Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meditate with Power!

God’s Great Love!

I Peter 1:18-19  Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Meditate on God’s Word!  The best way to describe the love of God for you today is to just let God’s Word speak to you directly. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. I Peter 1:3-5

Let the words abundant mercy, living hope and kept by the power of God reassure you that God is in total control of your life. Even if you are experiencing some difficulties, know that God’s power will carry you through any situation. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:6-7

Keep hoping, trusting and believing that God’s love for you will carry you through any situation in life.  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” I Peter 1:13-15 Even as the Christians were being thrown to the lions by Nero they sang praise songs to God because their hope was in Jesus. Let God’s great love carry you today as you meditate on these precious promises of God!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meditate with Power!


Philippians 4:6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

Meditate on God’s Word!  Today we acknowledge all of the blessings in our lives, all of our needs, desires, concerns and look to God for our help and support as King David did in the psalms. I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

God is always there, waiting and watching to help us in our time of need. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121:5-8

During the greatest times of trial and testing we are called to go to the Lord in deep and intense prayer as when Nehemiah prayed. Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:10-11

Let God be your comfort, your shield, your place of refuge when you are in times of uncertainty, fear or worry. It is in this place of prayer that we can and will find God’s peace, the peace that passes understanding. 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  Let this be our prayer as we bring everything to the throne of grace today.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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All Your Needs!

Philippians 4:19My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Perhaps today is a good day to just meditate on the boundless blessings from God through Jesus Christ!  Isaiah the great prophet of God wrote these words over 2700 years ago. When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, The mountains shook at Your presence. For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:3-4

Again Isaiah writes that the promises of God are irrevocable.  “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying.” Isaiah 65:17-19

Paul was so inspired by God’s Words that he wrote this to the church at Corinth. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.But as it is written:“ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:7-9

Let these words from God today become your beacon of hope if you ever doubt that God cannot bless you beyond your wildest dreams. The blessings may be physical, emotional or spiritual. It may be just the inner peace that only God can give you that passes all understanding. 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

Remember, all blessings come from the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for you.  Enjoy these blessings today! My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20 This is your destiny and your blessing today because Jesus loves you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Victory through Jesus!

I Corinthians 15:57  “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Meditate on God’s Word!  God’s grace through Jesus Christ is the most important thing for us to realize and focus on every day. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”16 And  of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:15-17

We are saved, sustained and strengthened by God’s grace through Jesus. Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. Ephesians 1:5-8

The key thing to remember it is because of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God the Father that we have the power to resist sin, evil and the world each and every day.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:15-17

Thank God for sending His Son Jesus not only to free you from the penalty of sin but to give you the power to live a life of victory! “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. We win because Jesus has already defeated the world, the flesh and the devil at the cross and confirmed by His resurrection from the grace! This is our victory!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Satan is Defeated!

Colossian 2:15  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Meditate on God’s Word!  The day that can never be forgotten and will always be remembered for the simple phrase spoken by God’s angels, ”He is not here, but is risen!. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” Luke 24:3-6

Many times Jesus had even told them that His purpose was to die for the sins of mankind but they didn’t’ understand. The promise made by God over 6000 years ago is now fulfilled through Jesus’s death and resurrection from the dead!  So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 Satan is now defeated!

What Satan thought would destroy Jesus only assured his ultimate destruction when he is thrown into the lake of fire at the end of time. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:9-10

Sin and Satan have been defeated and we have been freed from the penalty of sin because of Jesus’s sacrifice.  “O Death, where is your sting O Hades, where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:55-56 He is risen indeed!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Jesus, Our Passover Lamb!

II Corinthians 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Just before the nation of Israel escaped from Egypt after over 300 years of captivity they had what is known as the Passover meal. The Passover meal would consist of unleavened bread, bitter herbs and a roasted lamb.  On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.” Exodus 12:3-5

God was about to send the angel of death over all of Egypt to deliver the 10th and final plague in order to convince Pharaoh to let God’s people leave Egypt. ”Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.” Exodus 12:6-7

The Angel of Death would pass over the homes that were marked with the blood of an innocent lamb. “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I amthe Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:12-13

Now when God looks at you, He doesn’t see your sin if you have accepted Jesus as God’s lamb. God’s judgment passes over your sin because of the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross for you. Jesus, God’s Passover lamb.  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29-30 Let the truth of God’s Word be your assurance that you are loved, cleansed and forgiven by the blood of Jesus. God’s gift to you!

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Good Friday!

John 19:30 “It is Finished!” 

Meditate on God’s Word!  No three words in the history of mankind ever spoken have more significance than these words. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 We can never add or subtract from the significance of what Jesus did for you and for me on this Good Friday, over 2000 years ago. 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

No earthly priest from any denomination can do today what Jesus did for you on the cross. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. Hebrews 7:26-27

The promise of redemption made to all who come to the cross of Jesus Christ, claiming nothing but His sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sins.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21

You can nothing but believe, accept and receive the greatest gift ever offered to mankind. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:17-19 “It is finished” The only words to know and celebrate on this Good Friday and to share with others.