God Sees Your Potential

Judges 6:12 The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.”

The angel sees Gideon and calls him a valiant warrior.  Gideon at this point is anything but a valiant warrior.  He is the youngest in his family and his family is the smallest in Manasseh.  Wordly speaking, there was not anything that stood about him, but God saw his potential.  God saw what he could do, if he trusted and believed in God.

The same is true for us.  On our own, we cannot accomplish much.  But if we trust God and believe in Him, we can do wonders.  History is full of people of faith accomplishing much.  A boy downed a giant.  Another boy rejected the kings meal and trusted in what God told him.  Later in life, that boy was willing to get stay a night with the lions, because he trusted in God.  God knows your potential and knows what you can be if and only if you trust in Him.

Oh God, I thank you for believing in me.  I thank you for knowing my potential.  I thank you for believing in me.  Help to believe in You and trust in You.  Grow me, Oh God into my full potential for You.  Amen.

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Judgement is Coming

Psalm 96:12-13

12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy 13 Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Take time now and exult the coming King.  For He is coming to judge the living and the dead.  To judge the saved and not saved.  All people will come before Him and be judged by Him.  The unsaved will be judged for eternal punishment.  The saved will be judged for rewards.  I do not know about you, but I prefer to be judged for rewards over punishment.

The choice is actually yours to make.  It depends on what you do with Jesus is this life.  He came and died that we might be saved from our sin.  God looks upon His perfect life and applies to our lives, if and only if we accept Jesus as our Savior.  What we do with His gift determines which judgement we face.  If we decide to accept Jesus, we are saved, once and for all.

I know for sure which judgement I will face.  Do you?  Have you accepted Jesus’ gift?  If not, do so today.  Do not let another day go without choosing to accept it and Him.  Then you will know where you are going and which judgement you will face.

Dear God, I thank you for sending Jesus to die for me.  I thank you for Your gift of salvation.  I thank you for Your love which saved me.  Please be with those who have not accepted it.  Please help them to chose You.  Amen.

Failed Parenting

Judges 2:10 All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

How is it that as one generation is dying off, the next generation does not know the God that they served?  It is because parents failed to do their job for their kids.  God said specifically that parents are to teach the kids about Him.

Deuteronomy 11:19 “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

God laid this command at the parents feet, especially the fathers.  We must tell our kids about Him and His wonders.  This world wants to them that God is a fairytale and that He does not exist.  They try to pull kids away from God, but it is our to pull them back.  While they are young, we as parents must be a foundation of faith in God.  Kids are born knowing God.  For them to not believe in Him, it has to be taught out.  We must be constantly telling them stories and what God says about something.  We must be leading them in prayers.  We must demonstrating a heart for God.  We need to tell them when we make mistakes and ask for their forgiveness.  We must be real about God with them or this world might win.

Parents, we are responsible to teach our kids about God.  Pray and ask Him for wisdom and words to say.  Ask God to make you a parent that has Him on your mind at all times.  Let us teach our kids, all about God!

Dear God, forgive me for the times I fail to teach my kids about You.  Help me to do a better job, because they need You.  Help me to know Your word, so I can tell them.  Help me to be quick to prayer, so they know what to do at all times.  Help me to show them how to call on the name of the Lord!  Amen.

Loving God

Joshua 23:11 “So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God.

When we fall in love with somebody, we find ways to be with them and express our love to them.  We are thoughtful about our plans.  We take our time to think through our plans, trying to make sure everything is perfect.  We are intentional with our actions.  We want the other person to know how much we love them.

The same should be true about we show love to God.  The verse says to “take diligent heed”.  It means we need to think through what we are doing and be careful to intentionally love God.  Because we love Him, we need to spend time with Him.  Everyday we need make sure we carve out a chunk of time for Him.  We need to make sure He is our first love.  He needs to get the first of our time and not just the left over.

Be careful to love your God today!

Dear God, I thank you for Your awesome love for me.  I love You because You first loved me.  Your love is Holy and perfect.  Help me to be intentional in my love for You.  Forgive me for the times You are not a top priority in my life.  May you always be!  Amen.

God Keeps His Promises

Joshua 21:45 Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

Not one, not even one promise God made did not come true.  Every single one of them came to pass.  Every promise we find in the Bible either has come true or will one day come true.  Let us look at a few.

God promised in the Old Testament to send Jesus, to die for our sins.  That promise came true.  He promised Abraham to make into a great nation and his descendants would be like the stars.  That promise came true.  He promised Noah protection from the flood, that came true.  God promised David he would be king, that came true.  He promised wisdom to Solomon, plus riches and fame, all came true.

A few of the promises made in the Bible did not come true yet.  He said that He will return one day and He will.  He promised that every person will be judged and we will.  He promised all will bow to Him and confess He is God and that will happen.

God is faithful to all of His promises.  If He said, it will happen!

Dear God, I thank you that You are a God faithful to Your word.  I thank yo that we know Your promises will come true.  How great and marvelous You are.  Amen.

Everlasting

Psalm 93:2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

Jesus is eternal.  He has never known a beginning and will never know an end.  He always been and always will be.  Jesus was with the Father at creation and He will surely be there at the end of time.  For all of time, His throne has been His.

Jesus was born on Christmas, but has always been alive.  We find Him visiting people in the Old Testament.  Any time you see The Angel of The Lord, it is Him.  John calls Him the Word and He said that the Word has always been with God.  He is from everlasting.

Oh Jesus, I thank you that You are everlasting.  That there has never been a time, where You were not God.  I thank you that You are in control.  I am so thankful for that.  Amen.

Give Thanks to God

Psalm 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

No matter what is going on in your life right now, pause and thank God for it.  Whether you are going through good times or bad times.  He has you in that situation for a reason, even though we do not always realize at the moment why we are going through it.  God uses bad times to shape and conform us to be more like Him.  These times are not fun, but God has us there and He knows the reason.  Take time to thank Him for that.  Memo to myself, take time to thank God for the hard times and the work He is doing right now.

The opposite of being thankful is to grumble and complain.  The Bible tells us specifically that we are not to do that.  Grumbling and complaining only leads to more grumbling and complaining and misery.  A thankful heart leads to joy, a grumbling heart leads to misery.  I do not know if you know this, but being miserable is not fun.  It is depressing.  Give thanks and be filled with joy!

Dear God, I thank you for my circumstances.  Help me to be thankful, no matter what is going on in my life.  Forgive me for the times I grumble and complain.  All that does is make me miserable.  Thank you for the peace and joy You give us in hard times.  Amen.

My Deliverer

Psalm 91:3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.

We will never know how many times God has saved us from danger.  For instance, has your car ever spun and you missed hitting something?  God was involved with that.  Have you walked down a dangerous street and nothing happened to you?  God was watching over you.

God delivers us from so much.  He is constantly at work taking care of you and delivering you from evil.  That was part of the Lord’s prayer.  He taught us to ask God to “deliver us from evil”.  God is faithful to do that.  He delivers us from evil every day, in ways we do not always realize.  He keeps the bad guys away and sends His angels to protect us.

Thank God for delivering you from evil.

Dear God, I thank you for delivering me from evil.  I thank you for watching over me and protecting me.  I am sorry for the times I do act grateful.  You are so amazing.  Amen.

God Keeps His Promises

Joshua 14:8-9

8 “Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the LORD my God fully. 9 “So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God fully.’

Decades before, Moses had sent twelve spies into the land.  Ten of the spies came back with a negative response.  Two of them came back with a faith filled response.  The ten were afraid of the people in the land.  The two trusted fully in God to see them through.  Most of the people listened to the ten over the two and because of that a whole generation had to pass away before the people got to enter the land.  Only the two men were still alive.  One of them was Joshua, who took over for Moses.  The other’s name was Caleb.  God promised these men that they would be only two to inherit the land.  What God promised came true.

God always keeps His promises.  If He said, it will happen.  Never once has God failed to keep His word.  Every single one of His promises either have come true or will come true.  We can cling to this fact.  We can cling to His promises.  We can place our full trust in God and not worry about the giants in the land.  God is faithful and He will see us through!

Oh God, I thank you that You are a God who keeps His promises.  We know if You said it, it will happen.  You, Oh God, are faithful to Your word.  Every single thing You have promised will be delivered on by You.  Thank you Oh Lord!  Amen.

Do Not Fear

Joshua 10:8,25

8 The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one of them shall stand before you.”
25 Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”

One of the major themes of the book of Joshua, is to not fear nor be afraid.  We can do that because God is with us and He will fight for is, if we are His children.  We do not need to fear whatever problems we are facing, for God is with us.  And He is greater than any of those problems.  He is trustworthy and no matter what He promises to always be with us.

Do you believe it?  Better yet, do you live your life-like you believe that?  It is to believe something in your head, but we need to believe in our hearts and live it our lives trusting in God.  Do not live in your life in fear of any of the circumstances you might be facing.  Your God is greater than them.  No need to fear any enemies, for God is greater than any enemy.  David had that attitude when we slayed the giant.  He knew God was greater than Goliath and that the giant had no chance against God.

So whatever enemy you are facing, do not fear, but trust in our great God!

A word of caution though.  These promises are only true for a true child of God.  For those who have accepted the free gift of salvation, which God is offering everyone.  Jesus, the Son of God, died to pay the penalty for all of our sins.  That penalty is death.  Because Jesus died, you can be forgiven for any and all sins you might have committed.  If you have not done so, cry out to Him and ask Him to forgive you.  Ask Him to save you.  Tell Him you are a sinner and that He is the only way for our sins to be forgiven.  Believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world.  When you do so, the promises will be yours to claim and better yet, you will be a child of God!

Dear God, I thank you that You are faithful and that You are greater than any problems we might have.  Lord, I know You will see me through.  I know You will deliver me, not because me but because of You.  Thank you for Your grace and love.  How wonderful are You, my King!  Amen.