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A lesson about bitterness

Like the salty spray can wear away rock, so can bitterness erode love in the heart of a child of God.

Jonah was a prophet of the Most High. 2 Kings 14:25

The Lord gave him a specific prophecy.

Jonah 1:1-2 NKJV — Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

Unfortunately, Jonah choose disobedience.

Jonah 1:3 NKJV — But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

The Lord was merciful and sent a storm, then a fish. Jonah 1:4-17, 2

For the Lord corrects His children.

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11‭-‬12 NKJV

Then He speaks to Jonah again.

Jonah 3:1-2NKJV — Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”

This time Jonah obeys and his message is a difficult one.

Jonah 3:4 NKJV — And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

These pagan people turn and repent, including their king.

Jonah 3:7-9 NKJV — And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, “Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”

God was merciful.

Jonah 3:10 NKJV — Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

Jonah not only experienced God’s mercy himself, he saw God extend mercy to an entire city which had previously been enemies of His people.

With such incredible works of God, one would expect His servant to rejoice.

But that’s not what happened.

Jonah 4:1-3 NKJV — But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the LORD, and said, “Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!”

Jonah couldn’t rejoice in the saving of the city, because he didn’t want it saved.

In Jonah, we see what happens to a child of God who allows bitterness to take root.

Bitterness, towards these enemies of his nation, had robbed him of his ability to love and trust God knew what was best.

In his heart he knew God’s character, but he wanted judgment not mercy.

The human heart is often at odds with the Word of God, for at the same time we want mercy and grace for ourselves and our loved ones, but we want judgment and punishment for those who have hurt us.

But that is not what God calls His people to.

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.

Matthew 5:44-45 NKJV — “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Jonah is a warning for us, to not allow bitterness to override our love and devotion to God.

Rather, we need to be quick to forgive those who have wronged us, placing our trust in God, who sees all, even the depth of each heart.

For we can not truly love God if we are holding on to bitterness.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Romans 12:19‭-‬21 NLT

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the story of Jonah. Lord, I am amazed at Your mercy and grace throughout. You use Jonah’s disobedience, You save an entire city of wicked people, You even teach Your stubborn hard hearted servant a lesson. Thank You! Lord, please help us to learn from these things. Help us to be quick to forgive, honest with ourselves and You when we are hurting. Lord, please teach us how to love our enemies. Please shine Your truth into this dark world and let those who have yet to know You come to a knowledge of You, Lord. Please work through Your children to bring the message of hope to this world. Thank You. Amen.

A story about mercy

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. Jonah 1:1‭-‬2 KJV

The book of Jonah opens with God’s mercy.

Their wickedness has been seen and God’s response is to send His prophet to that place.

Jonah was an Israelite who lived in the days of the kings.

2 Kings 14:23,25 KJV —23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years. 25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.

God is both righteous and merciful, thus He sent a warning to these people by His prophet.

But His prophet didn’t want the people of Nineveh to hear God’s warning.

He wanted them to experience the judgement and have no opportunity to receive mercy.

Jonah 1:3 KJV — But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

The character of God is so full of mercy that He didn’t allow Jonah to remain in his sinful choice of “fleeing”.

(Scripture makes it clear there is no place we can go to “get away” from God. Psalm 139:7‭-‬10 KJV)

Instead, God sent a set of circumstances which Jonah could not ignore.

Jonah 1:4 KJV — But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

The sailors are terrified and begin to call on their gods, then they realize there’s this passenger whose sleeping in the ship, not crying out to his God.

Jonah 1:6 KJV — So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

These sailors sense this storm is nothing normal.

Jonah 1:7 KJV — And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Jonah knew God was in this and he tells the men to throw him over board, but the sailors don’t want Jonah’s blood on their hands.

So, they try to save themselves by their own efforts.

Jonah 1:13 KJV — Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

God uses Jonah’s rebellion to bring a ship load of men to knowledge of Him.

Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
Jonah 1:14‭-‬16 KJV

God’s mercy on Jonah’s disobedience is used to spread mercy on a group of foreigner sailors.

But Jonah also feels the consequences of his sin.

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17 KJV

Most of chapter two of the book of Jonah is his prayer to the Lord.

Jonah 2:1-2KJV — Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, “I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.”

There’s a debate as to whether Jonah was alive or actually suffered death during his time in the great fish, but either way the stunning part of this is the mercy of God.

And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Jonah 2:10 KJV

God’s patience is apparent,in that He again speaks to Jonah.

And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
Jonah 3:1‭-‬4 KJV

The next part is incredible.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
Jonah 3:5‭-‬9 KJV

These people are pagan and don’t even worship God, but they humble themselves and are saved.

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Jonah 3:10 KJV

Truly, God is a merciful and compassionate God.

Psalm 86:15 KJV — But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

As followers of Christ Jesus we need to understand the character of God and to reflect it in our own.

If God is both merciful and righteous, so we should be.

Proverbs 21:21 KJV — He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the story of Jonah. Lord, thank You that we see both justice and mercy in this story. Thank You that You used Jonah’s disobedience to reach a bunch of sailors. Lord, I don’t want to suffer the consequences of disobedience. I don’t want to sin against You in any way. Lord, please guide me and teach my wayward heart how to be quick to love, steady I’m compassion, wise, discerning, and merciful. Lord, thank You that You can use even my mistakes to teach me about mercy. Lord, let me never take it for granted, but always remember the high price You paid. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

December 27

As we round off the year, and count down the days, I find myself focusing on what’s important.

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.

John 3:17 NKJV — “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Not only does this truth save me from my sins, it cleanses me from the stains of living in a sinful world.

I am renewed and reborn in my Lord Jesus Christ.

Which is a daily blessing, for the stains of sin continue to try to mar my soul while I reside on this earth.

Psalm 51:7 KJV — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Jesus cleanses me, making me whiter than snow.

What a wonderful truth!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for all Your blessings, but especially for salvation. Lord, to be freed from the self-destruction of sin is the greatest gift. While I continue to learn to walk in obedience, to pickup my cross daily and follow You, please continue to cleanse me heart and soul. Lord, thank You for Your Word, which You instruction me from. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, which comforts and guides me. Thank You for the hope of the future, eternal life with You. Thank You for the reminder of what is truly valuable. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Speak truth

The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19 NKJV

There is a reason the Bible has so much instruction about our words.

Truth or lies from our lips is a testament to the condition of our hearts.

Matthew 12:34 KJV — O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Luke 6:45 KJV — A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Not only do our words reveal the state of our hearts, it is a sure sign of our relationship with God.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Proverbs 12:22 NKJV

Listen to the things which flow from your own lips and be diligent to mend those things which are dishonorable before Almighty God, for those who are followers of Christ should be people who speak with purpose and truth.

Colossians 4:6 KJV — Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

If our words are ugly, filthy, or false repentance and humility should be our response before Jesus, for the responsibility of those called by His name is weighty, our lives reflect directly upon our Lord.

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 13:3 NKJV

It is impossible to tame the tongue on our own.

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:2 NKJV

Only in Christ can we be made perfect.

It takes continually humbling and submitting ourselves before Jesus Christ, seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.
Proverbs 12:13 NKJV

The Lord understands both the dangers and the difficulties of our unruly words.

He has given us instruction, that we might learn and grow, becoming more skilled with the training of our hearts and lips.

He has blessed us with His Holy Spirit to give us that which is required to follow these things.

He has granted us forgiveness from sins, that we might find hope while learning to live daily speaking truth.

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29‭-‬32 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth and the ability to learn restraint with our words. Lord, thank You for instruction in how to walk in Your ways and how to recognize danger and sin. Lord, please continue to teach us how to be more like You every day. Lord, please hone our hearts, that no evil thing might be allowed to reside there. Lord, cleanse us completely from all unrighteousness, that we might not sin against You. Lord, walking daily in this sinful world with our sin nature means we often do not even recognize truth from a lie, sin from righteousness. Lord, please help us to learn from Your Word in such a way that we can understand Your truth clearly, without twisting it to our own purpose or selfishly applying it to others rather than ourselves. Lord, please purify Your people, that we might not reflect badly upon Your name. Thank You for Your salvation! Thank You for Your truth! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Truth, our moral compass

Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

Everything, God has done has been in truth and until sin entered into His creation, it was all good.

Mankind’s choices have led us astray, far beyond the original truth of God.

Instead, we have tried to replace God’s truth with reason, science, and preference.

But scripture is full stories of what mankind’s rebellion brings, not only for the individual, but their families, and those who dwelt among them.

Scripture also shows, those who reside near the Lord and are not ignorant of His commands receive a stricter punishment.

Daniel 9:14 KJV — Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

How should we then live, that we might avoid evil?

We must cling to truth.

Not mankind’s ever changing standards, but the moral compass of God’s Word.

Jesus’s words in prayer for those who follow Him included:

John 17:13-17KJV — And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Through God’s Word we are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ and we are able to walk in His ways by following His commands.

Psalm 119:66 KJV — Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

God has given us a vast treasure for our lives and our future in His Word.

It is full of wisdom, examples, and is the truth we must direct our perspective from.

When we place our trust in Jesus and choose to walk in His truth our future is safe, for God’s ways are best.

Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV — 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.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that we can go to scripture and find all we need for life. Lord, please open our minds to learning Your ways, to understanding Your truth. Lord, just like when You walked this earth people were following all kinds of false teachings, thinking they were obeying Your will. Lord, please remove anything in my heart or mind which is not accurate and doesn’t align with Your truth. Lord, spiritually we can be easily confused or misunderstand Your truth. Please continue to hone us into Your ways and help us to grow in Your truth daily. Lord, thank You for Your creation and how You created it all good in the beginning. Lord, thank You that You have always been good, righteous, and true. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. Amen.

…may God settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 NKJV — But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

For the follower of Christ there will be suffering.

If Jesus Christ was persecuted, we too will be.

But just as the Lord knows what is best and how to use what the enemy means for evil to our benefit, we can cling to the truth that Jesus will settle us.

He will use the tribulations of this fallen world to perfect our faith, establish His truth, and strengthen our hearts in Him.

He will guide, direct, teach, exhort, and hone those who remain diligent in following Him.

And some day, He will settle us in our home.

John 14:2-4NKJV — “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Be encouraged follower!

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV — For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for salvation. Lord, truly, there is no greater joy than to know one’s soul is safe with You. Lord, so many things in this life are temporary, thank You that You never change, Your Word is always true, and Your gift of salvation is all we need. Lord, please continue to teach us, to help us to be willing to walk through any circumstance knowing You will use it for our good. Lord, please help us to be loving, gentle, kind, compassionate, and faithful. Slow to speak and able to discern the truth, wise and meek. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Exactly what I needed

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.

Sharp truth

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.

…”discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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.

“Because the LORD has anointed Me…”

Isaiah 61:1 NKJV — “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

What hope these verses hold!

To hear of the poor being brought good tidings, the brokenhearted healed, liberty given to the captives, and opening of prison for those shackled, one of these is amazing, but all of them is incredible.

And it’s true.

Luke 4:18 KJV — The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 KJV — To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The prophet Isaiah was speaking about Jesus.

Jesus, Himself, declared this and instead of rejoicing for the “acceptable year of the Lord” most were offended or simply ignored the spiritual meaning, clinging only to their temporary needs and desires.

Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t rely on the acceptance of those who hear it.

It is truth, whether people believe it or not.

Praise God!

For these words and the hope they give are available today as much as when Jesus spoke them.

His death and Resurrection are what breaks the bonds of sin and death.

His death and Resurrection are what heals the broken-hearted.

His death and Resurrection are the good tidings.

Salvation for our souls is the best news we can ever have or ever share.

Psalm 3:8 KJV — Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Praise God!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your salvation. Lord, I am so thankful for the truth of Your Word. Thank You that we can find the solution to all that is wrong with the human race in You. Through You we find our value. Through Your Word we find instruction for living. Through Your gift we find hope of eternity in heaven. Through Your Holy Spirit we have a Comforter for this present day. Through Your Word we find confident expectation that some day, You will return and set all things right. Thank You! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.