8/2 Psalm 7:6-8
Arise, O LORD, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice! Gather the nations before you. Sit on your throne high above them. The LORD passes judgment on the nations. Declare me righteous, O LORD, for I am innocent, O Most High!
It is a comfort to know that we can talk with the Lord about anything and everything. He hears us and every thought that the Lord has towards us His children is a thought for good. Trust in the Lord and He will be faithful.
8/1 Psalm 7:1-5
A psalm of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin. I come to you for protection, O LORD my God. Save me from my persecutors — rescue me! If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion, tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me. O LORD my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice, if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause, then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground. Let my honor be left in the dust. Interlude
Talk with the Lord about all of your life. Always feel free to cry out to your Father when you are in need of special help. Express your heart with the Lord. This is not so that the Lord will know what you think but that you will know what you think. Be specific in your prayer. Seek the Lord’s guidance and deliverance when you need it.
7/31 Colossians 1:24-29
I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am completing what remains of Christ’s sufferings for his body, the church. God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his message in all its fullness to you Gentiles. This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory. So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
We tell others about Jesus by the way we live. Of course we tell them with our words but they see what we do and that inscribes an indelible mark on their minds and their hearts. If God has changed us they will see our joy, they will experience the love of Christ in us and they will want it too! Today tell someone about Jesus by what you say and how you live.
7/30 Colossians 1:21-23
This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
It is your choice. Believe the Lord or do not believe the Lord. One element that we may overlook in belief is that our beliefs change our lives. In Christ we move forward with real love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and all other things connected with life. Without Jesus life becomes a crap shoot-our view always clouded by what may or may not happen.
7/29 Colossians 1:19-20
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.
The sacrifice by Jesus on the cross, the shedding of His blood, gives us the gift of life. This is impossible for us to comprehend except that it happened and the Lord says that is the result of his sacrifice-the offer of life to us. You may not like it and you may not believe it but that doesn’t change anything because it happened. The Lord loves you and is seeking to give you life.
7/28 Colossians 1:16-18
Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can 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. Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything.
JESUS is God’s everything. He is able to create us, mend us, protect us, equip us and save us unto eternity. Jesus is able to do everything that we, His creation, need forever. There is no one else, nothing else that we need to establish and maintain an eternal relationship with the Father.
7/27 Colossians 1:14-15
God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
We are free in Christ and can understand the eteral God by the visible image of Jesus-God is love. He loves you. He loves me. His love is able to change us from a life of sin and darkness to a life of light and righteousness. Today thank the Lord for His wonderful gift of Jesus Christ. He is LORD.
7/26 Colossians 1:13
For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
No longer in darkness we are surrounded by the Light. Jesus is the light and He will not permit the darkness to overrun us. Now we have someone who takes up our case and runs interference for us. We are not alone and we are partakers of His victory.
7/25 Colossians 1:10-12
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 to know God better and better. 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.
Joy in the Lord is an inner knowing that the Lord will never leave you nor will He permit you to be defeated. We belong to God. He is our Father and He loves us. Every thought that the Lord has towards you is for good. Joy knows this in the day-to-day activities of our life. Not a hope, not a promise, not something we will have by and by but in fact a real knowing in the now that we belong to the Lord and He is involved in everything that happens to us. Joy is living as a child of God.
7/24 Colossians 1:7-9
Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place. He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. 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.
You can know what the Lord wants you to do. Simply ask Him. He will tell you. The problem is that we filter everything we think, hear and say with a selfish filter. How does this affect me? What will I gain? How will it make me look? Instead we should be saying pick me Lord I will do it!