Friday, February 24, 2017

O LORD, What Are Human Beings That You Should Notice Them - Trappist-1


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O LORD,
What Are Human Beings
That You Should Notice Them

Traveling at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, it would take us 39.5 light years to travel the 237 trillion miles to reach Trappist-1 where scientists say there are 7 planets with 3 that could support life!  When I heard the news about this discovery I just smiled! What a great and mighty God we serve!

Scripture

Psalm 144

O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
    mere mortals that you should think about them?
For they are like a breath of air;
    their days are like a passing shadow.

Observation

Traveling at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, it would take us 39.5 light years to travel the 237 trillion miles to reach Trappist-1 where scientists say there are 7 planets with 3 that could support life!  

When I heard the news about this discovery I just smiled! What a great and mighty God we serve! How Big is Our God!

And to think that He just spoke all of this into existence! 

And even more amazing than that is that this Creator God would choose to love us and be concerned about us. 

Oh, so Amazing!

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Psalm 147
He counts the stars
    and calls them all by name.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
    His understanding is beyond comprehension!


Psalm 36
6 The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

Psalm 8
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?


Isaiah 40
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.


Isaiah 45
11 This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:
“Do you question what I do for my children?
    Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 I am the one who made the earth
    and created people to live on it.
With my hands I stretched out the heavens.
    All the stars are at my command.


Colossians 1
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
 
Application

I will thank my Lord, the Great Creator God for thinking about me.  

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. 

You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! 

I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. 

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139:1-14 personalized)


Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 14,15,16; Mark 3; Psalm 24, Psalm 44, Psalm 144, Proverbs 24




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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Follow Me And Be My Disciple


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Follow Me
And
Be My Disciple

 Scripture

Mark 2

13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

Observation

Jesus’ call on our life is that we follow Him and be His disciple. Everyday you and I are supposed to be becoming more and more like Jesus Christ! When we first received Christ into our lives we were spiritual babies! But once we have surrendered our lives to Him as our Lord and our Savior we need to start the process of growing up as followers of Christ.

Here are a few things that stunt our spiritual growth:

  1. Not going to and not participating in church.
  2. Not belonging to and not participating in a small group.
  3. Not reading the Bible on a daily basis.
  4. Involving oneself in a particular sin(s) and being unwilling to repent of that sin(s) and refusing to ask God for forgiveness.

Here is the good news. All of us can change the direction of our lives at any moment. For Matthew it was when Jesus walked up and asked Matthew to follow Him and be His disciple. Maybe today is the day for you to start following Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Savior.

Why not say Yes to Jesus right now? 

Matthew 16:24 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.

Application

I will be an obedient follower of Jesus Christ. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that there may be someone reading this blog that right now that needs to surrender his or her life to You and become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Open up his or her heart right now. Give them the courage and the boldness to say Yes to Your call on his or her life. As they surrender their life to You give them the boldness and the courage to find a church where they can grow. Help them find a small group of believers to join. As they begin to read Your Word I pray that it becomes life changing for them. Help them to confess all known sin to You and show them that they can walk in victory. Bless them Lord. Bless them and show them that they can trust in You. 



Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 12,13; Psalms 90; Mark 2






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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wait Patiently For The LORD Yes, Wait Patiently For The LORD.


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Wait Patiently For The LORD
Yes,
Wait Patiently For The LORD. 


Scripture

Psalm 27

14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.


Observation

If you and I are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we belong to a Kingdom that cannot be seen and that is not made with human hands. Rules for living life in God’s kingdom are explained in God’s Word – the Bible.

Our tendency as followers of Jesus Christ is to act and live just like everyone else, but we are not like everyone else. Jesus Christ lives in us! So the game plan for the way we do life is totally different than for most of the folks around us. Let me see if I can explain.

If someone does not have a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ then they are living life on his or her own without any help from the very God who created them. How very sad and tragic!

But if you and I have a relationship with God through trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and our Savior then everything we do in life is to be done trusting in Him and asking Him for help – Everything! It is the way we are supposed to live right now in God’s Kingdom.

I don’t know about you but there are many times when I forget that I belong to the Kingdom of God and I do things, I make decisions, just like a person that has no relationship at all with a Heavenly Father. How stupid is that? I am a child of the King of Kings!

You and I, if we are believers in Jesus Christ should live our lives totally dependent on Him. Just look in the Book that holds the game plan for our lives and it tells us over and over and over again – to trust, to have faith, to depend, and to wait on Him.

Psalm 5:3
 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. 

John 15:5
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

Application

I will do my best to take everything to the Lord in prayer and depend on Him as my Heavenly Father to take care of me. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that trusting totally in You is a day-by-day learning experience for me. You have shown me over and over again that I don’t need to worry about my every day life and that You are going to take care of me, but I keep forgetting. I am so glad that You do not give up on me. Your love for me is higher than the heavens. It has no limits. Thank You that You are a God of mercy and grace and so very patient with me. Help me to live today in a way that pleases You. Help me to act like I am a part of the Kingdom of God today. You are my Hope!


Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 10,11; Psalms 27; Mark 1






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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch Your Tongue And Keep Your Mouth Shut


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Watch Your Tongue
And
Keep Your Mouth Shut


Scripture

Psalm 141

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 

Proverbs 21:23

23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
    and you will stay out of trouble.

Observation

Have you ever noticed how much the Bible talks about keeping our mouths shut?

Kathy shared Proverbs 21:23 with me the other day. And no, she wasn’t telling me to shut up! Although she has probably memorized that verse now and will probably quote to me at the next dumb and mean thing that comes out of my mouth!

What we say, how much we say, the way we say it, and when we say it, is so important if we want to maintain great relationships!

I don’t know about you but my mouth gets me in trouble all the time with the one that I love the most – in my case it is with my girl friend Kathy!

‘’’’’’’’’

Proverbs 13:3

 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

Proverbs 12:18 

Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing. 

Ephesians 4:29

Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 

Proverbs 18:21 

Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.

Proverbs 15:1 

 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. 

Application

I will ask the Lord to help me to keep my mouth shut and listen more. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to think about what I say before I say it. Help me to give gentle answers instead of being so harsh. Help me to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Help me to keep my mouth shut so they can tell their story. 

I pray for those who feel neglected and beaten down today. Give them strength. Bring people into their lives that will build them up. Help me to say and use words that build people up and not tear them down.

Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 8,9; Acts 28; Psalm 21, Psalm 41, Psalm 141; Proverbs 21


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Because The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Have Everything I Need!


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Because The Lord
Is My Shepherd,
I Have Everything I Need!


Scripture

Psalm 23

 Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!

2-3 He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.

Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.

You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!

Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.


Observation

This morning as I read my daily Bible reading in the books of Numbers, Psalms, and Acts I skimmed over Psalm 23 very quickly, I guess because it is so familiar.

Maybe you tend to do the same thing with passages that you know real well. So I went back and read it in a different translation.

I love verse one of Psalm 23 in the Living Bible!

Because the Lord is my Shepherd I have everything I need! Maybe you are weak this morning, then verse three is for you, “He gives me new strength’!

Here are some verses that come to my mind that go along with verse 1 and verse 3:

Philippians 4

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 40:31 

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Isaiah 41:10

10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Application

Because the Lord is my Shepherd I have everything that I need to get me through this week! How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me meet all of the problems that come my way this week with all of Your Promises that You have given me in Your Word. Help me to trust totally in You.

I pray for those who are going through difficult times right now. I pray for my family and my friends who are dealing with sickness and disease. Give them strength. I pray that they will hold on tightly to all of Your promises. Show them that they can trust You. Renew their strength Lord. Renew their strength!

Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 7; Psalms 23; Acts 27; Psalm 20, Psalm 140; Proverbs 20


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

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


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May The LORD Bless You And Protect You.
May The LORD Smile On You And Be Gracious To You.
May The LORD Show You 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

This is my prayer for you this morning!

If you read this simple blog and click “like” it gives me the opportunity to pray for you!

It has been a joy for me to pray for so many of you over the past couple of years.

I know that God has given me this ministry and nothing is more important to me than praying for you and asking God to bless you.

And when I pray for you the only thing that I ask is that you return the favor and pray for my family and me when God brings us to your mind. 

 Application

I will pray this blessing found in Numbers 6 on every person that takes the time to read this simple blog and clicks “like”. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, bless those that read this blog and protect them. Smile on them Lord and be gracious to them. Show them Your favor and give them Your peace!


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





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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The LORD Will Work Out His Plans For My Life


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The LORD
Will
Work Out His Plans For My Life

Scripture

Psalm 138

Though I am surrounded by troubles,
    you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.


You reach out your hand,
    and the power of your right hand saves me.


The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
    for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Don’t abandon me, for you made me.


Observation

How are things going? What does the future look like for you? And what does the future look like for me?

I love King David’s outlook on life and I think it is the way that you and I should think about our future too!

During most of King David’s life he was surrounded by trouble. Most of his life was spent running and hiding from people that wanted to kill him. Goliath moments in his life were actually few and far between.

If you take time to read the Psalms you will find David, broken, humbled, and crying out to his God in almost every Psalm. But in spite of all his hardships, in spite of having so many enemies, in spite of always being surrounded by trouble, King David knew that God was working out a God size plan for his life. He knew that God was on his side!

Psalm 138:8 reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

My future, as I look at it, looks very interesting. If God were not on my side and if God were not for me it could look down right frightening… but He is here right beside me! And I know that the Lord will work out His plans for my life. I know that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me. He plans to give me hope and a future!
   
 Application

I will look forward to the future because I know that God is on my side. He will not abandon me because He created me! How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that not only my future but also my very next breath is in Your Hands. So I cling to Your promises that You have given me in Your Word. I know that You delight in every detail of my life. And I know that I do not deserve Your love, Your mercy, or Your grace. I know that You hold me in the palm of Your hand. Nothing can touch my life that is not filtered by You and even if what comes into my life is bad You promise to turn it around for my good! What an awesome God You are! It is a win-win proposition to trust in You!


Daily Bible Reading:  Numbers 3,4; Acts 25; Psalm 18, Psalm 138, Proverbs 18






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