January 29, 2018
“When the Son of Man come, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
You probably know his name as a disease, but in 1927, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees was named outstanding baseball player of the year. During his lifetime he played in more consecutive games than any other man in the history of the sport. He never missed a game! Lou Gehrig was called “the Iron Man of Baseball.” What made Lou Gehrig so great? It was his faithfulness to his team and to the game of baseball.
Gehrig has a better record than Cal Ripken, Jr. Every day he was out there on first base doing his best!
We all need to be “team players.” We all need to be doing our best for Christ with what He has given us.
Many who gave their best are mentioned in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. That’s really all God asks of each of us, to do our best for Him. He gave His best for us. Are we giving our best to Him?
January 22, 2018
“But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!’ Jesus answered and said, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:40-42)
In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus teaches about the priority of grace. Martha was troubled over her inability to pull off a perfect dinner. Jesus was not impressed by her human effort and taught a valuable lesson. Do not attempt to serve God until you have first been served by Him. Mary was experiencing the grace, presence and her relationship with Jesus before she attempted to “perform.” Many people live in a “performance trap” without knowing of the empowering grace of God.
Some facts about grace are:
- God’s grace is available because it is based upon Jesus’ performance – not mine.
- God does not love me for what I can do for Him.
- God’s grace accepts me as I am, then enables me to live above my own ability.
- My service to God is actually greater under grace, because gratitude, not guilt, is the motivation.
Experience God’s grace this day!
January 15, 2018
“You make more friends by becoming interested in other people than by trying to interest other people in yourself.”……Dale Carnegie
How many very close friends do you have? I don’t mean casual acquaintances, I mean intimate friends.
Those who do have intimate friends have only one or two at the most. Why? Because intimate friendship requires much time and effort.
I am very fortunate to have several intimate friends. They have my permission to ask me anything. They are permitted to interfere when I seem to be “out of sorts.” Just recently one of those friends talked to me about a personal concern. Two days before our conversation, the Holy Spirit spoke to him about me and the issue I was concerned about. Our loving Heavenly Father used my very close friend as His spokesperson to me. My friend and I rejoiced and thanked God together for His love and for our friendship.
The Lord Jesus is also that kind of friend to me. He can be to you as well. As we all have experienced, life can be very difficult and complicated at times. There are days that we experience fear, doubt, and anxiousness. And it is in those times that our best friend, the Lord Jesus, will speak and bring comfort to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
“What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and grief to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. In His arms He’ll take and shield you. You will find a solace there.”
Be sure to take time today to cultivate your friendship with Jesus. Become interested in Him. He is very interested in you.
“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
January 8, 2018
“Courage is the victory of faith over fear.”……….Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every child of God faces difficulties from time to time. Sometimes, when we are experiencing difficult days, it seems that they will never end.
In Psalm 27:14 we read, “Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
That word “wait” means to “bind together, to expect.” When we are “bound together” with the Lord, we will be courageous in the difficult times and watch expectantly for God’s hand to move.
Have you ever noticed why many of God’s people mentioned in the Bible are remembered so well?
When you think of David, what comes to your mind? Probably the giant, Goliath, right? When you think of Daniel, what comes to mind? Probably the lion’s den, correct? In the midst of great difficulty these men and others received strength and courage through their close relationship with God. You and I can do the same.
We also can be victorious in life through an intimate relationship with Jesus. He will strengthen our hearts.
May we also be people of great courage, and may our faith in God conquer our fears.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!