…a special people

In 2018, it seems that everyone gets a trophy for even the smallest of achievements. Even if you are “riding the bench,” you get a ring during the championship presentation. In this sense, it would really be hard to feel like you are different, unique or special person.

Yet, we also should not go through life hoping that someone sees us as a person to idolize or to be impressed by. There is enough of that on Reality TV. No, we have received mercy and grace as a Christian, a child of God. This is the type of “everyone gets a trophy” that we should be clamoring for…but there is no need to make a commotion about it as if God’s grace and mercy will run out.

It will not.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” I Peter‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭

Are you a child of God? “Yes, Jayly, we all are.” You are right, we are all God’s for He is our everlasting Father. But just like our earthly Father, He also punishes when we do not do as He has instructed. In the end, if you have not followed His instructions, you will not be in Heaven with Him.

So I ask again, are you a child of God? Do what He says. If you do not know what He says, I can help. Just ask…I am so ready to help you get closer to God.

Be blessed and stay prayed up.

–Jayly

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Faith checkup

Is there more end of the month than money will allow in your life? Are you worried about that bill or the groceries?

Check out what Jesus has to say about that and have a blessed day.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” –Matt 6:25-30

Let’s have more faith and trust that our Father will care for us. –Jayly

Have you written lately?

“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” 2 John 1:12

This week’s messages have been about how we treat others, especially those outside our circle of influence. Take a look at the verse again. How many of you still write someone a letter with ink and paper, put a stamp on an envelope and put it in the mailbox?

If you have not done this in a while, take the time to do so; there is nothing like getting a personal letter in the mail. While you are at it, call that person on the phone and talk with them.

Better yet, if you are in the same city or within 50 miles (don’t let me limit you), walk, bike, or drive to go see them (don’t wait for them to come see you).

The Lord is good all of the time…–Jayly

Do it any way

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

—Philippians 2:3

It is sure hard to do this when some who you count as close friends or even many of your own family members do not treat you as such or disappoint you. But keep this in mind:

DO IT ANYWAY!…it is not about you.

We disappoint God EVERYDAY. Yet, knowing this, He still sent His Son to live, die and be raised from the dead, for us, unworthy people. His Son established His one and only church so that those who believe (Rom 10:17) on Him, repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38) shall be saved in the end. We do not deserve this, yet God provides…

So, do as the Lord says and treat others better than how they treat you because it does not matter that they don’t deserve it. Do it because you want to be pleasing to the Father. Be blessed. –Jayly

Are you choosing to grow?

“God is not looking for instant perfection in our relationship with Him. God is after our growth and growth takes time.”

I read that one night before going to bed. As I am now thinking about that quote, I am reminded that spiritual growth is a choice that we each have to make individually.

Daily.

We have to choose to be a better me than yesterday’s me.

Daily.

Sure, God is not expecting perfection from us but He still wants us to earnestly try.

Daily

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God…” –HEB 6:1

Listen to what the Lord’s word says, actively choose to use it in your life and grow from it. Stay blessed and prayed up!

-Jayly Jackson

Boxing God in?

Many of us may feel that “my time is too precious to waste” and that we have to fit as much as we can into our day.

Most times, this means leaving God out (studying scripture, praying, being kind to love ones, hospitable to others…).

The Rolling Stones have a song called ‘Time is on my side’, a catchy little song that if we are not careful, we start feeding into the song’s title/lyrics.

I will let you in on something; if our Father in Heaven knows the number “indeed, [of] the very hairs of your head” (Luke 12:7), what makes us think that we have any control over time itself?

We have to do better with our time and not just try to ‘fit’ God in. Let us strive to always make Him a part of all that we do throughout all of the day, each day that He gives us. Stay prayed up!

–Jayly Jackson

Do not turn back…

Sometimes, I peer back into my past, seeing how I sinned against God, hurt people I love, and how I hindered the gospel from being planted or watered by my words and/or deeds…and it gets me down. But then, at those times I remember what Jesus said in Luke 9:62,

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

For those of you who have never planted a garden or farmed a piece of land, let me explain something to you about a furrow. It is that line that you make to put the seeds in when you are ready to start growing your plants. It makes for a neat garden and makes it easy to care for and harvest from your garden. But, you know, it will never be straight or plowed right if you keep looking back…you may never get the job done and just give up thinking that you won’t.

The point?

You cannot live in your past life (you may give up on God thinking that you cannot do this) but you can learn from it…even if it was years ago or just yesterday. God wants us to grow spiritually, but it is a choice that we constantly have to make and keep moving forward with a purpose. Be a blessing today to others, stay prayerful and always thankful to God. —Jayly

Talking & Listening

I want to share with you what was shared with me this morning. It spoke directly to me. There’s a reason God gave us two ears and one mouth. We are often quick to speak, to share our thoughts, to offer our opinions and tell it like it is. Many of us are a people who think that having something to share means other people need to hear what’s going on in our heads. Yet, the stuff going on in our head (our hearts) is just as messed up as the person we are sharing “our wisdom” with in an effort to straighten them out.

James 1:26 says, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” Just a few verses earlier we are encouraged to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Being quick to speak is then linked with being quick to become angry which seems appropriate. How many times have you made someone angry by just listening to them? Probably 0%. Be blessed –Jayly

God is King no matter who is in charge down here

The latter part of Daniel 5:21 reads, “that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses”. So whether I vote or not, no matter who is sitting on the hill, no matter what kind of republidemocrindepen you are, God’s will, will be done.

A reminder to me that I must always put my trust in God, obey Him, and let come what may. I encourage you to do the same and be blessed this day. Stay prayed up! -Jayly

Are you idle?

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house.” 2 Samuel 11:1-4

This is not in the Bible: “idle hands and minds are the devil’s workshop.” BUT, that does not mean that it is not true. The passage above shows us this. David should have been out accomplishing his kingly duties (verse 1) but instead stayed home to relax. Maybe he had just reasons to stay home.

But after seeing the beautiful woman bathing AND then finding out who and whom she was, he should have left well enough alone because “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16)

Let us learn from these scriptures that we must continue to be about the Lord’s business even in our leisure time because if we do not, Satan will have the advantage on us. Hey, I am speaking to myself as well!

Be blessed and stay prayed up!

Jayly