March 7, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Antidote for Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 (The PASSION), “For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.”

Everybody is afraid of something. We all face situations where we feel timid and afraid. For example; I believe precious few of us would not feel fear if we were to come nose–to–nose with a great white shark, or a grizzly bear. Thank God these are not every day occurrences. For some of us, speaking in front of others makes us fearful; for others it’s the fear of rejection, fear what others will think of us and say about us; these are the more normal types of fear. But whatever fear it is, suffice it to say, fear is one of the most potent emotions we can feel.

The first step in dealing with such fears is to understand that they are not from God. Folks, you don’t need to accept what God will never give you, and the Bible says He will never give you “a spirit of fear.”

Watch this; fear is a “spirit,” it is not just an emotion, it is a demon spirit and it’s contagious and transferrable; so it’s extremely important to have the right people in your life. The devil does not control our thoughts, but he will use people to influence our thoughts by transferring their fearful thoughts to us and as soon as we accept them, then he can control our lives. God will never use fear to control your life.

When you are gripped by fear, turn your gaze upon God and His Word; ask the Holy Spirit to let the perfect love of Jesus Christ flood your soul and to take away the torment of fear you’re feeling. Fear will lose its grip on you, because love is a potent antidote for fear

February 29, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 8:15, “You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear…”

Bondage to Fear

Are you being terrorized, continually threatened and your heart gripped with fear? Without question we are living in frightening times right now. When you look at events that have been transpiring around us as a family, as a society, and as a nation, is it any wonder that so many people are experiencing the horrible uncontrollable feeling of fear; fear of the future, fear of violence, fear of financial hardships, fear of loneliness, fear of personal rejection, fear of disease, fear over what to eat or drink. Mark Twain said “I have experienced many terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

Living in the “bondage of fear” is not part of God’s plan for you. The moment your imagination starts spinning out of control, use the truth of God’s Word to rein it in: Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

Fear-based thinking is physically, emotionally, and spiritually damaging. But the truth of the Word of God, the power of Jesus Christ and prayer will break the bondage to fear. You must face your fear with faith. BELIEVE THAT GOD CREATED YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU! BELIEVE THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO ENTRUST YOUR LIFE TO HIM! BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL KEEP YOU SAFE AS YOU TRUST IN HIM! Billy Graham once said, “The greatest fears are those fears of death, judgment, and eternity.” And, thank God, through the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, these fears are removed eternally.

February 22, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY

Romans 12:1, (The PASSION) “Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices.”

A living Sacrifice

A sacrifice was something that was slain; but what is a “living sacrifice”? It means that as believers, we present our bodies, and indeed all our faculties, to God as our spiritual act of worship. You put everything on the altar. Watch this; a sacrifice has no plans of its own; it’s a sacrifice. But you don’t have to die to be a sacrifice. YOU CAN BE A “LIVING SACRIFICE”.

But as someone has justly said, the problem with “living sacrifices” is that they tend to crawl off the altar. That’s because sacrificial living demands spiritual discipline and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. You can’t do it on your own and that’s why I think most of us struggle with being a “living sacrifice”. You see; Jesus must come before your ambition. Jesus must come before your spouse. Jesus must come before your pleasure. Jesus must come before your life. In other words; you say, “Here I am, Lord. I present myself; I give myself to you first and foremost.” HAVE YOU DONE THAT YET?

One of the greatest Christians who ever lived was William Booth, who founded the Salvation Army. When he was an old man, he was asked, “General Booth, what has been the secret of your life? Why has God used you so?” The old general brushed a tear out of his eye, bowed his head, and thought a moment. He said this: “God has had all there was of me. There have been men with greater brains, greater opportunities than I, but from the day I had a vision of what God could do with poor ole’ Londoner, I made up my mind that God would have all there is of William Booth.” HALLELUJAH!

February 3, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Seeking Happiness

It’s interesting that Jesus Christ began His earthly ministry with a teaching is about happiness. He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.… Blessed are they that mourn.… Blessed are the meek.… Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness.… Blessed are the merciful.… Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-10)

The Sermon on the Mount gives hope to a world desperately seeking happiness. The opening words begin with that familiar word “BLESSED.” But most modem translators of the Bible have often used the word “HAPPY” instead.

Christian philosopher, physicist, and inventor, Blaise Pascal said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.”

Do you know this secret of happiness? Many do not. Men will seek it through money, fame, power, love, security and things like that. But Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

We must recognize that in our search for happiness, we shall never get anywhere until we give up trying to find it by our own efforts and receive it instead as God’s free gift. You see, God is the source of all spiritual blessings, and in this, as in all things we must look to him. Finding happiness is as simple as that. James 1:17, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father.”

All that the world can give is a superficial happiness that depends upon circumstances. But the happiness Christ gives does not depend upon circumstances, and fills your soul with joy even in the midst of the most depressing events, because you receive it through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

February 1, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Seeking Happiness

It’s interesting that Jesus Christ began His earthly ministry with a teaching is about happiness. He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.… Blessed are they that mourn.… Blessed are the meek.… Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness.… Blessed are the merciful.… Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-10)

The Sermon on the Mount gives hope to a world desperately seeking happiness. The opening words begin with that familiar word “BLESSED.” But most modem translators of the Bible have often used the word “HAPPY” instead.

Christian philosopher, physicist, and inventor, Blaise Pascal said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.”

Do you know this secret of happiness? Many do not. Men will seek it through money, fame, power, love, security and things like that. But Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

We must recognize that in our search for happiness, we shall never get anywhere until we give up trying to find it by our own efforts and receive it instead as God’s free gift. You see, God is the source of all spiritual blessings, and in this, as in all things we must look to him. Finding happiness is as simple as that. James 1:17, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father.”

All that the world can give is a superficial happiness that depends upon circumstances. But the happiness Christ gives does not depend upon circumstances, and fills your soul with joy even in the midst of the most depressing events, because you receive it through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

January 25, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Give Generously

2 Corinthians 9:6 (The PASSION), “A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest.”

Is your area of struggle is in the area of giving and tithing? Do you think that blessings were all spiritual? Then consider this verse carefully.

As far as we know, Paul was a city dweller and did not have personal experience with agricultural life. But his observation is quite apparent: a farmer who plants a small plot probably will not enjoy as large a harvest as the farmer who plants a large plot.

You should not misunderstand what Paul is saying though. He is not saying that one should give much in order to get much in return. Jesus in Luke 21:1–4, commended the poor widow who gave only two small coins which was “all she had to live on”, rather than the rich men who “gave their gifts out of their wealth”. More important than the amount one gives is his motive in giving. Someone once said, “God gives back ‘blessings’ to those who give as a matter of ‘blessing’.”

Yet it nonetheless remains true that you cannot out-give God and that, as a general rule, those who give generously to the Lord will receive bountifully in return, but you need to practice giving freely to know this for yourself.

If this is your struggle, pray this prayer: Father, you gave everything to connect with us and give us love, forgiveness, and eternal life. Thank you for your grace. I bind my will to your will and I choose to believe the truth of your Word: “A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest.” I release all fearful thinking from my mind that I won’t have enough. I want to be a giver like you. Amen.

January 18, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Have You Prayed Yet?

Jeremiah 33:3 (The MESSAGE), “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”

Are you facing a Goliath-sized personal crisis now that cause you to feel desperate, or bankrupt, or terrified? Have you prayed about it, or are you determined to work things out through your own cleverness, or ambition?

Maybe you think you’re not able to articulate the problem so that your Heavenly Father would understand. Listen friend; God is not moved, or impressed with vocabulary! And if you cannot string three words of the Queen’s English together correctly, yet, if your soul can spill its burdens before the MOST HIGH GOD anyhow, there is power in your prayer. He is attentive to the poor, and the ignorant, and the needy; he loves to hear their cry. Somebody said, “In prayer, you take hold of God’s eagerness, not try to overcome His reluctance.”

So then, the one who says, “I cannot pray.” It is not true. GOD IS READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO INTERVENE ON YOUR BEHALF, BUT YOU MUST LEARN TO ASK HIM … AND BELIEVE!

Christian evangelist and author, Leonard Ravenhill wrote, “One might estimate the weight of the world, tell the size of the Celestial City, count the stars of heaven, measure the speed of lightning, and tell the time of the rising and setting of the sun—but nobody can estimate the power of prayer. It’s as vast as God—because He’s behind it and it’s as good as God—because He’s committed himself to answering it.” Jesus said in Mark 11:24 (The PASSION), “This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” AMEN!

January 11, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Fresh Every Morning

Lamentations 3:22–23, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease… Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Have you ever felt trapped and confused, scared and haunted, bitter and bewildered, hopeless and humiliated? Then you can imagine what it was like in 587 BC, when God’s people faced the bottomless pit of despair as the Babylonian army besieged, starved, and destroyed Jerusalem. As the people were led off in chains to Babylon, they felt that they had lost everything - their freedom, their holy city, their homes, their livelihood, their holy Temple and maybe even their God.

Maybe right now you’re experiencing trouble, hardship and losses, and feeling that deep sense of heaviness creeping over your soul, and you’re thinking, “It’s just a matter of time till I’m wiped out totally.” It was the nineteenth century Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky, who wrote; “To live without hope is to cease to live.”

Remember this, my dear friend; God’s great love and faithfulness are two of His most important attributes. Yes, your suffering is completely real. Hope is not a denial of your suffering, but you need to place you suffering and yourself in God’s hands. You see; in God’s hands, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.

Watch this; suffering is like the darkness of the night; but just as the sun rises every morning, so the comforting, compassionate character of God rises to dominate the wreckage of every situation you ever have to face. The suffering you’re experiencing is not eternal. What are eternal are GOD'S LOVE, GOD'S COMPASSION, and GOD'S FAITHFULNESS. They are new and fresh every morning!

Precious friend; cry if you have to, but through the tears sing to your faithful God:
Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

January 4, 2020

WORD FOR TODAY:

Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3 (The PASSION), “Celebrate with praises the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has shown us his extravagant mercy. For his fountain of mercy has given us a new life—we are reborn to experience a living, energetic hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

As you begin the New Year, have you wondered, “What does God have in His mind for me this year?” Listen friend; whatever your circumstances you may face, whatever the weather, whatever situations, questions, or experiences you encounter, you can wrap yourself in a hope that is alive. It is alive because He is alive, and it will never die because He lives forever. HE IS THE GOD OF HOPE!

Gloria Gaither expressed it so beautifully it in the lyrics of a song that has become very precious to us all:
Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

It is possible for a person to live up to seventy days without food. It is also possible to exist for nearly ten days without water. And one can live for up to six minutes without air. But there is one thing it is impossible to live without — AND THAT IS HOPE THAT IS ALIVE!

Living hope is committing your way to the Waymaker - Jesus Christ. Living hope is receiving nourishment from His Word daily. Living hope is pressing in to know Him more intimately. Living hope is being filled with the joy of expectation of the soon coming King. HALELLUJAH!

If you have never put your hope in God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, you need to make that decision. THAT IS WHERE LIVING HOPE BEGINS!

December 28, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

The Surrendered Life

Luke 1:38, “Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’”

Sometimes our attention tends to glide all too smoothly over the surface of those familiar words. But don’t miss the total submission of Mary to God’s will for her life. Did Mary have any inkling that, “Let it be me according to Your Word,” would mean bearing unspeakable sorrow in her own heart as she watched her Son nailed to a Roman Cross? Perhaps not; because only later did she hear Simeon say, “A sword shall pierce your own heart also.” But think about it, God worked through her surrendered life to ultimately bring about our Eternal Salvation. WOW!

I’m reminded of the story of Ann Hasseltine, born in Massachusetts in 1789, grew up in a distinguished and well-to-do family. She was highly intelligent and everyone loved her. As a teenager, Ann surrendered her life to the Lord, praying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, direct me in Thy service, and I ask no more. I would not choose my position of work, or place of labor. Only let me know Thy will, and I will readily comply.”

My precious friend; it’s not according to your age, your job, your marital status, the color of your skin, not even your economic background, BUT ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD! You see; when God speaks, the opinions of others simply don’t matter anymore. “Let it be to me according to Your Word” is the appropriate response; as a matter of fact, it’s the only totally appropriate response in any of the circumstances of life.

Somebody once said, “The world is yet to see what God can do with and through the man who is totally surrendered to Him.” Will you be that man or woman totally surrendered to Him today?

December 21, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Supernatural Peace

Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.”"

Tell me something; does your heart yearn for supernatural peace today?

Each of us experiences some level of turmoil in our everyday life. But in such a broken world, in a world torn by conflict, how can we find real peace? One of the wonderful names of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ is the PRINCE OF PEACE. Hear me well; Jesus holds the key to peace, whether its peace in our country, peace in your home, or personal peace in your heart, Jesus Christ is the key to that peace.

You know what; there never really has been peace on earth, in the sense we think of it. Wars and rumors of wars have characterized the entire two millennia since that first Christmas, and all the time before it. But you want to hear an amazing historical fact? During the thirty-three years that Jesus was on earth, there is no record of war of any kind. History does not record a single battle fought during the time when Jesus was on earth. Why? THE PRINCE OF PEACE WAS HERE.

Before He came, there was constant war, and since He left it has been much of the same. Folks; only where Jesus is, there is peace. Where Jesus is not, there can be no peace. You’ll find peace when you trust Him.

My precious friend; today, I BLESS YOU! I bless you with peace from the PRINCE OF PEACE! I bless you with peace in your home and peace in your heart in the midst of this world in turmoil. IT IS YOURS IN JESUS CHRIST, THE PRINCE OF PEACE!

December 14, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

The Guilty Conscience

Psalm 32:4. “The pain never let up, for your hand of conviction was heavy on my heart. My strength was sapped, my inner life dried up like a spiritual drought within my soul.”

Do you ever feel spiritually dry and your prayers shrivel up because God feels far away, neither seeming to answer, nor even listen? Could it be that you are harboring a sin that is causing you to feel like “the drought of summer”? Not all dryness is the result of sin, but much is. The great reformer, Martin Luther said, “One drop of a bad conscience swallows up a whole sea of worldly joy.”

Maybe your guilty conscience is caused by some habit, or sin that you are doing your best to make sure nobody else finds out about. It makes you feel a tremendous burden of guilt that keeps you awake at night and causes you to be miserable during the daytime. Or it’s like a dirty wound, and it will fester and fester and fester and fester until it is cleansed by God’s antiseptic, THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST! 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL WICKEDNESS.”

Listen; the first step to silencing a guilty conscience is to admit your guilt to God. The very fact that you feel guilty means that YOU HAVE NOT COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. Don’t let the Devil lie to you. God’s love for you has not changed. God’s love will surround you if you truly trust Him. Consent to be loved by Him, though you feel worthless in yourself, and the sunbeams of the Sun of Righteousness will fall upon your soul. Jesus’ work on the Cross accomplished our redemption from sin and cleansed our guilty consciences and produced peace in our soul. HALLELUJAH!

December 7, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Feeling Inferior

Ephesians 2:10 (The PASSION), “We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”

Comparison is the air we breathe in our culture, and it is in our fallen nature to compare ourselves to our friends, co-workers, models and actors in the media, and everyone else in their world. This almost always impacts our thoughts adversely, and causes us to feel inferior when we feel we don’t measure-up.

But feelings of inadequacy are just that - FEELINGS! And the Bible tells us that we are to base our opinions not on feelings, but on the FACT OF GOD’S WORD. When we allow ourselves to feel inadequate, we are denying what God Himself says about us.

My friend; God does not base your worth on what you have, but on WHO YOU HAVE! Do you have Jesus Christ as our personal Savior? Have you received His free gift of grace and forgiveness in your life? Do you follow, and trust Him as your Lord? Then the Bible clearly tells you that God sees you as a precious person, SOMEONE WHO IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HIM!

Can I share this with you? When you get your focus off what you think, or what others think about you, and begin to seek out what the Lord says about whom you are in His Word; the abilities, talents, and gifts He has given you, and the success that He has planned for your life; then you will be encouraged and built up in your inner being and your self–esteem will automatically begin to rise.

November 30, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

The Powerful Name

Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

Here’s my question: "Do you know God’s name?" Remember the word “God” is not a name. It is actually a title like “President” or “Prime Minister.” It describes a position. GOD'S NAME IS JESUS CHRIST. He is our strong tower, our hiding place, our stronghold! I love that. The devil would love to get to me; he would love to get to you. But he cannot, as we hide in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sir, where do you run to when the storm of trouble is battering against your life? Lady, how do you react at the first sign of hardship? Do you run directly to the tower of God’s Name, or do you jump into pits of despair, or wallow in self-pity?

ILLUSTRATION: On January 25, 1934, German Pastor, Martin Neimoller, confronted Adolph Hitler face-to-face in the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, Neimoller was later seized by the Gestapo and held in solitary confinement, and a few days later a bomb exploded in his church.

On the morning of his trial, he was led from his cell by a green-uniformed official. As the two men walked through eerie underground passageways, Neimoller felt overwhelming fear. Suddenly he heard a whispered voice: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe.” It was the guard, whispering those comforting Words. Pastor Neimoller said, “Suddenly my fear vanished.” It was replaced by an indescribable peace that stayed with him, even during the dark days to come in the Nazi concentration camps.

May you run to His Name! May you cling to Him in time of need, trial and distress. THE NAME OF THE LORD IS A STRONG TOWER INDEED!

November 23, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

The Unfailing God

Joshua 23:14, “Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!”

You remember the old hymn, “Standing on the promises of God our savior?” I’m sure that some of you do. But here’s my question, what do you do with the promises of God in the Bible? Some of you might say, “I underline them.” Some of you might say, “I memorize them.” But do you live by them? Do you make what the Apostle Peter calls the, “Exceedingly great and precious promises” your daily sustenance? ARE THEY FOOD FOR YOU HUNGRY SOUL?

Most of us would take a dying man’s word at face value. Why? Because the need for lying, hypocrisy, pretense and deception is over and so whatever is said on a deathbed can usually be trusted. So here’s Joshua on his death bed and he says, “Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!” He hopes that his words would sink deeply into our hearts, because GOD IS FAITHFUL TO EVERY PROMISE IN THE BIBLE.

Friend; humans eventually grow frail and fail, but God’s word does not. God’s Word is completely reliable. Not a single promise of God’s Word has ever failed. He has completely fulfilled every single one. God is so faithful to us, doing exactly what He has promised. He declares in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” WE CAN TRUST THE WORD OF GOD, BECAUSE WE TRUST THE GOD OF THE WORD

November 16, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

The Secret Place

Psalm 91:1, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

It’s been justly said that, “The only certainty in life is uncertainty.” Think about it; disasters strike without warning, relationships end, wars destroys nations and governments collapse. You know what it feels like when you are weak and shaken, or your life is reeling under pressures and stress? Maybe, right now, you feel like the Psalmist who wrote in Psalm 55:6, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!”

Friend, we all know we need a solid foundation to life, a foundation that cannot be shaken. WE NEED TO DISCOVER THE SECRET PLACE! Our Lord Jesus also talked about that secret place, and He taught us to go to it every day. You remember in Matthew 6:6 He said, “Whenever you pray, go into your innermost chamber and be alone with Father God, praying to him in secret. And your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.” The person who trusts in God is the one who lives close to Him in prayer. It’s not necessarily a physical place even though you may have your favorite place or closet of prayer. But that secret place of prayer is in the shadow of the Almighty where miracles are released! HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE SECRET PLACE TODAY?

Oswald Chambers wrote: “Jesus did not say—‘Dream about thy Father in secret,’ but ‘pray to thy Father in secret.’” We don’t come to inform God. We don’t come to impress God. We come to invite God into our life and circumstances. We invite Him to take control. That’s so wonderful! One man said God never moves at all except in response to the prayers of His people.

November 9, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Feeling Lonely

Hebrews 13:5, “… I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Do you ever get lonely? I’m sure you do. We all do at times. Loneliness is feeling totally alone; it is a longing for companionship. Life has a way of setting us aside, or separating us from others at times. It was the Swiss psychologist, Dr. Paul Tournier, who said, “Loneliness is the greatest malady of our age.”

There are many things that bring loneliness. Death brings loneliness. Divorce brings loneliness. Separation brings loneliness. Suffering brings loneliness. If you’ve ever been in the hospital for an extended period of time, you know what I am talking about. Old age can bring loneliness. Shakespeare said, “I wasted time, now time doth waste me.” Sometimes even success can bring loneliness. We’ve heard it said, “It’s lonely at the top.” As a matter of fact, you can be lonely in a crowd. Sometimes a crowd may increase the loneliness. A wise man said, “A big city is a place where hundreds and thousands of people are lonely together.”

Friend; Jesus truly cares when we suffer from loneliness. He alone is the ultimate answer to those who feel totally alone. Isaiah 53:3 declares, “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” That means He lived a life of loneliness. We all have a need of somebody who understands how we feel. I CAN TELL YOU THAT JESUS UNDERSTANDS! TAKE YOUR LONELINESS TO HIM IN PRAYER! FIND COMFORT IN THE WORD OF GOD!

Listen; faith in Jesus Christ involves more than just trusting Him to go to Heaven when we die. Faith includes trusting Him for sometimes the most difficult things, like hope for a way out of loneliness.

November 2, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Philippians 4:13 (NLT), “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Have you internalized a message that has become emotional baggage in your life? Maybe it’s somebody in your formative years growing up, who you looked-up to, or depended upon; and they repeatedly told you that you weren’t good for anything, weren’t worth anything, and would never amount to anything. No matter how very hard you tried to please him/her, no matter what you did, it was never quite good enough. So you think: “I’m not worth much, and I don’t really belong. I’m not as good as those around me.”

My precious friend, if this resonates with you, and you just feel like sitting in a corner, sucking your thumb and feeling inferior; why not turn that ship around and trust your self-worth on God’s opinion, which is eternal and always for your benefit? Watch this; GOD THINKS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Let your feelings of inadequacy drive you to the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved you so much that He died on a cross for you, so that when you believe on Him, you might have Eternal Life. He alone knows all that you’re capable of doing. He alone knows how to release your potential and turn it into reality. Trust Him to bring about those things in your life and do whatever He tells you to do. YOU’LL FIND YOUR ADEQUACY IN HIM! Get off the treadmill of striving for perfection in your own strength and thank Him today for the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

October 26, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 119:71 (NLT), “My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.”

You know what; if you’re a visitor from outer space, judging by the television commercials, you’d have to conclude that the people on this planet don't like pain at all. Whether it's physical pain, the pain broken relationship, the pain of a car breaking down, or whatever pain it is they hate it. They need some kind of a pill, a program or a plan for relief.

Suffering is never desirable. But your sovereign, loving Heavenly Father can make it profitable. We have often seen and understood God's goodness toward us as we see the results that come from our adversity. Listen to the Apostle Paul in Romans 5:3-4 (The PASSION), “Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance… And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope.”

My friend; GOD IS COMMITTED TO OUR CHARACTER MORE THAN HE IS TO OUR COMFORT! Too many of us run from suffering at all cost, or we self-medicate so we can ignore it, or we complain and become angry at God. The truth is that, most often, it took that affliction to get us to obey Him and prompts us to turn in the right direction.

Are you enduring a painful affliction right now? Hand it over to the Lord in prayer. Then medicate yourself on "GOD'S MEDICINE" - the Word of God, and thank God for the life lessons which He has already planned to grow you. Embrace the promise of God in Isaiah 61:3, “I WILL GIVE YOU BEAUTY FOR ASHES!”

October 19, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.”

Do you find yourself going through life without ever knowing God, or struggle to give Him His rightful place in your life? If so, this may be the marvelous promise you have been waiting to hear. But the idea about “SEEKING,” is not an issue of idle curiosity or mild interest; it must be the passion of one’s life. In other words, we cannot be casual about this matter of seeking the Lord; the idea means to look for and search for, inquire about, investigate, pursue, strive after God with our whole heart. Jeremiah 29:13, “You will find me when you seek me, IF YOU LOOK FOR ME IN EARNEST.”

But my precious friend; the “SEEKING” implies not only a promise, but also a warning. There is a sense of urgency in this call, for the time is not unlimited. The opportunity to respond to God’s call for an intimate relationship does not last forever. THIS IS THE TIME! GOD CAN BE FOUND NOW! SEEK HIM NOW! If we do not seek the Lord now, it may be too late to do so later.

But watch this; it isn’t that God is hidden, and can only be found now. It is that He can only be found when our hearts are inclined to look for Him, and that inclination itself is a gift from God! It is the Holy Spirit who comes and whispers, “GO PRAY. TAKE A HALF HOUR AND READ THE BIBLE. DRAW CLOSE TO ME AND I WILL DRAW CLOSE TO YOU.” I’m not saying you’ll necessarily hear an audible voice; these are impressions that tug on your heart. If you put them off, you may find you missed a unique opportunity to receive a healing, a blessing, or a marvelous work of God in your life - NOW!

October 12, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (The PASSION), “In the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”

Did you hear that? “IN THE MIDST OF EVERYTHING BE ALWAYS GIVING THANKS!” This is not saying we should give thanks for everything, BUT IN EVERYTHING. Why is that? Because we recognize God’s sovereign hand is in charge, and not blind fate or chance.

Somebody says, “Wait a minute Pastor, are you saying when I go to the doctor and get a bad report, give thanks?” YES! “You mean, when I lose my job, give thanks?” YES! “You mean, when disappointment and discouragement hits my life, give thanks?” YES! “You mean, when my plans are thwarted, and friends betray me, and my children have forgotten me, that I am to give thanks?” YES! What God means is to thank Him for His presence and power as we walk through such trials. You see, in Christ Jesus there is victory and triumph over all circumstances, no matter how terrible, we can thank God for the victory He has given us through Christ.

The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon said, “I have not always found it easy to practice this duty; this I confess to my shame.” Not thanking God is a terrible oversight, and one that may be terribly easy to do, especially when your day is busy. But busy days are best organized by God. Over and over, that truth becomes apparent when you offer up your day to God with thanksgiving; it is then you begin to release the power of God in your life. My precious friend; remember to be thankful today, “FOR THIS IS GOD’S PERFECT PLAN FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS!”

October 5, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 103:1 (AMP), “BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!”

You know what it feels like when you face an emotional crisis and the circumstances are spinning out of control? What are you to do then? Well, you can have a pity party and slide into depression, or if you need to, get up and walk around the room and speak aloud to God. These are the times when you must force yourself to think about the goodness of God and talk to yourself.

Listen how David talks to his own soul, his immortal nature, which he defines as all that is within him, all his senses and faculties, saying, “COME ON, SOUL, GET ENGAGED. BLESS THE HOLY NAME OF GOD.” Watch this; to bless literally means to convey prosperity or happiness upon another. This is awesome when you think about it, because it means that we actually have the ability to bring the Lord happiness. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) says, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” In other words, when you bless the Lord, the source of all blessings, it comes back to you, BIG-TIME!

What am I saying? When the world is on top of you, focus your thoughts on God! Focus on God’s unconditional love for you. Focus on His power and ability to control whatever you’re going through right now. Focus on the fact that He is always-listening and He hears you and His always-watchful eye sees you night or day. Focus on His loving arms wrapped around you, lifting you up to safety, provision, and peace! Then say with a shout of triumph: “BLESS THE LORD O MY SOUL!”

September 28, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Does a sense of peace seem to you, nothing more than at the most a beautiful dream? The human heart longs for peace. You see, we all face stress. The death of someone you loved, an accident on your way home, or the loss of your job can leave you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, doubt, and confusion. We all know that money can buy the things of this world but cannot satisfy our inner longing for peace.

It's a given. At times, our world is very chaotic. However, nothing we encounter is beyond God’s reach. No problem is too great for Him to solve. No stress is too much for Him to handle. Jesus understands what it feels like to be under pressure. Listen again to His promise to you: “You will keep in perfect peace …” It literally means “PEACE, PEACE.” This double emphasis indicates a peace that goes beyond human comprehension. IT IS A PEACE THAT REALLY IS A PEACE.

Right now, in your current situation do you trust the Lord Jesus totally? Are you leaning entirely upon Him and Him alone? My friend, it’s been justly said that what we fix our minds or hearts on has direct relationship to the level of peace we possess. Nothing but the Lord Jesus Christ ever completely satisfies, because your soul was made for Him. Corrie Ten Boom said, “If you look around, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look to Jesus, you’ll be at rest.” That is where the peace comes from. HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE!

September 21, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 1:18 (The MESSAGE), “Come. Sit down.” Let’s argue this out. This is God’s Message: “If your sins are blood-red, they’ll be snow-white. If they’re red like crimson, they’ll be like wool.”

There are, it is said, seven wonders in the world, but the wonders of the grace of God are seventy times seven, every second of every day, and still more besides. My friend; God Himself provides the redemption “… with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”

Have you failed miserably? Decide for Christ. Give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. BRING ALL YOUR SINS TO HIM. He will forgive, and He will not hold grudges. Every stain, every blot, every blur, every blemish, He will bury in the grave of God’s forgetfulness. Precious friend; when you come to Jesus, I PROMISE YOU ON THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD OF GOD, THAT HE WILL CLEANSE YOU.

Pastor, Dr. Clyde Meadows, tells of a young man sentenced to the electric chair for murder. For several weeks he tried to convince this convicted murderer that God would graciously forgive him for the sake of Jesus Christ. But there was always the complaint that his sin was so great, so black that God could not save him. The night before he was to be executed, Pastor Meadows read him this Scripture verse, “THOUGH YOUR SINS ARE LIKE SCARLET, I WILL MAKE THEM AS WHITE AS SNOW.” The young man jumped to his feet, shouting, “I see it now. I see, God will forgive me, He will!” On March 27, 1938, he went to the death chamber with Dr. Meadows staying close by his side. It was just a few minutes before the execution, when he turned to the pastor and with a big smile and said, “Rev. Meadows, one thing I want you to know, that I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ that you preach is real and I’m ready to die by it.” HALLELUJAH!

September 14, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Luke 11:4, “…And lead us not into temptation.”

What does “Lead us not into temptation” mean? Some people think this is one one of the most puzzling verses in the Bible. They believe that God leads us into temptation and so we must beg him to stop doing it. But that cannot be so, because James 1:13 makes this clear: “When you are tempted don’t ever say, ‘God is tempting me,’ for God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he is never the source of temptation.”

Temptation often comes not at our strongest, but our weakest moments. When we are at the limit of our patience, love, etc., we are tempted to act in an un-Christian manner. So when we pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” we are simply praying, “Do not allow us to come under the sway of temptation that will overpower us and cause us to sin.”

You know what; some of us really have no strong desire to overcome temptation. But friend, if you would like to be a victor rather than a victim, an overcomer rather than be overcome, you can study the lives of some great Christians of our time; people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. They faced some serious trials and tribulations, but their great trials made them into spiritual giants. James 1:2 & 3 Declares, “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can… For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things.”

September 7, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Are you feeling depressed or discouraged? Has life gotten you down? If so, put your hope in the living Word of God, by which you will prevail in the midst of every circumstance or adversity. The Bible likens hope in the promises of God to an “ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL,” keeping us “FIRM AND SECURE.” Why? It’s because the promises of God’s Word are eternally firm and unchanging and a sure foundation on which we can rest our faith.

Look at our Scripture verse again. It says, “AND WE KNOW THAT GOD CAUSES EVERYTHING TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD.” Do you see it? There are “NO IFS”, “NO ANDS”, and NO BUTS” about it. This is an ironclad promise of God. IT CANNOT FAIL! The great preacher of another era, Dr. F. B. Meyer said, "If any promise of God should fail, the Heaven would clothe themselves with sackcloth. The sun, the moon, and the stars would reel from their courses. The universe would rock. And, a hollow wind would moan through a ruined creation the awful message that God can lie. But, thank God, while many may lie, God cannot lie. He abides faithful."

My friend, I want you to get this unshakeable promise into your heart and in your soul today. In the midst of whatever you’re facing right now, you can say with confidence: “I don’t care what happens, I don’t care how bad it may seem, I know, that I know, that I know, that this is going to work together for my good and for the glory of God.

August 31, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

John 14:12–14, “I tell you the truth … You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father…YES, ASK ME FOR ANYTHING IN MY NAME, AND I WILL DO IT!”

Do you desire to do “Great things for God”? YOU NEED TO PRAY! The power of the disciples originated in prayer. Jesus said, “ASK ME FOR ANYTHING IN MY NAME, AND I WILL DO IT!” That is, “ANYTHING” we ask in Jesus’ name He will do! WOW! There are no limits to the power of prayer.

But, you know what; we usually ask Jesus for such small things. But He can do anything. The great missionary, William Carey said, “Expect Great Things from God, Attempt Great Things for God.” Ephesians 3:20 declares, “He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” So let us stop setting limits on Jesus Christ by our small prayers!

Here’s another thing; some of us are confused about whether we should pray to God or to Jesus. Well, it makes no difference. It does not matter whether we pray to Jesus or to God; they both hear and answer together. Did you notice in the passage of Scripture that Jesus Himself answers our prayers? In other words; God answers your prayers. Jesus answers your prayers. God and Jesus do everything together. Here’s the key: when we pray in Jesus’ name, we pray with HIS AUTHORITY. We pray for HIS SAKE. We pray according to HIS WILL. When we pray in this way, Jesus promises do ANYTHING we ask!

August 24, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 11:3 (The PASSION), “What can the righteous accomplish when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?”

So you’ve tried to live a righteous life and yet stuff happens for which there seem to be no answers. When a crisis strikes, the first impulse for many is to run. Countless people ruin their lives in an attempt to escape their problems. Some have become addicted to drugs and alcohol because they repeatedly turned to these harmful substances for a few moments of relief. THIS IS NOT GOD’S WILL!

Precious soul, you can go on being righteous. And you can stand against the evil schemes of the enemy in the power of the Christ. How? LOOK TO THE LORD! He is the only one to whom we can look when the foundations of life are shaken, and He is the one to whom we must look if we are to stand firm in unsettling times. Trust in the Lord is an antidote for life’s threatening dangers. HE IS YOUR TRUE FOUNDATION! Somebody once said: “In trusting in God, the sparrow becomes an eagle, mounting above the storm, and delighting itself in the eternal sunshine of the Father’s face!”

Charles Wesley knew it. He wrote of times like these:
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
All my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head!

August 17, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Matthew 6:25 (NLT), “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

My friend; what are you worried about today? Worry has become an obsession in our modem world. But worry can be deadly! Medical science has closely tied worry to heart trouble, blood pressure problems, ulcers, thyroid malfunction, migraine headaches, and a host of stomach disorders.
Just look at all the things that Jesus says to not worry about. Don’t worry about everyday stuff, like finances. Don’t worry about food. Don’t worry about fashion. Don’t worry about health. Just don’t worry about these things. But don’t misunderstand what Jesus is saying here. He is not suggesting that you should not prepare for life, that you be lazy, shiftless, and thoughtless with a no-care attitude. God does not endorse slothfulness, or lack of initiative, or lack of planning and effort. You see; when we are so focused upon the things of the world, maybe even good things in and of themselves, it keeps us from walking in the fullness and enjoyment of the life God has for us.
Remember the two cardinal rules of life; RULE #1: “DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!” RULE #2: “IT’S ALL SMALL STUFF!” My precious friend; the antidote to worry is trusting God to take care of the small stuff of your life. Invite Him to get involved in the details of your life. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 (The PASSION), “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, FOR HE ALWAYS TENDERLY CARES FOR YOU.” (emphasis mine)

August 10, 2019

Genesis 2:18, “Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.'"

Are you struggling with feelings of loneliness? Does it feel like these are the only emotions you’ll have for the rest of your life? Your situation is not hopeless. Jesus knows what it feels like to be abandoned, betrayed, and isolated. He understands because He experienced the same things when He was on earth. Hebrews 2:14 declares, “Since all his “CHILDREN” have flesh and blood, so Jesus became human to fully identify with us.” Remember that Adam was ALONE in the Garden of Eden; but there was no indication that he was ever LONELY. Interestingly, the word ALONE appears 118 times in Scripture, but rarely is it synonymous with the word LONELY. We were created to live in relationship with each other and with God.

My precious friend; if you have drifted away from Jesus Christ and the comfort of being filled with His Holy Spirit, then return to His loving embrace with confession and repentance. This is the first step toward overcoming the negative emotions of loneliness. Looking to anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of your loneliness leads to disappointment and a greater sense of anxiety. St. Augustine once said, “YOU HAVE MADE US FOR YOURSELF, O GOD, AND OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS UNTIL THEY FIND REST IN THEE!”

August 3, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

2 Corinthians 12:8-9, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away… Each time he said, “MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

What was Paul’s “Thorn in the flesh?” No one is really sure. Maybe the Holy Spirit has purposefully left it vague in order to make it easier for us to fill in the blank with our own thorn. SO WHAT IS YOUR THORN? What have you begged God to change, to heal, to take away? Do you have an infirmity you’ve begged God to take away, but he hasn’t … at least, not yet? Have you learned that the weaker you are, the more you need to lean on God? Paul said, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take away” my thorn. He didn’t just pray for help, he pleads for it, begging repeatedly. And what was God’s response to His most faithful and trusted servant? “MY GRACIOUS FAVOR IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN YOUR WEAKNESS.”

You know what; in the midst of his suffering and God saying “NO” to his prayer, Paul continues to preach about the goodness of God, and the power of God. Friend, you gotta get this; he still has the thorn, but it never prevents him from glorifying God. AMAZING! Anybody can say they are happy when the birds are singing and the sky is blue and the bills are paid. But when tragedy hits you, can you still give glory to God? It’s great to praise God for miracles. But let’s not forget to praise Him even when He says “NO!”

July 27, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

James 1:2 (The PASSION), “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!”

James is saying that an outward trial, rather than being a reason for unhappiness, can be a ground for “YOUR GREATEST JOY.” That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Sometimes you read something in the Bible and you say to yourself, “If I had read this anywhere else, I wouldn’t have believed it.” YET THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUTH! Let me illustrate it for you: Several years ago Pastor Lloyd John Ogilvie, in his book titled, “Drumbeat of Love”, tells how he underwent the worst year of his life. His wife had undergone five major surgeries, plus radiation and chemotherapy, several of his staff members had departed, large problems loomed, and he was so discouraged. But he wrote: “The greatest discovery that I have made in the midst of all the difficulties is that I can have joy when I can’t feel like it—artesian joy. When I had every reason to feel beaten, I felt joy. In spite of everything, [God] gave me the conviction of being loved and the certainty that nothing could separate me from him. It was not happiness, gush, or jolliness but a constant flow of the Spirit through me… JOY IS ALWAYS THE RESULT OF THAT.”

Whenever waves of doubt and concern threaten to overcome you in times of trouble, remember that GOD IS YOUR SOLID ROCK, and that the trials can serve a purpose, to prove and improve your faith and to give you an attitude of joy.

July 29, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

2 Samuel 18:33, “The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears. And as he went, he cried, “O MY SON ABSALOM! MY SON, MY SON ABSALOM! If only I had died instead of you! O ABSALOM, MY SON, MY SON.”

King David had just heard the news of his son’s Absalom’s death. What you’re hearing is the cry which comes from a heart overwhelmed with grief and sorrow. CAN YOU FEEL THE PATHOS? Have your eyes watered with tears recently? The things that make you cry tell a lot about your value system. Our Lord Jesus wept openly twice. The first time was at the tomb of Lazarus. There He wept quietly. Then He wept openly over the city of Jerusalem. Jesus knew what was in their future. He knew that within 40 years the city would be devastated and hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered. IT BROKE HIS HEART! Watch this; the Greek word that is used to describe His weeping this time, speaks of bitter anguish as though one were mourning for a dead spouse. His disciples must have been amazed.

When was the last time you cried before God about something that breaks His heart? MAYBE IT’S TIME TO TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE? If you haven’t wept before God in a long time, maybe you need to repent of a hard heart. You know what; the harder your heart has become, the deeper you will need to repent. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a sensitive, repentant heart that weeps over the things that grieves the heart of God.

July 13, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 8:38-39 (The PASSION), “So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love…There is no power above us or beneath us— no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!”

Tell me something precious Saint; DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE ETERNALLY SECURE IN THE LOVE OF GOD? If there were no other verse in the Bible that dealt with eternal security, then these would cover every base. Here we see Paul ransacking the universe to find a single thing, situation, or circumstance that could ever separate you from the love of God. AND HE FOUND NOTHING! Scottish minister, teacher, and author, Dr. David Smith, said that the Apostle Paul, “Conjures; he marshals before him; he names over in all their greatest horror every conceivable trouble which afflicts the soul of man; he calls them up and he passes them in review before him, and he bids them do their worst, and sets them all at defiance.” In other words, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING will ever separate you and me from God’s eternal, unchanging love!

Somebody says, “What happens when I sin?” Watch this; the mistakes you make and the sins you commit after you have accepted Jesus Christ do not separate you from God’s love. The Holy Spirit will convict you of these sins so you can confess them, repent of them, be forgiven, and then you change your future behavior for your good. BUT YOU WILL NEVER CEASE TO BE GOD’S BELOVED CHILD! So I ask of you: Is this your testimony? Have you been persuaded of these truths, just as Paul was? Can you say, “I no longer have any doubts? I know that my God loves me and He will keep me safe until the very end?”

July 6, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 3:5-6 (The PASSION), “So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby— then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory…Even though dark powers prowl around me, I won’t be afraid.”

You know what it feels like when troubles keep you awake at night? Has fear robbed you of sleep lately? You toss and turn with your mind racing a mile a minute. Or you just lay there staring out into the blackness as time ever so slowly passes into what seems like an eternity. King David was under such intense pressure fleeing from his own son Absalom, who was in hot pursuit to kill him and take the throne. You would think that under such circumstances that sleep might be impossible, but David slept like a baby. How could he sleep at a time like that? What is the secret? Here it is: SLEEP IS GOD’S BLESSING TO US! Psalm 127:2 (AMP), “He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.” Can you just hear David saying, “God, I’m not going to sweat over it. You take the night shift, I’m going to sleep.” Friend; you can also receive God’s blessing of sleep even in the most troubling times. Some precious Saint wrote this prayer: “Begone, dull, worrying care! Let me rest sweet Faith and Hope, close mine eyes and still my heart. Jesus, give me sleep, and in sleeping give me my heart’s desire, that I may awake and be satisfied. Amen!" LET GO, AND LET GOD SHOULDER THE BURDEN!

June 29, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY

Genesis 25:21, “Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.”

How is you prayer life today? Most husbands today would probably criticize his wife for not being able to bear children. Some might even go out and have affairs. But Isaac loved his wife and prayed for her that she might have a child. He didn’t just pray once, or twice, or for a month, or for a year, but he kept on praying for twenty long years. The Bible declares, GOD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER AND REBEKAH CONCEIVED. But watch this; if Rebekah does not conceive, Jacob is not born, and there will be no Twelve Tribes, which was to form the nucleus of the nation of Israel through which the Savior would come. Isaac did not know all of that, but he knew enough to pray about Rebekah’s problem. My precious friend; prayer lays the groundwork for God to step in and bless your marriage, to bless your children, to bless your home, to bless your finances, to bless your health. He can bring life to those unresponsive areas of our lives in ways we never imagined. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER QUIT PRAYING!

June 22, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 1:16 (The PASSION), “I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved— the Jew first, and then people everywhere!

Has Jesus come into your life and radically transformed your heart, and He has been continuing this “GOOD WORK” in you ever since? After such a miraculous encounter, is there a fire of conviction building within to share your faith? It almost feels like you’re compelled to share what has happened to you, but it goes deeper than that. You’re desperate to see others find and enjoy the same freedom in Jesus Christ that you have found. After the Prophet Jeremiah had his encounter with God, he felt a kind of “HEARTBURN” and he couldn’t keep quiet. He wrote, “BUT IF I SAY, ‘FORGET IT! NO MORE GOD-MESSAGES FROM ME!’ THE WORDS ARE FIRE IN MY BELLY, A BURNING IN MY BONES. I’M WORN OUT TRYING TO HOLD IT IN.” (Jeremiah 20:9) My friend, share your faith every chance you get. The results will not be due to your own abilities, or powers of persuasion; but, rather, to the power of the message of Jesus Christ. IT’S THE GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE! St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying, “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words!”

June 15, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY

Matthew 6:9, “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.”

Do you feel like you have to wrench a response from a reluctant God when you pray? That's a lack of knowledge of the the God of the Bible. Jesus taught us to come to Him as our kind, loving, generous, and understanding “ABBA FATHER.” Do you know what that means? It means “DADDY, FATHER.” Have you ever thought about God as a DADDY? We pray to our Heavenly Father Who desires to be intimate with us, because He loves us with a love that surpasses all understanding. Watch this; prayer is not something we have invented. JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY! “DADDY FATHER” WANTS US TO PRAY! So go ahead, precious child, lift your heart up to “DADDY, FATHER” under all circumstances and in all situations. He loves to hear His children pray and loves that we all expect help from Him. BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!

June 8, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Zechariah 9:12, “Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope…”

Are you a prisoner of despair, or a PRISONER OF HOPE? There are so many hearts today that are held in bondage by Satan, sin, circumstances and a host of other things. But there is a special invitation from God Himself if you’re living in despair today: “RETURN TO YOUR FORTRESS, O PRISONERS OF HOPE.” Friend, take courage, however desperate your circumstances appear and find hope in the word of God: “Those who hope in the Lord will be happy and pleased! Our help comes from the God of Jacob! You keep all your promises. You are the Creator of heaven’s glory, earth’s grandeur, and ocean’s greatness. The oppressed get justice with you. The hungry are satisfied with you. Prisoners find their freedom with you. You open the eyes of the blind and you fully restore those bent over with shame. You love those who love and honor you.” (Psalm 146:5-8) Somebody said: “The Bible is a window in this prison of hope.” The prisoners of hope are those who, even though still enduring difficulty, continue to hope in God and his promises. Prisoners of hope, your liberator Jesus Christ is near. Trust Him and be set free! And watch this; HE PROMISES TO RESTORE TWICE AS MUCH TO YOU!

June 1, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

2 Corinthians 12:9, “…My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness…”

Are you now enduring a season of confusion, suffering and pain? You’ve prayed, and prayed some more, with tears, yet you’ve received no answer. Perhaps you’re tempted to think that it is not the will of God to answer, or you may think that the days when God answered prayer, if He ever did, are over. NOT TRUE! Rather than complain or become angry at God, remember the Apostle Paul and how he joyfully submitted to God’s will. He discovered that God’s grace truly was sufficient, even in the midst of pain, suffering and turmoil. The promise of Jesus still holds true: “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE, NEVER! AND I WILL NOT LOOSEN MY GRIP ON YOUR LIFE!” My dear friend, He may not make your problems go away, but He will be with you in whatever crisis, nourishing you with Himself, sustaining you by His amazing grace and vitalizing you by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. Then, like Paul, you can also say, “I WILL CELEBRATE MY WEAKNESSES, FOR WHEN I’M WEAK I SENSE MORE DEEPLY THE MIGHTY POWER OF CHRIST LIVING IN ME.”

May 26, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”

Money in and of itself is not evil. What is wrong is to misuse one’s wealth. Paul tells us in 1 Tim. 6:10 that it is the ‘LOVE OF MONEY’ that is ‘a root of all sorts of evil’. For example, some people pursue wealth at the expense of family, worship, and rest. Many try to get rich by deceiving and defrauding others. They forget that a just God is watching over their business transactions. God is the owner and source of all wealth. The Bible teaches that it is beneficial to have wealth and that it is God who gives the power to get wealth. Abraham, Job, David, and Solomon all enjoyed great material blessing from God. Watch this; you want to be rich? LET GOD BLESS YOU! “It’s the blessing of the Lord makes a person rich.” So get to the place where God’s blessing will flow to you. Somebody says, “What’s the pathway into the blessing of God?” Are you ready for this tremendous truth? Here it is. The pathway to blessing and prosperity is: YOU GIVE, or SOW A SEED. The Bible says that God will restore, replenish, pour back and continually exponentially increase your harvest. You give to God, He gives back. YOU CAN’T OUT GIVE GOD!

May 18, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Are you enthusiastic believer in Christ, but you're battling cancer? There is nothing more bewildering than doing what is right and then watching things fall apart. Or what about adversity that comes as a result of things over which you have no control? Some people have had irreparable damage done to their faith as a result of adversity. But others have demonstrated that their faith grows stronger and their spirit remain triumphant. Somebody wrote this poem to encourage weary souls:

Cancer Is So Limited:
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.

Pray healing based on Isaiah 53:3–5
Surely He has borne ________’s griefs
And carried ________’s sorrows;
Yet ________ esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for ________’s transgressions,
He was bruised for ________’s iniquities;
The chastisement for ________’s peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes ________ is healed.

May 11, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

To “TASTE” is, as we say, to “TRY” a mouthful of something, with a view to experiencing and appreciating its flavor. So it’s been justly said that, “A Christian with an experience is never at the mercy of an unbeliever with an argument.” Do you want to know how good God is? TASTE HIM! Somebody said, “Praise is the taste buds of the soul.” You have taste buds in your soul for tasting, for experiencing spiritual things. Taste and experience that God is good! Watch this; we have a tendency to say, “If I can see it, then I’ll taste it.” But the Lord’s way is TO TASTE IT FIRST, THEN YOU’LL SEE IT. You see, when you praise God, God responds. God reveals Himself to you as you lift your heart to Him in praise. And when this happens, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU KNOW, THAT GOD IS GOOD! Have you tasted and seen for yourself yet? Spend time with Him TODAY in the shade of His presence, eating of His fruit. OOOOH, HOW SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS!

May 4, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

PSALM 34:17–19, "The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time."

Russian novelist and historian, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: "It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirring of good. Gradually, it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes, not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through all human hearts. SO, BLESS YOU, PRISON, FOR HAVING BEEN IN MY LIFE." My precious friend, what has your crisis done to you or for you? Let me share a prayer I read with you: "May God himself surround you with tender mercies and divine strength. May He heal your broken heart and restore your sense of hope. May He give you precious times of rest while you work through your grief. And may He show you that He’s not finished with you yet. He has a beautiful plan that will bless your heart. He’ll restore and redeem every lost thing! Rest in Him today." I BLESS YOU IN HIS WONDERFUL NAME!!!

April 27, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 136:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Maybe you had a bad experience in church some years ago, or someone misrepresented God somewhere along the line to you, or you had some type of a bad experience and you think that God is out to ruin your life. Maybe you came from a broken home where your father neglect you, mistreated you and even abandoned you. And perhaps you have taken that same baggage, so to speak, and you have transferred it onto your heavenly Father. One thing that is clear in the Bible is that GOD IS GOOD. He is the ultimate standard of GOOD and all that He does is worthy of approval. But the Bible also says that GOD IS LOVE. Not merely that God has love. Or that He is loving. But it actually tells us that GOD IS LOVE. God’s love is unchanging. It is consistent. It is inexhaustible. Here’s the good news … HE LOVES YOU! YES, YOU! Just as you are, right where you are. He loves you no matter what you do. He loves you no matter how you feel. You need to remember that. Don’t run from Him. His plans for you are good and wrapped in enduring love.

April 20, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Mark 15:24, “And they crucified Him…”

What incredible restraint! Especially when one considers that death by crucifixion was of all deaths the most shameful and most horrible death of horror; and one only inflicted on pagans and on those of whom it was meant to make a horrible example. Cicero said, “IT IS THE CRUELEST AND MOST HIDEOUS PUNISHMENT POSSIBLE.” This was the death inflicted on Jesus, the Son of God, WHOSE ONLY CRIME WAS GRACE, TRUTH, MERCY, AND WHOSE MISSION HERE WAS ONE OF REDEEMING LOVE! Colossians 2:14, "For in the Son all our sins are canceled and we have the release of redemption through his very blood." Watch this, under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, Mark does not does not play on our emotions when he describes the crucifixion, as modern writers might do. He simply records the facts, for that is enough to move us. Is the glory of the Cross the happiest beauty to your redeemed soul?

April 13, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God … I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?”

When was the last time you told God how deeply you yearn for His presence? The Psalmist did! Maybe it was in a dry region he saw a deer drinking water from a stream and he began to feel emotionally and spiritually dehydrated, which prompted him to cry out to God from the bottom of his heart: “LORD, THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. MY HEART IS THIRSTY. MY SOUL IS LONGING FOR YOU, MY GOD.” It was St. Augustine who said: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” Does your soul feel like a parched deer searching desperately for water in the wilderness? My friend, your soul is craving the energizing STRENGTH, HOPE, and JOY found only in the Lord. Come to the Lord. DRINK OF HIM. DRAW NIGH TO HIM and He’ll draw nigh to you!

April 6, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered … I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”

Have you ever thought that God is fully aware of you? The God of perfect knowledge is attuned to you and to your every thought and movement. Because He has searched you, and He knows your situation so perfectly, you can trust him to work in you His good and perfect will for your life. Watch this; God’s means of guidance are infinite, so He doesn’t play games with us. He does not look down from Heaven at our struggles to navigate life, or to know His will and say, “I HOPE YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND FOLLOW THROUGH.” Not at all! Rather, in His time and in His way, He will lead you in the perfect path He has chosen just for you, before the world was even created. My dear friend, remember God is aware of everything, and He is especially aware of you. Trust Him to guide you. He will lead you all the way BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT … ALWAYS

March 30, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies … My cup overflows with blessings.”

How do you view God? As a bearded grandfather seated in Heaven, wagging his finger at your feeble attempts to survive the pressures of life? Watch this; in the presence of your enemies, surrounded by adversity, inundated with imminent danger, your God prepares a table … A FEAST FIT FOR A KING. Why? Because He is generous! So we lack nothing we need. Don’t miss this; we may not have riches, BUT WE WILL NOT LACK. We may not have what our neighbors have, BUT WE WILL NOT LACK. Our Faithful Shepherd supplies all our needs. My dear friend, have you accepted His invitation to be the honored guest at His banquet yet? Do you know that He does more than simply provide for you? He also protects and supports you strongly against whatever enemy that dares to come against you, and if all that wasn’t enough, He lavishes His blessings on you!

March 23, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

The fact that God speaks at all to His people indicates His wonderful grace. HE DOESN'T MAKE SUGGESTIONS! His WORD is an infallible guide for living. For example, you know what it feels like when you gradually may become disoriented, and seem to lose your sense of God’s care and love, and maybe even begin to wonder if He exists. God understands your frailty in these times and provides you with the sure and certain guide of His WORD to direct and uphold you. You can cling to God’s Word when “DARKNESS OF THE SOUL” threatens. Without this guidance, life is empty and disappointing. Listen, if you truly want to know God, receive a constant source of encouragement, instructions on how to have hope in hopeless situations, and be able to walk in His victory when defeat seems imminent, then SATURATE YOURSELF IN HIS WORD!

March 16, 2019

WORD FOR TODAY:

Nehemiah 8:10 “… Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Before I came into a relationship with the Lord, I thought that the Christian life was boring. NO FUN AT ALL! But when you “KNOW” Christ, when He is present in your heart, He does three things: He convicts of sin, He forgives sin, and He offers PERSONAL INTIMACY AND JOY. It’s the JOY that springs up in your heart because of your relationship to the Lord. It’s a God-given GLADNESS found ONLY in communion with God. But how is the joy of the Lord is your strength? It’s like this; when you “KNOW” that the Eternal, Almighty, ever Loving God is FOR YOU and that He is always present WITH YOU and His eternal love for you that CANNOT BE DESTROYED and He supervises all things for YOUR BENEFIT. My dear friend; if you can’t be joyous over that and face life with His Holy Spirit inspired boldness ... CHECK YOUR PULSE!

March 9, 2019

Numbers 23:19 (The MESSAGE), “God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?”

This tells us a wonderful truth about God. It tells us, dear friend, if God says He will do it, you can bank on it. God cannot lie. Do you know what a good definition of men is? THEY LIE! We live in a day when man’s word means little, whether it’s a treaty between nations, a business contract, or a marriage contract. Sometimes it’s just a scrap of paper that a so-called “good lawyer” will help you to disregard. But I want to tell you, when God speaks, He’ll make it good. He has the integrity to keep His Word. He doesn’t tell us these things to make us doubt. He tells them to us so we’ll believe them and always be a prisoner of hope, because HIS WORDS, HIS PROMISES, ARE ALWAYS FULFILLED! Whose WORD are you banking on?

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