Scripture of the Day

January 7, 2022

The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping. Genesis 32:31

From “Connect with God Devotional-Jentezen Franklin”

THE LIMP

Jacob didn’t know who he was until God told him. All his life he’d been labeled a “deceiver,” until the Lord explained to him that he was “a prince…with God.” (Ge 32:28). Notice those words “with God.” God was in essence saying, “From now on Jacob, you’re just my puppet. Unless I pull the strings, you’ll fall over. I’m the source of every good idea
you’ll ever have and every blessing you’ll ever receive. Don’t forget that!”

Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment. Learning to depend on God is the work of a lifetime. That’s why you can walk with Him, yet still limp in certain areas. Your limp is what keeps you from “believing your own press.” It’s what makes you say, “If God can use me, He can use anybody.” It reminds you that you’re still a work in progress; it forces
you to lean more on God and less on yourself.

In a way, Paul had a limp. Listen, “To keep me from becoming conceited…there was given me a Thorn in my flesh…three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'” (2Co 12:7-9).

Here’s a word to you who’ve spent your entire life trying to hide your limp, or deny it. Your limp, like Jacob’s, is just a testimony to what God had brought you through; it proves that HE’S TOUCHED YOU!



 



Scripture of the Day

January 5, 2022

And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho.
Joshua 6:2

From ” Connect With God Devotional-Jentezen Franklin”

Everything God promised to Joshua was on the other side of Jericho’s wall. From that we learn two important things:

(1) Your blessing is on the other side of your problem!

The land will be yours once the wall comes down. And it will, for Jesus is your enemy -exposing, strategy-giving, wall-toppling conqueror.

(2) You’ve got to fight for it!

You’re not fighting in your own strength, and you’re not fighting alone. You ask, “What can I do?” (a) Realize that victory begins on your knees. Everything changed when Joshua prayed, “What saith my lord unto his servant?” (Jos 5:14). God has a plan, and He’ll reveal it to you of you seek Him. (b) The enemy has no defense against God’s Word. Three different times
Jesus used The Word to “face him down.” After the third time we read, “The devil leaveth Him and…angels came and ministered unto Him” (Mt 4:11). If your stand outlasts the enemy’s, he’ll flee, and God will send in reinforcements!

Paul says we are to, “Withstand in the evil day” (Eph 6:13). Note, your enemy only has a day; his time will soon be over. Don’t give up when you are just moments away from victory, or inches from the prize. What would have happened if Joshua had quit on the third or forth time around the walls?

KEEP GOING!! Your blessing is waiting–on the other side of the wall!


Scripture of the Day

January 4, 2022

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10

From “Glimpses of God’s Grace Devotional-Anita Corrine Donihue”

Isn’t it WONDERFUL to know that our Lord is as close to us as the very air we breathe? When our minds are occupied with different things, we may be unaware of His presence. Yet we can still recognize His being with us all the time.

The Lord makes His awesome presence known to us in different ways. He frequently places everyday blessings on our pathway. He helps us to sense His nearness through various loving, comforting ways. During our times of prayer, when we pour out our deepest needs and feelings to the Lord, He helps us to know that He is patiently listening to our every
word.

Now and then He firmly nudges us to help with important or perhaps even urgent needs. He may pierce our consciences with imperative warnings, helping us to avoid saying or doing things against His will. In similar ways He cautions us against danger and threatening forces of evil.

He may gently whisper to us in our dreams. When we wrestle with a problem during the night and cry out to Him for help, He can speak tender words of comfort, assuring us that He’s taking care of things and will work everything together for good.

God also speaks to us through His Word. When He does, we can claim His sure, true promises for our lives, right here, right now: “And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Yes, I’m listening'” (1 Samuel 3:10). “For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts, and tells us that we really are God’s children” (Romans 8:16) As
we go to the Lord in prayer, let’s ask Him to speak to our hearts. He’s never too busy to talk with us about our cares, hopes, and dreams.



 



Scripture of the Day

December 31, 2021

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

So many Christians give the Lord a casual “thank you” at the start of their prayer, just as a prelude to the “real” business of asking God for things. That reminds me of someone who tips their hat to a stranger and then asks for a handout. God doesn’t appreciate that sort of “courtesy”!

Let’s make sure we start our prayer with genuine praise of God. Let’s praise Him for being Who He is. Praise Him, and praise what He has done in your life. Praise Him for what He has promised to do in the future. Put our petitions out of your mind for the time and just focus your thoughts on God and let the PRAISES FLOW!

The psalmist said, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name” (Ps. 100:4). That’s good advice right there.

As we head into 2022 let’s come in with Hands lifted in praise to the one true King and with our Eyes Wide Open to see all the new and fresh opportunities that await us.

Enter in 2022 with THANKSGIVING & PRAISE!!!


Scripture of the Day

December 30 2021

Let us hold firmly to…hope…because we can trust God to do what He promised.
Hebrews 10:23

From ” Connect With God Devotional-Jentezen Franklin

Look around you: so many of the people you know live without hope. They smile but their eyes are dead; they talk but the music has left their voice. They’re like mannequins, all dressed up and going nowhere–they feel hopeless!

Our hope isn’t luck, like winning the lottery. No, it’s expectancy; it’s confidence that God will do what He’s promised! Listen: “Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word” (Heb 10:23).

What keeps us going? “God’s promises!” Nobody knew this better than David; he’d every reason to lose hope. After God anointed him to be King, he waited 7 more years while a paranoid leader occupied the throne. He had to flee for his life and hide in caves surrounded by enemies. He saw Israel devastated by war, his friends killed and his family taken captive.
Listen: “My foes taunt me, saying…’Where is your God?” (Ps 42:10). Faced with circumstances that would wipe most of us out, David still said, “You are my hope” (Ps 71:5) ; “I hope in Your word” (Ps 119:147). You can’t lose with an attitude like that! David became Israel’s greatest king because he never lost his confidence in God: it kept him focused; it kept him on top of the circumstances; it kept him going!

So, “Let us hold firmly to…Hope” (Heb 10:23) WHY? Because God will keep every promise He’s made too you!


Scripture of the Day

December 29, 2021

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
Luke 22:35

When soldiers march into battle, they carry provisions in their knapsacks-food & water to give their bodies strength for the conflict.  Whether or not you realize it, God gives us provisions for the spiritual battles we face. When we surrender our life to Christ and let Him take full control, we become a solider in the Lord’s
army.

On the very night He was betrayed, Jesus asked His disciples, “When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, NOTHING” (Luke 22:35). God provided! God provides what His servants need to serve Him.

The Lord will provide everything a Christian needs to tell unsaved friends about Jesus. It could be something material or spiritual, obvious or hidden. It could be that right book to loan or true insight into what one needs to hear. Regardless of what is needed,   THE LORD WILL PROVIDE IT!

Jehovah-Jireh:

The Lord Will Provide!


Scripture of the Day

December 29, 2021

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
Luke 22:35

When soldiers march into battle, they carry provisions in their knapsacks-food & water to give their bodies strength for the conflict.  Whether or not you realize it, God gives us provisions for the spiritual battles we face. When we surrender our life to Christ and let Him take full control, we become a solider in the Lord’s army.

On the very night He was betrayed, Jesus asked His disciples, “When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, NOTHING” (Luke 22:35). God provided! God provides what His servants need to serve Him.

The Lord will provide everything a Christian needs to tell unsaved friends about Jesus. It could be something material or spiritual, obvious or hidden. It could be that right book to loan or true insight into what one needs to hear. Regardless of what is needed,   THE LORD WILL PROVIDE IT!

Jehovah-Jireh:

The Lord Will Provide!


Scripture of The Day
December 28, 2021

Unto to them that look for Him shall He appear. Hebrews 9:28

 

As we move towards 2022 are you looking for Him?

It’s hard to imagine humbler circumstances than those surrounding the birth of Jesus.  Max Lucado paints this picture: “The stable stinks, the ground is hard, the hay scarce.  Cobwebs cling to the ceiling and a mouse scurries across the floor.  Mary looks into the face of her son.  Her Lord.  His Majesty.  At this point the human being who best understands who God is and what He’s doing, is a teenage girl in a smelly stable.  She remembers the angel’s words. His Kingdom will never end.  Majesty in the midst of the mundane.  Holiness in the filth of manure and sweat.  Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable.

“This baby had once overlooked the universe.  His robes of eternity were exchanged for the rags keeping Him warm.  His golden throne room  abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen.  Worshipping angels replaced with shepherds.  Meanwhile the city hums, unaware that God had visited their planet.  The innkeeper would never believe he’d just sent God into the cold.  And people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village.  They were all too busy to consider the possibility.

“But those who missed His Majesty’s arrival that night missed it not because of evil acts or malice.  No they missed it because they weren’t looking for Him!”  Little has changed in 2000 years, has it?  The Bible says, ” Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Look for Him!

HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVE, ED HENDERSON!!

He was always looking for Him!