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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..



TONIGHT I PRAY that you worship in the beauty of HIS holiness. I pray that you can see that He created beauty to declare the existence of His Holy Being. A magnificent rose, hauntingly glorious sunset, oceanic splendor all these things were meant to proclaim His Presence in the world. Most people rush past these beautiful things without giving them a second thought. I believe that the Lord is pleased when we admire the beauty and awesome splendor of His creation and praise Him for it.  I pray that we lift up empty hands of faith and praise His Holy Name, then we will leave ourselves open to receive His Presence, Light, Life, Joy and Peace that flows freely through us!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all!!!  God Bless You!!! <3 o:p="">

Word of the Day... August 21, 2014....


Labels
by Charles R. Swindoll
He who speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Proverbs 12:17-23

Let's Label. That's a favorite parlor game among Christians. The rules are easy to remember. Any number can play. But it's especially appealing to those who are given to oversimplification and making categorical comments. Name-droppers thrive on this game. And it helps if you speak with a measure of authority . . . looking somewhat pious and pronouncing your words very distinctly, very dogmatically. You'll gain stature in the group if you look down and frown a little as you affix the label to the person in question.

Labels vary. There are "temperament" labels. "She's a choleric, poor thing . . . married to a melancholic!"

These are akin to "emotional" labels. "Well, you know her---she's nervous" . . . or "He's a classic neurotic, a perfectionist to the core."

Of course, "doctrinal" labels are most popular among evangelicals. One guy is tagged a liberal, another neo-evangelical . . . and still others conservative---with a host of in-between shades. If a person mentions the sovereignty of God too much, we label the jar Calvinist. If he seems uneasy regarding local church organization, Plymouth Brethren is the tag. If she's convinced that God's future program is clearly spelled out in Daniel and Revelation, we brand her premillenialist. If one thinks that the Bible sets forth distinct eras during which humanity's relationship with God has unique characteristics, the label is dispensationalist, a sinister-sounding term very few people even understand! Another label that's now on the scene is neo-fundamentalism . . . a title that includes basic tenets and life outlooks that, in the mind of the "labeler," are unrelated to the fundamentals of the faith.

Now then, to be completely honest about it, it is occasionally helpful to lick a label and stick it on. It saves a bundle of time and it can communicate a fairly clear mental picture. However---it is important that we guard against using a wrong label, thus damaging that individual's true image or position in others' eyes. That is the main danger in playing Let's Label. It often means you set yourself up as judge and jury, declaring information that is exaggerated or thirdhand or just plain untrue. When that happens, we have stopped playing a game and started to slander.

Being alert and discerning, basing one's opinion on the absolute truth, is a sign of maturity, a mark of excellence in a life. But pasting labels on people and churches and schools with only partial facts, feelings, and opinions to back those statements up is worse than unfair . . . it's un-Christian.

The game needs another name . . . like, Let's Judge.  This is a powerful devotional from Chuck Swindoll. I hope that you learned as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….



TONIGHT I PRAY that you keep yourself open to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life.  Sometimes God will allow you to go through situations to draw out impurities in your character. Embrace what He's doing so you can get to the next level in your spiritual journey. Sometimes when you are praying over and over and you don’t believe that your prayer has been answered, I pray that you just stop and be still.  Listen to the Holy Spirit within you.  Sometimes God removes a person in your life for your protection. Think about that before you go running after them. He gives us what we need so that we can grow into the men and women that He has planned for us to be.  I pray that you realize that His deepest desire for you is that you learn to depend on Him totally in every situation.  It is when you do that He will work with you and through you.  Use your freedom wisely, by relying on Him constantly.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Word of the Day... August 19, 2014....


Healthy Fear    
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.  —Psalm 111:10 

We all know what it is like to be gripped by fear. We all know what the sensation is like to have a shiver run down our spines, our mouths go dry, and our hair stand on end.

Fear has a close buddy known as worry, and the two often work in tandem. We can get caught up playing the what-if game: What if this happens? What if that happens? In fact, modern medical research has proved that worry can actually break down our resistance to disease—and even shorten our lives. Charles Mayo, founder of the famed Mayo Clinic, said that while he never knew anyone who died of overwork, he knew many who died of worry.

Far too often we are afraid of the wrong things in life, but we aren't afraid of the right things—or perhaps I should say the right One. We don't fear God. Yet the Bible tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

But what does that mean? First, let me tell you what it doesn't mean. To fear God doesn't mean cowering in terror before Him. Rather, the fear of God has been properly defined as a wholesome dread of displeasing Him. So if I have sinned, it is not the fear of what God will do to me but the fear of what I have done to Him. That is what it is to fear the Lord.

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear Him, you fear nothing else. On the other hand, if you don't fear God, then you fear everything else. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Word of the Day... August 18, 2014....


Sunday Listening, 
Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll

The Lord Speaks to Samuel
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.
One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle* near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”
“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”
“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.
Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!”
Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”
“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.”
Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”
Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went back to bed.
And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:1–10


We've been talking about the essential skill of listening, particularly as it relates to Sunday sermons. I asked you to come up with some ideas on what can be done by the listener (not the preacher) to keep the sermon interesting. Let's consider together how we could improve our listening skills. I'm indebted to Haddon Robinson, a Ph.D. in the field of communication, for these four "don'ts" that are worth remembering.

Don't assume the subject is dull. When the topic is announced, avoid the habit of thinking, I've heard that before or This doesn't apply to me. Good listeners believe they can learn something from everyone. Any message will have a fresh insight or a helpful illustration. A keen ear will listen for such.

Don't criticize before hearing out the speaker. All speakers have faults. If you focus on them, you will miss some profitable points being made. Those who listen well refuse to waste valuable time concentrating on the negatives. They also refuse to jump to conclusions until the entire talk is complete.

Don't let your prejudices close your mind. Some subjects are charged with intense emotions. Effective listeners keep an open mind, restraining the tendency to argue or agree until they fully understand the speaker's position in light of what the Scriptures teach.

Don't waste the advantage which thought has over speech. Remember what we learned yesterday about the gap between speech-speed and thought-speed? Diligent listeners practice four skills as they mentally occupy themselves:

First, they try to guess the next point.
Second, they challenge supporting evidence.
Third, they mentally summarize what they have heard.
Fourth, they apply the Scripture at each point.
Writing down the outline and a few thoughts during the sermon also keeps the mind from drifting off course.

Young Samuel took the advice of Eli the priest, and as a result, he heard what God wanted him to learn. The message was riveted into Samuel's head so permanently, he never forgot it. And it all started with:

"Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening" (1 Samuel 3:9).
Try that next Sunday. A few seconds before the sermon begins, pray that prayer. You will be amazed how much more you hear when you work hard to listen well.

 Good listeners believe they can learn something from everyone.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Word of the Day.... August 20, 2014...


Be of Good Courage

The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."

—Acts 23:11

Even the most committed believer has those times when fear and worry can kick in. Anxiety can overtake us. Maybe we are concerned about our future. Maybe we are discouraged or afraid. If that is the case, you might be surprised to know that even the great apostle Paul experienced emotions like this.

Paul had gone to Jerusalem, and the next thing he knew, he was locked up in a cold, damp, dark prison cell. All of this happened as a result of his bold proclamation of the gospel. Acts 23:11 tells us, "The following night the Lord stood by him and said, 'Be of good cheer, Paul.' " 

That phrase be of good cheer could be better translated "be of good courage." Whenever we read in Scripture that an angel of the Lord appeared and said, "Fear not," it was usually because someone was afraid. So I conclude that when the Lord himself stood by Paul and said, "Be of good courage," the apostle needed that special word of encouragement at that particular moment.

Sometimes it seems as though God is the only one standing by us. But if everyone else had forsaken Paul, Jesus was company enough. If all the others despised him, the smile of Jesus was approval enough. Though his circumstances were less than ideal, I am sure he knew it was better to be in that jail with the Lord than to be anywhere else without Him.

Jesus is there in your prison as well, whatever and wherever that prison may be. And He knows what you are going through. I like this devotional from Pastor Greg.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Word of the Day... August 17, 2014....


Sunday Listening, 
Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
The Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well.  I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.  Deuteronomy 18:17-19

Most of us were born hearing well, but all of us must learn to listen well. Listening is a skill, an art that is in need of being cultivated.

Dr. Ralph Nichols, considered by many to be an authority on the subject, believes that we think four, perhaps five, times faster than we talk. This means that if a speaker utters one hundred twenty words a minute, the audience thinks at about five hundred words a minute. That difference offers a strong temptation to listeners to take mental excursions . . . to think about last night's bridge game or tomorrow's sales report or the need to get that engine tune-up before next weekend's trip to the mountains . . . then phase back into the speaker's talk.

Research at the University of Minnesota reveals that in listening to a ten-minute talk, hearers operate at only a twenty-eight percent efficiency. And the longer the talk, the less we understand, the less we track with our ears what somebody's mouth is saying. That could be downright frightening to guys like me who preach from forty to fifty minutes a crack! That also explains why some wag has described preaching as "the fine art of talking in someone else's sleep."

Good communication is tricky business. We are all busy people with heavy mental anchors dragging across our brains at every waking moment. It's hard work for any preacher to seize our attention, then hold it for an extended period of time---especially since we can think so much faster than he can talk.

Which brings up the seldom-mentioned secret of a good sermon. Aside from God's vital part in the whole thing, there are two crucial ingredients that make it happen. First, the one who speaks must speak well. Second, the one who listens must listen well. Neither is automatic. Both are hard work. I should also add that just because a Bible is open and religious words are being tossed around, there is no magical spell of sustained interest guaranteed. And difficult as it may be for us preachers to accept this, sincerity in the heart is no excuse for being dry, dull, and boring in the pulpit.

But let's think about the pew for a change. What can be done by the listener to keep the sermon interesting? Instead of thinking about how the preacher could improve, let's turn to the flip side and consider how we could improve our listening skills. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! 

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