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July 31, 2013

Answered Prayer

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Acts 12:15. But they said to her, “Youve lost your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was Peter, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Read the nature account. Peter was chained in prison and his friends were praying for his release. While they were praying Peter, released by God through an angel came to the door. The girl who answered was so surprised Peter was out that she forgot to open the door but want to tell the others while they were still praying for Peter’s release. They did not believe their prayers were answered. There are two truths here. One is where was their belief and where is ours. We often miss the answers to our prayers because we aren’t really looking for them. The other is regardless of our faith God will accomplish His will and purpose with or with out our faith. The question is do we want to actively be part of His workings though our prayers believing and looking expectantly for His answers?

July 30, 2013

Be Ready

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1 Peter 3:15. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.

Always be ready. Be ready to bring Christ to all you meet. How can we always be ready? We must continually confess anything that would separate us from God; any action in-action, thought or word. After each confession we must ask for a refilling of God’s Holy Spirit. We must also know what is written in God’s word, the Holy Bible through study and meditation. Our question is are we willing to be honest with ourselves in confession to God and willing to spend the time learning His instructions for living? If our living doesn’t show the reflection of Christ Jesus we won’t be asked. Let us be sure to be ready to encourage a struggling believer or help someone into God’s family.

July 29, 2013

The Harvest

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2 Samuel 23:11-12. Next in command was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines assembled at Lehi, where there happened to be an area of a field that was full of lentils, the army retreated before the Philistines. But he made a stand in the middle of that area. He defended it and defeated the Philistines; the Lord gave them a great victory.

Our churches are in neighborhoods full of lost souls. Some were in church as children but were taken away by the world. We have just sat in our pews and surrendered to their loss. Our question us will we continue to be like a retreating army or like Shammah who stood and defended the harvest? We need to fight for the lost in our neighborhoods. We start with prayer then we go to them, extend the hand of friendship, offer to bring them with us, encourage them, feed them, do whatever it takes to bring them into the fellowship of God’s family. It takes time and effort on our part. It’s what Jesus told us to do. By going into the world to make disciples it is not enough for us to give money to foreign mission. We must start in our neighborhoods. The harvest is ripe for the picking. Will we bring the harvest in for the glory of God or allow the enemy yo plunder the harvest?

July 28, 2013

The Axman

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2 Kings 6:5. As one of them was felling a log, the ax head dropped into the water. He shouted, “Oh no, my master! It was borrowed!”

We all have loved ones and friends that have sunk into the deep waters of the ways of this world. They appear to be out of the reach of God. As with this ax the need someone who cares that they are lost in the depths. They need someone who will call out to the Master for help. The Master would not pull the ax up by Himself. He could have but He wanted to use His power through the axman. We are the axmen for the lost we know. We need to lift them up to our Master, God, and be willing to allow God to flow through us to them through our prayers, our example, our love and our presence. Our question is do we care enough to pray and be used to bring them up from the depths?

July 27, 2013

Plowing

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Luke 9:62. Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Seeds can.’t grow in soil not plowed. The soil must be stirred up for the seeds to take root. When plowing one must have a guide mark in front to set the rows straight. Without looking in front the plow can wander off direction and there will be many gaps in the plowing. The goal is always in front, never behind. Today plows have GPS to keep them on course. The plower must keep his eyes on the GPS to keep from wandering off course. We must be plowed to grow spiritually. Our hearts and minds must have old thoughts broken and stirred up to be open to the seed of new thoughts. If we keep looking back to our old ways of thinking we will stray off course. We are blessed with a GPS. It is God’s written word, the Holy Bible. In it we will find all the directions we need to stay on course. Our question is will we look to our GPS or keep looking back to our old ways? Let us allow the Holy Spirit to guide our plow while planting the seeds of God’s word deep in our soil.

July 26, 2013

Traditions

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Mark 7:13. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”

We like tradition. So often we reject what is new to us because of tradition. We say, “we never did it that way before.” Or we might say, “We always do it this way.” Our question is how often do we check our traditions. Traditions may have started out right and good but with each passing generation small changes can build up. Our traditions as we practice them today probably wouldn’t be recognized by the people who first started them. Whether it be in church or home let us be sure our traditions are in line with the written owed of God, the Holy Bible.

July 25, 2013

Giving Honor

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John 15:8. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.

Sometimes we’re not sure how to give honor to God. It is much more than using His name in an honorable way. Jesus said we honor God when we bear much fruit and through that demonstrate what it is to be His disciple. What fruit are we to bear? In Galatians 5:22-23 we read “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Against such things there is no law.” As these fruits grow in us we are to learn to share them with others, encouraging other believers and bringing in new believers. Our questions are how are our fruits growing and how are we using them?

July 24, 2013

Our Focus

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Psalms 145:5. I will focus on your honor and majestic splendor, and your amazing deeds!

We start with a question. Where is our focus? The thing or one most important to us is our primary focus. The Psalmist had good focus. It was on God, His honor and His majestic splendor. He looked at the amazing things God did and does. What do we focus on throughout our day. There are many things and people screaming for our attention. Many of these things we must attend to. The question is the attitude of our attention. Do we see God, His purpose and His glory as the reason for our existence and do all in His name and for His glory and honor? Something to think about and alter as many times as we need to through our day.

July 23, 2013

Yield

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Exodus 3:14. God said to Moses, “ I am that I am.”

Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!

Change is something we know well. We change our behavior to fit the occasion. We expect others to do the same. We even expect God to change according to our own self-interest desires. We want God to conform to our perceived needs and wants. The idea of us changing to His image makes us whimper and groan, “It’s too hard. It’s impossible.” We think it takes our power and ability to adjust ourselves to God. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to adjust our hearts and mind to God and His ways. Our only job is a willingness to allow Him to do so. We are to look to Him and obey Him through all circumstances. We are to trust His workings in and through us. Without acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Lord and Redeemer this trust is impossible. Without Him we remain rigid and un-moldable. Our question is will we allow ourselves to become pliable to God’s molding of us and stop trying to mold God to our own concepts of Him? He is so much more than our finite minds can ever contain. He wants to re-mold us into His Image, an image beyond our finite understanding. Let us say and mean the words in the old hymn, “Have Thine own way Lord….mold me and shape me after The will.”

July 22, 2013

Prepare for Worship

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Psalms 29:2. Acknowledge the majesty of the Lord s reputation! Worship the Lord in holy attire!

Many interpret this verse to mean dress up in special clothes. It is not our clothes that fit us for worship. It is our spiritual attire. If there is un-confessed sin, resentment or bitterness in our hearts we are not attired to worship. We cannot worship God with sin in our heart. We must allow His Holy Spirit to cleanse us and refill us, renewing us in His love and worshiping God in humble thankfulness putting on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is God’s grace and the love and righteousness of His Son that gives us the privilege of worshiping Him. Our question is how often do we prepare and avail ourselves to worship God in Spirit and truth?

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