Thursday, August 14, 2008 Noon
How does one please God? Jeremiah 9:23 says, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
- Are you wise? If you know not the LORD you are a fool.
- Are you strong? It is better to know the Lord and glory in your infirmity than to have strength and not know the LORD.
- Are you rich? It is better to have Jesus than all the riches in the world.
- Are you famous? It is better to sit in a corner and be unknown, but have Jesus; than to be known by the world, and have not Jesus.
Scripture tells us that we are to glory in this: “…that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:24). So we please God by putting our faith and trust in Him. We please God by seeking Him, and glorying in Him. We please God by believing in Him.
Thought for Today: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 430: a.m.
We don’t hear much about Nathanael, though he was one of the twelve disciples. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47). “No guile” means that Nathanael spoke his mind and told the truth. Nathanael asked Jesus, “…Whence knowest thou me?” (John 1:48). Jesus answered, “…when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” (John 1:48). Because Jesus said that He saw him under the fig tree, Nathanael answered and said, “…Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” (John 1:49). As a matter of fact, Nathanael was the first to call Jesus the Son of God. Can you imagine how his faith must have leaped once he experienced all the miracles Jesus performed. Yet, we don’t read about Nathanael again, at least not to any great extent. Nathanael was a man of great faith, but he was not one of the great disciples as Peter, James and John. He was unnoticed; yet he remained faithful to the end. Some of us, like Nathanael, have great faith, but we seem forgotten. Yet, though we may be unnoticed, we, like Nathanael, must remain faithful and continue in Christ’s ministry that will change the world.
Thought for Today: Though I may be forgotten, I will sing His praise. Though I may be unnoticed, I will speak His name. In His service I will be faithful, though unnoticed I remain.
Monday, January 21, 2008 4:20 a.m.
John 9:1-7 tells us how Jesus put clay on a blind man’s eyes. “…he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” (John 9:6). Then Jesus told the blind man, “…Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.., (which is by interpretation, Sent.)” (John (9:7). Jesus could have just said, “Open your eyes,” and the blind man would have been able to see. But, instead He said, “Go!” Jesus did not lead the blind man to the pool of Siloam. He, himself, had to believe, go and do. This was a trial of believing and a test of obedience. The blind man had to struggle to find his way to the pool of Siloam. He couldn’t just walk there because he was still blind. But his “going” demonstrated his belief and obedience. Had he not gone he would have remained blind. But John 9:7 says, “…He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” Things don’t just happen, we must first believe, go and do. It is through the “doing” that we are given. Jesus says, “…Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” (Matthew 8:13). Lord, may we believe, go and do.
Thought for Today: “…According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29).
Friday, November 10, 2006 4:20 a.m.
The Formula for Happiness is found in Psalm 37: Fret not, Trust in the LORD, Delight thyself in the LORD, Commit thy way unto the LORD, Rest in the LORD, Cease from anger, Wait on the LORD.
Fret not: Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 37:1).
Trust in the LORD: “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3).
Delight thyself in the LORD: “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4).
Commit thy way unto the LORD: “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalm 37:5).
Rest in the LORD: “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:…” (Psalm 37:7).
Cease from anger: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:…” (Psalm 37:8).
Wait on the LORD: “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:…” (Psalm 37:34).
Thought for Today: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23).
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:45 a.m.
All night this verse has been running through my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). In studying this verse, the words “trust in the Lord” means to trust in the same Lord that spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are to trust the Lord “with all thine heart.” This means with all our heart, soul and mind and with our whole being. “And lean not unto thine own understanding.” This means that we are not to lean on what we think should happen or the way we think things should go. It continues in verse 6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him.” (Proverbs 3:6). In everything we do, act, speak or think we are to acknowledge God. “And he shall direct thy paths.” God, Himself, shall direct us in the way we should go. C. I. Scofield says, “The word ‘trust’ in the Old Testament is the same word as ‘believe’ in the New Testament” (p. 600). “Believe” means to have faith in. If we put our faith in Him, He is our refuge. He is the One we can lean on. He will carry us through difficult times and we do not need to fear. God has His reasons for allowing certain circumstances. They are all for our sanctification. We can trust Him.
Thought for Today: I’ve come to realize that only finishing this race of life victoriously is all that matters.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 6:30 p.m.
Have you ever felt like you failed? I’m sure that all of us have felt that way at one time or another. Amy Carmichael’s devotional called Whispers of His Power talked about an Egyptian King who lived in 1350 B. C. This Egyptian King believed in One God and tried to introduce the belief of One God to his people, but he failed. When he died, he was so hated by his people that all his records were thrown on a rubbish heap. But hundreds of years later these records were found and used to prove parts of the Bible that before were considered impossible. “So God used ‘a failure’ to help to do one of the greatest things that can be done – establish faith in His Book. That King [was] Akh Naten ” (Amy Carmichael, Whispers of His Power, p.46). No matter what we feel we failed at, if it was done for God, He takes it and writes “Not in Vain” over it. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Amy Carmichael wrote, “[God] never wastes the lives of His servants.Their very failures are gathered up and used. Even when we feel we have failed, God writes ‘Not in Vain’ over everything we have tried to do in His name.” (Whispers of HIs Power, p.46).
Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:10 a.m.
It was Amy Carmichael’s first year as a missionary in Japan. She and other missionaries were waiting for boats to pick them up and take them on a journey. But the boats were late. The boats were not just hours late, but days late. Amy and the other missionaries became impatient and fretted that they were going to miss all the events that had been planned for their journey. Then one of the older more “seasoned” missionary’s who never seemed to get ruffled said, “God knows all about the boats” (A Chance to Die, p. 78). His calm trust impacted Amy so much that it became a motto of faith for the rest of her life. God knows all about your weakness. God knows all about your fears. God know all about you, and all you are called upon to do is trust Him. Remember, God knows all about the boats.
Thought for Today: How do we endure in all this waiting stuff? We are to sit quietly and trust God to act.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:00 a.m.
The word if is small, but yet it has so much meaning. For example, one could say, if I long for spiritual flattery I have the wrong motives. If I long for men’s approval instead of God’s approval, it will come to not. Actually, the Lord said “if” more than he said “do”. Here are a few scriptures that start with the word If. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you…” (John 15:7). “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?..” (Genesis 4:7). “…if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments…” (Deuteronomy 11:13). “…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…” (Matthew 17:20). “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart…thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). “If any man serve me, let him follow me…” (John 12:26). “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Amy Carmichael wrote, “If there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me; if there be as secret “but” in my prayer, ‘anything but that, Lord,’ then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (IF, p. 57).
Thought for Today: Lord, help me with my if’s. Help me obey, follow, believe, and please Thee. Help me say, “If it be Thy will, Lord.”
Monday, April 12, 2004 9:00 p.m.
Our Pastor preached about Abraham and how his faith never wavered. Even when he was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old, and her time of bearing children had passed, still Abraham believed that God would perform His promise. “And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he [God] counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). Why did God wait so long? Isn’t it just like God to come in when all else has failed; when all hope is gone; when it would be virtually impossible to happen by human terms. So, why does God wait? God waits so there is no mistake that God did it. After all human strength and hope have withered away; then, God performs His promise. God waits so no man can say – it is not of God.
Thought for Today: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).
Monday, April 5, 2004 5:50 a.m.
Sometimes what we want to do is not allowed by God. David wanted to build the temple, but God would not allow him to do so. “Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart.” (II Chronicles 6:7-8). The Lord did not allow David to build the temple, but He allowed Solomon, his son, to build it. The desire of David’s heart was counted unto him for righteousness. Has there ever been a time that you wanted to do something for the Lord, but God stopped you. In your heart you truly wanted to serve the Lord, but you were stopped by an higher authority, and looking back you could see that it was of the Lord. As long as your heart was right with the Lord and your intent was for a godly cause it was counted unto you for righteousness and the Lord says, “…thou didst well that it was in thine heart.” (I Kings 8:18).
Thought for Today: “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3). Let us believe God and trust and obey.