Archive for July, 2011

“Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
COMMENT: “computers for Dummies” is one of a host of books written in simple terms for people who are “technologically challenged”. Well, I fall into that category, but I prefer the term “novice”. One of the problems I have is sending an e-mail to someone who is not in my address book. I have to make sure that every single character in the address is correct; otherwise it will not be delivered. If I make the slightest mistake in searching for a Web Site, I am rebuked. In cyberspace, one has to be perfect in order to communicate. I thank God that He is not that way! We don’t have to go through any particular ritual to get the Father’s ear. It is not necessary to bow our heads, close our eyes, bend our knees, or lay prostrate. Of course, if you feel prompted to practice any of these gestures you can, but they are not prerequisites. When Peter began to sink in his attempt to walk on water, he didn’t have time for any rigmarole. He cried out to Jesus and the response was immediate. (Matthew 14:30,31) However, we are given some instruction regarding prayer and it’s in John 14:13,14. . . .”And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Isaiah 65:24, Matthew 7:7&8, John 15:7 and Hebrews 4:16
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave His only begotten [unique] Son….” (John 3:16) Amplified Bible
COMMENT: For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a poor self-image. I guess it started when I was a youngster and was rebuked by guys my age because I was “athletically challenged”. (Can you imagine a Black  kid living in a ghetto and not knowing how to play basketball?) In school when sports teams were chosen, I was always the last person picked. In adulthood this led to some peculiar attitudes and resulting action, trying to hide my inferiority complex by putting on a superior facade.
There was a time when I would not use coupons at the food market because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was poor. For the same reason, I  would never look into my wallet while I was in the store because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was checking to see if I had enough cash to pay for my groceries. Every time Equitable, my company, would hold a convention I had to have a new outfit, something “they” had not seen before. Recently I came across a list of goals I had set in 1970; among other things it included the purchase of 8 new suits in 1971. Now why in the world would I need to purchase 8 new suits? The Cadillac automobile I leased was part of my stupid strategy. Now that I am a Christian, “I’ve got a new attitude.” Christ‘s death for man gives us God’s ultimate evaluation of the worth of man in His sight. Therefore, I am highly esteemed in God’s sight. It doesn’t matter what man thinks of me. I am confident in the steadfast love of my Heavenly Father. I’m His treasured possession and the apple of His eye. That works for me!
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Deut. 32:10, Luke 14:11 and 18:14