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How Glorious to be Saved

ephesians 1 13Word for Today

Seal

To decide irrevocably: as in “to seal someone’s fate”

 

Verse for Today

Ephesians 1:13

And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ  you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit

 

The day we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our fate was sealed. We received the promise of the Holy Spirit and God accepted us into His Kingdom. What a glorious day that was.

 

“Oh! How I love Jesus, for all He has done for me.

Oh! Wonderful savior who gave His life for me.

 

I remember long ago when my savior freed my soul,

What a glorious day that was.

It all seemed to be the end, but his mercy intervened.

Now, I am saved.

 

When temptation came up close,

He made sure that it was gone”

 

How wonderful is to be saved, to have the Holy Spirit dwell in us, to have Jesus by our side, and to be called a child of God.

It is a decision to which I have no regret.

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Courtesy

 

 

1 Peter 3:16

Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you

I was born in the 60’s. With that said, I have a great appreciation for my upbringing. I thank my parents for teaching me good manners and courtesy. Their teachings were simple: Say please and thank you, respect your elders, give up a seat for someone else, listen when spoken to without interruption (this one I had a hard time with), and display good etiquette and proper manners.  Simply put, be courteous to others.

There are still common courtesies that we all learn with the passage of time: like, respect for our co-workers, fellow drivers, fellow shoppers and neighbors. It’s is unfortunate, that some of these common courtesies have faded away. Seems like rudeness and a sense of me, me, me is inundating our society. Drivers are cutting people off, shoppers are pushing themselves in front of others and neighbors don’t even know each other.

Courtesy on the Road

It is so aggravating when a vehicle cuts you off on the road, you have to slam your breaks, and they keep going down the road. As you observe them, you notice that they continue this pattern as they fade in the distance. Meanwhile, you have items in your car that flew all around, maybe you spilled your coffee and you are upset over this driver’s actions.  Has this happened to you? I am sure it has. How rude! I can remember driving in the 80’s in Florida. Slow drivers stayed on the right, blinkers were used, truckers dimmed their lights to let you know it was safe to pass and people waved at each other as a sign of appreciation.  Where did courtesy go? Is life such a rush that we have to invade people’s space to get to where we are going in such a hurry? I don’t think it should be.
 
 Courtesy at the Stores
In addition, there seems to be a common rudeness at the stores. People are so self-involved that they push their way through crowds, instead of saying, “Excuse me, may I get through.” Oh No! They just push their cart through, hit your heel, and keep going without even looking your way or nevertheless say, “I am sorry.”  So, call me old-fashioned. I believe in courtesy in wherever I encounter. So, where did we go wrong?  Is selfishness the new disease? I hope not. I believe that awareness may bring up a natural change in society that will change back to the good old-fashioned courtesies.
Can I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?

I remember my neighbors across the street and in the near vicinity, when I was growing up. They are part of my childhood memories.  We would go to each other’s home and borrow a cup of sugar, or a glass of milk, or whatever our mom’s needed to complete a recipe.  This wasn’t considered invasive, it was just part of life. Not only did we do this, but we would attend each other’s birthdays, weddings or special events.  Our parents would meet to play cards, while we swam in the pool. These were the good old days.  Now a days, some of us don’t even know our neighbors. Society has changed so much, that many of us don’t take the time to introduce ourselves. Maybe, it’s because we are not sure of who could be living next to us, or we are so self-involved that we don’t take the time to say hello to them.  Either way, it’s a change in our lives that could be reverted.

 Let us start an Avalanche of Courteous Acts

Change can begin with each of us. We can drive with courtesy, take time to say please and thank you and make a point of saying hello to our neighbors. I believe in chain reactions. It is never too late to begin a change for the good. It is never too late to begin an avalanche of courtesy. The same way that negativity has filtered through the years, positivity can do as well.  I believe it can be done. I feel that society has hope for a better future. It all begins with each one of us.  So, slow down, breathe the air around you, stop and smell the roses and while you are at it, practice courtesy with those around you. I will take my advice. Today, the avalanche of courtesy begins with me. Would you like to


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I am God’s Witness: May I Speak to Your Heart

 

1 timothy 4 12
Many Christians go around the world, countries, cities, neighborhoods, and churches witnessing for God. They do so because it is the right thing to do. They do so because they learn from reading the word of God that we must be witnesses to the world, we must spread the Gospel of Jesus, and we must win souls to Salvation. However, how many do it through words, example, or for the triumph of the Kingdom of Heaven?

1 Timothy

4: 12 Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.

What do I mean by that?

Simple. The reason we should witness is so that each person we touch will eventually triumph on this Earth and become a child of God. Since God lives in Heaven, then the reward of their triumph is to live eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Some argue that the Kingdom of Heaven is in Heaven. Others argue that the Kingdom of Heaven will not be so until its arrival on Earth. However, I do not want to enter into this argument. I simply want to talk about our triumphs on Earth and the trophy is eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

To live with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit ought to be the prize that we all seek.

How can we witness triumph?

The best way I know how is to be a true witness, one that leads others to Heaven not only by speaking the word of God, but by living it as well.

Have you ever sat down and observed babies, toddlers, and preschool children? I am sure you have. Then, in that case, you will agree that they learn by observation. They are like sponges, absorb their surroundings, and imitate what they learn.

That is how others perceive our lives as Christians. They listen to what we say, but watch what we do. It is imperative to lead a life that is honest, honorable, and memorable.

Honesty

When we speak to others, speak from the heart, be honest, and don’t fluff. Although we may speak, act, and think with God as our Guidance, the fact that we are human will allow for mistakes to be made, the wrong things to be said, and our actions to be seen, right or wrong.

I have made so many mistakes in my life. Ufff! Yes, plenty. Some are pretty colorful, while others are plain. However, they were mistakes, and I made them. Why should I try to cover them? No, I should not. Instead, I can use those to learn from, acknowledge my weakness, and use it to teach others with experience under my belt.

Honorable

Honorable is a trait that rises from within, a state of mind that allows us to humble ourselves and honor the word of God through our words, acts, and actions. It is the pursuance of opportunities to witness for the love of God, the salvation of others, and the final reward of eternal life.

God has bestowed an honor in each of us that has received him as our Lord and Savior. He has given us the honor to speak for him to all those that we come into contact, the honor to witness to our families, children, grandchildren, and loved ones, and the honor to win our co-workers, neighbors, and friends to salvation by grace through faith.

We were given the honor to be ambassadors, speakers, and spreaders of the good news of salvation. So, live an honorable life, humble your thoughts, your words, and your actions, as they are your example to others. Believe me, we are being watched, observed, and hopefully, we did well enough to spark others’ curiosity and inquiry on how to be led to Salvation.

Matthew

18: 4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Memorable

A memorable life can be seen different ways, by some as good, others as bad, while few may be somewhere in between. To be a good witness for the Kingdom of Heaven we must live a memorable life that is remarkable, filled with Christian influence, and led by God.

Trust God each day to lead you in the right path. If you falter, humbly accept your errors, correct them, and learn from them. Be honest with yourself and others, and thrive for lives to cross your path so that you can in-print the love of God in their hearts.

Our lives are the Words that Witness

In your final day, let your legacy be one that was honest, honorable, and memorable. Let your legacy leave your witness for God to remain in the minds of those you touched, spoke, and shared your life with.

Plant seeds in all those that you come across, and let God do the rest. Let your goal in life be that your life spoke to the hearts of all you crossed in their paths and allowed them to hear the love that God has for each one of them.

1 Timothy

1: 16 But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life.