Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1--23-18

Grace for your spirit
Do not fear what you are about to suffer.  Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life.  Revelation 2:10

When I was a kid running the streets, many times our group would face difficult, even dangerous situations.  We always had one confident guy who would lead the way and give us confidence that we could do it too.  Jesus is that guy for us.  As we look at all the challenges placed before us, we can see that He did it all first for us.  He was tested, tried, was faithful unto death, and received His crown.  Where He guides, He always provides.  May that give us confidence.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-22-18

Grace for your spirit
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; It leads only to evildoing.  Psalm 37:8

God warns us about anger that leads to wrath, revenge, and evil.  How many times can we count that if we could have controlled our anger, we would have stayed out of trouble.  The heart of a Christian should be loving, caring, and good works.  When our lives are filled with evil doing, we leave no room for the holy life to bloom.  As Barney Fife would say, "we need to nip it, nip it in the bud."  After it is nipped, it will not grow.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-19-18

Grace for your spirit
Go to the ant, O sluggard. Observe her ways and be wise, which having no chief, officer, or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.  Proverbs 6:5-8

Ants are considered to be a nuisance by most of us, but they certainly aren't lazy.  They can carry 20 times their weight and know how to work.  Without organized direction, they can get the necessary jobs done for survival.  They may be little, but compared to the person who is a lazy sluggard, they are mighty.  Whatever excuses we are making for doing nothing, it is time to get going.  Let's try to keep up with the ant.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-18-18

Grace for your spirit
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confessed and forsakes them will find compassion.            Proverbs 28:13

God does not need for us to tell Him our sins.  He already knows, but the cleansing becomes possible when we pour out our heart to Him.  Many times King David sinned and tried to keep them secret. He wrote that he felt the heavy hand of the Lord on him, and the heat cause him to swim in his bed.  When he repented and confessed, God not only cleansed his soul but also gave him a clean heart to do what was right.  There is a new start available for us all when we find the compassion of the Lord.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-17-18

Grace for your spirit
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I Will repay," says the Lord.   Romans 12:19

Put a thousand people in a room and say, "I don't get mad", and they will almost always answer in unison, "I get even."  Vengeance belongs to God. It does not ever belong to us.  The only way for us to get even, is by forgiving others as God has already forgiven us !

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Grace for your spirit1-16-18

Grace for your spirit
Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.  I Samuel 15:22

King Saul was given a mission to destroy all of the Amalekites.  Saul decided to modify God's command and bring back the king and the best of their flocks to sacrifice to the Lord.  Saul was told the rebellion is the same as divination.   Instead of being blessed for his sacrifices, his kingdom was taken away from him.  Saul, David, Solomon and many others discovered sacrifices to God never outweighs obeying His word. May we take note of that.  Sacrifice only works with obedience.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-15-18

Grace for your spirit
Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  I Corinthians 5:8

When the purity of Christ is the center of our lives, our worship  is a celebration every time.  When we wonder why our worship is empty, we need to reevaluate what is shaping our lives.  The church in Corinth were worshiping but tolerating wickedness.  When we push out the old leaven and incorporate the influence of Christ, our worship will be filled with His spirit. Christ must be first, last, and always.  Let's not settle for anything less.