July 25, 2017
Regardless of how healing occurs, God is always the Healer (Exodus 15:26). God heals by miracle and/or by medicine. Yahweh added 15 years to King Hezekiah’s life by healing him from terminal illness, using miracle and medicine in the form of a poultice of figs (2 Kings 20:1-7). Apostle Paul operated in miraculous healings, but he had Luke the doctor on his mission team (Colossians 4:14), and Paul prescribed grape wine for Timothy’s frequent stomach ailments (1 Timothy 5:23). Yet the LORD prefers to keep us in health through nutrition, making healthy food our best medicine.
July 24, 2017
“The fear of the Lord” is used 27 times, and “fear God” is found 17 times in the Bible. Never once does it mean to ‘be scared of God’ or ‘scared by God’. Based on context, the phrase means: reverence or high respect for God that leads us to live godly (Ps. 34:11); divine dread that freezes or paralyzes the enemy of God’s people (2 Chron. 14:14); worship of the true God that forbids syncretism, a mix of religious beliefs and practices (2 Kings 17:5-12); revelation or the revealed truth of God that brings heavenly wisdom, as in “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 9:10).
July 22-23, 2017
Jesus Christ showed grace so He could share truth for God’s glory. The Bible says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His GLORY, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH” (John 1:14). The highway to the glory of God is paved with two lanes: grace & truth. Grace points the way, and truth delivers the message of saving faith in Christ. With grace we build a bridge before we can share God’s truth with those impacted by our gracious words and actions. Believers who lack grace may preach, criticize or yell at sinners, but their grace-less behavior forfeits the right to share God’s truth for God’s glory in any meaningful, acceptable way.
July 21, 2017
The blood of Jesus shed on the cross is far superior in every way to any other blood sacrifice. If “the blood of bulls and goats…sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ…cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14). Let’s apply the power of His superior blood through prayer: I plead the blood of Jesus over my life for cleansing, over my body for health & healing, over my family for protection & provision. I plead the blood of Jesus over my community for spiritual renewal, over my church for God’s glory & deeper worship, over my children for hearts that honor God and love Jesus. I plead the blood of Jesus!
July 19, 2017
“In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men… then (God) opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction” (Job 33:15-16). Never overlook your dreams as God’s channels of communication. Just one God-given dream can transform you and those you connect with. Joseph’s dreams took him from slavery through prison to the palace, where he saved multitudes from starvation (Genesis 37, 39-50). Before you sleep, prayerfully tune into Heaven’s frequency; God may be broadcasting directly into your spirit. Get ready to receive and live out the Father’s dream for your life.
July 18, 2017
Be “kind to one another… forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). There is no perfect relationship because there are no perfect people. In your relationship, compensate for human imperfection by being ready to FORGIVE and to BE FORGIVEN. You will be offended; kindly extend forgiveness. And you will offend; humbly ask for forgiveness, the power that revives, the river that supplies, the spine that sustains every long-term relationship.
July 17, 2017
Relationship hurts, and relationship heals. During a mission trip, Paul was so offended by Mark’s desertion that he and Barnabas parted ways over Mark’s behavior (Acts 15:36-40). But years later, Paul instructed Timothy, “Get Mark and bring him…because he is useful to me…” (2 Tim. 4:11). Our deepest wounds are inflicted within relationship, but total healing from those wounds must come through relationship. LORD, deliver from the isolation trap; teach me NOT to withdraw from everyone, especially when I’ve been hurt by people.
July 15-16, 2017
Apostle John was one of the inner circle of friends who physically saw Jesus Christ up close and personal. Did he see a halo (a circle of light) around Jesus’ head? No! Here’s what grabbed John’s attention every time he looked at Jesus: “…we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus beamed with God’s “glory”, a royal shine and beauty, which made Jesus attractive even to career sinners, who badly needed to hear about God’s “grace and truth”. LORD, let me normally shine with your glory so I can readily share Your grace and truth!
July 14, 2017
Our sophisticated culture may deny or fight it all we want, but men and women are different, and remain very much so. Example: talking. Women tend to talk about what bothers them; a woman knows how to process her struggles externally. Men, on the other hand, process their issues internally. The more something bothers a man, the less he talks about it. And if something really gets to him, he may stop talking altogether, and crawl into his cave. Why are men so different from women? Genesis 1:27, “So God created human beings… He created them male and female.” Thank You, my Creator, for making me…ME!
July 13, 2017
When God spoke to Prophet Samuel about the BOY David, He said, “I have found…a MAN after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). Then after David became the manly king that God saw in him decades earlier, he behaved like a childish boy when he craved and got sex with his own soldier’s wife (2 Sam 11). T.D. Jakes observes, “There’s a king in every kid, and there’s a kid in every king.” Apostle Paul tapped into God’s power to tame the reckless kid in him: “When I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Cor 13:11). Oh LORD, empower me to control the kid in me!
July 12, 2017
Hope is the faith-based expectation that tomorrow will be better than today. The late Emil Brunner once said, “What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life.” As a living organism is dependent on a supply of oxygen, so a person depends on a supply of hope to stay alive. When facing a bad situation, as long as you cling on to hope, you will live to see another day, because, “HOPE does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).