Daily Word Archives



March 2017

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4/3/2017

 

Whenever we are believing God for something or drawing near to Him, there is often what could be called "pressing in". Paul said: I press toward the mark for the prize... ~ Philippians 3:14

 

This "pressing" indicates an intensity of effort - a fervency toward the things of God

 

We remember in Acts chapter 13 the story of prophets and teachers who were at Antioch - Paul and Barnabas were named with others in that group. It says they ministered to the Lord and fasted.

 

These individuals could have taken another approach. They could have reasoned: We are filled with the Spirit, we know the voice of God, if He wants us to do anything He will tell us.

 

These folks were not flippant or haphazard - and they were not lazy! They were drawing near to God and showing they were serious.

 

May this help us to realize ways that we might show the same diligence in seeking the Lord and preparing ourselves for Christian service. Thank you Lord for the help and unction of the Holy Spirit in this area.

 

4/4/2017

 

This past Sunday was communion day for us as it was the first Sunday of the month. We looked at it a little differently as we considered the time line of the life of Jesus during this season. He was going to eat the last Passover meal with His disciples.

 

The disciples were used to eating and celebrating the Passover with Him. We know the story of them wondering where they would eat the Passover this year and we know a room was prepared for them in this regard.

 

Perhaps the disciples thought there would not be much difference between this year and the celebrations of the past. Had it become something that was just routine?

 

But we know this time Jesus would present that the bread and cup they had been partaking of for years was actually representing Him and what He would be dealing with. In a few hours His sacrifice would ratify and bring a New Covenant into effect.

 

Further, Jesus did not do something that the disciples would just observe. He could have told them about the bread and cup and what it would mean for Him. He could partaken of those elements and declared that He would literally be partaking of them in a few hours.

 

But He said they were to partake of the cup and bread as well - just like they had done for years. However, this would represent a New Covenant that they could share in, be a part of, and embrace.

 

We likewise have the same opportunity and privilege. May we never consider it just "routine" or just some "church thing" we do,

 

May God help us to realize all that it means for us, walk in its blessing, and live a "Communion" life daily with our Lord.

 

4/6/2017

 

What will I deal with today? Will it be a "normal" day with the usual routines to serve and love the Lord and others the best I can? Will it be a miracle day where I see a special blessing or opportunity that I know is from God? Will I deal with something today that is not pleasant or even really bad?

 

Regardless of which of these (or combination of things) will be in my day, I will need the wisdom and mind of God to get the best results.

 

May I have the mind of Christ and leading of the Holy Spirit in all I am doing today!

 

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. ~ John 14:18

 

4/7/2017

 

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. ~ I Thessalonians 4:16-18

 

Paul particularly wanted these words to be ones of comfort. We know many are hurting today. May these words that describe the wonderful reality to come be a comfort and a blessing to all who know and trust our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

In the midst of everything heavenly Father may we experience the blessing of Your kingdom today: Righteousness, Peace & Joy in the Holy Ghost ~ Romans 14:17

 

4/8/2017

 

Today we especially pray for the family of Victor Breeden. Victor was a part of our church and school for many years. We praise God for the fine young man he became and the stand he took for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Heaven Father please take the family in Your arms, may Your comfort and strength sustain them, Your mercy be upon them, and the power of God uphold them.

 

We are thankful for all who are helping them and being a blessing to them in this time of need.

 

To Beverly, Amy & Joshua:  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13

 

4/10/2017

 

Our opening hymn yesterday was: Lead Me To Calvary

 

We know in the timeline of the gospel that Jesus will be led to Calvary in just a few days.

 

In like manner, we  too will be led to Calvary when we come to Jesus. Here we see that it is our death He died. We partake of His death that in like manner we may partake of His resurrection.

 

We see this both in Communion and Baptism.

 

Paul said I am crucified with Christ ~ Galatians 2:20

 

Further we read: 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

 

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. ~ Colossians 2:12

 

Thank God that Calvary was not the last stop! May God help us to live abd walk in the resurrected life He has provided.

 

4/11/2017

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5

 

How often it is that we think we are lacking in things - yet it is often wisdom that we need. Even with all the things we might acquire, we need God's wisdom to use these properly.

 

We thank God for His outpouring of wisdom when we ask - that we might rightly use and benefit from all of the things we have.

 

4/13/2017

 

In  the timeline of the gospel, this week is often called passion week. We know it was a week of intensity in the life of Jesus. There was likely no other time with as many things for Him to deal with.

 

Several passages in the scripture show the Father saying that He is well please with Jesus ~ Matthew 3:17, 12:18, 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22

 

May we consider ourselves and the life we are living especially during this season. May we desire to be "well pleasing" in the sight of the Lord.

 

When are your children "well pleasing" in your sight? It is likely when they have the right heart, attitude and motivation that you see demonstrated..

 

Heavenly Father. help us to demonstrate a desire to please You, show love in all we do, be a blessing each day, and live a life of praise and honor to You.

 

4/14/2017

 

Two years ago we posted this song. It is so appropriate for the day and such a beautiful version. Thank you Jesus for the cross:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m75wMi3WYv8

 

4/15/2017

 

In the gospel timeline, this was certainly an anguishing day for the disciples. We know from various scriptures that they were disheartened and discouraged. From those on the road to Emma we read these words that they spoke to Jesus:

 

And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. ~ Luje 24:20-21

 

They went on to talk about the women who had declared that Jesus was alive. It seemed that these who were telling the story were skeptical that it was true.

 

We have the privilege of knowing the whole story. But if we had been back there on this day, we likely would have been dealing with the same thoughts and feelings. It is very easy for us to be "upbeat" now.

 

But may we rejoice in the good news and the truth of it. Though Jesus had a rebuke for these Emmaus travelers, He opened the scriptures to them regarding Himself and sat down with them to eat.

 

After this they "got onboard" so to speak. They told the disciples what had happened and then Jesus appeared in their midst ~ all of this certainly bringing rejoicing.

 

May our rejoicing at least be equalto theirs. We did not have to go through the anguish that they did. Jesus also said we are among the blessed if we will believe though we have not seen Him as they did.

 

May you be blessed this day to believe in the risen Savior!

 

4/16/2017

 

As we celebrate and rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we know it has very special meaning in the lives of many. It can be both a time of public celebration and also one of very private reflection. This is because the resurrection of Jesus impacts us personally across a very broad spectrum. Thus there are many ways to praise and remember this in our lives.

 

There us a scripture in Hebrews that seems very applicable to this day we celebrate. Concerning Jesus we read:

 

Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  ~ Hebrews 7:13

 

Have you ever considered those words: the power of an endless life?

 

So much of what we do today revolves around the fact that this physical life will end. We only have a certain amount of time. This  is always a focal point of decisions we make in this life.

But suppose this life would not end - we can immediately see that our thinking and actions would change immediately.

 

This shows the power of an endless life. Thank God we have that now in Jesus Christ - and we will have it at some point in a new body that is incorruptible and immortal ~ I Corinthians 15:53-54. Then we will be able to both experience and walk in the power of an endless life.

 

We rejoice in reality of it now and look forward to its full manifestation.

 

We pray that anyone reading who does not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would receive Him today. What a great day to be born again! That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

4/17/2017

 

Yesterday most churches likely had a message on the resurrection. It is the day that Christians rejoice, praise and give thanks for all that Jesus went through and then His resurrection.

 

But more so than the day itself, we celebrate the event of the resurrection. The event reminds us that Jesus is alive forever and the new life He provided for us is "daily".

 

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 we not just be observers of Christ's resurrection but participants in the newness of life.

 

We pray God's blessing on each person who calls upon the Name of Jesus in any aspect of life. Thank you Lord for Your salvation and daily deliverance from all evil. We declare the joy of the Lord is our strength today.

 

4/19/2017

 

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

 

Jesus said the cares of this world, if they enter in, would choke the word it would not bear fruit in our lives. ~ Mark 4:19

 

Care is something that can get on the inside of us - in our minds particularly. When it begins to replace the Word of God and the faith that the word produces; then fear, anxiety and worry begin to develop within us. If it continues, depression and hopelessness can take root. This is the danger of allowing the cares of this world to take hold within us.

 

That is not to say that we do not address and deal with problems and difficulties. It is often required that we do so. But if we can deal with the problem and cast the care over on God, we are well on our way to success.

 

This might take practice and we may need some time to develop and perfect this in our lives. Remember God tells us to do this, therefore, we know we can count on Him to help us.

 

Do not allow the cares, worries, fears and anxieties to become bigger on the inside of you than God and His Word.

 

4/20/2017

 

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. ~ Hebrews 2:1

 

We know how easy it is to let something slip. It is usually not intentional, but so many thoughts, ideas and circumstances seem to come before each day that things can get lost in the "clutter". Parents know this truth also with their children:

 

"Well I just told him this morning"!?! We know that telling something does not mean that the subject registered with them (or with us when we are talking about ourselves)

 

We all need reminders and many do things to that end: write notes to ourselves (don't misplace the note), write something on a calendar (a regular one or the one on our computer), send an email to ourselves, set an alarm, our refrigerator door becomes one big sticky note, etc.

 

We remember the admonitions from scripture:

 

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings, Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:20-23

 

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. ~ Proverbs 7:1-3

 

Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth. ~ Deuteronomy 11:18-21

 

 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ~ James 1:21

 

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ II Timothy 2:15

 

The list goes on, but the message should "register" with us. May we be more diligent in this area that the things of God in particular do not slip.

 

Let us attend to this each day as the word above reminds us. We claim this promise as we do so:

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:25

 

4/21/2017

 

I Samuel chapter 8 is sobering. Samuel is aging and the people insist on a king. The Lord tells Samuel to show the people exactly what a king would do and it was not good.

 

The words particularly describe the bad kings that would rule; yet the people demanded a king anyway.

 

The Lord continued to work with and bless Israel all He could even with the kings. It was not His perfect will yet His overall plan would still come to pass.

 

This should both comfort and warn us. We are thankful God will work with us and bless us all He can. But we should be quick to get out of and turn from that which is out of His will, things we have compromised in, and where we have missed it.

 

May we schedule a Godly checkup often.

 

4/23/2017

 

From our first days to our last on this earth we can apply these words:

 

Learn to do well ... ~ Isaiah 1:17

 

May we always be teachable and determine to learn from the Lord to do well - that He might say "Well done!"

 

4/25/2017

 

Today we note the goodness of God. The word "good" occurs in the New Testament

247 times. It would be a long study indeed to do it justice. But we note a few verses:

 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. ~ Acts 10:38

 

Then a verse from Paul we pray would describe us:

 

And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. ~ Romans 15:14

 

Goodness is a fruit of the spirit:

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ~ Galatians 5:22

 

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) ~ Ephesians 5:9

 

And may we indeed grow and walk in this verse:

 

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: ~ II Thessalonians 1:11

 

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:5

 

 4/27/2017

 

Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

 

In our society today, we often do not like to wait. We want things done quickly.

The scriptures say a lot about having patience yet we may not show it very much.

As we come before the throne of God, we should not have the attitude of zipping in and out.

 

We come to fellowship, to grow and develop, to mature in the things of God, to be refreshed and enjoy His presence, to ask for His touch, to minister unto Him with praise and worship.

 

This is waiting on Him and giving Him first place. The time we give is up to us - yet it should demonstrate the importance we place on our time with our heavenly Father.

 

4/28/2017

 

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. ~ Romans 8:6

 

We encourage you to read the verses in chapter 8 before this to help you with what is being presented here. In our experience we see that each person may deal and perhaps categorize thoughts a little differently. But from the verse we can say this:

 

Carnal thinking and spiritual thinking  are two different things - with two different results.

 

We can start on the right road with sincere prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to apply this verse and the truth of it in my life. May I judge my thinking each day and know how to dismiss and cast down that which is carnal and embrace and walk in the thoughts that are spiritual - that Jesus may be glorified in me and that I and others may be blessed.

 

By doing this often, we are sowing the word and principles of God into our lives. We therefore expect that the word of God will bear fruit in us. Life and peace is something we all would like to experience and live in.

 

As we honor God's word each day we trust Him to hasten His word to perform it ~ Jeremiah 1:12

 

4/30/2017

 

Many of us have heard or grew up with the expression: Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

 

Many believe it was used on children to try to get them to take a bath, clean up their rooms, etc.

 

It is not really a Biblical principle - it is almost backwards in that Godliness should lead to cleanliness.

 

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ~ II Timothy 2:19

 

Anything we can do to clean up our lives is beneficial, but much more so when the Lord is first place.

 

 

 



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