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).
July 11, 2017
According to the Bible, the engine that runs your life is your spirit, your heart, your mind. Robert Browning said, “Thought is the soul of the act,” and Emerson said, “Thought is the seat of action. The ancestor of every action is thought.” No wonder the Bible counsels, “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” (Proverbs 4:23 Good News Bible). Good thinking is the mother of good living.
July 10, 2017
Rewind history for over 2000 years and picture Jesus Christ tortured, bleeding, nailed to a rugged cross where He hangs and gasps for every last ounce of breath. Just in that moment, another crucified man, a criminal, speaks feebly to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Graciously, despite His own pain and suffering, Jesus takes time to give that man the most encouraging words of his life, “…today, you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Does the Great King of the universe have time for you? You bet! Just as Jesus had time for that dying sinner! Do you have time for Jesus today? Will you call on Him today?
July 8, 2017
Music is one of God’s best gifts not only to express our passion but to restore mental health and emotional balance. David used music therapy to remedy King Saul’s depression. “…David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him” (1 Samuel 16:23). Johann Sebastian Bach said, “The sole object of all music should be the glory of God and pleasant recreation.” Will you add godly music to your day by singing or playing recorded music?
July 7, 2017
No one is too good for Hell, and no one is too bad for Heaven. No one can out-sin the grace of God, but no one will become a Heaven-bound child of God by default, by chance or by luck. To escape Hell and enter Heaven, everyone must intentionally make a conscious decision to receive Jesus Christ, the only one who can issue anyone the official passport to Heaven. We must believe Jesus when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Have you gotten your passport to Heaven?
July 6, 2017
Jacob was running for his life when he said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it” (Genesis 28:16). We often miss God because we expect Him to come this way and do something one way, but He does it another way, and He usually works in the dark, behind the scene, even while we are sleeping. To save yourself the frustration of wrong expectation, prayerfully ask God do His thing, then step aside, go to sleep, and let Him do what He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. That’s what it means for you to be you and for God to be God.
July 5, 2017
Where and how can we really know that God exists? Nature reveals God as Creator (Psalms 19:1; Romans 1:20), but it doesn’t tell us about the heart of the Creator. Conscience reveals God as Moral Law Giver (Proverbs 20:27; Romans 2:15), but it only gives bits and pieces about God. Only one source shows us a full picture of God — the will, love, and grace of God: it’s the Bible, the Word of God (John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:15). Have you searched its pages today to see and hear God more clearly?
July 4, 2017
The most miserable slave is one who has a memory of freedom, the one who remembers a time when he used to be free. “Therefore, stand firm in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). If you’ve tasted the freedom of Jesus, never let anyone or anything make you a slave again. Happy July 4th, America, and Happy Independence Day to you, my friend!
Every normal person is a free moral agent, granted by the Creator the freedom to choose, the greatest power in the universe. Using one’s freedom to commit sin is slavery, the worst abuse of freedom, which offends God and exploits others. Jesus said, “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin'” (John 8:34). Freedom in its purest form is the power to do what’s right by God. Slaves of righteousness are the freest people on earth; they have been set free from sin’s prison and given the power to live godly (Romans 6:18). Are you among the truly free?