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There is short and powerful line in a song that says: I live life to bless You


It would be hard to say it better. What a statement to say to the Lord each morning, and what a challenge to live out each day.


May those 6 words be the reality in our motivation and in our daily demonstration.




Because it is August 2nd, some will read Proverbs chapter 2 as part of a daily devotional. It is very difficult to pick out a single verse to point out as the whole chapter is power-packed. It talks about God's wisdom keeping us on the right path and keeping us from the men and women who would lead us down the wrong path. The Bible does not hesitate to say that such people with wrong and enticing motives are out there.


If we had to choose a couple of verses, these might be our choice: When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: ~ Proverb 2:10-11


How much we need this in our own lives as we make decisions. How much we pray this is developed in our young people.


May God help us to demonstrate these verses (and chapter 2) each day.




If you were taught the principles of courtesy and good manners when you were growing up, you received a great blessing. If you have seen the opposite in people as you are out and about, you recognize these blessings can keep you out of a lot of trouble.


It greatly enhances our witness for Christ if we demonstrate good behavior, courtesy and politeness. We also know to be mindful of this because the devil will try to "push our button".


There is so much intensity and pressure all around us. May we be the ones who can demonstrate the peace that Jesus said was ours through Him. Even in times of difficulty, we ask that God show us the way to do something good.


Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21




A song based on Psalm 32:7 ~ May our heavenly Father grant this as we need it:


You are my hiding place, You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance, whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You, I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord


What a blessing that we do not have to face troubles in just our own strength.




An interesting word that we look at today is "urgent". In the King James, we only find it twice and the situations are not pleasant:


And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. ~ Exodus 12:33


Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. ~ Daniel 3:22


It is interesting that the "unpleasantries" had been planned for God people, but God turned them upon the heads of those who were planning the evil. This is one of those "Selah" moments we see in the Bible - pause and consider this.


Often in our lives, the urgent situations involve unpleasant situations that have happened or we are trying to prevent from happening. There can be "good urgencies" but it seems that most are not. They are often the things that are troubling and put pressure on us. May God grant us His wisdom, favor and power when they come up.


May this also be the case when something good has to be acted upon - something that can bring us a blessing. God help to respond in a "good" way and may we have more of these. We are urgently wanting to do something good.




It has been said that God's Word and His principles are like diamonds - there are so many facets to them. We noted this as we had Communion yesterday.


There is the solemn, serious, intense side of it when we reflect on what Jesus went through - the giving of His body and blood with His death on the cross. We also want to be serious and sincere when we examine ourselves before taking the elements of Communion. It is not something to be done flippantly.


Then there is the joy side of Communion - we show God reverence and respect when we are joyful over what He has done for us. Look at what is on the joy side - the resurrection, new life in Christ, being partakers of the kingdom of heaven and being part of the family of God. These are all good reasons to rejoice and give Him praise.


Regardless of the facet we are presenting at the time and regardless of the aspect(s) of Communion that each one of us needs when we come to the table, they are all meant to bring us a blessing and to better our lives.


Therefore, we come to God's table with great joy.




A recent poll asked young people for the one thing they wanted to see in adults. They were asked not to include their parents or close relatives. They were also asked not to say the term "love". The pollsters were trying to find out what young people were looking for in the adults of society.


One of the top words was: Authentic


One teenager made the statement: The adults do not have to be perfect, but they need to be real.


Many have noted how young people can spot phonies easier than some adults.


This is interesting in light of what we should be as Christians. Christianity does not mind engaging life on any level - it has something to say and should always have Christ as the standard.


Although they did not want to use the word "love", we should make sure that when we are "real and authentic" with people, that we do so in the love of God.




Most people have heard the words: Give us this day our daily bread. Of course those who know the Bible recognize where it comes from, the context and meaning, etc.


Today we focus on the word "daily". If you remember the circumstances regarding the manna in the Old Testament, you know that the people gathered it each day (except in regards to the Sabbath). On a regular day the manna would not last until the next day - they indeed had to secure their "daily bread"


This truth carries over for us as we ask God for our daily bread. We are thankful for what we received yesterday. It was a blessing that sustained us and met our needs. But we face a new day, with new challenges, things that only God knows are coming.


We need "fresh manna" each day so to speak. As in the Old Testament, God provided it but the people had to get it, prepare it, etc. - God did not drop it in their mouths. This speaks to us today in that there is a seeking we need to do. God will provide our daily bread, but we have a responsibility as well.


It is our job to take the time to seek it out, to ask how best to use what God gives us this day, and demonstrate to God that we desire to walk in wisdom with what He gives us. We know from the natural standpoint what food does for us. We should also recognize that we need the things of God in our lives to be successful, to resist temptation, and to know the right way to go.


According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ~ Ephesians 1:3


As these and other words from our heavenly Father develop in our thinking and guide our actions, we can expect to prosper and have good success ~ Joshua 1:8


Remember, the purpose of the "daily bread" is to help us that we may go and do.




Note an interesting verse regarding prayer:


Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you:... ~ I Samuel 12:23


Praying for someone else is very Christ-like. It is a generous and loving act to set aside your own time and give of yourself for someone else. To intercede for someone who needs help is an act of selflessness - that someone else might receive a benefit and some help in their lives.


We all have what seems a thousand things to do. When we set those aside to sincerely intercede and pray for others, we fulfill a lot that Jesus said about prayer. When we do it in secret, Jesus said we would be rewarded openly. A great reward would be the answer to the prayers we pray for others and a break through in their lives.


The Lord will not forget our needs if we make the needs of others a priority in our lives.




Yesterday we spoke about prayer. May God keep us sensitive to pray. How many names and faces come across our lives each day? Many of them we know - at least by name if nothing else. Would we spend just a few moments lifting them up in prayer? Would we ask God if there is anything we might do more or pray about in particular.


There is so much about our communities and people in our local papers. How quickly we can jump on some of the events and happenings we read about. We do not mind being critical and sometimes things do need to be addressed and looked into, but we should spend at least as much time praying about something that we would spend in criticizing and giving a piece of our mind.


Doing this will likely benefit us as much as the people and situations we decide to pray about.




There is always talk about a person's character, and it is particularly of note in regards to Christians. We recognize there is the inward aspect - our personal foundation, things we will and will not do, and what we consider absolutes.


Then there is the outward and what we demonstrate to others - how much we care, how much we are involved, what values we portray and exhibit. All of these things should manifest the Jesus we claim to have on the inside.


We will never do it perfectly but we are not putting ourselves forth as the standard - we put forth Jesus as the standard. Yet we want to live and act like we consider our conduct very important. 




Notice the little things come before the big things. If you want to have responsibility committed to you in this life, whether it be by God or by man, cultivate faithfulness in the little things—cultivate punctuality, cultivate answering your letters.


Cultivate keeping your promises even if they are only apparently trivial things because there is a God who is watching you. He’s assessing your character. He’s determining whether you are to be trusted with great things. Some people have got all the words and all the qualifications but they never come up with results. Even if you have to find somebody to work for you or somebody to work with you, don’t go just by the big words and by their qualifications.


Watch that person in small things. See how they handle the little responsibilities. Judge them by the way they behave when nobody’s watching them, when issues don’t seem big, because the truth of the matter is, if they are faithful in small things they will be faithful in the bigger things. If they are unfaithful in the small things, then don’t commit to them the big things.


That applies to those with whom you want to work. It applies to you, too. And it’s God’s way of assessing you and determining what you are really worth. He watches you in the small things and evaluates you from those.


~ from Derek Prince


We add that this is especially good qualities to live up to as people observe us.




Yesterday at church we noted that in most of our services there is a time set aside to stand to offer praise and worship (usually with music). We should recognize that in doing so we are literally taking a stand, we are making a stand, and we have determined that we are standing for something.


We give testimony and declare there is a God Who loves us and gave His Son Jesus to pay the price for our redemption.


The stand and testimony that we present is not just something we do - it should represent who we are. It should be what our live represents.


One of our greatest challenges is to live out this Christian life in the natural world and life that we are in each day - to live a life of faith and demonstrate the love and truth of God in this arena.

It is certainly a high standard to walk in - one worthy of our Lord Jesus.


We note these words as this walk begins in a new day:


And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. ~ I John 4:16-17





In Romans 8:6, Paul tells us that to be spiritually minded is life and peace and to be carnally minded will bring the opposite.


Yesterday we mentioned a great challenge of living a life of faith in this natural world - we see another one today. We are reminded that Paul was and all Christians are faced with the same thing - staying spiritually minded as we walk through this world.


We all face difference circumstances each day: some may have the normal routines, some may have one thing after another - no crisis but just very busy, some may face a tragedy, some might be in an emergency, and others may have a very calm day where it is easier to seek the Lord and consider being "spiritual".


The Lord understands every situation very well. He is easily touched by the feelings of our infirmities ~ Hebrews 4:15


One of the first things we can do is have a desire to be spiritually minded, seek after it, tell the Lord we want to be that way, and expect Him to lead us into it.


It is good to start your day with this in mind: Lord, I know some things that I am expecting today. Some things could likely come up that are totally unexpected. I might be put under pressure where I must make decisions about natural things. In everything today I want the mind of Christ. I want to hear from the Spirit of God. I want to know how You see every situation and tell me the right way to handle it.


This is just one way to be spiritually minded and to show God that we are interested in walking in the spirit ~ Galatians 5:16 & 25


May God grant us His grace to do this and improve in the ways that we can live each day for Him.




Most scholars believe that the sequence of Psalms 22, 23, & 24 shows an order in the life and mission of Jesus Christ. To put it briefly:


Psalm 22: The crucifixion

Psalm 23: The Lord is our Shepherd and new life in Christ

Psalm 24: Christ entering His glory and the soon-coming King.


If you have never read those three Psalms together with that in mind, you are in for a blessing.


Psalms 24 lists some high standards for entering into God's presence. We are so thankful to learn from the New Testament:


Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ~ Hebrews 9:12


Now we can boldly come before the throne of grace to obtain mercy, grace and help ~ Hebrews 4:16.




Thought for the day: Do not let discomfort be the thing that normally motivates you to change.


We know that it can do it - if nothing else it can make us change position on the couch.


Of course we are really talking about more important things in life. Sometimes things come up unexpectedly, bring us discomfort, and we know we must change something. But in general we should be people who will change because of principle, trying to improve, or to move forward in some way.


God show us the changes we need to make and may we determine to see them through. This is also a great prayer both to pray and demonstrate before our children.




Every person is familiar with temptation. The opportunities to do something wrong are all around. Yet each person can think of temptations that they would just laugh at - something they would never consider doing.


Some people for example would never consider illegal drugs, robbing a bank, being unfaithful to a spouse, etc. They really cannot be tempted in these areas (or an area that you can think of in your life) - they are steadfast and unyielding.


The real question is: Why can't we do that in every area? Our purpose here is to point out that we can be successful against temptation. If we can honestly see what really tempts us and what we are prone to yield to in our own lives, we have taken a major step in dealing with these things.


If we can target these areas, we can apply the Word of God there, and build the scriptures into our lives that will work against these temptations. Of course this should be a matter of prayer as well. We take a major step to deal with temptations with "it is written" from the Word of God and pray for God's help and wisdom to be successful.


That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:5. The power to resist temptation is indeed a formidable weapon.




Something short and powerful that will bring good results each day:


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14


In our lives today that seem so rushed, much of what we do and purchase has a "do it quick" factor. We want to get things done and move on. When we do it with quality and excellence, it brings blessing.


The scripture above deals with the two areas that usually bring "quick results" in our lives. We want to make sure the results are good.


May our Father in heaven remind us of this verse and these two areas. We pray that we show and demonstrate how important we take these words. We desire to see fruit that will bring a blessing to others and show forth development and improvement in our lives.




If you are a Bible student, you likely know something about the tabernacle, the temple, the furnishings, the layout, and the symbolism of the activities and worship involved.


We want to point out that even in the Old Testament, under the law in the Holy of Holies where God would meet with the high priest, was the "mercy seat". It was not called a judgment seat even then.


We know God did judge situations and people. We know there was an altar of sacrifice in the main court. Yet God provided a mercy seat. It appears throughout history, God's desire has always been to show mercy. We certainly see the fulfillment of this in Jesus Christ and what we see in the New Testament.


What a reason to rejoice this morning as we come together in church! It also reminds us that we should be the same - looking for a way to show mercy to others.




Each one of us will face different situations this Monday morning - it is definitely better to face them when you are "in Christ"


The phrase "in Christ" is found 78 times in the New Testament. If you are born again, it is talking about you!


If you want a real "kick off" to your Monday morning, do a search for that phrase. There are too many to list but here are a couple:


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10


Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: ~ Romans 3:24


Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. ~ II Corinthians 2:14


Being "in Christ" should certainly make a big difference in the way we face any day - even Mondays!




The book of Jude is one power-packed chapter. The author does not mince words or pull any punches we he contrasts: "to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:" verse 1 with: "certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ verse 4.


The entire chapter outlines a contrast that is certainly applicable for today ~ take the time to read this chapter of 25 verses. It is interesting that this book was placed right before the book of Revelation in the Bible. We note especially the last two verses of the chapter - it is worthy of a shout!


 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen. ~ Jud 1:24-25




The Bible provides a great stress reliever:


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:7


This does not mean that we ignore things. But stress will bring such pressure that it keeps us from doing the things that need to be done.


We can stay busy doing the things we are responsible for and let God handle the stress. Stress and cares indeed can be real, and we really need to cast them over on the Lord - He is best one to handle them anyway.


This casting takes practice and it may take a few times to thoroughly cast it over on the Lord and leave it there. May God show each one of us how to do this in our own situations.


This was God's idea in the first place - we do not have to convince Him to take the cares and stress that we send His way.




The other day we mentioned that even in the Old Testament under the law, God provided a mercy seat for the benefit of the people. We noted that God has always desired to show mercy to man - we see that especially in the ministry of Jesus.


We see these references to mercy in the Bible:


His mercy is new every morning


God is rich in mercy


Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ


(Titus 3:5 KJV)  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


(Heb 4:16 KJV)  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


May we too always look for a way to show mercy - even when we must correct someone or deal with discipline in some way.




If a hymn can die, can it live again? The life story of "To God Be The Glory" proves that the answer is 'yes!' Originally composed in America sometime before 1875, it was almost immediately forgotten in its native land. In 1954, however, "To God Be the Glory" was rediscovered and claimed as a new favorite.

Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham's song leader explains: 'It was suggested that we include "To God Be The Glory" in a song-book we were compiling for the London crusade of 1954. Because of its strong text of praise and its attractive melody, I agreed. We introduced the hymn during the early days of those meetings in Harringay Arena. As a result, Billy Graham asked that we repeat it often because he was impressed with the enthusiastic participation of the audience. In the closing weeks of the crusade it became our theme hymn, repeated almost every night. The words well expressed our praise to God, who was doing wondrous things in Britain.'

Returning to America, we brought the hymn with us and used it first in Nashville, Tennessee crusade of August, 1954. It was quickly adopted by many church groups and has recently been included in several new hymnals.

Why "To God Be the Glory" was so late in achieving recognition in its homeland may always remain a mystery. It is not mentioned in the writings of either Fanny Crosby, author of the words, or W. H. Doane, composer of the music. Evidently the song leader Ira D. Sankey took it to Great Britain when he went there with evangelist D. L. Moody in 1873. Sankey included it in his "Sacred Songs and Solos" a hymnbook first published in England in 1874 and still in use today.

For some unknown reason, the song did not appear in the important "Gospel Hymns" series of books which Sankey published in America after his retuning from Britain in 1875. Through the years, "To God Be The Glory" has been included in several American hymnals. But until 1954 it failed to find its rightful place in the singing of our congregations.

To God Be The Glory indeed - both in our singing and in our lives.




One of the missions of Jesus was to demonstrate who God was to the people. He wanted to show some aspects of Him that they might not immediately grasp through the law. He showed them God as a Father - as loving and concerned about His children.


In I Corinthians 8, Paul writes that man has created many gods and idols for himself - in heaven and in earth. He then writes:


But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.


Those who know Jesus as Lord will delight in these verses. They say it best about the One who freely gave His life for all of us:


Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:


Colossians 1:12-22




Here is a hymn that is likely not sung as much as in years past:


Wonderful Words of Life


(We hope you will attend church today and indeed hear the wonderful words of life)


Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.


            Beautiful words, wonderful words,   
            Wonderful words of life;
            Beautiful words, wonderful words,
            Wonderful words of life.


Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
Wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call,
Wonderful words of life;
All so freely given,
Wooing us to heaven.


Sweetly echo the Gospel call,
Wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all,
Wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
Sanctify us forever.


May the reality of these words serve to strengthen and motivate us daily.




Yesterday we began a series on the new life in Christ.


Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.~ Romans 6:4


And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. ~ I John 5:11


We began with a great hymn in that regard - the first verse is below:


What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart;
I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

                        Since Jesus came into my heart,
                        Since Jesus came into my heart;
                        Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
                        Since Jesus came into my heart.


We pray each one who reads our posts would experience this "wonderful change" in their lives through Jesus Christ. Then may we all follow on to know Him and learn more about living this life that God has given us.




Yesterday we shared about new life in Christ and the hymn that talks about its beginning with Jesus coming into our hearts. The Bible calls it a new birth and likens it to our natural birth in that it talks about being newborn babes:


As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2;2


As a child or teenager, were you one of those who wanted to be a grown-up right now? Many young folks just cannot wait - they view adulthood as the answer to all of their dreams.


Would that we would have such a desire spiritually - to have such passion to grow up in Christ

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:15


May we be motivated to mature and show that we are "grown-ups" in the faith - not to boast but that fruit might be forthcoming.




We write today about unity. How many different ideas do you suppose there are in the church about this subject? Is there unity on the subject of unity?


It is interesting that there are only two verses that use the word in the New Testament:


Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:3


Two words we will definitely need: endeavoring and peace!


Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:13


Granted these two verses say a lot concerning unity. The emphasis is on Spirit and faith - they both are ours when we come to Christ. Then we must endeavor to walk in them in peace.


We will not always have the same viewpoint, outlook, or opinions; but our faith (resulting from being born of the Spirit) should be the same.


We may see some aspects of faith differently, but may our endeavoring to keep the unity be seen as well. The scriptures speak harshly concerning those trying to divide and sow discord. They also speak kindly concerning those who endeavor to reconcile, make peace, and restore others.


May God help us to promote and keep the unity of the Spirit and of faith in the right way.




Consider the word "trust" that we would use like this: I trust you.


We know the seriousness of this when we consider how we feel and what happens in a relationship when such trust is broken.


As Christians we should take this word and what it means very seriously. When you place trust in someone, you are putting yourself out there and a lot may be riding on what the other person does regarding that trust.


As concerning trust, may we indeed do unto others as we would have them do unto us.




As we come to the 31st of the month, we are reminded of the last chapter of the book of Proverbs that has the same number. Many know that it speaks about the virtuous woman. Some have gotten a little testy regarding this and cry out: "How about encouraging the same virtue in the men?"


You do not have to read much of the Bible to recognize that God's standards of virtue and right living apply across the board - for men and women. Proverbs 31 is often used in sermons on Mother's Day and also to challenge young ladies with the question: "What type of woman do you want to be"?


One of the things we see out of this chapter is an encouragement for women to excel - especially in light of how they were sometimes viewed in the Old Testament. They do not have to be second-class or of questionable virtue - they can be first class with Godly virtue.


For people who would study the book of Proverbs to gain a foundation for their lives, chapter 31 closes the book with information that will save both men and women from a lot of hurt and heartache. Being of Godly character and virtue will be a plus for both your résumé and your life.







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