God Word For Today

 
 
 
 
God is in control. He is sovereign … even in our pain, even in our troubles. Through it all, his love is transforming us, perfecting us, completing us.
 
James 1:2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (NLT)
 


From God Word Today

 

Genesis 22:9-10 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

Sometimes God plants desires in our hearts.
A dream, a hope, a vision for a better life.
Sometimes God asks us to give it up for Him.

And sometimes I don’t understand why.

Abraham and Sarah wanted a child.
Nothing out of the ordinary for a married couple.
But they couldn’t have one.
After trying to manipulate the situation,
Like having Sarah’s maid, Hagar, be a surrogate mother,
They remained unsatisfied
With a child they couldn’t call their own.
Finally, they gave up,
Then God promised again,

So Sarah laughed.

A year later,
When they were in their nineties,
The Abrahams miraculously had their first child.

Isaac. Laughter.

I can imagine the joy within their hearts.
And maybe disbelief.
Here, finally, after decades of waiting,
The tears, the calculations, manipulations,
They’re finally holding this bundle of joy,
A laughing boy,
His sweet scent of milk,
Bright eyed stare.
He’s so soft, so lovable

The sweet fulfillment of a promise!

Abraham must have been a proud father.
He must’ve fed his boy, and played with him,

and cradled him in his arms as Isaac cried through the night.

But one day,
Probably five years later,
God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son.
The thoughts of Abraham aren’t recorded in the bible.
His possible inner conflict–
“Why? Why did you promise? Why did you give?
Why are you taking away?

Why did you allow me to love Him?”

All that is recorded
Is Abraham trekking up the mountain
His feet dragging
With his beloved
As He prepares the altar,
Ties his son,

And lifts his hand to slay.

Like Abraham,
God has planted many dreams in my heart.
I’ve had these dreams since I was very little.
Dreams to have a family,
And children.
Dreams to live in a big city
In a foreign country.

Today He is asking me to give everything up.

I’m not going to wrestle anymore.
I’m not going to ask why.
I’m not going to calculate, manipulate

Bargain.

God is asking me–
What if you live in the same apartment?
Have the same job?
What if you’re alone for the rest of your life?
Until you grow old and die?
As long as you have me,

Will you be satisfied and full of joy?

Each question,
A stab.
But like Abraham,

I’m ready to slay.

I don’t want to live for my dreams,
Or an unrealized future anymore.
Everything in me,
Is for Him.
This borrowed life temporary,

An undeserved privilege.

My will is broken.
My core shattered.

I’m all His.

I’m clinging to Him.
And I know in my heart,
That just as long as I have Him,
Everything else in the world can fall apart.
And I’m sure,
(It’s just not going to happen today)
I’m sure
That one day

I’ll smile again.


From The Word of God For Today

THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD
 
“…All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
 
 
SOME THINGS ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD
 
Let us try to understand some things about God’s word.
God and his word are one and the same. The Apostle John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1).  God cannot be separated from his word, or go back on his word.  Unfortunately for us, we tend to get separated from our words.  We sometimes agree to do things for people and then we later have to back out.
God’s word is eternal.  Because God himself is eternal, there is a real sense in which he cannot speak a word that is not eternal. That is so different from us mortals, because we cannot speak a word that is eternal, unless we happen to be speaking the word of God. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  For instance, Paul once based his teaching about the compensation of God’s ministers (1 Cor. 9:9) on the dusty ancient law of Deuteronomy 25:4.  This law forbids the muzzling of an ox as it is treading out the grain.  No, God’s word does not pass away, but it continues on to be profitable for all teaching and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
God’s word is alive (Heb. 4:12).  How different this is from all other words we read and hear. How this contrasts with yesterday’s newspaper.  We would scarcely waste our time reading it since it is already outdated and a thing of the past.  God’s word is never a thing of the past, outdated or dead.  Again, in one sense, God cannot even speak in the past tense since he is ever living.  What he said he is saying; what he commanded he is commanding, what he hated he still hates and what he loved he still loves.   Sometimes it may appear that a certain word of God is dead. But we must not be fooled.  God’s word is like a seed.  It can lie dormant for a thousand years but when it is mixed with faith – poof!   Suddenly new life springs forth.
God’s word is contemporary and relevant, as is any other living thing.  For something to be true in the deepest sense it must be contemporary and relevant. We are seeing today that long forgotten precepts and teachings of the ancient law are bursting forth in the church with new relevance and energy.  For instance, many churches are now using Israel’s festivals as teaching tools concerning God’s great plan of salvation.  This should not surprise us, since God said long ago that these festivals would be “statutes forever” (Lev. 23:14, 21, 31, & 41).
God’s word is literally bursting with creative energy.  In the Hebrew language, the expression for “word” is “davar.”  How interesting that davar also means “thing.”  There is a very close connection between the word and all created things.  God spoke, and all things came into existence.  When God speaks, things happen.  This was true in the creation of the world, and it is true for us today.
We can see how this has been valid throughout the ages.  Long ago Paul “discovered” a long hidden mystery in the word of God: “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:6).  With that discovery, or revelation, the infant Jewish church burst forth into the Gentile world.  In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther “found” a verse in Romans, which was long before stated by the prophet Habakkuk: “… the righteous will live by his faith.”  With that verse the Reformation was born.
Today, hundreds of thousands of Soviet and Ethiopian Jews continue to return from the north countries and from the south-lands to Israel.  Thus, we are seeing Isaiah 43:6 come alive again right before our eyes: “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’  Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of
the earth—.”
NOW WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO US?
Because of all this, we know that we are serving a God who can be trusted.  He can be trusted in all areas of our lives.  Let us look at a few of these areas.
His word can be trusted in matters of our salvation.  In Hebrews 7:25, it is said: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”   The scripture says, “…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).  It is just that easy.  Millions have found this simple instruction to work.  As the world-renown evangelist, Billy Graham, has often remarked, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”
His word can be trusted in matters of our sanctification; of our walk before God; of our discipleship.  Satan always attempts to undermine our position with God.  One of his favorite tools is condemnation.  How often we have to resort to God’s simple word to combat him.  God says in Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus….”
In reality we are disciples of the word.  Jesus said this in John 8:31, “…If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”  As disciples of the word we sometimes have to take a stand against “voices,” if those voices emanate from the wrong source.  We have to take a stand against “feelings.”  Occasionally, we even have to take a stand against “facts.”  After all, it was a “fact” that Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children.  It was also a “fact” that hungry lions eat people and fiery furnaces burn them up, as in the case of Daniel and the Hebrew children.  So we see, faith produces its own facts.  These facts will endure because they are based upon the eternal word of God.
God’s word can be trusted in matters of prophecy and of the future.  We already mentioned that today hundreds of thousands of Jews are returning to the land of Israel.  When we consider that the prophecy about their return is now some 2700 years old, we can see how truly eternal God’s word is.  The land of Israel is a daily witness to the fulfillment of God’s word.  Ancient Israelite cities are being rebuilt according to the word (Isa. 44:26); the land is being restored according to the word (Isa.  51:3); over 250 million trees have been planted according to the word (Isa. 41:19-20); the wilderness is blossoming according to the word (Isa. 35:1).  These are only a few of the miracles taking place, but we look for more astounding miracles in the days ahead, simply because it is written in God’s word.
The Bible says that upon Israel’s return to the land, God will perform a miracle in the Jewish heart and spirit.  He will sprinkle clean water upon Israel and they will be clean (Ezek. 36:24-25).   He will give Israel a new heart and a new spirit, even his own Spirit.  Then they will follow God’s decrees and keep his laws (Ezek. 36:26-27).  Jeremiah describes this beautiful miracle in another way.  He tells how God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, that he will put his law into their minds and write it upon their hearts (Jer. 31:31-33).  All these astounding things will happen, simply because they are written in the eternal word of God.
 
Today, we are all being blasted with the words and opinions of men. The evening newscast is a good example of this.  These opinions change by the day.  In a week or even in another day these opinions may no longer be considered true.  They are like the grass and flowers Peter mentions, but the word of God stands forever.  If we build our opinions, our theologies, and our lives upon God’s word we will be like the man who built his house on the rock (Mt. 7:24-27).  When the storms arrive (and they are surely coming) that man will not be shaken.  All he has believed in and worked for will stand the test.
 


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Encouragement For Your Marriage

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.”

Ephesians 5:25

What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could  venture to say, “If you would practise my teaching, imitate my life;” but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as the paragon of holiness, as well as the teacher of it. The Christian should take nothing short of Christ for his model. Under no circumstances ought we to be content unless we reflect the grace which was in him. As a husband, the Christian is to look upon the portrait of Christ Jesus, and he is to paint according to that copy. The true Christian is to be such a husband as Christ was to his church. The love of a husband is special. The Lord Jesus cherishes for the church a peculiar affection, which is set upon her above the rest of mankind: “I pray for them, I pray not for the world.” The elect church is the favourite of heaven, the treasure of Christ, the crown of his head, the bracelet of his arm, the breastplate of  his heart, the very centre and core of his love. A husband should  love his wife with a constant love, for thus Jesus loves his church. He does not vary in his affection. He may change in his display of affection, but the affection itself  is still the same. A husband should love his wife with an enduring love, for nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A true husband loves his wife with a hearty love, fervent and intense. It is not mere lip-service. Ah! beloved, what more could Christ have done in proof of his love than he has       done? Jesus has a delighted love towards his spouse: He prizes her affection, and delights in her  with sweet complacence. Believer, you wonder at Jesus’ love; you admire it—are you imitating it? In your domestic relationships is the rule and measure of your love—“even as Christ loved the church?”



Encouragement For Your Marriage

Keep It: Step Three

Previously, we’ve talked about renewing your desire to have a great marriage and how to work at doing what God’s asked you to do  to move closer to that great marriage.

Now it’s time to realize that having a great marriage is not a destination, but a journey. There is never going to come a day where you wake up and say “wow, I’ve arrived at a great marriage, I’m done.” Vicky and I understand that in order to have a great marriage we have to work at to keep it strong, to keep the passion for each another. Let me just say it doesn’t matter how long you been in your marriage you’re not done. The great marriage relationship is a journey. It’s a process that needs maintenance to keep from slipping back down into mediocrity.

Continue feeding your marriage with what you’ve previously learned from God’s word. Just like your body, your marriage needs constant nourishment.

Be consistent and do those things to show love to your spouse…even when you don’t feel like it or when your husband or wife doesn’t deserve it.

As you keep up the consistency, you’ll probably find that you no longer “work” at it, because you’ve readjusted your thinking to line up with God’s thinking. When you get to this point, loving your spouse the way God intended is becoming a habit.

Keep up the good work and remember that God wants you to have that great marriage.

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Encouragement For Your Marriage

God wants to bless your marriage! But it is up to the husband, wife to seek what God’s Word say about the marriage relationship and also most important is not only to know what God’s Word says about marriage but also to put the Word into action into our marriage.

The last time I shared I mentioned that the first step towards a dream marriage which was to believe it’s possible and to rekindle your desire for it.

Vicky and I have been married 38 years and I truly can say that we have found a way to rekindle our passion for our marriage, no it not a perfect marriage but we have found it to better today then it was when we first started out in this journey together, one of the greatest reasons for that is that we found Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and have made up our minds that He is in the center of our relationship!

Yet we must still seek to take that step to desire, believe that our marriage is great.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

So you have renewed desire for a great marriage. Now it’s time to complete the rest of the steps to that marriage that we all so want…. to delight yourself in the Lord.

It time to do some work! Yes work marriage is work if want that marriage we all seek after it going to take work!

I think that some of you are now thinking it time to move on to another web site! Your thinking “If God wanted me to have a great marriage, then He would just make it happen.” Not let me tell you that just not going to happen! Why because Vicky and I have our faults that we have to deals with and we sometimes hurt each other!

So if were waiting on God to make our marriage great without each one doing their part to make it happen we will never have that great marriage. It not the way it works for the supernatural to happen. God has to something “natural” to add the “super” to.

And that natural part is reading and meditating on God’s Word, then putting into (work) action what He’s instructed.

If you seeking God and acting on His ways, then the Bible promises that He will He will give you the desires of your heart. Do what so many people and maybe even not even your spouse and do the work God has instructed you to do. You’ll find that He’ll give you the strength to do everything He’s asked, if you go into it with the right attitude.

Your first job is to check out 1 Corinthians 13 and 1 Corinthians 7. These are great portion of scriptures in the Bible on love and marriage.

Next Week Step # 3



Encouragement For Your Marriage

As we enter into the month of February I want to give encouragement for marriages.

I truly believe that all couples that enter into marriage intend to keep their vows of till death do us part. We enter into in our marriage desiring to have the dream marriage. Admit it you want a great marriage.

I know that in today thinking so many are so quick to just walk out of the vows that they share that day when they were so in love “till death do us part” and now it till “I quit getting what I want in this marriage.” “ Till I fall out of love”

“We just have grown apart” “They just don’t understand me” the list is endless of the reasons to walk out of a marriage. Yes sometime one find themselves in an abusive situation whether it physical or mental God never intended one to be in a abusive situation in marriage but God’s plans for marriage was that the two would become one in their relationship and that they would model to their children to believe in the gift of marriage and pass it on to them what a great marriage should look like.

Now no wife grew up thinking “I can’t wait to get into a miserable marriage” And no husband got married thinking “I’m looking forward to this marriage becoming a huge weight around my neck”

But all to often, that’s what the marriage relationship turns into. If that’s you, then it’s time to rekindle the dream of having a great marriage. It may not be what you’d like right now, but you should have hope that the relationship with your spouse can become the type of marriage that others dream of having. Without hope, the marriage has nowhere to go.

God wants you to have a great marriage and remember the He tell us “that all things are possible to him who believes. Start desiring and believing for that great marriage.

It’s the first step in the right direction. To often we end up taking each other for granted, we get so busy with the raising of children, jobs, and everything else that comes with in life that cause us to maybe without knowing, forgetting that one we fell in love with and set out seek to live happily here after in our dream marriage.

I truly believe that every marriage can be that dream marriage that we all long that first step is start once again desiring and believing for that great marriage!

Next week step two



Victory Over the Struggle

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!  (Romans 7:15-25a)

 

I have been thinking about a friend of mine who struggles with schizophrenia. They had a major breakthrough where God revealed what He wanted to do in their life. Before it was like there was a block in their understanding that finally has been penetrated by the light of God’s word. When walking on the road to deliverance; things that have been a part of our life for many years have become like, old companions, old friends. Deep down we know for freedom we need to release those things from our life and move on. When we find freedom from the bondage to our old sin nature, those old companions; habits that existed for rationalizing and protecting the destructive behavior try to crop backup. They try to pull us into relapse. If we stumble the enemy of our soul is right there screaming in your ear, “You have failed; why try for you are nothing but a failure.” But God is always right there reaching out to stand us back up and encourage us to try again.

18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land. (Isaiah 1:18-19 NIV)

God wants us to learn how to fall forward if we fall. It’s like running or climbing stairs, when become tired or even trip we want to lean forward. Then we fall to our hands and knees. When we regain our strength we get back up and press on. If we fall backwards we tumble down and are usually devastated by major injury.  We all have struggles and weaknesses that can cause us to slip or encounter inner turmoil. When they come we need to press forward into His presence where we can reason through our issues with His help. We can have our wounds cleansed and be healed. If we fall backward or give up we suffer major devastation.

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7-9 NIV)

It’s this constant interaction in a mentoring relationship between us and our Heavenly Father that keeps us succeeding. God is there with any life learning process both emotionally and spiritually.  When we fail or struggle God draws us to Himself and pours out his grace and mercy into our lives. But he always wants us to come and to never stop coming.

6 He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:6-8 NIV)

When rebellious desires, weaknesses and struggles come to oppose our growth and trust in God;  just keep coming and the grace will be poured out to strengthen and empower us.

But where sin increased, grace increased all the more. (Romans 5:20b NIV)

14 Now that we know what we have – Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God – let’s not let it slip through our fingers. 15 We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all but the sin. 16 So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Hebrews 4:14-16 the Message)



Its Love that really makes the difference!

7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:7-14 NIV)

Now that we devoted ourselves to God, He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide and empower us, as we share the love of God with others. There are many demands and influences in our world that try to get us to forsake loving God and others. We see actions by major corporations and institutions that forsake really caring about others as they make decisions that protect and benefit themselves; as those decisions plummet many into free fall of a financial ruin which leaves them scrambling to just survive. “Professionalism” contains a sense of disassociation which enables executives, businessmen and government officials to make decisions with no sense of responsibility for the outcome of those decisions on others.  There has been a redefining of business ethics which has enabled the recent moves on Wall Street and financial institutions. This caused companies to take bail outs from the government while having expensive seminars and retreats; huge bonuses while the rank and file are taking concessions or losing their jobs. We see things like: Enron, Bernard Madoff, the mortgage debacle involving Countrywide, Fannie Mae and Bernie Mac. Financial organizations have made cuts to bonuses for junior bankers while leaving those for the higher echelon intact. This has created an atmosphere that has everyone looking out for themselves, because they feel no one else will. God’s word calls us to a higher style of living.

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NIV)

When Jesus was walking on the earth He foretold that this would come:

12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But those who endure to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13 NLT)

God compels us to love one another, even to love our enemies, to consider others before ourselves. When the worry and fear hits us let the perfection of God’s love at work in us overcome the trends, which are abandoning God’s will.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 NIV)

We can be free to Love the way God wants us to. We can rest in knowing that when we obey Him He will take care of the rest.

“I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”