WALK IT OUT

It’s funny, but not really, when people say “don’t judge me”. Hello, people wake up before it’s too late! Sin is sin. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Gossiping is sin. Backbiting is sin. Fornication , murder, adultery, theft, homosexuality, etc. is sin. Don’t get an attittude with others who are trying to help you so that YOUR soul won’t be lost if they tell you the word of God on a subject. It is written… Enough said. No arguments. No belittling. No excuses. No casting stones. It is not our place to enforce punishment, but simply to warn. It is written… By the way, to judge is to evaluate and determine that someone is going to heaven or hell. That my friend, is between you and God. He alone knows your standing with Him. He alone knows your motives and your heart. He alone knows the beginning from the end. However, we must ALL strive daily to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, and still care enough about those around us to sound the alarm if it appears someone is headed the wrong way. That’s called love. That’s called being our brother (or sisters) keeper. It’s up to the listener to hear and obey or choose to go another way. The choice is yours. The choice is mine, but in the end we each will receive a just reward for those choices. Let’s choose wisely, and serve the Lord with fear and gladness! Sin leads to death, but praise God for knowing there is a way of escape for each of us. Jesus! What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

STAND ON THE WORD

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Proverbs 28:4

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Ezekiel 3:19

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

The day is almost over and you may be waiting on your answer still, but don’t give in to fear, doubt, and frustration. Go and pray some more! What you need God’s got it! Seek Him!

20 Tips For Redeeming Your Time

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One day I was listening to the radio, and heard a great message by “Kingdom Builders Ministry”.  I don’t know where the church is located or anything, but there were some great tips shared by the speaker.  It caught my attention, so I pulled my car over to a safe spot to write most of them out before I forgot them.  Am I the only one who does this at times?  Hopefully not.  I might be revealing my weird side right now. LOL.

Anyway, here are the tips I was able to remember and record on my phone’s note taking app in no particular order, and I hope it helps somebody else too.  I love, love, love all types of organization tips and learning from others to make my life simpler as a busy wife, mother, and teacher.  There is always something new we can learn from those around us no matter how old or how young they might be, how rich or poor, or how high or low (in the world’s estimation). Anyway, here’s a few tips for you to check out and implement as you choose.

(Please note, that I have taken the liberty to add to and reword as I deemed appropriate to make this list of 20 tips.)

  1. Don’t get distracted and realize too late that life has got away from you.
  2. Take the vacation. Stop talking about going on a cruise, going to Paris, etc. Just go do what you said you want to do before it’s too late. Go make memories with those you love!
  3. Don’t be too busy over working, watching tv, checking out Facebook and Instagram post, etc. that you miss the important while focusing on the mundane.
  4. Remember that man’s days are limited in the overall expanse of time.
  5. We all have a purpose and need to be busy doing all that God has called us to be.
  6. Don’t die without giving the best version of you and building the greatest legacy of what you have to give to those you will leave behind.
  7. Nobody knows how much time they will have left, so don’t waste your time! Don’t just dream, but do!
  8. Recharge your body so that you can do what God calls you to do physically and mentally.
  9. Listen so God can take you where He desires you to go, so that you don’t become anxious, frustrated, and too tired to do what He actually wants you to do.
  10. Schedule time to rest and relax.  Take a day to rest regularly for a moment of clarity and solitude.
  11. Maximize your time, instead of wasting time on tv, games, social media, etc. Focus on bible study, prayer, planning, relationship building, etc.
  12. Don’t hesitate to take a break when needed even Jesus took a nap and separated from the crowd at times.
  13. Don’t feel guilty for taking ownership of your time when you have numerous responsibilities, goals, and priorities.  Don’t allow anyone to guilt you in to fulfilling their personal desires at the expense of your own.
  14. Exercise. Make healthy eating choices.
  15. Don’t allow anyone to disrespect your time! Reclaim your time just like Maxine Waters. (Smile)
  16. Be intentional. Plan dedicated time blocks for what you need to accomplish and limit distractions.
  17. Say no to nonessentials. It’s okay to say no! Truly it is!
  18. List your goals out so you can plainly see where you are trying to go. Write that vision!
  19. List your priorities.  Plan, add, and subtract from your schedule accordingly.
  20. Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will direct your path.

 

 

 

 

Something To Think About…

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Sharing an old Facebook post today. Please share your thoughts in the comments!!

You may not be able to depend on people to stay with you through the storm to comfort and help you in your time of distress. You might even lose some things or suffer damages in the process, however be of good courage. You have prepared in advance for the storm that has come upon you through prayer, fasting, studying the word, and obedience. Now, sit back and relax, knowing God is there to keep you and comfort you with His strength, power, provision, and never ending love!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV)

8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Luke 8:23-25(KJV)

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Change Your Perspective

What do you see?  Failure. Defeat. Hopelessness. Insignificance. Weakness.  If so, change your perspective!  Stop focusing on your immediate need, want, challenge, or what you think is the solution to your problem, so that you can see what God desires to show you in the midst of your circumstance. God desires to reveal himself to you exactly where you are on today. You just have to pay attention!!  Stop doing things your way, even if you think it is good, and listen to what God is trying to tell you and show you for your ministry and your life right now.  It may appear all is lost, that you are forgotten, or you have gone too far down the wrong road, but I encourage you to hold fast and see the salvation of the Lord. Look again!!

Words To Stand On…

* Moses and the burning bush Exodus 3:1-22
* Saul and the Damascus road conversion Acts 9:1-19
* Lame man who met Peter and John Acts 3:1-10
* Zaccheus in the tree Luke 19:1-10
* Elijah and Jezebel 1Kings 19:1-21
* Hagar in the wilderness of Beersheba. Genesis 21:9-20

 
Walk It Out…

Stop and take a moment to meditate on this devotional and more importantly the mighty Word of God. How does this apply to you on today? What are you currently believing God for in your life? What do you need to let go of or stop doing immediately? What do you need to begin doing? Pray and listen. Now step out in faith and go forth in Jesus name!

 

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