Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Shape Of The World

A teacher asked her class, “What is the shape of the world?” A little boy answered, “My father says it is in terrible shape.” How true! What is the reason? There is a rebellion against the Lord and the law of the land.

This revolt of evil is reported in the second Psalm. The kings of the earth plot against God and Jesus Christ. They want to break the Spiritual cords and get free from God.

Today children have cast off their cords of restraint and no longer respect their parents. Citizens have cast off their cords of restraint and no longer respect their policemen. Our homes have been turned into a jungle of robbery and rape, mugging and murder.

We are witnessing an attempt of the godless to snap the cords of Divine control, but it will only bring down Divine contempt.

Whatever you do, do not have the Lord against you, and if He is for you, it does not matter who is against you.

Prayer: Jesus, we need help here on earth. Some people demand that God be excluded from public places. Some have even tried to take “Christ” out of Christmas. Give me courage to be Your witness. Thank You Lord, that I know I can always talk with You and that You are always with me. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 2:1-3

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Consultant On Call

They called him a miracle worker. It was a miracle every time he worked.

But he went to church and was so moved by the message that he went forward during the invitation and professed to be converted. His family and friends were delighted when he prayed: “Dear Lord, save me and use me to Your glory.” Unfortunately, he added: “I’m available whenever You need me to provide guidance to others who need help and direction.”

God does not need our advice, He needs our attention. He does not need our suggestions, He needs our service. He does not need our words, He needs our wills. He does not need our heads, He needs our hearts.

More than anything, He wants our love – for if we truly love Him, we will labor for Him and live for Him. He also wants us to worship Him, and if we do, we will gladly and willingly work for Him. It is only when we make a definite decision to follow Him that we can make a daily difference in His world.

Jesus said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Prayer: Help me Father, to know Your will by studying Your Word that I may do Your work. Help me to live for Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Scripture for Today: John 13:17

Today's video devotional: "Breaking The Rules"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Turn Care Into Prayer

After an experiment failed, Lord Kelvin said to his students, “Gentlemen, when you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.” This is true not only in learning but also in living.

David was face to face with a difficulty and he came upon a discovery.

If it had not been for David’s pains there would not be the Psalms. These treasures came only because of his trials. He went from strength to strength because he went from struggle to struggle.

The person who has no trials has no triumphs. Joseph’s prison was the path to the palace. If he had not become Egypt’s prisoner, he would not have become Egypt’s prime minister. Even Job’s boils became his blessings.

And in heaven there are no crown wearers who were not cross bearers on earth.

Are you in distress? It is not to overwhelm you but to grow you. Turn care into prayer and your trial will become your triumph.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that I can come to You when I am overwhelmed with trouble. Thank You that You listen to me. Help me Lord, to give my trials to You: in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 4:1

Today's video seed: "Nothing Impossible"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Brought Myself

For weeks the missionaries had been planning a special event for the children in the West Indies. They had encouraged each of the children to bring a special gift for the Lord when they came to Sunday school.

Finally, the moment arrived when the leader said, “Come, children, bring your gift to the altar.” Everyone stood, came forward, gave their gifts and then returned to their seats. Except one.

“Why are you standing there?” the leader asked.

“I have nothing to give the Lord except me, so I just stood here and prayed asking if He wanted me.”

And that’s exactly what He wants.

Paul pleads that we “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

What an example this small child is to each of us. There she stood while others gave their gifts. But she gave God the most valuable gift – her body. Can we do less?

Prayer: Father, many of us have given all that we have except our bodies. But that is where we should begin. Help us to realize that nothing else is a gift of importance to You other than ourselves, and may we gladly give “me” to You: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 12:1-2

Today's video: "Never Forsaken"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reach Out!

Many years ago, a Georgia farmer had one mule that was particularly stubborn. He would not go anywhere or do anything without a reward.

After much thought and planning the farmer fastened a pole to the mule’s harness. It extended about one foot beyond the mule’s nose. On the end of the pole he tied an ear of corn – just beyond the mule’s mouth. Excited, the mule began to walk, trying to reach the ear of corn. He was never able to reach it, though he tried and tried.

How different is our Lord. He never tempts us with promises He will not keep. He never brings a problem into our life without having a solution available. He never teases us with an empty treat.

And we have His Word that He will not abandon us without wanting to save us. We have the assurance that “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved!”

If we reach out to Him we will realize that He has already reached out to us with His salvation through Jesus Christ, His Son, our Savior.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Word promises us that You came to seek us and to save us. Give us the faith to believe in Your promises that You came to seek and to save us from our sin: in Christ’s Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: John 3:16

Today's video devotional: "Are Your Hands Clean?"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Serious Difficulty

During World War II a Marine was huddled in his foxhole. He had not received any mail for weeks and was feeling lonely and afraid. One day, with bullets flying overhead and bombs bursting all around him, he was handed an envelope. Excited and joyful, he immediately opened it, expecting some encouraging words.

Unfortunately, it was a statement from a collection agency that read, “If this bill is not paid in five days, you’ll find yourself in serious difficulty.”

We often experience days that are filled with one difficulty or disappointment after another. Wherever we look, we feel as though we are under attack.

But every difficulty becomes an opportunity for God. With His Spirit in our hearts, His words in our minds and His angels to surround us, we know that His presence will sustain us.

Seek the Savior, and you will have His strength for life’s battles, His courage for life’s conflicts, and His presence amidst life’s pain.

Prayer: Father, there are days when we all feel the stress of life’s battles and the loneliness of being abandoned. In the midst of the darkest days and the longest nights, may we learn to place our trust in You for our salvation: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 18:25-32

Today's video devotional: "An Act Of God"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saved By A Storm

For months a homeless woman wandered the streets of her city alone and in agony. She did not know where she was, where she was going or even her name.

One day a thunderstorm broke out. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck near by and jolted her. As the crackling subsided, she realized that her memory had returned and she was able to remember the details of her life. Happily, she went home to her family.

We read in the Psalms of a king who had a similar experience. Though no doubt he knew who he was and where he was, he had been wandering aimlessly. Once he asked God to teach him good judgment and knowledge, reminding Him that he was aware of His commandments and knew their value for his life. He admitted that he had gone astray and as a result was “afflicted.” And he added, “It was good for me that I was afflicted that I might learn Your statues.”

If we let them, the storms in our lives may serve to bring us back to, or perhaps, much closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. It always seems as though the grass is greener after the rain.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we experience the storms of life, help us to realize that You are there and that You want to bring us closer to You: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:65-72

Today's video devotional: "Live Like Jesus"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tempted To Be Bad Tempered

Bobby Jones, one on the world’s all-time great golfers, began playing golf at the age of five. At twelve, he was the town’s best golfer. But he had a terrible temper.

When he was fourteen, he entered the National Amateur Tournament and lost. His Grandpa Bart said to him, “You’re good enough to win. But you will never win until you control your temper.”

Years later, after winning tournament after tournament, a reporter was talking to Grandpa Bart about Bobby. During the interview Grandpa said, “Bobby was fourteen when he mastered golf. But he was twenty-one when he mastered himself.”

It is a tragedy when we allow our tempers to control us instead of God controlling our tempers. His power is available to us when we surrender our hearts and lives to Him and ask for His Spirit to live within us.

If we do not master our tempers, our tempers will master us. God’s Word warns us to “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry.”

Prayer: Lord, there are times when I lose control of my faith and feelings and do and say things that I regret. Please take charge of my life and let me be the kind of person who reflects Your kindness at all times. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:26

Today's video devotional: "Case Of The Unlocked Door."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let's Go To Church

“Dad,” said a small child getting ready for Sunday school, “I want to be just like you. When will I be old enough not to have to go to church?”

The father blushed with embarrassment and said, “Come on son, let’s go to church together.”

Most parents are anxious that their children go to church. Unfortunately, many parents do not realize how important it is for them to set the proper example for their children. Going to church is one of the most important examples parents can set for their children. It demonstrates the value and priority they place on worshiping together.

Being a Christian without going to church is like a soldier going into battle without an army or a violinist preparing for a concert without any accompaniment. A family trying to live life without worshiping together is like a ship with no rudder.

The Apostle Paul wisely said, “Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back is drawing near.”

Prayer: Father, I admit that I need to be with others and worship and praise You. Help me to be faithful and join with others to honor You: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Hebrews 10:25

Today's video devotional: "A Brand New Person"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Proof that Prayer Works

A stranger walked into our recording studio and was impressed with all of the equipment that we use. He had difficulty in believing everything he saw. Turning to me he asked, “Where did you get the loot to buy all this?”

“From God,” I answered. “We ask Him for what we need and He always provides it to us when we need it!”

We walked to my office and paused in front of our “prayer board” which contained pictures of the items we were praying for. Looking at a folding machine he asked, “Think you’ll get it?” I replied, “I know we will. God answers prayer!”

With an unbelieving smile he sat down across from me. The phone rang and a voice said, “I just heard your broadcast and it blessed my heart. I want to do something for you. What do you need?”

“A folding machine,” I answered. “Order it,” he said, “I’m sending a check right now.”

“Wow, I’ve just seen a live answer to prayer!”

Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Prayer: Lord, we believe in Your power to answer our prayers. May we learn to pray with faith, believing that you will hear and answer our prayers: in Your Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 22:22

Today's video devotional: "Remembered Or Released"

Monday, April 12, 2010

Handicaps

One of the world’s greatest speakers of ancient Greece was Demosthenes. He was born with a severe speech defect. To overcome his problem he would practice speaking with small pebbles in his mouth. He overcame his difficulty.

The Apostle Paul said of himself the following: “I did not come with eloquence…,” my “bodily presence is weak and (my) speech contemptible…” and “though my condition put you to the test you did not scorn or despise me.” Yet he was and is recognized as one of the greatest missionaries, theologians and teachers who ever lived.

Handicapped? Have problems? Lacking in skills and talents? Need to improve on the gifts God has given you? Jesus said, “My grace is all you need, for my power is strongest when you are weak.”

When we look at ourselves and feel inadequate, we need to turn our thoughts to God and realize that we are His handiwork. He has important work for each of us to do. But we must give our all to Him and let Him work His miracles through us.

Prayer: Help me, Father, to take what You have given me, work with it, and use it to honor You in all that I do. You have been gracious in what You have given me, and I give it back to You for Your glory. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Today's video devotional: "Willing and Doing"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Self-Made Man

A man brought his arrogant, bitter and cruel boss home for dinner. He had spoken often about how difficult it was to work for him. His son stared at the guest for quite some time but said nothing.

Finally, the boss asked, “Why are you staring at me?”

“Because,” said the boy, “dad says you are a self-made man and I’m wondering why you made yourself the way you are.”

The Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, that we were intended to be like Him.

Whenever we try to make ourselves into something other than what God intended for us to be, we end up in disaster. God has great plans for each of us. He wants our lives to be filled with the joy that comes from knowing His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. He wants us to feel the comfort of His presence. He wants us to realize that His peace is available when our hearts are troubled.

Most of all He wants us to give Him first place in our lives. When we do this, we will enjoy the full potential He has for us and have life with a capital “L.”

Prayer: Father, there are times when each of us think mistakenly that we know what is best for us. Help us to seek You with all of our hearts so that we may be who You want us to be: in Jesus name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33

Today's video seed: "Don't Be Discouraged"

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tremble, And Sin Not

Some folk years ago were called “Quakers” because they quaked at the presence of sin and the preaching of the Scriptures. David must have wished for a congregation of “quakers.” He said in Psalm 4:4, “Stand in awe, and sin not.” It means, “Tremble and sin not.” But many have reversed the verse. They say, “Sin and tremble not.”

Perhaps the greatest mistake in the world today is that men and women have lost their fear of sin. If you want to play with something dangerous reach into the heavens and play with forked lightning, or reach into the fireplace and play with fire, or reach into the forest and play with a rattlesnake, but don’t play with sin.

Two boys poked a piece of copper wire around a live rail on the subway tracks. There was a bright flash and a loud cry as ten thousand volts of electricity passed through their bodies. Was that dangerous? Yes, but not as dangerous as playing with sin. So pay attention to Psalm 4:4, “Tremble, and sin not!” And remember, where sin is mighty, the Savior is almighty.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to search my heart and to understand when I have sinned . Give me wisdom and help me to turn away from sin when the evil opportunity presents itself once again: in Thy Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 4:4

Today's video seed: "Do Right"

Monday, April 5, 2010

He Gave Himself For Me

One day a man decided that he was going to kill President Harry S. Truman. He waited patiently for the right moment when the president would come into his line of sight. Just as he pulled the trigger and fired his gun, a Secret Service Agent threw himself in front of the president, took the bullet and was killed. He gave his life for the president and the president’s life was spared.

“I never knew what it meant,” said Mr. Truman, “to have someone die in my place.”

There is One, however, who has died in our place that we might have eternal life. There is One who loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die for us that we might have eternal life and live forever with Him.

This One that gave His life did not live a secret life. He lived His life where all could see Him, hear Him, come to know Him and follow Him. The Bible says that “He loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Thank God that He loves us, gave His Son for us, and that He died for us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that You loved us so much that You gave Your Son Jesus to die in our place. May we come to love You more each day and realize that because You died, we may live: in Christ’s name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Galatians 2

Today's video seed: "People God Uses"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Happy Man

When I was a little fellow, I caught some “lightning bugs” and sealed them in a jar. It was fun watching their tiny bright lights glow in the dark by my bed.

I woke up early the next morning to see their lights but the glow was gone. The lightning bugs had died.

It is like that with human beings. Some think that happiness and pleasure are synonymous. But it is not a commodity that can be bought. It is a condition.

Others think that happiness and plenty are synonymous. But happiness is not derived from possessions, nor destroyed by poverty. Remember the story of the king who asked for the shirt of the happiest man in this kingdom? They found the man – but he did not have a shirt.

Happiness is not what happens to us, but what happens in us. It is the by-product of a life that is adjusted to the will of God and regulated by the Word of God. Seek God through Christ and let Him have His way, and you will be happy.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember that while worldly possessions may bring a temporary type of pleasure the only true and lasting happiness comes from You. Help me to search the Scriptures daily so that I can understand Your way of life: in Your name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 1:1-2

Today's video devotional: "Scripturally Certain"