Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stay Away From Kryptonite

When I was a kid, my favorite TV show was Superman. I loved it when he would fly into the open window to rescue Lois Lane from the bad guys, who could always be identified as evil by their thin mustaches. The thugs tried to kill Superman by shooting him, but the bullets just ricocheted off his chest as he smiled. When they ran out of bullets they threw the gun at him, which also bounced off! Superman usually grabbed a steel bar, which just happened to be available in the room, and wrapped it around the bag guys until the police arrived.

Superman could stop cars and bend steel bars, but he had one weakness—kryptonite. Once he got near a green rock that came from the planet Krypton, he would lose his supernatural powers and would die if he didn’t get away from it. He had to avoid kryptonite at all costs.
What is your kryptonite? Don't underestimate its power to destroy you. Here are three things to do:

1. Realize you are vulnerable. The biggest mistake is to think you can never yield to temptation. Don’t ever say, “I would never fall for that.” You would be setting yourself up for a test. "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12).

2. Stay away from the kryptonite. Avoid those people, places, and things that will destroy you. “Will power” grows weak when you get near kryptonite, but if you stay away from it, it cannot affect you. This will require that you plan ahead and make an alternate path--and stick to it.

3. Depend on God's grace for your strength. Stop depending on your own strength and trust God to strengthen you by His grace (Heb. 13:9). The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The Holy Spirit is your only source of holiness and spiritual power.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Friday, July 24, 2015

From Fame to Shame

In the 84th Boston Marathon in 1980, Rosie Ruiz (pictured) was the first woman to cross the finish line. As she climbed to the winner's podium to accept her wreath, officials noticed that she looked remarkably fresh and sweat-free for having run two hours and 32 minutes.

Upon investigation, no one could remember seeing her during the race. Monitors at the race checkpoints hadn't seen her, nor had any of the runners. Finally, a few members of the crowd came forward to reveal that they had seen her jump into the race during the final half mile and sprint to the finish line. Rosie was disqualified, stripped of her title, and became another member of the Hall of Shame.

Before we condemn Rosie for cheating, let me ask if you have ever cheated on a test? What about cheating at golf? Cheated on your taxes? Cheated on your spouse? Kept the extra change the cashier gave you? Probably so. We have no right to cast stones. We’re all members of the Hall of Shame. We've all done things we're ashamed of. "There is none righteous, not even one." (Romans 3:10).

The good news is God can forgive cheaters. "If you, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee." (Psalm 30:3-4) If you need forgiveness, call out to Jesus with a sincere heart. He will wipe the record clean and give you a new start—so you can finish running the race of life as a winner.  

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Monday, July 13, 2015

In the Line of Fire

A couple of men were in the wilderness when they found out someone had set a fire that was out of control. The winds whipped the flames toward them and they knew they could not outrun the fire. It looked like there was no way to escape and they would surely die.

One of the men prayed for wisdom. Then he pulled out a match and set the grass in front of him on fire. 
The other man said, “You fool! Now we’re surrounded by fire!”
The man said, “We won’t die. Wait until this fire burns down and then step over here on the burned-down place.”
“I still don’t understand what you are doing.”
“The burned-down grass is a safe place for us,” he explained. “You see, the fire cannot come where the fire has already been.”

The fire of God’s judgment fell on Jesus when He died for your sins on the cross. If you want to be safe from God’s judgment, you must stand where the fire has already fallen—for the fire cannot come where the fire has already been. Jesus has already paid for your sins, and when you receive Him as Lord, you will be safe on the Day of Judgment. The fire cannot touch those who stand with Him.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Monday, July 6, 2015

When the Light Turns Green and Cars Don't Move

A number of years ago my friend Max Wilkins had stopped at a traffic light and was waiting for it to change. An elderly woman with a walker started hobbling across the street in front of his car just before the light turned green. The driver behind Max couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t go with the green light, so he started honking his horn.

As Max continued to wait for her, the man behind him stuck his head out the window and started yelling. Max got out of his car and walked back to the angry driver. He stuck out his keys and said, “If you want to run over her, then go ahead!”

By this time the hothead could clearly see the elderly lady inching her way across the street. He finally realized what kept Max from moving forward. Max could see something that the other driver couldn’t.

When we’ve prayed and are waiting for the answer to come, we can’t understand why God isn’t moving forward. From our perspective we see a green light. So we start honking our horn at God, never realizing He can see things that we can’t.

The Lord will often delay the answers to our prayers for reasons we don’t fully understand at the moment. It’s during these times that we must place our trust in the all-wise God who cares for us and knows what He’s doing—even when it might not make sense to us.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Running to the Wrong Goal

In the 1929 Rose Bowl, a University of California football player, Roy Riegels, picked up a fumble by Georgia Tech and raced 65 yards toward the end zone. He was tackled on the 1-yard line--by his own teammate.  Why did a player on his team tackle him? Because after picking up the fumble, Riegels had gotten turned around and was running toward the wrong goal line! A few plays later, Georgia Tech scored a safety and went on to win the game 8-7. Riegels has gone down in history as "Wrong Way Riegels."

Many people today are like Roy Riegels--running toward the wrong goals in life. Some people are running after pleasure. Others are running after money or fame. They never realize until it's too late that they've been heading in the wrong direction. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

The right goal in life is to love God with all our heart and seek to please Him in all we do. "We have as our ambition . . . to be pleasing to Him" (2 Cor. 5:9). So if you've been running in the wrong direction, don't get upset when people tackle you before you cross the goal line. They're just trying to do you a favor.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Bumpy Bus Ride

A pastor was riding on a bus down a bumpy road. A young man on his way to college was seated next to him. The minister asked, “Are you ready for the temptations you will face in college?”
"I’m not worried about that,” the young man replied. “I have strong will-power."

The pastor took a pencil from his pocket and said, "I can make this pencil stand up on my Bible even though the bus ride is bumpy." 
The student said, "I don't think you can do it."
"Look, I’m doing it," the minister said.
“Yeah, but you didn't tell me you would hold the pencil up with your hand."
"I didn't have to tell you. Have you ever seen a pencil stand up on its own without someone holding it?"

He let go of the pencil, which immediately fell over. He said, “Son, let this be a lesson to you. The only reason you can stand is because God is holding you up with His hand." 

First Corinthians 10:12 says, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” We only stand by God’s grace (Romans 5:2). If God were to remove His hand of grace we will fall too.

Humble yourself before the Lord and depend on His grace to hold you up. He is able to bring you through any difficulty. “For my grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Monday, June 1, 2015

The House That Doesn't Exist Anymore

This is the house in New Orleans that I grew up in. The picture was taken after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the neighborhood and it was later bulldozed. The house doesn’t exist anymore, but in my mind I can still see every room. Even though the house is gone, it still lives in my memory if I choose to think about it.

Many people are haunted by things they’ve done in their past. Perhaps you've done some things that you are ashamed of. We all have. It’s those haunting memories that become the baggage from the past we are carrying today. But we don’t have to stay chained to our past.

When you accepted Christ into your life, the old house of your past was destroyed and doesn’t exist anymore. He has replaced your old life with a new life and has good plans for your future. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”(2 Cor. 5:17).

Now that your past has been dealt with, you don’t need to “go there” in your mind anymore. Rather than thinking about bad memories of the past, “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). Jesus has given you a new start and a reason to live. You might not have started well but you can finish your life well. Make a decision to forget the past and press forward to what God has called you to do. (Phil. 3:13-14).  

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174