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Humble Yourself, Pray, Repent

Each of us have the opportunity each day repent before God. God’s mercies are new every morning. We humble ourselves by admitting that God is God and we are not.

God’s forgiveness is just a prayer away.

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Courageously Wait on the Lord

Is it hard to find the strength to go on? David, writer of this Psalm had times he felt that way. He learned that sometimes you have to wait on the Lord, putting all your hope in him. Because of the Lord, you don’t need to fear but wait courageously for him to deliver you.

Thank you, Lord, for being our anchor of hope, the one who allows us to run and not get weary. Help us to wait on you.

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Serve to Refresh

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

Jesus spoke to his followers after he humbled himself to serve them. The washing of feet was a source of refreshing and relaxation. What had his followers been doing? Sharing the Good News, the Gospel, all around the region as commanded by Jesus. This was hard, physical work, walking from town to town on dusty roads wearing sandals. It was emotionally challenging as many refused to hear the message of truth and grace. The Twelve needed rest and encouragement. What better encouragement than to have your Master and teacher acknowledge your hard work and care for you?

Followers of Jesus today are likewise commanded to share the Gospel and make disciples. It’s still hard work.

Plan how you will intentionally minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ who work hard to teach and preach Jesus.

Won’t you humble yourself and serve, offering refreshing and encouragement to your fellow laborers for the Lord?

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Looking for Fulfillment in 2019

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

 

The Desire to be Filled

Are you looking for fulfillment? Have you tried everything that is supposed to help you? You’ve heard you need more self-care, more good works to others, better relationships, less responsibility and stress.

So you’ve tried relaxing more, giving more, loving more and leaving more behind. But still, that sense of fulfilled contentment is elusive.

An Answer for You

I have good news for you! You need only one thing to satisfy the thirst and hunger that is driving you. It is the righteousness that is found only by believing in Jesus Christ and his loving sacrifice for you.

By desiring Jesus and his righteousness above all things, you will receive all the other things you need for long-term, deeply satisfying fulfillment. You will have the peace that passes all understanding in every circumstance.

You will be filled with hope that comes from believing. You will have the joy of the Lord. He will give you supernatural love for his people.

What You Gain

No, you will not wake up with a Pinterest-perfect life. But guess what? God knows that will make you filled. However, you will live life abundantly, filled with living water that flows from you.

You will have the privilege of eternal life with Jesus.

You will be filled with everything that matters.

Prayer

Thank you God, for filling my need for righteousness through your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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The Power of the Blood of Jesus

The Blood of Jesus

The only blood that will give you everlasting strength, today and into eternity, is the blood that Jesus shed for you on the cruel cross at Calvary.

No matter how low you get or how weak you feel, find your strength in Jesus and his sacrifice for you.

At your lowest, stop and remember what Jesus did for you. Jesus loves you with a powerful love! Find your strength in him.

I am reminded of the words to an old Gospel song by Andrae Crouch-

The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power
It reaches to the highest mountain
It flows to the lowest valley
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

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Beyond Health and Wealth: New Year’s Resolutions

The Usual

It’s that time of year and we are more determined than ever to transform our bodies and bank accounts. Smart marketers know this. We are inundated with special offers for gym memberships and invitations to join down lines selling products guaranteed to make us wealthier and our prospects healthier.

Is There More?

But what if there’s something more? What if God is calling us to something greater this New Year?

What if God’s resolutions for us have nothing to do with the New Year because they’ve been there all along?

I suggest to you that the most important resolution God has for you and for me isn’t unique. Yours isn’t different than mine and God doesn’t change and give us a new resolution each year.

God’s Two Priorities

What God wants from each of us, more than anything, every day of every year falls under two broad categories.

We are called to resolve, every day of every year, to:

1.love more

2.teach more

Why? So that we might spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus tells us that to love him and love our neighbor are the greatest commandments.

John says others will know us by our love for one another in the body of Christ, the church. In this way, we draw others to Jesus.

As he taught the travelers on the Emmaus Road to search the Scriptures to learn about him, so we are to teach others.

Jesus final instructions to his followers was that they would teach the rest of the world to be his disciples. So are we to do also.

It’s Impossible!!

Are these resolutions easy to keep? Is it even possible in our age of relative truth and hostility to Christianity?

Yes, but only in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is he who will allow us to seek first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and trust that God will add everything else that we need.

Jesus’ counter-intuitive teaching tells us not to focus on those things we think we need most. We are not to worry about what to eat or wear. We are not to build up storehouses of goods or set our hearts on things that moths and rust can destroy.

Get the Focus Right

Instead, as the New Year begins and every day thereafter, let’s focus on Jesus and his word. He wants us to abide on the vine with him. It is the Word of God that cleanses us, guides us and transforms us.

Do you want a permanent transformation from the inside out? Do you want to feel more satisfied and successful than you ever have before?

Take this opportunity at the beginning of this year to give yourself fully to following Jesus. Join the cloud of witnesses who have done so with great joy since the beginning of the church.

Ask God how you can put him first in all that you do.

Where to Start

Start by devoting yourself to learn, live and teach God’s Word.

My prayer:

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:36-37

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Women In the Bible

Do you realize that God didn’t have to allow women to be included in the written record of his Word?

God is sovereign and the Bible is his creation. Yet he chose to include the stories and concerns of women in it.

That tells us something important about the heart of God.

Read more in this informative article.

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/women-in-the-bible/

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Seek Him, Find Him

What are you looking for? Peace, love, money, power? None of these will satisfy the way a relationship with God will.

Not hearing from God? Does he seem distant?

Go hard after him with all your heart. Don’t let your focus and loyalty be divided. Persevere in seeking him.

Seek first God, his Kingdom and his righteousness and he will give you all you need, including the desires of your heart.

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Let God Establish Your Plans

Make a commitment to the Lord, to bring him honor and glory in all that you do. Commit to him your obedience. He will guide you in the way you should go.

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Teach Us To Number Our Days

Psalm 90:12 has something to teach us about time.

As we start the new year, it is good to consider time and how we use it. God, who created time and lives outside of it, is eternal.

We, in contrast, are given finite lives here on earth. Moses in this Psalm prays and asks God to show him how to consider carefully the time given to us.

Only God knows how much time we have on earth. Though we don’t know the day of our death, we can know how to live and live abundantly through Jesus Christ. Accepting our limited lifespan will lead us to seek God’s wisdom everyday.

We need God’s wisdom to teach us:
– that our days are fleeting and precious
– how to make use of our time for God’s glory and his Kingdom
– how to live in light of God’s love, mercy and saving power.

Yes, Lord, show us how to properly number our days so we can focus on receiving and following your wisdom.