Shall I Not Drink The Cup The Father Has Given Me?

As I was doing my morning reading (John 18), I was reading about Jesus being arrested.  As he was being arrested, Peter drew his sword and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away!  Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)

Take a look at what Jesus said… “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

What’s Jesus talking about?

What came to my mind is Jesus was talking about what was going to happen to him.

The cup represents Jesus’ life, and the Father had it all planned out.  That’s why he said, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”  He was telling Peter to put away his sword and let God’s plan unfold.

How about you?  Are you drinking the cup the Father has given you?

I know at times I feel like I throw the cup down and try to do my own things, but I know that I have to trust God that his plan, his perfect plan, will work out.

Remember, keep your eye on Jesus and drink the cup the Father has given you.  Don’t try to resist.  Just TRUST.

Why Should I Let You Into My Heaven?

If you were to die right now and stand before God and he asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”  What would you say???

Tough questions, right?  You might say something like, “Well, I was a good person.  I helped people.  I was nice.”

In fact… I bet that’s what most Christians would say (I’ve asked that questions plenty of times and seems the “Because I’m a good person” is the favorite).


“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” -Romans 4:25


But, are any of those answers the REAL answer?

I’m going to have to say no.

Well, the above question was a question that was asked on my Baptism form.  And, I just loved that question.

Now, there was about a third of a page left blank to fill out your answer.  You sure could get a lot of “I’m a good person… I did this, I did that…” in there.

But, you know what I said?  It was short and sweet… and the only answer any of us can give.  I said:

Because Jesus died for my sins.

Seriously… what else are you going to be able to say that gets you into Heaven?


“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9


As Paul mentions above, you certainly can’t work your way in to Heaven.  It’s all a gift from God.

So I want you to think about it, if you were to die right now and stand before God and he asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”  What would you say?

Leave your thoughts/answers in the comment section below.  I’d love to hear them!


“I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6


Day 1: Proverbs Challenge

Yesterday was our church family picnic at Beulah Beach, right on Lake Erie.  And, I decided it was time to be baptized.  I followed in Jesus’ footsteps and was baptized with 70+ others.  It was a beautiful and glorious day!  God is great.

So, what better way to start fresh than with the Proverbs Challenge!  I just recently heard of the Proverbs Challenge, which is reading one chapter of Proverbs every day for 31 days (31 chapters).  You can start the first day of the month, or whenever you’d like.  Then, you just share some of the verses that caught your eye.

And, I thought what better way to start fresh than with the Proverbs Challenge!

Here goes…

Proverbs 1: 2-3, 7, 29-33

For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a discipline and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. 

Do Not Repay Anyone Evil For Evil

So yesterday, I was leaving my Bible Study downtown and headed to the parking garage to go to my car.  As I was approaching my car I noticed a huge truck parked right next to my car.

Funny thing was… there were a ton of free spots open, but the driver of this big truck decided to park next to my car… and not only park next to my car, but park so close to my car that I had to squeeze my way into the driver seat without banging my door.

Now, remember, I just got out of Bible Study, but… I couldn’t help but think bad thoughts.  I thought how I would have loved to just bang my door against his truck… key his truck… even take the air out of his tires!  But, I know that would have been wrong.

You know… it really ruined my drive home because that is all I could think about (I guess that’s the ‘worldly issues’ going on in my life that I need to take control of).

Anywho, as I got home I ended up reading my evening devotional from the Duck Commander (yeah, I’m goofy like that).

What was the title of the devotional I was reading… it was Love Your Enemies with the following passage:


“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” -Romans 12:17-19


Oh how I needed that!  How God listens and takes care of the ones he loves and how He speaks to me!

Instantly, my bad thoughts turned to joy.  This little ordeal was just that… a little ordeal of nothingness.

Just remember, God is always there to take care of you.  Even when evil strikes, our Father in Heaven will be there with you.


“But I tell you who hear me:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” -Luke 6:27-28


Keep spreading the Word!

Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged

The other day I saw a post from a friend who said he just heard the Pope say not to judge and leave all judging to God.  Which, he agreed to.

Here it is in the Bible, Jesus’ words… 

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” -Matthew 7:1

But… Is that what Jesus really meant when he said not to judge or you will be judged?

Whelp, let’s read a little more of the passage.

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Matthew 7:2

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.  Hmm… it’s sure looking that way, but wait!  There’s more!


“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” -Matthew 7:3-5


What does Jesus mean here when it comes to judging?  What he’s talking about here is the hypocritical judgment used to bring oneself up, while tearing someone else down.

One thing I’ve noticed in myself is…  When I judge someone (with the wrong motives) it’s usually me judging them about the things I hate about myself.  Have you ever noticed that too?

Now what Jesus does say about judging in John 7:24 is, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”

Even the Apostle Paul says, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.  ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.'” (1 Corinthians 5:12)

When it comes to judgment, what we are to do is confront those who are sinning, and never think that you are better than someone else.

 Just remember, be sure you’re making a right judgment while not having a hypocritical, judgmental attitude.

Thoughts?  Feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts on judging.

Keep spreading the Word!

Homeless & Hungry: Man Does Not Live On Bread Alone

As I was pulling into the Walmart parking lot tonight, I noticed a homeless man sitting at the corner with his head down while holding a sign.  The sign said he was homeless, hungry, and a diabetic.

How could you not have compassion for this guy?

As I was going through Walmart I thought about giving him food.  But then it hit me…

“It is written:  ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” -Matthew 4:4

I thought about getting him a Bible or some uplifting book with God’s Word.

I ended up picking up a daily devotional called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

So what did I do as I picked up this devotional?  I went to today’s devotional and read what it said.   Check it out:  “Do not worry about tomorrow!”

Wow!  Here’s a man who has nothing to eat, and today’s devotional is “Do not worry about tomorrow!”

I looked across to the other page for tomorrow’s devotional and… even bigger WOW!!!

It started off by saying, “Self-pity is a slimy, bottomless pit.”

Yeah, I’m sure if you were homeless and hungry you’d be feeling self-pity too.

So, how do you overcome all of this?  

I thought this would have been a perfect gift for him, and I couldn’t wait to give it to him.

But…  Unfortunately, the man wasn’t at the corner as I was leaving.  I looked around for him but didn’t find him.  I guess God had bigger plans for him that I’ll never know.  So now the only thing I can do is pray for him.

Now there is a lesson here.  It’s about GOD.  It’s all about our Lord and Savior!

We must feed and meditate on God’s word day and night.


“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.” -Joshua 1:8


How are you meditating on God’s word?

Feel free to share you thoughts below.

Keep spreading the Word!

Change Starts On The Inside

So many horrible things are going on in the U.S. and the World, and there’s really only one fix to it all…

What’s this fix?  Whelp…

It starts with YOU.  It starts with ME.  It starts with US.

It all starts on the inside.

Jesus says, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 23:26)

If you want to see change in the world then you have to first start from within.  You have to work on YOU.

When I was going through my divorce, I was speaking with a Godly man who told me there was nothing I could do to bring my wife back, but the one thing I could do was to work on myself.  (Que the lightbulb!)

That was the real change in my life.  Working on myself.  Working on the inside.  Diving into the Word of God.

So Invite Jesus into your life.  Ask him to work not only on you but within you.

Change starts on the inside.  It starts from within.

Keep spreading the Word!

Forgiveness…

Ah, forgiveness.  Easy to tell others to forgive, but hard to do when it’s you who needs do to the forgiving.

But, Jesus tells us to forgive those who sin against us.  “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Forgiving someone who sins against you is difficult.  It’s one of the hardest things anyone can do.  Heck, it’s not natural but Supernatural!

And what better way to explain forgiveness than a video from Christian musician Matthew West in his music video title… Forgiveness!

If you have 10 minutes to spare then I highly recommend watching it below.

Enjoy and don’t forget to forgive those who have hurt you.


“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” -Lewis B. Smedes


Forgiveness by Matthew West

Give Thanks In All Circumstances

While I was at work on Thursday we had two struck thunderstorms come through.  I haven’t seen them that strong in quite some time (though they only lasted about 15-20 minutes).

Well, I got off work and went home.  As I walked into the house there was a smell.  A… poopy smell.  First thing that came to mind was one of the dogs got really scared and maybe they pooped in the house (though I can’t even remember the last time one of the dogs had an accident).

Anywho, I looked around and didn’t see anything.  Then I thought… oh no!  Not the basement.  I open the basement door and see water.  Ugh!  Why me?!  

As I went downstairs I noticed that the water was only where things were off the ground.  Where I had my weights and other storage on the ground there was ZERO water.  Bone dry.  So, was giving thanks to God that it didn’t reach the things on the ground.  Hey, there’s always something to be thankful for, right?!


“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -2 Thessalonians 5:16-18.


As I was cleaning up I couldn’t help but think about doing it for the glory of God.  So, there I was cleaning up this nasty water and you know what… I wasn’t grumbling or anything.  I didn’t mind it at all.  As I finished sucking up all the water with my wet-vac, I got a fan turned on and then mapped with clean water.  A couple hours I went back to check on the basement and the floor was almost completely dry.

But, not only was it dry but it was the cleanest I’ve ever seen it since we painted it many moons ago.

You see, God can turn anything around and bring out the good in all things.

A great saying I love is, “See God in ALL things.”

Oh, and don’t forget to give thanks in all circumstances!

Now keep spreading the Word!


“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31


 

The Eyes Of The Lord Are Everywhere

Does that title scare?

In Proverbs 15, Solomon wrote:


“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” -Proverbs 15:3


The eyes of the Lord are everywhere…

There are things we do in front of God that we would NEVER do in front of other people.  Maybe there are thoughts we think that we’d never share with anyone else, or maybe we’d commit an act that we would never do if someone was watching.

Think about that in your own life.

Maybe you look at porn and don’t want anyone to know.  Maybe you have bad sexual thoughts or thoughts of harming someone.

What is it you’d never want anyone to know about you?  Well, guess what… God knows.

If you don’t want someone else to know what you’re thinking or doing, then do you really want God to know?  Probably not.

Never do in front of God what you wouldn’t do in front of someone else.

Keep spreading the Word!