“A Boastful Heart”

“A Boastful Heart”

Monday, December 10.

“The arrogance of the heart has deceived you, you who live in the cleft of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in the heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?” Though you build high like eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down.” Obadiah 3-4 NASB

Many nations in the world today have no regards for other nations.  They have no regards for the safety of humankind.  The look down upon the very ideals that have kept the civilization of the world together.  They do not value the people God had created alongside them, to peacefully coexist in this world.  Edom was one such nation.  In Old Testament time, the people of this nation took advantage of God’s people.  They were confident in their resources.  That confidence blinded these people and give them a false sense of security.  They trusted in their resources rather than God.  God made it clear to them that He would bring them down from their dwelling places.  God knew about them and the arrogance of their hearts.  God knew that pride had blinded them from the truth.  In their misplaced confidence, they forgot that it was God who rules the heavens and the earth.  Like the people of Edom, we do take security in the confidence of ourselves.  We sometimes demonstrate the arrogance of the heart.  We do forget about God during these times.  It is important for each person to always remember God.  We must remember to praise God at all times.  We must never trust in our own understanding, but trust in God for our sustenance.  Let us pray that God will bless us with humble hearts.  Let us pray that God will bless us with a spirit to trust him in all situations.

Memory verse: Genesis 4:23

“Humility is the greatest quality a man can have, and arrogance is undoubtedly the worst.”  Maulana W. Khan

 

 

“Peace on Earth”

“Peace on Earth.”

Friday, December 7.

“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  Her name is Abigail meaning father’s joy.  Whenever her name is mentioned, joy is what I celebrate.  So I stayed up because of the time difference, to wish her happy birthday.  She responded as she has always, “Daddy I love you, take care and peace to you.”  As I read her respond, I thought deeply about the word peace.  The reality of the fact that I was in a hurry yesterday morning to attend the monthly meetings of pastors in the Hutch /Hays Districts. This was no calm attitude.  So I paused and reflected on God’s peace.  I thought about the good news, the angels who had come to announce Jesus’ birth brought.  The angels urged everyone not be afraid, for Christ will give us peace.  The reality around us is not peaceful.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  There are bitterness all over the place.  Hatred is apparent.  With all these sad conditions, we can count on one thing, God’s peace is everlasting.  The time will come when we will enjoy God’s peace.  We will have peace like we have never known before.  We will have peace with God.  Jesus defeated Satan.  The defeat of sin, and its leader Satan, assures us a place in God’s kingdom.  In God’s kingdom, we will enjoy life everlasting.  Ask God today for His peace to reign in your life.

Memory verse:Isaiah 26:3

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy

“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

Wednesday, December 5.

“Love is Patient” I Corinthians 13:4

There are lots of things that test our patience. You have to make a meal and need additional ingredients.  You send your teenage boy to go out to get some groceries, and he is taking forever. You have a program to attend with your spouse, and she hasn’t gotten dress yet. You have a meeting to attend and your secretary is still in her office on the phone.

To be patient with people, we need love.  In life, we will have to put up with lot of things.  To put up with an old car is nothing like putting up with a neighbor who plays a loud music.  Putting up with a sewing machine is nothing like putting up with a child who does not want to do his or her homework.  To deal with people, we need love.  Love is the only thing that can help us tolerate others, from our family to our coworkers.

If love is the thing we need to tolerate or put up with others, then we ought to be patient with everyone.  Paul spoke about love in his letter to the Church at Corinth.  In this excellent piece, Paul points out that to be patient, one needs to love.  “Love is Patient.” It makes a lot of sense to learn to love people in order to tolerate them.  The Christian journey will be effective if we learn to love.  That is why Jesus Christ admonishes us to love God with all our being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This is too important.  Without it, we are going to fail on this Christian journey.  Let us ask God to give us the spirit of love, to put up with people.

Memory verse: Ephesians 4:2-3

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” Helen Keller

“where Do I Find Jesus?”

Where do I Find Jesus.

Thursday, November 29.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search for him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

In our urban and suburban sprawls, there are shopping centers all around.  We find shopping centers with street level shops and stores, landscape malls, and their acres of parking space for people to go out and heed the call to buy.  In time pasts there were bazaars and market-places.  Shopping centers are just the modern counterpart of these places.  They are also social centers- especially for children and teens.  Nothing has changed.  It was like that in Jesus days.  Luke 7:32 tells us how Jesus said His generation was “like children sitting in the market places and calling out to each other.”

The advancement in technology, marketing techniques and the sophistication of advertising, shopping centers make silent noise of buy! Buy!  If we paid close attention, there is another message from Jesus Christ.  “Man shall not live by bread alone.” We do not live by sports gear alone, TV sets alone, by campers and minivans alone.  To be truly alive, those who live in the 21st century needs Jesus Christ.  We need the living bread, who body was broken on a cross, so that we might receive Him.  If we receive Him by faith, we will be nourished inwardly, and we will live eternally.  Sometimes we just need to retreat from the busy noisy part of life, to a place of solitude to enjoy ourselves in God’s presence.

Memory verse: Jeremiah 29:13

“And know that I am with you always even to the end of the earth.” Jesus Christ

“Who Controls Your Destiny?”

“Who Controls Your Destiny?”

Wednesday, November 28.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Life as a Christians is difficult, sometimes impossible for us.  We are to love our neighbors, honor our parents, or forgive someone who has hurt us.  How easy has it been for you to preach the gospel to someone you work with, or a neighbor or a friend?

It is impossible to follow Jesus on our own.  But the good news here is Jesus gives us the power so we are never alone.

Paul in Galatians 3 called the people foolish because they wanted to get salvation on their own. Paul told the Galatians that they Holy Spirit saved them.  By trying to obey the law and not accepting grace, they were trying to do an impossible thing.  Paul told them they already belong to Jesus.

Aren’t Christians in the world today like the Galatians?

On the day we accepted Jesus Christ and obtain salvation, we also received the Holy Spirit as our guide and comforter.  We have the power of God living in us.  But we do not tap that power to help us follow Jesus.  We back slide into old habits and return to depending on ourselves. We allow others to dictate who we are.

When we are burdened by worries, fears, trials, and other things, we must keep our focus on the one who remembers us.  The one who remembers who we are is Jesus.  We live under His mercy and grace.  He enables us to be who He created us to be and do what He calls us to do.

Memory verse:  Galatians 3:24

“Jesus didn’t come to tell us the answers to the questions of life, he came to be the answer.” Timothy Keller

“Showing Gratitude for our Redemption”

“Showing Gratitude for our Redemption”

Friday, November 23.

“Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor give thanks to Him.” Romans 1:21

Gratitude is very important in our Christian journey.  As Christians, we belong to a faith that hinges upon the grace of God. God took us out of the darkness of sin, into His marvelous new light.  God did not consider our sins, but sent his son Jesus Christ to died for our sins.  In this respect, we should always be mindful, of the fact that we are saved by grace.  By nature, folk are not thankful.  Ingratitude can lead to many other sins.  It can be a step, in the journey to moral and spiritual decline.  Our scripture above is Paul’s assertion, to how pagan nations got themselves into ingratitude, which eventually led to God abandoning them.  Israel, God’s chosen people demonstrated pattern of ingratitude. God, through the prophet Isaiah, made that clear: “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand.  Ah, sinful nation…” (Isaiah 1:3-4)  In the story of the ten lepers, while all ten were cleansed, only one came back to give thanks.  The one who was thankful was not an Israelite.  He made that known through his words and deeds.  Luke 17:17  It is always our binding duty to be thankful, for all that God does for us.  We have many reasons to be thankful.  I am always thankful to God for saving my life, when I fell in a well at a very tender age.  Every time I visited my childhood home, something always turns my eye towards that spot, the spot that once had that well.  I always thanked God in my heart.  We all have something to thank God for.  If we do not have anything to thank God for, we ought to thank God for healing us, from the leprosy of sin.  We ought to thank Jesus for saving us from sins.  Let us thank God today, for many are His benefits to us.

Memory verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57.

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.”  Dr. Robert Holden

“A Catalyst for others to Glorify God.”

“A Catalyst for others to Glorify God.”                                                                                                                                

Thursday, November 22.

“You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand.  And it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

No one likes the dark.  No one likes to be in a dark place.  Being in the dark gives some people the creep.  A troubling time in a person’s life can be called the dark period.  The other way around brings us to light as something good.  Light signifies hope. Light makes way for others to come out of darkness. So when Jesus Christ says, “you are the light of the world,” Christ simply means that, through us, others will come and receive all God has promised.  Therefore light is the means by which we all can be propel towards God.  Light is that thing that clears the way for others to see.  Light serve as a catalyst for others to see that you are living a life worthy of being a child of God.  When people see that light in you, they will start to come to God.  If we live in a community where our life style is different from the Christian we ought to be, people who know our true self will not want to come to God.  In Matthew 5:14-16, God wants us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.  He does not want us to be hypocrites by hiding ourselves in sin and professing to be Christian at the same time.  God wants us to be the light that will shine to those who have not come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  God wants us to be the light that will enable others to come and glorify His name.

Memory verse:  Ecclesiastes 2:13

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of light.”

                                                                                                                   Plato

“Viewing Things Spiritually”

“Viewing Things Spiritually”                                                                                   

Wednesday, November 21.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of stronghold, casting down arguments and every high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Many of us will think that the weapons we will use to fight the devil  are weapons of the flesh.  The devil comes at us in many ways.  The devil comes to steal our joy, our happiness, our children, our property, and many other things God has given us.  The Devil comes through deception. The primary target is our soul.  The devil wants us to renounce Christ so that we do not enjoy eternity with God.  So the Devil is going to come in many forms.  We have to be prepare to do spiritual battle with the Devil.  We will need weapons to fight such battle.  The weapons we are going to use are not weapons of the flesh.  Paul tells us n his second letter to the church at Corinth, that the weapons we are going to use is not carnal or fleshy weapons.  One weapon we can use to fight the devil is the word of God.  It is important for us to read the word of God constantly.  Equip with the word of God, we can find resource for different situation in our lives.  Remember Jesus, after Christ prayed and fasted for forty days, the Devil came to tempt Him.  For each time the Devil came to Jesus, Jesus told the Devil, for it is written.  Jesus was invoking resource from the Word of God.  If we find ourselves in a situation that compromises our faith and our obedience to God, we can use His words as weapons to fight that situation.  If I am tempted to fall in the sin of fornication, I can use Romans 12, where the Word reminds me that my body should be presented as a living sacrifice, holy and accepted to God.  I can use the name of Jesus also in prayer to help me fight sin and other attacks from the Devil.  If I am depressed and life seems to have no meaning, I can use the name of Jesus in prayer, or the word of God to find motivations.  Let us not rely on our humanly wisdom to combat things that are spiritual.  Let us not lean on our human understanding.  Let us use God’s word.  Let us spend quality time in prayer to fight off the attacks of Satan.  Let us spend quality time in reading God’s word.

Memory verse: Ephesians 6:10-11.

God didn’t say the weapons wouldn’t form, He said the weapons wouldn’t prosper.” Spiritual word-Instagram

 

 

“Be Mindful of the Words You Utter.”

“Be Mindful of the Words You utter””

Tuesday, November 20.

“But the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison.” James 3:8

The scripture above presents something difficult for every believer.  The scripture tells us that it is difficult to tame the tongue.  If it is difficult to control the tongue, then it is difficult for us Christians to control the word we say to others.  This is true because many Christians will say words to other that are hurtful or offensive.  Husbands or wives will say hurtful words to each other out of mistake.  Siblings will say words to each other that put a wedge between them.  Words that are said to others bring confusion, division, fights, or other bad situations between people.  Wrong words can even put nations at war with each other.  How can we control our words so that we can be a blessings to others?  How can we control our words so that we be a blessings to the church and our fellow Christians? First, we must understand that controlling our tongue enable us to be good disciples of Christ.  It gives us the opportunity to speak life into others, comfort, edify, and exhort others.  This brings people together.  It is alarming when James tells us that no one can tame the tongue.  But James also provides answers.  The Bible provides answers.  We can lean on Jesus Christ to help us control our tongue.  We can ask the Holy Spirit to guide our every word when we speak.  We can be a born again believer and still say words that are wrong.  But we can ask the Holy Spirit for guidance to help edify our tongue.  The Holy Spirit will help us not to say things that are not of God.  Let us trust and ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to guide us always in how we talk.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will give us wisdom at all times, when we utter words.  Let it be our prayers that God will give us wisdom that our words will be a blessings to others.

Memory verse: James 3:6

“The tongue is a small thing, but it is strong enough to break a heart.” Facebook.com/Iloveinspiration.

“The Church: A Wonderful Purpose”

The Church: A Wonderful Purpose”

Monday, November 19.

“Though the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known..” Ephesians 3:10

It is true that people join a church or a denomination for what it can do for them.  Also, the church is patterned in a way, or under go changes to meet the demand of those it wants to attract. Is his a good thing? The question here is, is this the purpose of the church?  No!

In the business of running the church today, we have to do all we can to reach people where they are.  That is exactly what God did when Jesus Christ moved into our neighborhood.  Jesus Christ moved into our neighborhood in order to bring us the good news of salvation.  One thing he did not do was to change the message of the good news.  Jesus Christ met stiff resistance, opposition, and many obstacles.  Bringing that good news even resulted to his death.  But the gospel never change.

God wants the purpose of the church to be made known through His wisdom.  God’s wisdom abound bountifully.  God wants the church to be the family of God here on earth. The church ought to show God’s love.  The church must share the gospel everywhere to the glorification of God.

One thing that is important is that the church must carry the good news to everyone. The church must bring people together so as to to gather, protect, preserve for Himself all who come to find Him.  It is important to know that God’s wisdom allows this so that we can be a community of faith.  This is true as we gather as a community of faith who have been chosen for eternal life.

Memory verse: Ephesians 3:12

“Believers are never told to be one; we already are one and are expected to act like it.” Join Eareckson Tada