Friday, November 29, 2013

Putting Holes in the Darkness

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.   Matthew 5:16, NKJV

One night when Robert Louis Stevenson was a small boy, his nanny called him to come to bed. Oblivious to her summons, he was staring at something outside his nursery window. The nanny walked over, stood at his shoulder, and inquired patiently, "Robert, what are you looking at?" The little boy, without taking his eyes away from the window, exclaimed in wonder as he pointed to the lamplighter who was lighting the streetlamps, "Look, Nanny! That man is putting holes in the darkness!"

You and I may not be able to change the world, but surely each of us can put a hole in the darkness! Turn on the Light! Share what Jesus means to you and give God's Word to someone else!

All through the ages, men and women have done just that! They have turned on the Light so that a living faith in God has been passed from generation to generation. Not everyone has been attracted to the Light, but one by one people have come to Him for truth, wisdom, hope, salvation, and eternal life.

Blessings

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Change Is Possible

Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.   Psalm 63:3, NKJV

No means of measure can define God's limitless love . . .

No far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply . . .

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings . . .

He forgives and He forgets.

He creates and He cleanses.

He restores and He rebuilds.

He heals and He helps.

He reconciles and He redeems.

He comforts and He carries.

He lifts and He loves.

He is the God of the second chance, the fat chance, the slim chance . . .

Just give me Jesus!  He makes change possible!


Blessings

Monday, November 25, 2013

Just Think on Jesus!

[He] loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.   Revelation 1:5b, NIV

Jesus is the most important Man, not just in our nation, not just on planet earth, but in the entire universe! And He isn't important just for four years or eight years, but forever and ever and ever! Furthermore, the most important Man in the universe thinks I am so important, He gave His own life for me! How can I feel depressed by the smallness of my life when the most important Man in the universe died for me, rules over me now, and will one day return for me? In the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am important. I am of value. How can I consider myself anything less?

Do you feel depressed by the smallness of your life? There is an antidote for feelings of smallness. Just think on Jesus!

Blessings

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Jesus Cares for You

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.   

1 Peter 5:7, NKJV

Did you think Jesus only cares about things like heaven and hell? About forgiveness and sin? About holiness and wickedness? About truth and lies? About salvation and judgment? Jesus does care about those things. But He also cares about your job, about whether your child makes the sports team, about your children's college tuition, about your budget now that you are unexpectedly pregnant, about the roof that leaks, about the cranky transmission in the car, and about all the other physical problems and needs we face.

Jesus cares even if the physical problem we face is largely of our own making. He cares if we are having car trouble, even if it was caused by our not having taken the time to change the oil regularly. He cares if we are having financial struggles, even if they were caused by our having run up massive debts on our charge accounts for things we wanted but did not necessarily need. Jesus cares about your physical needs today.


Blessings

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Created for God

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called Children of God!   1 John 3:1, NKJV

C. S. Lewis, in his testimony Surprised by Joy, described his growing awareness of the capacity within himself to respond with joy and delight in such a way that it gave him an insatiable desire for more joy and delight. The things he found so deeply satisfying left him with a craving for more and more satisfaction. He concluded that nothing in this world could ever give him lasting satisfaction, so therefore he must have been created for another world. And C. S. Lewis was right. Our very beings are created for God. We will never experience permanent, personal satisfaction and fulfillment apart from Him because, as Saint Augustine so eloquently stated, "Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Thee."


Blessings

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

God Is Fully Present

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.   Psalm 145:18, NKJV

On Christmas Eve, 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders, while orbiting the moon in Apollo 8, were so aware of the Presence of God in space that they publicly read the first ten verses of Genesis to the listening world thousands of miles away. When James B. Irwin, an astronaut with Apollo 15, actually walked on the surface of the moon, he said he looked out into the inky blackness, saw our planet looking like a blue marble suspended in space, and was overwhelmed with the conscious awareness that God was present on the surface of the moon! And God was! And God is! He is not bound by space.

Whom are you praying for who is separated from you? A child off at school? A spouse on a business trip? A family member who lives in another city or state or country? What comforting encouragement to know that God is not only fully present with you but also with those from whom you are separated, hearing and answering your prayers of faith for them.


Blessings

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Trust and Obey

Faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.   James 2:17, NIV

Jesus stands ready to help us, but His help is contingent on our absolute, total obedience to His Word, whether or not we agree with it or understand it.

In some way, God requires more than our intellectual faith - He requires our total trust as demonstrated by our obedience to His Word in order to release the miracle. Jesus gave sight to a man born blind, but in order to receive it he had to trust and obey by going to the pool of Siloam to wash. (John 9:1-7) Jesus gave strength to a paralyzed man who had been lying on his pallet for thirty-eight years, but he had to trust and obey by getting up and picking up his mat before he could walk. (John 5:1-9) Jesus healed a man with a withered hand, but before it could be straightened, the man had to trust and obey by stretching it out. (Luke 6:6-10)

What miracle are you waiting to receive? Could it be that God also is waiting - waiting for you to simply trust and obey?


Blessings

Friday, November 15, 2013

Overshadowed by the Spirit

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.   Luke 1:35, NIV

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he gave her the startling announcement that "the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." When you and I place our faith in Jesus Christ and invite Him to come live within us, the Holy Spirit comes upon us, and the power of God overshadows us, and the life of Jesus is born within us. We do not conceive a physical life, but the spiritual life of Jesus in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

It is the indwelling powerful Person of the Holy Spirit Who sets me free from the habits of sin. But the power I possess to live a life pleasing to God is directly related to how much control of my life I give to the Holy Spirit.


Blessings

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pleasing God

The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.   Psalm 24:1, NKJV

God is the Creator Whose purpose for you and me is the same as it was when He created our environment in the beginning. He wants us to reflect His image so that we might receive His blessing. "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day" (Gen. 1:31, NIV).

In the end, the Creator stood back. He surveyed the transformation of the environment that had followed His loving and careful preparation. Then He looked at the man and woman He had created in His own image, with a capacity to be His close, personal friends, and He was pleased.

As the Creator surveys your life, is He still pleased?


Blessings

Monday, November 11, 2013

Embracing God's Purpose

"I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do."   John 17:4, NIV

Jill Briscoe, noted author and international speaker, was once asked what she saw as her life's greatest mission. She answered that her life's greatest mission is "to figure out what to do every day in my life - as ordained by God - and then to do it." Jill knows there are many things to do in life that are not ordained of God, which is why we must be single-minded.

To be single-minded as I embrace God's purpose for my life means that there are times I have to just say no . . .

to an invitation to join my friends for coffee,

to an offer for a lucrative job,

to a long weekend . . .

To be single-minded as I embrace God's purpose for my life means there are times I have to just say yes . . .

to less sleep and more prayer,

to less TV and more study,

to less work and more worship.


Blessings

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Look Up

Look UP!

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.   Revelation 22:14, NKJV

Has your entire life been a series of struggles? Have you been . . .

More sick than well?

More defeated than successful?

More tired than rested?

More empty than satisfied?

More sad than happy?

Do you feel defeated because after a lifetime of struggle, all you have to look forward to is death and a cold grave? Look up! . . .

Regardless of our circumstances or condition, we can look forward with hope as we glimpse Heaven, My Father's House, which is being prepared as an eternal home for you and for me!


Blessings

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Confident Faith

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.   Colossians 3:16, NKJV

My parents were so confident in who God is and what God has said through His Word that it genuinely never crossed my mind, nor to my knowledge the minds of my siblings, to doubt God! When I was a child, I told my father I wanted to know God personally for myself, and he lovingly gave me the instructions about how to approach Him. So I followed his instructions and went to the designated place at Calvary, to an altar of wood called the cross, and took my sacrificial Lamb. The knife of my sin and guilt was responsible for His death, and His shed blood made atonement for me. When I walked away from that altar, not only had I been reminded of my sinful condition, but I had the deep peace and assurance that my sins were forgiven! I was no longer separated from God but accepted by Him, because my sacrifice was the Lamb of God who is my Creator who became my Savior!

What a blessing to have parents who are people of confident faith. What a blessing to be a parent with confident faith like that!


Blessings

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Unconditional Surrender

By this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.   1 John 3:24, NKJV

When the Holy Spirit comes into you at your invitation, you receive as much of Him as you will ever have. You do not get a little bit of Him then and a little bit more at later experiences. Since He is a Person, you cannot get Him in pieces. You either have all of the Holy Spirit or you have none of the Holy Spirit. Why is it, then, that He seems to get us in pieces? He comes to us unconditionally, while we surrender to Him conditionally.

We give Him our Sundays but not our Mondays.

We give Him our actions but not our attitudes.

We give Him our relationships but not our reputations.

We give Him our time but not our thoughts.

We give Him our burdens but not our bodies.

We give Him our prayers but not our pleasures.

We give Him our crises but not our children.

We give Him our health but not our hearts.

Would you drop the conditions and give Him all of you?


Blessings

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Promise from God

He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.   Exodus 15:2, NIV

I have prayed without ceasing for my children throughout the years. One of the promises I believe God gave me for them, and a promise I have claimed again and again in prayer, is Exodus 15:1-2. This passage is the song of Moses as he exults in God's deliverance of the Hebrew children when the Red Sea was parted and they crossed over on dry ground. As Pharaoh's army pursued and sought to keep God's children from getting safely to the Promised Land of His blessing, the sea's walls collapsed, the enemy was supernaturally destroyed, and God's people rejoiced: I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

The promise God seemed to give me from this ancient hymn of joy was that He would supernaturally overthrow anything or anyone seeking to hinder my children from being in His place of blessing for their lives. God has a promise in His Word for your children, too. Ask Him to give it to you.


Blessings

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bearing Much Eternal Fruit

"You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last."   John 15:16, NIV

Do you struggle with knowing the will of God for your life? For your marriage? For your family? For your home? Knowing God's will is not difficult - unless you are not abiding in Him. Jesus indicated that knowing His Father's will is the fruit of abiding as well as asking: "You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (15:16, NIV).

God has chosen you and me for the purpose of bearing much eternal fruit - fruit in our character such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control exhibited toward those within our own home - fruit that is simply the character of God's Son coming out in us. We are to bear much eternal fruit in our service as we lead other people to faith in Jesus Christ and help them to grow into maturity so that they in turn will produce much eternal fruit in their lives.


Blessings