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During this week we are especially mindful of Jesus and the crucifixion. Many of us have seen movies, plays and cantatas that depict the events with much drama. It is often hard for our minds to grasp or understand the horror and hurt we read about and see depicted.


This should help bring us to our knees in recognition of our weakness and need for God. Though we may never understand it all in this life, we can still come before God, and pour out our hearts to tell Him how grateful we are!




As we again consider this week in scripture, we are reminded that Jesus humbled Himself even unto death. We are told in the scripture to humble ourselves.


Humbling yourself can be a great act of faith. When you humble yourself, you are yielding to another, putting someone else's will before yours; it is an act of selflessness.


The question has been asked if God humbles people. God can certainly do things to get our attention, and circumstances can arise that can take us down a peg. But true humbling is something that we do ourselves - because it is a matter of the heart. It is when we humble ourselves that we are well on our way to pleasing God.


As we think about this aspect of the week of Jesus, we could check our hearts to see if we need to deal with any pride. Remember that humbling ourselves is the exact opposite of lifting (or puffing up) ourselves.


Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ~ James 4:10


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: ~ I Peter 5:6




May this be our song to honor Jesus:






Words from a familiar hymn:


Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow


May God help us live like we believe the words from this chorus: All to Him I owe




Christ the Lord is risen today - Hallelujah!


He's alive and I'm forgiven - heaven's gates are open wide.


Rejoice and be thankful!




We were privileged, along with many churches, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ yesterday. We were reminded that Jesus brought the love of God, life of God, and liberty of God - may we celebrate everyday!




Though the Sunday we celebrate the resurrection has passed, new life goes on:


If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory ~ Colossians 3:1-4


As we have mentioned before, the death and resurrection of Christ was for our benefit:


Who (Jesus) was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ~ Romans 4:25


May we continue to grow and develop in this new life that Jesus has given us.




By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. ~ Proverbs 16:6


This verse describes one reason there is so much evil in the world - there is no fear of God.


The love of God should compel us to desire to depart from evil. We pray it does not take the judgment of God to force us out of evil.


May we properly fear God so that any iniquity might be purged by mercy and truth.




Yesterday we mentioned the fear of God. Today we note an interesting passage:


Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it. ~ Deuteronomy 25:17-19


These are sobering verses. God had not forgotten what Amalek did and He did not want His people to forget it. We often wonder when God may do something in a certain situation.


We are thankful that God has decided to remember our sins no more when we repent and confess them. We are thankful too that God knows what we have all dealt with - and He knows the correct response at the right time.


May we demonstrate the proper Godly fear and reverence for our heavenly Father.



If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. ~ II Timothy 2:21


May this describe us each day.




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. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6


Perhaps we do not know the path to take or the right thing to do. But we can acknowledge God in all of it and ask for His wisdom and direction because we want to get it right.




Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8


May we work on and improve in this area every day.




Often situations arise that we do not have a complete answer for. But if we can show that we care and will be there, that will go a long way as we seek a proper solution.




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


Notice the interesting beginning: We dare not do this...  It is a strong admonition.


How well we know this comparing ourselves among ourselves is something our young people particularly struggle with. Older adults often have seen the folly of doing such and hopefully it is less of a temptation. Yet it is good word for people of all ages.


We can certainly admire and thank God for people who may stand out for a Godly reason. But we also know that anyone can slip, and our standard of both conduct and true admiration is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our goal is to please Him and also to let our light shine so that others may be drawn to our Lord.


It has been said that when neither praise nor criticism can shake our foundation and determination to serve the Lord with our best, we are well on our way to walking in maturity and humbleness of mind. May we desire to be His vessels of honor.




Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross...


These words to a familiar hymn challenge us. As we mentioned Tuesday, situations often arise that we may not have the complete answer for. Through it all, we ask God to help us stand up for Jesus in the right way.




Lord help me today to give something away...


Throughout the New Testament we see giving as an important part of the Christian life. We can always find some way to give that will bring a blessing to others.




My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus' Name


No good works or any amount of them by any man compare to what Jesus did and His final sacrifice. Indeed it is so sweet to trust in Jesus and not in works of righteousness which we have done.


We pray the joy of this salvation will touch the hearts of many today.




Everyone can have a ministry of doing for others - bearing their burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2


No license or degree is required to qualify for this ministry position.




We ask the Lord to help us to react and respond in the right way as we go through each day. We know how things can come unexpectedly and we could respond the wrong way. We recognize it is often difficult to take things back once they have been said. Lord please set a watch over my mouth - Psalm 141:3


We learn throughout life that our words can get us into trouble. May we also remember that our words can get us out of trouble. May God give us the right words fitly spoken.




Many of us know or know about the verses in Ephesians chapter 6 that talk about the full armor of God.


Put on the whole armour of God,... ~ Ephesians 6:11


Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, ... ~ Ephesians 6:13

In 2 verses close to one another we are admonished to "get the armor of God" How often do we consider each peace, what it stands for and how I am doing with it?


Am I walking in the truth? For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~ III John 1:3-4


Do we recognize that the righteousness of Christ is our breastplate; Yet we should desire to walk worthy of the Lord and our conduct should demonstrate this.


In the natural, anyone dealing with a suit of armor would be diligent to check it all out, make sure it is in good condition, etc. He would not be haphazard about his protection or his weapon.


We should do the same regarding the full armor of God. The verses are detailed about the armor pieces and the enemy's assault. May we put in the time and effort necessary in this important aspect of our Christian walk.




When we mention those "3 little words" most people will know the ones we likely mean. However there are 3 others that can be a great blessing: Can I help?


When people have needs or problems, those three words can be an answer to prayer. May these three words become a part of our daily conversation and action.




There are always so many important things to pray about each day. We emphasize praying for and doing for others as Jesus taught, yet we must remember prayer for ourselves.


Dear Father, today I would purpose to successfully resist and overcome every temptation to do something wrong. I desire to walk worthy of the Lord each day; I thank You for the help I need, and reminders from Your Spirit as I go about my activities.


In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and may He be glorified in me. Amen




The other day we talked about helping. There is a gift in ministry from God called "helps" ~ I Corinthians 12:28


When you see a successful ministry, you can be assured that it has some good help.


May we be part of the "good help" in the service of the Lord. 




We heard what He said, but do we know what He meant?


We note the above in regards to this verse:


And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! ~Matthew 10:23


The disciples were astonished and Jesus clarified it to them in the next verse:


And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! ~ Verse 24.


Without Jesus' clarification, can you imagine all of the wrong ideas that would come out in regards to money and riches. In fact they still come out!


This is important regarding scripture but also in regards to one another. We sometimes have trouble saying things the right way or hearing what was really meant. May we study to show ourselves approved (both spiritually and naturally) so we do not act on a wrong assumption. 




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.




A good question for all of us:


Does the way I live help the people around me to see Jesus?


Many of us have sung the hymn: Let Other See Jesus In You


Have we assessed our way of living to determine our effectiveness in this area. May God grant us great wisdom that we might live our best for Him.




Today we note a familiar verse:


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


It is interesting that after the admonition regarding hearing and speaking that we should be slow to wrath. It is often after we hear something or speak something that the wrath can follow.


May this verse guide us through our days - where we will likely hear and speak many things. The last three words "slow to wrath" should be just as important to remember as our hearing and speaking.




In many of the self-help seminars, they teach you to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. As Christians we realize that no one can do it all.


We are members of a body that have particular functions. It is truly rewarding as each of us learns to function better and better. May it be our goal to be the best we can with what the Lord has given us.


Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. ~ I Corinthians 12:27




Yesterday we mentioned that Christians are all individual members of the body of Christ. Paul talks about this in two places: Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12.


After each example he talks about the various ministries or positions that God gives to the members of the body. These parts of the body are supposed to function.


Our point again is there is plenty to do and opportunities to serve. Regardless of the title (or lack thereof), there is always some way we can serve.

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