Thursday, May 28, 2009

eSeed: The Naked Truth

Read Colossians 3:9

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase, “the naked truth?”

It’s because of an old fable. The mythical character Falsehood, who embodied the essence of all lies, so it says, stole the character Truth’s clothes. Truth, unwilling to dress in Falsehood’s garments, chose to go naked. Thereafter the character of Truth, when portrayed in classical paintings and other art, was unclothed.

Dare to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. No one needs Falsehood’s gift of gab or garb.

There’s a lie of speech. It’s easy to make up a story when making an excuse for not doing, or for not having done, something.

There’s a lie of silence. Some furnish approval of sin or fail to apprise of sin by silence.

But the Bible says, “Lie not.”

Prayer: Father, take from my life all dishonest and dishonorable things, take from my mind all untrue and ugly thoughts, take from my lips all deceitful and damaging words: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

eSeed: You Can Be Better

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB

Luther Burbank, the horticulturist, was asked, “What is your greatest contribution?”

He answered, “It is the proof that a plant, born a weed, or a plant degenerated by the conditions of nature, doesn’t have to remain a degenerate.”

What’s true of a plant is true of a person.

You don’t have to remain the way you are. Sinners can become saints. Victims can become victors. Your character can be changed.

The Lord can take a common person, and make you uncommonly beautiful.

The Living Bible says, “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same any more. A new life has begun!”

Prayer: Do for us, Lord Jesus, that which we can’t do for ourselves. Make us cheerful Christians who overcome sin. We accept Thee as our Savior and acknowledge Thee as our Lord: in Thy name. Amen

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

eSeed: No Funds

Read Psalm 66:17-19 TLB

A young lady complained, “Dad, the bank that you recommended is in a mess.”

“How’s that?” he asked.

“It returned my check today for $100 marked ‘No Funds.’”

No, the trouble wasn’t with the bank, but with the one doing the banking.

In like manner, oftentimes we pray for funds, but the Lord doesn’t grant them. We say He has a lack of supplies. But He says we have a lot of sin.

Sometimes we pray for strength for our work and our warfare. But we’re as weak as a wet macaroni. We say He’s strengthless, but He says we’re sinful.

Sin short-circuits prayer. The Living Bible says, “I cried to Him for help. He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. But He listened!”

Prayer: Cleanse us, Father, so that there will be no sin between our soul and our Savior. Fill us with Thy Holy Spirit: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

eSeed: School Daze

Read Psalms 19:7-11 TLB

Eight-year-old Luke was more interested in rummaging than reading and writing.

Searching under the steps of a mobile classroom, he found a bag filled with gems, gold and jewelry worth $75,000.

Luke returned the stolen merchandise and was given a generous reward.

But the Psalmist found something of far greater value. Not gems, but God’s word.

He testified, “God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light. God’s laws are pure, eternal, just. They are more desirable than gold. They warn us away from harm and give success to those who obey them.”

Have you discovered the Bible?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to translate the Bible into our daily lives. Give us a vital and visible faith so that by lip and by life we will draw our loved ones to Thee. Make us wholly Thine that our homes might be heavenly: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 15, 2009

eSeed: Prospects Everywhere

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

A man rushed out of a sales meeting and jumped into a cab. “Where to?” asked the driver.

“Anywhere,” he answered. “I have prospects everywhere.”

That’s the way it was with our Lord. Every one was a gold mine of possibilities.

Peter? A cursing coward? He became the most valuable apostle.

Mary Magdalene? A prostitute? But she became a clean Christian.

Matthew? Rich, but a thief? “Once a thief, always a thief?” No, he was changed and he wrote the gospel according to Matthew.

Every one’s life is changed for the better when Christ comes in.

Let Him into your life. He’s looking for you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to Thee just as I am. Cleanse me, melt me, mold me, and make me an overcoming Christian. Lead me to do Thy will at all times and at any cost: in Thy name. Amen.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

eSeed: Loud 'N Lousy

Read Proverbs 21:23

The Bose® Corporation has developed an anti-noise headset that cancels loud noises. It’s needed, not only around big machinery, but big mouths!

Haven’t you wished for that headset around some modern-day music, both sacred and secular?

And around some modern-day messengers? It was Pope who said, “It’s with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles. The less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.”

Haven’t you wished for it around motor-mouths who spend their time criticizing and cursing?

The wise man said, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

Prayer: Father, grant us all through today, complete control over our tongues, that we may speak no hurtful or hasty word. Grant that we may help everyone and harm no one: in Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

eSeed: By Their Fruits

Read Luke 6:44 TLB

A man had been brought before the judge and charged with public drunkeness. The judge asked the policeman, “How do you know this man was drunk?”

“Your honor, “ he said, “when I came up to him he had just dropped a penny in the mail box, and he was looking up at the church clock, muttering, ‘Gee, I’ve lost 11 pounds.’”

You advertise what you are by where you go, what you do, and what you say.

What others say of you matters little. But what you say and do matters much.

Long ago our Lord said, “a tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces.”

“What kind of fruit are you producing?”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be, in everything I do and say, a good example to others; constrain me never to do anything which would make it easier for someone else to go wrong: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 8, 2009

eSeed: A Blessing In Disguise?

Read Exodus 4:11-13 NIV

Year's ago, a pastor’s wife gave birth to a child with Down syndrome. Everyone wondered how she’d take it, especially the telephone operator on the party line.

When she phoned her parents, the operator heard her say, “Mother, the Lord has blessed us with a child with Down syndrome. We don’t know the nature of the blessing, but we know it’s a blessing.”

Startled, the operator reported the conversation to all the nurses.

On Sunday the pastor was surprised to see the operator and 70 nurses. When he gave the invitation, 30 professed conversion.

One child with Down Syndrome was responsible for 30 conversions. The mother was right. The child was a blessing, wasn’t he?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to prove with our lives what we profess with our lips. Inspire us to show others by our labors for Thee that we love Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

eSeed: Take A Walk

Read Psalm 1:1

It was a pleasant summer evening, and the young man had been parked on the girl’s front porch for hours. Finally she asked, “Would you like to take a walk?”

“I’d love to,” he answered.

“Well,” she replied with a yawn, “don’t let me stop you.”

Like that young man, we have many church members who are sitting on the premises instead of standing on the promises; they’re waiting for an impression when they ought to be walking as an expression; they’re hoping to be fed when they ought to be hopping to be sped.

So step on it. Stay in step with the Savior, and sidestep sin. Step steadily, straightly and strongly!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make us holy in our worship, honest in our work, and happy in our walk. Save us from a faint heart, a lazy spirit, a weak will, and a careless walk. Grant us the power to faithfully do Thy will: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

eSeed: Shine!

Read Matthew 5:16 NKJ

A tourist was walking down a street in London, enjoying the sights. Suddenly a boy with a box asked, “May I shine your shoes?”

“Please,” he answered, and he put his foot on the box.

Looking at the little fellow, he asked, “Son, what’s the best word in the English language?”

“Shine,” he answered.

Our Lord had a liking for that word too. He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The word “good” means to be charming as well as correct, pleasant as well as precise.

Is there a winsomeness in your goodness?

Prayer: We long, Father, to reveal Thy love and likeness by our lips and our lives. Grant that the thoughts of our minds and the meditations of our hearts may be shaped by Thy Scriptures and guided by Thy grace: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

eSeed: Fore!

Read Philippians 3:13-14 TLB
Charlie loved golf. He could hit the ball, but he couldn’t see where it went.

When he’d yell, “Fore!” you didn’t know if he was telling people to get out of the way or predicting how many he’d hit.

One day he teamed up with a man who had eyes like a hawk. Charlie hit a long drive. He asked, “Did you see where it went?” “Yes,” said Tom, “but I forgot.”

It’s good to forget past achievements and forge ahead on future accomplishments.

St. Paul said, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Lord Jesus, for loving us and laying down Thy life to save us. We present ourselves to Thee. Possess our hearts that they may be warm with love for Thee and Thy word: in Thy name. Amen.

Monday, May 4, 2009

eSeed: Filled Full

Read Ephesians 3:19 TLB

A neighbor asked a little girl, “Why are you working so hard?”

“Mom’s having a prayer meeting in our home,” she answered.

Later on he asked, “How was the prayer meeting?”

“Great!” she said. “Our house was full. And we’re expecting more tonight.”

“You’re teasing,” he replied. “How can you seat more?”

“I’m taking out some of my junk,” she explained.

You can never have more of the Lord. But He can have more of you. Let Him cleanse your heart and cast out everything that displeases Him.

It’s His desire to have more and more of your heart. The more of your heart He has, the more of His holiness you’ll have.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to resist the temptations to waste our time, our talents and our treasures. Reign supreme within our hearts: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2009

eSeed: People Pushers

Read Revelation 22:17

Winter is the best time to get a job in Tokyo, if you’re a people pusher.

The people wear bulky clothing during the winter. The bulky clothing takes up more space. So railroads hire extra employees to stuff passengers into trains.

While you can push people into trains, you can’t push people into heaven.

The Lord forces no one to be saved. He will plead, but He won’t push. He will offer, but He won’t order.

He invites, “Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” You must decide. Either you say, “I won’t,” or “I will.”

What’s your answer?

Prayer: Come into my life, Lord Jesus, and give Thy abundant, Thy everlasting, Thy overcoming life. Help me to walk and talk with Thee all through the day and night: I pray in Thy precious name. Amen.