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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20 – Grace Upon Grace

“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” John 1:16 (NIV)

John was testifying about what our Lord Jesus had done for him and for those living at that time. John had received blessings from the Lord and so had all his friends. We believe that what he wrote has been given as a true promise for all believers and it is true for the followers of Jesus today. Yes we can testify that we have all been filled by the grace of our Lord in continued blessings. We believe that you, our readers are receiving blessings from the Lord, if your are open to them. His blessings are of so many different kinds – all made to fill our different needs. Let's be open today to receive the blessings from God? 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19 – Where Help Is

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8 (NIV)

This is a promise God has given to us – help in His name.  When we turn to the Lord for help of any kind in our lives it is always well to remember who He is. We believe what the Bible tells us about our God creating the earth on which we live. The Bible goes beyond that and assures us that the sun and the moon, the planets and all the stars were also created by our God. All of this, of course goes far beyond our ability to fully comprehend. This is the kind of God we have and yet He is involved in the details of our lives. We really can't comprehend that either; but we can choose to believe it.  And we can turn to Him today and depend on Him to help us in big things and in little things. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18 – Freely Given

“What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV)

Our God knows what our needs are and He is very eager that we know how much He cares. Our verse today makes that clear. We trust that all who read this daily blog remember that when a person believes in Jesus as Savior, at that very time, the Holy Spirit comes to live within that person. Our verse today reminds us what His purpose is within us. He has come to help us understand what God has freely given us. Yes, that is His ministry in each of our lives. He is here to help us realize how much God has given us and how much He wants to continue to give us.  Let's listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit each day and let's open our hearts to receive what He offers us. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17 – Providing Rest

“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 34:15 (NIV)

Shepherds were very common in the world during the days that these words of the Bible were written. God often spoke of Himself as our Shepherd. As the sheep followed their Shepherd, God wants us to follow Him and trust Him to provide what we need – even the times of rest. We can picture a flock of sheep relaxing in a nice cool place after feeding on the grass and drinking from the cool stream. With all their needs supplied the sheep can enjoy a good rest. This is what our Lords wants to do for us. He wants us to pause and relax trusting that all our needs are taken care of by Him for He is our shepherd, our Good Shepherd.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16 – Always Watching Over

“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.” Psalm 142:3 (NIV)

A good number of the Psalms that were written by King David were written while he was on the run, being hunted or hiding from those pursuing him. Our promise today come from a psalm written while David was hiding in the cave of Adullam. It was his stronghold hideout when King Saul was out to kill him.  God knew where David was and He knew how David felt. He is also watching over us, His followers today. He knows more about us than the people we are living with because He knows even the feelings which we don't always express openly to others.  Now it may be that your spirit is not faint within you today. But there are times and there will be days when we need to remember this promise. Our God is always watching over us and ready to help us when we turn to Him. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 15 – Right and True In All

“For the word of the Lord is right and true;  he is faithful in all he does.” Psalm 33:4 (NIV)

God's words and His deeds as recorded in our Bible are one and the same thing. God spoke to His people of long ago and we have the record of many of those words.  We also have a record of many things which God has done.  It is God's purpose to provide his followers this record of his words and deeds. When we speak of the Word of the Lord we include not only what He has said but also what He has done. His deeds are as much a revelation of Himself as what He said and both are His word for He is the Word. Our verse today has the promise that His word can be trusted – it is right and true and we know that because He is faithful in all that he does. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14 – Full Measure of Joy

“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.”  John 17:13 (NASB)

The night before Jesus was crucified and died he expressed in prayer what he wanted for His disciples and for all who would become believers in Him. His prayer fills the whole chapter 17 in the Gospel of John. Jesus asked His Father for a few things for His followers. Our verse gives the reason – he wanted all to have the full measure of His joy in our hearts.  This desire is still there. God wants you and I to be filled with His joy and even on that night we can believe and understand that Jesus was praying on our behalf as well as if we were at that same place.  Reach out and receive His joy, the fullness of His joy in yourselves. He has promised it to you and that is as good as you having it.