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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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Saturday, September 20, 2014

WHO'S GIVING THIS TEST?

 
Ephesians 6:13
 
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." ESV 
 
When we are struggling with a temptation or heavy trial in our lives, we sometimes say God is really testing us through this. God does not test us nor does he tempt or wrestle with us. The truth is, we are wrestling with the evil forces of Satan. Our Lord emphasizes that we need to put on and keep on His armor so that we can stand strong and overcome these evil forces. It is our choice to keep the Armor of God firmly on, or to let ourselves get spiritually sloppy and find ourselves wrestling a losing battle to the enemy. Our gracious God have given us all we need to overcome, even the choice to use what He has given us.
 
Lord, forgive us for getting so caught up in our own earthly lives that we fail to even recognize we have only part of Your armor on. You have shown us these are truly the last days. Give us zeal for being prepared and for being witnesses of Truth. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

THE CROWD HAS GONE WILD

 
Deuteronomy 6:5
 
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." ESV 
 
A group of people are watching a video of a crowd in a stadium who are cheering, waving, clapping, shouting, and jumping up and down. There is no sound in the video. When the group of people watching the video are told this crowd is at a football game and their team just scored a winning touchdown, they will most likely comment that it must have been an awesome play, a really intense and exciting game. If the group was told it was a Christian rally and souls have just been won for Christ, they would most likely comment that these people are religious fanatics, going overboard with their emotions, Bible thumpers. If football athletes deserve an excited demonstration of celebration from a crowd, how much more does our Lord Jesus Christ deserve our excited, demonstrative praise for saving us and others to eternal life?
 
Lord, help us to never be ashamed to show our full excitement and joy at the wonderful gift of eternal life you provided for us and for those who continue to come to You. You gave us the ultimate sacrifice to save us. Give us boldness by the power of Your Holy Spirit to show our thankfulness and praise to You with our hearts, our minds, and with our bodies. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

TRUSTING THE SHEPHERD

 
Psalm 23:1
 
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." ESV 
 
When we were little children, we had total confidence in our parents to take of our every need. We could be free to explore and play, learning about the world around us. Why is it so difficult to trust the Lord to take care of everything in our lives now? We say we trust Him, but we still worry and fret over things. If we will take even a moment to think about the marvelous reality that the Lord is our Shepherd, we will come to know there is nothing we will lack in living this life here on earth.
 
Lord, how awesome You are to give Yourself to us as our Shepherd. You love and care for us more than a mother does for her child. Help us to get this amazing truth into our hearts and minds. We know we will have all we need. In Your name we pray,
Amen.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RUNNING THE RIGHT WAY

 
2 Timothy 2:5
 
"An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." ESV 
 
If we try to win a game by bypassing the rules, cheating so to speak, we are never winners. Even Christians try to use their own set of rules and beliefs to win the crown of life. There is no compromise in the ultimate race to eternal life. There is only One Way.
 
Lord, forgive us for trying to live by rules we have been taught or have adopted as our own that are not the ones You have spoken to us in Your Word. Give us discernment so that we will not be led off onto another path. We desire to hear Your voice and Your voice only. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LOVE IS GOD IS LOVE

 
1 John 4:12
 
"No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." ESV 
 
No one has ever seen God. But He has designed things so that our love for others provides a great likeness to Himself. If we express Godly (agape)love to those around us, even to those who don't seem to deserve it at all, we are showing others who God is and that He is love. So many have come to know Him by the love His children have shown to each other and the love we show to those that are undeserving of love. What an honor and a privilege that our Lord has seen fit to fill us with His love so that we can show Him to the world.
 
Lord, we fall so short of showing Your love to the world. We pick and choose those we think deserve to be loved. Forgive us. You flooded us with Your love when we didn't deserve it. Heal our hearts by Your love so that we will love others and give them a glimpse of Who You are. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

BESIEGED

 
Psalm 31:21
 
"Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love me when I was in a besieged city." ESV 
 
To be besieged is to be closed in and surrounded by those whose intent is to conquer and take over, such as a city or military fortress. We were besieged by the forces of sin and Satan. There was no escape for us. We were in position for take over by the enemy and we weren't even aware of it. But God, in His great love reached out to us with His mighty hand to rescue us. Those of us who recognized the danger grabbed onto His hand. Those who believed everything was business as usual, sensing no danger, refused to take hold of His hand and offer of rescue. We recognized we were in danger because someone who had been rescued before took the time to share the Word with those of us who were still in captivity. If we do the same, God is still reaching out His hand to those in danger in a besieged place, and He will use us to prepare them to take His hand.
 
Jesus, how can we ever show our gratitude that You came to us when we were held captive by sin and You rescued us? What love You have for us. Help us to share Your love, as others did, to those who are still besieged in the danger of sin. We pray they will take Your hand and be set free. In Your name, Amen.
 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A REALLY BIG GOD, VERY INSIGNIFICANT PEOPLE

 
Revelation 1:8
 
"'I am the Alpha and the Omega', says the Lord God. 'Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'" ESV 
 
Just stop for a moment and think about how awesome and majestic our God is. We cannot help but be amazed that He cares for us as if we were each the only one on earth. God is eternal, from eternity to eternity. He created all things and holds the universe in His hands. Yet, when we come to Him with our tiny offerings of praise, He delights in us just like a mother reaching out for the dandelion her child brought just for her. How awesome our God is!
 
Jesus, there is no way our human minds can grasp what a great and mighty God You are. But by Your love, You let us know how much You care for us and accept our offering of praise and worship with delight. Oh, how we thank You and praise You for Your unending love for us. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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