Mon, January 23, 2017
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, My Rock and my Redeemer – Psalm 19:14.
God wants to transform us from the inside out. When our hearts are wide open to Him, the Lord will search us, cleanse us, and heal us. Sometimes we just don’t know what we don’t know! The psalmist prayed: Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins (vs. 12-13). God knows the reasons behind our behaviors and is determined to bring wholeness to every area of our lives. If the meditations of our hearts are pleasing to Him, then good words will follow—words of wisdom, life, encouragement, and blessing. Give God access to the deepest parts of you. Philippians 4:8 gives us a plumb line for good mental health. Thoughts lead to emotions, which lead to behaviors. Let the Holy Spirit transform you both inside and out.
Tue, January 24, 2017
I Never Expected
Then Jacob said to Joseph, “I never thought I would see your face again, but now God has let me see your children, too!”– Genesis 48:11.
What a joyful climax to a dramatic narrative! Jacob never expected that his life would end so well. Here at the end of his life, Jacob celebrated God’s faithfulness as the Lord brought resolution to a heart-rending family situation. Joseph’s godly character had guided him safely through minefields of potential disaster and delivered him and his children to the feet of his dying father where they not only received blessings but also elevation to positions of great honor. Do you have a story that began with “I never expected…” and ended with “but God…”? Walk before the Lord in righteousness no matter how difficult the journey becomes. Then you will see the Lord’s rewards.
Wed, January 25, 2017
Who do you Believe Jesus Is?
“But what about you?” (Jesus) asked. “Who do you say I am?”- Matthew 16:15.
Life comes down to this one question. Who do you believe Jesus is? It is a very personal question, but our eternal destiny hangs on how we answer it. Times have changed. Beliefs in our country have shifted over the past fifty years. Today our land is filled with people of varying faiths who put their trust in various spiritual leaders from Mohammad to Buddha. Some call Jesus a prophet; others call him an excellent teacher. But what do YOU say? Make sure you take the time to read His words and study His life. Don’t settle for a faith based merely on what others have told you about Him. Take your life seriously. Take your faith seriously. Take a closer look at Jesus Christ.
Thu, January 26, 2017
“This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look. God called to him…– Exodus 3:3-4a.
Most of us know the story of the burning bush. What if Moses had ignored it? Think about the long chain of events that resulted from his decision to draw closer to the flaming bush. Have you had any “burning bush moments” in your life? Certainly every day brings opportunities that we overlook or just miss due to our busy agendas. But then there are times when something so remarkably out of the ordinary captures our attention, and we realize we are in a “God moment” and we need to draw near. There is something we need to hear and to which we must respond. Those are moments that change the trajectory of our lives. Don’t miss your God moments!
Fri, January 27, 2017
…Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go…” “Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him…?”– Exodus 5:1b-2a.
We have an enormous calling; and we are fools if we think we will not face resistance. Human lives are at stake. God has called us to “preach deliverance to the captives” and “set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). Our enemy uses fear and intimidation to resist us; but the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (I Cor. 3:19). God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways when they are fully devoted to Him. He equips us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We may not lead a million people across the Red Sea and into their Promised Land; but we will lead people into freedom through Jesus Christ. Don’t be afraid. Be prepared to tell people who the Lord is, and why they should listen to Him.
Sat, January 28, 2017
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength - Psalm 23:2.
This psalm is beloved because it touches on most every condition we face in life: our sense of security, need for guidance, challenges in life and death, need for instruction, need for sustenance and renewal. How do you renew your soul? When life is a stressful blur, what are your default methods for getting back into balance and to that peaceful place? Can you say with the psalmist, The LORD is my shepherd? He wants to be all that in your life and lead you to a great ending: “dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Call Him your shepherd today.