Monday, June 27, 2011

Prayers & His Presence...


Sometimes I  write prayers to God ... in my Bible or my Journal. As I spent some time today reviewing some of the prayers I have lifted up to Heaven, I noticed a few things. My prayers had all the elements prayers need... Praise for who God is- Thanksgiving for what He has done in my life- Repentance for poor choices and the sins in my life-pleas for the Lord to intercede in my life and the lives of those around me.

One of the areas of "lack" in my prayer life is a time of quiet, stillness... where my goal is to be in His Presence.  Just to recieve the Lord and His leading.

Spend some time in prayer and then return and respond.

How is your prayer life? Are you a talker, listener, both or neither...? Are you willing to spend some with Him each day?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mary or Martha...


Luke 10: 38-42
"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
   “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
 
 
Are you a Mary or a Martha? How do you know? 

His Love...


God's love is so great for His children that He wrote each of us a love letter called the Bible. It contains His wisdom, ways, guidance, encouragement & love.

Spend some time in His Word today... what does His love letter say, personally, to you? How do you know that He loves you?

Living Water...


Water is the cornerstone of all life. Life could not exist without it.



About 60% of the human body is made up of water. People cannot live more than 3 days without it! Imagine a tall glass of cold water... on a hot day! What could be more refreshing?

However, the Bible talks about another type of water...

John 7:37-38

"On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Is there such a water, one that could provide eternal refreshment? That never runs out? That would quench our thirst forever?

Based on the Scripture above... what do you think?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers...


1 John 3:1 says..." How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."

Many of us have earthly fathers that love and care for us. Those "dads" are a gift from above. However, others do not have an earthly father that is a "daddy" to them.

As believers... we all can enjoy the love of our Heavenly Father and His great love for us! We only need to reach out to Him and take His hand!

Father's Day can be difficult for those who don't have an earthy father to share it with. Take some time today to pray that those people will be touched by the love of God the Father and that they will seek and know him.

For today's post... share a "dad" story. A time when your earthly or heavenly father did in amazing thing with you or in your life!

Monday, June 13, 2011

God is Love...


This is one of the most well known verses in the Bible... "... God is love." ... and of course He is!

#1... Explain this verse  - prove that God is love.

#2... Where in the Bible is this verse located?

Laughter...


Proverbs 17:22~ says that laughter is good medicine...

How is laughter good for your spiritual and physical health?

What kinds of things make you laugh?


Who are your "funniest" friends?


What has Christ done for you that makes you smile?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Middle Road...

Revelation 3:16

Lukewarm

" So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth."


I have heard many Christians "boast" that they are not on the broad road of the world that Scripture teaches against in Matthew 7...

Matthew 7:13-14

The Narrow and Wide Gates

    “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."



They make claims that they are believers in Christ and know what the Bible teaches about salvation and grace ... it cannot be lost or taken away from a true believer. They begin to live as though they can do whatever they want, whenever they want... claiming God's grace and forgivness will cover all they choose to do...

They have created a middle road. A road on which they can claim to be followers of Christ, but can live however they want to guilt free. They believe it is their choice and so they choose selfishly their own way. Whatever makes them happy...

They are not on the narrow road. Few find it and choose it because it is difficult and requires much sacrafice...

We want our way.

So... what road are you on?

Don't be too quick to answer. Many of you will want to claim the narrow road to impress others, but the only person who matters is God. Look at your life and choices again... when God looks at you -into your mind, heart and life... He knows what road you have really chosen.

Do not respond here - respond to God directly... Declare to Him what road you are on... AND what destination you have chosen for your journey...

 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Direction...


Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. "

God has told us He has plans for each of our lives... If you believe God & His Word... you will believe this truth.

However... in a world full voices (media, celebrities, friends etc) telling you what you should be doing with your life, how can you discern which voice is God's and what His will is for you?

Our Culture...

 In a culture that takes offense to being told they are sinners... and who want their way without guilt or consequences... how can Christians effectively share Christ's love and the truth of the Bible (especially regarding sin)... without pushing them away from Jesus in the process?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Power...

We often forget the power that we have... or don't know how to access it... once we have recieved Christ into our hearts and life.

We have the power of faith, prayer and influence in the lives of others on Christ's behalf. We have the power to walk away from the world's way and into God's arms. We have the power to love, inspite of those who hate. We have the power to shine in a world cloaked in darkness. We have the power to hope when everything around us has crumbled.  We have the power to give when others choose to take.We have the power to stand against anything we face with our heads held high and our hearts filled with the assurance that nothing can stand against us when we have the power of Christ in us

Follow the link below to a song that reminds us of these truths.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWXcRVZWTb8

How will you use the power of Christ within you?