Thursday, February 22, 2018

AVOID SINKHOLES!

2-22-2018. . . .AVOID THE SINKHOLES!

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Prov 3:6 KJV) 

A very large sinkhole suddenly appears in the middle of 5th avenue.  Police are immediately dispatched to direct traffic safely around the impending danger. One driver, however, in a hurry to get where they were going, ignores the directions of the police officers and speeds ahead driving straight into the sinkhole and crashes. Don’t let this imaginary scenario play out realistically in your life. Avoid the sinkholes of life! Acknowledge Him and allow Him to direct your path.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for knowing the paths we take. In all our days we will acknowledge Your ways. Please Lord, direct our paths. Amen!

Ps 48:14-49:1. . . . For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (NIV)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WATCH IT!

2-20-2018. . . .WATCH IT!

"Don't criticize, and then you won't be criticized.  For others will treat you as you treat them.  And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own?   Should you say, 'Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,' when you can't even see because of the board in your own?  Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother."  ( Matt 7:1-5 TLB) 

Although we've all been in both positions, it is far more comfortable to be behind the pointing finger than in front of it.   We would all do well to remember the discomfort of the front position and show mercy before we so quickly take up the comfort of the rear position.  Watch it, don't be so quick to judge!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for your ever-present mercy towards us especially in times when we don't deserve it.  Help us to learn that lesson and show mercy in spite of.  Amen.

Matt 5:7. . . . Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. KJV

Thursday, February 15, 2018

GET WHAT'S COMING TO YOU!

2-15-2018. . . . GET WHAT'S COMING TO YOU!

"And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to receive it because you are trusting him. (1 Peter 1:4-54 TLB)

What God has for us, it is for us! What He has and freely gives to all who believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is eternal life.  He does not stop there, however!   By His mighty power, He daily blesses, keeps, protects, and ensures that we will get to the place where we will receive what is promised to us! Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for eternal life through your Son, Jesus! Thank you that by your power you ensure that we will get what's coming to us. Praise your Holy Name! Amen.

Jude 24. . . .And now-all glory to him who alone is God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord; yes, splendor and majesty, all power and authority are his from the beginning; his they are and his they evermore shall be. And he is able to keep you from slipping and falling away, and to bring you, sinless and perfect, into his glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy. Amen. TLB

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LOVE LIKE THIS!

2-14-2018. . . .LOVE LIKE THIS!

"And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."  (1 Peter 4:8-9 NKJV)  Hate harms, leaving gaping wounds exposed for all to see!  Love, on the other hand, heals and covers; though the offenses are many.  Love like this!

PRAYER: Lord, there is no greater example of love that covers than yours!  Many times over you could have and perhaps, should have exposed us, but your great love covered us.  Help us, Lord, to love like this!  Amen.

Ps 86:15. . . . But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. NIV

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS!

2-13-2018. . . .LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS!

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  (John 15:13 KJV)  

Real love knows no limits!  To love with no limits takes vulnerability, not gullibility!   Love is no one's doormat, but everyone's doorway into life and happiness!  So, Love without limits!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for loving us without limits!  Keep loving us into life and happiness and enable us to do the same.  Amen!

Eph 3:17-18. . . . And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love;  and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.  TLB

Friday, February 9, 2018

HE'S WORKING IT OUT!

2-9-2018. . . . HE'S WORKING IT OUT!

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (Prov 16:9 NIV) 

Although sometimes our plans don't quite work out and even fail, God directs our steps back on course toward the future He has in store for us.  So, don’t worry. . . .don’t get overly discouraged. . . .don’t get frustrated or become impatient.  Just remember, “He’s Working It Out!   And what a wonderful life it is!!!!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the plans you have for us!   We give you our all. . . .have your way in our lives and with our life!  Amen!

Heb 10:35-38. . . . Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if you want him to do for you all that he has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. And those whose faith has made them good in God's sight must live by faith, trusting him in everything. Otherwise, if they shrink back, God will have no pleasure in them. TLB

Thursday, February 8, 2018

HAVE NO FEAR, JUDGE!

2-8-2018. . . .HAVE NO FEAR, JUDGE!

"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:14-16 NIV)  

The spiritually immature are not capable of judging properly which is why the scripture's instruction to them is to judge not lest they be judged.  The spiritually mature, however, are compelled because of their capability, to judge all things!  Have no fear!  Judge and judge rightly.  The world needs us to do so!

PRAYER: Lord, you have called us and prepared us to judge all things.  Empower us with the boldness to walk in our calling without fear.  Amen!

1 Cor 2:15-16. . . . But the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can't understand him at all.  How could he?   For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord's thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ.  TLB