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Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22 – He Hears, He Answers

“You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.” Psalm 65:2  (NIV)

When we hear these words which were written by the psalmist David to God, we might think that they sound too good to be really true. There are so many people these days who aren't interested in coming close to God and are not interested in praying to Him. We may often hear someone say “I'll pray for you,” but do they follow through?  Many never actually pray as they say they will.  However those who truly believe that God is the one who answers prayers are the ones who actually do pray to Him and they experience answers to their prayers as they come to Him. We are encouraged to make it our regular practice to come to Him who answers our prayers. Isn't it wonderful to know that no matter where we are when we pray our God is listening. He not only hears us when we pray, he does something about it for He is the one and only God who answers prayer. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21 – A Promise to Keep All Promises

“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.” 1 Kings 8:56 (NIV)

These words of praise were spoken by King Solomon of Israel at the time of the dedication of the temple which he had built in Jerusalem (10th century B.C.).  It is good for us to be reminded of the faithfulness of our God and that we can trust all of his promises to us. God had given many promises to His people through Moses almost 500 years before Solomon. Did you note what Solomon said about these promises? He said “Not one word has failed.” God had kept his promises in every detail. This is the kind of God we have today. Most days we look at a specific promise to remember and today that promise is that He'll keep every word of His promises to us. Think of some promise or promises God has given you my friend. He will be faithful to you as he was to Israel then and now. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20 – Guarding You In All Your Ways

“If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;”  Psalm 91:9-11 (NIV)

We've hear often about promises of guardian angels. We believe that they are watching over us although we can't see them. As we read this promise today, we are reminded who it is that gets this special protection. Notice that it is those who make the Lord, the Most High, their dwelling place and profess Him as their refuge. How do we dwell in the Most High? We do so by faith. We do so by believing the promises God has given to us. So let's remember that we live, or dwell in our Lord when we trust Him at all times – not just once in a while.  We learn to trust not only when things are tough but even when they are not so tough. Living in God is a constant that comes through a constant faith. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19 – Praise, Glory, Honor

“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

Yesterday we read a Bible verse about Christian faith. We may not have a great faith but we can focus it on a great God. Today's verse brings us to think about how God values our faith.  It speaks of how our faith is tested and refined by the difficulties we face in life. God allows difficulties to refine our faith because He places a very great value on our faith. Our faith is worth more than gold according to our verse. So, my friend, when you face situations where you have to trust God, remember that God is watching how you trust Him and he wants to help you through the situations to grow in your faith. Our faith is of great value and God wants its results to be praise, glory and honor when He is revealed. Isn't the promise of God's glory revealed one of our primary purposes?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18 - Faith in Our Hearts

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20b (NIV)

When Jesus was in his public ministry on earth he took advantage of things that happened each day to teach his disciples. This verse is from one of those times. The purpose of this teaching is not to encourage us to move mountains around. The real lesson which Jesus was teaching was about the nature of the faith which produces results. Jesus spoke of faith being as small as a mustard seed. Ever so small, the seed would produce great results. Jesus was saying that even if their faith was as small as a mustard seed, it would produce great results because the faith would be there. But the results of even such faith come from God and He is great. It is of course the greatness of God that brings results providing the faith is in our hearts.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 – From Our Inner Being

“And Mary said:  “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” Luke 1:46-47 (NIV)

These words are from a song that Mary, the mother of Jesus sang when she visited her cousin Elizabeth before Jesus was born. This song reminds us what true praise is and so we read these words today and think about them. We sometimes think that in order to praise God, we need to say something with our lips. Mary sang this song with her lips, we are certain but she sang that it was her soul that was glorifying and praising God. Before she put her thoughts into words she was praising God with her inner being. We can glorify God wherever we are. We do not have to be in a particular place with particular people singing out loud particular words. We can all do the same as Mary did. If we praise God in our hearts our Lord is aware of it and He will respond. What a good example Mary gave us. Let's praise God with our whole being today.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16 – Secure Footing

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

We don't usually think of a law as something we would love but the law of God is different. When we speak of the law of God we are not thinking mainly of the ten commandments although they are a basic part of the thoughts of God which He has revealed to us. We believe that our verse can be applied to the Bible where God has revealed His thoughts on many subjects. We can truly love the truths which He has made know to us in the Bible. And what happens when we love God's word? Our verse says that it give us great peace in our hearts and minds and protects us from stumbling. We do not have to be disturbed and wonder what real truth is in any situation. We know God's Word is true and our hearts sense the peace that he gives. It is a promise for us to remember today. Great peace comes when we love the law of God, and it makes our footing is secure.