Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thinking the right way

Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18

If we are to be at peace with God, we have to think about the goodness of God. We can get bogged down in our mistakes, caught up in our misfortunes and paralyzed by our fears. It is a natural occurrence, therefore we have to think supernaturally.

We have to remember after all those tough times, how God delivered us through them. We have to remember in our good times, how God lined everything up so that we could be prepared to receive those blessings. The best guide of how to think is found in Philippians 4:4-7.

When we think positively, positive results will happen. When we think about God's goodness, we are thinking positively. Therefore, when we think about the goodness of God, positive results will happen.

Be positive. Be faithful. Think God.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

There is a difference

Baruch 5:1-9, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6

As we have entered the Advent season, preparing for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, we are overwhelmed with the secular aspect of Christmas: spending money. We look at the affluent in our society and watch their indulgences with fascination.

We also tend to look at those who have attained their wealth it seems at the expense of others, with no outward repercussions, as untouchable or unstoppable. We, in a sense, envy them. However, I am here to remind you all that there is a difference between us and them.

Those of them that value money more than anything else suffer more than we realize. Their lives are basically in a bubble and their decadence usually comes to light in an unflattering way. They single-handily have created an industry of gossipers and voyeurs documenting their every move.

Those of us who value our relationship with God don't have to worry about those things. We commit sin, but we repent, and we stay in prayer for forgiveness and favor. We understand that the only judgement we have to worry about is the final one. No publicist can spin our way out of that one. No lawyer on earth can successfully defend our case in the end. We must stand accountable for our actions and we are gravely aware of that.

The grass may be greener on the other side, but we don't need all the fertilizer either. Life is tough enough as it is, knowing that carnal and supernatural forces are constantly testing us, we don't need to abandon our relationship with God for the sake of wealth as well.

Not all of God's people need to have millions of dollars to be considered wealthy. Their faith is the true measurement of their wealth, for nothing is more glorious than the guarantee of eternal life and favor with God.

Nothing is wrong with being wealthy. It is only wrong if you are wealthy only in a worldly view. Treasure your relationship with God and live in the security of peace and happiness. That, to coin a phrase, is really priceless.