Slow down, trust God and let his plan come into play for you. It will
lead you to contentment and a step out of the "rat race". There is a saying that has a lot of power in it. A
rich man is the person who can do without and still be happy.
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you
forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you
know him, for he lives with you and will be with you". John 14:16-17
There are many Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ and have received the
Holy Spirit, but still have doubts and questions because they haven't been able to see tangible evidence. There are
also many unbelievers who have heard over and over about Christ and the Holy Spirit and yet refuse to accept him because they
too have not seen with their own eyes.
Know that Christ and the Holy Spirit are real. When Christ rose again
he returned to Heaven and promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. The key to believing and knowing
without doubt that they exist is faith. We must trust that what God's word says is truth and has final authority over
Think for a minute about how millions of televisions and cell phones
receive signals in order to operate. We can't see the signal or the satellite, yet we trust that it will work.
This is called faith in something without question. We don't look around to see where it is coming from, instead we
just let the satellite do its work. A better way to break it down is by using this analogy with the satellite and comparing
it with God's omnipresence. The satellite system is God, the signal is Christ and whatever is operating at the time
is the Holy Spirit. Even though you can't see God, he exist and can be everywhere all the time just like a satellite,
its signal and power.
"A quick-tempered man does foolish things" Proverbs 14:17
A small amount of writing but yet a tremndous amount of wisdom. How many
times have we let our tempers get the best of us without even thinking? One of the most important reasons we should
think before we react is because of how foolish we look after a display of anger. Other people care less about our little
pity party and are more interested in their own feelings and integrity first. If we want people to know our feelings
or if we are upset about soemthing, we must first be rational and be sure to not do or say something we'll regret.
Notice the first four words: a quick-tempered man or woman.
It is okay to be upset, but not okay in God's eyes to rush into to hurt someone else with our anger and sin. The
Bilbe says "Anger but sin not" Simply put, own your anger, it is yours, but don't be foolish and hurt someone back.
Stop, think and act first. A good piece of Chinese wisdom to remember: "Slow is fast and fast is slow".
We accomplish more by not being quick-tempered.
"Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful
ones and delivers them from the hands of the wicked". Psalm 97:10
Don't be afraid of what you see going on in the world today. God is in
control and although it seems as if he is not paying attention, he is. God owns the earth and is aware of everything
happening. Know that he loves those who love Him and will protect them. Evil will exist for a short time, but
peace will reign forever.
Last week's Verses of the day
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to
work with your hands, just as we told you so, that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not
be dependent on anybody".
"A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret".
Today, watch what you say and pay attenntion to your conversations. You
may be surprised at what you need to not say. Say something kind to someone today.
"Remember this! In the last days there will be many troubles, because
people will love themselves, love money, brag and be proud. They will say evil things against each others and will not
obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. They will not love others, will refuse to forgive,
will gossip, and will not control themselves. They will be cruel, will hate what is good, will turn against their friends,
and will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited, will love pleasure instead of God, and will act
as if they serve God but will not have his power. Stay away from those people".
2 Timothy 3:1-5
For those of you who saw the Passion of the Christ you were able to
witness the awesome love Christ had and still has for us. We watched in agony as he continued on his journey
to death on the cross for our sake. This was not a temporary act of love but one that changed the course of human history.
No one will ever do what Chrsit did for us, ever.
The next time you have doubts, fear, pain, agony, or any suffering, remember;
Christ already went through it and knows our needs. Give him your cares and worries. He did not do this so that
it could be forgotten. He did this so that whenever we fall and don't have anywhere to turn he will take our place and
carry us through. He loves you so much he died for you. Never be alone, afraid, or in doubt again because Christ
lives. Remember, His passion was to give us eternal life and freedon from sin.
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" 1 John 4:10
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and sound mind" II Timothy
As Christians we are called to be meek and humble, but that does not mean we are to give an impression that we are weak
minded without convictions. There is strength in being meek and humble, but more importantly there is power when we
are tuned into the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the capability to deal with any situation the world has to
offer because Christ has overcome the world. We are able to tap into that super natural power with a simple request.
God has called us to be born again to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 3-4
"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones"
In the world we live in with so much focus on consumption, working long hours, and business, can you say you are really
at peace? Is their stife in your family? Do you hold resentments, or is there something that just stands in the
way of giving you God's peace. God says he will restore in us a peace that passes all understanding, but first we have
to surrender our own agenda. The peace God gives us the world cannot understand because it asks us to give up something
in order to acquire it. That something we must give up is following our own will. Instead we need to follow
God's will. How will you know when you are in God's will? You will have a peace that passes all understanding.
"Where your treausre is, there will your heart be also" Matthew 6:21
What is it that you value on this earth? Is your goal to make lots of money? Are you after prestige, power,
to keep up with the Jones family, or to out do the next guy? It is important to check our desires and motives
and be careful to not have possesions that have no meaning eternally and place us in a precarious situation. If we are
busy consuming, working, and accumulating we miss the whole point about life. We are here to serve, which is where are treasures
and our hearts should be vested in.
"There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches"
Prayer For Today
Lord take from the things I have to give for others. All I have is yours, heavenly God. Make me an agent
of your giving and love. Let me spread the joy of your light to everyone I meet. Amen
Jesus said "What is impossible with men is possible with God" Luke 18-27
What are you going through right now in your life? Are you facing difficult times? Are people letting you
down and you have no answers for your problems? Know that Christ cares for you and knows the desires of your heart.
Christ says that he cares for the sparrow and meets his needs everyday, and so you who are much more to Christ can rest assure
he will meet your needs above that of a bird. Put all your trust in Christ. If people have let you down in this
world, give him a chance to prove himself. You will not be let down.
"Above all my brothers do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and
your "No" be no, or you will be condemned" James 5:12
God Loves You
What is your relationship like with God? Do you speak to him daily? Does
he know your daily thoughts, feelings, fears, worries, and pain? Most people are not aware that God created us so that
we could have fellowship with him. He desires to have a relationship with us, but like any relationship, it must be
nurtured, and given time to daily or it will take second priority and fade.
God loves us and knows every single thing about us. He knows our needs
and wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Before he bestows those blessings he wants us to trust his son Jesus
Christ. He sent Jesus to die for us and pay the price for all our sins. Jesus is the life line to God. The
Bible says that no one can come to the Father unless they confess that Jesus is Lord. Through Jesus Christ we are saved
Jesus Christ works as an intercessor for us. Through our relationship
with Christ we can have direct communication with God. Jesus is seated with God in Heaven and will continue to perform
miracles just as he did when he was here on earth as man. If you haven't yet started your relationship with him begin
today and ask him into your heart. If you have put it aside renew it with him now. If you have a daily
relationship with Christ, continue it and you will see the miracles God will do for you. Nothing is impossible will
No matter what your life was before, no matter what has taken place before,
no matter what you've done, confess your sins, ask God to forgive those who may have caused you to sin; and you will have
a new life in Christ. The love God has for us is unconditional and no questions will be asked. The Bible says
when we confess our sins they are forgotten as far to the east as to the west. In other words, they are gone.
First we must confess our sins, turn away from that sin and then begin a new start on a clean slate. That is how much
God loves us. Show him your thanks by loving him today.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
There is nothing you can't do with Christ by your side. No matter what it is you aspire to take on in life, Christ
will give you the strength. When you put your mind to something and ask Christ to give you the strength, not only will
He be by your side every step of the way, He will also give you His supernatural strength.
"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
Are you ready to give back an answer when people ask why you have so much joy and hope? Will you say it is because
of money, man , your job or material possessions? This can be an opportune time to witness because you are being asked.
It is a time to share what Christ has done for you and the hope you have putting your faith in Christ.
Remembering the reason for the Easter season:
God loves you and wants you to have a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. As we approach the Easter season
remember that it is not about the Bunny rabbit, egg hunts, nice clothes or candy. Easter is about God's Son, Jesus Christ.
He is the Savior of the world and died on the cross for you and me.
He shed His blood for our sins and died on the cross so that we could have life. He paid the ultimate price
for our sins and now is risen. Easter is a time to reflect on your eternity and where you will live once you die.
Will it be with Jesus? Confess your sins now and accept Him as your savior and you will see the miracles He will perform
in your life.
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and go in and out and find pasture." John 10: