Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 27:12 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

It is foolish to barrel full-steam ahead without any idea what may lie before you. We don’t know the dangers that lie before us. Satan is a crafty and formidable foe and he likes to lay traps for us. He doesn’t want us to get very far in our spiritual walk and will do all he can to hinder us or stop us altogether. What lies ahead for us could damage our souls severely.

Wise is he who tries to anticipate what may lie ahead. We obviously have no real idea what the future may hold for us, but we can take some precautionary steps today to better prepare us for whatever we may face.

It is imperative for the safety of our souls that we keep our eyes focused on Christ today. We must stay in close fellowship with Him. We must learn all we can about how to live in Him. We must consistently work to develop a healthy relationship with Him. In order to be ready for the future, we must be in the Word of God on a consistent basis. We must read it, think about it, and strive to apply it to life. We must spend time in prayer consistently. We must take the time in prayer to worship and develop the discipline of lingering there. We must be actively serving the Lord, doing all we can to bring him honor among men. We must be witnesses for Him whenever we can.

When we live in Christ today, growing in grace and our knowledge of Him, we will be ready for whatever may lie before us in the future. If we don’t take of our souls, the consequences may be severe. An unprepared soul may face the Lord unexpectantly and then it will be too late. Don’t go into your future blind. Be sure your heart is right with God. Today may very well be your last day on earth.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending 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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