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DISCIPLINE

 Part of the discipline of our minds, must be to think about what we are thinking about!  Did someone call you or text you a “juicy” tidbit of gossip?  What did you do with it?  Did you think about it and decide to pass it on to someone else with this warning: “now, I’m just telling you. Don’t tell anyone else?”  Or, do you consider what you heard and say to yourself: I’m not passing this on to anyone because I don’t know if this is true?  Sometimes we hear things that we know are true, but are not helpful to the situation.  Those things should not be passed on either.  You may be thinking: you are taking all the fun out of life!  Many times gossip that has been “passed on to others” has caused great harm in the life of the one being gossiped about.  Being a part of the gossip line is something that is NOT approved of by God. Let us “cut our gossip line”, so we can let the love of God shine in our lives.

MERCIFUL KINDNESS

 Let us praise and thank God because of His blessings and His mercy. (Psalm 67:1-4 KJV) God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.  Selah.  That thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving health among all nations.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah

BLESSINGS AND MERCY

 Let us praise and thank God because of His blessings and His mercy. (Psalm 67:1-4 KJV) God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.  Selah.  That thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving health among all nations.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah

THANKFUL

 Has God blessed you abundantly?  Are you thankful for those blessings?  We are all blessed and we should all be thankful.  When we share with others how the Lord has blessed us, we must be careful to give all the praise for the blessings to God.  We should never let our testimony about God’s blessings be a “brag” about how much God loves “me” so he blessed “me”.  God does love us and blesses us, but all the glory should be given to Almighty God, not to “good little me”.  There is an old saying that goes something like this: I killed the bear.  Pa shot him.  Let us get the order right when we are praising God for blessings.  God gives the blessings, and by His grace I am the recipient of those blessings.

OBEDIENCE

Many times the commandment of God to love one another, takes faith on our part.  As we try to obey this commandment, we often discover that we need a lot more “work” concerning our attitudes and desires.  Does this mean we are failures in our Christian walk?  NO!  It means that we are growing.  Someone who thinks they have “arrived” needs lots of help.  The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and often that love of God in us will correct us, so that we can be a better ambassador for Christ.  The more we try to follow the commandment of loving one another, the more we find that the rough edges in our life will be smoothed out.  May we let God’s love that is in our hearts, smooth us today.  

THE JOURNEY

 We are all making the journey through life.  Sometimes it seems that instead of walking we are crawling or else we are trying to get up again after falling down or stepping into a hole.  We sometimes think that God does not care.  That is NOT true.  God, who gave names to all the stars, even the ones we cannot see even with the Hubble space telescope, cares about YOU.  He knows what is going on in your life and He hears you when you cry out to Him.  He is I AM THAT I AM.  Meaning that He is everything you need and you are only complete when He is the I AM in your life.  He will answer you because He loves you.

PREPARE THE WAY

Let us praise God!  Let us thank God!  Let us worship Him!  Let us honor Him!  Let us praise Him because His mercies are new every morning!  OK!! We know that by the signs of the times that we see in the world, the return of Jesus is very near.  What is our response?  We are to be like John the Baptist who said he was one that was crying in the desert, “Prepare the way of the Lord” Let all the valleys be raised and the mountains and hills be flattened as we see the approach of the Lord.  What?  Valleys of despair and depression.  Cast them aside and raise yourself up.  Mountains and hills of problems that seem to overwhelm you.  Cast them aside and flatten them by the power in Jesus name!  Why?  The King is coming!  Prepare Ye The Way of The Lord!  Hallelujah!