Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GOD IS UTTERLY DEPENDABLE


Numbers 23:19 (NIV) God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Did you ever think of that?  It is impossible for God to lie!  There is no way on planet earth or this entire universe that one lie could come from the lips of God.  What is so big about that?  Well think of it.  If God cannot lie, then whatever we read in His Word has to be truth, and if it is truth, then I can believe it and receive it!

See, faith is born from the seed of trust.  If I believe your word, then I will trust you.  If you say, “I'll be there at such a time” and I trust you, I will be waiting for you at that time.  But if you are inconsistent with your word and I cannot trust it all the time, then I will not be sure if you are going to be there, so it builds within me a lack of faith in your word.

Brothers and sisters, one thing we can do is trust God and His Word.  If God said it, we can believe it, and that settles it.  God has never let us down when we held onto His Word in faith, and He will always be true to Himself.

Every day we wake up and we have faith that the sun will rise.  In fact, we do not even think about it!  We do not wake up and say, “Well, I wonder if the sun is going to rise today.”   No, we know it by fact and experience.  That is the way we have to get with God's Word.  We need to come to the place of knowing that what He said, He will do, and we can trust in that.  Remember, God is not a man that He should lie.  He is God!

Confession:  It is not possible for God to lie.  So the faith that I have that the sun will rise is the faith I have that He will heal my body, and provide for all my needs throughout my life.  Let God be true and every man a liar.

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 22:17 - 23:44
Mark 9:30 - 10:12
Psalms 44:1-8
Proverbs 10:19


Monday, February 27, 2017

GOD IS FAITHFUL


1 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV) God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We could stop with the first three words of this verse and have all that we need to be victorious!  GOD IS FAITHFUL!  What a true statement.  We have seen it over and over in our lives.  So many times we think something is not going to work, or we think something is going to get worse not better, and then it just comes together.  Sometimes it comes together so smoothly that we do not even notice it!

God is faithful.  He is the Creator, and if we can ever get into our minds that He is responsible for us, it will take so much weight off of us.  Think about it.   God has to provide food, not just for all of the humans on earth, but also for all the animals and all the fish and all the insects.  Do you kind of get the idea?  Yet He does it in such a way that we do not even think about it!

Every day we have assurance that the sun will rise and set, that there will be air to breathe, that it will rain, that night will come, and that we can sleep.  We need to put more faith in knowing that if God does all of these huge things every day, He will take care of all of the other things in our lives.

Our Father does not want us worrying and trying to figure everything out.  He wants us to live a life of faith in Him and all that He does.  If He took care of one thing, He will take care of all things!  Jesus said it like this in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

So today, LOOK AT THE BIRDS!  God takes care of them, and because He is faithful, He will take care of you!

Confession:  My Heavenly Father is faithful!  He has taken care of me for all these years, and He will not let me down now.  I trust Him today with my life, and I know that just like He takes care of the birds, He will take care of me!


Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 20:22 - 22:16
Mark 9:1-29
Psalms 43
Proverbs 10:18


Sunday, February 26, 2017

JESUS CHRIST, ALWAYS THE SAME


Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

As we go through life, we meet people who are different than us.  We meet some who are pretty stable, and those who seem to change like the weather.  But one thing that I have found throughout my years of life is that God never changes!

This verse says pretty clearly that the way Jesus was in the Bible is how He is today.  He never changes!  Not now, nor will He for all eternity.  So my question then would be, “How was Jesus in the Bible?”  This will give me an understanding of how He is today, and also how eternity is going to be.

As we read the Bible, we see that Jesus was a healer, so we can have faith and confidence that He is still a healer today.  We know this because His Word states it, but we also know this because we have seen people healed in our lives.  Many of us have been healed by this great Savior, Jesus Christ!

We also see from the Word of God that Jesus was a provider.  He helped meet the physical needs of people as He fed them with the bread and fishes that He multiplied.  He was also very generous with His money.  The scripture says that Judas stole from the treasury, and when he left at the Passover, they thought he was going to help poor people.  John 13:29 says, “For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, ‘Buy those things we need for the feast,’ or that he should give something to the poor.”

So we see that Jesus was this way in these two areas, and much more!  We could write books about all that He did!  We can see that He is doing the same today.  He is our healer, our provider, and He is our all in all!  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Confession:  My Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday.  Today, I can boldly declare that He is my healer and He is my provider.  Jesus is my everything.  I am blessed today!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 19 - 20:21
Mark 8:11-38
Psalms 42
Proverbs 10:17


Saturday, February 25, 2017

GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE


Acts 3:6-8 (NKJV) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.

Many times, we try to give what we think others might need, but as we see in this story, Peter had something far better than money!  He had the power of the Name of Jesus, and with that Name, he was able to see a miracle happen. 

So do not always look at what you do not have, look at what you do have!  What is in your hand?  You might say, “Well, I do not have a hundred dollars to give to the work of my church,” but God will always say, "What do you have?"  If you have five dollars and you are willing to give that with a cheerful heart, God sees it just like it was a hundred!

You might say, “Well, I do not have the time to help in the children or teen ministry.”  Yet maybe you can help on special events, or once in a while.  Give what you have, and give it from your heart!  God, our Father, does not look at the outside.  He looks at the heart!

Do you remember the poor widow who gave the two pennies?  She had so little, but Jesus said she gave so much!  Many try to say, “So all I have to do is give a little like that poor widow did?”  Well, no.  The scripture said she gave all that she had.  So what do you have today?  Give that, and watch God give you such an increase that it will just amaze you!

Confession: Today, I give what I have and I give it from my heart.  God is not looking for me to give what I do not have.  He wants me to give what I do have.  I give of my time, my talent, and my treasure, and God will reward me for giving in this way.

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 16:29 - 18:30
Mark 7:24 - 8:10
Psalms 41
Proverbs 10:15-16


Friday, February 24, 2017

ENCOURAGER


Acts 23:11 (NKJV) But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”

In the world we have many talkers, yet so few encouragers.  Here we see Paul is going to have to give a witness of our Lord in Rome, and Jesus, the greatest encourager of all, stood by Paul and lifted him up.  In life, there are times when we get down and we need people that will lift us up.  In saying that, remember that there are people all around us who need a pat on the back or a good handshake, and encouragement.

It is so easy to look at the mistakes that people make and the little things that people do wrong and major on them, but what would happen if we looked at the things people did right and majored on them?

What would happen to a husband or wife if they encouraged each other instead of looking at the mistakes that are made?  What would happen if when our children mess up, instead of harping on the mistake, we encouraged them to do better?

You see, in this negative world people always try to find the worst in others, instead of looking at the best.  Have you ever read some reviews on a book or movie or item, and you see reviews for one star, and then others with five stars, and you wonder if they looking at the same product?

It is the same with us.  We can look at the same person and one will see the best in them, and the other will see the worst.  I pray that we will start seeing the best in others.  That we will start believing the best, and helping people become all that God would want them to become.  Let us start with our mates and children, and go from there.  What do you say?  Let us be encouragers!

Confession:  Today, I am going to make a decision to be an encourager, and to believe the best in others.  I am going to stop looking at all the little mistakes, and I am going to see the big picture.  God believes in them, and so do I!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 15 - 16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalms 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14


Thursday, February 23, 2017

ALL THINGS


Mark 9:23 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

When Jesus said all things, did He mean ALL THINGS?  Well, one thing that we have learned from the Word of God is that our Heavenly Father is not a man that He should lie.  If God said it, it is so.  So, with that in mind, we can have confidence in God and His Word.

We must take the Word of God as the Word of God, and know that all things are possible from His Word.  When we look into the Word and find a scripture that promises us something, like healing, then we need to spend the time that it takes to get that Word, or seed, deep into our heart.  We need to give the Word of God the time that it needs to germinate within us.

Just because we read a verse on healing does not mean it is going to grow in one day.  Remember this verse says, "All things are possible to him who believes.”  I need to get His Word into me and into that believing part.  I will say this, I believe that I am saved and no one can take that from me, yet when it comes to healing, when something is fighting my flesh, I let doubt in.

This, my friend, is the good fight of faith.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  So what do I do to get it to the producing stage?  I meditate on the verses or promises until it becomes real to me, just like salvation is real to me.  When it gets to that place, then I can boldly say, “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO ME BECAUSE I BELIEVE. AMEN!”

Confession:  All things are possible to me because I believe God, and His Word.  God cannot lie.  He said it is true, so I trust Him, and I believe Him, and as I do, I see results!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 14
Mark 6:30-56
Psalms 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE


Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Now this is a scripture that we need to chew on!  If this is saying what I believe it is saying, then what I speak has a big part to play in my life.  I can see why this world is so negative.  It is because the devil wants people to have death in their lives. 

He tries to get us to talk death over ourselves and our families.  He tries to get us to talk sickness, lack, destruction, and more.  But he has been exposed!  We see now that the power is in what we say, so we need to put a watch over our tongues.  We need to watch the words that come out of our mouths.

Now, we can look at this verse and just dwell on the death part, but how about the life part?  This verse says that there can be life in our tongues.  We can speak life over ourselves, our families, and the situations in our lives.  Instead of talking about every negative thing that is out there, let us talk the Word.  What does the Word say about the situation?  What does the Word have to say about what I am going through?

We can also say it like this, “What does Jesus have to say about this?”  He and His Word are one.  What does Jesus have to say about sickness and disease?  What does Jesus have to say about lack, depression, or being unloved?

When you find the truth from His Word, say it!  Let life come out of your mouth.  Hey, you are going to eat the fruit of it, so you may as well make it good fruit!  What do you say?

Confession: Today, I am going to watch what comes out of my mouth.  Your Word is life to all of my flesh, so I choose to speak life.  I choose to speak what You, Father, have already declared.  I declare, God is true and everything else that does not agree with His Word is a lie!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 13
Mark 6:1-29
Psalms 39
Proverbs 10:10

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LET’S GET FRUITY


John 15:1-2 (NKJV) I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

What an amazing and loving Heavenly Father we have!  He is always at work within us to help us grow up.  Many people look at verse two and see the words "takes away" and think that God gets rid of those who do not bear fruit.  That is not what it is saying.  This verse means that God lifts up those who are having problems bearing fruit, and He works with them.

A wise farmer does not destroy his branches.  He lifts them up, cleans them, and reties them to the vine.  Our loving Father does the same thing.  He is out for our best, and will keep working with us to produce much fruit.

Remember, good trees naturally bring forth good fruit.  We are good trees planted in the house of the Lord.  If you love God and you have accepted His free gift of Jesus Christ, then God's love is poured out on you, and God is working on the inside to help you produce a great harvest that will last throughout all eternity!

It is important to know that it is not about what you do, but it is about letting Him do the work within you.  Too many times, we say, “I need to do this,” and “I need to do that,” but it all ends up being legalistic.  God wants to do the good work within you and as He does, good things will develop within your heart and you will see that these fruits of the Spirit will become obvious to others.

If you let God do this pruning within you, you will see that the fruit of love, joy, peace, and much more, will start growing, and you will look back and say, “Is this really me?”  Remember, the fruits of the Spirit are not works of law, but gifts of grace.

Confession:  Today, I am going to let the Word of God live in me.  As I do, God will clean my heart so that these nine fruits of the Spirit can operate big time within me!


Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 11 - 12
Mark 5:21-43
Psalms 38
Proverbs 10:8-9