Monday, March 30, 2015


Meditate with Power!



God Will Restore You!



Joel 2:25  So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

  

Meditate on God’s Word!   God is always working in our lives. God is always working to restore us into relationship back to God the Father, through the Son and the Holy Spirit.
 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Joel 2:25-26


Our God wants to use you in a powerful way to take the message of forgiveness to others in your life and in the world as God sends you out into the world.  We do not always know what to pray for or even how to pray but God is working in us to move us closer to His will for our lives.  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 8:14-15


The beauty of our faith and our life is that we will sometimes feel lost and not sure of what we can and should do for God. Rest assured that the Holy Spirit knows and understands our needs. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:16-17


Let God’s Holy Spirit comfort you, strengthen you and direct you to where God wants you to be.  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 You are never lost, you are never alone and you are always loved and forgiven by the One who gave up His life for you and for your sins, Jesus. Let God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit restore you today!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


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God’s Grace!



I John 1:8-9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
  

Meditate on God’s Word!   God forgives the unforgiveable. Some of the greatest songs in the history of the Christian church were written after someone realized the depth of God’s love for them, even while they were still fighting God. One of these songs, Amazing Grace was written by a captain of a slave ship who realized how wrong his life had been.  Then God reached out and touch him with the sweet touch of forgiveness. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. Titus 3:3-4


God is in the business of redeeming the lost and restoring the fallen. Through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7


It is all about grace, God’s grace as we approach another Easter Day soon we are reminded none of us deserve the forgiveness we have been given and yet God is in the business of restoration for the first time or for the thousandth time, God never changes. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Joel 2:25-26 Let God restore you today no matter how far you have drifted, Jehovah Shammah, God is there!

Saturday, March 28, 2015


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God Forgives!



Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
  

Meditate on God’s Word!   God’s promises to forgive you, non believer and believer.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:8-9


The Bible is loaded with promise after promise that God is always there, waiting to forgive, as a Father who waits by the window, for his son to return home after being away for a long period of time. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:11-14 God’s love for you is beyond description. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10


Let God’s grace, love and mercy flood your mind, heart and spirit. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7 God is reaching out to forgive you today. Reach out and up and accept His forgiveness and grace and love today!

Friday, March 27, 2015


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Yes, God Can Forgive You!



Acts 22:4   I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 
  

Meditate on God’s Word!   Can God forgive you? Can God restore you? Can God use you? Can God use again?  Yes, yes, yes and yes.  One of the greatest teachers and followers of Jesus hated Christians, then God called him. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished. Acts 22:4-5


Some of the greatest people in the Bible, men and women were used mightily by God to witness for Jesus. Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Luke 7:36-38


God uses unlikely people to do mighty things for the name of Jesus. Now God calls Jonah to deliver one of the shortest sermons ever given in the history of the Bible. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah 3:3-4  And look what happened. So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:5-6

God can forgive you, use you and change not only your life but the lives of all of those you meet who you tell about the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of Jesus to all who come!  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Thursday, March 26, 2015


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God Cares Deeply for You!



Jonah 2:1-2  Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me.

  

Meditate on God’s Word!   What beautiful prayer written over 2700 years ago in 760 B.C. to encourage all those who have ever lost their way or feel like God could never forgive you. God loves you beyond any words that man could ever use to describe the depth of God’s love for you now, no matter how far you have drifted from God or how deep the sin is that you are struggling with, Jehovah Shammah, God is there!  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Romans 11:30-32
 

Once you realize you are loved and forgiven, now it is the time to get back to what God has called you to do. Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Jonah3:1-3 Then Jonah preached possibly the shortest message every preached in the history of mankind. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah 3:3-4

First let God’s grace overwhelm you today and let Jesus love and forgive you no matter what you have done, Jesus loves and forgives you. Next, perhaps God isn’t calling you to preach to an entire city but perhaps He wants you to tell others in your life another simple message of grace, Jesus loves you!  Let God heal you today and begin to share the message of Jonah and of Jesus with others!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


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God is Calling!



Jonah 1:5  But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 


Meditate on God’s Word!   Never lose sight of the vision God has given you.  It may seem because of changes in your life that the dream or vision God gave God will never happen. God’s doesn’t change and His will for your life never changes. Jonah knew that he was the cause of the terrible storm and he decided it was time to do what God called him to do. So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows. Jonah 1:15-16 Jonah had a job to do for the Lord and God’s calling was still on his life.   Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17 Finally Jonah cried out to the Lord and God heard his cry. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said:“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. Jonah 2:1-2


Cry out to the Lord, ask for forgiveness and get back to what God has called you to do. “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” 10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:8-10 God isn’t through with you yet and His will for your life isn’t over until He calls you home. Take a moment and remember what God asked you to do. Ask for forgiveness where you have failed, pick yourself up and get going again. God loves you, forgives you and has called you to do great things in the name of Jesus.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Meditate with Power!


Step 3 in Prayer, Petition!


John 15:12-13  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.


Meditate on God’s Word!   Our model for petitioning for others is Jesus. As we examine His words and His life we have no higher example to use than Jesus. Let’s take a closer look. As Jesus was preparing to go to the cross for the sins of mankind he prayed for His disciples and then he prayed for you and for me.  “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. John 17:9-11

Think of the depth and power of this prayer as God was praying for you before he was about to be brutalized by the very mankind He created with a free will to do good or to do evil.   I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16

Think of the significance of this day, that Jesus prayed and petitioned for you before you were even born. The reach and depth of God’s love is indescribable. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will  believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23  So today who do you need to pray for, to petition for and to plead to God for? I pray, petition and plead that God would comfort, encourage and heal my friends Tom and Kevin, in Jesus name.