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10/17/17 God’s Word for Today: “Abraham believed God…,” and he was called God’s friend (James 2:23). Best Friend – Forever. With good friends, you are never alone. They’re attentive to your needs and gladly share life’s joy and burdens. Before Jesus came on earth, only two individuals were called friends of God. The Lord spoke to Moses “as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11), and Abraham “was called God’s friend” (Isaiah 41:8). I am amazed that Jesus calls those of us who belong to Him friends: “I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). And HIs friendship is so deep that He laid down His life for us. John says, “Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (v.13). What a privilege and blessing to have Jesus as our friend! He is a friend who will never leave us nor forsake us. He intercedes for us before the Father and supplies all our needs. He forgives all our sins, understands all our sorrows, and gives us sufficient grace in times of trouble. He is indeed our Best Friend! – js
Lord, I am thankful that You have called me Your friend. May I ever be grateful for the privilege! Amen.
“What a friend we have in Jesus!” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/16/17 God’s Word for Today: “Be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2) Visible Vulnerability. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable can be scary. We want to be loved and accepted for who we are, but we fear that if people truly knew us, they would reject us and we could get hurt. What if they found out that we are not smart enough…kind enough…good enough? But as members of God’s family, we have a responsibility to help each other grow in faith. We’re told to “encourage one another,” to “build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and to “be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). When we are honest and vulnerable with other believers, we may discover we have mutual struggles, battling temptation or learning how to live obediently.But most of all, we will share the wonder of God’s gift of grace in our lives. – chk
Dear Lord, many times my fear of being hurt keeps me from being honest about my struggles. Help me to remember how much You love me, and help me to be patient and loving with others. Amen.
“Being honest about our struggles allows us to help each other.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/15/17 God’s Word for Today: “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1). He Understands. Jesus understands our fears and problems because He lived on the earth as a human and endured the same types of trouble we face. “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3). When we describe our struggles to Him, He doesn’t brush us aside, minimize our feelings, or tell us to snap out of it_He relates to our distress. Somehow, knowing that He understands can dispel the loneliness that often accompanies suffering. In our darkest times, He is our light and our salvation. – jbs
Dear Jesus, I believe that You hear my prayers and that You understand my situation. You are the One who lights my darkness. Amen.
“JESUS is our light in the darkest night.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/14/17 God’s Word for Today: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). Misplaced Trust. Where do we place our trust? David observes in the verse, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Chariots and horses represent material and human assets. While these represent things that are useful in daily life, they don’t give us the security in times of trouble. If we place our trust in things or possessions or wealth, we will find that they eventually give way beneath us. Those who trust in their chariots and horses can be “brought to their knees and fall,” but those who trust in God will “rise up and stand firm.” – ld
Have you ever trusted someone or something and been disappointed or let down? Who or what was it? What do you trust in the most?
“In a world of change, we can trust our unchanging God.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/13/17 God’s Word for Today: “To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). More Than We Can Imagine. Imagination plays an important role in our lives, so it’s not unusual that the apostle Paul mentioned it in his prayer for the followers of Jesus in Ephesus (Ephesians 3:14-21). After asking God to strengthen them with His power through His Spirit, Paul prayed that they would be able to grasp and experience the full dimension of the love of Christ. Often our experience limits our prayers_a situation we can’t picture being different; destructive habits that remain unbroken; long-held attitudes that seen to defy change. As time passes, we may begin to feel that some things cannot be changed. But Paul says that it is not true. By God’s mighty power working in us, He is able to do far more than we may dare to ask or even dream of. – dmcC
Dear Father, help us today to embrace all that You have given us in Your Son_forgiveness, hope, encouragement, and power to live a new life. Amen.
“Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/12/17 God’s Word for Today: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). The Best Is Yet To Come. Are the best days of your life behind or in front of you? Our outlook on life_and our answer to that question_can change with time. When we’re younger, we look ahead, wanting to grow up. And once we’ve grown older, we yearn for the past, wanting to be young again. But when we walk with God, whatever our age, the best is yet to come. Over the course of his long life, Moses witnessed the amazing things God did, and many of those amazing things happened when he was no longer a young man (Exodus 3-13; 14:21; 16:4;33:11). Throughout his life, Moses lived expectantly, looking ahead to what God would do. He was 120 years old in his final year of life on earth, and even then he understood that his life with God was getting started and that he would never see an end to God’s greatness and love. Regardless of our age, “the eternal God is our refuge, and underneath is the everlasting arms” that faithfully carry us into His joy each day. – jb
O Lord my God, I praise You for all You have done in the past. I look forward with thankfulness for all You will do in the future. And I thank You for today and all Your blessings. Amen.
“When we walk with God, the best is yet to come.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/11/17 God’s Word for Today: “Command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him” (Deuteronomy 3:28). Dying for Encouragement. All of us need a word of encouragement from time to time to spur us when we are facing a major new challenge. But we also need words of appreciation and commendation as we carry out our daily responsibilities, whether at home or at work.
Many people crave some small sign of approval. They need a word of recognition, a caring smile, a warm handshake, and an honest expression of appreciation for the good we see in them or in their work. Every day let’s determine to encourage (not flatter) at least one person. Let’s do our part to help those around us who are dying for encouragement. – rwd
It may seem insignifcant
To say a word or two;
But when we give encouragement,
What wonders it can do! – kdehaan
“A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up or going on.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/10/17 God’s Word for Today: “In His great mercy God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). If I Knew Then. Though our past may fill us with regrets, all our experiences have shaped who we are. We can’t go back or change the consequences of our choices or our sin. But praise God we don’t have to carry the heavy burdens and mistakes of the past around us. Because of what Jesus has done! 1 Peter 1:3. If we turn to Him in faith and sorrow for our sins, He will forgive us. On that day we’re made brand new and begin the process of being spiritually transformed. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done (or haven’t done), we are forgiven because of what He’s done. We can move forward, making the most of today and anticipating a future with Him. In Christ, we’re free! – ak
Lord, I’m so thankful that through You we can be free of the burdens of the past _ the mistakes, the pain, the sins_ that hang so heavy. We don’t need to carry around regret or shame. We can leave them with You. Amen. “Leave your heavy burden with God.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/09/17 God’s Word for Today: “Contend earnestly for the faith ….For certain men have crept unnoticed” (Jude 3-4). Be Careful! Jude was so upset about false teachers that he changed his mind about the content of a letter he was going to write. He had planned to write about salvation, but instead, he sent an urgent warning. Apparently, some men were preaching that because God had already taken care of their sins it was okay for Christians to engage in immorality (v,4). He was saying that those first-century preachers were selfish, greedy men who were interested mostly in getting rich quick. This reminds me of another kind of false teachers we see today: those who have found a way_in the name of God_to extort millions of dollars from sincere, trusting people. By promising blessings in exchange for a donation, by performing fake miracles, or by sending religious trinkets to make people feel obligated, some of these false teachers are getting rich off the faith and generosity of religious seekers. Before you support any ministry, check it out. Don’t let people like the false teachers Jude described take advantage of you. Be careful! – jdb
God’s Word must verify the truth
Of what is wrong or right,
And test what seems so real to me_
My feelings, sense, and sight. -djd
“To know God’s truth is to be fortified against the Devil’s lie.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/08/17 God’s Word for Today: “He who loves God must love his brother also” (1John 4:21). How Will They Know. Did you ever notice that some Christians act decidedly unChristian while trying to prove how godly they are? One example is the church where members argue against adding a new service geared towards youth because they dislike the music. As Christians, we must stand for truth as spelled out in the Bible. Though truth is not violated in the situation mentioned, these professing followers of Christ acted in decidedly unloving ways. They chose to protect personal preferences rather than demonstrate the love of Jesus to a watching world. As we read in 1 John 4: 7-21, we see that Christ’s love seeks to transform our behavior. In His love, we don’t react disdainfully toward others simply because we don’t agree. Jesus said, “By this all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Do others see the love of Jesus in you? – db
May all I am and do and say
Give glory to my Lord alway,
And may no act of mine cause shame
Nor bring reproach upon His name. – anon
“A church with one heart and one mind will make for a won world.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/07/17 God’s Word for Today: “Because they had no root they withered away (Matthew 13:6). Roots or Shoots. People and organization can be like trees. The rise to prominence is exhilarating, but anything that puts up shoots faster than it puts down roots is fragile and in danger of breaking, falling, or dying. Jesus used a similar analogy in His parable of the sower. People who hear the Word and receive it joyfully are like seed sown on many places; they spring up quickly but endure only a short time because they have no roots (Matthew 13:6, 20-21). Roots aren’t all glamorous, but they are the source of our strength. If our roots go deep in the knowledge of God and our lives are hidden in Christ, we’ll be strong, resistant to blight, and more likely to survive the storms of adversity. How deep are your roots? – jal. “The roots of stability come from being grounded in God’s Word and prayer.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/06/17 God’s Word for Today: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Lend A Hand. In Romans 12:9-21 Paul gives ways to express practical Christianity in our relationships. We can “give a hand” to grieving friends and family by understanding their sorrow and not expecting them to “get over it.” We can freely mention the name of the person whose death has brought such desolation and then share a fond memory. We can be quiet, listen, and pray for Gid’s help. Only God can heal the deep wounds of the heart, but we can lend a hand. – dmc
“No one is strong enough to bear his burden alone, – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/05/17 God’s Word for Today: “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Do Your Best and Leave the Rest. The apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to give their all for God. They were to exhort, warn, comfort, rejoice, pray, and express their gratitude to God – among other things. We too should always do our best in our Christian life and service. But when pressure-periods come and we just don’t have the time we feel we need, we should do the best we can and then prayerfully trust God’s faithfulness. – vg. Give of your best to the Master; Give Him first place in your heart; Give Him first place in your service, Consecrate every part. -Grose. “Be faithful and leave the results to God.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/04/17 God’s Word for Today: “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother” (Psalm 131:2). Foundation of the Heart. Although we are the “temple of the living God,” I wonder if we are not more like cathedrals, with buttresses of external influences holding us up while we remain weak at the core. Pastors, friends, rules, books, and small groups are helpful to support and bolster our faith. But if we depend too heavily on them, they can actually distract us from developing a healthy heart for God. Our heart is the place where God meets and relates to us personally. It’s where He allows us to respond to His correction. Spending time in His Word and in prayer opens the door for Him to interact with us at the deepest levels of our need and gives Him opportunities to comfort and convict. As we open our hearts to Him, He fans the flame of an intimate, life-changing relationship. Authentic Christianity is the inside out expression of this dynamic relationship with Jesus that provides the strength to live for His glory – regardless of what is happening on the outside. – js. “When you open your heart to the Savior, He opens your mind to His Word.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/03/17 God’s Word for Today: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” ( Philippians 4:6). “I’m Really Scared.” Who of us, in youth or later years, has not felt fear when facing unwanted life events that are truly frightening? And where can we turn for help? What comfort can we find from Scripture to give us courage in these kinds of situations? The reality that God will go with us through our trial can help us to hope. Isaiah 41:13 tells us, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’ ” In addition, God offers indescribable, heart-guarding peace when we present our difficulties to Him in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). Through God’s unfailing presence and His peace that “transcends all understanding” (v.7), we can find the hope and help we need to endure situations in which we are really scared. – jb
Dear heavenly Father, when I am afraid, remind me that You hold my hand and give me peace. I’m grateful that I can lean into Your arms and find help when I am scared. You are good to me.” Amen.
“God is with us in all our struggles.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/02/17 God’s Word for Today: “O God, You are my God, and I long for You. My whole being desires You; like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land, my soul is thirsty for you” (Psalm 63:1). Until Your Soul is Satisfied. Responsibilities and struggles can drain your energy and emotions. Trials threaten to steal your hope and joy. You survey the circumstances of your life and wonder how any good can come from what you are experiencing. But it can. When God is involved, there is always the potential for hope and blessing. Problems are a natural part of life. Without much warning, stress can build, and before you know it, you are crying out for help. However, instead of cowering in fear, the psalmist used his trying situation as an opportunity to express his deep commitment to God. Praise God for satisfying your soul, and express your trust that He will work things out for your good. – jrb
“God, thank You for inviting me to experience Your wonderful love. I long to know You better and experience Your encouraging, satisfying presence.” Amen. – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
10/01/17 God’s Word for Today: “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord” (Psalm 84:2). In God’s House. The author of Psalm 84 had a love for God’s house. Some commentators have speculated that for a time he, a temple singer, was unable to go to the temple _ either because of sickness or circumstances. So as he wrote this psalm, his soul was especially longing and crying out to be in “the courts of the Lord.” He believed that one day of worship in God’s house gave more satisfaction than a thousand days spent anywhere else. There’s something special about praising God together with His people, and we should take every opportunity we can to do so. But if we can’t, like the psalmist, we can still express our love for the living God and be longing to know Him. The Lord is pleased and we’ll be blessed when our heart’s desire is to be with Him and His people. – ac
One day that’s spent with You, O Lord,
In worship and in praise
Is better than a thousand spent
In less important ways. -Sper
“A good indicator of our spiritual temperature is our eagerness to worship God.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
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