Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
...He says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
The same God who has prepared us tells us to look beyond what our eyes can see to boundaries beyond our imagination, because where we are seeing is small compared to the plans He has in mind for us (v.6).
Thursday, December 9, 2010
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. [John 15:8, NKJV]
King David and his men were surrounded at some point during battle, and at such a time David wished he could get water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem. The men did everything to satisfy this desire of their king not minding the risk to their lives, nor questioning the kings odd desire at such a time.
Today, the King of Kings has desires and deep needs He wants satisfied and those who are able to satisfy these needs are His followers and Children, His own. In John 15:16, God reveals His deep need, His desire. ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…’
God’s deepest need is for souls to be won to His kingdom. Not wanting any to perish, He desires that all should come to the knowledge of Him. Is there a soldier of Christ in you to bring to pass the desire of the king? Are we available to run with the need of the King to satisfy Him? It is for this purpose He chose us to Himself, that we would bear fruits for Him, to win souls to Him.
By the good fruits we bear, the father is glorified. When we manifest results in our lives that are in agreement with the word of God, we are bearing good fruit. Jesus says if any man be in me, and my words in him, the same shall bring forth good fruit (John 15:5). The good fruits we bear in our lives bring glory to God and satisfies the King.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to uproot everything that does not bear good fruit in your life today. Everything that doesn’t glorify God does not satisfy Him, so should be removed. Ask God that by the power of His word, good fruit will spring forth from your life and you will win souls to the kingdom of God.
One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Dec. 09 2010 - Psalms 75-76 (OT), Matthew 23 (NT)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
burst into song, you mountains!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever
Seeds in general have a long storage life. They can be preserved in barns for years and stay in the same condition; not reproducing themselves. However, these seeds immediately change form, germinate and reproduce other seeds soon as they touch a fertile ground, the earth. The earth presents a conducive environment in which seeds planted receive their nutrients and grow to bear fruit. Man was created from the dust of the ground and the human being also presents a conducive environment for seeds to grow.
Every person has seeds planted in them (knowingly or not), which germinate, grow and bear fruit to produce the outcome of the person’s life. On a daily basis, seeds are being planted in us, sometimes beyond our control. These seeds may be good or bad, but they are constantly being planted depending on our level of interaction with them. So that every outcome of a person’s life is the fruit of a seed planted within the person at some point.
1 Peter 1:23 lets us know that of all seeds which can grow within a person, only the Word of God is incorruptible and will not defile the person. The Word of God when sown in us grows to produce results that glorify the name of the God. The seed of God’s word gives us life to the full and in abundance according to John 10:10, but in order for the Word of God to bring forth fruit, contrary seeds need to be uprooted and removed from within us. Jesus described to us in the parable of the sower (Matt 13:7), that the seed which fell among thorns were choked by them. Ask God to cleanse the ground of your life of every contrary seed, so His Word will find space to grow and bear fruit.
As you consciously take in the Word of God, it begins to form your thoughts and control your thinking. Your way of thinking in turn, produces your emotions, and your emotions give rise to the decisions you make. These decisions whose roots are in the Word of God will guide your life in wisdom to give you peace, prosperity and progress.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I receive the cleansing of the blood of Jesus to wash away my sins and liberate me from every contrary seed to your word. Father, I receive the incorruptible seed of your word that my life will only produce outcomes that sing your praise and give me peace. Guide me into your truth always I pray dear Lord in Jesus’ name.
One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Dec. 06 2010 - Psalms 69-70 (OT), Matthew 20 (NT)