FORGET OFFENSES TO TRULY FORGIVE AND BE SET FREE

God is always willing to forgive us

WORD OF GOD IS THE LIGHT TO YOUR PATH!

WORD OF GOD IS THE LIGHT TO YOUR PATH!

How have you experienced God’s forgiveness?

Come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.

1 Kings 19:3-4 
Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him.

Luke 17:4 

About this week’s promise

Since forgiveness is an expression of love, a person whose life has an endless supply of love should be demonstrating an endless supply of forgiveness. We can experience unlimited love in our relationship with God. It is this resource that makes it possible for us to forgive others again and again. First, we recognize that God forgives us time and time again. Second, we want to express God’s love in a world that needs desperately to witness it.

adapted from TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p 904

Digging Deeper

For more on forgiveness, see Radical Forgiveness by Julie Ann Barnhill, Tyndale House Publishers (2004).

Julie Ann Barnhill helps women understand and embrace the power of Christ to eradicate sin and establish a new life of freedom. Enjoy her typically sassy yet vulnerable style as Julie shares from her own and other women’s experiences. Along the way you’ll see what real forgiveness looks like in everyday life and relationships.


It is far better to forgive and forget than to hate and remember.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN”I can forgive, but I cannot forget,” is only another way of saying, “I will not forgive.”
HENRY WARD BEECHER

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Encouragement Despite Discouragement

Out of Control

Don’t Let Yourself Spin Out of Control

PERSONAL PRAYER: My heart lies open before you.  You see my insecurities, faults, weaknesses, rebellion, offenses, sins, loneliness, and a multitude of others I am not aware of.  Yet, you in you grace and mercy and love, call me unto yourself and blanket me in your arms.  This world I do not want.  Your Kingdom and sitting at the Precious feet of Jesus is what my hearts desire.  I do not profess to understand why my family and I are going through financial woes again.  My heart thinks: family knows our needs, friends know and yet no one steps up for bigger money issues we face.  The lesson I see is God is bigger than all problems of this life and they don’t even  compare to Sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for this world and ALL people in it.  I am believing with all my heart you will provide the rent and all finances for bills on the first of February, 2013.  I can not believe you would allow us to be homeless-we have come to close to this to many times and you have ALWAYS made a way.  Keep my heart from failing Lord I pray: breath your strength into my lungs-Lord you know my take on current job front-I seriously need direction- What do you want me to do?  My tears are dried up like a desert-I feel weak in strength physically and spiritually:  Deliver us Lord in the name of Jesus-I can’t go on like this: I am sorry Father, I just can’t: I’m at the end of my rope and looking for the way out YOU promised to always provide when we can’t bare anymore.  I am at end of myself-I know I can’t proceed without you.  The spinning chair above represents how my life seems.  I cry out Father, HELP, hear my plea!   In Jesus name, Amen.

Today’s promise: Overcoming discouragement brings great blessing

Do you fall into discouragement after spiritual highs?

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life.… Then he went alone into the desert.… He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die.

1 Kings 19:3-4 NLT

About this week’s promise

Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain. To lead him out of depression, God first let Elijah rest and eat. Then God confronted him with the need to return to his mission in life — to be God’s prophet.

Elijah’s battles were not over; there was still work for him to do. Often discouragement sets in after great spiritual experiences, especially those that produce a high level of emotional excitement or that require a lot from us physically. When you feel let down after a spiritual “high,” do what is necessary to restore your inner resources. And remember that God still has a purpose and plan for you.

Adapted from TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p 311.

Digging Deeper

For more on facing discouragement, see The One Year® Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie, Tyndale House Publishers (2005).

Through a year’s worth of thoughtful entries, the reader will learn how much God longs to lift us up, carry us through in times of difficulty and uncertainty, and give us true, lasting joy. Each daily step draws you closer to a God who truly cares and the hopeful life he wants you to enjoy.


If the devil cannot make you puffed up by pride, he will try to dampen your spirit by discouragement. It’s his best tool!
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Christ miraculously discoursing with Moses and Elijah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MAY 15, 2013 A refuge and a ruin

God is our security

Our only safety

The Lord protects the upright but destroys the wicked. 

Proverbs 10:29 NLT
The center of God’s will is our only safety. 

 

A refuge and a ruin

 

Early explorers who dared to cross oceans quickly learned a valuable lesson: The currents of the sea could carry them to their destination, if followed correctly. Those currents could also divert them from their journey, if ignored. The very same current can have either a positive effect or a negative effect on a sailing vessel; it all depends on the knowledge and the response of the crew.

God’s wisdom is, in some ways, like the currents of the sea. It can carry us where we need to go. It is our refuge, the means to keep us safe and bring us to our desired destination. But only if we follow it. The benefit of His wisdom only applies to those who are willing to line up with it and set their course accordingly. Otherwise, those same beneficial currents will lead to ruin.

History is filled with millions who have tried to follow a path contrary to God’s wisdom. It may be a false religion or philosophy, a personal ambition, a political agenda, an economic strategy, or any other things that we humans, in our ignorance, may set our hearts on. Millions have sailed against the currents of God and failed. Their end is miserable. What looked so promising was found to be futile.

Do you have a personal agenda? Plans for your future? Examine them closely and ask yourself if they are thoroughly consistent with God’s ways. If not, you could sail comfortably for thousands of miles, thinking you’re headed toward the right destination, only to find out you’re far, far away. Even slight variations in the beginning can lead you way off course in the end. Plan now. Learn the currents. Take refuges in the wisdom of God.

Adapted from The One Year® Walk with God Devotional by Chris Tiegreen, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for May 14.

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

May 10 2013 Dr Cho Yonggi: Vision and Prayer/Teach the truth

Dr Cho Yonggi: Vision and Prayer (Brownsville Revival!)

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Teach the truth

Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth. 

John 17:17 NLT

Truth is unchanging

 “Hey, Mom, guess what we learned in school today?” Victor took off his raincoat and dropped it on the floor inside the back door.

“Did you know that people used to think the world was flat?” Victor said.

“Did they?” Mom said, dropping her mouth in an expression of shock. “If it’s not flat, what shape is it?”

“It’s round,” Victor said. “You know that.”

“You’re right,” Mom admitted. They sat down in a chair next to a freestanding globe in the corner of the front room. “But all those years people  thought the world was flat, was it flat or was it round?”

Victor thought for a moment before answering firmly, “Round.”

Mom nodded, “That’s right, Victor. You see what people thoughtdidn’t change what was true, did it? Let me ask you one more question, Victor. Some people say the Word of God isn’t true. What do you think about that?”

Victor pondered his mom’s question for a long minute before answering. “What they think doesn’t matter, does it, Mommy?” Victor answered.

“You’re right, Victor,” Mom said. “Because truth doesn’t change.”Adapted from The One Year® Book of Josh MacDowell’s Family Devotions by Bob Hostetler, Tyndale House Publishers (1997), p 122.

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

What do you serve your mind?

What do you serve your mind?

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Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 

Philippians 4:8 NLT

No one would allow garbage at his table, but many allow it served into their minds. 

Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)

 

 

Watch your diet

 

What would we expect of someone who feeds only on fast food and unhealthy snacks filled with sugar and fats? A healthy body? Long life? No, we would expect physical health to be largely the product of physical intake. Is it any different in the spirit?

Modern culture is saturated with unhealthy spiritual food — from the lusts of the flesh and the eyes, to the human pride of the self-life, to elaborate and deceptive worldviews and philosophies. Hundreds of television channels, dozens of newspapers and magazines, unlimited cyberspace images, and a number of other media compete for our attention. We let many of them actually win our attention. And much of what we feed on is unhealthy. In our pursuit of wisdom, our minds often hunger for genuine nutrition.

“You are what you eat” applies not only in the physical world, but also in the spiritual. There’s no way to take in junk without becoming junky.

God calls us to watch our diets. It pleases Him when we care for His temple, our bodies. But it pleases HIm much more when we care for our minds. Our thought life is where His Spirit most prefers to work, shaping uncluttered hearts and imparting wisdom to uncluttered minds. Even so, we do not make a smooth highway for Him into our souls. Through our entertainment, we let ourselves be bombarded by an incessant PR campaign for the ways of the world. Find a balance. Watch what goes into your mind. Without hindrance, let His thoughts nourish you.

Adapted from The One Year® Walk with God Devotional by Chris Tiegreen, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for April 4.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

WE IN HIS IMAGE

We are created in His image

What does it mean to be created in God’s image?

My heart overflows with a beautiful thought! I will recite a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

Psalm 45:1 NLT

About this week’s promise

Why does an artist paint, a musician play, or an author write? Because they are overflowing with ideas and must express them. Creativity is the overflow of a full heart and mind. But sometimes we’re empty — or full of the wrong material. How can we be full of the beauty that will spill out in wonderful visions, sounds, words and movements? Take time to know God — the author of all creativity. Take time to soak up all that is beautiful. Take time to think. As your inner wells fill up, you can be sure that the creativity will soon be flowing out of your life in productive ways.

adapted from TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p 492

Digging Deeper

For more on this week’s promise, see Delight in Your Child’s Design by Laurie Winslow Sargent, Tyndale House Publishers (2005)

Laurie Winslow Sargent will help you identify and appreciate your child’s unique, God-given temperament and abilities. Her tips on relating to your child — no matter how much alike or different from you he or she is — will increase your confidence. And Laurie offers many practical suggestions that will inspire you to show affection and appreciation in ways most meaningful to you and your child.


No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that “in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth.”
C S LEWIS (Miracles)

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House