Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
A good indicator of our spiritual temperature is our eagerness to worship God. This eagerness is often expressed in our desire to gather with other Christians in worship. When a person is burning with zeal to worship God, every opportunity to go to the house of God is golden. If for any reason the person doesn’t make the appointment, it leaves a sad feeling, an expression of missing a great event. There is also a strong resolve not to miss the next opportunity whatever other appointments arise.
On the other hand, a person who has become cold and nonchalant will permit even the slightest excuse for not gathering with others in worship, considering these excuses as legitimate. Excuses when tolerated to an extent, dampens the spiritual temperature of the child of God, depriving one of the benefits of God’s presence -peace, righteousness, joy, breakthrough, etc.
There’s something special about praising God together with His people and we should take advantage of every opportunity we get. Even when we can’t make it, we are still able to express our love for our loving Father and show our longing to know him, until we are able to gather again in corporate worship that brings strength. The Lord is pleased and we’ll be blessed when our heart’s desire is to be with Him and His people.
Prayer: Help me dear Lord to prioritize fellowship with brethren, to enjoy your presence which you graciously fill us with. Please quicken my spirit to be zealous for you and your good works. I reject luke warmness and nonchalance in my spirit and give myself over to your worship. Dear Lord I ask for wisdom to manage my activities not to miss fellowship. Let me enjoy the life, expressions of your love and revelations of your power and might that abound in your presence in Jesus name.
One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Oct. 1 2010 - Micah 1-3 (OT), 1 Peter 1 (NT).
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Not everyone appreciates correction. It’s even more painful when it comes from someone you least expect, your friend, who is supposed to be on your side. Let’s see what David thinks of correction from a friend. He felt indebted to those who corrected him and realized how much he owed them. He described his appreciation in Psalm 141:5, Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it…
Correction is a kindness from the person who gives it and suggests an act of loyalty, because loyal friends correct one another. Correction can be painful and disruptive to a relationship but it is a show of love and desire to help one another grow stronger. Proverbs 27:6 says, faithful are the wounds of a friend…
It takes grace to give godly correction; it takes an even greater grace to receive it. A true friend will not overlook or conceal the wrong doings of another friend. A true friend will gently but honestly give correction for the good of the other person. Accepting the correction of a friend turns out to be excellent oil on the head, for it will make you a better person. Such objective correction will not be heard from friends who don’t have your interest at heart. Receive the genuine correction of a friend as a show of love and give heartfelt correction to those who err.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your word of wisdom. Please give me the maturity of heart to know that my friends love me when they correct me. Help me to see the truth in their correction and grow into a better person. Grant me the courage to support my friends with honest feedback when they err. Dear Lord, help us all to be like you in Jesus name.
One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Sep. 29 2010 - Jonah 2-4 (OT), James 3-5 (NT).
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In life, if we peer too far ahead of today, the challenges and goals may feel like a Mt. Everest climb. They can appear impossible to handle if we think we have to be ‘ready’ for the goal. With such a monumental sight in front of us we may never get ourselves to start anything. The bible reminds us that today is all we need to tackle. We don’t need to worry about tomorrow’s tasks because the thought of it could weigh us down so much we don’t even do what is required to be done today.
Imagine if Moses dwelt on the thought of how he’ll feed the Israelites for the whole duration of their journey. With what they had in hand, they would never have embarked on their deliverance trek. God took care of that mountain with manna – even at that He provided only enough for one day at a time (Exodus 16:4).
Every hill in life is too high if we think we must climb it all at once. But no hill is insurmountable if we take it one step forward at a time, with God’s help. Do you have a project you want to embark on, a work that will expand the kingdom of God, but are waiting to gather all the resources and solve the project before you start. It will only cause worry and delay. Trust God with tomorrow and do what you need to do today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I have certainly procrastinated good works I should be doing for a perfect time when all is complete. I have dwelt in worry and anxiety that shouldn’t be mine to carry. Please forgive my unbelief, help me Lord as I start in faith and prosper my efforts with your provisions I pray in Jesus name.
One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Sep. 27 2010 - Amos 7-9 (OT), Hebrews 11-13 (NT)