365: Barbara Thurston

3 things in life once gone never comes back

6.20.15 The next few days I'm going to do a study on 3 things in life:
3 things in life once gone never comes back
*Time-you ever notice how time flies, and we only have a short time to share God's love with others. 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

*Words-You much watch what you say because once it's said you can't take it back. 
Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness. A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

*Opportunity-We need to take every opportunity we can and share the Gospel with this lost and dying world. 
I found this about missed Opportunities, I hope you enjoy it:

Missed Opportunities
Thought for the day

The story is told of a young man who wished to marry the farmer's beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and responded, "Son, go stand out in that field and I'm going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter."

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull. The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood - pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber - as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across his face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed... but the bull had no tail!

Life is full of opportunities. Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult. But once we let them pass (often in hopes of something better), those opportunities may never again be available.

The same thing is also true of opportunities to serve Christ. God often opens doors -- opportunities to speak up for Him, opportunities to minister to someone who is hurting or in need, opportunities to make an influence on the world around us. If we allow them to pass by (perhaps because we are waiting for something easier to come along), we may miss out on them altogether.

"Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God. Also pray for us that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message." (Col. 4:2-3a, NCV)

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Gal. 6:10).

May you take advantage of the doors God opens for you this day!

 

God I come to you thinking you for the time we have and the opportunity you give us everyday to share the gospel with others. God I ask that if negative words come out of my mouth that may hurt someone that you shut my mouth. God please be with my facebook family & friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

God says don't meddle

6.19.15 While starting work this week one of the things we talked about in our orientation was not in so many words but minding other people's business. Do you know anyone that strives minding other people's business. We were talking about this because the orientation said if you are worried about what someone else is doing you must not be doing your own job. It doesn't just happen in the work place it doesn't just happen in the work place it can even happen in the Church. Wow I said that right it even happens in the Church. Sad right? Let's see what the Bible says:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
Romans 14:4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

"Go forth and spread the word" didn't mean forcing your opinions down others peoples throats or trying to control what other people do. It seems to me that God specifically went out of his way to teach his followers to avoid that type of behavior.

The Bible tells us that Christians shouldn’t meddle in other people’s business, but to worry about their own affairs. These Scriptures have nothing to do with correcting someone who is rebelling against God, but the Bible says stop being nosy. Don’t put your input on matters that don’t concern you. It only creates more problems. Many people want to know your business not to help, but just to know it and have something to gossip about. When your mind is set on Christ. You won’t have time to meddle in another person’s situations.

In Matthew 7:1-5 we find this warning, "judge not, lest ye be judged". I’ve talked about this before. The verb is krino and literally means to decide what is right or wrong for someone else. Here, Jesus says, it’s not for you to decide what is right or wrong for others. He then goes on to illustrate personal responsibility with the example of the speck that is in another’s eye, compared to the beam that is in your own. It’s a matter of perspective. And if you have the proper perspective, your faults (the beam) should look much larger (seem more important) than the faults of others (the speck). And when you combine His instruction with the illustration He gives, you should conclude that it’s wrong to decide what’s right or wrong for others and it should be your priority to look for and deal with your own faults.

One dictionary defines meddling as.…”to interest oneself in what is not one’s concern : interfere without right or propriety.” the major reason that that should keep us from meddling is that it’s just not our business. More Pastor’s have been hurt, marriages have been broken up, more friendships destroyed, more jobs lost, because of meddling over any other reason. Most of the people who are guilty of what I call, “Being a busybody” claim that they are interfering in the business of others because they care. If they really cared they would be on their knees and praying out of concern, not pointing their fingers in judgement. These “Reasons” for interference can be infidelity, money issues, or even as simple as just not liking someone. No matter what the issue may be, we have to allow God to mend relationships, to restore finances, or even to soften our hearts toward another person. Our meddling in a situation because we see a sin involved will not help anyone because we are sinners ourselves. We have all made mistakes, so when we sit in the chair of judgment and meddling, it’s really just being a hypocrite, because we are all sinners, and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) so when we meddle to “Help” a friend or loved one, then we have become a part of the problem rather than a piece of God’s solution.

So before you decide to meddle in someone's business thank is this Glorifying God. Some people may come to us asking advise but it doesn't mean we should go out and tell others, they are probably telling us in confidence which means they don't want you to share what they've told you.

 

God I pray if any of my facebook family or friends are guilty of meddling please show them this is wrong. I ask that you please be with my facebook friends and family and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Actions have consequences

 

6.18.15 This is so true, it's from Max Lucado: 
Actions Have Consequences
Actions have consequences! In the book of Genesis we read how Joseph placed his loyalty above lust when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife. His primary concern was the preference of God when he said, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God” (Genesis 39:9)?

The lesson we learn from Joseph is surprisingly simple: Do what pleases God. Your co-workers want to include a trip to a gentleman’s club on the evening agenda. What do you do? Do what pleases God. Your date invites you to conclude the evening with drinks at his place. How should you reply? Do what pleases God.

You don’t fix a struggling marriage with an affair, a drug problem with more drugs, debt with more debt. You don’t get out of a mess by making another one. You’ll never go wrong doing what is right. Just do what pleases God.

Have you ever thought about that everything you do has a consequence, so before you do something that's not of God ask yourself what the consequence is going to be.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) I urge you, if you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, to wait no longer. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Sin is always destructive, but repentance is always constructive. Please, give your life over to Christ today! He can take everything you are, and make you into someone you never thought you could be.

Sometimes people make unwise choices which aren’t momentous in themselves, but they lead to tragedies: A teenager chooses to ride with a friend who has been drinking, resulting in a serious accident and the loss of life. A girl decides to have a drink at a party, resulting in her letting down her inhibitions. She ends up pregnant or with a venereal disease. Since seemingly small decisions can have such momentous consequences, how can we protect ourselves from making wrong choices? It’s possible to gain the whole world and lose your soul. There is much more in life than the outward and material. We must base our choices on God’s Word, not on the assumptions of our culture. Those principles encompass the whole Bible and take a lifetime to learn thoroughly.

So before you do something your pretty sure you shouldn't ask yourself if it honors God.

God I come to you asking for a personal prayer you know what's going on. I just ask that you be with each and every one of my facebook friends and family and know that I love you. I come to you asking you for forgiveness where I fail you because you know I am human and I'm bound to fail from time to time. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

Use your Bible as much as you use your cell phone

6.17.15 Someone posted something the other day and I've been thinking about what the post said. Just think about this for a moment: What if everyone treated their Bible the way they treat their cell phones? Just think about that for a couple minutes. Most people have a cell phone, do you think most people have a Bible? People don't usually leave home without their cell phone.

What if we carried the Bible everywhere we go like we carry the cell phone? 
Psalm 119:11 teaches- "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." So as a true believer, I carry the "Word Of God" in my heart."

Do you carry your Bible everywhere you go?
Poll closed Feb 1, 2011.
NO, only when I go to church or a service 9 vote(s) 19.1%
YES, all or most of the time 21 vote(s) 44.7%
NO, I prefer to use my cell/iPad/Kindle, etc 9 vote(s) 19.1%
Sometimes, b/c I don't make it a point to have it 6 vote(s) 12.8%
OTHER (I don't have a Bible, don't think it's necessary to carry it everywhere I go, etc.) 3 vote(s) 6.4%

You know how if you leave your cell phone home and realize it before you get to far you turn around and go get it? Well do you do the same thing with the Bible? We send people messages day in and day out and we're always checking the messages on our cell phones, but do we ever check the Bible for messages? Well let me tell you there are a lot of messages God has left in there for you to read.

Some people say they have their cell phone for emergency use only. We can use the Bible in emergencies but God wants us to use the Bible for all our needs. Most people use their cell phones over an hour a day, can you say that about your Bible. Who are we to not give God at least an hour of our time each day. Are we telling God that the cell phone is more important then He is? I know I'm 1 to admit I don't read the Bible like I know I should and I need to strive to do better because God deserves it.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If God did that for us then why can't we read the Bible for Him?
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

So if you use your cell phone and don't use the Bible or if you choose anything else over the Bible then think about it. God wants you to learn about Him and He wants to spend time with you.

God I want to think you for your Word so that we may hide it in our hearts and then share it with others. God I know I'm not the best @ reading the Bible but I'm a work in progress and I pray that 1 day I will read only the Bible and will remember the verses that are most important for salvation. Lord I ask a silent prayer right now, you know what it is. I also ask that you be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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