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April 12, 2018, 8:53 AM

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April 12, 2018

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)
34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

There is plenty of stuff for us to take care of today. We don’t need to focus on tomorrow. Focus on the things right in front of you, one at a time. If we keep looking at all we have to do it overwhelms us and we don’t get anything done. Victory today will lead to victory tomorrow. We are defeated today when we keep looking at tomorrow, not trusting our Lord, wringing our hands in worry that we don’t just lose today but are also defeated tomorrow.

Don’t use this verse to think that we don’t need to plan for tomorrow. Our lack of planning only causes us to wonder with no purpose. We need to plan according to a purposeful goal. A goal that is full of vision and faith. Being busy does not mean you are accomplishing a lot. A godly vision mixed with powerful faith will lead us to the fleshing out of our vision.

Sometimes we will see that in order to accomplish our vision we need to recruit others to help. This is not weakness. Power comes when we can sell our vision to others to multiply the victory. People will join if they can see and understand your vision and plan. A lack of planning does not constitute a crisis for others.

Keep setting great goals. If we set little goals we will gain little. If we set big goals we will gain big results. I heard it said once, “Shoot for the moon; you may only hit the fence; but at least you got off the porch!” See big, plan big, build a team for big and receive big. We are blessed.

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April 10, 2018, 9:26 AM

Morning Coffee


April 10, 2018

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

First things first! Keep the most important, most important. Our trouble begins when we do that which is right in our own mind. We allow all the cares of this world to overwhelm us and distract us from focusing on the most important thing; seeking His kingdom.

What is His kingdom? His kingdom is where He rules! There will come a day where He will return to establish His physical kingdom here on earth. Until then He rules spiritually in the heart of each believer. To seek His kingdom is to focus on making Christ Lord. It is when we diligently and faithfully seek His complete control of our whole life, not just parts but all. When this happens His promise is that all these things will be added to you.

Real joy comes when we trust that His plan is best. First we must recognize that He has a plan for our life. The only path to true victory is surrender to that plan. This is where the struggle is. We look through worldly, deceitful or even blind eyes at our situation and try to fix things. We only seem to get in worse and worse trouble. Seek His Kingdom! Psalm 40:1-3 (KJV)  I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Psalm 37:4-5 (KJV) 4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. We are blessed.

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April 9, 2018, 11:03 AM

Morning Coffee


 April 9, 2018

Matthew 6:31-32 (KJV)
31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

God knows all that we need. This is a simple statement but one that carries so much.  We worry about things that God has already promised, food, housing, clothes ect. I am as guilty of this as much as anybody. No matter how much we have we want more, a bigger house, a newer car, name brand clothes in current style. We spend and spend as if tomorrow will never come. There is a difference between needs and wants. God’s promise is that He will provide all these things, food, housing and clothes. Being satisfied with His provision is not easy but is always enough. Having much is not a sin as well as having little is spirituality, or humility.

Look at your prayer life. How much of our prayer is relationship building? How much is asking for needs? How much is informing God about our present situation as if He didn’t already know? We ask for so much for ourselves that we wonder why it seems God doesn’t hear. Spiritual greed is not a fruit of the Spirit. James 4:2-3 (KJV) 2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. God has so much more than we will ever ask for, but we want things that are not in line with His plan for us. Being satisfied with His plan will cause a change in our asking. We will ask in faith knowing that He will act. He knows not only what we need, but what will make us soar into higher places in our relationship with Him. We are blessed.

 

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April 4, 2018, 9:13 AM

Morning Coffee


April 4, 2018

Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Are we cross eyed or are we cross eyed? What? One is positive the other negative. One is looking at two directions at once and the other is keeping our eyes on the cross. Jesus said that we can’t serve both God and mammon. Jesus is Lord of all or not Lord at all. We must examine our own life in the light of Lordship. When the goals of our life are to please God in everything, then all else becomes a means to that end; our job, our home, our private life, our influence, our leisure and our service. The cross eyed person is torn between the world and its cares and our commitment to Christ. We should be reminded that our enemy, the devil, does not have to destroy us just render us ineffective. He steals one of the most valuable things in our life, our time. We seem to always be late for something. There is always something that causes us to limit our availability to serve. Some say that balance is the solution. Jesus says balance is the problem, “you can’t serve both”. When we crown Jesus as Lord of our life, it makes Him Lord of “mammon” also. We don’t need balance, we need surrender. We need to become cross eyed! We should always stay focused on the cross.

 A person, recently married, wanted to please God in their finances, asked me this question. “Should we tithe off of the net or gross of our income?” While I understood the question I couldn’t give them a simple answer. Are we to satisfy the Law? If this is so, then 10% of the gross is right. But the right answer is neither. True lordship says that it is all His. Instead of trying to find out the least we can give, with His blessing we give back the most as He leads. 10% is the starting line, not the finish. Remember that He is Lord of all of our service, our finances, our time and our influence. Remember His promise, “…open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”. (Mal 3:10). We are blessed.

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April 3, 2018, 8:59 AM

Morning Coffee


April 3, 2018

Matthew 6:22-23 (KJV)
22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore 7the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. You can tell a lot about a person from their countenance. Happy, sad, in pain, hurt, worry, stress, broken heart are all signs that can be seen in a person’s eyes. You can add many other things like anger, hate, fear, ect.  The eyes tell a lot. They also tell of our spiritual nature. If our eyes are healthy the whole shall be full of light. Our focus is always on Christ. The old saying, “What Would Jesus Do”, should be our focus. I am not a big advocate of bumper sticker theology. Not everything can be said in a single statement. But this really is that simple, focus on the light that is Christ and you will be full of light.

Now if your eyes are Evil, unhealthy, then you are full of darkness. If the windows of your soul are dark your whole is dark. A great darkness surrounds us. Our schools aren’t safe, not because of guns but because of darkness, “evil”. Our streets aren’t safe, because of darkness. There is evil in high places because of darkness. The only cure is Jesus. The light has come. John 1:4-5 (KJV) 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” “Live your life so the preacher won’t have to lie at your funeral”. “Keep on trucking”, “One Way Jesus”. We are blessed.

 

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