Leaving A Legacy

READ:  Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.   

Psalm 78:4  We will not hide them (God's laws) from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.   

I recently read an obituary online that went viral for an 80-year-old lady by the name of Kathleen Dehmlow who was from a small town in Minnesota:   

 Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

We can be pretty certain that this mother lived with her regrets and suffered the consequences of her failures, and it is very sad that her children stayed so full of bitterness and unforgiveness for greater than 50 years that they felt the need to say such hateful comments about her after her death.   We can only pray that this daughter and son can find Jesus and learn to forgive through His Love.  

This story made me begin to wonder about the "legacy" that we leave behind.   Our lives on earth are really but a vapor - here today and gone tomorrow - but those we touch and love while here on earth .... their lives go on.      

In 2 Timothy we see clear evidence of the legacy that one can leave.  We read in Paul's letter to Timothy that Paul mentions Timothy's faith and how much it matured under the spiritual guidance of his mother and grandmother.  Paul says, "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice...." (2 Timothy 1:5).    

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. - Peter Strople

Children will grow up to mimic their parents.   Do they see you reading your Bible, praying, lifting hands in worship to Your King?   Do they watch you being honest, hardworking, trustworthy, and full of integrity?    There is great truth in the statement:  Children will learn by YOUR example.    They are watching, even when you don't want them to be, and they are absorbing your life examples like a sponge!!  

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Think about the legacy that you are leaving behind and ask Jesus to help you each day to leave a strong legacy FOR HIM to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.      

 

Going After The ONE

READ: Luke 15:1-7 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.  And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

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“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’  I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Remember high school?  In high school there always seemed to be little "cliques of friends".   There were the sport kids, the cheerleaders, the band kids, the studious kids, and the party kids.  I played sports in high school - so many would have said that I was in that clique, but I was really drawn to the kids who didn't fit in to any clique.   My heart went out for the ones who were all alone.  I remember sitting at lunch my senior year with a girl who was a sophomore and had one brown eye and one blue. She was made fun of for this uniqueness and I became her friend.   

I love the parable of the lost sheep.   In this parable Jesus tells the story of a man who has 100 sheep and he loses one of them.  He doesn't sit back continuing to take care of the 99, being happy that he has most of them.   No - he lets the 99 there in the wilderness and GOES AFTER the one who is lost.   When he finds the one - he rejoices!!!      

In this parable we can see that Jesus has a deep love for the one who isn't "in his group" yet. He is willing to "go after them" - and pursue them until he finds them and they are His.   

Do you know that if you don't belong in the Family of Jesus yet - that Jesus is actively pursuing you.  He loves you and because of this great love - He will go after you.   


Remember if you are a part of the family of Jesus - He wants you to help Him in the pursuit of the ONES that He gave His life for.   You are the hands and feet of Jesus - help Him in this pursuit.  Be obedient today to what He is asking you to do to love the ones who don't fit in quite yet.  


Below is a video of street ministry to the homeless - it's beautiful!     And below that video is the full song for you to enjoy!   

Words Can Hurt Or Heal

READ:   James 3:2-10 We all make many mistakes. If anyone does not make a mistake with his tongue by saying the wrong things, he is a perfect man. It shows he is able to make his body do what he wants it to do. We make a horse go wherever we want it to go by a small bit in its mouth. We turn its whole body by this.  Sailing ships are driven by strong winds. But a small rudder turns a large ship whatever way the man at the wheel wants the ship to go.

The tongue is also a small part of the body, but it can speak big things. See how a very small fire can set many trees on fire. The tongue is a fire. It is full of wrong. It poisons the whole body. The tongue sets our whole lives on fire with a fire that comes from hell.  Men can make all kinds of animals and birds and fish and snakes do what they want them to do.  But no man can make his tongue say what he wants it to say. It is sinful and does not rest. It is full of poison that kills.  With our tongue we give thanks to our Father in heaven. And with our tongue we speak bad words against men who are made like God.  Giving thanks and speaking bad words come from the same mouth. My Christian brothers, this is not right.

Have you heard the saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?"  I think this was something our parents told us growing up when we were hurt by something someone said.  But you know what, it never helped!      It never helped because it just isn't true.   The fact is that words have a very profound power - words can cut us to the very core.  

When I was a  teenager, I had a boyfriend who broke up with me - telling me that I would never be as 'pretty as my sister was'.     For many years I would look at myself as 'not pretty'.   I was seeing myself through the eyes of harsh words that someone said - and I wasn't seeing myself through Christ's eyes for me (that's another devotion all together).    

This tongue that we have has I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E power.   We can use our tongue to bring blessings on others or bring curses and death.   The tongue can be hard to control, but not impossible.  With the help of the Holy Spirit each day, we can have power over our tongue.

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech, 1 Peter 3:10
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If there is someone you have hurt with your tongue - go to them today and ask for forgiveness.   If you have been hurt by someone - release that person because of the love of Christ inside of you. 

Guard your tongue today - speak life into others and not death.  Your tongue has power to hurt or to heal.  


Dear Jesus, forgive me for times that I have spoken negativity, defeat, or death into someone.  Fill me with more of you.   Help me to have power over my tongue to only speak life and blessings into other people's lives today.  Help me to spread the love of you wherever I go.   In Jesus Name, Amen!  

Unforgiveness Hurts

READ:  Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Forgiveness is a HUGE subject.  The Bible tells us that we must forgive others.  It's very hard to do when someone hurts us, isn't it? 

Unforgiveness can hurt us more than it hurts the other person.   

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A few years ago I was helping one of our elderly friends with a yard sale.  There was a lady who came to shop.  She began to tell us how she was so messed up in her back from a car accident.  I love to pray for others and wanted to pray for her, but in my spirit I knew that it would be no use. The further she went in telling me her problem, the more angry she became at the man who hit her. I mean there was a great amount of unforgiveness inside of her.  This unforgiveness that she carried was robbing her of receiving all that Jesus had for her.   The unforgiveness that she carried had turned into pure bitterness.   

I sadly watched her walk away - knowing that she would not be set free from her pain physically, until she had let go of her bitterness and unforgiveness that she carried in her heart.  


Is there someone that you need to forgive?  The Bible tells us that if we refuse to forgive others, that our Heavenly Father will not forgive us.  That makes unforgiveness dangerous.  

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14, 15.

Dear Jesus,  thank you for showing me today that I need to forgive.   Please help me to forgive others, truly forgive them, when they do something against me.  I release ____________ (name of person) now from any offense in the mighty Name of Jesus.  I pray your supernatural blessings over _______ (name of person).    

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