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Today reminds us of all the scriptures that tell us not to be foolish. We are admonished to walk in wisdom, and we know the blessing of wise decisions


With so many things facing us on a daily basis, we ask God to bless us with wisdom from His word and His Spirit.




Daniel chapter 9 has an interesting story. Daniel, in reading the word of God, understood that the 70 years of captivity in Babylon was about to end. He responded by going to prayer, repenting for his people, and crying out for the mercy of God.


He did not just lounge around and say "Well God is going to end this terrible situation and we are going back to Jerusalem. I can't wait!" He could have just lounged around waiting for the deliverance. Instead, he got busy. Perhaps he realized that if the people did not change, they might not stay in Jerusalem very long and perhaps be right back in Babylon.


Reading the whole chapter should encourage us all in prayer. We are told to be diligent in the things of God as we see the day approaching. Daniel in this chapter is a great example. We should show this same determination as we see the day approaching of the return of Christ.




Yesterday we noted Daniel and his prayer for Israel in Daniel chapter 9. He showed great concern for his people - that they would need God's blessing in their return to the promised land.


As we continue in reading chapter 10, we see Daniel in prayer again. From these 2 chapters we gain much insight into future events, and this information helps to clarify some things we see in Revelation. We also gain insight into the spiritual realm and the warfare that goes on that Paul talks about especially in Ephesians 6.


It was because of prayer that the information in these 2 chapters is available to us. How desperately we need spiritual insight and wisdom each day. As we enter into our prayer closet, may we come expecting to hear from God as we desire to pray effectually and fervently.




Today we let God's word speak for itself. May the Holy Spirit guide each of us into the proper application:


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. ~ Proverbs 3:5-10




Heavenly Father:


Help me to know the best way

To share my testimony day by day

To let my light shine, put my life on the line

May my words be the best I can say


Make a difference in someone's life today.




Good works bring a blessing - to you and to others. But our goods works do not pay the price for sin - they do not bring us redemption.


Remember in the Old Testament with all the works that were required, blood sacrifices of animals still had to be made to cover the people's sins.


What can wash away our sins - nothing but the blood of Jesus! When that is done it should be our delight to honor Him in good works.




Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ Psalm 119:11


So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17


And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: ~ Ephesians 6:17


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. ~ Colossians 3:16


These and many other verses remind us of how important the word of God is and should be in our lives. One way to keep it before us in a way we particularly enjoy is through music.


We know at times we can experience the doldrums - just have difficulty getting spiritually motivated. Put on some good, Bible-based, spirit-filled music and you will likely note a change. It is a blessing of God.


There is the music that gets us going, the softer music that is great for prayer time, a song that reminds of an event or loved one - there are so many styles and flavors of music which can present and reinforce the word of God in our lives.


We encourage you to avail yourself music and songs that will help instill and build the word of God in you.




Yesterday we mentioned music - what a blessing and how powerful it can be. Today and in the next few days, we share different types that we hope encourage you in the Lord. Today we share: Goodbye, World, Goodbye






Yesterday our music selection was one that could cause us to jump up and shout. Today's offering is one that compels us to fall on our knees and worship - particularly appropriate for Easter: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross






Our musical selection is a favorite especially this time of year: Because He Lives!






In looking forward to our resurrection celebration, we share: Then Came the Morning






Today's song: I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary


We are so glad that Jesus does too!






Today is Palm Sunday. It has also been called the Triumphal Entry. Jesus was well aware of the type of entry that this was - and where He was headed.


As we consider this and His week in Jerusalem, we should realize that this is our journey - that we must come to Calvary before we receive the new life in Christ.


Thank you Jesus for being our substitute and taking our death upon Yourself that we might receive Your life and Your righteousness.




But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8


We were reminded yesterday that Jesus took the place of Barabbas - who in the New Testament was labeled a seditionist, thief and murderer. We wonder if Barabbas ever understood this.


We should make sure that we understand it - that we recognize that Jesus took our place so that we might go free; and further that He washed us from our sin - praise His Name!


And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, ~ Revelation 1:5


For those who are keeping track, remember that Passover begins this evening and the blood moon can be seen in the early Tuesday morning hours - if the weather will cooperate.





The song we share today: It is Finished






Our musical selection today: Old Rugged Cross






May these words be a reality in our lives daily: He Touched Me






Today let us worship His: Majesty






Though Jesus died on the cross and was buried: We Shall Behold Him







Christ the Lord is risen today ...!


Many know Don Francisco's version of He's Alive. We share this version from David Phelps






We conclude our seasonal posting of musical selections with one very fitting: The King Is Coming






It is likely that most churches had some type of resurrection message this past Sunday. We were reminded that we have been made alive together with our risen Lord.


Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: ~ Ephesians 2:5-6


And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; ~ Colossians 2:13


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


May God help us to walk daily in this newness of life




If we desire to follow the will of God on a daily basis, times will likely come when we may not sense a particular unction or leading to pursue a certain path. We may just be doing the norm in our everyday life, yet we want to be sure that we are following the Lord.


All of us have likely been at this place. It is a good time to remember: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. ~ Ephesians 5:2


This is always a good thing to work on - especially in the world today with so much that comes at us. We can get short with our answers, absorbed in ourselves, overlook our consideration of others, and so on.


Verses like the one above will keep us on the right path even when we are not sure exactly where the Lord is taking us.




Ben Franklin supposedly noted: Well done is better than well said.


We know what he meant. Many can talk a good game but can they produce. When you think about it, both are needed.


If someone does a good job and produces something good and worthwhile, it will usually need some type of explanation, description and promotion.


An expression that many of us heard growing up: There are two types of people - talkers and doers.


Oh that we might do both effectively in the right balance. This would be a great skill for all of us to learn - one indeed of immense value.




What would be some signs that a person is growing and maturing in the Lord. Certainly there are more than we could name in one post. Because people deal with different circumstances, steps forward will come in different ways. One could be - I am more and more spiritually minded while trying to deal with this physical world and circumstances in a Godly manner.


Again this will manifest differently for each one of us as we have different situations that we deal with daily.


We ask the Lord to help each person on their daily path, to walk worthy and be fruitful in every good work, and thus be a blessing to others.




Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine - what a wonderful thing to be able to say.


Acts 17:31 ~  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.


Col 2:2 ~ That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;


1 Thessalonians 1:5 ~ For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.


Heb 6:11 ~ And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:


Heb 10:22 ~ Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.




This hymn reminds us that the world does not just need to see us going to church, but they also need to see Jesus is us:


While passing thro' this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

            Let others see Jesus in you,
            Let others see Jesus in you.
            Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
            Let others see Jesus in you.

Your life's a book before their eyes,
They're reading it thro' and thro'
Say, does it point them to the skies,
Do others see Jesus in you?

Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: ~ I Peter 2:9




Our opening hymn yesterday was: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus


We sing it and we are reminded that we are to do it.


Though we may be born again and confident in Christ, each day we should decide who we are going to follow. It is a daily walk where we need daily bread and the fresh anointing of God's Spirit.


May we seek the Lord each day that we may best know His path, His direction, and how we might best please Him.




An interesting verse in light of today's culture:


For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ~ II Corinthians 10:12


This verse may lead us to especially consider young people in dealing with peer pressure in regards to how they look, what they wear, the things they own, etc. Yet we should consider ourselves as well - do we measure ourselves by the world's standards and do we look there for validation.


Our validation is in Christ: 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


Therefore: let us: walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:10 and further: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. ~ I Thessalonians 2:12




We pray particularly today for those that have dealt with the devastating weather and for folks in our area today - for safety and protection. May God surround us with favor as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:12


 Don't forget tomorrow is National Day of Prayer.


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