365: Barbara Thurston

Lying

8.19.15 Have you ever had someone lie to you? Ernest always said if he doesn't trust anyone that lies to him because if they lie they may steal from you also. Do you know anyone like that? Also some people say it's just a little white lie, but God says a lie is a lie. Another thing when someone tells 1 lie or a little white lie as they call it and they get by with it then they say lets try it again. After a while they begin to forget what the truth really is. Let's see what God says about lying.

The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God. The first sin in this world involved a lie told to Eve. The Ten Commandments given to Moses includes “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

In the early church, Ananias and Sapphira lied regarding a donation in order to make themselves look more generous than they really were. Peter’s rebuke is stern: “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” God’s judgment was sterner: the couple died as a result of their sin of lying. Acts 5:1-11
Wow did you hear that God's judgment was death.

Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Lying is listed in 1 Timothy 1:9-11 as something practiced by the lawless. Furthermore, liars will be among those judged in the end (Revelation 21:8). In contrast, God never lies (Titus 1:2). He is the source of truth. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).

Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and He expects those who follow Him to be people of truth. The truth is to be expressed in love (Ephesians 4:15), offering hope to those seeking redemption from the lies of the world.

Lying is a sin, our Heavenly Father does not want us to lie to anyone. Lying is when we intentionally say something that is not true, or manipulate the truth for any reason. In our secular world we are so used to lies, especially lies we consider inconsequential, that they have become part of our daily lives. We probably do not even realize all the lies we say, the many sins we commit every day through our lies. We will all lie and we will all be lied to, because we are all sinners. It is speculated that the average person lies or is lied to between 3 to 200 times a day. We need to become aware of the lies we are telling, so we will quit making them. We need to become observant to what we are told, not passing it along unless we verify the information to be true, unless it is meaningful and not just gossip. We must receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts, allow Him to guide us, give us the strength to stay in the truth. There is a misconception that there are sins which are greater, more evil than others. Surely lying is not as bad as killing someone, no one will go to Hell for indiscreet lies. Yet all sins push us away from our God, will keep us from Him. When we have committed any sin, we become a sinner, the same as those who have committed other sins. Liars must come to our Lord and change, so they can receive forgiveness through faith in the atoning grace of Christ.

We should tell the truth all of the time, in a loving, caring, manner. Doing unto others as we would like them do unto us. Some will be irritated, even mad at us for always telling the truth. Yet if we lie, many will be much more upset with us when they realize we told them a lie, and considered us liars. And if we consistently tell the truth, we will eventually gain respect, and our word will be considered to be true. Many will also recognize that we are different, see that we love our Lord, and may want to know more about Him. 
*Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
*Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25

And most important we should never lie to ourselves. It is much easier to make excuses in our heart, spin the truth into a lie, than give up our human desires, the pleasures of this world. It is easier to rationalize away God, the need to come to Him now, then admit to our mistakes, our sins, especially the ones we deem to be minor. Yet only the truth will set us free, the truth that we are sinners, and only faith in the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross can forgive our sins. Children of God will always strive to follow all of our Father’s commands, because we love Him. This includes always trying to tell the truth.

 

God thanking you for forgiving me for my sins and loving me enough to send your Son to die for me so that I may live. I think about your awesomeness and how it had to hurt to turn your face away so that your Son would die for this unappreciative world. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are put on this earth for 1 reason and that is to share Your Word so that others may accept you as their Lord and Savior. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

take responsibility for your actions

8.18.15 I have a question, I want you to really think about for a minute. Have you ever thought that the actions you take is your responsibility. So whether your actions are good or bad it is your responsibility to take ownership of them.

Part of growing up is taking responsibility for oneself. We start as infants with no personal responsibility whatsoever—everything that we need done is done for us. As we progress through the various stages of childhood, we take on more and more responsibility. We learn to tie our own shoes, clean our own rooms, and turn in our own homework. We learn that responsibility has its rewards—and irresponsibility has other, less-than-desirable effects. In many ways, the difference between a child and a man is his willingness to take personal responsibility for his actions. As Paul says, “When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

“The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them” (Ezekiel 18:20). Personal responsibility is closely related to the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7–8). “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” (Isaiah 3:10–11).

The Bible expects us to take personal responsibility in all areas of life. Able-bodied people should work for their food. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Men are to take responsibility for providing for their households (1 Timothy 5:8). At times, people try to avoid personal responsibility, usually through blame-shifting.

Do you know anyone who like the Disney show says I didn't do it? Well I'm hear to tell you grow up and own your circumstance, you put yourself there not someone else.

Each one of us has the personal responsibility to “repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15) and then to glorify the Lord with good works (Ephesians 2:10). “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). Those who choose to reject the truth of God “are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We cannot evade our personal responsibility to exercise faith in Christ.

Responsibility is defined in the dictionary as, "Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority." A person is regarded as responsible when he is "capable of making moral or rational decisions on his own and, therefore, answerable for one's own behavior. In the realm of physical "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." In the spiritual realm for every action there is a consequence.

In order to teach responsibility it is necessary to let the young suffer the consequences of their choices. This is why the prophet said, "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth" (Lamentations 3:27). When parents are giving gradual responsibility they are able to help assuage the severity of the consequences. Children learn that the consequences can be serious by learning young from the results of their lesser responsibilities. It is better to learn that each man must bear his own burden (Galatians 6:5) when that burden is a household chore or a missed homework assignment than a job deadline or a utility bill.

Finally, parents must be an example in accepting responsibility (Job 19:4; Acts 25:11). Your children will never learn to be a mature, helpful, resourceful and responsible member of any community, if all they ever see is a parent that casts blame elsewhere refusing to accept responsibility miserably chaffing under the consequences of bad choices. Be responsible and your children will grow up to be responsible.

So the next time you think about doing something like lying, stealing a piece of candy, cheating on a test or whatever else. Remember there will be a consequence. Somethings can ruin a relationship with your family. The best choice you could make is accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

 

God I come to you praying that you will be with the ones who doesn't think about what their actions are going to bring them. Just be with these people and touch their hearts that they will turn to you. Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Choose friends wisely

8.17.15 What does God say about hanging out with the wrong people?
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
According to these verses it seems like if we are running with the wrong people we should cut them lose because they are bringing us down. 
For those of you who have really entered into a true Spirit-filled, fully-surrendered walk with the Lord where He is now leading your life in the direction that He will want it to go in – one of the first things that you will find happening is that God will start to prune out the people that He does not want in your life and start to bring in the people that He does want in your life.
Once you give your life over to Christ you do 1 of 2 things, either you get rid of the friends who are bringing you down or you witness to them in hopes that God will change their hearts. 
When Jesus came to our earth in the flesh, He always went after the sinners and the outcasts. But when Jesus went after these sinners, it was always for the express purpose of getting them saved and cleaned up. Some people are open to be helped, others are not. The Bible tells us to stay away from people who are considered to be “dogs,” and to beware of people who are “evil workers.” One of the first things that God will do with your life once you come into a full surrender with Him is to start to set some boundary lines. He will now decide the path that you will follow in Him. He will now be leading you into the specific jobs that He will want you to have in this life. If you are single and have not married yet, He will lead you to the mate that He will want you to marry if it is in His perfect will that you get married in this life.
Our friends matter and one way or another, they WILL rub off on us. I have shared with you before that if you surround yourself with the wrong people you will become the wrong person. In chapter 12 Solomon said, “Godly people are careful about the friends they choose” (12:26). The Message Bible paraphrase of this verse tells us why; it reads: “Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious—don’t get infected.” I like that. It’s almost like a disease. If you hang out with the wrong people you will get infected with the wrong ‘stuff.’ The good news is, however, that the opposite I also true. While countless people have wrecked their lives by connecting with the wrong crowd, countless others have benefited from the friendship, mentorship, and influence of great company. In chapter 13 Solomon explained both sides by saying, “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces” (13:20). So it is clear that both wisdom and foolishness (or anger in this case) can be transferred by association. 
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). When you surround yourself with the right people, you will receive the right feedback when you bounce your ideas off of them and their feedback will keep you from unnecessary mistakes.
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” ” (1st Corinthians 15:33). He did not mince words. If you hang with corrupt people, you will eventually get corrupted (infected with their corruptive ways).
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (27:17). If you want to remain sharp, you must surround yourself with sharp people. A true God-friend can help keep you sharp in the Spirit, letting you know when you are getting off track. We all need that!
So what does this mean to you today? It means having the right friends is awesome. We all need people to share our life experiences with. Everyone needs a Paul: a mentor, guide, someone who is already where we want to be, and who is willing to pour into us. Everyone needs a Timothy: someone we can mentor, who wants to be where we already are, and who is willing to be poured into. Everyone needs a Jonathan: someone on equal par with us, someone to share life experiences with, someone we can sharpen and who can help keep us sharp! When you have Godly friends the Father can use them to help keep you on the course to His desired destination for your life—protecting your soul and your destiny!
God I come to you on behalf of the ones who choose the wrong friends and are being drug down. If it's your will turn them back and show them they need to cut those people lose. I come to you thinking you for the Godly friends we have @ Bethlehem Baptist Church and the preaching that is being preached there every Sunday. Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Burning Bridges

8.16.15 You ever heard the expression "don't burn your bridges?" Well lets see what God says about burning bridges.
When you are "burning bridges," you are generally ending a relationship in such as way that it is unlikely to be reparable in the future. This idiomatic expression is frequently doled out as advice against treating others discourteously or behaving in an unprofessional manner because you can encounter those same people at some future point in time. "Burning bridges" is likely to result in an unfavorable endorsement from these individuals, particularly in a job situation. The origins of this saying can be traced to a common story of two different towns linked by a bridge over a river. When a disagreement causes a rift, one group of citizens from one town sets fire to the bridge and therefore makes reconciliation with the other town much more challenging. It's also like a job if you have a negative relationship with your boss and you loss your job it may be bad when looking for a new job if they have to call them for a reference. 
Whether we’re moving on from sin, moving on from places or moving on from relationships the Lord has shown us are not His will for our lives, we need to exit peaceably as much as it depends on us. We need to show the character of Christ as we move on. Sometimes you can move on and still maintain relationship—but sometimes you have to burn bridges so you won’t go back to a thing God has made abundantly clear is harmful to your relationship with Him. We have to press on.

Paul put it this way: “But I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind” (Phil. 3:12-15). Amen.

When a person solely trusts Christ for his salvation, he is born again into the family of God. He is a new creature. He is free from the bondage of sin. God does not want him to go back into the same mess he was saved from. If God saved a person and helped him overcome the sin of lying, God certainly does not want him to go back into the same sin. If God delivered a person from the clutches of a terrible drinking habit, He does not want him back in the same situation. When he saves us and cleans our lives up, He wants us to stay clean from sin that will hurt us. He gives us a second chance. The only way we can keep from going back into the same sin God delivered us from is to keep away from it. The safest way to protect yourself from going back into the lifestyle God rescued you from is to “burn the bridges” behind you.

The Bible says that a man of great anger will bear the penalty (Prov.19:19). In Proverbs 27:4, God says, "Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood." The Bible says that there is transgression in many words, and when a man gets angry, many words flow like a flood. James 3 tells us that words are like a fire that ravages and destroys.

When destroying words, angry words, flow forth, bridges that we want to keep are burned, sometimes forever. We thank Jesus that under the New Covenant we can see most of these mistakes redeemed. However, free will is involved, and some bridges with some people and situations will be permanently burned. Jesus is nonetheless a faithful Redeemer, and He will bring new bridges to new opportunities. We must, however, take seriously God's warnings about anger and the tongue.

"Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away from anger." So says Proverbs 29:8. In this case it is bridges, not cities, which we burn by our angry words.

If you have burnt bridges by your angry words and actions, there is hope. You may be a teen who left the family and family home in a huff. Nevertheless, God is in the business of bringing the heart of the son to the father and to Father Love, and bringing the heart of the father to the son. God alone can rebuild that bridge burned by anger. Repent. Return to Father Love. He has sent Jesus to be your Restorer. Nothing is impossible with Him.

 

God I think you for Scripture for every circumstance. All we have to do is open the Bible and look up something that someone may be going through and You will give us the Scripture. You are an amazing and loving God. You give us hope when we think there is no hope. You show us love when no one else does. You carry us across that burning bridge that we burned. Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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