No Room!

20 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 2:1-7baby-jesus

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Have you any room for Jesus?  Do you suppose the owner of the Inn that turned Mary and Joseph away wished later he would have given up his room and went to the barn himself?  How many times have you looked back and wished you would have made a different choice?  When making a choice, you are looking at the situation from one vantage point—yours!  That, my friend, is why the world is in so much chaos even today.  Everyone looks out for his own good, without regard to the welfare of others.

I offer you this information on making choices in your life.  Look for every opportunity to bless another person—regardless of what it may cost you.  Jesus came to earth to set the example.  His entire life was lived for others—to bless, encourage, teach and heal. Who is being blessed today because of what you are doing for others?  There is NO satisfaction in living to please self.  You are never satisfied.  Never!  Jesus’ example showed that instead, you should never be satisfied with the number of people you can bless.  Keep reaching out to more.

If there is NO ROOM in your heart to bless others, there is NO ROOM for Jesus.  Serving others is serving Jesus—literally.  Good deeds done to make you look good hold no satisfaction.  Only when you set self aside can begin to realize Jesus’ heart of love and compassion.  Emulate Jesus—become His hands and feet of mercy to a hurting world.  He considered no cost to be too great to offer you a room in heaven.  As a matter of fact, He promised that there is a room reserved with your name on it.  You could never do enough good to repay Him for shedding His life’s blood to purchase that room.

God’s Question: Who are you living to bless?

God’s Promise: My heart is blessed as I see you bless others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus’ willingness to suffer in my place.

I am Sorry I live so selfishly rather than for others.

Thank You for Jesus’ example for me to follow.

Please help me expand my heart to make room for others.

Promises that Rejuvenate

8 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:49-56promise

God’s Attribute: God’s promises rejuvenate us

God’s Message to me:

My Word is so much more than an accurate history and prophecy book—it is My Book of promises.  My promises could be likened to a legally binding declaration that gives you (the reader) a right to expect or to claim the performance or withholding of a specified act.  As I said to Joshua, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” I say that to all who seek to follow My words of wisdom.  I do not change My mind.  You can count on My promises and I hope that rejuvenates you!

Those who say “my word is my bond” are saying that you can expect them to do what they say—without fail.  I too can say MY WORD IS MY BOND.  How are you doing at living out your word?  Can others depend upon you to do what you say?  Countless numbers of people make promises to Me and then fail to carry them out.  A vow is a promise to Me.  Be careful that you do not fail to carry out your vows.

Promises rejuvenate when you have confidence in the promise giver.  Please know for certain that My promises will never fail to be fulfilled.  So, live that others can be rejuvenated by your promises.  They will when they can so trust you that they know you will keep your word.  What a legacy you leave when you are a promise keeper.

God’s Question for me

As you know you can trust My promises are others as assured that you will keep your promises?

God’s Promise to me:

My Word will never fail.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To connect my thoughts to Your Word and live them out.

My voice:  To always fulfill what I say I will do.

My heart:  To love all others with Your sacrificial love.

My body:  To serve others as though I were serving You.

What Shape Are Your In?

7 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:41-48shape-of-love

God’s Attribute: Love that shapes our lives

God’s Message to me:

Have you stopped to consider how your love shapes other lives?  The amount of love, forgiveness, compassion and kindness you give others shapes their very being.  In the same way, the extent to which you respond to My love and forgiveness, compassion and kindness, shapes your very being.  You cannot give what you do not possess.  Accept from Me and then pass on to others.  My love and attributes can flow through your life, into the lives of others.  Oh, how hungry the world is for My love, forgiveness, compassion and kindness.  But unless they see it reflected in you—they may miss it altogether.

Guard what I have entrusted to you.  Use the words of counsel you read from My Word to shape your life and shape how you relate to others.  My truth and wisdom do not flow into your life by osmosis—you must search them out and then live them out in the school of hard knocks.  Do you deserve My love and forgiveness?  What could you ever do to deserve the sacrifice that was given on your behalf—the death of Christ?  Then why do you think others should be deserving of your love and forgiveness.

To fully benefit from My gift of love and forgiveness, you must allow it to shape your thoughts and be extended to all others—regardless of whether they deserve it or not.  Regardless of whether they accept you or not—you be My hands, feet and mouth that conveys My love for your world.

God’s Question for me

How has My love shaped the way you relate to others in your life?

God’s Promise to me

My love shapes your life so you can shape other lives on My behalf.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To focus on forgiveness instead of retribution.

My voice:  To be an encourager of others by ready forgiveness.

My heart:  To express my appreciation of your love by loving others.

My body:  To serve others in appreciation for Your forgiveness of me.

The Classroom of Life

3 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:33-40lifes-lessons

God’s Attribute: Teaches

God’s Message to me:

Your whole life is the classroom and I am the patient teacher who never gives up on you.  I am here to help you learn the lessons for living life abundantly and stay right on course.  If you seek it—I will give insight for living that will help you live your life on a plain that is elevated far above the circumstances of your life.  Your obedient response to the lessons I am teaching you can turn your life into a freeway of easy traveling right into My presence.

How easily mankind’s attention is diverted from My words of wisdom and turned to piling up loot.  The toys and trinkets of life divert your attention from the direction I am leading you.  Your life does not consist of what you possess but who possesses you.  Therefore, do not worry about what you will eat or drink or anything related to this life.  Instead, focus on what I am teaching you through it all and how you can reach out to and encourage others to travel down the freeway I have provided.

My promises will never fail—they are for your counsel.  They provide   you with hope and a future.  They are meant to give you cheer—which gives your body health.  Yes, your whole life is a classroom full of wonderful discoveries that you can use to bless and encourage others.

God’s Question for me

Can I count on you to learn your lessons well and share your discoveries with others?

God’s Promise to me

The teachings in my Word will invigorate your life and give meaning to your days.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To make it my life’s goal to honor You with my thoughts.

My voice:  To use all my words to encourage and bless others.

My heart:  To love others as though it were You I was loving.

My body:  To serve others as though it were You I was serving.

What’s Absorbing You?

30 Nov

God’s WordPsalms 119:17-24attitude

God’s Attribute: Wise counsel

God’s Message to me:

How many empty promises I receive from humanity in desperate circumstances!  If only I will deliver them they will follow Me always.  But once I help them back up on their feet—they forget their promise and go about their merry way.  The circumstances you find yourself in are often because of your own choosing.  Other times they may be because of choices another made.  Or, perhaps because your body malfunctions and you get ill. Many desperate circumstances would be avoided if you would take the wise counsel I provide in My Word.

My Word provides clear directions for living, nourishment for your soul, and wisdom to help you make good choices.  Absorb this–I am present with you in the worst of desperate circumstances and eager to impart peace.  No matter what path you are on My peace can nourish your soul till you are overflowing with thanksgiving.  There is no night so dark but what the light of My joy can bring you complete satisfaction.  You do not need to be “delivered” to a better life situation to have peace.  I specialize in peace during the storm.

You can’t always choose your circumstances but you can always choose your attitude.  Don’t let your circumstances drain your hope.  Open your eyes to My miracle-wonders that surround you.  Become absorbed in My wise counsel and rest in My arms of deliverance—yes, even during desperate circumstances—I am with you.

God’s Question for me:

Will you absorb yourself in My counsel rather than your troubles?   

God’s Promise to me:

The commands in My Word do not restrict but nourish and give hope.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To always focus on Your strength rather than my own.

My voice:  To speak words that build and encourage others.

My heart:  To absorb Your love and share it freely with others.

My body:  To serve all others as though it were You I’m serving.

Read the Map

22 Nov

God’s WordPsalms 119:9-16

God’s Attribute: Gives counsel and wisdomread-me-bible

God’s Message to me:

Your life is full of decisions to make.  Your worry and ponder over them.  Instead, look to My “map,” the Bible for your counsel—therein you will find wisdom to make good choices.  Re-read the stories of Noah, Daniel, Abraham and so many others, looking for principles that you can apply to your situation.  Those stories are there to guide you in decisions even today.  Are you facing a challenge in standing up for your faith—read Daniel.  Wondering whether to get a dog—read Noah. (just kidding) Those stories are “road-signs,” posted to guide you.  Consider their wisdom as coming directly from Me—given to meet your need—for in reading the Word you come face to face with Me.

Spend more of your time gleaning wisdom from My word and less trying to think of money making schemes.  Ponder every morsel of wisdom as you read how others lived victoriously through difficulties.  Then step out in faith and try it.  Your problem is you read it but don’t apply it to your situation.  As I was with Daniel or Noah, I am also with you.  I specialize in what mankind thinks impossible.

Often, people ignore the map until they are lost.  What a wasted life.  Read the map before you make bad choices.  My Word was not given to restrict you but to free you from the bondage of sin that brings pain and suffering.  There is no situation you face but what I have counsel for you in My Word.  Read and heed!

God’s Question for me

Will you read my map before you make hard decisions?

God’s Promise to me:

My Word provides you all the counsel and wisdom you need for living a fulfilled, happy and successful life.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To read and heed Your counsel in my life’s decisions.

My voice:  To encourage others to look to Your Word for guidance.

My heart:  To whole-heartedly accept and follow Your counsel.

My body:  To take the right road, not just look for the easy one.

Your Constant Companion

2 Nov

God’s WordPsalms 117

God’s Attribute: God’s faithful ways are eternal. refuge

God’s Message to me:

When I said “I will never leave you or forsake you,” that means through all of time and eternity.  My presence is with each person as through you were the only person on the earth.  I can be in all places always and have complete knowledge.  You need never concern yourself that I don’t understand you.  I understand you even better than you understand yourself.  I created you and My love for you is unlimited.  Because I care about everything you go though I go through it with you and am your constant companion.

At times you may not be aware of My companionship but it does not mean I have removed Myself from you.  It means that you have removed yourself from Me.  “Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.”  What My nearness means to you is that in the depth of despair you can find rest for your soul and peace for your mind—a rest and peace that passes understanding.  In whatever circumstances life may find you, you can still say “it is well with my soul.”

My availability to you is an example for you to be available to others, to meet their needs.  Your presence in the lives of others is an extension of My love for them.  I send you as My ambassador of love and concern.  Oh, how mankind needs to feel My care for them expressed through another human being—you.

God’s Question for me

As I am eternally available and faithful to you, will you be My faithful ambassador for others in their times of need?

God’s Promise to me

Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To let Your words be my call to action.

My voice:  To monitor my words with Your forgiving love.

My heart:  To beat in turn with Yours.

My body:  To willingly give myself to benefit others.

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