Saturday, August 13, 2016

My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us  while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith."  (Hebrews 12: 1 -  2 NABRE)

Our departed brethren, now saints, have lived the Christian life successfully.  They enjoy their rewards in heaven.  We too must run this race to win, fixing our eyes on Jesus who is holding our price beckoning us to the finish line.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The mysteries of Divine Providence are known by the little ones.

"Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom."  (Matthew 11: 25 RM)

Little children do not have exaggerated opinion of themselves.  They are aware that they depend on their parents for everything.
The mysteries of the Kingdom are the beautiful truths of Divine Providence.

"Cast all your burden on Me and I will sustain you because I care for you."  (Cf 1 Peter 5: 7)
Do you believe this?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Receive the word of God not as the word of men.

"God is my savior;  I will trust him and not be afraid.
The Lord gives me power and strength; he is my savior. As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty, so God's people rejoice when he saves them.”  (Isaiah 12: 2-3 GNT)

What do you do when you are afraid of bad news from your doctor,  finances and investments, job or children?  If you have not prepared ahead of time what to do, you may cry yourself to despair.

Those who put their trust in the Lord fear no bad news.  (Psalm 112: 7)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  (Matthew 18: 21 NIV)

Complete forgiveness from the heart is difficult for us.  Excessive mercy is divine policy not human.  To enjoy God's mercy, we must be merciful.  Pray for one who offended you continuously till the poison drains from your heart.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Whoever serves Me must follow Me.

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."  (John 12: 24 NABRE)

What is your grain of wheat or "first born" that must die?  Health, Family, Finances, Job, Tools and Possessions?  What do you fear most to sacrifice?  Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, his first born.  Abba Father actually sacrificed Jesus His First Born.  Abundant fruit and salvation comes from sacrifice.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Jesus meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves."  (Matthew 11: 29 NABRE)

Consider the meekness and humility of Jesus for a moment.   Although He was full God and full Man, He assumed all the rigors of our humanity.  He started life as an apprentice carpenter.  Then He was a self-employed carpenter businessman for about 18 years.  He experienced the up and downs of self-employment.  He waited patiently for the Call of His Father to start His ministry.

Lord Jesus, say to me again:  "Forget your foolish pride."

Sunday, August 07, 2016

We are chosen and called to possess the glory of the Lord Jesus.

"God has called you through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."  (Cf 2 Thessalonians 2: 14)

The Gospel means simply the good news.  If you are reading this today, know for certain that God has called you to a ministry.  To possess the glory of the Lord Jesus,  you must first be possessed by Jesus, the Pearl of the greatest price.  (Matthew 13: 45 - 46)