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When we make mistakes, when we blow it, when we fail — because we all will — we cannot allow these mistakes to define who we are.
Failure is not the end:
Failure is not the end if we are willing to follow Jesus. Life is worth living. We will all blow it from time to time — no one is perfect. When we do, we have hope because of what Jesus did for us.
Don’t go back to failures:
When we walk with Jesus and then walk away (backslide), we tend to go back to our failure. We tend to go right back and do the things we used to do. We don’t fall back to something new but something we have been delivered from. So, we must be aware of this so we don’t get deceived.
Curve balls come from nowhere:
Life will throw us a curve ball at times. Things come out of nowhere. They catch us off guard and, if it is painful enough, can sidetrack us. We begin to blame God somehow, and when we do, we will go back to our old life. It is sad that if things don’t go the way we want, we will walk away from God. We don’t have to — we choose to.
So, let us all realize as followers of Jesus we will be loyal to Him — our whole. Because of the price He paid for our sins, life is worth living.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 9:22 PM CDT
This past weekend we celebrated what we call Palm Sunday — Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
The people were hailing Him as King as He rode a donkey into Jerusalem — celebrating Him, shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” The reason they were celebrating Him is they believed He was coming as a military conqueror — one who would cleanse the temple of Romans — one who would defeat the Roman Empire.
When they realized He was going to set up His kingdom here on earth, when He cleansed the temple of the priests and money changers instead of ridding the Romans, they began to scream, “Crucify Him!” Isn’t this true for many today?
As long as Jesus does what we want, what we expect, we are hailing Him as King. But once something goes wrong in our life, as soon as we experience pain or a setback, then we start screaming, “It’s unfair,” “God doesn’t love me,” “God, you could have prevented [this thing or that thing].” How sad that we believe things God never said and expect Him to do for us what He never promised. We need to serve Him on our best day and on our worst.
Don’t be part of a fickle crowd. Stand out from the crowd and hail Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords regardless of the circumstances you are experiencing.
Just a thought,
Published on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 7:17 AM CDT
A traitor is defined as: a person who betrays a friend, country; one who is not loyal or true to a friend, duty, cause, or belief.
Betrayal for benefit:
Hopefully, we have never been this person to others and especially not to our Lord. But in this day and age of “me first — it’s all about me,” so many will betray those they call Lord, friend to get what they want or what they believe they deserve.
Betrayal causes pain:
If you have ever experienced the pain of a traitor — someone who has betrayed you, been disloyal to you — you know it doesn’t feel good; it hurts; it’s painful. What to do? Not too long ago I was meditating on different people who I believed betrayed me, were very disloyal — people whom I had helped, gone to bat for, even helped them succeed, was kind to and very patient with; and they began to attack and say things that weren’t true.
Do the right thing:
As I was thinking about it, I believe the Lord gave me a thought in the form of a question. This is what I heard. The thought was: “If you had known those people were going to act that way or treat you badly, would you still have helped them?” Well, I had to think about that for a couple of days. Finally, I came up with this — that I still would have helped them. Then the thought came to mind, “Let them go then. Don’t worry about them. Release them from your life.” So, I have.
We have a responsibility to do the right thing regardless of what anyone else does — to honor the Lord’s word — that is why God can bless us.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 9:59 PM CDT