Archive for April, 2010


Friday, April 30th, 2010

Day 71

“Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the
nearby cities and villages to announce the
Good News concerning the Kingdom of God”
Luke 8:1-2

Did you know the Creator of the Universe, our sovereign God, placed the finances for part of Jesus’ ministry in the hands of a group of women? Jesus’ ministry depended on income from others. Imagine that – God has a practical side! And He made sure that it would be remembered forever by having it recorded in the Bible.

These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and others who formed a group who traveled with Jesus and supported the ministry team. Luke tells us they even gave out of their own income. And Joanna was the wife of Herod’s business manager, of all people! These women were among those who Jesus delivered from sin and affliction. Seven demons came out of Mary. This was the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. The power of the Kingdom was demonstrated by the casting out of demons and the healing of diseases. These women visibly showed the glory of God to others through their deliverance and salvation.

In serving the day to day needs of Jesus’ ministry, this small band of women gave liberally. Jesus not only shows his practical side, he also clearly demonstrates that women have a ministry in the church. Every act of Jesus is to bring great glory to God and we see in these verses that glory is found in those who serve him.

“When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and
minister to Him; and there were many other women
who came up with Him to Jerusalem.”
Mark 15:2

“Among them were Mary Magdelene, from whom He had cast out seven
demons, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager;
Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their
own resources to support Jesus and His disciples”
Luke 8:2-3


Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Day 72

“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not
lead them on the road . . . that was the shortest
way from Egypt to the Promised Land”
Exodus 13:17

God led the Israelites on a road that trapped them between the wilderness and the Red Sea. Pharaoh came after the Israelites with everything he had – his entire army of horses, chariots, and charioteers were committed to the chase. It wasn’t long before he caught up to the Israelites, and when they saw Pharaoh’s army approaching they began to panic and cry out to the Lord for help.

It got worse. Being caught with a sea to your back, and the only way of escape occupied by an army that wants to crush you, can strike fear in your heart. To the Israelites, it looked like the end. They turned against Moses, accusing him of leading them there to die. Things got bitter and they lost hope. How many times have we faced situations in our life that looked like the end? The great test of our character comes when we can find no answers, and see the absolute end of everything approaching.

But those Israelites were led into the impossible by God. He positioned them where they would find no answers. They believed they were going to die; it can’t get worse than that! But it was all for God’s purposes, because He is the answer, and only He could rescue them. And in the end, they did not have to lift a finger in their defense. This is our God: the God of the impossible. And He loves nothing more than to demonstrate His glory by rescuing us from the impossible.

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and
watch the Lord rescue you. . . . You won’t
have to lift a finger in your defense”
Exodus 14:13-14


Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Day 70

“I have written your name on My hand”
Isaiah 49:16

Our emotions and feelings can betray us. Have you ever felt that God was distant, or absent when you needed Him? Do you worry that he doesn’t hear you? There are nearly seven billion people on our planet as of today; how could He possibly know you and your problems and needs? Is it possible for Him to forget you? You are not alone in these fears. Many have these thoughts at one time or another.

The Israelites once believed that the Lord had forsaken and forgotten them. His answer resounded throughout their land: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” It’s hard to believe a mother could ever do that, but it does happen; “Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” And to emphasize how strong His love is, He says, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me.”

One of the greatest statements of His love is that he “commandeth His love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He is not a hidden or an esoteric God. He does not speak in platitudes. His suffering on the cross says it all: He loves us in excess. There are no boundaries to His love. There is no forgetting or forsaking us. He intends to see you through to the end.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever:
He will be our guide even unto death.”
Psalm 48:14


Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Day 69

” it was because the Lord loved you …”
Deuteronomy 7:8

One of the most profound questions one can ask as a Christian is why God chose you, out of all people, to be His. In our self-sufficiency, education, and fast lifestyle it is this very truth that often escapes us, yet one we deeply need to know. It will change our lives, humble us before Him and bring us into a deeper knowledge and love of Him.

Consider this today: before this world came into existence, you had already been chosen by God to be His [Eph 1:4]. You are no accident. You are not here by circumstance. Nor were you chosen because you were born into the right family, or raised in a church. It was not because you were good, or because you decided to become a Christian [Jn 14:16]. No; it was because you were chosen before this world was created. He loved you first [1 Jn 4:19]. You were chosen in His sovereignty and unconditional love.

God set His affection on you; a tender feeling, a fondness for you. Even in the face of your sins, unrighteousness and separation from Him, He loved you. And even in knowing that you are not perfect: that you will fail, sin, and possibly even backslide as His child, He loves you. He loves you freely and has declared that He will heal your waywardness. This is why His word declares that love covers a multitude of sins. It is because of His love that you are His.

“Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us,
and not we ourselves; we are His people,
the sheep of His pasture”
Psalm 100:3


Monday, April 26th, 2010

Day 68

“What can mere man do to me?”
Psalm 56:4

Have you ever come home at night beat up, tired, worn out and oppressed? There is no question there are those of us who experience this. When you love the Lord, enjoy fellowship with Him and His people, and labor in the kingdom, the journey into the world can sometimes be brutal. It can leave you gasping for life at the end of the day.

Even though we are not of the world, we do live and work in it. It isn’t something we can or should escape. In fact, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” He knows our plight and understands what we encounter as live in the world. He has not left us to our own means. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

What are we to do, then? As David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” That trust will make us like a rock, and we will not be shaken. We will be kept in perfect peace. In the midst of this world and its system, and in the center of heathenism, we can stand strong and firm in our faith because we have a living God who has enabled us to do so.

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1


Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Day 67

“For this cause I have allowed you to remain,
in order to show you My power, and in order
to proclaim My name through all the earth”
Exodus 9:16

There are times in our lives when we earnestly pray and ask God to remove the obstacles that are blocking our progress. Paul experienced such a time and asked God three times to free him from this obstacle he called a thorn. Obstacles can be people, circumstances, sickness or any number of things.

Moses encountered an obstacle in Pharaoh. He wanted to lead God’s people out of Egypt, but Pharaoh kept blocking him. In fact, Pharaoh took a position many others have taken over the years; when Moses said, “let my people go so they can worship God”, Pharaoh said, “sure, but not too far – not out of my sight.” Moses kept coming back, and four times Pharaoh obstructed him. “Very well, but … stay within the land … you shall not go very far … go now, the men (only) among you … and go but leave your flocks and herds behind.” This must have been frustrating to Moses, to say the least.

There was a reason for all this; the same reason that applied to Paul and us. Obstacles, as all other things in our lives ultimately will serve to the glory of the Lord. Pharaoh was permitted by God to be an obstacle so that God could demonstrate His power over Pharaoh, and have His name proclaimed throughout the earth. Paul was permitted to have an obstacle to keep him humble and find grace sufficient for his life. And we have obstacles for the same reasons. God’s purposes, His glory in our life.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for
Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,
hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For
in when I am weak, then I am strong”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10


Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Day 66

“This child is appointed for the fall
and rise of many in Israel and
for a sign to be opposed”
Luke 2:34

The Christmas we practice today has little to do with the purpose of Jesus Christ on this earth. The angel’s announcement, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace good will toward men (of His pleasure; Luke 2:14) did not say ‘all men.’ Peace comes only to those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ – His chosen ones. It is for this reason we give praise to God.

When Simeon blessed Joseph and Mary, he told Mary that Jesus was going to be a great divider – many would fall and rise in Israel because of Him. That is still true today. Jesus divides between those who are God’s and those who are of the world. A person’s relationship with Jesus will determine their eternal destiny. Many reject Him; others accept Him by sovereign grace. Those that reject Him will fall and those that accept Him will rise.

Here is the true spirit of Jesus’ birth: Emmanuel – God with us. He came to bring peace and good will to those receiving Him. We have been redeemed in Him and welcomed to the kingdom and its wedding feast. A great reversal has taken place. We who were dead in our sins are now alive. We are participants in a great salvation and we are now members of His household. And now we and all the household say, Blessed be God for His gift to us.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only God, be honor and glory
for ever and ever. Amen”
1 Timothy 1:17


Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Day 65

“So they went and entered the house of a prostitute”
Joshua 2:1

Rahab was a prostitute. She was a woman without merit. Today, she might be called a “loser”. And even in her own society, she was a reject because she was a woman and a Gentile. But she was a woman who had a divine appointment.

Joshua sent two men to Jericho to gather military intelligence. Rahab’s house was located at a critical place on Jericho’s wall, and these men took refuge there to gather information. It was part of God’s overall plan for Rahab. Judgment was about to come, but God takes care of His own no matter where they are or how far they have strayed. Rahab knew about God and feared Him. She confessed her faith to the two spies. She demonstrated the truth of her confession by hiding the two men. And she declared her faith by saying, ‘for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.’

God takes losers and makes them winners. His great redeeming grace reaches into the deepest pockets of sin and brings forth that which is not into the kingdom of God and makes them His children. A prostitute and immoral pagan was delivered from judgment, and is forever noted in the Word in the same company of Noah, Abraham, and Moses. She was one of the greatest producers of divine good as a believer, and she lead many of her family to Christ. And in her family line came Boaz, David and finally, Jesus Christ! She was a woman of faith, and God honored her for it.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God”
Hebrews 11:6


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Day 64

“Having loved His own, which were in the
world, He loved them unto the end”
John 13:1

People like to paint rosy pictures of the Last Supper, but it wasn’t that way. The disciples loved Jesus, but their faith in Him as the Savior was beginning to be indecisive. There were a range of emotions present; they were sad because Jesus was departing, ashamed because Jesus had to wash their feet and they did not wait on Him. They were also distressed because one of them was a betrayer and another was going to deny Christ. In many ways all of them would be ensnared because of Him (they disappeared when He was on the cross). But,He loved them deeply.

Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit. Yet, He loved them as His own and He loved them unto the end. His is a greater love that is unconditional, faithful and never leaves us. Yes, ‘us’ because we are also His. It is a love that has no reference to time. It is a powerful love that keeps us and delivers us to our final glory in Him.

How great a love is this? “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8). It is a love of preservation. It is a love of deliverance. By His love He guarantees our vindication so that we will stand guiltless before Him. What comfort we can take in Christ, the hope of our glory.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen
and protect you from the evil one”
2 Thessalonians 3:3


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Day 63

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make
my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make
me to walk upon mine high places.
Habakukkuk 3:19

Habakkuk was a unique prophet. Normally prophets spoke to the people for God, but Habakkuk did the opposite. He questioned God. He wanted to know why the wicked seemed to go unpunished. He wanted to know why the people had to suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. God answered Habakukkuk. He told the prophet to wait and see the work that God was going to accomplish among his people.

Habakukkuk saw the immediate world around him, but did not look at God’s plans for the future. Like him, we look at the present, but God’s view is eternal. His original plan never changed because of man’s sin. In His sovereignty, God uses everything to accomplish His purposes.

Eventually, Habakukkuk gained clarity and understanding of God’s will, purposes and divine plan. He did not trust in the power of nature or in his own flesh. He trusted in the Lord who is the Lord of nature. He declared God’s total control over every facet of life. Habakukkuk acknowledged God’s strength, protection, provision and His faithfulness. He declared that God will make us sure-footed and we will ascend the high places of victory.

“The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my
invincible army. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and
will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror,
but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon
my high places (of trouble, suffering
or responsibility)!” (Amplified)
Habakukkuk 3:19