Today's Good News

March 2001

03/01/01    1 Kings 12:8
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and who were now his advisers.
The advice we seek is the advice we take. I must constantly remind myself that the Lord will give me the wisdom I need to make good decisions. That includes helping me to know the right people to listen to.

03/02/01    1 Kings 17:24
Then the woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.”
Elijah’s actions confirmed his claim. I can only act like Jesus when He is in control. I act like me when I am in control. Check how you are acting and you will know who is in control.

03/03/01    1 Kings 19:1-2
When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel what Elijah had done and that he had slaughtered the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods also kill me if by this time tomorrow I have failed to take your life like those whom you killed.”
Spiritual battles often come after victories. Satan is always seeking whom he can devour. When we have spiritual success we are placed on Satan’s most wanted list. Be careful in victory, failure comes when we think we can stand in our own strength.

03/04/01    1 Kings 19:9
…the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
My needs are met in Jesus. In His presence I learn wisdom for living. He personally gives me power to change. Christ makes me whole.

03/05/01    2 Kings 2:6
Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together.
If you want to do what the Lord says, hold on. Time is our enemy. Forget the time and hold on to the Lord. What you must do may take more time than you thought but victory will be worth more than you can imagine.

03/06/01    2 Kings 5:14
So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child’s, and he was healed.
Do you feel defeated and ineffective? God can use you. God’s power is gloriously strong through our weakness. You are a super star called of God to do a super work. No one else is assigned your task. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

03/07/01    2 Kings 6:16-17
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened his servant’s eyes and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
Are you backed into a corner? Can you not see a way that things will work out? I pray that the Lord will open your eyes and that you will see the angels of victory that our great God has sent to you. Be encouraged, the Lord is on your side.

03/08/01    2 Kings 13:1-2
Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years. But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight…
Jesus forgave my sin. This enables me to have a relationship with God the Father. God pours out His grace upon me in limitless quantities. There will never be a day when my need exceeds God’s grace.

03/09/01     2 Kings 19:1
When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the Temple of the Lord to pray.
Sometimes life has driven me to my knees. Right now I am fine. I am rejoicing in Zion. But the times when bad things happened I made a beeline to the presence of God and cried out, Lord please help me? And He has every time.

03/10/01    1 Chronicles 2:12
Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse.
Chronicles helps us to see the family relationships of the people that we read about in the Bible. The daily problems I face are the same problems that the people in the Bible faced. Sin is everywhere. I must choose to be a child of God. God is able to take care of me. I am important, not for what I do but because of who my Father is.

03/11/01    1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
What has God done in your life? Who have you told about it? The Gospel message is simply telling others how the Lord has saved us. Folks that have a hard time talking about the Lord may not have anything to say.

03/12/01    1 Chronicles 16:15
He always stands by his covenant, the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
I can trust the Lord. I can trust his Word. I can trust his actions. In every way and at all times I can trust the Lord.

03/13/01    1 Chronicles 17:20
O Lord, there is no one like you; there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you.
Our struggle is not with flesh and blood. We struggle against the unseen enemies of God. I am discovering that the battle is the Lord’s. My responsibility is to praise God and recognize who He is. God will take care of the enemy.

03/14/01    2 Chronicles 6:40
O my God, be attentive to all the prayers made to you in this place.
I am a new creature in Christ, the temple of the living God. God is concerned about everything that happens in my life. He listens attentively to me. He wants me to talk with Him. I am seeking to make the Lord Jesus the focus of my life.

03/15/01    2 Chronicles 20-21
Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out to God in heaven. And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers.
God is not controlled by the world. The world is under His control. Take your world and submit it to the Lord. He will bring order to the chaos.

03/16/01    Ezra 1:2
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem in the land of Judah.
God created you for good. He has given you at least one spiritual gift and assigned you a project. Don’t give up. God will see you through.

03/17/01    Ezra 8:22
For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to accompany us and protect us from enemies along the way. After all, we had told the king, “Our God protects all those who worship him, but his fierce anger rages against those who abandon him.”
I believe the Lord. Sometimes when I believe there is a nervous trembling in my soul. God is faithful. That encourages me to move forward. Prayer and action are vital for our spiritual growth.

03/18/01    Nehemiah 1:1
These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In late autumn of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes reign, I was at the fortress of Susa.
The three most important points to remember in real estate are location, location and location. In our relationship with the Lord, the three most important points to remember are surrender, surrender, and surrender.

03/19/01    Nehemiah 4:14
Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families, and your homes!”
Satan is our enemy. People sometimes forget that it takes spiritual warfare to conquer our enemy.

03/20/01    Nehemiah 9:6
You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve and give life to everything, and all the angels of heaven worship you.
I want to know you Lord. I want to fellowship with you. I want to constantly praise you for who you are. You are glorious and worthy of all praise.

03/21/01    Esther 4:13-14
Mordecai sent back this reply to Esther; “Don’t think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?”
Get the message. God has a plan for your life. You are special to Him.

03/22/01    Job 1:1
There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
When Job saw evil he turned the other way. When evil entered Job’s mind he changed his thoughts. When confronted by evil actions Job immediately did the right thing. Avoiding evil requires immediate action.

03/23/01    Job 1:17
While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Bad things happen to good people. Please remember, when catastrophe hits the Lord Jesus Christ is still there. Jesus stands with us as we go through the destructiveness of life.

03/24/01    Job 2:10
But Job replied, “You talk like a godless woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Job mourned his situation but did not blame God. Too often I find myself condemning my current situation and accusing God. My failure is sin. Thanks be unto Jesus forgives my sin.

03/25/01    Job 3:25-26
What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come to be. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; instead only trouble comes.”
Dark days are going to come. Jesus brings light to dark days. He reveals his love and concern in a very real and encouraging way. If you are going through a difficult time, ask the Lord Jesus to help. When you ask He will respond.

03/26/01    Job 6:8
“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant my hope.”
God answers prayer. Faith gets me to the answer. Time is our enemy and it never encourages me to wait. Sometimes the answers aren’t the ones I want but His answers are always what I need.

03/27/01    Job 6:17
“What are mere mortals, that you should make so much of us?”
God has his eye on me. He created me for a unique purpose. His concern for me is not increased or decreased by my success or failure. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for me. His victory gives me victory. He cares for me.

03/28/01    Job 14:1-2
“How frail is humanity! How short is life, and how full of trouble! Like a flower, we blossom for a moment and then wither. Like the shadow of a passing cloud, we quickly disappear.”
I want my life to count. I want to be used of God to equip and serve my fellow man. I must never forget that the day passes quickly. What I seek to do I must do today. There may be no tomorrow.

03/29/01    Job 19:25
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last.”
When I believe that Jesus lives, my life is different. I have an anchor that steadies my soul. Fierce storms may come but I will survive. Life may get out of hand but I never will. I know that Jesus lives. He lives in my heart.

03/30/01    Job 42:1-3
Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You ask, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I and I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me.”
I was saved by the wonderful intervention of Jesus Christ into my life. His forgiveness saved me. My surrender enabled a relationship. The natural man cannot accept God’s way. I cannot refuse it, to whom would I go?

03/31/01    Psalm 1:1
Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.
I see folks on street corners a lot. Some are self-proclaimed authorities on religion. They are the wrong people to stand with. The church is the bride of Christ. That is where I need to be.

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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.