Archive for March, 2012
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:24)
I believe; help my unbelief. Most of us can say that at one time or another. We want to believe. We want to believe more than we do. We believe, but… we need help to really believe as we should. Don’t be embarrassed to confess that to God and ask Him to help you have more faith.
Today is a day to be thankful for those people God put in your life who have made a difference. It may be parents, or your mate, or your kids. It may be Christian friends. Thank God for them. Mention them by name in your prayers.
Are we limiting God? Is our lack of faith keeping Him from doing all that He would like to do? Let’s confess that unbelief, confess our doubts, and let Him do the mighty works He wants to do in our lives.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. (Micah 7:18)
What a great God we have. He pardons our sin and forgives our transgressions. God does not stay angry forever. His great joy this day is to show mercy to us. To you and to me. Thank you God.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:39–40)
Bible study is very important. But we must never forget that we have to read the Bible with a specific purpose: to learn about God and how to be in a relationship with Him.
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? (Job 31:15)
Wisdom from the lips of a man named Job. Our world focuses on the differences between people: race, ecomonics, culture. Job reminds us that the same God made each of us. We are more alike than different. Remembering this will help me treat people the way God would.
I opened the door to my hotel room, heaved a sigh, and thought to myself: “All hotel rooms look alike.” Immediately, the correction came to mind: “No, they don’t. You’ve stayed in a wide range of hotel rooms.”
That second thought, of course, was correct. I’ve stayed in some very nice hotel rooms. I’ve stayed in some that were a bit frightening. I’ve stayed in filthy hotel rooms; I’ve stayed in luxurious ones. I’ve had entire suites to myself; I’ve stayed in rooms that would have been dwarfed by my dogs’ house.
So why had I thought they all look alike? It didn’t take long for the answer to come to me: a hotel room is just space. It can have a couch and a television and a bed and a desk… and still feel completely bare. When I’m by myself, a hotel room feels empty, no matter how elegant it is.
Humans were made for relationships. When God created the world, He saw that the whole creation was good. Until He noted one thing: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) What was the first thing that was out of place in creation? Loneliness.
We were made to be in relationship with one another. We were made to be in relationship with God. In fact, God’s plan is that we be adopted into His family. The first chapter of John says, speaking of Jesus, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12–13)
The apostle Paul wrote, “You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26–27) Jesus opened the door for us to become children of God, to have a permanent relationship with our Creator.
The apostle John saw that as something to be celebrated: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
In this world, we can sometimes feel alone. But we never have to actually be alone. We have a loving God who wants to be our heavenly Father, who wants to make us His children. He wants to make it so that we are never alone.
“While they were bringing out the money that had been brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD given through Moses.” (2 Chronicles 34:14)
This story always amazes me. They had lost God’s Law. They had the priests, the temple, the rituals… but they had lost the Word of God. We can’t be the people of God without being people of the Word. Make sure God’s Word hasn’t been lost in your life.
The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” (Daniel 2:47)
King Nebuchadnezzar realized this truth about God a long time ago. It is still true. Our God is the God of all other gods. There are no other gods like him. He knows what they cannot know. He is the God of gods and He is the Lord of Kings. And He is our God and our Lord.
“For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” (Deuteronomy 4:31)
When people tell us something, they often say, “I promise. No really… I’ll do it.” That’s because humans sometimes promise one thing yet do another. God isn’t like that. What He has promised to do will be done. Period.