For Everyone

Psalm 49:1-2

1 Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 2 Both low  and high, Rich and poor together.

Nothing matters.  It does not matter if you are rich or poor.  It does not matter if you are male or female.  It does not matter if you are black or white.  It does not matter if you are important person or unknown.  It does not matter what country you live in.  It does not matter what ethnicity you are.  It does not matter who your ancestors were.  Nothing matter, when it comes to whom God chooses to love.  God loves everyone and His offer of salvation is open to everyone.

Billy Graham knew this.  He preached to everyone, everywhere.  He went all over the world proclaiming God’s love for you and His offer for salvation.  God does not care about the things we humans use to divide us.  He wants all to be saved, that is His desire.  Sadly though, many reject that love and many reject His offer to save them.  Their refusal will lead to eternal separation from God in hell.

Jesus died for all mankind.  He rose again for all of mankind.  His offer of forgiveness is good for all, but we must accept it.  We must personally choose to believe in Him by faith, that He was the Holy Son of God.  We must admit we are sinners in need of saving.  We must ask Him to forgive us and save us.  He will save you and He will adopt you  into His family.  This offer is available to everyone!

Dear God, I thank you for loving everyone.  I thank you for saving me, from the just penalty my sins deserve.  I thank you for forgiving me.  Thank you Jesus for sacrificing Your Holy life to die for my sins.  You are an awesome God!  Amen.

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God is Great Forever

Psalm 48:1,14

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.

14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

God is great and He will be great forever.  There is no one like Him.  His Kingdom is vast and mighty and will never end.  His deeds are beyond measure and they will never diminish.  He rules and will rule forever and ever.  There is no one great like Him.

Our great God will never abandon us.  He will guide us every day of our lives.  He promised to never leave us on our own.  No matter where we go, our great God will lead us.  This is true for His children, who have been adopted into the family of God by faith.  We need to ask Jesus to save us and believe He is the Son of God and put our faith in Him.  He will lead His children into His eternal Kingdom.

Oh God, You are great.  There is no one like You.  You are an eternal God, Your greatness knows no end.  I thank you for the adoption into Your family.  I thank you for leading me home to Your eternal Kingdom.  Amen.

A Heart Problem

Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

The United States has become a nation of Pharisees.  We care more about the external, about the appearance of things, than what really matters.  We want to make sure people know we care, when we really do not.  We ignore the rot of sin in people’s lives, as long as they are happy, which they really are not.  We spend tons of money of things to make us look younger and better looking, but we ignore the heart.  We work out like crazy to take care of their physical bodies, but our hearts are corrupt and failing.

We blame objects for our evil and not our sinful hearts.  Some say that if only we can remove the object, then everything would be OK.  Without taking care of our sinful hearts, it will not be OK.  Sin is born there and sin needs to die there.  We have major heart problems that we need to deal with.

This heart problem is not what one to be fixed by a government program or anything like that.  There is no law that can be passed to fix it.  We cannot legislate it out.  Only God, can fix this problem.  Forget the fact that we need God as a nation.  What we really need is God in our own individual lives.   If individual lives are changed, a nation can be changed.  The great revivals started in this nation, because one person let God fix their heart problem and their lives were revived.  And when God fixed that person’s problem, others saw it and wanted their hearts to fixed as well.  And the revival spread like fire!

Take some time today and spend time with God asking Him to fix your heart problem.  Be honest with Him and let Him heal you.

Dear God, I like others have a heart problem.  My heart is wicked at times and filled with sin.  Forgive me for that, especially because I know better.  Help me to worry less about the outside and instead help to focus on healing my heart.  I thank you for Your grace and mercy, which both forgives me and sanctifies me.  I need You Oh God.  Amen.

Rest in God

Psalm 46:1-3,10

1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

God is a rock.  He is a solid foundation, which does not move.  In bad times we can cling to Him and we will be safe.  No matter what happens God is who God is.  When our world falls apart God is still God.  Nothing can stop Him from being who He is.

Because of that, we can rest in God.  We can be still and know we are safe.  Our worlds can fall apart and yet we can be resting in peace.  Because we know who God is, we can be at ease and trust in Him.  He is reliable and trustworthy.

God is who God is and we can find rest in Him, no matter our circumstances.

Dear God, I thank you for being a rock.  A solid foundation, which is not easily moved.  You are who You are.  There is no one like You.  Amen.

An Eternal Righteous Kingdom

Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

When God finally establishes His Kingdom, it will have no end.  No one will be able to overthrow it.  No one will be able to overcome it.  No one will be able to subdue it.  No one will be able to defeat it.  It is an eternal Kingdom, that will have no end.

The Kingdom will be a righteous Kingdom.  There will be end to the goodness of it.  There will be no evil in it.  Evil will be vanquished from it.  No sin will be found in it.  There will be no crime.  Peace will be eternal.  It is a righteous Kingdom.

Oh Come Lord Jesus and establish Your wonderful Kingdom!

Dear God, I so look forward to being in Your Kingdom.  The evil in this world can be exhausting, but Your goodness is refreshing.  Oh Come soon Lord Jesus!  Amen.

God Knows All

Psalm 44:21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

God knows all.  There is nothing done in the whole universe that God does not know.  He knows what is done in the open.  He knows what is done in  private.  He knows what is done in the light.  He knows what is done in the dark.  He knows all that we desire in our heart.  There is nothing God does not know.

We need to remember this, as we are sinning in secret.  God knows what you are doing.  Nothing is hidden from Him.  He knows the sin you struggle with it.  He knows when you fail.  Yet, He still loves you and me.  Jesus knew our sin when He hung on the cross.  He could have come down at any point, but He chose to stay out of love.  There is no sin you can commit, that would drive God’s love away.

He knows all and still loves you.

Dear God, I thank you that You love me, even though You know the evil in my heart.  Your love is greater and amazing.  Amen.

Pass It On

Psalm 44:1 O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.

As parents, we have a responsibility to pass on the truths of God to our kids and God willing our grandchildren.  The kids need to hear about the ways God took care of you.  The way he watched over you.  All of the awesome things he has done for you.  How faithful God is.

We need to take time and share these things.  We need to read the Bible to them.  We need to tell them Bible stories.  We need to teach them to pray and to rely on God.  It is our job to pass on the stories and wonders of God to them.

We need to this constantly.  The world has stories to tell them as well, only they want to pull our kids away from God.  The world wants the kids to not believe in Jesus.  They want to tell them that God is not important and that He might not exist.  It is our job as parents to counteract this and make sure they know what they were born knowing.  That there is a God and He is the God of the Bible.  We need to make sure they know, that there is nobody like Jesus.

Pass it on!

Dear God, help me to better at sharing You with my kids.  Help me to teach them good Godly habits.  And by teaching them, may I improve those habits as well..  This is not possible without You helping.  I thank you for Your love for all generations, especially children.  Amen.

Complete Obedience

Exodus 40:16 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

God gave Moses specific instructions on what to build.  Moses followed and did all that God command him to.  He completely obeyed what God said.  Every detail was correct.  He did not skip any corners.  He did not change a detail, because he thought His way made more sense than God’s.  He did it as God had told him to do.

How about you?  Do you completely obey what God tells you to do?  Or do you cut corners?  Do you look at what God said and say that your way is better?  God calls us to be like Moses and completely obey what He said.  His was is right and the best way.  We need to trust what He tells and obey Him completely.

Dear God, please help me to fully obey You.  Forgive me for the times I do not.  Your way, Oh God, is best for me.  Amen.

Second Chances

Exodus 34:1 Now the LORD said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.

When Moses came down the mountain and saw the Golden Calf, his anger raged inside.  He threw down and shattered the stone tablets, which contained hand written commandments written by God Himself.  After Moses corrected the people, God called back up the mountain in order to redo the tablets.  God was willing to give him a second chance, after he had shattered the first set of tablets.

God gives us second chances as well.  In fact, we can have many more chances.  In Proverbs (Proverbs 24:16)we see that a righteous falls seven times and rises again.  The number seven in the Bible is number of completeness.  In other words a righteous man falls a lot, but gets back up.  God gives him many chances, because the righteous man calls out to God for help.  So when you fall, get back up.  We all make mistakes and fall at times.  The important this is that when do, call out to God and He will give you another chance.  He is a God of second chances.

Dear God, I thank you that one mistake is not the end.  You are a God of second chances, multiple chances.  I thank you that You are there to help me back up when I fall.  You do abandon us.  Thank you for second chances.  Amen.

God is Gracious

Psalm 41:4 As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

Thanks be to God, who is gracious towards us, because of His great love.  His love is unconditional, is not because of how great we are.  He offers His grace, His unmerited favor, to us because He loves us so much.  We are saved and sanctified by His grace.

His grace forgives us.  His grace helps us overcome.  His grace helps us grow in our walk.  His grace gives us sight, when we have been so blind.  His grace gives us strength, when we are so weak.  God’s amazing grace takes us from condemnation and adopts us into His family.

Dear God, I thank you for Your grace.  I thank you for Your love.  I thank you for Your forgiveness.  I thank you for the adoption into Your family.  Amen.