Monday, May 4, 2009 6:15 a.m.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” This goes back to trusting God no matter what! He is not out to get us. He has our best interest at heart. Will He give us a stone for bread, a serpent for a fish, or an scorpion for an egg? No! He gives us what we need and far above all we could ask or think. I must just believe this in my heart. God is good, and as David said, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23:6). Right now I have cancer on my lip and am facing my 4th surgery. God is good! Marvin has just lost his job due to poor health conditions. God is Good! Bills are mounting up. God is good! None of these things has happened to us except out of the love of God for our sanctification. And I know God will provide. He knows our needs before we ask. We must just trust Him. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1).
Thought for Today: “No good thing will be withheld from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11).
Friday, April 17, 2009 8:20 p.m.
As I was driving home from my bus route I was listening to scripture. I heard I Timothy 3:16. “…God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angles, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16). I call it The Creed of Truth.
- “God was manifest in the flesh…” He was manifested by Jesus Christ, the Second in the Trinity. “And the Word as made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14).
- “…justified in the Spirit…” “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 2:16).
- “…seen of angels…” “…behold angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matthew 4:11).
- “…preached unto the Gentiles…” Paul said, “that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” (Ephesians 3:8).
- “…believed on in the world…” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
- “…received up into glory.” “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9).
Monday, February 9, 2009 4:05 a.m.
We all want to live forever, but that is not God’s plan. God’s allotment plan is to have his children home with him. He lovingly chooses the way for each one of us to come home. Our responsibility is to be His witnesses during the time given us here on earth. The funny thing is, we all will live forever. We are eternal beings. When this life ends we continue living, whether in heaven or hell. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25). So, do you want to live forever? You will! But only you can decide where that “forever” will be. Jesus wants us to live with Him, but first you must accept His gift of Salvation; for only then shall you live forever.
Thought for Today: Jesus says, “…I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:4).
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.