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GET DIFFERENT RESULTS

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting to get different results. That has not worked in the past, is not working today, and will not work in the future. If you want to get different and hopefully better results you have to change yourself, change your environment or change whatever is necessary to achieve what you want to achieve.
If you really want to receive different and better results than what you have been getting, then your first step is to realize and admit to yourself that you need to change things. Yes, you have to change your way of proceeding, but to do that you have to change your way of thinking, but you cannot change your way of thinking, unless you change the input that is going in to your mind and your brain.
In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.” In other words, to be a good Christian we have to transform our way of thinking. Without doing that, we are still running our own lives the way we see fit, instead of following the word of God. As we all know, God’s ways are totally opposite to the ways of this world. God’s ways are based on wisdom, grace and love, while ours are normally based on self-gratification and greed.
Yes, we have to change what we allow to come in to our mind and to our brain. The only way we can do that is by being selective as to what we choose to permit to come in and to what we close the door. If what we have done before has not given us positive results, then we have to investigate other venues. That might mean doing some research to find out what is viable, feasible, positive and practical considering all the circumstances.
We do not have to be a rocket scientist to find out what is viable, feasible and practical for us to engage in improving our situation. It could be going back to college, training in a different field, moving to a different place, dropping friendships that could be holding us back from achieving our goals, leaving bad habits behind, maybe acquiring new habits that would help us succeed, and so on. There is a myriad of things we can do to change our lives for the better.
If you have been getting negative results, maybe it is time for you to apply some of the ideas I mentioned in this article. By trying you have nothing to lose, but low self-esteem, frustrations, disappointments and failure. If this article has helped you see your life in a different light, send me an email. God bless you!
http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net (11/21/2019)

STEPS IN SOLVING A PROBLEM

All of us encounter problems. Some are big, some are not so big, and some are rather small or insignificant. Some we have to solve, while others can be ignored because they will care of themselves. Many times the things we worry might happen never happen. However when they do happen, there are steps we can follow to solve even the biggest problems.
The first step is to realize we have a problem. There is no way we can solve a problem if we do not recognize the fact that indeed it does exist, and that it is an inconvenience to us in one way or another. We cannot run away from problems, we have to meet them head on. Many of them if we ignore them, they only get worse. Many people, for whatever reason, do not recognize they have a problem, and therefore cannot solve it.
What are the problems that people do not recognize? Alcoholics hardly ever recognize that they have a drinking problem. They say they are social drinkers. Drugs users do not recognize their dependency on drugs. They may say it is medicine or just an energy booster. A person who has an anger problem may say that he has a strong personality, or that he is just that way. That however just gives more life to the problem.
The second step, of course is, to know what the problem is, not the symptoms as we stated previously. Let me give you an example; maybe your car does not start, and you think it is because it is out of gasoline. You put gasoline into the tank, and the car still does not start. Then you think it is the battery, so you buy a new one, and then in a day or two the new battery goes dead. It is only then when you find out that the real problem is the alternator, so you have a new one installed, and your problem is solved.
The third step in solving a problem is to come up with two or three solutions to solve the problem. Many times what would be the best solution is not the one you should choose. The reasons are simple; it could be too expensive, it could take too long, or the resources are not available. Then you go to the second best solution, and if that is feasible, practical and doable, that is the one you choose. If it is not, then you go to the next best solution.
The fourth step is to field test your solution. That means try it out to see if it really works. If it does, your problem is solved. If it does not, then you try another solution. If you follow the four steps mentioned, you can solve any problem. It can be a short-time solution or a long-time one. It might be a short-range solution, or it may be a long-range.
A short-range solution can be one where you just solve the problem for a short period of time because it is a short-range problem. For example, your car breaks down, and you need to get to work, so you borrow a car until you can fix yours. That would solve your problem momentarily. A long-range solution would be where you would buy a new car or a much better one than your old one, so that you would not have that problem again.
A short-time solution may be one where you solve the problem immediately. The long-time one may be where you want to work at something you truly enjoy, and at the same time earn quite a bit of money doing it. You may have to attend college for several years if it is a profession, or if it is a sport you may have to practice, practice and practice, play, play and play for years before becoming a professional. Only you would know how much you would be willing to sacrifice to accomplish your goal.
http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net (11/14/2019

THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH

In Romans 1:16-17, the apostle Paul tells us: “ 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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Since we, who are righteous, are supposed to live by faith, what does that really mean?
I will give several examples so you will have a clear picture as to what it is to live by faith in God. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” That means that Jesus is the only way to salvation. We have to put our faith in Him, and not in anything or anybody else. All the other so-called gods are man-invented or man-made. Any religion that claims it can give you salvation is false and pure nonsense. Salvation does not come through religion, but through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our faith has to be in Jesus, and in Him alone.
In John 8:31-32, Jesus told the Jews: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth is in His words, we ought to believe them, and live by them by putting them into practice. His word, which contains the truth, will set us free from the lies of Satan, and from the lies of the world. There are many false so-called truths in the world, and many more are coming up every single day.
We should not accept every single statement or declaration just because it was made by a pastor, an evangelist, or a so-called man of God. We should test it with the Bible – the word of God – and if it does not agree with it, we should not accept it at all. The absolute truth is the word of God. Anything else comes from people, and as we well know people have their personal agenda. Their agenda normally centers around becoming wealthy, gaining fame, being influential or becoming popular.
We cannot believe most salesmen because, as we stated before they have their personal agenda, and that is to sell their product whatever it may be. They will tell you that their product is the best one in the market, but in most cases it is not true. They may also tell you that the price they are quoting you is only for that moment – that you have to buy then, or the price will increase substantially. Unfortunately many buyers fall for their scheme. The truth notwithstanding, it is also true with religious people. They will tell you that their religion is the best and the only way to heaven. Lies, lies, lies!
Many times pastors, evangelists, lawyers, politicians, singers, movie stars and athletes sell themselves. Now with the new means of communication, it has become much easier for them to establish a base of followers. Their followers follow them blindly. They do not question anything they say or do. If they said it, it becomes the gospel truth to their followers or constituents. That is not the faith Christ followers should live by. It is not faith, but stupidity!
Do not fall into that.
When we are going through tough times, and sooner or later all of us do, we should go through them in faith. That faith should be In knowing that God can turn it around at any given moment, and that there is a silver lining to every bad situation. The jealous brothers of Joseph, the son of Jacob and grandson of Abraham, tried to kill him, and eventually they sold him as a slave, but God used him to save the Jewish nation from hunger and starvation. In Genesis 50:18-21, the Bible says: “ His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him (Joseph). “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” We should live by faith because the truth is that we are never alone – God is always with us.
When we need to make a decision, and we are not sure which way to go, we should look up that topic in the Bible, and see what God would have us do. Almost every single topic is covered in the word of God. In most cases we will find the answer in the Bible. Another thing we can do is ask advice from professionals and people we know are close to God. That person could be a pastor, an expert in that field, or a good friend who is living a godly life.
Of course just about every decision has consequences, so we should pray to God, and ask Him what we should do. In many cases God will speak to us through people, through His word or even through our minds. We will know what to do, as one way or the other the Holy Spirit will give us the answer. Ask Father God to make it very clear to you, so you will not make a mistake. If you have a sense of peace about it, go ahead with it, but if you do not feel right about it, don’t do it.
If you are righteous, and have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, live by faith. That faith should be in knowing that you will spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire.
http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net (11-7-2019)

IN WHAT CONDITION IS YOUR HEART?

The word of God refers to your attitude, behavior and way of living as the condition of the soil of your heart. In Matthew 13:3-23, Jesus explains four types of soil where the word of God falls and how each person reacts to it. That soil, of course, is the condition of your heart.
The first soil is where the seed is planted on the wayside, but it really refers to a person who is given the word of God, and since he does not understand it, does nothing to learn more about God. He hears it, but does not put it into practice because he does not really have much interest in it.
The second soil are the stony places where no plant can really grow. It is really referring to people who hear the word of God, and get momentarily excited about it, but when troubles and hard times come they forget all about it. In other words, the cares of this world have more effect and impact on them than the word of God.
The third soil is when the seed falls among the thorns. The thorns, of course, choke out the seed. As with the others, it is not really referring to soil or thorns, but about the condition of the human heart. These are the people who receive the word of God, but the cares of this world, and the pursuit of riches, position and fame do not allow them to learn the word of God, much less to live by its principles.
The last soil is the good one. This is the person who receives the word of God gladly, learns it, and puts it into practice. In other words, he lives by it. His life is transformed by the renewing of his mind according to Romans 12:2. He becomes a new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, where it says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
The main question is…In what condition is your heart? What type of soil are you? Are you living life one-hundred percent your way, or are you living it by godly standards? Will the words of this article go in one ear and come out the other, or will they help transform your way of thinking, and more importantly your way of living?
Religion will not get you to heaven and neither will good works, good thoughts or a good reputation. The only thing that will get you to heaven is a relationship with Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” If you have never accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, this is the perfect time to do so. If you do not know how to do it, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive all your sins, and will give you salvation – allow you to spend eternity with Him.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day, and that now He is at your right hand interceding for me. I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You God. Amen.”
Do not let anybody lie to you. If you prayed that prayer in all sincerity God has accepted you as His child. If you did not pray the prayer, think again because your soul is in the balance and it is headed downward to a very hot and horrible place.
http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net (10-31-2019)

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