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Tell Me Something Good

There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.

But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.

It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!

Proverbs 18:20

Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
    the right words bring satisfaction.

 

 

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Choose Wisely

Deuteronomy 30:19

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

God told the Israelites that He had a command for them.

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. – Deuteronomy 30:11

It wasn’t difficult, it wasn’t out of reach; it was the ability to choose Him, to choose a better life. He said if you choose me, you choose prosperity.

Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. – Deuteronomy 30:15

It’s pretty plain and simple.

Everyday, most of us choose to believe that we have no say in what happens to us. While some of that may be true, we do have a say in how we handle what happens. The world would have us believe there is no right or wrong choice for our life. Newsflash, there is. And we get to pick one or the other.

There’s no need to roll the dice. No Magic 8 Ball necessary. No tarot cards or horoscopes are needed. You pick.

God has given us the ability to choose. Right or wrong? Life or death? Heaven or Hell? It’s your pick. So what’s it going to be?

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History

History

But whose are we talking about?

Because for some reason I don’t see my story.

 

I’m not seeing people that look like me

Whose history is this

How can this be?

 

I ask the child do you know this figure?

We’re out on his birthday

What else should I remember?

 

What else should you remember, I don’t understand the question

Read your history books

Pay attention.

 

I read my history books, but all they say

Is Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln

Paved the way.

 

Are those the only stories they tell?

You’ve got to be kidding me

I know more and I know them well.

 

There were slaves brought to this land

They built the foundations

Where we now stand.

 

And activists fighting for the rights

Of women and men

Black, Asian, and white.

 

Everyone has a history here

In this American melting pot

That we hold dear

 

Research the stories

Even if they aren’t taught

Find out more about those who have fought

 

For the right to read and write

For the right to vote

For the rights of us all to sit in the same room and take the same notes

 

America the melting pot

With a history so vast

Don’t try to escape, rather learn from the past.

 

 

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Something Eternal

My my my… I read Romans 2:5-8 (Holman CSB) today. Here it is:

But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness;

Does that not make your jaw drop? People are storing up something for eternity! I’m not talking about here on earth and building our estate. No, this isn’t like cushioning your bank account. This is eternal!

And I get excited! I’m good. The good that God does through me is being stored up for eternal rewards. He is doing all the work (Isaiah 26:12 Holman CSB) and I get the eternal benefits!

As a Christian, I think about that and I can always get excited. Christians think about the eternal treasure we are storing up. And it’s great. But today, I read about the ungodly.

Verse 5 really stood out to me because I never think about those aren’t godly storing up anything. I mean, I know there’s Heaven or Hell and we choose, but usually, I don’t think about too much after that. But the Word says, they are storing up wrath for themselves when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.

It’s one thing to make a mistake. It’s one thing to do wrong. But to store up wrongs and unrighteousness is something else. It’s something eternal. There is a choice to be made and we can all make the right one. Eternal life or eternal wrath, you decide.

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Would it be right?

I’ve been thinking about how easy it would be to just drop it all and settle. It seems like it would be easy to skip town and run from it all. It seems simple to take any job as long as it’s available. But would it be right? And not only is the question whether it would be right, but is it godly?

Life will forever throw curveballs. We will always face things that make the alternative seem so much better. But just because the alternative seems easier, just because it seems so much more immediate, and it seems much simpler, doesn’t mean it should be our choice.

That’s what’s hard about it all. Seeing an alternative, but knowing we can’t do it. Seeing it and wanting it, but knowing it’s not right for us. When the alternative is in our reach, but it’s just not God’s plan is what seems earth-shattering sometimes. The alternative just seems easier, right?

In the long run, we have to realize that what seems easy really rarely is. And although it would be “easy,” would it really be right? More often than we like to admit it, it wouldn’t be…

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When It’s All Wrong

The million dollar question this week is: What do you do when it’s all wrong? What do you do when your job is all wrong? What do you do when your finances are all wrong? What do you do when things in your life are just all wrong?

You pray. That’s the best thing anyone can do in any situation. Pray to God for strength to go on. When it’s all wrong prayer seems hard to do. Human nature tells us to throw in the towel. It tells us to throw in the towel. It tells us we’re hopeless and so is the situation. But God.

God doesn’t see it that way. Thankfully. God doesn’t see how I see. He doesn’t draw the same conclusions I do. And I’m so glad He doesn’t. That is why I have to pray.

I must pray when it’s all wrong, because only God knows how to get things right. I’m so thankful that God is God and I am not. If I had to do things on my own I would never make it through life. My life would be a mess at best. I guess I’m just trying to encourage you while I encourage me.

When it’s all wrong, we can get through it, because God can make it all right.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

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The Sin Scale

Sometimes I’m in the shower and I think to myself, wouldn’t it be great if with every drop of water that comes out of this faucet my sins would be washed down the drain with it? Then God says, with every drop of blood My Son spared, your sins were washed down the drain.

It would be great to not have to be reminded of that. But it would be better to not do the things I’ll need to pray for forgiveness for later on.

Sometimes I feel like we create a sin scale. In my mind sometimes it seems like I’ve said, “Well at least I didn’t go this far.” Well that shouldn’t be good enough. And the problem with that is the fact that I’ve gone so far before that I’ve set a standard to at least not go there again. But everything leading up to it is still sinful.

That sin scale tends to make us feel like we’ve done better, therefore we’re doing OK. Not quite. Just because you’ve done it better still doesn’t mean you’ve done it right. And that’s what I have to remember. I can’t be happy with stopping before things get too far gone, because the fact that it started is still sinful.

Now, I am trying to not beat myself up, but I also have to not pat myself on the back for not doing what I shouldn’t have ever done anyway.

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