Friday, September 7, 2012

The "P" Factor

Matthew 25:3

3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.

How can you take advantage of what the Lord brings across your path if you've failed to be ready. The apostle Paul said we must be ready to give a word "in season and out." What does that mean? It's the "P" Factor.  It means to always be prepared. Always be prepared for what you say? It means to always be prepared for the opportunity that GOD gives you. Many are like the foolish virgins. How so? Just because there's a delay doesn't mean that what God has for you isn't coming. The parable Jesus gave was to say that many will assume that the second coming of Christ will not happen because it hasn't happened yet. Oh but when He comes, so many will not be prepared. Those that are not prepared will look to those who are and demand assistance. The response as Christ put it, they will be left out. So it is with anything God wants you to be prepared for. Many procrastinate and put off what God has said to do. But then a window or door opens and God wants you to walk through it. You're so busy trying to get your shoes (steps) in order that you miss the opening, when all you have to do is keep your shoes on so you're ready to go when He says go.  How many times has the Lord told you that there's something you must do? Do you know that the "something"  may indeed be linked to a blessing God wants to release to you? Do you know that the longer you wait, the less time you have when He's ready to drop that blessing. Lack of preparedness means a blessing that may not be utilized to the fullest. Be prepared to receive your blessing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"I Know What I'm Doing"

Proverbs 13:13

13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.

King Solomon respected wisdom and gained so much of it from the Lord. But one who does not put it into practice pays for it just as King Solomon said.  King Solomon himself scorned the command of God to not marry foreign wives because they would lead his heart away from God. He did not listen. He had the attitude of "I know what I'm doing" because Solomon was plagued with a spirit of lust.  When in reality he did not know how much he would pay for it. All but a small piece of the kingdom his father David left him had been torn away from him. Remember, David too warned him to follow the Lord completely.  Is that not a prime example of what not listening to the Lord's instruction can do? You can lose nearly all you have. The scripture also references Proverbs 1:28-29 where the Israelites denied God's instruction later cried out to Him. But God allowed them to stew for a little while in what they had created. As Proverbs 1:31 says, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  When you think you know better than God, you will learn the hard way. "I know what I'm doing" turns into HELP.  It's been each and every one of us at some point in our lives. But for how long? How long will it be before you say,  "Lord I need you?"

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Angels Are Real

Acts 12:15

15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "it must be his angel."

Did you know that each of God's children  has angels assigned to them? Yes, that means you. When the apostle had been released from jail during the prayers by the saints, no one but the young girl believed it was actually Paul at the door. The others assumed his angel, the one assigned to him, came as his representative. Angels are real. If you recall, it was the angel Gabriel that gave Mary the news that the Lord had picked her to carry our Savior, Jesus Christ in her womb. Also, an angel told Joseph to take Mary as his wife, that she was still pure. And so on. When we pray, we ask that God send his protective angels. Yes, angels have an important duty in our life. Psalm 91:11 says that "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Angels are supposed to protect us. Sometimes they are in human form. They are there briefly then gone. You may or may not have seen your angels. But when God sends someone to watch over you and you are given the knowledge of such, take heed. Zachariah didn't believe the angel that was assigned to give him the good news that he and his wife, who was barren, would become pregnant and their son would have a great task. Their son would be John the Baptist. Angels exist but they are not above Jesus. Do not worship angels over our Lord and Savior. For the angels did not do what Jesus willingly did. Shed his blood in exchange for ours.

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