Monday, October 31, 2016

The Daily Grace - Our Help Comes from the Lord


The New Testament tells us that Christ is not only the Redeemer, but He is also the Creator of the universe. Read the whole chapter of Psalm 121. There, the psalmist challenges us to lift our eyes to the hills to see God, for our "help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth" (vv. 1-2). He alone is sufficient to be our strength and to guide our steps as we make our way through a dangerous and troubled world.

We lift our eyes to the One who keeps us, guards us and overshadows us in the face of all types of danger. He preserves us from evil and keeps us safely in His care for all eternity. In faith, we lift our eyes to the One who is our Redeemer and Creator. He is our help and our hope and our eternal home.

Christ was lifted up that He might lift us up. He is our God, our help in ages past. He is our hope for the years to come. He is our shelter from the stormy blast. And, He is our eternal home.

Today We Pray


Dear God, as I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more joy than despair. Let me remind those I meet that our final existence will be total joy, and that we may taste this joy through the Spirit even today. Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.

Also, never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily all the temporary unpleasantness in their lives. Let me touch the lives of others for good, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I speak, or the life I live. I beseech You to defend me this week from all evil, and do more for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ's sake.

I want that assurance of an eternal inheritance—the certainty of everlasting life with You. I put my faith in Jesus to forgive my sins and make me His child. Thank You for saving me and reserving a place for me in Your eternal kingdom.

Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 121:1-2


Do you need strength from your everyday activities? Ask strength from the Lord. Our strength only comes from Him, alone. He is the source of our strength and hope.

If you are tired, just boldly come into His throne. He is the maker of Heaven and Earth. These are mighty creations and look how vast His strength is. God is indeed an all-powerful One, His strength is perfect and unlimited.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Daily Grace - The Perfect Peace


"You will keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3). Once we have peace in our hearts and minds, we are acknowledging that God would care for us. Believers in Jesus can have peace in the midst of uncertainties because we have the assurance that our Heavenly Father loves His children and cares for our needs (Matt. 6:25-34). We can bring all our concerns to Him with an attitude of thankfulness, trusting Him to meet our needs and gives us peace.

"The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding", writes the Apostle Paul, "will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4.7)". To say the peace of God surpasses all understanding reveals that we can't explain it, but we can experience it as He guards our hearts and minds. Our peace comes from the confidence that the Lord loves us and He is in control. He alone provides the comfort that settles our nerves, fills our minds with hope, and allows us to relax even in the midst of changes and challenges.

Today We Pray


Dear Heavenly Father, You are all-wise, all-powerful and all-loving. In the midst of uncertainties, help me to rest in the certainty of who You are. I thank You that Your peace will guard my heart, I place my trust in You.

Take from me idleness of spirit, which destroys time; and vanity of thought, which hinders Your presence and distracts my attention to prayer. And if, while in prayer, I turn away from You in my thoughts, help me to return to my purpose. So that, I might not avert my heart from You, during the few precious moments I dedicate to talking with You.



And grant me this day, dear Lord, that You may never be completely out of my thoughts. Let me carry you as a voice to guide my every step as I slip down the path of this precious day, that I might always remember Your will, and lighten the world around me. Help me to make every moment of my day, every word from my mouth, a prayer, that I might live in Your presence.


Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Philippians 4:7


God will give us peace that reassures our hearts. Once we receive that peace, our hearts will stay calm and be still. 'Coz we are already consumed by the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, we will be blessed a thousand folds. It will stand over our hearts and minds.

Once we belong to Jesus Christ, God will bless us with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Trust God that He will be in control always. Be surprised with His amazing love to you.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Daily Grace - Jesus Lifts our Burdens


Just like a rescuer who rescues a victim in a near-death situation, Jesus will do it the same for us when He sees us that we're giving up in our lives. In fact, He already rescued us two thousand years ago. He already rescued us from the clutches of sin by His death and resurrection. We are freed from the death of sin.

When Jesus sent the twelve disciples to carry out His work, He gave them the assignment to preach the good news of God's desire to rescue people (Luke 9:1-6). They would not carry this out in their own strength, but Jesus would lift the heavy burden of people's sin as they taught about Him. Their preaching and healing in Jesus' power and authority proved that Jesus had actually brought God's rule to earth.

Many today are trapped under the weight of sin, but our great God can rescue us from underneath those burdens. And then, send us into the world to tell others that He can set them free. Those who've been rescued from sin are best able to help in the rescue of others. Aim to rescue someone in your daily walk with Him.

Today We Pray


Dear God, Thank You for the another week to remember the glorious resurrection of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. It really makes us glad, O God. Give us this day such blessings through our worship of you, that the days to come may be spent in your service.

I offer to Your divine majesty my unfeigned praise and thanksgiving for all Your mercies towards me. You made me at first and have ever since sustained the work of Your own hand. You gave Your Son to die for me and have given me assurance of salvation.

Heavenly Father, You have graciously accepted me as a living member of Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. You have blessed me with the grace of forgiveness through the sacrifice He made for me and for all people. Send me now into the world in peace, and grant me strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart, through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Luke 9:6


This verse is talking about evangelism. The disciples are the ones who was talked about here. They spread out the good news to the people in the villages, proclaiming His greatness. And, the disciples were really eager to do evangelism in the community.

Let us be like the disciples. Don't be ashamed of the gospel. Spread the Good News so that the people will be saved and experience eternity. It is indeed a great reward when we bring lost souls in His throne. It is a victory party in Heaven. So, spread the Good News in your community.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Daily Grace - His Road is the Best Road


You may have heard the saying, "The past is supposed to be a guidepost, not a hitching post." It's easy to become tied to memories of "the good old days" instead of using our experiences to find direction for the road ahead. We are all susceptible to the paralyzing effects of nostalgia - a longing for what used to be.

The Lord said, "Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it. Then, you will find rest for your souls (Jer. 6:16). Jeremiah was a priest from a small town  near Jerusalem when God called him to be "a prophet" to the nations". He was given the very difficult job of pronouncing God's judgement primarily on the people of Judah, who had turned away from the Lord. Jeremiah made it clear that he was delivering God's message, not his own.

God urged His people to look back so they could move ahead. The purpose of considering the ancient paths was to find "the good way" marked by God's faithfulness, His forgiveness, and His forward call. God can teach us from our past that the best road is the one we walk with Him. God's guidance in the past gives courage for the future.

Source: Our Daily Bread

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, I call upon You today. In the morning You hear me. In the morning, I offer You my prayer, watching and waiting.


I lift my heart to You, O Lord, to be strengthened for this day. Be with me in all I do, my God. Guide me in all my ways.


I humbly pray You so to guide and govern me by Your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of this day I may never forget You. But remember that I am ever walking in Your sight. In Christ's Name, I pray.

Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Jeremiah 6:16a


Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, the tried-and-true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls.

Walk in the right path and you will find rest for your souls. Once you are just in lined with His will for your life, everything will go smoothly. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Daily Grace - Grow in His Knowledge


Like a child who is growing physically as a natural part of life, there's another kind of growth that happens with some effort - our spiritual growth in Christ-likeness. Peter encouraged believers to "grow in the grace and knowledge" of Jesus (2 Pet. 3:18). He said that maturing in our faith prepares us for Christ's return. The apostle wanted Jesus to come back and find believers living in peace and righteousness. Peter viewed spiritual growth as a defense against teaching that incorrectly interprets God's Word and leads people astray.

Spiritual growth requires the solid food of God's Word. Once you read His Word everyday, You will be fed spiritually. The Bible satisfies our spiritual hunger because His Words are powerful. He has a revelation to us everyday if we just seek on His Word.

Even when we feel discouraged and disconnected from God, we can remember that He will help us advance in our faith by making us more like His Son. His Word assures us that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6). Do not give up. Grow in His knowledge. Ask for wisdom and guidance from Him so that you can sustain it everyday as you seek on His Name.

Today We Pray


Dear God, let me give You thanks and praise for Your many and varied mercies extended toward me. I invite Your Holy Spirit to mold me into the person You want me to be. Empower me to keep reaching for the holiness I see in Jesus.

And O kind Father, continue Your mercy and favor to me this day, and always. Give resolution to all my lawful undertakings. Let me have all my directions from Your Holy Spirit and success from Your bountiful hand.

I bind myself to You this day in Your truth and in Your sacrifice. I give to You my anxiety and my fear, my depression and my doubt, for You have promised to take them if we only ask; and I take upon myself your burden, for it is light and your way is gentle. May I keep this in my heart and mind all this day.

Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - 2 Peter 3:18


Let us always strive for spiritual maturity. Strive to grow in His love. Strive to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once you're spiritually matured, you will be able to handle things very well.

How to grow? Simply devote yourselves to the Lord. Devote your time and efforts to Him. And, you will experience is extravagant love everyday of your life.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Daily Grace - Be Dependent on God



Independence appeals to all ages. It means "freedom from the control, influence, support and aid of others." So, it's not surprising that teenagers talk about gaining their independence. Many adults have the goal of being "independently wealthy", and senior citizens want to maintain their independence. Whether anyone is ever truly independent is a discussion for another time and place - but it sounds good.

Craving political or personal independence is one thing; daring to pursue spiritual independence is problematic. What we need instead is a recognition and acceptance of our deep spiritual dependence. Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing (John 15:5)

Far from being self-reliant, we are totally and eternally dependent on the One who died to set us free. Our greatest strength comes from dependence on our strong God. We need him every hour. Let Him come into your lives so that you will be blessed abundantly.

Today We Pray



I pause for a moment
and think of the love and the grace
that God showers on me,
creating me in his image and likeness,
making me his temple.
God is within me and me in Him.

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realize.

Lead me Lord to where you need me to be.

Today's Godly Reminder - John 15:5


Let our hearts be one in Christ. Stay joined to Him. And, He will also be stay joined to us. Like a vine and branches, this is how the Lord describes His relationship with us.

Have a union with Christ today. You will produce a lot of fruits if we stay joined to him. Our lives will be fruitful. Cling to the Lord.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Daily Grace - Release Your Worries in His Hands


Worry can be like holding a glass. The longer you worry about something, the more your fears weigh you down. Also, King David knew about fear. His son Absalom had stolen the allegiance of the nation of Israel from him and was attempting to take the throne for himself. 

David didn't know who was loyal to him and who was against him. His only option seemed to be to run. He said to his servants, “Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!” David urged his men. “Hurry! If we get out of the city before Absalom arrives, both we and the city of Jerusalem will be spared from disaster.”

In a psalm that David may have written while he was fleeing for his life, he wrote: "I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill (Ps. 3:4). In the midst of his fear, David looked to the Lord, God showed him grace and restored him to the throne. These are plenty of worries that can weigh us down. But, as we release them into God's strong hands, He will help us through our trials. Worry is a burden that God never meant for us to bear.

Source: Our Daily Bread, 2016

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, I give thanks to You that You have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. Into Your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let Your holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one have no power over me.

Thank You, Lord, that we do not have to be weighed down by worry. Help us to place our concerns in Your care so that we do not fear tomorrow. I ask You to preserve and keep me from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may serve and please You.

Finally, let me go forth in thanks for the victory I have been given through our Lord Jesus Christ. May I be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. And, always remembering that in the Lord our labor is not in vain.

Amen

PS: Sorry that this post was late today and the daily devotion will probably be late as well. My son Mike Johnson II had a dengue fever and he is in the hospital at the moment. Please pray for my sons recovery and well being, thank you brothers and sisters and God bless

- Abegail Johnson, Author

Today's Godly Reminder - Proverbs 12:25


Worry just weigh us down. So, do not worry. Do not let yourself be dismayed because of worrying. Do not let your day be ruined because of worry.

Instead, be filled with encouragement. Be cheerful when troubles come. Encourage one another and be glad. Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Daily Grace - In Confession, There is Restoration


Spiritually, when sin and failure break our relationship with God and sideline our service, determination alone is not what restores us to rightness with God and usefulness in His Kingdom. When we are side-lined because of sin, the path to a comeback is confession as well. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)

For us to be able to recover from our spiritual failings, we are absolutely dependent on the One who gave Himself for us. And, that gives us hope. Christ, who died for us, loves us with an everlasting love and will respond with grace as we confess our faults to Him.

Through confession, we can find His gracious restoration - the greatest of all comebacks. Confession is the path that leads to restoration. We have a great comeback with Christ if we confess our sins. Remember, we are already washed by the Blood of the Lamb.

Today We Pray

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Dear Lord, I pray that You will make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge. Let me know by love what I know by understanding. I owe You more than my whole self, Lord.

But I have no more, and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to You. Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of Your love. I am wholly Yours by creation; make me all Yours, too, in love.

Because You have made me, I owe You the whole of my love. Because You have redeemed me, I owe You the whole of myself. Because You have promised so much, I owe You my whole being.



Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - 1 John 1:9



If we confess our sins to God, He can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. Just freely and admit those sins to Him. He can always be trusted and we can openly talk to Him. God is always true to His own nature and promises.

Just come to Him, He cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness. Our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose, will be washed away. Come to Jesus. He will always be there.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Daily Grace - The Christian Life is a Process


Sometimes, we are just only concerned with the fruit and ignore the root out of which the fruit sprang. The apostle Peter reminded first-century believers that Christlike living and effective service result from a process. He urged them to grow in eight areas of spiritual development: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (2 Pet. 1:5-7). If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, Peter said, "you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:8).

God calls us to a wonderful process of learning to know Him, with the assurance that it will lead to productive service in His name and for His honor. The Christian life is a process in which we learn complete dependence on God. Keep on growing. Growth is a process. Be excited for the future and have faith in the Lord always.

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, so often we want complete and perfect solutions here and now. But, You work graciously in Your good time. Let Your goodness and patience and virtue shine through us so that we may bless others.

lf, LoI give You my whole serd, that You may grow in me. So that, it is You who lives, works and prays in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me.

Let me abide in you all this day, oh Christ. So that, when You appear, I may have confidence and not shrink from You in shame at Your coming. For I know that You are righteous, and I am sure that I will be made righteous only by my life in You.



Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - 2 Peter 1:8


Attract good qualities in your life. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful unto the full personal knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. 

With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Daily Grace - Make the Gospel Attractive


We can interest others in the gospel of Jesus Christ. How? It is by making it attractive to them. We will be showing to them the difference it has made in our own lives.

That is the best done by following the words of Paul in Colossians 4:5. "Be wise", he said, "in the way you act toward outsiders. Make the most of every opportunity". If we show kindness, love, and compassion to others, those who observe us will wonder why, and that may give us an opening to tell them about the beauty of God's love for them.

The beauty of a changed life can attract others to the One who makes us beautiful. Your walk with the Lord is the lesson you teach to the one you're sharing to. Be a role model. Also, be true to your words. Let them show in your actions too, not just by words.

Today We Pray


Dear God, You are the King Eternal, immortal and invisible. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

You have given us so much by providing our salvation. Help us to make the gospel attractive to others by the way we shine Jesus’ light on those we encounter each day. You alone are God, and do not change; and because of this, we may hope to be preserved.

Grant, O God, that Your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart. So that, barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear and hatreds cease. Let our divisions being healed, we may live together in justice and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Colossians 4:5


When you encounter unbelievers, be wise. Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with them. Make the most of each opportunity to share the Gospel and the Good News to them. Have the heart to share so that they will also inherit the Kingdom of God.

Of course, all of us wants our friends to be with Heaven with us real soon. If they didn't have Christ yet, share! Don't hesitate, don't fear. Don't be ashamed of the Gospel. And lastly, pray about it. Ask God for wisdom on how you handle this concern and He will help you.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Daily Grace - Do No Harm


The principle of "doing no harm" extends to our relationships with others in everyday life. In fact, benevolence is central to New Testament teaching about loving others. In reflecting on the law of God, Paul sees that love is the intent behind many biblical commands: "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom. 13:10)

Each day as we follow Jesus Christ our Savior, we are faced with choices that will affect the lives of others. When we choose a course of action, we should ask ourselves, "Does this reflect Christ's concern for others, or am I only concerned for myself?" Such a sensitivity demonstrates the love of Christ that seeks to heal the broken and help those in need. Caring for the burdens of others helps us to forget about our own.

Love never hurts anybody and it will never hurt. Love doesn't have to hurt. God is the author of love and He will never hurt us. Love does no harm.

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, thank You for the glory of the sun. And, thank You for the health I have to get my duty done. I shall devote the hours of this golden day to You, by honoring Your Holy Name in everything I do.

I admit that it is easy to be consumed with my own wants and needs. Thank You that You showed us how to be concerned for others, too. Help me to follow Your example in caring for others.



I pray that I may proceed with boldness in the few things I know as a certainty, especially that my eternal salvation can come only from Christ Jesus. And that through my repentance of sin and my faith in Him, I will be saved. May I never shrink from your Great Commission, oh Lord, to share the Gospel with the world, so that those with ears to hear it might join me in salvation.


Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Romans 13:10


Love doesn't have to hurt. It never goes wrong. It never fails. It never hurts anyone.

If we love unselfishly, we are fulfilling God's Word. Since God is the Author of Love, it makes Him happy if we love others unselfishly. Be filled with His love so that you can love others, too. You cannot truly love others if you don't truly love the Lord, because He is alone the source of love.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Daily Grace - Keep Calm, He is in Control


“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). What does it really mean to be still?  It means to keep calm. Now, we ask ourselves, how can God answer our prayers if we just still or calm?

By this, our faith and trust in the Lord will grow if we just let Him take control. If He says, “do nothing”, do nothing. Your nothing gives Him room to do something about it. He is King and He is in control.

Keep calm and know that He is God. He is always at work in our lives. He may seem silent but He's working on the backstage of our life play. While being still, take a long,
    loving look at \your High God, above politics, above everything. He is a Sovereign God and know His power in quietness and trust.

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, I pray that this day You will incline my heart to keep your commandments, driving temptation from my mind. Guide my feet into the way of peace that having done Your will with cheerfulness. When the night comes, I will rejoice in giving You thanks for a day lived in Your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Teach me, O Lord, to act so that all my deeds will glorify Your holy name and Your wonderful creation. Take pity, O Lord, on all the people in this earth. Hear the desires of all who cry out to You, and deliver them from evil.

O Lord God, forgive us our sins and offenses and insults against each other. Dispel from our hearts all indignation, suspicion, anger, remembrance of evil, quarrels, and all that might hinder and lessen brotherly love. Replace resentment with forgiveness, I pray, in the name of Christ.

Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 46:10


What does it mean to be still? It means to calm down. It also means "hands off", because God is in control. It is entrusting everything to His Name and letting Him take over. Cease striving.

In being still, we can recognize and understand that He is God. His sovereignty will be shown if we just let Him handle everything. That's what God wants, to exalt and honor Him in His ways. So, step out of the traffic of life! Take a long, loving look your High God, above politics, above everything.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Daily Grace - God is a Helping King


When you need help, who are the people who often help you? And, if someone needs a help, are you quickly responding to their call? We have an offer of help that is even more astounding. The Creator-God of the universe descends into our world, sees our trouble, and offers to marshal His resources to help us.

God is a very present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1). Our Savior helps by giving grace to endure. His Word, which is the Bible, also sustains us. We also have friends to encourage and pray for us. And, He's giving us the confidence that He will ultimately work it all together for our spiritual good.

Next time you feel along stranded along life's road, look for Your Helper, which is Jesus Christ. Our God is a helping King. Rejoice, because the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords has an open wide arms to help you always. When you're in trouble, God is only one call away and always ready to help you.

Today We Pray


Dear Lord, You are the only God in Heaven above or the earth below. I walk before You with all my heart. I bless Your name in the morning when I rise and in the evening when I sleep, and all the day when Your creation fills my eye.

I am thankful that when I experience trouble, You are waiting and wanting to help. Teach me to look to You and to rest in Your kind and loving care until You deliver me safely home. When I see and hear the thousand miracles of Your creation, let me see them anew, recalling that You have made them, and no other.



Help me to be at peace, with God and with his other children. And, may we love one another as Christ taught us. May I follow the example of good men of old, and may God comfort and help me and all who believe in Him, both in this world and in the world which is to come.


Amen

Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 46:1


God will always be our refuge in times of need. He will be our strength when we need it. He is the mighty and impenetrable. He is a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

When we need help, He is just one call away. His line is always open. Don't hesitate to ask for His help. His arms are wide open to accept you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Daily Grace - Wisdom from Above


How to have that wisdom from above? And, what is that wisdom from above that they are talking about? Wisdom from above has its origins with God, not man. Its character is heavenly and not earthly. It is God's gift and must be received from Him. There is no real surprise that true Christians seek their wisdom from above and not from man. 

People in our lives may sometimes suggest we do what seems most gratifying or practical in the moment. But, there is a difference between worldly and spiritual wisdom (1 Cor. 2:6-7). Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy (James 3:17). When others are urging us to take a certain course of action, we can invite God to influence our response. One is truly wise who gains his wisdom from above.

 Jesus Christ is our wisdom. The Word of God is our wisdom. It is only from the scriptures that we can become wise unto salvation. This wisdom can be accentuated through believing prayer. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)

Source: Our Daily Bread and bible.ca

Today We Pray


Dear Heavenly Father, I give You thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger. But that all my doings, being governed by Your will, may be righteous in Your sight.

Nail down my flesh with fear of You. And do not let not my heart be inclined to words or thoughts of evil, but pierce my soul with Your love. I confess my misdoings and show my gratitude to You.



Lord, please give me a heart of repentance to see myself as You do. Give me the grace to respond to Your merciful call for change. Thank You for encouraging me through Your Word to keep living for You.

Amen

Source: dailyprayer.us, odb. org

Today's Godly Reminder - James 3:17


Receive God's wisdom today. God is not selfish to give you wisdom that comes from Him. In fact, He is the one who initiated to give us wisdom when we need it. He promised that if any of us need wisdom, we should ask God and it will be given to us. God is generous and won’t correct us for asking (James 1:5).

The wisdom that comes from God is first pure, morally and spiritually undefiled. Then, peace-loving, courteous and considerate. It is also gentle, reasonable and willing to listen. It is full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without self-righteous hypocrisy and self-serving guile. Ask and receive that wisdom today.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Daily Grace - God Repairs Us

 

Early in the human story, sin entered the world (Gen. 3). Theologians refer to the event as "the fall". The inevitable result is brokenness. Life is painful because we keep getting hurt and hurting others with our sharp, jagged edges.

But, God doesn't want us to stay broken. And, His repair work turns our brokenness into beauty. Like a carpenter or any skilled workers, God repairs us. But, He uses something more precious than gold - the blood of His Son.

Instead of having veins of gold that holds the broken fragments together, we are united by the veins of Christ. "We have been united together in the likeness of His death" (Rom. 6:5). Nothing is more beautiful than that. The price of our freedom from sin was paid by Jesus' blood. We have already won the victory because of this. Praise be to God, forever!