Thursday, April 30, 2009
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just
and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from
1 John 1:9
(Photo by Donna Downey)
Have you ever noticed what the
middle letter is in the word s I n ?
Grace is not a license to sin.
It is the power to overcome it.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There is none like
Thee, O Lord; Thou
art great, and great
is Thy name in might.
Your power is unlimited...absolute...beyond imagining.
With You, nothing is accidental, nothing is incidental,
and no experience is wasted. You hold in Your power my
breath of life and all my destiny. And every trial that
You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal
Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and
to others looking on. You hold the future and You will
always be with me, even to my old age...and through all
from 31 Days of Praise
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
We are therefore
II Corinthians 5:20
Every encounter we have is an opportunity to
reflect Jesus into somebody's life.
Our lives are not perfect, but our actions and responses
should demonstrate that our heavenly Father is dependable,
faithful, forgiving and present. We are His ambassadors,
representing the Savior to the people we encounter every
day. Our lives are opportunities for those around us to
see the Lord in action as we serve others-or as we reveal
peacefulness and trust, even during difficult times.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Set your mind
on the things above,
not on the things
that are on earth.
Our focus will determine our level of satisfaction in life.
Those who stay young in spirit continually look for evidences
of the Almighty in their lives--ways He is working, providing,
loving, and guiding. Without this perspective, the pain and
problems of life can take center stage, which can easily lead
to discouragement and grumbling.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Anxiety and misgiving proceed solely
from love of self. God accomplishes
all things quietly and completely, it
is not anxious or uncertain. The Spirit
of God rests continually in quietness.
Perfect love casteth out fear. It is
in forgetfulness of self that we find
peace. Happy is he who yields himself
completely, unconsciously, and finally
to God. Listen to the inward whisper of
His Spirit and follow it - that is enough;
but to listen one must be silent and to
follow one must yield.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"Till I die, I will not put away my integrity from me."
Will your words and actions today reveal you to others
as a man or woman of integrity and honesty? Isn't that
the issue in our world today--integrity? Job determined
not to lower his standards or to buy into the justification
that "it's just how things are done these days." Can you
say the same?
from Lord I Give You This Day
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Look at the birds of the air, that they do no
sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26
Do not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34
You can trust Him, so quit being anxious!
It is so unnecessary. It's also a sin.
We are to live one day at a time.
He took care of you today, will He not
take care of you tomorrow?
from Lord I Give You This Day
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The steadfast of mind You
will keep in perfect peace,
because he trusts in You.
As you walk through the hours ahead, you can
expect that the enemy will send a fiery dart to
your mind: a lie, a thought of rejection, a
wrong doctrine, a deprecating thought, a suggestion
to do evil, whatever. How are you to respond?
First, you stop the thought at the door of your
mind and test it against Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is
honorable,whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy
of praise, dwell on these things."
Second, if the thought does not meet those
qualifications, refuse to let it linger.
Take it captive, reject it and replace it.
The acceptance of a wrong thought can then lead to
which creates an appetite,
which becomes a weakness,
which becomes a habit,
which brings oppression
from the enemy.
from Lord, I Give You This Day
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
O death, where is your sting?
I Corinthians 15:55
For we know that when this
earthly tent we live in is
taken down (that is, when
we die and leave this earthly
body), we will have a house
in heaven, an eternal body made
for us by God himself and not
by human hands.
II Corinthians 5:1
The reality of the resurrection is that death has been
defeated! Christ conquered death completely; now He
assures His followers that we, too, will share in His
victory. Christians need not fear death. Christ has
gone before us and will take us to join Him in heaven.
Death frees us to experience the glorious heavenly
presence of God. No illness can defeat us. No disaster
can rob us of eternal life. Death can temporarily remove
us from those we love, but it transfers us into the presence
of the One who loves us the most. Jesus has prepared a place
for you in heaven that surpasses your imagination. (John 14:1-4)
Death will one day be the door by which you gain access to all
that is yours in heaven.
~Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby~
Experiencing God Day by Day
Thursday, April 9, 2009
He who is faithful
in what is least is
faithful also in much.
God rewards those who are faithful.
Throughout your life God will seek to
grow you in your faith. He will
continually bring you to times when
you must trust Him.
God will not lead you beyond your
present level of trust and obedience
to Him. He will return you to your
area of unfaithfulness until you are
prepared to trust Him. Every step of
faith leads you to a deeper relationship
of fiath with Him
~Henry T. and Richard Blackaby~
Experiencing God Day by Day
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
The Christian life is not about feeling
good and deriving the greatest personal
benefit from our connection to God.
Rather, the Lord builds an intimate
relationship with each of His followers.
In that way, He can reveal more about
Himself--truth by truth--as a believer
needs that knowledge. What a privilege!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Lift high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim,
til all the world adore
His sacred Name.
Words by George Kitchin
and Michael Newbolt
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author
and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy
set before him endured the cross.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
and weep with those who weep.
Being used by God to minister to others is one
of the greatest privileges of a believer. And
He's equipped you with all you need. You only
have to be willing and sensitive to His leading.
You also have the Holy Spirit. His ministry is to
guide you into all truth, to bring to your
rememberance the truths you've learned. God's
truth sanctifies and sets people free. So, when
you minister, ask the Holy Spirit to show you
what truths the person needs.