Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

    Several song writers have written about this thought using the following words:     This world is not my home; I’m just passing through. Angels beckon me from heaven’s open door: And I can’t feel at home here anymore.   When we realize our time on earth is like a vapor, which is seen, but almost instantly disappears; therefore, we should place less emphasis on our earthly homes, and spend more time preparing for our heavenly homes. Because no matter how expensive our house and the value of other earthly possessions, at death we leave them behind: remember Job stated this truth …

Life is Not Just About Me!

Life is Not Just About Me!

      Life is not Just about Me!   No matter how impoverished or elaborate an infant’s environment, her natural inherited nature is selfishness. She is unable to express this thought, but evidently she thinks that the entire world revolves around her and her wishes. When she is hungry, she cries and her mother lets her nurse or gives her a bottle. She is satisfied and stops crying. But she was fed when hungry; so the next time she is hungry, she does a repeat performance and gets results. Then she becomes tired lying in her crib, and begins crying; soon she …

A Pilgrim’s New Direction

A Pilgrim’s New Direction

    A Pilgrim’s New Direction   Wish I could tell you after becoming a believer in 1939, everything was up-hill, and I lived happily ever after, but not true. I brought a lot of baggage into my new relationship, and it would take many years to sanctify my life. Not aware of that truth and reading such scriptures as the following troubled me.”Therefore. if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5: 17 As I look back on my life, I know God had a wonderful life planned …

My Early Homes

My Early Homes

      My Early Homes   Perhaps my humble beginning and being reared in a small three room house, with no closets, nor other conveniences contributed to my desire to live in bigger and more expensive houses. However, the first house Ray and I rented after our marriage was a three room house, then another small house, and since we had furniture, we rented several small unfurnished apartments until after graduating from college. Always, we had rented a place to live, but soon after moving to Granbury, Texas, we made a down payment on our first house. It was so much nicer than houses or apartments in …

My Eternal Home

My Eternal Home

    My Eternal Home   We are given some idea of what our eternal home will be like, but finite minds are unable to fathom its magnificent beauty: for we have no earthly home with which to compare it.  Any multi-million house will pale in its majesty. If my understanding is accurate, our final home will be New Jerusalem: because we are told that God will destroy the present heaven and earth.  I believe the New Jerusalem will be my final home after the thousand years of Jesus reign on earth, battle of Armageddon, Satan’s doom, and the Great White Throne …

Why pray: God already knows our needs?

Why pray: God already knows our needs?

Before answering that question, let us define prayer.  My definition may appear a simple one to some, but to me prayer is the expression of a believer’s sincere desires and emotions made to God privately or publicly.  And prayer should be dialogue: because the petitioner should listen and not do all the talking.  It is required of believers that they pray: at the beginning of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: 5 and Luke 11: 2, He did not say if you pray but when you pray.  And He set such a good example in His prayer life that once when …

Does God Always Answer our Prayers?

Does God Always Answer our Prayers?

It has been said that God always answers prayers, but the answer may be yes, no, or wait awhile. And we should know there are some hindrances to answered prayer. First, we need to know that the only prayer of the unsaved God answers is God be merciful to me a sinner. Remember one of the malefactors on a cross being executed with Jesus confessed his sin and asked for Jesus’ mercy. Jesus promised him that day he would be with Him in paradise. Luke 23: 39-43. Next, faith is essential for answered prayer. Many references could be given, however …

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

I remember once while my husband was fighting a losing battle with lung cancer and was in the hospital, my younger son asked me that question when I reminded him that night to pray for his dad. He often backed me into a corner and I was not surprised when he decided to become lawyer.  I searched my mind that night and said God does sometimes change His mind and used Hezekiah as an example.  However, Hezekiah’s extra fifteen years were not very happy ones. If you’d like more about this read:  2 Kings 20:1- 21. So when praying, we …

Private versus Public Prayer

Private versus Public Prayer

Based on God’s word, I believe both private and public prayers are acceptable to God.  And based on Romans 8: 26-27, I believe the Father knows the unexpressed desires of each child’s heart and honors that desire.  During intense grief,  have you ever been unable to put into words the deep need of your heart?  The Holy Spirit knows what we should pray for at such times and makes intercession for us.  Though public prayer has its place in worship, I find it far more difficult to express the desires of my heart in public. Perhaps that is true with …

Jesus Gives the Model Prayer

Jesus Gives the Model Prayer

Jesus was not One only to say, ‘Do as I say”, He could have said, “Do as I do!”  All that is necessary to verify that truth is to read the four gospels.  Truly Jesus was a Man of Prayer. As the disciples walked daily with Jesus, they were keenly aware of His busy schedule: also they were aware that frequently He took time to be alone with His Father and talk with Him. Once after Jesus had been praying in an undesignated place, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples …

Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

First, as a habit we should not add In Jesus’ Name at the close of our prayers.  I have been guilty of that and perhaps you have, also.  Most of us are creatures of habit and may develop some habits without knowing why.  We heard others add in Jesus’ Name at the end of prayers, and after becoming a believer developed the same habit when we prayed. Jesus said whatever we ask in His Name, He will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  Then Jesus added if we ask anything in His Name, He will …

Faith versus Good Works

Faith versus Good Works

Some individuals appear to have a problem separating good works from faith. The apostle Paul stressed the sinner’s justification by faith alone and at first sight James appears to contradict Paul’s teaching by these words: “What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and has not works, can faith save him?” He also wrote: “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  You see then how by works a man is justified and not by faith only. For as the body without the spirit is …