Archive for the ‘Word of God’ Category


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Day 222

“And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart”
Deuteronomy 8:2

What is in our heart? The circumstances of life, trials and tribulations quickly can show us what is in our heart. Why me? Anger, bitterness, grumbling, etc. may show itself – or even worse attitudes and actions. Our Father is very interested in our reactions; not because He needs to know –you do.

There is no being static, standing still in the Lord. We are to grow every day more and more like our Lord. Maturity is being in the fullness of Christ and to walk in the light as He is in the light. It means a continual cleansing and purging of all that does not conform to Him and His glory. To attain this means being refined through testing. As soon as Jesus was baptized, He was tested—“Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted [tested] ….” And it is our God who leads us.

We have a good Father who understands our frailties. He leads us to His pasture and proves (test) us so we will be mature sons and daughters in Him and to enjoy His fullness and glory. Testing will humble us and we will come to understand that we can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5b). We are to live on His bread alone. And as a good Father, He has gone before us to show us the way.

“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’”
Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Day 182

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered
Him up for us all, how will He not also with
Him freely gives us all things?”
Romans 8:32

We are subject to many passions, moods, emotions and feelings. It is our state and none escape, even in maturity. These areas of our life often are enemies of who we are Christ. We tend to judge and measure our position in Christ according to our current state. Have you ever doubted your salvation? God’s forgiveness? His love? His protection?

As powerful as salvation and grace are in our lives, it is amazing how we see our performance related to our acceptance by God. Consider the verse today and the depth of what God has done for us. First, He made a sacrifice of His own Son for you – ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ Yes, God Himself did not spare His own Son. And on the heels of that powerful and compelling truth, another great declaration is made – God our Father and His Son will freely give us all things! Do you realize what this means?

He will give us all that is necessary to keep us from now until we are called home. His Fatherhood and powerful love will not permit human weakness, demonic activity, sin, trouble, hardship, persecution, or any other thing separate us from Him. Saints, listen; He did not shed the holy blood of Christ to lose us or for waste. He is determined to rescue, restore and perfect us until the day of Christ Jesus. You are His forever.

“Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid”
Isaiah 12:2


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Day 155

“Restore my life again, just as you promised”
Psalm 119:107

Everywhere we turn God has us covered. Here the Psalmist cries out to God that he has been afflicted very much; quicken me – bring life – O Lord according to Your word. It is His word that brings life. For those who serve Him and are God’s friend, tribulation is a sure thing. God has not promised a trouble free life. But, He has promised that He will take us through troubled waters. That is His word.

What is the best course for tribulation? It’s Christ, the hope of our glory. It’s Christ who lives in me. He has life in Himself and therefore can give us life – quicken us – instantly. Think about it; tribulation bears on us and can be made light by the life of Christ in us! Yes, we rise up in Him.

Paul, in deep tribulation where he thought he would no longer live, found life in Christ – “He did deliver us from mortal danger.” He learned to rely on God who can raise the dead. This is God’s covenant with us. God alone can bring life and He promises, prepared, and provided this life for us. We now bear the Holy Spirit as a seal of His life in us.

Are you having trials, tribulations, or persecution? Turn to Him now and call on Him.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet,
and a light to my path”
Psalm 119:105

BUT GOD . . .

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Day 147

“My flesh and my heart faileth”
Psalm 73:26

Two of the most important words in the scriptures are “But God …” These two words make all the difference to us. The word ‘but’ immediately tells us that what follows will make a difference, It qualifies, alters or cancels what previously was stated. Consider how important these two words are, “But God . . .” in your life:

“In former times all of us followed the ways of the world and we fulfilled the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others;

BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy . . . hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace are ye saved)” [Ephesians 2:3-5].

Yes, we were lost and hopeless, BUT God saved us by His grace. And even as Christians, God knows our limit of endurance:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man;

BUT GOD is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” [1 Corinthians 10:13].

And when our flesh and heart fails us, He is our strength:

“My flesh and my heart faileth;

BUT GOD is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever” [Psalm 73:26].

Remember these words when you encounter the trials of life and think everything is lost – BUT GOD – will change everything, for He is faithful to His children.

“He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant
of love to a thousand generations of those
who love Him and keep His commands”
Deuteronomy 7:9


Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Day 99

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and
Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing
of my heart: for I am called by Thy name,
Lord God of hosts”
Jeremiah 15:16

Have you ever considered that God’s word is food to us? Just as physical food feeds our body, His word feeds the whole person. Although we could die physically without food, we will die eternally without His food. And just as eating the right foods contributes to our general health and well being, God’s word makes us clean, shows us how to walk in the light, and gives us wisdom.

God did not leave us to our own resources. He has equipped us with everything we need and His word is one of the key elements. His word is eternal [Psalm 119:89] and as we eat of it, we will be building eternal truths in our lives. In an age where situation ethics reigns and values are absent, His word guides us in life. It is an eternal anchor.

There is more than just having His word. There is more than just attending bible studies. There is a place where we can embrace His word as a joy knowing we are called by His name. We are His! Jeremiah exclaimed, “I did eat them;” Ezekiel ate the scroll; Job treasured the word; David hid the word in his heart so he wouldn’t sin against God; Peter instructed us to crave the word. Thank you Lord for Your word – it brings us life.

“By it you may grow up in your salvation”
1 Peter 2:2


Friday, May 14th, 2010

Day 86

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness
into His wonderful light”
1 Peter 2:9

Every believer is a minister. The psalmist says, “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all people” [Psalm 96:3]. Paul says that the pastors and teachers are to prepare God’s people for works of service [Ephesians 4:11-13]. We are to minister to the Lord, and we are to minister to the people. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” [Matthew 5:14]. We are cautioned not to hide the light, but to prominently display our faith before all.

Think about this. We are so familiar with a clergy-lay people system that many perceive ministry as belonging to those who are trained as ministers. The fact is the word of God says every true believer is meant to minister in the manner according to which God has called them. Those entrusted with the call of being pastors and teachers are meant to perfect the saints for ministry.

And the most amazing aspect of the role of true believers as ministers is that God has entrusted the message of His kingdom to you! In spite of your imperfections, failings, shyness, lack of education, or any other perceived impediment, God has called you to minister. He has given you the Holy Spirit to be your Counselor, Guide, and to equip you with the right decisions at the time of need. He has spread His love abroad in your heart, enabling you to give of yourself to others. Yes, He has made you His minister.

“In the same way, let your light shine before
men, that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven”
Matthew 5:16


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


Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Day 60

“And there he defeated them”
2 Samuel 5:20

Did you know the Lord is a Man of War and that He is warring against the enemies of His children? The Old Testament gives many accounts of God’s people facing formidable enemies who outnumbered them. When David was anointed King over Israel, the Philistines went in full force to find him. They came and spread their armies throughout the Valley. David asked the Lord what to do and God gave Him directions. The result was that David defeated them. He said, “As the waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.”

The second time David faced them, the Lord gave another battle plan wherein he would circle around them, and wait until the wind from their marching was rustling the balsam tree tops. He struck when this happened, and defeated them again in an even greater victory. These and many other accounts are great studies of the way in which God gives wisdom and strength to His people. Yes, ‘gives,’ not ‘gave.’ God is as active today in warring against our enemies as He was in the Old Testament History.

God is a Father and we are His children. We were once lost, but have been rescued. He snatched us out of death. Do not believe for one moment He is going to allow anything to happen to us! Our Father is protecting us even today. No matter what enemies you face, whether they are of your own making, other people who work against and betray you, or any number of other things – inquire of the Lord and He will break through the enemy, and bring victory.

“The Lord will fight for you,
you need only to be still”
Exodus 14:14


Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Day 55

“He is the faithful God”
Deuteronomy 7:9

We can always know that God is true, reliable, and faithful. Because of His great faithfulness, we know He will strengthen and protect us from the evil one. He will see His will and purposes completed in us. And He will not permit us to be lost.

Consider His faithfulness today:

  • God is faithful in forgiving our sins (1 John 1:9);
  • God’s perfect faithfulness is reflected in His plan for us (1 Corinthians 1:9);
  • God faithfully provides for our needs (1 Thessalonians 5:24);
  • God is faithful to us in fellowship (Hebrews 10:23);
  • God protects us faithfully from Satan’s attacks (2 Thessalonians 3:3);
  • God is faithful to us in His grace, mercy and compassion (Lamentations 3:22-23);
  • God is faithful in testing us (1 Corinthians 10:13);
  • God is faithful in watching over us (Deuteronomy 7:9);
  • God is faithful in protecting us from our enemies (Deuteronomy 33:27); and
  • God is faithful in keeping His promises to us (Hebrews 11:11).

What more can be said? His faithfulness is reason to praise and glorify Him who loves us.

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies”
Psalm 36:5


Monday, April 12th, 2010

Day 54

“His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

God is sovereign over all things and this is a great comfort for us. Because of His sovereignty we can rest in Him. We can be at total peace. In fact, knowing His sovereignty should make us a rejoicing people. It is the very reason we are to bless Him and give praise for His works.

God’s sovereignty means that He has the undisputed right to make decisions and the unlimited and absolute power, to carry them out. His power and extent of His reign over all things are without limit. Every day, we see and read doom and gloom about the world. Heinous crime, reprehensible acts of humanity, corruption in our governments, sickness, death and misery are in the news every day. It overpowers any good news we may hear. But if you understand God’s sovereignty, these events will not disturb your peace; for you know that what is impossible with men is possible with God. Only He can save. Only He can reach down into depravity and bring life. And we know that in the end all will bow their knee to Him.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that
is within me, bless His holy name”
Psalm 103:1