Monday, February 19, 2018

May The Lord Bless You And Protect You. May The Lord Smile On You And Be Gracious To You. May The Lord Show His Favor And Give You His Peace.

May The Lord Bless You And Protect You.
May The Lord Smile On You And Be Gracious To You.
May The Lord Show His Favor And Give You His Peace.
Scripture
Numbers 6
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
    and give you his peace.’
Observation
Read the Bible and you will discover that when a blessing is prayed for someone God hears and responds every time. It is so important that we pray blessings over our spouse and over our children. And it is so easy to do! “Bless them Lord. Protect them Lord. Smile on them Lord. Be gracious to them Lord. Show Your favor on them Lord and give them peace.” God wants to bless them. He wants us to ask Him to bless them. Why not pray a blessing over your spouse and over your children before they start their day! Doesn't need to be a long prayer, in fact, it is probably better to keep it short and sweet. But pray the blessing out loud so that they can hear it. Guys, your wife and your kids need to hear you pray!
Application
I will pray this prayer of blessing for everyone that happens to read my blog today and I will pray this blessing for my wife and for my children and grandchildren. How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, I know that You hear me when I pray. This morning I want to pray this blessing for anyone that may be reading this blog. And I pray this blessing for my wife, my children, and my grandchildren: “Lord, bless them and protect them. Lord, smile on them and be gracious to them. Show them Your favor and give them Your peace.”

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 5,6; Psalms 22; Acts 26



Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Love You, Lord; You Are My Strength

I Love You,
Lord;
You Are My Strength
Scripture
1 I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
Observation
As I pray for some of you, one of the things that I pray for is that God would be your strength.
I know that for many of us these days are difficult. I can't imagine going through what some of you are going through and dealing with what some of you are having to deal with, and yet I know that all of us face things in our lives that leave us with no strength.
The struggles of life have a way of depleting our strength!
Life here on earth was never meant to be lived out on our own and in our own strength. God created us.
He has designed us to be dependent on Him, yes, dependent on His strength, dependent on mighty power, His energy and on His unlimited resources.
Weak. Depleted. Defeated. … then Psalm 18 is just the Psalm for you!
Isaiah 49:29
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Psalm 18:29
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Philippians 4:13
Christ gives me the strength to face anything.
Application
As I pray for those going through rough times I will pray that God will be their strength. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who are facing difficult circumstances. Some of them are struggling with health problems or facing the failing health of a loved one. I pray for them right now. Lord, give them strength. I pray for those who are dealing with problems in their marriage. Help them Lord. Give them strength. Show them that You are enough! Show them that they can rely on You.
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 3,4; Acts 25; I added ... Psalm 18, Psalm 48; Proverbs 18



Saturday, February 17, 2018

Come Everyone! Clap Your Hands! Shout To God With Joyful Praise! For The Lord Most High Is Awesome.

Come Everyone! Clap Your Hands!
Shout To God With Joyful Praise!
For The Lord Most High Is Awesome.
Scripture
Psalm 47
1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands!
    Shout to God with joyful praise!
2 For the Lord Most High is awesome.
    He is the great King of all the earth.
Observation
Tomorrow is Sunday! Get ready now for church tomorrow. Get your clothes out and go to bed early! Lets get ready to celebrate!
Reading Psalm 47 can get us ready for worship!
But if Psalm 47 doesn't get your heart pumping then how about Psalm 150:
Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies; Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute; Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!”
Haven't been to church in a long time – then tomorrow is a great day to start back! If you live in Tampa why don't you come and join Kathy and I and sit with us at the 10 am worship service at Christ Fellowship!
Application
I will look up and read scripture passages on praise and worship!
2 Samuel 22:47
The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!
Psalm 30:4
Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name.
Psalm 34:1
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
Psalm 35:10
With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you?
Psalm 43:5
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
Prayer
Heavenly Father, You and You alone are worthy of praise! Help me to worship You with all of my heart, with all of my might, and with all of my soul! With every bone in my body I will praise You. No one compares with You. You are my Rock and my Salvation! You are to be exalted! I will put my hope in You. You are my Savior and my God!
I pray for anyone that may read this blog. Give the courage and the boldness to attend church tomorrow. Don't let anything stop them from going. Bless them Lord as they put You first!
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 1,2; Acts 24 … I added Psalm 17, Psalm 47, Psalm 150; Proverbs 17



Friday, February 16, 2018

Better To Be Patient Than Powerful; Better To Have Self-Control Than To Conquer A City.

Better To Be Patient Than Powerful;
Better
To Have Self-Control Than To Conquer A City.
Scripture
Proverbs 16
32 Better to be patient than powerful;
    better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Observation

As I read this morning this verse jumped out at me … probably because I need work in both of these areas: Patience and Self-control!

Proverbs 16:32 tells us just how important it is for us to have both. As I was reading and looking up verses on patience and self-control I discovered Titus 2:2 and it says that self-control or at least putting self-control into practice is something that can be learned.

So there is hope for all of us!

Have you realized that there are some things that you just cannot fix?

There are things that are beyond our control. I have some relationships in my life right now that are in desperate need of being mended, but at the moment I can't fix them.

I have to be patient. I have to practice self-control and I have to wait for God to work.

For you maybe it is not a relationship problem, maybe it is your health or maybe it is the health of a loved one. You can't fix it.

You too have to be patient and wait for God to work.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Proverbs 25:28
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Titus 2:2
Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
Application
I will practice patience. I will practice self-control in the areas of my life that are beyond my ability to fix! How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know me better than anyone else knows me. You know where I need to trust You more. You know all about the relationships that I want mended and You know that I am trying to be patient. You know that I am trying to wait on You to work. Help me to have the self-control I need to be able to please You. I know that both patience and self-control are the Fruit of Your Holy Spirit that should be on display in my life.
I pray for anyone that may read this blog today that is out of patience and who is losing self-control because of a relationship that has gone south or their health or the health of a loved one is not good! Show them that they can depend on You. Show them that they just need to be patient. Give them self-control!
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 26,27; Acts 23; Psalm 16, Psalm 46; Proverbs 16



Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Bowl Of Vegetables With Someone You Love Is Better Than Steak With Someone You Hate

A Bowl Of Vegetables With Someone You Love
Is Better
Than Steak With Someone You Hate
Scripture
Proverbs 15
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
    is better than steak with someone you hate.
Observation
I hope you were able to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone special this Valentine's Day!
Kathy and I celebrated Valentine's Day on Tuesday instead of yesterday.
Proverbs 15:17 made me think about our Valentine's meal and even though we didn't have a bowl of vegetables we didn't go out to an expensive restaurant either.
I set up a small card table up in our backyard. Kathy put a Valentine tablecloth on the card table and we ate what I cooked. We had steak sandwiches and onion rings by candle light and we topped off the meal with some coffee, cupcakes and ice cream.
What made the dinner special was not the food; it was the person that I got to share the meal with!
Let's take time to enjoy the people that God has placed in your life!
John 13:34
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 
1 Thessalonians 3:12
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.
Hebrews 10:24
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Application
I will enjoy being with the people that God has placed in my life … especially time with my wife.
Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for being so good to me. I have the best wife on the planet. She is the best! I pray for her right now. Bless her Lord. Give her strength today to put up with me.
I pray for those reading this blog who might be neglecting his or her spouse or maybe they feel neglected by their spouse. Maybe they have been taking their spouse for granted and maybe their love for each other has grown cold. Show them how to love their spouse in a way that pleases You. Help them to put the “Wow” back into their marriage. Help them to re-kindle the fire in their relationship! Bring fun back into their lives again!
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 25; Psalms 25,26; Acts 22 … I added Psalm 15, Psalm 45; Proverbs 15



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Then The Lord Ordered The Fish To Spit Jonah Out Onto The Beach.

Then The Lord
Ordered The Fish
To Spit Jonah Out Onto The Beach.
Scripture
Jonah 1
17 Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
Jonah 2
10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
Observation
I know that this is a strange love story for Valentine's Day, but it is a love story. The Bible is full of love stories. In fact, the Bible is one big story of God's unfailing love for you and for me.
God loves us. God pursues us with His unfailing love.
What will it take for the Lord to get our attention? Will it take a 3 days sloshing around in the belly of a great fish experience? What is it going to take for you and me?
Jonah spent 3 days sloshing around in the digestive fluids of that great fish before he finally prayed and cried “uncle”.
What will it take for you to surrender? God loves us. And just like in the case of Jonah, God has a plan for our lives too!
Why not take the time to read the entire story about Jonah. It is only 4 chapters long and will only take you a few minutes!
Application
I am glad that God didn't give up on me. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, You were teaching Jonah a lesson about Your unconditional love for both him and Your love for the people of Nineveh. I know that You love me, but I also know that You have the same love for all the people that live around me. You love us just like we are, but I know that You love me way too much to let me stay the way I am. Everyday You are making me more and more like Jesus!
I pray for those reading this blog that may not feel loved. Maybe because of a messed up relationship, or maybe because of failing health they just don't feel loved. Give them strength. May they sense Your love today. Encourage them through Your Word and send people into their lives to lift them up. You are a mighty God. Nothing is too hard for You!
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 23,24; Psalms 24; Acts 21 … I added Psalm 14, Psalm 44; Proverbs 14; Jonah 2



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

But My Life Is Worth Nothing To Me Unless I Use It For Finishing The Work Assigned Me By The Lord Jesus –

But My Life Is Worth Nothing To Me
Unless I Use It For Finishing
The Work Assigned Me By The Lord Jesus –
Scripture
Acts 20
24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Observation
Meaning and purpose in life, it is not something you and I are going to find in a bigger newer house, a finer sleeker car, a top of the line fishing boat, a new set of golf clubs, a new spouse or a new girl friend or boy friend.
For my life and your life to have the value that God intended for it to have we need to be doing the work that God assigned for us to do.
The Apostle Paul knew what life was all about and he knew that it had nothing to do with material upgrades or the changing of a relationship.
The focus of our lives needs to be on what God has called us to do – it is so easy for us (or at least it is easy for me) to get distracted by either materialism or sidetracked by some sin that we have said yes to, and we can quickly forget about what gives our lives meaning and purpose.
God has given us a message to share with everyone; it was Paul's life message and this message needs to be our message too: “everyone must turn away from their sins to God. They must have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 Eddy paraphrase)
Philippians 1:20b
“… And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.”
Philippians 1
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 

21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

Application
I will strive to keep the main thing the main thing which is telling people about Jesus Christ! How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, I appreciate how You have provided for our physical needs. We are blessed. Help me to focus on my calling and not focus on things that You have already promised to take care of me for me. Keep me away from stupid sins that would sideline me from being a witness for you. 
I pray for Christians who are right now living in sin. I pray that they would repent and turn back to You and once again be able to share Your message of salvation with others. Don't let them remain where they are at. Bring them back, Lord. Bring them back to a right relationship with You and back to a right relationship with those who love them.
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 20,21,22; Acts 20