Only a Fool Says There is No God

So many people today don’t believe in God. Why is that? The Bible says that “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Ps. 53:1).

Personally, I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in God. I think they have been really hurt at some point in their lives either by a parent or by some bad circumstance, and they decided then not to believe. “How could God allow this to happen?” is a question I hear often. My answer is that there is evil in this world. And if you don’t believe that, then just turn on the news and look around. Is everything peaches and cream in your world?

We cannot fully comprehend why God allows terrible things to happen to good people. But we do know that good can come out of a bad situation. People make bad choices because we have free will and a sinful nature. Now, I don’t want to get too deep here, but bear with me. Much of the bad that happens to us is a result of a) our poor choices or b) someone else’s poor choice. If we were all perfect, as some philosophies claim, then we wouldn’t have these bad things happen, now would we?

The good news is that there is a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. He sees the future and knows just what we need to go through in our lives to build our characters. We may not understand at the time, but eventually we can look back and see good that has come from bad. I know this is true in my life, how about yours?

Only a Fool Says There is No God

So many people today don’t believe in God. Why is that? The Bible says that “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Ps. 53:1).

Personally, I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in God. I think they have been really hurt at some point in their lives either by a parent or by some bad circumstance, and they decided then not to believe. “How could God allow this to happen?” is a question I hear often. My answer is that there is evil in this world. And if you don’t believe that, then just turn on the news and look around. Is everything peaches and cream in your world?

We cannot fully comprehend why God allows terrible things to happen to good people. But we do know that good can come out of a bad situation. People make bad choices because we have free will and a sinful nature. Now, I don’t want to get too deep here, but bear with me. Much of the bad that happens to us is a result of a) our poor choices or b) someone else’s poor choice. If we were all perfect, as some philosophies claim, then we wouldn’t have these bad things happen, now would we?

The good news is that there is a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. He sees the future and knows just what we need to go through in our lives to build our characters. We may not understand at the time, but eventually we can look back and see good that has come from bad. I know this is true in my life, how about yours?

Living a Holy Life

Ever wonder why your prayers are not answered? There are several factors that go into answered prayer. I talked about the will of God and praying in Jesus’ name in my last post. Today I would like to talk about living a holy life.

What is a holy life? A question to ask myself is if there any known and willful sin in my life? For example, am I sexually pure, do I tithe, am I honest and truthful, is there any unforgiveness in my life?

1 Peter 1:19 commands us to “Be holy, as I am holy.” Am I living in my old ways, giving in to the lusts of the flesh? Or have I disciplined myself enough to walk in the Spirit? Am I morally alert? God’s desire, like any good parent, is to protect his children. I know in my life, when I have strayed and disobeyed, I reap a bounty of hurt and pain. I have learned that it is best to obey God, and leave the consequences to Him, as Dr. Charles Stanley says so often.

I can’t go wrong when I obey God. Living a holy life to me means being pure, being honest, and being loving. It means exemplifying the character traits of God and eliminating any unwholesome thoughts, words, and actions.

How about you, beloved? Are you living a holy life? I encourage you to stand firm and walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh. The Lord desires to bless us, but cannot do so when we choose to deliberately disobey and live in sin. Think about this and let me know your thoughts.

Living a Holy Life

Ever wonder why your prayers are not answered? There are several factors that go into answered prayer. I talked about the will of God and praying in Jesus’ name in my last post. Today I would like to talk about living a holy life.

What is a holy life? A question to ask myself is if there any known and willful sin in my life? For example, am I sexually pure, do I tithe, am I honest and truthful, is there any unforgiveness in my life?

1 Peter 1:19 commands us to “Be holy, as I am holy.” Am I living in my old ways, giving in to the lusts of the flesh? Or have I disciplined myself enough to walk in the Spirit? Am I morally alert? God’s desire, like any good parent, is to protect his children. I know in my life, when I have strayed and disobeyed, I reap a bounty of hurt and pain. I have learned that it is best to obey God, and leave the consequences to Him, as Dr. Charles Stanley says so often.

I can’t go wrong when I obey God. Living a holy life to me means being pure, being honest, and being loving. It means exemplifying the character traits of God and eliminating any unwholesome thoughts, words, and actions.

How about you, beloved? Are you living a holy life? I encourage you to stand firm and walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh. The Lord desires to bless us, but cannot do so when we choose to deliberately disobey and live in sin. Think about this and let me know your thoughts.

Answered Prayer

An interesting conversation happened the other day while I was biking on the trail near my house. This guy rides up next to me and starts talking. Turns out he was a Christian. We started talking about faith and he was telling me about how people in undeveloped countries are seeing miracles and healings. Now I believe that God is still in the miracle working business because I have seen many of them in my own life.

After listening to his stories for several minutes, I asked “Are you saying that if you have strong enough faith, you can heal anyone?”
“Yes,” he replied and pointed out a scripture in Matthew where it talks about praying in Jesus’ name.
“Yes, I agree there is power in using the name of Jesus, but what about God’s will?” The conversation went on and he continued to share stories about missionaries and healings.

Now, I don’t know what you believe, dear one, but the Bible is clear. There is always an IF-THEN connection. IF we are walking in God’s will and living a clean and righteous life, THEN we can pray and ask for things in Jesus’s name and our prayers may be answered IF it is in God’s will. Again, we will not receive everything we pray for because God is sovereign and He knows what is best for us AND the perfect timing if we are meant to receive it.

This conversation had me thinking. Lo and behold, my Dr. Stanley devotional for the next day was on this very topic. Amazing.

Hope this gets you to thinking, too. Are your prayers being answered? Do you pray in Jesus’ name? What kind of life are you living? Please write and give me your thoughts on this.

Answered Prayer

An interesting conversation happened the other day while I was biking on the trail near my house. This guy rides up next to me and starts talking. Turns out he was a Christian. We started talking about faith and he was telling me about how people in undeveloped countries are seeing miracles and healings. Now I believe that God is still in the miracle working business because I have seen many of them in my own life.

After listening to his stories for several minutes, I asked “Are you saying that if you have strong enough faith, you can heal anyone?”
“Yes,” he replied and pointed out a scripture in Matthew where it talks about praying in Jesus’ name.
“Yes, I agree there is power in using the name of Jesus, but what about God’s will?” The conversation went on and he continued to share stories about missionaries and healings.

Now, I don’t know what you believe, dear one, but the Bible is clear. There is always an IF-THEN connection. IF we are walking in God’s will and living a clean and righteous life, THEN we can pray and ask for things in Jesus’s name and our prayers may be answered IF it is in God’s will. Again, we will not receive everything we pray for because God is sovereign and He knows what is best for us AND the perfect timing if we are meant to receive it.

This conversation had me thinking. Lo and behold, my Dr. Stanley devotional for the next day was on this very topic. Amazing.

Hope this gets you to thinking, too. Are your prayers being answered? Do you pray in Jesus’ name? What kind of life are you living? Please write and give me your thoughts on this.

The Power of Attraction

So you’ve all probably heard of the best-selling book called “The Secret”, right? The premise of the book is that we can “attract” wonderful things into our lives merely by thinking about them. Thinking about them draws them to us; everything from riches, to good relationships, to good health.

Now there is something to thinking positive thoughts, and visualizing what you want in life. With that, I totally agree. I don’t want to burst your bubble if you read the book, however, there is a big BUT in this whole concept.

The BUT is God. We can think about something all we want, BUT if it’s not God’s will for us to have it, we aren’t going to get it. Period, end of story. I can dream of winning the lottery, making a million dollars or whatever, BUT God may have other plans for me. He only gives us what we can handle and some of us may not be ready to handle a million dollars 🙂 Spend, yes, but not handle it wisely.

The book has sold millions of copies world-wide. Do you believe in God’s will? Or are you in total control of your destiny? Drop me a note – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Until next time, stay positive and keep looking up

The Power of Attraction

So you’ve all probably heard of the best-selling book called “The Secret”, right? The premise of the book is that we can “attract” wonderful things into our lives merely by thinking about them. Thinking about them draws them to us; everything from riches, to good relationships, to good health.

Now there is something to thinking positive thoughts, and visualizing what you want in life. With that, I totally agree. I don’t want to burst your bubble if you read the book, however, there is a big BUT in this whole concept.

The BUT is God. We can think about something all we want, BUT if it’s not God’s will for us to have it, we aren’t going to get it. Period, end of story. I can dream of winning the lottery, making a million dollars or whatever, BUT God may have other plans for me. He only gives us what we can handle and some of us may not be ready to handle a million dollars 🙂 Spend, yes, but not handle it wisely.

The book has sold millions of copies world-wide. Do you believe in God’s will? Or are you in total control of your destiny? Drop me a note – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Until next time, stay positive and keep looking up

The Power of Our Thoughts

Today I’d like to talk about the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful, did you know that? Our thoughts have the ability to create as well as destroy, build up and tear down. How we think about ourselves is how we act.

Let me give you a personal example. I was overweight when I was growing up. My sister used to call me names and I used to always say “I’m so fat.” I’d snack and overeat and felt I was not in control of what I put in my mouth. I said that because I thought that.

Now, my mother doesn’t ever even recall me being fat for some odd reason, but I remember wearing long sweaters to cover my ample behind. Then I read somewhere about reprogramming my thinking about my weight. Instead of thinking “I am fat”, I replaced that with “I am thin.” Instead of thinking “I can’t control what I eat” I started thinking “I am in control of what I put in my mouth”. When the donuts and candy would show up at the office, I didn’t automatically shove one or two down my throat. I paused and asked myself “Is this really worth the calories? Do I really want to eat this?” The conscious choices I started making resulted in less guilt, and guess what – slowly I lost the weight. And it all started with a change in my thinking. Changing our thinking results in changing our behavior.

What thoughts have you accepted about yourself, dear one? That you’re fat? Ugly? Stupid? Unattractive to the opposite sex? These thoughts need to be reprogrammed and replaced with positive thoughts. Positive thinking generates confidence and confidence generates the power to change. Thoughts are powerful. Let’s harness that power and make that change!

The Power of Our Thoughts

Today I’d like to talk about the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful, did you know that? Our thoughts have the ability to create as well as destroy, build up and tear down. How we think about ourselves is how we act.

Let me give you a personal example. I was overweight when I was growing up. My sister used to call me names and I used to always say “I’m so fat.” I’d snack and overeat and felt I was not in control of what I put in my mouth. I said that because I thought that.

Now, my mother doesn’t ever even recall me being fat for some odd reason, but I remember wearing long sweaters to cover my ample behind. Then I read somewhere about reprogramming my thinking about my weight. Instead of thinking “I am fat”, I replaced that with “I am thin.” Instead of thinking “I can’t control what I eat” I started thinking “I am in control of what I put in my mouth”. When the donuts and candy would show up at the office, I didn’t automatically shove one or two down my throat. I paused and asked myself “Is this really worth the calories? Do I really want to eat this?” The conscious choices I started making resulted in less guilt, and guess what – slowly I lost the weight. And it all started with a change in my thinking. Changing our thinking results in changing our behavior.

What thoughts have you accepted about yourself, dear one? That you’re fat? Ugly? Stupid? Unattractive to the opposite sex? These thoughts need to be reprogrammed and replaced with positive thoughts. Positive thinking generates confidence and confidence generates the power to change. Thoughts are powerful. Let’s harness that power and make that change!