Big God

Psalm 147:4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

God is so big, He knows where all of the stars are located and He knows them by name.  He knows the exact number of the stars in the whole universe.  He is present in them all at once.  God everywhere.  He is a big, big God!

There is no problem we face that is too big for Him.  Also, there is no problem too small for Him.  He is able to handle all of the problems we might face.  He knows every person, so intimately, that He knows the exact number of hairs on your head.  Nothing is hidden from Him.  He is a really big God!

Oh God, You are a big God.  You are everywhere, there is no place where you are not.  How mighty You are!  How amazing You are!  Amen.

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You Are Not Alone

1 Kings 18:22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

1 Kings 19:18 “Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

The Prophet Elijah felt alone.  He was in the vast minority.  The majority of the people of Israel either served Baal or were not very religious at all.  He felt alone standing up for the one true God.  It can feel the same way for us sometimes.  Our world is an evil place, full of evil people.  It is hard sometimes to take a stand for what is right at work or in school or even at home.

The good news is that we are not alone, just as Elijah was not alone.  God had preserved over 7,000 people who still served Him.  While they were still in the minority, that was still a lot of people.  We have people around as well, who stand with us for what is right.  We are not alone in standing up for God.  Keep courage and keep fighting the fight for God.  You are not alone!

Oh God, I thank you for other believers.  I thank you that I am not alone.  I thank you that You are always with us.  At times that I feel alone, please remind of the others who around me.  Help me to be an encouragement to them.  Amen.

God Lifts Us Up

Psalm 145:14 The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.

When we fall down, for we will fall down, God is there to pick us up.  This is true whether our pride causes us to stumble or we humbly fall before Him.  God is the one who lifts us up when are low.  He is the lifter of our heads.

He is there with us in the down times and He is there with us when we are lifted up.  He takes care of us and provides for us.  He help us, as He did the Apostle Paul, to face all circumstances and get through them.  Nothing we go through is bigger than what God can handle.  Nothing is too hard for Him.  He is greater and we are safe in His arms.  He lifts us up!

Oh God, You lift me up.  You bless me far beyond what I deserve.  Help me to be grateful for this.  Help me to be humble before You.  I thank you for lifting me up!  Amen.

For God

Psalm 143:11-12

11 For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. 12 And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant.

When we pray and ask things of God, we need to do it with an attitude of wanting it for His name sake.  Our pleas should be for things which bring glory to His Holy name.  Our motives need to be about glorifying God and not us.  This is not a magical formula, by which you will receive all that you ask for.  This gives us the proper attitude we need.  We need to see God for who He is and we need to see us for who we are.

When we have this attitude our lives will be about Him and not us.  We will serve others, because of Him and His great love for us.  We pass on the love and grace which, He has given us.  Our lives stop being about us and start becoming, as we were made to do, be about Him.

Oh God, may I live my life ” for the sake of Your name”.  May everything I do, bring You glory.  I confess that is not always the case.  Forgive me and restore me.  Revive and use me, that Your great and Holy name might be praised.  Amen. Continue reading

Turning Wisdom Info Foolishness

1 Kings 11:3-4

3 He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. 4 For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Solomon, the wisest man to ever lived, died an old fool.  He chased after women, instead of chasing after God.  He let his wives be the spiritual leaders of his household and followed their gods, instead of teaching them to follow the one true God.  He made a lot of foolish choices.  His vast wisdom became vast foolishness.

We need to be careful to guard the gifts God gives us.  They can be wasted and misused.  Instead of causing people to glorify God, they can cause people to ridicule Him instead.  Way too men and women have this happen to them.  Your golden gifts turn out to be fools gold.  Solomon’s wisdom turned into foolishness.  Be on guard that this does not happen to you.

Oh God, guard me from myself.  Help me not to be a fool.  Oh God, on my own I am naturally a fool, but You, Oh God can make me wise and strong.  I need You, Oh God.  Amen.

Use God’s Gifts For God’s Glory

1 Kings 10:24 All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.

When Solomon was a young king, he asked God for wisdom.  God honored that request and made him the wisest of all.  God gave a gift of wisdom and discernment.  This gift was so awesome, that people traveled from all over the world to seek Solomon out.  God’s name was glorified by the Queen of Sheba because of this.  Solomon used the gift God had given him for God’s glory.

That is what God’s asks of us as well.  Even if we are not the greatest, like Solomon, we can still use God’s gift to glorify Him.  God has given each of us a unique gift.  Some people have developed and fine tuned that talent well.  Others do not even take the time to find out what gifts they have received.  They end up wasting their gift and not giving God the glory because of it.  If you do not know your gift, take some time and seek it out.  Ask God to reveal it to you.  IF you know it, work on it and develop it.  Use that gift for God’s glory and let Him work through you to use it.

God, thank you for giving us each gifts.  Help me to know my talent and develop it.  Help me to use it for Your glory.  Amen.

Forsake

1 Kings 81 Kings 8:57 “May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us

Solomon’s prayer asks God to be with Israel and to not forsake them.  God was faithful to that request.  God never forsook the people nor left them.  He was faithful to them.  The people and the king however could not say the same.  They forsook Him and left Him.

God never forsakes us, we on the other hand forsake Him.  We sin against Him.  We rebel against Him.  We reject Him.  We walk away from Him.  But God never leaves us.  His love never ends.  His grace never runs out.  His forgiveness is always available.  He is faithful even we are not.  God does not move we do.  Return to Him, He is closer than He seems.

Oh God, I thank you that You are faithful.  I thank you that You never forsake us.  I thank you for always loving us.  Forgive me for the times I forsake You.  Help me to return to You.  Amen.

God’s Protection

Psalm 138:7-8

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

We will have times of trouble, this is guarantee.d  We will have good times and we will have hard times.  Do not be shocked when hard times come.  Instead, look to God, who will see you through until your time is up.  He will accomplish everything He has planned for your life.  Do not worry, but instead trust Him.

No matter what happened in David’s life, he knew God was with him.  He knew he can face any problems that came up.  He trusted in God in the good times and the bad.  We need to be like David and keep trusting in God.

Oh God, I thank you for Your protection in hard times.  I know I am not alone, for You are with me.  Thank you for that.  Amen.

So Wrong

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

As I watch the local morning news, I feel so disgusted.  We have a nation who call evil good and good evil.  The news puts their spin on stories to make those who they choose to make look bad, bad and they spin for those who they choose to look good as good.  Nothing in the news is presented without a spin.  I find myself getting angry watching it, for they call evil things good and good things evil.

This is America today.  We celebrate sin and condemn those who point it out.  We celebrate a man, who calls himself a Reverend, yet serves no church.  We look to him as a man with moral authority, yet he himself has a child out-of-wedlock and sells his soul to make a dollar.  We celebrate “pride” month.  The news shows a parade happening today, yet they do purposely do not show the vile and evil that will be on display.

And will all of this, we miss those who do quietly.  We do not cover those who look out for their fellow-man.   We are told these stories are not interesting.  I saw a video today of fast food worker running after a car, because they drove away without all of their food.  These are the people, who should get covered, not a fake minister.

God help us.  God revive us.  Help us to know what is right and celebrate that.  Give us the grace to love others, as You love us.  May we fight for the truth and not cover it with a lie.  Revive us, Oh Lord.  May we as a nation return to You, who made us great.  Forgive us for our arrogance and our sinning ways.  We have a dumb nation, a nation that has not learned the lessons of history.  We are like a dog returning to it’s vomit.  Forgive us, God.  Help us to do what is right and stand firm on goodness.  Help us to return to calling what is good, good and what is evil, evil.  Amen.

Show Yourself As A Man

1 Kings 2:1-3

1 As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. 3 “Keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn

As King David was on his deathbed, he called his son to him and gave him a charge.  This charge was filled with David’s last instruction and encouragement for the new king.  He told Solomon to be strong and because he was being strong that he needed to show himself as a man.  Then he goes on in verse 3 to explain how to be not only a man, but a Godly man.  He told him to walk in God’s ways and do what God asks of him.  All that is written in His word.  Do the hard things in life, in the right way, in God’s way.  Then he would show himself as a man.

This charge, to “show yourself a man”, is a charge that is missing way too much in our culture today.  We have way too many fathers either totally absent physically in the home or even absent mentally.  We as fathers need to be there for our kids, especially our sons.  We need to teach them and show them how to be a man.  We need to show them how to be husband and love our wives.  We need to show them how to be a father and love them.  We need to show them an example of hard work, by getting up each day and going to work.  We need to show them how to love God and His word, by reading our Bible’s in front of them and to them and praying with and for them.   We need to show them how to tackle problems and tough times, that they may have the courage to do so as well.  We need to let them know when we make mistakes and how to ask for forgiveness.  We need to demonstrate a love for others and ways we can serve them.

We need to show ourselves as a man, so that our sons might know what one looks like and what to aim for.  We need to show ourselves as a man, so our daughters know what to look for in a husband one day.  Come on men, step up and let us show ourselves as a man for the good of our families!

Oh God, help me to show myself as a man, a Godly man.  Help me to be the man You want me to be.  Oh God, I need You for this.  For way too often I choose the wrong path.  Thank you for Your forgiveness and grace.  I thank you for Your example as a Heavenly Father.  Help me to be more like You.  Amen.