Sunday, September 27, 2009

What's on the Inside?

Several children in a park watched a man release helium-filled balloons. The man let go of a white balloon, which floated up into the sky. Then he released yellow and red balloons, which also flew up and away. An African-American boy asked him, "Mister, if you let go of a black balloon, will it go up?" The man replied, "Son, the color on the outside has nothing to do with it. It's what's on the inside that makes it go up."

Do you lack confidence or feel discouraged? Remember that it's what's on the inside that makes you go up. Quit looking at yourself, or your circumstances, which can easily drag you down, and look to the One who can lift your spirit up. If you are a Christian, you have the Spirit of the Living God inside you! "The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you" (Rom. 8:11). God is "able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us" (Eph. 3:20).

If you are deflated, ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit. He will lift up your spirit on the inside and give you the encouragement that you need (See Rom. 15:5).
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Be Content With What You Have

A dog carrying a bone in its mouth was crossing over a bridge. He looked into the water and saw a dog with a bone that looked a lot more desirable than his own. Not realizing he was looking at his own reflection, he let go of his bone to grab for the other dog's bone... and ended up with neither.

Many people have made the same mistake as that dog. They've given up what they had to get something that they thought would make them happier. Unfortunately, the dream for something better turned out to be only an illusion, and then they couldn't get back what they gave up.

The key to happiness is to "be content with what you have" (Heb. 13:5). Contentment isn't having everything you want, but wanting everything you have. Has it ever occurred to you that the things you now have were once things that you were desperately trying to get? But somehow you lost your appreciation for those things because you took them for granted.

Make no bones about it, you can be happy in your current situation. If you will start thanking God from your heart for each and every item in your possession, your appreciation will increase and you will find the contentment that you've been looking for.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Astronaut's Space Suit

Do you see the astronaut on your left? No, you don't. You're actually looking at the astronaut's space suit, and the astronaut is the person living inside that suit. The space suit allows him to live a little while on the moon, and then he will return to earth.

Just as an astronaut needs a suit to live in space, your earthly body is your "space suit" that allows you to live on this planet. Through your "space suit" you breathe oxygen, drink water, and eat food. But one day you'll shed the outfit, which is the day you'll die.

Even if you live to be 100, your time on earth is extremely brief compared to eternity. "You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (James 4:14). At the moment of death, your spirit will be released from your body and you'll leave your space suit behind for everyone to view at the funeral. Meanwhile, if you're a Christian, your spirit will be immediately ushered into the presence of the Lord, where you'll live forever (See 2 Cor. 5:8).

You can prepare for that day if you will receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you would like more information about knowing God in a personal way, please contact me.
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