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).
Monday, October 23, 2006 3:50 a.m.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:14-15). Because Christ died for us we are to live for him, and not for ourselves. Our self is our greatest enemy. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). How true this is. “For that which I do I allow not: For what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:15). My greatest enemy is me. “…the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41). That is why Paul says in I Corinthians 15:31, “I die daily.” We must die daily to ourselves. This is hard to do, but the love of Christ, that means His love for us, causes us to do so. He loved us enough to leave his Kingship in heaven and came to earth, and die for us so we could be reconciled unto God. Because He did this for us, we should be motivated to live for Him.
Thought for Today: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24).
Monday, August 14, 2006 6:00 a.m.
Colossians 3:23 tells us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” This reminds me of the title of Oswald Chambers’ Devotional called, My Utmost for His Highest. We are to give God our utmost. Few people obtain such excellence. We are too busy being caught up in our own affairs. “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19). If we are in Christ we are to serve Him; but, He wants us to serve Him willingly with our whole heart, because we love Him, and not out of duty. Ephesians 6:6 tells us we are to serve Him, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” We are to “…obey in all things…in singleness of heart, fearing God.” (Colossians 3:22). If we do this God will reward us. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24).
Thought for Today: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37).
Monday, August 22, 2005 4:14 a.m.
Jesus refers to us as sheep. What kind of sheep are you? There are 5 kinds of sheep.
1). False Sheep – They say they are saved, but they are deceiving themselves. They are wolves in sheep clothing. (I John 2:19).
2. Stunted Sheep – They are carnal, always needing milk, unable to be fed meat. They are forever baby Christians who will enter heaven as by fire. (Hebrews 5:13).
3. Poisoned Sheep – They have been fed false doctrine and have become weak and sickly. (Matthew 7:5).
4. Wounded Sheep – They have been hurt, but instead of letting the shepherd mend their wounds, they carry emotional scars that turn into a root of bitterness. (Hebrews 12:15).
5. Lost Sheep – They are the unsaved without a shepherd. (John 10:16).
It reminds me of that beautiful painting of Jesus reaching down the side of a cliff to recuse one of His sheep. Which sheep are you?
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14).
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 7:40p.m.
There was a large ship, who when they were out to sea, discovered that somehow all of their fresh water had run out of the barrels, and now they were facing certain death. They saw another ship in the distance and signaled a message saying that they needed water. Instead of coming to help them the other ship signaled back, “Dip it up.” The distressed ship sent several more messages saying that they needed fresh water, and still the other ship replied, “Dip it up.” Soon the captain said to the sailors, “Lower a bucket into the ocean water.” When they brought the bucket up it was full of fresh cold water. The exact place they were at in the ocean had a fresh flow to water from the Amazon mountains. Had they not heeded the message they would have died from thirst while floating in a stream of life giving fresh water. That’s the way people are today. They are dying in their sins while the grace of forgiveness flows beneath them. They just must heed the message and obey.
Thought for Today: Beneath us flows saving grace,”Dip it up.”
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 7:00 a.m.
Has God ever told you to do something, but your own disobedience caused a detour in the road? Yet, when all was said and done, you were still left with that same call of God to do what He told you to do in the first place? If only you had obeyed in the beginning a lot of heartache and sorrow would have been averted. Jonah is a great example of this. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry out against that great city. But instead, Jonah jumps a boat and tries to hide from God. When a storm arose and the sailors feared for their lives, Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard. He just expected to drown in the sea and it would be all over. But God had other plans. God sent a great fish and Jonah found himself in the belly of a fish instead of drowning. Jonah tried to die at the hands of the sea, but instead he was in hell for three days. “I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he head me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” (Jonah 2:2). Jonah thought that he could hide from God in the bottom of a boat, and God showed him that he can’t even hide from God in the belly of a fish. After 3 days and 3 nights God had the fish vomit Jonah up. And what did God say to Jonah then? The same thing He said earlier – Go to Nineveh and cry out against that great city. Jonah took a detour in the road, but he still arrived at the same destination. How often do we take a detour in the road instead of obeying God the first time? We will still arrive at the same destination only more tattered.
Monday, July 25, 2005 4:45 a. m.
“But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken” (Jonah 1:4). All the sailors were afraid, “…but Jonah was gone down into the sides to the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep” (Jonah 1:5b). How could Jonah sleep peacefully through a storm, and yet, not know that God would find him? I marvel at how ignorant Jonah was to think that he could hide from God by going into the bottom of a ship. Perhaps he thought God would just look the other way and chose someone else to go to Nineveh. Not likely! When God calls we are to obey. Because of Jonah’s disobedience he had to endure three days and three nights in the belly of a fish. I’m sure that during those three days and nights Jonah learned the lesson of the sovereignty of God. No one can avoid responsibility when God calls them to do something. No one can hide from God. No one can run from God. God knows all and sees all and is always in control.
Thought for Today: Disobedience had consequences. When God calls – Obey.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 5:45 a.m.
How does one draw into a sweetness and total confidence in the Savior? It is not something that comes naturally. It goes against our nature to completely abandon our own will, our own wants, our own desires, and our own logical thinking and just turn them over to a sovereign God. Not knowing where He may lead us or how it will all end makes it hard for us to trust in God enough to say, “What now, Lord?” Yet, scripture tells us to, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). This is when we have to believe that God loves us and He only has good for us. Then we can rest assured that no matter where He leads us it is for our good and God’s glory. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:12 ).
Thought for Today: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 9:00 a.m.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “When we choose deliberately to obey Him [God], then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power” (My Utmost for His Highest, p.336). I know this to be true. There have been times that God sent the rain and even a snow storm to intervene on His children’s behalf. God is always directing, leading and showing the way; if we just look, watch, listen and obey. Obedience is the key. If we learn to trust and obey what God has already shown us He will reveal more truth to us. Wouldn’t we do the same thing for our children? We would do all that was within our power to help them if they trusted us, hung on our every word and obeyed our every command; much more than if they rebelled against us. God is no different. He has only good for His children who obey, and once they obey what has been revealed to them, God will reveal more. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Thought for Today: God will move heaven and earth for those who love Him and obey Him.
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:15 a.m.
Have you ever wished for something believing that it would come in the future? Last night it was as if the Lord allowed me to see a glimpse of the future, and it was not what I expected. Has this ever happened to you? What you imagined would be so grand turns out to be just ordinary. Most of the time in our lives things are just ordinary. The ordinary hum-drum of everyday living. You dream that you will be doing something more grand in the future, at least more grand than you are doing now; but, in reality you most likely won’t be. This glimpse of the future has opened my eyes. It has showed me that I need to treasure each moment that I have been given now, instead of longing for some future happening. I need to take every “now” and do something with it, instead of waiting for a “better time”. I need to trust God now, follow His lead and accept what portion I have been given today. I need to thank God for who I am today; for never shall I be more.
Thought for Today: Take each moment, each memory, even each pain with all its hurt and loneliness, and accept them as a gift from God. We only have “now” and God has tomorrow.