You Are What You Eat

By Adam Bennett

You are what you eat….. I recently heard an ad for a fast food company who advertised you could get 5 items for only $4!?!? This made me think……….What are you eating?? Do you think there is any real food in their advertised “food”. Do you remember that movie “Super Size Me”? A guy ate McDonalds for an entire month. By the end of the month he had some major health issues.You are what you eat. The same principle can be applied to our spiritual lives. If you put cheap quick junkie food into your natural body, over time you will get sick, obese or worse. Spiritually, if you put cheap, quick, junkie food into your spirit, you will get the same results. What are you allowing your eyes to see, what are you allowing your hears to hear. i.e.. music, movies, books etc. Have you ever considered if you are putting junk food into your spirit? It might be easy to listen to and watch or read what everyone else is around us. It might taste good for a moment. But just what is it, and what is it doing to you? This can actually go further. Maybe it’s Christian and not worldly junk… But what if you’re only listening to those who appeal to you?!? What if you only read what’s going to give you what you want, and not what you need. The caution is don’t be quick to put on your spiritual tongue what taste good but may not have any actual spiritual substance to it. Do not just listen to what makes you feel good. Listen to what challenges you. Don’t just read the scriptures that you understand but Ask God for wisdom with the ones you don’t. Most times whats quick and comes as a combo for only $4 is not what your body needs or your spirit.
Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Your eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Matt. 6:22

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. psalm 101:3

Are You Prepared?

By Dawn Bennett

“Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Joshua 1:11

God gives us all land to possess.  We all have battles to win and promises that we are standing on. Loved ones saved, healing in our bodies, finances, jobs etc. Sometimes these things; the promises and the struggles can take years before see any action of stepping into that victory. But standing firm, believing and trusting in God and HIS ways are key aspects to crossing over and taking hold of that land. In the scripture above we see that Joshua told the Israelites to prepare, to get their provisions ready. They were about to move. God was going to take them into the land He had promised them. God gave them a promise, and He ultimately does what He says He will, but there is always an action on our part to take. We need to be prepared ready to take the steps forward to take victory over our land. I wonder if sometimes the journey to our “promise land” takes longer then it needs to because we have not prepared our hearts and thoughts, our actions and desires to match what God is telling us. We can doubt, complain and grumble like the Israelites did. An entire generation died before they entered into the land God promised them because of these reasons. Are you ready to cross over and enter into your Promise Land? Is your heart right? Are your motives pure? Are your actions towards God? Are you lined up with God and the Word? Get prepared to move, be ready to go when God says it’s time. And in the mean time trust in His timing. He knows the best time and way to take action. Believe and stand on what God has told you, and when the time is right you will take possession of ALL that God has for you.

Are We To Worship the Earth?

By Kathy Bennett

Today is Earth Day. Are we to honor and worship the earth? What do we know about the earth from the Bible?
Genesis 1:1 (NLT) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

This earth was empty and dark until God began showing off His creative love. Let there be light! He separated the waters from the land. He added vegetation which brings beauty, fresher air to breathe, and sources of food. He filled the waters with fish, the skies and trees with birds, and covered the land with every sort of ingeniously, unique creature. And finally, God created mankind to occupy this beautiful earth, to govern and reign over all He had made, while enjoying a wondrous fellowship with the Creator Himself.

The earth was perfectly fashioned to sustain the lives of mankind and all the creatures and plant life. It was set at just the right distance from the sun that we wouldn’t freeze nor be burned. It’s beauty is beyond measure; from roaring oceans, to serene lakes, to green covered fields, towering mountain ranges, fields of flowers; from giant redwoods to the gentle rose, the earth is magnificent to behold. And behind this masterpiece is an awesome Creator!

Unfortunately, there are many who have made a religion out of worshiping the earth and nature, without acknowledging our Creator God. The book of Romans, chapter 1, discusses this and points out the shortcomings and pitfalls of this lifestyle without God.

Romans 1: 20-22 (NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature so they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became fools.
Vs 25: They traded the truth about God for a lie! So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!

How sad! The rest of the chapter describes the spiraling downward of the lives and lifestyles of the people who do not acknowledge God. Life without God, and especially an eternity without God is as empty and dark as the earth was before God showed his power and workmanship.

The Bible says, in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good works He planned for us long ago. I encourage you -on this earth day, get to know our great and awesome Creator, who made a way for you to KNOW Him through His Son Jesus. Call upon Him today, and He will respond with His everloving open arms!

John 3:30

By Dawn Bennett

John 3:30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.  NLT

Putting God first in every aspect of life can be a difficult challenge. We like to get in the way, “fix” it all, strategize, imagine how things should be, how they should look, and my favorite when they should happen.   We need to get to the point where we allow God to guide us in all things. We have to learn how to get out of ourselves (out of our own ways) and let God be God. After all, He has our best interest in mind. He has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. Big plans! Big purposes! Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” If we could remember that verse, when God tries to remove something from our lives, I think the transition would go a lot smoother. Sometimes we mess things up by getting what we think we want and not letting God give us what we really need.

This is not something that should condemn us or put a weight on us. Remember in John 3:30 it says “become” which means it’s a process. Any process is designed to take time. And God doesn’t leave us alone through it. He guides us and directs us. The burden is not ours alone. We are all a work in process. But we need to make sure we are aware of what God is calling us to do. Make sure we are allowing Him to work on us and allowing Him to be first in our lives.

The simple plan is to surrender to Him. To be willing to do what He wants, and willing to give up.  Willing to say ‘Lord I give it all to you, no matter what. Whatever you have for my life I choose to follow You through it all’.

He will continually meet us where we are at, but we should always be living in a way that He can become greater and greater in our lives and to put our selfish and foolish ways aside to become less and less.

Job 11:13-14 Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins – even those you do in secret.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 5:9 “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.” (NLT)

Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Anchored

by Dawn Bennett

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. Isaiah 43:2

When faced with the storms of life who is your anchor? Who do you turn to? What keeps you grounded in your faith? God promises us to be with us through all circumstances of life, through all difficulties times.  He is with us in deep waters, through the fiery trials, oppressions, and feelings of defeat.

“I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go…..I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.” Genesis 28:15

We have hope knowing that He is our anchor through those storms. He keeps us firmly planted when the waves come crashing around. When the clouds roll in and the wind whips about. When the rain beats down and the thunder rolls in. He is the one who carries us through so we can keep our eyes above the waves. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord, your God who takes your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  When God has hold of our hands we have assurance that He will guide us to victory. We can have confidence because we know that even the wind and waves obey the sound of His voice.

“So God has given His promise and oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a trustworthy anchor for our souls. It is strong and keeps us safe.” Hebrews 6:18-19 

Remember that He wont let you sink,  He has your hand leading you through. Allow God to be your anchor, stand firm in knowing He will do what He says. He will protect, guide, surround and hold you up.