Archive | February 2019

Pray for your leaders

Today is President’s Day. It was first established in 1885 as a celebration of our founding father and first President, George Washington’s, birthday 02/22/17. It is celebrated on the third Monday in February because of the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act that went into effect in 1971, which gave workers several long weekends per year. 

1 Timothy 2:2 tells us “Pay this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peacefully and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” We are called to pray for our leaders. If we don’t pray for the leaders of our county, then we could lose our Christian freedoms. We must pray that all darkness be brought to light in the highest places of authority. While we are still on this earth, it is our duty as Christians to step up and demand our rights be protected.

Jeremiah 29:7 says “And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for it’s welfare will determine your welfare.” The welfare of our country depends on God hearing and answering our prayers for our leaders and our country. We are very close to being persecuted for our faith. Christians have compromised with darkness so we wouldn’t be labeled ‘intolerant’, ‘hate filled’ or ‘old fashioned’. We have let the enemy gain too much ground and now we must fight to get it back.

The darkness has crept in quietly and started to take over our land, one ‘right’ at a time. We can’t lay down and let the enemy take over and shut us up. The enemy always tries to stop the truth from being spoken. Acts 4:17-18 (paraphrased) tells us that the leaders (the members of the council) agreed they needed to shut Peter and John up and stop them from speaking in Jesus’ name. That is what’s happening now. There is truly nothing new under the sun. They tried stopping them then and they are trying to stop us now. Why is the name of Jesus so offensive anyway? Isn’t it just a name? Philippians 2:9 says “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all names.” The enemy HATES the name of Jesus! That’s why he tries to censor it.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” God promises to restore our land if we pray. Jesus also tells the Sadducees in Matthew 22:29 that “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” I believe that my God, the one and only living God, is healing our land and restoring His people. He alone has the power to fix the mess this country is in now. Let’s not forget to pray for our leaders so we will not have to live in tyranny as other Christians do around the world.

Love is why

This week we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2019. This is the day of love. I thought I would write my weekly blog about love since it is the subject everybody is thinking about this week. I have been noticing these little signs that say ‘Love is Why’ in peoples yards around Chattanooga and wondered who was behind this movement. I finally found this link and wanted to share it for this season of “love”. Please watch and find out what this is all about. https://www.loveiswhy.org/

What is love? 1 John 4:8 “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” This verse of the Bible tells us that God is love. So, love is God. It’s pretty simple. We don’t have love if we don’t have God. He is the measure and the definition of love. You might have feelings or lust, but you don’t have love without God. This is how the enemy steals our lives. He distorts love and convinces us to believe a lie. The enemy puts a twist on scripture so that it sounds nice and appealing to our sinful natures. The truth can hurt sometimes, but the truth will set you free. A lie will leave you in bondage and kill you.

How do we describe love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. The description of love is what every single person on this earth wants, but hardly ever gives. Are we really patient with others? Do we demand to get our own way most of the time, instead of thinking of the other person? Do we hold grudges and never forgive others when they hurt us? Truthfully, we hurt others all the time and expect them to forgive us, without any apology on our part. But, we expect everybody to treat us like kings and queens all the time. We all need to remember that we are surrounded by humans, not perfect beings. Humans make mistakes and we are to be quick to forgive and not hold on to hurts. That’s how we love others.

Why do we show love? 1 John 4:19 “We love each other because he loved us first.” God loved us and had mercy on us, so we must love others and show mercy on them. We’re not really Christians if we don’t. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ”  God loved us so much that he sent His son to die for our sins. Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. That is true love! Do we have that kind of love for others? We are also supposed to love our enemies! You can’t love your enemies if you don’t have the love of Christ in our hearts. It’s easy to love the ones that love you, but to love the unlovable, is a whole different story! Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. “

How do we show love? Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”  First, we must love God and put Him before ourselves. That is the key. We can’t love others if we keep ourselves front and center. Selfishness is a sin. We then should put others before ourselves. Jesus was a servant. He never thought of His comfort or His wants. He always thought of us first. Things start changing when you start putting God, and others, first. You show love when the focus is not all on you and your pleasure and happiness, but making someone else happy for a change. John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Just to be clear, Jesus wants us to know that love is a command, not a feeling.

Love is why! Love is everything.

Spring is in the air

Great news! Punxsutawney Phil predicted that we will have an early spring this year! I’m not really sure how a groundhog can make those kinds of predictions, but apparently, he’s pretty accurate. The past week or so has been very cold for most of the country. The hope of spring is very welcoming to me. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundhog-day-2019-02-02-punxsutawney-phil-shadow-today-live-updates/

A definition of spring that I found on the Merriam Webster website is a time or season of growth or development. Think of this groundhog prediction as a chance to grow or develop your joy. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Living without joy is a very miserable life.

Take control of your mindset in this new season that’s just around the corner. Look up different scriptures about joy in the Bible and speak them over yourself. Write them down on post-it notes and stick them in different places around your house to remind you of the promises of God. This will help you to keep your focus on Him and not on yourself and your problems.

If we take small steps to conquer our depression, we will see changes in our moods. Even non-Christians believe that speaking positive things about yourself can be beneficial.

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Christians know that to be true from the Bible. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Choose to feel good and feel great and feel wonderful instead of feeling sad and depressed. Choose joy!