Today's Good News

January 2003

1/1/03 Revelation 20:10
And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Make no mistake about this, God knows what is going on and is in control of all things. I can trust God to lead me as I live my life. I must get before Him many times each day to know what He is saying.

1/2/03 Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Choices determine my life. If I choose to spend time with Jesus I will become like Christ.

1/3/03 Galatians 5: 19-22
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not *inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I am asking the Lord to point out my bad ways and put me on the right path. I do this everyday. Jesus will not fail me. Christ has the power I need to live a Christ-like life.

1/4/03 1 John 3:16-18
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

I am my neighbor’s keeper. My life, and my resources belong to Jesus. I pray that as the Lord sends opportunities for me to partner with Him in this world that I will not close my eyes to my responsibility.

1/5/03 Luke 6:35
Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

I have been praying for several people that I don’t like this past month. I am praying that God will do good to them. I am praying that my attitude will change. Pray for me as I pray for you.

1/6/03 Ephesians 4:1-2
THEREFORE I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.

I beg you to love those close to you. Be gentle to them. Think about one special thing they have done for you. Thank the Lord for this precious person He has entrusted to you.

1/07/03 Colossians 1:9-11
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;

My prayers for you are valuable. Jesus wants me to be involved in His work. I am praying for you today.

1/08/03 1 Peter 2:20
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

Suffering is a part of the human experience. When I make wrong choices and suffer for them I can find help from God.

1/09/03 John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that one *lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus loves people. He loves me. When I care for and love others I am acting like Jesus.

1/10/03 John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Jesus brings joy. Christ makes life count.

1/11/03 John 16:20
Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy

God is in control. He will make my life work out for His good purposes. Knowing this I can rejoice. Jesus is Lord.

1/12/03 Hebrews 12:2
[Let us fix] our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus died for me. Jesus rose for me. I have a friend in Jesus. I look to Jesus for all of my needs.

1/13/03 John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

I have life in Christ. It is a valuable life. It is a secure life. Because of Jesus I can have peace. It is mine to claim. Fear is from the enemy. Peace is a gift from God.

1/14/03 Hebrews 12:14-15
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Hate destroys me. Jesus gives me the strength I need to stop hating. When I choose to love Christ gives me the grace I need.

1/15/03 Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

My problems begin with me and end up with me. I am the worrier. I am the unhappy one. Only in Jesus can I find peace in chaos and joy in life.

1/16/03 1 Corinthians 9:27
I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

The way I live is important. There is no time out in the hustle and bustle of life. I am the one in control of my hands and feet. My words can be very hurtful.

1/17/03 1 Timothy 4:7
Have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;

If I want to be like Jesus I will pay a price. I will have to give up hate and worry. I will need to spend time with the Lord.

1/18/03 2 Peter 1:5-8
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today is a result of the way I live.

1/19/03 Galatians 6:9
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

I am learning that everything I do I must do as unto the Lord. When Jesus says well done, it is done.

1/20/03 Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

I have a responsibility to everyone I meet. I choose to treat them with value and worth. Strength for living is found in caring for others.

1/21/03 Colossians 3:12
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

God chose me. He knew me, all about me and He chose me. Thank you Lord for saving me. Help me to share the joy of my salvation with everyone.

1/22/03 Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

God wants me to live. He will give me wisdom to face every event in my life. God is able if I am willing.

1/23/03 Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Do the next right thing. That is important in living a Christ-like life.

1/24/03 1 Timothy 5:25
Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.

The only person I ever hide my sin from is me. Sins reward is death and destruction. Whatever else I may think I am wrong. I will never be close to the Lord when sin is in control of my life.

1/25/03 Matthew 25:21
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

I do good with what I have not what I am going to have. I must bend the knee to Jesus now not “when I” because “when I” never comes.

1/26/03 Revelation 2:10
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Satan uses fear. If I will take my fears to Jesus I will be strong in the Lord.

1/27/03 2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Jesus loves me. He will forgive me of my sin. He will use me. He has saved me and will never let me go.

1/28/03 Titus 3:1-2
REMIND them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.

As a child of God I do not have the option to sit on the fence of life. I am responsible for the way I act. My actions are not negotiable. I either do right or do wrong.

1/29/03 Galatians 6:1
BRETHREN, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

If I love Jesus I will love you. Real spirituality is measured by my willingness to respond as Jesus would respond.

1/30/03 1 Peter 3:15
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

Jesus died for my sin. He paid a price I could not pay and gave me a relationship I cannot lose. He is Lord of my life and I serve Him.

1/31/03 John 1: 1,2,& 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Everything begins and ends with Jesus. Jesus is God’s everything.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is currently a Bible Teacher and occasional preacher at Bethel Community Baptist Church in New Orleans. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary after completing 38 years as their Business Administrator. 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. He ministers today as Co-pastor of the Bethel Community Baptist Church and seeks to share the Gospel with everyone. Jesus is Lord!