Friday, January 13, 2017

OPEN EARS AND WILLING HEARTS!

1-13-2017. . . .OPEN EARS AND WILLING HEARTS!

"So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent.  There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!"  (Rom 8:12-14 MSG)  Every day is a new opportunity to for us to advance toward spiritual maturity.  The Holy Spirit is our personal guide in help us to achieve that goal.  We simply need to listen and follow His leading.  Our old nature, of course, will always try to demand and command our attention, but where has that gotten us in the past?    With open ears and willing hearts, follow the Holy Spirit's leading.  

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit who leads and guide us along the path to spiritual maturity.  Help us to have open ears and willing hearts to follow His leading.  Amen.

John 16:12-13. . . .But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won't draw attention to himself but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

PREPARE FOR ETERNITY!

1-12-2017. . . .PREPARE FOR ETERNITY!

"Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."   (Rom 12:2) The demand upon believers to conform to the world's way of thinking is getting increasingly greater and greater.  Many have even adopted a "go along to get along" attitude.  While that may afford some a degree of comfort, it does nothing to advance us along the kingdom path to maturity.   Our time here on earth is temporary so don't get too comfortable.  Prepare for eternity!

PRAYER: Lord, prepare us for eternity.  Help us to adjust our thinking so that we are more concerned about eternity than our present temporary home.  Amen.

Heb 11:13-14. . . . These men of faith I have mentioned died without ever receiving all that God had promised them; but they saw it all awaiting them on ahead and were glad, for they agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here.  And quite obviously when they talked like that, they were looking forward to their real home in heaven. TLB

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DON'T BE WILLFUL!

1-11-2017. . . .DON'T BE WILLFUL!

"May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together — spirit, soul, and body — and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable.  If he said it, he'll do it!" (1 Thess 5:23-24)  We are spirit who have a soul and live in a body.  God created all three and is uniquely qualified and positioned to perfect this trio.  The more yielded we are to His process, the smoother the process will flow.  Opposition only comes when we intervene and try through our willfulness, to redirect the process.  Don't be willful, be yielded!  

PRAYER: Lord, help us to trust you completely in the perfecting process!  You know what is best for us.  Help us to seek and to know what you know.  Amen.

Phil 1:5-6. . . .There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WHAT ABOUT US!

1-10-2017 . . . .WHAT ABOUT US!

"And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy-the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?  Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you."  (Rom 12:1-2 TLB)  Christ did His part in providing salvation to all who believe and accept him.  Now, the question becomes, are we willing to do our part? Are we willing to be SANCTIFIED!  That is, separated from the very thing we don't want to be separated from!  No one can point a finger at anyone else because all of us are caught up in something.  The challenge is, do we want to remain caught up more than we want to present ourselves to God in an acceptable way?  His part is done, now what about us?

PRAYER: Lord, strengthen us in our areas of weakness.  Help us to yield ourselves to you as vessels of honor.  Quench our desire for the undesirable and give us a deep thirst for righteousness.  Amen. 

Heb 12:1-2. . . .  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  KJV

Friday, January 6, 2017

CHARGED AND CHANGED!

1-6-2017. . . .CHARGED AND CHANGED! 

"Don't you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don't care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don't qualify as citizens in God's kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I'm talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you've been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit." (1 Cor 6:9-11 MSG)  We should never become so superficially holy and righteous that we forget who and what we were before Christ saved us.  It was with immeasurable compassion and unsurpassed loving kindness that He drew us and by His great grace, we were saved!  No matter what faults or deficiencies we may see in others, the same grace that was extended to us, is the same grace that if extended to them, will save them!  We are not charged to save anyone!  We are charged to love everyone and changed to demonstrate to others that it is possible!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for making salvation available to everyone who will receive the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to humbly love others into the knowledge of your saving grace and to be patient and compassionate during their process.  Amen.

Jude 20-25. . . . But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!  Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith.  Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.  And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating —  to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

PROTECT YOUR STATUS!

1-5-2017. . . .PROTECT YOUR STATUS!

"Be careful-watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart." (1 Peter 5:8 TLB)  Victors, we are!  Nevertheless we are admonished to always be alert and ready  for "when"  and not "if" Satan attacks.  He'd like nothing more than to catch us off guard and work his plan to steal, kill, and destroy against us.  Don't let the enemy change your status from Victor to Victim.  Protect your status!

PRAYER: Lord, we give you thanks for giving us victory in every area of our lives.  Help us daily to walk in the authority you have given to us by being ever watchful and ready to resist the enemies attacks through faith.  Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.  Amen!

Luke 10:19-20. . . .See what I've given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you.  All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God's authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that's the agenda for rejoicing." MSG


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

SHORTLY!

1-4-2017. . . .SHORTLY!


"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." (Rom 16:19-20 KJV)  It is always right to do right no matter what others around us say and do.  Truth crushed to the ground will always rise again. Right remains standing while wrong always falls down, and good will always triumph over evil.  Although at times these truths may not be immediately apparent, stand firm on them knowing that in a short while, the God of Peace will bring it to pass.


PRAYER: God of all peace who has given us peace to stand on what is right, just, and true.  Thank you for instilling confidence in us so that in the face of adversity we will not waver from what is right.  Amen.

Eph 5:15-17. . . . So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don't be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.  Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. TLB