Archive for March, 2016
“But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11)
We sometimes think of the punishing God, the angry God, and forget the God who loves his creation. There were 120,000 people living in Nineveh; how could God be indifferent toward that great city?
In the same way, he cares about people today, people all over the world.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! (Luke 15:17)
have You can came back to the Lord, even if you run away to a place far from him. It starts when you realize that God’s way really is better and that He loves you. Come home.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:26–27)
God not only calls us to live right, he makes it possible as well. Through his Spirit that lives in us, he leads us want to do what is right.
If you’re having trouble overcoming some vice or giving up some bad habit, ask God to change your heart and give you the desire to do good.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. and who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Sometimes God has us in a certain place at a certain time to do something for the Kingdom. His will is done with or without us, but do not fail God in the opportunities given you.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18)
Jesus died for you. He died for me. He died to bring us to God.
He died and was buried, but did not stay in the tomb. Don’t seek the living among the dead… He is risen!
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon. (Acts 3:1)
Great ministry is born out of great prayer. If you want to do amazing things for God, start on your knees.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
The crucifixion of Jesus seems like such a terrible tragedy. It was tragic, but it was far from pointless. Jesus died so that we could be healed. He took our punishment, so that we could be forgiven.
By his wounds we are healed.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12)
What is it that you will not give to God? Everything we have belongs to him: our lives, our families, our possessions, our time, our talents. Everything is his to use for his purposes.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Moses was in the presence of God and came away glowing with the radiance of the glory of God. The people were afraid, so Moses had to put a veil over his face.
We behold the glory of God in Jesus. We don’t have to cover our faces, even as we too are being filled with that glory, made over in the image of Jesus.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
What a blessing God the Father gives to his son Jesus. It is a model for parents today to bless their children: You are my child, I love you, and I am proud of you. Bless you children today.