Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I Am Certain That God, Who Began The Good Work Within You, Will Continue His Work Until It Is Finally Finished …


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I Am Certain That God,
Who Began The Good Work Within You,
Will Continue His Work Until It Is Finally Finished …



Scripture

Philippians 1

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Observation


God is not finished with you and He is not finished with me yet either; you and I my friend is what is called, “a work in progress”! So don’t be so hard on yourself or on those around you. 

I am amazed all the time and you probably are too at how God suddenly begins to work in someone’s life and we see his or her life radically transformed right before our eyes!

Of course, God had been at work in that person’s life the entire time but we were not able to see everything that was going on. I don’t know about you but for me this gives me hope!

I am praying for people who are very close to me and I want to see their lives transformed. I want to be able to hear them give testimony of God’s mighty power and saving grace. I want to see them walking in victory and not defeat. 

I want to see them living godly lives. I want to see them living lives filled with meaning and purpose!

Application

Whenever I pray, I am going to make my requests for all of you with joy!


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am encouraged by these words of the Apostle Paul to pray for others with the faith of knowing that You are constantly at work in their lives. You will do a work in their life that only You can do. 

So right now I pray. I pray for those who are depressed and discouraged and who don’t seem to have any hope. Give them hope Lord. Lift up their heads. 

I pray for those who are sick. Heal their bodies and give them strength today. 

I pray for those who are dealing with problems with a spouse or a loved one. Help them to turn to You for help. 

And I am confident that You, who began a good work in their lives, will continue Your work until it is finished. Amen





Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 42,43; Psalms 5; Luke 17; Philippians 1




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Use Your Worldly Resources To Benefit Others And Make Friends.


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Use Your Worldly Resources
To Benefit Others
And Make Friends.




Scripture

Luke 16

Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
 
11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

Observation


Who needs our help? Who can we help with what God has provided us? 

Jesus says that you and I should use our worldly resources to benefit others. God has provided us with extra; He has given us more than we need so that we can be generous with others.
Lets not misspend it and miss the blessing! 

It is a Win-Win for us when we are generous with others!

“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

Application

I will look for someone this week that needs some help. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that the word “stingy” should not describe me or anyone else that is born again. Help us to be generous. Help us to believe what You say about how we should use what we have. Show me who needs our help this week. I know that You provide for me more than I need and I know that You will provide even more if I will be generous with others. 



Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 39,40,41; Luke 16







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Sunday, January 15, 2017

May The LORD Richly Bless Both You And Your Children, May You Be Blessed By The LORD, Who Made Heaven And Earth.


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May The LORD Richly Bless
Both You And Your Children,
May You Be Blessed By The LORD, Who Made Heaven And Earth.
 


Scripture

Psalm 115

14 May the Lord richly bless
    both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.


Observation

Today is “Sanctity of Life Sunday” across the United States. Today we remember the value of every human life. 

It is a day to remember the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973 that stripped away the legal protection and cost the lives of over 57 million children. 

It has been 44 years of unimaginable loss of life in our country, yet most of us would rather not think about it as it goes on day after day. 

Lets not ever forget that every human life was designed and created by God and has great value, the born and the yet to be born. Our sick, our elderly, those with special needs, as well as the unborn, all are highly valued because they are all created in the image of God. 

My prayer for you and your family today found in Psalm 115:14-15 ‘May the Lord richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”



Application

I will support those who would propose laws to further protect human life and I will do more to help our Crisis Pregnancy Center here in Tampa. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, it breaks Your heart I know when human life is discarded like trash or tossed out like something that has no worth. Thank You for those who spend their time helping young mothers and encouraging them to deliver their unwanted babies instead of aborting and killing them. Show me how I can do more to help the Crisis Pregnancy Center here in town.

To anyone that may be reading this blog today I pray, “May the Lord richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 37,38; Psalms 7; Luke 15; Psalm 15, Psalm 115; Proverbs 15




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Saturday, January 14, 2017

I Knew You Before I Formed You In Your Mother’s Womb


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I Knew You
Before I Formed You
In Your Mother’s Womb



Scripture

Jeremiah 1

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
    Before you were born I set you apart
    and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”


Observation

Before you and I were born, God designed us with great value. You have heard it before and it is worth repeating, “God don’t make junk”! 

Take a good look at yourself and think about the truth of Jeremiah 1:5, “God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born God set you apart …” 

You many feel like you are junk, but that is not God’s view of me and you. 

I love Psalm 139 that also lets me know what God thinks about me and how He thinks about you. 

Take a minute and read Psalm 139 today when you get a chance. 
.

Psalm 139

 16 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

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!

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Psalm 18:19

He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.

Psalm 37:24

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Proverbs 3:12

For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Galatians 1:15-16

15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.


Application


Even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, just as you chose Jeremiah before he was born I know that You did the same thing for me. Not because I deserved it, but it was because of your marvelous grace! I know that You delight in every detail of my life. I know because Your Word tells me that You delight in me!

Help those reading this blog today realize just how much You love them. Show them that they can trust in You. Bring joy into their lives as they draw close to You. I pray for those who are struggling with purpose and meaning and self worth. Show them just have valuable they are to You. 



Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 34,35,36; Luke 14; Psalm 14, Psalm 114; Proverbs 14; Jeremiah 1




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Friday, January 13, 2017

Trouble Chases Sinners


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Trouble
Chases
Sinners


Scripture

Proverbs 13

21 Trouble chases sinners,
    while blessings reward the righteous.


Observation

Have you ever noticed how much drama, how much hurt and pain goes along with ungodly living? Oh my goodness, I sure have!

It would be funny if it were not so sad.  And it would be funny if it were not so painful, especially when the drama king or drama queen is someone you love or especially when the “they” is you!

Have you noticed how their ungodly living drags those around them right into the drama and into their problem(s)? Making life miserable for everybody!

The only cure is Jesus and a life surrendered to Him. Until that happens, sorry to say my friend but the drama will not stop.

No Jesus = No Peace. Know Jesus = Know Peace! Is your life full of drama, chaos, and trouble?

Does it seem that trouble follows you everywhere you go?

Maybe …  just maybe, you need to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of peace!

“””””””””””””

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 16:33

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

           
Application

I will strive to live a godly life and point those around me to Jesus. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, it would be nice if the ungodly living of those around us didn’t affect us, but it does. Help me not to damage and hurt those around me by doing stupid sins. Help me to live in a way that makes You smile.

And I pray that for those who may be reading this blog this morning. Help us to be people of peace and not chaos. I pray for those who are having a hard time trusting You with life and are making bad decisions. Guide them. Direct them. Give them hope and peace. May they totally surrender their lives to You today. Show them that they can trust You completely.


Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 31,32,33; Luke 13; Psalm 13, Psalm 113; Proverbs 13




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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Can All Your Worries Add A Single Moment To Your Life?


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Can All
Your Worries
Add A Single Moment To Your Life?

Scripture

Luke 12

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.  

24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

Observation

I love this passage. I love it when I read it in Matthew’s Gospel too! It makes me want to just camp out right here in Luke 12 and read it and reread it over and over again.

Maybe it would help you today to do the same thing. Matthew 6:33 and Luke 12:31 is the real take home from all of this. God’s kingdom has to be our Number One concern. It has to be our main focus and not anything else.

Our Heavenly Father already knows our needs and He will provide us with everything we need if we will just put the Kingdom of God above everything else.

Businessman and businesswoman this is a great word for you. It is also a great word for the rest of us!

So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

So step out and put God’s Kingdom first this week. What step of faith do you and I need to take?

Application

When I begin to worry about anything this week I will go back to God’s promise to me in Luke 12. I know that I can’t worry and put God’s kingdom first both at the same time.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, as I read Luke 12 it reminds me of how You have taken care of me in the past. I can remember all of the times that You came to my rescue. I have so many stories of how You have taken care of me and my family. I know that You will continue to do the same thing as long as I put your Kingdom first in my life. I am blessed. You have taken very good care of Kathy and I. You have shown us that we can trust in You. Don’t let me doubt You now. Help me to continue to put Your kingdom first in my life. 


Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 29,30; Luke 12




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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More Blessed Are All Who Hear The Word Of God And Put It Into Practice


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More Blessed
Are All Who Hear
The Word Of God And Put It Into Practice


Scripture

Luke 11

27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”

28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Observation

Bible knowledge is not my problem. It is probably not your problem either. Putting what we already know into practice that is where we run into problems.

Maybe you have heard the Good News that Jesus died on the cross for you. Have you by faith trusted in Him as your Lord and Savior? Put what you know into practice. Accept the Lord as your Savior today. Don’t put it off.

You have read enough of the Bible to know that you should spend time alone with God everyday. Put it into practice. Start doing it.

You and I know that when we sin we should confess our sin to the Lord and not continue in that sin. Put it into practice.

We have read or heard enough of God’s Word to know that holding a grudge is wrong. Put forgiveness into practice!

Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice. Cursed are those who don’t. The choice is ours to make!

 Application

I will pray and ask God to show me where I am not putting His Word into practice. How about you? 

James 4:17

“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”


Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to put Your Word into practice. Help me to be obedient to the things that I know that I should be doing. Show me what I should do and then help me carry those things out. Keep me away from stupid sins that will mess up my relationship with You and with those around me.

I pray for anyone that may read this blog today. Bless them. Help them to walk in obedience. Show them which way to walk. Make their path straight. Help them to walk in victory and in obedience. Smile on them today with Your favor!


Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 27,28; Psalms 4; Luke 11




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