truths you have gleaned from My Word will keep you strong and help you see the path of your life clearly.

My Word is a book on living and it is yours forever.  My Word never changes and My promises never fail. This is My gift to you and includes with it joy unspeakable.  When you focus your life on My Word and live according to My guidelines you will experience a peace that passes understanding–no matter the circumstances of your life.

God’s Question for me

Will you follow the LIGHT of My WORD so I can light up your life with peace and joy?

God’s Promise to me

There is no night so dark that My Word cannot bring a glimmer of light and hope.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To continually feed on Your Words of life!

My voice:  To encourage others with gems from Your Word.

My heart:  To be devoted to following You with my whole heart.

My body:  To serve as Your hands and feet to those around me.

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Wise Investments

14 Oct

Sterling Principle # 16

Proverbs 23:22-25Eln with Connies 4

Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her.  Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.  Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy!  Make your mother proud!

Wise investments are passed on from generation to generation.  The greatest investments can’t be bought with money for they are relational.  The signal that wise investments have been made is in the relationship between parent and child.  As the parent invests in the child during childhood—the child reciprocates as the parent’s age.

Investment#1—Truth:  Love and money taint truth so avoid those temptations with resolve. Truth trumps all other investments!

Investment#2—Wisdom:  Compulsive behavior is always unwise.  Call upon God’s wisdom for the strength to do the right thing.

Investment#3–Education:  Cultivate a teachable attitude and we will pass that on to our children.  Never stop learning useful skills.

Investment#4—Insight: The ability to look at a situation or a person and be able to access needs and seek to meet those needs.

The interest on these investments will carry us through the hardest of challenges regardless of how much money is in the bank.

God’s Question: Need to step up any investments?

God’s Promise: I’ll always help you make wise investments.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your Word that communicates life.

I am sorry I have not always chosen wise investments.

Thank You for over-riding my foolish choices.

Help me be wise in my investment of time.

The Honesty Factor

11 Feb

Genesis 27:  The story of Jacob lying and getting Esau’s blessing.

Lessons for Living Today:

Parental favoritism always has a bad ending. white-lie In this passage, Isaac and Rebecca had twin sons.  Esau was a hunter and Isaac loved him best.  Jacob was a home-body and Rebecca loved him best. Rebecca in wanting the best for Jacob encouraged him to lie to Isaac and convince him that he was Esau. (Isaac was old and blind) By doing so he persuaded his father to give him the family blessing reserved for the oldest son. The family was torn apart and Jacob fled from the country to flee the wrath of Esau.  By Rebecca wanting the best for Jacob—she lost him.

Honesty must be taught and demonstrated by parents in order to instill the honest factor in children.  There is always the temptation to give a little white lie to benefit yourself or your children.  The note to the teacher that the child was sick when really you were going skiing–lays the foundation for future lying. When the child sees the chink in your armor they will use your same tactics to suit their own fancies in the future.  Once the little white lie worms its way into your life—it grows and grows—destroying lives, just like Jacobs.

What motivates honest living when it seems there are so many benefits of lying?  God gives us True North for living life on earth in the Bible. The government can’t force people to be truthful.  As a matter of fact, billions are spent by the court system to try and figure out who is lying.  Taxes could be greatly reduced if we were simply honest.  Relationships are broken, businesses ruined and countries destroyed because of lies.  God’s Word, the True North, offers mankind the solution by the simple statement “do not lie to one another.”   Be the change you wish to see in the world!

God’s Question: Will you tell the truth—even if it hurts?

God’s Promise:  The honest person points mankind to God.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your True North that leads to complete joy.

I am sorry I have sometimes avoided the whole truth.

Thank You for Your ready forgiveness for my failures.

Help me so live that I never need to lie about anything.

Beyond the Grave

28 Nov

God’s WordRevelation 21:1-27  (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Look around you at the deterioration of the world—of mankind, of society!  cemetaryThis downward spiral began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and their choice to ignore My Word.  That act set into motion the direction all of mankind would travel.  The natural world is destined to only last so long.  But take heart, whosoever will may come to Me for rescue from it all.  Yes, this world and the heavens around you will all disappear and I will create all things new.  The inhabitants of My new order will be those who have accepted My loving forgiveness purchased at the cost of Jesus blood of sacrifice.

Consider the “religions” of the world.  You are free to embrace whichever you so choose.  But not all will turn out the way you hope.  There cannot by many truths.  Only one died for your forgiveness.  Only one died by crucifixion and rose to life.  Jesus died so that you might live in My new order—beyond the grave.  As you accept Him I accept you and write your name in My book of eternal life.  This is not exclusive—ALL are invited and welcome.

In My new order, beyond the grave, there will be no death, no tears, and no pain.  These are left behind when you step into My glory—My forever home of heaven.  I long for every human to join me here.  That is why I provided you with the Bible—so you know the Way to get here.  I have also commissioned those who believe in Christ to share His love so that everyone gets a chance to accept My invitation to eternal life.  Beyond the grave, My faithful ambassadors will be reunited in My heaven with all those they shared My message of salvation. So live as pilgrims on journey to your eternal home.

God’s Question: How faithful are you as My ambassador?

God’s Promise: In My heaven is NO night.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for the wonderful promise of heaven.

I am Sorry I get so involved with earthly things.

Thank You for Your Word that draws me back to You.

Please Help Me so live as Your witness of better times to come.

Stand Your Ground

17 Nov

God’s WordRevelation 13:1-18  (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to keep quiet.  stand your groundLook around and see the evil that has risen around the world.  It has come to power with the permission of good people.  Good people who were so preoccupied with their own pursuits that they couldn’t be bothered with the evil that was creeping in all around them.  It so slowly crept in until even the very best of mankind were deceived.  When what My Word has proclaimed as evil and perverted is called good and natural—trouble for all is coming your way.

Jesus came to earth and set the example for how to stand up for Godly principles.  He cared more about Godliness than he did about what others thought of Him.  There are so few today who are following in His steps and standing up for My Words of truth.  When the world around them caves to the evil ways of mankind, they follow the crowd instead of standing for truth.  There is a way that seems right unto mankind but the end thereof is destruction.  Even My followers are being duped into keeping silent as evil creeps in to destroy rather than stand their ground.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  When any person, group or nation grasps at absolute power the end result is always disaster.  What they think is their safety net will soon become their snare.  Unless My people will stand up for My Word and the truth therein, evil will continue to conquer the minds and hearts of the world.  Like Jesus, you must passionately and faithfully stand up to the faces of evil and not back down, whatever they threaten to do to you.  Death is not your worst enemy—accepting evil rather than combating it is far worse.

God’s Question: How are you standing up to the evil of your day?

God’s Promise: I am present with My faithful ones.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Your careful warnings about evil.

I am Sorry we all cave so often to evil.

Thank You for giving us the courage to stand for You.

Please Help Me be a light that spotlights you in my life.

Will the World Really End?

5 Nov

God’s WordRevelation 6: 1-17  (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

This subject many people try to ignore or discredit.  the endEveryone wants a happily ever after life right now.  You can see by looking around that there is no such thing.  I gave you the Bible so you would know the boundaries within which you will find your greatest happiness and peace.  So many ignore My Word and want to create their own boundaries for living and suppose the “universe” will be kind to them in the end.  Do you find it strange that they ignore the creator of the universe yet think that the “universe” is somehow, going to give them thumbs up in the end?

To ignore or discredit My Word will not make it void.  The truth cannot be silenced or changed.  Yes, this world will come to an end one day.  I have given mankind fair warning to not get too comfortable living this life because it is only the “basic training” for the next which will be eternal.  I invite all to join Me for eternity where there will be no night, no tears, no pain or sorrow.  I have gifted each with a free will to choose My boundaries of safety or step outside the bounds and do your own thing.  There are consequences for the choices you make.

I have gifted you with My Word to light the path that leads to eternal joy in My presence.  My path not only gives you eternal joy and peace but My presence will give you a taste of that joy and peace here and now.  My followers are charged to share this joy and peace with others.  Others should see the beauty of Jesus shining through the words and deeds of your life.  Unless they see Jesus in you they will have no inclination to believe.  My invitation is for all to have a happily ever-after once this world comes to an end.

God’s Question: Are you sharing My happily ever after with others?

God’s Promise: Your choices today determine your destiny.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for the hope of heaven with You.

I am Sorry I am not more eagerly sharing You with others.

Thank You for this reminder to be about Your business today.

Please Help Me live daily with Your eternal values in view.

Coach and Cheerleader

20 Oct

God’s Word: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14  (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Everyone loves a cheerleader to celebrate their victories.  Coach MosesBut it is the coach’s encouraging words that lead to victory. Everyone needs both coach and cheerleaders in their lives.  How this works is you all serve as coach and cheerleader for those around you. The coach grounded in the rules of the game (The Bible) is the one that will lead you to the greatest victories.  There is a way that may seem right unto man but the end thereof is destruction.  Be sure your life coaches know My foundational rules of successful living.

Cheer on the life successes that align with My Word.  Those are the ones that really matter.  Wealth and fame, notoriety and honor do not guarantee success.  Truth and integrity, love and faithfulness flow from the truly successful life.  Life’s successes that lead to eternal values are all that is lasting.  Strive to achieve that which you can take to heaven with you.  All you can take is those you have coached and cheered to living successfully with eternity’s values in view.

Therefore, the secret to a successful life is found in serving as My coach and cheerleader for players in the game of life.  You will find that in coaching and cheering on others you are also coaching and cheering on self.  Rather than feed off what you can get from others change your focus to giving to others that which they most need: an encouraging word to draw them into relationship with me through My Word.  They don’t need critics but gentle guidance and encouragement. Point them to My guiding Words and cheer on all their successes.  Look for the good and expose it and it will blossom and be fruitful. And in the process you will find your own life in full bloom.

God’s Question: Who will be in heaven because of your coaching?

God’s Promise: Discouragement dissolves by encouraging another.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for this sweet way to bless another’s life.

I am Sorry I spend far too much time on myself.

Thank You for encouraging me by my encouraging another.

Please Help Me be your coach and cheerleader for others.

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