Here’s a New List for You!

We live in a society obsessed with creating lists: to-do lists, grocery lists, and even goals lists. But there is one more list I would like you to make and keep handy on a daily basis.

Get out a paper and pen and make a list of these people:

  • people you don’t like
  • people who don’t like you
  • people who have hurt you in the past
  • people who are hurting you now
  • politicians who are not working in the best interest of the people
  • those who abuse children and animals
  • those who are willfully damaging the environment
  • those who cut you off in traffic
  • those you judge
  • those who judge you

Feel free to make this list as long as you like, and you needn’t limit yourself to those in the list above. And when you are finished, you will give this list a title:  PRAYER LIST

Walking in the Spirit

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Galatians 22-25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Once in a while, we feel disconnected with God. He seems distant and we start to wonder what is wrong. We feel that our relationship to Him is only on the surface, and we want to dive into His deep water. To make it worse, we seem to be doing all the right things, and even our friends see us as perfect Christians.

It sounds as if what you are looking for is evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life. As son as you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you received the Holy Spirit within you. The Spirit dwells inside you, and will do so permanently.

It may be possible that you have a barrier between you and the full experience of the Holy Spirit. The Bible promises what the fruit of the Spirit will give us: Galatians 22-25

Perhaps you haven’t fully turned your life to Jesus. Maybe you have some unconfessed sin. Approach him like the woman who anointed His feet. No doubt she wept because she felt the emotion of being in His presence, and the comparison of her own sin to His lack of sin. Open your heart to the one who already knows what’s in it. I John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Walking in the Spirit is a day-by-day thing. Often, life gets in the way of our relationship with Jesus. We push him to the back of the line, behind our schedules, jobs, and the millions of things we need to do. Try making Him a priority in your life. Paul commands us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) This means to keep our thoughts and actions on God as we go about our daily lives.

If you want to see God, His holiness and your sin more clearly, read the Bible every day. One of the promises of the Holy Spirit is a greater understanding of the Word. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Titus 2 Woman

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: TITUS 2:3-53

Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Question: What does the Proverbs 31 woman want to be when she grows up?

Answer: The Titus 2 woman

The Titus 2 woman is a woman of integrity —  she is a godly woman who lives what she teaches. Her main role in society is to teach the younger Proverbs 31 women.

God controls all areas of the Titus 2 woman”s life, including her habits and her manner of speaking. Start with your own daughters. Teach them basic housekeeping skills and counsel them in their relationships with their families.

She teaches by example, showing young women what a woman of God looks like. Her actions speak volumes!

Forgiving and Forgiven

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6: 14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

As you can see from today’s Scripture, Christians cannot refuse to forgive, as Jesus himself commands it.

If you are offended by something a friend says or does, don’t hold a post mortem and rehash every word afterward. Don’t bring up the other person’s faults or past transgressions.

On the other hand, some people are not as kind as you, and are likely to repeatedly hurt you. You are obligated to forgive them, but do not be foolish enough to keep trusting them. Be careful to avoid those people. Do not resort to revenge; instead, pray for them. In this case, forgiveness means that you have given up hope that anything will be different. It is a reconciliation with the past.

Sometimes you will be the one who unintentionally offended. Ask the other person for forgiveness. If they refuse, ask God. He will forgive, and He will soften their hearts so they will also extend their forgiveness.

In the meantime, let them know that the grudge was only one sided, and that you are willing to re-enter their lives. In other words, forgive them for not forgiving you!

 

Back to School

It’s back to school today, for parents and children everywhere. But let’s not forget the teachers too! This is from an unknown author:

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: “Let me see if I’ve got this right.

“You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

“You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

“You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

“You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

“You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

“You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

“You want me to do all this and then you tell me…I CAN’T PRAY?”