Archive | November 2017

Colossians 2:7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

A plaque I saw the other day took me back and really had me thinking…it read,  “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for the day before?”  Pretty sobering, right?  I know we try to thank the Lord for what we have (especially around the table on Thanksgiving)…but what about thanking Him for things you no longer have.  This could mean thanking God for delivering you from  feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and depression that had once ruled your life.  Or this could  mean thanking Him for complete recovery from illness, injury, or surgery that had plagued you this year.  As the Scripture says, let’s be overflowing with thankfulness in all things…the things we have, and the things we don’t.

Joel 2: 25 ” I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-“

For many, life has been hard.  Years have been lost to bad choices, addictions, and the consequences caused by other people’s decisions.  We can’t but feel that our life has been robbed of  time.   But the Lord is telling us in this Scripture that He will completely fulfill those lost years…allowing us to reclaim the happiness and contentment…the peace and security that we thought we’d never have again.   For He is the God of redemption –  accomplishing the impossible,  and bringing to pass the unimaginable in our lives.

Jude 22 ” Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

In the “politically correct” environment we live in it’s far too easy to condone and excuse away sin.  We’d rather look away or justify than confront.  But  confrontation is exactly what this Scripture talks about.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin…we are to challenge with love and mercy, but also make absolutely plain the consequences to come.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’ “

The verse written here was the fulfillment of prophecy first spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)   Jesus was the embodiment of light and truth, and His message still rings true today…”Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

James 2:1 ” My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”

As Christians, we are to be imitators of  Christ.  We are to follow His lead in how to deal with people we come in contact with daily.  This requirement of impartiality towards others is displayed throughout the Bible…making it very clear, “God does not show favoritism.”  Partiality  and bias are easy traps to fall into,  unless we make a conscious decision to follow the pattern of Jesus instead.   For if you boil favoritism down…all you get is the ugliness of bigotry and prejudice.

Job 42:1 ” Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’ “

If you get nothing else from this devotional today…please grasp this concept –  nothing is too hard for the Lord.   Job’s personal relationship with God helped him understand that nothing could hinder or stop God’s plan and purpose.  Ephesians 1:11 says, “According to the plan of Him Who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will.”   There is nothing that can prevent God’s Will from being fulfilled, for all power and might are in His hands.  So if you’re facing impossible challenges today…take heart, nothing is too hard for the Lord.