THE HOLY ALPHABET
Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of "Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
According to Psalm 14:1, a fool says in his heart (not necessarily with his mouth) that there is no God. He does not acknowledge that there is a God who will “bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Since he is not expecting to be judged for his works, the fool does whatever gives him pleasure, no matter how horrible it is. Romans 3:12-18 gives us a description of fools, “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongue they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known; there is no fear of God before their eyes.” In summary, a fool is someone who deliberately ignores the existence and power of God, and so runs his life the way he pleases. The end of a fool is destruction, eternal separation from the presence of God.
Bad as the situation of a fool is there are two groups of people we want to consider who are in an even more dangerous state. The first group is found in Proverbs 26:12, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” Conceit is equal to pride, arrogance, haughtiness, superiority complex, vanity, self-importance, etc. A man who is wise in his own conceit is the one who believes that he knows everything; in his mind he is wiser than everyone else and so there is nothing that anyone can teach him. Some men are so wise in their conceit that they cannot discuss and pray about issues with their wives and come up with solutions together (after all women are the weaker vessels, so what sensible thing could they really have to offer?). Some Christian husbands, pastors inclusive, are so full of arrogance that their wives are afraid of making suggestions to them or pointing out their wrong doings. They need to be broken.
Some parents are so wise in their conceit that they believe there is nothing they can learn from their children (after all they brought the children into the world, so they must be wiser and smarter in every way than them). They seem to forget that if God could make a donkey speak up after opening his eyes to see what Balaam the prophet didn’t see, He can also communicate to parents through their children. We are aware that the Bible says that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings God has ordained strength. Also, was Samuel not just a youngster when the Lord spoke to him concerning His plans for Eli the priest and his household?
A pastor who is wise in his conceit cannot consider any suggestions given to him by his ministers, church workers, members of the congregation, or anyone else; he knows how to run the church very well and does not need anyone’s input. Such a pastor will not listen when the Lord sends him a warning through someone else because he believes that his connection to the Holy Spirit is the deepest and therefore anything he has not heard directly from the Lord cannot be from Him. People like that seem to forget the case of Saul whom God anointed king over His people. The hand of God was upon Saul; he had a level of closeness to Him and even prophesied by His Spirit. But then, he sinned against God, and He withdrew from him. A time came when Saul needed God’s counsel and 1st Samuel 28:6 says, “And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not…” If there is sin in your camp, the Lord might choose to send someone to you instead of speaking to you directly. He might also choose to send someone to you even if you have not offended Him. Remember that He is God and does whatever pleases Him (and He has His reasons for doing things in a particular way). The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:13, “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.” If you have grown too wise to be admonished, the Bible says that there is more hope of a fool than of you. You need to humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and make yourself of no reputation like Jesus did. If you are not wise in your conceit you can learn from anyone. This is because you will be humble enough to recognize whatever vessel the Lord chooses to use to communicate His mind to you at every point – weaker vessels, stronger vessels, younger vessels, older vessels, etc. That is not to say, however, that you would swallow everything that people bring up to you because then you’d end up a confused person with no focus. Prayerfully and humbly work and walk with God and man.
The second group of people is found in Proverbs 29:20, “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” A man who is hasty in his words is one who is quick to speak; one who responds to words in a rush. Being hasty in words can result from one or more of several things. Some people are hasty in words because they are wise in their conceit. They believe they know it all, so when you start to speak they imagine that they already know where you are going and since they believe they are in a better position to lead the way they cut in and take over from you (and oftentimes they discover that where they are going is not where you had in mind). Some others are hasty in words either because they have an angry spirit, because they are impatient, or because they have a quarrelsome nature: before you can finish one sentence people in these categories give you twelve or more. Proverbs 18:13 says, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” In other words people who are hasty in words for any reason make themselves look like fools in the end, and expose themselves to shame and ridicule. James 1:19 tells us to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
Why is there more hope of a fool than of a man who is wise in his conceit or a man who is hasty in his words? If a fool listens to words of admonition, those words become a seed in his heart. Even if he still returns to his foolish and wicked ways, some day when he is sober the Lord might remind him of those words, convict his heart, and turn him around for good. But a man who is wise in his conceit does not listen to words of admonition from anyone, and even when he does, he blocks off their words and hears nothing of what they are saying because he only allowed them to speak out of courtesy, not because he believes they have anything worthwhile to say. The man who is hasty in his words talks all the time and hears nothing except his own words. In the hearts of these two people nothing is planted except what they plant by themselves. Unfortunately for some of these people even when they realize that something is missing and that they should have listened when they were being counseled, the pride of their hearts will not allow them to seek for help, and they end up sinking deeper and deeper into the miry clay.
Are you one of those who are wise in their conceit or hasty in their words? The Bible says that there is more hope of a fool than of such people. Make up your mind to change, and ask the Lord to help you. He will.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Let this minister to you,
Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter:
I`m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I'd like to stop by for a visit.
Love Always, Jesus
Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. "Why would the Lord want to visit me? I'm nobody special. I don't have anything to offer." With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. "Oh my goodness, I really don't have anything to offer. I'll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner." She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents.
"Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least." She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of French bread, a half- pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk...leaving Ruth with grand total twelve cents to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.
"Hey lady, can you help us, lady?" Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn't even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags. "Look lady, I ain't got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it's could help us. Lady, we'd really appreciate it."
Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to. "Sir, I'd like to help you, but I'm a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I'm having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to Him." "Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway." The man put his arm around the woman's shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley.
As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart. "Sir, wait!" The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. "Look, why don't you take this food. I'll figure out something else to serve my guest." She handed the man her grocery bag. "Thank you lady. Thank you very much!" "Yes, thank you!" It was the man's wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering. "You know, I've got another coat at home. Here, why don't you take this one." Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman's shoulders.Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street...without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest. "Thank you lady! Thank you very much!" Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too.
The Lord was coming to visit and she didn't have anything to offer Him. She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox. "That's odd. The mailman doesn't usually come twice in one day." She took the envelope out of the box and opened it.
It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat.
Love Always Jesus
The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.
If you love Jesus,copy and paste this in your email and send to your friends. Do not keep this message to yourself.
THIS IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE. PLEASE READ ALL OF IT. I AM
PASSING IT ON BECAUSE I AM CERTAINLY NOT ASHAMED TO DO
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.............
A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith . She says that Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.
One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.
On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.
Sally's friend drew a picture of who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall ef fect she had achieved.
The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith , because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.
Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.
Dr. Smith said only these words...." In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me ."
No other words were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the students focused only on the picture of Christ.
This is an easy test; you score 100 or zero . It's your choice.
If you aren't ashamed to do this, pass it on to your friends and "enemies"
Jesus said, " If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you, before My Father."
Not ashamed... pass this on.
Ashamed .. . delete it.
Will YOU pass this on? ... I just did
NB: Copy and paste in your email address and pass on to your friends.
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Psalm 103:5 - Against the spirit of stagnation - When you desire that new things should begin in your life The end of your sinful, hopeless, helpless, weary and frustrating life is a new beginning of a vibrant and existing life in Christ. Isa. 43:19: "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Listen to these stories. There was one woman, called May. She sobbed uncontrollably; after 35 years of marriage, her husband died. All her plans for retirement were of no use. Two. Men are not supposed to cry; they are supposed to be strong; yet Andrew covered his face with his hands and wept bitterly because his business had collapsed. All his hand-work and all his dreams were shattered. Three. Anne suddenly found herself jobless. Where will she start from? Four. Paul cried out in unbelief when his fiancee called off their engagement because she had met someone else. Your own case may be like any of the above. Whatever the situation: the death of a loved one, the collapse of a business, the loss of your job, a broken engagement or divorce, have faith in God. Our God is faithful and He will not deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13). As long as there is life, there is hope. We do not need to be confused or afraid of the future. God is always there for us. He said, "I will not leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Our hope and the confidence we have in Him cannot be in vain. These prayers will bring Power for a New Beginning. He has promised, "Behold, I will do a new thing" (Isaiah 43:19). Your future is secured in Christ.