Archive | March 2016

Isaiah 25:1 ” O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”

The steadfastness and certainty of the Lord can not be more apparent than knowing that what He has planned for us was decided long before this world began.  This is shown even more beautifully in Isaiah 14:24, “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’ ”  God and His Word does not change…nor will His purpose and plans for your life.

Philippians 2: 3-4 ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

What would this world be like if everyone honored and sought the good of others before themselves?  If there was only humility and kindness rather than conceit and selfishness in all our interactions?  What would the world be like if our focus was on becoming more like Jesus and less like the world?

Job 16: 20-21 ” My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

As it says in Romans 8:34, “Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.”  He is our close friend that not only knows us intimately, but knows our Judge intimately.  Jesus is our mediator, our arbitrator, and the one that will always appeal on our behalf.  What a friend we have in Jesus.

John 7:37 ” Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

When Jesus stood, He did so without bias or partiality towards any certain people group.  When He spoke, it wasn’t directed  to only a select few.  Jesus showed  no favoritism, bigotry, or chauvinism as He invited all to accept the free gift of eternal life.  And that invitation still stands today to every man, woman, and child across this wide world. There is no barrier left  that can  prevent you from receiving this gift offered by a loving Savior.

The Tomb’s still empty.

On that Resurrection Sunday they found the stone rolled away and the tomb where they had laid  Jesus  empty…and somehow we tend to forget the power it took for that miracle to happen.  We forget the magnitude of Jesus taking every sin ever committed by mankind on Himself.  We downplay the sacrifice He made for us while we were yet sinners.  So the next time you’re racked by fear and doubt…remember the tomb’s still empty.  When discouragement and anxiety try to take over your life…remember the tomb’s still empty.  When the world seems in turmoil and paranoia…remember the tomb’s still empty, and God’s still in control…and if you had been the only person on earth, Jesus would have died for you.

Proverbs 15:28 ” The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”

Elsewhere in Proverbs it says that the prudent give thought to their ways…and taking a moment to meditate before speaking is probably the most telling distinction between a righteous and unrighteous person.  For you’ll find that the mouth is the external manifestation of a man’s inner character and integrity.

Proverbs 14:33 ” Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.”

We tend to perceive things through our senses…but they aren’t always correct or reliable.   But intelligent  insight and sound judgment are far superior to charged up emotions or senses any day.  And to think about it… even a fool can gain wisdom and discretion…by simply keeping his mouth shut!