Month: June 2016

Be Still!

Be still and know that I am God. – God (Psalm 46:10)

Now is your chance to either get caught up on your Bible reading for the next five days, or venture out into some other areas of the Scriptures. 

As for me, I plan on spending some extra time just being still and meditating on His word, trusting that as I do, I will know God better. 

See you on July 1st!

Ron

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June – Day 25

But say the word, and my servant will be healed. – Roman Centurion to Jesus

New Testament

  • Luke 7:1-10
  • Philippians 4:14-23

Old Testament 

  • Psalms 122
  • 2 Kings 24-25

I love the picture of this centurion and Jesus and his awareness and respect for who Jesus was. What is even more interesting and encouraging to me is how dear this servant was to the centurion and how concerned Jesus was about the whole situation. I conclude that Jesus is aware of those things that are dear to us. What great faith we see, “Just say the word and he will be healed.”

When we are in a good place with the Lord and give to others from the Lord, there is a sweet fragrance to it. He alone supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory.

True peace comes from the Lord!

We see prophecy fulfilled as the king of Babylon begins to conquer Jerusalem. Jerusalem was finally burned in 586 BC. I love how God’s hand was in all of this. The Israelites are encouraged to not be afraid of the Chaldeans (Babyloneans) and to go with them and to serve them. It was all part of God’s plan, and if they were obedient, things would go well with them.

Oh Lord, thank you for the true peace that comes from you.  Give us great faith as we process all that we are faced with in this life. Help us to trust you in trying circumstances, that you are with us, guiding us, even when it is uncomfortable. Help us believe that you always work things for good. In Jesus name…amen. 

June – Day 24

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. • Basil of Caesarea

New Testament 

  • Luke 6:43-49
  • Philippians 4:8-13

Old Testament 

  • Psalms 121
  • 2 Kings 22-23

It is not difficult to see what kind of fruit a tree bears. We cannot call Jesus Lord and not do the things he says.

Think about all the things you think about in the course of a day. How much of what we meditate on is profitable to our souls. God’s word tells us to meditate on things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise worthy.

I want to learn how to be content in every circumstance in my life. This is only possible through Christ who is my strength.

I love the account of Josiah and the discovery of the Book of the Law. Like Josiah, we must seek to not only clean our houses of things that take away from God’s word, but then seek to keep our houses clean. May our hearts be ever so tender toward God’s word.

Oh Lord, thank you for the way you care for us. Our hope comes from you and you alone, who made the heaven and the earth. Help us this day to think on those things that edify our souls. We love you Lord, thank you for saving us and for loving us. Holy Spirit draw us close to Jesus today. In Jesus name…amen. 

June – Day 23

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. • Seneca the Younger

New Testament

  • Luke 6:37-42
  • Philippians 4:1-7

Old Testament 

  • Psalm 120
  • 2 Kings 20-21

We must be willing to be judged by the same standard we judge others. Everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. May we seek to be like our teacher, Jesus Christ. Paul wanted people to imitate him as he imitated Christ. May that be the same for us.

I love how Paul called his church family his joy and his crown. Are we able to say that of our church family? In Christ we have nothing to be anxious for, absolutely nothing. His love brings us perfect peace.

Are you for peace? Not the peace the world offers, but the peace that only the Lord can offer.

There is an interesting commentary about Hezekiah asking for more time to live. The Lord was gracious to give him 15 more years. Unfortunately in those 15 years, Manasseh his son was born who was quite wicked. He completely undid the good his father had done. He rebuilt the high places and brought witchcraft and other cultic practices back into the land. This should give us pause to trust the Lord’s timing for our last breath and to never pray for more than the Lord wants to give us.

Oh Lord, help us to rest in your peace that passes all understanding. In You, we have nothing to be anxious about. Help us to hold loosely to our lives on this earth, trusting you with our every breath. We pray these things in Jesus name…amen. 

June – Day 22

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. • Martin Luther

New Testament

  • Luke 6:27-36
  • Philippians 3:15-21

Old Testament

  • Psalms 119:169-176
  • 2 Kings 18-19

Without Jesus, living a Christian life would be impossible. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who spirtefully use you. Are you kidding me? I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. When we walk in this truth, He is glorified in us.

There are many enemies of the cross today, people and groups of people who set their minds on earthly things. Let us be of the same mind on the things of God. Our citizenship is in heaven.

There is much about God we don’t understand, we will never understand this side of heaven. However, what understanding we do have, comes according to the word of God.

How refreshing to see such a good king in Hezekiah, a king who finally removed all of the high places. There was no king greater before or after king Hezekiah. In his life we see the power of prayer.

Oh Lord, may we live our lives in your strength and not our own. It is only in you that we can withstand the enemies of the cross which exist in our world today. Help us to fix our minds on you rather than earthly things. Help us to grow in a greater understanding of prayer. In Jesus name…amen. 

June – Day 21

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. • G. K. Chesterton

New Testament

  • Luke 6:17-26
  • Philippians 3:10-14

Old Testament

  • Psalms 119:161-168
  • 2 Kings 16-17

You could read the Beattitudes of Jesus over and over again and never run out of things that speak to your heart. These are attitudes which we, as followers of Jesus, should seek to have “be” in our lives. In them we are exhorted to have a kingdom perspective.

We will never fully arrive, attain all that the Lord has for us, until we are with Him. That is how much of Him there is to discover. In light of this wonderful, and at times frustrating truth, we must press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

What goes through your mind and heart as you read God’s word? Do you rejoice as one who had found great treasure? I confess that there are times when I do not. It it in those times that I realize I am just reading it to say that I have, rather than reading it expecting to discover His riches for my life.

What kind of leader would place his child in the red hot arms of a stone or metal false god? A leader with no regard for the Creator of life. Great calamity comes upon those who stiffen their next against the truths of God. We can only imagine the judgement that will come upon us as a nation, for our rejection of His truths. 

Dear God, have mercy on us. Not because we deserve your mercy, but because you are a merciful God. Break our hearts in those things that break yours, that we might live lives that reflect that we are your precious children. In Jesus name…amen. 

June – Day 20

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. • Billy Graham

New Testament

  • Luke 6:1-16
  • Philippians 3:1-9

Old Testament

  • Psalms 119:153-60
  • 2 Kings 14-15

Jesus is “Lord of the Sabbath!” He healed on the Sabbath and approved of the disciples picking grain for food on the Sabbath. He is the one who calls all of the shots. What a beautiful picture we have of Jesus going to the Father in prayer, all night long, before selecting the disciples. A good reminder to us before any important decision we might make.

Do you ever get tired of saying the same things to your children, or people in general, over and over again. Paul didn’t get tired of saying the same things, because he knew that the things he was saying were safe.

Salvation is far from the wicked. Why? The wicked don’t seek the statutes of God.

It is both comforting and grievous to know that we will not be charged for the sins of our children. Comforting in that we have enough trouble dealing with out own sin, grievous in that we worry that they might not repent and turn to the Lord. This is why we must be fervent in prayer. 

Oh Lord, may we be as Paul, counting all things as loss compared to the surpassing greatness of know you intimately. Revive us each day according to your word. Give us a fervency for praying for our loved ones. In Jesus name…amen.