March 10, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Psalms:
“Hear my prayer, O Lord…” (Psalm 143:1a)
Let us go to a quiet place and draw near to the Lord our God; let us bow our head and our heart before Him and pray and seek His face. Let us worship His holiness and give Him thanks for all the ways He provides for us, for He is faithful and full of mercy, and in Him lies hope and forgiveness. Let us learn the language of supplication, and in every circumstance and in every endeavor, let us, like Christ, go first to our Father in prayer. If we face troubles, let us pray; if we are sick, let us pray. If we don’t know what to do, let us pray. If we wish to do the Lord’s will, let us pray. Pray to the Lord, for He is faithful to hear you.
May the Lord bless you each day to spend time in prayer with Him.
March 3, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Psalms:
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture …” (Psalm 95:6-7a)
There is only one who is worthy of our worship, only one who is worthy of our adoration and reverence, only one before whom we should bow down and worship. He is the Lord Almighty, the God of heaven and earth and all the universe, the Holy One, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is the one who made us, the one who sustains us, the one who loves us, the one who sent His son to die for our sins that we might be forgiven, reconciled, and redeemed, that we might be His children and heirs. Come, let us worship Him with word and song, let us dance before His throne, let us pray and fast, let us bend our knees and bow our faces before the Lord and our God. Let us worship in His presence in spirit and in truth.
May the Lord bless you to worship Him with a joyful heart.
February 25, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Mark:
“… whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)
When James and John asked Jesus for favor to sit at His right hand and left hand in positions of authority and honor when He came into His glory, the Lord quickly set them straight. Whereas the call to Christian life and service is irrevocable, all greatness, honor, and glory belong to the Lord alone. We are called to be servants, to give of ourselves to others for His glory.
John later records that Jesus pressed this lesson home at the Last Supper when Jesus took a basin of water and a towel and washed His disciples’ feet — an act that was reserved for the lowest servant or slave in a household. To serve is to sacrifice ourselves for others, and Jesus’ sacrifice of His life on the cross was the ultimate act of service and sacrifice.
May the Lord bless you to become a servant and true disciple.
February 17, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Romans:
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
We thank the Lord for His mercy and grace for we live in a fallen world where sin and death abound, where darkness opposes the light. Once we dwelt in darkness; we lived in a sinful state, and we did not know the light of God’s love, but through the grace of His son Jesus Christ we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. Hallelujah! Yet try as we might to stay in the light we stumble at times in thought or deed into the darkness of sin. Righteousness escapes us; we fall short. But we are not beyond His redeeming love, for the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and faithful to forgive. Let us search our hearts and remember to seek the Lord’s forgiveness; let us rejoice in Him and be glad.
May the Lord bless you by his grace and embrace you with his love.
February 10, 2014
This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7)
We are each on a journey through life and life’s challenges. The road is often rough and tough to travel, especially when faced with troubles of all kinds. Around one curve we hit hardships with relationships or work or finances; coming over a steep hill we suddenly drop into a valley of despair where sickness, disease, injury, or pain threaten to waylay us or run us off the road. We try not to feel discouraged, but the road can seem almost too hard to travel. We stop to look ahead, down the road, but we cannot see very far because it curves off or drops over another hill.
Yet we need not despair, for it is not by our faith that we travel the road of life. It is Christ Jesus who makes a path before us; it is He who makes a way where there seems to be no way. It is Christ who travels with us along the road, the One who never leaves us or forsakes us, but walks with us through every trouble and every hardship. It is He who leads us; it is Jesus who knows the way to our destination. Let us not look at our circumstances, but let us look to Jesus. Let us keep our eyes on Him on whom our faith rests; let us keep looking to Him, and let us walk the road with Him, walking in faith.
May the Lord bless you with faith to look to Jesus in every circumstance.
February 3, 2014
This week’s scripture is from 2 Samuel:
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” (2 Sam. 22:33)
Our world is ever-changing; the tide of time ebbs and flows against the shores of our days. Nothing stays the same. We often seek to anchor ourselves against the storms of life, but our own hearts can toss us about on restless seas. In an uncertain world where does our strength come from?
Our strength comes from the Lord. The Lord is our strength and our portion. He makes a path before us and guides us in the way we should go. He strengthens us against every challenge and arms us with the truth of His word. He secures us against the darkness of this world and gives us the light of His Holy Spirit to lead us safely. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace. Praise Him, for He cares for you.
May the Lord strengthen you this very day and keep your way secure.
January 27, 2014
This week’s scripture is from John:
[Jesus said] “…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
The water we drink helps replenish our body, but after awhile we will be thirsty again. Only Jesus, the Son of the living God, can satisfy our thirst completely, for He gives us living water with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When we drink in the deep waters of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, the water of life comes to cleanse us, to quench our thirst, to overflow on those who He sends us to, and to carry us to eternal life.
The living water flows from the river of God; it is a great current that underflows all life. When we tap into the Word and the Holy Spirit, the living water wells up like an underground spring that fills us up, that restores and refreshes us, and forever rises up to eternal life in Christ. Drink deep from the living water; let the Word and the Holy Spirit wash you in the water of life and ever satisfy your thirst in Him.
May you drink in the living water of God and never thirst again.
January 20, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Psalms:
“Strengthen me according to Your word.” (Psalm 119:28b)
It is important to be in the word; to immerse ourselves in God’s word, for it is life for our souls and a light for our path. We should take up the word each day and drink in the living water found there, and let it fill our thoughts and flood our hearts to overflowing, for the One who sent it is true and His word is the word of truth.
The word is a treasure house of knowledge and revelation, full of grace and mercy. Salvation comes by the hearing of the word, for Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the word made flesh and His words are the words of life, and the way of truth. Thank God for His word; praise God for His son, the living word.
May the Lord bless you to take up His word and be refreshed each day.
January 13, 2014
This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:
“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2a)
He is the One and the only one. Jesus is the very center of our faith and our belief. It all begins and ends with Him and Him alone. Everything else is that which is besides Him. He is the very Son of God, the Holy One; He is the Word incarnate come down to rescue us from sin and death, to reconcile us to the Father. Beside Him there is no other.
He is the living Word, the foundation of all that has been and will be. In Him we live and have our being as children of the Most High God. He is the beginning and the end, the Eternal One. He was and is and will be. He is all truth, all faith, all mercy, and all grace. He is the All in All. Look to Jesus; look to Him in every circumstance and in every situation. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
May the Lord bless you to always keep your eyes on Jesus.
January 6, 2014
This week’s scripture comes from Revelation:
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5a)
Our God is in heaven and He reigns in righteousness and holiness. In Him is all goodness and mercy, and everything that is true and ever will be. In Him all is light and there is no darkness. God makes everything new through Jesus Christ, His son. In Christ we are a new creation, and we are restored to our Father in heaven.
We are now a new person, for the old person is dead in sin and trespasses, but in Him we have new life — a new spirit, a new heart, a new promise, a new hope, a new future — for He is ever with us. Renew yourself in the Lord and bow before His throne. Worship Him and let Him make you anew. Praise the Lord for renewing your life. Praise Him for His mercy and grace.
May the Lord Almighty bless you anew this day and each day in this year to come.