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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

January 23 – A Forever Rock

“Trust in the Lord forever,  for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”  Isaiah 26:4 (ESV)

We hear a phrase often that goes something like, “Things change,” or “Times have changed.”  There is truth in this but it does not mean that our faith and trust in our God has to change. We who have accepted Jesus as our Savior have received eternal life which has come to us by faith and so, we live by faith each day.  This is a reminder that we live by trusting in the Lord day after day and year after year no matter what else changes around us.  As our culture changes in many ways, and unacceptable behavior becomes acceptable, our attitude of trusting God should never end.  Our faith in our Lord God goes on forever because we are His children for eternity.  He has promised to be with us always as long as we live here on earth.  When our life on earth is over God will bring us to live with Him in heaven forever.  He has never and will never change.  God wants us to change by growing in faith and trust according to His word. He is a rock, an everlasting rock.  What he commanded and promised at the beginning of time has not ended or gone out of style.  

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22 – Ask and Receive

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”   James 1:5  (NASB)

Some verses that we select are familiar verses and we believe today's is such a one.  It  comes with a wonderful and very needed promise for all of us.  We each face times when we could use help making decisions.   Maybe even today, right now, someone is reading this who is facing a situation where they need wisdom to make a good decision.  Is this your case?  If so, be assured that God knows all about it and all the options and He knows how you should react to the situation.  He is willing to guide you through the decision process.  Ask Him for wisdom and understanding and trust Him to give it to you.  He is generous and will not belittle anyone who is asking for help. Trust Him and do not doubt that He will respond.  Use what He has given you and press forward.  God will tell you whether to go forward or to hold off.   Ask.  Do not Doubt.  Trust.  Do not waver. 


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Monday, January 21, 2019

January 21 – Passing the Pouring On

“...and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”   Romans 5:5  (ESV)

We know that the Bible teaches us that the great God of heaven is a God of love.  He made the world and has given life to each of us. He so loved the world that He sent His Son to become our Savior.  We are reminded today that God has poured our His love into our hearts.  It is by His love that He has brought us into His Family. And then He makes His love available for us to live as His children.  When we hope in this promise we will not be put to shame.  We will not be disappointed in this hope because this hope is a sure promise. Yes, friends, God's love is active in our hearts.  It helps us to love Him dearly and then it helps us to love others around us.  God wants us to love those who we are in contact with and it is His love in us that really accomplishes this result.  Let's be sure that we in turn keep our hearts open to pour out God's love for people.  God provides the love and we pass it on in faith believing.  

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 20 – We As God's Dwelling Place

“...but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”  Hebrews 3:6  (ESV)

Our selected verse today draws a picture of us who believe in Jesus as being the house of God here in this world.  When we believe in Him we become children of God and we open ourselves for God to live in us.  Our verse today reminds us that Jesus the Son of God also lives in us and is a very important aspect of our life.  A few days ago we learned of the perfect peace that God gives to us if we remain steadfast in Christ in the presence of our minds.  A promise given that we enjoy when we follow the conditions necessary to enjoy the promise.  Today our promise is realized as we hold tightly on to our confidence and claim our hope that we are a house where Jesus dwells.  Yes, Jesus is a part of our Christian lives.  We should recognize that He is not just up there  in heaven.  He is with us in our lives.  Let's open our hearts every day to experience His presence as our Lord.  If we do, we'll  experience that He is faithful as our verse says.  

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19 – He Will Be With Us

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,  they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;  the flames will not set you ablaze.”   Isaiah 43:2  (NIV)

The promise we find today in the book by the prophet Isaiah was given first to God's chosen people of Israel but we can apply the promise to ourselves today.  God watched over His people then and He watches over us now.  He knows the problems we face – the large ones and the small ones.  He know when we are afraid that we are going to be overwhelmed by circumstances or threats.  Whatever threatens to drown us or consume us we can trust God's promise that He will not allow that to happen.  In the deepest river and when faced with loss by any means, we can know God will preserve us.  As children of God, we have a promise of eternal life and the promise that God is with us to help us through every difficult situation.  Out of His love for us, He cares for us because He has promised to do that.  Facing problems that seem to building up like a giant wave?  Trust this promise today He is with you.   

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Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18 – Be True

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”   Psalm 145:18  (ESV)

Our promise today is assurance that God is aware of us when we call on Him in prayer.  He listens and draws near to us.  We do have a wonderful God in heaven.  He knows each person and He knows those who truly believe in Him.  He is aware when any one of us wants to express our feelings to Him.  Often we may say, or hear someone say that they will pray for another who is facing a trial.  We don't know exactly if they are sincere or just trying to be sympathetic – but we know if we are being truthful.   God knows who is calling on Him in truth for themselves or for others.  He knows the heart and mind of each of us and because He promises to be near to all who call on Him in truth, we can have confidence that He will be near when we call on Him with a truthful heart.  Let's be true when we say we will pray for a needs of another or of our own need.  God is standing near listening.  He knows. 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17 – No Other Way

“...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2 (NASB)

We believe that those who follow this blog and have believed in Jesus as their Savior, have become children of God.  If you are one, you have accepted what what Jesus did for you when He sacrificed Himself and died on the cross.  His death, burial and resurrection are the basis of your faith and that is why the author of the book of Hebrews call Jesus the author of your faith.  There is no other way to eternal life with God except to believe what Jesus did for us.  More than author, Jesus is also the perfecter of our faith and that is why we are encouraged to fix our eyes on Him.  We are reminded where to look and that is where Jesus sits at the right hand of the throne of God which is His place of authority and power.  Our promise today is that our faith will grow and mature as we keep our eyes on Jesus, there really is no other way.   

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