What is the most valuable possession you have? If you had to choose only one item that you could keep, what would that be? One usually evaluates what's most important by deciding it's worth. A rare painting might be worth more than an expensive piece of jewelry. However, the price of something does not always equal it's worth! A good reputation, excellent health, or a long lasting friendship could far out weigh the value of that rare painting. And there are things that are priceless, like the birth of a baby, forgiveness for a wrong, or long anticipated love. Placing value on something reveals the character of our heart. Mat. 6:21 (KJ) "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Society today has reduced the value of God or service to God. Attending church on a regular basis no longer seems necessary. Plus if people DO go to church, they want one that doesn't infringe upon their lifestyle. They search for a church that agrees with their sin, their comfortability in nonchalant attitudes, and has 'drive thru' services. No longer does church serve God, but it serves or accommodates the people. We are finding fewer and fewer churches preaching and teaching the Truth of the Word. It's all about 'tickling the ears'. (2 Tim. 4:3-4 (NKJ) "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.")
The media is desensitizing humanity towards righteous living, depicting corrupt family values, exonerating addictions, and ridiculing morality. This type of behavior has infiltrated our homes, infecting us to believe and act upon them. 2 Tim. 3:2-5 (ERV) says, in the last days, "People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God. They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. They will go on pretending to be devoted to God, but they will refuse to let that “devotion” change the way they live. Stay away from these people!"
Today we present a challenge for you to check yourself. Ask yourself what value have you placed on the Lord? 2 Cor. 3:5 (AMP) "Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]..." Do you find that you condone the use of swear words, blame God for what's happened in your life, indulge in drinking, or illicit sex? Have you recently defended your reasoning for not going to church, not reading your bible or not praying? Are you currently drawn to associating with others that are displaying all these mentioned attributes?
If you can attest to any of the above, we appeal to you to make a 180 degree turn. Repent and ask for forgiveness, (1 John 1:9) and decide to change your ways. Begin by placing value on the price of Jesus' life that was paid for your soul. Get right with God and start living for Him today! He is coming soon, "Watch and pray that you will be counted worthy to escape these things that shall come to pass and stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36 NKJ) It's our responsibility to be ready without sin or fault. (2 Pet. 3:14)
Father, I come to you today realizing that I have sinned and strayed from the path of life that you have for my life. I repent and decide to turn from these fleshly desires and place my desires on You and Your Word. I will seek first Your Kingdom. Holy Spirit I ask for your guidance and direction in staying on the straight and narrow for God. Thank you Lord for forgiving me of my sins and cleansing me from all unrighteousness. I stand before You cleansed and whole. Amen.
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."