Category Archives: Daily Diary of Thoughts
Millions of people profess Christianity; they claim to be members of the Church Jesus founded. But Christianity is a divided religion, composed of hundreds of denominations and schisms. Through the centuries, most of Christianity’s branches have assimilated many nonbiblical traditions—philosophical, cultural and religious—into their teachings and practices, spawning even more variations.
As I sat and stroll through the channels on television I noticed all the programs geared toward promoting their ministries and inviting people to come to their services. I begin to wonder from pass experiences, how many of the pastors were even maintaining the people that were under their watch now. Even as I strolled pass my former pastor and church program; I begin to reflect on all the people whom I saw come and leave suffering from spiritual neglect. Leaving with no relationship or spiritual support from the institution they once call home.
Just like a successful business man, whose home is in such a disgrace that the members of his home don’t even know him. You can often find the successful business man chasing after other women and taking care of others, but neglecting the very ones that was given into his care. “Public Success Private Failure” Similar to most churches and pastors neglecting what God has given them, jumping into other pastures of lust to fed their ego.
It is, of course, another thing altogether if a man will rush unsent into any field of work, or any post of difficulty or danger. In such a case we may assuredly look for a thorough breakdown or breakout, sooner or later. But when God calls a man to a certain position, He will endow him with the needed grace to occupy it and build relationships.
Spiritual Success is not measured by the number of dollars, members or building projects, but for the lasting relationships in Christ.
Friendships are not based on others reactions you, but your reactions to them. First one must learn to be friend before he can have a friend.
Love is measured not so much in what it feels as in what it does: the suffering it is prepared to face, the pain it is prepared to accept.
Are you just a worshipper of Christ or a follower of Jesus? Worshippers go to church and do praise and worship, however, followers become the church through their praise and worship.
Revenge belongs to God! If vengeance is God’s then it is not ours. God has not asked us to settle the score or get even. Ever. Judgment is God’s job. To assume otherwise is to assume God can’t do it.
Anger has a way of increasing in volume until it’s the only sound we hear. The louder it gets the more desperate we become.
When we are mistreated, our animalistic response is to go on the hunt. Instinctively, we double up our fists. Getting even is only natural. Which, incidentally, is precisely the problem. Revenge is natural, not spiritual. Getting even is the rule of the jungle. Giving grace is the rule of the kingdom?
X-ray the soul of the vengeful and behold the tumor of bitterness: black, menacing, malignant. Carcinoma of the spirit. Its fatal fibers creep around the edge of the heart and ravage it. Yesterday you can’t alter, but your reaction to yesterday you can. The past you cannot change, but your response to the past you can.
“For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.”
I choose love …
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy …
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.
I choose peace …
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose patience …
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so.
I choose kindness …
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I choose goodness …
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.
I choose faithfulness …
Today I will keep my promises.
I choose gentleness …
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle.
I choose self-control …
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal … I will be drunk only by joy.
“In the Great House of God there is a furnace. This furnace affects the whole house, and your prayers fuel the furnace. Your intercession is coal on the fire. Your pleadings are kindling to the flames. The furnace is sturdy, the vents are ready; all that is needed is your prayer.”
The faults of others are like headlights of an approaching car—they always seem more glaring than our own.
“God has a plan and that plan is good. Our question is, how do I access it?”
We have to see the mess we are in before we can appreciate the God we have. Before presenting the grace of God, we must understand the wrath of God.
Love is blind, and marriage is the eye-opener. Love is the tie that blinds.
Love is like a game of chess. One good move from the lover and you’re mated.
Scratch a lover and find a enemy.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
As I was thanking God a few days ago for the fact that I know He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that although circumstances and relationships may change, He never changes nor forsakes me (Hebrews 13:5), He brought a verse to my mind that I have known over the years. Through this verse He has also brought comfort to me for these changing times I am in. ~KP
The verse is Isaiah 33:6 “He shall be the stability of your times.”
Christian workers and volunteers sometimes make the mistake of thinking their work is so important that they are justified in ignoring their family. Spiritual leadership, however, must begin at home. If a man is not willing to care for, discipline, and teach his children, he is not qualified to lead the church. Don’t allow your volunteer activities to detract from your family responsibilities. ~KP
While ye have light, believe in the light. John 12:36.
We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say—‘I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!’ We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for this workaday world when there is no high hour.
We must bring our commonplace life up to the standard revealed in the high hour. Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you in the high hour to evaporate. Don’t put your mental feet on the mantelpiece and say— ‘What a marvellous state of mind to be in!’ Act immediately, do something, if only because you would rather not do it. If in a prayer meeting God has shown you something to do, don’t say—‘I’ll do it’; do it! Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. Laziness is always seen in cravings for the high hour; we talk about working up to a time on the mount. We have to learn to live in the grey day according to what we saw on the mount.
Don’t cave in because you have been baffled once, get at it again. Burn your bridges behind you, and stand committed to God by your own act. Never revise your decisions, but see that you make your decisions in the light of the high hour.
At this point in my life I am facing changes in many respects, areas of my life I thought were healthy God is showing me its decay. As one who hasn’t seen a dentist all their life, there are crevices in my life that seems normal on the surface, but if you scratch beyond the gum line it begins to bleed.
If I did not know the Lord and if I did not know that He establishes and directs my steps…..being shaken by some of what is happening around me my life might not exist beyond today. However, I thank God that; a man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ~KP
Jesus’ disciples came to him, and said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). It is not recorded that Jesus taught them how to preach. I have often said that I would rather know how to pray like Daniel than to preach like Gabriel.
If you get love into your soul, so the grace of God may come down in answer to prayer, there will be no trouble about reaching the people. It is not by eloquent sermons that perishing souls are going to be reached. We need the power of God in order that the blessing may come down.
His praise shall continually be in my mouth Ps. 34:1
Let not thy praises be transients—a fit of music, and then the instrument hung by the wall till another gaudy day of some remarkable providence makes you take it down.
So often we praise God for the good and the bad, but what about when it’s neither good or bad? Do you ever give God praise just to give Him praise? Our every breath should be a continuance of praise to our God, the Father of our Lord and Savior and now a Father to us all.