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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21 – According to Your Faith

“When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”” Matthew 9:28-29 (NASB)

When Jesus was present and walking on earth as a man, He showed how important it is to believe in the power of God to meet our needs. In the Gospel of Matthew two blind men came to Jesus to be healed of their blindness.  Jesus asked them a question, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” Their answer was, “Yes, Lord.” When Jesus heard their answer which showed their faith, we read next that Jesus touched their eyes and said, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” The result was that their sight was restored. These words of the Lord apply to each of us today. God is still looking to see if we believe that He is able to meet our needs. He is looking for faith in our requests and He acts in response to our faith. Let's affirm today that we believe in His power and we will see that He will do according to our faith. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20 – Thanks for Answering

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.””Psalm 50:15  (NASB)

We want always to remember that our God does answer prayer. In the Bible verse we've chosen we are reminded what God expects from us when He answers our prayers. We sometimes hear people make the statement that prayer changes things. We would really be wiser to say that God changes things in answer to prayers. It is what God does that makes a difference in our situation when we pray about it.  This, of course, is what our Lord wants us to remember. We must give Him the credit for answering prayers. So, when we pray and then realize that God has changed things let be sure to honor Him when we think about it and when we talk about it. Even when the way God answers our prayers is not exactly what we expected or wanted.  He always knows what is best for us and He promises to rescue us when we call. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19 – Shouts of Joy Over Us

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NASB)

Today's verse gives us several precious promises. These promises were given to God's people long ago through the prophet Zephaniah. They are true promises for us as well.  This is a message about a very personal God who takes a very personal interest in His people. To think that the great God who controls the universe would take great delight in His human creatures. We are each so small in comparison with God’s greatness and yet He rejoices over each of us, His children.  We must remember, of course, that what makes God rejoice is to have His people trust Him and obey Him and live close to Him each day. When our first desire is to please Him then He is pleased. Then it will be true as our verse says, He will take great delight in you. He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Imagine that – what a wonderful promise to carry today.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 18 – Seek and Live

“For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live; but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to Beersheba;” Amos 5:4-5a (ESV)

An interesting message from God through His prophet Amos. God is giving direction to His people to avoid three significant places in their land.  These three places had once been places where God had been worshiped in the early history of the people of Israel. By the time of the prophet Amos they had become places where idolatry was practiced. In our verse God is calling His people to worship Him again. This is a wonderful call from God when He says “seek me and live.” This is a reminder to us too that true life comes from knowing God. So let that be our main concern today, to seek after God where He is and make Him our goal in all that we do. We should not seek God where others worship idols. When we seek God truly, we will find Him and to find Him means to find true life and live. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17 – Seeing the Unseen

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

The Christian life is a life of faith. This makes a difference in the way we look at things and at events. The Bible verse we have chosen for today reminds us of this. This might sound like a contradiction. Why should someone look at something invisible? Of course we realize that this verse speaks of two kinds of eyes. It means that with a spiritual eye we can see what our physical eyes cannot see.  And our spiritual eye is the vision of our faith. When we believe the promises of God we are looking at spiritual truth through the eyes of our faith. And we believe what God says even though we don't always see the evidence with the eyes in our head. Let's thank God for the eye of faith to see His promises as real and to see our eternal future as real too. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16 – His Presence with Us

“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:14-15 (ESV)

It is in Exodus chapter 33 that we find one a very striking conversations between Moses and the Lord recorded.  Today we have selected part of that conversation. The Lord God brought His people out of Egypt but they had not yet gotten to the Promised Land. They were still in the wilderness at Mount Sinai. God wanted them now to continue the journey and He promised to go with them. We've selected this verse to remind ourselves how important it is that the Lord is involved in what we're doing these days. God has promised to be with us as we live by faith from day to day. He wants to show us the way as He promised Moses that His presence would be with them. God has also promised us the same thing – He is with us wherever we go.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15 – From God Alone

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5 (NASB)

In this verse it seems as if the psalmist is talking to himself, doesn't it? It is interesting to compare these words with those in the first verse of the same psalm.  There, the psalmist gives the testimony that his soul does find salvation in God alone. “My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.” Psalm 62:1 (NASB) So David knew where his soul could find rest and he later repeats that it is only God who can give him spiritual rest. We sometimes need to remind ourselves of truths which we have learned and know. We trust that you have experienced this peace that only God can give. In spite of that, we can sometimes wonder what has happened to the peace which we once knew. When such uncertainties enter our thinking we need to remember this promise just as the psalmist did. It is God and God alone who gives us that peace and rest even in the midst of difficult circumstances.