Fasle Lips

Proverbs 17:4-5(KJV):
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
Thought for the Day

Verse 4 – God hates all sin, but we saw in Proverbs 6:16-19 that there are seven sins which God particularly hates, and lying is one of them. Giving an ear to a known liar is just as bad as telling a lie. At times, we are all exposed to lies without knowing it, but most people’s attitudes reveal if their words should be trusted or not. Haughty, critical, and demeaning people cannot be trusted to speak without bias. Those with the habit of spreading gossip and trying to get people to side with them against others must also be avoided. Such people are not content to do mischief themselves, but they try to enlist others to join them. We certainly must not encourage such people by listening to them.

Verse 5 – God hates pride, which leads us to despise anyone who (in comparison to ourselves) is “poor” in talent, intelligence, looks, spirituality, or skills – in addition to those who are economically poor. He is interested in every soul. He loves the poor and desires that we love them, too. We are all poor before Him! Expressing His love to others in practical ways opens a door through which we might lead them to salvation.

As Christians, we have been commissioned not only to preach the gospel to the poor, but teach them laws that govern the affairs of life. People are destroyed through lack of knowledge. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). Only the knowledge and application of God’s Word can overcome our problems. The poor need this knowledge. The Bible is not only filled with the spiritual principles of life, but also wisdom in the area of physical laws. Some of the subjects that are covered in the Bible are: nutrition, sanitation, land conservation, animal husbandry, ecology, social etiquette, government administration, and family structure. This is just a partial list, since the Bible has much to say on many subjects. When we seek God’s answers to any problem, we can find something that the Bible has to say about it.

We should never be glad when calamity occurs, not even the destruction of the wicked. We can be glad when justice is done, but if we have God’s heart, we will be saddened that the wicked did not repent. “Say unto them, As I live, saith the LORD GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

 

 

Evil For Good

Proverbs 17:13-15(KJV):
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
Thought for the Day

Verse 13 – Those who have been helped by someone and then return an evil act toward them will find they are cursed with evil in their own house. A man helps a homeless person and is mugged. A supervisor helps a friend become a manager and that same friend fires him in order to secure his own position. Parents invest their money and time in nursing a sickly child who grows up only to ignore them when they are elderly. These are but a few examples of how good can be rewarded by evil. Those who selfishly return evil for good will only bring evil upon themselves. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Verse 14 – Strife can begin with a few unkind words and end in a bitter quarrel, just as a small crack in a dam quickly widens until the whole dam bursts. We must stop contention before it becomes a quarrel. One way to do this is to learn what triggers a quarrel and to refrain from saying such things. Another way is to walk in humility.Proverbs 13:10 says contention comes by pride. It is not wise to approach others with a proud, demeaning attitude. We should remain humble when others arrogantly challenge us wrongly. It does not mean that we compromise our position, but that we maintain a basic respect for all people, because they are made in God’s image and He loves them.

Verse 15 – It is easy to see that it is an abomination to justify a criminal or condemn a righteous person, but we ought also to be careful not to oppose those doing a good work for God simply because we do not agree with them in some area. We should repent if we have been guilty of doing this. Likewise, we should be careful about what we support. Many companies, for instance, produce popular products but support abortion and other evil things. Some people are now attacking the Bible and calling it “hate literature,” because it calls their sins “sin.” Isaiah has some strong words for those who do these things: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 5:20-24).

 

 

Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-6 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

 

If you have ever watched a potter work, as Jeremiah did, you know the wonder of seeing a lovely vessel take shape from a lump of clay. God’s object lesson to the prophet was that the nation of Israel as well as every person from the beginning of time was to be shaped by His hand. We are all lumps of human clay waiting for the touch of the master Potter.

When clay is placed on the wheel, the potter already has a specific design in mind. The same is true of us, God has determined how He plans to work in our life and what part we are to play in building His kingdom (Eph. 2:10). He shapes with His hands and cuts with His tools so that our character begins to look like that of His Son Jesus. Each believer will be formed differently to carry out the unique service God has in mind for him or her. But regardless of our special equipping, we all bear the unmistakable imprint of our Potter.

Too often we look around at the talents and abilities of others and wish to be more like someone else. But we have been perfectly designed for the purposes God has for us, and He makes no mistakes. If we spend our time wishing for talents that do not suit God’s plan, or if we refuse to use the spiritual gifts He’s given us, we waste His effort and our opportunity to serve Him.

The Master is pleased with the way that He has designed our life and the abilities He has poured into us. To honor the Potter, as a vessel should, we must submit to being molded and used, as He desires.

From the sermons of Charles F. Stanley
Jan 3, 2015
 Copyright @ 2015 In Touch Ministries 

 

Eli

Today my grandson Eli will be baptized. I am so thankful for God grace and salvation. It has been our prayer that our grandchildren would be saved and serv the Lord. Even berfore our kids were grown we prayed for them. On it is our prayer that Eli will always walk with the Lord and be a great witness for Jesus.

Light

Step by Step

Dr. David Jeremiah

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. –Psalm 119:105

This past Christmas, more than a few parents were up late on Christmas Eve going step by step through the instructions while putting together a child’s toy. The temptation is to look at the picture of the completed item and just “go for it”—which usually results in having to go back to step one and starting over. Instructions are there for a reason. The designers of the product know best how to proceed.

Step by step is the way the Christian life of faith works as well. Our temptation is to rush ahead and try to bring about the end result we think God wants. But God is interested in more than the final product; He wants to build our faith as well. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God provided manna for them to eat—but only enough for a day at a time (Exodus 16). Jesus taught His disciples to pray for “daily bread”—a prayer that needs to be prayed daily (Matthew 6:11). And the psalmist says that God’s Word, like a lamp, shines enough light on our path to walk a few steps at a time (Psalm 119:105).

Let God, by His Spirit and His Word, guide you a step at a time on your path. He is not in a hurry and neither should we be. He wants to build faith as well as put together the end result.

God not only orders our steps; He orders our stops. —George Muller

Happy Mother’s Day

by Karen Icenhour

There’s nothing like the love in Mother’s heart!  Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Heart
Mother’s heart is different from all things in the world,
God gives her holy love in the birth of each boy & girl;
He made a miraculous way to bring forth a child,
Fulfilling our life with a precious reason to smile!
Mother’s heart is filled with a deep kind of care,
Anytime we need her, Mother is always there;
We might treat her wrong by what we do or say,
But Mother’s love is faithful, & there to always stay!
Mother’s heart remembers kind & thoughtful needs,
She is always ready to meet her family’s needs;
Even if her heart gets deeply hurt or betrayed,
Mother loves her family in just the same way!
Mother’s heart knows what it means to be forgiven,
The love from within her has a touch from Heaven;
Mother deserves to be respected and adored,
Oh, what a precious gift she is from the Lord!
                              
Mother’s Day, 2015

 

Most Important Mother’s Day

mom

I was thinking about my mother and could not help to rember all she did for me growing up. Now with a family as large as ours we didn’t get a lot of individual attention, unless we were sick. But mother loved us all andwe knew it. She knew how to wipe our tears and turn a sad day into a happy one. She could stop the hurting of a bee sting by putting some snuff on it. She could feed all us with beans, fried taters, cornbread and ice tea. We loved it. Still do.

Sometimes I sure miss her and would enjoy one of those meals, sitting around the table taling and laughing. the most important thing I learned is to enjoy each day because we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Thank God for memories and for giving me a great mother.

Happy Mother Day

Ordinary People

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn: We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously—no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner—no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat—the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.

From The Weight of Glory
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Gift from God

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14

Everyday is a gift from God…

Sometimes we fail to really enjoy the day because we’re so busy fretting about all the little things that aren’t “just right”.  Ten years from now will you even remember that on this particular day your toast wasn’t crispy enough?

Everyday is a gift from God…

We may waste away our precious day by spending most of it grumbling about little things instead of being grateful for what we have. Take a moment to think about God’s blessings. You CAN’T even count them all!

Everyday is a gift from God…

We may harbor ill feelings against others who have done us wrong.  Life is too short to waste it away on resentment.  Forgiveness benefits you as well as it does the one you resent.

Everyday is a gift from God…

It’s up to YOU to make it sweeter.  It’s up to YOU to make the most of it.  Spend it wisely. Share a smile everywhere you go. Make others around you feel loved so that they’ll see Christ’s love through you.

God bless your day head,

 

Make Up

A Beautiful Woman In Christ
Julia Bettencourt


“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman
that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

Some may have heard about the little boy who asked his mother why she was putting on cold cream. She replied that she was making herself beautiful. When she went to take off the cold cream the little boy wanted to know what was the matter. Was she giving up? That little boy misunderstood the concept of the art of becoming beautiful. Sometimes we as Christian women misunderstand God’s concept of becoming beautiful in Christ.

There is nothing wrong with working on our outward beauty in itself. We are children of the King so why not look the part? We should always do our best and look our best but many times we forget about the inside and the way we project ourselves. Perhaps sometimes we just concentrate only on one feature or area of our Christian life but not the whole and our beauty in Christ becomes skewed.

Being beautiful in Christ involves more than just the outside or just one part of us. Our verse says, “…a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30. That is the beauty that transcends time and doesn’t fade away.

One thing about beauty that we all know as women is that it is a daily thing. In other words we have to keep ourselves up. If we let ourselves go what happens? We’re not quite so beautiful anymore are we? It is the same with being beautiful in Christ. We have to constantly work at it. Here are some things to help us improve our beauty in Christ.

    1. Cleanser.
      In order to make ourselves beautiful, we have to first cleanse ourselves of all unwanted impurities. Our cleansing agent works through our confession and God’s forgiveness.

      “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

 

    1. Moisturizer.
      Having compassion can be a good moisturizer. When we start seeing others and their needs instead of our own it can really soften us up!

      “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference.” (Jude 21,22)

 

    1. Wrinkle Cream.
      If we want to smooth out those wrinkles how about applying a meek and quiet spirit?

      “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Pet 3:4)

 

    1. Foundation.
      We need to start with a good foundation and what is better than the Word of God? If we have the Word of God in our hearts the rest of our spiritual make-up can be easily applied.

      “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psa 119:11)

 

    1. Eye Makeup.
      To keep our eyes shinning the brightest we need to guard them from seeing things that are not fitting of a beautiful woman in Christ.

      “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19)

 

    1. Lipstick.
      To make the face complete don’t forget your lips. Apply lipstick in the shade of ‘Pleasantness’ daily for best results.

      “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Prov 16:24)

 

    1. Blush.
      The blush we apply should be God’s love radiating through us.

      “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Rom 5:5)

 

    1. Hand Lotion.
      We don’t want our hands to become dry and brittle so we need to apply some generosity and good deeds.

      “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Prov 31:31)

 

  1. Foot Therapy.
    Sometimes when we overlook our feet they can get callused and rough so we need to get them going in the right direction. Take your feet only to the places that Christ would approve.

    “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Th 5:22)

Don’t Forget Your Upkeep!