Are You Glad?

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

Just a quick thought on this Sunday morning, but ask yourself this question…especially if you are going to church today. “Am I glad?”

Are you glad, are you happy today that you have the opportunity to go to church and worship the Lord today?

Are you dreading church? Are you just going to check it off the list to say that you went to church this week?

Be glad that you have the freedom and the ability and the opportunity to attend church! I gurantee that if you go to church happy, you will enjoy a whole lot more!

Can you say today, “I am glad to go to the house of the Lord.”

No Regrets

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” or “What was I thinking?”

Or have you said to yourself, “That was stupid, I shouldn’t have done that!”

I’m sure every one of us can say those things about different things we have done in life. We all make mistakes, we all mess up, and we all sin. And when we do something like that, those thoughts and questions go through our minds.

For example, I have been kicking myself the last couple days because of something I did a few months ago. What I did wasn’t anything wrong in any sense. I didn’t sin or violate any of God’s commands. I just made a stupid, impulsive decision.

No regrets. That’s what I keep telling myself about the decision I made. Regret means to feel sad or sorry about. I saw a statement on Wikipedia that I really liked, “Regret is the emotion of wishing one had made a different decision in the past, because the consequences of the decision were unfavorable. Regret is related to perceived opportunity.”

If I regret what I did, it is because I think my opportunity would be different now than what it is. Do I really know if I would be different now or would I have messed up elsewhere. I don’t know and at the end of the day, I can’t dwell on that!

I think Paul summed it up best in Philippians 3:13-14.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul had a past that he could have regretted and spent time feeling sorry about himself! He spent so much time hunting down and killing Christians. He enjoyed persecuting Christians! He had a life that he had every right to regret!

Paul says he is forgetting his past and reaching forth to that which is ahead. He is forgetting the life that he controlled and reaching forth to the life that the Lord is controlling! Paul didn’t have time to waste on regretting all the evil things he had done, he was trying to make best use of the time he had left to serve the Lord!

No regrets! Don’t let the past control your future! Reach forth to that which is ahead! Reach forth to that which the Lord wants you to accomplish!

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Empty Minded Christians

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:17-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I have enjoyed reading through Paul’s Epistles. There is so much we can learn through these books from being a good Christian, to a good church member, to a good citizen, he covers it all!

As I was reading through Ephesians, chapter 4 really stood out to me. As Paul was writing to the church of Ephesus, he told them to walk not as other Gentiles did, in the vanity of their mind. That phrase ‘in the vanity of their mind’ is an interesting phrase.

When I think of the word vanity and what it means, the first definition I think of is empty. The Gentiles walk about in the emptiness of their mind. As a Christian, if our mind isn’t on Christ, it’s empty. If our mind isn’t on His work, it’s empty. If our mind is on our wants and our desires and the pleasures of this world, it’s empty.

Gentiles or unsaved people, have minds that aren’t focused on spiritual and eternal things, they are focused on temporal and selfish things. They are focused on things that are eternally empty. Many Christians, saved children of God, are empty minded! They are too worried about their career, making more money, buying cars and houses and stuff, they want fill their coffers down here on earth but leave their heavenly treasures empty, all because they are empty minded.

As I was looking into that word vanity, another definition I saw was morality. The Gentiles or unsaved walk in their own morality. Essentially, they do right in their own eyes. Many Christians, live life through the eyes of their own morality. They do not measure it up next to the Word of God. There are so many Christians who measure their morality against the world’s. They think they are better because they don’t do that or they don’t go there. They think they are a great Christian, but they fail to see that they fall short when measured with the Word of God.

“But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Whether you are empty minded and focused on earthly things or you try to be morally better than the rest of the world, Ephesians 4:23-24 tells us what we need to do be a better, biblical Christian. We need to have a renewing of the spirit of our mind. We have to refocus our mind to on the things of Christ!

So many Christians are focused on self, on fulfilling their own desires while still being morally right. They aren’t worried about the things of God or serving Him. They aren’t worried about reaching people for Christ. They are empty minded!

Don’t be an empty minded Christian!

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