Your Name

When your name is brought up what is the reaction? Do people say, “That guy or gal is a good person, good friend”? Do people see honest trustworthy character in you? Or do they cringe at your name? I think it is important what you are known for but even more important is if they are seeing what God sees inside your heart. I hope your name means something. Let’s see if that matches Scripture

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
You name is important. Have you looked into the Biblical and Ethnic meaning of your name? It is worth the research time and fairly easy to do on the web. Your name is much more important than the zeros in your bank account. Read that again. God calls you special and He loves you. Read that one again too.

Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.
When God measures if you are allowed into His family He does not look at if you are rich or poor. He looks at your heart and what you have done with Jesus. When we think about the importance of a name I cannot help but to think about Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Are you aware of your surroundings? Seriously, are you? There are far too many people unaware of things going on right around them, right in front of them. Psalm 139:14 b says “wonderful are Your (God) works”. Do we see God’s hand at work?

Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
I told you we would get back to an echo on the fear of the LORD. Stop and read that again and pause at each word and think. God wants to reward you and He will if you are humble! God wants to reward you and He will if you are humble! God wants to reward you and He will if you are humble! You know in the Hebrew context something repeated three times means it is very special and important. So did you catch it?

Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
What do you think of when you think of snares and thorns? I think of sin. I think of the trap of sin? I think that Satan put them out there to step in but I am the one that steps into the trap by not being careful. That is why we need to be surrounded by the Word and in the Word and focused on the Spirit.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Dad’s – Have you put the time into training up, educating your family in the LORD?
Son’s – Have you obeyed what God teaches? Is it your own and not just your Dad’s faith?

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
This teaching is important on two levels. One, on just a pure stewardship and money level it is important for us not to be indebted. We become slaves. On a spiritual level this verse reminds us we can not live off of anyone else’s faith. We have to have our own faith. We cannot get saved because our Grandma was or Mom. We have to cry out and repent. I hope you have.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

Desire; Crave; Sacrifice; Endure

When you hear racing words it gets you thinking racing. If you think Bible terms you will be thinking about God. So let’s do some thinking on God’s Word.

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
Can you hear this warning?! I know that many work very hard and this verse does not apply to them but there are some that don’t work hard and God is giving a stern warning. As I think about this I also think of the times when I do not work hard at the Lord’s work, whether that is Bible study or prayer or discernment, etc.… We need to be at work for the Lord out of love for Him.

Proverbs 21:26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
I have asked this before but I ask it again now, what satisfies you? What do you crave? What do you hunger and thirst for? What we spend our time and money and energy on will give a clear indication of our real love and what we really value.
Catch the last part of the verse too. We have talked about it. One of the marks of a true believer is giving – who we give to; what we give; what we want back for credit, etc.

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
Think about this with me. Those that rebel against the Lord, do they know they are rebelling? Do they use excuses? Think about those in a “false church”. They are convinced they are doing what is right. Now after thinking about that it should give us the pause to think about where we stand with the Lord. Is there a sin God wants to show us and have us deal with?

Proverbs 21:28 A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure.
Echo! God is very clear here with what lives forever and what does not. Lies and non-truths die but God’s Word and those that will hear and obey will endure, will last.

Proverbs 21:29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.
This verse is good for believers to hear. First we need to be discerning on what people said and how they act. Second we need to be discerning on our thoughts prior to them becoming words and actions.

Proverbs 21:30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.
Bottom line — Man’s plans just don’t work out. In the end they are going to end empty, without meaning or substance that will count for eternity. Don’t miss that mark.

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Great verse!!!
What it says to me is put the work in. Be prepared. Study the Bible and spend time in it and in prayer but lean on the LORD for the victory.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

Life Lesson

Racing is hard. I mean there are lot of challenges but like with many sports there are many life lessons to learn but we have to have the right attitude, the right view, and the right focus. Do we want to learn anything from racing that will be a life lesson or are we just looking for enjoyment and feeding self? So much of life is wrapped around communication with each other. A lack of communication (talking); too much of; note listening;

Proverbs 21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright.
There is unexcapable punishment to those that sin with intention to harm others and the believer should see this. It should warn us also that we are to stay far from sin.
Proverbs 21:19 It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
This is speaking to the women reading this. You have the responsibly to be respectful and loving to your husband and as us men read this we should be reminded the Bible and God is very clear that we are to be loving and washing our wife in the Word. This would cure many of the marriage issues we have. Please stop and really think about this, am I being the husband, wife, child that God wants me to be or am I feeding self and ego and my wants over others.
Proverbs 21:20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
Did you think we were not going to hear “wise” or “Wisdom” again in Proverbs – Wrong, here we are back talking about it! Oh, and there will be more. What do you consider treasure? Is it God’s Word and wise? We can learn much from what we value and what price and time we put on and in it.
Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Let us think about the word “pursues”. What do you think about when you read the read “pursue”? I think of going after something with intention, with intensity, with a desire. So do we have that passion for righteousness and kindness?
Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
We can trust in a political party or person and we can trust in a ‘brand” or we can trust in a name or in things but that is not where or who we should trust in. We should trust in the Creator of the universe. We should trust in the one that gives and takes life. We should trust in the one that is all-knowing and all-powerful. Think about people’s reaction in politics. When Mr. Obama was elected there was an attack on his person, his family origin. There were a lot of lies and attacks that were not right. Now Mr. Trump takes office and people are demonstrating with a LOT of hate in their words and actions. Instead of trusting in those two it would be much better to trust in Jesus. Who will really protect you or really provide for you?
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Let’s skip over this verse. Okay, just kidding. This is a tough one for me. Far too often I will just say what I am thinking, or not thinking if you know what I mean, and it can cause trouble or even harm others. It is not good. I need to do more than just read this verse, more than just study and memorize this verse. I need to obey it.
Proverbs 21:24 “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
Pride is one of if not the “greatest” of all sin. One that is filled with pride thinks only of self. They think more of themselves and less of others. They distort truth. Their view is skewed and they puff up self and deflate others. It is so easy for us to be prideful even on a spiritual level. We have to be watchful and on the lookout.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

Clarity

Do you ever pick up a call and have a hard time hearing the person if you are in a loud crowd? How about if you can’t hear your spotter? How will that go? Not well is right. If he says someone is underneath you and you can’t hear that and go for the hole what happens? That is right, there is a wreck. It is much better when the communication is clear and understood. This set of verses is clear.

Proverbs 21:9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Notice that this verse does not say go divorce. In this time that we live too many believe marriage is a try it out and see if things go my way or as long as I am happy I will stay in this. That is not how God sees marriage. He sees it as two becoming one and for life. He wants the husband to protect and love and to pour the Word over the family. He wants the wife to honor the husband and nurture the family.
Proverbs 21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
The eyes really can tell a lot. When you look in to the eyes of a person you can see pain, lies, hurt, etc.. The eyes really are the insight into the soul.
Proverbs 21:11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
Again, echo, will you receive instruction? If you will, you will gain knowledge.
Proverbs 21:12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked down to ruin.
We have talked about this before but it good for us to be reminded. No one and nothing escapes from God. He see and hears all, knows all.
Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
More echoes. Here we are instructed that we are to help the poor. What have you done in the last couple of weeks to help the poor? It is easy to do during the holidays. Are you intentional year-round?
Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.
We are prone to hide or trying to hide which in itself is a lie. We cannot hide. Everything is seen by God and often by all those around us too. So look at the scenario of the second half of the verse and see all the sin there.
Proverbs 21:15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
Powerful! Doing what is right is a joy and freedom. Lying or doing what is wrong will enslave you to sin. It will always be. Don’t miss the joy of obeying the LORD.
Proverbs 21:16 One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Hear this warning! Seriously stop and hear this. If we wander from truth, disaster and death is ahead. You may think you are getting away with something but in the end it will not turn out good. Do you really want to take that chance?
Proverbs 21:17 Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
It can’t get any more straight-forward or direct or clear than this. Is your first love to feed your own pleasure? Take your time and really think about that. What satisfies you? Listen to the promise to those that love alcohol. Pretty clear what God thinks of drinking.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

The Real You

Do you really know the drivers and the team? I think that is an interesting question I get once in a while. Of course the person asking usually wants to know what “famous” drivers I have met. That is completely different than knowing a person. When we know someone we know their character. Think with me.

When I say the word character what does it mean to you? Character from dictionary .com: – the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. – moral or ethical quality. Character is what is in your core, what you do when no one is watching. This is the real you.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
Interesting to think about. There are pastors and leaders that change what we think God is saying in the Bible but there is only what God says in His Word. That is why it is so important we do the hard work of digging for truth.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Echo! 16:2; 16:2; 20:6 all spoke to this. This verse ends like the others, the LORD measures and knows the heart. It is not “What’s in your wallet” that counts, it is “what’s in your heart.” That is what counts.
Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
We have talked about this previously, but look at what is important to God – righteousness and justice. We have looked a lot at righteous and righteousness but let’s pause and take a closer look at “justice”. What are your first thoughts when you think of “justice”? I think court and “getting justice” I have heard this completely misused several times in the past month or so. The Vine’s Bible Dictionary says it is the execution of a sentence, punishment; what is right in a judicial hearing. The International Children’s Bible Dictionary says, “The practice of what is right and just. Justice specifies what is right, not only based on laws, but also by what makes for right relationships, harmony, and peace.”
Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
Kind of the reverse of what we have heard before in Proverbs on the lamp, light, path. Here we see how eyes and the heart are destructive, sin! SIN! Like I have said before, this is serious.
Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Speaking of plans, we echo earlier teachings. Again we are reminded to stop and think before we jump in and react. We are also reminded that if we don’t stop and think and pray we will lose out.
Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
Another direct shot, hit! Those who lie are not good. It may bring money into your life but the cost will be eternal in a negative way. I have a lot I could say here. Maybe we will side bar on this some time.
Proverbs 21:7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.
Let’s focus on a couple of words here:
Violence – we see violence all around us. Every day in the newspaper, on the TV, on the internet we see and hear of violent acts. We would like to say they are all overseas or in the big city but they are not. They are in every community and in every country. There are those trying to say that things are less violent than a few years ago but that is NOT true. The truth is, we in America are seeing more and more hate and destruction. Man is wicked and we keep taking God out of schools, society and most frustrating is out of churches. We have blurred the lines and then wonder why things are going the way they are.
Refuse – Tied into what we just talked about is the refusal of so many to acknowledge God and to not seek Him and to not surrender to Him. Do you see the stubborn, self-filled attitude in this refusal? Think about those two words – surrendered vs. refusal. This too ties into character we talked about in the opening.
Proverbs 21:8 The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.
Guilty or pure. How will you be found? God knows your heart. We may be able to fool people but God knows. He will have us give account.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

New Years 2017

Prior to the storm last week a good friend shared this with me:
I am reminded of the days when I was receiving my pilot training. I was told that there are adventurous pilots and there are old pilots, but there are no adventurous old pilots.

As the year comes to the close and as we enter 2017 there are still some seeking the LORD. Some for the first time others want a deeper relationship with Him. Let’s look at a few more verses.

Matthew 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
How hard did you look for the right gift for your dearest loved one? Ok, for some it is hard to “shop” or be motivated but for many it is a big deal. You want to know what is going to please that loved one and you want to get what is just right. Then you have to search to find it. Do we put that kind of effort into finding out about the LORD and His will and ways?
John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
Is the first part of that statement true? Do you search the Scriptures? I find it fascinating how people will search for answers in some of the strangest places. They will make statements on things that are clear in the Bible yet they don’t want to hear from the one who created the world and all that is in it. Stop and think about that. The other day there was a political conversation going on and they were talking about our position with Israel. The person had no clear belief that Israel was God’s chosen people. Interesting. There are answers in the Bible. Maybe we should open it and search and read it?

1 Peter 1:10-13 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
There are some today that will search for the good news, for the gospel. That is that Jesus came and lived a perfect sinless life in order that we might be saved. He paid the price by dying on the cross and He was raised from the dead to give victory over death. And that by admitting to sin and repenting and crying out to Jesus as LORD we can be saved. This is truth. Are you the one searching? Stop right here and call out to Jesus in your own words.

Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Great promise. This is a great promise by Jesus. If today you are searching or knocking, receive Jesus as your LORD. Receive His gift of salvation. Start the New Year with a new heart, a new life and new lease on life and eternity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Happy New Year. May you be committed to search the LORD and His ways this year. May you be intentional in your prayer, your worship, your witnessing, your encouragement and your repentance. May you glean from your faithful Bible reading and may your faith and trust in the LORD grow.

Have a great day rain’ in the SONshine,
Todd