Praise the Lord everyone. Praise him because he is God. He is the master of everything. He knows everything. He doesn’t have to ask us what’s going on, because he already knows. He knows when we are sad, or sick, or when we are going through trials, and we are discouraged. He is always there to lift us up, to heal our body, to get us through the trials of life that tries to drag us down. He loves us unconditionally and all he wants is for us to love him back. Some people love God for what they think he can do for them. Some people love God because the thought of Hell scares them to death. Some people love God because they are taught from birth that it is the thing to do. Meanwhile God is waiting for us to simply love him because he is God.
A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to someone and after talking to them awhile they made the statement that they were told I was real religious. I simply looked at them and said very gently “no, I’m not religious, I’m a child of God.” Did you know there is difference in being religious and being a child of God? You can go to church every time the doors open and sit on a church pew for the wrong reason, and it will profit you nothing. Only loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength will move God and make things right between you. Lots of people have religion, and they don’t know the first thing about God. They do all the things that look good to people, but I worry about how God looks at it.
True followers of God don’t curse, and drink, and smoke and destroy their bodies which are the temple of God. They daily seek the Lord for wisdom. They ask for strength to be overcomers of the things that displease God. They don’t turn their face away from those in need. Instead they do what they can to help. True followers of God make a stand for what is right even when it is not the most popular thing to do. Just this week I read an article Mrs. McCain wrote for the paper talking about how Facebook was never meant to be used for filthy talk and gossip. It was never meant to be used to brag about who you got pregnant and whose wife you dated or any other junk you see on Facebook. My hat is off to Mrs. McCain. It took nerve to speak out like that. It’s called doing what is right.
Please don’t waste your time going to church to just be religious. Get on your knees before God and pray and ask him to forgive your sins. Ask him to really come into your life and fill your with his spirit. Learn about him by reading his word. Have a real true relationship with him. In the end of your life, it is all that will make the difference in heaven or hell. I truly believe God is coming soon. Don’t miss the boat.
I’ve got to go for now. Call me at 662-724-4691 or write me at 425 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346. I love you all and I pray you will decide with me to walk in God’s will so we can worship together around God’s throne. See you next week.