What would you think if someone were to walk up to you and
call you a prostitute to your face?
Frankly, I’d think they were either kidding or were just stupid. After all, isn’t a prostitute one of those
cheap women (or men) who sells their body for money or for drugs? I may be a lot of things, but I’d be sure
that I wasn’t one of them! I’d be wrong
though! A prostitute is someone who allows
himself to be used for his/her own personal gain. Soooo, If I follow the ways of this world (or
of Satan) in my pursuit of personal wealth, or comfort, or friendship,
or… Or anything! Am I not prostituting myself? And as a Christian, am I not a member of the
Body of Christ–which is the “Bride of Christ!” We are repeatedly warned about the “lust
of the eyes” in Scriptures. Today,
I found an Old Testament warning to God’s people that seems quite applicable
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: … so you
will remember all the commands of the LORD , that you may obey them and not
prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and
eyes. Then you will remember to obey all
my commands and will be consecrated to your God.” Numbers 15:38-40
Lots of people are cool with the concept of God, but when
you try to define that concept further, they start to get squeamish. For example, you can tell just about anyone
you believe in God and they probably won’t get too aggravated even if they
don’t agree. But, if you tell someone
that you believe that Jesus IS God, then you’ve spoken fighting words in many
circles. Jesus addressed similar
arguments many times during His earthly ministry, but probably never as
succinctly as this:
“He who hates me hates my Father as well.” John 15:23
God clearly tells us that there are three parts to His
nature; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deny that any part of God is in fact God, and you have denied God all
Are you one of those “brainiacs” who knows something about everything? Some people are blessed with brains that can absorb tons of information, but most of us “regular folk” are good at a couple of things, and struggle with most everything else (like math for example). I find it interesting that much of what I thought I knew before I became a Christian has been completely rewritten because it was based on a faulty premise. Once I learned that fear for God is the beginning of wisdom, then I learned to accept the fact that even things I thought I knew were worthless before I first acknowledged Him as the author of everything!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10
The Monday after Thanksgiving’s feast is “payday”
for many of us. Often we eat more than
we should, and I, for one, eat all the wrong foods! As I grow older, I’ve learned to dislike the
penalty for gaining weight more and more — Dieting is never fun for me! Still, the damage is not done in a single
day. The Holidays just seem to cap-off
an already bad trend. Like a friend told
me recently, it’s not the stuff you eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas that
gets you — it’s the stuff you eat between Christmas and Thanksgiving!
As Christians, we need to be ever mindful to live lives
pleasing to and honoring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Gluttony is a sin just like any other. Moderation and sacrifice should be the first
helping we serve up!
“For as I have often told you before and now say again
even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is
their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the
Lord Jesus Christ,…” Philippians
As my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we give
thanks for all of you, and what God has chosen to do through this ministry. May
we all continue to be grateful for His awesome grace!
A friend left this acrostic on my desk sometime ago, and I would
like to share it with you once again as Today’s “Thought4Today.” The first letter in each verse goes together
to form the word, “THANKSGIVING”.
Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the
Lord, that thou fulfil it. (Colossians 4:17)
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of god. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to
knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. (2
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (1 Timothy
Keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 21)
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15)
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints,
and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)
Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that send me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
In him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also
of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28)
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you. (John 15:3)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed
down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
again. (Luke 6:38) Source Unknown
Do you sometimes find it necessary to speak ill of
people? For the most part, I like
everybody, but I’ll admit there are a few people whose personalities rub me the
wrong way. For me, those are the people
who I could easily find a sharp word for, or who I would have no problem
running down to a friend. While it’s
true that most of us will never get along with everybody, it is also true that
much of the bad-mouthing we do to each other comes out of envy. It makes us feel bigger when we can take a
big-shot (or at least someone we see as superior to us) down a notch or
two. Unfortunately, it’s the ones who
are doing the gossiping who are actually getting the bad end of the stick. For starters, we look smaller to the people
we’re talking to, and we are in fact clearly tearing ourselves up inside
because of our selfish and spiteful acts.
“Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to
release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who
is called Christ?’ For he knew it was
out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.” Matthew 27:17b-18
James 1:19 :
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to
become angry.” James 1:19
In this day and age, a person who’s going to make any kind
of impact in the business world needs to be outspoken, outgoing, and possibly
even outrageous. I spent more than 20
years in the world’s workforce, and I can tell you that it was a rare moment
indeed when a quiet person was promoted.
Instead, those who felt comfortable shamelessly touting their own
accomplishments, sacrificing their children for their jobs, and even using fits
of anger, sex, corruption and foul language seemed to be the first rewarded for
their actions. Whether we get the
promotions, change the world, or even get ridiculed for chasing “heavenly
rewards,” Christians are called to be counter culture, if not radically
different. Quiet, patient endurance is
our road–love is our main ingredient.
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who
controls his temper than one who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not
retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted
himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23
Have you ever wondered why God viewed the act of
disobedience by Adam and Eve so seriously?
At first glance it seems like such a simple thing–eating a single bite
from a piece of forbidden fruit. The
real problem was twofold however. One,
they willingly chose to follow Satan instead of their maker. And two, ANY SIN was enough to sever man’s
relationship with a holy and perfect God.
There simply can be no sin in heaven.
God cannot even look upon it.
Fortunately, just as one man’s sin was enough to infect all of mankind,
Jesus’ perfect life and willing sacrifice is enough to save all who’ll seek it.
“Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was
condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was
justification that brings life for all men.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made
sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made
righteous.” Romans 5:18-19
When I was a teenager, I used to identify with a group we called, “freaks.” Basically, freaks were anyone who was not a “jock, ” anyone who played sports, liked anyone who played sports, got good grades, etc. Freaks all had long hair, scruffy clothes, and could immediately be identified with our group. Looking back, I find it ironic I would jump from one “counter-culture” group to another. Like Christians, “freaks” had norms that ran opposite of what most of society would call normal. Today, young people have different names for the groups they identify with, but nothing really changes within the groups. People basically remain the same–and just like “freaks,” even those who are trying to be so different each begin to look like the other. As we grow older, we often find different groups to identify with. There are car clubs, motorcycle clubs, bible study clubs, chess clubs, golf clubs, and on and on. As Christians, we can belong to just about any of those groups, but is that truly who we should “identify” with? Our real identification needs to be with Christ. As the days grow nearer for His return, society will increase the way it shuns us. The Bible even says many of us will be “put to the sword” (either killed or jailed by the government). The Lord has brought me a long way, and surely anyone who’s received the Holy Spirit and begun a sincere walk with the Lord has been equally changed. If you’ve been saved by His blood, then you have been clothed with His Spirit. Identify with the Lord… no matter what it brings your way. When people look at you, they should immediately say, “Christian!”
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “What you do speaks so loudly that what
you say I cannot hear.” I believe
this is most likely the number one tool of Satan when it comes to keeping
people out of the kingdom of God. If
I’ve learned anything about life from raising children, I can assure you my
children are far more likely to do what they see me doing than they are of
doing what I tell them to do. This plays
especially true if I tell them to do one thing while I’m personally doing the
opposite. No doubt the same principle is
true when it comes to non-Christians who decide if they want anything to do
with our Lord based entirely on our conduct.
The more I grow as a Christian, the more I’m sure of this. It’s easier for me to keep someone out of the
kingdom than it is for me to win them to it.
Each of us must be ever vigilant–always remembering the freedom we have
in Christ can quickly be used by the Enemy if we’re not careful.
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny
him. they are detestable, disobedient
and unfit for doing anything good.”