The Gift of a Growth

Jeremiah 29:11 – 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

There are so many times that we think we have life all figured out. Then, suddenly, something happens and our world is turned upside down. I recently heard a story of a baby that was born with 4 holes in their heart. The normal course of treatment would have been to do surgery on the newborn to correct the problem. The family prayed fervently for God to heal their baby. Then something miraculous happened — the baby developed a growth in their heart that sealed two of the holes and allowed the doctors to wait until the baby was older to perform the necessary surgery.

Jeremiah reminds us “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” We must remember that regardless of what we are dealing with in life, God is still in control. He can take the bad and make it a blessing. He can take a sick baby and give it The Gift of a Growth. As we pray, we must also trust that God will answer our prayers “to give you a future and a hope”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Your Goliath for Today

Psalm 56:4 – In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

There are certain times and certain things in life that seem almost too big to bear. Whether it be an illness, financial crisis or relationship problem, it seems beyond your control, beyond hope. Just like King David, it is your “Goliath”. It is safe to say that if you are not facing a “Goliath” today, you will face one in the future.

In today’s passage we are reminded, “In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” Regardless of what you are facing today, no matter how big it may seem, it is important to remind yourself that with God on your side, “what can flesh do to me?” No, we may not always win every battle, but rest assured that the Lord has already won the victory.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It Is Your Job

1 Chronicles 23:1-3 – And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand. Of these, twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the Lord, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the Lord with musical instruments, “which I made,” said David,“for giving praise.”

Occasionally, I hear the phrase, “it’s not my job”. Normally, it means someone who does not want to put in a little extra effort to help out others. “It’s not my job”……..I don’t like hearing it at work, at home, or at church.

Today’s scripture reminded me that a church consists of many different people, doing many different things all for the good of God’s Kingdom. People often assume that church is about the pastor teaching at the pulpit, but that would be incorrect. Church is about a family of people with different skills and talents coming together for the glory of God. I encourage all of you to look at your church differently. No longer complain about all that is wrong or not getting done, rather remember that it is your job to do your part to make your church all that God would want it to be.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Don’t Be a Submarine

Mark 16:15 – 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Submarines fascinate me…. How can we take a huge piece of metal, with hundreds of people inside and make it invisible in the middle of the ocean where nobody can see it? It is a submarine’s “stealthiness” that makes is so effective, but not everything that is invisible is good.

In today’s passage we are told, ““Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Jesus has commanded us to not be invisible, but preach the gospel to every creature”. We are not to live our lives under water where nobody can see our faith, but we are to be visible for all to see and hear. Don’t be a Christian submarine, but a beacon of light.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Call to Worship

Psalm 95:1-3 – 95 Oh come, let us sing to the LordLet us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

How many times have we rushed through things just so we can say it is completed? From household chores to projects at work, it seems at times our goal is more to get it done then to get it done correctly. While this may be true about many aspects of our lives, it can also be true about our prayer lives.

In today ‘s scripture, we read at the beginning of Psalm 95 about a time of worshipping God. “95 Oh come, let us sing to the LordLet us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” I encourage all of us to not rush through our prayers because God doesn’t rush through His time with us. Begin each prayer with a time of Worship to God for who He is. “For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Seek the Good

2 Samuel 16:12 – 12 It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

It has been said that there are two types of people in the world — those that see the glass half-empty and those that see the glass half-full. In other words, people will either have a negative or positive outlook on life. I believe that our outlook strongly affects how things play out.

In today’s passage, we are reminded, 12 It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.” As you endure your “affliction”, seek the good in what the Lord may be doing. Trust that in all things and at all times, He is working and moving in your life and those all around you. If we begin to seek the good and seek God, we may begin to see our afflictions not just as a curse, but we may begin to see that they can also be a blessing.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Humbly Bow

2 Samuel 16:4 – So the king said to Ziba, “Here, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I humbly bow before you, that I may find favor in your sight, my lord, O king!”

How often do we take the Lord for granted? Yes, we may know “of” Jesus, but do we really know Jesus? Personally, I believe that there are more that know “of” Him and less that truly know Him. Why do I say that? Because if we did know Him, we would treat Him differently.

In today’s verse we read, “I humbly bow before you, that I may find favor in your sight, my lord, O king!” When is the last time that you humbly bowed before the Lord, not asking for anything but simply acknowledging the Him for who He is? Jesus is not our friend, He is our Father. My prayer for all of us today is that we will really know Jesus and not just know “of” Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Will You Accept His Gift?

2 Samuel 14:14 – 14 For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.

We are all “guilty” of doing things in our lives that we now regret and wish had never happened. Some of these things (sin) may have been small, some may have been big. Regardless of the size or severity, it is these things that can prevent us from having a relationship with the Lord. We often think that God would never want anything to do with someone like us because of our sin.

Today’s verse is to be an encouragement to all of us that “God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.” Yes, that is correct. No matter had big/small or the extent of your sin, God has devised a means (Jesus Christ), “so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him”. The only thing keeping you from a relationship with Jesus today is you. He has already paid the price, will you accept His gift today?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Deal With Your Sin

2 Samuel 13:28-29 – 28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, “Watch now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon!’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and valiant.” 29 So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and each one got on his mule and fled.

“Little problems can soon become big problems if they are not dealt with”. That is a saying I have heard growing up and it is a saying that I have often said myself. Little things (a small leak in your roof) can become a big thing (damage to your house) if you  don’t do something about it before the rains come. Same with sin. Sin can become a big problem in our lives if we do not deal with them immediately when they are “small”.

In today’s scripture, we read of the story of David’s children. Amnon (David’s son) did a horrible thing – he raped his own sister, Tamar (David’s daughter). Upon hearing of this horrible act, David did nothing. Because he refused to deal with the sin, “the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded”. In other words, one of David’s other sons killed his brother because of what he had done. If we do not deal with the sin in our lives, it will continue to grow and be destructive to ourselves and all around us. Don’t wait until your sin is so “big” that it ruins you. Address it now, correct it, repent from it. Don’t ignore your sin because your sin doesn’t ignore you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Are My Hiding Place

Psalm 32:7 – You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. 

Where do you go when you are stressed? Some may crawl in bed and sleep for many hours. Others may sit in front of the TV and watch hours of shows. For me, I go to my office and pray. It is important for all of us to have that place where we can go when the world is closing in around us. Would it surprise you to know that we all have the same hiding place?

In today’s scripture, we are told, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble”. That is right, the Lord is our hiding place and only He can preserve us from trouble. That means, where ever you are, you can run to Him in prayer and rest in His presence. Your troubles will not find you. Your troubles will not hurt you. He is the only One you can run to and hide and trust that He will “surround me with songs of deliverance”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!