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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/13/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossLuke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

Glory to God in the highest—for the fullness of time had come. It was the perfect time, God’s time, for Jesus to come. God had prepared all history for this moment. Everything on earth was ready for a Savior. Those born under the Law were ready to be set free. Publically God’s children were anxiously waiting for the promised Messiah.

Glory to God in the highest—for the favor of God rests with men. Think about it. God has favored man with His presence! We are not alone in our spiritual battles. We no longer have to wonder where God is. God favors those who are His. He favors us with His Spirit. He favors us with spiritually-minded hearts that enable us to understand the Word and gives us a desire for Him. He favors us with the church, where we can grow and become a holy people unto the Lord. He favors us with all we need to withstand the stormy times of life. He favors us with life that is worth living and dying for.

Glory to God in the highest—for the future of man is with God. God gives us a reason to live and a reason to die. He gives us a life worth living for, a life filled with God’s peace, joy, contentment, love, and power. He gives us a life that satisfies the soul, both now and forever. He gives us eternal life, a life where there is no more sorrow, pain, confusion, doubts, fears, or death.

Glory to God in the highest—there is now peace in the heart of man of all those who will receive Him as their Savior. This is a peace that holds the soul steady through all the storms of life. It is a peace rooted in God’s grace. It is a peace knowing our sins are forgiven and there is now no more condemnation for our sins. It is a peace that causes the soul to sing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/28/2019

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crossJer. 1:6-8 “O Sovereign LORD,” I said. “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” “Don’t say that,” the LORD replied, “for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Maybe you understand all too well Jeremiah’s lament. Maybe you too have been given a task to do by the Lord and all you can see is your inadequacies. Maybe you too have argued with the Lord and expressed why you can’t do what He has given you to do. Or, maybe others have so convinced you of how inadequate you are that you don’t see yourself as being able to serve the Lord beyond your comfort zone.

Hear the what the Lord is saying to you today. No matter what you, or others, may think about you, you ARE able to do what God is sending you to do. The Lord doesn’t not send His children out on their own to sink or swim. He goes with them to take care of them as they go. The Lord is with us to show us exactly what to do and how to do it. He is with us to strengthen us for the task set before us. He is with us to calm our fears as we step out in faith. He is there to empower us to so that we don’t quit because of the people who may oppose us. He is there to give us all the resources of heaven to use as we obey Him. There is no excuse for not doing what the Lord gives us to do.

The Lord told Jeremiah you MUST go. Jeremiah wasn’t told wherever he was to go or whatever he was to say; he was just told he must go. It’s not for us to decide the task or the details. We are just to obey. Now, we do have the option of not obeying, but as Jonah found out when he tried to not go and obey, the consequences aren’t so good. God never sends us out without a purpose or a plan on how to complete the task He sets before us.

When we obey the Lord it is good for our souls and good for those we are sent to. Don’t resist God’s will for you. Trust and obey Him. He will go with you and help you each step of the way to complete His will for your life.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 11/26/2018

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crossProv. 31:10-12 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She will not hinder him but help him all her life.

In a world that no longer holds marriage up with the values that it used to, today’s verses remind us to marry with integrity. Much of the problems couples have today could be avoided if more thought was given to whom we marry. A virtuous and capable wife doesn’t just become that way after she is married. The character of the heart is established long before the wedding ceremony. It is essential for the success of the marriage that the couple takes the time and puts in the effort to find a companion that has godly character before a commitment is made to marry.

A spouse who is godly in heart is worth waiting for. It is much better to never marry than to marry someone who is not compatible with you spiritually. If a couple is unequally yoked together all kinds of discord will crop up in the marriage.

It is a wonderful thing to be in a marriage where trust is not a problem. It bodes well for life outside the home when there is no fear that one’s spouse may act in an ungodly way outside the home. The life of a couple who trusts each other is enriched greatly.

The goal of any marriage ought to be to help, and not hinder, each other’s life. When a couple lives this way, their marriage is truly blessed with much happiness.

The character of the heart determines the character of the marriage.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 11/19/2018

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crossProv. 30:7-9 O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

If you were to be given two things from God before you die, what would you want them to be? What are the two things that you want more than anything else? What you would ask for says a lot about your heart.

The writer of this Proverb asked first for the integrity of his heart so he would never tell a lie. It was important to him that he would always tell the truth. It certainly is a noble thing to want from God. I wonder if we have the same kind of a desire for our soul. Are we concerned about the integrity of our hearts? From what I observe in the lives of many, I don’t think this is a priority. We seem to be content with mediocre living in Christ and not wanting to be more like him as we should. Do you always tell the truth?

The second thing on the writer’s mind was contentment with his life situation. He wanted a heart that did not crave after the things of life. He understood the danger of relying on stuff for his satisfaction in life instead of God. He wanted no part of that. He valued his relationship with God and was determined to not let the riches of the world rob him of fellowship with God. It is something that we must all think about. Do we let our quest for “better living” get in the way of our relationship with God? He also was concerned about what affect not having enough would have on his soul. He didn’t want to be in a position where he felt he would be compelled to steal in order to survive in the world. He wanted enough to live on so that he could continue to live rightly before God and always honor His holy name.

The two things mentioned in today’s verses are indeed noble desires to have. May we too desire to always have hearts of integrity as we live in relationship with God. May we too always value our relationship with the Lord so much that we seek for His protection from anything that would get in the way of us having pure hearts before Him.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 11/12/2018

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crossProv. 30:5-6 Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.

It would do well for every believer to know these verses. There is a lot of liberty that people take with God’s Word. We need to stop the nonsense and let God speak His mind instead of trying to speak it for Him.

Every word of God proves true. It stands on its own merit. Whatever God says is what is. The past has happened just as God said it did. Things are happening today just as God said it would. And, what is yet to come will happen just as God said it will. No one can change the truthfulness of what God has said. God’s Word is trustworthy because it comes from God.

We must be very careful about this. It is so easy to be led away from God’s truth. Satan is very good at getting man to twist the Word to say what he wants it to say. We must examine all that we read and hear carefully in light of what God says. We must stay close to God so that it is His voice we hear and not someone else’s. We must never get the idea that we have it all figured out and do not need to be taught anymore.

God says he will defend and protect you, and He will. No one can take you away from the Lord if you stay in his fellowship. No matter what man may be able to do physically to you, God will preserve your soul. No matter what may be said about you, God will protect your soul. Nothing in all of creation can harm you if you are living in the shelter of His love.

Do not ignore what God says about you in His Word. He has your life covered if you are living in fellowship with Him. The Lord will never leave you or forsake you. He is always vigilant and will never let you get away from Him. He does not have a conditional clause on this truth. Don’t let anyone lead you astray on this. You are safe in Christ. Heaven awaits those who live in Christ. We don’t have to do enough or be good enough to be in the Lord’s protective care. All we have to do is take responsibility for our sins, confess them to Him, accept His forgiveness, and live like we are forgiven. The Lord is on the side of all who do this.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

Serving the under-resourced Church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word. Ten percent (10%) of all purchases made through Sherrard’s eBook Resellers goes to supporting Bible League International https://www.bibleleague.org/

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 10/29/2018

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crossProv. 29:19,21 For a servant, mere words are not enough–discipline is needed. For the words may be understood, but they are not heeded. A servant who is pampered from childhood will later become a rebel.

Everyone needs discipline in their life. We need a firm hand on us to keep us motivated to do what is right. We need encouragement if we are going to come under submission to those over us and obey them. Left alone most people will choose to do their own thing, whether it is the right or wrong thing to do. No matter how much understanding we have, if left to ourselves without any discipline, wrong choices will be made.

God knows our nature. He knows that his Word is not enough to make us obey him. He knows that there needs to be some authority exercised behind it. He knows that application of truth is in reality more important than understanding truth. Therefore, the Lord often will discipline us so that we might serve him faithfully and sincerely. He loves us and wants to protect us from all that is false and damaging to our souls.

The most effective form of discipline for God’s children is for us to experience the absence of His presence. When we make wrong choices and wander into sin, we alienate ourselves from God. His joy and peace eludes us. Guilt and shame take their place in our hearts. There is nothing more miserable than to know that we are not right with God.

God disciplines his children. He adapts the way he disciplines his children through the uniqueness of each of their lives. He knows best what we will respond to. Patiently and lovingly He brings us to our knees in submission to him. We need God’s involvement. We need to know that He won’t let us get away with self-destruction.

Discipline is a good thing. Let us never shy away from it.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #romans

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 10/1/2018

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crossProv. 28:14 Blessed are those who have a tender conscious, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

A tender conscious is good for the soul. It is a good thing to be sensitive to sin. We need to know when we mess up that it is not right or okay with God. We need to know that we can’t sin and be right with God.

Stubbornness on the other hand is bad for the soul. A stubborn soul is a defiant soul. When a stubborn soul is confronted by God or others concerning sin, there is a resistance to the accusation. Often the stubborn in heart will deny that they have even sinned. They become set in their ways and refuse to learn new things or change their ways. They get defensive instead of being humble and compliant. They are prone to let pride rule their behavior.

A stubborn heart is heading for certain trouble. God cannot do anything with someone who will not cooperate with Him. Stubbornness prevents the soul from hearing God when He speaks. Most of life’s lessons are learned from the mistakes we make, but the stubborn in heart do not learn much. A stubborn soul is like hardened clay in the potter’s hand. Even the most skilled potter cannot work with dried out hardened clay.

Undealt with sin hardens the soul and makes it stubborn. The longer sin is allowed to dwell in the soul, the harder it becomes to get rid of it and the more damage it does. Keep your soul tender before God and take sin seriously. When it rears its ugly head, deal with it right away. Don’t let pride keep you from keeping your soul tender before God. Keep your soul out of trouble with God and stay on top of things and you will know the blessings of God today and forever.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #romans

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 9/24/2018

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crossProv. 28:13 People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

It has never worked and it never will. Whenever we try to cover over our sins we make a mess of things and our lives. We may be able to hide our sins from others, but we can never hide them from God. Sin in our hearts keep us at odds with God. There is guilt and shame that plague us. There is no peace with God, no joy in our living. If we get caught by others, then there is additional consequences to pay. Trying to hide sin, is never a good idea.

God is merciful to all who sincerely repent of their sins. Notice that part of the key for us to receive mercy is to forsake our sins. This means that we walk away from them. We put them behind us and strive to not do them again. We break the habit of our sins. We allow the Lord to change our character so we don’t repeat them over and over again. True repentance must include our forsaking sin. The Lord changes our desire to sin and if no change is noted, then true repentance has not happened. It is easy to confess our sins and seek forgiveness, but it is much harder to forsake them.

The Good News is that whenever we come clean and confess our sin and endeavor to forsake them we are forgiven by God. If you are struggling with sin in your life, ask the Lord to change the desires of your heart so that you no longer want to sin. You can try to cover up your sins, but it never has and never will work. The soul is never at rest while sins are tried being covered up. It is an exercise in futility. Even if you can hide your sins from yourself and others, God sees them. He will not ignore them no matter how much we may want Him to or convince ourselves He does.

Examine your heart today. Be honest about what you find there. If you don’t see any sin there, ask the Lord to search your heart. Confess your sins as they are exposed. Ask the Lord to forgive you and determine in your heart to forsake them. God will be merciful and forgive you and give you peace so your soul can then prosper in the wonders of His grace.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim – 9/17/2018

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crossProv. 28:2 Where there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability.

Rotten to the core is how we can describe most countries today. Everywhere you turn you see evil glorified. You see people seemingly with no shame doing things in public that are immoral. You see blatant disregard for godly living. People are abused and used for personal pleasure and gain. Where there is restrictions on public behavior, there is often a disregard for human life or accepted mistreatment of women and children. No matter how it manifests itself, sin is everywhere.

Some try to legislate morality in an effort to keep peace and order in society. It doesn’t work. Moral laws cannot change the soul. You cannot mask evil hearts with laws. When those who are evil run government, bad things happen and eventually governments fall and chaos reigns. Unstable people cannot produce a stable country.

On the other hand, where there are wise and knowledgeable leaders there are stable governments. Such people are grounded by the truth. Wisdom comes from God. He is the source of all lasting truth. Only in God do we find that which works in life. Only in God do we find a way to live that ensures us of eternal life. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. It is taking the Word of God and applying it well to life.

Knowledge doesn’t just happen. It comes from honest and open-hearted searching for truth. It is understanding that is gleaned from studying the Scriptures and from living by faith. It is an ever-expanding discovery of how to live a life pleasing to God.

Wise and knowledgeable leaders govern well and keeps a country stable. They are people who respect life. They treat people well. They do what is good for the common good of the people. They live respectable lives and they do not lord it over others. Wise and knowledgeable people understand the dangers of power and do not let it go to their heads.

Pray that the Lord would raise up wise and knowledgeable people to lead you. Ask Him to intervene and move those over you to do what is right in His sight. Ask Him to keep those who rule over you humble. Pray for peace and stability.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/3/2018

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crossProv. 27:19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.

Here is a truth that we must always remember. What is in the heart matters. We may be able to put on a front and fool people, but who we really are is determined by the heart. Now there are a few things that we must consider about the heart.

The heart is the soul of man. It is the spirit of man. It is influenced and controlled by either Christ or Satan. There are no other choices. If the Lord is not leading the heart, Satan is. No one can escape this truth and everyone chooses who will lead them.

The heart is directly connected to the mind. Whatever we allow to linger in our minds find their way into our hearts. The more we think about unholy things, the more we are influenced by them and the more likely we are to act them out. We become what we think about. If we ignore feeding our minds with godly things, sinful things begin to take over.

We are naturally born sinners and the only way we can control our sinful nature is for us to keep our minds focused on godly things. We must pursue God through His Word, the fellowship of His church and prayer. The more time we spend on godly things, the less time Satan has to get a foothold in our hearts. When we slack off in our pursuit of God, we give Satan the opening he is looking for. He will take full advantage of his opportunity and begin the process of leading us astray.

If you want to please the Lord and live a victorious life in Him, you must diligently guard your soul by protecting your mind. You must say no to sinful influences and thinking. It’s not easy to do and we all fail, but it is what we must strive to do. Fight the good fight for your soul and you will win the war through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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