Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Personally, I have never built muscle without resistance. I had to sweat and work hard--and sometimes it hurt. But I was always glad for the result and never resented the sweat, strain, or pain.
If we can see our difficulties as spiritual resistance that will build spiritual strength, we can "rejoice in our sufferings" and not resent them. Paul said essentially that. I agree with him.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Rom 5:3-5 NIV)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
- Have you ever heard, "Everyone deserves a second chance."?
What if you have used up your second, even third, fourth, or more? As for me, I stopped counting. This is what I learned from precious and costly experience, and I believe it with everything in me:
- It is never "too late" with God.
- It is only "too late" if I choose to quit.
- Regardless of circumstances, I do not have to quit.
- God will not and the enemy cannot force me to quit if I choose not to.
It is not too late if you choose to believe it. And you can. Today.
- It is never "too late" with God.
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the LORD came to me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (Jer 18:4-6 NIV)
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar" (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. (2 Chr 20:2-4 NIV)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
- Have you ever tried to have a relationship with someone who talked and talked, but would not listen? Did you feel like they did not care about you? At some point, you probably stopped listening.
A healthy relationship is not one-sided; there is two-way communication."Some people try to carry on a relationship with God like that. And according to today's verse, He feels just like we would.
Because they did not listen when I spoke, I did not answer when they prayed. (Zec 7:13 GNB)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
- When things do not go as we want, we are quick to blame God, e.g., "Why did You do let that happen?".
Some of God's promises and prophecies are unconditional. But more than not have conditions that depend on us, as in today's verse: "This will all happen if...".
Like children, we want what we want when we want it, without "if". But as a good parent, He does not just give us everything we want.
Men who live far away will come and help to rebuild the Temple of the LORD. And when it is rebuilt, you will know that the LORD Almighty sent me to you. This will all happen if you fully obey the commands of the LORD your God. (Zec6:15 GNB)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
But, sir, what do these mean?" Then he asked, "Don't you know?" "No sir," I replied. So the angel explained that it was the following message of the LORD to Zerubbabel: I am the LORD All-Powerful. So don't depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit. (Zec 4:4-6 CEV)
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
So the angel told me to announce: I, the LORD All-Powerful, am very protective of Jerusalem. For a while I was angry at the nations, but now I am furious, because they have made things worse for Jerusalem and are not the least bit concerned. (Zec 1:14-15 CEV)
Monday, February 3, 2014
He knows exactly who and what we need, and when, where, and how we need it. Pray for His protection, provision, and direction... and that we keep our eyes of faith where they need to be--always on Him.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. (Rom 1:21-22 NLT)