Archive for February, 2012
if the goal is financial security and happiness in our lives, how do we get there? work hard, advance your education, get promoted, save money, buy stuff and gain peace through your pocket-book? if the goal is prosperity and contentment, is that the same thing? when you ask yourself what you need to be “happy” picture yourself with absolutely nothing. nothing. start with only what you brought into this world, your talents from God and go from there. begin by lowering the bar and start with the very simple idea of you and what your impact can be. are we focused on the right goal to gain the ultimate success He has planned for us. are we using it all or just some of what we have to impact ourselves and others? set the bar with yourself and raise the bar to Him. prosperity and contentment is the promise.
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. Job 36:11
look around, we all see it… the silencing of the Judeo-Christian values in which our society was established. it makes people “uncomfortable” to speak out and defend Christian values while anti-Christian belief are becoming rights. our cross, our prayer, and our God have been paraded in front of the media, the courts and citizens of all faiths as unfair treatment to non-Christians. as we have been hushed around the concept that it is respectful to sit down and shut up while the values of others to have no beliefs at all have been allowed to prevail. instead of freedom of religion i.e. freedom to worship as we all choose, we are establishing freedom of no religion. the examples and teachings of Jesus that defines us all instill tolerance, understanding and compassion that should be unconditional for all including those who persecute us…but He also established his disciples to tell the story, stand up for Him and carry His cross. some among us can stand up and preach, some can inspire family and friends, other can take ownership of their own lives and become a better example just living each day with the best efforts to follow Him. but wherever we are in our abilities to witness, we are all called to defend Him. when our faith and our freedoms are under fire what role can we play to protect them? this election year, this day of transformational government and on ongoing legislation that threatens our moral fabric, speak up. speak out. speak now or forever hold His peace.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15
well, we made the news again. Christian values always seem to make the headlines as if it were a news flash that we do not want our religious freedoms taken away. doesn’t anyone remember why we started this “united states” thing? in fact the primary motivator for the founders leaving their former land was their government telling the citizens what their values were going to be. the founding of our country was based on the virtues and beliefs of individuals being a God-given right and a lot of very brave individuals fought and died for a land where that is still possible. but there is just one small catch…”we the people” have to keep our virtues in order to keep our freedom. benjamin franklin said “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom”. george washington, referring to the constitution, said that it could survive only “so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.” and thomas jefferson said “virtue is not hereditary”, “virtue has to be earned and it has to be learned”, “it has to be cultivated continually and exercised from hour-to-hour and from day-to-day.” hmmmm, maybe these dudes were on to something…maybe our passion to stand for our virtues and beliefs have become compromised and now…so goes our freedoms?
each one of us falls short of our commitment to God and living our Christian priorities from time to time. we go against His greatest ask of us, to place Him first in our days. we lose our way when we hustle from here to there and take our eyes away from the apex of our true “A” game. we find our way again when we come to our knees in prayer, as we fear our worst fears or become overwhelmed by the blessings of our lives. but it is in the “hour to hour” and “day-to-day” discipline to our faith that we are delivered His promises …gifts beyond our imagination such as real forgiveness, true peace, freedom, guidance, and virtue. each Christian should be reminded that it is incumbent on each of us as individuals to turn to Him hourly, seek Him daily and deliver to Him continuously our best each day or risk the loss of the freedom and salvation we will surely suffer in our personal little corner of the world, in our great nation and there after…
“Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘return to me’. declares the LORD Almighty, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 1:3