Today's Good News

February 2001

2/01/01    Ex. 34:14
You must worship no other gods, but only the Lord, for he is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.
God really wants to spend time with me. He is passionate about how He feels about me. God is interested in how I feel and in what I am doing. I am important to Him.

2/02/01    Ex. 34:29
When Moses came down the mountain carrying the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face glowed because he had spoken to the Lord face to face.
If I spend time with God it shows. When I spend time with the Lord, I operate under His direction. The only way that I can grow and mature is to be with the Lord. People know when I have been with the Lord.

2/03/01    Ex. 40:34-35
Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle and the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. Moses was no longer able to enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it and the Tabernacle was filled with the awesome glory of the Lord.
Moses worship of God was overshadowed by God’s presence. God presented Himself in His glory and it totally ejected Moses from the Tabernacle. When was the last time that your worship was stopped by the presence of God? Maybe the Lord is waiting on you. Glory, praise and honor to God in the highest, from whom all blessings flow. Come Lord Jesus.

2/04/01    Lev. 8:34
What has been done today was commanded by the Lord in order to make atonement for you.
The death of Jesus was commanded before time began. The cross was not an afterthought. It was God’s thought of you. When Jesus died on the cross, his blood cleansed you from all your unrighteousness. God cares for you.

2/05/01    Lev. 18:1-3
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say this to your people, the Israelites: I, the Lord, am your God. So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life.”
Pagans act like pagans. Christians act like Christians. Who do you act like?

2/06/01    Num. 3:1
This is the family line of Aaron and Moses as it was recorded when the Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai:”
Moses and Aaron were real people. You and I are real people. Tell me today who you will follow, the world or the Lord? You are the only person that can choose Jesus as Lord of your life.

2/7/01        Num. 6:24-26
‘May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’
Age has a way of catching up with us. My body is beginning to fail but my Father never fails. His peace is very real. I need it to face tomorrow. That peace bears testimony in my spirit about eternity. Heaven is a real place. I’ll be there one day not too long from now.

2/8/01        Num. 12:3
Now Moses was more humble than any other person on earth.
Humility has never been my strong suit. Born poor, I have had to fight and scrap for each and every success. When I look back I see the hand of God effectively working in my life. The Father’s love is undeserved. Yet his care and concern cause me to bend my knee humbly before Him in praise and adoration. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

2/9/01        Num. 13:30-31
But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” But the other men who had explored the land with him answered, “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”
Fear destroys our fellowship with Jesus. When I trust Him He dispels fear. I can trust His actions even when I can’t see His activity. Jesus loves me and has a plan for my life. His love is powerful. His plan is good.

2/10/01    Num. 20:12
…the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”
This is a haunting passage. Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of his disobedience. Lord, help me to wake up and obey you. I want to be useful and useable. Forgive me when I fail.

2/11/01    Deut. 1:29
“But I said to you, ‘Don’t be afraid! The Lord your God is going before you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt.”
Life can be scary. A midnight phone call can strike terror in one’s heart. The confidence that we have from the Father is that when life happens, the Lord stands with us.

2/12/01    Deut. 4:1
‘And now, Israel, listen carefully to the laws and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live…’
Every step I take is a journey somewhere. The caution in God’s Word is a call to obedience. Obedience equips me to live a Godly life.

2/13/01    Deut. 6:4-6
“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. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today.”
My humanity separates me from God. Sin blinds my soul. It destroys my ability to function in the spiritual realm. I can never do enough or be good enough to deserve a relationship with the Lord. Jesus forgives my sin. He provides for the relationship I need with the Father.

2/14/01    Deut. 14:2
You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you to be his own special treasure from all the nations of the earth.
Failure reminds me of my inadequacy. It causes me to see myself in a negative light. The Word of God reminds me that God treasures me. He is carefully watching over the course of my life. When I fail, the Father hurts with me.

2/15/01    Deut. 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.
I can trust the Lord. When everything else fails, God never fails. Even when things look bleak, the Lord is still on His throne. I belong to him.

2/16/01      Joshua 1:1
After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant.
My God lives. He is Lord of life. In him I can find the light that I need to negotiate each day. He gives me the strength that I need to keep on keeping on. He is alive and He gives me life.

2/17/01    Joshua 4:8
So the men did as Joshua told them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe just as the Lord had commanded Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.
Do you keep a spiritual journal? You should. The journal becomes our touchstone with the miracles that the Lord works in our lives. Oh yes, there have been miracles. Do you remember them? If you do, it will help you to stand in the time of testing.

2/18/01    Joshua 6:22
Then Joshua said to the two spies, “Keep your promise. Go to Rahab the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.”
Matthew 1:5 reminds us that Rahab was the mother of Boaz in the line of King David. God’s glory is best expressed through my weakness. The tragedy is that too often I think that I can help God out by doing things my way or on my schedule. God’s way in God’s time is the only way that things work out well for everyone involved.

2/19/01    Judges 3:9
But when Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord raised up a man to rescue them. His name was Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother Kenaz.
There will be a day in each one of our lives that we will find ourselves in real trouble. It will be caused by oversight, getting too busy or some other form of sin but be assured it will happen. When that day comes cry out to the Lord. He will respond.

2/20/01    Judges 7:4
But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will sort out who will go with you and who will not.”
There is nothing that is too hard for God. If the Lord has called you to do it He will make it happen. What is hard for us is to believe that the Lord can work through our limitations and weaknesses to accomplish the task he has set before us. He can. Just believe.

2/21/01    1 Samuel 2:2
No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
I always think that I know what is best for me. Only when I mess up things am I confronted with the foolishness of my thinking. God is Holy. That means He is different than I am. My holiness comes from God. Christ died for my sin and gave me a relationship with the Lord. Christ is my everything.

2/22/01    1 Samuel 3:19
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and everything Samuel said was wise and helpful.
My devotional life with Jesus enables me to grow. Growth is difficult and generally happens through trials and tribulation. If I want to become like Jesus, I will need to commit myself to making Christ first in my life.

2/23/01    1 Samuel 12:1
Then Samuel addressed the people again: “I have done as you asked and given you a king.
Be careful what you ask for. You may get it. A few times I have wanted something with all my heart only to get it and discover the consequences of my choice.

2/24/01    2 Samuel 1:27
How the mighty heroes have fallen! Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.
You and I will die one day. Life moves on and time waits for no one. Remember that you only have today to do what the Lord has called you to do. Be about the Lord’s business.

2/25/01    2 Samuel 5:3
So there at Hebron, David made a covenant with the leaders of Israel before the Lord. And they anointed him king of Israel.
Kings come and go. Godly kings are few and far between. Worldliness is easy to acquire. Godliness requires obedience and humility. Our humanity must be surrendered to the gracious hand of God. David recognized who the real leader was. My prayer is that you and I will do the same.

2/26/01    2 Samuel 15:31
When someone told David that his advisor Ahithophel was now backing Absalom, David prayed, “O Lord, let Ahithophel give Absalom foolish advice!”
Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather. While .he was serving David he was plotting David’s downfall. You may one day have a close friend or advisor that does you wrong. Remember to respond as David did and let the Lord deal with it. When we love the Lord we do not have to fear what the world is doing.

2/27/01    1 Kings 8:23
Solomon prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven or earth. You keep your promises and show unfailing love to all who obey you and are eager to do your will.”
There is only one God, the Lord. He is king of kings and Lord of Lords. This triune God knows me better than I know myself. He loves me and wants me to know Him. That is an amazing truth.

2/28/01    1 Kings 11:1-2
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women… The Lord has clearly instructed his people not to intermarry with those nations, because the women they married would lead them to worship their gods.
God favors no man. My sin separates me from the Lord and causes me to walk in darkness. Christ’s death on the cross provides forgiveness from my sin. I can choose to accept God’s offer of forgiveness or I can go my own way. Doing it my way results in death. Doing life God’s way results in eternal life.

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Clay Corvin

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