Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Remember the Mountain Top Experiences

S - Scripture
Psalm 36 v. 6  Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God, Their judgments are like the Great deep; man and beast thou savest, O Lord.

O - Observation
Mountains of God. What are some of the mountains of God? Mount Sinai. The place where God gave Moses the ten commandments. The place where God personally interacted talked to a human. Where, out of his love God gave us direction, guidance towards how to live a life to the fullest. Mount of Transfiguration. The place where Jesus revealed himself to Peter, James and John. Once again God spoke to them and said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him." Golgotha. The mount, the hill to which Jesus paid the price for you and I. Earlier, God told us to listen to him. Jesus told us on Golgotha that "It is finished". We are saved!!!

A - Application
Do I visit in my heart these 3 mountains of God?

P - Prayer
Heavenly Father, Thank you for these mountain top experiences.  Love Will








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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

God is All In for You

S - Scripture
Psalm 36 v. 5 Thy steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the Heavens, thy faith fullness to the clouds.

O - Observation
Committed. God is all in for me. He will not let me go. Romans 8 v. 38-39 says it all. "For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Wow!!! There you go. Now that's commitment. That's an indication of how valuable we are to God. He loves us in spite of us. He loves us even thought we may not think about him or love him. This much is true, Romans 5 v. 8, "But God shows his love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us."

A - Application
How will I live my life knowing nothing can separate me from the love of God?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Thank you for being all-in for me.  Love Will



 





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Monday, May 3, 2021

Remember! You have been bought by God

S - Scripture
Psalm 34 v. 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. 

O - Observation
Redeemed. Think about the things we redeem. Its because we want it, we plan to use it, it becomes ours. Isaiah 43 v. 1, "But now says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name, you are mine." We have been bought with a price. Jesus paid a great price for us. Titus 2 v. 13b -14, "Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all inequity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds." God redeemed us for a purpose. His purpose is to be in cohesion, unity, relationship with him. God is a God of Joy. He wants to share it with others. 

A - Application
Do I realize that I have been bought by God? How does that change my outlook on life?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Thank you for redeeming me.  Love Will








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Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Ultimate Authority

 

The Ultimate Authority 

Guest Blog by Gary Riedel

S - SCRIPTURE: Acts 5:29 Peter and the other Apostles replied: We ought to obey God rather than men!

O - OBSERVATION: The circumstances are that Peter and the Apostles being filled with the Holy Spirit since Pentecost were preaching the death and Resurrection of Jesus and by the power of the Spirit, they were preaching and saving thousands. The Sadducees we’re filled with jealousy and had them thrown into jail, but an Angel of the Lord freed them and again they were preaching in the temple courts by the order of the angel. Again authorities brought them before the Sanhedrin and the order that they were to stop preaching about Jesus was repeated. It was at that point they uttered this faith-filled phrase. You see, it was faith that caused them to say that. The same faith that caused Gideon to go out to defeat the armies of the Midianites and the Amalekites with only 300 men chosen by God to be His agents to rescue His people. God was responsible for Gideon’s victory, just as God was responsible for allowing Peter and the Apostles to preach.





A - APPLICATION: These are beautiful examples of how our Sovereign God looks after His faithful people. That should give us faith in every circumstance that we are to seek to do His will, even if it seems neither possible or probable by human reason. Why? Simply because He is in charge and His will is always done. We should follow the example of Joshua 24:15 But as for me
and my house we will serve the Lord!

P - PRAYER: Gracious Father, Help me always to worship You above all else, so that it is only by faith that I do not fear, and never by defiance or trust in self, for You are the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY! May we have no other Gods before YOU! In Jesus Name, Amen 

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Remember! God is Near

S - Scripture
Psalm 34 v. 18  The Lord is near to the broken hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

O - Observation
Close. God is close to you. He is not some far off distant God. No. He's close. We know this to be true because he has invested so much in us. John 3 v. 16, "For God so LOVED the world that he GAVE his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." If he sacrificed his son for you and I, then you know that he has a personal interest in us. He is close, because we are valuable. We are so valuable, he calls us family. Galatians 4 v. 8, "So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then a heir." He knows we face problems, difficulties, that's why Jesus says in Matthew 11 v. 28, "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

A - Application
Am I opening my eyes and seeing that God is near in my life?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Thank you for being by my side, every step I take.  Love Will

Friday, April 30, 2021

Cry to Jesus

S - Scripture
Psalm 34 v. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

O - Observation
Deliverer. What a great adjective for Jesus! He delivers us from so much. Romans 7 v. 24 -25a, "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Jesus delivers us from the Gates of Hell. He delivers us from our sinful self. The Bible has countless examples in the old testament where the Israelite are under attack, in captivity, in a bad situation, and he hears their plea for help and saves them. I think it’s interesting to note, its when they (the righteous) cry for help. It’s when they are desperate that they fully commit themselves to depending upon the Lord. God uses the weak, a bad situation, to reflect his glory.
 
A - Application
Have I been delivered by Jesus?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Deliver me from my sinful self.  Love Will










Thursday, April 29, 2021

Taste God's word on a Daily Basis

S - Scripture
Psalm 34 v. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is Good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

O - Observation
You can have your cake and eat it to! Jesus wants us to "eat" him up. He wants us to "taste" his words, his wisdom, his insight. 2 Timothy 3 v. 16, "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." Yes, God's word when ingested fills the belly of your soul. It nourishes for the temporary and for the eternal. Jesus tells us in John 6 v. 35, "Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst." Happy indeed are the people that believe in him. Eternal life in Heaven is a gift beyond imagination.

A - Application
Am I "tasting" Gods word on a daily basis?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Make me hungry for your "food".  Love Will









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