Friday, January 20, 2017
A very simple lesson from God’s Word today. As we go through this life as a follower of Jesus this must be our goal:
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
More of God and less of me. If we can do that each day we will grow to be more and more like Jesus!
Chew on that today!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
This is one of the most important equations you can ask yourself. You can have assurance that you are ready. Paul gives us the example that you can be ready here:
2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Paul was ready to die and go be with the Lord! How could he know he was ready? He tells us:
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
He fought the fight, the spiritual battle, and had victory in Jesus Christ.
He finished the plan God laid out for him. Notice it was God’s plan not Pauls.
He kept the faith! Through good times and bad, Paul knew his faith was in the Lord.
So let me ask you again....are you ready for the grave? You can be! Get right with Jesus!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
It is taught often among believers that we grow in Christ most during the difficult times in our life. I agree! Why is this? When we face tough times the only place we have to turn is God! We learn He is the only place to go and He is the ONE with the answers! Sadly when we are having a peaceful, blessed time in life we tend to rely on self and others instead of the one who deserves praise which is God!
J.C. Ryle puts it this way: “Sickness and losses and crosses and anxieties and disappointments seem absolutely needful to keep us humble, watchful, and spiritual minded. We shall find that all worked for our good when we reach heaven.”
That good he speaks of will partly be growth in our faith! Remember this from the Bible:
Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
So when your in a hard time know it can help you grow in your faith! Turn to God and spend time with Him. BUT not just in hard times! Grow in Christ in the blessed times as well and give God all the glory!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
When we surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior, we then have a new and perfect best friend!
John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Now that we have a new best friend, do we treat Him like it? J.C. Ryle puts it like this:
“We must seek to have personal intimacy with the Lord Jesus, and to deal with Him as a man deals with loving friend.
To turn to Him first in every need,
To talk to Him about every difficulty,
To consult Him in every step,
to spread before Him all our sorrows,
to get Him to share in all our joys,
to do all as in His sight, and
to go through everyday leaning on and looking to Him!”
Paul told us this also:
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
So let us ask ourselves...”Is Jesus my best friend and do I treat Him like it?”