Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Psalms 146:3-9

3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
    there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
    and all their plans die with them.
5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them.
    He keeps every promise forever.
7 He gives justice to the oppressed
    and food to the hungry.
 The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
 he Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
    The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
    He cares for the orphans and widows,
    but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

I can place my expectations for the future in nothing greater than what God has for me. God cares for the needs of all of His children and for those who have none else to watch over them. Help me Father to be more like you - to care for those who are abandoned by this world just as You have taken care of me.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Psalms 145:13-20

13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
    You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;
    he is gracious in all he does.
14 The Lord helps the fallen
    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;
    you give them their food as they need it.
16 When you open your hand,
    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
    he is filled with kindness.
18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,
    yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The Lord protects all those who love him,
    but he destroys the wicked.

What a wonderful picture of my Father in heaven. He helps, restores, feeds, is righteous, is kind and is ready to help when called upon. Help me God to be the kind of Father that you are to me.

Friday, November 21, 2014

II Corinthians 12:19-21

19 Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you. 20 For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. 21 Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

Paul is being direct with the Christians in this church because he wants God's best for them. He would rather them be offended at his words than lost in their old sin. God please help the members of your family to confess their sins to each other and hold each other accountable so that we can all grow up to be more like You. (James 5:16)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

II Corinthians 12:8-10

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

How many times have I begged for a situation or affliction to be taken from me or the ones I love. Most of the time I am met with a similar answer from God, just rest in His kind favor so that He can work. As my struggles are given to God, I become less so that He can become more visible in this life of mine. (John 3:30)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

II Corinthians 8:1-5

Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.

3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. 5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

What was so great about the people in Macedonia here? They did the best thing first - gave themselves over to faith in the Lord. This allowed God to do great things through them, like giving a great amount to the needs of the church even though they were poor. I can only assume that as they gave such great gifts in the name of the Lord, that he provided for their needs. (Matthew 6:25-26)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

II Corinthian 6:1-2

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 2 For God says,

“At just the right time, I heard you.
    On the day of salvation, I helped you.”

Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

It is far too common to have huge alter calls that bring tons of people forward to accept the wondrous gift of becoming part of the family of God, then soon afterwards these same people are wandering off back towards their old home. How is good fruit to be born out of this situation? (Colossians 1:6) Where are the people of God who are called to go and make disciples? (Matthew 28:19)

Monday, November 17, 2014

II Corinthians 5:16-21

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Once I accepted the adoption from death into the family of Heaven, my life started the process of changing who I am to become more like the Father of Heaven. As I draw closer to God and become more like Him, it is my duty to try and bring others along with me to this wonderful family we have waiting for us.