Proverbs 21: 23 ” He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

You may know someone…it might even be yourself that’s developed this fateful disease know as Foot in Mouth.  Some people are so affected,  that the only time their foot comes out of their mouth – is to change socks!  It takes wisdom and discipline not to just blurt out anything that comes to mind.  It takes us thinking before we speak…is this appropriate?…is this kind?…will I regret saying this tomorrow?  So much trouble and misery could be avoided if we’d just learn to think before we opened our mouth.

Psalm 74: 17 ” It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth; You made both the summer and winter.”

I’ll be the first to admit that Winter is probably my least favorite Season of the year.  Which is really funny,  since I’ve lived all my life in areas where Winter isn’t just a word but a harsh reality.  But as I look at the pristine blanket of snow sparkling in the sub-zero sunshine, I think to myself, Winter isn’t that bad…especially from my toasty warm vantage point here in front of the fire.  Yes Lord, You’ve made all the Seasons for us to enjoy…Thank You for each one!

Isaiah 13: 11 ” I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.”

The day of the Lord is coming, and with it,  judgment.  The proud will be brought low, the cruel will be stopped in their tracks. The Lord’s fierce anger and wrath will not be held back from the unrighteous.  The day of the Lord is coming.

Revelation 14: 6-7 ” Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.’ “

The Gospel knows no boundaries…it is not limited by time, place, or person.  The Gospel message is forever…the Good News of the Kingdom of God and salvation through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is timeless, perfect, and fundamental.

Jeremiah 51:15 ” He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.”

At that pivotal moment…at the beginning of time…God brought into existence the heavens and earth.  He created the world and everything within it, and stretched out the heavens like a tent across the sky.  In God’s infinite intelligence and knowledge, all was called into being…where there had been nothing before.

I Thessalonians 3:13 ” May He strengthen your heart so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.”

While the authority of Jesus may go totally unnoticed and often maligned by the world today, it’s not a matter of if…but rather when His return will take place.  And on that magnificent Second Coming of Christ Jesus,  His power and glory will be revealed to all the earth.

Proverbs 16:33 ” The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”

We may think that all things happen by chance, and that fate or destiny are the authors of our life story. But this scripture says quite the opposite.  It’s not just luck or happenstance that governs our lives and determines our moves…it’s God Himself making those judgment calls…and luck has nothing to do with it.

I Peter 1: 18-19 ” For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

There is absolutely nothing you can ever do to bring about your own spiritual salvation.  No amount of money, fame or power will get you saved, for it’s only by the blood of Jesus that you can be saved.   Jesus paid the debt of sin and purchased your salvation when He died on the Cross.

II Thessalonians 1:11 ” …we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

In the Lord’s eyes your life has ultimate purpose…and through Him, it will be brought to fruition, for His glory.  Even when you think your life lacks worth and focus…God is ever working to show the plans,goals, and objectives He has for you to accomplish for Him.

Ezekiel 33:7 ” Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me.”

The Lord had placed on Ezekiel the mantle of Prophet, and had then called him to take His message to the people.  Ezekiel was not only responsible to listen carefully to God, but to then articulate His word to the House of Israel.  God had charged Ezekiel with the duty and obligation of warning His people of their sin.

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