Today's Good News

June 2006

June 1        Ephesians 1:15-17
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for Christians everywhere, I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

PRAYER
I pray for you.  We pray for each other.  Prayer is an exercise of faith.  When we pray we are letting the Lord mold us and shape us.  The Lord will teach us as we pray.

 

June 2        Ephesians 3:14-16
When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.

PRAYER
We are a guest of the Lord on this earth.  Our time is short and the days pass fast.  Prayer brings us into the presence of the Lord.  He is in control.  He is not limited by time.  He knows what tomorrow will bring.  As we speak to Him and put our life into His hands we will grow in faith and in knowledge of Jesus.

 

June 3        Philippians 1:3-6
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.  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 when Christ Jesus comes back again.

PRAYER
There is no place for jealousy in the kingdom.  We are called to be prayer warriors for each other and to rejoice as the Lord uses anyone of us.  Time with Jesus is time well spent.  Time with Jesus is more time that He can use us in His work.

 

June 4        Philippians 1:9-11
I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding.  For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns.  May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation– those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

PRAY
Intercede for brothers and sisters in Christ.  Pray for their well being, for their strength and wisdom and that they will grow in their likeness of Jesus.  Pray as though someone is depending on you because they are.

 

June 5        Colossians 1:11-12
We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.

REALITY
Time with Jesus is time well spent.  He is Lord and is willing to lead, guide and direct our lives.  His love for us is beyond our ability as mortals to comprehend but by faith we can experience that love and live with His love.  Joy and peace are gifts of His love and you and I can claim that each day.  We live in the light when we focus our time, talent and resources on Christ.

 

June 6        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.

CHOSEN
When we accept the gift of life in Christ we are the chosen.  His choosing us results in our daily lives being different than those that have chosen the world.  In Christ we have access to His strength, wisdom, mercy and grace to deal with our moment by moment existence.  We have joy in Christ no matter what the world does to us.

June 7        2 Peter 1:5-7
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.  Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness.  Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone.

CHOICE
Every act, every thought in our lives is a choice.  We can choose the power of God to change us into Christ likeness.  We can choose His joy and peace.  We can live a life of value and worth because He values us and gives our lives eternal worth.  Joy in Jesus is our choice.

 

June 8        Joshua 1:8
Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.

GOD’S WILL
The Lord wants us to spend time with Him.  He has given us His Word so that we might have the answer book to the problems of life that each one of us faces.  Obedience is critical.  Without obedience we will doom ourselves to second class citizenship in the family of God.  We will have no power to face the onslaught of evil in the world.  Spend time with Jesus and He will equip you to deal with your life.

 

June 9        Psalm 119:11-12
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your principles.

WORD
We are never at the mercy of the world.  The WORD of God will always give us the wisdom we need to face the moment.  We read His Word daily.  His Word gives us what we need as we grow into Christ likeness.

 

June 10      Psalm 105:1
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.

GRATITUDE
Our attitude is affected by our gratitude.  We determine how we see things.  Will we let the world define the way we evaluate our life and circumstances?  We can claim His wisdom, mercy and grace and the ability to see our life through His eyes.  We are beloved and the object of His care and concern.  Jesus is Lord.

 

June 11      Proverbs 12:15
Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others.

LIFE
The Word calls us to seek good counsel.  We are called to live our lives wisely.  People count.  Growing in Christ likeness calls us to live in community.  We are not islands.  We are created with a need to be of service and to do the right thing.  Doing the next right thing sometimes requires that we need to seek the advice of others so that we do the best right thing.

 

June 12      Matthew 7:7
“Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.

PRAY
We are called to pray.  Pray for the needs of others.  Pray for our friends.  Pray for our country.  Pray that we might be useable and useful.  Pray as though your life depended on it.  Pray that you might become more like Jesus.

 

June 13      John 7:37-38
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me!  If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”

TIME
Time with Jesus is time well spent.  Time is our adversary.  Time corrupts our bodies.  Jesus is over time.  When we turn our hearts and minds to Christ He will effectively use our time and give us enough time to glorify Him.  It is all about Jesus.

 

June 14      John 10:3-4
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice.

RECOGNITION
Read the Word.  Spend time with Jesus in prayer.  Obey His revealed Word and His activity in your heart.  When we do this we will not be deceived.  We will always recognize our Lord Jesus as we follow Him.

June 15      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.

THINK
Think about Jesus.  Spend time in the Word of the Lord.  Look for His activity in your life.  Listen as the Word resounds in your heart.  Bend your knee when the Word speaks to you.  Rejoice and praise the Lord.  Set aside the accomplishments and defeats of this world and revel in His love.  Jesus loves you and me.  Doing this will renew your mind.  His presence will point specifically to your solution.

 

June 16      Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

CONFIDENCE
You and I can know that the Lord Jesus will not fail us.  We know this by knowing Him.  We read His Word.  We obey His commands.  We praise Him for all that He does for us.  We remember the good things He does and the times that He has encouraged us at the very depths of our soul.  We have confidence in His presence because we know He loves us.  We talk to Him.  Out of our intimacy with Jesus will flow His peace and strength.  He will remove our fear and replace it with confidence.

 

June 17      James 1:5
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.

WISDOM
Wisdom is not hidden from us.  Our Lord wants us to be wise in our well doing and to be equipped for each day.  His wisdom comes from His heart, bathed in love and offered to us if we want it.  Wisdom for today is our choice.  Will I choose His way or not?  That is always the question.

June 18      Psalm 62:1
I wait quietly before God, for my salvation comes from him.

SURVIVAL
His Word speaks to the needs of our life each day.  Fear, failure, disappointment, and the future are just some of the obstacles we are confronted with every day.  For us to survive as a victorious servant of the Lord God we must put on His strength, wisdom and peace.  We were made for this day.  He is able to equip us to live it.

 

June 19      Psalm 62:5-7
I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

STRENGTH
Our power comes from Jesus.  It is not a hope or a wish or a false front it is in us.  His power connects us to Him.  Day by day our time with Jesus builds within an awareness of His presence and concern.  He will not leave us nor has He put us here to be destroyed.  We belong to Him and this is our place.

 

June 20      Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.  But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

STAMINA
When what you are facing is more than you can bear, give it to Jesus.  Giving away our heartache and defeat takes surrender.  Time with Jesus enables us to intellectually let go of it.  More time with Jesus in His Word gives us the power to say and think that yes we can give it to Him.  The Holy Spirit with us effectively equips us to experience His strength and conquering power in us and to know in our hearts that He is with us.  New strength comes and we continue in Him.

 

June 21      Isaiah 41:10
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

VICTORY
Victory is His.  When we surrender our lives to Him by what we think, say, and do, we participate in His victory in the daily activities of our lives.  Jesus is Lord.  When He is Lord of us we know His victory in us.

 

 

June 22      Isaiah 41:13
I am holding you by your right hand – I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.

DO NOT FEAR
The message from Jesus to you today is do not fear.  What you are facing is real but Jesus is able.  The life you are living may be disappointing but Jesus is our victory, peace and joy.  Do not fear for the Lord has come and He is in you.

 

June 23      Jeremiah 31:25
For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

VALUABLE
You count with Jesus.  You are valuable to Him.  What you are doing day by day is critical in the Kingdom.  Rejoice and let Him have your weariness and sorrow.  Rejoice and know that you are important to Him.  Jesus loves you.

 

June 24      Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him.

HEART
Jesus knows your heart.  He knows what you are going through and He has not forgotten you.  We don’t know how things will work out now but we do know that the end result will be good.  Claim His presence and strength and He will work in and through you towards your best good.  Do not let your heart be troubled because you are the object of His love.

 

June 25      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.”

SURRENDER
Salvation is the Lord’s gift to you.  Spiritual victory is the result of you giving your heart, soul and mind to Jesus.  Let Him know all about you and constantly seek His face.  Peace and joy will claim your heart and wisdom will guide your feet.  His work through you will become a daily activity and your burdens will disappear.  There is victory in the presence of the Lord.

 

June 26      John 14:1
“Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me.

LORD
Jesus is Lord.  Spend time with Him.  Seek His face and trust totally in Him and He will renew you day by day.  His power will seek you out.  His joy will become a trusted friend.  His wisdom will guide your every step.

 

June 27      Psalm 9:9-10
The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.

CONFIDENCE
Too often we think in our hearts that Jesus really can’t use us.  We know our sin and we know all of the promises we have made and never kept.  But the Word of God says that He is our forgiveness and in Him we have the totality of God more than able to meet our needs and use us.  If we want to know Him and be used by Him let Him begin now.  Today is where we start.  Make this your day of change.  Place your confidence in Him and begin to live as though He were in charge of your life because He is.

 

June 28      Psalm 34:4
I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears.

NOW
Do it now.  Ask the Lord to loose you from all that holds you back from serving Him.  Ask Him to come and live in you and change you to what He wants you to be.  Forget the past and move forward in Him.  Do it now and you will experience the presence of the living Lord who is more than able to use you and make your life as valuable as you know in your heart it is.

 

June 29      Psalm 37:23
The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.

REVEL
Revel moment by moment in Jesus.  He knows you and is more than willing to discuss every detail of your life.  Let Him bring you through the boot camp of spiritual preparation.  Surrender to Him so that you may be properly equipped and able to deal with your life and serve others.  In service you will find everything you have been looking for all your life.  Jesus is Lord and you belong to Him.

 

June 30      Colossians 3:13
You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

FORGIVENESS
Quickly forgive.  Learn the joy of forgiving others and the strength that comes from bending the knee and letting Jesus cleanse your heart.  Do not hold a grudge.  It only ensnares you in the wickedness of the world. Quickly forgive and you will grow in Christ likeness.

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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.