Friday, August 21, 2009
The Final Exam-Dr. Charles Stanley
Pay attention because there will be a test later." Upon completing their schooling, most people are relieved not to have to hear those words anymore. Well, your testing days are not quite over, because God has a final exam for believers. Below is a brief "study guide" outlining what the Lord's faithful can expect at His judgment throne.
Questions. Examining each believer's life from the moment of salvation to death, God looks for answers to three questions:
1. How much truth did the person know?
2. How many opportunities did he or she have to use that truth?
3. What did the individual do with those opportunities?
So you see that we are actually preparing for the final exam right now. On judgment day, no excuses or arguments can stand, nor will anything unrighteous, selfish, or evil be permitted in God's holy presence. All we'll have to show is what we did in His name.
Every person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior shares in the gift of eternal life. However, just as each one is judged by his or her own life, so are rewards given individually. Though the Bible is not specific about the nature of heavenly blessings, the promise of receiving them permeates its pages (Matt. 5:12, 6:4; 1 Cor. 3:8; Rev. 2:23).
Throughout life, our heavenly Father provides each of us with so many big and small ways to honor Him. Take my advice: Do not waste a single moment of preparation time! On the appointed day, you will want to stand before Him, certain that you used your opportunities to the fullest.
Then the Lord said to [Moses], " . . . I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die. But you may wonder, 'How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?' If the prophet speaks in the Lord's name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared."
--Deuteronomy 17:18-22 (nlt)
"And He said to them, 'O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! . . .' Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures."
"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world."
"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."
--2 Peter 1:20-21
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This is my Younger Son that is overseas. Thank you for your Prayers. He should be back by the Middle of September.
""Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." I Timothy 6:18 (NIV) "Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!" Psalms 41:1 (NLT)
God created you for a great purpose. He created you to be His ambassador of love! All around us are people in need. No one is immune from heartache, illness or crisis. But there is a group of people close to the heart of God that He keeps reminding us of. It is poor. It is so easy to forget, yet He doesn't forget. And if we are going to be His disciples and do His business, then we must take serious God's cry for us to help the poor and needy. Paul tells Timothy to command those with the means to do good. He wants us to be "rich" in good deeds and to be generous. God has called His children to be kind and compassionate to those in need and when we are, David reminds us that there is great joy to those who are kind to the poor! And it is true, there is great joy. Today ask God to help you find ways to help those that are less fortunate.
Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
YOU CAN DO IT!
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
What do you think about? Where do you fix your thoughts? God expects us to consider what we think and judge it according to His word. Trouble comes into our life and we begin to fear. When it does we have a choice to make. Will we remain in fear? Will we let it escalate into panic? Or will we obey today's passage and trust in God, fixing our thoughts on Him? When we do, He promises us peace. Not just any peace, His perfect peace. It is the same way with anger, jealously, doubt and a hundred other thoughts that come into our life everyday. Today, when negative thoughts come to your mind begin a new habit. Trade them in for peace. How? By giving the thoughts to God and then choose to trust in Him by fixing your thoughts on His love for you.
THANKS for your support. Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Today, Just a reminder. (Hugs)
"Jesus replied, 'Your mistake is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.'" Mark 12:24 (NLT)
Some mistakes are more critical than others. This one is huge. And yet how often we fall right into the same trap. There aren't any two things more relevant to the way we should live than the Scriptures or God's presence and power and yet how many days do we live without the influence of either? Paul tells us, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." Why would we go a day without this? And God's power? We can't even begin to describe it. Jesus was attacking the religious attitudes of the Pharisees. They wanted to argue doctrine and pretend that they were spiritual. God doesn't see it that way. We need to know His word and power. The author of Hebrews says it this way, "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires." Today may God help us to know His word and power.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I may not be the most important person in your LIFE.
I just hope that when you hear my name you smile and say
DANG, SHEâ€™S AT IT AGAIN, BUT THATâ€™S MY FRIEND!
Have a wonderful day.
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