Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEEP PRESSING!

10-29-2014. . . .KEEP PRESSING!

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going." (2 Cor 4:8-10 TLB)  With God, its never over until He says its over!  We always have what we need to recover and begin again.  Keep pressing!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for never abandoning us.  In you we have everything we need to keep pressing forward.  Amen.

Phil 3:13-14. . . . I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us. TLB

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LOVE IS A DECISION!

10-28-2014. . . .LOVE IS A DECISION!

"For long ago the Lord had said to Israel: "I have loved you, O my people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to me." ( Jer 31:3 TLB)  God has determined that His love for His people will never end.  Although, at times we may make Him feel angry, sad, disappointed and any number of negative emotions, He yet loves us because He made a decision to do so!

PRAYER: Lord, we thank you that your love is everlasting!  Help us to live lives that are deserving of such love and commitment.  Amen!

Eph 3:17-18. . . . And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. TLB


Monday, October 27, 2014

WE WILL BE ALRIGHT!

10-27-2014. . . .WE WILL BE ALRIGHT!

"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up-the flames will not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel." (Isa 43:1-3 TLB)  For certain, at some point in our lives, we have all displeased and disappointed God.  Although, He would be well within His rights to cast us away or simply destroy us, instead, He remembers His commitment to us.  How assuring it is to know that when we face adversity and challenges of all types, God has predetermined our outcome.  We will be alright!  


PRAYER: Lord, thank you for being on our side and by our side.  No matter what challenges we may face in our future, thank you for a predetermined outcome.  Amen!

Ps 103:8-12. . . .He is merciful and tender toward those who don't deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love.  He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever.  He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. TLB

Friday, October 24, 2014

DON'T GIVE AN INCH!

10-24-2014. . . .DON'T GIVE AN INCH!

"For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies-the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world." (Eph 6:12 TLB)  The unseen forces of evil while no match for the power of Almighty God, are nonetheless real and not to be taken for granted.  We should not ever allow them access into our lives by dabbling into what may seem to be benign pagan celebrations.  If we don't give an inch they can't demand a mile!

PRAYER: Lord, you are Lord of our lives!  We exalt you above all and will not surrender even an inch of your sovereign control.   Amen!

Col 2:14-15. . . .He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in him. RSV

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KNOWING AND KEEPING!

10-22-2014. . . .KNOWING AND KEEPING!

"The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that's who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him." (John 14:21 MSG)  Knowing God's word and keeping it equates to knowing Him better.  Not keeping His word means that one is really not serious about knowing Him and therefore, they won't.  One proves who they know by what one does; what one does not do proves the same.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to prove to the world that we know and love you by faithfully keeping your word.  We keep your word because we love you and want to know you better.  Help Us!  Amen.

Prov 7:1-3. . . . My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.   Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. KJV

Friday, October 17, 2014

HELP NOT HURT!

10-17-2014. . . .HELP NOT HURT!

"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (James 1:19 NIV)  Words spoken without wisdom are like a surgeon's scalpel in the hand of the unskilled! That which was designed to help ends up hurting!  Be careful to speak words that help and not hurt.

PRAYER: Lord, may the words we speak always help and not hurt; heal and not hinder!  Amen!

James 1:19-20. . . .Dear brothers, don't ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry;  for anger doesn't make us good, as God demands that we must be. TLB

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SOONER OR LATER!

10-16-2014. . . .SOONER OR LATER!

". . . .Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater."  (Luke 12:48b TLB)  One is still responsible even if one refuses to stand and take responsibility! NEWS FLASH!  An accounting will be required sooner are later.

PRAYER: Lord, you have given each of us much!  Help us daily to be responsible and accountable for that which you have given.  Amen

2 Cor 5:9-10. . . . Sooner or later we'll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what's coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. MSG