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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Word for Today, Tuesday, 22nd December 2009
Pay Attention!
This is the way; walk in it.
Isaiah 30:21 NIV
James Michener said he had a neighbour whose tree stopped producing apples, so he hammered rusty nails around the trunk. That year he got his greatest crop of apples. He said, 'Hammering those nails in was a shock to remind the tree that its job is to grow apples.' Unscientific, maybe; but it worked! Michener explained how heart bypass surgery, hip surgery and a bout with vertigo were nails God hammered into the trunk of his life. It got his attention! Realising he wasn't going to live forever he got busy and in five years wrote eleven books; including best sellers.

'No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but… Later… it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace… ' (Hebrews 12:11 NIV). Verdell Davis says, 'There are things we could and should do something about. For example, the loss of material comforts can move us to simplify our lives. A clinical depression can lead us to seek help, and to healthier ways of living and relating. Losing a job we performed well can allow us to uncover gifts and talents we didn't know we had. The loss of some physical capacity can push us to develop other ways of performing that enrich all who come our way.' Harold Sala adds, 'Let's face it, when those rusty nails get hammered in we take notice and our lives become productive. [They're] delivered with the exhortation to get on with the business before us. The Father's love allows the hammer blows to goad us into accomplishing the full measure of His will.' So when you get a wake-up call from God saying, '"This is the way; walk in it."' (Isaiah 30:21 NIV) pay attention!

Daily Bible Reading:
2 Timothy 1-4, Matthew 1:1-6, Psalm 128, Proverbs 31:10-13

  


Daily Manna

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Luke 2:13-18 NIV
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.' When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

  


Word for Today

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Going On Alone
And Elisha… saw him no more…
2 Kings 2:12 NKJV
Elijah and Elisha were out walking together when 'a chariot of fire… separated the two… Elijah went… into heaven. And Elisha… saw him no more… ' (2 Kings 2:11-12 NKJV). Oswald Chambers writes: 'It's not wrong to depend on your 'Elijah' as long as God gives him to you. But God doesn't intend him to stay, and although the thought causes you to say, 'I can't continue,' you must.' There are times in life when we must go on alone, and draw from God the strength to do it. Here are three Bible examples:

1) Alone at the Jordan. Here Elisha 'took up the mantle of Elijah… struck the water… the water… divided… and Elisha crossed over' (2 Kings 2:13-14 NKJV). The river Jordan represents death. When you lose someone you loved and depended on, you ask, 'How can I go on alone?' You're not alone, God is with you!

2) Alone at Jericho. Here God used Elisha to purify the town's poisoned water system (2 Kings 2:19-22). Big shoes! You're not sure you can fill them. This is when God says to you what He said to Joshua, Israel's new leader: 'as I was with Moses, so I will be with you… ' (Joshua 1:5 NKJV).

3) Alone at Bethel. Here Elisha was publicly humiliated, yet God vindicated him (2 Kings 2:23). Bethel, which means 'The House of God,' is where we go for strength, yet often get disappointed in people. Nevertheless, we must go on with God, knowing He will never fail us.

Richard Exley says, 'If we've come often to God in the sunshine, our anxious feet will find the familiar pathway in the darkest night, because going to Him has become second nature to us.'

Daily Bible Reading:
Micah 5-7, John 21:15-25, Psalm 47, Proverbs 31:6-9

  


Daily Manna

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Galatians 6:7-10 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturewill reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

  


Word for Today

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Word for Today, Sunday, 20th December 2009
It's Time To Face Reality
I will arise and go to my father…
Luke 15:18 NKJV
Nothing changed for the Prodigal Son until he said, 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say… "I have sinned"… ' Luke 15:18(NKJV). His story ends well; yours can too, but you must:

1) Decide to take control of your life before circumstances or other people do. The solution begins with you. A new partner, a new job or a new house won't cure what's wrong if the cause lies in your own attitudes and actions. You may have 101 excuses for the way things are in your life right now, but what are you willing to do to change them? The prodigal's father didn't pick him up and carry him home, he had to do the leg work

2) Face reality as it is, not as you think it should be or wish it was. The prodigal had to discover that the rules he rebelled against at home were essential to his happiness, that all the fun he thought was waiting for him out there, wasn't, and that he must acknowledge his mistakes and correct them before he could get his life back on track: 'Let the wicked forsake his way, and… return to the Lord… ' (Isaiah 55:7 NKJV). God will intervene, but only when you operate on the H.O.W. principle: Honesty, Openness, Willingness

3) Act now, while you still can. The law of evolution says things evolve and improve on their own. No, certain things left unattended and uncorrected get worse, not better. That's so whether it's your health, your marriage, your children, your finances, or your walk with God. So, face reality and take action while you still can.

Daily Bible Reading:
Jonah 2, Luke 11:29-36

  


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