Saturday, September 24, 2016

Practice Righteousness

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as Jesus is righteous.  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8

So if the children of the devil please their "father" by doing evil, how much more should the children of God please their Father by doing good?  Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and we're on His side, right?  We KNOW that we cannot earn or deserve that great gift we have been given of eternal life and adoption as God's sons.  Shouldn't we be so grateful for what we've received that we would do ANYTHING to please God?  The passage above continues on below:

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for His seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.  1 John 3:9-10

Yikes?!  Did I read that right?  If I deliberately and regularly *practice* the same kind of behavior as a child of the devil, who is NOT saved and therefore NOT indwelt by the Holy Spirit and NOT born of God, then that is apparently what I am?  This is something to really seriously consider and get right now while there is still time to change, with God's help.  He is the ONLY One who saves.

kit: Let's Face It by Kristmess Designs; template by M & M Designs

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Rich Man

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:16-21

kit: No Crow Zone by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harvest of Righteousness

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18

kit: No Crow Zone by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Be Patient

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7-8

kit: Home Grown by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Abides in You

As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2:24

kit: Autumn Tones by Kristmess Designs

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bear Witness

And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.  Acts 10:42-43

kit: Autumn Tones by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Adornment of the Heart

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4

kit: May Daze by Kristmess Designs, template (modified): Spring Fling Vol. 4 by Ponytails Designs