How to Live - 2

Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.

Solomon had it right when he was asked what he wanted. It was not the material things of this world but for wisdom. Wisdom is such a powerful tool in our daily walk. Just think about how life would be if we did not know that you don't put your fingers in a live socket or that you don't walk down the middle of a busy road. When we ask God for wisdom, He is then the guide to our lives. God has ALL wisdom and knowledge. Men’s wisdom does not even come close to God’s. Remember what Solomon ask for in 1 Kings 3:9-14.

 

Never compromise your integrity.

In our dealings with others, we always need to be honest. There is nothing that can hurt a person’s integrity faster than to be dishonest in actions or words. People don't forget a dishonest deed done to them. It’s for sure they will not listen to you when you tell them about God. God did bless Joseph. Joseph stayed true to God even in times of trials. He was honest with his service to God. If Joseph had compromised his integrity, God would not have blessed him. Genesis 39:21 “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.” We never know what we may have to go through in this life, it may be hard or it could be good, but if we are honest, God will bless us.

 

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

No one has lived a perfect live except for our Lord Jesus. The reason Jesus died on that cross is because He knew we could not do that. We all have our weakness to deal with, I know I have mine. It’s daily that I call on the Lord to help me do the best I can. We are so blessed that our Lord is there to help us. Now, that does not mean that I don’t need to do my part. As Paul put it, he daily needed to buffet his body. Excellence is found in Jesus, our example. Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” That means we need to know what our example is saying to us. The only place to find that is in our Bibles.

0
0
0
s2smodern

Words to Live By

  1.  Pray not for things, but wisdom and courage.
  2.  Never compromise your integrity.
  3.  Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  4.  Remember that winners do what losers aren’t willing to do.
  5.  Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  6.  Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade.” Instead learn the trade.
  7.  Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it.
  8.  Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.
  9.  Swing for the fence.
  10. Don’t flaunt your success, but don’t apologize for it either.

 

These 10 things are right where I can see them every day. One of my sons has them on his desk at work where he looks at them every day. In the next few weeks, I will put the Bible example next to them to show us how these apply to our Christian walk. You might copy these things and put them where you can see them every day. They do keep me focused on why and how I am to live for Christ.

0
0
0
s2smodern

          The reality is that life offers many circumstances for which there is no explanation or which can sometimes become overwhelming for us mere mortals. There are issues with which we cannot help ourselves, hurts we do not know how to deal with, mistakes we need to be forgiven for, and obstacles that we are unable to overcome by ourselves. In an instant, life can change and we are confronted with an experience that leaves us perplexed and confused and hurting. Sometimes we are brought to tears because of heavy burdens or difficult decisions. Some days we have to ask ourselves how did I get so completely engulfed in what seems to be so many difficulties or problems. We cant understand how we got to this point in our life where it seems that we cant handle one more trial. Sometimes we feel like the whole world is about to come down upon us. These realities can rob us of our joy and replace it with fear. Most, if not all, of us who have some years behind us have experienced this condition, perhaps, more than once.

          It is during these times that we need to remember that God is still on His throne and He wants us to continue to have faith in His righteousness. (Psalm 11) David sang a song to the Sovereign LORD — Psalm 18 — in which he expressed praise to The LORD as his rock and his strength and deliverer, Whose way is perfect, Whose word is proven, and by Whom David could stand up against great opposition and perform great feats. God is the author and director of each of our lives — when we place our trust in Him! He knows the reason for our tears and those dark and dismal valleys” in our life. He knows the safest path and where we can find refuge. (Psalms 23&61) He can turn our tears from sorrow to joy! (Psalm 126:5/Isa. 35:10) Remember that He carries most of the weight of our burdens and has given to us far more than we deserve. (John 3:16) The truth is that nothing in this physical life here is insurmountable. (James 1:12 & 1st Peter 4:12-19) We must remember, also, that our ultimate victory is not about our own ability to conquer. We must believe that our ultimate victory is — only and entirely — because of what Jesus Christ, our Savior, has done for us!

(Psalm 40:2; 62:2&6; 89:26; Rom. 5:11 and 1st Corin. 15:55-57)

My continual prayer is that God will continue to bless all of us in our efforts to live our lives in His service!

            

0
0
0
s2smodern

 

          The reality is that life offers many circumstances for which there is no explanation or which can sometimes become overwhelming for us mere mortals. There are issues with which we cannot help ourselves, hurts we do not know how to deal with, mistakes we need to be forgiven for, and obstacles that we are unable to overcome by ourselves. In an instant, life can change and we are confronted with an experience that leaves us perplexed and confused and hurting. Sometimes we are brought to tears because of heavy burdens or difficult decisions. Some days we have to ask ourselves how did I get so completely engulfed in what seems to be so many difficulties or problems. We cant understand how we got to this point in our life where it seems that we cant handle one more trial. Sometimes we feel like the whole world is about to come down upon us. These realities can rob us of our joy and replace it with fear. Most, if not all, of us who have some years behind us have experienced this condition, perhaps, more than once.

          It is during these times that we need to remember that God is still on His throne and He wants us to continue to have faith in His righteousness. (Psalm 11) David sang a song to the Sovereign LORD — Psalm 18 — in which he expressed praise to The LORD as his rock and his strength and deliverer, Whose way is perfect, Whose word is proven, and by Whom David could stand up against great opposition and perform great feats. God is the author and director of each of our lives — when we place our trust in Him! He knows the reason for our tears and those dark and dismal valleys” in our life. He knows the safest path and where we can find refuge. (Psalms 23&61) He can turn our tears from sorrow to joy! (Psalm 126:5/Isa. 35:10) Remember that He carries most of the weight of our burdens and has given to us far more than we deserve. (John 3:16) The truth is that nothing in this physical life here is insurmountable. (James 1:12 & 1st Peter 4:12-19) We must remember, also, that our ultimate victory is not about our own ability to conquer. We must believe that our ultimate victory is — only and entirely — because of what Jesus Christ, our Savior, has done for us!

(Psalm 40:2; 62:2&6; 89:26; Rom. 5:11 and 1st Corin. 15:55-57)

My continual prayer is that God will continue to bless all of us in our efforts to live our lives in His service!

            

0
0
0
s2smodern

 

Are there times in your life when you feel unworthy? I certainly do! There have been times that I thought that either my attitude or behavior was so unacceptable that I didnt understand how anyone could possibly love me or want me in their company. At other times, the mistakes and misdeeds or careless thoughts or words of my past creep into my mind and tell” me that I am not lovable or worthy of the good will bestowed upon me by family and others. Perhaps you have felt similarly at different points in your life. Surveys and research have indicated that most people, even in the secular world, truly desire to be accepted and loved, yet many of them think that they are unlovable or unworthy. Of course, those in the secular world look to other people for that acceptance and love. However, we Christians not only look to our family and friends — inside the church and outside — but, ultimately, we look to God for love and acceptance.                           Conversely, time and again, I have been reminded of how deeply and sincerely I am loved. I have been amazed — and so grateful — for the number of times that my wife and my family and friends have made me feel loved, despite my sometimes unlovable behavior. I also need to remember — as do you — that God loves me so much that He gave up His life for me (John 3:16). All He asks of us is that we show our love for Him by living a life that is patterned after those great people of faith described in His word and that of God, Himself, as He walked, perfectly, in the flesh here on Earth.                During those times when you have doubts emanating from imperfections, despite your best efforts to live the kind of life that you know God desires, remember that He loves you. When each of us became a child of God, He promised to cover us in His grace and mercy –- His love. If you ever doubt whether you are worthy,” remember that Gods nature is love (1st John 4:16) and that He created us so that He could express His unlimited care and love. That is what happens when we take refuge in God and put on Christ in baptism. So, as we walk with our LORD and are doing the best we can to live a life of dedication and trust in Him, instead of wondering whether we are acceptable or lovable, remember — and rejoice — that you are clothed” in Gods mantle of love. That, Brothers and Sisters, is what makes us, and all the other truthfully faithful, truly exceptional! (Psalm 5:11-12 & 8:1&3-4a)

                         May the Good LORD continue to bless us all!    

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                            

0
0
0
s2smodern

RiponTree Verticle Side slogan

13397 West Ripon Road, Ripon CA 95366

"A Family of God rooted in Christ"

Go to top