July 17, 2019

July 17
All is going well at Youth Arise!  Jared goes home tomorrow night (we will miss him!) and the Taylor family shows up tomorrow afternoon for two weeks.  Lots of company at the Meechan Ohana!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16 
2 Samuel 1 

The Lord has placed so much emphasis throughout the scriptures about the power of our words.  Our words can testify for good or evil and we are held accountable for every word we speak.  I must stop and ask for forgiveness right now!  Yes, I don’t always speak life giving words and I thank the Lord for His mercy and forgiveness upon me.  
Matthew 12:36: I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
One of the things I truly appreciate in the Israeli culture is their concern when an Israeli comes to harm or death.  They understand the blessing of life that the Lord gives us more than any culture I have experienced.
Jeremiah 7 
God is always just.  Blessing always comes from living justly like Him but living our own way separates us from His blessing.  Keith Green, a Christian musician and evangelist (died young in a plane crash with his 2 and 3-year-old children) wrote in one of his songs, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger.”  This is the point Jeremiah is speaking by the Holy Spirit to the people.  
23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’
Acts 25

They just could not figure out what to do with Paul.  I thank You Lord that no matter what or who rises up against me, false accusations will never stand.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie on Friday night at church, “Paul the Apostle” as it is supposed to be very good.  Invite someone!
Meditate & Apply: Speak life and only life, truth and only truth.  God is just and His expectation for me is that I be the same.  A person can’t live for the devil and expect to make it on the Day of Judgment just because they show up to church occasionally, read their Bible or anything else.  God is into relationship.  Without KNOWING Him, every else is dead works.  


Whitney McCarthy - July 18th, 2019 at 1:43pm

Yes Lord, help us speak life giving words today! Help us to know You more.

Beanie - July 18th, 2019 at 2:08pm

Yes, I frequently remind myself about the words that I speak...they better be life affirming..his word or I really don’t have any business talking. You are so right..





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