Tend To Your Own Front Porch
There was a Sunday school lesson that was taught to me years ago,
And I wanted to share with you what that lesson was
And how I still try today to live up to that lesson.
Every single day we will have things that will come into our lives,
That are problems that we had nothing to do with!
Some of these things or people will try to control and take advantage of us!
We need to learn to discern which are from the Lord;
And those that are stumbling blocks to steal, kill and destroy us.
We all will have things that try to bombard us on a daily bases;
But we must be very careful that we do not try to take another persons problem
God has given each of us our own homes and front porches.
We need to tend to our own porches daily.
We must sweep them daily to clean off the debris that blow upon them.
(Sin, Sorrow, Unforgiveness, Self pity, Lies, Jealousy, Hatred)
We talked about the only way we could help others was when we
Swept our own front porches off;
Getting the plank out of our eye,
So we could see to help them get the speck from their eyes removed.
But we all know that takes the power of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit!
He told us way too many times we as Christians get involved with other peoples
Problems that we were never intended to be involved in!
He was a very wise man and he spoke truth!
We now have what I see as a social gospel, we need to enable and help everyone!
When we do not forsake our sins and yet expect others to support us!
Wrong theology, and unhealthy thinking!
We are told to disciple others not enable them to live in ungodly ways!
I believe we are all seeing, so many people that do not take responsibility
Holding grudges and really not forgiving others is sin!
But when we continue to do the same thing over and over again,
Yet expect a different outcome is insanity
One thing that I am learning as I see so many people hurting from
Be very wise with whom you get involved with!
Be careful what you say to them!
Do not give your time or money unless you have prayed about it!
Learn to know when to say enough or when to say NO!
You ladies have been given the charge to keep your own front porch,
Cleaned and swept off and in order.
If you are spending all your time and strength and words to enable others is
Do not waste your resources for a sloth or a person who will not repent!
We need to love others, sometimes by not helping and yet praying for them!