January 31 Bible Reading
Ok… let’s journey back to kindergarten for a minute or two. We are going to PRETEND. Let’s pretend that you are in a crowded public place… a mall, ok? You hear that this amazing healer is coming through. Not someone who heals only boo-boos, but someone that has heavenly power to heal the whole person. Not only that, but some people that have met Him claim that He is “From God”.
Back to the crowd. People begin to push and shove as you can feel His presence getting closer. You want Him to stop for you… just like the other mass of people… you want Him to stop for you…
The crowd opens, but only slightly and your eyes meet His and He says,
What would you say to Him?
This… THIS RIGHT HERE… is your wake up call to ask Him for it. If you are struggling with what to say, try sitting down and thinking about it for a while. Then ASK JESUS.
Do not feel guilty for asking for something from God. He knows you needed it and wants to provide it for you. He will search the motives of your heart for your request, but that should not stop you. Go to him like a little child as Jesus says to do. Go to Him with faith and trust that He can provide. You may seem like a three-year-old asking for another cupcake in your own mind. However, to Jesus you sound like His child.
What God desires is a relationship with us. It is important to remember that THIS IS a relationship with our GOD. He should not be treated like a genie in a bottle to grant you your every whim. So, totally, not the point here. BUT I see messages floating around about not asking so much of God on Facebook, etc. Rubbish… NOTHING IS TO BIG OR SMALL FOR MY GOD. Do not feel trivial about your “small request” of God. (that the mail would come early, for your cat to get well, for your engine light to go off). In my opinion, you cannot walk before your crawl and little prayer requests lead to a better dialogue between you and God. That doesn’t mean that as you mature you stop asking God to heal your cat. It means you will begin to talk to Him about everything.
Think of the best friend you have ever had. Did you tell the what you wanted? Did you LISTEN to what they wanted? Did you help them do what they wanted? Did they help you? Of course.
Intimacy and friendship is what He wants from you…
What do you want Him to do for you?
Sit down and talk to God today. That’s what He wants from you.
January 30 Bible Reading
Have you ever wished you had someone you could ask, “What am I supposed to do?” I have. Actually, the Proverbs offer that. I think it is interesting how many chapters are in the Book of Proverbs and how many days are in the average month. God usually works in perfect proportions like that. You know… “two ears; one mouth… Listen twice as much as you talk” that kind of stuff. Proverbs is no different. You can read a chapter of proverbs a day or you could listen to it at my friends website, dailyaudiobible.com.
Today in Proverbs we get some excellent advice. It comes as a message to me as my family and I embark on a new chapter in our lives. We are in the midst of building a home (I’m glad it’s not actually me an my wife building it. It would be a mess!). The advice to “watch the ant and do likewise” is a great message from the Holy Spirit during this time.
What message did you get from the reading today? If you didn’t get a message, pray and ask God to open your heart to Him and re-read it.
January 29 Bible Reading
Following Jesus will cost you everything. I’m not trying to scare you. I’m speaking reality and truth. Look at how Jesus interacts with the rich man today in Matthew.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:21, 22 NIV)
Does Jesus want us to be poor? Surely not. Poor or rich makes no difference to God. He truly loves us all. The reason Jesus says what He says today is because He speaks to the heart of every person. The person He spoke with in Matthew today had done all of the commandments for his whole life. However, he had a love of money.
I don’t mean the rich man was some smug, lonely miser like Ebenezer Scrooge. I mean when God asked the man to lay down HIS idol, he could not do it. That is why God said,
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23, 24 NIV)
The passage is about letting go of what you prize in your life and grabbing hold of Jesus’ hand. You could be rich in power in your job, the best yard in the neighborhood, the coolest car, the most awesome computer, the greatest shoes, clothes, your time, or yes… your money.
It’s not about being rich or poor. The only reason this man was chosen to illustrate the point was because he was rich. He did go through all of the “motions” of a follower. BUT… but he served the God of money. He put his faith in his money and not God. If you are holding on to something, you cannot grab onto Jesus and that’s the point. Is it time to let go of something?
Thought of the Day:
What am I putting my faith in in the place of my Savior Jesus? What can I let go of as I reach for and hold onto the hand of my God, Jesus?
January 28 Bible Reading
Jesus tells the parable of the wicked servant today. The point of the story is that The Lord has shown us mercy and we must go and do likewise. It’s easy, right? That’s exactly what we do in traffic. In the mall. At work. Hmmm. Maybe it’s not so easy. Right?
Take Jesus’ message of mercy with you today. When you feel like blasting someone ask yourself if you have ever been there where your offender is. Then try to remember what it felt like. Would you have asked Hod for help if you were the one doing the offending?
Regardless, you get the point. God desires is to show mercy, not sacrifice.
Where can YOU show mercy and bring His Kingdom today?
Sometimes I can get lost in prayer; I can pray so hard and intently that the time can get away from me. the flip side of that is that a lot of times I can’t find the right words to pray with (that happens more than I like to admit) and that’s when I lean on The Lord’s Prayer. It’s a prayer that I know like the back of my hand and a prayer that I’ve been praying since my childhood. I can remember being a child and hearing that prayer in my family’s church and just listening to the words and the way that the congregation would recite that prayer in perfect harmony. My parents still attend that church and I hope that they still pray that prayer.
For me The Lord’s Prayer is a simple prayer and just one of the many examples of the power of the bible…..
THE LORD’S PRAYER
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Be thankful for God’s love and sacrifice as you read today…..
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January 25 Bible Reading
When you read through the selection today, pay attention to Moses and the Burning bush. Think about how to recognize God in our daily lives. Would it take a burning bush that spoke to you and told you to take your shoes off? For many of us, it might take even more than that. In fact, I wonder how many times God was trying to tell me something, but I wasn’t open to listen to Him. What did I miss? What troubles could I have avoided?
Think about this:
1.) God is trying to talk to you all the time.
2.) Where recently in your life has God been trying to get through to you through people, circumstances, or conversations?
3.) How can you be more open and receptive to God?
4.) How can you know it is God trying to influence you and not the enemy?
For number 4.) above, you can use Jesus’ test.
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:20 NIV)
January 25 Bible Reading
Today I am traveling home from a business trip. I miss my family and I’ve had enough of people watching for a while. The Bible is my constant. My North Star. I’m so glad I have it when I’m away from my loved ones because it somehow draws me nearer to them when the mile say something different.
Enjoy the Word and see where it takes you today. It’s bringing me home.