All things work together for good

I think back after the many trials I have been blessed to go through and say “Wow that wasn’t so bad after all!”.  I have also come to learn that the trials actually prepared me for something much greater.

Keep your head up during the trials knowing that they are preparing you for something better!

Verse of the Day

‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ‘ Romans 8:28

Be Joyful

In these last days, it’s so easy to get depressed or anxious.  Know that is the devil trying to attack you.  We must start our day with God before our feet hit the ground.  Simply thank him for all he has done and is about to do in you.  When you show God that he is priority in your heart he will bless you more than you can contain!

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 (NKJV)

An easy way to start your day too is sign up with the Bible app on your phone and set the verse of the day to display on your lock screen just before your wake up time.  That will be the first thing you see on your phone.

When you are in the car commuting to and from work – choose to listen to things that will calm and inspire you.  For example, some mornings on my 30 minute early commute I listen to Joel Osteen on Sirius Satellite Radio and on the way home I listen to Watercolors (a jazz station) or the Chill station.  Sometimes I listen to Podcasts or even Audio Books.

Don’t allow others to steal your joy!  I love this video of this girl not allowing others to steal her joy:

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

Hebrews 7:25 (NLT)

1 Timothy 6:9,11

1 Timothy 6:9,11 —But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.   But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Choose to flee temptation!

One Monday morning my secretary burst into my office with a worried look on her face and said, “Pastor, there is call you’d better take.”
When I placed the receiver to my ear, a woman screamed, “Help me! Pastor, he’s going to kill himself!”

It was a gracious lady of the church who was referring to her husband who seemed to have everything:  houses, lands, sports cars, condos, beautiful children and a lovely wife.  He was now locked in the bathroom and she believed he was attempting suicide.

I bolted from my office and sped across San Antonio in my station wagon, as if the Interstate was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
At the please of the wife, I went upstairs to the locked bathroom door, and as I was in no mood to administer the Harvard Temperament Test through a locked door, I applied a technique more often employed by a blitzing middle linebacker and ripped the door off its hinges.

The husband, lying on the floor, his face pale from loss of blood from slashes on his right wrist, told me, “I’m tired of living. I don’t want to live anymore” and he pleaded for me to let him die. I picked him up and carried him down to the car and rushed him to the emergency room.  After surgery and blood transfusions, when he realized he was going to live and have to face the realities of life, he wept, “Where did I go wrong, Pastor?”

“Happiness begins with a choice,” I told him.  “You’re in this hospital as a result of poor choices.  You chose to break the laws of God and now you’re suffering the consequences.  You can be happy the day you choose to obey the divine principles of truth recorded in the Word of God.”

The man had tried to kill himself, it came out, because his mistress was pregnant and was about to file a massive lawsuit exposing his private life.  As a high profile executive with a major company, the adverse publicity created by such a suit would doubtless cost him his job with all its perks and prestige, the respect of his children and his church and might very well cost him his marriage.

There is a high price to be paid for low living!