Month: October 2016

Siesta Time!

Have a great few days getting caught up on the best food ever…God’s Word!

See you again on November 1st,

Ron

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October – Day 25

While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? – King David (2 Samuel 12:22)

New Testament

  • John 7:25-36
  • 1 Peter 5:8-14

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 8:1-14
  • Lamentations 4-5

Jesus didn’t come on his own accord, but from God who sent him. What a glorious day it will be when we join Jesus in heaven. As you read this, I will be visiting my 88 year old mother in Colorado. She is drawing close to her passing from this life to the next and with it her reunion with Jesus. I thank God she knows him, and more importantly that he knows her and has called her.

I will one day be with her for all eternity! What a wonderful reunion that will be.

Make no mistake about it, we have an adversary who hates us because we love Jesus. Like a lion at the zoo, hoping someone gets close enough to those bars that he might feed on them, he prowls the earth, looking for his next victim. His name is Satan.

How do we resist him? Stand fast in the faith.

Oh Lord, may we look to you, and to our future in heaven with you. Thank you Father for sending Jesus to save us. Protect us from the devil. Help us to focus all of our attention on the truth that heaven awaits us. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

 

October – Day 24

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C. S. Lewis

New Testament

  • John 7:14-24
  • 1 Peter 5:1-7

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 7
  • Lamentations 3

How can a man have learning without studying? The Holy Spirit, directly from God. When people refuse the truth which is right before their eyes, they blame someone else, the devil.

A pretty amazing credential! I can relate to “fellow elder,” but “witness of the suffering and partaker of the glory,” I better listen. A shepherd would do well to consider these verses from Peter every day.

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. We can cast all of our anxieties on him because he cares for us.

In the midst of the greatest discouragement we find that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies are new every morning. His faithfulness is great!

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, good to the soul who seeks him!

Oh Lord, how very good you are to us. Teach us to wait on you. May our souls seek you each and every day. Thank you for caring for us the way you do. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

October – Day 23

He who has much to teach must suffer much; and he alone can speak of the deepest things in the economy of God who has sooner or later entered into fellowship with the suffering of God. – G. Campbell Morgan

New Testament

  • John 7:1-13
  • 1 Peter 4:12-19

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 7
  • Lamentations 2

Imagine your brothers not even believing in you. Why do people hate Jesus? Because he testifies that people’s works are evil. It is impossible for Jesus to lead anyone astray. Their hatred convinced that this wasn’t true. This is why they blamed him.

Fiery trials come in order to test us. We should see our sufferings as an opportunity to identify with Jesus, suffering for good versus evil.

Our desire must always be for our spouses alone. Our hearts must never wander to another. Staying focused on the Lord guards our hearts.

The Lord is not opposed to turning people, who reject their truths, over to their own sin and folly, knowing that their love of self expresses their desire to dismiss God.

Father, help us to bear through the trials we face with the confidence that you can use them to bring us closer to Jesus. Thank you that when we once lived in denial of you, you pursued us and reveal your goodness to our hearts. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

 

October – Day 22

A man is a god in ruins. • Duke Ellington

New Testament

  • John 6:60-71
  • 1 Peter 4:1-11

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 6
  • Lamentations 1

The only time that Jesus’ words are easy is when we are fully surrendered to them, knowing they bring life. Otherwise they will be hard and we will be tempted to walk away from the truth. The Lord doesn’t ever alter his truth when we are uncomfortable with it.

The Spirit gives life, the flesh is of no help whatsoever.

How easy it is to get distracted by the things of the flesh. This must not be, but rather we must seek to live for the will of God. We must live each day, as it were our last. Much easier said than done.

The Book of Lamentations is a funeral dirge, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. How easy the things we love can be destroyed by sin. It can seem good in the moment, but at what cost?

When your hungry, the things we once treasured simply don’t mean as much!

Oh Lord, may our treasure always be founded in you and you alone. Help us this day to live fully surrendered lives to you. Grant us the wisdom and courage to live each day as if it were our last. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

October – Day 21

The problem is not the absence of evidence but the suppression of it. – Ravi Zacharias

New Testament

  • John 6:41-59
  • 1 Peter 3:13-22

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 5
  • Jeremiah 52

If it were not for the fact that God drew us to him, we would never have come to him. Whoever believes has eternal life. Heart belief leads to a new heart. The key to a healthy heart is healthy food, healthy feeding on Jesus.

We must always seek to be ready to give a defense to this who ask us for the reason we have such a hope. They key to every answer is gentleness and respect. Jesus, the righteous, suffered for us (the unrighteous) that we might be brought to God. Wow! Suddenly all the football games just don’t seem that important.

How soon we can forget the love we have for our spouses. The Song of Solomon should stir and renew the passion for our mates.

What a tragic day it must have been when the city of Jerusalem and the temple were burned. When you visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, known as “the wailing wall”, the Jews are still lamenting its destruction ,praying that another temple will be built. Oh that they would come to know Jesus and understand that the ultimate temple is Jesus!

Oh Lord, we pray for the Jews that their eyes might be opened and that they might come to faith in Jesus as Messiah. Thank you for drawing us to yourself. Thank you for the new hearts you have given us. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

 

October – Day 20

This is the work of God, that you believe in him (Jesus) whom he (God) sent. – Jesus  (John 6:29)

New Testament

  • John 6:25-40
  • 1 Peter 3:8-12

Old Testament

  • Song of Solomon 4:8-16
  • Jeremiah 51

I love this account in the Gospel of John. People are born looking for ways to please God through works. The Lord makes it clear that there is only one work that he is interested in, one work that will assure us of a place in heaven, faith, faith in Jesus whom God has sent. He is the bread of life which lasts forever.

We must strive to have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Keeping our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking deceit are impossible without the Lord. His eyes are always on the righteous and his ears open to our prayers.

As husbands, there was a day when we were completely captivated by our wives. What happened? The busyness of life and our own sin. May we remember how precious they are and repent of our taking them for granted.

As we read about Babylon falling, we should be comforted by the fact that God’s word will come to pass. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the word of the Lord will live on forever. Praise the his glorious name!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the faith you have given us to trust in Jesus. Keep us in heartfelt belief that we might bear all of the characteristics of a follower of Christ. Thank you that always hear our prayers. You are so faithful! In Jesus’ name…Amen!