If Jesus Came to Your House

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I remember a poem from when I was much younger–one of many that I used to recite in church.  I’ll give you a few phrases so that you get the point; and I apologize for not remembering who wrote it.  Should I find the author, I’ll update the post.

“If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do, oh I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored guest, and all the food you’d serve to Him would be your very best, and you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there, and that serving Him in your home was joy beyond compare…”

 What if?  What if Jesus came to your house?  How would He be greeted and how welcome would He feel?  I’m afraid that many of us would hang our heads before answering this…

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Don’t Get It Twisted!

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“Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Heb. 12:14).”

So… you’re a shoo-in (sure-win) for heaven?  Oh… so your name is on the ‘church roll?’  So… that qualifies you for heaven?  I see…  Unfortunately, you’re not alone in your thinking.  Let me say this as gently as I can…  No one’s going to heaven on auto-pilot.  We must make a conscious decision to accept Christ (he that believes shall have an everlasting life – John 3:16).  We then make a conscious and daily decision to follow Christ/to die daily to our fleshly nature (eliminate those things not pleasing to God) and walk in the Spirit–and show forth fruit signifying this change.

I’m not suggesting that we will never make mistakes after accepting Christ in our lives.  However, we will not practice sin nor will we joyfully engage in it.  Our godly sorrow produces repentance (II Cor. 7:10)…

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Can’t Dull My Shine

It occurred to me (though this isn’t the first time) that not everyone walking with you is with you for the right reasons.  Not everyone in your circle is your friend.  Judas Iscariot followed Jesus…but wasn’t his true friend (or disciple).  Some are commissioned by the enemy to keep us from being all that we were meant to be in Christ. Simply put, their purpose is to dull our shine, to dim our light.  shiny penny“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (Matt. 5:14-15).”  Yes, their sole assignment is to get us off track.  But I encourage you to be the light that you were meant to be…and not allow the dust and dirt of the world to dull your shine.  We are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices (II Cor. 2:11).  Rather, we must remain on tactical alert–watching and praying without ceasing.

We must continue to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1).  break bondsIf we’ve truly been delivered, then we find no pleasure in the old ways.  We’ve put off the old man (Eph. 4:22) and are now content to walk in the newness of life.  No, we will not return to sin’s grip…not even for a moment.  We are no longer conformed to this world but we are transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).  Don’t let dusty and dirty folk dull your shine.  Thank you for visiting, following, subscribing.  Take care and be blessed.

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They Don’t Live Here Any More

Hatred, envy, jealousy, strife?  Oh… no, they don’t live here any more.  Moved out some time ago.  Where?  Not sure where…but hopefully a long way from here.

knock“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away;  behold, all things are become new (II Cor. 5:17).”  Out with the old…in with the new.  You see, I’m no longer operating according to the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21).  Kissed them goodbye.  Now… I owe no man anything but to love him  (Rom. 13:8).  I’m not concerned with comparisons, nor am I obsessed with what you have vs what I don’t.  I’m not impressed with today’s toys.  Wrath kills the foolish man and envy slays the silly one (Job 5:2).  So don’t call here looking for the old gang.  wrong numberThey don’t live here any more and you’ve got the wrong number.  Bitterness, backstabbing, hot gossip…?  Oh, they’ve moved out too.  Grace and peace are here now.  I’m so thankful for the grace of God.  And it’s available to you too… I’m so grateful for the gift of salvation…that God sent His only begotten Son, that if we believe in Him, we will have everlasting life (John 3:16). If you haven’t already, I encourage you to invite Christ into your life as your personal Savior.  And then watch Him serve some eviction notices on your behalf as well.  “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made [you] free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1).  Once He brings you out, don’t go back. Instead, allow the God of peace to sanctify you wholly (I Thess. 5:23).  Thank you for visiting, following, subscribing.  Take care and be blessed.

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Stuff’s Coming Up Missing

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).”  Somebody said, ‘watch who you let in your house…or stuff will come up missing–like love, joy, peace, etc.’  Indeed, we must be watchful of our associations.  Every acquaintance should not be a close friend.  Most of us know at least one or two people that will deplete us of all of our energy and drain us emotionally after a very brief, dramatic encounter with them.  We would be wise to take them in small doses…or we’ll end up worse off after each encounter.

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Many New Testament scriptures advise us to be of one mind (II Cor. 13:11; Rom. 12:16; Phil. 1:27; Phil. 2:2; I Pet. 3:8).   I can’t control the mind of the next person…so the best I can do is to control my associations.  We must surround ourselves with like-minded people.  That is not to say that we will agree on every detail.  However, on the things that matter (eternity, for example), we will either agree or eventually separate.  For after all, how “can two walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3).”  If I’m pulling one way, and you’re pulling the other, it would be impossible for us to walk together and be at peace with each other.  Of course, we understand that there are those who don’t want to be at peace–those that prefer to continually “stir the pot.”  Some are not happy unless there’s contention.  On guard.  “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Prov. 4:23).”  Let nothing and no one steal your joy (the joy of the Lord is your strength -Neh. 8:10); your peace (He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him -Isa. 26:3); or your love (This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you -John 15:12).  Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing.  Take care & be blessed.

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Recognizing that Amazing Mother of Mine…

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Happy Birthday to my amazing mom!  She’s beautiful inside and out, funny, smart, creative, witty, entertaining, caring, giving, thoughtful, sweet…oh, and did I mention wise, spiritual, energetic, peaceful, loving, interesting, unique and youthful?

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She’s actually the best mother in the world (in this reporter’s opinion – smile). Happy birthday, mom! I love you! You are such a blessing in so many ways to so many people… and I thank God that He gave me you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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