As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Titus 2:1 NLT
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which instructs and guides us through Your scriptures. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us, that we might be made more like You everyday. Lord, please continue to help us know how to pray, that we might not ask a miss, but rather stand in prayer for the circumstances and people You are placing on our hearts. Lord, please help us to be honest and humble with our personal struggles, bringing our needs and concerns to You with trust and surrender. Lord, please keep us from taking up a response to circumstances from our own wisdom, rather let us respond with scripture, humility, and truth. Lord Jesus, please teach us daily, honing our hearts, shaping our lives, walking out each day to bring glory to Your name. Lord, help us to make disciples as You did with the 12, daily pouring into each one, teaching the scriptures, honing their understanding, patient and full of love. Lord, thank You for continuing to teach me, honing my heart, patient and loving me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
“No one is holy like the LORD, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”
“Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
The scriptures speak so eloquently.
Though sin has marred our understanding and warped our perspective, we can clearly see, through God’s Word, just how holy and righteous He is.
The truth is visible to those who chose to seek God with a humble heart and teachable mind.
(Above scriptures, in order: 1 Samuel 2:2 NKJV, Exodus 15:11 NKJV, Deuteronomy 32:4 NKJV)
God is holy.
Isaiah 5:16 NKJV — But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
We should revere and praise Him.
Psalm 99:5 KJV — Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psalm 99:9 KJV — Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
He is holy and righteous, merciful and full of grace.
He has made a way for us, those who are stained by sin, to be saved, to be redeemed.
No wonder the four beasts never stop singing!
Revelation 4:8 KJV — And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Let us join together with those who are around the throne of heaven and say:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come!”
Dear Lord Jesus,
How great and awesome You are! You are holy and so far above us, yet You chose to dwell on Earth for a season that we might be saved through Your death and resurrection. Thank You! Lord Jesus, please keep me from growing so familiar to You that I forget You are holy. Lord, let me never grow apathetic to Your righteousness and truth. Lord, I want to always revere Your holy name and to live a life of continual praise and worship. Lord Jesus, there is much to distract, there’s are many things demanding attention, please place a guard upon my eyes, my lips, my mind, and my heart that I might not be drawn into worthless things or waste my efforts upon the vanities of this world. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your holiness. Thank You for Your salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Not a mix of activities, but a mix of information.
Our history class had carefully told the horrible, but true facts of the acts of those who committed violence against the innocent in opposition to the Reconstruction after the Civil War.
I’d read a blog about bullying and the horror they had inflicted upon another.
My daughter asked me about the attack on the Ukraine: why was it happening?
Earlier, I’d read that very question as the title of an article from a news source.
A thread seemed to be the same throughout.
Those causing the violence felt completely justified in their behavior.
“How can anyone think it’s okay to hurt others like this?” my daughter asked.
And the Lord answered clearly for me.
“It goes all the way back to the beginning.”
Genesis 4:6-9NKJV — So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Murder of innocent people is a direct consequence of a life in rebellion against God.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
The violence being distributed is horrifying and it’s understandable why our hearts are outraged at these abuses.
For the follower of Christ it is our responsibility to stand in prayer for others.
To recognize the real truth behind this kind of behavior and to remember we have an adversary.
1 Peter 5:8 KJV — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Although, our attention is grabbed by the people inflicting these atrocities, the battle is not with them.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV — For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The spiritual battle is often overlooked, but the Bible makes it clear that the enemy is the one who steals, kills, and destroys.
As followers of Christ Jesus, we have hope for eternal life and a command to train up disciples in the truth of Scripture.
No time is more valuable for that than now.
Let us take up our cross daily, speak the truth in love, fulfill the calling to make disciples, encouraging, teaching, helping, and stand in the gap for the innocent, the helpless, and those who have yet to know Jesus.
Ezekiel 22:30 KJV — And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
May it never be so again.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth which helps us better understand why horrifying violence is carried out, it’s all the result of sin and the enemy of our souls. Lord, thank You that we know it will not always be this way. Thank You that You paid for my sin and saved me from living a life separate from You. Lord Jesus, it is so painful to know that people are hurting and killing one another, but I thank You for Your promises. Thank You for Your mercy, which stays Your judgement. Lord, thank You that we can stand in the gap for others. Thank You for Your helping the helpless, freeing the captives, and saving the lost. Thank You for Your scriptures which clearly outline not only the why of all this, but also what is to come. Lord, may our hearts remain steadfast, our feet not stumble, and our eyes see clearly, open our understanding through Your Word. Lord Jesus, I humbly lift up those who are being oppressed and harmed by wickedness. Please continue to save them and give those who stand literally in the gap for the innocent the courage and integrity they need to stand in the way of evil and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your salvation. Amen.
John 14:1 NKJV — “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
When I opened my Blue Letter Bible app this morning, my eye fell on this verse.
It was exactly what I needed this morning.
For although I have a long list of “to do”s, I didn’t breathe well last night and am feeling the consequences of such today.
So, when I spent my morning in prayer, the Lord reminded and comforted me with His truth.
I am responsible for obedience to Him,
To rely completely on Him for my everything,
To trust Him.
For He is faithful.
He has every part of all these things in His hands.
He’s aware of the things which need to be done and I’m sure He will show me what He wants me to accomplish today.
What doesn’t get done will, in His timing.He knew I needed a reminder this morning.
He knew I needed a reminder of these truths this morning.
How faithful He is!
What a blessing to serve Him.
Truly, I can walk in peace, because He cares for me.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV — Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, thank You for caring for me. Thank You for Your Word which teaches me and reminds me of what is right and true. Thank You for Your Word which lights my path before me. Lord, thank You for my family who are so patient with me. Thank You for using them to supply my need. Please continue to teach me to be humble, that I might wait upon You and not rush ahead in my own strength or ideas. Please continue to help me to completely surrender myself before You, daily. Thank You for Your salvation. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Thank You! Amen.
Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. Proverbs 10:18 NLT
Is there any who can not see themselves in these words, at one time or another?
God’s Word cuts through our excuses for ungodly behavior and reveals the truth of what these attitudes are:
lies and foolishness.
Rather, we must be on guard against allowing such things in our lives and be quick to repent when they are discovered among us.
For our tongues are to be under submission to the Lord Jesus.
When they are not we bring ridicule to our Savior.
James 3:9-10 NKJV — With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
If we are followers of Christ Jesus, our actions, our attitudes, and our words need to be in line with what God says is His expectation for His children.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV — Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
God’s Word is sharper than any two edged sword.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV — For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And it is a wonderful gift for us, the children of God, to teach us, admonish us, encourage us, and to bring us life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV — All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth, direction, guidance, and correction we find in Your scriptures. Lord, please help us to read, understand, and accurately apply Your truths daily. Lord, our lives often get bogged down in the muck of our sin and the more of a sinful world. Lord, please help us be on guard against sin and to repent quickly when we have sinned. Lord, please place a guard over our lips that we might not curse our fellow man nor mock another of Your creation nor slander or neighbor. Lord, please keep us from bring dishonor to Your name by walking in ways which are counter to Your character. Lord, please teach us how to love well, to live selflessly, and to be totally surrendered to You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
God’s Word cuts through our facade, it deals with those inner secrets we have hidden, even from ourselves.
The Lord sees what our heart’s motivations are and through His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit we too can see the truth.
For Jesus taught us, we often see the errors in others far more readily than our own.
Matthew 7:3 NKJV — “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
After showing us our error, our sin, our folly, the Word teaches us what to do next.
Romans 10:9 KJV — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Scripture also admonishes us to be accountable to one another.
James 5:16 NKJV — Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
God’s Word does not only convict us of sin, it cleanses us in truth and encourages us with His loving kindness.
Titus 3:4-7 KJV — “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Scripture builds our faith, teaching our hearts to seek the Lord and gives us inspiration for each day.
Psalm 119:11 NKJV — Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
1 Chronicles 16:23 KJV — Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
It is where we find truth to live by and hope for eternity.
1 Peter 1:3-5NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Truly, what an incredible gift God has given us in His Word.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word and all the blessings of it. Lord, please open our minds to learning and our hearts to truth. Lord, please speak clearly through Your Word to each of us, divide the sin from our souls and do not allow lies, pride, or any unclean thing to reside in us. Lord, please purify my heart and remove anything which would hinder my walk with You. Let me cherish nothing before You. I want You to sit on the throne of my heart and none other. Thank You for Your faithfulness, mercy, grace, goodness, love, and salvation. Thank You for truth. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Psalm 119:47 NKJV — And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.
John 3:16 NKJV — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
I was a little girl when I memorized this verse.
I had already accepted Jesus as my Savior and was excited to learn about Him.
I remember wanting to have something to quote to others.
I went to public school and found this verse my favorite answer to the question, “Why should I believe in God?”.
But it wasn’t until I was an adult, that I realized these words, so beautifully and succinctly capturing the truth of salvation, were spoken byJesus.
How precious it is to me today to think Jesus Himself gave me these words to share about Him!
The only thing I would change about all of this is: adding John 3:17.
Together they really give a clearer picture of what Jesus wants us to know.
John 3:16-17NKJV — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
What life-changing truth!
What a clear picture of God’s love!
How blessed we are to have these words spoken by the Savior of the world.
If you have yet to memorize these words, I’d encourage you to do so, for the truth of eternity here is too good to simply read, it’s worth making it a memory.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Your truth astounds me and the preciousness of Your sacrifice has only grown in my heart over the years. You have brought me through so much and I praise Your holy name for it all. Great is Your faithfulness and greatly are You to be praised. Please continue to breath life into my heart and mind through Your scripture and Your Holy Spirit that my life might reflect You more and more each day. Thank You for Your love and salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for pointing out the areas of my heart where fear has been hiding. Thank You for revealing the truths of scripture to my heart and mind in such an incredible way. Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your faithfulness, righteousness, compassion, understanding, and abounding love. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. Please continue to open my eyes that I might look into Your Word and understand Your truths. Please continue to help me to see myself and my own areas of need through Your perspective. Lord, I again surrender my life before You and I thank You for Your loving kindness and tenderhearted patience. Lord, I lift up the helpless, the weak,the sick, the needy, and the innocent please touch them where they are. Lord, please return the prodigal, stop the liar, thwart the wicked, and save the lost. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Sincerely, from my heart, I hope and pray each of you had an amazing Resurrection Sunday!
It seems, that anytime we have a holiday, the days directly following feel a little less of a blessing and a little more of the work and the let down which returning to the regular routine cause.
Maybe that’s just me.
Either way, I thought I would spend a little time today sharing some encouraging verses from God’s Word.
As I was recently reminded, it is through God’s Word and the comfort of knowing that what He has spoken is true, that we can find strength for the day, no matter the circumstance.
Personally, when I’m in need of instant encouragement I normally turn to Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV
It is never failes to support, encourage, and remind me that I have a Good Shepherd and He truly cares for me.
Some of my favorite verses are in Philippians.
Philippians 4:4-7NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Is there a more authentic peace?
Can the world offer anything which compares?
Life without anxiety is a blessing indeed.
Philippians 4:8 NKJV — Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Focusing myself upon these things brings me joy, because Jesus is all of them and in praising Him, I find other things to praise Him for.
Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Although, I battle fear and doubt more often then I would like, it has slowly decreased as my love and trust in God has grown.
Psalm 36:7 NKJV — How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
Amen! How good is God’s loving kindness!
Let each one choose to put their trust in Him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank you that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for Your loving kindness and Your grace. Lord, thank You for all Your wonderous works! How great You are, Jesus! What a blessing to know You! Please, continue to grow me in Your ways and please continue to polish my heart. Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice: beating, death, and burial. Thank You for rising again! Amen.
He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 NKJV
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;” Romans 3:10 NKJV
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:3-4 NKJV
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. I John 2:29 NKJV
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord . Psalms 4:5 NKJV
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 NKJV
The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17 NKJV
Thus says the Lord : “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.” Isaiah 56:1 NKJV
Clearly, God’s Word speaks volumes and we can see our hearts truly need Jesus Christ.
It is the treasure of truth to submit unto God and to unlock the innermost parts of ourselves to Jesus, to find the greatest treasure of life eternal in His sacrifice as well as the gifts of walking in righteousness for His namesake.
What earthly treasure compares?
What achievement can rival thus?
Where would the flavor and joy of life be if not in the promise of heaven hereafter?
How great and blessed we are to be called by the name of Christ Jesus and to be able to surrender ourselves before Him daily.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. How incredible it is! I love truth is so clear and yet so profound. Lord, You amaze me in so many ways and Your wisdom is such a treasure. Thank You for giving me Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Lord Jesus, thank You for continuing to show me daily how to walk in Your paths. Lord, I want to follow You with every part of me. I want my whole life to bring glory to Your name. For there is no one who deserves glory, honor, and praise like You. Thank You Jesus! Amen.