Month: September 2016

Gone Fishing

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to theme, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:18-19

Hard to believe another month has gone by. Take the remainder of the month to get caught up, read some other parts of the word that have been on your heart, or take a little break! 

Hang in there…hard to believe there is only three months to go!

See you on October 1st!

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September – Day 25

Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist, But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. – God (Isaiah 66:1-2)

New Testament

  • Luke 24:45-53
  • Hebrews 13:9-25

Old Testament 

  • Proverbs 31
  • Isaiah 65-66

It is the Lord who opens our understanding of the scriptures. It was necessary for Christ to suffer and rise from the dead. He is the only way to be saved. People are saved through the preaching of God’s word drawing them to repentance and remission, always in that order.

There are a lot of strange doctrines out there, doctrines of men. Stay away from them. Shepherds watch over people’s souls. They will give an account for how they handle them. That should shake pastors and elders to the core. It certainly shakes me every time I read it.

We must be careful and mindful of the effects of alcohol on the decisions that are made. Husbands, be careful in comparing your spouse to woman in Proverbs 31. Look for a woman who fears the Lord first and foremost. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing.

Make no mistake about it, the Lord will create a new heaven and a new earth!

Heavenly Father, may we always keep you in your rightful place. Help us to hold loosely to the things of this world, lest we fall into sin. Protect us from strange doctrines, the doctrines of men and keep us true to your word and your word alone. In Jesus name…amen. 

September – Day 24

The ministry of angels preserves us from innumerable dangers and alarms which await us in our daily path. This is expressly taught in Psalm 91. – John Newton

New Testament

  • Luke 24:36-44
  • Hebrews 13:1-8

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 30
  • Isaiah 62-64

Again, Jesus makes references to the scriptures; the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms. All these speak truths concerning himself. We must take to heart all of the Bible, from the beginning to the end.

I believe we totally underestimate angels involvement in our lives. Some make them an object of worship which must never be. At the same time, we mustn’t ignore the fact that they exist and what their purpose is.

We must seek to find contentment with the things we have. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. In an age of uncertainly this should be a very comforting truth.

We can trust every word of God to be true and pure. He is our shield. We must never add to or take away from anything he says. I see a whole generation of Christians today who’s are pure in their own eyes, but live contrary to the scriptures. This should not be the case.

Oh Lord, help us to live by your word, and to take every part of it to heart. Thank you that you never change and that we can count on you being the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank you for the multitude of angels which surrounds us and the protection they offer. In Jesus name…amen. 

September – Day 23

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. • Ronald Reagan

New Testament 

  • Luke 24:28-35
  • Hebrews 12:14-29

Old Testament 

  • Proverbs 29:15-27
  • Isaiah 59-61

I love that Jesus was revealed to them when he broke bread with them. God uses the intimacy of a meal together in many ways. It is sad that we don’t appreciate family mealtime like we once did. God forgive us.

Does your heart burn within you while reading the Scriptures?

If God had not made a way, through Jesus, for us to be holy, we would never see the Lord. This is a profound thing he has done. Why, after being made holy, would we return to unholy things? Seeking repentance without actually repenting avails nothing. Our God is a consuming fire!

Children left to themselves are going to get into a lot of trouble. Fearing man over God leads to complications. 

Sin separates us from God. Jesus brings us to God. He alone brings liberty to captives.

Heavenly Father, help us to still our hearts long enough to commune with you and with those you have put into our lives. Forgive us for allowing us to be distracted from you and help us to have a healthy fear of you over any man. May we bask in the reality of your forgiveness this day and always. In Jesus name…amen. 

September – Day 22

Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of. • Seneca the Younger

New Testament

  • Luke 24:13-27
  • Hebrews 12:1-13

Old Testament 

  • Proverbs 29:1-14
  • Isaiah 56-58

I love this conversation that Jesus has with the two men on the road to Emmaus. There is so much to glean from it. I love that he taught them from the Old Testament (Moses and the Prophets), all the scriptures, the things concerning himself.

It is easy for sin to ensnare us. We are in a race, a race that must be run with endurance, always looking unto Jesus. We mustn’t be afraid of any chastisement from the Lord. In the end it is of great value.

We must be careful in venting our feelings. It is often wiser to hold them back.

It is important to keep justice, to do righteousness as the Lord is coming back. He could come at any moment. God desires that his house should be a house of prayer. I wonder how he feels about many churches today. I wonder how he feels about our church.

The mouth of the Lord has spoken, through the Bible!

Dear Lord, thank you for your word, it enriches our lives in so many ways. Help us to choose our words carefully especially in how we vent our feelings. Keep us on the path of righteousness through giving us a great sensitivity to the Holy Spirit this day and always. In Jesus name…amen. 

September – Day 21

It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins. – Karl Barth

New Testament

  • Luke 24:1-12
  • Hebrews 11:32-40

Old Testament 

  • Proverbs 28:15-28
  • Isaiah 54-55

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Jesus Lives! It was just as he told them. Lack of faith turns words that are true into idle tales.

It is amazing to think of those who played a role in God’s plan of redemption, exhibiting great faith, yet not receiving the promise. We should be so thankful for them. I can’t wait to thank them personally.

Faithful men abound with blessings. We mustn’t show partiality . Thank God he doesn’t. It is foolish to trust your own heart, it is desperately wicked.

I love these verses in Isaiah. We have much to be shameful of, from our youth, at least I know that I do. We are forgiven! God our maker is our husband. He removes the shame from our youth. He is called the God of the whole earth. God’s thoughts and ways are so far beyond ours. God’s word always accomplishes the purposes for which it was sent. Our responsibility is to send it by speaking it.

Oh Lord, thank you for forgiving the shame of our youth. Help us to carry in our minds and hearts the marvelous truth that you are the God of the whole earth and that you will ultimately prevail in all things. Give us a boldness this day to speak your word. In Jesus name…amen. 

September – Day 20

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him , nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. – Isaiah  

New Testament

  • Luke 23:50-56
  • Hebrews 11:17-31

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 28:1-14
  • Isaiah 51-53

I have always appreciated Joseph of Arimethea. He was a member of the highest ruling council of the Jews, yet clearly came to understand the error of their thinking and was converted. I love testimonies like this.

Evil men don’t understand justice because they are always seeking to be justified according to their own standards. It is foolish to try and cover your own sin. God knows all. It is better to freely confess and experience God’s mercy.

It is amazing the place we put man in our lives when in the end they will die and forget the Lord, the one who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundation of the earth.

When I first came to faith, I remember seeing this portrait of Jesus and thinking to myself what a handsome man he was. Isn’t it interesting how we want to make him look like our understanding of what he should look like. Hollywood certainly reinforces this misrepresentation. The reality is that there was nothing outwardly that would attract people to Jesus. They loved how he taught them, and how he loved them. I am thankful for that and can’t wait to see him face to face.

Oh Lord, help us to diffuse our ideas of who you are and how you should behave that we might fully embrace you for who you really are. May we live in an awareness of how we were justified, by faith and nothing else. Thank you for your divine and infinite wisdom in all things. We praise you for loving us the way you do, understanding that we certainly don’t deserve it. In Jesus name…amen.