Posts Tagged ‘Kingdom’

Story of the day:  You are a piece of the puzzle

     Our pastor in Ohio had pieces of a puzzle distributed throughout the church.  He used these pieces to describe how all the pieces represent a bigger picture, a complete picture.  As I was reading, I came across an illustration of this puzzle that I think does a great job in describing the unity of a church.  Mr. Green writes:  “As members of the body of Christ, we can be compared to pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.  Each piece has protrusions and indentations.  The protrusions represent our strengths (gifts, talents, abilities), and the indentations represent our weaknesses (faults, limitations, shortcomings, undeveloped areas.)  The beautiful thing is that the pieces complement one another and produce a beautiful whole.

     Just as each piece of a puzzle is important, so each member of the body of Christ is important and can minister to the other member of the body.

     Just as, when one piece is missing from the puzzle, its absence is very obvious and damages the picture, so also is the whole weakened when we are absent from the body of Christ.

     Just as, when each piece of a puzzle is in place, any one piece is not conspicuous but blends in to form the whole picture, so it should be in the body of Christ.”

Quote of the day:  J. B. Priestly

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 3:24

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for each member of the body of Christ.  Thank You for equipping us all with unique gifts, talents, and abilities.  It is each of these things that makes up who we are as people and when we blend with others, the picture that we create together is so much more beautiful.  Father, there are so many churches out there that are missing their pieces to the puzzle, for whatever reason.  I pray that they put aside any differences that they may have and work together to complete the finished product.  How beautiful it is to see a church work together for the greatness of Your Kingdom.  The light that can shine and can be seen from all over.  Father, my prayer today is for unity within the church as a whole.  May we come together, just like a puzzle, and may the picture of unity be seen by all.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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blue-hills.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                            Story of the day:  It’s the little things made great!

    My mom loves to order things while using the word little.  “I’ll take a little cheeseburger, a little pizza, or a little coke.”  We usually joke with her about this, because if anyone has ever been with her when she’s ordered something, knows exactly what I am talking about:) 

    Well, my mom may just have had something there.  Although these things were “little” they always did their job and did it abundantly meeting the need of my mom.

    I began to look for “little things” in the Bible that God “ordered” and how their small purpose became magnified.  One of the things I found was a “little maid”.  This “little maid” in 2 Kings 5:2 God used to cure a great man.  God also used a “little cloud” in 1 Kings 18:44 to bring a tremendous shower.  In 1 Kings 17:12, God used a “little oil” to supply the need of His servant in a great famine. Matthew 15:34, tells of how He used a “few little fishes” to feed a hungry multitude, or in Matthew 18:2, a “little child” to be an object lesson on humility.  A “little flock” in Luke 12:32 to posses the Kingdom, and finally “little children” in 1 John 4:4, in the family of God are victorious.

    So although things may appear “little” to us and we may not think that things great can come from things so small, think again, because our Heavenly Father has just shown us many examples of “little things” made great!

Quote of the day:  William Penn

“God, help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:4

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My little mind can’t comprehend all of Your abilities.  You are so many great things and as You have showed me, have taken some “little things” and made them great!  God, thank You for Who You are, and for sharing with me just a little bit of Who You are.  I wake up every day and think to myself what an Amazing Father that I have in my life.  Even through all the rough times in my life, You have never left my side.  As my love for You grows with every second that I am alive, and my Spirit is humbled by Your Mercy, I only wish to serve and Worship You all the days of my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                        Story of the day:  In Gracious Love

     We as human beings want to see results and we usually want to see them now.  Instead of waiting on God’s time, we always seem to think that we are ready today and can handle whatever comes our way.  Sometimes not waiting on God, sets us upon a different course and getting to our destination with God may take a little longer, had we just had patience and waited on Him.  Patience, now there’s a very complex word.  Simple in meaning, yet very hard at times to accomplish.  Sometimes having patience can be very difficult, especially when we want to see results and the results aren’t happening the way that we expect them to. 

    F. B. Meyer said it best:  “God has set times.  It is not for us to know them.  Indeed, we cannot know them.  We must wait for them.  If God told Abraham in Haran that he must wait all those years until he pressed the promised child to his bosom, his heart would have failed him.  So in gracious love, the length of the weary years was hidden.  And only as they were nearly spent and there were only a few more months to wait, God told him, according to the time of life, “Sarah shall have a son.”

    If God told you on the front end how long you would have to wait to find the fulfillment of your desire or pleasure or dream, you’d lose your heart.  You’d grow weary in well doing.  So would I.  But He doesn’t.  He just says, “Wait.  I keep My word.  I’m in no hurry.  In the process of time I ‘m developing you to be ready for the promise.”

Quote of the day:  Steven J. Cole

“God’s Word often refers to the Christian experience as a walk, seldom as a run, and never as a mad dash.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:3-4

“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is Your Gracious love that reminds me to be patient and not move ahead of what You have planned for my life.  I pray to walk in this life and not dash as this can only set me upon a different path that could take longer to be walking in my desired purpose.  Lord, patience is a test that sometimes I cannot pass.  It becomes difficult to wait, yet I know that persevering through the waiting will only be that much sweeter.  I just get so excited to do all the things that You have planned for me.  I am grateful that You haven’t shown me all that we will be doing for Your Kingdom, because in knowing it all, I won’t be doing what You have called me to do, but will running ahead of You and wanting to do things on my own.  Thank You for not being in a hurry and teaching me how to follow Your example by showing me that there is no need to be in a hurry.  I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen