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posted Feb 22, 2014, 12:10 AM by Dearl Smith   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 11:27 PM ]


For Sale or For Rent

posted Aug 5, 2012, 12:56 PM by Dearl Smith



Today I saw a "For Rent” sign in the front yard of a house in my neighborhood. It got me thinking about the difference between renting a house and buying one.

I have been both a renter and an owner. I Lived in a rented house for a few years and now am currently buying one. As a renter you pay rent in order to reside at "a" residence. As a homeowner you pay a mortgage to reside in "yours". Difference is, you pay for something that's not yours as a renter, and you pay for what is yours as a buyer.

Regardless of your status there is a price you pay. The Bible tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. Therefore it says that God lives inside us. He has already paid the price to reside in us on Calvary. I wonder if he is a BUYER or just a RENTER in your heart

The other difference between a renter and a buyer is the fact that a renter pays a price, yet is unable to make the changes to the house that he feels are necessary for his comfort. A homeowner is able to change anything he wants both on the INSIDE and on the OUTSIDE. As true Apostolic Christian's we need to let Jesus do the changes He feels are necessary in our lives in order for His spirit to dwell in us.

Remember, we are His home. So I ask you again... Is Jesus a RENTER or an OWNER?

/JC

Is She Here Yet?

posted May 27, 2012, 12:59 AM by Dearl Smith   [ updated Jul 21, 2012, 11:32 AM ]


For the umpteenth time I walked to the window filled with anticipation... was that her? Another noise, no? That car that just went by... that has to be her, surely she is here now... I could not change anything and was forced to wait! 

Yes I am speaking about me and no, my friends, not as a young boy (which believe it or not I once was), but I am sharing the anxiety I felt waiting for my wife to return from a week long absence... 

Me a grown man, confident in business, strong in faith and a wimp when it comes to any time away from my bride! I admit that I do not function well without her. No food tastes right, the house was empty and didn't feel right. I couldn't sleep and even skipped a few meals. 

The house was just like she left it, the bed was made and my clothes were picked up. I even did the few dishes and mowed the lawn. I wanted everything to be just right!

Whatever she injected into my heart more than twenty-two years ago, I have come to understand, has caused an irrevocable effect that only a lifetime together can remedy. 

We've only began the journey!!!

Can you imagine how another Groom must feel, he left more than two thousand years ago to get things ready for his bride. 

Please forgive me for my gross oversimplification, but I can just see Him building a magnificent mansion... making sure Gabriel is practicing his trumpet... dropping in on choir practice to give them a few pointers... checking with the head chef to see how the banquet is progressing and wearing a path into the golden street going back and forth to peek out past those pearly gates to see if she is ready!


/DS


Thoroughly Furnished

posted Mar 20, 2012, 3:25 AM by Dearl Smith   [ updated Jul 21, 2012, 11:34 AM ]

Wouldn't it be awesome to buy a house with all the furniture already in it. A microwave placed in the kitchen. Stainless steel, double door refrigerator with and ice maker and water dispenser standing in its place full of your favorite foods. A beautiful sectional sofa with a matching recliner that lays all the way out and massages your neck, back and feet.


Beautiful curtains and a crystal clear chandelier hanging in the dining room. A California King bed with a cashmere pillow top mattress and the softest comforter with huge pillows all over it in the master bedroom.

A house that's just so beautiful and filled with the best furniture money can buy.

We could only dream. You see, the Bible says...

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

[20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.


We are the housing to the Holy Ghost. The Word of God is our instruction book on how to prepare our hearts for the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


It's great to repent and sweep out all those bad parts that don't belong. Repentance is the process of cleaning your heart, but that's just part of the process. You have to make a change and put forth some effort to bring it up to His standards. Many repent or clean out the temple, yet never furnish their heart with the furnishings that would make the Lord feel welcomed. We need to apply His Word.

He wants his temple to be clean, not only clean but also thoroughly furnished.  Not with beds and recliners, but with good works.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


God really wants to live inside of you, after all, that was his plan when he died on Calvary.  To not only be with you, but to live IN you.  It's up to the individual to do their part and he will do the rest.  So If you’re ready to be that temple that God wishes to dwell in, I think it's time to decorate...


/JC

We Don't Have the Time

posted Mar 20, 2012, 12:01 AM by Dearl Smith   [ updated Jul 21, 2012, 11:35 AM ]

“I don’t have time” is a phrase we hear much too often. People are so busy with… just that, what are people so busy with.

We blame it on life in general; the kids; the job or these days the search for a job; school and study; our spouse and even our health; getting ready for work, or taking the next class; arranging for vacation; preparing for retirement; the weather; the car or lack thereof. Some are too busy just “getting” things and others are too busy getting rid of things.

So much to do before I can do something for God, they say; while others are blaming God for too much to do. We know we should be doing more, but complain about doing too much.

In Mark 16:15 we read the Great Commission… you know that other thing we are supposed to do…     

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”


… but I know, I know, right now we just don’t have the time. There are so many people to reach and if all the other people that are supposed to be doing something would do their part we would not feel so bad for not getting to our part…

Well I have news for you, someone did their part last week and maybe it will take a little load off of us while we are too busy and just don’t have the time… his name was Mr. Resident of My City over on My Street and later this year he would have been thirty-six years old, but he hang himself. (I omitted the name to protect the family)

Just like that, one less thing to do and one less person to interrupt our busy day. Too bad we were too busy. Oh, by the way I spoke with his wife and sister but they are going to be busy. They were waiting on a call from the Coroner and needed to make arrangements with the funeral home. They just didn’t have the time...


/DS

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