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In church Wednesday night we sang a familiar scripture: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19


We especially note the words "riches in glory". It is hard for our minds to adequately picture this. To study the words "glory" and "riches" in the Bible would take a long time.


Often it is helpful to look at the opposite of something to help clarify the subject we are studying. How might we describe the opposite of riches in glory?


Have you ever heard the expression, "scratching out a living"? That is certainly a different picture than "riches in glory". We can imagine a chicken walking around the yard scratching for a bug or a seed.


Sometimes we may think of God like that: If we straighten up and beg Him enough, maybe He will throw us a bone! This is not the way the Bible describes our heavenly Father.


Are you that way with your children - just throw them a bone every now and then. The scene would be comical and indeed absurd with most parents.


We are so thankful for the word of God that can straighten us out in this regard. Thank you Father for Your abundance and teaching us about Your riches in glory that You have for us.


Along these lines we note these verse as well for further study:


For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~II Corinthians 4:6


The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, ~ Ephesians 1:18


To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: ~ Colossians 1:27




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. Today could we say: I live to bless You today Lord and indeed say it to others.




We were blessed to take communion yesterday. From Hebrews chapter 10:


But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; ~ v.12


For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. ~ v.14


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, ~ v.19


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. ~ v.22


Thank you Lord Jesus!




Yesterday we wrote about taking or partaking in Communion on Sunday. Being able to partake is a precious experience and may it never become just a ritual.


The last supper and what went on could have been something we just read about, remember and be thankful for. But Jesus wanted more than that. Indeed He wanted a communion, a sharing together, an ongoing experience. We are not just to be spectators.


When we partake, we are identifying with Jesus and what He did - we are choosing Him. Jesus declares a new identity for us that is described in the New Testament; We are born again, new creatures in Christ, the children of God, redeemed from the curse of the law, partakers of His divine nature, delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light, and the list goes on.


For references on these things see: I Peter 1:23, II Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:16, Galatians 3:13, II Peter 1:4, and Colossians 3:13


May we by reminded of these things especially each time we partake of Communion and even in our daily walk. Jesus has indeed given us a new identity - one that cannot be stolen!




We remember the sacrifice particularly 74 years ago today by countries of the free world to break the back of tyranny in Europe. We pray for families that were involved and thank them for their sacrifice.


As we look at our world today, it is likely the same spirit will be needed in days to come. We pray God will guide us and give us leaders and citizens who will stand for the right and against the wrong.


May each of us be the individuals God has called us to be in whatever capacity we serve.


It's an honor to serve! 




Below is a long list of verses on God's peace:


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27


These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33


See also John 20:19, 21 & 26


The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) ~ Acts 10:36


To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 1:7


But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. ~ Romans 2:10-11


Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: ~ Romans 5:1


For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 14:17


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


Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Corinthians 1:3


Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 1:2


Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. ~ II Corinthians 13:11


Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, ~ Galatians 1:3


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


Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 1:2


For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; ~ Ephesians 2:14-15


Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 6:23


Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:2


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7


To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Colossians 1:2


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. ~ Colossians 1:20


And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15


Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Thessalonians 1:1


And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Thessalonians 5:23


Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ II Thessalonians 1:2


Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. ~ II Thessalonians 3:16


Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ I Timothy 1:2


To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ II Timothy 1:2


To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. ~ Titus 1:4


Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Philemon 1:3


Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21



Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. ~ I Peter 1:2


Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, ~ II Peter 1:2


Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. ~ II Peter 1;2


Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied. ~ Jude 1:2


John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; ~ Revelation 1:4


Today we just wanted to show and remind ourselves how much God wants us to have His peace.




In our last post we gave a lengthy list of verses about God's peace. We encourage you to do a Biblical study of that word "peace".  In the Old Testament it is "shalom" - a word many of us have heard. From the Strong's Concordance it is defined as: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.


We would likely all agree that these things together would really create some good "peace". It would certainly be just like God. The words of Jesus "My peace I give you" should take on even more significance in light of the Old Testament meanings.


Each time we see these verses about "peace", may we remember all that it includes. We note as well that this peace is from God, it is spiritual and certainly super-charged.


We encourage you again to do your own word study as we want to learn all we can about this peace that He freely gives to us.




In looking at all of the verses concerning God's peace, it is evident that He knows how much we need it. It is very difficult to do anything well when there is turmoil, strife, arguing, stress and anything else we can think of that is the opposite of peace.


We know there are things we can do in the natural to help bring about peace in our lives and there is nothing wrong with doing that, Yet we are especially talking about the peace of God in our posts. It is a spiritual force and indeed we see that it is a fruit of the spirit (our reborn human spirit) from Galatians 5:22)


We pray for each person needing to experience God's peace today:


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7


If we are diligent in doing verse 6, we can be assured of experiencing verse 7.




In continuing to look at the peace of God, we remember this verse:


Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Corinthians 1:3


We see this same thing written in:



Here in 1st Corinthians

II Corinthians





I Thessalonians

II Thessalonians

I Timothy

II Timothy



I Peter

II Peter




As we read all of these, we might think "Hey Paul (and the rest of you), can't you come up with anything new? This same writing over and over is just getting old". Perhaps none of us would ever say that, but it may have crossed our minds. This would likely be the case if we just considered them regular letters some guy wrote. He has come up with a nice introduction that he uses in all of his letters.


But these writings are far from that. He wants to communicate in letters to all of God's children that God is sending grace and peace to them. If we really understood and believed that, we would want to see it every day. Wouldn't you want that every day - waking up and starting out every day knowing your heavenly Father has got grace and peace for you!


May we recall this as the writer says below:


This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. ~ Lamentations 3:21-25


The Lord's goodness, and His grace and peace, are mot just good thoughts He has of us, but tangible power, blessings and benefits that He has for us children. It is good to know this and hear it every morning.



May these good things be demonstrated in and through us. Let us rejoice in them, and be a blessing to others each day.




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


No one can do this verse for us. We must embrace it and apply it ourselves. May each one of us to be doers of this word that we might be blessed in our deed ~ James 1:25




Today we want to look at "pleasing God". Do we intentionally make an effort to do that each day? We may not approach exactly like that unless it is brought to our attention as we endeavor to do today.


We may say we are trying to do the best we can, or we are not trying to do that which displeases God. But to make a conscious effort to do those things which are pleasing to God is a great start - a good foundation in our lives.


We remember there are several accounts where God states that He is :well pleased" with Jesus. Peter recounts one of these:


For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. ~I Peter 1:17


We note other verses that we can believe and act upon:


That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:10


Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. ~  Colossians 3:20


And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. ~ I John 3:22


Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21


May we believe that God is working within us that which is well pleasing in His sight. We further ask for His wisdom that when tempted to do something opposite, we recognize it and put it far away from us! We remember the song: Do Your Best for the Master





We pray a blessing this day on all fathers -  that God the Father would minister particular grace to you. We encourage each person to take time regarding you father today - actively if he is still living and in your memories if he is no longer with us.


We pray God's blessing upon each one today as you consider your father. No doubt the characteristics of good fatherhood comes from God Himself.


Regardless of your personal family situation, we invite you to reach out to God the Father who loves you unconditionally, who can heal the inward hurts, and bring to all of us the joy of living.


We ask God today for a special touch of His Fatherhood.




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.


May the Lord help us to prepare ahead of time and to armor-up (Ephesians 6:10-18) that victory over temptation may be ours.




Below are some verses that Paul wrote to Timothy:


Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ II Timothy 1:6-7


Could we gather from this that Timothy was faced with some fear? Perhaps he had experienced some intimidation with all that was before him.


All of us likely have faced situations that seem insurmountable. It is during these times when we must "stir ourselves" in the things of God - to remind ourselves that: ... greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4) and "... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." ~ I John 5:4


If you are not used to doing this, it will take some effort. Indeed "stirring yourself" is something you have to "do" - it does not just "happen". Getting up and going to work does not just happen; it is something we do.


Thus we must intentionally use our faith, use the word of God, act on His word, resist the devil, and stand on the promises of God.


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


This is the way we want to live, heavenly Father, looking to You, Your word, and Your Spirit to sustain and strengthen us, to give us insight and wisdom, and to always cause us to triumph.


Timothy had to believe and act as if II Timothy 1:7 was true - that God would make it good to him as he embraced it for himself, claimed its reality, and lived like he believed it.


We pray this same power for you today as you stir yourself up in the things of God.




In our opening verse from yesterday, Paul writes " Wherefore I put thee in remembrance ..." ~ II Timothy 1:6


We have mentioned before that often we need to be reminded, especially regarding the scriptures. You will not have to read very long until you come across a word or subject that you have not thought of (or heard) for a while.


We determine to be "not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." ~ James 1:25


Thank you heavenly Father for "loving reminders" when we need them.




Today we note this different side of "understanding":


And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. ~ Daniel 8:23


If a number of us were to sit down and discuss the verse (and surrounding context), we would likely have different views and thoughts. But we would perhaps agree on one thing:


What is described here is not good.


We usually think of understanding in the Bible as a good thing. Yet almost any ability and talent can be used for a bad purpose. We have noted in the past on how much time and effort some people will spend planning something evil. We note this verse:


For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. ~ Jeremiah 4:22


May we determine to be just the opposite: people studying, learning and applying ourselves to do good and seeking the Lord for wisdom and understanding. We seek understanding in the "sentences of light" that we may confound the "sentences of darkness".


Thank you Lord again that skill in wisdom and understanding will grow as we apply ourselves to it - through Your word and through Your Spirit.




Yesterday we looked at verses that talked about people who studied to do evil - people who were wise in doing things that are wrong. May we indeed be the opposite:


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


We note here that studying is work - it requires effort and diligence that we might rightly divide (or interpret) the word of God. Doing so brings great reward and will help us in what Paul mentions here:


 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. ~ II Corinthians 4:2


We remember the words of Jesus:


Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:29-30


Can we picture ourselves being in an actual yoke with Jesus? We would be side by side with Him, going where He goes, moving with Him. He would speak with us and certainly teach us because the verse tells us to learn of Him in this way. Most yokes are considered unpleasant but Jesus describes His as "easy" and His burden light.


Lord Jesus help us to understand being "yoked together with You". We come willingly to learn and to be approved of God that His blessing may flow abundantly. May we enjoy being with Jesus and yoked up with Him today.




One of the songs we did yesterday was "We Believe" made popular by the Newsboys. The lyrics declare our faith in God's word and what He has done for us through Jesus Christ.


From Genesis to Revelation we see individuals and groups of people who chose to believe God's word and act upon it - with results that followed. We also see individuals who chose not to believe God's word and act in disobedience - with results that followed.


Throughout the Bible as well, we see admonitions and encouragements to believe the word of God and results that follow:


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


This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. ~ Joshua 1:8


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ... ~ Colossians 3:16


Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32


May we choose God and His word today and go be a blessing!




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.




Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20


May we choose the "grace" side every time - it is the blessing side


That does not mean that we just go along with everything and not say "no" when necessary


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12


If we are going to stand on God's grace, then our lives should show forth the characteristics mentioned above.




We write today to encourage you. Throughout the Bible we see God encouraging His people.


We remember Joshua when he was preparing to enter the promised land. He had always been able to look to Moses for guidance and help when needed. But now Moses was gone. Joshua was going to lead these people into something new and he needed to know how to do it. God knew he would need courage.


Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. ~ Joshua 1:6-9


Throughout the New Testament we are encouraged:


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ~ Ephesians 6:10


What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:31-32


For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 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: ~ Colossians 1:9-13


May we all receive, walk in, and demonstrate (show forth) God's encouragement today.




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 have mentioned this verse before and today we note this portion: give the more earnest heed


If you are like most of us, your life, activities and responsibilities are a plate full. We have lists everywhere, we mark our calendars, and have alerts on all our devices. With all of the things we must tend to, we remember also the phone conversations and going through the mail that is a daily necessity.


We know this can all seem overwhelming at times. Therefore, both naturally and spiritually, we need to know what is most important to deal with today and not "sweat the small stuff"


Each day then may we look to God and ask Him to order our steps and our thoughts. He knows what is coming and indeed Jesus said the Holy Spirit would show us things to come ~ John 16:13


We ask for this wisdom in all areas - in the spiritual things and natural things so that we may do well and be a blessing. In this way we can let our light shine so that our heavenly Father might be glorified. We therefore take the earnest heed to look to our Father for His direction for us every day.







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