Monday, April 23, 2018

Grace for your spieir 4-23-18

Grace for your spirit
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  I Timothy 1:5

Too often the goal of our teaching is external change.  We want to see people baptized, worshiping regularly, and working in the church.  God  knows that when we change our inside, the outside evidences will follow.  God goals are love, pure hearts, good consciences, and sincere faith.  When anyone adopts those kinds of changes in their lives, obedience and service will be evident.  Let's direct our teachings toward the heart and spirit.  It's a good strategy for ourselves as well.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-20-18

Grace for your spirit
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.   Isaiah 53:2

For centuries people have speculated what Jesus looked like.  Some people think the famous paintings are actually pictures of Him.  In reality, most of these pictures show Him the way we wish He looked.
Specifically, tall, dark, and handsome.  The only hint we get is in Isaiah.  Jesus wants to be attractive by His spirit of love and caring.  Everything about Him made Him our Savior and King.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-19-18

Grace for your spirit
For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind.  The standing
grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.  Hosea 8:7

When God's people turned their backs on Him, they were very busy building idols to bring them prosperity.  They later found out that being busy with the wrong things the wrong way, does not bring a great life. The whirlwind was their losses and eventually losing everything.  There will always be someone telling us there is a better way than trusting God. Let's turn our back on them and not on God.  Blessing will come.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-18-18

Grace for your spirit
If your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction.  I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me.    Psalm 119:92-93

God has promised us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  All his promises and our solutions to life's greatest problems are found in the  Word of God.  When we delight in His Law, spend time in His Word, then we will surely discover great riches.  Riches that will deliver us and revive us again and again.  Let it be our delight and enjoy His benefits.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-17-18

Grace for your spirit
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come"  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.  Revelation 22:17

All Christians are the bride of Christ and invited to the ultimate experience; the Marriage Supper of the Lamb."  All Christian should spread the joy of this event by inviting everyone to accept Christ and be a part of Him, the bridegroom.  When we decide to die to sin and be born again, it is our R.S.V.P to Jesus.  We are responding to His invitation to be joined with Him eternally.  Let's R.S.V.P today.  All excuses ceasing.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-16-18

Grace for your spirit
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16

We are blessed so we can bless others.  We are forgiven so we can forgive others too.  It is the spiritual cycle of life, like water returning to clouds and bringing rain.  If all the blessings and forgiveness that comes to us stops with us, we are failing to sacrifice in a way that pleases God.  When we "short circuit" God's cycle, we endanger continued blessing for ourselves.  Freely receive, freely give.  Repeat.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-13-18

Grace for your spirit
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;  When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.  Proverbs 17:28

There's an old saying; "Better to keep your mouth shut and let everything think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."  It certainly shows a lot of godly wisdom to think about what is prudent before we start to talk.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Let's listen to Him and gain our wisdom before we share anything with others.  Ask God for the grace to hold back.