Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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Promise of Redemption!


John 3:14  “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up”

Meditate on God’s Word!  The Old and New Testament come together in this one lesson.  God’s promise of redemption is fulfilled through these two scripture references. So w  hat was Jesus referring to when He made this statement? And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

Jesus was referring to the story of the time when the nation of Israel was wandering in the desert for forty years after the escaped over 400 years of captivity in Egypt. During this time of wandering the people complained against God!  Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Numbers 21:4-5

So the only way to live was to ask God for forgiveness. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers 21:7 God provided a very simple solution for the people to live, so simple but yet so difficult. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:8-9

All they had to do is to look at the serpent on the pole by faith and they would live and be healed. So as Jesus was predicting His death on a cross for all mankind and that it would be by faith in Him, that a person would be healed and saved from the judgment of sin. By faith in Jesus! And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15 Look to Jesus by faith!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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Irrevocable Promises of God!


Isaiah 61:8  “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.”
 
Meditate on God’s Word!  When God called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob He made a promise that stands until today. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:5-8

When Abraham was going to offer his only son as a sacrifice to God, God extended His promise.  Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:15-18

So God hasn’t changed. Evil still exists but only for a time. God’s plan for redemption was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

Jesus will return as promised to reign on this Earth with justice and with truth as He promised and as the angel told His disciples as they stared watching Jesus ascend into heaven.  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1: 9-11 The key question is are you ready? Is there someone you can share the story of Jesus with today? Be assured that God will win over evil, Jesus will return and it is just a matter of time, God’s time!

Monday, September 29, 2014


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God’s Glory!


Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God.
  
Meditate on God’s Word!  Sometimes it is good to just give God thanks for the love, mercy and grace He has shown us in our lives. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
Getting lost in the wonder of God is a good thing to do. For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11

God will restore the Lord to a place of justice and mercy in God’s timing when Jesus returns. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5

The evil that exists in our world today will be eradicated by the glory of the Lamb of God, Jesus. Until that day arrives we give God praise! “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.” Isaiah 61:8-9 Today we worship and glorify the name of the Lord and give God the glory!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


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Many Believed!


John 4:40-41  So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
  
Meditate on God’s Word!  The woman at the well is a powerful story for all of us to remember how God can and will use us, if we allow Him to.  And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. John 4:39-41

Just think if how many people believed in Jesus because she was willing to share her story. As Jesus traveled so did the testimony of the Samaritan woman at the well. Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast. John 4:43-45

The word of Jesus and the testimony of those who believed in Him followed Him from city to city as He healed and as the word of His testimony traveled. The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. John 4:49-53 So the only question today is are you willing to tell the story of how Jesus changed your life? If the answer is yes, watch God use your testimony to change and touch lives because you were willing to say, yes!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


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Living Water!


John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”


Meditate on God’s Word!  When Jesus answered the woman she was puzzled by His response. The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” John 4:11-12 Jesus gives a simple and direct reply.  Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14

Then she asks one of the most important questions that anyone could ever ask God. The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” John 4:15 As a result of this woman telling the story of Jesus to all those in the village here is what happened.  And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. John 4:39-41

So the key question today is have you experienced the living water that only Jesus can provide? Ask God to open your eyes to how much Jesus loves you and watch how Jesus can fill and quench the thirst for forgiveness and grace that only He can provide. This is the Gospel.

Friday, September 26, 2014


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Water from the Well!


John 7:37  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.


Meditate on God’s Word!  During the early days of Jesus’s ministry He met a woman who needed water that was drawn from a well.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. John 4:7-8 Jesus began to explain to her the purpose of His mission on earth.  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10

The people drew water from a deep well and without water they would die. However, Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman of a far deeper need within the human soul, a deeper need that could only be quenched by understanding how much God loves us.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21-24

If you are longing for your thirst to be quenched by God’s living water Jesus, believe as the woman at the well did and believe that Jesus is God. This is the simple beginning of faith, that Jesus is God, who became a man and who died on a cross for the sins of the world. This is the living water from God that quenches the soul of everyone who believes!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


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Evil’s Demise!


Esther 7:9-10  Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.


Meditate on God’s Word!  Even today as we look around the world we see such acts of brutality of man toward man and we wonder if God knows. Yes, God is fully aware of the evil that surrounds us today. As Isaiah the prophet wrote over 2700 years ago. Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. Isaiah 40:21-23

God is fully aware and capable of interceding at any time.  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:28-29 No matter how mighty the force, how large the army, how despicable the foe is against you, God is greater! The key is to let God defend you and watch what God will do on your behalf.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

The best thing to do is to pray and to wait and to watch the hand of God deliver you by His power and His might in His timing! Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:16-18 Pray, wait and worship and watch God work, that is our calling! Watch God be God!