Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 4

John 6:7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.”

Now we have to look back at the verses before to see what it going on here. Jesus was testing Phillip by asking what they were going to do about the crowd, Phillip did what most of us would, answered to the best of his ability. He forgot to think about Who he was standing in front of. So many times I believe that God speaks to us through others, asking if we have have faith to get a job done, and we just look literally at what is in front of us, and not the whole picture with Jesus' arms wrapped around the scene. We need to realize that anything is possible with God, and there are times that He choses to use us and we need to look to Him. We need to get our eyes off of what is in front of us and look at the whole pictures. God wants to do great things, and it's high time that we believe that He wants to use us to do it! Listen for your question to come, and think about your answer before giving it - look and see the potential for God to show off!

August 3

Psalm 117:1 Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!

Never have I taken the time to look up the word Laud until now:
laud   /lɔd/ Show Spelled[lawd] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
1. to praise; extol.
2. a song or hymn of praise.
3. lauds, ( used with a singular or plural verb ) Ecclesiastical . a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.

So after seeing it is pronounced lawd - I have memories of hearing people saying "Lawd, lawd" and never realized what it meant. A form of expression that is given back to God is what I am seeing in this!

It can't get much simpler that this! Praise the Lord - it's given to us so many times in the Bible and it's clear why. Because it isn't just natural for us to give Him praise all the time, we do need to be constantly reminded so that it will be burned in our heart until we just do it! When we as individuals are doing it, then nations will do it. It's just scary that right now our nations are in an uproar and they do not have their eyes on God. Our prayer needs to be focused on the nations right now. London is burning the town down, our government is too busy fighting among themselves in trying to make themselves look good, that they have forgotten who they are suppose to be looking after! Out leaders don't go to God for their answers that is clear!

It's time to refocus and get our Praise back on!

August 2

Colossians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

What stands out to me the most is "By the will of God". I don't think we really think about this often. It wasn't our choosing to follow Christ, yes we did make that choice to follow, but it was Christ that compelled us to come. He chose us first. We should be so honored, thankful and blessed to realize that He could have said - no he/she is not worthy! But He didn't, He said I choose you! I want you to serve me and show others that you serve me too.

Thinking about this should make us realize even more how important a job we have as a Christian. We have been called to be his disciple, to represent Jesus. Do we truly think about this as we go out into the world? I think that at times we do, but it's not a constant thing on our mind as it should be. I am the first to admit that I fail Him daily!!! Staying in His word is a reminder, but as you can see, I have not been doing what I should for me and for you and Him. All I can say is forgive me and pray for me! We have a journey and I want to be more like Jesus today than yesterday and even more like Him tomorrow. Pray for me and I will pray for you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1

Peridot Pictures, Images and Photos

Psalm 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

Sometimes you have to wonder if our leaders of our nation realize that they are just men. They set themselves up as gods and think that they are to be worshipped, they go against everything that God has made sacred and they seem to represent everything that God is not. Our prayers should be that God will convict these men for their corruptible stances that they have made, that He will speak to them in ways that can't even imagine and make Himself known to them, that He will draw them to Him, so that they may be saved, and if they are saved, that they will repent and choose to serve God and not themselves. Pray for our leaders and our nation. Until we are united, this could all get ugly.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 4

Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
Psalms 111:1

My first thought is "of the upright" - was this when they could be standing up and singing? And read on, they were in the congregation - WOW! May this be a thought to remember when we are so tired of standing and singing, this is a Psalm - a prayer to God! We should remember this even when we don't want to stand and sing, we should still Praise the Lord. Who knows, He just may put a little joy in our heart. Open up -Let Him in! Next time forget about the people around you, just remember these words - "I will prise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation" and just do it - Praise HIM! You will begin to experience God in a way that you never have before - enjoy!

June 3

Pay attention and lisen to the saying of the wise; apply our heart to what I teach.
Proverbs 22:17

The key words here is listen. Sometimes it is best when there are several speaking to just sit back and take it all in. Store up the things that are important, so that you can use them later. Just like everything else, you must filter what you hear, some if it may not be useful and you must consider the source. There are many people that seem to be wise, but just ask the Lord, He will let you know! They may be so full of words that all you hear is "blah, blah, blah"... it will be clear to you. God does have great things to say throught many great people, be willing to hear and then learn from what you hear.

June 1

Psalm 31:21
Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a beseiged city.

This beseiged city to me was when I was lost. God loved me and cared for me even when I had no cares for Him. I think we can all say that we have all been truly blessed when we were so undeserving. Now, as believers, is truly a time to thank Him for sparing our lives and allowing us to have the opportunity to choose Him. He is worthy to be praised, so let Him know!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 10

March birthstone- Aquamarine Pictures, Images and Photos
Matthew 5:47
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

What we really need to remember is that simple conversations and greetings are not enough. We need to make sure that our brothers and sisters know Christ and that if today is the last day that we get to see them, that we will know one day we will meet again in Heaven! Do not put off what needs to be done. You are a mouthpiece for the Lord, you may be the only Jesus that anybody can see, and think about those pagans that will come in contact with them. If they are of another religion that they believe is true, they just may tell your brother or sister (which can be blood or friend) about their "god". How sad will it be to know that somebody else snatched them away from the beliefs that true! Be bold for Christ! Make sure that your friends and loved ones know Jesus!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9

Psalm 1:1
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

It seems now more than ever that people are really going through trials and tribulations and they are in distress. I get many calls during the week just asking for prayer. As we pray we should think back to scriptures, it was important to David to write it out, I guess as a reminder to us all. It's okay to say "Answer me when I call" to God. Then follwing up with "Be gracious to me and hear my prayer." Just remember that no matter what is going on in your life, God cares! This hasn't taken Him by surprise at all. Just remember that God chooses us to go through certain things, and sometimes the reason it to possibly get our attention, grow us or use us so that we can give Him back the glory when it is over. My prayer is that God will hear us and answer according to His will and not ours.

March 8

Ezra 10:44
All these had married foreign women and some of them had children by these wives.

The concern for these women being foreign was not because of their color but because of them having false god and being an unholy race. They did not worship the one true God. This is what we must teach our children. The most important factor when looking for a mate is to make sure they are a Christian, not just somebody that is a member of a church, but one who professes Jesus as their Lord and Savior! I have seen many women who thought they could change the person they married, but lived many many years in misery. Let's help our children to learn not to start a marriage off that would not be pleasing to God. Pray now that God will place that special person in their life.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7

Ecc. 9:4
Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

We know that no matter how bad things may get here on earth that as Christians there is a better place for us. Our hope is in Christ! I can only imagine about the place Christ has prepared for us - it will be glorious. Think of the most beautiful sight you have ever seen, it will be simple compared to heaven. Now for that dog, living here on earth will be his greatest experience because when he is gone he just returns to dust. We are the only creatures that God has given a soul. We are the ones who get to choose our eternity. No wonder God instructs us to make wise choices!

This brings me back to a time when Amber was little and she proceeded to tell a little girl whose cat just died that it was not going to heaven. Well this started a converstaion between my husband and the mother. All Chris could finally tell her was that if this cat could claim John 3:16, then he would be in heaven. Life is fun explaining sometimes.

March 6

2 Timothy 4:18
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever Amen.

As His child we do not know what that evil work may be, it could be a sickness or even cancer, but we should know that one day we will be delivered. It may be that we have to suffer for a while, whether short or long, but God has a place prepared for us that we will never have to suffer again. What a comfort! We also must remember that Christ died on that Cross for us. He experienced more pain than we ever could suffer or imagine. - so that we can have a place that we can experience with no more pain or suffering again.

I get enraged at the group that calls themselves a "church" that protests in front of soldiers funerals stating that God kills them because He hates homosexuality. Enrages is the word! I can't believe that people are STUPID enough to think that God would kill soldiers just because he hates something that has nothing to do with the military. PLEASE people, what Bible are you reading. Now God destroyed cities because He didn't like homosexuality, but where do you read that he would kill our military? I am very thankful for the group called Patriot Guard - who goes to the funeral (on thier motorcylces) to make sure these people do not cause too big of a rucus at a funeral - don't you think these people are hurting enough because of their loss. Not one of them that has lost a loved one has thought that God did this because of homosexuality! I can only imagine what the person who was killed would think. All I can think is that God has a great purpose and plan, He will handle this in His time.

March 5

Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

Wow, this hits me hard. I had a conversation with somebody who was sharing with another Christian even to the point of arguing with her and the other women even went as far as telling her she was just a young Christian, she just didn't understand. My "young Christian" friend has been saved for 9 years and has an extremely strong faith!

Where this verse hits me, is about passing judgment. Yes I picked up my heavy stone and was ready to hurl it at the woman. But what I shared with my friend was that we just have to remember we do not all believe things the same way, sometimes even when we are Christians, but we must lay back and not argue when we know that neither of us are going to change our minds. I told her to stand firm in what she believes, and until God changes her mind about it, stick with it. I guess you can tell that I believe the same way about the subject that she does. I have even asked God to help me in this matter. That if I am wrong about what I was sharing that He would let me know.

Today, lets think about how others feel and try not to pick up those stones and throw, when we think that we really have the right to, because we don't! Pray for them and ask God to reveal himself to them, let Him handle it, He wants us to pray for them, guide them, and leave the rest to Him!

March 4

1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

When we think about our lives before Christ, I don't think ignorant is what first comes to mind. Can you imagine telling a lost person how ignorant they are? It truly makes sense thought, we were completely stupid. Scripture tells us not to be stupid again! How will we make sure to make wise choices? Stay in the Word, hold true to what it says. Not that He would, but don't give God the opportunity to say "Hey Stupid" to you. Seek to be pleasing to Him in all you do. Focus on Him when making decisions, ask Him what you should do, we wise!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3

Nahum 2:1
An attacker advance against you, Ninevah, Guard the fortress, watch the road, brace yourselves, marshal all your strength!

This is very important for us to remember as Christians. We seem to forget that there is a battle going on against us. We must always be prepared for the attack against us and know that it is coming so it doesn't take us by surprise. Satan will do all that he can to destroy us and take our joy. We must stay focused on God! Not only do we watch for ourselves but we must pray that hedge of protection around the ones that we love, because if Satan can't get to us, he will go after the ones that we love. Don't forget that in the end we win! God is the greatest warrior that we have to fight with us in our battles. Don't forget to call upon His name; Satan cannot stand in the presence of God.

Now if you remember I told you that Tuesday is very important for us to pray, and here is why:
One of my former pastors got on a plane one day. Bro. Tim said the man beside him looked at him and ask, "Are you a preacher?". Bro. Tim said "Yes". The man said "I am too but we don't serve the same one". He then proceeded to tell him that he was Satanist. That on Tuesdays, they pray for the destruction of all Christians. And on Halloween they come together go all out in prayer against Christians and families.

So as Christians we should really be on guard and really be in prayer on Tuesday! We now know that somebody is praying against us! Oh and do you remember what day Sept. 11 was on - yes Tuesday. This was told to me years before Sept. 11.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2

Jude 1:22
And have mercy on some, who are doubting:

Not everybody has the gift of mercy so this is something that need to be noted for those of us that don't have it. When others can't see God in the way that we do, we need to love them and pray for them instead of condemning them for not believing as we do. Even for those Christians who don't have the gift of faith, they too need love and compassion as they go through their storms. Whether somebody is a Christian or not, we need to love them where they are and encourage them, pray for them and just be a friend to them that they may see our faith, our Hope!

March 1

Psalm 12:6
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

How wonderful to know that everything in the Bible is perfect for us. Now it may not be what we want to hear sometimes, but it is the truth. Have you seen the saying: "BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"? Makes sense doesn't it. We do have instructions for living here but we must be willing to read them. Remember too that it is not pick and choose the ones that we like best. God has so many great things to share with us; take time to see what He wants to show you today. Listen for His voice in all that you do.

Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28

Phillipians 1:4
Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.

Paul and Timothy let others know that they were praying for them. How often do we let others know that we are praying for them, and do we really pray for them? Do we do like Paul, are we praying with joy about these people or are we doing it because we feel like we have to? Coming before God should be a time when we get excited. Prayer should not be a time of just a "ritual" in which we pray "O God, I pray you would be with Jill, Sue, Sharon and Tina..." Take these people to the throne of God! Lift them up, tell God what they mean to you and ask God to bless them, wrap His loving arms around them so that they can feel His presence today. Pray that if there is a need in their lives, that God would meet it and that He can be glorified in their lives.

We should not wait for a need to be in someone's life for us to pray for them. Make a list of your family, friends and those who you see and don't have a relationship with; maybe school teachers, co-workers, a regular face in a store. Take a few each day and lift them up in prayer. Get excited about meeting up with God and spending time with Him on behalf of others. You will walk away with Joy!

February 27

Philippians 1:20 NAS
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Today I went to the funeral service of Sgt. Jeremiah Thomas Whitten, who was killed on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 by a suicide bomber. Two other men lost their lives as well. Jeremiah was a believer so there was peace today knowing that for those of us who have trusted Christ, we will see him again. Jeremiah was a soldier for the Army, he knew day to day that there was a possiblilty that he could die, but he served his country proudly doing a job he felt called to do. Although I got to meet him briefly when he came home for Christmas, I count it an honor to have known him.

This verse should be a reminder to us, that not matter what we go through day to do, we should stand boldy for Christ, even if it comes to a point of having to die for him. The man that died taking Jeremiah's life, died believing that he was dying to give glory to his god. He instantly was made aware that he served a false god, who was not worth dying for. Know that you serve a God who loves you, who wants you to spend eternity with Him. If you have never trusted Him as your Lord and Savior, my prayer for you is that Today is your day of Salvation!

February 26

Prov. 15:13
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad the spirit is broken.

When we are happy it shows on our face. We smile, we want to smile at others and help make them feel the same way that we do. But when we are sad, we really don't care about ourselves, much less anybody else around us. We feel defeated, down and we are broken. We must realize that yes there are times when our hearts get sad, but we don't have to stay there. We must find that joy and soon. God can give us that joy back, we just must be willing to receive it. So as we put on that armour of God, find that shield of Joy and hold it high - block off the nasty thought that seek to bring you down. Embrace God and let Him help you find the Joy when it seems the dark clouds of gloom and doom are all around. Choose joy - don't' choose to be down.

February 25

Gen. 32:26
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh . And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Wrestling with God, this is something that I don't think we really have considered doing with God, but after hearing a sermon on this verse, the thought crossed my mind. I realized that I have never had one of those moments with God, so I decided I would take hold of God and not let go till I am changed.
I think we all have situations that arise and we don't think about it at the time, but later we reaize we did just that, we wrestled with God. He is the only one that can change us, but we do have to be willing to accept it. Think about your struggles, how are you different now? If there doesn't seem to be any differences in you and you seem to have more struggles, maybe it's time to cry out to God and recieve what He has been wanting to do in you! Embrace Him, and walk away different!

February 24

Jeremiah 17:12
A glorious throne on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

It's amazing to think back to the beginning. That there is a creator that fashioned us, created us to be just who we are. But for those who don't know Christ they don't have that understanding, that confidence that there is a creator. As believers we don't only have that peace that there is a creator but we have peace that we have a place of rest, not just here on earth but in eternity. We can see hope now, even when our days are not what we want them to be and when we pass from this earth. It is so great to know that God was with us through the beginning, our beginning, and will be with us until our end.

February 23

2 Timothy 3:15
and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a scripture that is very real to me. The night that I got saved I wasn't in a church or even hearing somebody preach the word to me, I was at home in my bedroom. I know that all the things I had heard about Christ through my childhood and when I did go to church came flooding back to me at that moment and I realized that I needed Christ to save me. Even when children are young and it doesn't seem like they listen, God's word goes deep into their mind and will be revealed later. Give children God every chance you can. No matter what their age, we can plant those seeds that God can water and bring to fruit. I am proof of that!

February 22

Micah 5:5
And he will be their peace.

What comfort we have! God is with us through all things and we will always find peace in Him. He is always standing there with His arms wide open waiting to wrap them around us. When times don't feel peaceful, we do have a refuge, but it will be up to us to go there. It brings a thought in mind: No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, Know Peace.

How true, I am thankful that I know that Peace of Jesus, that I don't have to live in turmoil looking for peace each day as we see others so desperately trying so many things to find that peace. Remember too that when we see others seeking, that we have that peace that we can offer them. Pray that God gives us an opportunity to give peace to others!

February 21

Prov. 24:26

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

Now I know a kiss feels good, so telling the truth is just the same way. When you are truthful you don't have to carry around the burden of worry as you do when you lie. When you lie you live in fear of somebody finding out what you told is not true. Even sometimes you have to make up another lie to cover for the one you told. Just strive to tell the truth always! Yes sometimes the truth hurts but it is always honest and pleasing like a kiss from God.

February 20

Matthew 9:9

And Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth, "Follow me" he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

How many times has God ask us to follow him and we just got right up and did it? It's real easy to say: "hold on", "Be right there", "let me finish this"......
I think we are missing out on so many wonderful blessings that God has for us because we are so busy doing other things before we do what God has ask us. May we be quick to do what God has ask us to do and keep Him first and not all the other small really unimportant stuff. Keep your ears open to hear the call from Him.

February 19

Matthew 24:30

At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. And all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

Oh what a day! For the believers it will be glorious, exciting. For those who have not trusted Christ I can only imagine. I can expect that everything they ever heard about Christ will come flooding back to them and they will wonder why they couldn't believe. We must continue to pray for the lost - that their hearts will soften and they hear the word of God so that they might be saved. Not only should we pray but we must get out of our comfort zone and start sharing Jesus with those that we know don't know Him. We may be the only Jesus that anybody sees, don't miss the opportunity that God gives you to witness. Don't think you have any opportunities? Then ask God for them, believe me, He will put those people before you! He already does.

February 18

Eph. 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Are we that sweet smelling aroma for God. We know about the words of our mouth, but how are our actions that go along with our words. We must be pleasing in all things to be complete. Are our thoughts about God and what is pleasing to Him? May we be mindful of Him more today and when people "smell" us, they can say, "wow, they smell like a Christian".

February 17

Psalms 1:3

And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

There is hope for someone who walks with the Lord. When our storm comes we can face it head on with the Lord. He will make us like this tree. When we call out to Him He will keep us from breaking, although we may bend a little. As His child he wants to bless us, but we have to keep ourselves planted in Him! I know that in all that I have gone through that God has blessed me I had no strength in myself, my strength came from the Lord. I don't know how people can go through a storm without Him, I would surely break. Its amazing that after the storm, and the tree is battered that when the spring comes there is a big ripe peace of fruit to come off the branches, just remember to give that fruit back to God and thank Him for allowing you to grow it!

February 16

James 3:7-8
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, bull of deadly poison.

I believe that as Christians we should work the hardest to tame our tongue. I heard a statement last week that keeps ringing in my ears "Character is what comes out of your mouth". We must remember this when we speak. Is Christ being shown when we speak? Would we choose to use our same words if Christ was standing next to us? I had someone apologize to me for the language he used after he found out I was a preacher's wife - my thought was - I am nobody - you should be concerned about what Christ says about it! Let your words be sweet smelling flowers that flow up to God and bring a smile to His face!

February 15

John 16:22

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

This is so true. If we remembered this pain we probably wouldn't have but one child for sure. Once that baby is placed in your arms you forget all that you just went through - how awesome. It's also amazing to me to see how anyone could doubt God after watching a birth - to realize the gift of life and creation. Only God can create life. Whether we have children or are just around children, we are blessed by his little gifts of joy.

February 14

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and that door will be opened for you.

I understand that we are to take the Bible for what it says, but we also need to remember that when we are asking God for anything, we must think about our motive. Are we asking because we want or need? He will give us what we need and this we need to remember. He will answer our prayers according to His will and not ours. We can always be assured that when we seek Him we will find him. No matter what we do He will not turn his back on us. He is like and old friend, just waiting for us to visit, picking up where we left off. And isn't great to know that when we stand at the door and knock that it will be open, He won't be gone or see that we are standing there and decide not to come to the door! Just remember that God wants to spend time with us, we just have to be the ones to pull up the chair next to Him, He is always there waiting.

Matthew 7:7

February 13

John 15:1
All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.

Jesus reminded the disciples and us that we live in a wicked world. He told of the deceiver and how he would try and leas us away. We must remain focused in Christ. The world will hate us and try to tear us down, but we are to remember that it is because we have Christ in us is why they hate us. Until the lost have the peace of Christ they will fight against Him. God reminds us that there is a victorious end for us. No matter what we go through on earth it will be okay - we have hope - we have a great Comforter, Savior and Friend! Be aware that many things will try to take our focus away from Christ, but we know the Truth and can stay focused!

Continue to read through verse 4 – this is a WOW! It truly explains the times that we are living in. We see evidence because of the suicide bombers who believe they are doing this for God, it's just a false god. How people can doubt the Bible is beyond me. Even though it was written 2,000 years ago it speaks so clear of what is going on today.

February 12

Psalms 86:8

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.

In this world around us we see many people worshiping many other gods. I am thankful that I serve a God who is coming back for me. He has prepared a better home for me, something much better than this world has to offer. I am thankful that the God I serve gives me peace. I don't have to search or it in the forms that we see others trying to find it. There is no comparison. I serve a Great God!

February 11

Psalm 34:19
A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers from them all.

What reassurance we have! We must remember to hold on to the promises that God has given to us. Staying in the Word helps to remind us that we have hope when all seems dark around us. God wants the best for His children! This too shall pass, so hang in there help is on the way - His name is Jesus!

February 10

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Matthew 14:32

God has a storm for each of us. I believe that He wants us to get out of the boat and come to Him, but we have a tendency to sit in the boat and complain about how bad the storm is. It's when the storm get so bad that we then look and see Jesus standing there, calling out to us. We may take the first few steps but once again we look around us and see how bad it is, sink again, and cry out to God. God will always catch us, put us in the boat and calm the winds. Where is our faith? May we remember that God will calm the storm. Help us to have that faith to remember who is in control of the storm and that he is allowing us to go through this to strengthen us and make us what he wants us to be! Step out of the boat and grab God by the hand and hold on to Him tight - don't let go.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 9

Luke 20:41

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.

I believe if it were known He weeps over all the cities, not just for those who are lost but at the saved and how we are living. We have the truth and know the truth, but don't let the lost see the truth through us. We live as though Jesus will come after we die and that there will be plenty of time to get the lost saved. Today is the day of Salvation, we need to be letting those people around us that are lost know that their is a Savior, His name is Jesus, and without Him there is no hope! We need to spread the truth and help wipe the tears from Jesus' eyes.

February 8

Psalm 55:6

And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest."

How many times have we wanted to get away from everything? Even back then, David wanted to get away from it all. It is neat that the reference is to a dove, we have seen God come in a form of a dove. We should remember that we can find rest - God can give us that rest - that break from it all. Go to Him and give Him your cares, since we can't fly away, we can place everything on His wings and let Him carry them away.

February 7

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Lord has a wonderful plan ready for us. It is exciting to see some of the doors that are opened every day. When we trust God in our daily lives, He makes everything go so much smoother. We need to take time each day to thank Him for what He has done for us and ask Him for guidance and protection each day. Did you know that Tuesdays are the days that Christians really need to pray even harder for their families? I will give you more details of why on Tuesday. May you enjoy all that God wants to share with you today!

February 6

II Corinthians 6:18
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

How comforting to know that we have an eternal Father that will be just that to us. He loves us as His very own children. He cares for us and wants to see the very best for us. We are His flesh and blood, therefore we get to enjoy the inheritance that He has to give, eternal security. That is more rewarding than anything that we can ever have here on earth. So remember that if you have had a father on earth that has let you down, or not been what you may have expected, that God will be that Father, always there, loving, supporting, and everything that you could ever imagine. Don't get discouraged when you may have to be disciplined, we all need it, how else will we learn from our mistakes? Don't forget to take that time to climb up in His lap and spend it with Him. A father loves nothing more than to spend time with his children. They are his treasure.

February 5

John 10:28

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

This is assurance to me of my salvation. Once we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ and trusted Him as our Lord and Savior, we are His! Yes, we are going to stumble and fail Him, but we are still His. Nothing is going to happen that will cause us to lose our salvation. This should be a reassuring verse to us, so grab hold of it, learn it, and be ready when Satan comes along and tries to convince you that you are going to lose your salvation. Just let Satan know this verse and you belong to God - and you will stay with God!

February 4

John 14:29

And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it come to pass, ye might believe.

Why is it that we always want proof so that we will then believe? So many times God has shown us that He will do what He says and we still don't believe Him. Here we are told to just Trust the Lord, but we have the hardest time just letting go and letting God. It is awesome when we see the results, then we wonder why we couldn't just trust Him. Then, tell me why we hesitate when it's time to hand things back to God when we know He will do what He says He will?

Guess that is just our lack of faith.

February 3

Psalm 18:30

As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust Him.

When we are following God, we are headed down the right path. We also have that assurance that He is protecting, guiding and guarding us. There are times in our lives that we can't even see the fiery darts that are headed our way because of this shield from God, but we need to know that they are there. Occasionally we may feel the heat, but we can rest assure that God's hand is upon us and He is with us and we are protected from them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2

Acts 3:9
And all the people saw him walking and praising God;

Now I know that this verse comes after the lame beggar was healed, but think of how this applies to us. Can others see that we are walking and praising God? Do we do this all the time or do we seem to save it for church? Are we praising Him in conversations that we are having with our friends. Are we truly telling others of what He has done for us? We may have not been the lame beggar and now can walk, but we have all been in a state of needing a Savior and He came along and healed us! It's time for us to truly walk with Him, thank Him for giving us breath today and then share Him with somebody today.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1

Psalm125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

I have probably used this one before but it's a promise that we probably need to here more times that once. So many times we feel all alone, like nobody cares, but here we see that this is not true. No matter what is going on around us, that God is also surrounding us. He protective, watchcaring hands are around us. Now can bad things happen, yes, but He is still with us. We must realize that everything that happens to us, is allowed to happen. It just may mean that God wants to see how we are going to react in a situation and just how much we plan on relying on Him to get us through.  Just remember if God has chosen you to run a race, it's because He sees the champion inside and knows how you are going to finish - a winner!

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31

Matthew 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread.

So many times we ask of this but we just leave it at that. What we need to realize is that God has it available to us, we must partake of it. So pick up the Bible and read and get full on what He has got for you to enjoy. He words will fill you to capacity, if you just let them! I promise you that when you are willing to slide up to the table and eat, then you will not walk away hungry.

January 30

Psalm 29:2
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

I think that sometimes we just think about worshipping the Lord when we come to church. We need to realize that every moment of the day is an opportunity to worship Him. It doesn't have to be huge, it can be a simple "Thank you", "I love You", "You are so awesome God" when we see something that reminds us of Him. Can you not think of something? Just look around, when you go outside evidence is all around, if you have children, they are that reminder of God's miracle. He is everywhere and we need to be more mindful of it. We were created to Praise Him, to Worship Him. So when you get back in the car today, turn to the Christian music station and listen to the words, sing them back to Him - WORSHIP Him! It's not hard, but we make it hard. Just take that time to let Him know how thankful you are that He saved you, He loves you, He created you!

And today we got to witness somebody give their life to Christ in the middle of a worship service. She didn't even wait for the sermon or the invitation, in the midst of the singing she went forward! What an awesome day!!!

January 29

Psalm 60:11
Give us help in time of trouble, for the help of man is useless.

How many times in our lives do we try to turn to others for help, knowing that the real one to turn to is God? We know that men (human beings) will let us down, but we keep thinking next time will be different, and it is not. What we need to learn to do is trust God! Give it to Him and let Him work all things our for us. He can and He will. Faith is not belieiving that He's knowing that He will. We have to move into that state of mind and know Him better.

January 28

Proverbs 23:26
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

I think back to what my dad told my mom, "I gave you my heart, I didn't give you my eyes". And what a wow for me to hear this verse this morning. I can see why it is important for us to give our eyes to God too. There is alot of evil before us and we need to be careful of what we see. Sometimes we may not be able to help the image that comes before us, but we can control what happens after that look. We can remember Whose we are and Who we represent and turn our eyes away from that very appearance of evil. God wants to protect our hearts and our minds but it is up to us, to make sure we are protected. Don't entertain those evil sights! Always remember, garbage in - garbage out. Delight yourself in the ways of the the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 34:4.

January 27

Amos 6:2
Go over to Calneh and look, and go from there to Hamath the great, then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms, or is their territory greater than yours?

In the midst of trying to find out how many times go is used in the Bible, I got to thinking more about this verse than the word go. Go is used thousands of time and I really believe it is an important word, it is a command for us to get out of our complacent lives and get busy doing what God wants us to do. But going further, it makes you stop and think. There is a reason that the question "is their territory greater than yours?" is ask. Even today we have that tendency to want to pick and choose who we share with or even speak to. Aren't we caught up in the "if they don't look like us or act like us, we don't want anything to do with them" syndrome? We all do answer yes if we are honest. We don't like leaving our comfort zone - or is it just me? Maybe you do and for that I applaud you! I think we were told this to remind us that in God's eyes, there are no greater or lesser - we are all the same and we must remember that ALWAYS! Just go, it doesn't matter where they come from or where they have been, they all need Jesus, just like we did. Did you ever think that somebody may have thought the same thing before they shared Jesus with us, they wondered if it would really be worth it. Remember - it is worth it!