What an awesome thing salvation is for the Believer. I am so thankful for my salvation in Jesus Christ. I am also equally as thankful for His keeping power in my life.
God has the power to save us. He also has power to keep us. Romans 1:16 says…
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
Salvation is not an event God does for us and then leaves us to figure out how to live it out on our own. NO! Salvation includes the warranty.
I owned a car that had a 100,000 mile warranty. I bought the car in part because the warranty was so much better than most other cars on the market. Salvation comes with a lifetime warranty. An important part of salvation is what God does for us after we are saved. He knows we will be tempted and He offers His power to us to properly handle temptation. Be encouraged today because your salvation includes an incredible warranty. God is our master mechanic and He always knows how to keep our souls running!
Have great day! ~Pastor Randy
Today I am addressing a "biggie"...
Most all of us struggle with people who live a life of sin and seem to be blessed more than us!!! Proverbs 23:17 states...
Don't be jealous of sinners; instead always fear the Lord.
In other words, we should concentrate on our life before the Lord and try and keep from letting our attention wander to people who cause jealousy to stir up within us. Our focus needs to be God, not others. That is my encouragement for you today. Have a great day. ~Randy Butler
I have been studying people in American history who have made a great difference in the business world. I have been studying how they rose to power and how they kept it and what I can learn from them. Proverbs 22:2 states...
The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.
God made us to accomplish His will. Some will be rich and some will be poor. In the end what will matter is if we competed our assignment. Do you have any homework for God that might be due today? May I encourage you to get it in on time. Have a great day. ~Randy Butler
I grew up with a song in Sunday School that taught me to be careful with my hands and my eyes and my ears and my feet. Probably the hardest one of all was the tongue. Proverbs 21:23 states...
The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
It is so hard sometimes not to say something...right? Part of being controlled by God is allowing Him to control every part of us especially our tongue. Perhaps this is not a problem for you, but it is for me.
My prayer for you and my encouragement for you today is that God would help you and me and all of us to say things that will really help people today.
Have a great day. ~Randy Butler
Another amazing proverb is Proverbs 20:24...
Man's steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way?
The longer I live, the less I understand lots of things. At least I am willing to admit it!
Another translation states..."ordered by the Lord" It is very comforting to know God has ordered my steps. It means He is in charge and I can follow Him which is what I should be doing anyway!
My encouragement to you is to stay close to God and His Word. Know that your day is ordered by the Lord. Enjoy the ride. Even if the day does not go the way you want, likely it has gone the way God wants it to go!
Have a great day! ~Pastor Randy