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Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26 – Hearing. Knowing. Following.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” John 10:27 (NASB)

One of the many things Jesus spoke of Himself to help people understand His mission was that He was the Good Shepherd. It was very common in that day and people knew how important a shepherd's job was. Today's verse are words spoken by Jesus and recorded in the Gospel of John. We believe that everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior enters into the relationship pictured in this verse. What we mean is that by believing in Jesus we become one of his flock and we can think of Him as our shepherd. Jesus said in our verse that His sheep listen to His voice. This means that He is speaking to us. He is not just up in heaven and far away. He knows us and is talking to us right now. It also reminds us that we should be listening to hear our Lord speaking to us and following what He is telling us.  This is a wonderful provision.  Jesus has thoughts to share with us. We don't have to go through a day without hearing His voice in our spirit. Let's be sure we're within hearing range so that we can hear Him today.

Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25 – No Other Heard or Seen

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)

In the beginning God created the universe and then He created people. Since that time people have worshiped other things and forces as if they are gods. But, they have been mistaken. No matter how they try, no one can see and no one can hear from any God besides the Creator God. There is only one true God and He is a personal God who takes a personal interest in His creation and the people He created. Our verse today teaches us that our God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. He responds to us who look to Him for help. He has declared that He is the one who helps us and He does things for us which we are unable to do for ourselves. Let's be thankful to our God for taking a personal interest in us and for taking action in our behalf when we look to Him.  Let's thank Him as the prophet Isaiah did by confessing that there is no other god that we can hear or see besides our true God.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24 – Reaching For Help

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”” Isaiah 41:13 (ESV)

From the prophet Isaiah we have a promise today that should give us comfort and encouragement. Isaiah often wrote and spoke of how God cares for us. God has not changed. God wanted His people then to trust Him and that is still His desire for us, his people, today.  People needed God's help then and you and I need His help today. How wonderful to hear from our verse these words, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” That is God saying to us that He will help us. God also promises to take hold of our right hand. Just as we hold each other's hands to steady one another or, just as we hold a child's hand to help them with many tasks they are learning and to keep them close to us and safe from sudden danger, so God does for us each day. As we reach out in faith, God will take our hand and will help us. Let's do that today, let God take hold of our right hand, or left, He knows what we need.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23 – None Like Him

“Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?” Psalm 77:13 (NASB)
“Your way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known.”  Psalm 77:19 (NASB)

The writer of these words was thinking of how God had opened a way for His people through the water. He had made a way through the Red Sea and also through the Jordan River forty years later. God had done it but He was invisible. He went ahead of the people but his footprints were not seen, as our verse says.  This is a reminder for us of how God helps us. He opens the way for us through the obstacles that we encounter in life.  Although we don't see Him, He is there with us. When we see what God does for us let's not forget to thank Him for His faithfulness and love. Let's tell him just as the psalmist does in these verses how great He is. We may come upon something that seems uncrossable or insurmountable but we can trust in the promises of our God and in His greatness. There is none like our God for He is the only true God.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22 – Strength from Joy

“This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b  (NIV)

In the book of Nehemiah, the story of the return and rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem after seventy years of captivity in Babylon, we find these words of encouragement from Nehemiah. Given to the people on a special day after they heard the Book of the Law of Moses read to them.  Ezra, the scribe had been reading for several hours – this was the only way the people could hear the Word of God since individual copies did not exist. After the reading the Levites were teaching them what it all meant. It had a profound effect on the people. Today, we receive the word by reading our own Bibles and hearing it taught in church or on the radio or television. And just like the people in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra, we are encouraged and we are impressed. We rejoice when we hear how God has said and done and taught us in the Bible – it gives us strength to press on in our walk of faith. It is true that the joy of the Lord is the source of our strength. That is a promise.

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21 – Praying Right

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27 (ESV)

Because God knows we are His, as we read yesterday, He makes wonderful provision in many ways for us, His children. He even provides help for us  in our praying.  Maybe we think that we must pray right to get what we need and that it all depends on us. But our verse today reminds us that by ourselves we don't really know how we should pray or what to pray for. That's why God has given us His Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray and even to step up, on our behalf, and help our prayers. So, not only does the Holy Spirit give us guidance about what to pray for, He also prays for us. In our verses we read that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in a way that is according to God's will. Yes, the Holy Spirit knows what God wants us to pray for and He makes certain that our prayers are given in the way that is God's will.  Now, that is a promise that fills us with encouragement and joy. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 20 – Being Known as His

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”” 2 Timothy 2:19a (NIV)

The truths that we have in the Bible are expressed in varying ways.  Today's verse brings us a precious truth and promise.  Each and every person who puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ as Savior has this assurance that God knows about it – He is aware of our faith. God welcomes each of us into His family. He knows each of us personally and we can know that we belong to him because of that knowledge.  God is not a distant “man upstairs” but he is intimately acquainted with each of us. That is what our verse means when it says, “The Lord knows those who are His.”  Our heavenly Father has a personal connection with each of us who believe. This gives us a special assurance, doesn't it? We have a special confidence and encouragement today that God knows each of us and He knows just were we are and what we need. Today, let's rejoice in this promise.