“Just as the Son of Man (Jesus) came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].” Matthew 20:28
I rarely watch the news but today I just happened to catch a story about a 17 year old American girl, that was kicked out of her school for truancy in Houston, Texas recently. A judge then levied some type of fine and punishment against her. The reason this young lady, Diane, was truant is because she was working 3 jobs to support her 3 year old sibling and a brother who attends TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. She wasn’t out having a good time with friends until all hours of the night and sleeping in. She was working to keep food in her family’s mouths and a roof over their head. When this story went international after the news media caught wind of it, the judge in the case reversed his decision and now people have poured out donations to her in the amount of 100,000.00 to help her. I can tell you from experience a 4 year education from TEXAS A&M cost at least 80,000.00. Even so, she told the reporter she didn’t want the money she wanted to give it to another child that may need it more than she does. This touched my heart beyond words! In a society that is all about “gimme” and “it is rightfully mine” to the point YOU have to sacrifice, instead of the ones holding out their hands who do little to nothing, this story is a breath of fresh air and so is Diane’s attitude! It is so touching to me because this is exactly what Jesus did! He gave ALL for us, so that we could in turn live the good life under the blessing His blood was shed to give! Let us strive to be more like Diane, who truly reflects the generosity of Jesus Christ.
I challenge you today, instead of looking for a blessing to be poured out on you, find someone to pour one out on! It doesn’t have to be a house or a car. It may be you pay for someone else’s coffee in a Starbucks line. It may be sending flowers to someone who has been generous in your own life. It may be visiting a nursing home and simply talking to an elderly person who never has visitors. Ask God how you can bless someone with a deed and leave a comment letting me know what you did. I could use some ideas myself and others will enjoy the blessing you were to someone as well and may even become inspired by it!
I am excited to see what comments are left! Not only will you feel better by doing it, you will be an inspiration to others! Changing the world and the attitude of it begins with one person at at time. Let that person be you!
Blessings to you! See you soon!
3 O you poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom—right before your very eyes—Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified?
2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?]
3 Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?
4 Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing (to no purpose)—if it really is to no purpose and in vain?
5 Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard? Galations 3:1-5 Amplified Bible
I retired from teaching school years ago. While I taught public school there was something so called “higher educators” called a pendulum. It meant that from year to year, education would take drastic swings on how to teach children more effectively. One year they would want us to stick with “Teacher’s Manuals” and then the next they wanted us to throw them out the window! There was always some new fangled “revelation” coming up and we always had to “try” it! One year we had to teach a new method where we incorporated reading, science, math, and social studies by doing the same “theme” all day long, even all YEAR long, I should say! I became very uncomfortable with this new method and I noticed I could not keep the attention of my students as I had before when I taught the basics. I noticed a drop in their grades and academic performance. I decided to make up a test and give it to see where my students were in this new and “ingenious” method. As I graded the tests, I felt my heart sink in my chest! My children were FAILING! They didn’t know the most basic of the basics for the grade I taught. Thank God, the “Mother of Education” taught in my same building and just so happened to be my “real life” mother! I took the test scores to her room and I was in tears! My philosophy of a good teacher is that when your students “fail” to learn it is because YOU have failed to teach!! My dear mother listened to my sob story and heard the panic in my voice. When I was finished she simply said this, “Baby, get back to basics! God makes brains in people just like He always has and they have learned from the old methods this whole time. We didn’t have this problem until the “new” methods came on the scene!” I felt peace flood my heart! I stopped comparing what I was doing with what the other teachers were or were not doing and I got down to business with the “basics” and my old style and methods of teaching that had worked for years. My students began to work as I had not ever seen them do that year! They began to soak up everything I gave them. I tested them again about two weeks later and they were at grade level and many were above, instead of lagging behind as they had before! Staying with the basics worked and continues to work!
This has happened in the church as well! There are many out there that are bringing in so called “new revelations”. Let me tell you, dear reader, there is no such thing. You may have not heard it before, but the Bible has always said the same thing, and men and women of God who want to promote Him and not themselves have taught it for two thousand years! I love Kenneth Hagin, Sr.. He has gone on to be with the Lord, but while he was still with us he taught on something called “Just Know God…Don’t Major on the Minors”. In this teaching he said, “So many times, in so many ways, we have majored in the minors and spent our time on things of minor importance”. How true that is! He goes on to say if we will just stick with four things, we will have victorious Christians and an unstoppable church! They are exactly what Paul wrote to the church of Galatia in our passage for the day. I will break them down for you so this isn’t a book but a “post”.
1. Stay with the salvation teaching by the blood of Jesus! God will bless you for simply BELIEVING Him, not because of a list of do’s and don’ts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 You are a new creature in Christ Jesus, not on what you have done, but what Jesus has done for you!
2. You have “Son”ship priviledges. You are a joint heir with Jesus Christ, Himself. God loves you as much as He loves Jesus and what God gave to Jesus is yours, too! John 17:23 and 1 John 3:1
3. Take up the teaching of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit literally makes His home in the believer! Greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world! 1 Corinthians 3:16 You are literally the temple of the Holy Spirit if you are born again! You cannot fail when you yield to the Holy Spirit, Who abides in you!
Remember God is for us! Romans 8:31 and 1 John 2:1
Remember God is with us! He will never leave us or forsake us! Hebrews 13:5
Remember God is IN us! Greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world! 1 John 4:4
You are a conqueror and cannot fail because He is in you, leading and teaching you!!
4. Prayer-Romans 8:26 The Holy Spirit prays the perfect prayer through us! Your prayer life has to come to pass as you pray things out in the Spirit!
I got much of this from Kenneth Hagin’s DVD, but it is directly from the word of God! As you meditate on these things you will be grounded, sound and immovable by the circumstances of life! In fact, you will be moving the circumstances through knowing just who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus!
Get back to the basics of the word, dear reader! Peace will flood you and you WILL see results! Never let people hungry for fame and glory get you off the word and onto “new revelations” that have been revealed, oddly, only to them! If it is the truth of God, believe me, He wants ALL to know it and to all who truly hunger and thirst for His truth and righteousness, they shall be filled with it! He doesn’t give it to “special” ones and not the rest of His children! He indwells us all and the Holy Spirit is the teacher of all who are His children and are willing to listen! God will share His glory with no man and you don’t want to be involved with those who practice such things!
Thank you for stopping by, dear reader! Have a blessed day, all day!! I hope to see you soon!