Are You Listening to What Others Tell you or What Scripture Teaches??

All your life you are told the things you cannot do.
All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough;
they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight
or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this.
THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless.
All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.
AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES.
-Anon.
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Throughout our lives we will come across many situations like what is stated above. We will be told we cannot do this or that. In the Spiritual world we may even come across others who tell us there is no way to live the type of life God expects of us so there is no sense in even trying. The question for each of us is whether or not we are willing to accept that and give up, or trust in the teachings of God’s Word that we can follow His will and He will help us to do so. Consider the following verses now and each and every time someone tries to tell you it is impossible to follow God’s will.

1 Cor 10:13 “13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Phil 4:13 “13 I can do all things through Chris who strengthens me.”

The question we must all ask ourselves is, “Are we listening to and believing the word of man or the Word of God?”

Prov 2:6 “6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;”

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A Life Lesson from Geese…

In the fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter fly along in v formation, one might consider what science has discovered as to why geese fly this way.
Each bird flaps its wings creating uplift for the bird immediately following. A flock has a greater flying range in formation than a single bird would have on its own.
When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly rejoins the formation. The goose takes advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those flying up front to keep their speed. When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese will fall out of formation with that goose to follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with that fallen goose until it is able to fly or it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their flock.
People, who share a common direction and sense of community, can reach a goal more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. It is harder to do something alone than together.
It is beneficial to take turns doing demanding work. By sharing leadership and depending upon others in a group, there is a chance to lead and an opportunity to rest.
-Anonymous

The above information reminds me of a very important fact God has taught us through His Word.

Ecc 4:9-12 “9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

We also see where Christ sent out his chosen apostles and 70 disciples in pairs.

Mk 6:7 “7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.”

Lk 10:1 “10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,[a] and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.”

May we all learn the lesson that the geese have learned and God wants us to know, it is best no try and make it on our own.

Are You Planting???

If you plant for a year, plant grain.
If you plant for ten years, plant trees.
If you plant for a 100 years, plant men.
If you plant for eternity, plant the word.

-Unknown

Consider the explanation of the parable of the sower (Luke 8)…

The Parable of the Sower

4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Parable of the Sower Explained

11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Let us all endeavor to sow the seed and seek to reap an eternity with God in Heaven.

How Do Your Children See You?

“Live so that when your children think
of fairness, caring, and integrity,
they think of you.”
― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Prov 22:6 “6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Eph 6:4 “4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

Our children are our future and are always watching. What we teach them shapes the world’s tomorrow.

Some Free and Simple Health Advice

Laughter is the most healthful exertion.”
— Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland

Prov 17:22 “22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”

Ps 103:2-3 “2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,”

Jam 5:15 “15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

How Do You View Things?

“Christianity is not just a way of looking at certain things,
but it is a certain way of looking at all things.”
~unknown~


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in
seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~unknown~

To define Christianity as seeing a few things in a different light is too selective. Viewing all of life from a Christian perspective offers us a greater understanding and comprehension.

2 Cor 5:17 “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Rom 12:1-2 “12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

If we as Christians can look at all of life in a
manner different from the way the world sees it,
we have taken a giant step forward!
– Tom Butterfield


May we all try to see things the way God the Father sees them.

Thoughts on Mistakes

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes.
Just remember to learn from them and grow.
–Anonymous

Making mistakes is part of the process of growing up – both physically and spiritually. Just like a little child will make mistakes as he/she grows in life, we can expect to make mistakes as we grow in our walk with God. There is an abundance of grace, mercy and forgiveness available to us from God. This however is not an excuse for us to willfully sin, or continually and intentionally do things we know to be wrong, casually chalking it up to “making a mistake”.

Rom 6:1-2 “6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Instead, May our lives forever glorify and honor God, and May we be a shining light to others as we grow in God.

Here are a couple principles for us to live by as we strive to follow God and His will recognizing we are a work in progress with a Savior who serves as an advocate on our behalf if we confess our sins, ask forgiveness, and continue in them no more.

1) Don’t keep returning to the same mistake.
Ps 26:11 “11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.”

2) Don’t dwell on past mistakes but forget them and continue to move forward.
Phil 3:13-14 “13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

3) Never give up after a mistake but learn from it and press on.
Prov 24:16 “16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”

In conclusion, no one is perfect but if we confess our sins and seek forgiveness Christ will forgive and remember them no more.

Heb 8:12 “12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”