The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD 7

Today will be our last look at The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD.  I hope that you have been encouraged by these blog posts.  I know I enjoyed writing them.  It was a help and encouragement to me for sure.

The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Lift Up!

I heard a preacher the other evening telling of someone that wanted to take their own life.  They told him that they did not know why they were here on earth.  Well, I can tell you why you are here.

Look at Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Right there is your answer.  We were and are created to bring God pleasure.

Part of that is to worship Him.  I like to describe the word worship by pronouncing it “worth-ship”.  When we worship God we ascribe worth to Him.  We show Him that we love Him and that He means something to us.  We put a “worth” on Him.  There are many ways to worship God.  Not all of them involve going to Church either.  You need to be a faithful member of a Bible-believing Church; but, worship occurs other places too.

We need to honor God by obeying Him.  Living the Christian life is not easy; but, it is not impossible either.  When we are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Ghost of the Living God then this becomes easier to us.  It becomes more of who we are than what we do.

No matter what we are doing we need to lift up Jesus.  If we lift Him up others will be drawn to Him.

So, how are you doing/

A Gift From God 9

Last night my wife and I sat and watched “Love Worth Finding” on television.  This is the television ministry of Dr. Adrian Rogers.  He is a wonderful preacher and Bible teacher.  He said that in order for a marriage to work you need two things.  They are foundation and flexibility.

He was telling about the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, CA.  He shared that what holds up the entire bridge are two pillars.  Those two pillars are built on bedrock.  In other words they dug down deep until they found solid ground to build these two pillars on.

Friend, what is your marriage built upon?  If it is going to be successful in this dark day we live in your marriage (and mine) must be build upon solid bedrock.  The only place you can find solid bedrock for marriage or anything else this day and age is in Jesus Christ.  In the Scriptures He is called “the Rock”.

As a Pastor I have performed weddings.  Before I will commit to do a wedding the parties wanting to get married must agree to and complete a few weeks of counseling.  Why am I so strict?  Because I understand that the world’s system is seeking to destroy the family and I want anyone I perform marriages for to at least have what they need to form a strong foundation upon which to build a marriage.  If you and i are like the wise man Jesus spoke about in the New Testament we will build upon a rock.  Not just any rock; but, upon The Rock, Jesus Christ.

This bridge works because it has flexibility.  The bridge is built to have twenty feet (20′) of sway in each direction side to side.  Concrete and steel will sway back and forth, up and down because it is build to be flexible.  It is the same in our marriages.  We must be flexible.  Men and women are different in many ways.  This is a gift from God.  Think how boring life would be if we were all the same.

Once we understand how each person is wired (men and women) we can begin to understand them completely and it will make our marriages and relationships much better.  Look at I Peter 3:7, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

What we need to do is follow the plan God has for marriage and we can enjoy fulfilling marriages that will last a lifetime.  That is a gift from God.

So, how are you doing?

Honor

Today is a very special day to our family.  July 31st is my Grandparents anniversary.  They are both in Heaven and we miss them deeply.  Yet, as much as we miss them none of us would wish them back to this vale of tears for nothing.

In order to honor our Grandparents my cousin and his wife were also married on July 31st.  Today is their 20th wedding anniversary.  Happy 20th anniversary Buddy and Marlene!  We wish you many more blessed anniversaries together.

As I thought about all of this a verse of Scripture came to mind.  Let’s look at what Paul tells us in Romans 13:7, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”  There are many ways that I would like to honor both of these godly couples; but, time and money just will not permit.  So, all I can do is honor them with this little offering.  God bless the memory of our Grandparents and God bless Buddy and Marlene!  We love you all deeply!

So, how are you doing?

Put Dad In His Place

One of my favorite writers is retired Pastor Dale Byers.  He is a fantastic writer and Christian Statesman.  Besides that he is my cousin.  He has written a wonderful article posted here.  I will try not to duplicate his work.  However, I did steal his title.

When I first read Dale’s title I thought of some punk teen boy telling his dad off.  You and I have all seen it play out in public and we would like to set things straight.  Yet, it is not our place to do so.  Disrespect is rampant.  Kids run rough shot over parents and our TV portrays dad and men as weak and stupid.  This makes me mad enough to spit nails.

If it were not for father’s we would not be here.  Even in test tube babies it take a male and a female (God’s original design!) to reproduce.  Father’s are vitally important.  I thank God for my father and how he worked hard to make a living and I took notice of it.

God is our Heavenly Father if we are born again.  Yet, we treat Him like the world treats Him so often.  We need to put Father in His place.  Look at Revelation 4:10-11, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  My dear reader, have you put God the Father in His rightful place in your life?  I hope so.

So, how are you doing?

Duty, Honor and Country Until Reveille – 2

Again today I want to reference my dear friend Dr. Larry Lilly who wrote an article dated May 31, 2101 titled, “Duty, Honor and Country Until Reveille”.  I would like to share with you a quote from this article.  It is as follows:

‘On May 12, 1962 General Douglas MacArthur delivered one of the grandest speeches ever. He noted the soldiers dream:

“This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: ‘Only the dead have seen the end of war.'”‘

The whole article rang a bell with me.  As I thought of “Duty, Honor and Country Until Reveille” I thought about how this would be in the life of a Christian.

When I thought of duty I thought of our duty to seek to win the lost, attend worship services and read the Scriptures. I mean, we all should do these things; yet, I find more and more “Christians” not doing them.  This is a sad testimony against us.  God help us!

When I thought about honor, I thought about doing all things that honor Christ my Saviour.  When we live our lives we are either attracting people to Jesus or we are driving them away from Him.  We need to be magnets made of honey.

When I thought about country I thought about Heaven.  One day we who know Jesus Christ as our Saviour will spend all eternity in a real place called Heaven.  We will be reunited with our loved ones who are born-again and it will be a grand reunion.  The best part is that we will see Jesus face to face.  I cannot wait.  I owe Him so much more than “Thank You”; but, I cannot wait to thank Him for what He did for me.

So, how are you doing?

Duty, Honor and Country Until Reveille

My dear friend Dr. Larry Lilly wrote an article dated May 31, 2101 titled, “Duty, Honor and Country Until Reveille”.  I would like to share with you a quote from this article.  It is as follows:

‘On May 12, 1962 General Douglas MacArthur delivered one of the grandest speeches ever. He noted the soldiers dream:

“This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: ‘Only the dead have seen the end of war.'”‘

As Christians we echo the  desire of the soldier.  As Vestal Goodman would sing, “… ain’t gonna study war no more…”.  That day is not today or even tomorrow.  We are in a war.  The world sees America as a “Christian nation” and they hate that.  It is sad; but, we are no longer a Christian nation.  We do not espouse the truth of Jesus Christ set forth in the Scriptures we call the Word of God or the Holy Bible.  We could name all the sins of America and build a solid case against her; but, I don’t want to do that.  I want to see America experience real revival.  The kind of revival I am hoping and praying for is the kind that shuts the bars and the whorehouses down on Sunday (Yes, I said that.)  The kind of revival that saves even wicked politicians.  Will you do the best in your power to make our nation a Christian nation once again?  I pray that we all will.

So, how are you doing?