Thursday, May 25, 2017
We are here for one reason....God. He made us to worship and glorify Him. Everything else is secondary. So let me ask you again...whom do you long for each day? Is it God? Thomas Kempis said “in YOU is all that I long for.” Can we honestly say the same thing?
Do I long for God’s Word Psalm 119:20 My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times.
Is my complete desire God? Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
Do you crave God? Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Are you working for eternity not earthly? John 6:27 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."
God promises to provide for those who thirst after Him. Revelation 21:6 Then He said to me, "It is done I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
May we all sit down and think honestly about what our deepest desire is and if it is not God changes must be made!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As a follower of Jesus our goal is to become like Him as He is our example of how to live. Thomas Kempis said “O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting.” Is you desire to be like Jesus?
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Colossians 3:1-3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Jesus is love, He is truth, He is kind, He is compassionate, and He is perfect! Let us strive to be like Jesus!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
“To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom.” Thomas Kempis in his book “The Imitation of Christ”.
What do you think about yourself compared to others? The world would have you think you are the best, you are above all, and you deserve all. But that is not what God teaches us:
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Matthew 20:26-27 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Putting others before ourself is what God has said to do and what Jesus Himself did for each one of us by going to the cross and dying for our sins not His because He had none.
So again I ask what do you think of yourself compared to others, we may need to adjust our thinking and actions very quickly!
Monday, May 22, 2017
Thomas Kempis says “If you think you know many things and understand them well enough, realize at the same time that there is much you do not know.”
It is important we remember this point and remain teachable all of our lives as we grow in the knowledge and wisdom of our Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-8: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 BE NOT WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Ephesians 4:18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
We know little compared to God but what God wants us to know can be found in His Word...so get in it and learn!!!!!