6 AMAZING REALITIES THAT 

CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER 

            Long ago lived a unique man named David. God ordained him to be an extra-ordinary servant for the Lord’s purposes. (Read Acts 2: 25-28)

Below you will find six realities that can make you a mighty man or woman of God. Be like a David, a mighty man of God, and read each statement below to be about the business of honoring your Heavenly Father.

  1. David said, ”I saw the Lord always in my presence.” Ask yourself if you are drawing closer and closer to God, moment by moment, rejoicing in His presence.
  2. David said, “He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.” Can you claim that you are so very near to God that you live in awesome peace with Him?
  3. David expressed His joy in God, saying, “Therefore, my heart was glad and my tongue exulted.” Does your heart radiate joy and gladness, as you live daily praising His name?
  4. David embraced a divine confidence in Christ, as a way of life. Be sure your  day-by-day confession is, “Moreover my flesh also will live in hope.”
  5. David recognized that intimacy with the Lord brought about more and more wisdom in living life. He declared, “You have made known to me the ways of life.”  Make sure that you can say and embrace that above statement.
  6. David faithfully walked knowing that the joy of the Lord was His strength. Listen to His joy, and be regularly confessing, “You will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

            Pastor Jim Johnston in Tulsa, Oklahoma puts these truths in perspective, saying: “Joy is the emotion of salvation. We rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory (1 Peter 1:8). If you’re a Christian, the Spirit gives you soaring delight in Christ. His beauty and greatness thrills your soul. AMEN!

CHARLES HADDEN SPURGEON ON THE CORONAVIRUS PENDEMIC

            Several centuries ago, one of the greatest preachers of the ages lived. His name was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. During the current coronavirus pandemic, we owe it to ourselves to hear His message, “Solemn Pleadings for Revival.”  Unusually pertinent for today’s crisis.  Please heed the truth. Embrace the truth. Celebrate the truth of Spurgeon. He said……

……First, then, let us be silent. “Keep silence before me, O islands.” Before the controversy opens let us be silent with solemn awe, for we have to speak  with the Lord, the Lord God Almighty! Let us not open our mouths to impugn his wisdom, nor allow our hearts to question his love. What if things do not look as bright as we could wish? The Lord reigns. And what if he seems to delay? Is he not the Lord God with whom a thousand years are as one day, and who is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness? We are going to make bold to speak with him, but still he is the eternal God, and we are dust and ashes. Whatever we may say with holy boldness, we would not utter a word in rash familiarity. He is our Father in heaven. He is our Friend, but at the same time He is our Judge. We know that whatsoever he does is best. We would not say unto our Maker, “What makest thou?” nor to our Creator, “What hast thou done?” Shall the potter give account to the clay for the works of his hands? It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good. ”When we look at what he doeth it may seem to our dim apprehension to be exceeding strange, and we may fail to read its meaning; but we need not wish to read it. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, and if he chooses to conceal it, let it be concealed. Truly, God is good to Israel, and his mercy endures forever. If this world’s history is to drag on through another score of mournful centuries, it will only reveal so much the more matter for praise when the great hallelujahs of the ultimate victory shall peal forth.

THE SURPRISING VALUE OF THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC

            Amid all the trying situations we endure in the days of the Coronavirus Epidemic, some valuable truths may be very helpful to those who are interested. Did you know that the Bible provides great insights in challenging times like these? Though we may come from different backgrounds and experiences, we are all together, traveling on a special purpose, for the pleasure of the living God.

            So, whoever you are, and whatever you are doing today, here is one thing I know, and hopefully you want to know. 

            Ready? God is alive. Jesus Christ is God, and He rules this world. It doesn’t matter what you think, or don’t think. The Lord God Almighty eternally rules all, and He does what He determines for His glory.   

            Now as we deal with the Coronavirus Epidemic, allow the Bible passages below to bring you help and encouragement for your soul. Seek to apply each one daily in your life. And whether you face a Coronavirus Epidemic or not, turn to Christ and ask Him to grow you in knowing Him and making Him known. Below, please read each verse, giving time to meditate on each passage. Also, ask God to speak to your heart, as you trust Him in these trying days.

            1.  Consider this reality found in Ecclesiastes 7:14, “When things are going well for you be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember, God sends both happiness and trouble, you never know what is going to happen.” It’s really easy to trust God when everything is going well. Now is the time to put all your faith in our Father and trust His direction when we don’t know what He is doing. 

            2.  Also, it will do you well to contemplate on the truth found in Romans 5:3-5, “And not only this, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation works patience; and patience, character; and character, hope:  And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit of God which is given to us.” Whatever this virus brings, it can be to our advantage if we look for how God is trying to teach us patience, character and hope. And that hope is in Him.

            3.  Find encouragement in the comforting truth presented in 2 Timothy 1:12, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him (Jesus) against that day.” God is well able to protect us and defend us against every enemy, including something as horrible as this virus.

            4. Never forget this awesome reality located in 2 Corinthians 2:14: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”  In other words, remember that God is ready to triumph in every place, including those places where the virus seems to be winning.

            So while most of us are staying inside during this Corona virus Epidemic, we ought to find ourselves paying more attention to important things. Let us contend with faith, confidence, character, and hope during these difficult trials.   And, keep in mind that God Himself is actually bringing about good things in these days.

Writer Paul David Tripp provides us a truth that we need to cherish. He writes, “Moments of apparent defeat become wonderful moments of grace and victory.” We can believe this and rely on God during the Coronavirus Epidemic.

BY DR. JAMES PERKINS

CONFIDENCE AMID CHAOS

           Time will historically note that March and April, 2020, set in motion an almost unbelievable situation – the world-wide, coronavirus epidemic. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html This virus

has brought forth great trials and tribulations. Currently, thousands of people face feelings of fear and even confusion about the coronavirus epidemic. The daily reports cause most of us some sense of helplessness, as well as a chaotic feeling. Daily we hear more and about those who are now sick, dealing with the fear of getting sick, or even the fear death. Some feel that this is near the end times.

            In these trying challenges, good news might be found in encouraging songs like the tunes below. Read, or sing the words and see if these tunes might be helpful to you to make your day better.

Read Andrae Crouch’s tune, who wrote the Song, “I’ve Got Confidence.”

“When trouble is in my way, I can’t tell my night from day,

When I’m tossed from side to side. Like a ship on a raging tide.
I don’t worry I don’t fret. My God has never failed me yet
Troubles come from time to time. But that’s all right,
I’m not the worrying kind, because I’ve got confidence.
God is gonna see me through. No matter what the case may be.
I know He’s gonna’ fix it for me.”

Read also Matt Maher’s Song, “Because He Lives.”

“God sent His son, they called Him Jesus.
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon.
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives.”

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future.
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”

            However, even though the songs above are encouraging, God’s Word offers us an even greater joy. Consider a few of these Biblical truths. 

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”    Romans 8:31

 I can do all things through 

[]Christ who strengthens me.”     Philippians 4:13

“Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.                                                                                                                              –    “Deuteronomy 31:6

Know this! When confidence in Christ rules your life, even chaos subsides! Try it.

THIS CHRISTMAS,

GO LOVE A SCROOGE

Every year we arrive at the special day called Christmas. For the most part, people are happy and full of joy to the world. Yet sadly, in every gathering there seems to be that one certain person who is negative and grumpy. You might treat this type of individual as one you try to avoid.  Here is your challenge this Christmas. Instead of avoiding the grouch, go and do all you can to be kind and loving to that “scrooge.” Here are 3 ways you may accomplish this mission.

  1. Go and love a “scrooge”, for it will make you a better person. 

    Everyone knows how we might try and avoid a griping, complaining, and grumbling individual. However this Christmas, go and seek out that “scrooge” you often avoid, and act authentically joyful before that person. Even if the individual continues to be negative, go and be kind anyway.  Be sympathetic like Scrooge’s nephew who said. “I am sorry for Scrooge. I couldn’t be angry with him if I tried.”

  2. Go and love a “scrooge,” for you have little idea how deeply hurt and mistreated that person might be. 

    Many of us don’t realize how said and lonely some people are. While smiling on the outside, numbers might be sad and lonely on the inside. Why not make it your mission to love and encourage that hurting individual as much as they allow? Use encouraging words like:  Don’t give up, keep pushing. Keep fighting. Stay strong. Never give up. Come on. You can do it!.

  3. Go and love a “scrooge,” for deep inside every person’s heart, there lives a hurting Ebenezer that longs to come alive, be happy, and live a joy-filled life. 

    The Good News is that Jesus Christ came to earth to bring joy to the world. When we surrender ourselves to Him, and allow God to direct our lives, the Lord provides the way to make even the hardest times to eventually be changed for good. Now realize what Jesus offers all of us this Christmas and forever.

            “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever-lasting life.” 

          Friend, this is the greatest Christmas gift you can ever receive in this life and the next. So, go love a “scrooge” and radiate the love and victory that Christ alone can give you now and forever.  Both you and your “scrooge” will be all the better for it!

 

BEYOND THANKSGIVING, 

CHRISTMAS, & THE NEW YEAR

 On your mark! Get set! Go!

Yep, with the coming of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year the race is on. While the Holiday spirit excites the masses, we equally know the pressures in the seasonal rat race.  Gift-seeking and gift-getting dominate the days, as multitudes delight in the reason for the season.

In this light, let us remember and practice these three insights:

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, take time to slow down and “smell the roses.”

If we are not careful, the overload of the season makes us feel rushed and weary. Therefore, pacing yourself is wise. Slow down, relax, and heed the insight in Ecclesiastes 3:12: “That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God.”Social Media Editor, Rebecca Shinners,presents it this way. “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, rely on the joy of the Lord to radiate your life. 

Isn’t it often common that during this season irritations, frustrations, and even sadness may arise. While for some, “All is Merry and Bright” othersstruggle with gloom, despair, or loneliness. So overcome these things by confiding in a trusted family member, a good friend, or seeking God in His Word and prayer. Embrace the message found in Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Mark Twain once said this about Christmas, To get the full value of joy,  you must have someone to divide it with.” So go and find others to celebrate the season together.

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, commit to treat every day as Merry and Bright. 

Why wait for special holidays, when each day Jesus may guide your life.  

            And remember to live every day with this in mind, “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.”

DON’T BE HAUNTED

BY PAST FEARS 

            Soon Halloween arrives, so now’s a good time to take a look at overcoming fear. Every human being recalls times and situations that might spook or haunt our souls. Here are 3 insights that help us overcome past, present, and future haunting fears.“

 

1.  Haunting fears may be overcome by acting like you are Superman or Superwoman. 

Believe in yourself. Believe that you can overcome and win in life. View everything in your world in a positive way, even if it appears negative. Learn to commit to living in a victorious manner. Heed the words of Roy T. Bennett who wrote, “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

 

2.  Overcome haunting fears by realizing multitudes of people, like you, have made the shift from fear to victorious faith. 

Since many have found this truth about live, then embrace the reality that you are in good company. Again, Bennett says,“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

 

3.  Overcome haunting fears by knowing this truth shared in Romans 8:31. 

“If God be for you, who can be against you.” Derik Hill reveals this awesome fact. “Almighty God is sovereign over all things and He is untouchable. Nothing can match His glory, strength, power, might, knowledge, forgiveness, blessings, riches, love, mercy, grace, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, skill, handiwork, greatness, holiness, righteousness, availability, sensitivity, patience, tenderness, peace, graciousness, gentleness, self-control, joy, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, strategic ways, agape love, bravery, consistency, intentionality, humbleness, willingness, sympathy, empathy, beauty, authority, and anything else you can possibly think of.  Wow! GOD IS AWESOME!

Today, you can live with that Good News as your way of life. Knowing that it’s not up to you and your own strength, but that with the help of God Himself, you can overcome the fears that USED to haunt you!

EMBRACING PEACE

AS YOUR LIFESTYLE 

Deep inside, most of us are driven to seek and enjoy peace. Yet the fact is, while multitudes want it, millions struggle to find true rest for their souls. Here are 3 essentials each of us needs to embrace peace as our lifestyle.

  1. Embracing peace as your lifestyle begins by determining to faithfully keep your conscience clear and at rest. 

    How common it is for us to fail to pay attention to our conscience.  When we decline to heed our inner voice, it is easy to drift into a wrong direction. However, by keeping the conscience sensitive to God, self, and others, the conscience operates as an essential guide in living. Long ago, Sophocles made clear the strength a negative conscience may influence us. He said, “There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.”

  2. Embracing peace as your lifestyle operates best, when we view it as our way of life. 

    The wise live in a constant state to maintain peace within and without no matter what takes place. Though good or bad situations might come, the wise learn to keep a calm composure. Rap star Eminem describes it as “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” He shared, “If you want inner peace, then keep your conscience clean.”

  3. Embracing peace as your lifestyle always operates best, when Jesus lives as the only explanation for our lives. 

    Christ said, “I leave peace with you; I give my peace to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it fear.”

Can you say that? Do you live with peace as your lifestyle and serve as a peacemaker? Author William R. Alger viewed a good conscience this way, saying, “After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”

Now answer, do you embrace peace as your lifestyle? Do others recognize you as a peacemaker. Or are you often tense, frustrated, and lacking inner peace? Know that a closer walk with Christ will cause us to be motivated to embrace peace as our lifestyle.

 

3 PROOFS YOU

ARE SOMEONE’S HERO

 

On occasion, it is common that we may feel like we are not so important. We may get negative thoughts it in our heads and think we aren’t of much value. However, did you know that each of us lives as someone’s hero, even if we don’t know it. Here are 3 Proofs that each of us lives as a hero to someone. 

1.If you have ever done one, simple act of kindness in behalf of another, you are someone’s hero. 

For instance, when you hold open a door for another, your kind act reflects you became someone’s hero. Even if only for a moment, you displayed a kind gesture. Heed an old adage by the great, 4th century educationalist, William of Wykeham who said,”Manners makyth man.” Know that whenever we demonstrate manners to another, we prove ourself a hero to the recipient.

2.If you offer encouragement to another, you prove you are someone’s hero. 

Think back over the last few weeks. Can you recall a moment, when you encouraged someone? Pause and recall that day you put on a happy face. Did you know that in that instant you became someone’s hero. The late, Anne Frank said, “Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”

 

3.If you ever prayerfully sing a simple song,  to God in behalf of others, you are someone’s hero.  

Years ago a singing trio – Peter, Paul, and Mary became famous for the simple tuneKumbaya.” The lyrics are a prayerful plea for God, that He hears and responds to our prayers. Singing Kumbaya for another to hear reveals we are someone’s hero.

Perhaps you will go and be a hero to someone in need today. As you recall the tune, “Someone’s crying, Lord, Kumbaya,” go and minister life to them. Christians are called to reach out to others in need.  Follow Jesus in seeking out those who are lost.  Someone is praying or crying even now.  Intercede in their behalf in the name of Jesus. Be someone’s hero right now.