Last Sunday, one of our fine Sunday School teachers Jim Bosak was teaching on Genesis 27, and while commenting on the tragic ending of Isaac’s life and the dysfunctionality of his family, Brother Jim challenged us to “end well.” That struck such a strong chord in my soul because my family did not start out well. However, by the grace of God and His never-ending mercies we will finish strong. Growing up in a dysfunctional family has left its mark on us, but it does not have to end that way.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
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In 1984 there was a song titled, “Somebody’s Watching Me.” It was performed by an artist named Rockwell and the chorus was sung by Michael Jackson. I actually went and watched the old video again. Funny to see what used to be entertaining is no longer so, not just because technology has change, but also because my tastes have changed.
I’ll forever remember this song though because I was driving home coming back from the hospital the day Eddie was born. As I was pulling into the driveway, the local FM station asked a trivia question I knew the answer to. I ran into the house, called in and got through and won the prize. I told the DJ this was a particularly great day because my son had just been born. I told him I’d better get some sleep because I knew I wouldn’t be getting any once momma and baby got home. He said he would mention that on the radio when he announced me as the winner. So I ran and got my boom box so I could record it to have later when Eddie grew up. When I turned on the radio to catch the DJ when he came on, guess what song was playing? Yep, “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell.
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This past Monday at our Men’s Bible Study, our pastor Brother Dennis taught on “Things I’m Thankful For” and the second point he made really stuck with me. He said we can be thankful because “Jesus’ power breaks sin’s stronghold.” He was referring to the good news found in Romans 8:
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
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Yesterday I was part of an email conversation that was discussing the coming collapse or correction to the market and how to prepare for it. The conversation brought me back to a verse I read last Saturday that just rose up from the page and I know the Lord wanted me to write about it. King Solomon wisely wrote:
“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.” (Proverbs 15:6)
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Do you ever tell yourself, “You’re not all that!” If you do, it’s probably not in a healthy manner. I’m not talking about having self-esteem; that is a lie from the pit of hell. I’m talking about having a healthy self-image. Do you see yourself with God’s eyes? Almost every sin can be traced back to the root problem of pride. I know it is true in my life; I was raised to be a prideful person (not that I really needed any assistance in that area). The original sin in the Garden of Eden was rooted in pride. The world will tell you that you need pride in who you are and to have a healthy self-esteem for yourself. The Bible tells the opposite:
“When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)
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