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.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-3-18

Grace for your spirit
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.   Proverbs 12:23

A prudent person is known to  be wise, discreet and careful about what they say and do,  The prudent person does not need to tell everything they know about everyone.  The heart of fools loves to talk about things that are not their concern. If spreading gossip is your only talent, may I suggest you bury it.  The disciple of Christ needs to have control of their words and action.  We should pray for a prudent heart.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 7-2-18

Grace for your spirit
Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.  For He inflicts pain and gives relief; He wounds, and He hands also heal.  Job 5:17-18

Most of us are more concerned with being happy in the short run, than in the long run.  God knows that in order for us to end up happy, there needs to be some unpleasant reproving, rebuking, and exhorting along the way.  Unfortunately, in order to make it to the "promised land," we will need to spend some time in the valleys.  Let's thank God that although He must wound, He always heals.  Let's learn to rejoice in His reproving.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-29-18

Grace for your spirit
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

Well, who could do that all the time ?  Jesus could, and when we have the attitude of Jesus, we can too.  It worked for Paul.  He wrote this letter from his prison in Rome.  We would think his letter who be about his problems, but instead it was all about his concern for others.  We can get there too when we empty ourselves and focus on others like them.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-28-18

Grace for your spirit
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  Ezekiel 36:26-27

Judah had been broken down in the years of bondage.  God was preparing to open the way for their return home.  They weren't going home empty handed.  God was giving them a new heart, a new spirit, and a strong desire to follow God's way.  In Christ, God has opened a door for us and is willing to give us a new heart and new spirit.  Let's look up and look around.  It is time to come home.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

grace for your spirit 6-27-18

Grace for your spirit
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.    Colossians 3:5

Normally when we hear about idolatry, we think of worship of a form or figure that represents our god.  In fact, anything we have a single minded love and devotion for, can become an idol for us.  Anything that comes between God and us, is an idol.  Greed can be directed to things, or toward immoral living.  When they consume us, when they become our god, it becomes idolatry.  Let's be aware and flee from it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-26-18

Grace for your spirit
With all  humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:2-3

We all know that forgiving one another is a rule, even though we sometimes seem to forget.  The rule is remembered and carried out more often when we have the spirit of forbearance, and tolerance.  The Ephesians had so many differences they were divided and could not grow.  Paul appealed to them for humility, gentleness, patience, and love.  The appeal is for us as well.  Let's be forbearing that leads to forgiving and unity.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-25-18

Grace for your spirit
Ah Lord God ! Behold You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm !  Nothing is too difficult You.     Jeremiah 32:17

When we face mighty challenges in our lives, it is possible we might think our challenges are too big for God.  It is then time for us too look at God's record of performance.  From creation to the many times He pulled His family through the mountains and valleys of life, God always knows best and comes through.  This verse says it best.  By His power, nothing is too difficult for Him.  When we turn to God, let's go to Him with confidence, not doubt.  His record is our confidence.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-22-18

Grace for your spirit
But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.  Leviticus 16:10

In the Old Covenant, God appointed a "Day of Atonement."  The High Priest sacrificed and put blood on the mercy seat in the Holy Place.  The High Priest then took the blood representing all the sins of the nation for that year, and put them on the goats head, Then the goat was led into the wilderness representing sin leaving the camp.  Poor goat.  Poor Jesus!  He was our scapegoat on the cross.  He bore all the sins in the world, and took them away.  No wonder He cried out, "My God, My God, why have your forsaken Me?"

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Grace for your spiritr 6-21-18

Grace for your spirit
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.  Romans 14:19

When I did some remodeling on my kitchen, I needed to tear somethings out.  Unskilled, untrained, unrestrained people with hammers were perfect for the destruction.  When it came time to build, I needed people with skills and a strong desire to do things right.  The same is true when working with people.  Anyone can tear people down, but it takes skill and caring to build people up.  I hope we are all in training to build up and not tear down because of differences.  Are we on the right track?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-20-18

Grace for your spirit
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.  
Psalm 103:2

Bless the Lord, He pardons all our iniquities.  Bless the Lord, He heals all our diseases.  Bless the Lord, He redeems us from the pit.  Bless the Lord, He crowns us with lovingkindness and compassion.  Bless the Lord, He satisfies our years with good things.  Bless the Lord, He renews our youth.  If we forget His benefits, we will soon forget Him.  Let's keep blessing the Lord and prevent that from ever happening.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-19-18

Grace for your spirit
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:23

When we fill our hearts with love for Lord, and love for one another, it will push out the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the boastful pride of life.  When we watch over the love, protect that love, the only thing that will fill our lives is love.  Those springs of love fill our lives, refresh our lives, and takes control of all our thoughts.  May we never get so busy that we forget to watch over what fills our heart and make sure it is the right thing.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-18-18

Grace for your spirit
And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still."  And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. and He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"  Mark 4:39-40

The apostles were in a boat, in a storm, and Jesus was asleep.  They were wondering if they would perish, and why Jesus didn't seem to care?  Have you ever been in that boat?   Sometimes He calms the sea and sometimes He calms the sailor.  I think I woke up in that boat this week. My ship was going down and I can't swim.  I wondered if there would be a rescue and if it was coming.  Jesus showed  up just in time, changed all the circumstances and gave me victory.  He restored my spirit, restored my faith, and I give Him the glory.  I hope you will find a rescue in Him today as well.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-15-18

Father's Day Gift
by: W. A. Dromgoole
An old man, traveling a lone highway,
Came at the evening cold and gray.
To a chasm deep and wide. 
The old man crossed in the twilight dim, 
For the sullen stream held no fears for him,
But he turned when he reached to other side,
And builded a bridge to span the tide. 

"Old man," cried a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
And you never again will pass this way. 
"You have crossed the chasm deep and wide.
Why build you a bridge at eventide? "

And the builder raised his old gray head:
"Good friend, on the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet will pass this way.
"This stream, which has been as naught to me,
To that fair-haired boy may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-14-18

Grace for your spirit
Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.  He will again have compassion on us.  Micah 7:18-19

What a wonderful God,  Forgiving and forgetting our rebellion and  always having that unchanging love.  His compassion is always with us and it keeps Him smiling.  It should keep us smiling as well.  Forgiveness, love, and compassion are the attributes Jesus left for us by the cross.  Why would we ever leave Him for some kind of God we had to keep happy all the time with our pitiful lives ?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-13-18

Grace for your spirit
And while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.  I Peter 2:23

When Jesus went to the cross, He had been beaten and abused all night long.  Insults came from the religious leaders, the soldiers, and the crowd.  Did He demand an apology, or say "You'll get yours someday?  No. What did He say?  He said, "Forgive them for they know not what they do !!  That's how Jesus lived and that's how He died.  How do you suppose He wants us to live and die?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-12-18

Grace for your spirit
We exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance proven character; and proven character hope;   Romans 5:3-4

God gives us grace, faith, and spirit, to do His will, handle our struggles, and come out better on the other side.  May we never squander His gifts on self pity or self indulgence.  When trouble, trials. and tribulations come our way, may we use His gifts to see the hope at the end of the tunnel.  Along the way we will pick up perseverance and character.  Those things will serve us well in troubled times. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-11-18

Grace for your spirit
Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink.  I Samuel 30:11

David was in deep trouble.  His camp had been raided and all their families were kidnapped.  He was chasing blindly, not knowing exactly where to go.  Even in his troubles, he paused to help a man who had been left for dead.  That man gave David the identity of those he was chasing and how to find them. In the end, all was recovered and returned home.  You see, that man wasn't really left for dead, he was left for David by God.  In our rushing pursuits, let not forget to help others along the way.  They may help us greatly in the long run.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-8-18

Grace for your spirit
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting.  Do not forsake the works of Your hands.  Psalm 138:8

David walked before the Lord with confidence because he bowed before Him with confidence.  He knew that Lord would protect and rescue him in time of trouble, and he would be saved.  Aware of the Lord's lovingkindness, he trusted that the Lord would accomplish whatever concerned him.  Let's walk with Him, and talk with Him, until we get to know Him that well too.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-7-18

Grace for your spirit
And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.   .Acts 19:19

These new Christians really understood the benefits of complete repentance.  They recognized that their former interests and hobbies would drag them away from their new life in Christ.  They didn't store them just in case they would backslide later. They got rid of them.  What do we have in our lives that really need to go away?  Perhaps we have books, magazines, music, and movies that will take us away from God.  Let's not sell them in a yard sale and give the trouble to others.  Let's trash them, turn completely to our new life in Jesus, and make it part of our testimony.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-6-18

Grace for your spirit
Therefore, do not  throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.  Hebrews 10:35-36

Christ will instill in us the confidence and ability to accomplish His will. Too many of us are ready to give up when something is a little difficult.  We have need of confidence and endurance to make it all the way to the finish line.  That is the point we will receive the reward He has promised.  With our eyes on Jesus, let's take a deep breath of His Spirit and run the race set before us

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-5-18

Grace for your spirit
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.  Isaiah 26:3-4

The goal of God's instruction is that we not be led away by the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life.  Additionally, that we not be blown around by every wind of doctrine that blows through our lives.  If we will adopt such a steadfast mind, God has a great gift for us.  It is a perfect peace standing on The Solid Rock.  Let's ask God to take control of our minds so we may be steadfast as He is steadfast.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-4-18

Grace for your spirit
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more that all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God within me.   I Corinthians 15:10

This was the apostle Paul's response to his critics.  Those who claimed he could not be a real apostle.  His answer was simple.  God's Grace.  Grace to be forgiven, grace to equip, and grace to activate.  His defense can be our defense to our critics as well.  We may be been sinners, enemies of God, and far from His will, but His grace can change everything.  His grace still changes everything, even you and me.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Grace for your spirit 6-1-18

Grace for your spirit
Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.  Daniel 12:3

Every time we study to gain knowledge of God's word and His wisdom, we will gain insights for living.  Those insights will make us light up God's sky and show the world God is the source.  As they see the source of brightness is God, we can lead many to righteousness and continue to shine like the stars forever.  It is time to shake off our disappointments, failures, and regrets to build some new hopes and dreams.  Walking in the light of Jesus is the key.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-31-18

Grace for your spirit
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.  Matthew 9:36

Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  Compassion is the heart of Jesus.  Jesus said He desired compassion more than sacrifice.  Without compassion for others, there will be no sacrifice for others.  Do you feel we live in an uncaring world? A world that doesn't see needs, nor care about the needs of others?  Let's take on the heart of Jesus.  Compassion help us to see, and move us to service.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-30-18

Grace for your spirit
Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.       I Samuel 10:9

When Samuel found Saul to anoint him as the king of Israel, Saul didn't think he was ready for the job.  He was right, he wasn't.  God promised Saul that he would make him a new man when he obeyed and took the step of faith.  With his first step in the right direction, God changed his heart, and all the signs and wonders came true for him before their very eyes.  We may not think we are able to walk the Christian walk, and we probably aren't.  When we turn out backs on the world, and take that first step toward obeying Christ as Lord, God will change us, equip us, save us, and make us His servant.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-29-18

Grace for your spirit
O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble, You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will not longer cause terror.  Psalm  10:17-18

God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  The words of the proud do not reach Him, but His ears are open the humble.  He promises to hear, strengthen, vindicate, and give victory to the humble. The victory of the humble is the destruction of the proud who cause terror.  Let's stay humble, and close to the Lord.  The journey may be difficult, but the victory is sure.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-25-18

Grace for your spirit
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about  you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,  surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Can you think of a day that this thought from the Lord wouldn't make us feel much better ?  There are so many things in life that are out of our control and they often bring fear and anxiety.  We know of His strength,and ability to help us.  May we remind ourselves of that and be sure of it in our darkest hours.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-24-18

Grace for your spirit
You enlarge my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped.  Psalm 18:36

This Psalm is a song about God's protection, both with a great defense and great offense.  Whether we are retreating or attacking, sure footing is always important. When someone is forced to walk through deep snow, snowshoes are just the thing.  They are huge mesh like boots, that enlarges our steps to give us sure footing in deep snow.  God will supply us with just the right equipment we will need for every circumstance.  Let's go with God and go prepared.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-23-18

Grace for your spirit
A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.  Acts 16:14

The Apostle Paul was divinely directed to this person and this place.  Not knowing the opportunities that awaited him, he only knew of his desire to share the good news about Jesus.  While this woman was listening the Lord opened her heart to respond.  As a result, she and her household were baptized and the church was established in Europe. When we allow the Lord to lead us, and to equip us, we never know whose heart might be opened.  We will only find out by sharing the message of Jesus and watching the response.  When we are there, let us continue to share.  It will declare that we care.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-22-18

Grace for your spirit
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

Remember those old wanted posters in western movies.  Frequently they were "Wanted Dead Or Alive."  Well, God's wanted poster for us is a little different.  It is "Wanted Dead And Alive."  God wants us to be crucified with Christ, and be dead to the flesh, dead to the Law, and dead to ourselves.  At the same time, we alive to the Spirit, with Christ living in our dead bodies.  He gave Himself up for us.  Now it is our turn to give ourselves up for Him.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-21-18

Grace for your spirit
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author an perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

How can we get through the difficult things in life and still be faithful to God and His cause?  As usual, Jesus is our best example.  How did He endure the cross and the shame to be with His Father in heaven?  Look at six words on that verse;  "For the joy set before Him".  When we  keep our eyes on the joy set before us, we can endure, we will endure, and find victory in Jesus.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-18-18

Grace for your spirit
You  have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.  But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  Matthew 5:38-39

It is true that in the Old Testament, revenge was the cure for restitution.  "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth." Jesus introduces a new and much better way in His kingdom.  His way is restitution and reconciliation.  No resistance, no revenge, but rather turning the other cheek and giving of grace.  It is the way God restores us, and connects us to each other.  The other way would only give us lots of blind, toothless people.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-17-18

Grace for your spirit
What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me ?  I shall lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. I shall pay my vows to the Lord, oh may it be in the presence of all His people.  Psalms 116:12-14

When God rescues us, saves us, and sustains us, do we remember to say "thank you." Do we proclaim His salvation, and give honor to His name?  Can we give Him His portion of our time, talent, and resources, and lead others to do the same?  Grace calls for gratefulness. We live in a world that resists His grace and is increasingly ungrateful.  Let's break out of that negative mold

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-16-18

Grace for your spirit
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6

Moses found out that he would not cross Jordan into the promised land.  He turned to hand the reigns of leadership to Joshua.  Naturally fear would grip them as they were about to lose their great and only leader.  Moses reassured them that their true leadership was not changing, for the Lord would not fail nor forsake them.  When it comes our time to step up into leadership, may we please remember that our leader always was and always will be God.  When we follow Him we can always go forward with courage and confidence.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-15-18

Grace for your spirit
And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains."  Acts 26:29

Paul stood before King Agrippa as a prisoner, and preached the gospel of Jesus to him.  The king answered that he was almost persuaded to become a Christian.  Paul's love for Christ and for his love for lost souls was evident by his actions.  He said he hoped the king and everyone who heard his voice would accept Christ.  Does our love for Jesus and our love for lost souls motivate us to preach on?  It is easy for things to get in our way, so let's don't let that happen to us. May we not be "almost persuaded", but altogether determined.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-14-18

Grace for your spirit
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.  Hebrews 2:1

I was always fascinated by the old sailing ship movies when they were stuck in the doldrums. Their only power was the wind and since they had no wind, they just drifted hoping for some improvement.  If no wind came, they would all die on the boat.  We can find ourselves in the spiritual doldrums.  The state of inactivity, stagnant, dull, listless, in low spirits.  We need to find a way to get some wind in our sails, so we don't drift until we die.  Study, prayer, and fellowship is the wind we need, and the wind we must seek.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-11-18

Grace for your spirit
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to those who send him.   Proverbs 10:26

Vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes irritate and are a general pain.  Proverbs has much to say about those who are lazy sluggards.  They accomplish nothing and make life difficult for everyone around them.  Before we lose everything, and make every mad at us, let's get the wisdom from God to do our very best.  Let's be the kind of people who brighten up a room when we enter it, not when we leave it.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-10-18

Grace for your spirit
There is one who speaks rashly like thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18

When we say, "I'm going to tell you something even if it hurts," it usually will.  We have measured our words and we see their damage.  It would be great if we could gather the wisdom that God offers us, and then measure our words that will heal instead of cutting.  When we care about people and wish to leave them better and happier than we found them, healing words are what we need.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-9-18

Grace for your spirit
"For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindess will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken," says the Lord who has compassion on you  Isaiah 54:10

Nothing much robs our peace like the earth shaking below us.  Any kind of natural disaster shakes most of us. We never know how it will affect us.  God wants us to know that we can trust in Him, and He makes a covenant with us for a  peace will never be shaken.  Let's feel His love, feel His compassion, and feel the peace that comes with it. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealous; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.  II Corinthians 11:2

Little boy at a wedding asked,  "Mom how come the bride is dressed in white?"  It is a sign of purity as the bride comes to be joined to her groom. She honors herself, her future husband, her family, and her upbringing.  God's wish and design or all of His believers is for us to be pure, free from sin, and loyalty to any other. When a Christian is washed in the blood of the Lamb, we are betrothed to Christ, and put on our white robes  We honor that commitment to Jesus by our pure lives unto we meet Him at the wedding supper or the Lamb.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
"These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?"  I said to him, "My Lord, you know."  And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."  Revelation 7:13-14

This is one of many glorious pictures of heaven.  These are protected from hunger, thirst, heat, and tears, because of the presence of Jesus.  Who are the recipients of such blessings?  The ones who have come out of the great tribulation in the world with the help of Jesus.  These have been to Jesus for the cleansing power, washed in the blood of the Lamb. The power of faith, repentance, and baptism and brought them into contact with the blood of Jesus.  When the roll is called up yonder, will we be there dressed in white ?

Friday, May 4, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.  Ephesians 4:26-27

We all need to be slow to speak and slow to anger because anger does not achieve the righteousness of God.  Anger can be a positive or negative emotion, but either way we need to get rid of it quickly.  If we hold onto it, it will fester into something ugly, and the devil can use it against us.  Let's give Jesus our anger and receive His righteousness before the sun goes down.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-3-18

Grace for your spirit
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:     II Corinthian 5:14 KJV

A preacher's wife was typing his sermon notes and couldn't quite read his writing.  On this passage she typed, "the love of Christ can strain us."  If we walk with the love of Christ it can control us, but if we fight against the love of Christ it certainly can strain us.  Just as it is possible to strain our bodily muscles and feel the pain, we can strain our spiritual muscles and feel the pain too.  When we will walk with the love of Christ, we can and will avoid the pain. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning;   Psalm 130:5-6

It is necessary for us to be patient and faithful as we wait for the Lord.  Waiting and watching are skills that most of us do not possess.  When we are watching and waiting for something to appear on the horizon, a good set of binoculars arehout  great.  Fortunately, God provides the best binoculars ever.  His word gives us vision and insight so we can see our promises as they come.  Don't leave hope without it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Grace for your spirit 5-1-18

Grace for your spirit
These things I have spoken to  you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."   John 16:33

When I was a kid running the streets, it was great to have someone bold, strong, and brave with me.  He would always do the difficult things first and we knew that if we got into trouble, he could bail us out.  Jesus is that special friend for us all our lives.  To give us courage and confidence, He walks before us and with us.  He never asks us to do anything He hasn't done first and found victory.  That courage should give us peace and hope for victory every day. Let's be faithful even unto death.  He was.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.  Proverbs 18:10

Remember yelling, "Olly olly oxen free?"  When we played "hide & go seek", it was the signal that it was OK to come in free, and safe.  The authority of God gives us a hiding place that is safe and free.  We can run to it and find refuge in the strong tower of God.  Let's enjoy the righteousness that comes from God and His place for us.

Friday, April 27, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.   Psalm 34:18

The Apostle Paul felt those afflictions and wrote in II Corinthians 4, "we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;"  How could this be?  Jesus delivered him and saved him.  God offers the same delivery service for all of us too.  We may have many afflictions, but He has more remedies prepared.  Praise the Lord.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.  Proverbs 15:22

There should be concern when anyone thinks they know everything and have no need of anyone's advice.  We should never pursue anything until we have taken counsel from the Lord, and we should never be afraid get input from others.  If the Lord says NO, and everyone else says NO, we better listen. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collection.  Luke 18:11

Do our prayers sound like that?  "Or, Lord help to consider people's feelings, even if they are dumb. Or, Father help me take responsibility for my own actions, even though they're usually not my fault.  Lord, keep me open to other people's ideas, wrong though they may be.  God give me patience, and I mean right now.  God help me take things more seriously, especially having a good time."  These words don't draw us nearer to God or anyone else.  Let's learn to humble ourselves before God and others asking for His grace and mercy to do our best.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days," says the Lord;  "I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them, and their sins and their lawless deed I will remember no more."  Hebrew 10:16-17

The Old Testament Law of God came to them on stones.  The laws made them aware of their sins but offered no permanent solution.  Jesus came to be our sin offering so the laws would dwell in our hearts and minds.  Not only would we be aware of sin, but we would have a way of permanent forgiveness.  Since the blood of Jesus washes our sins away, there is none for God to remember.  I like it that way better, don't you?

Monday, April 23, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  I Timothy 1:5

Too often the goal of our teaching is external change.  We want to see people baptized, worshiping regularly, and working in the church.  God  knows that when we change our inside, the outside evidences will follow.  God goals are love, pure hearts, good consciences, and sincere faith.  When anyone adopts those kinds of changes in their lives, obedience and service will be evident.  Let's direct our teachings toward the heart and spirit.  It's a good strategy for ourselves as well.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.   Isaiah 53:2

For centuries people have speculated what Jesus looked like.  Some people think the famous paintings are actually pictures of Him.  In reality, most of these pictures show Him the way we wish He looked.
Specifically, tall, dark, and handsome.  The only hint we get is in Isaiah.  Jesus wants to be attractive by His spirit of love and caring.  Everything about Him made Him our Savior and King.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind.  The standing
grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.  Hosea 8:7

When God's people turned their backs on Him, they were very busy building idols to bring them prosperity.  They later found out that being busy with the wrong things the wrong way, does not bring a great life. The whirlwind was their losses and eventually losing everything.  There will always be someone telling us there is a better way than trusting God. Let's turn our back on them and not on God.  Blessing will come.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
If your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction.  I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me.    Psalm 119:92-93

God has promised us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  All his promises and our solutions to life's greatest problems are found in the  Word of God.  When we delight in His Law, spend time in His Word, then we will surely discover great riches.  Riches that will deliver us and revive us again and again.  Let it be our delight and enjoy His benefits.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come"  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.  Revelation 22:17

All Christians are the bride of Christ and invited to the ultimate experience; the Marriage Supper of the Lamb."  All Christian should spread the joy of this event by inviting everyone to accept Christ and be a part of Him, the bridegroom.  When we decide to die to sin and be born again, it is our R.S.V.P to Jesus.  We are responding to His invitation to be joined with Him eternally.  Let's R.S.V.P today.  All excuses ceasing.

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16

We are blessed so we can bless others.  We are forgiven so we can forgive others too.  It is the spiritual cycle of life, like water returning to clouds and bringing rain.  If all the blessings and forgiveness that comes to us stops with us, we are failing to sacrifice in a way that pleases God.  When we "short circuit" God's cycle, we endanger continued blessing for ourselves.  Freely receive, freely give.  Repeat.

Friday, April 13, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;  When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.  Proverbs 17:28

There's an old saying; "Better to keep your mouth shut and let everything think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."  It certainly shows a lot of godly wisdom to think about what is prudent before we start to talk.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Let's listen to Him and gain our wisdom before we share anything with others.  Ask God for the grace to hold back.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-12-18

Grace for your spirit
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and,  "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."  
II Timothy 2:19

Jesus told us to rejoice that our names are written down. Since the Lord knows who are His, and He knows our names, that is certainly a call to Godly behavior in all we do.  Not only abstaining from wickedness, but being a source of spreading good.  Since He knows our name, let make sure when He calls us that it is for a very good reason.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come the Almighty."  Revelation 1:8

The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet.  It is meant to show that Jesus is the first, last and everything in between.  He represents the Almighty Jehovah God.  He always existed, and always will exist.  We can live by His words today and enjoy an eternity when He comes for us.  Let's praise the Lord for this wonderful relationship we are able to have the with Eternal God.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust."     Psalm 91:1-2

When we abide in the shadow of God, He has promised to protect, provide, and guide us each step of the way.  We should never live in fear or doubt in the providence of the Almighty.  May He give us peace of mind, confidence in our walk, and surety in our speech.  This is the message a troubled world needs.  We can't talk about it until we have truly experienced it.

Monday, April 9, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

When Jesus was in the garden praying the night before His death, the apostles were unaware of what was happening.  Instead of watching and praying, they were sleeping.  They were not ready for the great challenges that would face them in the next few hours.  Indeed, our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak too.  Let's be aware of the challenges that are coming our way, and be ready to stand the tests.

Friday, April 6, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.   When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.  Psalm 37:23-24

It is a heart warming sight to see a father holding his child's hand as he walks along.  The father chooses the best path for the child, and if sometimes the child slips, he holds them up.  If a fall should take place, he is close to carry them to safety.  Let's hope this picture describes the close relationship we have with God.  Let's hold out our hand by faith, feel the presence of the Lord and walk securely.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and turmoil with it.    Proverbs 16:16

Money can't buy everything.  We can buy the best food but never digest it.  We can buy the best mattress but never get a good nights sleep.  Often turmoil comes with treasure, but the fear of the Lord brings wisdom, knowledge, and peace. Let's give our needs to the Lord and let Him fill them with His will.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.  I would rather stand in the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.   Psalm 84:10

What a wonderful day it is when we realize that our hearts desire is to be in the presence of God.  That emotion is magnified when we can find other people who feel the same way.  When we are joined together with others who want to be there, who want to worship and serve, who want to be faithful, life can be sweet. Do you feel the sweet sweet presence of the Lord?   Let's seek for it and find it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Grace for your spirit 4-3-18

Grace for your spirit
They were continually devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

When the 3,000 were baptized on the first day of the church, they were given the promise of eternal life.  They were given the special gift of believing and rewarded with a sense of belonging.  We may take believing and belonging for granted, but the lost world does not.  Many people wander believing in nothing and belonging to nobody.  The message of Jesus is eternal, plus it starts blessing us on day one.  Believing and belonging; may we live it and preach it.

Monday, April 2, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
But she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar, and behold I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that may eat it and die.  I Kings 17:12

This widow, living in a drought stricken land, was down to her last meal.  By faith she gave her last meal to Elijah the prophet, and was rewarded with all the flour and oil she would ever need.  This foreign woman brought the blessing of God into her house and all its benefits. Do we have an act of faith in us that will bring His benefits to us?  It may be our hidden key to blessings and happiness.

Friday, March 30, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.     I Corinthians 15:3-4

The entire Bible is about Jesus.  His presence, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension is the central piece of all Scripture.  He is the good news that brings us life eternal.  When someone asks us, "What do you know?"  Don't say, "Nothing."  Tell them you know what is the most important thing in the Bible.  Let's honor Him with our lives and our praise.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
The  Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

God is ready, willing, and able to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.  He anointed Jesus to come to the afflicted and to bind up the brokenhearted.  God certainly knows the feeling of being crushed by all of us rejecting Him and Jesus.  Let's invite Him to be near us at all times, and be open to His touch.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  II Corinthians 10:5

The apostle Paul was on the front line in the defense of Jesus.  The battle was always before him.  He was working to destroy anything that rose up against the knowledge of God by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  A hard fighting soldier stays sharp and keeps his goals clearly before him.  How about us?  Does this describe us at all?  Let's work toward these goals, taking every thought captive, and every action for the Lord.

Monday, March 26, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of the roar of a heavy shower."  I Kings 18:41

At the time Elijah made this statement, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. There was no wind, no clouds, no thunder, nothing but clear sky.  After prayer, and looking seven times, they saw the smallest cloud on the horizon.  And there is was.  The rains came to end a 3 1/2 year drought.  You see Elijah heard the voice of God's promise about rain.  Then the promise came true.  His promises will come true for us as well. Listen for the voice of promise.

Friday, March 23, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18

When do we become free from sin?  When we obey from the heart the teaching from God.  We escape condemnation when we are in Christ and walking after His Spirit.  God's action was completed at the cross.    God shows us the way, so that through our obedience we might be servants of righteousness instead of slaves to sin.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Then it happened in the spring at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah,  But David stayed in Jerusalem.   II Samuel 11:1

It was spring and time for King David to lead his people into battle.  Instead, he stayed home.  It was on that occasion that the idle David lusted after Bathsheba.  He actions led him to adultery and murder.  How his life and kingdom might have changed if he was about his work.  Idle hands really are the devil workshop.  May our lives be filled with forward motion for the Lord.  It will help us and everyone else

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Retain the standard of sound words you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.   II Timothy 1:13

This is the key principle for continuing the proclamation of the gospel.  We need to commit ourselves to the standard set by Christ.  Take these sound words of faith and love
 in Christ and teach them.  We can't let this information "go in one ear and out the other."  We need to take them in seriously, so we can retain, remember, and repeat.  If we have never been able to retain anything, retain this !

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that  you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.  Be faithful until death and I will give you a crown of life.   Revelation 2:10

Did we ever notice that Jesus never asked us to do anything He hadn't done before us.  Jesus came to us without fear, ever knowing what He would suffer.  He was tested, suffering tribulation, and was faithful unto death.  For that God granted Him a throne in heaven.  Now He turns to us encourages to and through the same thing.  The heart of His encouragement is, "I did it, and you can do it too."

Monday, March 19, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
So he returned from following him, and took a pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate.  Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.  I Kings 19:21

Elijah was near the end of his mission.  He was almost ready to quit, but God encouraged him to keep going.  One big job he had left was to find his successor.  Went he met Elisha and put his mantle on him, God had already prepared him to go and never look back.  We should never give up in our mission for God.  God may be preparing someone right now to step into our shoes.  Let's hang in there and find the one God has prepared for us today.

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Grace for  your spirit
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity !  It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes.  Psalm 133:1-2

If the devil had psalms, his psalm on this subject would be, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be divided, fighting with each other and not getting anything done."  Unity is God's delight, division is the devil's delight.  Who are we working for ?  It is time for us to pick a side.  Division is easy because what is wrong is almost always easy.  That's why it is so popular.  Let's go with God plan for unity.  It is the record I want to have when I am called before the Lord.  How about you?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and follow You. "  Mark 10:28

The last words in the U.S. Declaration of Independence are these;
"And for the support of this declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."   The signers of the Declaration of Independence for the U.S, had this in common with the early apostles of the church.  They were "all in" in there commitment to the mission ahead.  Do we share their commitments and zeal?  It is the standard that brought results and it will work again.  Let's make a pledge to each other to get going and keep going in God's work together.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  Acts 20:35

Do we live with the attitude that we work so we can help others, or do we think we should sit around and expect everyone to help us?  We know we have reached spiritual maturity when we feel more blessed giving than receiving.  Let's reach for that goal as we seek Jesus as our guide.  God's grace can help us grow up until we become like Jesus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
But  you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  II Tim 4:5

There are many things that can make us lose our focus.  We must think seriously, being prepared to handle hardship and disappointments.  God has a work for us to do.  He wants us spread good news to a lost and sad world.  When we are committed to overcome the hurtles in life, at the end we will know we have fulfilled the ministry he had for us. Won't it be great to hear those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly.  For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?  I Corinthians 3:2-3

Often we wonder why we aren't growing spiritually.  We look for the problem all around us.  Many blame the preacher, or the church we're in.  Perhaps we should look within.  When our lives are filled with jealousy and strife, we aren't able to get it.  Let solve that strife problem in our lives with love and forgiveness. That will allow our spiritual life to bloom.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-8-18

Grace for your spirit
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  I Timothy 2:2

We all have a commission from Jesus to disciple others, baptize them, and teach them to observe all things He has commanded.  How do we get that done from generation to generation?  We learn to "pass the baton".  The Christian challenge is not a single person sprint or a marathon.  It is a relay race.  We run our leg and then pass the message on to others for the next part.  That is our commission and our commission to pass it on.  If anyone asks us if we are "ordained" to preach, just tell them we have the 2/2/2 ordination.  That is II Timothy 2:2, and pass it on

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-7-18

Grace for your spirit
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  Galatians 5:13       

Through the righteousness that comes from God in Jesus Christ, we are free from the law of sin and death, free from law of Moses, and free from the wrath of God.  God doesn't give us that freedom so we can run free with a sinful nature.  He gives us that freedom so we can serve one another in love.  May we never take the gifts of God, and use it for our own desires.  Let's use them to do God's will.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Is anyone among you suffering?  Then he must pray.  Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.     James 5:13

Through our ups and downs of life, do we remember to pray and praise for ourselves and others?   It is a key part of the fellowship we have together.  The Bible encourages us to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.  May we all remember to lift each other up through troubled times with prayer, and praise the Lord together in the good times.  Let's be known as God's children with our prayer and praise each day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Teach me to do Your will,  For You are my God; Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.    Psalm 143:10

When we are walking on a strange path through the hills and valleys of life, level ground is delightful. It is even better to have an experienced guide to show us the best way and walk with us.  God's Spirit is just that guide.  He is a light for our path and a sure step so we won't fall and get hurt.  When we are on a strange path and the darkness is coming on, what a wonderful comfort to have Him near. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Grace for your spirit 3-2-18

Grace for your spirit
For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it hold the promise for the present life and also for the life to come.   I Timothy 4:8

Don't think I bring this verse to promote a sedentary lifestyle.  Bodily discipline is good, but it is only temporary.  Some make it their god.  Godliness proves to be profitable both now and forever.  There is only one thing we can live for in this life and still take it with us. That one thing is Jesus.  Remember, to live is Christ but to die is gain.  Let's exercise God in our lives and enjoy the godliness it brings.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Grace for your spirit
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.  I John 3:18

The religious people of Jesus' time were famous for their words, but they were short on deeds and truth.  It is easy to say we love, to say we care, to say we will help, but not so easy to mean it, and do it.  Words of care are only encouraging when they are followed by action.  May God's grace change our thoughts, change our words, and change our actions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Grace for your spirit 2-28-18

Grace for your spirit
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.      Revelation 3:20

In the course of our spiritual lives, sometimes we are hot, sometimes cold, and sometimes lukewarm.  Sometimes we think we need Jesus, and sometimes we don't think we do.  No matter what, Jesus is always nearby and willing to help us. He is at our door knocking, and calling, but the door latch in on the inside.  If we will open he door, He will help us and have fellowship with us.  Will we open up?  We will be opening to grace, not judgment.