BE DEVOTED  

The mark of a saint is not perfection, but consecration.  A saint is not a man without faults, but a man who has given himself without reserve to God.

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. Joshua 14:8

We are all devoted to something; our family, our pets, our job, our leisure time, we spend time on so much but how much do we invest in? There is a difference between spending time and investing time. Spending time is when we give of our time in things that have no lasting goals. However, investing time is when we give of our time in things that will have eternal purposes. We invest time with the kids going to church. We spend time with the kids on the ball field. Sure you can take that time on the field and turn it into things that are eternal but for most it’s just time on the field!

Do we, like Joshua, have a devoted heart that we would say, “I wholly followed the Lord my God.”? If we do, we will be investing time with our loved ones, a lost, dying, and hurting world, and most importantly we will be investing time with our Saviour!

BE WORKING

To have the blessings of God’s hands, one must be moving their hands, lips, feet, or some other part of their body for Him.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Created unto GOOD works; not that we should just be working but we should be working the works that are GOOD in the sight of God. Providing for your family, taking care of the things God has given you, teaching your kids about the Lord, sharing the Gospel with a lost and dying generation, giving hope to the hopeless, giving help to the helpless, as Galatians 6:10 says, “…do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

What will you be working toward today, anything less than doing His will, will not be GOOD WORKS!

BE SERVING  

The measure of a man is not the number of his servants, but the number of people he serves. –Moody

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

How many opportunities have we missed this week to serve the Lord? How about while in the line at Walmart, did you hand out a Gospel track? How about at church, did you hold a door open for someone? How about at work, did you have an opportunity to share the Gospel?

How many opportunities will we let go by today? In order to limit the number of missed opportunities you had yesterday, you better have a plan before you step foot outside to serve Him today!

BE VICTORIOUS

Be ashamed to die until you have won a soul for the Lord Jesus.

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:20

The only thing we do in someone’s salvation is sowing the seed and applying a little water. That’s really all any gardener or farmer does. They prepare the field by tilling the soil. They make rows to receive the seeds. They add fertilizer, seed, and water or they let the natural water from the Lord. They sit and wait until God creates one of this world’s greatest miracles; life! I am reminded this morning that our responsibility in being victorious in seeing the lost, dying, and hurting come to know the Lord is sowing the seed of the Gospel and applying the water of the Word. Without those two things we are living in a hopeless world! It is neither you nor I that does the saving, it’s the Lord Himself! So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:7

BE FIGHTING  

Whatever God gives you to do, do it as well as you can.  This is the best possible preparation for what he may want you to do next.- Macdonald

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

Our Heavenly Father has left us down here on Earth not just to go to work each day, go on vacations every once in a while, or invest in the stock market. There is nothing wrong with any of those things but He has left us here to be about His business. What is His business? His business is winning souls for His honor and glory. His business is winning souls for man’s eternal good. His business is seeing homes restored, the hopeless given hope, those wounded by life healed, and the one that is in the grips of death redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb! His business ought to be our business! Get on your knees this morning and begin to fight the spiritual fight before you step out in the world today!

When we come to our home going, we can say like Paul did, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

BE STRONG  

The source of our strength is in the Word of God.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Psalm 19:7-10

There is no other place for a Christian to go than the Word of God to obtain strength. Every time the binder of a Bible is bent, on the pages before the one reading it is power like none other. There is power to restore marriages, to heal the broken hearts, and to save souls from hell. The catch is we have to open the Bible, read the powerful Words written on the pages, and then apply them to our life!

Will you invest time in the Word today? If you do, you will become strong for the Lord!

BE FAITHFUL  

There is a huge need for routine faithfulness in our life!

For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. 2 Kings 18:6

It says in verse six of 2 Kings 18, Hezekiah clave to the Lord. That word clave means to hold fast to, to cling hold of, and I like this definition; to be in hot pursuit. While this world has its definition of “Christianity”, the Bible describes it totally different. The world says, you take your religion too far. You wear your Christianity on your shoulders. You are a religious fanatic. No! No! No! I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Saviour! He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. His not just a crutch, He’s the legs that I walk on! In reality, He’s my everything! Without Him, I would be nothing, going nowhere, without purpose in this life! But oh with Him friend, we are saved to the uttermost! We can face the highest mountain and our Saviour can remove it out of our way. We just have to remain faithful!

I believe I’ll GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH showing my love for the Lord this morning to a lost, dying, and hurting world. Who will go with me?

BE MULTIPLYING  

IT’S ALL GOOD!

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19

In building a business, one of the greatest things to do is get your name out to the community. Name recognition is vital for sustained growth in the early ages of the business and after the business has been well founded. Little jingles, a catchy tag lines, and mascots have been the identifier of businesses down through the ages. Who do you think of when you hear, “Have it your way”, “Can you hear me now”, or “Melts in your mouth not in your hands”. We have heard these slogans so often and for such a long time we know exactly who they identify.

In your Christian walk, what is your slogan? What do people know you by? Several years ago while going through a valley the Lord gave me, “It’s All Good”. People began to identify me with that phrase. What does it mean? Look at Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It means that no matter what, God knows what is best for me and my life. It means for us to trust Him on the mountain tops and in the valleys.

Why is this important? It identifies who we yield our lives to. It identifies who we hold important in our lives. It will point friends, family, co-workers, and anyone our lives may come in contact with to the Lord Jesus. It will give an opened door to share our faith. It gives opportunity to give out the Gospel to a lost, dying, and hurting world!

What’s your slogan? Are you using your life to make disciples? If not, why? If not now, when? GO YE TODAY!

BE PREACHING  

Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say.- Richard Whately

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 4:20

How can someone that has never been touched by God’s Amazing grace speak of something they know not of? They can’t! You can’t be a witness of something you haven’t seen, tasted, heard, or felt! When the good Grace of God reaches down and pulls us out of the miry clay, saving our wretched soul from hell, we have something to speak of! We then have something to say! If we don’t speak of what He has done… maybe we haven’t been touched after all! If we don’t proclaim and praise God, Jesus said, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” So be preaching of what Jesus has done for you!

BE PATIENT  

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. -Rousseau

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

God works slowly and patiently to get what He wants done. He is not in a rush. He is not in a panic. He set David in the wilderness for 40 years before leading the Children out of Egypt. He let Jesus grow for 33-1/2 years before He got on the Cross. What God could have done with just a few Words, He took His time.

What does this say to me? Don’t rush God... He is working in His own time! Some of God’s most valued parts of creation have been around a long time! A diamond, a Red Wood Tree, an Olive Tree, the Grand Canyon... Are you trying to rush something God is attempting to do in and through your life? Be still! Acknowledge He is God! Let Him have His way with your life!

BE RESTORED  

Those that make God their Joy may rejoice in hope for he is faithful that has promised. -Henry

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12

Have you been missing the joy of your salvation? Let me share with you one great truth, The Joy Giver hasn’t went anywhere. If you are missing the joy of your salvation it’s because sin is in your life. It needs to be dealt with. It needs to be confessed and forsaken. You need to repent of those sins that are keeping God’s joy from flooding your soul!

What sin is keeping you from rejoicing in the joy of your salvation? What sin will keep you from enjoying God’s wonderful salvation? Is it the sin of worry? Is it the sin of unbelief? Is it the sin of jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, or hatred? Don’t let something rob you of the joy you have in salvation! Be restored unto the joy of thy salvation by repenting of the sin you are holding on to!

BE WISE  

To be wise one must not only acknowledge Jesus as Lord of lords, King of kings, but they must repent and trust Him as Saviour of their life!

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

Wisdom has been defined as the application of knowledge. Well in acknowledging Jesus as Saviour you have taken the knowledge of the Word revealed by the Spirit of God and applied it to your life. Not many people will do this. Many will acknowledge God but they will not bow their knee to His will. This leaves that person lost in their sin and trespasses.

Are you wise? If so, you have repented and trusted Jesus as your Saviour. If not, scripture says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

BE RIGHTEOUS  

The things that are wrong with the country today are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals. --Charles W. Tobey

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

We enjoyed having Missionary Aaron Cruise and his wife Alicia with us yesterday evening. Alicia sang a couple of wonderful songs and Aaron shared their burden for America and Preached. During the message I was reminded of the above verse. I was reminded that before our country turns back to God there will be men and women in churches across our country that has already repented turning their hearts back to the God of the Bible. There will be many that have already trusted Jesus as Saviour.

What are we waiting for in America? What will it take before America totally turns back to God? Have you tasted the Good Grace of God? Have you forgotten what it’s like being in God’s will? Do you remember when God touched your heart causing you to rest in Him? Have you drifted so far away from God you think you can’t get back? I am thankful He gives second chances! Stop letting the Devil tell you a lie! God will forgive if you just ask! You can be righteous in Him!

BE ON YOUR PEW  

Sure you don’t have to go to church this morning and you don’t have to spend time with your spouse either but you do because you love them!

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psalm 84:1-2

I have to admit, I love my church. Well to be fair, I love any church in which the Word of God is taught and preached. I love the church in which Jesus is exalted. I love the church filled with people who love God, hates sin, and wants to do something about it!

How about you this morning? Do you love church? Do you love being in your pew when the doors of the church are open? If not, why? What keeps you from being in your pew this Sunday morning?

BE REFLECTING  

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. –Stevenson

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 2 Timothy 2:8

Like a picture book of memories, when I view Facebook memories sometimes there is an emotional roller coaster. Some memories are awesome and then there are others I wished could be erased from the pages of history. These memories, although they hurt, are an important part of our life. The experiences where those memories come from help form who we are today.

Think of this for a moment. One story that provokes my memory is the message of the day Jesus was betrayed, beaten, bruised, hung on the Cross, pierced, died, and buried. It is not something I rejoice in talking about. However, it is the most important thing we can talk about. What I really like to talk about is what happened three days later when Jesus arose! You see, without the grave we would not have the Glorious Resurrection when Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave for all who repent and trust Him as Saviour!

What will you be reflecting on this morning? Will it be the sad times of your past or will you see those as paths to the victories God has given you? The way your day goes may just hinge on how you see your past!

BE RESTED  

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  –Ovid

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7

Do you ever have those times when you think, “When am I going to get a break?” I do. A few minutes away goes a long way when we are so busy. Taking the kids to soccer practice and games, running to doctor appointments, and yard work keeps our plates full and our bodies wore out. However, when we have those few minutes to rest, they are priceless!

Child of God, if you have been busy doing the Lord’s work and are feeling wore out, exhausted, or overwhelmed, take a rest. Take a break before you break. Come apart from the Work God has called you to before you come apart! When you get that second wind get back in the ring and get back into the battle for the souls God has given you!

BE PATRIOTIC

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!—Unknown

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

Being patriotic involves a lot more than just putting a July 4th meme on your screen for a day or two. It’s praying for your fellow countrymen and your country’s leaders. It may be serving in the military. It may be having some civil servant job. It may be volunteering in your community. It’s standing for the National Anthem, the Flag when it passes in parades, and when a veteran is noticed in a store. It understands the whole of our history in that a group of Christians had a desire to worship freely so they stood up and did something about it.

In a day of dying patriotism, more people need to stand and do something about it. More people need to stand in the gap. More people need to stand and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel which can set all men free! More people need to take patriotism serious and get busy doing something for God, Country, and their Fellow Man!

BE HONEST  

Some people wonder why their children are such liars.  If they'd look into a mirror they'd probably see the reason. - D.L. Moody

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12

One of the greatest sayings in the world is “Honesty is the best policy!” It is so true. I mean really, who likes, respects, or trusts a liar? Peter told the believers, Make sure your talk and walk is honest. Why? So when someone rises up against you their lies will be seen right through. Their lies will condemn themselves. That your testimony will honor and glorify the Saviour! Why? Because that is what we are suppose to do! It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

BE MISSION MINDED  

A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world. –Santayana

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. Psalm 96:3

There are so many opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should start in our homes, going out into our neighborhoods, and then to the uttermost parts of this Earth. We should leave no ear untold or heart impacted about the saving power of Jesus. It should be our life’s goal to see many to come to know Him as Saviour! Oh, you can’t go? That’s okay, support those who can! Give to Missions! Pray for Missionaries! Pray for the field God has called them to!

There are still many who have never heard the Good News! Will you be Mission Minded being part of the solution or will you be on the other team?

BE FREE  

Freedom isn’t free, it always cost someone something!

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

Nothing is free! The free light bulbs some people get cost someone. The free cheese that is given out cost someone. The free college cost someone. The free things you get for buying a extra value meal isn’t free, it’s included in the cost.

Not even salvation is free for it cost Jesus Christ His blood! It cost Him His life! It cost Him everything for He does everything in salvation! We get all the benefits of salvation if we live for Him! We get the benefit of being delivered from the wrath of God– Romans 5:9. We get the benefit of being delivered from condemnation – Romans 8:1 We get the benefit of being delivered from death and Hell – John 5:24 We get the benefit of being delivered from the power of sin – Romans 6:13-14 We get the benefit of being delivered from the power of Satan – 1 Peter 5:8

Have you been set free or are you still in the bondage of sin? You can be free and free indeed if you repent of your sin and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour!