October 2008

“Dead Men Walking”

Story of the day:  “Dead Men Walking”

     I love what Dr. Tony Evans had to say in a letter that he sends out as part of a ministry outreach.  He says, “One of the most powerful stories about Jesus comes to us by way of a dead man.

     Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, had died.  Lazaurs’ sisters were grieving not only his death, but the fact that Jesus had not showed up earlier and healed him.

     That’s the way we are sometimes.  We have God on our side and His power to change the situation, but we’re complaining about what didn’t happen!

     Thankfully, that’s not the only lesson to take away from this story, nor is it just a great story about Jesus and His power.  It’s a life lesson for every believer…and about the power of God in us!

     In John 11:43-44, Jesus spoke to Lazarus directly, whom was dead and wrapped from head to toe, with a kerchief over his face, and said, “Lazarus, come forth!” 

     What happened to Lazarus is what God is asking of us still today.  Look around you.  There’s a world filled with “dead men walking.” People are bound by sin, trapped by religion, wrapped up in their circumstances, depressed by their lives, distressed by their families; many are thinking “it’s over.”  Their lives are in a rut just “grave” with both ends kicked out.

     But God can change their entire situation as we speak the Word and help set them free!  That’s the call on this ministry and the call on my life… and yours.  He has called us to carry out Kingdom plans and purposes on earth.

     Serving God is not about keeping religious practices to carry out some set of rules.  It’s about giving and living a life of spiritual freedom that reflects God’s glory, letting your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)

     Who is in a “grave” situation near you?  Who can you speak a word of life to today?  Or let me put it this way…if you feel You are in a tough situation, I’m here to speak a word of life, hope, and encouragement into You.  God can turn it around for you, and when He does, give Him the thanks and praise He deserves.”

Quote of the day:  Vonette Bright

“Through our service to others, God want to influence our world for Him.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 11:40

“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have called my family into ministry and as I share Your Word with others, I pray that lives may be changed, and all for Your Glory.  Father, the time that we are living in right now, is rough, there are some that can’t make ends meet, some are losing their homes, and are distressed. Father, I pray for revival to sweep our nation, that You may be glorified and lives can be transformed.  I continue to pray for those that don’t know You, that they hear Your voice when You say to them, “come forward and ask me to be a part of your life.”  I thank You for Your faithfulness in my life, for this day, and the hope for tomorrow! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

September 2008

I was once dead and am now alive

Story of the day:  I was once dead and am now alive

Billy Graham tells a story “of a man who glanced at the obituary column in his local newspaper.  To his surprise he saw his own name, indicating that he had just died.  At first he laughed about it.  But soon the telephone began to ring.  Stunned friends and acquaintances called to inquire and to offer their sympathy.

     Finally, in irritation, he called the newspaper editor and angrily reported that even though he had been reported dead in the obituary column he was very much alive.  The editor was apologetic and embarrassed.  Then in a flash of inspiration, he said, “Don’t worry, sir, I’ll make it all right; tomorrow I’ll put your name in the births column.”

     This may sound like merely a humorous incident, but it is also a spiritual parable.  Not until we have allowed our old selves to be nailed to the cross and to die, can our new selves be born again and emerge to grow up into the likeness of Christ.  The Bible is marvelously true:  “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” (Eph. 2:1; 5:1)”

Quote of the day:  Mieczyslaw Malinski

“It’s easiest to see the cross on Jesus’ shoulders.  It’s a bit harder with our neighbor’s cross.  Most difficult of all is seeing our own cross.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 2:1

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,”

Prayer:

Dear Father,

I can’t express how grateful I am for Your Son.  As I come to You everyday, may I pick up my cross and walk in Your Will.  I will give thanks to You with all my heart and I will tell of all Your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in You Father and I will sing praises to Your name all the days of my life.  Thank You that my old self has been placed upon that cross and today I am able to grow in the likeness of Your Son.  I pray for an opportunity to share Your Truth with others that they may come to know Your Saving Grace.  Thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen