Simon (God) Sez:

God sez: You are mine

God sez: I love you

You stink!

God says that we are His and that is true. When we accept Him as our Master and Jesus as our savior – we become all His. So then the next statement also become true. He does love us with an “Everlasting Love.”

As we take the time to read His Word and ponder it. As we spend time quietly with Him, He will talk to us. Most of the time it’s a still small voice that we hear. But it is His voice.

Why then do we sometimes hear the “you stink”, or “you’re bad” or “this is all stupid” kinds of words?

Satan smells your aroma and he’s not fond of it!

2 Corinthians chapter 2 says,

15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.

The world and the devil don’t think we are a wonderful fragrance! They and He (the devil) think we stink. We carry an odor of truth that they recognize as truth, but they don’t want to hear it. Therefore, they bad mouth it and say it’s wrong (“You Stink!).

So today be aware that if you belong to Him, you have a spiritual aroma that will enamor some and absolutely turn others off.. You must let the aroma free and let God do with it what He will.


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A recipe for Success?

Revelation 3 (NKJV)

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia…”:

8 “I know your works…; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

9 “… and to know that I have loved you.”

10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

11 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘

The highlighted words above are the words that stood out to me this morning as I read the seven letters to the churches found in the Book of Revelations. Though there is no highlight in verse 13, I left it there to remind us that we are the “He or she who has an ear!” This entire book is to us today as is the entire Bible.

Philadelphia received no negative comments in their letter, as most of the others did. Look with me for a few moments at the words that stood out to me:

The city of Philadelphia was there before the Christians got there, so this city may have been a city that espoused brotherly love even before Jesus gave us His command to “Love one another.” So I don’t know if the congregation there exhibited that quality or not. I do note however, that in verse nine Jesus says that “He has Loved them…”

Why did He love them?

  • Their works
  • little strength (but they)
  • kept His word (and did)
  • not denied His name (and they also)
  • kept His command to persevere (and in Vs 11 He says)
  • Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown

SO — What’s here for us?

  • Do the works that He has shown us in His word to do,
  • …using the strength He has given us.
  • Keep His word.
  • Don’t deny Him, ever.
  • Keep “all” of His commandments.
  • Hold fast to Him and to His Word.
  • Persevere!

With that, we can keep the crown that He is preparing for each of us right now.

Not easy, but He has also give us the Holy Spirit to enable us to “Persevere” and to do all that He has commanded us to do.

We can indeed follow all His commands that He has given, even though they appear difficult sometimes.

Keep on Keeping on!


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Where are you in the process?

2 Peter 1 (NKJV)

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence,
add to your faith
to virtue knowledge,

6 to knowledge self-control,
to self-control perseverance,
to perseverance godliness,

7 to godliness brotherly kindness,
and to brotherly kindness love.

I don’t believe this is a “building blueprint”. An item does not necessarily build on the preceding item. A couple commentaries agree with me on this. Although there is a flow in the list, I never could see any sense of building a list. So in the list there are eight items. Biblically, the number eight means “New Beginnings”. I’m thinking this is very appropriate, as the list can be a new beginning in our walk with Jesus if we begin to look at how we can build these eight virtues into our lives.

Another comment that I found in a couple concordances states that the words “giving all diligence” could be better interpreted from the Greek as — “Bringing in all zeal or effort.” It’s a distinct goal or object of our faith that we ought to give great effort to accomplish.

Barnes says that this is a process of Cultivation, progress and accumulation.
Cultivation says that we have to work at this just as a farmer has to cultivate his fields to get them to produce his crops.
It’s a progression – we probably will not do these all at one time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, just keep cultivating.
Finally, accumulation speaks of small steps taken towards attaining a greater goal. Maybe, like putting $5.00 a week in the bank. Not much– but it adds up if you remain faithful to your plan.

It’s a great list. Print it and put it some place where you will see it easily and regularly.
Take an inventory regularly to see how the Cultivation, progress and accumulation are going!

Building for Him


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Words or actions?

James 3 (NIV)

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

14 But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.

Who is Wise…?

The world pretty well accepts people to be wise if they have credentials, degrees or certificates, if they talk a good talk, if they tickle your ears with what you want to hear. But – is that wisdom? This whole thing of trying to be more than we are is just wrong! It’s what much of the world is practicing and is pretty well accepted in most circles.

In this scripture, James is saying that it is not the right way. Notice at the end of verse 15 he says that it is “of the devil!”

Read these verses again in the translation called the message:

James 3 (The Message)

13 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.

14 Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom.

15 It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.

16 Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

17 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.

Gods way to look good:

  • Be good!
  • Live well / live correctly / by His word
  • Be humble (a real challenge today!)
  • Be careful of that thing called mean-spiritedness
  • Beware of ambition
  • Do all you can to understand and live a Holy life
  • Love one another (take on the character of your Heavenly Father – God is Love)
  • Be a blessing to those around you.

When a conversation is going on that is mean-spirited of critical of others — speak into the situation if you can.

Otherwise, just leave. Do not be a part of conversations that are running others down or judging others actions. You become guilty by just being a part of the conversation for you give your agreement by saying nothing…

Live for Him / Love all of His children



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Give Him your Heart / not just your Mouth!

Isaiah 29 (NKJV)

13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

I continue to read in the Old Testament daily. I am amazed by some of the comparisons between today’s world and the world described in the Books of Samuel, Kings and Isaiah.

The scary part is that God chose to punish the people of Isaiah’s day pretty severely. Are we overdue?

In the verse that stuck out to me today, Isaiah is describing the people of his day. It sounds like today!:

“… these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips…”

It’s easy to “talk” about God. In some circles it is quite the in-thing to do. In church we may even honor Him with the words we sing or say or repeat-after-me. And yet there is often little sincerity to the words. I have been guilty of it myself. I am here to tell you that a person (me) is able to sing some of the Christian songs while thinking about the new car I am anticipating buying!

To worship God is to approach Him, and to present our adoration of Him / to Him. It is to come to him as one who has business with him, with an intention to honor him. This we are to do with our mouth and our lips, in speaking of him and in speaking to him; we must render to him the calves of our lips, #Ho 14:2.

“…But have removed their hearts far from Me…”

Thinking about the new car!

We are to come into His presence every time, with a heart full of love for Him and a healthy fear of Him. Out of the abundance of that, the mouth will speak rightly. Let’s not be a part of the lip-service only group. Those who say words that express an approach to God and an adoration of him, but it is only from the teeth outward.

Verse 14 speaks to the Israelites, but might it also be for us?

  1. They did not make the word of God the rule of their worship.
  2. Their fear of Him is taught – they know this is what is supposed to be true, but in reality it is just words.
    Don’t we kinda do that when we do what is wrong knowingly and just assuming God will overlook it?
  3. Traditions (man-made forms of worship and even beliefs) of the church is more important than knowing Jesus.
  4. When we / if we worship is it just to be a part of the biggest or the best church, and not really given to Him?
  5. Formal in our devotions and wedded to our own inventions.
  6. Removing all sincerity from our hearts.
  7. Now God will go on and do another; he will remove all sagacity from their heads. The wisdom of their wise men shall perish. They played the hypocrite, and thought to put a cheat

God then removed

  1. The wisdom of their wise men,
  2. The understanding of their prudent men

Real wisdom is found by following God and His Laws. Without them our understanding is flawed at best… We begin to look like verse 14 with little or no wisdom and little or no knowledge of anything in our lives…

Seek Him First and then all the other “stuff” will be added also.

And it will be the “right stuff” because it will be based on Him and His laws!


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Fuller than Full?

2 Kings 2 (NKJV)

9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”

10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”

I am researching this scripture from this morning’s reading. I read from several commentators that Elisha was not asking for twice as much “spirit” as Elijah had. Instead, he was just asking for the first-born sons’ portion as described in Deuteronomy. The First born son was to get twice as much of the inheritance than any other sibling. This makes is seem less demanding then if he had been asking to be twice a great as Elijah! So, that was interesting…

I have heard people pray for another person – for a double portion of the Spirit. I’m pondering just what would it mean to ask for or receive a double portion of Gods Spirit. Can I get a double portion of the Holy Spirit, as we know it today? I’m thinking on first blush – that that would be pretty impossible. I see the infilling of the Holy Spirit like filling a glass with water. If it’s already full – you can’t double the amount that’s in there!

So maybe it’s meant in the vein of the scripture that I shared above – to receive twice as much as anyone else around you has. But then that contradicts the meaning of the word full!

I’m sure not sure what people mean today when they pray for a “Double Portion”.

I think I will let this one marinate for a while and see if I get any clarity.

Any insights for me – leave a comment…


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Everybody serves somebody (or thing)

1 Kings

16) Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him.

33 … Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.

My current reading has me in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings. This book starts out with “Gods man” – David, coming to the end of his life and giving the throne to Solomon. Solomon had an encounter with God and received his wish for wisdom and much more. There is a second encounter later also, and yet with all this, Solomon pretty well screws it all up with foreign wives that lead him astray to worship other gods.

The kingdom splits when Solomon dies and the spiral is pretty much downward from there. The two passages noted above stuck out to me this morning. This is not the first time that the phrase “did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him” has been written of a king of Israel. However, Ahab is the worst according to verse 33.

I see these scriptures as warnings of just how easy it is to fall away from God. For all he amazing actions of God that these people have seen – they still run willy-nilly after some phony chunk of wood or stone and want to call it their god!

We can say that, “that will never happen to me” or perhaps “If I had been there I would have never strayed like that!” But we do! Now I have no stone idols in my house, but are there other idols? If I’m honest I would have to say yes. I don’t necessarily “worship” money, but an idol might be the security that I have in my retirement years. If I trust that more than I trust God for my sustenance – is it an idol?

I love new cars. I have been blessed with sufficient income to be able to have nice vehicles for many years. Not super expensive vehicles, but always nice. The little picture on the left is the one I currently am “coveting”. Now my great transportation might be a blessing. I like to think it is – but I could turn this passion into an idol very easily. What determines the difference between blessing and Idol?

One simple answer might be – who (or what) is on the throne in my heart. Do I spend more time dreaming about my dream car or pondering the greatness of my God? Taking good care of my “stuff” is probably OK until it becomes an obsession.

It’s a narrow path we walk and can be challenging. Beware of how the things you own or desire influence your thinking!

I’m claiming that Jesus is still the one on the throne of my heart!

Where’s He in your life?


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