I’ve been thinking a lot about the needs of others. We all have friends or family who are struggling physically, or emotionally, or spiritually, or financially. Some are facing difficult medical tests, others are fighting infections, some are fighting to stay afloat, and others are fighting to stay alive, both physically or spiritually. Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” It tells me that, at the very least, we need to be on our knees every day lifting each other up to our Lord. Will you join me? God bless you!
There is an old song that went “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble….” However, as Christians, it should be one of our character traits. If we say that we are patient, friendly and long-suffering, we need to be able to say that we are humble. In a society where there is a “me first” attitude, humble people are needed more than ever; people who work quietly in the background without seeking recognition. Ephesians 4:2-3 tells us that we should act “With all lowliness and meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I know it might be hard to be humble, but I’m going to try, how about you? God bless you!
How many of us have experienced trials and troubles, been alone, or afraid, been let down, or felt despondent? I would imagine all of us have at one time or another. Fortunately there is an easy answer: surrender everything into His hands and trust Him with every issue! Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isn’t it awesome that we can lean on our God in hard times? God bless you today!
Have you ever heard these sayings? Do you have a guilty conscience? Is your conscience bothering you? Let your conscience be your guide! But, which one? The bible says that there are four kinds of conscience. There is one mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:2 where “speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their consciences seared as with a hot iron;” 1 Corinthians 8:12 mentions a “weak conscience;” 1 Timothy 1:5 speaks of a “good conscience,” and then there is a secular conscience that allows ungodly things because it thinks they are good. I am praying we all exercise the good conscience, the one maintained by God when we are born again and is described in Hebrews 9:14 – “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself up without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? I am praying He richly blesses you today!
Have you ever considered the word “excellent?” The word is used to describe something that is fantastic, marvelous, great! The term has been used in movies like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure;” it is also used in many hymns including “How Excellent Is Your Name” by John W. Higdon. Did you know that the word “excellent” is used 34 times in 15 books of the bible. My favorite is Psalm 8:1 where King David writes “O Lord Our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” I pray that our God blesses you with an “excellent” day!
Telephones, voice mail, email, texts, Facebook! What has happened to good old fashioned communication? When I communicate with someone I want to look them in the eye and have them do the same to me! So the question arises: How do we talk to God when we can’t see him? When we are born again we receive the Holy Spirit and our spiritual eyes are opened so that we can see and experience Him! Jesus said in John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” I pray that you see the Father through the Holy Spirit. God bless you!
This Way, That Way, Right Way, Wrong Way; there are lots of expressions using the word “way” – Did you know that in the first century believers were called “The Way,” which is what Saul called followers of Christ as he persecuted them in Acts 9:2. There were many religious groups back then, each known for different things. There were the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots and Samaritans and then there was Jesus and the Christians. How do people know that we are Christian? What distinguishes us from others? John 13:25 tells us! “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” As we go out and interact with others, let’s show them our way, Amen? God bless you today!
I recently read a devotional that made me think about growth as a believer. New Christians often believe that once they become saved their lives will be trouble free and can’t understand why they would face a crisis; they might find it unreasonable that something bad would happen to them. Mature Christians understand that in our lives we may encounter crisis, persecution, or suffering. Both types of believers might ask “Lord, why is this happening to me?” It’s a simple enough question, but is it really? The question can have two different meanings: the new Christian asks “why me Lord,” the mature Christian asks “what lesson do you want me to learn Lord?” In John 16:33 we are told “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” To new Christians I say, have faith and grow, to mature Christians I say, learn the lesson and teach. Remember that He is always with us through whatever we face. God bless you!
Imagine you are standing in a crowd listening to Jesus speak. You are getting hungry and you see bread and fish, but not much, AND you are at the back of 5,000 people. Would you start to panic thinking that the food would run out before the basket got to you? Thankfully, that will never happen. Just like for the crowd in Jesus’ day, there is plenty to go around. God has enough to feed all of us, whether it is food or blessings! He can fill our deepest needs. Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I invite you to receive his nourishment through His word today. God bless you!
It’s hard to see a loved one in pain and be unable to help. You want to comfort them, but sometimes it’s hard to get through and you feel lost and unsure. You dwell on the possible outcomes and may feel afraid for them and yourself. Fortunately, at times when we are the most concerned, we have God to lean on. Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” In the midst of our trials, trust in Him. God bless you!