Today's Good News

December 1999

December 1 John 1: 1-5
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. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You exist because God made you. The creative Christ was at work before the foundations of the world exercising His sovereignty by creating you. You are a work of the master. Your life is of great value to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. You are not alone. You do not have to stumble through the darkness of life. Jesus offers you the light you need for a meaningful, abundant life. Choose Christ.

December 2 John 1:10-13
But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all, who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our spiritual rebirth comes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a new birth from within. We are given a new heart that changes the way we act. It also puts us in the Family of God. We are now His children and as such are under his constant care. God cares for you.

December 3 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.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is one of a kind. In Christ we see God. Jesus acts like the Father. Jesus did what the Father instructed Him to do. When we pattern our lives after Jesus, we will act like God acts.

December 4 John 1:16-17
We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us—one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Moses delivered cold stone tablets, the law. Fully human, fully divine, Christ was the fulfillment of the law in the flesh. The presence and nature of God was revealed in the humanity of Jesus. His divine love was expressed in the divinity of Jesus. Christ is God’s everything.

December 5 John 1:18
No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who himself is God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Christ, we could see and touch the Father. No one else could do this for us. The hidden is revealed. No longer do myths or fables bind us, but now we can see God as He is. Jesus is Lord.

December 6 Hebrews 1:1-2
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God has spoken to us through Christ. No longer does He use visions, prophecies, dreams or other means. He reveals Himself in Jesus and speaks to us through the risen Lord Jesus Christ. God loves you. He died for you. He lives for you. You are safe in His care. He will not forget you.

December 7 Hebrews 1:3
The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is God. That is why folks get upset when we talk about the Christ. He is the God who spoke in the Old Testament. He is the God who instituted the Church, which is His bride. Jesus is the full revelation of God. He is the only way to the Father. Christ is the complete expression of God in human form.

December 8 Colossians 1: 15-17
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ is the glue that makes it all work. Those that ignore Him benefit from Him. Those that serve Him benefit because of Him. Then, one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord of all. Praise the Lord.

December 9 John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one can come to the Father except through Me.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The eternal has offered direction to the creation. This is not a cafeteria type question with a multitude of options. It is a serious, significant directive offered to you and me by the Creator. Are we interested?

December 10 Deuteronomy 18:15
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like [Moses] from among you, and you must listen to that prophet. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus Christ came to earth as a part of the eternal plan of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus has always been the way that the Lord God planned to provide for you and me. Maybe sometimes we forget that the Lord has always known who we are and where we will be. This is Mike Clay reminding you that Jesus loves you.

December 11 Isaiah 7:14
All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and call him name “Immanuel”—”God is with us.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A virgin named Mary conceived and bore a son, Immanuel, the Christ. Isaiah foretold his coming. He came.

December 12 Galatians 4:4-5
But when the right time came, God sent his son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We have all the rights of a biological child in the family of God. We share with Jesus all of the resources made available by the Father to His children. You can ask the Father for anything you need and be confident that He will hear and He will provide.

December 13 Matthew 2:3-6
Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” he asked them.
“In Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you, who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Bethlehem Christ came as one with no power and yet He had all the power of God. He willingly surrendered the visible to the invisible. We have the same access to the Father. We can have all the power we need for daily living. Don’t be mislead by appearances. The things you see are passing away.

December 14 Luke 1:26-28
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!”

The Lord is with you. Live your life so that your light might shine. You have not been forgotten.

December 15 Luke 1:30-33
“Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

December 16 Luke 1:46-49
And Mary responded: “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call be blessed. For he, the Mighty One, is holy and he has done great things for me.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is a champion of the poor, the despised and the oppressed. The Father is concerned about the plight of the down and out. He charges us to care for those that are in need. Next time you see a poor person, remember that you are looking at someone that the Lord is thinking about at that very moment.

December 17 Matthew 1:18-21
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. Joseph, her fiance’, being a just man, decided to break off the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. 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. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What would your response have been? Right. Faith believes that God is active in our lives. We have a Father that cares for our best good. We have a sovereign that is not surprised at any event that happens in our lives. He knows the depth of our sin and has forgiven all of it. Our response should be, yes Lord I believe, help my unbelief.

December 18 Luke 1:68-70
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Before a watching world the promises of God came to life. He did it then and He will do it now. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it will be opened unto you.

December 19 Luke 1:76-79
And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God chooses to work through frail humans. Never underestimate what God can do. He made us and He can work through us. Be about the Father’s work.

December 20 Luke 2:1-5
NOW in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The pagan world thinks it is in charge. God’s activity is always in charge. When you become a part of the family of God, you become a part of God’s activity in the world. He knows what you can and cannot do. God will use you.

December 21 Luke2:1-7
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 the census. 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 fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

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.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God stepped into our world like the poorest among us. He lived a perfect life and died for us so that we would no longer be poor. In Christ we are rich. In Christ we are victorious. Have a joyous time celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ brings courage to fearful lives. We can trust Him and put our complete dependence upon Him

December 22 Luke 2:8-11
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside of the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to 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!” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Too often we think of happiness as an emotion. Emotions are easily changed. The coming of the Messiah assures our happiness. It is no longer an emotion. In Christ our happiness is a guarantee. You can bet your life on it.

December 23 Luke 2:11-14
“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!” 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.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Peace is here. Christ is our peace. When we go to others, we are emissaries of peace. Be a peacemaker. When you serve Christ you will be.

December 24 Luke 2:16-19
The shepherds ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a manger. Then the shepherd told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We serve an astonishing God. The Lord has annointed us to serve Him. He didn’t choose angels, or super-humans, He choose us. Just so that we would know we could do it, He came in the form of a human. He came as a commoner in a family of common folk. He demonstrated the power of God by His daily surrender. He lived a perfect life by using the same resources that we have available to us. We matter to God. His plan to use us to share the Gospel doesn’t have a backup plan.

December 25 Isaiah 9:6
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! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

He is our hope. He delivers us from darkness to light. No longer slaves to sin, we are free in Christ. Jesus is God’s everything.

December 26 Luke 2:28-32
Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God, saying: ” Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel.”   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Can you see what I see? Christ is born, crucified and risen. He is alive. His life changes my life. No longer enslaved to sin. Now I am free to be what He created me to be. Bless the name of the Lord.

December 27 Isaiah 11: 1-5
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new branch bearing the fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. He will be clothed with fairness and truth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We cry for justice but do we give it? We want our needs met but are we concerned about meeting the needs of the poor and exploited? Jesus meets needs. When we come to Christ we learn to care for others. Growing in Christ-likeness results in being concerned about the needs of those around us. God loves people most of all.

December 28 Matthew 11:28

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you loaded down with sin? Is depression or oppression taking over your life? Jesus forgives sin. Jesus frees us from bondage. Start where you are. Ask Christ to make you whole. The journey begins and lasts for an eternity. You will never be an outsider again.

December 29 John 16:33
(Jesus said), “I have told you all of this so that you might have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You will face many problems but never alone. You will lose many battles but the war is already won. Jesus brings victory to every life. Jesus makes each one of us count.

December 30 Matthew 24:4-6, 13-14
Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Messiah.” They will lead many astray. And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately…. Those who endure to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is coming back. If you are here when He does He will not forget you. Put away your worry, you can trust the Lord.

December 31 Matthew 24: 45-47
Who is a faithful, sensible servant, to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family? If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News. Take care of the Lord’s people. Do the work that Christ has assigned you. None of us know what Y2K will do. But, we know what God can do.

November 1999

11/1/99      Psalm 28:1
O Lord, you are my rock of safety. Please help me; don’t refuse to answer me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord wants to be part of everything that we do. When God is missing from the activities of our lives, death reigns. When the Lord is present the result is life. Without the Lord, our life is worthless.

11/2/99      Psalm 30:1
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You need help. Fate, hate, attacks from the evil one, poor childhood, mistakes, foolishness, carelessness, and many more enemies are swirling around you. There are enemies without number each seeking to sidetrack our life. The Lord rescues us from our enemies. He equips us to live life abundantly. Call upon the name of the Jesus.

11/3/99      Psalm 31:1
O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be put to shame. Rescue me, for you always do what is right. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is righteous and loving and always wants to deliver His children. He is a loving Father that is without compare. Every time we fall into trouble, even when it is our own fault for the umpteenth time, the Lord will rescue us.

11/4/99      Psalm 32:1-2
Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Forgiveness is a part of God’s nature. When we forgive others we are acting like God. In Christ we have forgiveness for our sin yesterday, today and forever. The Lord knows us completely and seeks to bring us close to Him with His forgiveness.

11/5/99      Psalm 33:4-5
For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We have a trustworthy, truthful, unchangeable God. He is never caught by surprise. All that He does is right. Do you have problems? The Lord solves problems. Go to Him, ask His help, listen for His reply and wait. God is good, all the time.

11/6/99      Psalm 34: 4-5
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Word of God contains more than 7,000 promises for His children. Many of those promises are blessings. Most of those blessings require our active participation. Active participation includes our believing what the Lord has said and acting in confidence upon His revealed truth. Confidence destroys fear.

11/7/99      Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Doing right is a choice. We who are alive in Christ are equipped to make right choices. Do not let Satan convince you that you aren’t strong enough, smart enough or loved enough to do the right thing. When we do the right thing the Lord is at our side. Walk in the light.

11/8/99         Psalm 35: 9-10
Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me. I will praise him from the bottom of my heart: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the weak and helpless from the strong? Who else protects the poor and needy from those who want to rob them? Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our attitude is our choice. Will I believe the Lord and rejoice in His provision? When we face impossible situations and monumental problems, it is always our option to rejoice. The Lord will deliver, on time, in the right way. What a Savior, what a Lord, rejoice!

11/09/99     Psalm 36: 7-9
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus said that He would give us living water. This living water enables life in the midst of catastrophe. We are not limited by our life but protected by God’s love. Our lives are grand exhibitions of the intervention of the Lord and His forgiveness of our sin. Praise God that we now have light to live by.

11/10/99     Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God wants us to trust Him. He does not force His will upon us. We choose to spend time with the Lord. When we get to know Him better, we learn the richness of His love. We experience the joy of coming into His presence. There is wonderful blessing when we come knowledgeably into the presence of the Father.

11/11/99     Psalm 37: 18-19
Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that lasts forever. They will survive through hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A relationship with the Lord is a moment by moment journey. It takes our time to develop this relationship. When hard times come, those moments we have invested will payoff with the power to stand in the hour of desperation. You will survive because you are a child of God and know Him and the power of His resurrection.

11/12/99     Psalm 39: 6-7
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, O Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

People spend a lot of time developing their security in a life that will last only a short while. If you are wise, you will invest time in your eternal destination. Get to know the Lord. Let Him have your time and interest. Your life will be over too soon.

11/13/99     Psalm 40: 1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus Christ offers salvation from death to life for each one of us. There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved. Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the only source for life. When you believe that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to forgive your sin and come into your heart and save you, He will. You will have life. You will have peace with God.

11/14/99     Psalm 42:8
Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When I walk with the Lord I am constantly thinking about Him. Lord, I praise you for your wonderful gifts to me. Thank you for helping me to live my life in the right way. As I develop this Godward focus in my heart each day, at night my heart will burst forth in song. In the midst of despair, the Lord was there. When trouble came or heartache raged the Father reigned. He never left me alone. He was with me in victory and defeat. Oh the joy of the Father’s love. Sing His song oh heart of joy.

11/15/99     Psalm 43:5
Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my savior and my God! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In this life, discouragement and sadness are always waiting to pounce upon us. The Lord equips us to survive in the face of these insurmountable obstacles. There is joy with the Lord.

11/16/99     Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Even if the world ends you are safe with the Lord. You are not alone and your life belongs to Him. Be comforted by His promise. The Lord is God and there is not other. He loves you and will provide an eternal relationship for you.

11/17/99     Psalm 46:11
The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is a battle. We need the Lord. He is able to save us in the face of the daily battle that we face. Life is not for the wicked, for they will perish in their trespasses and sins. The victory has been won. In Jesus we are His and He is ours.

11/18/99     Psalm 49:15
But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of death.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

By faith we are saved. The power of God saves us. It is His free gift to us. Not by works or might but by the blessed salvation bought by His life. The blood of Christ paid the price.

11/19/99     Psalm 50:15
Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is trustworthy. It is His nature. We can live our lives knowing that He cares for us. He loves us with a deep and abiding concern for our daily well being. The Lord is good, all the time.

11/20/99     Psalm 50:23
Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Gratitude is an attitude that we can cultivate. The Lord encourages us to see His activity in our lives and to express our gratitude in word and deed. How we see our selves and God’s plan for our lives is important. You are valuable and God’s plan for your life is a worthy plan. Be encouraged. Bless the Lord and thank Him for all that He does for you.

11/21/99     Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Father, cleanse us from our selfish hearts. Help us to know the right way to go and walk therein. Encourage us to read your Word and be obedient in our daily lives. And Father when we forget this or don’t live this way, remember whose we are and gently discipline us so that we will return to your presence.

11/22/99      Psalm 55: 17-19
Morning, noon and night I plead aloud in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He rescues me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, even though many still oppose me. God, who is king forever, will hear me and will humble them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our enemies are of our own creation. They are our sin, our bad habits, our lack of gratitude and a host of other things that we have permitted to stand against us because we are such great sinners. All we can do when our enemies attack us is cry out to the Lord and He will save us.

11/23/99     Psalm 56: 3-4
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

People can inflict bodily harm against us. They can even kill us. But they cannot harm our souls or our future. We belong to the Lord. We are his and He is ours. We will never be separated from Him. Therefore you should fear God who controls this life and the life to come.

11/24/99     Psalm 57:1
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is sometimes like a violent storm. It catches us off guard and by surprise. All we can do is hang on. But as we hang on in survival mode, the Father is busily at work protecting us. When the storm rages, rest under the protective presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will survive.

11/25/99     Psalm 58:11
There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Paul tells us that one day every knee shall bow and every person will confess Jesus as Lord. There is a day of accountability. All the things that are wrong will be set right. Justice will prevail. Every one of God’s children will be brought into His presence. Each one of them will be blessed. We serve a mighty God. Thank God for His blessings.

11/26/99     Psalm 61: 1-3
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life can be distressing. Sometimes we find ourselves in places far from home and trouble strikes. God is not limited by geography. He is where we are. Do not despair. The Father will not forget you or where you are. He will always be there to meet your needs. Rejoice we serve a mighty God.

11/27/99     Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When you trust God, it changes your outlook on life. Defeat is never final. Failure is just another step in life for victory is just ahead. The Lord is on your side. He will provide the help that you need.

11/28/99     Psalm 63:7-8
I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God promises to give us strength in our time of testing. He does not say that He will eliminate challenges or problems. We live our life with the sure knowledge that the key to our success is in knowing the Lord. Life is a succession of ups and downs. Balance is achieved by growth in our relationship with the Lord. This requires my time and attention to the things of God. Daily Bible reading, a quiet time and diligence in applying God’s Words to my life are required.

11/29/99     Psalm 64: 10
The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do the next right thing. When we commit to this kind of lifestyle, the Lord will be honored and praised.

11/30/99     Psalm 66: 8-9
Let the whole world bless our God and sing aloud his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is proud of you. He created you for fellowship with Him. All that you are and can be are a wonderful gift from the Lord. Seize the day. Serve the Lord. Rejoice and be blessed.

October 1999

10/1/99 Psalm 19:1-2
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I am a sinner saved by grace. Jesus forgave me of my sin, and saved me. Salvation enabled me to see the wondrous glories of God in our world. Once I was ignorant and dead in my trespasses and sin but now praise God I can see. In Christ we everything we need as a child of God.

10/2/99 Romans 1: 20
From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky and all that God has made. They can see clearly his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Pride separates man from God. Self is in the way. Only when a person humbly acknowledges that God is different and that he/she is a sinner, only then can one receive new life in Christ. All have sinned. Renouncing one’s sin and asking for forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ is the way of reconciliation to the Father.

10/3/99 Acts 17:24-25
He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You do not think the way God thinks. When you respond to problems, ask the Lord if you are responding correctly. God will give you the wisdom, mercy, and grace to deal with the real life issues you face every day. Ask the Lord. He will help you.

10/4/99 Acts 17: 26- 27
From one man God created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he has determined their boundaries. His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you too busy for time with God? Get ready because it is going to be a really surprising day. Time with God prepares us for the unknown. Time with God reminds us that He is near. When we spend time with God we are outfitted for the spiritual war each one of us battle. Time with God is time well spent.

10/5/99 Acts 17: 30-31
God overlooked people’s former ignorance about these things, but now he commands everyone everywhere to turn from idols and turn to him. For he has set a day to judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus loves you. He died that your sin might be forgiven. He defeated death and the grave and is alive today. Jesus loves you but you have to choose to accept that love. Trust Jesus today. Ask Christ to forgive you of your sin and come into your heart today.

10/6/99 John 4:24 (Simplicity)
God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A person must be alive in Christ to worship the Lord. When we come to the Lord we are charged with the responsibility to believe that God is there. He is there.

10/7/99 Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel, The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is unique. He is Lord of all and creator of everything. Man forgets that his claim of importance and wisdom is sin. In Christ we find our value for in Christ we become family. Before all things existed, God was. This same loving creator God made you and wants to have a relationship with you. He stepped into this world and paid the price for the forgiveness of your sin. God loves you.

10/8/99 1 Kings 8: 27
But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is here with us. He resides in our hearts. He wants to have fellowship with us and be a part of all we do. Without Him all things would cease to exist. With Him in our lives we can do the things that are necessary for us to have an abundant life. In Christ the solid rock we stand.

10/09/99 Psalm 90: 1-2
Lord, through all generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were created. Before you made the earth and the world, You are God, without beginning or end.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is our refuge. We may trust in money, position, career, or a noble cause. They are not secure they are passing away. Only the Lord can provide the security that we are looking for. When our supports get shaky, we can trust the Lord. When life gets tough and things get bad, we can go to Jesus for encouragement, direction and security.    He is Lord of all.

10/10/99 James 1:17
Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is perfect. He is not selfish or stingy. When we come to God we come to a Father who understands us and knows our needs. The Lord does not make us grovel or beg to get what we need. He invites us into His presence as dear children and encourages us to spend time with Him.

10/11/99 Psalm 139:7-12
(Lord), I can never escape from you spirit! I can never get away from your presence. If I go to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Have you wandered away from the Lord? Has your heart grown cold? Have you forgotten how to talk about the Lord or is your witness nonexistent? Do not fear for God has not lost you. He knows exactly where you are and is waiting for you to wake up and call upon Him. He can fix the problems that you are letting destroy you. Seek the Lord and He will be found.

10/12/99 Ephesians 1:11
Because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Is your life chaotic? Does everything seem to be loosed from their moorings? Rest in this truth, Jesus is Lord. God is in control. He has not made a mistake in forgiving you and making you His child. When you become a child of God you are within the purpose of God and nothing can take you away from God.

10/13/99 Matthew 10:29-31
Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Failures and fears will not separate you from God. Your journey may be much different and more difficult than you thought it would be but nothing surprises Jesus. The Father accepted you knowing all about you including the future. God’s love will not cease nor will the Holy Spirit be removed from your heart. You are His forever. PERIOD.

10/14/99 Matthew 19: 25-26
The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is a simple and direct Biblical injunction. If a person will a ask Jesus into their heart they will be in the Family of God. Nothing else works. Only Jesus.

10/15/99 Deuteronomy 32:3-4
I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God. He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The glory of God is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, and justice. God reveals Himself in His love. We are each a great sinner and yet the God loves us. The Lord is a glorious, wonderful and mighty God. He is constantly seeking to benefit His creation. Glory to God in the highest.

10/16/99 1 John 4:8-10
Anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his own Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Real love is holy, and giving. Love thinks of others first. He places His children first. His concern is for our safety, peace and joy. We are never out of His thoughts. Our lives are never beyond His control. Nothing that happens in our lives surprises Him and yet still He loves you and me. God is love.

10/17/99 Psalm 33:4
For the word of the LORD holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God does not lie. He does not change. He knows all things. We can trust the Word of God because it comes from a trustworthy Lord.

10/18/99 Isaiah 40:13-15
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best? No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s provision sustains the universe. The Lord’s presence saves us in our time of need. He is never far when we are in trouble. God is good, all the time.

10/19/99 1 John 1:5
This is the message he has given us to announce unto you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is the only one that can guide us out of the darkness of sin. He is holy, and true. In the darkness, good and evil co-exist. In the light of the Lord, we can distinguish good from evil. We choose the Lord. We choose by His power to set aside sinful things in our lives. In Christ we have life.

10/20/99 Exodus 3:13-14
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they won’t believe me. They will ask, ‘Which god are you talking about? What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
God replied, “I AM WHO I AM. Just tell them ‘I AM’ has sent you.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is eternal, all-powerful and unchanging. In our world values, morals and laws are always changing. God never changes. When we turn to the great I AM we find stability and security. The Lord always knows who you are, what you need and when you need it.

10/21/99 Psalm 57:2-3
I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to save me, rescuing me from those who are out to get me.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Christ we have direct access to the Father. He hears us because we belong to Him. We each take first place in the heart of the Father. Each one of His children is loved as if he/she were the only one. God loves His children.

10/22/99 John 13:15
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them. 17You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What we do matters. God gives us a new heart; but we are responsible for what our hands do, where our feet lead us and for the things we say. Pay attention to what you are doing.

10/23/99 Exodus 31:12-13
The Lord then gave these further instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between you and me forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Sabbath day is a day of refreshment and remembrance. We draw aside from our hectic lifestyles and rejuvenate our bodies. While we rest we are to remember the Lord. God rejoices in our praise and we grow when we recognize the multitude of things that are praise worthy about our Lord and Savior. The Sabbath day enables us to maintain balance in our quickly passing lives.

10/24/99 Genesis 22:13-14
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. Abraham named the place, “The LORD Will Provide.” This name has now become a proverb, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God sent His only Son to die for us. By the death of Christ we were spared from the eternal death we deserve. God’s provision for us is always exactly what we need. The Lord is good, all the time. His goodness is beyond compare. Worthy is the Lamb.

10/25/99 Judges 6:23-24
“It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it “The Lord Is Peace.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord removes strife and chaos from our lives and in its place brings harmony and joy. His presence gives us the power to live our lives with a calm assurance. When we are aware of whose we are we can live a peaceful life where we are. The lost are looking for the peace that Jesus provides.

10/26/99 Isaiah 40:28-29
Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is never too tired to help you. Jesus is never too busy to listen to you. God cares for you and is always available to help you. When the world is pressing in and you cannot take another step, call upon the Lord and He will renew your strength.

10/27/99 Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Sheep are dependent upon the Shepherd. They need guidance, protection and food and the shepherd provides all of these things. We are like sheep. We are easily led astray. We don’t know the way in which we should go. We starve for spiritual nourishment. Christ is our shepherd. He provides the real things that we need to live. In Christ we have all we need.

10/28/99 Psalm 31: 14-15
But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying ,”You Are My God!” My future is in your hands.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God loves and cares for us. All of life’s circumstances are in His hands. When we face numbing experiences we can be confident that God is in control. We can also be confident that the Lord always does the right thing for us.

10/29/99 Daniel 4:34-35
After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He has the power to do as he pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will take care of you. When you go to the Lord and ask Him to do whatever it takes to make you a good child and a strong servant, remember that the Lord will act in your life. Sometimes because of our pride and self-centeredness, the Lord must act more strongly than at other times. What will it take for the Lord to get your attention?

10/30/99 Romans 8: 28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

This is a hard saying when things aren’t going our way. The problem generally is that we don’t see what God is up to. When you cannot see what God is doing you can trust His actions. Be still and know that He is Lord.

10/31/99 Philippians 1:6
And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day that Christ Jesus comes back again.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will not give up on you. He will see you through to the end. As you struggle day by day, you can live with confidence that the Lord is working in you for His good purpose. Be filled with the Spirit and do not sin.

September 1999

9/1/99 Isaiah 43:7
All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are never apart from the Lord. Alive, He is with us. When we die we will be where He is. God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts. Our life is a gift from Him. It is a good gift. Get busy. Live your life.

9/2/99 Isaiah 43:10-11
“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!,” says the Lord, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I am a witness to the risen Lord Jesus. If I know Him and the power of His presence then I will tell others about Him by word and deed. If I am only a pretender, then I won’t have anything to say. Jesus is Lord.

9/3/99 Isaiah 43:13
From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is big. We don’t realize how big. God is and is in control of all things. He does not make mistakes. God is never forgetful. He is not at a distance. God loves you and me. He has a plan for our lives. He is Lord of all.

9/4/99 Isaiah 43:25
I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God forgives sinners. I am a sinner and He has forgiven me fully and completely. Think of the person that has done the worst thing in the world to you. Forgive that person, not because they deserve it but because God has forgiven you. Christ died for you.

9/5/99 John 4:23-24
For the time is coming and is already here when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You can’t work your way to heaven. You heart must be cleansed from unrighteousness. Jesus gives us a new heart. It is the heart transplant that God provides that enables us to worship Him. Think carefully, how is your heart? Forgiving, generous, open, loving or is it the way it has always been?

9/6/99 1 Peter 2:4
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus holds all things together. Without Christ the world would not exist. Are you a bystander in the activity of life? Are you dead in your trespasses and sin? If you do not know Jesus you are a bystander, dead in your trespasses and sin. If you know Jesus, the call is to grow and become like Christ.

9/7/99 I Peter 2:5-6
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. As the Scriptures express it, ” I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You have a responsibility in the Kingdom of God. His church is His chosen tool for ministry in this world. You are a part of His church. He works thru people. Let Him work thru you. He commissions you to be His representative. When you care for others and share about Jesus you are caring the way that Jesus cares.

9/8/99 Hebrews 13: 15-16
With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You are your brother or sister’s keeper. Greed is a sin. When we hoard our wealth we are being greedy and sinning. Open your heart and you will open your pocket book. When you come to Jesus, you learn to care about others. Jesus loves you.

9/9/99 Colossians 1:9-10
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while you will learn how to know God better and better.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What we do comes out of what we are. We are called to make Christ first in our lives. The reason for this is that Christ destroys godless lives. We can fake a godly life for a while but when the winds of change or tribulation strike godless folk act like their father, Satan. Believe in Jesus. He is Lord of all.

9/10/99 I Timothy 2: 1-3
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. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God would that all be saved. Wherever you are what ever you have done, God is calling you to salvation. If you do not know Jesus, you are lost, dead in your trespasses and sin. It doesn’t matter how smart, how rich, how lucky, how handsome, how pretty, or when you think death is coming to you. When you die, if you do not know Jesus, you will spend eternity separated from the Lord. You will live an eternal death. You will be in continuous despair and pain. Choose Jesus while you can.

9/11/99 Psalm 147:11
The Lord’s delight is in those who honor him, those who put their trust in his unfailing love. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We honor the Lord by obeying Him. God’s children seek to know Him and find out what He would have them do. It takes time and energy to trust the Lord. Obedient children bless Him. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me. Help me, Father, to be an obedient child.

9/12/99 1 John 3: 21-22
Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You know when you sin. Go to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. When you ask for forgiveness ask also for the power and wisdom to change. God delights in our obedience and will abundantly give us what we need to live our lives wisely.

9/13/99 1 John 3: 23-24
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The promises of God are a rich resource for our daily life. We can face the unknown confidently with the full assurance that our Father will hear us when we call out to Him. He is concerned about our good. God is on our side.

9/14/99 James 1:5-6
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is here. He is always by our side. Anytime we talk with God, we know that He listens aggressively to our requests. His answers are always forthcoming, always timely, and always adequate. We serve a mighty God who gloriously saves us to live our lives with Him.

9/15/99 Psalm 32: 8-9
The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or a mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God would like to guide us with love and wisdom. If we become His child and live disobedient lives, God will guide us with discipline and punishment. Your choice, obey God.

9/16/99 Proverbs 6: 20-23
Obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning they will advise you. For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Learn from your mistakes. Listen to your parents. Seek wise counsel for all your decisions. Be careful when you question advice. Make sure that your wisdom comes from the Word and not the world.

9/17/99 Joshua 1: 8
Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is not easy. It is filled with many challenges and tribulations. You need godly counsel to survive. God’s Word gives us wisdom, courage and hope. The Word of God is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. With the Lord we will be successful. When we read His Word and think about what He has said we can follow Him.

9/18/99 Joshua 1:9
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We must learn to be who we are. Our gifts and our skills are the exact gifts and skills that the Lord God gave us. We can lead joyous and abundant lives being who we are. The Lord made us. He will not desert us. We are not alone. We are not at the mercy of the world. We were not a mistake. We are loved and valuable. Be blessed because the Lord God Almighty loves you.

9/19/99 Psalm 37: 23
The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is good. Every thought that God has toward you is for your good. Who you are and what you do is more important to Jesus than it is to you. You can trust the Lord Jesus. He will provide the resources you need for living your life. Remember that He gave His life for you. He loves you that much.

9/20/99 Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your path.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Read the Word of God. Does your decision square with God’s Word? Seek council from those around you that are wise. Is the course you are taking wise? Spend time with the Lord in prayer and seek His council. Does the Lord speak to the issue? In all of these ways and more the Father seeks to give us wisdom to live our lives. Trust in the Lord. Be wise.

9/21/99 Proverbs 3:11-12
Don’t ignore it when the LORD disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Why are you in trouble this time? Have you ignored a direct command from the Lord? His Word is a command to us for righteous and godly living. When you disobey your Father’s directives, He will discipline you. Straighten up. Quit whining. Thank God that He cares for you. Be obedient.

9/22/99 Isaiah 47:17-18
The LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We go our own way so easily. Watch how you are living your life. Immediate repentance is our response when we find ourselves against God. If you are not where you you should be, ask the Lord to forgive you of your sin, turn from your wicked ways and follow Him.

9/23/99 Isaiah 58:11
The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is trustworthy. He never wavers. He is never caught off-guard. He is interested in my life. His eye is upon me. He is intimately involved in all the events of my life. God cares for me.

9/24/99 1 Peter 2: 2-3
You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Growth is our option. Too many Christians never grow and constantly whine about their failures. God’s Word helps us to grow. It points out the right path for us to walk. Time with Jesus enables us to change. Growth requires change. If we fail to focus on the Word and Christ we will not grow. If you find yourself immature in your faith, confess your failure and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to help you read the Word with interest and understanding. Then you will grow.

9/25/99 II Timothy 2: 19
God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Those who claim to belong to the Lord must turn away from all wickedness.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

False teachers are always with us. It is not our responsibility to prove they are wrong. We are called to follow Jesus. God’s truth does not change. Jesus is God’s truth. He does not change. He will not leave us. Follow Him.

9/26/99 II Timothy 2:20-21
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Allow God to use you. He has a good plan for your life. God’s use is the best use of our lives. Let God have His way with you. Be about His service and you will find the best use of your life. Joy and peace will be the result of surrendering your plans to Him.

9/27/99 II Timothy 2: 22
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A wise person knows they cannot stand in the face of temptation. They run from it into the loving arms of the Father. The guaranteed path of failure is to constantly challenge those things in our life that have proven to be a weakness. God calls us from stupidity to wisdom. Run when you face repeated temptation in your life.

9/28/99 Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will provide what we need to grow. We sacrifice our time to be with the Lord. It is time with the Lord that enables us to grow. Our life must be carefully controlled to include daily time with the Lord. When we cultivate a relationship with Jesus, He will speak to the needs of our life and encourage our hearts. Christ likeness is the result of a life focused on Christ.

9/29/99 Psalm 86: 11
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When we face great trials and tribulations we learn the process of yearning for the Lord. It begins on our knees, when we cry out for help. Trouble can be a wonderful blessing. It can outfit us for growing in Christ. Or, it can cause us to be angry with the Lord. Each one of us must make a choice when trouble comes, the Lord’s way or our way.

9/30/99 Psalm 89.1-2
I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is faithful. He is faithful to you from this moment throughout eternity. His promises will come true. His eye is on you and He is thinking about you this very moment. He loves you and will never leave you.

August 1999

8/1/99 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. God manifests the Spirit through each person for the good of the entire church.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ is all and in all. In Christ we find our access, unity, gifts and relationship to the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the one. In him we become one. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. You will experience growth, encouragement, renewal and forgiveness. When we go to Jesus, we often find that the problems we are facing with others is caused by sin in our lives.

8/2/99 Romans 11: 29
God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God uses broken people. When we find ourselves on our knees before the Lord, we are in the proper position for the Father to call us for service. Until we experience brokenness we will not be able to get beyond our pride and self-sufficiency.

8/3/99 1 Corinthians 12:11
It is the same and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I must always be what God created me to be. If I refuse to celebrate the gifts God gives me I will always see myself as unworthy and falling short. My gifts are the gifts for which the Lord holds me responsible. God loves me and the gifts He gave me were the ones He wanted me to have.

8/4/99 1 Corinthians 12: 27
Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The ground at the Cross-is level. Each one of us is loved of God. Our gifts are not indicators of God’s love for us. Our gifts are marching orders for service. Christ is the proof of God’s love. Exercising my gifts is proof of my love for God.

8/5/99 Ephesians 4: 15-16
We will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are works in progress. We strive mightily in full knowledge that we are engaged in spiritual warfare. Our strength is our faith not our accomplishments. All that we do we do as unto the Lord. When we fail we proceed rapidly into the presence of the Lord. He forgives and heals and sends us forth to serve. God uses broken vessels. When we find ourselves broken, get ready for service is at hand.

8/6/99 1 Corinthians 12: 24-26
So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God loves people most of all. When the focus of our heart is Jesus, God will be glorified and people will be loved.

8/7/99 Ephesians 4: 11-13
(Christ) is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our model for service is Jesus. We measure ourselves by Him. As we serve the Lord, we do not look to the left or right. Our eyes are upon the Living Lord and we are constantly seeking direction from Him. The bride of Christ is the church. Jesus loves the church. When we serve Jesus we will be active in the church and love it like Jesus does.

8/8/99 Romans 12:1
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Serving God is a daily event. We cannot rest today based on yesterday’s work. It is important for us to understand and remember that a relationship with the Living Lord Jesus is a now relationship. We can be obedience because we love Jesus. Sacrifice is what we do to serve the Lord. Not my will Father but your will.

8/9/99 Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s plan for my life is good. He wants the best for me. If I will put the Lord first, he will make the things I do a blessing to those I serve and to me. If I can maintain my focus on Jesus, and willingly set aside sin in my life, the result will be a life lived that will be a great blessing for me in my older years. The Lord builds a no regrets life. No regrets today, no regrets tomorrow and no regrets in eternity.

8/10/99 Romans 12:3-6
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has a different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our identity is in Christ. Changing the way we respond to worldly values is more than not touching and not tasting. It is a change in our hearts. We no longer want the forbidden things of this world. This is impossible to do unless a Christian is willing to make Christ the focus of his or her life. Jesus is all and in all. When He has all of us, we have all of Him.

8/11/99 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.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do what you can. Be who you are. Don’t evaluate yourself in light of the things you can’t do. Tithe what you have. Pray about what is affecting you. Forgive those who hurt you. Love those you are with.

8/12/99 1 Corinthians 12:29-31
Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? Does everyone have the gift of healing? Or course not. Does God give to all of us the ability to speak in tongues? Can everyone interpret tongues? No! And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Use what you have to help others. Don’t wait until tomorrow or until you get more. Use what you have. Do what you can. Be about the Lord’s business now.

8/13/99 Matthew 6: 31-33
Don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Have you ever worried about those dead in their trespasses and sin? Are you concerned about your son or daughter? Does your mate know Jesus? Worry about eternal things if you must worry. God will take care of you.

8/14/99 Matthew 7:13-14
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What road are you on? Is Jesus Lord and Savior in your life? If you aren’t sure you are on the broad road. You are headed to hell. Better turn at the nearest intersection. Ask Christ right now to forgive you of your sin and be Lord of your life.

8/15/99 John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The way to the Father through Christ is wide enough for the whole world. This way creator is in charge. Not my way but His way, Christ is the only way.

8/16/99 Hebrews 3: 16-19
And who were those people who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Weren’t they the ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he vowed that they would never enter his place of rest? He was speaking to those who disobeyed him. So we see that they were not allowed to enter his rest because of their unbelief.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

If I trust God, I will change my life. This is simple to understand and easy to implement. Note that this is not a statement of finality but a declaration of a journey. My life in Christ is a life that is constantly being changed into the likeness of the living Lord Jesus.

8/17/99 Hebrews 4:1-3
God’s promise of entering his place of rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to get there. For this Good News— that God has prepared a place of rest— has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t believe what God told them. For only we who believe can enter his place of rest.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The heart is the place of change. First I must accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. Then, with a new heart I can begin to work under His direction changing the way I am and the things I do. When I come to Him and believe that He has given me a new heart then it will be possible for me to begin new life in Christ.

8/18/99 Hebrews 4: 6-7
So God’s rest is there for people to enter. But those who formerly heard the Good News failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his place of rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David a long time later in the words already quoted: “Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When we hear God speaking to us is the time to respond to the offer of salvation. We are not promised tomorrow only today. When your heart is warmed and you soul is yearning, that is the time to respond to Jesus.

8/19/99 Matthew 11: 28-30
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus loves you. He will provide peace for your life. By faith you can find the comfort that you are looking for. You are not alone, nor are you at the mercy of the world. In Christ you can a meaningful life. Don’t despair. Don’t give up. At the point of your brokenness, Christ is waiting to provide healing.

8/20/99 Luke 12:22-24
Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you will have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food or clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do your best and put the results in the Lord’s hands. We work and the Lord provides solutions. Stop worrying. Worry hurts you and disappoints the Father. God loves you and is thinking of you all the time. Trust the Lord. Stop worrying.

8/21/99 Luke 12: 25-26
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

It is more productive to pray than to worry. It is more productive to work hard than to worry. Worry is a negative activity whose only purpose is to destroy your peace. In Jesus we find peace and comfort for our soul. The Lord is on your side.

8/22/99 Luke 12: 33-34
Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe—no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there will your heart and thoughts also be.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When Jesus is our focus, ministry is the result. When money is our focus, heartache is the result. Set aside money goals and make the Kingdom of God central in your life. Work hard, serve God and our eternal treasure will grow. Wealth comes to some in the form of money, but all of us can have wealth in our relationship with the Father.

8/23/99 Luke 12:35-37
Be dressed for service and well prepared, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you ready for the judgement day? Christ is coming back. You will not live forever. Our lives pass by in a flash. Lives lived carelessly have a way of vanishing before the careless one realizes it. Jesus could come back today. Are you ready?

8/24/99 Romans 14:1-3
Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything, But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who think it is alright to eat anything must not look down on those who won’t. And those who won’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are all weak in some areas of our faith and strong in other areas. The sooner we recognize that we are sojourners in this world and that this place is not our home we will begin to think properly about those that we live with. People count most of all with the Lord and we are called to make people count most of all in our daily lives. Watch what you say, take care with what you do.

8/25/99 Romans 14:12-13
Each of us will have to give a personal account to God. So don’t condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God has His eye on you. He sees everything single thing you do. It is recorded and remembered. You are your brother or sister’s keeper. Be hard on your self and gentle with others. Not the reverse.

8/26/99 Romans 14:17-19
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. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God. And other people will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Think about Jesus. When you rise, when you walk, when you study, when you fail, when you talk, at all times think about the risen Lord. When you do this you will develop wisdom and restraint. As you grow you will become more like Jesus.

8/27/99 John 15:5
(Jesus said: ) I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Soul winning, prayer, peace, joy, and love are included in fruit bearing. You just cannot do the work of God without being under the control of Jesus. He will direct your path and give you guidance for living.

8/28/99 John 15: 7-8
But if you stay joined to me and my word remains in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my father. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is glorified when we surrender ourselves to Jesus. We can do nothing apart from Him. When we let Jesus control our lives He will direct our path. Time with Jesus takes time. We are to allocate our time to include Bible reading, prayer time and reflection time. Time with the Lord is time well spent.

8/29/99 Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the command I have given you, and be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The last words of a good friend are important. Jesus told his disciples that they were under his authority and that they should do the things that He had done. We are to be busy as the Lord’s representative in this life. Jesus will never leave us. We are not alone. Our call is to tell what He is doing in our lives.

8/30/99 Matthew 7:24-25
(Jesus said: ) Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are to listen and do. The doing must become a consistent part of our lives. If I listen and believe, I will do. How do I evaluate my Christian walk? By looking at my behavior and attitude. If it is Christlike then I am growing. If I continue to act like a pagan, then there is a disconnect in my Christian walk. I need to go back to Jesus, ask for forgiveness and strength to change and change. God is interested in my obedience.

8/31/99 Matthew 7:12
(Jesus said: ) Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Golden Rule is an affirmation in a positive way of my responsibility for my brother or sister. I am to do for not to ignore or evade. When we treat others like we ourselves want to be treated we grow. When we do for others what we want them to do for us, we find that the true gift is the giving. We grow when we give like Jesus gave.

July 1999

7/1/99 Romans 6: 15-16
So since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When we come into the Family of God, we are responsible to choose our lifestyle. I can become as much like Jesus as I want. In Christ, I am no longer a slave to the flesh. In Christ I can grow in likeness to Him. I choose not the evil one. I am the one that is responsible for the way that I live.

7/2/99 Galatians 5:1
So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Never forget that the easy way is most often the wrong way. When I am confronted with the choices of life, I must choose how I will respond. Each point of choice requires me to evaluate the type of response I will make. Christ calls me to do the right thing. The flesh wants me to respond mindlessly to people and live a self centered life. It is my choice.

7/3/99 James 1:25
But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God created me to obey Him. In Christ, I have perfect freedom to obey God. My obedience to God creates a successful lifestyle and a Godly life. God wants me to succeed. The only way I can do that is by a lifestyle of obedience.

7/4/99 Psalms 33:12
What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen for his own.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is completely trustworthy. I am disappointed in myself when I respond to life with inconsistency. Sometimes I am surprised by the way that I respond. God never surprises us with uncertainty. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Eternal Living God is worthy of all of our devotion and obedience. He is trustworthy.

7/5/99 Psalm 11: 5 – 7
The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates everyone who loves violence. He rains down blazing coals on the wicked, punishing them with burning sulfur and scorching winds. For the Lord is righteous, and he loves justice. Those who do what is right will see his face.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s tests for some are a refining fire. Someone outside of God’s control in the same circumstances will find the same test an incinerator of destruction. Our tests are not an indication of our value. The way we respond to the test is the key indicator. Our responsibility is to do the next right thing. Bless the Lord for He is in control.

7/6/99 Proverbs 13:2
Good people enjoy the positive results of their words, but those who are treacherous crave violence.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our heart is the rudder for the works of our hands. A child of God acts like a child of God. A child of Satan acts like Satan. We must pay careful attention to the way that we act. Our actions may be the only New Testament that a lost person ever reads. Jesus died that all might be saved.

7/7/99 Ezekiel 8:17-18
“Have you seen this, son of man,” (God) asked (Ezekiel). “Is it nothing for the people of Judah that they commit these terrible sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, rousing my fury against them? Therefore, I will deal with them in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And although they scream for mercy, I will not listen.”
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The wrath of God is a terrible thing to contemplate. The admonition by Ezekiel warns us that what we think about God by the way we live is an indicator of our relationship with God. Going to church, God-talk, and religious trappings don’t save us. Christ said that He was the way, the truth and the life. He also said that He, Jesus, was the only way we could be saved. There is salvation in no one else.

7/8/99 Jonah 3:7-10
Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn’t carry out the destruction he had threatened.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Change. Look at the way you are living and change. The best of us too easily establish lifestyles that alienate us from God. Plow up the hard ground of your heart and change. Before it is too late, change. God wants each one of us to be constantly changing into the likeness of Jesus. Change.

7/09/99 Psalm 72:12-14
(The LORD) will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy and he will rescue them. He will save them from oppression and from violence, for their lives are precious to him.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God says that He loves that bedraggled homeless person you saw on the street. God says that that poor needy soul is precious to Him. What did you think? What was your evaluation? God says that He takes a personal interest, a special interest in the poor and needy. What kind of interest are you taking?

7/10/99 Psalm 34:14
Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living at peace with others.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The next time you find yourself caught up in evil, turn away from and immediately do something good. It really is simple for God’s children to survive and overcome the evil one. Don’t wring your hands about the power of sin. Don’t cry for God to intervene. Stop doing evil and do good. This is a simple way that we can claim the power of God and defeat sins hold on us. Do it.

7/11/99 Psalm 37: 37-38
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future lies before those who love peace. But the wicked will be destroyed; they have no future.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is on my side. I am sincerely striving to live a Christ like life and some days fail miserably. When I stop and go to the Lord, He reminds me that He is on my side.

7/12/99 Isaiah 52: 7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Everyone needs the Lord. Many that we come into contact with on a daily basis are dead in their trespasses and sin. We have good news about their peace and eternal security. Ask the Lord to give you a heart of love for everyone that you come into contact with. When you love them you will be able to share the Good News of Christ with them.

7/13/99 Matthew 5:9
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Peace requires hard work. It doesn’t come to those that simply breeze through life. Peace is developed in a growing relationship with Jesus. It is one of the benefits of a Godly lifestyle. As we deal with our speech, and build the ways of the Lord into our lives we pursue peace.

7/14/99 Romans12: 17-18
Never payback evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Forgiveness is mandatory for the followers of Christ. We are not called to evaluate others actions but simply to forgive them. The issue is never what they have done but whether or not I will follow the Lord. Christ forgives us.

7/15/99 Romans 12: 19-21
Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it.” Says the Lord.
Instead, do what the Scriptures say, ” If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. And they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.”
Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The only defense we have against evil is to do good. When we do good, we are exhibiting our confidence and trust in the Lord. We are to pray for those that curse us. These are hard words and separate the Children of God from the children of Satan.

7/16/99 Luke 14:25-27
25Great crowds were following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 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. 27And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Cross bearing will never be a popular activity. The reason is because I must deal with myself to carry a cross. I always want to be first, have it easiest, get the most, or be the favorite. Christ calls me to put Him first. Cross bearing will never be popular or easy.

7/17/99 Matthew 10:38-39
8If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Cross bearing is a daily activity. I must be willing to be who I am to bear my cross. Reality is the first step in cross bearing. God made me for a mission. Will I do what God has called me to do or will I always seek to go my own way? Obedience to the Lord is the difference in cross bearing, Christ honoring service. Anything else is only an imitation. Christ calls me to look beyond what the world works for and recognize the eternal nature of our service to Him. Our feet are to be firmly placed in this world but our heart is to be totally given to the Lord.

7/18/99 Matthew 16:26-27
26And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul£ in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27For I, the Son of Man, will come in the glory of my Father with his angels and will judge all people according to their deeds.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God sees things differently than the world does. If we only evaluate ourselves by the world’s standards, we will only build with wood, hay and stubble. In the day of judgement, all that we have worked for and built will be destroyed. On the other hand, if we focus our life on the things of God, our work will stand. The choice is ours. God’s way or no way.

7/19/99 Matthew 19:29-30
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. 30But 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.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Eternal rewards outweigh temporary benefits. Our life in Christ is to be based on eternal values. Jesus is Lord of all. Anytime my focus is on something other than Jesus, my service in the world will be misplaced. Only by the leadership of the Lord can I find the right focus for my life.

7/20/99 John 8:2
2Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ will not let you stumble. The outlook may seem bleak. The battle may look lost. But, in Christ we have a victorious Lord who will lead us in His eternal triumph.

7/21/99 John 10:27-29
My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, 29for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is God’s everything. In Christ we have every resource that we will need. Our strength is our faith. Our victory is His promise. In Christ the solid rock I stand.

7/22/99 John 13:16-18
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them. 17You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Talk is cheap. People evaluate us not on what we say but on what we do. Christ has appointed us to represent him here on earth. We are called to serve the Lord, serve each other and to minister in the world as an emissary of Christ. Don’t forget that every person we come into contact with needs Jesus. Jesus is the only way. We may be the only Jesus that some people will ever meet.

7/23/99 Galatians 5:25-26
If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Everything we do comes under the scrutiny of God. We cannot compartmentalize our lives. All that we say and do is to be done as unto the Lord. We are to bear the Cross-of Christ every day, not just Sunday.

7/24/9 Ephesians 5:1-2
Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Self-sacrificing service is our goal. When we study God’s Word, it is to change our hearts, call us to repentance and equip us to serve others. Our end game is not winning. We are not to worry about honors or folks saying thank you. Our responsibility is to care for others in the same way that Christ cares for us. Our command is to go and be like Christ.

7/25/99 Philippians 2:12-13
Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God requires first place. He will empower us to live a Christian life. He will not empower us if we will not let Him. If we do not grow, it is not the Lord’s fault. First ask God to show you where you have gone wrong. Then, repent of self will and ask the Lord to help you change. When you trust the Lord He will give you the power to change. He will enable you to obey Him. God wants you to become like Jesus.

7/26/99 2 Timothy 2:5-7
Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize. 6Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 7Think about what I am saying. The Lord will give you understanding in all these things.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You must know God’s rules to follow them. One of the requirements for the king in the Old Testament is that he make a personal handwritten copy of the Scriptures so that he would know God’s law. You too must know the rules. Ignorance of what God is calling you to do is no excuse. Study God’s Word diligently. Seek to understand what the Lord is saying to you about your life and work. Spend time in God’s Word!

7/27/99 2 Timothy 2:22
2Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Stop sinning. It is as simple as that. God’s Word is clear, when you find yourself in a compromised position, run from it. If you are tempted to drink, stop going where drinking is going on. If you have bad friends, get new ones. You stop sinning.

7/28/99 2 Timothy 2:23-25
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24The 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. 25They should gently teach those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will believe the truth
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. We are to carefully present the Word of God in a respectful, loving way. Those that will not listen cannot be brow beaten. If you will care for them as the Word calls you to do, your actions will speak louder than your words.

7/29/99 Hebrews 6:11-12
11Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and patience.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Heaven will be a great place. We will get there sooner than we think. Right now in the midst of all of life’s problems, remember that time is short. You don’t have a lot of time left. Work hard. Serve fearlessly. Strive to grow. Heaven will be a great place.

7/30/99 Hebrews 13:8-9
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your spiritual strength comes from God’s special favor, not from ceremonial rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. This world is always changing. Leaders come and leaders go. Jesus is always here and never changes. He loves you. He will enable you to serve Him. You are a child of God and never outside of Christ’s watchcare.

7/31/99 1 Peter 2:21-23
Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps. 22He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone. 23He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ never sinned. He suffered in life and died on the Cross-for me, so that a sinner like me could be saved. If I serve Christ, I will suffer. Those that I am trying to help will be the ones that hurt me. All who follow Jesus must be prepared to suffer.

June 1999

6/1/99 Psalm 4:1
We harbor thoughts of helplessness. When we are honest with God, we find resolution for our fears. Our pleas are always heard. His answer is always forthcoming. I choose to believe His response. God loves each one of us as if there were no other of us.

6/2/99 Psalm 28:2-3
Unlike the wicked we are to be straight forward and sincere in all or our relationships. The Lord has full knowledge of who we are and what we are. Honesty in our relationship with the Lord is the only way that we can succeed.

6/3/99 Psalm 61:1-3
Time or distance does not limit God. He knows us better than we know ourselves. The Lord is a strong protector of His people wherever they are. He will provide the shelter that we need. He safeguards us when we are under attack.

6/4/99 Psalm 86:1-2
I find it amazing that we can pray so boldly to the Lord. In your quiet time, use God’s Words to voice your need. Bold praying produces miraculous results. The Lord listens to our prayers.

6/5/99 Psalm 143:8
We need to be specific in our prayers. Tell the Lord exactly what your needs are. When the Lord hears us He will answer us. He gives us more than 7,000 promises in His Word. One of those promises says that the Lord will answer our prayers. Tell Him what you need and remind Him of His promise. God loves to hear from each one of His children.

6/6/99 Daniel 9:18
We never know the hurt and pain that others go through. But, we are keenly aware of our own pain when we are hurting. The Lord knows our hurt. He experiences our pain. Out of His deep love for us, He sends grace to heal our souls. We never deserve grace. God’s grace sends mercy just in time. The Lord is in the hurt healing business. God loves us with a healing love.

6/7/99 Jonah 2:7-9
Pain and agony are the proving ground for spiritual growth. Few Christians find consistent growth in the midst of good times. We claim the good things as our work and the bad things as misfortune. The truth is that the hard times shape us for kingdom service. In the midst of your hurt and pain call upon the Lord. You can be confident that the Lord is at work helping you grow. God is good, all the time.

6/8/99 Matthew 6:5-6
God wants you to succeed. Speak to the Lord constantly and consistently. He wants to hear from you. Your conversation with the Lord will change your life. Pray daily.

6/9/99 Matthew 21:21-22
Our prayer life must first be effective in changing us. In most of the struggles in my life, I will generally be the problem. God can solve my problems. Moving mountains is simple when compared to changing the things in my life that cause me to sin. God loves people most of all.

6/10/99 Luke 11:9-10
Constancy in prayer creates an inner focus. We are always in need of change. Sin has a way of creeping in unnoticed. When we are focused before the Lord he will help us to see our sin and change. The greatest need that we have in our lives is to become more like Jesus. Sin is always our stumbling block. God forgives sin and heals us.

6/11/99 Colossians 4:2
We are to pray with a passionate heart. Our prayer should be intensive and desperate. We are sinful, stiff necked people and only change when the Lord intervenes. Thank you Lord for all of the changes that you have made in my life. I believe Lord Jesus, help my unbelief.

6/12/99 I Timothy 4:4-5
My life is a gift from God. I am the one that chooses how I will respond to the blessings that God sends my way. Joy is a choice. God is good all the time.

6/13/99 James 5:16
Pious attitudes cut off our communion with the Father. Each one of us has a lifelong struggle with sin. Our responsibility is to develop a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit pointing out our sin. Sin recognized needs to be confessed. When we confess our sin, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sin.

6/14/99 Psalm 119: 45
If I follow God’s law, I am free to be God’s child. In Christ, we have real freedom. The world offers temporary freedom with eternal consequences. Christ offers eternal freedom with permanent benefits. My way is hurt and pain. God’s way is peace and security.

6/15/99 Isaiah 49:9-11
We will experience trials and suffering all the days of our life. We will never be without the resources of God. When we are hurting, the Lord brings healing. When we are at our wits end, the Lord provides wisdom. Whatever our need, the Lord will provide it. Faith is learning to recognize this fact in the midst of conflict or attack and claiming the resources available to us.

6/16/99 Romans 8:21-23
The world is physically decaying and spiritually dead. God’s children know this but because we are his we do not have to live pessimistic lives. The protecting hand of the Lord is on each one of us that name the name of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We have a hope that enables us to live resurrected lives under the direct leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ.

6/17/99 I Corinthians 1:30
God is our source. His son, Jesus Christ is the answer to all of the problems in our life. Jesus is God’s everything. He is the a to z. Our union and identification with Jesus gives us full access to the Father.

6/18/99 1 Corinthians 8:9
One day I realized that I was my brother’s keeper. Maturity in Christ enabled me to see that my faith equipped me to care for others. In Christ I accept this responsibility. I can sacrifice the pettiness of the flesh for protection of my brother.

6/19/99 I Corinthians 10:29-33
God loves people most of all. The Lord is at work in the world seeking to save those that are lost. He has chosen to do this work through people. People connecting with people, sharing the Gospel is the way that the message of salvation is spread. God loves people most of all.

6/20/99 II Corinthians 3:17-18
You can’t be like Jesus if you don’t spend time with Him. My life is shaped and molded into the likeness of Christ as I surrender more of me to Him. It takes time. I am the only one that can control my time. How much time have you spent with the Wonderful One today? Jesus is Lord of all.

6/21/99 Galatians 4:4-6
God’s timing is perfect. He always has our best interest at heart. If you are struggling for an answer to one of life’s problems, trust the Lord. He will bring the right thing at the right time into your life. Trust and obey.

6/22/99 Galatians 5:13
I am free to do right. I am no longer in bondage and slavery to sin. Satan’s way is not my way. I can forgive the mean spirited. Those that hate me are objects of prayer. When I am abused, I can forgive. My world is now a better place for I am free from the pessimism and darkness all around. Jesus is in control and I belong to Him.

6/23/99 Colossians 1:13-14
We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. The rebel king has been deposed. We have been rescued from devastation and placed in a position of security. This is a past, present and future event. We will never again be in the dark. God rules.

6/24/99 1 Peter 2:16
Our limitations in this world cause us to stumble at every turn. We never know exactly the right thing to do. We live our lives with high anxiety or lack of concern. High anxiety and lack of concern creates addictions. Slavery to God puts us under His authority and destroys our addiction to sin. Under His control we find real freedom. His guidance of our every step gives us the wisdom we need to avoid sin and to make good decisions. Freedom is found in Jesus.

6/25/99 Psalm 34:6
What I think makes me who I am. The battlefield of spiritual warfare is in the mind. As the Evil One attacks, I can choose to give into negative thoughts or I can choose to turn my face to the Lord and seek His input into my mind. He promises to help me in my hour of need. I can claim that promise. Victory is mine in Christ.

 

6/26/99 Isaiah 44:22
Careless living could be a good description of the way we live sometimes. Life catches us unawares and becomes a swirling vortex of useless activity. Bible study and quiet times become things that we dream of doing someday. God has forgiven our sin today. Our study and devotion is always a today thing. Return the Lord says to what you know is the right way. Right now, stop what you are wasting your time with and invest yourself in our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

6/27/99 Isaiah 58:6-8
Sincere faith reaches out to others. Our relationship with the Father will cause us to invest our lives in others. People count. We need to examine our lives and make sure that we are putting people first. Jesus does.

6/28/99 John 8:31-32
Jesus is the truth. He frees us from the consequences of our sin. He enables us to see ourselves the way we are and to break free from the control of Satan. Jesus shows us clearly the way of eternal life with the Father and indeed provides eternal life for us. The Perfect One has a Perfect Plan for each one of us. He gives us freedom to accomplish that Plan.

6/29/99 John 8:34-36
Sin is a dictator. It is always seeking to enslave us to accomplish its goal, our annihilation. When you feel sin controlling, dominating, or dictating your actions turn to Jesus. Stop where you are, simply ask Jesus to move you out of the sin and put you under His control. Faith moves mountains. Jesus destroys sin every time we give Him control.

6/30/99 Romans 6:6-7
We are alive in Christ. No longer are we dead in our sin. When Christ came into our lives, He came with sin destroying power. I can choose not to sin. Sin can no longer lead me around as a slave for I am a child of God. The only power sin has in my life is the power of duplicity. Jesus names my sin and leads me out of it every time. Christ is Lord. He is the real power in the world.

May 1999

5/1/99 Matthew 5: 39-42
Love is an action. It is what we do. It is also a response that we can make to those who hurt us. Their actions must not shape or mold us. God is shaping us into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. My sin broke His heart. He went to the Cross-to pay the price for my sin. He paid the price for your sin too.

5/2/99 Matthew 6:3-4
We are living our lives before a watching Lord. He is with us. He sees everything we do. He knows the motive of our hearts. My good deeds are recognized by the Lord. He will never forget them. When I function for any reason other than to please God, I am off course. When I find myself off course, I repent and change the way I am doing things. This refreshes my heart and gives me a rich sense of the presence of God. God is pleased when I repent and turn to Him.

5/3/99 Mathew 6:19-20
Tithe for the Lord says so. Tithing enables us to trust God. It is an action that we take that declares God’s control of us. This is the beginning point. When I struggle with the real issues in my life and work together with the Lord on them I grow. As I grow I learn to give of my resources. Giving begins after tithing for tithing is required. Generally, the graciousness of my giving is an indication of the depth of my relationship with the Lord.

5/4/99 Luke 6:38
I want to open up the windows of heaven that God might give me all that He wants me to have. I find that giving is a solution to my loneliness. My sense of self worth that generally runs low is bolstered by more giving. I experience healed hurts as I give more. The more I give the more I am healed. The more I give the less I focus on getting. The more I give the richer I become. Giving is Godly. The more I give the closer I feel to God.

5/5/99 Matthew 6:32-33
Yesterday is gone. It hurts me but it is still gone. The future never comes. Each night when I go to sleep yearning for tomorrow to come, I get up and it is still today. I cannot survive for eternity until I trust God for today. Today is the time of salvation. Today is the time of healing. Today is the moment of service. Everything I will do this side of eternity will be done in the present. Today I will follow the Lord.

5/6/99 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
God gives us all that we have. My giving evidences my trust in the Lord and my willingness to be directed by Him. The Lord is on my side. He wants me to be blessed. He seeks for my best good. Help me Father to give with the right attitude. Bless the name of the Lord.

5/7/99 2 Corinthians 9:10
I will become like the things I do. If I act like the person I would like to be then that is the person I will become like. I want to be an encourager, so every chance I get I encourage someone. Everybody needs a kind word. God has a kind word for you, I love you so much that while you were not mine I suffered and died for you. I love you so much that while you were living for yourself I continued to do things for your best good. I want to be like Jesus. He loves me and He loves you.

5/8/99 Psalm 9:1
Thank you Lord for the breath of life. Thank you taking care of me while I slept. Thank you Lord for saving me. Thank you for always being there at the exact right moment for me. Thank you Lord for you are indeed wonderful. Bless the name of the Lord.

5/9/9 Psalm 18:1-3
I find my strength in the Lord. Whatever I need God is able to provide it. The Lord cannot be moved. He is my rock. No enemy can overrun me. The Lord is my fortress. The Lord is equipped to stand between any harm and me. He is my shield. He is mighty. He is my savior. In every instance the Lord provides what I need to face the day.

5/10/99 Psalm 40 : 1-3
Wait upon the Lord is not an option in the cafeteria line of life. I can wait upon God or fail. His Word says that in my own strength I can do nothing. In Christ I can do all things. Waiting upon the Lord is a sure sign of spiritual maturity and required to succeed. I must admit, sometimes it looks so easy to do things on my own but then I remind myself, wait upon the Lord.

5/11/99 Deuteronomy 7: 7-8
God is sovereign. I am who God created me to be. When I get happy with bending the knee to God I will be on the right road for glorifying Him in my life. I am worthy and loved. God created me different than any other person. His plan for my life is unique and useful in building His kingdom. Serve the Lord with gladness.

5/12/99 Psalm 139: 23-24
My focus is on me. I struggle to change it and yet continually fail. God’s focus is on me. He wants me to change my focus to him. I can trust God to do what is in my best interest. I can have confidence that the Lord is in control. The Father is concerned about every thing that happens to me. He loves me and wants me to learn to love him. You and I need help to grow in our love for God. Jesus is the one that will give us that help. Thank you Lord for staying with me through all my sin. Help me Jesus to change.

5/13/99 Proverbs 20:27
Contemplation and meditation are required for a growing and vibrant Christian faith. I cannot count the times that the Lord has touched that sin-strain in me when I knelt before Him piously praying. I am asking for things but the Lord’s response is about my character. It’s character that counts. I have heard Him say this many times and I seem to still be struggling with learning this lesson. Character is what we think. It comes out when we think no one is looking. God wants to remake our character so that we act like His darling son Jesus.

5/14/99 Hebrew 4:13-14
I need Jesus. Everything I have ever done and will do comes under the scrutiny of the Lord God. You need Jesus. Everything you have ever done and will do comes under the scrutiny of the Lord God. We are all sinners. We were dead in our trespasses and sin but have been made alive in Jesus Christ. Praise God for our salvation. Thank you Jesus for giving us a pure and clean relationship with the Father. Thank you Lord. Thank you.

5/15/99 Job 28:17-18
We labor ever day to make ends meet. We struggle hard to make sense of the things that buffet us in life. We use time payment plans to get what we want right now. To many people the horizon of life seems to be endless until one day the end comes. They never see beyond the day to day grind of life. Everyone needs the Lord. When we see our sin and bend the knee to Jesus we have acquired wisdom. Every time we put God first we grow in wisdom. Wisdom is found in following the Lord.

5/16/99 Job28: 20, 23,&28
Today, knowledge is plentiful but wisdom is scarce. Only a fool thinks he knows it all. Only a person without understanding denies the claims of Jesus. When we come to Christ and ask forgiveness for our sin we begin a relationship with the Lord. He knows all things. As we develop reverence and awe for our wonderful Lord He gives us wisdom to live our life. In Christ we have everything we need to be successful. As we learn to obey the Lord we grow in wisdom. Trust in God. The Lord will make you wise.

5/17/99 Psalm 90:12
Time wasters are destroying us. We must discipline our hearts and lives to grow in grace and in the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should pay extra attention to what we are doing with our time at night. An early devotional time is better than as the last thing of the day. If you have set your heart to change your life, extended periods of time in the Word of God are essential. Our relationship with the Lord grows by quantity time and quality time. It takes time to become like Jesus. For some of us it takes a lot more time.

5/18/99 Psalm 111:10
God loves obedience more than sacrifice. Every time I say no to temptation, the darkness is pushed back a little farther. Every time I pray, I am destroying darkness. We are in a real war. What we do and say counts. When I truly know who God is I can come to grips with who I am. Serve God. Love each other.

5/19/99 Proverbs 1:7
Knowledge is all around us but wisdom is scarce. We are called to honor and respect God. Because we know Him and His greatness we will live in awe of His power. We will be obedient to His Word. Our lives will be a reflection of His control of us and love for us. Trust in God. He will make you truly wise.

5/20/99 Proverbs 2:2-5
Wisdom begins with God. Knowledge is changeable but wisdom is eternal. We are called to seek wisdom. This encourages us to read God’s Word. This call simply states that without a growing relationship with God we will not be wise. When we are sincere and persistent in our search for wisdom, the Lord will bless our efforts.

5/21/99 Proverbs 2:6-8
God doesn’t call the equipped. God equips the called. We come to the Lord to learn. We seek His wisdom so that we can build Godly lives and accomplish His will for our lives. He knows what we need to know. When we ask Him, He will give us good advice.

5/22/99 Proverbs 3:7-8
Life is fast. We are tempted every day to give into to the fast paced life that the world leads. We will lose if we ignore the Lord. I am called to constantly examine my values and priorities. God intends for me to follow Him. Evil intends for me to follow self. I am the one that makes the choice of which one I will follow. Choose God.

5/23/99 Proverbs 3:21-26
God’s Word says we live next to death with the full confidence that the Lord is in control. I am called to live my life wisely. This includes good planning and careful attention to the details of daily life. When I mess up, God will help me to straighten out the mess. I can live each day confident that the Lord will deal with me with my best interests at heart. God is good, all the time.

5/24/99 Luke 7:32-35
Those who can do but those who can’t criticize. We must be careful about the way we live. We are not responsible for judging or condemning Christians who serve the Lord. I am called to pay attention to the way that I live.

5/25/99 1 Corinthians 1: 20-21
The Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ still sounds foolish to many. The world worships power, influence and wealth. Jesus says whosoever will may come. To the world this is foolish. To us it is a message of love and value. I count not because of who I am but because of whose I am. Jesus is Lord and I belong to Him.

5/26/99 1 Corinthians 1: 23-25
Death seems to be the end of the road to the unsaved. When we are saved we no longer suffer from the fear of the unknown. Our destination is sure. The power of God raised Jesus from the dead. His precious Word tells us that this same power that raised Jesus will save us from eternal death to eternal life. We will be with the Lord forever.

5/27/99 Ephesians 1: 9-10
The world is a cold, hard place. One day Christ will return. When he does, he will unite all people into one group. God’s children will bow to Christ as Lord and go to be with Him in eternity. God’s enemies, the unsaved, will bow to Christ as Lord and be cast into eternal perdition. Jesus is coming back soon.

5/28/99 Ephesians 1:11
God is sovereign. He is in control. If your life is chaotic, cling to the fact that Jesus is Lord of all. Satan cannot destroy you. You are a child of God and loved by the Father. Christ is all and in all and you have not been forgotten.

5/29/99 Colossians 1:28-29
We belong to the Lord. We are His ambassadors. When we grow in Christ we simply tell others what God is doing in us. Our responsibility is to truthfully share what the Lord has done in our life. The problem for too many Christians is that they aren’t growing and have nothing to share. When the Lord speaks to you, you will tell everybody what God has done.

5/30/99 James 1:5-6
When we have faith, we simply believe that we are valuable to the Lord. We struggle with our fears and seek to understand God. We cannot understand God; we can only serve Him and trust that He will tell us the right things to do. He loves each one of us. As His child we can be confident that God will do the right thing. Faith is living in such a way that I evidence this confidence in what I say and do.

5/31/99 James 3:17
The first commandment is to love the Lord with all my heart and soul. The second commandment is to love thy neighbor as thyself. It doesn’t say that our neighbor is lovable. God loves me with a complete understanding of all my sin. He loves me because He chooses to love me. Love is an action. I must choose to love to fulfill the commandments of the Lord.

April 1999

4/1/99 Matthew 20:17-20
The cross was not a mistake. God was not surprised. He is always in control. Jesus provided the solution for our sin problem. The power of God is available for you to face the forces of darkness.

4/2/99 Matthew 26:39
Jesus took my sin upon himself to save me from suffering and separation. In Jesus we have access to the Father. What are you struggling with? Jesus will help you to face the results of sin in your life. Hope in the Lord. He will light up the darkness.

4/3/99 Matthew 27:50-54
Everyone in Jerusalem knew that Jesus was hung on the cross. They saw the miracles. Pagans were astonished at the activity of God. Some believed. Many chose not to believe. It always comes down to individual choice. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that Jesus can forgive your sin and provide for you an eternal relationship with the Father? Eternal life is your choice.

4/4/99 Matthew 28: 5-6
Fear not is what the angels told the shepherds at the birth of Jesus. Now, we find an angel telling us again not to fear. When we come into a relationship with Jesus we can conquer fear. The victory is won by our faith in the victor. Jesus Christ conquered the grave. He provided forgiveness for our sin. He offers us the solutions we need to our daily lives. Don’t be afraid, the Lord is in control.

4/5/99 Philippians 3:9-11
One day I will share Christ’s glory. On that day I will no longer be under persecution by the flesh. Fear, failure or faithlessness will not be an obstacle ever again. I will stand before the Lord God almighty and declare that I am His child because I had faith in Jesus Christ. Christ, my elder brother, the King of Glory, will stand beside me as I face the Father. God by His absolute power will bring me into His kingdom for eternity.

4/6/99 1 Corinthians 15: 22-23
Death is a reality we avoid talking about. Those that are lost have no hope. Those that are saved have a hope in Jesus. No one will escape death. The children of God have a hope that at death the Lord will be waiting to take them into the next life. Simple, truthful and trustworthy is our God and He says that we have eternal life in Jesus.

4/7/99 1 Corinthians 15:24-26
Christ came to defeat all evil on earth. His resurrection from the dead was God’s conquering power displayed before an unbelieving world. Jesus is alive. He is waiting on the trumpet sound for a triumphal return when all things will be made right. Evil will be banished and Satan will be removed. Until then our faith will take us from this day until the day of Christ’s return. Our hope will make that day of return real in our hearts. We will live like He is on the way today.

4/8/99 1 Corinthians 15:42-43
When Jesus comes back we will be like Him. Each one of us will be perfect. Arthritis, bunions, bad knees, cancer, tumors and ever-other imperfect thing will be done away with. We will not be disappointed. When we are with Jesus we will be like we dreamed in our heart of hearts that we should be. We will love and care for others. We will think good thoughts. Wisdom will be our caretaker. We will never experience heartache again.

4/9/9 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
We have hope in Jesus. One day we will die. Whatever way we face death, Jesus will be there with us. In the split second that leave this life Jesus will be there to meet us. He will not leave us alone. He has already won the victory. His presence will be a victory celebration because in that moment we will see Him as He is. Lord of all.

4/10/99 Romans 6: 7-10
You are free from death’s power. Any power that evil could exercise over you has been destroyed by Christ. When Jesus comes in, our lives are changed. We are new creatures in Christ. We are set free from the bondage of sin. Victory is our theme and song. Life is different. Christ is our elder brother. Holy, loving Lord, we praise you for what you have done and do in our lives. Bless the name of the Lord.

4/11/99 Romans 8:1-2
Today you can have victory. Sin is a stain on our lives that Jesus has removed. The pull of sin, the agony of evil habits is simply a ghost reflex. Our memories remind us of how weak we are. Our hope is in Christ. He is the one with power. He has approved each one of us, God’s children, to receive that conquering power. Stand up and rebuke sin. Walk away from it. Every step you take you will find more strength to take the next. Sin is dead. You are alive in Christ.

4/12/99 1 Corinthians 3:11-13
Jesus loves the little children. He cares for the poor and weak. He is concerned for the sick and dying. He would that no one be lost. If I am going to build on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ, I must be about His work. People count. Everything else is passing away.

4/13/99 1 Corinthians 3: 14-15
Our faith and work are personal. We develop our faith in our hearts. We do our work together with the Lord. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others. Talk with the Lord. He will carefully teach you what you need to accomplish the task He has given you. He will not evaluate you in comparison with me. He knows what you can do and your evaluation will be based on what you could have done. Do everything unto the Lord. He is with you right now. He is a good and loving God. That’s why He made you.

4/14/99 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Some Christians have been overcome by the hustle and bustle of life. They have lost their focus. They are hurting on the inside and hating on the outside. Next time you run across a brother or sister in Christ that is rude, crude and unkind you can be sure that hate on the outside is simply a cover for hurt on the inside. When you are hurting and misbehaving, go and kneel before the Lord. This will please Him and heal you.

4/15/99 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
The normal Christian life is hard and full of trouble. The world will seek to force us into its mold. Spend time with the Father. He will break the mold, heal the trouble and grow your faith. Take everything to the Lord. Trust in Him in all things. Keep your devotional diary and review it often. The Lord is good. All the time.

4/16/99 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Never fear when you are down and out. God has not forgotten you. Hurting hearts deceive our eyes and make us think our worth is little. God has not forgotten you. Jesus died on the Cross-for you. God raised Him from the dead so that you would know that Jesus was alive and had conquered death for you. You are a winner. Do not let the world fool you. Rejoice and be glad as you face today. God loves you and your victory is sure.

4/17/99 Philippians 3:20-21
Life is short and God’s work is important. We can put everything we have into God’s work. Whatever is left when we die will be left here. When we go to be with the Lord we will be made new and perfect like Jesus. God is looking for you. Have you reported in? Do not wait another minute. The Lord is ready to use you right now.

4/18/99 1 John 3:2
The thought of seeing Jesus reminds me of all those around me that are dead in their trespasses and sins. I want to have everyone I know there with me in heaven. My dad will not be there with me. I never could connect with him. Maybe you could have. Whose dad or mom can you share Christ with? Do it today, please.

4/19 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Tell everyone you know about Jesus. Tell them about the pain that you felt when you were lost. Tell them about the deep hurt that controlled your life when you were all alone and without Jesus. Tell them how Jesus changed your life from misdirected to purposeful. Tell them about the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and how the Lord speaks to you when you feel alone and confused. Is this your testimony? Is Jesus real to you? If He isn’t ask Christ to forgive you of your sin and come into your heart and save you.

4/20/99 2 Timothy 4:8
How are you living? Are eternal things first in your life? Remember that only at the feet of Jesus can you get your GPS coordinates set for each day. It takes time with the Lord to act like Jesus. When I am crusty and difficult, I know immediately that I need to return to my prayer closet. Pray for me that I will become more like Jesus. I am praying for you every day. God loves you and so do I.

4/21/99 1 Peter 5:2-4
A shepherd is not concerned with what the sheep can do for him. He is busy protecting them from evil. He is busy binding up their cuts and scrapes. When you are assigned shepherd responsibilities, and all Christians have some, your number one duty is to make sure you can care for the flock. You can only do this when you under the control of Jesus. Read God’s Word, spend time in prayer and then stay focused on what the Lord has called you to do.

4/22/99 Hebrews 6:10
Satan uses our limited knowledge to suggest that God is unfair. It seems like it sometimes. We work hard and are forgotten. We struggle and fail. But God is never unjust. He never forgets or overlooks our hard work for him. We can be sure of His love and watch care over us. He loves each one of us.

4/23/99 Matthew 6:1
Appearance or compassion is the question. Are you doing what you do for the Lord because you love God or because you want to be loved? There is a difference. All that we do should be done for Jesus. One day we will place at the feet of the Living Lord all that we have done for Him. The value of our work will not be based on the quantity of the work but on the quality of our heart. Love God, and love one another.

4/24/99 Matthew 6:3-4
We give as a response to the gift of life. I was dead in my trespasses and sin and Christ died for me. He knew my sin and died for me. He knew my weakness and failures and died for me. Now, He asks me to help someone just like me. They have a need and I can meet it. His request to me is to give. Not give and be recognized, simply give.

4/25/99 1 Corinthians 9:22-23
If you will listen, folks will tell you about themselves. When they do, search for the common ground. If you will listen, folks will tell you why they are important. Forget one-ups-man-ship and recognize their importance. Encourage them and accept them. When you do this with a sincere heart they will give you a chance to tell them about Jesus. Everyone needs the Lord.

4/26/99 Psalm 37:16-17
I had a hard time with this verse for many years. We gave up money and opted for service. Difficulties came that made money look like the solution. We tremblingly turned to the Lord and cried our Lord we believe, help our unbelief. He did. Money never solves any problem.

4/27/99 Psalm 40:17
Whoa! This is a great memory verse. God is thinking about you right now. God is thinking about me right now. Praise the name of the Lord. I’m going to stop for a moment and think about Jesus.

4/28/99 Psalm 41:1
Talk about a “When I’m in trouble plan.” My generosity is the funnel through which the Lord blesses me. What I give I will get. The method of my generosity will be the method of my rescue.

4/29/99 Psalm 51: 16-17
Repentance isn’t only saying I’m sorry. When I am repentant, I will change. I will stop doing what I was doing and do what God says. It is a change of my heart and my actions. God wants me to become like Jesus that means I must become less like me.

4/30/99 Psalm 62:1-2
When I am in despair, the Lord is the anchor for my soul. This confidence in the Lord is always there in times of trouble. It comes in gently as I struggle to survive. My firm resolution grows in adversity. Only in my hour of need or testing does the anchor set and hold me fast to my faith. Jesus is Lord and there is no other.

March 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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