Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT!

7-26-2016. . . .THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT!

"—   that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love,  you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights!  Live full lives, full in the fullness of God."  (Eph 3:16-19 MSG)  No matter how loudly the voices of hatred cry aloud and spare not, Love yet prevails.  It cannot be eradicated, must not be placated, and will never be eliminated as long as it remains resident and flourishing in the hearts of His people.  Hatred can't rise high enough to get over it; can't sink low enough to get under it, and can't stretch far enough to get around it!  The long and short of it is, Love trumps hate!

PRAYER: Thank you for filling us with your wonderful love.  Help us to be purveyors of your love everywhere we go!  Amen.

Rom 12:20-21. . . .Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.  Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. 


THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT!

7-26-2016. . . .THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT!

"—   that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love,  you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights!  Live full lives, full in the fullness of God."  (Eph 3:16-19 MSG)  No matter how loudly the voices of hatred cry aloud and spare not, Love yet prevails.  It cannot be eradicated, must not be placated, and will never be eliminated as long as it remains resident and flourishing in the hearts of His people.  Hatred can't rise high enough to get over it; can't sink low enough to get under it, and can't stretch far enough to get around it!  The long and short of it is, Love trumps hate!

PRAYER: Thank you for filling us with your wonderful love.  Help us to be purveyors of your love everywhere we go!  Amen.

Rom 12:20-21. . . .Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.  Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. 


Friday, July 22, 2016

SUBMIT TO THE PROCESS!

7-22-2016. . . .SUBMIT TO THE PROCESS!

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.   Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)  God has a plan for our promotion, but we must be willing to submit to His process.  No need to belittle ourselves by doing things to gain attention from people in positions of power.  Our promotion is not up to them!  It's up to God!  "For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another."  (Ps 75:5-6 TLB )  We may be ready for promotion, but the position may not be ready for us!  Allow God to set things in order and in due time, He will release us into it!
  
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the next promotion!  Help us to humble ourselves under your mighty hand, submit to your process, stay in your will, but out of your way!  Amen.

James 4:9-10. . . . Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

PERFECT HARTS WILLING MINDS!

7-21-2016. . . .Perfect Hearts and Willing Minds!

King David wisely advised his son Solomon to, . . . "know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts. . . (1 Chron 28:9KJV) We would do well to follow the same wise advice. Whatever is in our hearts and minds is not hidden from God. Spoken or unspoken, He knows it all. Let us examine our hearts and purify our minds today and serve God with perfect hearts and willing minds!

Prayer: Lord, you search me and know me. There is nothing within me that is hidden from you. May your search of my heart and mind yield only that which is pleasing unto you! Amen!

Ps 139:23-24. . . . Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. KJV

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OPT FOR GOD'S WILL!

7-20-2016 . . . .OPT FOR GOD'S WILL!

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are not of the Father but are of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."  (1 John 2:16-17 KJV)  The things we see and want in this world all have a short shelf life and will soon pass away.   If we go after things we see and want that are not in God's will, our shelf life will become short as well.   Opt for longevity!  Do God's will and live forever.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for options and the free will to choose.  Forgive us for our past bad choices and help us opt for your will over the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of this life.  Amen.

1 John 2:15-17. . . . Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; 16 for all these worldly things, these evil desires-the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance-these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. 17 And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.  TLB

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CHECK YOUR HEART!

7-19-2016. . . .CHECK YOUR HEART!

"But the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people. They listen to God's words and cling to them and steadily spread them to others who also soon believe."  (Luke 8:15 TLB)  In the parable about the sower, seed, and the ground, that Jesus taught His disciples, the ground spoken of where the seed (the Word) was most effective was described as "Good and Honest" ground.  One's heart is that good and honest ground!  Honesty in one's heart will always produce the fruit of good works and love. Conversely, a dishonest heart will produce dishonest acts!  Checked your heart lately?  What kind of heart do you have?

Prayer: Lord, work on my heart.  Keep my heart forever honest so that your word will always find a fertile place to flourish.  Amen.

Mark 7:21-23. . . . For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery,  wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride, and all other folly.  All these vile things come from within; they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God."  TLB

Friday, July 15, 2016

STRENGTH AND PEACE!

7-15-2016. . . .STRENGTH AND PEACE! 

"The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace."  (Ps 29:11 KJV)  Two things we can expect from the Lord, "Strength and Peace!"  With these, we can make it through and endure anything.  With strength we can do the things that need to be done in the situation; with peace, we can maintain our sanity while doing it!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for strength and peace!  Amen.

John 14:27. . . . "I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." TLB