Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

Ephesians 4:26  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on you anger. (ESV)

Putting this verse into practice has saved my marriage more than once.  It can help any relationship you might find yourself in.

Notice that the verse doesn't say we can't get angry; it just says don't sin in your anger.  It also encourages us to work things out before we go to sleep.  This is a wonderful principle by which to live.

I am always amazed at the practicality of the Scriptures.  God is so good!

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

Galatians 6:7  Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (ESV)

This is one of those truths that the world cannot deny.  Some people call it Karma or some other name, but the fact remains that if one sows beans, he will not reap corn.  This can be a hard lesson to learn.  We tend to think that we can get by with things.  In God's economy there is always One watching, and though we may not see the it in this world - we will in the next.  The Scriptures are full of examples.

The best thing for us to do is to sow goodness and reap goodness.  It would make life a lot easier.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

Hosea 14:1  Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled  because of your iniquity. (ESV)

Do you ever feel like you are stumbling about - not quite where you should be, but not completely off the path?  I think these times are times of misery.  I can feel restless and discontented when these times come.  The interesting thing in the above Scripture is that it explains the "why" behind our stumbling... our own iniquity.  Ouch!

I would prefer to call it anything but sin.  I would prefer to think I am just a little "off my game."  I like the idea that I just need a slight attitude adjustment; however, the Word of God says it is sin - my sin.

The good news is God asks us to return to Him.  He doesn't indicate that He is done with us or disappointed - He just says, "Return."  The consequences will come, but they will be more easily tolerated when we are in a state of  having confessed our sins, rather than continuing in our sins.

Look inward.
Search your soul.
Call it what it is.
Give it to the Lord.
Enjoy His forgiveness and love!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27,2015

John 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  (ESV)

As I read this verse I look at the part that talks about abiding in Him.  There are various ways we can define "abiding".  Then we move on to the bearing fruit portion of the verse.  Again, we can find various applications for bearing fruit.  The key to it all is the final portion of the verse - apart from me you can do nothing.  This leaves us no wiggle room.  It makes it abundantly clear that we are helpless without the Lord.  Isn't it funny how much we think we can achieve on our own.

Anymore it is not popular to be dependent on others; however, when it comes to the Lord that is not the case.  He tells us that we are to depend on Him for everything.  What a wonderful Lord we serve!

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015

Job 1:1  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away fom evil.  (ESV)

First of all, the term blameless can really throw us for a loop.  Me blameless?  Are you kidding?  Well, this morning I read a commentary that suggested blameless was doing the right thing all the time.  I don't see anyone, other than Jesus, being blameless.  But the article went on to suggest as long as you confessed after you sinned, then you would be back to blameless.  It doesn't make sense that first we are told blameless is doing the right thing, but when we don't ( which at that point we would be no longer blameless) we need to confess.  I hated to throw out this whole idea, so I concluded....

In God's economy - because He wants us to do the right thing, when we don't  - He doesn't consider the act complete until we confess our sins.  Therefore, we could be considered blameless.
It it just an idea, but I think it makes some sense.
I love God and His forgiveness and the possibilities that presents to us - not to mention the HOPE!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Psalm 119..... You will have to read from your Bible (too long for this space)

As I was studying this Psalm this morning I found several things about God's Word....
I decided to go through and underline all the different words used for God's Law, then I found it interesting to go through and mark with a colored pencil all the benefits of reading the Word.  Finally, I went through and used a different colored pencil and marked the prayers I found that I thought would be good to pray.

I absolutely love this Psalm.  It is good to read and meditate on what the Lord is saying to us in His Word, especially about His Word.
Joshu 1:8 encourages us to mediate on God's law - and that word meditate carries a connotation smilar to that of wallowing food around in your mouth and chewing on it from all angles.  (interesting idea)

Finally, I have read story after story of those people who have been persecuted and stripped of their Bibles.  Those people often talk of how they had memorized Scripture and that kept their sanity.  You may not be in those dire circumstances, but it is always healthy to memorize Scripture.  I challenge you to try it.  I just got an app for my phone that helps you memoize.  It is called Scripture Typer.  I love it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015

Acts 12:16  Peter, however, kept on knocking, and when they opened thw door and saw him, they were astounded. (HCSB)

If you are familiar with this passage, you know that Peter is in jail and everyone is back at Mary's house praying for his release.  He is miraculously released, but when he showed up at the door they didn't believe it could be him.

This is an example of faithless praying.  They were going through the motions of praying, but they apparently didn't have faith that their prayers would be answered.

How often do we pray faithlessly?  We really count even pretend - since the Lord knows our hearts.
It would behoove us to pray, like Jesus's disciples:  "Lord, increase our faith."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

I Thess. 4:17  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  (ESV)

While we are on vacation a very disturbing thing happened.  The four of us were heading out to lunch for a walleye sandwich, but before we were all in the car, I started to take off.  Everyone was screaming, "Wait! Wait!".  I looked to the backseat and there was Sam with one leg in the grave and one leg in the Toyota (so to speak).

I felt terrible and devastated.  I couldn't stop talking about it.  I imagined every horrible scenario that could have happen, naturally including death.  I couldn't believe he had almost been "left behind."

That evening as I was praying, I felt like the Lord reminded me that I should be as concerned for those who don't know the Lord and will be left behind when the rapture occurs.  My heart was stricken to the core.  Something to think about.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Genesis 37: 19-20a  And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.  Come now therfore, and let us slay him.....  (KJV)

A friend of mine just returned from Memphis, Tennessee, and she had visited the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.  She showed me a picture of a memorial stone with these verses on it.  It struck me to the heart.
Times seem to never change.... why must there always be those who wish to do away with the dreamers of this world?

From one dreamer to another - Keep dreaming!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015

 Psalm 109:1  Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise.  (KJV)

As I was reading this verse today it dawned on me that generally we are praying for peace, but in this case - the Psalmist is asking God to not hold His peace.  If I go on and read I can see that there are adversaries out there repeating lies about the Psalmist.  So, he is wanting God to do something.  
However, I wonder if we might utter this to God too when we are in need of His voice.  
Do you ever feel like it has been a while since you heard from God?  Sometimes it seems like too long since I have gotten, what I call, a fresh word from the Lord.  
When those times come, I return to His Word so I might hear from Him.  
Let's agree in prayer right now that you and and I will receive a fresh word from our Lord today!  Hallelujah!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20, 2015

Psalm 102:1   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.  (KJV)

I never really thought about it before this morning when I was reading this verse that this sounds like a prayer of a faithless person.  How often I must fit into this category.  Why would I ever doubt that my prayers are being listen to by the Lord?  But I am sure I do.
I pray many times without faith.  I was convicted of this today.
I sometimes think I should not pray something because I don't know if it aligns with God's will, but I think that must be a poor excuse too.  I need to continue in the Word to discover God's will.
Wow, I have a lot to think about today.  God bless!

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015

Job 37:14 Open your ears to this, Job, stop and consider God's miracles.  (God'sWord Translation)

I have a good friend who believes God doen't do miracles very often any more.  I, on the other hand, think God still is in the business (for lack of better term)  of performing miracles.  I think the problem  is that we are not looking for miracles anymore.  We tend to explain things away by man-made interference.  How much we miss, when we take God out of the equation.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015

Acts 4:32  The whole group of believers livd in harmony.  No one called any of his possessions his own.  Instead, they shared everything. ( God's Word Translation)

As I look at this verse, I think the latter half is not possible without the former being true.  To live in harmony is a lofty goal; however, that is exactly what God would expect of His children.  I think we get confused and think we have to all agree, but that is not what this says.  We just need to get along. Being on vacation with our best friends in a small cabin in the north woods - presents its own set of problems, but thank goodness we can live in harmony - for a week.

It takes work, but when it happens the effect glorifies God.  The next time you are challenged to have to get along with someone not of your thinking, or perhaps lifestyle.... consider the option to glorify God rather than have your own way.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015

Psalm 73:28  Being united with God is my highest good, I have made the Almighty LORD my refuge so that I may report everything that he has done.

As we are sitting by the lake in northern Wisconsin, enjoying the stillness and the morning singing of the birds, I can't help but think about all that God has given us (me).  The lake is beautiful and peaceful, surrounded by the serenity of the woods.  My mind first goes to the fact that this is a perfect place to observe the Sabbath ( a quiet time alone with God).  That tells me He desires us to enjoy these peaceful surroundings or He wouldn't provide them.
According to the Psalm I may report everything that He has done.  I don't know where to start.  Just take a few minutes to stop and observe all that God has provided you in order to enjoy His presence and give you more to share with others concerning Him.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval.  They will be satisfied.  (God's Word Translation)

There are many times I don't think I am satisfied. I feel restless and discontented.  I really never equated that reason why may have something to do with hungering for God's approval.  That really puts things into a different perspective.
This is really a great promise more of us ought to be claiming as we go through life feeling less than satisfied.
Consider it, won't you?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 14,2015

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord... (KJV)

We are just beginning our vacation.  We have made it safely to Wisconsin and are unpacked. We have made our bed, and eaten a snack.....
All is well and we now are making a joyful noise unto the Lord!!! Hallelujah!  I don't know what you are doing, but I am sure you, too, have a reason to make a joyful noise.
The Lord is so good to us.  Isn't He?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015

I Samuel 3:4. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, "Here I am." (ESV)

Oh, that I would be so quick to answer the Lord's call.  Too often I second guess the Lord's voice.  Or I consider how busy I already am without adding more on my plate.  It seems to me that in this day and age we are so busy and over-committed, that we have trouble squeezing in the things of the Lord. I urge you to take time to get quiet before the Lord and listen for His voice and then make yourself available for whatever He asks of you.

On the rare occasions when I have done that, I was surely blessed!

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

Jonah 1:3. However , Jonah got to flee to Tarshish from the LORD's presence.  (ESV)

Have you ever been foolish enough to try to flee from the Lord's presence?  David considered it in his Psalm numbered 139.  He soon discovered one could not escape the omnipresence of God. The time we sometimes waste in trying to escape the Lord's eye could be better spent being thankful that is eye is ever upon us.  Consider how secure we are as children of the living God always under His protective care.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

Matthew  8:27. The men were amazed and asked, "what kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him !"  (ESV)

I am sure you are familiar with this passage, but have you ever really tried to answer the question?
What kind of man is Jesus?  What is He in your life? Is He your brother and friend? Take some time and consider it this week? Then I suggest you record your findings.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Luke 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves,

Long before our churches were known as : the church with the awesome children's ministry, the church with the prison ministry, or the place with the great praise band..... Jesus said it was to be a house of prayer.

Does your church have a regular prayer meeting? Are you a part of that meeting on a regular basis? I really believe of all the meetings our churches have, the prayer meeting is the most important one. if you are not involved please reconsider. We need all the praying people we can get.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015

I Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.  They do  it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable.

As I watched the Triple Crown final race yesterday, I was so enthralled with all the music and pageantry.  I loved the victory and the presentations of the trophies.  And I couldn't help but think of our crowns we will receive when we have finished the race.  It will be an everlasting crown. It won't rust, or tarnish, or lose its value. How exciting that will be!  Praise You, Lord Jesus.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Job 26:10. He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

This verse reminds me how one of the first things God did at the beginning of time was to separate the light from the darkness. That is always His plan.  We are not to flirt with darkness.  I know there are times we have to work within the world and the evil that is there, but it is not to be our way of life.  We are the light in this dark world.
Let your light shine brightly in your part of the world.  We can dispel darkness, but not the other way around.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015

Jeremiah 33:3. Call to me and I will answer you, and will take you great and hidden things that you have not known. (EVS)

Isn't it interesting that the Lord encourages us to call to Him, and though He promises to answer us, He promises a great deal more.  He goes on to tell us that He has great things that we have no idea about, but He will explain them.  Isn't that just like our Lord- always has more than we expect or deserve.
Is there something that you can't wrap your brain around? Don't despair, ask the Lord, and wait expectantly for Him to answer.

Friday, June 5, 2015

June 5,2015

Amos  5:24. But let justice flow like water, and righteousness like an unfailing stream.  (HCSB)

When you consider this verse, you also need to consider the three verses prior to this one.  Basically the Lord says that He is fed up with the meaningless rituals and turns His attention toward justice.  Interestingly enough, I was in a meeting today of 12 people, and when we were asked, after considering this verse, what we thought justice was - we had 12 different answers.

I think if we are going to be champions of justice, we first need to be able to define it in a language others can understand.

So take a stab at it.  Befor you head out into your day come up with a workable definition so you will recognize injustice when you encounter it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015

Psalm 4:8  I will both lie down and sleep in peace for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.  (HCSB)

What a wonderful thought to go to bed with. I know there are many nights I lay my head on my pillow and my mind races for quite a long time.  But if I can concentrate on the LORD and how good He is, and what He does for me - I tend to sleep better.  This entire Psalm would be a wonderful one to memorize and let it sink in your mind as you lie down.  I decided today I will memorize this Psalm this summer.  Won't you join me?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

Genesis 22:14  And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said, "It will be provided on the Lord's mountain. (HCSB)

Have you learned yet that the Lord will provide?  If you think you haven't, consider where your breath comes from.  How about your heart beat?  Do we take these things for granted?  I think so.  In addition to these examples I could tell you of the many, many times the Lord has provided for my family.  He has never let me down.

The Lord provided for Abraham and still provides for His people.  Take today to think about it, then thank the Lord for all He has done for you.  That is why His name is Wonderful.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

Exodus 20:8  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (HCSB)

I just read an interesting article on a small church in Minnesota that decided to take two Sundays off a month and instead meet on those two Saturday evenings in order to prepare for the following day as a Sabbath, a holy day unto the Lord.  They gave examples of people taking nature hikes and enjoying God's presence.  It spoke of staying at home and having a family observance of the Sabbath.  It encouraged us to get away from consumerism, chores, etc. It mentioned how important it is to get the rest and refresh ourselves for the week ahead.

I, for some time now, have had it on my heart to do a better job of observing the Sabbath.  I have read books and tried several approaches, but none to my satisfaction (let alone the Lord's).

I encourage you to enjoy your Sabbath this coming week, but even more importantly - keep it holy unto the Lord.