Tag Archive | THE WORD

Acts 17:25 ” And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

If you’re still inhaling and exhaling oxygen…God’s not done with you!  If you still have a physical earthly existence…you’re not too far gone for God to work a miracle in your life!  For as long as we have breath, we have hope…and as long as we have hope, we can put our faith in God who can work the impossible.

Matthew 8:8 ” The Centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have You come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority…’ “

In this story, a Gentile Roman Centurion had approached Jesus asking Him to heal his servant.  This commanding officer not only knew who Jesus was,  but had witnessed and then understood the authority by which Jesus taught and healed the sick.  For it was by this powerful authority he saw in Jesus that he related.   It says that Jesus was astonished and commended him for his great faith and understanding of authority…and his servant was healed that day.

Proverbs 22:9 ” A generous man will himself be blessed…”

We see a need…the Holy Spirit nudges us to give, whether that be our money, time, or talents…but we resist, make excuses, or just plain say, “No way!”    The very greatest thing we can learn from this Proverb is to not repress a generous impulse.  For when we silence that compulsion to be unselfish…we are denying others and ourselves a blessing.  We are stopping God from using us to further His Kingdom work…and we are depriving ourselves of His favor.  So don’t suppress a generous impulse when it happens…for the Lord is depending on you to fill that specific need.

Jonah 1:17 ” But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”

God has an uncanny way of getting our attention…of controlling situations until suddenly we find  the walls closing in around us.  And most times, we’re there because of our own disobedience.  We’re self-absorbed and engrossed in the idols of this world…or we’re preoccupied  and fixated on what others think of us rather than God.  Either way,  we end up in dire circumstances with no way out.  And as the old saying goes, “Sometimes you have to end up in the gutter to finally look up.”  Jonah was running from the Lord in disobedience, when God got his attention by confining him in the belly of a fish for three days.  Three long days to think about what he had done…three long days to repent, relent, and be restored.  Have no doubt about it, if you’re running from the Lord today, He will get your attention sooner or later.

Isaiah 55:11 ” So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Today marks the 6th Anniversary of Safetypinlove.com!  This Daily Devotional has become a labor of love for me and now spans across 129 countries around the world…reaching countless people for the Gospel.  It has shown me in a real way that God uses common, ordinary people to do His work…and with Him,  anything is possible.  Looking back over the years, the lessons I’ve learned are many…for I’ve grown in discipline, obedience, and trust – Praise God!  Thank you to all my friends that have been on this journey with me from the start…your encouragement and love have kept me going when doubt filled my head .  Thank you to those around the world that have stumbled upon this site…know that it isn’t by chance you’re here…for the Holy Spirit has directed you to God’s Word and His Word never returns void.  Finally, thank You Lord for Your faithfulness, for this is all for Your glory!

Ezra 4:24 ” Thus the work on the House of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius King of Persia.”

The important part of this Scripture is not what is said, but rather the space of time between when the building of the Temple stopped and it was restarted.  For it was 16 years that no work was done at the building site.  How many people do you think looked at the Temple foundation year after year and considered all the work a loss?   We will all have setbacks in life…times when our forward motion is hampered or even stopped for a season… and we don’t know why.   This delay is not a time to declare defeat…for with God, any setback is only temporary in His timetable.  And if we have faith and persevere, any delay will have success in the end.

Proverbs 27:15 ” A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day.”

I love how Webster’s Dictionary defines nagging…to find fault incessantly, to complain or constantly scold.  That’s what this Proverb is addressing…a contentious wife who is always finding fault, clashing verbally over often petty matters, and demanding the last word.  No wonder her husband is out in the garage or in his man cave hiding out.  No one wants to live in that kind of environment.  And elsewhere in Proverbs, we find this interesting idea that coincides, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (Proverbs 14:1)