Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

I Corinthians 9:15 (God's Word Translation)  "I thank God for his gift that words  can not describe."
Paul has just spent many verses describing all the wonderful ways that God shows that He is God by taking care of His people.   He showers us all with gifts that only He can give; the most amazing of all is the gift of His son, Baby Jesus!   As I spend time, effort, and gas this holiday season diligently trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on my list, I am stilled by the realization that nothing I can purchase will ever come close to the gift that our Lord and Savior poured out for us.   As much as I love my family, I know that love pales next to the love our precious Jesus extends to us.     Sweet Jesus fill us up with that love so that we might be worthy of your gifts this Christmas season.    Come Lord Jesus!

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Luke 2:10-11  (God's Word Translation)  The angel said to them, "Don't be afraid!  I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy.  Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David's city".

Can you imagine getting that message from a host of angels?   First, I think it would be terrifying to be in the field, minding my own business, and having the sky fill with angels.  And if that is not scary enough, then they begin to talk and praise God.   Don't be afraid.......yeh right!   But the grace of God covered the shepherds and they believed.    Then, they had to have been filled with anticipation and excitement.   How they must have laughed and cheered, and I am sure they rushed to tell others.    I so wish that we would respond today to the good news of Jesus Christ they way the shepherds did so long ago.    Wouldn't it be something if we were so full of joy that we had to run around and tell everyone we met?   We have a few days left in December before Christmas arrives, how about we find ways to share Jesus with all we encounter?  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14, 2014

Proverbs 10:12 (ESV)   Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.  

I am so glad that God has offered me His love so that I may also extend that love to others.    Sometimes this world gets ugly and my emotions want to lash out in hate.    Thankfully, God has showered me with so much love that I remember that even in the midst of my hurt and anger, love needs to prevail.    This is not always easy.    In fact, it is just down right hard!   But our gracious God will provide the grace and the path.    As I stumble along this rocky road I wonder if you need to take my hand and join me.    Is there someone you need to forgive and love on a bit this holiday season?   Ask God to give you the tools to do that and then trust that God will give you enough love to share with another.   Thank you, God!

Friday, December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014

Matthew 1:23 (ESV)  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us). 

Can you imagine a more powerful way to send Jesus to dwell on Earth?   A virgin birth?    A lonely stable?   Wise men?  Shepherds?    Only God could plan and orchestrate such a scenario.   How amazing that He could love us so much that He would go to such extremes to save our souls!  Thank you, Jesus!  We should all be about the business of loving God back.   Can you find a way to do that this Holiday season?    

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014

John 1:17 (KJV)  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 
I am so grateful that Jesus came to us and brought us His grace because I am not a very obedient person.  It is not so much that I do not want to follow rules and regulations.   Rather, if there are too many I find it hard to remember them all and I really need to know the rationale behind the rules before I see a need to adhere to certain ones.  I am certain that I would have constantly been in trouble if I had been an Old Testament believer.  Thankfully, Jesus came to us and said "follow me".    He assures all of us that He loves us and that if we ask Him to be our personal Savior we will spend eternity with Him.  This does not give us carte blanche to behave as we wish.   Rather, it should cause us to desire to emulate Jesus as we live to serve Him.   Christmas season would be a terrific time to come to Jesus in a bold way.   Won't you renew your relationship with Him or maybe start a brand new relationship?  Merry Christmas, my friend!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014

John 1:29 (God's Word Translation)  John saw Yeshua coming towards him the next day and said,
 'Look!  This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world".

Clearly Jesus has moved beyond his childhood years as this scripture was recorded.  He has grown up to begin fulfilling His Father's plan.    John the Baptist recognizes this in this great man, even as many others are skeptical or even deny Jesus as the Messiah.   Why was it so difficult for so many to believe?    Why is it still so difficult for so many of us to believe?   John's words should echo in our ears.    "This is the Lamb of God!"   Thank you, Jesus.    Thank you for taking on the role handed down to you so that all of us can find that eternal salvation.    What a fabulous thing to celebrate!

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

Luke 4:8  (God's Word Translation)  Yeshua answered him, "Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him'."

Do you remember this story?   Satan had taken Jesus to a high place and tempted him by saying that if Jesus would worship him, he would give Jesus all the power and glory in all the kingdoms.   Of course, Jesus reminded Satan  that only God is worthy of our worship.  Do you remember this story?
During this time of preparation of our hearts for the coming of our Savior,  do we worship and serve only our God?   Our first immediate reaction is "of course!".   We are somewhat taken back that anyone would even question that!  Then our conscience gently nudges us to rethink our quick answer.    Opps!   Maybe I put shopping before Jesus today.   Maybe I put decorating before Jesus today.   Maybe I put busyness before Jesus today.   Maybe I forgot to put the Babe in the center of my Christmas.  Thank you, Jesus for reminding us to Worship and serve ONLY our God!        

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 7, 2014

Luke 2:10-14 (ESV)  And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I being you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you:  you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" 

Thank you, Father!   I pray that I might be one with which you are pleased!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 6, 2014

Luke 1:38  (TEV)  "I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you have said."  And the angel left her.

We know this story well.   What a beautiful example of obedience Mary gives us.  We smile at the wonder of the Christmas story and thank God for the gift of Jesus.  But let's look a bit closer at Mary just now.  Her decision to accept God's plan was costly.  Mary risked her very life to embrace the will of God in her life, and did so without any hesitation.  Mary identified herself as "the Lord's servant".   Wow.    Now fast forward several hundred years and picture modern woman in that same equation.  Are we willing to throw everything away for the opportunity to call ourselves "the Lords' servant"?  Maybe that is not what God is asking you to do.    Maybe He is just asking for a bit of your attention; maybe just a few moments of your time each day.   Before we come to the manger this year, let's pray that God will reveal to us how we can serve Him this Christmas and during the New Year.   

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

Jude 20-21 (ESV)  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 

God gave me this scripture today as I was reading to prepare my heart for Advent.   I believe that the message is to pray within God's desire rather than for my own agenda.   I believe that we are called to put all of our faith and all of our trust in Jesus and His promise that we win in the end!  This Christmas season I am trying to take on a new focus.   I am searching for the Babe in the manger in my heart rather than in the cr├Ęche.   My quest requires that I inspect my motives and my actions from a spiritual perspective rather than a secular one, and sometimes that proves to be painful.    I am eternally grateful for God's undying grace as I hobble along on this journey.   As I put down my Bible I can only smile and say "Come Lord Jesus!"   

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 4, 2104

Matthew 25:45 (ESV)  Then he will answer them saying, "Truly I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me."   

As I begin my journey through Advent this year, Jesus keeps putting scripture like this in my hands and mind.    I so realize that the Babe should foster feelings of benevolence and that I  should be going out of my way to  share my abundant blessings with those in places of need.  I get that to walk like Jesus means sacrifice and risk.  But, I am busy!    I have gifts to purchase and groceries to lay in and wrapping to do.    December is such a busy month!  What's that?  What is the real meaning of the Babe in the manger?   Uh???  Wait a minute.   I know this one!   What.   Yeah I got it!  Jesus came to serve so that we might see his example, and strive to also serve others.   Hm.    A second look at Matthew makes me realize that this sin of omission disappoints Jesus.   He tells us that we not only turn our back on the less fortunate when we do not tend to them, we also turn our back on Jesus.   Oh my!    I have some serious compensation to take care of.    Care to join me?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014

Genesis 31:3  (God's Word Translation)  "Then Yahweh said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your ancestors and to your relatives, and I will be with you." 

We know that Jacob had this encounter with God and after consulting with his wives, Leah and Rachel, Jacob began the journey back to Canaan.   How hard is it for us to follow Yahweh's directives in our lives?    Do we even hear God's voice?   Can we discern if the voice is God's voice or simply a desire of our own heart?    Friends, God is still speaking to us.   We just need to be still and listen.    We need to follow the example of Jacob and use our trusted family and friends as sounding boards when we are sorting out our thoughts.  Then we need to put our trust in Yahweh and know that if "it" is His will, He will make that abundantly clear to us.     Right now, during this time of anticipation we call advent, let's be quiet and listen for God to move us in His favor. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

Genesis 12:2 (KJV)  "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing." 

The Lord appeared top Abram and uttered these words to him, promising to bless him.    But following the blessing, God told Abram that he, in turn, would be a blessing to others.    Let's take this scripture to our hearts and claim it for our own.   God wants to bless each of us too.   God wants us to pause during this season of Advent and search for the blessing found in the Christ Child.   God wants us to take on that blessing and savor in the knowledge that we are blessed.    Only then can we be that blessing to others.   Only then can we move in ways that illuminate the Christ within us.   Thank you Jesus for the blessing.   Thank you Jesus for giving us the opportunity to bless others, beginning in this season, and continuing through the upcoming year.   

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Luke 2:29-30 (KJV)  "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen your salvation." 

These are the words of Simeon, as recorded by Luke, when Jesus's parents brought the babe into the temple.   Simeon was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen Christ and the moment he laid eyes on the child, Simeon knew that He was the new born King.   What a testimony!    Do we have that same certainty when we look at the Babe in the manger?  We should!   When we peek in the stable do we see Jesus, our personal Savior and King or do we see a cute baby to be celebrated during December and put away for the rest of the year?   Friends we need to relish that moment we see Jesus!   We need to take Him out of that barn and give Him a place of honor in our daily lives.  Like Simeon, we need to see Jesus as our salvation!              

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014

Matthew 1:23 (KJV)  "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emanuel, which being interpreted is, God is with us." 

Do you feel the excitement?   Can you hear the angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus?   Can you see the brilliant star?   Stop right now!   Stop all that is consuming your time and your mind.    Stop the busyness.    Stop the anger.  Stop the anxiety.    Then, just welcome Jesus!    Come Lord Jesus!  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 29, 2014

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)  "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved." 

What a wonderful reason to  be thankful and shout praises to God from the mountain tops!   We all have sinned to one degree or another.   All our "dead in our trespasses."  But Jesus Christ was born and then died to save us from our sinful choices.    Our Savior has promised us eternal salvation if we only ask Him to be Lord of our lives!  What are you waiting for?   Let's meet our Savior in the manger this Christmas! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014

I Chronicles 29:13  (ESV)  "And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name."     Yesterday we had such a wonderful day!  We shared a Thanksgiving meal with one of our daughters and her family, along with my mom.   Our gathering was small but still wonderful.    I love this holiday because it gives me cause to stop and really inventory how much God has blessed me.   I am so thankful to have a warm home and a wonderful family.   I am grateful for special friends and our mighty church family.   I have a good job and have the physical ability to go to work.  Thank you God!    It is too easy during this busy holiday season to dwell on the negatives like too much to do, too little time and money, not to mention difficult family dynamics.   Let's all try to keep the warm feeling of Thanksgiving in our hearts as we move into advent and focus on how amazing our God is! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014

Colossians 3:16 (ESV)  "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to  God." 

God bless you friend.    Please take a moment today to thank God for every blessing in your life.   God is good!   

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 26, 2014

Psalm 62:1  (KJV)  "Truly my soul waiteth upon God:  from him cometh my salvation." 

This Psalm of David gives us clear guidance into where we should put all of our trust.   This is one that I need to put on my bathroom mirror because I so often give it all to God, only to pick it back up again as soon as I am off my knees.   Why do we find it so difficult to wait?    Way do we not believe that our God will do what He says He will do?   If we truly believe that God is our salvation, then we should willingly and patiently wait for God to act on our behalf.    He will do that for us, but in His time, not ours.    That is the rub.   We are an impatient people.   We want everything instantly.   I am certain that when we think that God is delaying, it is because He has a better plan.   During advent let's practice waiting for our Savior.     

November 25, 2014

Acts 22:16 (ESV)  "And now why do you wait?  Rise and be baptize and wash away your sins, calling on his name." 

I am very excited about this upcoming weekend as one of my grandson's has decided to ask Jesus to be his personal savior.   Evan will be baptized this Sunday!   Hallelujah!   As grandma I am smiling so big!   Imagine how much bigger Jesus must be smiling.    Scripture tells us that Jesus desires that all His children willingly come to Him.    Jesus wishes to have close, personal relationship with each one of us and baptism is just the beginning of that journey.   This holiday season can you make a decision to come to Jesus, or to renew your commitment to Him, as we stand before the manger?  This is the one gift that we can give back to our Lord; satisfaction guaranteed! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014

Luke 1:28  (NIV)  "The angel went  to her and said, "Greetings you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you." 

We know this story well.  The virgin Mary accepted her favor with God and chose to trust Him completely.  Clearly the angel saw a young, scared, inexperienced girl but God saw the perfect mother for His son.   How wonderful it is to know that God sees us as perfectly created for the tasks that He has laid out for us as well.   Luke tells us later in this same chapter that "Nothing is impossible with God"  (Luke 1:37)  Friends, lets look to God for our direction today and then move with Him to make things happen! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014

Matthew 3:3  (ESV)  ""For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord;  make his paths straight."

Are you preparing a path for our Lord?   It is nearly the first Sunday in advent and many of us are busy making shopping lists and dusting off decorations in preparation of the holiday.   What are we doing to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our Savior?   Can we find time in our busy schedules to make sure that our Lord is present in this holiday?   Can we find time to prepare our souls to meet Jesus at the manger?   Wow.    I need to tear up my list and rethink my priorities.   How about you?   

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

Psalm 147:5-6 (ESV)  "Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.  The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground."

Lord, You gave me this scripture today to remind me that you are all knowing and all powerful.   Lord, You knew that I needed a reminder today that you've got my back!  Thank you for that!  I also give my burden to You, Lord.   I am reminded that You will help those that are afflicted.  You are so amazing and good.   Thank you, Lord.     

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014

Acts 4:32 (ESV)  "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common."

God has given me this scripture this evening as I am pondering the amount of benevolence, or lack thereof, that should be highly visible during this holiday season. Our communities have so much need.   We have families that struggle to pay for heat and children who may not get a special Christmas gift.   We have folks that are paying off medical bills and pinching pennies to put gas  in their cars so they can go to work.   Some of us, however, have plenty.   Based on the reading today, those of us who have plenty should be sharing it.  After all, it is only by the grace of God that we are not the ones that are desperately trying to make ends meet.   The next few weeks would be a great time to reach out and help someone.   Look around.   You might be surprised how easy it is to be the light in someone else's life.   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

Acts 4:30  (NIV)  "Stretch out your hand and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant, Jesus."

These words of Peter and John clearly call all believers to action.  These men were ordinary men with no formal religious education but a very deep belief in the power of Jesus Christ.  They were given the gift to share the love of God by Jesus.   Friends, you and I too have been given that gift to demonstrate our faith by our actions.   Let's get moving! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Matthew 1:21-22  (ESV)  "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet.

This is scripture that we are very familiar with and read frequently during the Christmas season.   The angel was speaking to Joseph in a dream telling him to trust God and to wed Mary so that prophecy could be fulfilled.   I get so excited when I read scripture that connects events in the Bible in very real ways and I so enjoy prophecy.   It is so amazing to follow the thread and see God's plan played out in a way that only He could orchestrate.   Thinking way back to the book of Genesis and the genealogy lessons we labor over, it fascinates me to think about how long God waited.   As we begin to think about advent and the wonderful Christmas season, I wonder what we wait so expectantly for.   My hope is that it is something worthy!    I pray that  all of our eyes are on Jesus Christ!        

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014

1 Samuel 17:45 (ESV)  "Then David said to the Philistine, "You come at me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." 

You remember the story of how David defeated the giant using a sling and a stone and his faith in God.  David shows us how to "slay our dragons" by using the armor of God.    When God is our commander, we can always win!    What dragons are you facing today?   Busyness, anger, addiction, financial issues,  relationship struggles.   Whatever it is,  battle the enemy with God!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

Hebrews 6:10 (TEV)  "God is not unfair.  He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to your fellow Christians." 

This scripture should give us reason to smile as we are promised that God knows and will remember what we are doing on this earth as we serve him.  Hebrews remind us that as we are serving our fellow man we are serving God.   He sees us doing His work and He is pleased with His servants.   What are you doing this holiday season to serve someone else?    Maybe that should be on the top of your "to do" list.    

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

Isaiah 55:10  (God's Word Translation)  "Rain and snow come down from the sky.  They do not go back again until they water the earth.  They make it sprout and grow so that it produces seed for farmers and food for people to eat." 

Out God is so good!   He developed this perfect plan for the cycle of our earth.  In His time, we have rain and snow.   We enjoy the moment when the earth is cleansed by the weather, but then we realize that the purpose for the precipitation goes so much deeper.   God intended for nature to nurture nature.  How simple and how beautiful is that?   Thank you God for the rain and for the snow.   Thank you that You have everything figured out and continue to orchestrate the big picture.    

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 12, 2104

Psalm 62:1-2 (God's Word Translation)  "My soul waits calmly for Elohim alone.  My salvation comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my savior - my stronghold.  I cannot be severely shaken."  Elohim is the Hebrew word for God and indicates that He is the highest of all.   Elohim is the Great Creator.  I can wait on Him with certainty because He created me and knows my needs and desires.   He created me and said that His creation was good, so I must be good too.  Elohim has promised me and you eternal life, and desires that we accept that gift.  What in this world could we ever by anxious about with Elohim on our side?       

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

Mark 10:23  And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"  (ESV)

I have heard this verse preached in various manners.  I won't go into them, but I will share my belief.  (I don't believe it means the affluent will not enter heaven because being rich is wrong.)  I believe in the Lord's infinite wisdom, He just knows that many people will be so distracted by their money or the making of money, that they will not find time for Him and the things of His kingdom.  
It is like everything else in God's economy - it is all about the heart condition.  God did not give us a new heart, just so we could corrupt it with the things of this world.  So keep things in balance!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

I Samuel 2:12  Now the sons of Eli were worthless men.  They did not know the Lord. (ESV)

I don't know about you, but I read this to say that worthless people are people who don't know the Lord.  If you ponder this, you might agree.  We get our worth in who we are in Jesus Christ.  That is my problem with some "self-esteem" programs.  I don't think we should be into self abasement, but our esteem is not found in who we are, but who we are in Christ.  Give it some thought.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

II Samuel 11:1  In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel.

If you are familiar with this passage, then you know it leads into the narrative on David and Bathsheba.  I have always felt like it had something to do with the fact that David didn't go to battle like the other kings, but sent others.  Had he gone to battle perhaps he would not have been in the position to see and lust after Bathsheba.

I am not picking on David; I am identifying with him.  How often I have not gone or been where I should have been and found myself in trouble. That means generally I am, where I shouldn't be. I think we can carry this concept to any number of areas of our lives.  The drunkard who shouldn't be in the bar, but stops for just one drink.  The glutton who shouldn't be at the fast food place, but is, and will begin eating better tomorrow. You get my drift.

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

Leviticus 1:1  The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, "Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, 'When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.' (ESV)

I think the key word in this passage is "when".  According to this passage, the Lord expects us to bring offerings to Him.  Even though this is in the Old Testament, I believe we are still to bring offerings to the LORD, albeit not from our livestock.  

If you have never read through the book of Leviticus, you really should.  It is so relevant to today. I would recommend a good book on Leviticus by Ray Stedman - The Way to Wholeness.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014

Psalm 20:4  May he (God) grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!  (ESV)

You know how to make this a sure thing?  Get into God's word and be intimately acquainted with His will for you and your life.  Then,  He will most assuredly fulfill your desires and your plans, because your will and His will match.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014

Matthew 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."  (ESV)

Isn't it interesting that the first message Jesus preached was one of repentance?  That is always a good place to begin.  Whether we are preaching or responding, repentance should always come first.  If we don't turn around and face God and run to His arms, we will never find forgiveness.  Do it now.  Do it often.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

James 2:17  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  (ESV)

We can have all the faith in the world, but the word tells us that if it is not accompanied by works, it is dead.  In other words our faith should produce good works.  There is an action element that goes along with our faith.  Now would be a great time to stop and assess your faith.  Do you see the proof of your faith in the good works you are doing?  If not - seriously consider this verse.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

Matthew 6:1  Beware practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  (ESV)

I think it is extremely easy to get caught up in this very thing.  We like to look good in front of others.  In fact, it seems that in today's society, many jobs promote tooting your own horn.  This is direct opposition to what the Lord has to say.  We are not to boast in ourselves or even appear before others with the hopes of looking good in their eyes.  The only time that is acceptable is if the glory will go to God.

God sees into our hearts and motives.  He knows why we do what we do.  I don't know about you, but I don't want to lose my reward in heaven just I can look good in front of others on earth.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Zechariah 4:6  Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:  Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.  (ESV)

Why do we think conventional resources will work?  We rely on might and power to overcome obstacles, when according to this verse - we need only the resource of the Spirit.  And this makes total sense when you stop to consider this is not just any spirit, but the Holy Spirit of Almighty God.  The One who participated in the creation.  The One who causes our lives to bear fruit.  This is One of the Three to whom we sing - Holy, Holy, Holy...... 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014

Job 40: 4  Behold, I am of small account, what shall I answer you?  I lay my hand on my mouth.

In this passage Job promises God silence.  Have you ever caught yourself in that same predicament?  I have.  Sometimes I have been doing a lot of talking and not necessarily about things I know, and God will remind me of it, and I have to tell God - I am sorry and I need to keep my mouth closed.  Those are times of humility.  But there is no better feeling than to confess it to God and get still before Him and know that He is God.  He never fails to minister to me in those times.  Our God is an awesome God!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

Daniel 6:26  I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.  (ESV)

King Darius acknowledges the power and sovereignty of Daniel's king.  Do you?
Do you reverently tremble and fear before Him?  Do you understand that He will endure forever along with His kingdom?

These are questions worth giving a great deal of consideration.....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 6, 2014

July 6, 2014

Jeremiah 6:16  Thus says the LORD: "Stand by the roads, and look, and 'for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.  But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'

What on earth are the ancient paths?  Are they just ways of old?  No - if you look up the word in the Hebrew, you will find that ancient means "eternal."  Now this verse makes more sense, doesn't it?

Once I discovered this, I looked up in a concordance all the things in the Word of God that are eternal.  I suggest you do it.  What a blessing.  Now, I see why that is where the good ways lies.  You will definitely find rest for your souls.  Don't put it off, do it now.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 5, 2014

July 5, 2014

Matthew 7:15, 20  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (ESV)

Verse 15 warns us about false prophets.  Today, there are many people out there preaching a different gospel than the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Sometimes we get confused about who to believe and who not to.

First, I think we need to be in the Word of God and know the Word of God so well that we cannot be fooled.  But verse 20, above, also gives another way to recognize false prophets - by their fruits.  I think this is really telling us "by the lack of fruit."  We will not see the fruit of the Spirit when we encounter false prophets.  It might look like it on the surface, but dig deeper and we will find it is counterfeit.  As the end grows closer, the false prophets will increase.  Beware!  Be Wise!

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014
A prayer for our country....The following prayer was offered before the Senate on July 4th, 1861.  I think it still applies.

"Almighty and everlasting God, be not angry with us for our sins; but pardon our offenses and extend to us Thy favor.  We thank Thee for all Thy manifold and abundant mercies, but now disasters have befallen us and darkness broods in the land.  We beseech Thee to guide us, to overrule and order all things, and so to cause that nothing shall fail, that the disorders of the land may be speedily healed, that peace and concord may prevail, that truth and righteousness may be established, and that Thy Church and Kingdom may flourish in a larger peace and prosperity, for Thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ's sake.  Amen."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

Psalm 16:8  I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  (ESV)

I noticed in this verse David has purposefully and consciously made an act of his will in that he has set the Lord before him.  And always!  Then he shares the result of that willful action in his life:  he is steady, not to be shaken.

Sometimes we need to do this very thing.  As an act of our will, we need to determine what we are going to do with the Lord.  If we choose to constantly have His face before us, always a part of our life and decisions we make on a daily basis - we will not be shaken!  I challenge you to try it for just one day and see if it doesn't make a difference.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

II Peter 1:2  May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

There are several epistles that start out with " grace and peace " to you.  This is a foundational truth.  Grace must come before you can experience peace.

Think about it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

Psalm 9:1  I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  (ESV)

This verse encourages us to spend all our time giving thanks to the LORD and remembering all the wonderful things He has done.  I we were to take this verse seriously, as we should, we will not have time to do anything else.  I do believe we can, as we go about our day, we can continually thank God.  Secondly, when we get to heaven and find worship a full-time activity, we would already be pretty darn good at it.