Avoid malls. Especially ‘gun free’ malls…
Are America’s malls with “NO GUNS” policies safe for you and your kids and grandkids to visit? That’s a great question, given a pair of Muslim terror attacks a week apart….
Survey? By Harvard?
Some 3% of Americans own half of all the guns in the United States.
God is the God of Success
"If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth" (Deut 28:1-2).
Our God is a God of success. You are created to be a success. Success is rooted in our relationship with God, not in our abilities. When our abilities are separated from our relationship with God, success is short-lived.
"All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you" (Deut 28:2-8).
Sometimes God allows you to fail in order for you to succeed. Each of us must first experience our own death and resurrection from our old nature. This is for you to learn Who the source of true success is. You will be amazed how easy success will come when your life is in proper alignment with the purposes of God.
Today, reaffirm your commitment to follow His ways in all that you do. This will ensure God’s purposes will be fulfilled in you.
Never Soar as High Again?
For reading & meditation – 1 Peter 1:3-9
""These have come so that your faith … may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."" (v. 7) We turn now to examine some of the ways in which our lives become fractured, and what we can do to become ""strong at the broken places."" We begin by looking at the brokenness which comes about through failure. Probably someone reading these words is caught up in a vortex of gloom due to a failure. You may be feeling like the man who said to me: ""I am stunned by my failure. My life is shattered into smithereens. I read somewhere that ‘the bird with the broken wing will never soar as high again.’ Does that mean I can never rise to the heights in God which once I knew?"" I reminded him of Simon Peter – a man with one of the worst track records in the New Testament. He was prejudiced, bigoted, stubborn, and spiritually insensitive. Again and again he got his wires crossed, such as the time when he attempted to divert Christ from going to His death in Jerusalem (Matt. 16:22), or his insistence that they should stay on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:4). Then, on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion, he denied and even cursed his Lord. I can imagine Satan whispering in his ear: ""Now you’re finished. Burned out. A failure. You’ll be forgotten … replaced."" But by God’s grace, Peter rose from failure to success. He became ""strong at the broken places."" Because he refused to live in the shadow of his bad track record, his two letters are enshrined forever in the Scriptures. Failures, you see, are only temporary tests to prepare us for more permanent triumphs.
O Father, I see so clearly that no failure is a failure if it succeeds in driving me to Your side. All things serve me – when I serve You. Amen.
For Further Study
1. How did Moses fail God?
2. How did God deal with him?
Thinking people that is.
Not the politicians and their anti gun rabble…
A criminal, by definition, is a person who does not follow the law. Synonyms: lawbreakers, offenders, delinquents, felons, convicts, malefactors, culprits, miscreants.