September 15, 2017
Did it ever seem to you that God was on vacation, or that God has abandoned you? Most of the time when a believer is having major problems it is automatically assumed that God is angry with them or has abandoned them. As believers, we must learn to live in trust. We must learn how to trust God in all things, even when life seems to be very unfair.
Just because life is difficult for you today does not mean God has abandoned you. The truth is that perhaps God had your present trial tailor made for you. Perhaps you need to grow stronger in your faith? God’s Word states, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”(I Peter 1:6,7).
David once said, “It was good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Your statutes,” (Psalm 119:71).
God has something good planned for you today. Trust Him with all your heart!
September 11, 2017
“Hurricane Scientists Have Never Seen An Image Like This Before!” That is a news headline I read the morning of September 8, 2017. For the first time in history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic, are lined up in the most dangerous way. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful in recent history.
Jesus told us that in this life we would experience “storms” (John 16:33). Does it feel like you are living in a “storm” right now? Perhaps you thought trouble would never come to you and now it has? Perhaps you are experiencing moments when you feel beaten, battered, and tossed about. Perhaps you are in a “stormy” marriage, a storm at work, or another relationship-type storm?
If you are living in a storm now, look to Jesus. You will find Him there in the storm somewhere. If you don’t see Him, call out to Him. He will answer you. He will strengthen you. He will lift you up and carry you on to victory! Praise His Name!
September 1, 2017
As we celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the high premium the Bible places upon the value of work. The word “work,” itself, alone with its derivatives, occurs over seven hundred times in the Bible. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:25). God himself is not exempt from labor. “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working,” (John 5:17).
We’re living in a day when employers are having difficulty in finding people who are willing to work. Apathy, and poor attitudes about work are commonplace. Many church leaders are discouraged because of the lack of people who are willing to get involved in the ministry of the congregation.
May we all examine our spiritual work ethic. Are we doing our best? Are we working for Jesus while we can work? Are we doing our work with a glad heart as unto God? What often has been referred to as “the Protestant Work Ethic,” could best be described as “The Biblical Work Ethic.” Do you do everything in the name of Jesus?
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is still day; the night is coming when no one can work,” (John 9:4).
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Eph. 6:7).
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
“One machine can now do the work of one hundred ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”……Albert Schweitzer
August 29th, 2017
Relationships, including our relationship with God, require time and effort if the relationship is to remain close.
Be sure to spend quality time with God this week.
- Find reasons to express your thanks and praise to Him.
- How has God blessed you today?
- How has God met your needs recently?
“Come near to God and he will come near to you,” (James 4:8)