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Self-esteem or God-esteem

Today is seems that self-esteem is deemed essential for success. This really puts humility as a quality that is in short supply. I think the reality of the situation is that we think too much of ourselves and too little of God. Romans 12:3 – “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”   The self-esteem engine of today is really detrimental to society. Everybody is raised to think that they are the cream of the crop, and when they find out that is not true, well, there is nothing to live for anymore.   So while we should not think too lowly of ourselves, for after all God does love us and pursue us, we should most definitely not think too highly of ourselves either. We should allow reality to hit us in the face and make us realize that there are some things we cannot do.   My Father always taught me growing …

Communicating a Message Properly

I once heard this joke, “How many Baptists does it take to change a light bulb? – Change?!!” I laughed my head off because it is not just Baptists but people in general that are often afraid of change. We are afraid of the unknown future but comfortable in the past.   While God’s Word and its principles never change, and we never compromise these truths with culture and its ever changing moral parameters, we do, however, have to adapt to the way we live life and how we communicate in an ever changing technological world. Principles never change but application of these principles and how we communicate them do.   For instance, if you used Morse Code to try to communicate with everybody today, your range of people you would connect to, and communicate with would be very limited.   What is my point? It is very simply that change can often be a very healthy thing as long as that change does not deal with God and His Truth (for that never changes). As a matter of fact, if you don’t …

Use the Day Wisely

We get so busy in our lives that the days fly by quite quickly. Before you know it a week, a month and even years have flown by without accomplishing your goals.   Time is precious and should not be taken for granted nor abused. It is also a weird commodity. You can’t do anything with the past because it is already spent, and you can’t do anything with the future for you do not possess it yet. All you have to spend and use is in the present. Therefore, a wise person uses their time for the better and plans their day to use it to the greatest advantage.   Moses, one of the greatest leaders in Scripture, understood this concept. He asked the Lord for wisdom on how to plan his day not his week, months, or years. He asked for wisdom on how to handle the day that was before him. Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”   All the plans for the future and all the dreaming of what might come will be useless if all you do is plan and dream. …

Am I Sick Because of Sin?

That’s kind of a loaded question because in a broad sense the answer is yes, but in a narrow sense it may be yes or no.   In a broad sense, all illness is the result of sin, which entered the human race with the fall of Adam. Romans 5:12 – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”   In the narrow sense, however, our personal sickness we go through may or may not be connected with our own personal sin.   Scripture actually gives some of the causes for a believer’s sickness.   First, it is due to the normal decay in the human body. God’s people are not exempt from the normal processes of life and death in the physical sense. Since Adam’s fall people will always get sick and eventually die of something. Hebrews 9:27 – “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”   Second, some sickness is for the glory of God to shine through our lives. It is very clear that there we…

Only Sheep

The Scriptures are always comparing us to sheep. Psalm 100:3 – “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”   Some might look at this as a cute little animal and say, “Awe, God is calling us cute.” The reality of the situation is that God is trying to point out how helpless we are without Him.   Sheep are not smart, they have no sense of direction, they can’t fight, they can’t run, and they would very simply die left to themselves.   Sheep must be led to where green pastures are because they cannot find them on their own. Sheep have to be defended from wild predators because they have no way of defending themselves. Sheep are unable to run well and therefore cannot run from danger. Sheep are just plain helpless and need a shepherd.   That is exactly what we are spiritually without Jesus Christ our Great Shepherd. We cannot make it on our own. John 15:5 – “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He t…