It’s Time To Look Up and See Our Saving Grace

Jude 1:24 (WEB)

Promise 270: I will keep you from falling until you joyfully stand blameless in My presence.

The Dark Spirit Of Gossip!

The Depraved Spirit Of Gossip

Read | 2 Timothy 2:23-3:5

Gossip is often regarded as a relatively harmless pastime, particularly when compared to “bigger” wrongs like murder or adultery. Satan has painted idle talk as innocuous, but if we peel away that deception, we discover the ugly truth. In the Bible,

God lists gossip among the most depraved sins (Rom. 1:28-31).

Nothing about gossip is harmless. Whether the talk is intentionally cruel or simply some idle musing, the target of the comments can be embarrassed or hurt. A friend of mine decided to trace a damaging story about himself back to the original source. He asked one man after another, “Where did you hear this?” Seventeen people (friends?) later, he finally found the person who had originated the tale. This fellow admitted he had speculated aloud regarding a situation about which he knew little. A destructive chain reaction began with just one man jumping to a false conclusion while chatting with a friend.

Even if the victim never learns of the chitchat going on behind his or her back, gossip still has consequences. The people who spread a tale reveal their inner thinking: “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart,” (Matt. 12:34). A poisonous tongue flows with the jealousy, resentment, or pride that resides in the heart of the person.

Gossip has the power to hurt feelings, destroy reputations and friendships, and divide churches. We do not have the right to bring such damage into anyone’s life. In fact, God is the only one we should turn to when we hear a story about somebody. Those facing trials need prayer and love rather than tongues wagging over their struggles and misfortunes (Gal. 6:2).


“I Have Promised..and..I Will Do It!”

Romans 4:20-21 (WEB)

The Test Of Success

The Test of Success
“The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the LORD. — Obadiah 1:3–4

Perhaps you’ve had a friend who was struggling with poverty. Out of your concern for that person, you prayed for him, commiserated with him, and did what you could to help. However, when’s the last time you worried about a wealthy friend? How many times have we prayed for them out of concern for their well-being? In Proverbs 30:8 we read, “give me neither poverty nor riches . . .” Both poverty and riches are serious life tests, and we have to constantly be on guard for both.

In this week’s Haftorah, we read about the frightening prophecy regarding the end of the nation of Edom, the descendants of Esau. In the Bible, Edom is described as a strong nation, a people who were proud and thought themselves invincible: “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’” However, God promised to bring them down from their high places: “‘Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the LORD.”

This message for Edom is also a message for all of us. When we are living “in the clefts of the rocks,” in relative security, and when we build our “home on the heights,” seemingly out of harm’s way, it’s easy to forget God. As it is written in Proverbs, “I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’” (30:9). The test of wealth threatens to separate us from God and incur His wrath. However, just as with any test, the test of wealth can also bring us closer to Him and invoke His love.

In Song of Songs 2:14, God calls out to those living in the “clefts of the rocks.” He says, “show me your face, let me hear your voice.” In essence, God is saying that when we are doing well, we need to come to Him. When things are going great, we need to praise Him, thank Him, and remain close to Him. In fact, the more we succeed in life, the more we need to lean on God. The more we achieve, the more we need to cling to God so that we don’t forget Him, or God forbid, fall away from Him.

Today, let’s take a look at our blessings and express our gratitude for them. Let us never forget from where they have come and how quickly they can be taken away. No one is invincible and all of us are vulnerable. Let us be humbled and encouraged knowing that God is our only provider – both in our times of need and in our times of success.

Shalom, peace,…..(DJS)

The Last Word!

The Last Word

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16

There are at least two ways to be untruthful about another person. One, it is possible to tell a lie — to say that someone did or said something that he didn’t. The other way is not to tell the truth when you know someone is under a false impression. Staying quiet in the presence of a lie can be as wrong as telling the lie.

Ten of Jacob’s sons, who were also brothers of Joseph, the eleventh son, were guilty on both counts. First, they misrepresented what happened to Joseph; they pretended they didn’t know how Joseph’s torn, bloody coat got that way. They even pretended not to know if the coat was Joseph’s. Then, when Jacob reached a wrong conclusion about Joseph’s fate — that he had been killed by a wild animal — the brothers remained silent, knowing that they had sold Joseph, alive and well, to Midianite traders. Not to worry — God always gets the last word when it comes to truth as He did in Joseph’s case (Genesis 39:19-23; Matthew 12:36).

First, purpose never to traffic in falsehoods yourself. Second, purpose never to remain silent in the presence of a lie (Ephesians 4:15). The false reports of man are always subject to the final reports of God.

I am quite sure that the best way to promote union is to promote truth.
Charles H. Spurgeon (DJS)

Who Does Your Life Belong To?

Who Does Your Life Belong To?

One of the hardest things to do as an adult is take responsibility.

One of the easiest things to do is overly depend on others, blame others, or see yourself as less than adequate.

You want something, something big. But we all have a ready made list of excuses why we don’t have it.

Maybe we think our education isn’t enough. Maybe we think we don’t have the right connections. Maybe we think there’s some hidden group of conspirators keeping us from the goods.

What makes it even worse is many times, those are all correct.

After all, having a good education, plenty of connections and a silver spoon certainly doesn’t hurt.

But the moment you blame others for your lack, in any capacity, you put yourself in a tough spot.

Because while it does feel good to shrug off responsibility, it also severely limits what you can accomplish.

If you want something, and can’t get it due to others, it doesn’t feel so bad. I mean, if you COULD get it, you would right? But since “those people” are keeping you down, why bother?

The problem with shifting blame (even when it’s factually accurate) is makes you DEPENDENT on the world.

You have to wait for “them” to give you what you want. What you need. What you desire.

While it does feel good to hold that fantasy in mind, that you’ll be given stuff for free, it’s not the best strategy for success.

Because pretty much everybody else on planet earth has the same exact game plan.
On the other hand, taking responsibility is scary. Risky. Prone with failure after failure.
But the upside potential is HUGE.

Instead of waiting to be “given” free stuff, you’ll be creating MUCH BETTER stuff.

Life is a long string of trial and error experiences. If you are prone to blame others, you’ll see each one as PROOF that “they” are holding you down.

On the other hand, if you see each one as a learning experience, AND a step closer to whatever you want, you’ll see those very same events as PROOF that you are DESTINED for greatness.
Same exact events, two different perspectives.

It all depends on what you CHOOSE to believe.

Believe about yourself, believe about your skills, and believe about your purpose in life.

Do you believe you are a victim, and can ONLY get good stuff if “the universe” decides to give it to you?

Or are you in charge of your brain, your actions, and your life? Can you see the world as one big canvas upon which to paint your masterpiece? Trust God and HIS Process and PLAN!

Something GOOD is Happening!!


Self Improvement & Self Development!

Self Improvement & Self Development!

When it comes to self improvement and self development, there’s three general areas.

Much like Goldilocks, two are too this or too that, but one is just right.

On the one side, you’ve got these ideas that there’s some kind of magic.

A magic set of words, a magic sound, a magic kind of idea. Once you “get it” then everything will be easy. No effort or risk required. Not even a lot of thinking. Just say the magic affirmation once or twice, and gold will show up in your pocket.

On the other side of the spectrum, are the skeptics. Before they even move a muscle, they need verifiable proof that it’s going to work.

They don’t like to hold any uncomfortable thoughts in their mind, let alone take any action. So at the first sign of trouble, they spit out that comfortable, “Yea, but is there any evidence? Is there any proof?”

Both sides are really the same. Just two different self deceptions to stay safe.

See, the ONLY WAY to get the really good stuff in life is to take action. And all action requires risk.

Nobody ever knows the future, not even five minutes into the future. That means that EVERY SINGLE ACTION you take will have a bit of uncertainty.

Hiding in your mind waiting for the perfect incantation, or waiting for verifiable proof to be published in all the scientific journals is just to protect the ego.

If you take action, and it doesn’t work out, it’s VERY PAINFUL to the ego.

After all, what will people say? What will people think? What about our reputation?

The harsh truth about life is you’ll never get anywhere playing it safe. You’ll never get anywhere without putting it on the line from time to time.

You’ll never get anywhere unless you spend some time thinking, learning, acting, and accepting the feedback. Some feedback will be great. Other feedback will be horrible. Both are invaluable.

Most people are too terrified to understand this.

Your life is a work in progress. It’s up to YOU and YOU ONLY (plus God) how it comes out. Nobody is going to give it to you.

Unlock your genius and accelerate your progress by doing what must be done. Moving forward in your life will always involve some risk. That’s okay as the blessings far exceed the difficulties.