The scripture for today, July 12, is Revelation 7:12in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!”
How often do we praise God? Praise is more than thanking Him. Praise refers to God’s attributes. Let’s see what these words mean in the original Greek language of the New Testament:
Glory: magnificently beautiful Wisdom: great understanding Thanks: bestowed favor Honor: great weight and power
God deserves all this from us. Some people think God is ugly, He doesn’t understand them, He is against them, and is for weaklings. Some even hate God and are even repulsed at the idea of worshipping him.
They just don’t know God. Today, will you help someone know God?
The scripture for today, July 9 (7/9), is Deuteronomy 7:9 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations ofthose who love him and keep his commands.”
Our amazing God! He loved our great great grandparents and He will love our great great grandchildren. The average age of having children is 30. Therefore, if we took this literally, 1000 generations would be 30,000 years. In that case, we’ve only just begun.
If taken figuratively, 10 to the Jews meant all-inclusiveness, and 1000 is 10 x 10 x 10 or all-inclusiveness times all inclusiveness times all-inclusiveness. This means God will love us all inclusive years, times all inclusive years, times all inclusive years ~ for eternity!
And God gives everything we ask of him if it is good for us. All he asks in return is for us to give the little bit that he asks of us ~ faithfulness and keeping his few commandments. Then he will help us escape this world for his world. What a small price for us to pay and what grand arrangement!
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The scripture for today, June 22 (6/22), is Ephesians 6:22 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“I am sending him to you for this very purpose: That you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.”
Have you sent a letter to anyone in your family lately? How about your elderly parents, your grown children, aunts or uncles, nieces or nephews? Do they love you? If they do, they are going to worry about you until they hear how you are.
I have a letter written by my great-grandmother to her daughter (my grandmother) saying (besides the usual chit-chat), “You never write.” I have another letter written a generation later by my grandmother to her daughter (my mother) saying, “You never write.” And I have a letter from my mother saying to her daughter, “You never write.”
Each generation goes through this. We grow up, go out on our own, get busy, and forget to write our loved ones. They spent somewhere around 20 years raising you, taking care of you, making sure you were clean, your clothes decent, you did your homework, you got along with your friends, your scratches were healed, you ate right. How can they devote that much daily time and energy (both physical and emotional) on someone until they are grown, and then just turn it off? Just quit caring? They cannot.
So today, sit down and write a letter to someone who helped raise you. If you think you don’t have anything to say, you really do. Tell them what you had for lunch yesterday, what song on the radio you heard, where you went, who you saw. Just chit-chat things. All they want is to know how you are. Then they will feel a lot better. Because they love you.
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The scripture for today, June 19 (6/19), is 1st Corinthians 6:19fas found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have received from God? You are not yourown. You were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
Your body is pretty valuable. The purchase price was high. Jesus bought you back from Satan with something very expensive ~ his body and the blood within it.
This world’s temples are sometimes small and sometimes large. Sometimes plain, sometimes fancy. Sometimes there is complete silence in a temple. And sometimes it echoes with song. Sometimes it has many people, sometimes it stands alone. People can usually figure out that each is a temple whether or not it has a sign.
Can people tell what you are without you having to tell them? When your family and friends need a place of quiet and rest, can they come to you? When people need a place of joy, can they come to you? After you part company with someone, are they glad you’re gone, or do they feel good about themselves and look forward to the next time they can be with you?
What kind of building would you describe your body?
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The scripture for today, June 4, is Psalm 6:4as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.”
Have you ever walked away from God then couldn’t figure out how to make a turnaround and get your life back on track? Are you there now? Stop!
Stop whatever you are thinking and feeling and considering. Look behind you. God is a gentleman and will never force himself on you. When you turn away from him, he turns away from you. But, oh, how he misses you. He wants you back so you can feel his love again.
All you have to do is stop everything and call for him to come get you. “Turn, O Lord! Turn! Deliver me!”
Why would God be so good to someone walking away from him? Because he loves you and is always listening for your voice. His love is unfailing.
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The scripture for today, June 2, is Galatians 6:2 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
In case you’re thinking people should take care of their own problems, you are right. But the term “burdens” here refers to overloads.
The main reason this is hard to do is that taking on someone else’s overloaded burdens upsets your daily routine and our peace of mind. It is inconvenient.
Just remember, it is always inconvenient for those people to have an overload of burdens. They don’t want them. Many times they didn’t ask for them. But, even if they did ask for them with foolish acts, can we not roll up our sleeves and help them out for a little while (not forever)?
You do not have to take on all their problems. But you can give them relief of some of the basic problems so they can concentrate on the more serious ones. If they need a babysitter, find one for them. If they don’t have decent clothes to go to work, take them to Goodwill. If they’re behind financially, buy them a tank of gas. If they haven’t written their parents for a year, sit with them while they write that letter. Take their overburden from them.
What if Jesus had said, “Hey, it’s not my problem! Those people on earth mess up their lives all the time. Why should I leave the comforts of heaven to live among sinners and misery?” But he didn’t say that. Thank God he didn’t say that.
Inconvenient for him to take our overloaded burdens to his cross? Yes. Did he want to do it? No. But he did what was necessary to rescue us. Do we really and truly want to be like Him?
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The scripture for today, May 22 (5/22), is Galatians 5:22fas found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against suchthings, there is no law.”
There are some people in the world who call people who practice these traits “losers.” They distrust people who love everyone, are kind to everyone and are always happy. “People like that are not for real.” They believe you have to stick up for yourself and get ahead of the pack or the world will trample you and pass you by.
They are a lot like drivers out on a highway who think they have to pass every car. Once they do, there is usually a brief period when they are ahead of all the others. But soon they catch up with another pack of cars and begin all over again to pass every one, to get ahead of the pack. And so, it happens over and over endlessly. They never relax, for they are never ahead of the others for very long.
Today, relax a little. Exercise patience and self-control. There is no law against slowing down. And in the process find gentleness and find peace.
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The Scripture for today, May 20 (5/20), is 2nd Corinthians 5:20a as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
We all have a special and deep longing. When we are in pain and long for reassurances that God is with us, one of the things we often want is to see God, feel God’s touch, look into God’s eyes. This is where Christians come in. God says to Christians, “Go to those in pain. Let them see you, feel your touch, look into your eyes.”
Someone in your life needs you right now because they need God. They don’t know how to reach out to God, but you do. They don’t know how to understand God, but you do. Stop whatever you have planned for today that is kind of important. Replace it with the very important. Go see someone or call them or Skype them.
Are you or are you not God’s ambassador? Is God doing anything through you? Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow?
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The scripture for today, May 14 (5/14), is2nd Corinthians 5:14a as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“For Christ’s love compels us….”
On a distant hill a very long time ago, something unbelievable happened.
Jesus died both physically and spiritually in our place! (Remember when he said God had forsaken him?) He knew we couldn’t come back from either kind of death on our own, so he did it for us. Such terrible things he went through for us!
Love is powerful! It causes us to do things for someone we love that we never wanted to do and never dreamed we could do.
How powerful is your love for Christ? Do you share the love of Christ with others? 1st John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out fear.”
You must reach out to people who think Jesus will ruin their fun, or has too many rules, or could never forgive them, or wouldn’t stop a tragedy from happening to them. If not in person, tell them in a note, a phone call, email, even a song. There are ways. Reach out. You can and you will if you let Christ’s love compel you.
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The scripture for today, May 6 (5/6), is Song of Solomon 5:6 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“I opened [the door] for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did notfind him. I called him but he did not answer.”
Jesus is the lover of your soul. He opens the door for you, but perhaps you’re spending all your time thinking about material things. His heart sinks when you run away from him. Oh, how his heart aches with loneliness for you.
So Jesus goes out looking for you. He looks everywhere you go. He calls you by name. But perhaps your life is so full of the noise of doing and going and accomplishing, that you do not hear him.
Stop! Allow some quietness into your life. Then listen. Do you hear that? Jesus is calling for you.
The scripture for today, May 5 (5/5), isMicah 5:5a as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“And he will be their peace.”
The little book of Micah was written during a time when his country was full of prosperity. But it was also full of abused power. The lower on the social scale, the more the people suffered at the hands of the powerful few.
In the midst of warning the social elite, Micah offers comfort to their victims. You may be going through economic distress such as losing your job or losing your home. You may be going through social distress such as being passed up for a promotion or losing friends because of your moral code.
Seek peace. Deep peace.
Sometimes, it is only possible to reveal powerful abusers by revealing their victims to the world. Sometimes our job is to just survive so that a future generation can find justice and acceptance. Or sometimes we must lose everything so that we can quit worrying about this world and look forward to the next.
Seek peace. Deep peace.
So when you feel left behind with nothing, look up! God is still on his throne. God still holds out his arms. God still wipes away tears. Possibly it is at such times that you can feel God’s love most warmly and God’s peace most deeply.
The scripture for today, May 4 (5/4), is1st Peter 5:4 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“And when the Chief Shepherd [Jesus] appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
The world is frustrated with and has left “organized religion” and it is our fault. We brought it on ourselves. We have organized our denominations to death, and the spiritually minded have said, “Enough is enough. I want none of it. I just want Jesus.”
Look at all the denominations that appoint someone to be the head of their religion at their world headquarters. He goes by different titles ~ bishop, high priest, father, president. Their headquarters may be a small office or a multi-story building, or an entire complex of buildings.
From here the head meets regularly with others to make decisions for their denomination. They pass regulations on who can hold office, where their contributions must be spent, amendments to their particular creed, and on and on.
Here is a unique thought: Let us set this system aside and replace everything with Jesus as the only head, and let the world headquarters be in heaven! We do not have to rely on the decisions of men but only on the decisions of God the Son who loved us so much that he became human for a while so he could die for us. Maybe we need to sell our big buildings, give the money to mission work and the poor, and return to meeting in unorganized homes.
We don’t even need a creed, because if it is less than the Bible it isn’t enough, if it is more than the Bible it is too much, and if it is the same as the Bible why have it?
No more “organized religion.” No more divisiveness. No more denominationalism. Just one united church of Christ with its divine Founder as our sole leader, and His divine words as our sole creed. This will never fade away.
Jesus is the crown giver. Return Him to His throne and watch the world return to Him.
The scripture for today, April 29 (4/29), isDeuteronomy 4:29 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Ah, to find God. Who are you, God? What do you do all through my day? What do you have to say to me? Or do you not say anything? Do you even see me, God? Where are you? I cannot find you.
Open your eyes, friend. God is always nearby. There is an old expression, “To know him is to love him.” So true. To find God, get to know him. He is talking to you right now in his Bible, explaining what he is like and how he reacts to every possible situation in life. Open your Bible. Look through the mini-books within. God not only gives you examples of right and wrong ways to seek Him, but he gives you beautiful psalms and proverbs for your everyday life. And, wonder of wonders, He tells how He came down to us and walked among us as Jesus. Seek him there. He is talking to you.
Well, don’t you have anything to say about this? Of course, you do. The conversation turns the other way when you talk to him in response to what you have read, or what you are trying to apply to your life, or your concern for others.
Yes, seek and you will find. This mutual conversation with God is the with-all-your-heart-and-soul kind. You can do it. He is waiting for you.
The scripture for today, April 26 (4/26), is Galatians 4:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
There is more confusion on the “new Jerusalem” than you might think. Well, let’s ask God.
What is “the Jerusalem that is above”? Revelation 21:2 says, “I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
Aha! We learn two things. The New Jerusalem already exists. And the New Jerusalem is sometimes called our mother and sometimes the Bride of Christ!
So, what is the Bride of Christ? Ephesians 5:25,27 says, “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” How exciting! The New Jerusalem which is the Bride of Christ is the Church – all of us.
What else can we learn about the New Jerusalem? Well, the foundation of the New Jerusalem is the apostles. Revelation says it and Ephesians 2:20 says it.
Hmmm. This is getting more interesting all the time. Okay, let’s look at the 12 gates leading into the church; they are the 12 tribes of Israel, Judaism where all the prophecies of Jesus are found.
Always check out the symbolism in the Bible. It deepens your spiritual understanding. Like the Walls of Salvation around the New Jerusalem insurmountably high. The River of Life and Tree of Life are there in the New Jerusalem, the church.
Can you imagine on the final day when the church arrives in heaven and we are all arrayed in sinless white and are rushing into the arms of our groom, our Jesus?
(Sorry, I sent you Saturday’s yesterday so I will send you Friday’s today.)
The scripture for today, April 20 (4/20), is 1st John 4:20 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannotlove God, whom he has not seen.”
Jealousy and hatred are very much akin. Are there people you are jealous of? Do they have a position you want, and so you say and do things to undermine their character or work, so you can get their position? Do you have a position you love, and there is a new person who could perform better, so you undermine that person’s ability in order to protect your position?
God eliminates jealousy this way: What you accomplish in public isn’t as important to him as what you accomplish in private. Jesus said those who receive acclamation by people already have their reward, so will not be acclaimed by God (Matthew 6:1-5, 16-18). As much as it goes against human nature, prefer to do your good deeds in private, and God will reward you openly.
The scripture for today, April 21 (4/21), is Mark 4:21 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?”
Jesus said something similar in Matthew 5:14f, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Do you spend your energy on yourself and family? That is good. Your family needs your light. But try going further. Do something for someone else. But who? It requires looking around. Looking around your neighborhood, your school, your job, your club, your community.
Someone is in darkness and needs light to see by. Always keep looking around. Keep searching for little nooks and crannies in the lives of others where you can bring the light of a good deed to someone’s world.
Dare to spread light over them so they know where they are going. They need your light. Can you find it? Do you know where you left it?
The scripture for today, April 18 (4/18), is 2nd Corinthians 4:18 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
In a sense, what is unseen is the true reality. We cannot see love, but we see its influence, and it is stronger than anything in the world that we can see. We cannot see God, but we can see his influence, and he is more real than anything in the world that we can see.
Sometimes we all say we wish we could see God and touch God. But if that were the case, he wouldn’t be God, for he couldn’t be everywhere at once. He would only be able to hear the prayer of one person at a time, and only able to answer the prayer of one person at a time. By being unseen by human eyes, God can be everywhere.
It’s a hidden blessing! Every one of us among the billions of people on earth can feel we are God’s special ones. Every one of us can feel his presence, his soul, his love.
The scripture for today, April 16 (4/16), isHebrews 4:16 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time ofneed.”
Anyone who has lived very long has committed some sin they hope no one ever finds out about. Some people have committed many such sins. Sometimes because of that one “big” sin or the constant repetition of a particular sin, do you punish yourself by putting words in God’s mouth? Do you say, “God could never forgive me for that”? Perhaps you can never forgive yourself, but God is greater than you.
Jesus told Peter we must forgive our brothers 70 times 7. If kept literally, that would mean we’d have to forgive the same sin 490 times. It is figurative for forgiving all the time. 1st Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” of the Bible, says, “Love…keeps no record of wrongs.” That means not holding grudges.
In addition to forgiving yourself and others, can you reach out to help people who cannot forgive themselves? Are you strong enough to imitate God? Are you strong enough to find enough mercy and grace in your heart to forgive?
The scripture for today, April 14 (4/14), isEsther 4:14b as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Today’s scripture is about a reluctant young lady who won a beauty contest and was chosen to be the queen of Persia. Time has passed, and now a command has just gone out to kill all Jews. Queen Esther was a Jewess but had not told anyone at the royal court. She could continue to hide her nationality and let all her people die, or she could intervene with the king. She was the only Jew the king would have listened to. So she took the chance that she, too, would be killed, and spoke on behalf of her people. They were saved.
There are always situations in life in which you are the only one who can accomplish something very needed. Perhaps you are the only adult standing near a strange child who is about to run out into a busy road. Perhaps you are tall and a short person needs to reach something at the store. Perhaps you know a particular language and others around you need you to explain something to them. Perhaps someone called a wrong number on the telephone and reached you instead.
As we go through life, there are situations in which you are the only one who can handle them. Do you? Do you watch for those situations, or do you walk around in your own little world?
Listen! It’s the silent cries of people only you can help. Do you hear them?