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God’s Storehouse of Blessing

God’s Storehouse of Blessing

Job 38:22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow?’

The weatherman is predicting snow for central Georgia today and tonight. Snow is a big deal for us in this part of the world, even in the dead of winter. We freak out and go crazy when it snows. We storm the supermarket in a desperate search for milk and bread. (I have a mental image of people trapped in their houses, sopping up bowls of milk with pieces of loaf bread.) We forget how to drive and we forbid children from attending school. In short, we grossly overreact to snow.

Snow can be annoying and troublesome, and yet it can be beautiful and awe-inspiring. Job had difficulty understanding the power and control of almighty God. He questioned why God would allow bad things to take place in the world. God responded to Job’s questions by reminding Job that He was a good God and that He had everything under control.

“Have you considered the way that I supply snow to the earth?” God asked Job. “Treasury” refers to God’s “storehouse” of blessings from which He waters and refreshes the earth. In ways that we cannot truly fathom, God causes it to snow in winter. The snow melts into cool water, which he uses to replenish the soil for crops and provide drinking water on a hot, summer day.

God knows what He is doing and He is doing it for our good. Snow is actually a treasure, which He pours out of His heavenly storehouse of blessings.

Dear God, Thank you for the blessing of snow. Thank you for Your storehouse of blessings and the refreshment which You give to me. In Your name I pray, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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Setting the Woods on Fire

Setting the Woods on Fire

Acts 2:46-47: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.’

Chipper Jones set the woods on fire.

“Boy, he sure did!” you say. “He was a great player for the Atlanta Braves. All of those home runs and great plays at third base! He should be in the Hall of Fame!” No, no, you do not understand. I mean he set the woods on fire…literally.

Chipper was cleaning out his fireplace and dumps the ashes behind his house, the smoldering ashes caught the woods on fire. Neighbors alerted the fire department and trucks were dispatched to put the fire out. Ooooops! Nice job Chipper.

The early Christians “set the woods on fire.” They were in love with Jesus. Their love for Jesus caused them to affect everybody around them and their church grew faster than the fire in the woods behind Chipper’s house. People were being saved and lives were being remarkably changed by the power of God.

Are you “setting the woods on fire” for Jesus? Are you telling people about the love of God and testifying to the great things that He is doing in your life? Like the old saying goes: “If you start a fire, people will come and watch it burn.”

Lord Jesus, may the fire of your Holy Spirit burn brightly in me. May other people see that fire and come to you because of me. In your name I pray, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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What’s New?

What’s New?

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new?’ It has already been in ancient times before us.”

I love to read the daily news. I used to buy a newspaper and read it from cover to cover. Remember newspapers? When I got through, my fingers would be black from the ink on the paper. Every day my enquiring mind needs to know, “What’s new?”

I used to say that nothing shocked me. I don’t say that anymore. I just read yesterday (on my USA Today Kindle app) that an 18 year old boy (man?) was admitted back to his Florida high school, after it was discovered that he had made several porn videos. Wow. That shocked me. It ought to shock you. To make the story worse, his reason for making the porn movies was to support his unemployed mother and enable her to pay her bills. The mother was in approval of her son’s “part-time job.”

Okay, so maybe Solomon missed that one. Surely, 18 year old men didn’t make porn videos in ancient times. People didn’t read about it on their electronic devices either. So, what was the Bible really saying? The message of Ecclesiastes is that mankind has always been wickedly sinful. Cain killed his brother Abel. God destroyed the majority of mankind in a flood and rained fire and brimstone down on two ancient cities. Why? Nothing new: just that old human condition that the Bible calls sin. Sin has always been and sin always will be. In this case, no news is bad news.

What’s new? In spite of education, technology, science and an amazing increase of knowledge, the story is getting old. Men and women keep on sinning. But, could I share some Good News?

The Good News is that Jesus can make all things new. He can make you a brand new creature. He is making all things new by His death, burial, resurrection, ascension and His soon second coming. And, as the news reporter John wrote nearly 2000 years ago, God will usher in a “new heaven and a new earth.” Solomon stated it this way: “That which has been is what will be.”

Dear God, Thank you for making me a new creature in Christ! I am looking forward to the new heavens and new earth where sin will no longer exist. In Your holy name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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Reshaping the World

Reshaping the World

1 John 2: 15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

The headline grabbed my attention: “Global Elite Descend on Davos to ‘Reshape World’. Davos is an Alpine village, 90 miles southeast of Zurich, Switzerland. The meeting, to be held this week, will include “2500 heads of state, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, young global leaders and assorted cultural and social visionaries.” Names such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, YAHOO CEO Marissa Mayer, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and actors Matt Damon and Goldie Hawn are on the list of those expected to attend.

How, exactly, do these global “elites” intend to reshape the world? The world as we know it is being radically “reshaped” every day. Cellphones and personal computers are being monitored by our government, civil rights such as gun ownership are being threatened by liberals, homosexual marriages and marijuana are becoming legal and things once considered “taboo” are now openly accepted. What more needs to be “reshaped.”

What is the proper response for the followers of Jesus Christ? First, we are called to love God and not love the things of the world. As Christians, we are called to make the world a better place by the manner in which we live and by the message which we preach. Second, we are called by God to “do the will of the God”. Doing His will involves forsaking the direction in which this world is going.

Remember this: This world is not your home as a Christian. You are a pilgrim passing through. It is better to prepare for the world to come than it is to get comfortable in the one which now is. Thankfully, God Himself will reshape His world one day. And it will be in much better shape than any shape the “global elite” can make it into.

Father, I choose to love you more than I love this world. Help me to do your will as I live in this present world. In Jesus name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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Where is Your Heart?

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

USA Today is reporting that 1% of the world’s families now own 46% of the world’s wealth. That amount is equal to 110 trillion dollars. The rest of us are struggling to get our hands on the other 54% of the money. With no real estate, no savings and no “stock portfolio”, I obviously fall into the 99 percent bracket.

The truth is, because I have put my faith in Jesus Christ, I am wealthy beyond my wildest imagination. I have been forgiven of all of my sins, I possess a life which will never end, I am a citizen of an everlasting Kingdom and I am a child of Almighty God!! Of course, none of that has translated into earthly wealth to this point. I heard one preacher say it like this: “I am as poor as Job’s turkey!” I have no idea how poor that it is, or if Job even had a turkey; but it sure sounded funny.

My heart, however, is not on earth and earthly stuff. My heart is in heaven, even though the rest of me lives down here. I am laying up my treasures in a place where thieves can’t steal them (they will not be there), moths won’t eat them (I’m not sure what they will eat in heaven), and rust can’t corrode them (I have no scientific explanation for that one).

Where is your heart? It is quite alright to accumulate “treasures” down here, as long as you understand that you will not take them with you. If you fail to “lay up” anything for heaven, you will be empty-handed when you get there. You might be in the “other half”, while the rest of us are enjoying our wealth!!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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Daily Reading January 12 – January 25

Daily Reading January 12 - January 25

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 
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Looking Up

Looking Up

Luke 21:28: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Here are some headlines from today’s news:

“Boy, 12, wounds classmates at New Mexico school”
“Husband sues to remove pregnant wife from life support”
“Car bomb kills four in Baghdad”
“Wildfires, blistering heat scorch Australia”
“Indian police say Danish tourist gang-raped”

Wonderful news, huh? Oh, and that’s not all. A satanic group has filed a petition to have a statue of Lucifer built on the courthouse steps in Oklahoma, in protest of the Ten Commandments monument erected there. Yet another federal judge has ruled that a state law banning homosexual marriage is unconstitutional. And the list goes on and on.

Jesus warned His people that things would be really bad before they get really good. He predicted “wars and rumors of wars”, nations rising against nations, lawlessness, love growing cold, false Christs, betrayals and natural disasters. But He also gave a message of hope: When you see this stuff taking place, lift up your heads and look up, for your salvation is drawing near.

Jesus will rescue us one day. Things may not be looking up, but His children are. One day the skies will open and the Lord will return to make all things new. Hold your head up, my friend; the end to all of this nonsense is just over the horizon.

Jesus, instead of looking down at the ground in disgust, or looking around at the mess that surrounds me, help me to look up and see that my redemption is getting really close. Thank you dear Lord, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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