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Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27 – Setting Our Confidence In God

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” Psalm 118: 8-9 (NASB)

We might ask what it means to take refuge in the Lord? We are glad that the psalmist really explains it by what he says in the last part of each verse. There he uses the word trust. So to take refuge in the Lord is to trust in Him. Our verses remind us that it is better to put our confidence in the Lord than in any human being, including even the most influential or powerful person such as a Prince, a King, or a President. So if we do have to depend sometimes on the help of any person around us lets be sure that our real dependence is on  our God. If we are helped by someone else at times, we can recognize that God uses other people to give us help we need. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26 – He Knows Best

“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God,  who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”” Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)

These words today were delivered by God's prophet Isaiah and we apply them to our lives today because we believe that is why they are in the Bible. God wants to teach us what is best for us. When He says that, He reminds us that He knows what is best for us. We need to always remember that truth. Our God knows everything about everybody and He know what is best for each and every individual. It is so very encouraging to know that God is concerned enough about each one of us that He gets involved in teaching us what He knows is best for us.  He does not leave us to figure out the path of our lives on our own. So what do we do? We want to pay attention to His teaching. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25 – Belonging to Him, We are His

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV)

We can be sure that our God is involved in what happens in our lives as Christians. We know that we all pay special attention to the things that belong to us. This is true of property which we might own and of smaller things which we think of as belonging to us. Our verse reminds us that God thinks of us as belonging to Him. For that reason He is actively involved in our lives to maintain that relationship, helping us to stand firm in Christ. That's why he has given us His Holy Spirit to live within us and also to be our guarantee that we belong to Him. Let's be thankful for the stamp of ownership Jesus has given to us in the Holy Spirit within us. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24 – Persuaded Beyond Doubt

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

The Bible gives us the stories of people of long ago who believed that God was a promise giver and a promise keeper. Once such example was Abraham who had faith in God's promise. Abraham received promises from God and he had no doubt about God's ability to do what He said He would do even when Abraham did not know how God would do it.  We must have the same attitude. God did keep his promise to Abraham and He'll keep His promises to us also. Our verses say that Abraham was fully persuaded about God's ability to keep promises. Let's have the same faith and attitude and not waver at all  in our thinking about God's faithfulness. He can be trusted, for He who promised is faithful. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23 – All Hurts, Large and Small

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

This is a wonderful reminder of how God gets involved in the lives of His children. This psalm speaks of His response and how He knows how to give us the help we need and to bring healing – to restore our spiritual health.  Our verse mentions the wounds we suffer at times and they could be small wounds or large wounds. No matter what causes these wounds our God knows just how to put on the bandages and bring healing.  And our verse also mentions hearts that are broken. These wounds might be more serious hurts but God can take care of them too and bring complete healing. So whether our hurts today are large or small, let's allow God to do the healing we know He can do.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22 – Ask. Receive. Seek. Find. Knock. Opened.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

The verse we are reading today is from what is often called the Sermon On The Mount. Jesus was speaking to and teaching his disciples and many more who had gathered around him to listen to him teach. He was also speaking to us and our promise today is one we can take to heart and live by.  We all have needs throughout our life and Jesus knows that. We all are looking for the truth and knowledge and guidance. We all come to places where we might find the way closed. Jesus tells us to Ask for what we need and it will be made available; Seek what we are promised and we will find it; Knock when the door is closed and it will be opened. We can be thankful and rejoice to know that God responds to us when we ask, seek and knock. He is always there to respond.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21 – He Has Done Great Things

“From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” Luke 1: 48b-49 (NIV)

These words are part of a song which Mary sang.  She was singing about the wonderful works that God was doing in her life. She had learned that she would become the Mother of Jesus, the Messiah and she realized that it was God doing it. Our experiences are different than Mary's but we can praise the Lord just like she did. God does do great things for us and He is ready to do such things for us every day. We need to remember that He is the Mighty One – the Almighty One. That is why His love for us is so great. So whatever we are facing today, you and I can know, my friend, that God is able to take care of it for us. Let's trust Him because He has promised.