Tuesday, September 2, 2014



Meditate with Power!


Overwhelming Force!


Isaiah 36:1  Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 


Meditate on God’s Word!  The year is around 700 B.C. and things do not look good for the nation of Israel. They are surrounded by a hostile army who is threatening to destroy them.  Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And he stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. Isaiah 36:2 The mightiest army in the world at the time is coming against this small area and small army in Jerusalem. Things do not look good. The leader of the Assyrian army is even saying that God sent him to destroy His own people. How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?  10 Have I now come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it? The Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’” Isaiah 36:9-10


In spite of the overwhelming odds against them, King Hezekiah tells the people to trust God, do not fear and do not respond to the threats and the lies.  But they held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.” 22 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh. Isaiah 36:21-22


What are you facing today? No matter what lies before you know that God is in control and is there to strengthen, to settle and to help you in your time of need. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. I Peter 5:8-11 Let God strengthen you today in your time of need!

Monday, September 1, 2014


Meditate with Power!


Praising God!


Isaiah 25:1  O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name.


Meditate on God’s Word!  A good night’s rest, time with family or just a peaceful day should be enough for us to stop and just praise God. Even a troubled nation found time to remember God’s goodness. For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For You have made a city a ruin, A fortified city a ruin, A palace of foreigners to be a city no more; It will never be rebuilt. Isaiah 25:1-2


God’s hand on our life is our strength. Therefore the strong people will glorify You; The city of the terrible nations will fear You. For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm,
A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Isaiah 25:3-4


Even during the dark times of death, God will comfort us. He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:8-9


We end where we began, just praising our God who blesses us and gives us all that we need. O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1 Get lost in the wonder of God, just praise Him and you never know what God will do!

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Meditate with Power!


Today We Praise!


Psalm 95:1  Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.


Meditate on God’s Word!  Take some time today to just thank God for the many blessings in your life and for the times this week where you experienced His grace. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:2-3


Remember the time this week when you just asked God to give you extra grace because you needed help and God responded. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:4-5 Take a moment to just experience the depth of God’s grace today. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:6-7


His grace goes beyond all of our shortcomings. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17 Give God thanks today for the grace He has shown you today and for everyday of your life.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Meditate with Power!


No Fear! God is With You!


Joshua 8:1 Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai.


Meditate on God’s Word!  Sometimes we just need to remember that God is for us and that sometimes we just need to rest in His promises. If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 In this story of Joshua, God specifically tells him to move forward with no fear. Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land. Joshua 8:1


God’s promises are irrevocable, irreversible and without fear.  Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. 19 So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand, and they entered the city and took it, and hurried to set the city on fire. Joshua 8:18-19 God gave them the victory.  And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and behold, the smoke of the city ascended to heaven. So they had no power to flee this way or that way, and the people who had fled to the wilderness turned back on the pursuers. Joshua 8:20
 

You may not be facing an army today but you may be facing an illness, a loss of work, a broken relationship or you may be struggling with sin in your life. Know this, God will give you the victory and He will never leave you, fail you or forsake you. That is God’s promise to His children. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 Hold onto this promise today!

Friday, August 29, 2014


Meditate with Power!


God’s Blessing!


Numbers 24:13  ‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord, to do good or bad of my own will. What the Lord says, that I must speak’


Meditate on God’s Word!  Balak tried to curse God’s people and hired Balaam to curse them and God turned the curse into a blessing. God’s promises are irrevocable and are seen throughout the Bible as spoke through the prophet Isaiah. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 God uses everything in life to effect His will for mankind and for our lives as Paul taught the church at Rome. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

God’s love for us is beyond description as demonstrated by God sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 Not everything in our life will be good, but good will use everything that happens in our lives for our good. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:34-35

Let God’s love for you, no matter what you are going through today surround you as you step forward in faith, knowing God loves you! For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39  Let God’s blessing fill you, surround you and give you hope today!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Meditate with Power!


God’s Hand of Blessing!


Isaiah 26:15  You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.


Meditate on God’s Word!  While the nation of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years after their escape from Egypt around 1400 B.C. or over 3400 years ago. The lesson shared with you today is as valid today as it was in the desert. The evil prophet Balaam, was sent by Balak, to curse the nation of Israel as they were about to enter the land promised to them by God to Abraham.  He could not curse them because God had commanded Balaam to bless them, no matter what anyone asked him to do. Then he took up his oracle and said: “Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, son of Zippor! 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. Numbers 23:18-20

Balak was so angry that he commanded Balaam to not curse or to bless them. Here is how Balaam responded. Then Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all!”26 So Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘All that the Lord speaks, that I must do’?” Numbers 23:25-26 No matter what Balak wanted Balaam to do, he couldn’t because God had blessed the nation. So Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying, 13 ‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord, to do good or bad of my own will. What the Lord says, that I must speak’? Numbers 24:12-13

Perhaps the simple lesson for today is that God loves to bless His children. Trust in God’s will for your life and realize that no matter what evil someone has intended for you, God is in control and watch God turn a negative situation around to a positive because God loves you!  No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17



Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Meditate with Power!


Ultimate Trust!


Isaiah 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.


Meditate on God’s Word!  One of the hardest things to do in life is to trust that God is in control of everything in our lives. We are encouraged by these words of Isaiah, written over 2700 years ago to let go of our worries and fears and to trust God is in control of every detail of our lives. Trust in the Lord forever, For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4

The words are not suggestions but a command from God to totally trust in His power, not our strength or our planning. Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.13 O Lord our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name. Isaiah 26:12-13

Even in our pain and sorrow, God is aware of our cry for help, as He was with the nation of Israel. You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land. 16 Lord, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.17 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs. Isaiah 26:15-17  Cry out to God for help and trust Him to lead you to the place where He wants you to be. That is His promise to all who trust in Him!