Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.—Matthew 6:12
Has anyone ever done you wrong?
Have you done someone wrong?
Has anyone ever offended you?
Have you been offensive?
Has anyone ever hurt you?
Have your actions caused hurt?
Have you decided not to do any thing about this?
To do nothing is not only in direct disobedience to Jesus’ teaching, it also complicates your life. It adds heavier mental weights than you are capable of carrying. ??It is like dropping an anchor and then speeding up your boat’s engine and putting it in gear. The anchor keeps catching and snagging on the bottom, making for a terribly uncomfortable ride across the water.
How simple the solution! Just pull in the anchor. Here is a simple tip for you.
We cannot be right with God until we are right with others.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
There are lights that flood a room and reveals that which is hidden. There are lights that shine as a fixed reminder of eternal truths. There is another kind of light, however. It is the search light of compassion and concern. It is the light that moves out into the darkness to seek the lost. This is the light of the shepherd who leaves the ninety and nine and goes out on the hillside to find the one sheep who is lost. It is the light a woman shines looking for a precious coin. It is the light of a loving God who will not let us go.
Halford Luccock asked his two granddaughters what they wanted for their birthdays. “Give us a world,” they responded. Soon he deduced that what they were asking for was a globe. So happily granddad went shopping for a nice large globe that would spin and would be an attractive addition to their room. Expectantly, he waited their pleasure on their birthday as they opened their gift from him. Somehow when the present was opened, however, he sensed they were disappointed. “What is the matter?” he asked. “I thought this is what you wanted.” “Well, yes,” said one of them, “but we were kind of hoping for a lighted world.” Immediately he understood that what they wanted was a globe with a light inside.
“I can fix that,” he said. “Let me take it back and exchange it for a lighted one.” Unfortunately the store where he bought the globe did not sell lighted ones. So he got his money back and set out to find a lighted world rather than a darkened one. Finally, he located a globe with a light in it, bought it and presented it to his granddaughters, who were delighted. Telling a colleague about this, he was asked if he had learned anything from this experience. He said, “Oh, yes. I learned one thing. I learned that a lighted world costs more.”
A lighted world does cost more. It cost God His Son. If we are serious about letting our light shine in today’s world, it will cost us something as well.
Luke 12:7 “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Grug Crood, the dad of a caveman family in an animated movie, believes that there’s no safe place beyond their cave. They huddle together at night so he can protect them. He thinks his teenage daughter should give up her adventurous side because it can only lead to danger. His motto for his family is “Never not be afraid.” In other words, “Always be afraid.”
Jesus often told His followers the opposite: “Do not be afraid.” He said that to Simon when He called him to follow Him (Luke 5:10). When Jairus, a synagogue leader whose daughter was dying, came to Him, Jesus reassured him with those same words of care (8:50).
Luke 12 records Jesus telling His disciples not to be afraid when He taught them how God cared for them much more than for the sparrows (v.7). And after His resurrection, Jesus told the women who came to the tomb, “Rejoice! . . . Do not be afraid” (Matt. 28:9-10).
Fear is a universal feeling. We have concerns about loved ones, our needs, and the unknown future. How can we learn to have faith? The Lord has given us a foundation on which to build our confidence in Him: “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Heb. 13:5-6).
Father, life in this world can sometimes be scary. Thank You for the promise that Your love and care will never be taken away from us. When fear seems overwhelming, help us to remember Your promises.
Do not fear . . . ; you are of more value than many sparrows.
By Anne Cetas
by Karen Icenhour
He’s Fighting My Battles
He’s fighting my battles, when Satan throws a curve,
He keeps me stable, by giving strength in His word;
My life may see trials if certain things go wrong,
But He’s always there to keep my spirit strong!
He’s fighting my battles, when life has me dismayed,
God can see my heart when I can’t find words to pray;
When I bring Him my troubles, whether great or small,
The Spirit will remind me, He’s still Lord of all!
He’s fighting my battles, when my life hurts within,
He is the Rock of Ages, my feet stand firm on Him;
The storms may come & make the winds blow,
But there’s always peace in the Comforter I know!
He’s fighting my battles, His hand has no defeat,
Everything He performs makes my life complete;
Thank the Lord for His loving care so tender,
I’m blessed by Him being my strong Defender!
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Have you ever seen a triathlon? I saw the finish of an Ironman competition on television, which involved 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running.
There was a young lady leading the pack, but suddenly within just a few feet of the finish line, she fell. Her legs were like noodles. She tried to get up and walk, but fell again. I wept as I watched her end the race in agony. She literally clawed her way to the finish line and sadly did not finish first.
If these men and women put themselves through this grueling race for a corruptible crown, God forbid that we should be any less the strong, spiritual athletes to which God is calling us. We’re dealing with life and death, heaven and hell, and the glory of God! Determine today that you will run the race and finish well.
The secret to the life of King David is found in verse 1 of Psalm 108. O God, my heart is fixed. The New King James translates that phrase as, O God, my heart is steadfast.
When one considers all of the inconsistencies of life, the ups and downs, the good times and the bad, what one thing gives us stability? The answer is, a steadfast heart. A heart fixed upon God will not easily go astray. No wonder David can say,
I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
All too frequently we are too set on blaming anything and everything except ourselves when life does not go as we have planned. However, the truth is, we have taken our eyes off the only One who can help us. We go astray because our hearts, left to themselves, will always default to our natural sin nature.
What, then, can we do? A quick perusal of the Psalms will help us answer that question.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1
Let us, by the grace of God, set our eyes, and our heart affections on Christ alone.
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
Doomsday might have already passed. As you may know, the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012. However, as Time reports today, scholars who converted the Mayan calendar to our Gregorian calendar may have made a mistake. Apparently no one knows what date the Mayans actually predicted, meaning that doomsday may have already come and gone. If you are reading this on the internet, then i guess that the end of the internet did not happen at midnight.
Before you begin planning your weekend, however, you might want to remember that 1999 RQ36 is still lurking out there. When astronomers discovered this massive asteroid in 1999, they determined that it could be on a collision course with Earth. The bad news is that scientists say it will take 100 years to prepare a strategy for diverting or destroying the asteroid. The good news is that there’s only a one-in-one thousand chance that it will strike our planet before the year 2200. I’ll be 250 years old by then, and probably ready for a change anyway. Plus it will be more than double my goal of 103 years old.
It’s an unpredictable world out there. Today’s Dallas Morning News tells us how to respond to a tree which falls onto your house or car (insurance will cover the damages, no matter whose tree caused them).
While life seems faster than ever, scientists have determined that our planet is actually slowing down, spinning more slowly with each passing day. In a mere 200 million years, your Thursday will have 25 hours in it; in 400 million years, you’ll have 26 hours in a day. Just think what you’ll be able to do with the extra time.
In the meanwhile, we need peace in chaotic days. We’re not the first. Travel with me back 20 centuries to join Jesus and his disciples as they row across the Sea of Galilee. Suddenly a furious storm came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was about to sink. The men woke Jesus, who “rebuked the wind” and spoke at the waves, “Peace! Be still!.” Instantly the wind died down and it was completely calm.
This story is in the Bible, not for those who experienced it (they would never forget it), but for us. It’s there to teach us that when your next storm comes up, the right thing to do is to go to Jesus immediately. Don’t trust your boat, or your sailing experience, or the other fishermen. Don’t accept storms as a way of life. Don’t give up on God—he’s waiting to redeem your storm for his glory and your good.
Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer— I will walk rightly before You if You will help me.” But I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands, and then I can begin to pour my life out in the priestly work of intercession. There is a great deal of prayer that comes from actual disbelief in the atonement. Jesus is not just beginning to save us— He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.
If you are not now receiving the “hundredfold” which Jesus promised (see Matthew 19:29), and not getting insight into God’s Word, then start praying for your friends— enter into the ministry of the inner life. “The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.” As a saved soul, the real business of your life is intercessory prayer. Whatever circumstances God may place you in, always pray immediately that His atonement may be recognized and as fully understood in the lives of others as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now, and pray for those with whom you come in contact now
by Karen Icenhour
Just A Few Words
Just a few words can help our heart so much,
They can be used in a soothing, healing touch;
If we ask Him to speak through all we say,
Most likely, He’ll use us to make someone’s day!
Just a few words can be what we need to hear,
They can cause your worry & fret to disappear;
We never know if our words bring a great smile,
Something said can make one’s day worthwhile!
Just a few words can make God’s love displayed,
His word tells us be careful in all we have to say;
When we follow His lead in everything we do,
Then He can use us to help someone through!
Just a few words can change someone’s heart,
They can make sorrow, heartache, & doubt depart;
God is willing to use us when others are hurt,
When we let Him speak by even our small words!