Sunday, August 28, 2016

I Pray To You, O LORD, My Rock, … For If You Are Silent, I Might As Well Give Up And Die.


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I Pray To You, O LORD, My Rock, …
For If You Are Silent,
I Might As Well Give Up And Die. 


Scripture

Psalm 28

I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
    Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
    I might as well give up and die.


Observation

You and I could learn a lot about prayer just by reading what King David shared when he wrote the Psalms. 

Most of the Psalms are his prayers to God. 

And most of the time he was caught in desperate life and death situations! 

Just listen to the confidence that he has in his God a few verses later when he writes, 

Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. 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. The Lord gives his people strength.” (vv 6-8) 


 Maybe you and I just need to camp in the Psalms for a few days and pray them back to the Lord.



Application

I will pray parts of Psalm 28 back to the Lord this morning. How about you?


Prayer

I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.  Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. I will praise You Lord! For You have heard my cry for mercy. You are my strength and shield. I will trust You with all my heart. You help me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives me strength. 


Psalm 28:1-2, 6-8 Personalized



Daily Bible Reading:  Ezekiel 1,2,3; Revelation 2, Psalm 28, Psalm 128; Proverbs 28




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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wait For The Lord; Be Strong And Courageous. Wait For The Lord.


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Wait For The Lord;
Be Strong And Courageous.
Wait For The Lord.


Scripture

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.

Observation

Going through a rough time? Is your life is taking a beating? 

Then dive into the book of Psalms and learn the secret of King David’s life. His life, a good majority of it was spent hiding in caves and in the wilderness. 

Never knowing when his enemies would find him and kill him. Through a life of adversity he learned to trust in the Lord. He was strong and courageous. 

He learned to wait on the Lord. 

So if we have physical pain, a devastating disease, facing a legal mess, experiencing a financial crisis, in the middle of a broken relationship, or if we are dealing with enemies in the place where we work King David has a word for us, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.”

 Application

Jesus says that we are to pray and never give up. (Luke 18:1)

I am going to continue to pray and I will wait for the Lord. I will be strong and courageous. I will wait for the Lord. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Word. Every promise in Your Word is for us. And You keep every one of them. Over and over and over again in Your Word you tell me to trust in You. You tell me over and over and over again to be strong and courageous. So I will take You at Your Word. I pray for those close to me who are going through very difficult times. Help them to draw close to You. Help them trust You. Help them to grow closer to You during this time of adversity. Show them Your Mighty Power and Your Strength.


Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 52; Revelation 1; Psalms 143,144, 27, 127; Proverbs 27




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Friday, August 26, 2016

Dear Friend, Don’t Let This Bad Example Influence You.


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Dear Friend,
Don’t Let This
Bad Example Influence You.

Scripture

3 John

11 Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.

Observation

Diotrephes was bad! He was a terrible influence. He was bad to the core! The Apostle John warned people not to be influenced by him. 

The Apostle Paul warned us about being influenced by the wrong people when he said, “bad company corrupts good character.” 

At our church, Christ Fellowship, the leadership team is working hard to get everyone into “community groups” so they can be surrounded by godly influences and grow in Christ. 

It is the 2 Timothy 2:2 principle, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 

Here is both a warning and some advice: Stay away from negative, angry, divisive people. Instead hang with people that love the Lord and with people that can help you be more like Jesus!


Application

I will spend time with people that can help me grow in Christ and with people that need my encouragement. I will stay away from negative, angry, divisive people! How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us influence others to live godly lives and don’t let us be influenced by ungodliness. Help me to be strong in the Lord. I want for people to see Jesus in me. Don’t let me do stupid sins. I pray for all of our community group leaders. I pray for our leadership team. Help all of us to live in a way that honors You and brings You glory. 


Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 50,51; 3 John






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Thursday, August 25, 2016

O LORD, I Give My Life To You.


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O LORD,
I
Give My Life To You.



Scripture

Psalm 25

O Lord, I give my life to you.  I trust in you, my God! …

Observation

I surrender. LORD, I give my life to you.

Have you ever stopped, humbled yourself, and prayed those words to the Lord?

I was 19 years old when someone shared with me that God loved me and God had a wonderful plan for my life. He also shared with me that all of us are sinners and our sin has separated us from a relationship with God, who wants to be our Heavenly Father.

This friend also went on to share with me that God loved me so much that He left Heaven and came down to earth to save me. Jesus Christ, God Himself died on a cross to pay the penalty of my sins and He died to pay the penalty for your sins too.

When I heard all about God’s plan for my life it made sense to me and I prayed and I gave my life to the LORD.

I surrendered my life to Him. I asked Him to forgive me of my sins. I asked Him to be my Lord and my Savior.

At 19 years old I became a follower of Jesus Christ. He is my Lord. He is my Savior.

How about you? Have you surrendered your life to Jesus? Have you given Him your life?

Yes or No. There is no middle ground!

 Application

I yield my life to You today Lord not for my salvation but I yield to allow You your rightful place to the throne of my life, putting You first before everything else. 


Matthew 6:33
    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 


  
Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray today for any person that may read this blog that has not yet surrendered his or her life to You. Open up their spiritual eyes and help them to understand the Good News that You want to have a personal relationship with them. Help me to keep You first in my life. Don’t let me let other things take Your place in my life.


Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 37,38,39; Psalms 79; 2 John; Psalm 25, Psalm 125; Proverbs 25



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Every Child God Defeats This Evil World


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Every Child God
Defeats
This Evil World


Scripture

1 John 5

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
 
We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.
 
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.
 
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
 
And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Observation

Packed! 

This chapter is packed with great stuff for you and me – we have to take time to read and re-read 1 John 5 today. 

It will only take a couple of minutes, but lets give ourselves time to think about what we are reading and reread it a couple of times! 

Read it in a translation that you can easily understand! 

I just read it I am still thinking about it! 

This world is evil and corrupt to the core. Who is the only person that can have victory in this evil world? 

Only a child of God – only those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God! 

We are the only ones that have victory in this “dog eat dog” evil world! And we achieve this victory through our faith!

This great verse was also in today’s Bible reading! 

Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3   HCSB 

 Application

Everyday I am engaged in spiritual warfare. Every day is a battle. I have victory through my faith in Jesus Christ. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we have already won the victory because You live in us and You are greater than the one who is in the world. Help me to walk in that victory today. Keep me away from anything that might take Your place in my heart. I pray for those that are sick today and are going through difficult treatments. Give each one of them strength and bring them healing and relief.


Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 33,34; Psalms 74; 1 John 5




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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Am The Lord, The God Of All The Peoples Of The World. Is Anything Too Hard For Me?


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I Am The Lord,
The God Of All The Peoples Of The World.
Is Anything Too Hard For Me? 


Scripture

Jeremiah 32

26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?

Observation

It is Tuesday and some of us are already overwhelmed and bummed out!

I know because life has a way of doing that!

If that is the case then this verse is for us!

Nothing is too hard for our God! Nothing!

Broken relationships, a serious life threatening disease or sickness, a death of a loved one, our lack of finances, problems at work, maybe lack of work, and even troubled kids or grandkids – Nothing is too hard for our God! NOTHING!

Pray right now and turn everything over to Him. Surrendering first your life to Him, asking Jesus to be your Lord and your Savior, and then as one of God’s children turn everything else that overwhelms us over to Him.

Got it … then do it … and … do it right now


Application

I will trust in my All-Powerful God to take care of every detail of my life. How about You?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I agree with Jeremiah when he prayed,  “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” So many things going on in the lives of so many people that I care about and I cannot do anything to fix their problems. I can’t fix them, but Lord I can give them to You in prayer. I can pray for each one of them. And I can put them in Your hands and in Your care because there is not anything too hard for You. So I will pray with confidence knowing that You hear me and I know that You will give me what I ask for. 

You have given me that promise:

    And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. [15] And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14-15

   



Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 31,32; 1 John 4




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Monday, August 22, 2016

You Will Always Have Everything You Need And Plenty Left Over To Share With Others.


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You Will Always
Have Everything You Need
And Plenty Left Over To Share With Others.



Scripture

2 Corinthians 9

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Observation

Generosity! “God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give--large or small--will be used to measure what is given back to you." Luke 6:38

You and I are most like God when we are generous with our money that God has loaned to us!

Everything we have is His and He did not loan it to us for us to hoard it on ourselves!

This week – will we be stingy or generous – will we plant a few seeds or will we plant generously?


 Application

I am going to get Kathy to give me a $10 dollar bill and I am going to look for a way to bless someone with it! Maybe I will get 2 $5 Starbuck gift cards to give away! How about you? Stingy or Generous this week?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, show me ways to be generous this week. Help me to be a cheerful giver. Help me to be more concerned for the person that You place in my path than anything else this week. Help me to live out John 3:30 “He must increase but I must decrease”. Help me to be more generous with what You have allowed us to be stewards over. I want to be a cheerful giver!

   
 

Daily Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 28,29,30; 1 John 3; Psalm 22, Psalm 122, Proverbs 22; 2 Corinthians 9





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