“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? …‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)God sees what we do with what He gives us. Are we spending the time, resources, energy, and talents He has given us on ourselves, or care we using these blessings to minister to others for His glory?
Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16 The God of the universe invites us to His presence. We are called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ! That means we can share everything with Him. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 says, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.God cares about you and nothing that concerns you is unimportant to Him. He wants you to come to Him trusting that He will hear you and answer you and help you in time of need. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and talk to Him always.
John 3:1-8 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. — John 3:4 Nicodemus, a Pharisee who has carefully studied the law of God for many years, visits Jesus one night. Jesus soon points out that no one can have life in the kingdom of God without a new birth. Nicodemus is perplexed—and to this he responds, “How can someone be born when they are old?”But that’s impossible, isn’t it? Not for the Son of God! His words are instructive: “born again” here literally means “born from above.” The Spirit of God eventually gave Nicodemus faith in Christ and he became a follower of Jesus. How can someone be born again? By the Spirit of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for inviting me to follow You. Thank You for enabling me to have a new birth through Your Spirit! Amen.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 After they had prayed, their meeting place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 How did the early church turn the world upside down? The verses above tell it all. When the church comes together in prayer, in one accord, miracles happen and strongholds are broken. There is true repentance and transformation in the lives of people. Let’s realize the value of prayer, let’s participate and encourage prayer in our churches. No activity, however important they are, can replace prayer in our churches and in our individual lives.
No matter how many days God gives us, He gives them to us one day at a time. So when you think about it…today is all we have. It’s one of the most basic principles of life. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come. All you really have is today.How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? James asked: For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog — now you see it; soon it is gone. — James 4:14 In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus tells us that we ought to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 God is a daily provider who provides for our needs every day. I have seen Christians waiting for a promise to be fulfilled and living miserable lives. They say, “when God comes though for me, I will be happy.” Don’t live lives looking forward to something, that you forget to enjoy TODAY. This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Have you ever felt you had more than your fair share of problems? That everyone else seem happy and blessed? 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Always be joyful.” How do we do that when life is so hard? When people hurt us? When circumstances seem hopeless? When our hearts are broken? The answer is in the next verse. “Never stop praying.” To be joyful, we need to pray, asking God to daily fill us with joy no matter what our circumstances are.Then, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us who belong to Christ Jesus”. We are to be grateful for all He has done for us and the life He’s given us. It is His will for us to live with joy, not because life is perfect but because He is. Let us begin to count our blessings, let our faith, not our feelings, dictate our joy.
We have a great God whose love for us is beyond measure. As His dear children, how do we live? Do people who live around us see the reflection of His grace and love in us. Do people see kindness, gentleness and holiness in us? Do they see a faith so strong that even in times of rough weather you are immovable because your faith is in the God who is the Creator? Does your life inspire them to follow this God? Paul boldly wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1,” You must follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” How could he make such a statement? He knew that in hard times and always, Christ was foremost in his life and he followed the example of Christ in life and in love. Prayer: Dear God I want to be that rare Christian whose very presence incites others to be better Christians. Help me follow your example that I might be an inspiration for change. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
When the Apostle Paul was saying his farewell to the elders of the church in Ephesus, he made this statement: “I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He was able to say that he did not hold anything back, but spoke the whole of God’s truth. One of the errors that can trip us up in our walk with God is focusing on parts to the exclusion of the whole. We need to be grounded in the whole counsel of God. It is the whole counsel of God, not parts, that is the foundation for the church and for the Christian life. It is the whole counsel of God that will protect us from deception. It is the whole counsel of God that will keep us from getting unbalanced.As we become students of the Word–asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Bible to us– and as we make knowing Jesus our highest priority, we will become grounded in the Truth of the gospel.
Naomi had a kinsman, a man of great wealth, his name was Boaz. (Ruth 2:1) God provided a rich relative for Ruth. Boaz not only had land and houses, but he also was a mighty man of integrity, an upright man who had placed his trust in God.God wants all His children to be rich—but not necessarily in material possessions. When the apostle Paul reached the end of his life, all he owned was an extra cloak and some books (2 Timothy 4:13). Barnabas sold his land and gave the money to the needy (Acts 4:34-37). But these men weren’t really paupers. In their poverty, they had a richness of peace and joy that many who are wealthy only dream about.What are you striving for? Material wealth that will one day be left behind, or a spiritual wealth that will last for eternity? Make the right choice and then set the right priorities.
Praying people always get God’s attention! When Cornelius cried out to heaven, he “saw in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’” (Acts 10:3) “Send for Simon Peter … He will tell you what you must do” (10:5-6). What happened next, His household was saved. God works on all sides when His people get to praying earnestly. Cornelius was prayerful and generous to the poor. He spent time in the presence of the Lord and He gave him specific directions. Likewise, God will show you what is needed on your part and when you obey and pray, you will see revival in your home.