Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Weakness to Strength!

2 Corinthians 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Meditate on God’s Word!  The Christian has resources available to them to help them during the tough times of life. It is when we are honest and humble before God that God can step in to help us in our time of need. Some of the greatest stories in the Bible are about men and women who humbled themselves before God. Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. 2 Chronicles 34:27

King Josiah went to God on behalf of the entire nation to intercede for the people. This honesty before God lead to reform in the entire nation. Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 2 Chronicles 34:31

The nation admitted their sin, changed their ways and came back to God. God is always there for us in our time of need. It is often in our weakest moments where we find the strength we need when we come before the Lord with an open and broken heart. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7 God’s strength is found in our weakness when we come to Jesus. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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God Can!

Jude 24  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.

Meditate on God’s Word!  The Bible is filled with references on how God steps in when we least expect it. God’s timing is often triggered by our inability to achieve success in an area in our life. The Apostle Paul was struggling in an area in his life and he called out to God. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 2 Corinthians 12:7

He called out to God for help and the answer came.  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Paul realized the greatest power came in acknowledging his weakness.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Let God carry you today as you call out to Him in honesty and in weakness, so that God can give you the victory and you can give God the glory!

Monday, July 28, 2014

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God’s Strength!

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

Meditate on God’s Word!  Today may be a good day to rest, reflect and to renew yourself in the promises of God for you in your life. God has saved you, renewed you and has carried you through your Christian walk. Just as God carried Moses and the people out of the desert, so He will carry you. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Exodus 19:3-4

God’s promises are powerful and real for your life in your struggles and challenges.  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25

His promises are beyond comprehension. His care for you is almost without description. 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 Let God carry you on His wings and on His power today. It is the best place to be! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Running the Race!

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Life will bring challenges and high and low points that can frustrate and discourage us.  It happens to all of us at some point in our ministry. These are the times to reach out to 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 

Jesus understands better than anyone. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:3-4

It is during the tough times of our lives we need to more than ever remember God’s care and love for us. During a long race you often need to get your second wind and reach deep down within to have the strength to finish. Our strength is in the finished work of Jesus and in His power. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 Let Jesus carry you today as you reach out to Him!

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Confession, Friends & Prayer!

James 5:6   Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

Meditate on God’s Word!  How much is a good friend worth in our lives. James tells us in God’s Word, the value is priceless. Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:6 The greatest challenges in life can be overcome by the intense prayer of a good friend in your life that you can be honest with. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:17-18

Whenever someone enters into intense prayer for you, expect God to respond on your behalf. As King Solomon prayed and God responded to his prayer for the nation and for himself, so God hears your prayer on behalf of your friends. Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: 20 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive. 2 Chronicles 6:19-21

Two things to do today. Thank God for those that intercede for you today and thank the person who goes before the God of heaven and Earth on your behalf, in Jesus name!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Our God!

Psalm 113:1  Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord!

Meditate on God’s Word!  Let us all stop for a few minutes today and just reflect on the goodness, mercy and grace of God. Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:2-3  God’s greatness should be enough to just stop us and for us to remember His power.  The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? Psalm 113:4-6

We marvel at a thunderstorm, the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening and the same God who created everything also cares for all of His creation. He cares for the poor and widow as much as He cares for the king. He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, That He may seat him with princes, With the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord! Psalm 113:7-9 This is the God we serve as we lift us the name of the Lord. Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord! Get lost in the wonder of God and you never know what God may do in your life!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Faith and Change!

Isaiah 43:2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, or shall the flame scorch you.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Change is never easy. Moving ahead in life by faith is what God called Abraham to do in his life. Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

So Abram who later would be renamed Abraham obeyed God.  So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Genesis 12:4-5

What began as one of the greatest acts of faith, still exists today in the same land because Abraham believed God and moved when God told him to. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said,  “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South. Genesis 12:7-9  What is God perhaps leading you to do today? Let the story of Abraham and his simple obedience to God be your encouragement today that God will be with you and will reward your step of faith today, so matter how small or large. If God is speaking to you, step forward in faith!