Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In praying this morning about the happenings of the last few days I was reminded by the Lord of His own experiences in trying to minister to those that He loved in His family and home town. Many times those closest to us are the ones to whom we have the most difficulty ministering. Jesus made the statement in Matthew 13:57 “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Again in John 7:5 we see that “even His brothers did not believe in Him.” I'm sure Jesus was saddened by the fact that His family and closest friends did not believe that He was the Son of God sent to purchase salvation for them, spirit, soul and body. But He did not let that shake Him or move Him away from the plan and purpose of God for His life. We know that some of His family eventually believed because the authorship of the book of James is attributed to Jesus' brother, James. It is assumed that James did not believe until Jesus appeared to Him and others after His resurrection. Then, of course, we have the story of Mary at His first ministry event at the wedding in Cana of Galilee where He turned the water into wine.
The apostle Paul made the statement in 1 Corinthians 3:6, 7 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” It is evident here that some of us plant the seeds of God's saving grace into the hearts of those around us and others water those seeds. But God is the One who knows how to bring the seeds into full harvest in that person's life. He is the God of individuality. Some are converted through out of body experiences, some have a Damascus Road experience like Paul, others receive through people that God places around them, but we can be assured that He will take those seeds that have been sown and bring them to harvest.
If you have been discouraged in trying to reach lost relatives and friends, do not feel that you are responsible for saving them. That is God's job. We have our part to play and He has His. If we will be faithful to speak when He says to speak, to love as He loved us and to offer compassion and help when it is needed we will open the door for Him to move in and do His part. Jesus said in John 5:19, 30 that He didn't do anything of Himself, but only what He saw His Father doing or heard His Father saying. He didn't do His own will, but that of His Father.
So, today, be encouraged that God knows where each one of us is; He is capable of speaking to us in ways that we will receive and He loves us so much that He will go to great extremes to reach us and make us His own!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God loves us so much that He will go to extreme measures to give us every opportunity to receive His great salvation. Today my brother is one of those that has been given another opportunity. His heart bypass surgery was done yesterday and the last report I had this afternoon while I was on my way back home was that he was doing great! Thank You, Father, for bringing him through this surgery and giving him another opportunity to choose You while in this life.
Once again God has done "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think". "To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20,21)
Thank You, Jesus! To God be the glory great things He has done! And thank You, Lord, for a safe trip to Missouri and back home!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Psalm 38:15 For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O LORD my God.
I'm so thankful today that I can take my concerns to God and know that He hears. My hope is placed in Him.
My brother is undergoing open heart surgery today. My husband and I have driven almost 600 miles to be with him. I was not sure of his spiritual condition and have talked with him twice about giving his heart to Jesus. He has declined my offer to pray with him to receive Jesus. I can only put my trust in the Lord at this point and pray that all will be well with my brother.
Thank You, Lord, for watching over my brother as he goes through surgery today. I know that Your word says a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. Today I will trust You to speak to my brother's heart and share Your love with him in a way that he will receive. I commit this concern unto You, Lord, knowing that You hear my heart's cry. Thank You, Lord, for Your healing power that flows through his body as I pray for him. I thank You in advance for healing him both physically and spiritually! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Today I choose to trust God! If you have not placed your trust in the Lord Jesus for your eternal security please pray and ask Him into your heart today. He will not fail to come into your life and make you spiritually whole. Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Salvation is a free gift, but a gift is not yours until you receive it. Jesus was made sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Open your heart to Him today and receive the gift of eternal life. If that is your heart's desire, pray with me this morning: "Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God; that You died for me to pay the price for my sin. I ask You to forgive me and come into my heart, to be my Savior and Lord. I believe that You died and rose again to secure my salvation. Thank You for saving me. I confess You now as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus name, Amen"!
If you prayed that prayer you now have eternal life. The Word says in Romans 10:13 "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." He will help you through life's difficulties. He will give you peace in your heart when you go through trials and He will see you safely through into eternity when it comes time for you to cross over into Heaven.
God bless you. May you have a wonderful day in the Lord!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."
I am so thankful that God has already traveled the road that I take. Not only has He gone before me, but He then says He will walk with me through those days. He will never leave me nor forsake me so I do not have to be afraid of anything. Do you realize that as we face tomorrow it is uncharted territory? It is somewhere that we have never been before. The Israelites were preparing to go into their Promised Land, but there were giants in the land and they had never been there before. There was much reason for them to be fearful. But God loves us so much and wants us to be assured of His presence with us so we will not be afraid of what tomorrow holds.
Today I am thankful that My God is with me. The challenges that I face He has already faced for me. He has taken the sting out of disappointments and gives me His peace in their place. He prepares me for the road ahead by assuring me that He will not leave me. He guarantees my success by His continuing presence. It's just as if you were preparing to send your child across a busy highway. You wouldn't allow that child to go by himself because you would want him to reach the other side safely. So you would take him by the hand and walk with him through the traffic to guide him safely to the other side. So, our Heavenly Father does the same for us.
Thank You, Lord, for preparing me for the challenges of this day! And thank You for going with me through it. I know that I can be successful in it because You are with me helping me to make the right choices, say and do the right things. Thank You for Your Presence that gives me peace.
Today I choose to face my day unafraid, ready to meet the challenges placed before me and excited about the success that I will have!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Philippians 4:13 AMP I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
I love the picture that the Amplified Bible gives me of this verse. In thinking about the power that I receive from Christ Jesus I picture a funnel at the top of my head with Jesus pouring His power into me. With that kind of an infusion how could we fail to win the battles that we are facing? We often think that it's up to us to fight in our own strength but the Word tells us that we do not have to be self-sufficient because we have Christ's sufficiency. That sheds a whole new light on the challenges of life. It's not up to us; we can depend on Christ Jesus to give us the strength to win.
The victory is guaranteed according to 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
So, how do we arrive at the victory? The battle is fought and won in the mind. If we think we can't do it, then guess what? We won't be able to. But if we come the the Lord asking for strength for the battle and then follow His directions to win, we will be guaranteed of the victory. This morning as I was praying I heard the Lord softly speaking to my heart "Exercise self-control when necessary so that you make right choices about what goes into your temple. You have been bought with the price of My blood. You are not your own. Your body houses My Spirit. Glorify Me in your body, Child. Don't allow your body to rule over you. You rule over it. Bring it into submission!"
Today I will be mindful that I need to feed my body the fuel it needs to sustain life. I will feed my body, not my emotions. Thank You, Lord, for the strength to fight and win this battle. To You be the glory, Father! Thank You for helping me make the right food choices. I yield myself to Your will for my life. Thank You for the victory! In Jesus Name, Amen.
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