Just As We Are Told
The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them (Luke 2:20 NLT).
God's Word and truth is perfect. What God tells us is true, and you can put your total trust in that fact. All was just as the angel told the shepherds when they went to Bethlehem. We too can put our faith and trust in His Word. It is as He says.
Thanks be to God, Amen.
Where Are You Standing?
Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the LORD (Psalms 26:12 NLT).
Are you standing on solid ground? Have you made your camp on the Rock? Everyone has a choice. Will you choose God's gift of salvation or the way of the world? Please choose wisely. Your decision has eternal consequences.
Lord God, help those who are living outside of Your will see the error of their ways. Open their eyes that they might see Your way is best for them and for all those around them. A heart that is changed in one person, affects many others. When we accept Your Son and His will, we bring other lives into an area of solid ground, Your solid ground, Lord. Lead us today Lord, in Jesus' mighty name we pray. Amen.
Mud & Muck or Super Highways?
Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you (Psalms 25:4-5 NLT).
In my "BC" (before I accepted Christ) days, I followed a lot of bad roads. I traveled gravel and dirt trails through muck and mud. I'm sure that many of you tried to blaze your own paths also.
I think the main point I would like to get across today is when we come to Christ, those old, muddy trails are forgotten. Our life of transgressions is wiped clean. A new life begins. Now, we can begin traveling the interstate highways of life and have a secure hope in an eternity in heaven.
Thank You, God! Lord, you are amazing. Thank You for saving a wretch like me! In the holy name of Jesus Christ, we praise You, Father. Amen.
Speak Truth or Be Truth?
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:13-16 NLT).
We must speak truth...NO...we must BE truth to the world.
Jesus challenged each of us to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. If we don't share the truth we might as well just turn our world totally over to Satan. If we don't light up the world with His truth, it will continue to become dimmer and dimmer. Folks, we must be the hands and feet of Jesus.
No one has to do everything but each of us must do something. Use the gifts that God has blessed you with and do something for the kingdom.
Lord God, help us to stand strong on Your truth. Lord, help us to see what our spiritual gifts are and show us how to use them to share Your love, mercy, and grace with this lost and dying world. We ask in the mighty name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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 (Isaiah 41:10 NLT).
It's your choice on how to deal with life. We can worry and fret over problems in life and stress over stuff that we can't control, or we can let God handle these issues. It's our choice. I can guarantee that God will and can handle these problems better than we can. He just might handle these issues in a totally different way than we would. He just might amaze us with His solution to our needs. All that we have to do is get out of His way and let Him work in our lives.
Thank You, Lord, for being a God of relationship. You created us Lord, and will never leave us. Thanks be to You, Father God. Amen.
God's Unfailing Love
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39 NLT).
Because God loves us, He became human and came into our world, where He bore our sin for us. That is LOVE!
Lord God, thank You for loving us far more that we deserve. Father, thank You for deeming us worthy of Your unending love. We praise You and worship You, Lord. Amen.
Time to Start Anew
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland (Isaiah 43:19 NLT).
God is ready to move mightily in your life. Are you willing to let Him? He has actually begun a work in you. Are you ready to get out of His way?
The first day of a new year is a great time to ask God to reveal to you the path that you should take. The big thing is: you must be willing to listen, obey, and submit to Him. Are you willing?
Thanks be to God for making a way for His needy children. Amen.