Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meditate with Power!


God’s Power!


Zechariah 4:6  “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.

Meditate with Power!  In the history of the Bible the greatest acts of God have been activated by the simple faith of men and women that trusted in God’s power. So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zechariah 4:6-7  

There have been times when the simplest act of faith was followed by God’s Holy Spirit moving in the heart of a powerful person because of the courage of one person. As in the case of Esther, when the nation of Israel was facing annihilation by evil people who tricked the king into signing a decree that would destroy entire nation.  If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.” 10 So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 And the king said to Haman, “The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.” Esther 3:9-11 The time and date was set for the destruction of the nation unless someone spoke. That someone was Queen Esther. And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14


Then the words that would be remembered by every brave person who ever reads this story of how to activate God’s Holy Spirit in your life.  Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:15-16 What simple act of fact is God leading you to do today? Follow the words of Esther, who believed God would protect her when she stepped forward in faith.  Then step out in faith today and watch what God will do through the power of the Holy Spirit living within you. Watch God work today!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Meditate with Power!


God’s Word, God’s Power!


Psalm 116:19  In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Meditate with Power!  In the world good is perceived as evil and evil is perceived as good. We turn to God’s Word for our GPS of life and we give thanks and praise to our God. God’s definition of good. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25

God’s definition of evil. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like. Galatians 5:19-21 God’s advice to us today.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:25-26 God’s advice is clear for us and that is to avoid fighting and let God’s Holy Spirit fill us and fight our battles for us in the Spirit. So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zechariah 4:6-7


Let God’s grace, God’s power and God’s Holy Spirit fill you today!  ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:7 Let God fill you today!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Meditate with Power!

Giving Thanks for Jesus!

Psalm 116:15  What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.

Meditate with Power!  As we see our friends and family slip into eternity it is a good time to reflect on the decisions made in your life about your faith.  What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:12-14


All of us have wondered at one time or another whether or not we should share our faith with others. Some say it should be evident and our friends should know by our lives. This is true but the Bible teaches how faith is achieved.  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,  Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15 And then the key to how faith is achieved.   But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[j] 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:16-17 So we quietly each day when someone we know passes from life are reminded how grateful we are to know Jesus in a personal way but we are reminded that we have the responsibility to share God’s Word. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17



And as David ended this beautiful psalm of thanksgiving so we end our study with these words.  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 116:17-19 Thank you Jesus!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Meditate with Power!


Honoring Helen DeVos!


Psalm 116:15  Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.

Meditate with Power!  Today while the earth still turned on its axis, heaven paused for a moment to allow the angels to usher Helen DeVos into the presence of Jesus.  Helen DeVos, wife of Amway’s co-founder Rich DeVos, at the age of 90, entered into her final resting place at the side of Jesus.  I am sure that Helen thought much like King David as he wrote these words to God in humility What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord14 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:12-15


King David was a proud and humble man, especially as he reflected on the greatness of God. I am sure that these words of David would be the same words of Helen DeVos.   Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 116:16-19


Take a moment today and quietly reflect, remember and renew your spirit of gratefulness for the life of Helen DeVos, who through her gentle, quiet and kind spirit this woman of God helped change the lives of children around the world through the work being done at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As she led this effort to build this hospital let God inspire you to help children in your local area today. Finally let God comfort you today as you remember Helen DeVos.   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Thank you Helen DeVos for your life, love and faith in Jesus and for supporting and loving all who knew you!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Look to Jesus!


Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

Meditate with Power!  The best ten words to carry you through any problem in life. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 Let’s take a deeper look on why these ten words are so powerful. 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2  As Jesus faced the shame, the agony and the humiliation for us He told His disciples it was His choice to suffer for our sins. As He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane He asked God for strength when the soldiers came to arrest Him.  But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish[f] by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:52-53  

Then He spoke one of the most powerful words as to why Jesus would face the cross for us. How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” Matthew 26:54 As the soldiers arrested Him and His disciples ran away Jesus knew that all of the promises made in the Bible since Genesis 3 would soon be fulfilled.  In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. Matthew 26:55-56


So if you ever wonder if there is someone who really understands your pain, your struggle and your challenges in life, look to Jesus because He understands. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you! I Peter 5:7

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Never Alone!


Hebrews 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Meditate with Power!  Who do you know in the world who will never abandon you and is always there, no matter what you have done or will do in your life? Most of us would quickly realize that probably the only person that fits this category is our mom or dad and that is about it. Well there is one other person who will never leave you, no matter what storm you are fighting or have just escaped from, Jesus. 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He prayed this prayer for you and for me.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:13-17 So Jesus ascended into heaven where He is interceding at the right hand of God the Father every moment of every day for me.  Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. Hebrews 8:1


Jesus is there in heaven and has left us His Holy Spirit to help us, guide us and to comfort us in every area of our life.  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us isGod, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 So rest and meditate on these great truths today! Jesus is always there and will never leave you alone to face the troubles and turmoil in your life, ever. Jesus is always there!