Storms Don’t Have to be the End of Your Life!

February 27, 2009

 

 

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May 3, 1999 started out as an ordinary hot humid day across the Oklahoma region south of Oklahoma City.  Weather reports issued a slight risk for severe weather and all went about their daily lives with no fear of danger.  By late morning the weather report published an increasing chance of scattered severe storms.  By 3:oo P.M. it was evident that severe weather was imminent.  A short time later parts of Oklahoma and Kansas issued a “high risk” warning for sever thunderstorms and possible tornados.  Large super-cell thunderstorms developed by late afternoon and by evening time tornados began to break out.  Such is the case in this part of America and even though this same scenario had played itself out many times before this day would prove to be different.

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The most significant tornado that night touched down just Southwest of Amber, Oklahoma and traveled over Tinker Air Force Base north of Oklahoma City and lifted at Midwest City near the intersection of Reno Avenue and Woodcrest Drive.  The damage done by this F5 tornado was over one billion dollars.  The highest recorded wind speed was 301 mph (484 km/h).    Thirty six people were killed and 8000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged.

 

This story is very similar to a parable taught in the Word of God, the Bible, about storms.  Jesus related the story of two men who built two different kinds of homes.  When the houses were finished a great storm arose and beat against them.  One was destroyed and the other stood the test of the  winds and waves. This is because one was anchored solid and the other had no foundation at all.  Can you imagine building a house without a foundation?  Sadly, many people do every day.  Jesus however was not so interested in physical houses as he was our spiritual house and taught us a fact of life, the storm will come.

 

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:27 (KJV) 

 

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Matthew 7:25 (KJV) 

 

When the storm comes in your life will you be able to make it through?  What kind of foundation have you built your life upon?  The answer to these questions are found in this parable.  I have written a study about this entitled “The Parable of Two House Builders” that I would love to have you go through.  It gives us the recipe for a solid and secure life.  Jesus has given us the blueprint for building solid lives and once the house is built right it will guarantee freedom from the storms of life that will surely come.  Even though they will come they don’t have to be the end of your life.

 

Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray it has been blessed of the Lord. 

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture.  (Kind of long but really great!)

 

“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; [6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. [7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. [8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. [9] Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; [10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psalm 91:5-10 (KJV) 

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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Living A “Win Win’ Life!

February 20, 2009

 

 

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All of us in some sense of the word want to be winners in life.  However, we know that winning at anything takes more than just wishing it to happen, it takes planning and hard work.  Part of the hard work includes doing things we don’t want to simply because they are right.  Doing the right thing will always set us on a path of blessings and help us to be winners.  We know that being successful in business is not easy, if it was, everyone would be doing it.  Becoming a CEO is not easy or certainly everyone would be doing it.  How about becoming a millionaire?  You guessed it, if it was easy everyone would be one by now.  Getting along with others would be a nice daily experience but when we look around we sometimes catch ourselves thinking, “If it was easy everyone would be doing it.”  Right?  Well, it may not be easy but it is possible, at least to a certain degree.  One of the ways we can improve our daily relationships is through the avenue of forgiveness.  While not easy it is very effective and ultimately becomes a “win win” situation.

 

The story is told of a man who owed his creditor $16,240,00.  This debt was the result of many years of careless living and foolish spending.  He became accustomed to this kind of lifestyle and disregarded the day he had to pay it back.  Doesn’t that sound like America’s politicians today?  Eventually the money came due and the man had nothing to pay.  The sentence came down, everything was to be confiscated and sold to pay the debt.  He decided to ask for mercy and fell on his face and asked his creditor to please have patience and he would find a way to pay him back.  The creditor, a righteous man, felt sorry for the foolish man and simply forgave him of the debt!  Oh happy day!   No more debt, no more worry and stress, he was a free man!  On his way home from the ordeal he bumped into a fellow worker who owed him $15.  Probably this small time debtor was short on gas for his commute to work and back and the note had simply, momentarily slipped his mind.  Demanding his money, the forgiven man became angry and rough with his co-worker and took him to court even though he too fell before him and asked for time to pay the debt.  (Which by the way, he probably could have done.)

 

Here we see a classic story of a “lose lose” life played out in these two characters.  This man and his co-worker were losers because both of them ended up in prison for their debts.  It didn’t have to be that way.  Forgiveness was the answer to freedom for both of them.  How many times have we learned this lesson the hard way?  Isn’t it better to forgive and be free rather than harbor anger and resentment and stay in bondage?  It may not be the convenient way but it will always be the right way.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes

Why not start forgiving today and experience the “win win” life?   I have written a study entitled “A Parable On Forgiveness” which goes deeper into this very important subject.  If you know someone who would benefit from it let them know.   I hope to see you there soon.

 

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Here is the weekly inspirational scripture. 

 

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Col. 3:13 (KJV) 

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 


Just Simply Ask

February 13, 2009

 

 

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Proper communication is very important to the point that when it is lacking much confusion and frustration will take place.  Consider for a moment a grade school teacher and one of her students.  The teacher was attempting to help a little toddler put his boots on at the end of the day.  She wrestled the boots and the boy till she finally accomplished her task.  They seemed a very awkward fit and this was confirmed when the boy said, “They’re on the wrong feet.”  Embarrassed, she pulled them off and struggled again to get them on right.  They still seemed to fit poorly she thought when the boy spoke up again and said, “These aren’t my boots.”  Beginning to get frustrated now the teacher pulled them off again only to hear the boy say, “They are my brothers boots.”  Once again the ordeal played itself out between herself and the lad as her blood pressure began to rise.  Relieved that she was done, she put his coat on him and said, “Where are your gloves?”  The boy replied, “I stuffed them in the toes of my boots.”

 

It would have been much better for the teacher to ask the right questions first rather than go through such a terrible time of frustration.  In reality if we are not careful, you and I can do the very same thing.  How many times have we taken something for granted only to find out it wasn’t at all the way we perceived it?  Communication involves asking.  Asking the right questions.  When it comes to God and his Word, there are many places  that he tells us the very same thing.

 

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”  Matthew 7:11 (KJV) 

 

Many other scriptures say the very same thing because God knows what we need and is very pleased when we ask him in faith for them.  In fact Jesus said it was his good pleasure to do this for us.  Asking involves being specific.  Sometimes we don’t ask because we think God isn’t interested in the little areas of our lives.  Of course the opposite of this is true.  He wants to be our heavenly father in a close relationship of love and blessings.

 

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32 (KJV) 

 

One of the greatest things he desires to give us is his Spirit.  In a recent series of meetings at our church five precious people received the Spirit of God just like the Bible promises.  The all had one thing in common.  They asked.  Others could have been blessed too but some didn’t take the time to make their petition.

 

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”  Luke 11:9,13 (KJV) 

 

What need do you have?  Have you asked God specifically for it in a sincere prayer of faith?  If you haven’t you may be living a life of frustration trying to get your boots on when all you need to do is ask the right questions.  How do your relationships fit with you?  

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I have written a study entitled “What Does It Mean to Receive The Holy Ghost ?”  This lesson is the most popular on our site Focus On Freedom.  It goes further into the scriptures on the subject of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  I hope you will look at it.  Another lesson which deals with  communication is entitled “Communication The Foundation of Relationships”  I hope it will be a blessing to you or a friend as well.boots1  Maybe your boots will fit better!

 

Our newsletter subscription is growing.  Let a friend know about us, its free and easy to sign up.  We are now sending the newsletter to approximately eight different countries and multiple places in the US.  Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray it will be blessed of the Lord. 

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture. 

 

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”  James 4:2 (KJV)  (My emphasis)

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 


Free Currency Every Day!

February 6, 2009

 

 

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Have you ever ran out of time to do the things you need to do?  I’m sure the answer across the board is a resounding yes.  Sometimes it is because we have our priorities turned the wrong way and focus on the unimportant and leave the important to suffer.  A good example is the two car garage filled with stuff while the $25,000 car is parked outside.  What about time spent with your wife or husband?  Is it also parked outside while your time is spent on the computer playing games or worse, watching mindless shows on television?  How about the kids?  Studies show that parents spend as little as a few minutes a day with them.  Why?  “Don’t have time”, while there is plenty for the big game on T.V. or a favorite video game that devours precious hours.  What kind of message does that send about our priorities?

 

The Word of God does have something to say about time and our attitude toward it.  It (the Word of God) reveals that time is heavens currency which is given to each of us to spend every day.  We can be wise stewards of it and be greatly blessed or we can squander this precious commodity and suffer great lack.  The choice is ours.  The wise man Solomon wrote, there is “A time to be born, and a time to die…” Eccles. 3:2 (KJV) yet the most important part of time is the in-between part.  The space between birth and death.  This space called life is the sum of every moment of every day.  So in reality, what we do today is very important.  Each tick of the clock writes another letter in the book called your life and it will be the story read in the last day. 

 

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”  Rev. 20:12 (KJV) 

 

Why not stop for a moment and look at the things you do each day.  Maybe write it down and at the end of the week you may find that some currency has been wasted. I have written a study entitled “Time Management which I would love for you to read.  If you have a friend who needs help in this area, send this to them and maybe they can get on the road to a more productive and happy life.

 

Our newsletter subscription is growing.  Let a friend know about us, its free and easy to sign up.  Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray today will be blessed of the Lord. 

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture. 

 

 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Col. 4:5 (KJV) 

Redeeming: to rescue from loss

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom