Guard Your Heart

Jesus warns us: out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45) Are you tired of the words coming out of your mouth? Start looking at what you are putting into your heart.

 

The movies, music, and books you read have power in your life. The media you consume influence you. The friends you keep will impact the person you become. At the end of the day we can ask several questions:

 

1. Does this honor Jesus?
2. Is this good for my mind?
3. Will this build me up or those I love?

 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 NLT

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The Word of God

This may be an old fashioned notion but I believe the Bible is the living Word of God. I believe the Scripture is God’s full revelation to mankind and fully self sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. I believe the Bible is God breathed, fully inspired, and should be the primary way we teach, correct, and train the church of Jesus (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

Within the pages of Scripture I see the nature and character of my unchanging God (Hebrews 13:8). I am reminded that here the Truth that has power to set men free is found. The problem isn’t that God has changed or that His Word has lost its power, its a a deep ignorance or rejection of the Scripture.

 

Keep it simple saints. Get back to the Scripture. Stop trying to invent new ways of fixing an age old problem. Jesus is still the only One who has power to save.

Your Redemption is Near

Wars and rumors of wars. Famines. Plagues. Pestilence. Earthquakes. The list of things Jesus says will unfold before He comes again are extreme. (Luke 21:7-36) Like the plot line from a horror movie the evil in the world will explode, love will grow cold, and hopelessness will be common. If the story ended there, it would be painfully tragic. Spoiler alert: the story doesn’t end here.

 

Ultimately just as Jesus overcame death and the grave, we will also know ultimate victory through faith in Him. Today if the news seems bleak, rejoice because Jesus has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

 

Here, surrounded by the love of Christ, we can rejoice always. We can pray without ceasing. We can give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)