Today's Good News

January 2006

01/01                    Numbers 6:24-26
‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.  May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’

We are blessed in Christ.  No matter the day to day difficulties and tragedies in life we are blessed.  The Lord is with us and gives us His peace and joy.


01/02           Psalms 20:5
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.

I keep a daily prayer guide.  I make a note of the Lord’s activity in my life day by day.  This activity encourages me when I am struggling with the unseen.  Jesus is here with us and if asked will give us His peace and joy.


01/03          Deuteronomy 27:7
Sacrifice peace offerings on it also, and feast there with great joy before the LORD your God.

Celebrate the presence of the Lord in your life each day.  The first thought of a new day can be joy.  The Lord has saved you, the Lord loves you and the Lord will be with you.  Celebrate the presence of the Lord in your life.


01/04          1Samuel 4:5
When the Israelites saw the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD coming into the camp, their shout of joy was so loud that it made the ground shake!

I want to rejoice in the Lord’s activities in my life.  Joy is a powerful antidote to the malaise of the modern life.  We have a living Savior and He lives in each one of us.  Shout to the Lord with great joy and confidence.  The Lord is here with us.


01/05          1Kings 1:40
And all the people returned with Solomon to Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.

This is the day the Lord has made.  It is a day for joy.  Jesus loves me and seeks my best good.  I can be confident in His strength and His presence.  I am not alone.  I have victory in Jesus.  The Lord is my joy.


01/06          1Chronicles 15:28
So all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD’s covenant to Jerusalem with shouts of joy, the blowing of horns and trumpets, the crashing of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres.

Celebration is also a community event.  I was placed in this place by the Lord to be used by Him to express His love and joy.  I am an encourager.  His promise and presence changes the unseen to the seen.  Rejoice in the Lord.


01/07          1Chronicles 16:32
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst forth with joy!

The Lord is God and He is good.  His love for us instills in us joy and excitement.  What will He do next?  One thing we can know for sure is that in the midst of life the Lord is here and He is seeking our best good.  Rejoice in Jesus because He loves you.


01/08          Ezra 6:16
The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile.

Celebration is a way of life and a response to life.  I can celebrate each day the Lord’s activity in my life and His deliverance.   He is Lord.


01/09          Nehemiah 8:10
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”

I may have nothing but if I have Jesus I have everything.  This world is passing away every day.  Jesus will never go away.  He is Lord and He is Lord of my life.  He will remove my sadness and replace it with joy.


01/10          Psalms 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Protect them, so all who love your name may be filled with joy.

The unseen seeks to overwhelm each one of us.  The Lord is our refuge when trouble comes.  Go to Him and pour out your heart.  He will walk with you and when needed carry you.  Joy comes from Jesus.

01/11          Psalms 9:2
I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

The focus of our life is Jesus Christ.  When we know Him we spend time with Him.  Time with Jesus creates in us a declaration of adoration.  As we reverence and adore Jesus, His presence in us fills us with joy.


01/12          Psalms 16:9
No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rests in safety.

I belong to Jesus.  Nothing can separate me from the Lord Jesus.  I cannot comprehend eternity but I can express my gratitude.  Eternity is a growing reality as I grow in Christ and age day by day.  I know my Savior lives and He is alive in me.  Joy and praise fill my soul.


01/13          Psalms 16:11
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

The presence of Christ enables me to live this moment with joy.  Joy is not based on circumstance.  Joy is Christ living in me.  Joy is the reality of Christ guiding, leading, equipping me to live my life with an awareness of my partnership with Him.


01/14          Psalms 19:8
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight to life.

One of the requirements for me to experience the joy of the Lord this moment is obedience to Christ.  His Word permeates my life.  Applying His Word to my life prepares me to live moment by moment with joy.


01/15          Psalms 27:6
Then I will hold my head high, above my enemies who surround me. At his Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music.

The world is not a joyful place.  At best we experience momentary glee that dissipates almost immediately.  When we live in Christ we experience joy that grows.  Jesus reveals His plans for me and my value to Him day by day.  Joy is the by-product of a growing relationship with Jesus.


01/16          Psalms 28:7
The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Joy is part of the Christian life.  It is as normal for me to experience joy as it is to breathe.  My relationship with Jesus enables me to be joyful and experience the joy of the presence of the Lord.  My response is praise and adoration.  The Lord is good and I am His child.


01/17          Psalms 30:5
His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.

The human experience is a journey of disappointment when separated from Christ.  No matter the pain or desperate moment when I focus on Christ, joy will come.  As I go through the valley of the shadow of death I still belong to Him.  Once my heart catches up with my faith I will experience joy.


01/18          Psalms 30:11
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

Joy is a gift from Jesus.  He created me for fellowship with Him.  When I spend time with Jesus I will experience joy.  His love, His life, His presence blesses me.


01/19          Psalms 31:7
I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.

Our relationship with Jesus is a moment by moment journey.  It is daily.  It deals with the things that makeup a normal life.  Life is a demanding experience and in Christ we can face each one of those demands with peace and joy.


01/20          Psalms 32:2
Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

I am forgiven and I know it.  The enemy accuses me and I simply turn that accusation over to the Lord.  Jesus is my security in the spiritual realm.  I cannot see evil but I can combat evil in Christ.


01/21          Psalms 32:11
So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Joy is an emotion of the soul.  Peace and security for eternity equipment me to defeat disappointment, discouragement and disaster in the here and now.  Today is the day of the Lord.  Rejoice in Jesus and live life to the fullest.


01/22          Psalms 33:1
Let the godly sing with joy to the LORD, for it is fitting to praise him.

Praise helps me to put life in proper perspective.  Jesus is Lord and my praise acknowledges that and claims it.  The Lord of my life is Lord of the universe and I claim that.  Jesus is holy and complete and good.  He is Lord.


01/23          Luke 15:10
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

The disastrous impact of sin in my life is that it separates me from Father.  However the Lord has made provision for the forgiveness of my sin.  I claim it when I acknowledge my sin and ask Jesus to forgive me of my sin and save me.  I am birthed into the kingdom when I am saved and there is great rejoicing in heaven at this new birth.


01/24          Luke 19:6
Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

Real joy is to know who you are and to whom you belong.  Jesus is Lord and I belong to Him.  Jesus is Lord of my life and I live for Him.  With Christ in my heart there is joy in my soul.


01/25          Romans 4:7-8
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.”

Forgiveness is a gift from the Lord.  It gives me life and liberty.  Forgiveness prepares me for service.  As I live and serve I must remember to come before the Father and seek forgiveness for my disobedience.  Sin impedes growth.  Everyday I am called to change and grow.  Every day I need forgiveness.


01/26          2 Corinthians 6:10
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

In my heart and in my life I can have joy if Christ resides in me.  If I am in prison, defeated, facing a bleak future I can still have joy.  Joy is a result of Christ in me.  The Lord brings joy and enshrouds me with His strength and peace.


01/27          2 Corinthians 8:2
Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, their wonderful joy and deep poverty have overflowed in rich generosity.

When Jesus is in control my life will exude joy.  I will have an awareness of eternity in my soul and a conviction that I am God’s property and on mission for Him.  This is my Father’s world and I can rejoice in it.


01/28          Galatians 5:22-23
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Note that Paul doesn’t give us an option for Holy Spirit living.  The fruit is not a pick and choose activity; it is all of the characteristics listed.  Love covers a life that is not in conflict with the Lord.


01/29          Philippians 1:25
I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.

Faith is the living out in daily life of what the Lord puts in us.  We need time with Jesus.  Time with Christ puts joy in our souls.  Our lives are not our own for we are hidden in Christ for service and abundant living.


01/30          Philippians 3:1
Whatever happens, dear brothers and sisters, may the Lord give you joy. I never get tired of telling you this. I am doing this for your own good.

I can claim joy no matter what I am going through.  Today Lord give us your joy so that we can become more like you.  When joy is in my heart, victory will be my daily experience.  In a Roman prison Paul reminded his friends and you and me of the joy we have in Jesus.


01/31          Philippians 4:4
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice!

Christ fills me up with His joy.  Hope covers me and this present age does not discourage me.  Joy is mine in Christ.  His joy is powerful and changes the way I see my life.

December 2005

12/1   John 1:5
The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

We serve a risen savior.  He cannot be stopped by the powers of this world.  Jesus is eternal.  Our relationship with Him is eternal.  This world cannot destroy us.


12/2   John 1:10
But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came.

Jesus is not under the authority of man.  The Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is alive and reigns in each one of us who have asked Him into our hearts.  Rejoice as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.  Jesus is alive.


12/3   John 1:12
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

We belong to Him.  He is Lord and we are in His family.  He has called us to faithful living and servant lifestyles.  We take the life of Christ into the world.  We are the ones that proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by what we say and what we do.


12/4   Isaiah 40:3-5
Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God.  Fill the valleys and level the hills. Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots.  Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”

God has a plan.  It is Jesus.  Jesus saves us from our sin and makes us whole again.  Christ is our solid rock, our peace, our forgiveness, our guidance and life itself.  When we have Jesus we have what we need to succeed in life.
12/5   Psalm 85:8
listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his people, his faithful ones. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Jesus is the Word of God.  He speaks life to us and equips us to be a part of His work in this world.  Jesus in our heart radically changes us.  We see life through His eyes and develop habits of obedience.

12/6   2 Peter 3:3
First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire.

Evil seeks to kill, steal and destroy.  Evil always veils its actions with deceit.  To often a person is led by evil while they are thinking they are getting their way.  They are simply surrendering to a life of slavery.  The end result of evil’s actions is always death.


12/7   Mark 1:1
Here begins the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.

Good news-our lives are not desperate.  Good news-we count.  Good news-each one of us has an important ministry to perform.  Good news-we can be in the family of God.  Jesus Christ is God’s good news to man.


12/8   John 1:1
In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make.   Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.

Jesus brings life to man from God.  This is a great stumbling block for the rich and the intelligent.  Self-sufficiency blinds the strong.  Dependence blinds the weak.  Unless we ask Christ to forgive us of our sin and save us we will not have life.  If we ask Jesus to save us He is faithful to do it.  Our mortality separates us from eternity and it is so very hard for people to accept God’s way.


12/9   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light – a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow.  For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the LORD Almighty will guarantee this!

Jesus cares about you and me.  He wants to fellowship with us and give us wisdom and understanding.  He will not depart from us nor will He ever leave us alone.  His love is strong enough to give life to anyone that asks.  He is the light of the world.


12/10 Luke 1:26-28
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!

Mary heard the message of God.  It was a specific, particular declaration of His use of her.  In Jesus we also hear the specific declaration of the Father’s use of us.  Obedience opens our ears.  Be where you are and do what you can each day as you live a life of devotion to Christ.


12/11           Luke 3:1-3
It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene.  Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living out in the wilderness.  Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned from their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.

Jesus lived on this earth.  He suffered as we suffered.  He died willingly for our sin and was resurrected by the power of God.  Jesus is alive.


12/12           Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created  the heavens and the earth.

God created all things including you and me.  He is in charge and has given us His rules for living in Jesus Christ.  Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.  He is Lord and wants us to join Him spreading the good news of His love and salvation.  The world is passing away.  There is life in Christ.

12/13           John 1:14
So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.

Jesus is forever.  He has revealed himself to us and is our savior.  He takes us into the presence of the Lord.  He provides grace anew, God giving us what we need and cannot earn, fresh and powerful for us each moment.  We are never out of His sight.  We are not alone.  He is Lord and has come to us.


12/14           John 1:23
John replied in the words of Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare a straight pathway for the Lord’s coming!'”

You and I are called of God.  We are called to be partner’s in the spread of the Gospel.  John called the people to repentance and awareness.  We are called to repent and proclaim what Jesus is doing in our life.  He is alive.  He is alive right now.  What is Christ doing in you?



12/15           Matthew 1:18
Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

We are under the restraint of law both physical laws and spiritual laws.  The Lord is not under any restraint.  His work is not fettered nor can His will be undone.  Listen to the activity of the Lord in you.  What is He calling you to do?  Do it.  He will make a way.


12/16          Luke 2:1-3
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.  (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  All returned to their own towns to register for this census.

The Lord is in control.  He can use individuals, empires and even you.  Do not be down hearted.  Your life is a gift.  Be about the Father’s work each day of your life.  Let Him deal with the results.  You be faithful with your activities.


12/17          Luke 2:4-5
And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.  He took with him Mary, his fianc’e, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

Time is such a deceitful enemy.  Time pushes us to hurry and condemns us for haste.  The Lord is not under the tyranny of time.  His work will be done and it may be done by you.  Stop worrying and fretting, just live one day at a time.  Do what you can each day and the Lord will deal with the results.


12/18          Luke 2:6-7
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.    She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

Miracles happen often in each one of our lives.  They are always cloaked in normalcy and will most often be overlooked.  The activity of the Lord Jesus is never heralded by courtesans and horns but is simply the activity of the Lord Jesus in our lives.  You are a miracle and our Lord is a miracle working Lord.

12/19          Luke 2:8-12
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!  The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”

Angels are real.  They are used as messengers by the Father.  They are simply agents and marvel at the offering of a relationship with God that the Babe of Bethlehem brings to man.  He is peace and is our peace.  The Savior is born.


12/20          Luke 2:13-14
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors. ”

The Lord is praiseworthy and due all honor and glory.  Our finite minds, overwhelmed by sin and a sinful world protest at the praise due God.  One day we will see Him face to face and all will give Him praise, honor and glory.  Take a moment and praise the Lord for He is worthy.


12/21          Luke 2:15
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Belief always results in action.  If I believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior I will change.  When I do wrong I will repent.  When I am sad I will go to Him for joy.  Everything I need for an abundant life comes from Jesus so I will spend time with Him and get to know Him.  That is belief.


12/21          Luke 2:16-17
They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.

Jesus speaks to us through His Word.  He has revealed Himself in history, witnessed by multitudes and now reveals Himself to us.  I must read His Word.  The living Word of God will equip us to tell everyone about the miracle that has happened in us.


12/22          Luke 2:18-19
All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.

The truth astonishes the world.  It is in awe of what has happened in Christ and immediately strikes back at it.  Jesus is Lord.  When we proclaim His Lordship the world will rebel.


12/23          Luke 2:20
The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

Simple men heard the Gospel and responded.  The Lord would that all be saved.  Salvation is a gift available for all of those that accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  This is wisdom from God.


12/24          Luke 2:1-7
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fianc’e, who was obviously pregnant by this time. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.


12/25          Matthew 1:18-25
Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiance, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. 20 As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded. He brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.


12/26          Luke 2:16-20
They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

12/27          Judges 6:24
Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and named it The LORD is Peace.

Jesus brings peace to a chaotic world.  He equips His children, you and me, to face the great uncertainty of the future with peace and joy.  In this world we will have hardship but Jesus will equip us to stand in the face of the difficulties of daily life.  He is our peace.


12/28          Psalms 4:8
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

When we know Jesus we know life.  He equips us to face yesterday, today and tomorrow.  The Lord is our security and it is an eternal security to live here now and one day with Him in eternity.


12/29          Psalms 29:11
The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.

What ever trial you are facing today the Lord will stand with you through it.  That doesn’t mean that it won’t take time and the pain is real and troubling.  What is does mean is that this world will not be victorious over us and Jesus the Lord will walk with us through our pain to victory.  Jesus will bring peace to our lives.


12/30          Psalms 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

My work is to know the Lord.  I must spend time with Him and let Him renew my mind and my heart.  Each day I need cleansing and refreshing.  His Word will do what I need done in me each day.  Jesus is my life and He gives me life.

12/31 Numbers 6:26
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’

Jesus knows me and you.  He sees us as we struggle and grow.  He gives us wisdom to deal with our lives.  His hand will guide us and pick us up when we fall.  The Lord Jesus lives and He lives in us.  His presence gives us peace.

November 2005

11/12 Ro 5:3
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us – they help us learn to endure.

Endurance is a very difficulty thing for the human mind to come to grips with.  Our society demands that now is when things happen.  We pray for growth.  Problems are required for us to grow.  Rejoice in the midst of your problems not for what you are going through but for what you will become.  Help us Father to endure.

11/13    Romans 7:17
But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.

You and I are sinners.  We are always dealing with sin either in a positive or negative way.  Jesus saves us from our sin.  The key to dealing with sin is to surrender to Christ.  In my surrender I develop a consistency in my daily Bible reading and prayer.  As I go through my day I am constantly in touch with Christ.  Not by proclaiming that I am not in the world but instead putting the daily actions of my life before Jesus.  I ask and I respond.  By simply stopping and asking I am giving the Holy Spirit opportunity to correct and amend my actions.  Walking in Christ is making His Word effective in my life.

11/14    Romans 10:6
But the way of getting right with God through faith says, “You don’t need to go to heaven” (to find Christ and bring him down to help you).

Jesus is here.  He is in the present.  He knows my needs and is willing to meet them.  Surrender gives Jesus the opportunity to speak with me and guide me each step of my life.


11/15    Romans 12:13
When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.

The Christian life is a life that is lived in community.  Jesus loves people.  As His child we are called to love people.  In this day and time it requires that we be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves so that we do only those things that will protect our community.  Help when you get the opportunity.  When we act like Jesus we will grow in Christ.  When we grow in Christ we will act more like Jesus.


11/16    Romans 13:4
The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.

Peace is a critical part of our daily life.  It is so important for the spread of Christianity that the Lord ordains governments to maintain peace in society.  Look to your own life.  Permit Jesus to bring peace into every facet of your life.


11/17    Romans 14:4
Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should.

It is wrong for any one of us to seek to control another.  We are to look to our own lives.  The questions we try to ask of others must be asked of ourselves.  Am I the kind of person that Jesus wants me to be?  How is my prayer life?  Is sin in control of any area of my life?  What has Jesus equipped me to do and am I doing it?  These are indeed questions we need to ask and answer ourselves but not others.  When we condemn the Lord’s servant we are condemning ourselves.


11/18    Romans 15:5
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other.

People count with Jesus and they should count with me.  The world puts the strong and often heartless as its head.  The Christian community calls each one of us to value the other.  Service is important and a trait of Christ’s servant.  The first will be last.  The servant will be first.


11/19    Romans 15:27
They were very glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the wonderful spiritual blessings of the Good News from the Jewish Christians, they feel the least they can do in return is help them financially.

You and I are required to give all that we have to Jesus.  This means that the tithe, ten percent, is only the beginning.  The Christian responds in all situations with generosity.  My largess is useful as a blessing for those in need.


11/20    2Co 6:2
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.

The Holy Spirit calls us to salvation.  You and I accepted Jesus as a result of His call of us.  When we minister to the lost we are to be sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit.  He will often use us as His agent to verbalize the Lord’s call of a lost brother or sister.  We can always inquire at the appropriate moment if another is a child of God.  When we ask we must remember that it is the Lord’s invitation and not ours.

11/21 Mark 12:30
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

Too many think of football teams and sports events when the idea of devotion is brought up.  In our society people are devoted to things that please them.  The Biblical idea of devotion is my striving to please the Lord.  I think of Him, obey Him and lay my entire life before Him for His review, direction and strength.  My life is His to use not mine to waste.


11/22 Mark 12:33
And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbors as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

I love because He loves me.  I don’t wait for convenient times or lovable people; I simply care for those the Lord has placed me with.  Life is never about what I don’t have.  Life is about what I give.


11/23 Luke 10:27
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

I count with Jesus.  I am called to take what I am and what I have and give it to others.  Time, money, friendship and sacrifice in service to those I am with are a significant part of my devoted Christian life.


11/24 Mt 13:11
Then he explained to them, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not.

Heaven is a real place.  Jesus is in charge there.  You and I as His family members are headed there.  This place is not my home.  Clutch the things of this world loosely.  When your time of trouble comes it will be easier to make the right decisions.


11/25 Mt 13:19
The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the Good News about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the seed away from their hearts.

We were bought with a price.  His shed blood did for me what I couldn’t do for myself, it paid for my sin.  When Satan comes seeking me I can simply reply that I belong to Jesus.


11/26 Mt 13:24
Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.

Faith is at once a gift and indistinguishable from an activity.  It is what we as children of God do.  We live our lives with the full confidence that what Christ has said He will do and that He is here with us this very moment.  Jesus is alive.  He is alive in me.  He is changing, equipping, enabling and using me each day.


11/27 John 18:36
Then Jesus answered, “I am not an earthly king. If I were, my followers would have fought when I was arrested by the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Heaven will be a great place.  No longer will be live by faith but face to face we will see and hear Him.  Now we struggle.  In heaven where all things are in His presence we will know in reality the presence of the Lord.  This world is passing away.  His kingdom is eternal.


11/28 Acts 8:12
But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.

Jesus is Lord.  He is Lord now and forever.  He will not leave us nor will He sacrifice us.  The Lord Jesus Christ is our king and Lord and Father.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.  Jesus is alive and He is coming back for you and me.


11/29 Romans 14:17
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

I am called to be different from the world.  I am called to radically change the way that I make decisions and act.  Holiness is simply letting Jesus live through me.  I obey Him.  Christ is the giver of life and when He is in control of me I have real life.


11/30 1Corinthians 4:20
For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God’s power.

What I do is important.  The Christian life is not the things I don’t do.  It is what I do.  I love.  I serve.  I pray.  These are things that Christians do.  When I am filled with Jesus my life will be like His.

October 2005

10/19   Exodus 24:14
Moses told the other leaders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back. If there are any problems while I am gone, consult with Aaron and Hur, who are here with you.”

Leaders are chosen by the Lord.  They are not there to stop us but to guide us.  Their responsibility is to provide vision and to facilitate our work.  Moses was concerned for Israel.  He was God’s chosen man.  When he appointed Aaron and Hur the command was the Israel wait until he came back and permit his appointed leaders to give guidance in handling problems.  Today everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  Few will follow the Lord.  Problems mount.  The community suffers.


10/20   Numbers 9:8
Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the LORD.”

It is against human nature to wait.  We want to be in charge, to know, to do, and to have.  The Holy Spirit calls us to be available and to wait upon the Lord.  When we face great trials we need to wait upon the Lord.  When we are struggling against the forces of this world we are to wait upon the Lord.  Fellowship with Jesus is the key to power and strength.  Wait upon the Lord until He arrives.


10/21   Psalm 5:3
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Humans are time and space creatures.  The Lord is unlimited.  When we come to the Father we come as children.  We need direction and assurance.  The Lord gives us both but in His time.  We need to spend time with the Lord and to live our lives with expectancy.  We are beloved and the object of His attention.  Rejoice.  Again I say rejoice.


10/22   Psalm 27:14
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

Courage believes and responds.  We may have fears and doubts but the Lord gives us courage to live.  Do the next right thing.  Wait upon the Lord.

10/23   Psalm 37:7
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

We are sometimes overwhelmed by our limitations.  We don’t know, we don’t have or if only.  Life in Christ is about victory.  We live by faith with the sure knowledge that whatever limitation we have Jesus is able to accomplish His plan with our life.  Christ is able to create victory out of defeat.

August 2005

8/01   2Timothy 2:12
If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.

I have a hard time rejoicing when I am suffering.  Too many times I question my spirituality or my strength when I am suffering.  The truth is that when I serve the Lord I will suffer.  The world stands against all that Jesus is doing.


8/02   Genesis 19:27
The next morning Abraham was up early and hurried out to the place where he had stood in the Lord’s presence.

Jesus resides in me.  I am able to constantly be in His presence.  This is a great blessing and an unquenchable joy.  Jesus is alive and I serve Him.


8/03  Genesis 24:40
‘You will,’ he told me, ‘for the LORD, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must get a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father’s family.

Ministry comes in many different shapes and sizes.  It always involves people.  The result of ministry is that needs are met.  The question that I am to constantly keep before me is “how can I minister in this situation?”  When I am focused on ministry, the opportunities will abound.


8/04   Exodus 16:7
In the morning you will see the glorious presence of the LORD. He has heard your complaints, which are against the LORD and not against us.

I mistakenly have not spent much time thinking about the glory of the Lord.  Glory is something highly praiseworthy, something worthy of adoration, majestic beauty, splendor and prosperity.  God is indeed glorious and is all of these things and more.  Jesus is His glory and is worthy of all praise and adoration.  Glorious is our Lord.


8/05   Exodus 24:11
And though Israel’s leaders saw God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they shared a meal together in God’s presence!

God can do anything.  I want to know Him more.  I want to serve Him better.  I can do this because Jesus loves me and lives in me.  God can do anything.

8/06   Exodus 29:43
I will meet the people of Israel there, and the Tabernacle will be sanctified by my glorious presence.

The Lord loves.  Love is His nature.  His presence changes us from being at the mercy of the world to being a lighthouse for the hurting and lost.  What a glorious experience to meet with the Lord.


8/07   Deuteronomy 12:7
There you and your families will feast in the presence of the LORD your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the LORD your God has blessed you.

Jesus lives in me.  His residence is established.  He changes me to that individual I know that I was created to be.  Not like someone else but exactly like me.  I can rejoice in my life, in my experiences and thankfully greet each day.  The Lord is God and He loves me.


8/08   Judges 5:5
The mountains quaked at the coming of the LORD. Even Mount Sinai shook in the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

Jesus is power.  He created all things and all things exist because of Him.  That is real power.  He knows all things and knows me.  My life and work is important not because of who I am or what I’ve accomplished or even because I might have wealth, but because Jesus is Lord of me.


8/09   1Samuel 6:20
“Who is able to stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God?” they cried out. “Where can we send the Ark from here?”

The world is demanding to be in charge.  It wants to be its own god.  Jesus came and died for our sin that we might be able to change.  We are no longer in bondage to the world.  Jesus sets us free.


8/10   1Kings 8:11
The priests could not continue their work because the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.

The presence of the Lord Jesus is not an emotion.  He works forcefully in our lives.  Jesus will lead, guide and direct us on our journey of discipleship.


8/11   1Kings 18:15
But Elijah said, “I swear by the LORD Almighty, in whose presence I stand, that I will present myself to Ahab today.”

Jesus is here.  He is not subject to the world, scholars, our failures or any other created thing.    I can choose to let Jesus have control of me.  Jesus is Lord.  He is Lord of all.


8/12   1Chronicles 29:10
Then David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly: “O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever!

Jesus is worthy of all honor and glory.  He is due all praise and adoration.  When I praise the Lord I am simply doing what a child of God will do.  Praise is a recognition of the power and majesty of Jesus and blesses me as I praise Him.


8/13   2Chronicles 7:2
The priests could not even enter the Temple of the LORD because the glorious presence of the LORD filled it.

Holy is the Lord.  He is different than man.  His ways are not our ways.  He saw my need and knew my heart and saved me.  He broke down the wall of barrier and brought me into the inner sanctum.  Jesus is my Lord.


8/14   Ezra 9:15
O LORD, God of Israel, you are just. We stand before you in our guilt as nothing but an escaped remnant, though in such a condition none of us can stand in your presence.”

I was dead in my trespasses and sin and Jesus saved me.  Jesus is perfect in every way.  His life, death, and resurrection provided for me exactly what I needed to have access to the Father.  Jesus gives me right standing with the Lord.


8/15   Psalm 5:5
Therefore, the proud will not be allowed to stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.

The Lord is God.  He will not overlook evil.  The Father has provided a way for me in Christ to have access to Him.  Jesus is my righteousness.  He cleanses me of sin and gives me life.  Now I am alive in Christ and dead to the bondage of sin.


8/16   Psalm 9:19
Arise, O LORD! Do not let mere mortals defy you! Let the nations be judged in your presence!

Jesus said for me not to judge.  The Lord is the only righteous judge.  He knows all things and will judge with absolute precision.  One day Jesus will come back.  It will be at a time that the world is in total denial of Christ.  In that day the Lord will exact justice on the world.


8/17   Psalm 15:1
Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?

Jesus is alive in every believer.  He equips each one of us to worship the Lord.  In Christ we are ushered into the very presence of the Lord.  Jesus enables us to worship.


8/18   Psalm 16:11
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

In Christ we are immortal.  He has birthed us into the family of God.  We do not have to bemoan our situation.  We must never forget the price that Jesus paid for us and value that He places on us.


8/19   Psalm 21:6
You have endowed him with eternal blessings. You have given him the joy of being in your presence.

Jesus is eternally blessed and blesses us with eternity.  In Him is life and He is our life.  The coming One was prophesied nine hundred years before His birth.  Jesus is here and He is Lord.


8/20   Psalm 22:29
Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Let all mortals – those born to die – bow down in his presence.

People live as though they are immortal.  Life is but a breath.  In the day of death everyone will know who Jesus is and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Christ is the Lord.


8/21   Psalm 37:7
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

In Jesus we have real life.  The Lord brings peace to our hearts and to our lives.  He will give us strength in our time of need.  Jesus is able.  No matter what I face Jesus is able to take care of me.


8/22   Psalm 56:13
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

I can do nothing without Jesus.  He is life.  In Him I can have life, light to live and wisdom to do the next right thing.  When Christ is in control, life has real meaning and lasting value.


8/23   Psalm 68:3
But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy.

Jesus gives us eternal life.  That life includes an opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ and to focus our attention on a Christ like life.  We can rejoice in the presence of the Lord because He is in us.


8/24   Psalm 89:15
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD.

When I spend time with the Lord I will hear Him as He encourages me to come and worship.  The worship experience is a time for fellowship, renewal and encouragement.  Lord I come to worship You.


8/25   Psalm 116:9
And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!

Jesus is with us.  He is alive and lives in each believer.  Today is the day of the Lord’s favor.  He favors us as His grace gift for our life.  Wake up, Jesus is listening.


8/26   Matthew 18:10
“Beware that you don’t despise a single one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

We do what we believe.  The only spiritual truth we ever know is the spiritual truth we do.  What I do today and each day is critically important as a child of God.  Jesus is Lord and I am to follow Him.


8/27   Matthew 25:32
All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

There will be a day when all things as we know them will cease.  It will be the end of time.  Jesus will return to this world in glory.  He will not be fooled nor ignored.  Jesus is coming back.

8/28   Luke 1:19
Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!

Our Father who is in heaven has not put us here by ourselves.  He is intensely involved in our world and is seeking to develop a relationship with us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Great is His faithfulness.


8/29   Luke 15:10
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

Heaven knows what is going on.  Heaven is waiting our arrival.  Eternity will be a great place because Jesus will be there.  We can have a great life right now because Jesus is here.


8/30   Romans 9:1
In the presence of Christ, I speak with utter truthfulness – I do not lie – and my conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm that what I am saying is true.

We live our lives in the presence of the Lord Jesus.  Everything we think and do is done before Him.  We are blessed when we recognize this.  It brings us to a level of spiritual accountability and enables us to grow in our relationship with the Lord.


8/31   Ephesians 3:12
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.


We have access to the Father.  Our access is not based on what we can do.  Our access is based on the work that Jesus has done.  His righteousness takes us into the Father’s presence.

July 2005

7/01   Matthew 5:23-24
“So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Jesus puts the responsibility for healing relationships on me.  Asking for forgiveness is never easy.  Sometimes I can be absolutely correct and spiritually wrong.  People count with Jesus and as I grow in Christ they will count with me.


7/02   Matthew 25:46
And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Heaven is going to be a great place.  There will be no sorrow, no pain, no death, no poverty, no need for doctors and many other good things.  It will be a place of perfect beauty.  To think about heaven is to permit ones senses to be overloaded.  The sights, the sounds and the smells of heaven will be marvelous.  Not so in the place of eternal punishment.  Everything heaven is it isn’t.


7/03   Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

Jesus loves me and loves to talk with me.  Prayer is so important in my life.  Being able to speak with Jesus honestly and openly is equally as important.  This requires privacy and time.


7/04   Matthew 7:23
But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized. ‘

Salvation is giving my heart and my life to Jesus.  The Lord is not looking to me to be His consultant.  The Lord doesn’t need me to fix things.  I am to be a servant of the Lord Jesus and do the things that He asks me to do.  There is not shortcut nor is there any other name under heaven by which I might be saved.


7/05   Matthew 8:4
Then Jesus said to him, “Go right over to the priest and let him examine you. Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing.”

Jesus gives me specific directions on what He would like for me to do.  I get them by reading the Bible and listening as I read.  I get them by praying and sensing the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  And I get directions when I do the wrong thing and am reminded of what the right thing is.  I much prefer to do the right thing first.


7/06   Matthew 8:9
I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this or that,’ they do it.”

A Roman soldier believed Jesus.  He risked his reputation and possibly his life by consulting with Jesus.  I want to have faith like this.  This kind of faith requires that I risk criticism and misunderstanding to follow Jesus.  Christ wants me to serve Him and not the world.

7/07   Matthew 8:13
Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go on home. What you have believed has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

I have power from Jesus when I claim His promise and live based on that promise.  There are 7,000 plus promises in the Word of God written to me.  Hope will carry me to the point of necessity where the Lord will always meet me the resources I need for faithful living.


7/08   Matthew 21:22
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Prayer changes me.  If my prayer to the Lord is simply a laundry list I am not praying.  The Christian life is the activity of the Lord Jesus in me and through me to His children.  The Lord is not a celestial bell boy for me to simply list my wishes and cheerfully wait for them to be filled.  The Lord is God and He is sovereign.  This is a mystery that Jesus will work out for my benefit.


7/09   Matthew 21:32
For John the Baptist came and showed you the way to life, and you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to turn from your sins and believe him.

Jesus is the one I am looking for.  I don’t need recognition, or position or authority I simply need Jesus.  He will forgive me of my sins and equip me for Godly living.


7/10   Matthew 24:26
“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it!

Jesus is coming back.  I’m not up on all of the futuristic ideas that various supposed scholars come up with.  Jesus is coming back.  When He does come back I will be waiting for Him.  Jesus will not forsake me or leave me behind.


7/11   Mark 6:3
He’s just the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

My belief affects me but does not change the fact that Jesus is Lord. I am not following a world leader; I am following Jesus Christ the Lord.  He is Lord of my life and I am daily developing a relationship with Him.


7/12   Mark 6:52
They still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the multiplied loaves, for their hearts were hard and they did not believe.

I ask the Lord every day to give me wisdom to see Him at work in my life.  The Lord is so good and so faithful to me.  He encourages me.  He gives me peace.  He reminds me of His love and His willingness to guide each step of my life.


7/13   Mark 9:24
The father instantly replied, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!”

Doubt will always seek to side track me.  I can give my doubt to the Lord.  Denying the presence of doubt will permit it to grow.  Lord indeed every day I process situations where there is some doubt in my heart.  I do believe Lord and ask you to remove any doubt from me.


7/14   Mark 11:24
Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.

I believe Jesus.  I believe that as I speak to Him He listens to me.  I also believe that Christ has a perfect plan for my life.  Answers always come on time from the Lord.  My problem is that I am so time fixated that I sometimes give up listening when the Lord is answering.  Then there are the things I don’t pray about that the Lord provides for me.  The Lord is good.


7/15   Mark 16:11
But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her.

I plan everything.  My plans are made based on what I can see.  My problem is that I am limited in my ability to see.  The Lord is able to see all things and functions as the sovereign ruler of existence.  Jesus has a plan for my life.  Sometimes that plan will require that I do as much as I can and then trust the Lord to provide for what comes next.  I am my Father’s child.  He loves me.


7/16   Mark 16:16
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Salvation is a gift from the Lord.  I can accept that gift.  Because the gift is in the spiritual realm unless I believe that I have received that gift it will not change the way I see myself.  My heart condemns me.  My Lord saves me.  Who I believe is important.


7/17   Luke 24:25
Then Jesus said to them, “You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.

My little mind has such a hard time understanding all that the Bible says.  My charge is to believe the Word of God not condemn the Word of God.  When the Word differs from my experience, I need to change not the Word.


7/18   John 3:33
Those who believe him discover that God is true.

I cannot develop a relationship with the Lord Jesus unless I believe that He exists and is who He says He is.  This is the kind of trust little children have.  When my belief changes my actions I am living a life of trust.  Words mean little.  Actions speak louder than words.  This is why tithing is so important for me.  If I tithe, then I am living the Word of God.  If I trust Jesus then I will change.


7/19   John 5:39
“You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

Jesus is God’s everything.  Without Christ there is no life.  He is the creator and sustainer of all things.  Jesus resides in me and points me to the Word of God and interprets the Word of God in me.  If I have surrendered my life to Jesus and He is in control of me then I will live a life that is in every respect like Jesus’ life.  When I am not living like Jesus I will change.


7/20   John 6:29
Jesus told them, “This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent.”

Jesus calls me to be His hands and feet.  He will use me to minister to the needs of the world.  If I live like Jesus I will care for people and proclaim the Gospel.  People have value and worth.  People need love.  People need to know that this world is not their home and that the Lord loves them.


7/21   John 6:35
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst.

Everyone has problems.  No one is exempt.  With very few exceptions would we be willing to swap our problems for someone else’s problems.  Jesus came that we might have life.  The Lord will always help me to deal with my problems.  He will not leave me alone and one day He will take me home.


7/22   John 6:64
But some of you don’t believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.)

I am not called to make someone believe in Jesus.  I am called to be merciful and gracious.  I am called to minister to the needs of those I come into contact with including family members.  I am to live life as though Jesus is in control for indeed He is.


7/23   John 7:5
For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.

It breaks my heart to know someone that will not accept Christ.  Knowing this I must not be overwhelmed or sidetracked.  Jesus calls me to go and tell everyone, not just those that will believe.


7/24   John 8:24
That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins.”

Salvation is a grace gift that the Lord offers me.  He will save me if I accept Him.  The world is always trying to complicate salvation.  It puts up roadblocks called works that it says must be done to be saved.  Accepting Jesus is not like that.  If I accept Christ as Lord and savior and ask Him to forgive my sin I am saved.


7/25   John 10:26
But you don’t believe me because you are not part of my flock.

There are no grandchildren in the family of God.  Salvation is a personal experience.  I am saved.  The Spirit of the Lord within me bears testimony that I am saved.  I walk with Jesus and He guides my way.


7/26   John 11:25
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.

Heaven will be a great place because Jesus will be there.  As a child of God I have a claim on heaven.  My life right now can be joyous because of this fact.  Where ever I am and what ever I am facing heaven is waiting for me.


7/27   John 12:37
But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him.

I did not come to Jesus because of the miracles He works.  I came because He offered me the opportunity to get a handle on my life.  No longer am I at the mercy of the world.  No longer am I without resources.  Christ came into my life and changed me.  He loves me and enables me to deal with daily life.  He saved me.  Salvation is the greatest miracle.



7/28   John 17:20
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.

I am responsible to tell about what Jesus has done in my life.  One way is to verbally share my testimony.  But an equally important and powerful way is to treat others the way I want to be treated.  The early church was known for its love for the brethren.


7/29   John 19:35
This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account; it is presented so that you also can believe.

Believing is a choice but it is not an unfounded choice.  The Word of God is a valid historical document and gives critical, first hand testimony of Jesus and His ministry.  Jesus is Lord.  What I do about my relationship with Christ is my choice but Jesus is still Lord.


7/30   John 20:25
They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Seeing is believing.  I have seen the Lord.  Jesus is my savior.  He has made me a member of the family of God.  I have a relationship with Christ and talk with Him each day.  Jesus is Lord.


7/31   John 20:31
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life.

What I think matters.  Life is short and troubles are great.  Every where I look are needy situations.  When I choose Jesus as my savior I am equipped to deal with my life.  Once I begin the process of changing into the image of Christ I am growing in my ability and opportunity to help others.

June 2005

6/1              Mark 4:18-19
The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced.

Christ rules me or I rule myself.  There is no partial rule in the spiritual realm.  This is confusing to many that claim Jesus as Lord.  They attempt to live in the world and unto Jesus.  I can only serve one master.  I choose to serve the Lord.
6/2             Matthew 4:4
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’ ”

The real solution for the problems that I face is Jesus.  I need to focus my life on Christ.  I will know Him better by spending time with Him.  The Word of God tells about Jesus.  The more I know the Word and put it to work in my life, the better I will know Jesus.


6/ 3            Matthew 6:25
“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?

This is not a call to laziness.  The Lord wants me to focus my energies on Him as I seek to live the life plan He created for me.  Hard work, faithfulness in relationships and a surrendered life are called for.
6/4     Matthew 6:27
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.

This world is not my home.  I cannot spend my time getting comfortable and ignore the opportunities of service.  People count most with the Lord and all around me are people who need help not worry. What I can do is what needs to be done.  Jesus is my sufficiency.
6/5     Matthew 7:14
But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

Life is a gift.  The road that the Lord has called me to travel is a gift.  If I will surrender my life to Jesus and listen to His guidance I will journey on the road of life.  Victory is achieved in surrender.


6/6     Luke 9:24
If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.

Jesus said that He brings life to me in abundance.  The Lord is not sharing the stage with me, where I do all I can and then he completes it.  He would that I work together with Him to accomplish His work.  I am the servant.


6/7     Luke 10:25
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”

The Bible says that “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13).  This is dramatically different than what our culture and the world says.  Salvation is a gift that I can accept.  I have.
6/8    Luke 11:36
If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.”

My faith isn’t something I only exercise when I need something from the Lord.  My faith is central to all that I say and do and think.  Therefore, whatever the situation I am in my faith will shine through.
6/9    Luke 12:15
Then he said, “Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.”

Where will I place my value?  What is important in this world to me?  What I do with my money is a significant indicator of this.  Generosity flows out of the strength of my relationship with the Lord.  What I believe I will practice.


6/10  Luke 12:22
Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear.

I can choose to live my life as a worried basket case.  But, I can also choose to live my life with focus and confidence in the Lord Jesus.  Christ is my life.  He is concerned about every aspect of me life.  In hard times He will not leave me.  In good times He will keep me from foolishness.


6/11   Luke 12:23
For life consists of far more than food and clothing.

I am God’s child, His ambassador, a representative of the Lord God and a partner with Jesus in this world.  There is much work to be done.  Everywhere there are people in need.  I need to make sure that everyone I know knows about Jesus.  That is my life.


6/12  Mark 3:4
Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Is it legal to do good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing harm? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

People count most with Jesus.  Christ died that all might be saved.  His resurrection from the grave to the right hand of the Father insures that everyone might have the opportunity to accept salvation.  Because Jesus is alive I can have life.


6/13  1John 2:9
If anyone says, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.

I am required to develop a forgiving heart.  It does not come natural to anyone although it seems to be easier for some than others.  I forgive others because I am forgiven.


6/14  John 1:4
Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.

The Christian life is a call for me to serve the Lord by serving people.  Surrender to service is a natural result of living my life with Jesus.  Jesus in me is easy for others to see.


6/15   John 3:6
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.

What I think of as life is just an existence.  The Holy Spirit brings real life.  I am alive in Christ and part of the family of God.  The Father shares his plan for my life with me through Christ.  Jesus resides in me.  I am not alone.  Eternity begins.


6/16   John 3:14-15
And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life.

Jesus was crucified for me.  All sin is personal and it was my sin that required His death on the cross.  Jesus atoned for my sin and saved me.  Each one of us is a sinner and Christ died for us individually.  He knows each one of us personally and completely.  He died that you and I might have life.


6/17  John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I have no excuse.  God’s gift of life in Christ is for me.  I am responsible.  If I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior then I am saved.  If I refuse Christ I continue to be lost.  No middle ground.  The gift of life is available for me.


6/18   John 3:36
And all who believe in God’s Son have eternal life. Those who don’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them.”

There is no middle ground for me.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  I was a sinner dead in my trespasses and sin.  I asked Jesus to save me.  I accepted God’s gift of eternal life.  If I had refused His gift I would have continued in my sin.  Jesus said that He was the only way to the Father and that there was no other way.


6/19  John 4:14
But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

I accepted Jesus as Lord and will always be saved.  Christ lives in me.  His life gives me life that is renewed daily forever.  That doesn’t seem big but it is bigger than anything I can think of.  Forever is a wonderful thing.


6/20  Matthew 9:18
As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt down before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand upon her.”

Faith is the daily experience of time with Jesus, listening to what He says and then living based upon His direction.  Faith is an action.  It is the way I live in light of the promises of the Lord.  Jesus is able to deal with my life and because of that I can grow each day in Christ.


6/21  Matthew 10:39
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.

Jesus is first.  He is first in all I think and say and do.  When I make Christ first in my life He will take responsibility for my life.  I cause problems by trying to direct my own life.  Jesus makes life work.


6/22  Matthew 11:5
the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.


Jesus is alive.  He is alive and offers you and me the gift of life.  If I accept His gift I am in the family of God.  Jesus will live in me to equip and enable me to live a Christ like life.


6/23  Matthew 13:22
The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced.

Life is a choice.  The Lord did not make us robots.  I choose what I will do moment by moment each day.  When I hear the Good News I can accept the gift of eternal life in Christ.  From that moment on I can make the choice to follow Jesus.  If I spend time with Jesus and do what He says I will grow in Christ likeness.  If I don’t spend time with Him I will never develop into the image of Christ.  My choice.


6/24   Matthew 14:2
he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist come back to life again! That is why he can do such miracles.”

I can choose to believe Jesus or deny His power.  The tragedy is that so many Christians listen to the world and by not believing literally stop the miraculous activity of the Lord in their daily life.  Choosing to trust Jesus changes the way you see everything.


6/25  Matthew 16:25
If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.

I need to focus on Jesus everyday.  It will take me all of my life until the day I go to be with Him to be what Jesus wanted me to be.  His plan for me is perfect.  My life lived for Him will be exactly what Jesus wants.


6/26  Matthew 19:16
Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?”

I cannot earn my way into the family of God.  A relationship with Christ is God’s gift to me.  I claim the gift of eternal life in Christ but I cannot earn my way into heaven.


6/27  Matthew 19:17
“Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments.”

God loves me.  God is good.  Both of these things are beyond my ability to do or grasp.  God’s love is a miracle.  God’s goodness never changes.  God is good.


6/28  Matthew 19:29
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life.

Living the Christian life involves sacrifice.  I willingly do what the Lord has called me to do and in so doing experience much sacrifice.  Sacrifice includes suffering.  The Lord will stand with me in sacrifice and suffering and will more than make it up to me what I have given up and sacrificed for Him.


6/29  Matthew 20:28
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

I was created to serve.  Giving and serving completes me.  Inside of me is an inner mechanism that is only fulfilled by my growing in my ability to serve and my willingness to give.  I will not limit my spiritual growth by being self-centered or stingy.


6/30  Matthew 21:32
For John the Baptist came and showed you the way to life, and you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to turn from your sins and believe him.

There are no grandchildren in the family of God.  I must come to Jesus and repent of my sin, ask Him to save me and accept His gift of salvation.  This is a problem for the world.  If I permit the world to control me I will never be saved.

May 2005

05/01          Psalm 139:2
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away.

God knows everything.  He knows everything about me.  His ability is beyond my comprehension.  His care and concern for the details of my life are overwhelming.  I am not alone.  I belong to Jesus.  The Lord is in control of my life.


05/02          Isaiah 53:1
Who has believed our message? To whom will the LORD reveal his saving power?

Jesus said that whoever would like to be saved can be saved.  He has come for me.  I asked Him to save me and He did.  I did nothing to be worthy of His forgiveness except ask.  Salvation is a gift from Jesus to me.  You can ask too.  If you are struggling about your salvation, struggle no more.  When you ask Christ to save you He will.  Do it now.  Trust Him forever.


05/03          Jeremiah 2:19
“Go and shout in Jerusalem’s streets: ‘This is what the LORD says: I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.

I want to always be faithful.  The tragedy of life is that I have to always guard against being lulled into a daily rut.  The world, the flesh and the devil are always trying to push me into their mold.  Apathy is the easiest way for them to conquer me.  I am to be alert and constantly fanning the flames of a faithful relationship with the Lord.


05/04          Psalm 139:3
You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.

Jesus has a plan for my life.  I am not just careening through space and time at the mercy of the world.  My life has meaning and value and Jesus is using me to further His work in this world.  I am partnering with the Lord.


05/05          Isaiah 53:6-7
All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.   He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

The magnitude of my sin and the disastrous impact that it has on me and those around me is difficult to comprehend.  At times I have an awareness of how horrible sin is.  Jesus knew my sin and willingly paid the price for my forgiveness.  What a Savior.


05/06          Psalm 139:4
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.

God loves me.  He loves me with a full understanding of all my faults, shortcomings, sin and imperfections.  Christ completes me.  He is equipping and enabling me to have fellowship with himself and the Father.  Jesus is Lord and He is Lord in me.


05/07          1 Timothy 1:15
This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – and I was the worst of them all.

Sin separates me from the Father.  I don’t measure sin in comparison with others.  My sin condemns me.  I cannot do what must be done to overcome my sin.  Salvation is a grace gift from the Lord and His salvation completely saves me.


05/08          1 Timothy 2:1-2
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks.   Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.

I am called to pray for leaders.  Not just the leaders I like but for all leaders.  It is important for me and my community that we have good leaders.  It is critical for the spread of the Gospel that we have peace.  I will pray every week for world leaders.  I am a partner with the Lord.


05/09          Psalm 139:5-6
You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!

Jesus saved me.  His salvation is a once and forever event.  The Lord is active in my life.  His activity is effective and capable.  I can live each day with the confidence of a beloved child.  The Lord knows what I am doing and is providing me with what I need today.


05/10          1 Timothy 2:5-6
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus.   He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that God gave to the world at the proper  time.

Jesus saves is the message that I have for the world.  Jesus saves people.  Jesus makes normal, ordinary lives valuable and eternal.  Jesus loves me and He loves you.


05/11          Psalm 139:13-14
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.   Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it.

I am not a mistake.  The Lord created me with a purpose and value.  His work is accomplished by my surrender to Him.  It isn’t about what I can do.  It is all about what the Lord can do through me.


05/12          1 Timothy 3:16
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by the Spirit.  He was seen by angels and was announced to the nations. He was believed on in the world and was taken up into heaven.

I am the only one that can believe in Jesus for me.  Faith in Christ is personal; there are no grandchildren in the kingdom of God.  Jesus has come and He is coming back.


05/13          Psalm 139:7
I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence!

The Lord is here.  He is alive and active in the world.  He will become Lord of my life if I will permit it.  When I have asked Jesus to save me He does.  It is a once forever gift.  I live day by day under His rule and ownership.  The focus of life is on Him and not me.  He is Lord.


05/14          1 Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons.   These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead.

It is the spirit of the anti-Christ that blinds those that deny the faith.  If I do not believe I have been deceived but tragically am still lost.  Believe in Jesus.  Ignore foolish men.  Ask Christ to save you and He will.


05/15          1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

The tithe belongs to the Lord.  What I have is a resource the Lord has given me to further the kingdom.  The first ten percent belongs to Jesus.  My giving begins after the tithe.  When I steal from the Lord I am hurting myself.  The tithe belongs to Jesus.


05/16          1 Timothy 6:15
For at the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The great deceiver would have me believe that I am in control of my world.  I am not.  The world, the flesh and the devil are terribly out of control.  Surrender to Jesus brings real strength.  His control of me enables me to see how evil sin really is.  Jesus is Lord and He is in control.


05/17          Psalm 139:15-16
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.   You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.


Every single life is precious including mine.  When I look at others with respect and honor it bestows more respect and honor upon me.  Life really works that way.  I get out of life what I put into life.  When I sow joy I will reap rejoicing.


05/18          2 Timothy 2:8-9
Never forget that Jesus Christ was a man born into King David’s family and that he was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.  And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.

Jesus is able to make my life valuable and usable.  He will change me if I let Him.  He is seeking to equip me to accomplish His plan for my life.

05/19          2 Timothy 2:19
But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Those who claim they belong to the Lord must turn away from all wickedness.”

Jesus saves me.  I will spend the rest of my life applying His victory to every facet of my life.  There is great victory in surrender.  Jesus is Lord.


05/20          2 Timothy 2:24
The Lord’s servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone. They must be able to teach effectively and be patient with difficult people.

I am not naturally patient.  I am discovering that for me patience is never easy but it is always an available choice.  I am the one that chooses to be patient.  I am the one that disciplines my heart and attitude.  Jesus calls me to be patient.


05/21          Psalm 139:17-18
How precious are your thoughts about me,  O God! They are innumerable!   I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!

God loves me.  He thinks about me and cares for me all of the time.  I am never away from the Lord.  I want to know Him better.  Jesus is my constant companion.


05/22          2 Timothy 3:2
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.

What others think has no bearing on my relationship with Jesus.  Jesus promised and I believe.  The world is always against God.  I am not trying to get the world to agree with what I have done because it will not.  Jesus is Lord of me.


05/23          2 Timothy 3:12-13
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.   But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will go on deceiving others, and they themselves will be deceived.

Wealth can be a dangerous thing.  Not a bad thing but potentially a dangerous thing.  Its danger comes from our sense of security when we have wealth.  We feel important and enabled.  Our only security is in Jesus.  Jesus and Jesus alone is the one who saves us.


05/24          2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.   It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

The Bible is the Word of God.  It is a personal letter written to me.  It contains more than 7,000 promises and I can claim them.  Scripture is important because it reveals what the Lord is thinking about us, how He thinks about His universe and how we can be saved.

05/25          2 Timothy 4:18
Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly Kingdom. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

I want to be safe.  Jesus guarantees that I will have an eternal relationship with the Father and that I will be safe.  I will not be left behind nor will I be set aside.  I belong to Him and He belongs to me.  Nothing can separate me from the love of Jesus.


05/26          Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.   Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

If I ask Jesus into my life to save me, then I am saved.  From that moment on Jesus will guide me through life.  Sometimes I will need discipline, and sometimes I will need support.  Jesus will meet my needs.


05/27          Habakkuk 2:20
But the LORD is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.”

The Lord is a Holy God.  There is none other like Him.  When I come face to face with the living Lord I will be silent.  The Lord is awesome and majestic and wonderful to behold.  Mighty is our God.


05/28          Habakkuk 3:2
I have heard all about you, LORD, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. And in your anger, remember your mercy.

The Lord knows all about me, even to the minutest detail.  He has a plan for my life and is faithful in guiding me to accomplish that plan. This is indeed awesome.  What is even more awesome is that He has a plan for your life and is at work in each person to fulfill His plan in their life.  What an awesome God.


05/29          Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.

My life has many twists and turns.  My emotions often betray me.  My resolve sometimes deserts me.  Jesus never quits.  Jesus never changes.  Jesus is in me to enable me to live from birth to death.  I belong to Jesus and He will see that I make it home to the Father.


05/30          Zechariah 1:3
Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD Almighty.’

The Lord is calling me to a Christ like lifestyle.  Living a Christ focused life isn’t an option nor is it required only on certain days.  As a child of God I have a call upon my life to follow Jesus in everything I say and do.


05/31          Zechariah 1:4
Do not be like your ancestors who would not listen when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: Turn from your evil ways and stop all your evil practices.’

I am a child of God.  Christ lives in me.  This affects everything I say and do.  If I am living like the world, then I am not living like I am called to live.  I must surrender my life and my heart to Jesus and let Him guide me day by day.

April 2005

04/01               Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life – the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”   So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.

I must learn to balance my life.  Sin is a problem but I must also see the value that God places on me.  Christ died for me.   Balance comes when I spend time with Jesus.


04/02               Genesis 2:15
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.

Hard work is important.  I have within me a need to excel.  Again, balance is required but I must be about using the skills the Lord has given me.  Hard work is an essential element in successful Christian living.


04/03               Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?”

Asking the right question is important.  Too quickly we want to cover up our sin and blame someone else or something else for our own actions.  What I do counts.  Do the next right thing.


04/04               Romans 5:12
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

I will not excuse my sin.  Sin separates me from the Father.  The daily Christian walk involves dealing with my sin.  Each day I will seek the Lord’s wisdom on sin in my life.  As Jesus reveals my sin I will seek forgiveness and change my ways.


04/05               Galatians 5:17
The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.

Sin is always at the door.  I am responsible for what I think and do.  Without the power of God in my life I will not be able to combat sin.  Spending time each day in the Word of God and submitting myself to the control of Christ will sensitize me to sin and enable me to change.  When I focus on Jesus I can effectively fight sin in my life.


04/06               Colossians 3:5-8
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry.  God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things.  You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

I am responsible for the way I live.  The Christian life is a journey of change.  I am to change the way I am and become more like Jesus.  If I am the same today that I was last year I am not a growing Christian.  The more I know Jesus, the more willing I am to change.  Yes change is difficult but Christ died for me therefore I must be willing to live for Him.


04/07               John 3:6
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.

I was dead in trespasses and sin and Christ saved me.  He gave me life.  This life is the power of God living in me.  I am no longer a slave to sin.  I have a choice.  I can willingly choose to grow and become like Jesus.  I know this: when the power of God came into me and gave me new life I was a changed person.


04/08               1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.   “Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God’s mercy; now you have received his mercy.”

I am a member of the family of God.  He is my Father and Jesus has saved me.  I will never be excluded from the family of God.  Jesus is God’s everything and He has completely and eternally saved me.


04/09               1 Corinthians 1:2
We are writing to the church of God in Corinth, you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did all Christians everywhere – whoever calls upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and theirs.

Salvation is a choice.  I chose to accept Christ as Lord and Savior of my life and Jesus saved me.  Two significant points here, one is that a person can refuse salvation.  I don’t understand this but it is true.  Second, if you ask Jesus to save you He will.



04/10               Colossians 3:12
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

I must change.  I am not permitted to remain the same.  As I live with my focus on Jesus I will become more like Jesus.  The world and the world’s attitudes will try to mold me into its shape.  That is why I need to spend time with Jesus every day.  Christ is my master.


04/11               Hebrews 10:10, 14
And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.

For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy.

What Jesus did for me gives me value and worth and the ability to live a life of inestimable importance.  People count most with Jesus and the process of growing in Christ will change me into a person that loves people.  I will care for those with whom I live.  I will care for those that I meet at work and play.  I will begin to see people the way Jesus sees them.  Every single person I meet is an object of the love and mercy of the Lord.  In Christ I will develop this attitude also.


04/12               Ephesians 4:7
However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.

The world only values certain gifts.  The Lord values the gift or gifts that He gives each one of us.  Jesus has a plan for my life and He has given me the gifts that I need to accomplish His plan.  I must be careful that I do not permit sin to get my eyes off of the Master’s plan.


04/13               Romans 12:6-8
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you.  If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching.  If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

I live my Christian faith before a watching world.  I must be real and must be willing to be myself.  People know when I am a fake.  I am valuable in God’s family when I am myself and do the things that only I can do.  Additionally, I want to cultivate the willingness to bless all of those I come into contact with.


04/14               Isaiah 43:1
But now, O Israel, the LORD who created you says: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.

I belong to the Lord.  I am under His watch care.  The Lord will equip and train me to serve Him.  His presence will bring peace and joy into my life.


04/15               Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

It is hard for me to comprehend the love that the Lord has for me.  Jesus knew all about me and still He died for me.  He knew my past, present and future and still He called me.  I am striving each day to know Jesus more.  The more I know Him the more I realize how much Jesus loves me.  We are miracles of God’s creation and are created to have companionship with a Holy God.  WOW.


04/16               John 15:9-10
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.  When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.

My growth, my strength, my joy depend upon my willingness to obey the Lord.  I cannot grow in Christ if I seek to hide things from God.  Trying to figure out how to live on the edge or how to hide that secret sin totally destroys my strength.  Failing to listen to Jesus with an obedient heart removes my joy.  It is important that I surrender my heart and obey the Lord each day.  Jesus is Lord.


04/17               John 17:21-23
My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father – that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.  “I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are – I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one. Then the world will know that you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.

My responsibility is to believe that the Lord will be active in my life.  Pleasing Christ is a result of my recognizing His promises, living my daily life based upon His revealed will and being obedient to what Jesus says.  I can only do this by living by faith.


04/18               1 Peter 2:5
And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.

I am called to sacrifice.  I must be a tither.  Tithing is a first step of obedience.  I can control what I spend and the Lord looks to me to control this.  I must pray.  I must spend time with Jesus.  I must read God’s Word.  I must learn how to love the unlovely and this is a lifetime journey.  So many things are involved in our spiritual sacrifices but Jesus will guide us if we will obey.


04/19               John 6:37-40
However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.  For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day.  For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life – that I should raise them at the last day.”

Satan will do all he can to get my attention.  He will work on my emotions and seek to destroy balance in my life.  I am a child of God.  I need to avoid filling my life with the world and instead fill it up with Jesus.


04/20               Ephesians 2:1-2
Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins.  You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.

I have been saved by the work of the Lord Jesus in my life.  He died for me.  He called me.  I accepted.  What others do about salvation does not affect my relationship with the Lord.  I am only responsible to tell what Jesus has done in my life.  I am not responsible for how another person responds to Christ.


04/21               James 4:7-10
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.  Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.  When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

I do not have to sin.  Every time I sin it is my choice.  This is a great tragedy and underscores the magnitude of the sin issue.  When I sin I can go to Jesus for forgiveness and reconciliation.  In Jesus I have the power and strength of God alive in me to resist sin.  He will put me back on the right path.


04/22               Psalm 92:11
With my own eyes I have seen the downfall of my enemies; with my own ears I have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.

Jesus in you I have success, sustenance and security.  You have provided me with everything that I have.  Nothing can come between me and You.  You give me the grace and strength that I need to survive and thrive.


04/23               Jude 1:24
And now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy.

I choose joy.  The Lord Jesus lives in me and He will give me joy.  He will refresh me and encourage me.  When I am discouraged or distraught the Lord will change my emotions from despair to delight.  The Lord is my Shepherd.


04/24               Ephesians 1:19-20
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

I serve a risen Savior who knows all about me.  Jesus knows my needs and my weaknesses.  He is ready to work with me to help me grow.  Jesus is waiting for me to spend time with Him and let Him have control of me.  When I give Jesus control He gives me what I need so that I can live victoriously.  Jesus is the lover of my soul.


04/25               Ecclesiastes 8:6-7
Yes, there is a time and a way for everything, even as people’s troubles lie heavily upon them.  Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen?

Jesus knows what is going to happen in my life.  He will equip me to face life with joy in my heart and victory in my soul.  I can trust Christ for everything in my life and He will never fail me.


04/26               1 Corinthians 2:15-16
We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can’t understand us at all.  How could they? For, “Who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who can give him counsel?”  But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Jesus is God’s everything.  I can trust Him to lead me in the right direction.  When trouble comes Jesus will lead me through it.  His counsel is wise and His course is correct.  Jesus is Lord of all things including me.


04/27               2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods.  We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds.  With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

The evil one is always looking to cause me trouble.  I cannot see into the spiritual realm and do not know what he is planning next.  Jesus knows exactly what is going on and will give me the guidance and strength I need to engage in spiritual warfare.  The enemy is unrelenting and Jesus is all powerful.  In Christ the spiritual battle is a battle I can win.


04/28               Jeremiah 17:9
“The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

I wish I was not so easily deceived.  The flesh is always pushing me to demand my way, feel insecure, take offense, be rude, and sin in many other ways.  I am not at the mercy of my own weakness.  The Lord is a strong tower and He will enable me to deal with my own weaknesses every day.  I need to spend time with Jesus.  Time with Christ is a habit that will strengthen me to face real life.

04/29               1 Corinthians 10:31
Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.

I belong to the Lord.  Jesus is my master.  He is in charge of everything.  All that I say and do should come under His authority.  The problem is that I think I can do some things and then in the flesh bull my way through a situation.  When I thoroughly mess up the situation only then do I call for help.  It would have been much better if I had sought help and guidance first.  Jesus is Lord.


04/30               Galatians 5:22-23
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

I have to remind myself that the fruit of the Spirit is singular.  It isn’t a pick and choose what I like best it is an all in one mindset.  When Jesus is in control I respond with the fruit of the spirit.  This is the evidence of His control not the individual aspects of my own spiritual maturity.

March 2005

3/1     Mark 8:35
If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.

People are important to Jesus.  When we make people important in our lives we are following in the footsteps of Christ.  Jesus loves people most of all.


3/2     Mark 10:45
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus is our example for living.  If we will pattern our lives after Christ we will find ourselves becoming more Christ like.  The Lord has called us to be His hands and feet.


3/3               Matthew 27:64
So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he came back to life! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”

The world is always trying to control God.  People waste time and their life trying to do things that will short circuit the Lord’s work in the world.  Jesus is in control.  He has a plan.  What people do will not stop the Lord’s plan nor will it cause Jesus to jump to a plan b.


3/4              Mark 10:17
As he was starting out on a trip, a man came running up to Jesus, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?”

Jesus wants you.  He doesn’t want your best effort, significant skills, or wealth, He wants you.  His gift is salvation by His grace and our belief.  When we accept the gift of salvation and believe that Jesus has saved us we are saved.  Salvation is a remarkable gift.


3/5               Mark 10:29-31
And Jesus replied, “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return, a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property – with persecutions. And in the world to come they will have eternal life.  But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then.

Jesus measures value differently than the world.  Every person we meet has value and worth to Jesus.  It is their choice as to whether they claim their value.  It is our responsibility to treat them as valuable.


3/6               Mark 6:14
Herod Antipas, the king, soon heard about Jesus, because people everywhere were talking about him. Some were saying, “This must be John the Baptist come back to life again. That is why he can do such miracles.”

The world never recognizes Jesus.  Once we become a child of God we know Jesus.  The Lord resides in our heart, equips us to live a spiritual life and have fellowship with the Father.  Jesus frees us from the chaos and tribulation of this world.  He guides us as we grow in Christ likeness.  When we know Jesus it is first hand knowledge.


3/7               Mark 16:8
The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk. Then they reported all these instructions briefly to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life.

We have new life in Jesus Christ.  We have a new heart and a new destination.  We are part of the family of God and have an important ministry to perform.  We are loved and valuable.


3/8               Luke 4:4
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life.’ ”

Jesus brings life.  When he comes into our heart and saves us one of the things Jesus does is give us life.  We are able to have fellowship with the Father and a friendship with Jesus.  He guides us step by step so that we can have an abundant life and equips us for eternal life.  Jesus will never leave us.


3/9               Luke 6:9
Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Is it legal to do good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing harm? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

Our Father loves us.  Jesus came that we might have a relationship with the Father, real life now and eternal life in Christ.  This is a significant change of anything ever imagined by man.  Our relationship is dependant on Jesus and not us.  What a wonderful gift salvation is.


3/10   Luke 7:22
Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard – the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.

John said that when we ask Christ into our hearts we know it.  Jesus ministers his love to us.  He changes the way we think and live.  I am saved and I know it.  The Lord gives me His promise, His protection and His presence as I live my life with Him day by day.


3/11   Luke 8:14
The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.

Jesus is in control of the world.  I get into trouble when I take my eyes off of Jesus and look at my own situation as unique or beyond His reach.  We belong to the Lord and our circumstances are not out of His reach or sight.


3/12   Luke 8:55
And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

Jesus is involved in each one of our lives.  His presence brings life to what might otherwise be a hopeless situation.  The Lord will not forsake you nor will He fail you.  Look to Jesus for real life.


3/13   Luke 9:7
When reports of Jesus’ miracles reached Herod Antipas, he was worried and puzzled because some were saying, “This is John the Baptist come back to life again.”

A relationship with Jesus is a first-hand relationship.  His presence and power are available to me when I ask Him into my life.  I am responsible for my choices.  I am the only one who can choose Jesus for my life.  When I choose Jesus I will know Jesus.


3/14   1 Timothy 1:14
Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus.

Our emotions try to run away with us.  We can claim Christ as the ruler of our emotions.  When the world pours heartache and pain on us ask the Lord to cleanse you of those emotions of failure and ruin and fill you with the faith and love that comes from the presence of Christ.


3/15   Luke 14:26
“If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

Discipleship requires me to give my heart and my life to Jesus.  He is first and foremost in my life.  When Jesus is first all of my relationships will be in proper perspective.  People count with Jesus.


3/16   Luke 15:22-24
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet.  And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Real forgiveness forgives and forgets.  People count with the Lord and when the Lord is first in my life people will count with me.  The amazing thing about forgiveness is that when I forgive I am the primary beneficiary of that forgiveness.  My heart is right with the Lord and my life is balanced and in the proper relationship with the person I forgave.  When I forgive others it blesses me.


3/17   Luke 15:32
We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'”

Jesus loves me.  When I accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of my life there was joy in heaven.  When I share what Christ has done for me and a person accepts Jesus as Lord there is joy in my heart and a great celebration in heaven.  When a lost child comes home the Father rejoices.


3/18   Luke 17:33
Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it.

We are made to give.  When we learn to give our life to Jesus we are blessed with eternal life and an abundant life right now.  When we learn to give our resources, money, and time, to the work of the kingdom we are blessed beyond our ability to comprehend.  When we give is when we are most like Jesus.


3/19   Luke 18:18
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?”

Christ brings eternal life to us.  It is a gift from God.  And in addition to eternal life Jesus equips us to have real life right now.  The Lord is a part of everything we do when we are His child.


3/20   Luke 18:29-30
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you, everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, as well as receiving eternal life in the world to come.”

All around us we see the masquerade of life.  So many things claiming to equip us for living, giving us joy, helping us to understand and on and on and yet they cannot give life.  The only one who can give us life is the one who made us.  Jesus is Lord and gives us life.


3/21   Luke 20:36
And they will never die again. In these respects they are like angels. They are children of God raised up to new life.

In Christ we have new life.  This life is not cancelled by our circumstances and is not overrun by trouble or tribulation.  Life in Christ equips us for living here and accomplishing God’s plan for our life.


3/22   Luke 21:34
“Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,

I am called to be ready.  I don’t know the day or the hour that I will be required to give an account of my ministry or life.  Every day I am charged with the responsibility to prepare.  The only way I can properly prepare is to make Jesus first.  Christ is the answer and way.


3/23   John 4:36
The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!

We are partners with Christ in sharing the Gospel.  I am called to speak.  I am called to live a Christ-like life.  I am not responsible for what others do but I am responsible for me.  I am responsible to Jesus to make sure that everyone I know hears the Gospel.  Jesus is Lord.


3/24   John 5:24
“I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

Salvation is now.  It applies to my life, my experience from this moment on until forever.  Salvation is life and this life gives me an opportunity to get to know Jesus and the Father.  In Christ we have life.


3/25   John 5:26
The Father has life in himself, and he has granted his Son to have life in himself.

I was dead in my trespasses and sin and Jesus saved me.  He gave me life.  Jesus has made me whole.  Now I can do what I was created to do-serve the Lord.  Each one of us is responsible where we are to be about the Lord’s business.  God’s business is giving new life to people who are dead in their trespasses and sin.  In the Lord’s work, people count most of all.


3/26   John 5:28-29
Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to judgment.

God has a plan.  It includes you.  But, it is your choice.  We are given the opportunity to choose the Lord.  He will not force us.  The choice is yours.  Choose Jesus.


3/27   John 5:39
“You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

We cannot know God unless we know Jesus.  Jesus is the way to the Father.  By His own words, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Christ.  Any other way to the Lord is simply man trying to control God.


3/28   John 5:40
Yet you refuse to come to me so that I can give you this eternal life.

Man is dead in his trespasses and sin.  Man wants to do things his way.  Man is not willing to recognize his limitations.  Lost people always think that things will happen some way that will favor them.  The reason for this is the deceit of the evil one.  The only way to the Father is through Jesus.


3/29   John 6:27
But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose.”

Real life is found in service to others.  We will discover as we serve that the Lord is constantly equipping and providing.  Today we live in a consumer society.  Everything that is important is passing away.  Jesus never leaves us and eternal life is eternal.  Seek the Lord and serve Him as you grow in Christ.


3/30   Mark 7:20
And then he added, “It is the thought-life that defiles you.

The real battle for maturity in Christ takes place in our minds.  We must discipline ourselves to read the Bible, hide the words in our hearts and permit Jesus to use those very words to teach us as we go.  Each one of us has a ministry skill.  There is no junk in the Family of God.  It is important that you discover your ministry and be about the Lord’s business.


3/31   Luke 12:25
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not!

Worry robs us of life.  The future cannot hurt us.  Jesus is with us.  As we live our lives we are given the privilege of trusting our lives moment by moment to the Lord.  He will not fail us.  He knows what is going on in our lives.  He will give us the courage and strength to face the future when it arrives.  Do not fear, the Lord is with us.