Sunday, December 8. 2013
An admonition went out to Israel to ensure that they did not worship the false gods of their neighbours. In the midst of this admonition they were advised to worship the true and living God and they were assured that his blessings would attend.
This admonition is valid for us in this day. In the first place, do not fall into idolatry by worshipping false gods. These include not only gods of wood and stone, but also material resources to which we may give more prominence than we do to our God.
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Saturday, December 7. 2013
I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.” But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help. Psalm 31:22
As I read this particular verse it reminded me of how easily human nature allows us to make hasty decisions and pass judgment on ourselves and others based on past and present actions. Most of the time we are harder on ourselves more so than others. However instead of falling prey to this trap let us take a moment to realise that God is a loving, gracious father. We can never outrun his love. Through Christ all is possible so there is nothing you can do that he wouldn’t forgive if you truly repent. All we need to do is call out to him and know that he will not only answer but that he will supply all our needs in his time. Have faith and be patient. You are never ‘driven far from his sight’ – he will hear your call. And this is quite evident when we recognize that he sent his Son into the world as a response to our sinful, wayward nature.
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Friday, December 6. 2013
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He awakens me morning by morning, he awakens my ear to listen as a disciple. Isaiah 50:4 (NASB)
Just as God breathed life into Adam, so our Heavenly Father awakens you and me every single day, and he protects us daily, sometimes saving us from physical death until it is our time to leave this world and be joined unto Him. Ultimately, he saves us from eternal death as long as we accept him by faith and confess our sins to Him, and become as disciples.
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Thursday, December 5. 2013
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayers: nor his mercy from me. Psalm 66:20
The psalmist David lauded God for His awesome works when he said “Blessed be God.” He was assured that when in trouble God would hear him and have mercy. In today’s world high commendations are often given to persons for their notable contribution but at times this can be seen as superficial. Can they save or deliver? David however, knew who deserved his highest commendation. He knew what God had done for him in the good times and the bad.Continue reading "Psalm 66:20" »
Wednesday, December 4. 2013
Moses has returned to Egypt and his people with the message of deliverance from God. God is unfolding a plan for their freedom. He has gone to Pharaoh as sent but it has somehow made the situation worse for the children of Israel. Rather than things suddenly getting better with the arrival of Moses, God’s sent messenger, the opposite has taken place. Pharaoh stands defiant in the face of the message of God and the cries of the burdened people of God have gotten louder. How could this be? Haven’t they endured enough?
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I will delight in my people; no more will the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. Isa.65:19
The Ultimate Restoration
I am amazed today at the things that the occasional handyman is able to accomplish with the aid of a few modern power-tools, along with some tips and techniques from your local DIY “consultant” at the hardware store. We can transform once old, tattered and apparently useless pieces of furniture into “works of art” of which we can be proud to show-off.
These weekend restorations at times cause me to reflect on the transforming power of God in the life of a believer and our final salvation. The prophet Isaiah recorded in chapter 65: 17 – 19;
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Tuesday, December 3. 2013
I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. Exodus 6:7
Rather than turning on leadership when you feel pressured by both sides, turn to God to see what else he might be doing in the situation.'
The Hebrew's workload was increased, and Moses protested that God had not rescued his people.
Moses expected faster results and fewer problems.
When God is at work, suffering, setbacks, and hardships may still occur. In James 1:2-4 we are encouraged to be happy, even when difficulties come our way. Problems develop our patience and character by leading us through a 4-step plan of resolution:
(1) trust God to do what is best for us
(2) look for ways to honour God in our present situation
(3) remember that God will never abandon us, and
(4) watch for God's plan for us.
Monday, December 2. 2013
“Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20
God himself assures us that He Himself will go before us as we travel along life’s road. The divine leader, unconquerable, assures us divine protection against our enemies − our every adversary. The divine keeper will guide us along, through every rough place, through every valley, all steep and difficult ways, until we reach our goal. God himself will lead; God himself will sustain us and bring us to that place which he himself has prepared.
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Sunday, December 1. 2013
Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is therefore a time when we think of all that birth has meant. We immediately call to mind the fact that the coming of Jesus Christ into the world is a special gift of love from the Heavenly Father – a particular blessing from God. When we consider the expanse of that gift and that blessing, we see how generous God has been. Hence the invitation of Deut.16:17 encourages but a small yet natural response to God’s goodness.
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