Tuesday, March 31, 2009

eSeed: Little Ones

Read Matthew 19:13-15 TLB
A lion, they say, became enmeshed in a net on the edge of the jungle. Hearing of his plight, an elephant appeared, followed by a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros.

They paraded and pondered, but left the lion in a lurch.

Just then a little mouse began to gnaw on the rope. He finally loosed it and freed the king of the jungle.

The moral? Don’t despise the little ones.

When our Lord fed the five thousand, He used a lad and his lunch. When He taught His disciples a lesson on humility, He used a child.

He said, “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t prevent them. For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from pride and pretense. Save us from haughtiness and hypocrisy. Help us to humble ourselves and to be holy, happy Christians: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, March 30, 2009

eSeed: I Decided To Please Myself

Read Psalm 32
A minister said to a man who was having trouble with drink, “The last time I saw you, you pleased me by being sober.”
“Yea,” he admitted, “but today I decided to please myself by being drunk.” But he added, “I’m not pleased with myself.”

Sin not only makes you a shame to yourself, but ashamed of yourself.

But don’t try to deal with your sin alone. You’ll lose. Come to Christ, let Him deal with your sin and you’ll win.

He doesn’t make an allowance for sin, He makes an atonement. He doesn’t tolerate it, He takes it away. Sin is strong, but the Savior is stronger.

Why don’t you let Him take away your sin?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, wrap Thy arms round about us. We have been overcome by sin, make us overcomers. Cleanse our lives; purge our minds; purify our hearts; and use us: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, March 27, 2009

eSeed: I've Come To Surrender

Read Romans 12:1-2

A man in Washington asked, “Is this the headquarters for the war against poverty?”

“Yes, sir,” answered a secretary.

“Good,” he said, “I’ve come to surrender.”

That’s what the Lord wants you to do – come to Him to surrender. For He said, “He who isn’t with Me, is against Me.”

When you go against Him, you set yourself on a road that leads to dissatisfaction and despair.

You become less and less the man the Lord intended you to be, more and more a slave to sin. But you were made to be free, and when you surrender to the Lord you become a master of yourself and your sins.

Wouldn’t you rather surrender to the Lord?

Prayer: Father, take possession of our hearts, giving us victory over our temptations and trials. Weave into the texture of our hearts and minds the virtues of faith and fidelity that we may live honorably and happily for Thee: in Christ. Amen.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

eSeed: Missing Person

Read Ephesians 2:12

A wife hurried to the Bureau of Missing Persons to report the disappearance of her husband.

“Describe him,” said the clerk.

“He’s short and thin,” said the wife. “He has no hair and no teeth. As a matter of fact, most of him was missing before he was.”

Do you know what’s missing in most homes and hearts? The Lord.

Without Him, you have no Companion to counsel, no Deliverer to liberate, no Guide to direct, no Nourishment to sustain, no Refuge to shelter, no Strength to empower, and no Way to God.

But He’s just outside the door of your heart. Open it, and let Him come in, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, Thou art standing at the door of our hearts waiting to be welcomed and trusted. Make us sensitive and responsive to the prompting of Thy Spirit that we may yield ourselves to Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

eSeed: Make Me Good, But Not Real Good

Read 1 John 2:1-6
One night a mother was shocked to hear her boy pray, “O God, make me good, but not real good; just good enough to keep from being spanked.”

There are some church members who want to become Christians, but not Christlike. They want to go to heaven, but they don’t want to do anything to bring others with them.

But if you’re going to become a Christian, be Christlike. If you’re going to give Christ anything, give Him everything. If you’re going to worship Him, work for Him.

If it’s false, Christianity is of no importance. If it’s true, it’s of infinite importance. It can’t be of moderate importance.

What is it for you?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I have so much to thank Thee for. I thank Thee for making me a Christian, now make me Christlike. I thank Thee for preparing for me a place in heaven. Help me bring others with me: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, March 23, 2009

eSeed: Live Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

A neglected wife cried to her husband, “William, you show no affection to me. Have you stopped loving me?”

“Listen,” he said angrily, “I adore you, I worship you, I love you. Now shut your mouth and leave me alone.”

How do we show our love? By words that soothe? Yes, but more by ways that serve.

It’s good to say, “I love you.” So say it. But also show it.

Love is a sacrifice. But it’s also a satisfaction. Joy comes to the one who loves as well as to the one who’s loved. You can’t help another without helping yourself.

So live love, won’t you!

Prayer: Take our hearts, Father, and purge them, make us wholly Thine. Then pour Thy love into us and through us for our loved ones, the lost, the lonely and the least: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Friday, March 20, 2009

eSeed: Mediocre Mouse

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9

The lion in the zoo was mean and mad. Seeing a mouse in his cage, he roared, “You’re the weakest thing I’ve ever seen. I can whip you with one swipe of my paw.”

“Maybe so,” squeaked the mouse. “But I’ve been sick lately.”

Many of us use sickness and suffering as an excuse for defeat and delinquency. But trouble doesn’t always have to stop you.

Look what Beethoven did about deafness: he wrote music, he became one of the world’s greatest composers.

Look what Fanny Crosby did about blindness: she wrote more than 8,000 hymn-poems.

Trust God, and He’ll give you grace for your grief saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, for Thy grace and Thy goodness. We thank Thee for all Thy mercies: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

eSeed: The World Owes Me A Living

Read Romans 1:14-16 NKJ

A Socialist criticized Andrew Carnegie for being so rich. “Wealth,” he said, “wasn’t meant to be saved, but shared.”

Carnegie asked his secretary for an assessment of everything he owned. Then he checked on the population of the world. He figured a bit and said, “Give this man sixteen cents. That’s his share of my wealth.”

Many say, “The world owes me a living.” It doesn’t. You owe it a life.

God made this clear in the beginning. After creating Adam and Eve, He said, “Fill the earth and subdue it.” According to the Bible we owe the world initiative and industry, service and salvation.

St. Paul believed it. He said, “I am a debtor.” What do you say?

Prayer: We long, Father, to attract men and women to Thee. Make our hearts to glow with Thy gladness, our feet to go with Thy gospel, and our hands to give to Thy glory: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

eSeed: Meaningful Mistakes

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

General George Patton was dining one evening in Africa. Wine was served in Canteen cups, but thinking he was given coffee, the general poured in cream and sugar.

“Sir,” protested a friend, “that’s wine.”

“I know,” said the general. “I like my wine this way.” And he drank it.

How like many of us. We don’t like to admit our mistakes. But making mistakes isn’t stupid. Disregarding them is.

Learn from your mistakes, but don’t linger over them. And look to the Lord for His cleansing and counsel.

For your folly, He’ll give His wisdom; for your weakness, He’ll give His strength; and for your defeat, He’ll give His victory.

Prayer: Shame fills our hearts, Father, as we think on our faults and failures. We now claim Thy promise to cleanse us and change us. Do for us what we can’t do for ourselves: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

eSeed: D.F.T.P.

Read James 5:16 TLB
He was Mr. Success, and every man wanted his secret.

One day a friend found it. Walking behind his desk he saw the letters: “D.F.T.P.”

“What do they mean?” he asked.

“Don’t forget to pray,” he said.

There are great power plants in our cities. But not every person has an equal amount of power. While the power is there, some don’t avail themselves of it.

The greatest power in the world is prayer, for it has the almightiness of God linked to it. And the Living Bible says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.”

It’s like the sign said: Don’t forget to pray.

Prayer: Teach us, Father, to pray continuously and confidently. And when the answer comes, constrain us to thank Thee. Inspire us with faith and fortitude to trust and obey: in Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

eSeed: You're Late

Read Ecclesiastes 5:9
A boss thundered, “You’re late!”

“I had car trouble,” said the secretary.

“What’s wrong with your car?” he asked.

“I was late getting into it,” she answered.

So many miss happiness here and heaven hereafter because they’re late getting into it.

It matters not how good your intentions or how godly your resolutions, if they’re fixed for tomorrow.

If you swim in the sea of self-satisfaction, and nibble at the bait of presumption, and swallow the hook of procrastination, you will end up in the net of failure.

The Bible says, “Do not put off turning to the Lord.”

Come now, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, we hear Thy voice calling and constraining us to come to Thee. We come now just as we are, claiming Thy cleansing and control: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

eSeed: Play Ball

Read Acts 4:12 TLB
A bunch of little fellows went out to play ball. When they arrived at the park, they discovered that they had forgotten the ball.

“Never mind the ball,” cried a boy. “Let’s get on with the practice.”

That’s what some people are trying to do today – practice Christianity without Christ. But Christianity is Christ!

He stands out among the religious leaders of the world as One different from the rest: strong among the weak, erect among the fallen, believing among the faithless, clean among the defiled, living among the dead; the one and only Savior.

The Living Bible says, “There is salvation in no one else! Under all heaven there is no other name for men to call upon to save them.”

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee for Thy salvation which is so full and free. Inspire us to make our salvation vocal and visible, so that others will receive Thee as Savior and Lord: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, March 6, 2009

eSeed: Don't Play With Sin

Read James 1:15
In Dallas, according to the Associated Press, a pet 8-foot-long python slithered into the crib of a sleeping baby, and crushed the girl to death.

Seven-month-old Toni Lynn never uttered a cry. Because, “as the victim tries to breathe, the snake squeezes tighter around the body.”

Alerted by his wife, Robert rushed into his daughter’s room, shot the snake, and then severed it with a kitchen knife.

What a picture of sin.

Don’t play with it, for it won’t play with you. It deceives, then defiles, and then deadens.

The Bible says, “Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we now turn from our sins to Thee. Be pleased to strengthen us in every duty and to safeguard us in every danger. Keep us evermore in the peace and power of a holy and happy life, that we may love Thee with all our hearts. Amen.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

eSeed: Caught!

Read Numbers 32:23

A young fellow stole a watch from a department store, and ran with it to the escalators to escape from the store.

But instead of getting on the one going down, he got on the one going up. He turned to run down, but he was hindered by the passengers going up, for the steps were ascending.

He was brought back to the top of the stairs, where the detective was waiting for him. He was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

If there’s no cop around, your own conscience will get you. If you’re not apprehended by the law, you will be by the Lord.

The Bible says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”

Prayer: Father, take away all our sins. We turn to Thee with all our hearts. Give us the wisdom to know what to say and do. Give us the courage to do the right thing about everything: through Christ. Amen.