Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Our Safety

Our safety and protection is the job of the Lord when we become His children.  He looks after us and sees to our care.  We can trust in His care for us, and yet often times, we get caught up in worry. 

We wonder if He will come through for us.  We wonder if He will keep His promise to us.  We know that bad things do happen, and when they do, we wonder where He was in it all of it.

We need to take His promises to heart and remember that He knows what He is doing in our lives.  He is the perfect Father.  He makes no mistakes in His parenting with us.

Isaiah 26:3-4 reminds us of His care for us.  You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in You.  Trust in the Lord from this time forward, even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector.

Father, help us trust in our safety in abiding with You.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Faith

Gold is considered one of the best commodity we can think of owning here on earth.  However, 1 Peter 1:7 tells us there is something much more precious than gold.  It's more valuable then gold that has been tested by fire and had the dross removed.

Peter tells us that following deep trials, the proven character of faith that results from it is much more valuable than gold.  The proven character of faith actually brings praise, glory, and honor to Jesus when He is revealed. 

Where we land after a deep trial reveals the truth about how faith and who or what we place it in.

Father, show us how to trust You when our faith is being tested so that we might see the truth about our faith.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Face of an Angel

Those persecuting the deacon, Stephen, look upon him and they remark that "his face was like the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15).  Whatever that looked like, it didn't stop them from listening to him share the truth and then stone him to death.

It's a reminder that when the heart is hardened, even one who looks like an angel will not stop the pride and anger that kills the truth and the messenger bringing it.

Father, help us recognize Your presence in others and choose life instead of death.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Love Covers

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

What does that mean?  Are we suppose to mind our own business and just let our fellow brothers and sisters do wallow in their sin and destroy their lives? 

We are told that above all we are to love each other deeply and the additive is that it covers over a multitude of sins.  Jesus loves us deeply.  No matter what we do, say, or think.  He never gives up on us and never forsakes us. He forgives every sin we seek forgiveness. 

His love covers over us despite the multiple times we sin.  We may move away from Him for a time due to sin that we harbor in our hearts, but He never moves from us.  He waits for our return.  With the Spirit of Jesus living in us, He calls us to do the same.

Father, we sings songs about forgiveness and loving like You, but move in our hearts to enable us to actually do it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Connected

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).

We are not meant to be a separate entity from the Lord.  He wants to work in us and through us.  Yet we need to actually be connected for that to happen.  Religion doesn't bear godly fruit in our lives.  It is our relationship and connection with the vine that brings about the fruit.

Father, show us whether we are truly connected to You, and if we are, may we remain in constant relationship with You so that we might bear MUCH fruit.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Spirit to Understand

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.~~1 Corinthians 2:12

The Lord has no desire for us to live in the dark.  He wants us to understand and gave us the Spirit so we could.

Father, help us see what You want us to see today.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Always Loving

We all need to know we are loved.  We want to know we belong.  We want to know we are needed.

The Heavenly Father loves us so immensely that He sacrificed His only Son to provide salvation for us.  The love John spoke about in John 3:16 is an agape love.  This love has nothing to do with feelings. It isn't in response to someone extending love to Him first.

The Father loves us, because He is love and chooses to be unconditionally committed to us.  He always wants what is best for us.  He pursues us.  He doesn't force Himself where He isn't wanted, but remains available for us. Only agape love will wait to be received.

Father, help us recognize Your love for us and to love others in the same way.