Archive | September 2016

I Corinthians 16: 13-14 ” Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”

As a Christian, are you a leader or a follower?   If your group of friends are doing something that you don’t agree with, do you stand up for your faith, or do you just remain quiet and compromise?  This scripture tells us to be cautious on how we conduct ourselves and lead our lives.  In any questionable situation we should be asking ourselves…would Jesus do this?

Psalm 4:8 ” I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Have you ever gone into your child’s bedroom and just watch them sleep?  The picture is one of total security and tranquility  as you listen to their soft even breathing.  They are perfectly content and safe in their warm little bed with not a care in the world.  We too should be able to sleep with the same sense of well-being  and trust… for our Heavenly Father is watching over us.  So tonight be reminded…the Lord will be watching you sleep and smiling.

III John 11 ” Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”

“Has not seen God…”    A perfect case in point for this scripture is when the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord seated on His throne high and lifted up. (Isaiah 6:1)  At that moment Isaiah cried out, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” When we  perceive the glory, majesty, and power of the living God we suddenly become painfully aware of just how unclean and totally inadequate we are.  Our sinful life is laid bare before Him…we have no excuses, no defense before a totally righteous and perfect God. Our only hope then is in the Lord’s unwarranted grace and forgiveness.

II Samuel 22:29 You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”

I really hate getting up in the middle of the night and stumbling around in the dark.  It can be scary and potentially  dangerous.  But if I simply first turn on a lamp, it changes everything.  My fear of falling or tripping over some unseen thing goes away…for now I can see clearly  my path.  God’s light…His truth, is like a floodlight to our life’s path…illuminating all the precarious obstacles in front of us, so that we may walk in safety.

Psalm 33:4 ” For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.”

We’ve all been lied to…we’ve  all had trust issues. For we live in a fallen world where telling the truth and honoring your word are  laughed at.   And it’s the people we should be able to trust the most that hurt us the deepest.  But God is trustworthy and steadfast…He is faithful and just.  You can believe in His word and trust Him with your life.

Job 7:11 ” Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”

Only the Lord may know the personal suffering and grief you’re going through today.  And it’s perfectly OK to be completely honest with God and tell Him how you feel…even to the point of yelling at Him.  For the Lord has very broad shoulders and will never take offense…for only He can truly understand.

Matthew 9: 6-7 ” Then He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’ And the man got up and went home.”

A group of friends brought a paralyzed man to the Lord and Jesus  gave him a three-stage command.  “Stand up on your once useless legs,  pick up and carry the mat you were brought here on, and go home and witness.   Jesus was asking the paralytic to do something he couldn’t do before …”Stand to your feet.”  Jesus then commanded him to pick up his only means of transportation and carry what had carried him in the past.  And finally, He said, ” Go home and testify of your  healing to everyone that  has only known you as a paralytic…and take the mat as a remembrance. “