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Watching Our Tongues


A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things. Proverbs 8:6

Do you realize that we shape our children by the way we speak to them? The Jews know this and bless their children everyday. That is why many of their offspring have gone on to become successful. When you look at many of the people who changed this world you will find that they were Jews. Some examples of them are Alfred Einstein, scientist, Henry Kissinger, politician, Mark Spitz, olympian, Sigmund Freud, doctor and many others. They have learned to speak blessing into their children’’s lives every morning.

In today’’s world it is common to hear a parent calling their child an idiot or telling them they are stupid. Children have become a burden to a parent’’s career. Parents curse their children instead of encouraging them and then they wonder why these children turn to sin, drugs and crime. The Word of God says that children are a gift and a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3 Every parent will have to answer one day for the careless words they have spoken to their offspring.

My dad was an alcoholic and would often pick on me. He would tell me I was stupid and would never amount to anything. I was told it so often, I believed it. I had no confidence at all in any endeavour I would try to get into. I had trouble keeping any kind of meaningful relationship. It was only Jesus and the prayers of a faithful grandmother and mother that kept me from falling into deep sin and perversion. I have forgiven my dad today and know who I am in Christ. I gain my confidence from Him. I couldn’t care less what people say about me. I have learned from this.

Being a single dad for eleven years has not been easy, but I have never told my kids they were anything less than who they are in Jesus. Like the Jews I speak blessing into their lives everyday and as I do this I see them grow in confidence and assurance of God’’s love for them. Please love your kids. They are not a burden. They are the future. Speak well to them and teach them to do the same when they have kids of their own one day.

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God bless

Gerry

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Motivation


According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Cor. 3:10-15 (NASV)

What is your motivation? What drives you? Do you strive to be the better in every area of your life than your peers? Is it your desire to be noticed by others, to be recognized for your achievements in life by men?

At one point in my Christian walk this is the way it was for me. I had recorded a cassette and I’d love hearing it played on the radio or hearing my name announced on it. I loved being in a position where people could see me. I would get angry or upset when others were chosen over me. My motivation was for self. Was Christ Lord in my life? Yes in most areas, but I held back in this area of my life. I craved attention. Jesus had to take me through some hard lessons in order for me to give it up.

I remember singing in Pennsylvania at a talent search. I knew in my spirit God didn’t want me doing this and yet I went ahead with it. I sang my best song and bombed badly. I couldn’t seem to sing in tune. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. I thought I could win that contest hands down. Oh boy was I wrong. In spite of myself God still used me to touch people’s lives in the many of the concerts I sang in. I sometimes wonder how many more lives could have been touched had my motivation been different. Will the works I did during that time burn up? If they were done in the flesh, definitely they will. All I’ve done will be judged one day and only what I’ve done for the furtherance of God’s kingdom will stand. It will be terrible thing to see all that you spent your life trying to attain burn up before your eyes while others receive rewards because what they did was for Christ. So tell me, what is your motivation?

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog.

God bless

Gerry

The Servant


He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. if anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour. John 12:25-26

Many of us are familiar with this verse. But what exactly was Jesus talking about? First of all we have to look at Jesus Himself. What does the scripture say that he did? Philippians 2:7 says that Christ made Himself of no reputation, taking on the form a servant. Jesus said Himself in Matthew 20:28 that He did not come to be served but to serve. Jesus Christ is God incarnate and picture this, the God of all gods, the Majesty of heaven, the Creator came and took on the form of a man to serve His creation. Willingly washing His disciple’’s feet and then allowing Himself to be punished in our place. He freely gave Himself to us even to the point of dying on the cross. He said no there is no greater love than this, than someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13 It was the ultimate act of being a servant.

When we come to Christ, we become His bond-servants. In the old testament when a slave gave himself willingly to a household, the master took that slave to the doorpost of his house and drove an awl though the servant’’s ear. The shedding of the servant’’s blood on the doorpost signifies what Christ did for us by shedding His blood. We are saying to Jesus we no longer want to be a slave to sin but His slave. His bond-servant. We bind our selves to Him willingly because of what He did for us. We give up our right to freedom and become His servant for eternity.

Thinking of being a servant sometimes bring up images of a tough master but in the Christians case this is not so. He promises us rest in serving Him. Jesus said "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

Being a Christian means to serve. It means putting the needs of others ahead of yourself. It means doing the lowliest of tasks without complaint. A true servant will do the jobs that no one else wants. It means doing things for God that no one sees except Him. He is humble and does not boast in the things he does. They follow Christ’’s example as in Philippians 2:5-11 True servant’s of God know that their real reward for service is in Heaven. A crown of righteousness.

I once attended a church with about 800 members where only less than 5 percent were servant’’s. The rest just sat back and wanted to be served. Imagine what that church could have done if all of them were servant’’s like in Acts 2:42-47. They could have turned this city upside down. Will we allow your church to become like that? I pray not. I pray that each of us would find an area of service. Find out what you can do. Your church has many areas in which you can serve. Ask the pastor where you can help. You may be asked to do some tasks that don’’t have any earthly reward, but if you have a servant’s heart you will not grumble or complain. That is the true test of a real servant.

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog.

God bless

Gerry

Joy in Spite of the Circumstances


A little boy was heard talking to himself as he strode through his back yard, baseball cap in place and carrying a ball and bat. "I’m the greatest baseball player in the world," he said proudly. Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung and missed. Undaunted, he picked up the ball threw it into the air and said to himself, "I’’m the greatest player ever!" He swung at the ball again, and again he missed. He paused a moment to examine the ball and bat carefully. Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, "I’m the greatest baseball player who ever lived." He swung the bat hard, and again missed the ball. "Wow!" he exclaimed. "What a great pitcher!"

This little story is amusing but it teaches us something important about being a Christian. The boy instead of getting discouraged, emphasized on the positive. He refused to let his circumstances get him down.

Many of us go through dark times in our lives where God seems to be silent. We keep on praying but don’’t get an answer. We keep on knocking but doors don’’t open. Our circumstances don’’t change and so we get discouraged. We give up and declare, "What’s the use!"

If there was anyone who should have been discouraged over his circumstances it was the Apostle Paul. In bringing the gospel to people around the Mediterranean, he was beaten, stoned, whipped, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and sometimes he was left without shelter, clothing, or food. Finally he was put in chains in a prison in Rome. During that time he wrote the epistle of joy, Philippians. Listen to what he says in chapter 4:4-9 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Does that sound like a man who was discouraged by his circumstances? His eyes were fixed on Jesus. During this time in the Roman prison, Paul won many people to Christ, including his own guards. How you choose to react in your circumstances can also have that same result

Choose joy today!

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating this for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your space.

God bless

Gerry

Take a Stand For Jesus – Go Public!


I want to encourage you to go all the way with Christ. When I say all the way I mean, to allow yourself to be totally consumed by a passion for who He is and the task that He has put before us. Are you willing to stand up and be counted and let the entire world know about the love you have for Jesus?

Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

And then in the book of Acts He told them; "But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

We must be those witnesses. We must bring them that hope Paul said in Romans 1:16; I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

The truth of the gospel was never meant to be kept for our own benefit once we have received it Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-15; "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." It has to be shared with the lost and dying race that is filled with wickedness and without hope. The only hope for them is  through Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross. Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. Without Him their only destiny is an eternal Hell. A place that is meant for the devil and his demons, never for mankind. It is our purpose to get the word out so that as many as can be saved will be.

I know this is the desire of many of you who have written me. The problem is that many of your sites are listed as private and cannot be accessed by the public. This is how you can change this to let the world know about your stand for Christ.

A word of caution before you do this. Don’t post any personal info like your address, telephone or email address on your site. Also if you are underage, make sure your you have your parent’s permission as well as their support.

On your space find the Settings tab at the top right hand side.

Click on it.

Now look for the tab named Permissions.

Click on that.

You are faced with 3 options. Click on the first one called Public

Then click on save at the bottom of the page.

Once you’ve done that everyone will be able to see you.

With doing this you are bound to be attacked by many who are mockers and sceptics. That’s ok. Because if the world hates Jesus. It will hate you as well. If you need help with them there are many brothers and sisters on these spaces that can help you out. After a while you will get to know some of the names of those who like to cause trouble. Don’t even bother to read their comments, just delete them. The Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee.

It’s now time for the saints of God to rise up and proclaim the good news unashamedly. We have been silent for too long.

Brothers and sisters, Let’s stand stand together today.

Higher, Faster, Stronger


For two weeks in September, 2000, the world’s best athletes competed in Sydney, Australia in the 27th Olympiad. World and Olympic records were shattered as they strove to win after years of preparation and training. Training that consumed most of their waking hours during the four years before the Olympics. We saw the joy and tears as they would cross that finish line or break a record. We saw the agony of defeat and felt for those who had trained so hard and yet came up short.

One image that will stay in my mind forever was that of Canada’s Simon Whitfield winning the men’s triathlon. He was at least 500 metres behind the leader as they approached the finish line. He looked as if he was down and out and would have to settle for the silver medal. But all of a sudden it was if he had rockets on his feet. He found his second wind and overtook the leader to take the gold. It was his months of training and discipline that allowed him to do this.

During Paul’s time the Olympics were held in Greece every four years and there is a pretty good chance Paul got to see these games. He sent a letter to the church in Corinth using terms they could understand. He compared the Christian walk to a race.

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus not with uncertainty. Thus I fight not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." 1Corinthians 9:24-27

An athlete during Paul’s time had to have trained for 10 months at least before he could compete. If it was found out that he had not trained, he would be disqualified and shame was brought to his home town. Paul compares our walk to that of an athlete. We must train and discipline ourselves through reading God’s word and praying.

2Timothy 2:5 says, "If anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." This applies to the Christian as well. We must follow the word of God, not comprising His truths. We must put aside the things of this world that would keep us from attaining the goals He has set for us. Let us fly as high as the eagle with God’s Spirit, be quick at hearing God’s word and declare ourselves as more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord. Higher, Faster, Stronger.

Part 5 of the series Who Is Jesus? will be posted on Monday. Have a great weekend!

How Long Oh Lord?


"How Long Oh Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall." (13:1-4)

I can picture David writing this psalm with tears running down his face. Because of circumstances in his life, he felt as though God had left him. It is a cry of despair from a broken heart. A heart that longs for the fellowship he once had with God. He was on the verge of falling into a depression and all he could see was defeat.

All believers at one time or another pass through a dark tunnel where there seems to be no hope. God feels far away as we pass through it. Even Jesus when He was on the cross faced that despair. Sometimes it is brought on by rebellion. The bible tells us that sin separates us from the Father (Isaiah 59:1-2) and the only way back is to repent and turn back to God again. (1 John 1:9). Sometimes it is to build character and bring us to our knees. To discipline us in areas of our lives that need changing. (Hebrews 12:6-7) Sometimes it is brought on by tragedy and we question how God could of let it happen. If you don’t know God’s promises found in His word you can find yourself falling deeper and deeper into despair until it leads to depression.

At the end of the Psalm David turned his thoughts around. He remembered God’s promises and he begins to worship. He says in verses 5 and 6; But I trust in your unfailing love; "My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me."

The greatest promise that we have as Christians is this, no matter how dark it seems, no matter how far we feel God is, we can rest upon the promise that He gave us in Hebrews 13:5. I like the description in the Amplified version. "Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]" Wow! All I can say is GLORY! Like David we need to trust the Lord’s unfailing love. He has never broken a promise. Joshua 23:14 says; "And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. Take courage turn your thoughts around today. Look up and worship. God cares and He is always there no matter how you feel.

Tomorrow I will continue with Who Is Jesus – Part 4 – Is the Bible Reliable?

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