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The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Moses

God had prepared Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, but was he willing to accept the task? No, he was not. Five times he argued with God. Five times God gave him a promise. Forty years before, Moses was so self-confident that he was convinced he could deliver Israel in his own strength.

Now he felt inferior and unqualified. He told God that he lacked prestige. "Who am I?" That he lacked a message, "What shall I tell them?" He was convinced that the people would not believe him, "The Lord did not appear to you." He presented God with a long list of disabilities. But instead of winning God's approval, God became angry with Moses. God always will, when His children limit Him, merely because they feel unqualified.

"Not that we are competent in ourselves ... but our competence comes from God" (2 Corinthians 3:5). When He calls He enables. No reason to complain - every reason to trust.



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12/1/14 12:53 P

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Don’t Be Afraid


Matthew 14:22-34

We can expect that at some point in life, we will hit turbulence. Perhaps we've already experienced some and can tell there is more to come. Our situation may be so serious that we wonder, How am I going to make it through this?

Consider the time when the disciples found themselves in rough water on the Sea of Galilee. Scripture tells us that waves were battering their boat and the wind was against them. In the midst of the squall, the disciples thought they saw a ghost approaching. These grown men, some of whom were seasoned fisherman, cried out in fear. Their apprehension didn't subside until they became aware that it was Jesus walking toward them.

What happened when they recognized that it was the Lord? They received . . .

• Comfort in their crisis. Tension subsided as they thought, Ah, Jesus is here. We aren’t helpless and alone anymore.

• Courage to face their trial. Peter found the boldness to obey Jesus and step out of the boat.

• Confidence for their future. They realized that Jesus’ presence could not be driven away by the severe winds.

What waves and winds are battering you? Are you afraid? Ask the Lord to reveal His presence in your situation and then to fill your senses with that awareness. Close your eyes and picture Him at your side, holding you tightly. Let your ears hear Him whisper reassurance and love. Fill your mind with the knowledge of His promises, and draw upon the strength, comfort, and courage He offers.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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12/1/14 7:52 A

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December 1- - The first Advent candle is lit

Yesterday we celebrated the first day of Advent by lighting the first of the four candles on the Advent Wreath. The first candle to be lit is the purple candle it is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.

Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the Root of Jesse.
Jesus will rule over all nations.
Jesus is the Hope of the world.
Jesus is our Hope of Glory.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will help the pastoral staff develop strong relationships with other pastors and churches in the community, as we as with community leaders.



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By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
(Hebrews 11:27)

Moses

Moses identified himself with his people in word and deed. His confrontation with the cruel Egyptian is one example of this. Even so Moses committed a cardinal fault. His motive (to help the Israeli slave) was good, but his method (killing the Egyptian slave) was wrong. This incident became a turning point in his life. He fled from the palace to the desert. There he tended the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro, for forty years. Only after that was God able to use him to lead the "sheep of Israel" out of Egypt.

Moses had to learn that he was unable to save the people of Israel in his own strength, only in the strength of God.

What a change! The killer-prince became, "a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth" (Numbers 12:3). "By faith Moses ... refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin which are for a short time" (Hebrews 11:24, 25).

"He persevered because he saw him who is invisible." Whoever sees the Invisible can do the impossible. To do this may require a return to the place where the problems began ... not to take revenge but to save.


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The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. (Exodus 2:23-25)

Moses

God knows our needs. He is aware of our struggles, our hardships and our tears. He sees how His people are being persecuted. He sees your spiritual groaning; for your children, for your health, for your loneliness. "And God remembered his covenant." God's promises are "yes" and "amen."

Despite all our circumstances He assures us, "I am with you." We may groan and cry - as long as we direct our cries towards Him who is our help and our salvation. "He was concerned about them." He still is. He is concerned about His children who suffer.

Whatever your situation may be, "Your help comes from the Lord ... He will not let your foot slip ... the Lord watches over you ... the Lord will keep you from all harm" (Psalm 121). "And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).


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11/29/14 9:19 A

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Resisting Fleshly Appetites

Ephesians 2:1-7

The Holy Spirit guides believers to make wise and righteous decisions. But when Christians fail to listen, they can make choices that appeal to the flesh instead.

After the serpent spoke to Eve, she no doubt took a long look at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17; 3:3). Whatever she might have thought about the tree before, she now saw it with new eyes—flesh-focused eyes. Genesis 3 tells us that the forbidden tree appealed to Eve in three ways: 1) it was good for food, 2) it was a delight to the eyes, and 3) it was desirable to make one wise.

In other words, the tree could fulfill three legitimate human appetites: the desire for tasty meals, beauty, and wisdom. There is nothing wrong with these God-given yearnings. The Lord created a variety of food and an earth packed with breathtaking sights so that people could enjoy them. He also offers the Holy Spirit as a source of His true wisdom and knowledge. In fact, it is the Spirit who teaches believers to keep fleshly appetites under control and in balance.

Meanwhile, Satan works very hard at corrupting healthy desires. He abhors seeing people's appetites satisfied. What he wants is to watch a person lusting after a good thing until he or she is controlled by the impulse to have it.

The Devil is pleased when people make themselves slaves to a desire that—in the proper context—the Lord intended to be enjoyed freely. A believer walking in the Holy Spirit rejects gluttony, preferring desires that are within God's boundaries instead. That's how we get His very best.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things: I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness! (Matthew 25:21)

Noah

The building of the ark is the longest test of faith recorded in the Word of God. For one hundred and twenty years Noah was a preacher of righteousness which included God's impending judgment. He persevered in his faith though all the circumstances were against him. He did not receive any confirmation that he was on the right track, neither did he get any outsider on his side. What faithfulness, to preach, to evangelize for a hundred and twenty years and not have one convert.

Faith does not look for signs or confirmation. It simply follows God's direction and instructions.

To those who walk by faith God says, "Well done!" Not, good and successful servant, but "good and faithful servant." God does not look for success, but for faithfulness. Then those faithful ones may hear the most beautiful words, "come and share your master's happiness!"


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Are you waiting for Jesus to heal you? Take hope from Jesus’ response to the blind man in Mark 10:45-47.

“Have mercy on us, O Lord!” the blind man cried. Everyone else kept going. Jesus froze. Something caught his attention. Interrupted his journey. Raising his hand to stop the people, lifting a finger to his lips for them to be quiet. What was it? What did Jesus hear?

A prayer. An unembellished appeal for help floating on winds of faith and landing against his ear. Jesus heard the words and stopped. He still does. And he still asks, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

Before amen—comes the power of a simple prayer! And Jesus’ heart went out to the blind men. He touched their eyes. Jesus moved in where others had stepped away. He healed them. At the gateway to heaven, God’s children will once again be whole!


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Prepared for Battle




Read | 2 Timothy 3:16-17

An unprepared soldier won’t hold out against the enemy. Since believers are at war with Satan, we must train wisely so that our heart stays clean and our testimony remains strong. Here, then, is a Christian soldier’s guide to preparing for battle:

• Soldiers must acknowledge the war. The Bible is clear: The devil is determined to destroy the saints. For this reason, we must view our life as a battleground (1 Pet. 5:8).

• Soldiers must know the enemy. Satan’s ways and tricks are recorded in Scripture. We know that his words are deceitful—but also very tempting.

• Soldiers must undergo training. Every day believers have the opportunity to demonstrate their trust in God in at least some small way. This is preparation for facing future decisions or adversity with wisdom and courage.

• Soldiers must know how to use their weapons. The Word of God is very helpful in combating Satan, encouraging the heart, and guiding decision making. Prayer keeps us in touch with our Commander in Chief.

• Soldiers must resist propaganda. Satan will use any worldly means possible to entice us—the media and entertainment industries, educational systems, and false religions are all tools of his trade. Believers must be wise in deciding what to allow into their minds.

A prepared soldier is a believer whose mind and heart are full of the Lord and His Word. The Spirit-filled warrior will be victorious against Satan’s attack.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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This is the Will of God for You



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



So many people today wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Oftentimes, they look for big things, signs and supernatural events. But really, God’s will for us unfolds each and every day as we obey Him and serve Him with a thankful heart.

When you wake up every morning with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, you just took a step toward your destiny — you are walking in the will of God. When you go throughout your day thanking God that His hand of blessing is upon you, thanking Him for ordering your steps, thanking Him for a new day, you are taking another step in His will.

Today, remember to keep the right perspective. We should have goals and dreams and look forward to a bright future, but the way you live your life today is what’s going to get you to where you need to be tomorrow. Keep praising, keep believing and keep thanking Him because that’s what will keep you moving forward. Submit every area of your heart to Him and walk forward in His will for your life!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, I come to You today with thanksgiving in my heart and a mouth full of praise! I bless You because You are worthy! Thank You for redeeming and restoring my life. Thank You for leading me in the way everlasting as I keep my heart and mind on You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father - to him be the glory and the power forever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)


Although I do not always understand the things my God does, nor see the reasons behind the way He does them, I am glad that this is how He works. It is truly wonderful. I love the ways of the Lord.

Even though I ask questions, "Why Lord?" from deep in my heart, and while I wonder how I can carry on, I have no doubt in my soul that He knows and loves and cares. He is described as the one "who loves us," Jesus who "freed us from our sins," and at what a price. Jesus has made us to be priests to serve His God and Father.

I don't expect answers to all my questions, just the peace that comes from knowing that He loves me, the peace of being free to love Him. If I am to serve my God I cannot claim as my right an easier life than that of Jesus. No, it will be hard at times. Answers are not necessary. All I need is to know how to live righteously before Him and, through the sadness and trials of this terrible world, praise and glorify His wonderful, mighty name.


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11/25/14 5:46 A

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My times are in your hands. (Psalm 31:15)


Have you ever wondered why God would not intervene in your most difficult situation only to find out afterwards that He did, but His timing was different from yours? How often we struggle to receive an immediate answer from the Lord only to thank Him later for not responding to our emergencies, according to our wishes.

This does not mean that God is removed from our particular situation, or does not care about our own despair. But he sees the needs differently, and therefore, plans special strategies to see us through. This does not necessarily mean resolving the critical situation immediately, but equipping us with confidence and power to endure it.


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1 Sam_7 Put away your gods and return to the Lord

Read 1 Samuel 7

People all around the world will worship something. It's built within us to seek after God, but it gets bent. When an man (woman) seeks after the true God then there needs to be a confession of sins, and we don't like that. So man makes up his own gods to worship that don't care about sin. The problem with this is these aren't gods at all and the sins of the people will multiply until society has decayed. Samuel chastens the people, if you really want to return to God, if you want the blessings that go with being God's people, then put aside the false gods that you worship. That same sentiment exists today, if you want to return to God, put aside the idols that you worship and go to Him.

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It’s no Surprise to God



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that it’s no surprise to God.

Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, “I can’t believe this is happening.” No, have a new perspective. That situation is no surprise to God. It didn’t catch Him off guard. He has already anointed you. You have the strength you need. You have the peace, the determination, the confidence. You’re not lacking. You’re anointed! The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you.

In those difficult times, trust that God will see you through. Believe that His plans for your future are for good. Know that even though something caught you off guard, it didn’t catch God off guard. He is prepared and ready to lead you to the place of victory.



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for Your hand of goodness on my life. I know that You see every unexpected and uncertain circumstance in my life. I trust that You will go before me and prepare the way for victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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Abiding in Christ

Jesus told the disciples and He tells those of us who believe in Him to “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). If a branch is attached to the vine, it will bear fruit but “apart from [Jesus we] can do nothing.” If we are truly abiding in Him we will most certainly be bearing not just a little fruit but “much fruit.” If someone says that they are a believer and bear no fruit, then they are deceiving themselves. Fruit shows that a person is abiding in Christ. The absence of fruit is evidence that they are not abiding in Him for Jesus said that “you will know them by their fruit” (Matt 7:16). The opposite must also be true that you will know those who are not His by the absence of fruit.

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11/24/14 4:04 A

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1 Sam_6 One cannot blatantly disobey God

Read 1 Samuel 6

The philistines return the Arc but still we don't know how they handled it. The Arc was made with rings on two sides where poles were placed and it was to be carried by Levites using the poles. It is possible that the poles were still in place. And I suppose it also possible that God granted some grace if they did not know better. The reason that the Philistines handled the Arc and lived is a decision above my pay grade.
There is this concept throughout the scriptures that if you don't know something then you will not be accountable. But in this chapter we see that the Jews in Beth-shemesh must have known something, as we are told the Arc was removed and set up by Levites. But then the curious wanted to look inside and God struck them blind. That was a very specific command not to do such, and as there were Levites present they should have known.

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11/23/14 4:29 A

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Exodus 4 Obedient to the covenant

Read Exodus 4

Most of this chapter reads straight forward, a little more arguing and specific instruction on signs and wonders. But toward the end there is a strange discourse. Moses is suppose to tell Pharaoh that God will kill his first son, and then we're told that God met Moses along the way and almost killed his son.
Although the translations could have us believing it may have been Moses. So Zipporah took a sharp rock and circumcised her son. This was in obedience to the covenant God set with Abraham back in Genesis 17. Abraham was 99 when he was circumcised, Moses son would be between 35 and 40.
The thought of a 35 year old man being circumcised with a sharp rock by his mother is a bit strange.
But it was necessary, there are so many places in the scriptures where we see obedience is more important than anything else. I suppose that circumcision could be considered somewhat like baptism, an outward of sign of an inward grace.

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Your God-Given Prayer Strength


Before you say amen—comes the power of a simple prayer! A prayer that says, “Father I need your power in my life. I face impossible circumstances and am desperate for a miracle. Would you show me your power in my life today? God, for those who have a small view of you, help them to find comfort in the knowledge of how mighty and enormous you actually are. Thank you for sending your Son. It’s in the all-powerful name of Jesus that I pray, amen.”








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Exodus 3 Moses argues with God

Read Exodus 3

I think most people in the educated world have heard the story of the burning bush. I have a slightly differing opinion, just a thought. What if the bush wasn't actually burning but God was standing behind the bush and His shikinah glory was shining through? We're taught in many places that man may not look directly at God, what if God put this bush between himself and Moses? At that time the only concept of light would come either form the sun, the moon, or a fire. So if a bush is lit up it must be on fire right? Just a thought, could be wrong. In any case the bush isn't important, it's the conversation.
God says to do this and Moses says I can't. God says, I'll take care of the details and Moses says I still can't. Ever had that conversation with God? You can't win, I do sometimes wonder if God enjoys the conversation anyway.

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still in Psalms-read 120-127 yesterday, starting with 128 today.

my fav from yesterday:

Psalm 127:11 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who built it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.

such a simple sentence with a vast implication.

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The Powerful Attribute of Patience




Hebrews 6:9-15

When you approach an elevator and see that the up button is lit, do you ever push it anyway? Or when you are stuck in a grocery line that will not move, do you ever think how poorly managed the store is? Our patience, or lack of it, spills over into many aspects of our lives.

Patience is not a natural trait that some possess at birth. Likewise, it’s not a skill that we can, on our own, continually muster. No, patience is available only through the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him, we will have a difficult time developing this awesome quality.

The nature of patience allows us to have the mindset that says, I’m willing to let go of immediate gratification and wait for God to supply. Then, we’re able to experience the inner quietness that can come only from Him. This doesn't mean we’ll never feel pressure or stress; at times the need to press persistently toward our goals feels overwhelming, but the Lord can calm our heart.

It’s important to realize that patience cannot be developed apart from other godly characteristics. In considering the life of David, we can see that this is true. While waiting to be made king by God’s hand, David had several opportunities to kill Saul, the nation’s current ruler. By refusing to take advantage of the situation, David demonstrated discernment, wisdom, love, and faith in God’s timing (1 Sam. 24:10-11; 26:10-11). Patience is one of the nine qualities named as fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). So to exhibit this important virtue, we must surrender our lives to Him.


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Press Through



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7 AMP)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



In Mark, chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through her town. Something deep on the inside said to her, “This is your season. This is your time to get well.” In the natural, when she saw all the people around Him, she thought, “I’ll never get to Him. It’s so crowded and I’m weak. I just don’t think I can do this.” She almost missed her season. But instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts, she started reminding herself, “If I can just get to Jesus, I will be whole.” She made the choice to turn her thoughts in the right direction. She kept pressing her way through the crowd until she got just close enough to Jesus to reach out and touch the edge of His robe. Instantly, she was made whole. This is what Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”

Notice, it was her faith and her persistence that connected her with God’s power, and the same is true for us today. No matter what you are facing, don’t give up! Keep praying! Keep asking! Keep seeking! God is faithful! Stay determined because He will meet your faith with His miraculous power when you continue to press through!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I ask You to fill me with Your strength, peace and joy so that I can press through to victory today. Show me the good plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Genesis 7:17 “Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.


As the Genesis story goes, humankind’s sin was so horrendous that God became immensely grieved by it. As a way or purging the evil, He sent a flood to wipe out the wickedness from the earth, except for Noah, his family, and two of every kind of animal. Most of us know this story by heart, as it’s depicted in many children’s books and with a famous movie starring Russell Crowe. However, there is some insight into what water means in the Bible when one reads the passage. Water, here, is used as a purging or cleansing. It appears to be negative, since it is so destructive, yet it was used to literally cleanse the earth away from all that was evil and unholy. Throughout the Scriptures, water often takes on that meaning.

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Yes God gave them hemorrhoids

Read 1 Samuel 5

The Philistines take the Arc and place it next to their idol Dagon. The question which I have and is not answered is how did they move it? God kills people who touch the arc and aren't supposed to. in any case, each morning we see the idol bowing down to God as represented by the Arc. In verse 6, depending on your translation it may read that God gave them tumors, boils, emerods. I had an old study bible at one time that I'd gotten from a thrift store which had notes written in several places. This was one of those places so I did some research. According to the commentator Adam Clarke, (1760-1832) the word used here was 'apholim', which means 'bleeding piles'. Which when you think about it, it makes sense and shows that God has a sense of humor. For someone with uncomfortable hemorrhoids, the only position they can find any comfort would be lying face down. Although God allowed the Philistines to capture the Arc, he prostrates them for their idolatry. They may have defeated the people of Israel but no-one can defeat the God of Israel.

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The Importance of Seeking Wise Counsel





1 Kings 12:1-19

Sometimes people make decisions they later regret because the counsel they heeded was ungodly. It is critical that we know how to discern what is wise, biblical advice. Here are suggestions to help you detect whether or not guidance is scriptural.

1. Look for counsel that makes frequent reference to God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. If you need guidance but receive advice that neglects or contradicts the principles of Scripture, the best thing to do is seek input elsewhere.

2. Think twice if there is much talk but no prayer. Even with a great exchange of ideas and human wisdom, it’s essential that someone propose, “Let’s ask the Lord to give us direction.” A prudent advisor knows that prayer is a vital element in attaining the whole counsel of God.

3. Avoid any counselor who compromises Scripture by bending the standards God has set for His children. People will sometimes say things like, “Nobody’s perfect, so a tiny bit of gossip [or gambling, or a little ‘fun’] here and there won’t hurt.” Such rationalizing can quickly lead to bondage.

4. Beware of counsel that is quick to criticize the church or its spiritual leaders. An advisor who readily discredits the church because of its visible weaknesses may be someone hiding a hurtful bias. Such people may have an agenda that is quite different from the Lord’s plan and perspective.

Remember that living within each believer is the Counselor Himself (Isa. 9:6; John 14:26), and He wants to help with all our decisions. Trust Him in everything.



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Be Still and Know



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God...’ ”
(Psalm 46:10, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a co-worker. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.”

Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t the source of your problems, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are putting yourself in a position of strength. So today, take time to be still before Him. Let His peace cover you. Let Him refresh you by His Spirit. Remember, the battles you face belong to the Lord. Be still before Him so you can see His hand of victory in every area of your life!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, I humbly come before You. I choose to be still before You. Speak to my heart so I can know You more. Fill me with Your peace as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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1 Sam_4 The Arc was not a rabbits foot

Read 1 Samuel 4

Israel is fighting with the Philistines (they still are today too), and losing. Apparently some of them remember the stories of Moses and Joshua going to battle with the Arc and winning. Of course the reason wasn't the Arc, it was what was represented. By bringing the Arc first they placed God first. In this case they look at the Arc in some superstitious manner, expecting God to work for them just because they brought the Arc. It's become no longer a representation of God living with them but an idol. And because of this attitude they lose it to their enemies.

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Fear or Faith?




Matthew 14:22-33

Many believers will go through life missing divine opportunities because they are afraid to live as God intends. Fear can paralyze us into inaction—then our life fills with lost chances to serve, minister, or see the Lord’s work up close. Consider the 11 disciples who stayed in the boat when Peter got out and walked to Jesus. How many times must each man have regretted choosing safety over the intense joy of stepping on water next to the Son of God? But Andrew, John, and the others missed their opportunity. Unfortunately, many Christians stay in the boat all their lives. At the end, these same folks probably wonder why their lives seemed empty.

We easily succumb to fear’s potency when we attempt to endure trouble in our own strength. We weren't created to live in such a way. God designed us to function best when we allow Jesus Christ’s divine power to supplant our weakness. As he stood on the surface of the Sea of Galilee, Peter looked around at the fierce wind and remembered that no human can walk on water. His own strength was inadequate to keep him afloat, and he quickly sank. Jesus’ greater power was sufficient to lift Peter from the sea and carry them both safely to the boat.

Apprehension can paralyze the believer and consequently freeze the Lord’s plan. But responding with faith to God’s directions unleashes divine power and sets His work in motion. The moment that we step out of the boat and move away from the familiar boundaries of our limited strength, we walk by faith.


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Like a Flood



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
(Isaiah 59:19, KJV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by life. You get a bad report, unexpected news, or someone you trusted wrongs you. What does God do? He doesn’t sit back and think, “Too bad. Sorry your life is so difficult.” No, when the enemy comes in like a flood, God raises up a barrier. In other words, that injustice, that bad break, that sickness gets God’s attention. He doesn’t sit back. He goes to work!

It’s like a parent with a child. If someone or something is giving them a hard time, you don’t think twice. You stop what you’re doing and immediately go to help. That’s the way it is with our heavenly Father. When the enemy comes in like a flood, God steps up and says, “Hey, wait a minute. You’re messing with the wrong person! That’s my son. That’s my daughter. If you’re going to mess with them, you’re going to have to first mess with Me — the all-powerful Creator of the universe.”

You’ve got to realize that in the tough times, you’re not alone. You’ve got somebody fighting for you. The Most High God has your back, and He’s ready to raise up a standard to protect you when the enemy comes in like a flood!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for protecting me and fighting my battles. I choose to stand strong in faith knowing that You are fighting behind the scenes on my behalf in Jesus’ name! Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen



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Purple Peony -- Good one - It is HIS righteousness not ours ......what a gift.....what a Saviour, King and friend. I pray that everyone I know opens that Gift of Jesus this Christmas.

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1 Sam_3 Sins with no atonement.

Read 1 Samuel 3

Jesus speaks in Matthew 12 about unforgivable sin. I've heard a lot of different comments on this but to place it in the simplest terms, if someone is worried that they may have committed this then they shouldn't worry. But this isn't exactly the same. Salvation and forgiveness is and has always been by faith in Christ.
Under the Law it was looking forward to the messiah and today it's looking back, but still the same salvation from the same place. God says here that the sins of Eli and his sons will not be atoned by sacrifice or offering. That they are condemned to die. It does not specifically tell us if it's just a physical death or eternal. But what Eli does after Samuel gives him the prophecy is disturbing, he makes no effort to repentance. There are many other cases where God issues a death prophecy to someone who then repents and God allows them to live. Because of the grace given us through Christ, the only sin for which there is no forgiveness is the one for which we don't ask forgiveness.

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Genesis 17:16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations, kings of peoples will come from her.


Sarah, the mother of Isaac, is often considered the “mother” of the Israelite nation. Her husband, Abraham, was called to leave his family and friends in Ur of the Chaldeans and go to a place that God would show him. Abraham obeyed the Lord’s call, and traveled a great distance to get to the land of Canaan where God promised him that he would become a great nation. At the time, Sarah was barren, but the Lord came to Abraham and told him that they would have a son, Isaac. When this precious son was 12 years old, the Lord tested Abraham and asked him to take Isaac up on the mountain and sacrifice him. In spite of Abraham’s horror and pain, he took his son to a mountain in the region of Moriah and was prepared to give him back to God. However, at the last second, God provided an alternate sacrifice, and the boy was saved. This son of promise, and his descendants, eventually became the nation of Israel just as the Lord said in this passage. Sarah was blessed, and many kings came from her lineage because of her obedience to God and to Abraham.

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Grace Extended



Colossians 1:3-6

Grace is God’s goodness and kindness freely extended to the utterly undeserving—you and me. Because of His grace, He offers salvation through Jesus Christ so that anyone who trusts Him as Savior might have a new relationship with the Father. As a result, God . . .

• Declares we are righteous. The Father sees Christ’s righteousness as our own (2 Cor. 5:21). The guilt and shame of sin have been removed (Rom. 8:1), and we can live boldly for Jesus, no matter who we were before.

• Claims us as family. A spiritual adoption has taken place so that we could become children of God and call Him “Father.” The world would have us believe the lie that we are insignificant, but God’s view is the truth: As believers, we are children of the eternal King and have great worth.

• Provides an inheritance for us, as co-heirs with Christ. Our inheritance is guaranteed and kept for us in heaven. We are set free from the trap of possessions because we’re rich in the only way that matters (2 Cor. 8:9).

• Gives us, who were spiritually dead, a new heart and a new spirit. We are born again. God has given us a fresh start in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

• Raises us out of the life we once lived and into a new life with Him. Believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is love, joy, and peace.

• Sets us free from the power of sin, Satan, and self. Obedience and victory become a reality in our life as our faith in Jesus Christ grows.

Praise God for His unending grace.


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When you hear about the Day of the Lord, what do you think it means? When does the Bible say it will occur?


The Day of the Lord

There is so much in the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New about the “Day of the Lord” and it’s sometimes simply called “the Day” or “that Day” so we’ll explore what this means and try to find out when that day might come. For those who step out of this life without Christ, their “day of the Lord” is the very next moment after they die so it’s critical to get right with the Lord today, while it’s still called today (2 Cor 6:2). Every one of us is one breath, one accident, one brain aneurysm, or one heartbeat away from eternity so it’s vital to find out today how you can be spared from being at the Great White Throne Judgment which is the final judging of all those who have refused to repent and believe (Rev 20:11-15). That day will come suddenly and Jesus said it will come when no one expects it so we need to always be ready, for at any given moment, we will either stand before a Holy, Righteous, Just God and be condemned for our sins or we’ll be judged already in Christ and be spared from the eternal fires of hell. Some associate this day with the tribulation but either way, it is the beginning but not the totality of the judgment coming on the world.

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Each Day is a Gift



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
(Psalm 90:12, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. The little things try to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesn’t go your way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause you to lose focus if you let it. We have to remember that each day is ordained by Almighty God. If we choose to focus on the wrong things, we’ll miss the blessing that each day has to offer.

Today, don’t let the precious moments of life pass you by. Don’t wait for holidays and birthdays to show people that you care. Remember, each day is unique and irreplaceable. You have been given time that can be invested or wasted; hours that can be used or misused. That’s why the psalmist prayed to God, “Teach us to number our days.” He was saying, “Teach us to value every moment we’ve been given.”



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for the gift of today. I choose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always and show me the treasure of each and every day in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Samuel the last judge and great prophet

Read 1 Samuel 1.

Samuel is born to godly parents, his father kept the duty of attending worship yearly at Shiloh, his mother humbled herself in prayer. She kept her promise to God and gave her first son to Him. We have no exact age for Samuel but it is safe to believe older than five and younger than twelve. Interesting that that's the same age where we begin schooling our children today. Those are the years where a child is most influenced. Samuel was exposed to some very conflicting influences, and perhaps it's because of this that he turned out as he did. On one hand he has Eli, as far as we can tell an obedient priest but poor father. And Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas, both priests but evil and corrupt. Even in this environment God is able to mold Samuel into the proper character.

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Exodus 1 Egypt fears Israel

Read Exodus 1

Joseph was thirty years old when pharaoh had his dreams and was made prime minister, he died at 110. His family was brought to Egypt around the third year of the famine so the people of Israel were in the land of Goshen around 75 years before Joseph died. They came as only 70 people but now they number so high that the Egyptians are afraid of them. So it's at this point that they are oppressed and enslaved by Pharaoh. I wonder what happened during those 75 years, and what happened in the next approximately 130 years. That's how long the people were in bondage to Egypt. The logic that Pharaoh uses to try and stifle the population by killing all of the male babies is pretty foolish. If the midwives comply, in a few years the workforce begins to make drastic changes. But note the idea of killing all of the male babies because the king is afraid, sounds like something a king in Jerusalem did a few centuries later.

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Psalm 59

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
2 Deliver me from evildoers
and save me from those who are after my blood.

3 See how they lie in wait for me!
Fierce men conspire against me
for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Arise to help me; look on my plight!
5 You, Lord God Almighty,
you who are the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
show no mercy to wicked traitors.[c]

6 They return at evening,
snarling like dogs,
and prowl about the city.
7 See what they spew from their mouths—
the words from their lips are sharp as swords,
and they think, “Who can hear us?”
8 But you laugh at them, Lord;
you scoff at all those nations.

9 You are my strength, I watch for you;
you, God, are my fortress,
10 my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[d]
or my people will forget.
In your might uproot them
and bring them down.
12 For the sins of their mouths,
for the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
For the curses and lies they utter,
13 consume them in your wrath,
consume them till they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob.

14 They return at evening,
snarling like dogs,
and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food
and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.


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Walk your talk.
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Embrace your blessings.
Make today worth remembering"
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still in Psalms-I am in the good ones-singing and rejoicing in the Lord!

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Saved by Grace



Ephesians 2:1-10

Why is it that so many who have placed faith in Jesus Christ find themselves struggling and feeling defeated? One reason may be that they have never grasped exactly what took place when they were saved. Furthermore, they may fail to understand salvation’s current meaning in their life.

From God’s viewpoint, before we trusted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were spiritually dead in our transgressions (Eph. 2:5), under His wrath (John 3:36), and condemned to eternal separation from Him (Rev. 20:15). He saw us as people who deserved judgment yet whose efforts were futile against divine anger—rebellious people who were unable to turn to Him apart from the work of the Holy Spirit.

God saw us as helpless and hopelessly lost. Clearly, something outside of ourselves was needed for us to be made acceptable in His eyes. And God loved us so much that He was willing to do whatever was necessary to rescue us from our desperate condition.

His solution was grace. God sent a Savior who bore our sins, became sin for us, and endured the wrath of the Father for those sins. This Savior was God’s one and only Son, who paid the debt we owed for our past, present, and future transgressions—a debt we never could have paid.

Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb who shed His blood in our place—a Redeemer who rescued us from spiritual death and made us acceptable before God. What took place? It was a miracle of life, a rebirth for all who would believe, because we were once spiritually dead.



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The Problem of Unmet Needs




Psalm 84:11-12

If God has promised to provide and is able, we might wonder why He doesn't always meet our needs when we ask. But since He is faithful to His Word, we can know that the problem is never with Him.

Notice that in today’s passage, God’s promise to provide has a condition—it is given to “those who walk uprightly” (v. 11). So if God isn't meeting our needs as we think He should, either He may have a different plan, or something in our life may be a hindrance.

• Sin. One reason our prayers may not be answered is because there’s sin in our life and we are not living righteously. If God ignored disobedience and granted our requests, He would be affirming an unrighteous lifestyle.

• Laziness. Although the Lord is the ultimate source of all we have, He has given us the responsibility of working in order to provide for our basic necessities (2 Thess. 3:10-11). If you’re a capable, able-bodied person who’s unwilling to work and wants something for nothing, God won’t reinforce your laziness.

• Desires. It’s possible that the Lord hasn't provided as you expected because your “needs” are really desires. If He sees that what you want won’t fulfill His plans for your life, He may be saying “no” because He has a “yes” that’s even better.

To avoid disappointment with God, understand that His actions and character always align. He won’t reward rebellion or laziness, and His answers to prayer fit with His goal of conforming us to Christ’s image. So if He hasn't provided what you deem essential, He’s working to bestow a better blessing.


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Flourish Like a
Palm Tree



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree...”
(Psalm 92:12, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger.

See, the reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy and victory. But God said, “You’re going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before.”

As you reflect on the events of your life, remember, the storms you have encountered have only made you stronger. You are wiser, you are more alive, and you are headed for victory. Your brightest days are right out in front of you! Always remember that with God on your side, you will flourish like a palm tree!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for making me strong in You. I trust that You are working in my life, even in the midst of the storms. Thank You for a new season of blessing as I keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Haggai 2b God will shake the world

Read Haggai 2:10-23

I want to look at two different ideas here, the first being something clean or holy touching the unclean.
It speaks of meat but we can expand on it to people. If a clean person, one sanctified to God, is in constant contact with the unclean which will have the stronger effect? The answer to that should be obvious. We're constantly bombarded with the unclean, the pagan concepts of living, through business and media. Has the contact of the clean had an effect on the entertainment industry? Quite the opposite, more than not we the believers, the sanctified of God, compromise and are corrupted by the unclean. We're all guilty, I include myself too. We're to be in the world but not of it, we're to be an influence in the world but the only way to do that is to be united in one accord. The church today is certainly not united in one accord.

And the second aspect is that in all of the arrogance of man, believing himself to be so powerful. When God is ready He will shake the very earth and humble even the most mighty nations.

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"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." Number 6:24-26

It's amazing how, when my children were little, I did everything possible to raise them to be independent, intelligent, and functioning adults. Then...when they became that way, I often say, 'Whoa! I don't think you are doing the right thing...living the right way...walking the right path!" How contradictory! I have to realize that I need to let go...over and over again...and let them practice the things that I taught them. It seems that they never get old enough (and neither do I!) that this reaction goes away. Now I need to give them them blessing of Numbers 6 and trust them to God. As K. Gibran says, our children do not belong to us...they belong to themselves and to God...they are like arrows that we shoot into the future. God operates in them as he does in me.I just need to see it!

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Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.
Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.
Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise, says the Lord. I will protect them from those who malign them.
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.
O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.
The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.
(Psalm 12:1-2, 5-8)


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Haggai 2a The restored glory of the temple

Read Haggai 2:1-9

God asks the question, who remembers the temple before it was destroyed? I believe that he asks that same question every other generation. Today we can ask, who remembers the strong church, the church spoken of in histories of spiritual awakenings and healings sweeping across the globe?

I've read stories, listened to some tapes, even seen some videos of meetings and, for lack of a better term, revivals. The Holy Spirit moved, people were drawn to God, morality was lifted up. Then as has happened through history people left God, morality declined, the church forgot what it was about.

Just as the priests in the old temple began to look at their position as a career, a means to a steady paycheck, the same has happened in the church today.

But God says to remember what it was like, when priests and teachers spoke the Word in faith. Totally trusting in God and not the congregation to provide for their means.

I believe a day will come when the Holy Spirit again will sweep across the globe and stir the hearts of men to repentance and faith. I pray that it happen today!

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Still Standing



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
(Psalm 40:2, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or bad break should have taken you down, but look — you’re still standing! That addiction, that partying lifestyle should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you’re still standing and becoming freer. Or, maybe you lost a loved one. You didn’t think you could go on. You thought you’d seen your best days, but God breathed new life into you. He lifted you out of the pit and put a new song in your heart, and here you are today, still standing.

When you go through difficult things, it’s an opportunity to see the goodness of God shine in the darkness. You see Him lift you up, restore you, promote you and heal you. When you have this history with God, you don’t get discouraged by every difficulty. You don’t fall apart because of a disappointment. You don’t get upset because people are talking about you. You know that God brought you through in the past, and He is going to bring you through in the future! Rejoice today because you are still standing and headed to the place of total victory!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for lifting me out of my difficulty and for helping me stand on solid ground. I trust Your goodness. I know that You are faithful. Help me stay focused on Your victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen



"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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Haggai 1 Build the house of God,..that I may have pleasure in it.

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Currently in the US our economy sucks, unemployment is high, we've had droughts on the west, floods all across the mid-east and east and really strange weather patterns all over. Social issues of race, drugs, and violence are rampant and our government wants nothing to do with God. Political and social leaders actually embrace the idea of legalizing drugs for various reasons. God says it's time to gather wood and rebuild His house. We know that God's house is no longer a building but a people. How do we gather wood and rebuild a people? Take a firm biblical stand on ALL of these social issues. Tell at least one person each week that a life without God leads to eternal death, but that God has made a way for life.

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When the Storms Come



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

"The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”"
(Matthew 7:25, NKJV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



We all go through difficulties and things we don't understand. It's easy to get discouraged and think, “Why am I having these problems?” The scripture says, “Rain falls on the just and the unjust.” No matter how good a person you are; no matter how much you honor God, you are going to have some rain.

Jesus told a parable about a wise man who built his house on the rock. He honored God. Another man built his house on the sand. He didn’t. The winds blew. The rains beat on the houses. The same storm came to both people, the just and the unjust. If the story ended right there, you would think, “It doesn't make a difference to honor God. The same thing happens to me that happens to everybody else. I built my house on the rock, yet I’m in this storm.” But, that's not the end of the story. Jesus went on to tell that the man who built his house on the rock, his house was still standing after the storm. The man who built on the sand, his house washed away. Here's the difference. When you honor God, the storms may come, but you have a promise that others don't have. When it's all said and done, you'll still be standing!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for the promise to bring me through every difficulty, hardship and adversity I may face. I receive Your strength; I receive Your victory knowing that my house is built on the Rock in Jesus’ name! Amen!

— Joel & Victoria Osteen


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2 Timothy 1:5 (ESV) “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”


Eunice, the mother of Timothy, was a woman of great faith who is mentioned by the apostle Paul in one of his letters. He refers to her as being significant, because she was following in her mother, Lois’, footsteps. Following God was important in their family tree, and this faith was being passed down from generation to generation. Paul applauds Timothy’s family for their faithfulness and dedication to the Lord. In fact, he goes on to tell Timothy that he shouldn't “let anyone look down on him, because [he] is young, but to set an example in life, in speech, in love and in purity” (I Timothy 4:12). In that way, their godliness would continue as a spiritual heritage for years to come. Eunice loved her son, Timothy, and in spite of possible persecution for their faith, she became a Christian and taught her son to follow Christ as well. This choice could have led them to sacrificing their lives for the sake of the Kingdom, but it was a choice they were willing to make.

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