Today's Good News

March 1999

3/01/99   I Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Christ is truly in control of all events. Our proclamation is a result of His Lordship. As I surrender my life to Jesus He uses me to tell others about His love for them. The Lord is always seeking the lost. We are His agents in this world. We proclaim what He has done for us. The key is what God has done. If we are not under His control He will not be doing things in our life. We will have nothing to say. Sounds like today’s news.

3/02/99 Genesis 1:1
He made it all. The stars, the sky, natural laws, the earth, you and me. He created it all and gave us a book of instructions He called the Bible. Is your life out of whack? Go to the manual, God’s Word to fix it. Have you given your life to the Lord? Go to the instruction manual, the Bible to grow. We need the Word of God so that we can follow the way of God every day.

3/03/99 Hebrews 1:1-2
He spoke through prophets, priests and kings and we didn’t listen. He came in the flesh so that now we might see and be saved. Each one of us must decide what we will do about Jesus. Follow Him or scorn Him is our choice. My prayer today is that you will follow Jesus. He is Lord.

3/04/99 II Peter 1:20-21
We struggle with our emotions. Just as the people in Jesus’ day we are looking for a miracle, something that will place us above the crowd. Jesus said that we need to look to Him for our value and importance. In service we find value. In surrender we achieve victory. In obedience we discover real freedom. We serve a Holy God. A Holy God that knows we need Him.

3/05/99 John 3:16
Jesus died for you. Not because you are worthy but because you are loved. God loves you. He loves you so much that He paid the price of my sin and your sin. He paid it all. His gift to each one of us is the privilege of a relationship with Him. He forgives us and makes us family. The Father loves you.

3/06/99 Hebrews 9:12
A perfect Savior made a perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice so complete that it must be made only once. It is effective for every person that is born. That includes you and it includes me. We need the Lord and He has made the right provision for our access to Him.

3/07/99 I John 1:7
I can care for you because God has forgiven me. Christ paid the price for my sin. I am no longer in slavery to sin and as a result can care for you. My care for you is not based on whether you like me or not. I can care for you because Christ loves me. His love enables my love. His forgiveness enables my fellowship with you. God is good, all the time.

3/08/99 I Corinthians 15: 3-4
Christianity is faith in the living Lord Jesus. God has chosen to use us not angels to proclaim our faith. We believe in life and we testify to the life we have been given. When we struggle with our testimony, we must come back to the source, Christ, and be infused with His precious life. Witnessing is telling what Jesus has done in me. Love the Lord by sharing with people. Jesus died for everyone. Tell them how He saved you!

3/09/99 Romans 10:9-10
Salvation is a faith event. Lord I believe that you love me and have saved me. I believe that you have made me a new creature in Christ and forgiven my sin. I wake up every day remembering that I am His and He is mine. All I do and think and say are affected by my new relationship. Salvation is a journey and Christ-likeness is the goal. I want to be like Jesus!

3/10/99 Philippians 2:9-11
God’s power and might encourages me to seek the lost. The wonderful changes that Jesus makes in my life gives me a word for those that are dead in their trespasses and sin. People must choose whom they will follow but I must make sure that they have all the information they need to make a choice. God is love and judgement. Jesus is coming back, soon.

3/11/99 Psalm 139: 13-14
God made us and breathed life into us. His love makes our life worthy. Look at who you are and what you do. Do it as unto the Lord and Christ will see you through. We do not understand eternity. We so easily make the wrong choices. Remember who you are and whose you are. Jesus is Lord of all. Let Him be Lord of you.

3/12/99 Psalm 119:160
Doubt causes great pain. We doubt our future, good things, love, winning and on and on. Don’t doubt God. He is not like us. He is dependable. His promises never fail. Stand fast and believe that He will and He will. Remember that God is sovereign and trustworthy. He will not forget you. You are His beloved child.

3/13/99 Romans 8: 12-13
Satan is a liar. He always has been. You are not obligated to Satan. He will tell you that you are a failure. You were but in Christ you are a conqueror. He will tell you that you can never win. You are a winner in Christ. The key for victory is time with Jesus. You need to carve out time everyday. Spend time with the Lord. He will strengthen you to fight the fight of faith. You are a child of the King.

3/14/99 Romans 1: 25-26
Sinatra said it best, “I did it my way!” It sounds good and sells a lot of records. The truth is we cannot do it our way without sinning. Surrender is required in our relationship with the eternal living Lord Jesus. I am not able to do it myself because I always do it wrong. In Christ is where I find wisdom. In Christ is where I find joy and peace. In Christ is where I find real life. My song is “I did it His way!”

3/15/99 Psalm 1: 1-4
In Christ, I have everything I need. What I don’t have I don’t need. If I can live with that in mind I am safe. When I look at others and evaluate myself I fall into all kinds of troubles. I must constantly focus my life on Jesus. In Christ I have everything I need.

3/16/99 Matthew 19:1-4
The Lord is God. We are to have no other God before us. He made us in His image for His good pleasure. It is required that I seek to know Him. I find joy in being in His presence. All of the hurt and pain that I experience comes from being outside of His control. Surrender and service are where I will find true freedom. Life is hard. It is unbearable outside of the will of the Lord.

3/17/99 1 Corinthians 15: 47-49
Some days it feels like I will never be what I should be. Nothing goes right. No one seems to be in the right place. Feelings are like that. They trip us up. As long as I am in the flesh I will struggle everyday with feelings. Adam was betrayed by feelings just like you and me. But, someday, no longer through a glass darkly but face to face, I will see Jesus. Then I will be like Him. Help me Lord to survive and deal with my emotions.

3/18/99 Colossians 1:13-14
Jesus is the light and in Him there is no darkness. Every day in my devotional time with the Lord, I am seeking to know Him. To know His direction and presence provides the light I need for this day. As long as I abide in the light I will not be overwhelmed by the darkness. Light destroys darkness. Jesus is Lord.

3/19/99 II Peter 3: 8-9
Unsaved people are all around us. Some of us have family members and beloved friends that are not saved. Pray for the lost. Pray for their salvation. Pray that someone will reach them for the Lord. Those of us that are saved need to think of the lost the way that the Lord does. He is seeking that no one die and go to an eternal hell. Pray that the lost will be found.

3/20/99 Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Life is designed for companionship. We have a need for intimacy and social interaction. We are called to serve people. If we fail to develop our social skills and short-circuit our ability to serve we will experience dysfunction in our daily life. Jesus enables us to deal with our shortcomings. He will do this each day as we spend time with him. Our journey to wholeness will always involve much time with the Lord for healing of our interpersonal relationship skills. If we don’t love people we have a problem that only the Lord can solve.

3/21/99 Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
We are created in God’s image. We have a deep-seated spiritual thirst. Within our hearts is an awareness of our eternal value. Only a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ will solve our spiritual needs. Trust in the Lord and seek Him.

3/22/99 Exodus 34:6
Jesus is seeking to save the lost. He would that no one be lost. You and I have come into the family of God because Jesus pursued us until we were found. His wondrous love for us has no boundaries. Whatever you are struggling with today, Jesus loves you. He loves you more than anything you have done wrong. He knows you and wants you to come into His family.

3/23/99 Deuteronomy 34: 8-10
We have a friend in Jesus. A friend that knows everything about us and still loves us. When we come into God’s family we are never forgotten, misplaced or over looked. Jesus is our mediator as we live life day by day. Every thing we think, say or do is of concern and value to the Lord. His eye is on you. You are not alone.

3/24/99 Psalm 34: 8
Why are you waiting? Try the Lord. You will not be disappointed. You will be amazed at what you are missing. Stop putting it off and try the Lord. Put your full trust in Jesus and He will change your life. Be blessed. Surrender right now to the Lordship of Jesus.

3/25/99 Psalm 100:5
There is nothing else like the Lord. He alone is worthy of our worship. He alone is worthy of our constant devotion. He knows all about us and still loves us. He paid the price for our reconciliation and still gave us the freedom to choose. God is love and he loves you and me. Bless the name of the Lord.

3/26/99 Psalm 119: 65-68
When you were saved, do you remember the deep sense of joy and elation that you felt? God did that for you. Or do you remember when you sinned that first sin after salvation? You felt such deep remorse. You asked God to forgive you and He did. Do you remember the wonderful release that your soul experienced? God did that for you. Thank the Lord that He is out ahead of us doing wonderfully good things for us everyday.

3/27/99 Lamentations 3: 25
Our culture is arguably the most impatient society in the history of the world. We have been spoiled with instant solutions to every physical need that we have except life. Life has no instant solutions. People do not work like machines. They are wonderfully distinct and complex. God is in the business of making our lives work out right, if we trust Him and obey Him. Next time you have trouble, pray about it and wait three days. You will be amazed what the Lord will do.

3/28/99 Matthew 7:11
Jesus said we have not because we ask not. God wants to help you and me. Ask Him. Spend time with Him and seek to know what He wants you to do. Ask Him for anything. He will always answer. Listen for His answer. Look for His intervention and solution. God loves you.

3/29/99 Romans 2:4
We wrongly mistake God’s patience for the way we live as an approval. God is holy and we are a sinful people. When we spend time with the Lord, we will be stunned by the sinfulness that we will find in our lives. My strength is in the Lord. He is faithful and righteous to forgive me when I recognize sin in my life and agree with Him that it is sin. That recognition and agreement is confession. What follows is repentance. Repentance means that I turn from my sin to the Lord. Lord when I see myself in the light of your holiness, I am humbled by your patience with me. Help me to become more like Christ.

3/30/99 James 1:17-18
You were chosen by God before the creation of the world to be His child. He has never changed His position. Whatever you have done, or however you feel, God loves you. Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. God never changes His commitment to you. You have freedom to choose Him. God is good, all the time.

3/31/99 Psalm 86:5
God is good and merciful to perfection. His storehouse of mercy for us is overflowing. When I am seeking mercy, the Lord willingly and abundantly answers my need. One of the things I need most in my life is to learn to be merciful to others. I am often challenged by the Lord to give to others what I am seeking for myself. Love God. Love your neighbor. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren.