August 19-20, 2017
In many ways America has progressed as “a melting pot” of humankind’s primary colors of blacks, browns and whites. But even after two terms of the nation’s first black president, America is asking, “Are we there yet?” Sadly, the obvious answer is, “No, not yet!” Thankfully, God has plans to forever unite blacks, browns and whites as one human race. Apostle John saw “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). That’s Heaven’s United Nations standing as one human race, worshiping the Creator and Savior! Do it, LORD!!
August 18, 2017
God has authorized Jesus Christ to be the Judge of the human race (John 5:22; Acts 27:31). By what standard do you think Christ will evaluate people on Judgment Day? How we treat people, but not based on how we treat “important people.” The Lord’s yardstick is, “…inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40). Pastor John Gray said, “Nothing reveals character more than how you treat people you don’t think you need.” LORD, teach me how to treat little people like VIPs; may serving “the least of these” be a highlight of my day.
August 17, 2017
The pathway of blessing between God and man is a two-way street: People who are blessed by God are to bless God in return. When GOD BLESSES US, He empowers us to succeed, or He abundantly supplies us with resources. When WE BLESS GOD, we honor Him with lavish thanksgiving, praise and worship. In 1 Chronicles 29:20, David told the people, “Now bless the LORD your God. So all the assembly blessed the LORD…and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the LORD…” LORD, You have blessed me over and over; prompt me to bless You more and more.
August 16, 2017
Knowing the true God through faith in Jesus Christ is always a life-changing experience. “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). At age 18 I turned from sin and trusted in Jesus Christ for new life. God gave me peace, joy, love for all people, and the power to live right. Someone asked George Beverly Shea, “How much do you know about God?” Mr. Shea replied, “I don’t know much, but what I do know has changed my life.”
August 15, 2017
God the Creator set up the first classroom in the Garden of Eden when He instructed His student Adam to identify the various species of animals (Genesis 2:19-20a). Unless our education system includes the God factor, we are releasing half-educated graduates who lack the spiritual and moral skill to put knowledge only to good uses. “If we bring up a generation that lacks the wisdom that God can give, they can turn into educated savages and fools” (Billy Graham).
August 14, 2017
The founders of America used the Bible as their inspirational guide to write the constitution and set up a government for a free nation. For example, the three branches of government are derived from three functions of God as stated in Isaiah 33:22, “For the LORD is our Judge (judiciary branch), The LORD is our Lawgiver (legislature), The LORD is our King (executive)…” Yet America has officially divorced the very book that birthed it. LORD, may more Americans remember their biblical roots and live by Your Book if this free republic is to continue for long.
August 12, 2017
“No man is more pathetic than he who is in great need and is not aware of it,” wrote Billy Graham. That was the problem with the lukewarm Laodicean Church that Jesus Christ rebuked: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17 NKJV). LORD, I am nothing, I have nothing, and I can do nothing without You; I need You…all the time.
August 11, 2017
“Nothing is better for a man than that…his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:24). If you are a worker, you do one of five basic lines of work: make something, fix something, clean something, serve someone, or perform a skill. It is possible to do two or more of these. What’s your line of work, and what’s your attitude about your work? LORD, today, let me not ENDURE my work; let me ENJOY my work as a gift from Your hand!
August 10, 2017
“…by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s (Jesus’) obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19 NKJV). People try to obey God’s law in order to earn His blessing or escape His punishment. Sometimes they succeed but only for a season; then they find themselves breaking God’s law again. God, by His grace, solves the problem of seasonal obedience by making the obedience of Christ our escape from God’s wrath and our access to His blessing. Thank You, Jesus! I trust in Your perfect obedience which makes me forever righteous; God is pleased with me.
August 9, 2017
Positive emotions can be seeds of better health and quality of life. “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret— it only causes harm” (Psalms 37:8 NKJV). Billy Graham said, “Many diseases of both body and mind are self-inflicted. For example, ulcers are often caused by worry and anxiety. Heart attacks are caused many times by overexertion. Unjustified worry, fear, prejudice, hatred, and envy can contribute to mental stress, which could lead to mental illness.” LORD, I choose to feel good for good health and a good day.
August 8, 2017
You have been disappointed and will be disappointed. So, how do you handle disappointment? In 1 Chronicles 17, God shut down David’s plan to build a temple, but instead of getting upset or angry, David responded by being humbly thankful. He prayed, “Who am I, O Yahweh God? And what is my family, that You have brought me this far” (1 Chronicles 17:16)? Try responding like that the next time your plan fails, when things don’t go your way. Then wait on God and watch Him turn your disappointment into a brighter future built on His promise.
August 7, 2017
“It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian” (1 Peter 4:16). As a child you may have suffered for the choices and actions of others. As you grew up you began to suffer for your own, mistakes, bad choices and actions. You may even suffer for saying and doing the right thing. Perhaps most painful is suffering for who you are, suffering for being someone, not for doing something. When you suffer for your identity, you have no reason to feel ashamed, especially if it is for BEING a follower of Jesus. LORD, encourage Christians who are persecuted solely because they are believers in Christ.