One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts…. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. —Psalm 145:4, 10-12
Has your mouth told the next generation of His works, of His might acts? His works bring praise to His Name and if we are to be faithful followers of His then we are to tell the next generation and all people of “the glorious splendor of (His) kingdom.” When was the last time you commended His work to another?
It is clear from God’s Word that we are to be witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. How will the next generation or any people know of Him and His wonderful works if we do not open our mouths and tell them? Our witness has a direct bearing on the Lord’s return— “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). He is being patient with us to share Him with others— “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
Who will you proclaim His Name to today? Who will you proclaim His wonderful works to and His might acts to? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SJkkkMVtOI
Dear Father, please give me wisdom and boldness as I speak Your Word to others today. Oh, may You be pleased to draw others to Yourself today. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus. So be it!
DO ALL FOR GOD’S GLORY!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. —I Corinthians 10:31
His glory is to be our focus. Whatever we do, whatever we say should be to bring honor and glory to the Lord. His Name is to be honored above all. How will you and I bring honor and glory to His Name today? May we do so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTqwBetI1I
Dear Father, You are above all. You are awesome in all You are and in all You do. May I honor Your Name as I walk through today. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus. So be it!
LIGHT & DARKNESS
I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. —Psalm 139:11-12
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. —Genesis 1:3-5
As I write this it is dark out. I cannot see beyond my window. The trees are there, but I cannot see them. Earlier this morning the moon was reflecting the sun’s light and it was bright out, but now clouds must have moved in. I do not see the moonlight.
We grope around in darkness, not being able to see. Years ago before modern technology man became quiet when darkness came upon the land each night. Today cities hustle and bustle through much of the night because of luminary technology.
But darkness and light are no different for God. This is a hard concept for us to fathom as we are so dependent on light to be able to see. This is not true of God. He sees all everywhere at all times. This is hard for us to grasp. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
Those who think they are not being seen under the cover of darkness are being seen. There is no escaping the notice of Him who sees all things at all times everywhere. Talk about accountability. He knows all things about you and me. Nothing is hidden from Him… nothing! So let us be right before Him who sees whether we are in the light or darkness. He knows…
Dear Father, may I be a light-liver and seek not to hide anything in the darkness. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90JqMBtKYAs
His love endures forever. —Psalm 136
His love is seen in the heavens He made. His love is seen throughout the earth He created. His love is seen in the sun, moon and stars. His love is seen in judgments. His love is seen in protection. His love is seen in the miracle of the Red Sea dividing. His love is seen in guidance. His love is seen in inheritance. His love is seen in daily food for all His creatures. His love for us is seen in so many ways. His love is all around us and in all our circumstances. Do you see it? Do you know it? Are you giving thanks for His love that will endure forever and ever? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUH_NzfRmbs Today, take a look around and thank Him for His love that never ends. Yes, His love is seen all around us and in all our circumstances. Enjoy His love! He is everywhere. He knows everything. He has all power. He is sovereign over all. Yes, let us rejoice in His love!
Dear Father, thank You for the love You have for me and have shown me in everyday life and through Your Son, Jesus. May I have a grateful heart in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!
HE GIVES LIFE AND ALL
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. —I Corinthians 8:6
All things come from God and our very life is from Him. “If you live to be 80 years old, your heart would have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times! That’s over 3 billion heartbeats! What a muscle!” In that same 80 years you would take about 672,768,000 breaths! His design for our bodies is a marvel and he has a special design for every heart-beating, air breathing creature! Our God is awesome!
He knows the number of beats your heart will take in the length of life He has given you. He also knows the number of breaths you will take. He made you and gave you life. He has specific purpose for your life on this planet. As a follower of Jesus when we take that last breath and when our heart beats its final beat, we will be with Jesus forever. Rejoice in the reality of that truth! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYXJmnJCPG0
Dear Father, I am grateful to know that I am safe in the palm of Your hands. I take joy in knowing that I will keep breathing and my heart will keep beating until Your purposes for me on this planet are over. May I faithfully live out those purposes in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. —Psalm 127:3-5
May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel. —Psalm 128:6
I am truly blessed with the legacy God has and is giving me. My children are from the Lord and I will readily acknowledge that. They each are a blessing and I am grateful to God for them.
The Lord has also blessed me to see my children’s children. What a joy grandchildren are. And what a reminder they are that I am getting… older! To watch your children having children is a marvel. I think back to when my children were my grandchildren’s age and I am astounded how time has wisped by.
My desire is that the Lord would direct them faithfully in the spiritual warfare of this world. That He would protect them and draw them to Himself. Oh, that they would be great testimonies to Him. May it be so Lord!
Dear Father, thank You for the children that you have given me. Be pleased to bless each one greatly. Oh, that each of them would serve You. May it be so. Also, thank You for each of the grandchildren. May they also serve You. Yes, may it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!
DON’T JUDGE ME!
If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers! —I Corinthians 6:1-6
How often have you heard people say, “Who made you judge?” or “Don’t judge me!” It is true that we cannot “expose the motives of the heart.” Only our Lord knows and “will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God” (I Corinthians 4:5). But we surely are to make judgments according to actions contrary to what God has to say! This is the responsibility of the church that is not to be abrogated.
These disputes that the Lord’s people are to handle are called “trivial cases” compared to their involvement in the future judging of “the world” and “angels!” Paul says of these “trivial” cases— “Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?” There are times when the Lord’s people are to make “judgments” and need to be faithful in doing so as part of service to our Lord. This is clear from God’s Word.
Unfortunately these “disputes” or “trivial cases” do not take place many times when they should for various reasons. It is easier not to handle conflict and pass judgment, but the longer term ramifications of not being obedient in this area can be very destructive. Just look at the situation in First Corinthians chapter 5. It was a mess and a terrible testimony because “judgment” was not made. These judgments are to be made for the benefit for all in the church and not for destructive purposes. That does not mean that mean it will be easy…
Dear Father, please help me to be faithful in this area and not skirt it when something needs to be dealt with. May I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcnfT4arZtI
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. —Psalm 119:114
I am so glad that our Lord is always there for us. He is our safe haven, our sanctuary, our shelter, our protection, our harbor, our retreat… What better shield is there than our God? So let us take that shield of faith and stand firm in our God. Let nothing move us from Him. Cling to Him, abide in Him and trust Him.
Whose word are you putting your hope in? I will put my hope in His Word. My trust will be in what He says above all others. What He says is most important and so when I speak to the lost or to the saved it is what He says in His Word I need to share with them. His Word to people is priority and not my ideas.
Are you resting in His Word? Are you trusting His Word? Are you obeying His Word? This is what is most important. May we be doing so!
Thank You Father that You are my refuge and shield. I am grateful that You are always with me and will not leave me or forsake me. I am also so grateful that You have given us Your Word that we can fully depend upon. May I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.
MILK AND SOLID FOOD
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? —I Corinthians 3:1-4
The apostle Paul is addressing Corinthian Christians but he says they “are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.” Now we know from Hebrews 5:13-14 that “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Paul said the Corinthian Christians were still infants in Christ, still on milk and not ready for solid food. As infants Paul said that they were still acting worldly which was seen, in context, with the “jealousy and quarreling among them.”
Part of their worldliness was over who those Corinthian Christians were following. Jealousy and quarreling among them apparently had to do with who they were following. Some said they were followers of Paul. Others said they were followers of Apollos. Still others said they were followers of Cephas and some that they were followers of Jesus (I Corinthians 1:12).
To some degree doesn’t that sound like today’s denominationalism? I’m a Paulist or I’m an Apollosite or I follow Cephasism or I’m a pure Jesus follower. Sounds like I’m a Baptist or Presbyterian or Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic or Pentecostal or Congregationalist… I wonder what God would say to us through Paul today… Would He say that we are acting like infants, worldly and in need of milk and not solid food? Hmmm…
Dear Father, Your desire is for unity and yet it is unity on what You have to say and not what man has to say. May we stick to Your Word above all things because it is what You have to say that is important. Then let us live that out according to Your will, purposes and plan in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkunT7BYCqw
THE WORLD THINKS THIS FOOLISH
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. —I Corinthians 2:14
A number of businesses allow me to put a display of the Lamb pamphlet in a prominent place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=15s People who desire to take a copy can do that and read it at their leisure. From time to time I check the displays to replenish them. One time when I was refilling them I found one that somebody had written on. It said, “A person would have to be foolish to believe this.” Well, the apostle Paul said, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18). There are those who cannot understand “since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:21). Yes, the world of the lost think God’s way of salvation is foolish.
The good news is that when “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” — God is able to make “his light shine in (their) hearts to give (them) the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ: (I Corinthians 4:4, 6). Without “God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness” a person cannot know Him. God has to do the work in a person’s life. God has to draw people to His Son or they cannot be saved from sin, death and eternal judgment (John 6:44).
Thank God that He takes people dead in their trespasses and sins and “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5). Any person who is in relationship with God through Jesus Christ should have a huge heart of gratitude which should grow more and more as we understand more and more of what God has done for us through His Son and through His Sprit. Again, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRwlQ7XIYlA Our responsibility as followers of Jesus is to bring the Word of God to people (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15). God is the One who makes that Word grow in a person’s life (I Corinthians 3:6-9). May we be faithful in doing what God has called us to!
Dear Father, my heart is filled with loving gratitude for Who You are and what You have done for me in Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit. Now, may I faithfully run the race You have marked out for me. May I keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. So be it!