Saturday, March 24, 2012
1 Peter 5:7 NLT Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.
It's easy sometimes to get caught up in worry. It just seems to be something that we as humans think we need to do to help a person or situation. But does it really do any good?
As I was praying this morning I heard the gentle voice of my Savior say, "Do not be agitated and anxious. Do not be afraid for I am with you. I will care for those who concern you. Cast your cares on Me, Child, for I care for you. Do not try to carry those burdens on your own. You are not equipped to handle them. Let Me shoulder the load for you. Transfer your cares to Me and I will take care of them. Do not worry!"
There are several portions of scripture in the Bible about worry. Our Heavenly Father knows that we have a tendency to carry those burdens, but He doesn't want us to. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry about life, just seek Him and His kingdom and He will take care of the rest. Then again in Philippians 4:6, 7 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." His Will for us is to rest in Him; to let Him take care of our concerns. We can't change a thing through worrying; it's just wasted energy. But if we will pray about these situations instead, we will experience His peace. Sounds like a wonderful trade off to me!
Today I choose to rest in God; to cast my cares on Him and to experience His peace. How about you?
Father, I am thankful today that You are my burden bearer, the One who shoulders my load and carries my concerns. Thank You for giving me Your peace that flows like a river within me. I will not worry today about anything, but Lord I choose to give those concerns to You and let You deal with each one of them. Thank You for doing what only You can do in each situation. To You be all the glory, in Jesus! name. Amen.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Having sight means that a person can see with their eyes, but vision sees from God's perspective; it is seeing past the natural into the spiritual. I had a Sunday School teacher one time tell me that we needed to see life through spiritual eyes. He was talking about having vision, not just sight.
2 Kings 6:16-17 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Elisha prayed that the young man would be able to see past what he could see with his natural sight into the spiritual realm where he would be able to see that God had already provided the help that they needed. There was actually so many more to fight for them than those who were fighting against them. It is important that we understand that God is fighting for us and no matter what the enemy throws against us we can defeat him because greater is the One who is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) God has created us to be victorious and to overcome whatever challenge we see facing us.
What challenge do you have in your life today? God will give you the wisdom and strength to overcome! Proverbs 29:18 says "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law." That word for "revelation" there actually means "prophetic vision". That's talking about vision from God, the direction that a person needs to take to succeed. The Lord is saying there that we must get that direction from Him and when we don't have the proper vision we will cast off restraint. When someone casts off restraint they run rampant, this way and that, not having clear direction, just doing whatever pleases them at the moment. Do you have vision for your goals? Have you sought God's plan for your life; the plan that will work and give assurance that you will win in your life's endeavors?
I have good news for you today! God has given us the victory! He tells us in Romans 8:31 "....If God is for us, who can be against us?" You see, He has made provision for us to win! The problem is that we don't always seek His direction to know how to fight the battle. This morning I choose to seek God's vision for my life. How about you?
Father, I thank You for having the perfect plan for my life. I ask You to show me today what I need to do to succeed in my weight loss journey. Please show me the changes that need to be made for success. Thank You, Lord, for leading me by Your Spirit! Thank You, for Your guidance and Your protection for my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT "But you are my witnesses, O Israel!" says the LORD, "And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it--I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God," says the LORD. From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions."
Did you know that the one thing that God is concerned about is that you know Him? All of salvation is geared around a living, vital relationship with God. We have been chosen to know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! There is none above Him and none beside Him. He is the only God! Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is the living Word, the Savior of the world. There is none who can oppose what He does nor reverse His actions.
We've talked this week a lot about coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus. But what if you've already given your heart to Jesus and know Him as Savior? What about your relationship with the Lord now? Is it growing or has it become stagnant? Do you feel that you have reached the pinnacle of your relationship with Him; that there is no where else to go? There's always room for growth. If you aren't growing in the Lord then you are growing stagnant. We are to move from faith to faith as the word says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7) And we are changed from glory to glory as we behold the glory of the Lord! (2 Cor. 3:18) This is a picture of movement, of growth.
So, what can you do to bring new life into your relationship with the Lord? First, confess to Him that you have grown stagnant, that the life seems to have gone out, the flame no longer burns as brightly within you as it once did. Turn from those things that have taken His place in your life back to Him. Then ask Him to give you a hunger and thirst for Him that is unquenchable, a desire to know Him without limits and a clear understanding of Who He is to you and what your relationship to Him should be. The word says in Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled." When you hunger and thirst for Him you can be assured that you will be filled. It is when you hunger for a particular food and you think about it more and more and look forward to eating it that it tastes the best when finally consumed. So it is with your desire to know the Lord. When you look forward to spending time with Him, thinking about Him throughout the day and night that then when you come into His presence it is the sweetest time of the day. Set aside a special time in your day to meet with the Lord. You might want to get a devotional book to read from at that time along with your Bible. Time spent in the Word of God will increase your hunger to know Him. Playing some quiet worship music will also enhance your time with the Lord. Pour out your heart to Him. He understands your deepest desires and wants to fill them with His goodness.
Enjoy your relationship with the Lord. He longs to hear your voice and see your face. I was feeling lonely at work one day and I asked the Lord to give me a glimpse of His feelings for me and I sat down at my desk and looked at my emails and there was an email from someone to me that said "If God had a refrigerator your picture would be on it". I was thankful that God had sent me a reminder of His great love for me.
Today I am thankful that God has chosen me to know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! There is nothing too difficult for Him. No one can oppose what He does or reverse His actions! He is on my side!
Thank You, Lord, for being my God. Thank You for leading me through this day, for helping me make the right choices for my life. Thank You for being My Savior and Lord and for giving me a hunger and thirst for You that's unquenchable. May my life reflect You in all I say and do! You are the reason I live, Lord Jesus! Thank You for loving me!
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!
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