Create In Me A Pure Heart

Yesterday I went to my first Worship Night at my church.

I’ll tell you what… it was refreshing, especially during this time of the year with all of the hustle and bustle going around.  You know, all the worldly chatter.

Got to sing praises to our Father in Heaven.  What’s better than that?!  And He definitely gave rest for my soul.  Ah… refreshing.

So in-between songs there were Bible verses on the screen, and this one really caught my eye which I want to share with you:


“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” -Psalm 51:10-12


What a beautiful passage.

Dwell on it for a while…  We could all use a pure heart from God.

Would God Forgive Satan If He Asked For Forgiveness?

I heard a questions recently, which I’ve never heard before… “Would God forgive Satan if he asked for forgiveness?”

Hmm… very interesting question.  One that got me thinking.  Hmm… thinking to myself, would God forgive Satan if he asked for forgiveness?

Looking to the Bible, we all know the fate of Satan.  So, he’ll never be in Heaven, but the question about would God forgive him if he asked for forgiveness… I’d have to say I think so, and here’s why.

If we look at Luke 16:19-31, Jesus talks about a rich man dressed in purpled and fine linen while living in luxury while there was a beggar named Lazarus at the rich man’s gate.

Eventually Lazarus dies and the angels carry him to Abraham’s side.  Then the rich man dies and he’s in hell, where he’s in torment.

The rich man looks up and see’s Lazarus by Abraham’s side and says, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” (24)

Abraham then goes on to tell the rich man how he received good things in life and Lazarus received the bad.  Now Lazarus is comforted and the rich man is in agony.(25-26)

The rich man then begs Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house and warn his five brothers so that they will not also come to the place of torment. (27)

Abraham tells the rich man, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.” (29)

“No, father Abraham,” the rich man said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” (30)

Abraham said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (31)

There’s quite a bit between the rich man, Lazarus, and Abraham.

But there is one thing that really strikes me… How come the rich man never asked for forgiveness?  How come he never told Lazarus he was sorry for not helping him?

Instead, the rich man asks for some water to cool his tongue and to warn his brothers so they don’t end up in agony with him.

This all gets me thinking… the rich man never wanted to be forgiven.  It’s almost as if he feels he didn’t do anything wrong.

It’s like if you don’t want to be with Jesus now, why would you want to spend eternity with him?  I can’t imagine anyone going to Hell and then asking for forgiveness.  But………… if they did ask forgives, would God forgive them?

In verse 26, Abraham does say, “besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”

So, whether you go to Heaven or Hell when you die, it’s where you’re going to spend eternity.

I think if Satan was to ask God for forgiveness he would forgive him, but Satan will never ask for it.  Nor, do I think anyone who goes to Hell will ask for forgiveness either.  Kind of like being set in there ways.

Curious to know your thoughts.  Do you think if Satan was to ask God for forgiveness that He would forgive him?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Now keep spreading the word!

God Works For The Good Of Those Who Love Him

Tomorrow in the United States, we’re having our election to see who is going to be the next President.

A lot of us don’t know how it came done to the two people that it has, but that’s the way it goes.

No matter who becomes the next President, God  is ALWAYS in control.

He uses evil for good.

Remember what Paul said in Romans:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Always have God number 1 in your life.  No matter what happens with this election, be sure to love God and remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love him!

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


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!

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!

Humble Yourselves So God May Lift You Up In Due Time

It’s never easy to let go, but sometimes you have to humble yourselves and know that God is ALWAYS in control.

For about a year and a half, I’ve been doing my own ‘thang’ with business.  So I wasn’t working under anyone.  But, every month was different.  Some months were good and some were bad.  I finally decided if I want to really grow my little business I’d need to go get a, gulp, J-O-B.

So, I ended up getting a job.  At first I felt like a failure, but then I realized I needed to humble myself and know that God is in control.

A funny thing happened when I realized that… about 30 minutes later I went to go read my early evening devotional, from The Duck Commander, and the title of the devotional was Let God Take Control.  And the passage they gave was… 


“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7


Absolutely amazing.  I knew right then and there that God’s plan for my life is bigger than I can even imagine.  He knows the ultimate plans for my life.

It’s hard for us to see the future.  All we can really see is what’s going on in our lives right now… the short term.  We can’t even fathom the future and what God has in store for us.  His ultimate plan.


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28


Just remember:  Humble yourselves so “…he may lift you up in due time.

Keep spreading the Word!

What’s The Context Of That Passage In The Bible?

Yesterday I saw some atheists complaining about a man preaching the gospel in a subway car.  One commenter said when she sees these ‘street preachers’ she always hands them a little note with this verse of Jesus speaking that leaves them speechless:  “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1, NIV)

Now does this verse mean you can’t publicly preach and display your faith?  If you read the rest of the passage you’ll see that Jesus is talking about hypocrites who speak loudly about their good deeds.

These people are doing it for their own benefit like, “Everybody!  Look at me!  I just gave to the needy.  Praise me!”  Now that’s wrong.

So, if this man who is preaching on the subway car was doing it for his own gain, then yes, it’s wrong.  But, if he’s doing it for God and the benefit of other people, then who’s to say it’s wrong?  Who are we to judge another man’s heart?  Only God knows what someone’s ‘real’ motivates are.

Today, as I was reading a devotional from Walter Henrichsen, I came across this… “You should read and study God’s Word like you read the morning newspaper.  The context gives you the meaning of the words.  Let the text make its case.  Don’t try and be cleaver by seeing any more or less in the passage than what the words warrant.”

What perfect timing!  🙂

I’ll admit, when I first started reading the Bible, I’d take things out of context.  I’d even use verses to make my case (out of context) and listen to other’s quote the bible out of context (and I believed them).  Now I’m always looking for the whole verse and passage.  I’m looking for the context of what is written before setting them in stone.

Just remember, taking verses and passages out of context leads to errors and misunderstanding.

Keep spreading the Word!