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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-12-18

Grace for your spirit
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and,  "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."  
II Timothy 2:19

Jesus told us to rejoice that our names are written down. Since the Lord knows who are His, and He knows our names, that is certainly a call to Godly behavior in all we do.  Not only abstaining from wickedness, but being a source of spreading good.  Since He knows our name, let make sure when He calls us that it is for a very good reason.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-11-18

Grace for your spirit
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come the Almighty."  Revelation 1:8

The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet.  It is meant to show that Jesus is the first, last and everything in between.  He represents the Almighty Jehovah God.  He always existed, and always will exist.  We can live by His words today and enjoy an eternity when He comes for us.  Let's praise the Lord for this wonderful relationship we are able to have the with Eternal God.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-10-18

Grace for your spirit
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust."     Psalm 91:1-2

When we abide in the shadow of God, He has promised to protect, provide, and guide us each step of the way.  We should never live in fear or doubt in the providence of the Almighty.  May He give us peace of mind, confidence in our walk, and surety in our speech.  This is the message a troubled world needs.  We can't talk about it until we have truly experienced it.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-9-18

Grace for your spirit
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

When Jesus was in the garden praying the night before His death, the apostles were unaware of what was happening.  Instead of watching and praying, they were sleeping.  They were not ready for the great challenges that would face them in the next few hours.  Indeed, our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak too.  Let's be aware of the challenges that are coming our way, and be ready to stand the tests.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-6-18

Grace for your spirit
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.   When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.  Psalm 37:23-24

It is a heart warming sight to see a father holding his child's hand as he walks along.  The father chooses the best path for the child, and if sometimes the child slips, he holds them up.  If a fall should take place, he is close to carry them to safety.  Let's hope this picture describes the close relationship we have with God.  Let's hold out our hand by faith, feel the presence of the Lord and walk securely.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-5-18

Grace for your spirit
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and turmoil with it.    Proverbs 16:16

Money can't buy everything.  We can buy the best food but never digest it.  We can buy the best mattress but never get a good nights sleep.  Often turmoil comes with treasure, but the fear of the Lord brings wisdom, knowledge, and peace. Let's give our needs to the Lord and let Him fill them with His will.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-4-18

Grace for your spirit
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.  I would rather stand in the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.   Psalm 84:10

What a wonderful day it is when we realize that our hearts desire is to be in the presence of God.  That emotion is magnified when we can find other people who feel the same way.  When we are joined together with others who want to be there, who want to worship and serve, who want to be faithful, life can be sweet. Do you feel the sweet sweet presence of the Lord?   Let's seek for it and find it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-3-18

Grace for your spirit
They were continually devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

When the 3,000 were baptized on the first day of the church, they were given the promise of eternal life.  They were given the special gift of believing and rewarded with a sense of belonging.  We may take believing and belonging for granted, but the lost world does not.  Many people wander believing in nothing and belonging to nobody.  The message of Jesus is eternal, plus it starts blessing us on day one.  Believing and belonging; may we live it and preach it.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-2-18

Grace for your spirit
But she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar, and behold I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that may eat it and die.  I Kings 17:12

This widow, living in a drought stricken land, was down to her last meal.  By faith she gave her last meal to Elijah the prophet, and was rewarded with all the flour and oil she would ever need.  This foreign woman brought the blessing of God into her house and all its benefits. Do we have an act of faith in us that will bring His benefits to us?  It may be our hidden key to blessings and happiness.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-30-18

Grace for your spirit
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.     I Corinthians 15:3-4

The entire Bible is about Jesus.  His presence, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension is the central piece of all Scripture.  He is the good news that brings us life eternal.  When someone asks us, "What do you know?"  Don't say, "Nothing."  Tell them you know what is the most important thing in the Bible.  Let's honor Him with our lives and our praise.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-28-18

Grace for your spirit
The  Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

God is ready, willing, and able to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.  He anointed Jesus to come to the afflicted and to bind up the brokenhearted.  God certainly knows the feeling of being crushed by all of us rejecting Him and Jesus.  Let's invite Him to be near us at all times, and be open to His touch.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-27-18

Grace for your spirit
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  II Corinthians 10:5

The apostle Paul was on the front line in the defense of Jesus.  The battle was always before him.  He was working to destroy anything that rose up against the knowledge of God by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  A hard fighting soldier stays sharp and keeps his goals clearly before him.  How about us?  Does this describe us at all?  Let's work toward these goals, taking every thought captive, and every action for the Lord.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-28-18

Grace for your spirit
Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of the roar of a heavy shower."  I Kings 18:41

At the time Elijah made this statement, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. There was no wind, no clouds, no thunder, nothing but clear sky.  After prayer, and looking seven times, they saw the smallest cloud on the horizon.  And there is was.  The rains came to end a 3 1/2 year drought.  You see Elijah heard the voice of God's promise about rain.  Then the promise came true.  His promises will come true for us as well. Listen for the voice of promise.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-23-18

Grace for your spirit
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18

When do we become free from sin?  When we obey from the heart the teaching from God.  We escape condemnation when we are in Christ and walking after His Spirit.  God's action was completed at the cross.    God shows us the way, so that through our obedience we might be servants of righteousness instead of slaves to sin.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Grace for youor spirit 3-22-18

Grace for your spirit
Then it happened in the spring at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah,  But David stayed in Jerusalem.   II Samuel 11:1

It was spring and time for King David to lead his people into battle.  Instead, he stayed home.  It was on that occasion that the idle David lusted after Bathsheba.  He actions led him to adultery and murder.  How his life and kingdom might have changed if he was about his work.  Idle hands really are the devil workshop.  May our lives be filled with forward motion for the Lord.  It will help us and everyone else

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-21-18

Grace for your spirit
Retain the standard of sound words you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.   II Timothy 1:13

This is the key principle for continuing the proclamation of the gospel.  We need to commit ourselves to the standard set by Christ.  Take these sound words of faith and love
 in Christ and teach them.  We can't let this information "go in one ear and out the other."  We need to take them in seriously, so we can retain, remember, and repeat.  If we have never been able to retain anything, retain this !

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-20-18

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

Did we ever notice that Jesus never asked us to do anything He hadn't done before us.  Jesus came to us without fear, ever knowing what He would suffer.  He was tested, suffering tribulation, and was faithful unto death.  For that God granted Him a throne in heaven.  Now He turns to us encourages to and through the same thing.  The heart of His encouragement is, "I did it, and you can do it too."

Monday, March 19, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-20-18

Grace for your spirit
So he returned from following him, and took a pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate.  Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.  I Kings 19:21

Elijah was near the end of his mission.  He was almost ready to quit, but God encouraged him to keep going.  One big job he had left was to find his successor.  Went he met Elisha and put his mantle on him, God had already prepared him to go and never look back.  We should never give up in our mission for God.  God may be preparing someone right now to step into our shoes.  Let's hang in there and find the one God has prepared for us today.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-16-18

Grace for  your spirit
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity !  It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes.  Psalm 133:1-2

If the devil had psalms, his psalm on this subject would be, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be divided, fighting with each other and not getting anything done."  Unity is God's delight, division is the devil's delight.  Who are we working for ?  It is time for us to pick a side.  Division is easy because what is wrong is almost always easy.  That's why it is so popular.  Let's go with God plan for unity.  It is the record I want to have when I am called before the Lord.  How about you?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-15-17

Grace for your spirit
Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and follow You. "  Mark 10:28

The last words in the U.S. Declaration of Independence are these;
"And for the support of this declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."   The signers of the Declaration of Independence for the U.S, had this in common with the early apostles of the church.  They were "all in" in there commitment to the mission ahead.  Do we share their commitments and zeal?  It is the standard that brought results and it will work again.  Let's make a pledge to each other to get going and keep going in God's work together.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Grace for your spiritr 3-14-18

Grace for your spirit
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  Acts 20:35

Do we live with the attitude that we work so we can help others, or do we think we should sit around and expect everyone to help us?  We know we have reached spiritual maturity when we feel more blessed giving than receiving.  Let's reach for that goal as we seek Jesus as our guide.  God's grace can help us grow up until we become like Jesus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-13-18

Grace for your spirit
But  you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  II Tim 4:5

There are many things that can make us lose our focus.  We must think seriously, being prepared to handle hardship and disappointments.  God has a work for us to do.  He wants us spread good news to a lost and sad world.  When we are committed to overcome the hurtles in life, at the end we will know we have fulfilled the ministry he had for us. Won't it be great to hear those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-12-18

Grace for your spirit
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly.  For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?  I Corinthians 3:2-3

Often we wonder why we aren't growing spiritually.  We look for the problem all around us.  Many blame the preacher, or the church we're in.  Perhaps we should look within.  When our lives are filled with jealousy and strife, we aren't able to get it.  Let solve that strife problem in our lives with love and forgiveness. That will allow our spiritual life to bloom.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-8-18

Grace for your spirit
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  I Timothy 2:2

We all have a commission from Jesus to disciple others, baptize them, and teach them to observe all things He has commanded.  How do we get that done from generation to generation?  We learn to "pass the baton".  The Christian challenge is not a single person sprint or a marathon.  It is a relay race.  We run our leg and then pass the message on to others for the next part.  That is our commission and our commission to pass it on.  If anyone asks us if we are "ordained" to preach, just tell them we have the 2/2/2 ordination.  That is II Timothy 2:2, and pass it on

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-7-18

Grace for your spirit
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  Galatians 5:13       

Through the righteousness that comes from God in Jesus Christ, we are free from the law of sin and death, free from law of Moses, and free from the wrath of God.  God doesn't give us that freedom so we can run free with a sinful nature.  He gives us that freedom so we can serve one another in love.  May we never take the gifts of God, and use it for our own desires.  Let's use them to do God's will.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-6-18

Grace for your spirit
Is anyone among you suffering?  Then he must pray.  Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.     James 5:13

Through our ups and downs of life, do we remember to pray and praise for ourselves and others?   It is a key part of the fellowship we have together.  The Bible encourages us to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.  May we all remember to lift each other up through troubled times with prayer, and praise the Lord together in the good times.  Let's be known as God's children with our prayer and praise each day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-5-18

Grace for your spirit
Teach me to do Your will,  For You are my God; Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.    Psalm 143:10

When we are walking on a strange path through the hills and valleys of life, level ground is delightful. It is even better to have an experienced guide to show us the best way and walk with us.  God's Spirit is just that guide.  He is a light for our path and a sure step so we won't fall and get hurt.  When we are on a strange path and the darkness is coming on, what a wonderful comfort to have Him near. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-2-18

Grace for your spirit
For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it hold the promise for the present life and also for the life to come.   I Timothy 4:8

Don't think I bring this verse to promote a sedentary lifestyle.  Bodily discipline is good, but it is only temporary.  Some make it their god.  Godliness proves to be profitable both now and forever.  There is only one thing we can live for in this life and still take it with us. That one thing is Jesus.  Remember, to live is Christ but to die is gain.  Let's exercise God in our lives and enjoy the godliness it brings.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-1-18

Grace for your spirit
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.  I John 3:18

The religious people of Jesus' time were famous for their words, but they were short on deeds and truth.  It is easy to say we love, to say we care, to say we will help, but not so easy to mean it, and do it.  Words of care are only encouraging when they are followed by action.  May God's grace change our thoughts, change our words, and change our actions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-28-18

Grace for your spirit
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.      Revelation 3:20

In the course of our spiritual lives, sometimes we are hot, sometimes cold, and sometimes lukewarm.  Sometimes we think we need Jesus, and sometimes we don't think we do.  No matter what, Jesus is always nearby and willing to help us. He is at our door knocking, and calling, but the door latch in on the inside.  If we will open he door, He will help us and have fellowship with us.  Will we open up?  We will be opening to grace, not judgment.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-27-18

Grace for your spirit
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

Mom and Dad were right. "Birds of a feather do flock together".  When we run with the wrong crowd, we will end up wrong. Instead of getting our thinking straight and listening the voice of wisdom, we allow ourselves to be deceived.  Anyone without the knowledge of God should never be our life guide.  Let us never be deceived to think we are the only ones who will get out of it unaffected.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-26-18

Grace for your spirit
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that the may have life, and have it abundantly,  John 10:10

Jesus is the loving shepherd.  Jesus is the good shepherd. Jesus is our loving and good shepherd.  He  is the way to safety and provision.  That is the key to the abundant life.  As a shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus cares for us.  We are like sheep.  We are helpless, useless, and our own worst enemies.  Thank you Jesus for being there for us. He is the way, the only way.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-23-18

Grace for your spirit
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

The church in Philippi must have questioned such confidence from the apostle Paul.  After all, he wrote these words from prison in Rome, and they suspected that his imprisonment might be the end of their ministry.  Pau'sl letter of joy and confidence was just what they needed to pick them up and get them going.  He said to them to keep working because God would perfect and complete their ministry in the world.  He is saying the same thing to us today.  2/3's of God is Go.  Let's go.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-22-18

Grace for your spirit
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.  Hebrews 2:1

Most of us have a passenger side mirror with a warning.  It says "objects may be closer than they appear in the mirror."  When we look into the mirror of life, it is easy to be deceived.  The important decisions we need to make seem to be far away.  Our day of reckoning and judgment can also seem to be distant.  This kind of thinking can cause to be drift away and neglect what is important.  Just like the mirror on our car, let us not be deceived.  Let's always double check our "blind spot."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-21-18

Grace for your spirit
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:21

How would we describe our Christian race?  Are we chasing or being chased? Are we good going after evil, or being chased and overcome by evil ?  When we run with Jesus, we will run to victory and not defeat. Let's always be aware of our position in the race.  When we run with His grace, victory will be ours over evil.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-20-18

Grace for your spirit
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

Delight is an interesting word in connection to God.  Delight shows a high degree of pleasure, enjoyment, and satisfaction in our lives.  This Psalm reminds us that  when we trust in the Lord, dwell in His presence, and commit our ways to Him, we will be highly satisfied with the results.  There is no need to fret because of evil and those who do wrong. God has the best for us.  Let's delight in that.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-19-18

Grace for your spirit
I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies.  I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.  Psalm 119:60

Here is a great 1-2-3 punch for us all when we are in trouble.  Consider our ways.  Turn our feet toward His testimonies.  Keep His commandments quickly, with haste, and without delay. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-16-18

Grace for your spirit
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as a man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  I Samuel 16:7

As they looked for a new king to succeed Saul, they would have never thought of the little shepherd boy named David.  He had a heart for God, but didn't fit the picture the people had in mind.  Most people make judgments about people by the way they look, when we all should be examining the hearts of people.  That is the way God sees us, and we need to see it God's way.  Let's give people a second look, watching for the spirit and heart for God.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Grace for your sirit 2-15-18

Grace for your spirit
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.    Colossians 3:12

When we are risen with Christ, it is for more than our own personal benefit.  The salvation in Christ and the change of lifestyle is also our platform for helping others.  We have literally been chosen by God to be like Him and do what He would do.  Let's all get busy to learn what He is like, and what He would do, then do it !

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-14-18

Grace for your spirit
You shall love the Lord your God with all  your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.....and the second is like it, You shall love  your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22:37-39

The love for God and the love for people is the glue that binds us together.  Every command of God can be fulfilled when we master love in our lives.   God's love can only flourish in our lives when we have mercy and forgiveness.  Where there is anger and revenge, true love is impossible.  On this day of love, may we be the standard others can see and follow.  Beloved, let us love on another.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-13-18

Grace for your spirit
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.  Titus 3:14

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."  Galatians 2:10.  If we can't see any pressing needs, nor have the will to help solve them, we are not walking in the path God has for us.  There are many things that contribute to our spiritual health, and certainly working out what has been worked in us is one of them.  Let's take His grace and carry it to a troubled world.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-12-18

Grace for your spirit
Give, and it will be given to you.  They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.  Luke 6:38

When we give to the Lord  it costs us nothing, because we will also get back more than we give.  When we bring a container to the Lord, no matter how much is in it, we get it back full, shaken together and running over.  When we discourage ourselves from giving because we don't have enough, we actually hurting ourselves.  Let's trust God's Word and trust His grace to sustain us with what He knows we need

Friday, February 9, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-9-18

Grace for your spirit
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

Does the word of God dwell richly in us ?  When it does, there should be evidence to prove it.  When we sing songs, do people see thankfulness in our hearts? When we study and when we sing, let's start considering the consequences.    Does anyone see wisdom and feel encouragement to do better ?  Singing should reflect the joy of His Word, and create joy at the the same time.  Whether we are studying or singing, let's put a little more effort in it.   God's grace is ready and willing to help our  hearts come alive.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-8-18

Grace for your spirit
But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I thought, he will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper."  II Kings 5:11

Naaman needed healing from his deadly disease of leprosy.  He thought the king would do it.  He thought the prophet would do something great. He thought he should be able to wash in clean water. He thought he should pay for the cleansing.  He thought those things because he thought he was something special, and he didn't know God.  Let's beware of thinking we are "something special."  We might miss knowing God and His gracious healing.  Let's find His grace and walk in it. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that our faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.  I Corinthians 2:4-5

We would think that the apostle Paul was a confident and powerful  speaker, swaying audiences with his knowledge and wisdom.  Paul didn't see himself that way and he didn't wish for others to see it either. He wanted people to see the power of the Spirit, so he hid behind the cross of Christ.  Let's be careful to trust in Christ instead of preachers. Christ has the power to save so we can walk in His grace. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-6-18

Grace for your spirit
A man had two sons.  The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me." So he divided his wealth between them.   Luke 15:11

This is the beginning of the story we call, "The Prodigal Son."The name prodigal is not found in the Bible, but literally means extravagantly wasteful.  After wasting everything, he ended up in a pigpen, and ultimately returned in shame.  We don't know what kind of person he was before he left home, but apparently those thoughts were already in him.  We need to he careful that we do not waste God's blessing He has given us.  We may not be in the pigpen yet, but we might be on the trail to one.  Let's ask God to lead us the right paths and overcome our problems.  With His grace we can all have a great day.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-5-18

Grace for your spirit
They put forward false witnesses who said, "This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;"   Acts 6:13

The two things the Jews held in high esteem were the Law and the Temple.  Anyone who spoke against it were in danger of blasphemy.  
The trouble came because Jesus came to die on the cross and establish a New Covenant.  God wanted everyone to turn from earthly matters and center their devotion to the risen Christ.  That is what God wants for us too.  When we free ourselves from the Old Covenant, many will misunderstand, but God knows it is the right way.  May He give us grace to stand and walk.  With His grace, let's have a great day.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-2-18

Grace for your spirit
Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, For he said, "God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."  He named the second Ephraim, For he said, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."  Genesis 41:51-52

Remember Joseph ? Betrayed by his brothers as a teenager, sold into captivity, accused, abused and seemingly forgotten.  Through his faithfulness God gave him victory and his dream interpretation saved the world from starvation.  The names of his children are a testimony of how he felt about his past. He forgot about it and gave God the glory for all his victories.  What is our testimony?  Can God get the glory for our lives, or are we pining over what could-a, should-a, would-a been?  With God's grace let's look forward and have a great day.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-1-18

Grace for your spirit
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.   Number 32:23

God made many promises to His people in connection to the "promised land."  Each promise came with a condition of faithfulness. If, If, If.  It was important to remember His promises, remember the if's, and remember that it was never "out of sight, out of mind."  They must have forgot that their sins would find them out, because they certainly forgot all the if's.  Their unfaithfulness would eventually cause the loss of His promises.  How are we doing?  Let's' be faithful, and never think we are out of the Lord's sight.  With His grace, let's have great day

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.  John 17:23

This is the prayer Jesus offered in the garden the night before His crucifixion.  His prayer was for unity.  Unity of His people and His people with His Father.  He desired that we be unified with the Father as He was with Him.  Not only are we made complete in that unity, but it is the best sign that Jesus was sent by God for all of us. We expend lots of effort trying to figure a way to proclaim Christ to a lost world.  The best proclamation is our unity with the Father and each other.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-30-18

Grace for your spirit
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.  Isaiah 5:20

It thrills the devil when we believe his lies, forsake the way of salvation, quit studying, allow demonic wisdom to turn us into jealous and fighting people, get choked off from the body of Christ, creating a new morality confusing darkness and light.  Confusion creates a "gray area", where the lies of the devil thrive.  What is good, evil, light, dark, sweet, bitter?  When we don't know, we are easy pickings for the devil.  Let's stay in the good, light, and sweet.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
This book of the law shall not depart from you mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.  Joshua 1:8

We can turn on our TV, pick up a magazine, buy certain books, and we will find what their secret is for success.  Usually it is a certain medicine, diet, exercise program, the right clothes, or the right school.    They are all guaranteed or we get our money back,  God has left us the path to success and prosperity long ago.  Read the word of God, follow the word of God, and He will bless us.   God's products have worked for centuries and He is still faithful now.

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."

How can we keep our conversation and conduct from covetousness?  We must have a character that is free from the love of money.  God warns us that the love of money is the root of all forms evil, and that it can lead us astray.  When we are content believing that the Lord will always provide, it is obvious by the way we talk and the way we live.  May our  character and conduct clearly show our trust is in the Lord to provide and give Him the glory

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  James 4:4

We might wonder why the unfaithful are called "adulteresses" by God.  A Christian is a betrothed bride of Christ.  He is the bridegroom and we await the wedding supper of the lamb in heaven.  When we are unfaithful to our betrothed, Jesus that is, we are God's enemy.  Let's take our relationship with Christ seriously and stay away from any relationship that endangers it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

If we really believe the Bible and believe this verse, why do we spend so much time worrying, fretting, complaining, and living in despair?  Is it because we don't know God, or is it because we don't know ourselves, or both ?  Let's commit to believe God, recommit to loving Him with all our heart, and redirect our lives to live in His purpose.  When we can speak confidently of our salvation, love, and God's promises, we can know He will cause all things work together for good in His time. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which means Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.  Acts 4:36-37

Barnabas is mentioned many times in the New Testament, and he is always encouraging.  He was a builder and people who wanted to build up others gathered around him.  Have you noticed in our world that there are builders, and there are wrecking crews?  The wrecking crews need few skilled workers to tear down.  Which ever group we choose to be around will determine the kind of person we will be.  Thanks to all the Barnabas' in our lives who build us up.  Stay close.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  Proverb 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Proverbs 9:10

Sometimes the "fear of the Lord" can be standing of awe of His presence.  To respect Him totally and listen.
Sometimes the "fear of the Lord" could cause us to be afraid of His mighty power and judgment.
Since we all need knowledge and wisdom to serve Him and help others, which one would be the best source to supply them?  Would it seem to you that we need both.  Those two elements will force us into His word for the things He knows we need.  "Fear of the Lord".  We need lots more of it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-10-18

Grace for your spirit
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.   Ephesians 1:18

Many people accept the salvation in Christ Jesus but never see the riches of their relationship with Him.  When we see Him as Lord of our life, a whole new world can be ours.  We can see it in the eyes of others when they really understand what we are telling them.  The eyes focus and brighten.  Our prayer should be that everyone's eyes will focus and brighten in understanding all of God's will for their lives.  Do we have bright and focused eyes yet ?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-9-18

Grace for your spirit
Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.  Isaiah 59:1-2

God's purposes never change, and He never lies.  Our purposes often change and we sometimes lie.  When God cannot reach us, it is because we have moved.  We need to repent and move back to where He can hear and reach us.  An old married couple were recalling the way they used to sit in the car.  When first married, they sat close together, and now they were as far apart in the seat as they could get.  Who moved and when?  Somebody did.  Are we willing to scoot back together?  We'll see.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-8-17

Grace for your spirit
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24

I fellow told me the other day that his church was in his basement with his television.  As usual, he claimed he could be just as good a Christian at home alone.  I encouraged him to count the number of times in the Bible where you can see the words, "Let us".  The church is not only meant to be a gathering assembly, but the word church actually means just that.  As we worship the Lord, we should be involved in both give and take.  Let us get together for forsake it not.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-5-18

Grace for your spirit
Elders are gone from the gate, young men from their music.  The joy of our hearts have ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning.  Lamentations 5:14-15

In Biblical times, elders at the gates of the city was a sign of authority and order.  It allowed people to enjoy themselves and live a joyful life.  With the destruction of Jerusalem, and the captives taken away to Babylon, all of these things had stopped.  No rule, no music, no joy, no dancing, only mourning.  This weeping prophet was mourning the loss.  He hoped in God for comfort and a day of restoration.  Their sins had caught up with them.  Now he was hoping repentance would come to them.  As the song says, "Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen." 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.  I John 5:3

What is the test for our love of God?  When we love God as we should, we also love children who are born of God, and we keep His commandments.  Those commandments are not a burden because we have overcome the world through faith.  Yes, faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Love God, love His children, love His commands.  It is all three or none at all.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-3-18

Grace for your spirit
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.   Ephesians 2:14

Before Jesus came, there was a wall between the Jews and Gentiles.  It kept the two groups separate and divided from God.  Jesus died to tear down all the walls and bring salvation to everyone.  Years ago, many business would "red line" their community.  Inside those red lines on the map were people they didn't wish in their business.  They were automatically excluded.  There is no place for such thinking in His church.  Let's be thankful that we are an "open range" fellowship, open and welcome to all. Let's not let anyone fence us in.  The gospel is for all.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 1-2-18

Grace for your spirit
I lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

We have a song that says, "I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world's delight.  Things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight."  As we look ahead to the new year, and make our resolutions, could we look above the things of the world, and look to the Lord ?  When a faithful walk with the Lord is in our sights, He will allow all the good things we need to come to us as well.  See Him first.