Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Ephesians 2:10 tells us "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for Good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
That word "workmanship" in the original Greek is "poiema." That's the word that our word poem comes from. We have been carefully crafted as a poet crafts a poem to carry a message.
What message are you carrying?
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
God has a plan for every day of our lives. He tells us in Psalm 139:16b, ". . .in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them."
When we pray, "Give us our daily bread," we are asking for the tools, the gifts, the wisdom, to accomplish the tasks He has set aside for this new day. Every morning is a new adventure; a new discovering of His mercies reserved for that day.
Go in His power and might that you might glorify His name in all the earth.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.
In God’s Little Miracle Book III, I share a story of a woman whose very abusive husband made several attempts to take her life. One day as she swam in their pond near their rural home he waded in after her with the intent to drown her. She cried out to the Lord as she had done many times before.
When he grabbed her, he couldn’t get a firm grip, no matter how many times he tried.
In her words, “It was as if I was a greased pig.”
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Father God, may I call upon Your name
when any danger threatens.
May I never forget Your promise of protection
at all times.
Have you had times when you were rescued by God’s hand?
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Have you ever prayed for a thing and waited, and waited, and waited? Have you given up hope of ever seeing that prayer answered?
In Bible study, we recently studied the book of Acts. Near the end of the book is a very long account of the struggles Paul had after the Lord told him he was going to Rome to stand before Caesar.
After two years he was finally on his way when he was shipwrecked, bitten by a snake, and encountered other trials before he reached Rome.
Our teacher pointed out that that account is a picture of how we have to wait sometimes long and hard before we see we see what God has promised us. Hang in there. Keep believing God. He hasn’t forgotten you. He will bring to pass that which He has spoken.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
My attention was directed recently to the account of Jesus calling Zacchaeus down from the sycamore tree as he passed through Jerico.
1. He didn’t just say, “You there.” He called Zacchaeus by name.
Has Jesus called your name to come to Him?
2. Jesus bid him to come down.
Have you left your old way of living; your old habits, wrong paths, evil thoughts, to come walk the right way of Jesus?
3. Jesus invited Himself to dine with the hated tax collector.
In the middle east, if you share a meal with someone, you will never again be at odds with that person. It’s called a covenant of salt.
Jesus didn’t wait to be invited. He invited Himself. Is Jesus inviting Himself to dine with you today? He wants to share His life with you. Will you come down from your perch and choose to walk with Jesus?