Day 279

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.  And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof:  and after that he will let you go.”

STUDY:

  • Who is speaking?
  • To Whom is He speaking?
  • Did He say WHEN He would do this?
  • Did He keep His Word?
  • Read Exodus 5:22-23.
  • Do you ever find yourself complaining to God for not acting?
  • Take time to remind yourself and encourage yourself that God always, always, always, always keeps His promises.  Don’t grow weary and complain.

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 278

I have to say that right now I am suffering from something we don’t really have a word for in English.  In Portuguese it is called saudades (sow-dodge-eeez).  It’s more than just a feeling of homesickness, it is a longing for a people, a place and a position.

I have saudades for Brazil.

Do you know what I do to help me with my saudades?

I open up Google Maps on my iPhone and I zoom into our city of Lages.  I make sure the map is on satellite view and I zoom in as far as the app will let me.  Then I visit the homes of each of our church members.  I pray for them and then head off down my walking route where the “betty’s” stand at night for their customers.  I pray for them and then I “drive” around town and picture myself there.

Thank the Lord for technology.

I have to physically abide in the USA for a few more months, but pretty soon I will be back in South America, back in Lages and I’m sure the saudades will be reversed from there to here as I zoom back into Florida and Arizona to “visit” my children.

When it comes to being a born again believer, I am glad I have a fixed position in Christ where I can abide at any time I want.  And while I have a longing for Heaven and being liberated from this sin cursed world, I have been purchased with a price and I am redeemed.  Instead of opening up my smartphone, I open the Word to remind myself of my position.  I zoom in on verses that comfort my heart of Who loves me and Who it is that I love and belong to.

I Corinthians 1:30 says,

”But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

I Corinthians 2:23 says,

”And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.”

I Corinthians 7:23-24 says,

”Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.  Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”

I have a fixed eternal position in God because of Jesus Christ.  My body may fail me or be raptured out one day and I will go to eternally dwell with the Lord.  There is an element of saudades for what is to come, but I am assured of its reality.

The Bible tells us not to be entangled in sin and the former lusts we had before salvation.  We are warned of its pitfalls and dangers.  We are not to be servants in bondage to the sins that brought us shame and disgrace.  All of those things threaten our abiding time with God.  Our position may be fixed, but how we feel in that position will either be uncomfortable in sin, or a longing for more of what is to come in Glory.

What do you have saudades for today?  Are you looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith?  Are you hoping for Heaven as you are comforted by the Spirit in the Word each day?

Or have you put yourself back into bonds of some sin that makes you fret, fear and fail?

Let’s open the Word, pray and ABIDE in Christ so that we can enjoy our position right now and look forward to when we can see Him face to face.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 277

Have you ever heard the saying, “If you can be talked into something, you can be talked out of it.”?

I used to work as a telemarketer while I was in college.  I had a list of things I would say to the unlucky person who happened to answer my call.  And no matter if I was selling lawn care or newspapers, I had a rebuttal to everything the person on the other end of the line said.  My goal was to get them to buy the service or product I was peddling and I did my dead level best to get a commitment out of them before they hung up the phone.  The more commitments I got, the greater the chance that I could go home early or win a prize.  It was all about what I could get out of it, not the sucker on the phone falling for my speech.

Awful right?

I know some people who try and win souls like this.  I think that is terribly wrong.  We can be knowledgeable in the Scripture, but I don’t believe we need to scare people into a prayer just so we can make a facebook post about it or raise our hand in Sunday School that we “won” someone to the Lord.

When making a sales pitch for Salvation becomes a guise for us to earn brownie points or pats on the back, we have become the worst type of imposters and hypocrites.

If someone has talked you into Christ by threatening you with hell and separation from your family for eternity, someone else can come along and talk you out of Christ.  No, I am not saying people can lose their salvation, I am saying their faith was probably misplaced because of the foolish reasoning of men instead of the wisdom of God.

I Corinthians 2:5 says,

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

What then is the power of God?

Look at a few verses prior:

I Corinthians 1:24 says,

“But unto them which are called both Jews an Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Christ.  Jesus Christ is the power and wisdom our faith should stand in alone.  Nothing more and nothing less.  Christ Alone.

Should we actively seek to tell others about the Lord?  YES!  A THOUSAND TIMES YES!  But talk about Him….LISTEN to what the person is saying before throwing a memorized rebuttal back at them!  Knock on doors, pass out tracts, meet new people and spread the Gospel as much as you can, but remember that their Salvation is not dependent on you, but the POWER of Christ.

Which leads me to the thought we can dwell on today.  If I am not dwelling in the Scripture and letting God’s Holy Spirit have His way in my heart and life, then in what power am I serving Him?  In whose name am I walking down the street and knocking on doors?  Mine?  The Pastors?  The church?  None of them have power to save.  Only Christ does.  And my life needs to be full of Him for my motives to be pure.

Go in JESUS name and share HIM; not a fabricated, memorized speech to force someone to pray a prayer.  Souls are in the balance and they are worth more than our pride.  They cost Jesus all the humiliation of the cross and every drop of blood He had.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” I Corinthians 1:18.

Share Christ, depend on Christ, be filled with Christ.  His Spirit can convict the hearts of the hearers to the point they will either choose to accept or reject Him.  Don’t cheapen His love towards mankind by turning His story into a sales pitch.  He is worth more than that.  He should have all the honor and the glory in the way we present Him.

Let’s go win the world!

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 275

Recently I was in a restaurant and overheard a little girl of about 6 or 7 years of age, ask the waitress what had happened to her finger.  Apparently the waitress had a bandaid on one of her fingers and the little girl was curious.  I smiled as I listened to the waitress explain that she had hurt it while cleaning tables earlier in the day and torn the finger nail, so she hid it with a bandaid because it was ugly.

After a while the little girl, seemingly very concerned with the wound, stopped the waitress again and asked her would the boo-boo get better.  Again, the server assured the little girl that it was fine and there was no cause for concern.

What happened next really bothered me.

As soon as the waitress walked away, the grandmother of the little girl turned in her booth and said visciously, “You stop that!  You stop asking about her hand!  You don’t care about her finger and you are embarrassing her!  Now sit down and shut your little mouth.”

I glanced out of the corner of my eye and watched that child hang her head and slide down into the corner of the booth, completely dejected.  I wanted to stand up and slap that grandmother.  My heart ached knowing that the girl was just curious and genuinely asked about the waitress in her innocence of limited knowledge.

The grandmother however proceeded to lambaste her granddaughter with a stream of accusatory remarks that I could tell had absolutely nothing to do with the girl, but with someone else, maybe the mother or father who were present at the table as well.  Whatever her reasoning, it was wrong and I felt sorry for the whole situation.

A great error was made by the grandmother because she was treating a child as if they could think like an adult.  That little girl has spent at most, 6 trips around the sun, 6 birthdays, Christmases, and Easters.  And for half that time, she was an infant and toddler.  Her brain has no where NEAR the information it needs to reason things out.  That is why God created us with curiosity, it is the way we grow and evolve as humans as we mature.  Yet, that grandmother transferred whatever burr under her saddle was, onto that child for no other reason than to release hatred that was overflowing in her heart towards another person or situation.

Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

In contrasting the saved and unsaved this passage makes me think that we ought to look at ourselves long and hard and ask “Who am I living and behaving like?” Am I acting like someone who has not experienced the love and compassion of a merciful God in my own life when I did not deserve it?  Or am I behaving like a heir of the King?

Are your words and actions the grim reaper to the spirit of another human being?

Are you so busy trying to prove to God that you are His prize child that you will push and shove others around in order to appear better?

Are you living carnally or being led by the Spirit?

All of us have areas to focus on when it comes to our treatment of others, I don’t care who you are or what your title is.  We all can be down right nasty.  But I ask you, for what?  What part of our fellowship with God is so worth us turning a cold shoulder to someone just because we “think” they should be doing something differently?  Who do we think we are?

Don’t squelch the curiosity and excitement of a new believer because you have grown distant and cold in your Baptist routine of doing things.

Don’t behave like you are unsaved.

You and I are heirs to the King of Kings.  Our actions and our words both privately and publicly should reflect our new nature, not our old one.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

Day 274

If there is one thing that makes my skin feel cold and my heart do a jump in my chest, it is when I think about the Judgement Seat.  Oh, I know, you are already wanting to click out of this blog.  No one likes thinking about it, much less reading what someone else has to say about it.  I’m tempted to write something else today, trust me.

There are varying opinions on this subject and I don’t write about it seeking an argument.  Study the Word of God and come to your own conclusion.

What I want us to think about today is the fact that we are not temporary.  We are eternal beings.  If you have repented and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation, according to the Bible, your eternity is in Heaven.  If not, according to the Bible, your eternity is going to be in Hell.  Either way, you aren’t going to disappear at death.

That is a sobering thought.

We all live as if we are going to be done with it all one day.

What propels us to live the way we do in terms of good and bad?

It our conscious.  The word conscious means to be awake, aware of our surroundings and having knowledge of something and being sensitive to it.

We are led to what our mood is, our actions are and our decisions are based upon what we are aware of and sensitive to.  Therefore, our conscious must be a pretty powerful thing and as a Christian, I need to dedicate my efforts towards that which would give me a spiritually healthy conscious.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8)

The first thing I need to do is to realize that God is paying attention:

“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”  (Romans 2:16)

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”  (Proverbs 15:3)

If I will but take the time each day to meditate on the fact that God is present with me, paying attention to my every thought, my conscious will be led by the knowledge that I am not alone.  We cannot be careless and forget to acknowledge the fact that God sees, hears and records our works.  This should help motivate us to seek Him and His voice in ALL that we think.

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  (Psalms 32:8)

Secondly, after realizing God is present, I should actively seek to know what He has to say about whatever it is that I am going through, thinking on or deciding about.  His principles in the Word of God are the best tools I can utilize in maintaining a right conscious.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”  (Hebrews 4:12-13)

Thirdly, I should reach across that invisible space and seize the opportunity of my present eternity and TALK to God.  

Praise Him for creating me as an eternal being that He reconciled to Himself.  Thank Him for loving me enough to care that I obtain a GOOD conscious and offering me the chance to dwell in Him.  Confess to Him where I have failed Him.  Ask Him to be my strength and to empty me of myself and fill me with His Spirit.

Take time to think on God each day.

Take time to listen to God each day.

Take time to talk to God each day.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  (Joshua 1:8-9)

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

 

 

Day 273

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;”

STUDY:

  • Who is speaking?
  • To whom is he speaking?
  • What has Timothy learned?
  • Why is it important?
  • We live in a time of deceiving and being deceived as well, this advice and principle for living is just as pertinent to you and me as it was Timothy!  Get back to the Word!

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 272

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

STUDY:

  • Who is speaking here?
  • To whom is he speaking?
  • What does the word hardness mean?
  • Who are we to endure hardness for?
  • If we are soldiers, would that imply that we are in a battle?
  • Ephesians 6 takes on a different light doesn’t it?

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri