Archive | September 2019

Romans 8:26 ” In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

The Holy Spirit is there as an intermediary when the words won’t come.  It might be devastating news from a friend, or maybe it’s a bad report from the Doctor we’ve just received …either way, we sit numb and silent before God.  It’s during those times of infirmity of the body and soul that the Holy Spirit intervenes, imparting the knowledge of divine truth on our behalf.  For we may not have the words to pray…but He does.

Numbers 6: 24-26 ” The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.”

May this Priestly Blessing found in the Old Testament give you comfort today…whatever your situation.  For it tells us here that God is guarding and protecting your very life at this moment…that He lifts up His head and His face brightens as He looks straight into your eyes with love and concern.   Psalm 25:17 says, “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”  Sometimes all we  long for is peace…and God wants to plant or establish that peace into your life today…replacing strife and turmoil with a sense of well-being, security, wholeness, and comfort.

Luke 12: 23-24 ” Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! “

So many times as Jesus was teaching He would bring into His parables common everyday observations…things that everyone could relate to, such as birds.  In fact, birds were probably flying around as He spoke here.  But the point He was making was not that God fed the birds, (though He does) but that in God’s eyes we are so much more valuable than any old bird.  So contemplate this today.  If the God of the universe lovingly takes care of all the birds…how much more a precious personal possession you are to Him?

II Chronicles 29: 1-3 ” Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.”

King Hezekiah had his priories where they needed to be from the very start.  One of his very first acts as king was to open up the Temple, which his father Ahaz had earlier boarded up.  Instead of keeping the Temple of the Lord open for worship, Ahaz had placed altars to foreign gods at every street corner for the people. (II Chronicles 28:24-25)  Hezekiah’s superstitious dabbler in idolatrous cults father had even scorned the Prophet Isaiah’s promise of a coming Immanuel  (Isaiah 7:14) to instead run after foreign gods.  The new King Hezekiah, with God’s help, was finally able to launch the long-needed moral and religious reform within the nation of Judah.

Romans 5:8 ” But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

It’s difficult to grasp…but God loved us first.  He loved us when we were unlovable, unrepentant, and rebellious.  He loved us first by sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to die in our place for our sins.  I know many of you can recite John 3:16 from memory, ” For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”…but in I John 3:16 it says, “This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.”  God loved us first.  He saw through the messiness of our lives to what we could be in Him.  He loved us first, regardless and despite of our shortcomings…for like the proverbial caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly, He knew what we could become in Him.

Psalm 39: 7 ” But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in You.”

What does hope look like to you?  In the simplest of terms it means a promise for the future.  For without hope, life is just a bleak and  discouraging journey as we wait for the end.  So where can we find this hope?  The Psalms are full of hope so to speak…for we’re told that hope can be found in God. (Psalm 42:5)  It’s also found in God’s Word. (Psalm 130:5)    Psalm 9:18 reminds us this hope from God will never perish, and that we have this precious hope as an anchor for our lives in times of trouble. (Hebrews 6:19)  Do you need some hope today?  May the God of hope fill you with hopeful expectation as you look to Him.

Ephesians 6:19 ” Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel.”

So what stops you from sharing Jesus with others?  Awkwardness? Apprehension?  Do you realize that even the early Church had reservations about telling others the Good News of the Gospel…for in Acts 4:29 the Believers prayed, “Enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  So I pray for you today that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to speak to that unbelieving friend, stranger, or relative.  And that you would speak with confidence, boldness, and articulation as you share the Gospel Message with them.