Do It Again

Bible Reading:  Lamentations 3:22-24

The faithful love of the LORD never ends!   His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" 


When I am going through a trial, it helps me to look into my past.    Sometimes we forget the hand of God that has been upon our life in the past.  The way he has provided for our needs, blessed us beyond our prayers, and brought us through the storms of life.   Looking back can help us to have faith for the present.

The author of Lamentations (believed to be Jeremiah) reminds us that the faithful love of the LORD never ends.  He reminds us that the LORD'S mercies never stop and they are new every morning. His faithfulness to us is great and therefore even when all hope looks gone - we can still HOPE in the LORD.  

I'm not sure what you are going through right now.... but I do know that the answer is JESUS CHRIST.    As a child of the KING you can have hope that what God did for you in the past, he can certainly do again.    His mercies are NEW every morning, His love is endless, His faithfulness abounds to you each day. Call upon Him for help and thank Him for what He will do again.  

Psalm 139:10

Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

God You Are My Living Hope

Bible Reading:  1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  


Today I want to share with you my favorite song at the moment.   I am certain that I cannot write any words more powerful than the words to this song themselves. I know they will speak to your heart.    Click the link below, turn up the volume and allow God to minister to you through this song.   

When you are done - I would love it if you left a comment today so we can share with each other our thoughts!    

How great the chasm that lay between us - how high the mountain I could not climb

in desperation I turned to heaven - and spoke your name into the night. 

Then through the darkness your loving kindness - saw through the shadows of my soul 

the work is finished - the end is written

Jesus Christ my LIVING HOPE 

Who could imagine so great a mercy - what heart could fathom such boundless grace

the God of ages stepped down from Glory - to wear my sin and bear my shame. 

The cross has spoken - I am forgiven 

The King of Kings calls me His own 

Beautiful Savior - I'm yours forever 

Jesus Christ my LIVING HOPE 

Hallelujah, Praise the one who set me free

Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me

You have broken every chain - there is salvation in your name 

Jesus Christ my LIVING HOPE 

Then came the morning that sealed the promise - your buried body began to breath

out of the silence the ROARING LION - declared the grave has no claim on me 

Jesus - Your's IS THE VICTORY 

 

 

 

Send Me

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?  Who will go for us?"  

I said, "Here I am.  Send me".  


In Isaiah the sixth chapter we read about a vision that Isaiah had of  the LORD God on his throne.  Isaiah thought life was over for him.  He thought he was doomed because the Glory of God had revealed to him the sinful man that he himself was.   He said that he had filthy lips and lived among filthy people.   A seraphim flew to him with a hot coal and purified His lips.  Then Isaiah heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?"   Isaiah's response was, "Here I am.  Send me."  

God will never make us do anything.   He does not coerce us into serving Him.   He has a plan for our lives and the deeper we know Him the more the plan becomes clear.    The choice is still ours to make though.   If we don't do what God is asking, we won't lose our salvation, but we could lose the blessing that He has for us in that plan.    

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Maybe God's plan for your life is to be a missionary to a far away country.  OR Maybe His plan for you is to stay right where you are and witness to the lady in the grocery store check out line.  Maybe you are to volunteer at the hospital and pray with those in need.  Maybe you are to stay right where you are and be that light to those around you.  

Maybe you knew what God wanted you to do at one time and you chose your own way.   The good news, actually great news, is that God is like a GPS - he can re-route you no matter how many years have gone by. As long as you are living and breathing - there is a God given plan and purpose for your life.    

Today:  Pray for a deeper revelation into the plan that Jesus has for your life.    And then say, "HERE I AM.  SEND ME."   

 

 

 

A Way Out

Bible Reading:  Matthew 18:7-9

What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin.  Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.  So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown in to the eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.  And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It's better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.  


In today's scripture Jesus is giving a stern warning about temptations that cause us to sin.  His warning is so severe that he goes on to say "cut off the body part that is causing you to sin".  Jesus is warning us that a life of sin will lead to eternity in hell and nothing is worth that!  

I have met people who think hell is not a real place.   They seem to think that they can live however they want and still reach heaven.   I have even heard people say that God is too loving to send anyone to hell.   God is full of grace yes, but the Word is clear that you must know Him as Savior and Lord to reach heaven.   

John 3:3 "Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


Temptations come to us all at times.  We can be tempted by friends, money, success, family, etc.   But we are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure".      

BUT ..... in order to see "the way out" we need to have our focus on Jesus.   When we are not reading His Word, and talking with Him in prayer, we can become bewildered, confused, and unaware of being able to see the open way that Jesus is providing to get out of the temptation. 

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Heaven is real but unfortunately so is hell.    As a matter of fact the word tells us that hell needed to be enlarged (that is a sad thought) Isaiah 5:14.    Satan is constantly trying to suck you in with temptations that are all around.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and your mind stayed upon Him and His Word.    Then when the temptations arise - you will see the opening that God is providing for the way out.   

Thank you Jesus for always watching over me. Thank you for speaking to me, guiding me and loving me.   When I am tempted, you always provide a way.  You are true to Your Word.     I love you!  

 

 

Made In His Image

Bible Reading:  Genesis 1:27

So God created human beings in his own image.   In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.   


You were made in the image of God.... just think about that for a minute....   

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As a little girl I would lay in my backyard and gaze at the sky.  I have always loved the outdoors.  I love the clouds, sun and stars. Looking up and watching them always gives me a feeling of knowing that the world is so much bigger than  "me".   At a very young age I knew that God was real and that he was a creator.  I knew that he created the beauty around me and that he created ME.    I would ask him over and over again 'Why God?'   'Why did you create me?' 'What is my purpose'?       Has anyone ever asked that question to God before?   

I believe the answer to our purpose in life is JESUS.  He is our purpose and he created us to have a RELATIONSHIP with Him.    Jesus said in John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."     You are a friend of God and God made you in his very own image.    You belong to a kingly, heavenly lineage.   Your purpose is to have a relationship with the King of Kings!    

Spend some time today getting to know the King.  Talk to Him - His desire is to know you and have a relationship with you.  You are important to Him.