Thursday, October 19, 2017

With God's Help We Will Do Mighty Things

With God's Help
We
Will Do Mighty Things
Scripture
Psalm 108
13 With God’s help we will do mighty things,
for he will trample down our foes.
Observation

“… For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
At 11:20 pm last night Tim and I were finally able to get his car back together.
At 6:00 am this morning he drove off to work in it … he hasn't called me to tell me that he is broke down.
God is good! “With God's help we will do mighty things” – even things like tearing a car apart and putting it back together!
As soon as that car cranked up this morning (couldn't start it last night because the battery was dead) I prayed and I thanked the Lord! He will trample down our foes, cars included!
Application
I will trust the Lord and He will take care of all of my “foes”. How about you?
1 Samuel 17
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Prayer
Heavenly Father, my heart is full of gratitude this morning. Thank You for helping us get that car back on the road. Thank You for my son Eddie who came over to help me work on the car. Bless him Lord. Thank You for helping me persevere and not give up and for giving me the strength and the energy to do the work. With Your help we will do mighty things and You will continue to trample down our foes. I pray for those who are battling the foe of sickness today. Give them strength. Heal them so that they can give You thanks!
Daily Bible Reading: Job 5; Psalms 108; Acts 10,11



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Your Strength I Can Crush An Army; With My God I Can Scale Any Wall.

In Your Strength
I Can Crush An Army;
With My God I Can Scale Any Wall.
Scripture
Psalm 18
19 He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.
29 In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
.
Psalm 139
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
.
Philippians 4
I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.
Observation
Psalm 18 has got to be one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible!
What are we facing today? Does it seem totally overwhelming?
Does it seem like a wall that is just too high to climb?
I'm sort of feeling that way as I think about today! I have been trying to fix my son's car and it has been a real challenge!
So let's dig into God’s Word and check out Psalm 18, 118 and Psalm 139!
I threw in Philippians 4:13 because it came to my mind when I read Psalm 18.
Dig in to Psalm 18 this morning! God is good! All the time!
Don’t give up! Look up!
With God you and I can scale any wall!
Application
In God’s strength and with God's help I will do everything that needs to get done today. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me not to lose hope today. Help me to stay focused on Your promises. You are for me. With You I can scale any wall. You are my strength. I know that You are thinking about me right now. You are my God. You are my Strength. I will trust in You!
Daily Bible Reading: Job 3,4; Acts 8,9; Psalm 18, Psalm 118, Proverbs 18







Monday, October 16, 2017

Be Still, And Know That I Am God!

Be Still,
And Know
That I Am God!
Scripture
Psalm 46
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
Observation

My son Tim's car wouldn't start this morning so I had to run him to work in St Pete.

Now I am trying to quiet myself and I am trying to be still before the Lord!

I think of all of you who have hectic schedules and how hard it must be for you to take time to “be still” to carve out time to spend with the Lord.

If you know me then you know that I have a routine.

I get up and I read my Bible. Then I write a short blog about something that I have read and then I pray for those who have taken the time to read my blog from the day before and who have clicked “like” or who have made a comment.
Application
I will not let life's disruptions keep me from having a quiet time. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, it was a surprise this morning having to jump out of bed and drive to St. Pete. But I know that it was not a surprise to You. Maybe it was a test for me or for my son Tim. I am not sure why his car decided to not run this morning and it ran fine yesterday. You are in control. You are God. Nothing escapes Your attention. Everything that happens in my life happens for a reason. Even if I do not know why something happens I know that You do.
Daily Bible Reading: Malachi 3,4; Psalms 148; Acts 5; Psalm 16, Psalm 46; Proverbs 16



Sunday, October 15, 2017

After This Prayer, The Meeting Place Shook, And They Were All Filled With The Holy Spirit.

After This Prayer,
The Meeting Place Shook,
And They Were All Filled With The Holy Spirit.
Scripture
Acts 4
31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Observation

The believers cried out to God in prayer for courage! When God answered their prayer the entire building shook!

God filled them with His Holy Spirit and they went out and preached the word of God with boldness!

I would have like to have been in that prayer meeting! How about you?

They were praying for boldness and courage.

What are you and I praying for?
Application
I will pray for boldness and I will pray for God to use me. How about you?
Prayer

Heavenly Father, when the people prayed in Acts 4 You responded in a powerful way. They asked for boldness and courage and You gave it to them. They did miracles in Your name and they spread the Gospel everywhere. Give me that kind of boldness and that kind of courage. Help me to pray with that kind of faith!

Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 13; Malachi 1,2; Acts 4



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Happy Is The Person Who Doesn’t Listen To The Wicked

Happy Is The Person
Who Doesn’t Listen
To The Wicked
Scripture

1. Happy is the person who doesn’t listen to the wicked.
    He doesn’t go where sinners go.
    He doesn’t do what bad people do.
He loves the Lord’s teachings.
    He thinks about those teachings day and night.
He is strong, like a tree planted by a river.
    It produces fruit in season.
    Its leaves don’t die.
Everything he does will succeed (ICB)

Observation

I love Psalm 1 in the MESSAGE: 

How well God must like you—you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. 

2-3 Instead you thrill to Gods Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.” 


Psalm 1 is a promise to you who are striving to live a godly life. 

God will bless you. Just put Him first! 

Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing his commands.” Psalm 112:1

Application

I will strive to live a godly life. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am blessed. I am blessed beyond expression! Thank You for giving me Eternal Life. Thank You for saving me. I am truly blessed. I pray for men today who are trying to stay away from sin. Give them strength. And for all of those that are fighting addictions I pray that You give them victory. Set them free!
Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 11,12; Psalms 1; Acts 3; Psalm 14, Psalm 34, Proverbs 14



Friday, October 13, 2017

You, With The Help Of Wicked Men, Put Him To Death By Nailing Him To The Cross.

You, With The Help Of Wicked Men,
Put Him
To Death By Nailing Him To The Cross.
Scripture
Acts 2
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Observation
It was your sin and it was my sin that nailed Jesus Christ to the cross. You and I are sinners. We are broken and we are desperately in need of a Savior. You and I both deserve to go to Hell. God wants to give us what we don't deserve. And that is why Jesus Christ died in our place on the cross. He died to pay the penalty for our sins. Maybe you can remember this old hymn, “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow”, or “What can wash away my sins?” Take a minute and listen to Matt Redman sing, “What can wash away my sins?”
Application
I will give thanks the Lord for dying in my place. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You knew that I would need a Savior and that is why You sent Jesus to die on that cross over 2,000 years ago to die for me. He also died for anyone that may be reading this blog today. I pray for them right now. Help them to understand that salvation is available to them through Jesus Christ. Open up their spiritual hearts and their minds to this wonderful truth. Don't let them go another day without a relationship with You. Thank You for the gift of Eternal life. I don't deserve it, but I know that I have it. You are an Awesome God.
Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 9,10; Acts 2



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

But My Servant Caleb – This Is A Different Story. He Has A Different Spirit; He Follows Me Passionately. I'll Bring Him Into The Land...

But My Servant Caleb – This Is A Different Story.
He Has A Different Spirit;
He Follows Me Passionately. I'll Bring Him Into The Land...
Scripture
Numbers 14
24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
Numbers 14 MESSAGE
24 But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately. I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted and his children will inherit it.
Observation

Give me a spirit like Caleb's! Give me his attitude! Give me his faith! I don't won't to be like the 10 spies that didn't believe! I want to be like Joshua and Caleb! Caleb never changed either, he remained a man of great faith and a man of courage!
Caleb was 40 years old when he and the other 11 spies went to scout out the land.
Forty-Five years later Caleb made this statement to Joshua, “Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me...” Joshua 14:10-12
Joshua 24
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Application
I want a spirit like Caleb's! I want to have his attitude! I want to have his faith! How about you?
Prayer
Heavenly Father, don't let me be like the 10 unbelieving spies. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb. Give me their kind of faith and courage. Help me to lead like Caleb and be as determined in my old age as he was. Thank You for showing me what happens when we don't walk by faith and what happens when we do! I pray for those today who may be trying to decide whether to follow You or not. Help them to walk today by faith! Show them that they can trust in You.
Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 5,6; Psalms 146; Luke 24; Psalm 11, Psalm 131, Proverbs 11; Numbers 14