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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.

God’s Promise Fulfilled

8 Jul

Matthew 1:15-25

Learning from Jesus’ Life:

Old Testament scholars know of God’s promise that a virgin would conceive and bear a son. Mary & Joseph They were waiting and watching for it to happen.  However, many had preconceived notions about what kind of woman God would choose.  Surely it would be someone famous with a lot of power.  They were hoping this promised one would come with lots of power to overcome the oppression the Romans had put on them.  Don’t you suppose many parents were praying their daughter would be the chosen one?  God had a different idea.  He chose Mary, a lowly peasant girl who had the perfect virtues to raise His son.

God knew the value of a loving father and he found that quality in Joseph, the man engaged to Mary.  God sent a messenger to both Mary and then Joseph to announce the coming birth.  They both followed the instructions completely—just as God knew they would.  How important it is that we all live our lives in such honest devotion as did Mary and Joseph.  Let’s look back a generation at the parents of Joseph and Mary.  We learn a lot about them through the words and deeds of their children.  As parents we are called to train our children in the scriptures so they will know how to be successful in the things of life that really matter.

Even more important than the training of our children is our example lived before them.  The strength of a society is founded in the home.  What children fail to see in their parents they seldom achieve.    God knows that because marriage between a man and a woman and the family unit was His idea.  Let us humble ourselves before God and accept the responsibility of raising our children as Mary and Joseph raised Jesus—ready to follow God’s call wherever it may lead.   We are imperfect parents following a perfect God.

God’s Question: Are you willing to follow My lead?

God’s Promise: I am ever-present to those who follow Me.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Mary and Joseph’s example for us.

I am sorry my children didn’t have a better example in me.

Thank You for filling in the gaps where I failed.

Help me encourage others to follow You.

Do You Pander?

4 Mar

God’s Word: Luke 20: 20-26

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

How much of your life is spent pandering?  questionsYou pander when you say or do what someone expects of you even though it is against your better judgment.  Many people rise to popularity by pandering to what the crowds want.  (The crowds, after all, are the ones who pad their pockets.)  Not so with Jesus and His followers. When questioned His answers were always honest and straightforward and He pandered to no one.  His life’s goal was to teach the way of God accurately.  Therefore, He used wisdom as He answered probing questions.  You should take a lesson from Him.

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” You can answer questions until you are blue in the face and still not satisfy the one who questions.  Jesus was able to determine when questions were asked out of honest inquiry or simply to trip Him up.  In this passage the question were meant to trip him up.  He understood what they were trying to do so turned the tables on them with a question of his own.  He didn’t pander to their questions, instead took control of the conversation and threw the ball back in their court.

Do not get the reputation of being argumentative—even for My sake.  You can’t do something that is wrong, for a righteous reason.  You cannot convince someone your way is “right” by arguing with them.  Jesus didn’t argue!  He let the words and deeds of His life argue His case before the world.  And consider the legacy that He left on the earth?  That is the example I want you to follow.  Do not pander to people but give them honest and straightforward answers—using My gift of wisdom in a calm and meek spirit.

God’s Question: Is your life a testimony to Jesus teachings?

God’s Promise:  If you ask Me for wisdom I will surely give it.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus example of not pandering.

I am Sorry I don’t always call on You for wisdom.

Thank You for the honor of being Your ambassador.

Please help me faithfully represent You to my world.

Knitting With God

26 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:5, 6, Jesus said, “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?  Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quite, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Prayer is knitting your heart to the heart of God.  Praying in public causes a strain to that knitting because others are listening.  Take special effort to humbly step into the presence of God and not to “look or sound good” before others.  People are so tempted to turn any public event into drawing attention to self.

True heart to heart knitting with God happens best in secret.  hearts-knit-togetherWhen no one is watching or listening you are free to set aside all pretenses and be yourself in God’s presence.  It would be foolishness to be anything but honest, since God knows you even better than you know yourself.

Your focus in prayer is to knit your heart to God’s through the ACTS of prayer–adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.  Too many prayers are simply to-do lists laid out to God.  Prayer is not to be treated as a spiritual genie that will magically cause God to answer your request.  Prayer is heart to heart with God.  Begin by acknowledging His great power, and then admit your failures, thank Him for his many favors in your life, and then, and only then, bring your requests before Him.  Prayer, knit in this manner, will not unravel.

 Jesus’ Question for Me: Have you experienced the  lasting joy of knitting your heart to God?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: God hears the heart to heart calls of His children.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for being concerned about my very life.

I am sorry I too often set aside my knitting lesson with You.

Thank you for picking up the dropped stitches of my life.

Help me to take many opportunity in each day to practice knitting my heart to Yours.

The Honest Trail

12 Oct

God’s Word:  Proverb s 24:23-34

God’s Message to Me:

It is wrong, very wrong, to go along with injustice.  To hide the truth is  an outright lie.  One little lie seems innocent enough but it is like one little spot of cancer that will grow to choke out the life of the person. To allow yourself to lie, by hiding the truth, you invite the cancer of dishonesty to enter your heart.  The end will always be disaster.

What kind of trail are you leaving for future generations to follow?  Honesty is a family value to pass on to your descendants.  What stories will be told about you after you are gone?  Will your honest endeavors stand out or will your failures at honesty be remembered more?

The trail you leave behind will affect your descendants for generations.  As you make every decision, consider how this will affect your family line.  One man left behind the nickname of “Honest Abe.”  What a legacy to leave behind.  Every decision, every word, is creating the trail of your life.  Choose honesty to pass on to future generations!

 

God’s Question to Me:  Are you looking at your life from the bigger picture as you being a chain in the link of life?  Are you making an effort to leave a strong and honest link for your loved ones to follow?

 
God’s Promise to Me:   Honesty is not always the easiest trail to choose but it is the only one with the promise of a rainbow at the end.

 
My Song to God:   I Would Be Like Jesus     by James Rowe 1911

Earthly pleasures vainly call me,
I would be like Jesus;
Nothing worldly shall enthrall me,
I would be like Jesus.

 

Refrain:
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
I would be like Jesus.

 
He has broken every fetter,
I would be like Jesus;
That my soul may serve Him better,
I would be like Jesus.

Refrain:
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
I would be like Jesus.

 
All the way from earth to glory,
I would be like Jesus;
Telling o’er and o’er the story,
I would be like Jesus.

Refrain:
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
I would be like Jesus.

 
That in Heaven He may meet me,
I would be like Jesus;
That His words “Well done” may greet me,
I would be like Jesus.

Refrain:
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
I would be like Jesus.

 

 

#10 Chose Honesty

13 Sep

God’s Word:  Proverbs  23:10,11

God’s Message to Me:

Keep a tight rein on your commitment to honest—in all circumstances.  The prisons are overflowing with those who loosened the reins on honesty.  To be dishonest in just a small way has a way of expanding until it is out of control.  Looks at the amount of money spent in the court system trying to find the TRUTH!

Dishonesty sneaks upon you in moments when you are vulnerable.  You may find yourself in a situation where no one would ever know this tiny little diversion you could make from the truth.  And when it will benefit you a whole lot—that is hard to resist.  Only those who have made a commitment to be honest in all their dealings will be able to avoid this trap of Satan.

Draw a firm boundary line around your commitment to honesty.  To cheat another out of something due them is the same as cheating Me.  If no other person in the world knew your wrong—I would know.  I am a powerful advocate for those who cannot speak up for themselves—the unborn, the child, the disabled, the sick, the elderly.  As you treat them—you are treating Me.  Nothing goes unnoticed!

God’s Question to Me:  Will you commit to keeping a tight rein on your commitment to honesty and in this way make the world a better place?

God’s Promise to Me:   You can be sure that I always know what is going on and will advocate against the one who is dishonest—no matter how small the dishonest act or word.

My Song to God:        Take My Life and Let it Be       by Frances R Havergal  1874

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing,
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Frances Ridley Havergal wrote so many helpful books, and lived a life so earnest and devoted, that she has had a very deep influence over the hearts of Christians. Of all her poems, the one before us meant the most to her, and has meant the most to the world.

Miss Havergal was born in Astley, England, December 14, 1836. Her father was an Episcopal clergyman, a skilful composer of music, and himself a hymn-writer. She was baptized by another hymn writer, Rev. John Cawood, who wrote “Hark! what mean those holy voices?”

Studying in England and Germany, Miss Havergal became a good Hebrew and Greek scholar, and knew several modern languages. She became also a brilliant singer and piano-player, and a glittering career in society was open before her. But she considered all her talents to be only loans from the Lord, to be used in His service. She would not even sing, except sacred music, and for the purpose of winning souls. She lavished her strength upon work for the Master, teaching in Sunday schools, writing letters, writing many leaflets and books, conducting religious meetings, and making public addresses. She was often sick, and her life was short, but she accomplished a wonderful amount of noble work.

Miss Havergal’s beautiful consecration hymn “Take My Life” was written on February 4, 1874.  At the close of 1873 Miss Havergal came to long for a deeper knowledge of God. On Sunday, December 2, of that year she was brought to see, as by a flash of light, that she could not have the full blessedness of a Christian without a full surrender to Christ.

On the first of February, 1874, Miss Havergal was visiting in a home where there were ten persons, some of them not converted, some of them Christians but not very happy ones. A great longing seized upon Miss Havergal that all of these might, before she left, come to know her Saviour as joyfully as she had just come to know Him. That prayer was granted, and before she left the house. On the last night of her stay, February 4, she was too happy to sleep, and spent the night writing this hymn, closing with the triumphant line, “Ever, ONLY, ALL for Thee!”

 

Wisdom is Free

24 Apr

God’s Word:  Proverbs 2:6-8

God’s Message to Me:

The Bible—your Treasure Guide—is the path to wisdom.  Wisdom is the culmination of knowledge and understanding gleaned from My Word. The wisdom of the world has the ultimate goal of selfishness.  My wisdom shows the path of life as living on behalf of the good of others.  Imagine the outcome of a world full of selfish people.  Then consider a world full of people seeking to help others.

Common Sense and Wisdom walk hand in hand.  They serve as personal body-guards to those who have discovered the Treasures My Word provides.  When you set out to “mine” My Treasures you will discover that there is a never-ending supply.  That is because turning to My Word is turning to Me.  Wisdom is the free by-product of this choice.

My eyes roam the earth searching out those who live honestly.  I pay special attention to those who are loyally committed to discovering my Wisdom—freely given through My Word.  Wisdom is the only path to lasting happiness and success in life.  But the ungodly have done a good job with their marketing and have lured the masses to seek the selfish route to happiness and success.  It may work for a while but my Wisdom gives happiness and success through all time and eternity.

God’s Question to Me:  In your search for wisdom, happiness and success have you turned to My Word and found My never-ending supply?

God’s Promise to Me: I pay special attention to those who are honest and loyally committed to the Treasure I share in My Word.

My Song to God:  Standing on the Promises  by Russel K Carter  1886

Standing on the promises of Christ my King, 
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

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