DO GOOD!

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! —I Peter 3:10-17

May you yield to the Holy Spirit today to be and do what the Lord God Almighty desires. Keep from evil and do good according to His will. What is it that the Lord wants you to do today? Seek to do what is right even if it means being threatened and suffering. Worship the Lord and don’t be frightened. “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear.” When people see what a good life you live because of belonging to Jesus they will be ashamed for speaking evil against you. May we faithfully live in this manner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zARVp3420I&index=4&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l

Dear Father, whatever I do today, may I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and do good. May this be out of my inner desire to honor You. So be it in the authority of Jesus!

THE ONLY SALVIFIC CORNERSTONE

As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. —I Peter 2:6-8

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22). “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic” (Isaiah 28:16). “From Judah will come the cornerstone” (Zechariah 10:4). “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42). ‘“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone’” (Acts 4:11). This Cornerstone will determine our destiny— Heaven or Hell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI

The cornerstone was the most important stone to determine the placement, plumb and leveling of a building. The rest of the building would be impacted by the cornerstone. So it is with everyone who trusts the Lord Jesus Christ, the only valid salvific cornerstone. He is the only one that can truly set our lives on the course that is determined by Him. May we line up with His desires. For those who reject this Cornerstone their destiny is sealed as well— to be eternally separated from Him in Hell. May none who read this fall into the category…

Dear Father, thank You for the Cornerstone, Your Son, Jesus. May my life line up with His!

BE THANKFUL

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. —I Peter 1:23-25

It is clear “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” We are born-again and now have eternal life which came from the “living word of God.” Then “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). The world of the Lord remains forever and since we have been born by it, then we will remain forever as well! Rejoice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTY-UKgLlXs

It is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. A day that is rooted in giving thanks to the Lord God Almighty. http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation Oh, that our nation would remember…

Today, and every day, let us give thanks for the mercy and grace of the Lord God Almighty upon us— seen through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord and giving eternal life to “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13). May it be so!

Dear Father, thank You for the salvation You have given me in Jesus. I am grateful and desire to live a life of faithfulness and thankfulness for You. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE

BE PATIENT! YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR!

Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. —James 5:7-8

The world will always mock at the thought of Jesus returning (II Peter 3:3-6) as they do the truth that He created all things or at the truth that there was a world-wide flood. This is no great surprise since only those who have faith in Him readily receive these truths (Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6).

But everyone will see Jesus! “Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment”(John 5:28-29). Yes, be patient, we will see Jesus. His coming is much closer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s0Zb189Sco&index=41&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l

Dear fellow follower of Jesus stick to the truths of God’s Word and live faithfully for Him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Lx2DjMENY&index=42&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l There is no other way. Jesus only has the words and way of eternal life. Cling to Him and don’t be moved! Don’t allow the world to distract you away from Jesus. He is able to bring you safely to glory! https://youtu.be/W2zQwXwnLxI?t=2186

Thank You dear Father for the hope, the expectation You have given us in Jesus. Oh, we look so forward to seeing Him, to being with Him and with all who love Him forever! Even so come Lord Jesus!

THE LORD’S WILL BE DONE

“If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”—James 4:15

Whose will do we live by— the Lord’s or our own? How do we make our decisions— by our own thoughts or according to His Word? Do we fully understand that this day and all of our life is to line up with His will?

Off to work? May you live according to His will and make your choices in the workplace according to His desires. Off to school? May you live according to His will and make your choices at school according to His desires. Are you running errands today? May you live according to His will and make your choices during those errands according to His desires. Are you driving today? May you live according to His will and make your choices while driving according to His desires. Do you have a doctor’s appointment today? May you live according to His will and make your choices during that appointment according to His desires. Whatever we may be doing today may we do so according to His will which will come out of being who we are supposed to be in Christ Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw5osFG4WZk I am off to prison ministry all of today— may I listen and speak according to Your desires my Lord God Almighty!

Dear Father, may I live today according to Your will. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit’s power.

TRUST AND DON’T FEAR

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” —Hebrews 13:6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkImV2cJDg Who are you fearing? Why? “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (II Timothy 1:7). “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety” (Proverbs 29:25). Fearing people is a lack of trust in the Lord Jesus.

Today, in this new sunrise, let us go forth boldly in the Spirit of God knowing we are sent in the authority of Jesus our Lord. The Lord is our helper and He is more than enough to help us through this day. Have confidence in this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZ-tBR7LJ0

Dear Father, whatever and whoever I come into contact with today may I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus my Lord. May it be so!

WIPED OUT

Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen. Ezekiel 16:49-50

When we think of Sodom the first thing that comes to our minds is the sin of homosexuality. Lot’s situation reminds us of how wicked the town was in this area (Genesis 19). But there were other sins that the Lord reveals to us in the verses above that were taking place as well.

Pride… right at the top of the list is this sin that is so ingrained in fallen man. When it is present it leads to other sins. Look at our culture and it is not hard to see this. Look at our own lives and see how pride can raise its ugliness there. But isn’t it interesting what is next in this list? Gluttony… overeating… they had more than enough food, but did not control their eating. Again, take a look at our culture and see how rampant this is! Indeed, if the statistics about obesity are true then gluttony is a huge problem in our society. But then while being overfed in Sodom was rampant there were the poor and needy nearby that were not being taken care of. There was callousness toward those truly poor and in need. But those satisfied with their own comfort did care about the needs of others. The verses above mentions there were other detestable sins as well… Does this sound like our nation?

Sodom crossed the line… her sins were full (complete) according to the Lord’s measurement (Genesis 15:16). Therefore He judged them and wiped them out. This is what happens when the Lord says that sin is full or complete in a nation— judgment comes and none can stay His hand. Oh, that we would repent!

Dear Father, may Your church shine here in the U.S. and around the world that people, yes even nations, would repent. May it be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

CROSSING THE LINE TO JUDGMENT

“Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How terrible it will be when all four of these dreadful punishments fall upon Jerusalem—war, famine, wild animals, and disease—destroying all her people and animals. —Ezekiel 14:21

You will understand that these things are not being done to Israel without cause. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken! —Ezekiel 14:23

Judgment from the Lord comes in a variety of ways. The verse above gives us four of them: war— He brings a nation or nations against another nation; famine— He causes crops to fail and food shortages; wild animals— He can increase their number to endanger human populations; disease— He can bring new diseases or old ones to decimate nations. Yes, judgment comes in a variety of ways from the hand of the Lord.

The Sovereign Lord brings about these judgments upon a nation for good reason according to His plan and purposes. It would be wise for a nation to practice righteousness (Proverbs 14:34) because a time of judgment will come when a nation’s sin has “reached its full measure” and then judgment will come (Genesis 15:16). The U.S. and all other nations need to repent or they will cross a line the Sovereign Lord has determined and judgment will fall. We can be absolutely sure of that! Let us repent of our sin, seek to live faithfully for Him and call others to do the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYbX-3_a98U

Dear Father, oh, that I would be faithful to You above all else and live a holy life to honor You. May You be pleased to call others to do the same through me and through others who love You. Oh that this would be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus my Lord.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see… By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen… And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. —Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6

Faith in God is what pleases Him. If a person does not have faith they cannot please Him. To come to God one must believe that He “exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Ever wonder why people do not believe that “the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen?” It is because they do not have faith in God. It is by faith in God that we understand that He is the Creator. Is it any wonder people run after all kinds of other belief systems when they do not want to put faith in the Lord God Almighty? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7F-B2DLvAQ

Faith gives the follower of Jesus confidence in what His Word says about Him is true. Not only do we have confidence, but we have assurance that this is so. Fellow follower of Jesus— we are eternally blessed! Rejoice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAuGRhZsMCs

Dear Father, thank You for allowing me to know You through my Lord Jesus Christ. You are awesome! Language cannot come close to describing Your greatness of Who You are. My I live a faithful, grateful life in the power of Your Holy Spirit and by the authority of Your Son. May it be so!

JOYFULLY WORSHIP REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES

JOYFULLY WORSHIP REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES

You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. —Hebrews 10:34

How firmly of a grasp do we have on the “stuff” the Lord has given us to steward? Do we have a proper perspective on the material belongings that surround us? Are we using them for God’s glory or our own comfort alone? What if it all were taken away? Could we have the proper perspective and say with Job, ““Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21) and truly mean it? Would we have this attitude— “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22) and worship God (Job 1:20)? Would our attitude be as in the verse above and joyfully accept “the confiscation of your property” because we know that we have “better and lasting passions?” These people “joyfully accepted” the confiscation of their property because they had a proper perspective and priority on it. Do we?

Dear Father, may I worship You with all that I am and with all that I have which is Yours anyway. May it be so in the authority of my Lord Jesus and by the power of Your Holy Spirit.