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Friday, November 24, 2017

November 24 – Obeying Out Of Love

“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:” 1 John 2:5 (NIV) 

This season can be distracting, stressful, confusing, and difficult. The message from the world out there does not always give us what is true. God has revealed Himself in His Word which we call the Bible. In it He has revealed how we should live. All this comes from the Lord because He loves us. We are reminded in today's verse that when we follow the standards God has shown us in His Word His love for us is made complete. If we are willing to let God's love work in our hearts it will make obedience a part of our lives. So when we learn of something in the Bible that God wants us to do or a principle He wants us to follow, let's remember that He wants it because He loves us, not because He is a dictator. His promise to us is to make us complete through our faith in Him.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

November 23 – Being at Home - Always

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.” Psalm 90:1 (NIV) 

This is a very short verse today from a Psalm written by Moses. He was writing about his own experience and the experience of other people of faith who lived before him. We believe his words can describe our experience today as well. We like the picture of the Lord as being our dwelling place. It is like saying that the Lord is our home. Isn't it true that when we trust in Him we do feel at home? Our Lord does want us to feel at home with Him. It is so comfortable to be able to trust Him and to sense His fellowship. So let's always remember to come home to the Lord because that is where we belong. He is and He always will be throughout all generations for those who believe and accept Jesus. That is something we can be very thankful for today...tomorrow...forever.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 22 – With Us When We Pray

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26 (NIV) 

One of the last promises Jesus made to His disciples was that he would send a helper. That promise is fulfilled through the Holy Spirit sent from God our Father. All who have believed in Jesus as their Savior, and we hope that this is true of you, have the Holy Spirit in their lives. In this verse today, God explains what is going on while we are praying. The Holy Spirit is helping us to pray by praying with us to our Heavenly Father. To start with, we really don't know in ourselves how we should pray. We do know that if we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us He will impress on our hearts things to pray for and even how to pray. As we pray we can trust the Spirit to pray with us and we can depend on Him. We can also trust that God will hear and answer our prayer. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21 – Reliable Love

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 (NIV) 

One of the many great truths revealed to us in the Bible is God's love for us. The writer of these words in our verse today is the Apostle John. John knew of God's love and he had experienced it as he walked and talked with Jesus. He had see Jesus heal sick, raise the dead and he had see Jesus weep. He also watched Jesus die as he was nailed to the executioners cross. He saw the resurrected Jesus and he saw Jesus rise up into heaven. John knew God's love and he relied on it. We today also know God's love because we have believed that Jesus died for us, rose again to new life and accepted him as our Savior and Lord. We experience His love in our lives and we depend on Him each day because we know how He loves us with a perfect love. We live in the love of God and God lives in us. A wonderful and encouraging promise we can depend upon to be true. Be thankful and rejoice!

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20 – Leading and Guiding

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 (NIV) 

We have another verse from Isaiah to share today. Our God in heaven is anxious to help us as we live our lives here on earth. Notice that He promises to lead us along unfamiliar paths. We do face situations sometimes which are different and things we have not faced before. Sometimes we just can't see a way out and we need God to guide us, to open our eyes and to chase the darkness away. Our God promises to smooth out the rough places and he shows us where to step and which way to turn. He is our guide through difficult times, lonely times, sorrowful times, and frightening times. During times of loss or when evil threatens us God is with us, He promises to not forsake us. He is the light on our dark and unfamiliar paths. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19 – One and Only

“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) 

Isaiah's words remind us again today of the greatness and love of God and how singular He is in this universe. These words were true in Isaiah's time nearly 2600 years ago. He declares that since the beginning there has been only one God who would respond to the needs of the human race. And during all these years since Isaiah wrote these words, there has been no other God – although many have tried to create them. What a joy to know that we do have a God who acts on our behalf when we turn to Him. We can trust in the promise that He acts on our behalf. This is the one and only God and He is our God, our heavenly Father who is near us every day.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18 – Fully Sufficient

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall” Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

The prophet Isaiah knew the wonder of God and what He did for His own who were in need. This verse gives us four ways that God promised to provide for the needy in Isaiah's day. Our Lord God also meets our needs in our lives. He is a refuge and we can look to Him when we feel threatened and when we wonder how things will work out for us. When our life is like stormy weather we can find shelter with our Lord. And if our situation reminds us of a hot desert we can find relief from the heat. Sometimes we face people who have us up against a wall – we can trust and know God is with us to help us.  So, let's allow the words of our verse to remind us today how full sufficient our God is to be there and meet our every need.