Never Shine

by waynesosebee on August 31, 2012 · 0 comments

I own a black truck; wash it and it shines like new money or at least most of it does. The hood on my black truck will never shine again and the reason is I fail to keep it washed and waxed. Because of my neglect it will never shine again without a fresh paint job. Now there is someone reading this and saying bring it to my shop and I’ll paint it for you. There’s been many a Christian that began passionately and became professional. What was once love for their daily Bible reading and prayer has now turned into a duty. Oh, these good folks aren’t doing anything terribly wrong they have just drifted from their passionate love for Him. I remember I was doing some snorkeling, I was so excited about what I was seeing I failed to realize that I had began to drift and then a current grabbed me and out in deep water I went. When I raised my head I was a long ways from where I should have been all because I neglected what I should have been paying attention to and then I drifted. That’s what happens, we neglect our time with the Lord and before we know it we are drifting away.
Hebrews 2:3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;How can you and I escape if we neglect our great salvation. Notice that verse didn’t say “how shall we escape if we reject such a great salvation?” It says neglect. Now that hood on my truck didn’t suddenly become dull it became that way because of what I didn’t do. It became dull because I neglected it. You and I must have a daily maintenance in our Christian life. Daily time in God’s Word turns on the light for the day; you see it’s not a book you’re missing but a person you spend time with, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. It’s neglecting time with Jesus. Yesterday morning I went out the door on my way to work when I felt a strong urge to pray. I walked over to the edge of the yard and began to pray. Don’t know why I felt that way but I obeyed the impulse of the Holy Spirit. Now it could have been the Lord slowing me down from an oncoming accident that might have injured me, I don’t know and may never know. It’s not my job to know it’s my job to obey realizing that God loves me and wants the best for me. If He wants to have me stop for a few minutes so He can talk with Him that’s fine; better than a dead battery.  On Tuesday of this week I was in a bad part of Atlanta stopped at a stop sign when I heard a gunshot and at the same time I heard the bullet hit a tree close to me. Needless to say I got to moving very quickly. Later as I thought about that my heart began to beat fast as I got to thinking how I could have been killed had that bullet hit me in the head and not the tree. As I was thinking on that the Holy Spirit brought comforting words to my heart knowing that it was He that protects me. Have a blessed weekend, don’t forget that you are loved greatly by the Lord Jesus and don’t neglect Him this weekend.  

Only Three Things

by waynesosebee on August 29, 2012 · 0 comments

Complaining is something we all do from time to time. We complain if it rains too much and we complain if it doesn’t rain enough. We complain if we miss an opportunity, we complain if we get sick, we complain if we….you get the picture I’m sure. There is not one who is reading this now that hasn’t been treated wrong at one time or another. We have cried, felt lonely and left behind and at times we have felt that no one even cares about poor little old me. Wait, there is nothing you or I can do about the troubles that come into our life is there? Well, I think there is! Troubles will come; that is for sure and if we live with a troubled attitude it will only make things worse. Try this instead of listing the troubles and problems why not make a gratitude list. That’s right, a list of things that you are grateful for. Let’s see! How’s your health? Are you enjoying eating every day and a loving family? Maybe you are glad the weekend is almost here? Do you have clothes to wear and someone who loves you? Maybe you’re the hero in your sons or daughters life? Are you taking a vacation in a few weeks? A wife who still loves you and has encouraging words for you each day? If all else fails you may have a pet that awaits your arrival each day. I love it, when all else has gone wrong I walk in the door and my dog is always glad I’m home.  I am sure you can think of others to add to your list. Remember now only put on your list things you are grateful for. This is a terrific way to change your attitude in a hurry. You may say why is that? When I was in the military we were taught about our enemy but we were also taught about our weapon and how to use it. Now with that in mind let me show you something about our enemy. Our enemy only wants to do three things and he is very successful at doing them and he has destroyed many a person’s life.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: There they are Steal, Kill, Destroy…Steal your joy by your complaining… Kill your desires by dwelling on the past; which you can do nothing about. Destroy your zeal by getting you to think everybody is against you and no one loves you. Think like that and you’ll soon be depressed, stressed out and feel you’re hopeless. I love the next part of that verse…. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Now you can dwell on what’s going wrong or the abundant life! I choose the latter! I say let’s cut the pity party short and shift to the gratitude list because gratitude will get you much farther in life than complaining. The weapon we need to know how to use is our Bible; it needs to get off the table and into our hearts.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Notice he said in our heart not our head. This is not Bible memorization for that will be in your head. David said in your heart. Wonder what my wife would say if I said “sweetheart I love you with all my head?” No, I love her with all my heart and there is a big difference. With my heart I know her and love her. So it is with Jesus Christ I know Him and love Him with my heart.
Now get busy with your Gratitude list…..only things you’re grateful for! You have 10 minutes and we are turning the light out on the pity party.

Can I Talk

by waynesosebee on August 28, 2012 · 0 comments

The Miracle of forgiveness! Letting the stone go. Someone is angry at you, something you said offended them. Asking for forgiveness is an amazing experience but it’s easier to simply just let it slide, especially if it’s someone you’re not going to run into. It takes courage to walk up to someone and say “can I talk with you. I owe you an apology and I want to ask for your forgiveness.” Do we have the ability to forgive?  Are we willing to say those words “I forgive you?” His face had been slapped, harsh words had been spoken to him, he had been beat and now someone spits in his face. This is an awful day but with all that is going on this man finds time and words to forgive.
Luke 23:34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. The voices are loud, this man is being bitten, he is thrown out of the city, the stones began to fly, one hits in above the eye another on his cheek bone, another in the head, the stones are coming now faster and faster he falls to the ground. The pain is excruciating he is rushed upon and more stones and more and more and just before this poor man dies he raises up with words of forgiveness.
Acts 7:59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Acts 7:60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
  Years ago I was working a factory job; we went work at 7 and got off at 3. The plant was closed on the week of July 4. For some reason they wanted to start an hour early on the last day we were to work before the plant closed. I couldn’t see the benefit but none the less that’s what was to be. There was no way I could go to work at 6 the nursery where our children stayed didn’t open until 6:30 each morning and sad to say that plant starting an hour early wasn’t that important to them. I told my supervisor that there was no way I could be there at 6 and he told me get there as soon as I could. I did but when I arrived my supervisor and his supervisor were waiting for me. His supervisor began to yell at me I just stood there for a moment hoping he would cool down but he just got louder. That is when I told him that he wasn’t going to talk to me like that but he kept yelling and then I yelled back at him telling him once again he wasn’t going to talk like that to me. Then he said come with me to my office. Now on the way to his office I began to feel like I handled the matter wrong so when we walked into his office I said before you say anything else I would like to apologize for my actions and ask for your forgiveness. He looked at me and never raised his voice again to me and then told my supervisor to help me get my work done. Forgiveness is a wonderful gift that we possess that is hidden in plain sight. It costs nothing and is worth millions. It is available to everyone and used by few. If you harness the power of forgiveness, you will be sought after and regarded highly. Not coincidentally, you will also be forgiven by others!

 Proverbs 26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.
What good is a stone in his sling that will not come out? It’s like a person who goes to battle with his weapon and no ammunition.   What if I were to tell you that I knew of something that cost nothing and is worth millions? At the same time was available to everyone and used by few.  Would you be interested in knowing what it was? Abraham Lincoln, one of my all time hero’s said this. “Forgiveness is a secret that is hidden in plain sight. It costs nothing and is worth millions. It is available to everyone and used by few. If you harness the power of forgiveness, you will be sought after and regarded highly. And not coincidentally, you will also be forgiven by others! When I read that my mind went quickly to Matthew chapter 18 of the King taking account of his servants and finding out that one owed him an enormous amount of money and didn’t have the resources to repay the amount. The King then clears his entire amount to nothing. What a wonderful blessing. What is interesting to me is that this same servant goes to one that owes him an amount that is payable but at the moment can’t pay. The forgiven servant gets angry and puts his friend in prison.  Word got back to the King who calls for his servant and reminds him that he was forgiven of an amount that he could never repay. He then tells him that when he had opportunity to forgive another he refused. I am afraid that hits home too many times. I must ask myself “have I been forgiven by my heavenly Father of all and do I refuse to forgive those that have wronged me? Do I hold grudges, do I refuse to forgive? Oh, wait, if those who have wronged me would come and ask for me to forgive them I would. Let me say that forgiveness is not an emotion it’s a decision. Have you ever been trying to fall asleep and suddenly your peacefulness is interrupted by remembering what someone has done to you. Do you replay that event over and over in your mind, thinking that you should have just knocked his lights out when you had the opportunity? That’s right think like a boy forgetting you are now 45 or so years old. You have consumed yourself with that kind of thinking in the middle of the night while that person is home in bed getting a good night’s rest. Would you forgive that person if they would come and ask or even beg for your forgiveness? The sling is the power to forgive and the stone is the forgiveness that you have bound in the sling. Tomorrow I’ll write on the Miracle of forgiveness; letting the stone go. 

No Angels Singing

by waynesosebee on August 24, 2012 · 0 comments

I have said this phrase 100’s of times “if you keep doing the same things you’ve always done you’re going to keep getting the same results you’ve always gotten.” Sunday is coming not a week or a month away but in two short days and the question is where will you be? In Church you might say and my answer to that question is and what will you be there for? Were you there last week? Were you content to just be there? Were you content to sit and look straight ahead and leave when the service was over? Content with the nice service! I hope if that were the case you’ll come this week looking for Jesus. Have you prepared your heart for worship? Have you prayed before you arrive so that you will be ready to pray when you arrive?  Did you sleep well so that you’ll be able to stay alert after you arrive? Did you read your Bible before you came so your heart will be soft when you worship? Come hungry, come willing and come expecting God to speak to you personally. When you leave Church will you have something to thank God for? He speaks to open and willing hearts. I read that George Carver Washington went out each morning to pray and the results of his prayers were over 300 uses for the peanut. Carver never patented most of the many discoveries saying “God gave them to me, how can I sell them to someone else?”  
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
What are you asking God for? After you ask are you seeking for what you asked for? Are you knocking, looking and expecting God to give you what you asked for? I remember a while back asking God for a certain matter; I asked more than once. I kept knocking at heavens doors for God to please supply in this matter; nothing happened the prayer was not answered, nothing. Then one day I just said in my prayer “God I have asked and asked I have knocked and knocked why have you not answered; just say yes or no but please give me an answer.” There was no sound from heaven, no angels singing but on that morning God answered my prayer. I was reading Matthew chapter seven when my eyes read verse seven. Ask, seek and knock and then the Lord spoke to me. You have asked and yes, you have knocked but you have failed to seek. That’s it I was waiting for something to drop out of the sky into my lap. I like most forgot to seek after what I was asking for. If you want to find gold one must go and pan or seek for it. I am afraid that many die without ever really knowing what God wants them to do. Oh yes, they asked God to show them and sure they knocked but have they really gone seeking for it.
Proverbs 21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Proverbs 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Proverbs 2:4 Ifthou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
When you walk into the doors of your Church this Sunday don’t you want more than being content? If that’s all you want that’s all you’ll get. But if you come expecting to hear, see and experience something from God that’s what you’ll get. You can have as much as you want or as little as you’re satisfied with.

Numbered With

by waynesosebee on August 23, 2012 · 0 comments

Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Matthias, I can only find his named mentioned twice. What is interesting about that is the opportunity he had but missed.  The verse we just read tells us that Matthias was numbered with the eleven apostles. We are told of the position he held but nothing of what he did in that position. He goes down in history as being numbered with the apostles but doing nothing as an apostle. Reminds me of the talents given to the three; to one there was given only one, to another two and to another five talents. The one with the five talents doubled his, the one with the two talents doubled his also but the one with only one did nothing. All he has was an excuse
Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.
How did the Lord handle this matter? 
Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: The Lord said this person was a wicked and slothful servant. The opportunity was there no doubt but nothing was done with the opportunity. He was just numbered with the ones who did something. If I were to ask you to name just 6 of the 12 disciples could you? If I were to ask you to name 5 of the 10 spies that went in to spy out the land of Canaan could you? If I asked could you name 3 of the 7 men chosen to be the first Deacons?

Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. More than likely not but if I asked you to name 3 of the Disciples that stood out you would you would more than likely name Peter, James & John. Why? They were not only numbered but those men did something. Just as did Caleb & Joshua as the spies that went into Canaan and as did Stephen & Phillip as two of the seven. Its one thing to be numbered but it’s quite another to use the talent or talents God has given you. Don’t accept the position if all you want is prestige and recognition; accept the position with the attitude of going forward regardless of the prestige and recognition. Use your talent for Gods glory.

Killed Anyone

by waynesosebee on August 22, 2012 · 0 comments

Faith is wonderful; we use faith everyday of our lives. We have faith in our postal service. We write a letter, sign it, seal it and drop it in the box. We have faith that the letter will be delivered. We have faith in our bank. We go to work, work all week get paid and put that money in our bank and leave with confidence.  We have faith in Doctors, Nurses, Medicines, Operations, in Treatments, why we even have faith in a coke machine. Put our money in, push a button and expect a coke. All that I’ve just mentioned is us putting faith in people and the things we have invented or organized. Now putting Faith in God or this man Jesus Christ is another story. We see others that have put their faith in Jesus, and we think; “Well, I just don’t know about me!” Here is what happens, it is called doubt. We don’t have doubt in the coke machine or the postal service but when it comes to this thing about my sins being forgiven; well, that’s another story. You see God will never forgive me for what I have done. That’s a lie; let me ask you a question. Have you ever killed someone? I mean premeditated, planned it out and then done it yourself or have it done? You say “Why, heavens no!” Well King David did.  
2Samuel11:15  And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. What did you say, David? Did I understand you right; put Uriah on the front lines in the heat of the battle and leave him there by himself! He will surely be killed. Yes, David knew that and the reason he allowed that to happen was to cover up his sin with Uriah’s wife. Guess what; God forgave David of his awful deeds. So why can’t we put our trust in a God like that? We can if we will just overcome that doubt in our hearts. I have found that too many are waiting on that last minute when they can ask God to forgive them like the dying thief that day on Calvary’s hillside. Yes, and if you mean it like that thief did God will do the same thing for you as He did that day because the Bible says
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. There are a few problems with that line of thinking. What if you are in an automobile accident? You may not have time! What if you have a heart attack? You are here one minute and the next you are gone without notice! I am sure you can think of many, many more times when you just wouldn’t think of asking God to forgive you. Don’t wait! For the Bible says
Hebrews 4:7….To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. I am glad I didn’t let my past get in the way of my future. As Dr E.V. Hill so plainly said “What He’s done for others He’ll do for you!”

Don’t You Think

by waynesosebee on August 21, 2012 · 0 comments

We have so many choices to make in a one day period. What will I eat for breakfast, cereal, or stop and get a donut; now you’re talking! What will I listen to on the radio? Will it be a Talk show, news, music and if music what kind; country, rock or maybe gospel. I hope it would be gospel. Possibly listen to a CD of your choice; oh no, how many CD’s do you have. You go to the drink machine and there you are faced with more choices. Go to the restaurant and there you are faced with choices. Are you getting the picture? We live in a country where making choices is a full time job. As I was reading my Bible these verses caught my eye and mind:
Psa 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Oh let us give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. Look at verse two; do you see what it is saying? “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so;” say so about what? First, the Lord is good; why should we say He is good? We should say the Lord is good and broadcast the fact that we have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Now that’s mercy. When you got up this morning with all the other choices you had to make did you first make the choice to be HAPPY?  You may say happy about what? Happy that you have sight, happy that you have air to breath, happy that you can hear, happy that you can laugh! Take any one of those away and see how happy you would be. The next mirror you see; stop and smile at yourself and give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. Don’t you think?  


by waynesosebee on August 20, 2012 · 0 comments

There’s not a one of us who has not been angry at someone for something they did or have said to us. Anger is something that we need to lean to control; sometimes anger comes quickly but it is how we respond to the anger that’s important. How does one control his or her anger?
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression. The word DISCRETION means knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; then we see the word DEFER To delay; to put off; to postpone to a future time;  
Knowledge of a man putting off his anger and to forgive is to his glory.
Proverbs 14:29   He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
Proverbs 16:32   He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Learning to control one’s anger until the proper time to deal with the matter is what must be learned. He that is “SLOW TO ANGER” is better that the mighty; “HE THAT RULETH HIS SPIRIT” than he that takes a city. He that is “SLOW TO WRATH” is of great understanding. When someone causes me to get or be angry I must remember to put off my anger until a later time so that I might deal with it after giving it some thought. I should then deal with it one to one not in front of others. Like “Mike what you said the other day about me not only hurt my feelings but it made me very angry at you. I wish the next time you felt that way you would come to me in private so we might handle our differences that our opinions would not be openly known.” 

 News FLASH!! Most people fail because of an undecided heart. When confronted with a challenge, a decided heart searches for a solution, it is only the undecided heart that searches for an escape route. You can’t afford to wait for conditions to be exactly right because conditions are never exactly right! Peter walked with the Lord on a daily basis, ate with the Lord and saw His compassion for those He came in contact with. Peter talked with and to the Lord, but the question is, did Peter have a decided heart? Remember most people fail because of an undecided heart. When Peter was asked if he knew the Lord he responded by saying
John 18:17Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.
Know why Peter said that?  Peter’s heart was undecided and therefore he found an escape route. That’s what undecided hearts do. Now the Lord knew that Peter’s heart was undecided
Luk 22:31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
 That word “converted” carries the meaning to turn. It wasn’t until the rooster crowed that Peter realized that his heart was undecided. Peter leaves where he’s at and goes out and weeps bitterly for his actions.
Matthew 26:75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
I personally believe that on that night Peter’s heart started in the direction of a decided heart for Peter turns from denying and cursing to building and strengthening the brethren, that’s what decided hearts do. No more wishy-washy decision making for Peter; he committed himself to a decided heart and he was willing to die before he changed. It’s one thing to know God’s will for your life but when the path gets tough what do we do then? Look for an escape route or a solution. James warns us about a double minded man.
James 1:8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
That’s why marriages fall apart; undecided hearts. That’s why Missionaries come home: undecided hearts. If we let others decide for us by what they think we will be lead by the way the winds blow. Years ago when I was coaching baseball I had to make decisions based on that game and how the team was playing at the time. It didn’t matter what I did there was always someone in the peanut gallery that didn’t approve and always voiced their opinions. Had I listened to those who didn’t understand we would have never won a game? I didn’t care what they thought or how they felt I was the coach and my heart was decided; I went out to win not to please the peanut gallery. Are we looking today for an escape route or a solution? It all depends on our heart, Undecided or Decided? 
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