Without Jesus, You Have Nothing

You can travel here and there. You can do this and do that. You can buy this and buy that. You can meet all the people you choose to meet. You can be highly educated in this and in that. You can earn every degree possible. But where’s Jesus? If can have all of that but without Jesus, you have nothing. You can be into Jesus but Jesus may not be in you. You can have a Christian vocabulary, Christian beliefs, a Christian image, Christian fellowship, a Christian environment or Christian family. But where’s Jesus? You can have all of that but without Jesus, you have nothing. If you are breathing today and reading this, then God has given you another opportunity to open the door for Him. It’s time to admit to Him that you have indulged more in getting and doing “this and that” more than indulging in Him. Today, open the door of your heart to The One who came to this earth and died on the cross to pay for the sins of each one of us. Make the choice to tell Him, “Jesus, I’m Yours.” Will you do that on today? “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)..

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Taking the Plank Out of Your Own Eye

If you are always complaining and grumbling about others, experiencing a series of bad relationships with different people, and always hugging negativity – perhaps it’s time to do a self-evaluation. Sometimes, the problem isn’t others; sometimes, the problem lies within YOU. The greatest thing you can accomplish in this is ACKNOWLEDGING that you have some issues that need to be dealt with. You can’t change something that you don’t see a problem with, right? Taking a good look at your own life and making the changes God wants you to make may be very difficult. It’s easier for you to look at others, instead, and blame them for all the wrong. It’s easier to point out their mistakes. You think the problem will get better if that other person changes; however, it is YOU who needs to make the change. Those around you may have their faults, bad habits and sins but God wants you to focus first on your part. He wants you to take the plank out of your own eye. Ask God to reveal your part to you. Confess that you have these issues. Ask for forgiveness. And allow Jesus to show you what changes to make so that you can climb the mountain instead of going around it over and over again. “You aren’t the only one who has problems but be one who take yours to the Lord. Be the one who gets into the Word of God so that you apply to your situations in life. How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).

Have a Blessed Monday,
Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Why Are You Competing?

A lot of people today have a problem with competing against one another. Most of the time, it includes attitudes of arrogance, anger, greed, envy, jealousy or selfishness of some kind. Competing with others in an unhealthy way can cause you to think on an impulse which leads you down rocky roads filled with potholes. You can end up in a home or vehicle you can’t afford, with a job making more money but dealing with more stress, with credit card bills higher than your blood pressure, pushing your children into doing things they have no interest to do because you want them to keep up with someone else’s kids, or with a relationship or marriage that you pretend to love on social media but hate behind closed doors. You can end up depressed and with low self-esteem when you lose the competition. It’s not worth it. This is unhealthy competition that adds no measure to your life whatsoever. Check yourself. Why are you competing? Is it because of one of the attitudes I listed above? Or is that you care too much of how people think of you? There is only one thing we have to prove in life and that is our love for Christ. This means if the “you” didn’t do so well in this on yesterday then the “you” today should be competing with the “you” of yesterday in terms of living out your love for Christ better today. Healthy competition is being better TODAY than you were YESTERDAY. Living out your love for Christ comes with blessings and these blessings enable you to bless others. “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8 NLT).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery