Don’t Get Tripped.

The godless and habitually wicked are seen as entering and “continuing in the way of evil.” Take warning about abiding with sinners. Bad company corrupts good morals.
Even friends can make you fall. It is difficult for people to accept the fact that friends and acquaintances might be luring them to do wrong. Young people want to be accepted, so they do not want to confront or criticize a friend for wrong plans or actions. Many other people can’t even see how their friends’ actions could lead to trouble. While we should be accepting of others, we need a healthy skepticism about human behavior. When you feel yourself being heavily influenced, proceed with caution. Don’t let your friends cause you to fall into sin.

The “path of the wicked” may seem harmless at first, and we tell ourselves that we would never fall into gross sin. But that’s just the kind of thinking that can divert us from the path of righteousness. A good traffic rule on the road of life: When you meet temptation stay right.

The light of life for those that follow God’s will for their daily lives becomes like the sun that directly overhead has become stationary. For them there is no shadow or doubt of turning from God’s chosen straight and narrow path.

If we walk in the way of God’s wisdom, the path gets brighter and brighter and there is no sunset! When the path ends, we step into a land where the light never dims, for “there shall be no night there” (Rev. 22:5). God has a plan for each of His children (Eph. 2:10), and if we walk in His wisdom, we can confidently say, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Ps. 138:8). Our path may not be an easy one, but it will always be a fulfilling one as we walk in the will of the Father. We hear a lot about being burned out and about mid-life crises. Yet here we read that the path of the just doesn’t burn out—it lightens up. In other words, if you walk with the Lord and embrace the precepts of His Word, although there is no promise that your path will become easier, it will be clearer brighter as you move along.

There is danger that we will let the lessons of wisdom slip through our fingers and lose them. We must hold fast her instructions and not let them go. Hold on to wisdom the way a child holds a parent’s hand and trusts Mom or Dad to guide and protect. God is able to keep us from stumbling (Jude 24) if we’ll keep ourselves in His wisdom

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New Beginnings

We all mess up. We say things we later wish we could take back. We do things we wish we could undo. We miss opportunities. This happens in all spheres of our lives. Sometimes we make mistakes at work, sometimes we hurt the people we love, sometimes we disappoint God. And because we all mess up, we like to start over—to turn our backs on the past, to look forward, to hope that this time round, things are going to be better.There’s something exciting about starting over—new challenges, new experiences, new opportunities. I love starting a new year. I have plans, things I’d like to accomplish, big challenges ahead of me. Looking back over the past year, I realise there are some things I’d like to do differently. Perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts. Yes, we all like to start over. Why? Because the future holds the hope for something better.  

But things don’t always stay this way. After too many disappointments we often give up, we lose hope. A person can only start over so many times before you begin to wonder, “What’s the point? What makes you think you’re not going to mess it up again?” Of course, people vary. The number of disappointments necessary before someone gives up hope differs from person to person.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor 5:17; NIV)A “new creation”—the Greek word used here is ktisis. If anyone has dedicated himself or herself to Christ, that person is a new ktisis. The two major meanings of ktisis are: (1) the creative act, the act of creation or (2) the thing created, the creation itself.2 Cor 5:17 thus means that when someone has decided to dedicate their lives to Jesus, Jesus begins a new “act of creation” in their lives. They aren’t merely reformed or rehabilitated. No, they are recreated. They become a brand new person from within. And they begin a brand new life. Paul explains how this can take place, For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor 5:14-15; NIV) This is what baptism symbolises. Your old life dies and you are buried under the water, just as Jesus was buried in the tomb. Then you stand up out of the water, just as Jesus stood up from the grave. You stand up as a new person, a new ktisis. That’s why Paul can confidently say “the old has gone, the new has come!”

It’s not easy to confront our failures, our disappointments, our pain. In fact, it’s possible for us to get used to living in spiritual poverty, to live without hope. To hope again is scary. If we begin to hope again, we can be disappointed again. If we try to start over once more, we might just fail once more. But however scary it might be to think of making a new start, that is exactly what the Bible is promising: “[I]f anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

Here is something amazing. When we make that decision to give ourselves wholeheartedly to Christ, and He begins that work of recreation in us, we become His ambassadors! We aren’t treated like the naughty boy who apologises and is then allowed back in the classroom, but in a lonely corner separated from his friends. No, instead we are entrusted with the message of reconciliation. Suddenly our lives have a larger purpose than just earning enough to live comfortably.

Perhaps things are still going well. Sure, you’ve made some mistakes, you’ve messed up a little, but you’re still living with the hope that you will be able to start over, that today presents you with the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf—to drop some bad habits and pick up some good ones. Perhaps things are falling apart. You’ve tried the starting over bit—over and over and over—and you’ve come to realise it’s just a futile attempt at making yourself feel better for a while. You’ve lost all hope in any real new beginning. Perhaps you’ve met the Messiah. You’ve gone through the ups and downs. You’ve tried it all you know what it’s like to promise yourself a new start, you know what it’s like to reach that point of hopelessness, of just giving up. But now you’ve met the Messiah. And suddenly you know what it is to really start over to be a new creation. Perhaps you’ve become His ambassador. You’ve been liberated, set free from you trust in yourself, your loss of hope. And now you can’t help but carry a message—the message that it’s okay. That God has made things right between you and Him, everyone and Him! It doesn’t really matter where you are today, because today is a new day. Paul writes further: 6 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, ‘‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1, 2; NIV)Friends, Today is a new day. Jesus is offering you what He offered the woman at the well—a new creation, living water. Go on. Drink it.

Introduction!

Hello everyone. My name is Jeff Moore and I currently live in a small town in Oklahoma.  I have two wonderful son’s.  I am almost 39 years old and have quite an exciting life. Growing up my family moved a few times like most families do. My parents have been married 39 years and like most couples do have had their share of troubles, through it all their love for one another and our family has kept them together. Growing up we went to church at an Assembly of God church. I loved attending and getting involved with different aspects of the church. One of my best times was being involved with Royal Rangers a youth ministry for boys. We got to do so much with each other, not only learning about God but bonding with each other working together as a team. We had such great leaders in those groups. Men who truly had a calling from God and a zeal for leading the youth. I am still friends and have contact with some of them to this day. I was attending a gathering that was held each for groups around the state. While at the evening gathering something told me it was time to get closer to God and I went to the front in front of everyone and gave my heart to God. There I was out in the country with hundreds of boys just like me, praising God with tears in my eyes. It was an experience that I will remember the rest of my life. A short time later while I was attending a Sunday night service and while worshiping I felt a warmth come over me and began speaking in tongues.  I attended another church for a while but still visited my original church. As I became a young adult I slowly started to drift away from God. After Graduation, I began living a life of fun and sin. I continued that life through three marriages and countless relationships. In September 2012 I made the decision to give my life back to God and have been going non-stop since. I have always believed in God but turned my back to him because, I knew what I wanted in life and how to get it. Well long story short I failed miserably. I have a calling now. A calling to share the word of God and to let everyone know that his unfailing love is always with us no matter how far we have strayed. He is a caring, loving God that want’s us to be in an intimate relationship with him. He wants to bless us beyond our wildest imagination. I am here today only by his grace and love. I have made some stupid choices in my life but because of him I know I am just now begging to live the life he had originally set forth for me. Because of  him my next 40 years are promised to be great with me leaving behind a legacy that I will be proud of. I am going to use this to share with you that walk. To let you know about my past and tell you about the future he promises.  Until next time. God Bless you all.

Jeff