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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LIVING ABOVE IT ALL

 
1 Corinthians 15:57
 
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." ESV 
 
We live in a cursed world. We encounter difficulties and trials every day. At times, we get so overwhelmed by it all that we feel ready to just throw in the towel. But, isn't it energizing to know that Jesus Christ has every facet of our lives under control and will provide all we need to stay victorious over it all. If we think about that when we get to the end of our rope, we will never be defeated.
 
Lord, we praise You for providing our every need to have victory in this dangerous and difficult world. Help us to remember that You are in control and we don't have to fret about things working out. We pray in Your name, Amen.
 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SALVATION AND SUFFERING

 
Philippians 1:29
 
"For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have." ESV
 
For every born again child of God, there is joy and peace in knowing that we are His and that we will live in eternity with our Lord and Savior. What an Honor! How humbling to know that He did this for you and for me. Sometimes we forget that along with this wonderful salvation, we are still confined to this world until He takes us home. While we are here, we will endure the trials and sorrows that this world brings to us. Our tribulations are the same as those who don't know Christ. The difference is, we know what awaits us. We can continue on in this life going through very difficult times with no complaining while continuing to praise Him.
 
Lord, how can we ever thank You enough for Your unending love and Your sacrifice on the cross? The least we can do is to keep walking through this life enduring the harsh and difficult things with praise on our lips, looking for Your return. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 


 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

BOOT CAMP

 
Hebrews 12:11
 
"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." ESV 
 
Living the Christian life is one of constant discipline because we are in a perpetual state of staving off temptations and struggling with our own natural  desires.  At times, we give in to ourselves and to the ways of the world. Then, we feel conviction and remorse. It is rough travelling through this life, but if we stay on course and allow the Lord to discipline us, we will win the prize of Christ's righteousness and peace. That's worth it all.
 
Lord, forgive us when we stumble and fall. Even though we may not like being disciplined, we know it is for our good and that You discipline us because You love us. We thank You and praise You for that. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

SEEKING THE RIGHT THING

 
Mark 9:2
 
"And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them." ESV 
 
What an awesome thing to have a mountain top experience with the Lord. They are rare events indeed. The Lord did not intend for us to get up on the mountain top and stay there, or even to seek having a mountain top experience. Those times are for preparation to live and serve in the real world where it is evil and dangerous. We are not to seek the mountain top experiences, we are to seek Him. The Lord will take us to the mountain top when He sees fit to do so.
 
Lord, we humbly seek You and ask You to forgive us for striving to reach and stay on the mountain top where Your presence is rich and full. We pray that You will find us going about Your business, seeking You, not spiritual "highs." In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Friday, September 26, 2014

I FORGIVE YOU


Matthew 6:14

"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ESV

Can we detect even the slightest hint of unforgiveness in our hearts? Is there lingering resentment over hurts and disappointments that we just can't get over? Our human nature tells us that if we forgive someone who has wronged us, it's like telling them that what they did was all right. How can we accept the forgiveness of God for our own sins and failures and withhold that same forgiveness from someone who has wronged us? We can't. Before we can receive forgiveness from God, we must forgive others. There's no other way.

Lord, help us to examine ourselves so that we can detect unforgiveness and make it right. We are in awe of the forgiveness you have given us after we were so ungodly toward You. Help us to see that this is all the more reason we must forgive others. We pray in Your name, Amen.

 
 


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

WE THINK WE'RE SO SMART!

 
1 Corinthians 1:21
 
"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe." ESV 
 
Human wisdom has never and will never be capable of understanding God. Knowing and understanding God can only be known through His desire to make Himself known. By choosing to reconcile mankind to Himself by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, God has allowed us to know Him. We accept Jesus Christ and seek to be like Him, and we will know God.
 
Lord, sometimes we rely on our own wisdom to understand spiritual and temporal things. Please forgive us for that. Help us to seek the Lord Jesus Christ so that we will know You more fully while we are here on this earth. In His name, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LIVING ON AUTO PILOT

 
Haggai 1:7
 
"Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways." ESV 
 
Living in a non-stop, hectic lifestyle, we find ourselves getting into a fixed pattern of daily living that requires little thought to those things we do day after day. We go on "auto pilot." In a way, we go through the motions of driving back and forth to work or school. We have our minds on a thousand other things while we go through our morning routine. What about our personal time with the Lord? Do we get into that auto pilot mode when we pray and read His Word? If so, we are not getting connected to the Lord at all. Consequently, we lack spiritual renewal and growth. Being deliberate in our time with God, or considering our ways, results in our growing in Christ and being effective in our witness for Him.
 
Lord, forgive us for mindlessly hurrying through our prayers and devotions. Put a strong desire in our hearts to give careful thought to the important things that cannot be accomplished when we are on "auto pilot." We ask this in Your name, Amen.
 
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