Not The Wrong Number

My 18 year old son, Kyle, had this situation occur to him a few days ago. This is what happened and he wrote about it.

Yesterday I got this call from a random person.
Apparently he got the number wrong. Normally I would just ignore things like this. But he left this message saying that he was trying to contact his mom. I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was a full grown man.

So I felt it necessary to call him and inform him that he probably shouldn’t be expecting a call back from this number. He apologized and said you know the thing is. I’m about to go into surgery. Then he says so if I called you it was purely by accident.

Then I simply replied to him I don’t think it was an accident. I said this may seem a little weird. But do you believe in God? He replied to me that he did. So I said then we’re praying right now.

So I began to pray for him on the spot not knowing anything about him the mistakes that he made the regrets that he has or the victories he has accomplished. But I knew that God knew his name and knew every part of this situation.

Afterwards he thanked me and told me that I made a difference that I could never know. And I simply replied to him it’s no big deal it’s what the church is supposed to do.

As a human being I understand that it is necessary to have a healthy body you must exercise and have a proper eating habit. As a martial artist I understand that practice makes perfect. When you practice a specific skill you become competent in that skill. When you possess the competence of the skill it reaps confidence.

If you are apart of the church and the church is the body of Christ I must ask you this question. As the body of Christ do you exercise exercising is the means of tearing down a muscle so that it will build back up stronger. Christ is the coach so when he wants you to exercise do you do it? Do you as the body of Christ practice what the coach wants you to practice.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15
So the question is do you practice what you preach? As the body of Christ do you have a proper eating habit? In other words do you monitor what you listen to what you watch where you go? What is it that you let influence you?
Now I am not the judge. But I think it’s high time we put the money where our mouth is.

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Proverbs 31:10-27 The Right Wife

The passage that I have chosen today is too long to want to copy all of it here. Please click on the link Proverbs 31:10-27 and read the passage.

There are many views on who the right wife is for a man. Each person, man, woman, mother, or father, has a different view. In this passage a description is given that is often ignored.

The wife described here is not one who is a door-mat, that just gets walked all over by her husband or her children. Nor is she one described as the boss of the household.

Often wives have a career and are focused on moving on up in that career. They are focused on how to look better in this world. It may be to look better in this world for her husband or children, but the focus is still on her. The wife described here is focused on making life better for her husband and her children.

She is willing to work with her own hands to provide the best for her family, not for herself. Many marriages are built around the concept of his and her own stuff. Each one has their own checking account, own vehicles, own food, own life and are not together. Everything done is for self, rather than for the family.

This is not about women’s liberation, but about love for family. When a woman puts her family first and meets their needs first, she will be blessed in the end. Her family will see all the hard work she does and bless her. Her husband can trust her to make all the right choices in this life and for the family.

If you are a wife and are reading this today, what is your focus in your family? The first level of focus must be on God, the second is on your husband, and third is on your children. The last area of focus is to be on yourself.

God will provide for your needs as you pour out yourself into the needs of your family.

The method of meeting your family needs will be different for each wife. Seek God to know how you can best do that and be the wife that is blessed.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to work for your family; that God will guide you in what to do for your family; and that your family will see a treasure in you.

Proverbs 25:21-22 How To Treat Your Enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22

It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.

The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.

God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.

Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.

When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.

When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.

How are you treating your enemies today?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.

Proverbs 19:17 Lending To The Lord

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17

Banks lend money out to people with the expectation that they will get paid back with interest. It is one of their processes of making more money. The banks are not always very concerned about what is done with the money, they just want to be ensured they will get it back.

People often loan things out to friends or family. They will loan out tools or equipment, books, dishes, or even vehicles. Nearly everything can be available to be loaned out. In this type of loan, people do expect to get the item back, but not necessarily with interest. They trust that the item will come back in good condition.

Jesus had stated that one should be willing to lend to anyone, but not to expect a return. Believers are to lend out freely and not force the person to return the item. They are not expected to get what was loaned out back with interest.

The reason for it can be found in what Solomon says. When a person is kind to a poor person, he is lending to the Lord. Being kind is providing something that the person needs. It could be some material thing or just a listening ear or a helping hand.

Being kind to someone who is poor, often means that person cannot pay it back. This is where one needs to trust in the Lord.

God is watching everything that you do. He is taking note of it and will not forget it. When you have reached out and met a need of someone else, God will reward you. The methods of rewarding you may be different each time.

There are times God will abundantly meet your needs. You will end up with a surplus. Other times God will fill you with His joy and peace at being able to help meet another person’s needs. Ultimately you will be rewarded in heaven for all the good things you have done.

As you go through life, do not be afraid to help meet the needs of someone else. Trust that God will meet your needs and reward you for what you have done for someone else.

I pray today that you will trust God’s provision; that God will use you to help meet the needs of others; that you will freely lend to others; and that God’s love and generosity will be shown through your life.

Proverbs 11:24 Giving Away Will Gain More

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24

Giving something away does not appear to be a way to gain more. Everyone is encouraged to save more and more in order to gain more. Giving everything away generously goes against the norms of this world.

Take a look at financial investments. If all a person does is give a little bit one time, the investment will not be very great. More than likely the person will lose in the end. However, if he gives generously into the investment, with time it will bring back a good profit.

God’s kingdom works on the same principle. God gave Jesus, who gave all that He had–His life–so that He could gain a lot more. God gave in order to gain His people back. He provided salvation to everyone who would accept it.

In life on this earth, everything that a person has, has been given to him. Nothing is just taken. All the things on this earth were provided for by God. God gave extremely generously to a people who did not want anything to do with Him.

Keeping this in mind, as a believer, you should realize that all that you have was given to you. Hold it loosely. Be willing to give it away to someone else who is in need of it. Use what God has given you to build His kingdom.

If you hold on to everything as the world does, you will lose everything as the world will. In the end everything on this earth will be destroyed. The only thing left will be the souls of the people. Those who have accepted the salvation Jesus provides will be given life for eternity. Those who have not accepted His salvation, will have all life taken away for eternity.

When you give freely everything you can to everyone who is in need, God will provide abundantly for your every need. You will gain more in the end. It may be physical things, but if nothing else you will have peace and life.

You will gain the knowledge that God used you to help someone else.

You will gain joy in knowing that you helped meet another person’s needs.

Don’t allow yourself to be put into true poverty by hoarding all that you have, give today.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom; that God will help you give generously as He has; and that you will trust God to meet all of your needs.

Psalm 109:26 According To His Love

Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26

David had many enemies trying to attack him and destroy him. They were saying false things about him in an attempt to bring him to ruin. He cries out to God for help. The first part of this psalm is David requesting God to strike his enemies. In this verse, he talks about needing God to save him according to His great love.

David never saw himself as that great of a person. He knew his faults and failures. Here He calls on God to help him according to His unfailing love. David knew that God loved with perfect endless love. It was on that great love that David is calling for help.

When a person is having a hard time and needs help, there are some who will call to others to assist him. Often when this is done, they talk about how good the person is or how much that person has done and deserves some help. Their focus is always on how good that person is.

Prayers are often asked in this same way in the church. Praying that God will meet the need of a person because of all the good he had done or for how long he has served God.

God meeting needs of people has nothing to do with the love the person has for God. It has to do with His love and His love alone.

Many people feel that they have to earn God’s love and earn His help. There is nothing that you can do to make God love you more. And there is nothing you can do to make God love you any less. His love is constant, perfect and eternal.

You are saved from sin because of His love for you. He will also meet your needs, whatever they are, because of His great love for you.

As you pray to God for needs to be met, worship Him and ask Him to meet the need according to His love for you. In this way, your need will be met in the perfect way, not just your temporary way.

Trust God’s love to save you, not your works.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will not try to earn your salvation or needs being met; that your focus will be on God more than your needs; and that you will worship God with all your heart.

 

Psalm 54:4 No Worries, God Is Your Help

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

Most people realize that they need help at times. Very few people feel that they can do everything, all the time on their own. The few that do believe that may get a long ways to a point, but usually come crashing down very quickly.

The difficult part for many people is accepting the help that is available. While many know that they need help at times, most will not ask for that help. They want to be able to do everything on their own.

There are men and women who will work a self-owned business for 60-70 hours, or more, a week because they do not want to ask for more help. They feel that they must do everything themselves or they will lose something. These people are usually called workaholics.

The reality is that no one can do everything completely on their own. And while people can help out a lot, they will also fall short in what they can do.

The abilities of a person eventually will fall short in life. During times of extreme troubles, many people fail to have the right words to say. They cannot always understand what is going on and have no answer for the troubling events.

As a believer in God, you have One who is by  your side at all times. He is there to help you in every time of need. Jesus said that He would always be with you forever. He is the one who holds the universe together.

If God can hold the universe together, which is much bigger than you, surely He can hold you together. He is able to help you in your time of need in ways that no person on this earth can possibly help.

You cannot do everything on your own. You need someone to help you. So you need to stop worrying about the difficult things in your life. God is the One who will help you and sustain you through the challenges and difficulties of this life.

Are you trusting God to be your help?

Or are you trying to survive on your own?

I pray today that you will not try to do everything on your own; that you will know God will be your help; that you will not worry about anything; and that you will trust God to meet your needs.