Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Focus on God’s Goodness!


Psalm 145:1  I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

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Meditate on God’s Word!  Today we just stop and praise God who has blessed us with so many blessings in our lives. I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:1-3


It is good to meditate and reflect on the goodness of God. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 145:5-7 Just take some time to just meditate on the goodness of God in your lives and remember what God has done for you in your life. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. 10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You. Psalm 145:8-10


It is the grace of God that has called you, saved you and will keep you until God calls you home.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him beglory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 Meditate on the goodness of God today!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Rejoice in the Lord!


Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!


Meditate on God’s Word!  There will be times when you just don’t know how or what to pray for in life. Anxiety, worry and fear will attempt to overwhelm you.  Pastor Ed Dobson used to teach that you grab a promise of God and you focus and meditate on it not just once, or twice but perhaps 100 times until God’s promise settles into your life. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7  This is one of Rich DeVos’s favorite verses that Helen and Rich would meditate on before he received a heart transplant almost 20 years ago.  Mr. DeVos focused on these promises from God on a daily basis and God gave him the miracle heart that Helen and Rich prayed for. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:4-5

 So we will focus today on God’s peace, promises and power that only He can give through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27


Let God’s power and peace come to you as you focus on the promises of God, moment by moment each day and let the Holy Spirit activate God’s Word in your life! Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:4-5

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Power of God!


I Corinthians 1:18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


Meditate on God’s Word!  We live in tough times and with evil increasing all around us there is only one answer, a changed human heart.  The best way to evaluate any religion is to look at how they treat the poor, the widows and orphans, those who are in need and anyone who disagrees with them.  Do they show grace, mercy forgiveness or do they retaliate in anger. As Christians we know that without God’s grace, help and the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross we would be no different.   I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21

We have learned that we can’t save ourselves or live a holy life without the help of God each and every day through the power of the Holy Spirit.   For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. I Peter 3:18 It isn’t easy but God’s Holy Spirit is living within the believer to help us in our struggle against sin.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:13-15


The love of God the Father, the power of the cross of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, all provided by our heavingly Father to save us, keep us and to give us the power we need each day. So in gratitude we cry “Abba Father” and say thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for us and giving us the Holy Spirit to help us!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Power of the Cross!


Colossians 2:13  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.


Meditate on God’s Word!  It is good to just stop and thing what happened when Jesus died on the cross and what this means for you.  You have been forgiven for all of your sins. Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:14 The Apostle Paul would write about the power of the cross.  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:17-18

The power of the cross in our lives today and the grace of God through the cross provide the power for the believer in our lives. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:19-21


If you are wondering can God forgive you, can God give you the strength to overcome difficult situations in your life, can God give you the hope to go on?  Just look at the cross and ask Jesus to fill you with His hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 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 Let the power of the cross heal you today!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God Loves You!


Isaiah 49:16  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.


Meditate on God’s Word!  If you understand what Jesus did for you when He died on the cross then realize, in spite of your shortcomings and failures, perhaps daily, God loves you.  For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14  Yes, God loves you!  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:17-16

God saw something in you that He loved enough to send Jesus to the cross to die for not only the sins of mankind but for you.   In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation or payment for our sins. I John 4:9-10 Perhaps the key to overcoming disappointment, discouragement and sin in our lives is realizing how much God loves you, just as you are. Before you found God He found you and pulled you out of the river that was about to go over Niagara Falls.  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14


Yes the cross isn’t a symbol of death but it represents the greatest symbol of love the world will ever know. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. I John 4:10 Get lost in the love of God for you and you never know how the transformational symbol of the cross will change your life forever as you realize that yes, JESUS LOVES YOU!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Our Savior, Our God, Our Friend!


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 on God’s Word!  In the world of man, where someone you think supports you, at the last minute betrays you to make themselves look good, we need to remember the One and most important person in the whole universe will never betray you, Jesus. In the Old Testament the intercessor for the people, the High Priest, who would offer sacrifices for the sins of the people would eventually die but the ministry of Jesus for you lives forever.   By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 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. Hebrews 7:23-25 

We have a God that loves you deeply and knows you individually by name.  “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. Isaiah 49:15-16 He understand you better than you will ever realize. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14

Jesus understands the pain, the sorrow, the struggles, and the challenges that you are going through in your life now, at this very moment. Let God’s love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit love you, embrace you, forgive you, comfort you and heal you today! For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Power of the Blood of Jesus!


I John 1:7  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.


Meditate on God’s Word!  The most powerful force in the entire universe is the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament before Jesus died, animals were sacrificed to offer payment for a person’s sin. When Jesus came, lived and died on the cross and shed His blood, everything changed.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh. Hebrews 9:12-13

The point being made is that if the blood of animals could offer forgiveness, how much more powerful is the blood of Jesus. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14 God established the offering of an animal sacrifice as a way to cover, pay and cleanse sin from a person’s life. Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice as God changed everything forever. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 All the power of the blood of Jesus is available to those who believe by one thing. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 


Let the blood of Jesus offer you the forgiveness you desire and the promise of eternal redemption and eternal life. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 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. Hebrews 7:24-25 Come for forgiveness from your sin the first time through Jesus, come as a believer because you have sinned today for cleansing and know that all the promises of the entire Bible are fulfilled through Jesus. So whatever you do, COME!