Friday, July 13, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-13-18

Grace for your spirit
For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:20

Years ago, an elder told our congregation that this was the scariest verse in the Bible to him.  He was frightened about the challenge of surpassing the righteousness of the Pharisees.  In fact, they were not righteous, they only thought they were righteous.  Fact two, when we become Christians, the righteousness of God in Christ clothes us in His righteousness.  Walking with Christ, we exceed their righteousness the first day and every day.  Thank God for the great gift we don't have to earn.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-12-18

Grace for your spirit
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Matthew 5:9

When the angels came to proclaim the coming of Jesus, they proclaimed glory to God, and peace among men with whom He is pleased.  Our peace with God is based on our relationship with Him.  It came to us through His Son, and now we have the opportunity to spread that peace to our world.  Go and be blessed, O sons of God.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-11-18

Grace for your spirit
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,  on those who hope for His lovingkindness.  Psalm  33:18

When we walk with the Lord, we can be assured that His eyes are on us, His ears are open to us, and our good works are pleasing to Him.  Because we have that walking talking relationship, we can continually be confident of His love. We know He will deliver us in troubled times, and our heart rejoices in Him always.  That is the abundant life Jesus promised us. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-10-18

Grace for your spirit
A perverse heart shall depart from Me; I will know no evil.  
Psalm 101:4

Would we like to be forgiven and enjoy a refreshing relationship with God?  May I suggest that we try walking with God, and opening our heart to Him and His will.  Many people say they want a closer more satisfying walk with Him, while going another way.  Evil hearts are "refresh-proof".  Our repentance opens that door and the handle is only on the inside. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-9-18

Grace for your spirit
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape.  Proverbs 19:5

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."
From Genesis to Revelation, God speaks strongly against lying.  People often think they will get ahead with lies, even when God promises that ultimately we will not escape judgment.  We tangle ourselves up with people, lying and lying to cover our lies.  Worse than that, we tangle ourselves up with God.  Let's make a commitment to live by truth, be known for our truthfulness, and never get involved in anything we think we need to cover up.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-6-18

Grace for your spirit
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.    Psalm  33:12

Peter spoke of  Christians being a royal priesthood and a holy nation, created  for God's own possession.  How blessed we will be when the Lord is our God, and we walk with His mission and create an inheritance for Him.  The family of Jesus are the chosen ones to carry out His will.  Let's all be a part of that, never giving up or giving in.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-5-18

Grace for your spirit
In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them.  To You they cried out and were delivered;  In you they trusted and were not disappointed,  Psalm 22:4-5

This is a great thought of confidence that we all need every day.  God's record of performance is heart warming.  They trusted, they cried out, they were delivered and never disappointed.  May we never forget to trust, cry out, and thank Him when we have been delivered.  This is what the generations have passed on to us.  Let's get with it, so we can pass it on in our days.