June 5, 2017

Our new memory verse for this week:

John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

Don’t you just love the word ‘don’t’? I would say most of us don’t. Why? Well that word seems to entice us to do the very thing is says not to do. Like “wet paint don’t touch.” So what is the tendency? Of course it is to touch to see if the paint is really wet! “Don’t hit your sister”. Now as a guy who had two sisters what do you think I wanted to do at times? What do you think I ended up doing at times? Don’t text and drive. Hey think about this, the first sin that was every committed was prefaced by the word, yep, ‘Don’t’. “Don’t eat the fruit of the tree.” (see Gen. 3).

Our sinful human nature seems to want to do what we shouldn’t do. And when we do what we shouldn’t do it always results in some form of unpleasantness for the one who did the don’t and sometimes also for others. Think of the guy who did the don’t in “Don’t drink and drive”. We have all suffered unpleasantness in life because Eve did the don’t. God didn’t ask her to do something she couldn’t do. She had the ability to not do the ‘don’t’; she just chose to do it anyway.

When I was in basic training in the Air Force we were required to ‘spit shine’ our shoes before we placed them under our beds. In fact we were all told, “Don’t put your shoes under the bed unless they have been ‘spit shined’. One of the guys in our flight of 50 decided to do the don’t. When inspection time came and our drill sergeant saw that his shoes hadn’t been ‘spit shined’. He took every one of us outside where we had to do 5o push-ups, 50 sit-ups and six laps around the training field. We all suffered and needless to say no one was too happy with this guy. The next day at inspection time the sergeant found the same guys shoes not ‘spit shined’. The result was more push-us, more sit-ups and more laps around the track. On the third day of inspection the same thing happened all over again. It wasn’t that this guy couldn’t spit shine his shoes; he just chose not to.

By this time everyone in the flight was fed up with this guy doing the ‘don’t‘. So that night we planned a ‘blanket party’ for this guy. A blanket party happens after light are out for the night. A couple of us took our blankets off our bunks and we went to the ‘don’t’ guys bunk. We threw our blankets over him, held him down and everyone had a hand in beating the ______ out of him. The blanket was so that he couldn’t identify any one who was at the party. His choice had consequences which in his case were not good.

The next morning he didn’t look to comfortable; however when the next inspection time came around he didn’t do the ‘don’t. He made a good choice. The lesson was learned > life is much more pleasant when you don’t do the ‘don’t.

Is there a don’t that you have been doing? Sin has a way of throwing us its own ‘blanket party’. Ask Eve, she lost a son because she did the ‘don’t. Usually the grief that we suffer in life is because we or someone else chose to do the don’t. Why not stop doing it today? You can make that choice. When the Lord Jesus says ‘don’t‘ it is to our advantage and the advantage of others not to do it.

Luke 21:34 (NLT) — 34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mel Frank says

    Thank Dan