Saturday, August 29, 2020

A lesson from the devil's claw plant......

August 29,2020

Today's lesson is about sin and comes to us from the devil's claw plant.  How many of you know what this plant is?  

Well.... it looks rather pretty growing in the pasture.  It has nice little flowers and the plant is soft to touch.  Looks harmless enough.....

As it grows it develops pods that hang down and they look kind of nice too.....
BUT when the plant matures those pods are not nice at all!!

 They are very frustrating!  The ends are sharp and catch in everything they can get a hold of.  The are horrible in your horses tail or on your boots. What looked like a harmless little attractive plant turned into a nightmare problem.  

Sin is that way to.  At first it looks harmless enough.  It looks attractive and enticing.  Doesn't look like it would hurt anything.  BUT watchout!  It will get you too!!  

Genesis 4:7  sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”.

Let's all examine our lives.  Have we opened the door to sin?  Shut it quick, confess your sin, repent, and get back into a right relationship with Jesus!  Let us glorify Him in all we do!  

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A passion for purity....helps for all of us lest we fall.....

 August 25, 2020

No one is exempt from temptations and the pull of sin.  

I recently heard a message from Alistair Begg titled "How to Maintain a Passion for Purity".  I have gone back and listened to the message again and I'd like to share my notes with you from his program.  I think his Biblically based ideas are beneficial to all of us as we try to follow Christ more devoutly. He said many greats fall in the area of moral purity.  He says it is a slow steady leakage but one that finds you out and takes you down. May this review of his message be an encouragement to you to STAY STRONG in our Lord's ways. 

The scripture used for his points were Proverbs 6, 7, and 24.  You might benefit from going and reading them now. 

To maintain moral purity:

1. Cherish the Word of God  - cherish:to value, prize, lay hold of, to possess, to adore

- Psalm 119:97 "O how I love your Law.  I meditate on it all day long."

2.  Stay awake and alert

- the young man in Pv. 7 failed to use good judgment, was living in carelessness

- I Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9. Resist him, firm in your faith,...

3.  Make choices in advance and on the basis of God's Word

- good decisions can't be made 'on the fly' in the heat of the moment

- make decisions about your behavior before they need made, before you go on the date or to the event, before the problem confronts you

- Ps. 119:106 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

4.  Determine to live your life in the center of the narrow way and not on the edge when it comes to moral purity. 

- have an absolute act of determination to stay on the narrow way.  This is unlike the young man in Pv. 7 who walked toward evil and sin. 

5.  Walk in the light and live with the children of the light

-I Thes. 5:5,6 tells us we are children of the light.  We are to keep awake and be sober. We are not of the night or the darkness.

6.  Don't be naive of sins appeal and power 

-sin is a predator crouching at your door.  It desires to have you.  You must master it! Don't be like the foolish young man in Pv. 7

7.  Live with eternity in view. 

- Philippians 4:8 Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 2:15 ... so you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

I am so very thankful for God's love and His wonderful Word to guide us!! 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Another lesson from pictures...let us not forget.....

 August 15, 2020

In early July I took pictures of our ranch and put them on this blog.  It was VERY dry.  

We did get some rain and things have turned around, greened up, and grown some grass.  We are SO thankful for this!!! I know there are still some very dry areas in the country and I am sorry for the hard times this makes.  We continue to pray for rain for every area.

The Lord has put it on my heart that thankfulness is very important.  

Romans 1:18–24 (ESV): 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 

Things may not be perfect but we need to be thankful for what we do have from God.  Be SURE to GIVE HIM THANKS!!!