Thursday, May 28, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Power of Prayer & Praise!


2 Chronicles 20:22  Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 


Meditate on God’s Word!  Is it possible that an attitude of praise can give us victory?  Let’s take a closer look at what happened in this story of King Jehoshaphat and his answer to the people for victory. The year is 853 B.C. and the nation of Israel is facing. It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. II Chronicles 20:1-4

The king was afraid, the people were afraid and the best thing they did was to seek the Lord.  O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. II Chronicles 20:12-13 They did the best thing anyone could do in a time of trouble, they acknowledged God’s power and they admitted they could do nothing in this situation. Real power as in the twelve step program is acknowledging your inability in any situation to overcome the problem in your own strength and that God is the source of strength.

Then the answer comes.  Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. II Chronicles 20:14-15 God is there for you today as you yield to His power in your life in any situation you are facing today. Let God be your strength and ask God to give you the victory, in Jesus name!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Yes, God Can Again!


2 Kings 4:6-7  Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”


Meditate on God’s Word!  Many of us often wonder is God the same yesterday as He is today? Absolutely!  Let us just reflect on two miracles hundreds of years apart and see how God is the same today as He has always been. Our first example is when God delivered the nation of Israel from a number of armies that threatened to destroy them. Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. II Chronicles 20:22-23

King Jehoshaphat and the people went into the battle singing praise songs and God delivered them. Next we examine one story from the ministry of Jesus and the ten lepers.  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:12-14

Both stories show how God will respond to our cries for help in situations of great need. God is able. God is more than able to hear your cry for help as you trust Him to answer your prayer. For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 Praise God for what He has already done in your life and go to Him in your time of need. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Meditate with Power!


Yes, God Can Again!


2 Kings 4:6-7  Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”


Meditate on God’s Word!  Many of us often wonder is God the same yesterday as He is today? Absolutely!  Let us just reflect on two miracles hundreds of years apart and see how God is the same today as He has always been. Our first example is when God delivered the nation of Israel from a number of armies that threatened to destroy them. Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. II Chronicles 20:22-23

King Jehoshaphat and the people went into the battle singing praise songs and God delivered them. Next we examine one story from the ministry of Jesus and the ten lepers.  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:12-14

Both stories show how God will respond to our cries for help in situations of great need. God is able. God is more than able to hear your cry for help as you trust Him to answer your prayer. For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 Praise God for what He has already done in your life and go to Him in your time of need. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Monday, May 25, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Yes, God Can!


2 Kings 4:2  And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”


Meditate on God’s Word!  In this story of the widow and Elisha we see how God cares for the needs of the poor, the needy and the widows. God’s Word is full of references to God’s care for those in need.  The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. Psalm 146:8-9

We are told to bring all of our cares and concerns to God as the widow was near death, with no hope. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:6-7 God responded as only God can do. We are told to cry out to the Lord in our time of need. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

Whatever your needs are take them to the God of heaven and earth. Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61:1-3 As the widow found out, God can do more than we can ever imagine or think. Let God answer your prayer today as you call out to Him, based on the promises in His Word.  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 be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 Yes, God can!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Meditate with Power!


God of Hope!


Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Meditate on God’s Word!  All of us in life will face situations where we are just at the end of our resources and you may wonder if God hears our prayers. During the time of Elisha the prophet, A widow was near death and she had lost everything. A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” 2 Kings 4:1 All she had left was one pot of oil So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:2

 What could God do with one jar of oil?  Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.” 2 Kings 4:3-5

Then God did what only God could do. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:6-7 God hasn’t changed since this story was written over 2800 years ago. If you have a need and all seems lost, remember the widow and ask God to fill up your pots of oil through the power of the Holy Spirit. “For I am the Lord, I do not change” Malachi 3:6

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Our Calling!


Romans 15:1  We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Meditate on God’s Word!  We are called as believers to support each other, especially those who are struggling. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:2-4

It is through prayer, through the Word of God and through fellow believers that God strengthens us. It is by our showing love to each other that others see the power of Christ living within us.  Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.” Romans 15:7-9

It is through our love for each other that others see Jesus living in us. And again, Isaiah says: “There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.” 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:12-13 Let the love of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ strengthen you today!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Our Foundation!


I Corinthians 3:8  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.


Meditate on God’s Word!  As believers we are called to share the message of Jesus with others.  We work out of gratitude and not out of responsibility. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:9-11

Our message is not a message of working or earning your way into heaven. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10  We share the story of Jesus with others, not for salvation but for gratitude for what God has revealed to us. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. I Corinthians 3:12-15

Let God use you today by sharing the most powerful story that can change a life forever. This is our foundation and this is our calling.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17