Posts with the category “spoonful”

Spoonful - 2/1
by Schmitty Schmitz on February 1st, 2023
Proverbs 6:19 NKJVThese are two things that not only does the Lord hate, but it says are an abomination to Him.  Pick the people you call friends very carefully; they may stir up trouble for you. Be careful who you are connected with because the principle of association can tear you down as well as build you up....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/31
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 31st, 2023
Proverbs 27:21 NLTFire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.This verse lets me know how powerful other peoples’ opinions about someone are and the affect they can have.  Do not let others boost your ego.  You can be good at whatever you do, but stay humble and do not let it go to your head....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/30
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 30th, 2023
Psalm 25:4‭-‬5 NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.In verse 4 it gives a description of the road you want to follow.  It says the right path.  I'm sure none of us ever want the wrong path for our lives, but without making a conscious cho...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/29
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 29th, 2023
Matthew 16:26 NKJVFor what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?The second part of this verse really hit me. What would you sell out for?  I've heard it said I would sell my soul for ___.  My thought, is there really anything worth giving up eternity for because we are only here for a blink of an eye....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/28
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 28th, 2023
Psalm 23:4 NKJVYea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.This is a well-known chapter and a popular verse.  It spoke to me today about the fact that no matter what I am going through, even to the fact of death hovering over my head, I should not fear because God is with me and has put things in p...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/27
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 27th, 2023
Matthew 18:9 NKJVAnd if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.My interpretation of what Jesus is saying here is that nothing you can look at with the desire to have is worth the tradeoff for eternal life.  He even says that if it causes you to sin, not just to pluck...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/26
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 26th, 2023
Psalm 21:2 NLTFor you have given him his heart's desire; you have withheld nothing he requested.What is your heart's desire?  This verse assures us that God holds nothing back from us.  Another verse comes to my mind saying ask and it will be given, knock and it shall be open to you, seek and you will find it. So, all it requires is for us to act in some form....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/25
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 25th, 2023
Matthew 16:19 NLTAnd I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.Jesus is telling us we have the power over what controls us.  Whatever we allow to happen, we are giving power. So, what are we allowing, or what are we not allowing in our lives?  ...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/24
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 24th, 2023
Proverbs 4:26-27 NKJVPonder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.This verse tells us that we need to carefully consider which direction we choose for our future. And once we pick that path, it says that we should not deviate from our choice. It also warns us not to get caught up in doing evil things....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/23
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 23rd, 2023
Matthew 15:17-18 NLTAnything you eat passes through the stomach and goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart - that's what defiles you.Pretty simple one here.  It's not what goes in your mouth that makes you a mean person, it's what comes out of your mouth that lets people know your character. Are you going to be a person that encourages those around you or are you the one ...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/22
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 22nd, 2023
Matthew 14:13&23 NKJV13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. 23 …He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.Spending some alone time with God is good for you and also the people you come in contact with.  After verse thirteen Jesus had a multitude of people come to Him, and He healed the sick and fed over five thousand people with five loaves of br...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/21
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 21st, 2023
Proverbs 28:14 NKJVHappy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.If you are a humble person this verse says you are a happy person.  If you are mean, watch out it also says you will reap trouble. I think I'm striving for humility, how about you?...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/20
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 20th, 2023
Psalm 18:6 NLTBut in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.It's ok to pray to God when you are in trouble.  I have heard many people cry out to God in their time of need, myself included. This verse says our cries reach his ears.  Wow God is listening, and I'm sure if He is listening, He will respond. H...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/19
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 19th, 2023
Psalm 17:6 NLTI am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.This verse tells me two things.  First that God will answer our prayers, and second, He is listening to us.  I like how it says first He will answer; it doesn't say He is listening first.  It gives us the assurance that God will answer our prayers.  Of course, that doesn't always mean we will ge...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/18
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 18th, 2023
Matthew 12:36 NLTAnd I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.One day everyone will have to answer for the words they have spoken.  So, think before you speak.  Once you say it, you cannot take it back.  Have you ever tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube after you squeezed it out? Choose your words wisely....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/17
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 17th, 2023
Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJVDo not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of the trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.This verse tells me two things.  First it says do not be afraid of sudden terror.  It lets me know that trouble is going to happen quickly and out of nowhere.  And second, but most importantly, it says that the Lor...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/16
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 16th, 2023
Proverbs 28:19 NKJVHe who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!Put in a little work and you will have enough to eat.  This verse also says the reward of the foolish is poverty.  An old saying came to mind when I read this, you will get out of it what you put into it. Just put in the effort and you will receive what you need....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/15
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 15th, 2023
1 John 3:11 NKJVFor this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,…If we would try to show a little love towards one another the world would be a better place.  Love can be shown in many different ways, from a simple smile to opening a door for someone.  It seems easy; give it a try.  The greatest love ever shown to us was when Jesus gave His life so we cou...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/14
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 14th, 2023
Matthew 6:24 NKJVNo one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.To serve someone is to give them your all. You can't be halfhearted about serving two masters so you need to be all in for one.  As this verse says you will love one and hate the other.  Being split between the...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/13
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 13th, 2023
Genesis 29:35 NKJVAnd she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Now I will praise the Lord."  Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.To this point in time, Leah felt unloved by her husband and I'm sure jealous of her sister. God gave her three children before Judah.  She named them out of her broken heart and desperation for love. When she got to the place that she real...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/12
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 12th, 2023
Matthew 9:9 NKJVAs Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at a tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.This verse really spoke to me about the fact that Matthew had never seen or spoken to Jesus before this moment. When Jesus said follow Me, Matthew stopped everything, left his job, and went with Jesus. How many of us have stood still, know...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/11
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 11th, 2023
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLTTrust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.The word that really stood out to me in these two verses is the word “all.” First it tells us to trust Him with all our heart.  It does not say half or a third of your heart, it says all. Second it says seek his will in all you do. ...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/10
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 10th, 2023
Psalm 9:15 NKJVThe nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.The Lord does not need to set a trap for people or in this case a nation. It says that we are subject to our own demise and will fall into our own traps. This is a warning from the Lord.  Let us pray that the United States will never forget God or turn into a wicked nation....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/9
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 9th, 2023
Matthew 6:34 NLTSo don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.Don't think about what is going to happen tomorrow.  You can do that tomorrow.  Focus on the things at hand. God will only give you so much to carry, and He will help you with it if you ask. You are not meant to fight tomorrow’s battle today, one day at a time....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/8
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 8th, 2023
Matthew 7:12 NKJVTherefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.This is a simple principle; you will get treated by most people the way you treat them.  So, if you want respect give respect.   If not respectful, be hostile or argumentative with someone and see what that gets you in return.  So basically, you reap what you sow....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/7
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 7th, 2023
Matthew 3:10 NLTEven now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.When I read this verse, I started to compare my life to the tree. I thought what if my actions didn't produce good intentions, like the tree not producing good fruit. If God is not happy with the tree, the...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/6
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 6th, 2023
Matthew 5:43-44 NKJVYou have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,…So, we all know it is easy to be nice to someone who is nice to us.  Jesus is telling us here that we should be nice to the people that tre...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/5
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 5th, 2023
Psalm 4:4 NKJVBe angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.This verse sheds some light on the fact that it is ok to get angry, but is also tells us how to react to the situation. Do not respond to what made you angry right away.  Walk away and think about it before it gets you in trouble. The verse ends with “be still.” I know it's hard to walk away, let alone be ...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/4
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 4th, 2023
Matthew 4:19 NKJVThen He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."This tells me that as we follow Jesus in our daily lives, it is not only us that follow Him but we are to bring others along on this journey. It also says He will make you fishers of men so do not fret my friends; Jesus will do the work if you allow Him....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/3
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 3rd, 2023
Genesis 6:6 NKJVAnd the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.In verse five it says that man was wicked and every thought was evil. My thoughts run to modern day and the way our hearts are now.  Are we grieving God again and making Him sorry He made us as this verse says?  Let us not grieve the heart of God....  Read More
Spoonful - 1/2
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 2nd, 2023
1 John 2:6 NKJVHe who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.Pretty simple one here.  Who are we acting like in our daily lives?  Who do they see when they look at us?  Better yet who do you see when you look in the mirror?  Are we loving the unlovable?  Are we sharing His love or just the opposite, hate?  Who are we emulating?...  Read More
Spoonful - 1/1
by Schmitty Schmitz on January 1st, 2023
Psalm 46:1 NLTGod is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.When you are being tested remember that God is ALWAYS ready to help.  It does not say sometimes; it says ALWAYS.  And who do you run to when you're in trouble?  This verse tells me He is my safe place and will be there when I need Him.  I have peace knowing God has my back....  Read More
Spoonful - 12/31
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 31st, 2022
1 John 4:11 NKJVBeloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.Simply said, we should show love because we are loved.  The world would be a better place if everyone showed a little more love towards one another.  With this year coming to a close, let us purpose in our hearts to show love towards others...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/30
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 30th, 2022
Zechariah 2:5 NKJV“…For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst."In this verse an angel is describing Jerusalem to Zechariah, and we see that where the glory of God is, there is a protection surrounding it.  With that thought in mind, knowing that the manifestation of the glory of God is in us, we have a protection surrounding us that no one else h...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/29
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 29th, 2022
Revelation 20:15 NKJVAnd anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.The Book of Life is definitely the Book you want to see your name in.  As time is drawing closer to the end of days, we need to be prepared for eternity.  Make a conscious decision where you want to spend your forever, now, before it is made for you....  Read More
Spoonful - 12/28
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 28th, 2022
Psalm 147:6 NKJVThe Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground. Sometimes when you are a humble person, always thinking of others’ needs before your own, you may begin feeling like people walk all over you.  I love to read in the scriptures about God raising the humble because it is an encouragement to know He loves the humble spirit in people, and they are rewarded in the en...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/27
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 27th, 2022
Philippians 2:14 NLTDo everything without complaining and arguing,…I heard a sermon about prayer, and one thing the pastor said really stuck.  He said if we would spend just as much time praying about the situation as we do complaining about it, we would change the atmosphere of the problem.  This spoke to me personally because I am more pessimistic than optimistic.  We can change what the outcome...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/26
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 26th, 2022
Psalm 145:20 NKJVThe Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.One meaning of preserve is to maintain.   Sounds like a win to me.  Another meaning of preserve is to protect.  God is going to maintain and protect the people who love him.  For the people who chose not to acknowledge God, what more can they expect from God but to not be acknowledged by Him?...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/25
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 25th, 2022
Revelation 16:15 NLT“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”Today people are celebrating the birth of Jesus, and in this verse, Jesus tells us of His return.  He is coming again, and it will be unexpected.  We need to be prepared at all times.  So, don't be caught o...  Read More
Spoonful - 12/24
by Schmitty Schmitz on December 24th, 2022
Zechariah 1:3 NKJVTherefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Return to Me," says the Lord of hosts, "and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.The Lord told the prophet Zechariah to point out to the people this simple thing, God does not walk away from us.  It is us that walked away from Him.  All we need to do is go back to God because He is waiting for us.  If you feel a littl...  Read More