August 2009

Which road do we take?

Story of the day:  Which road do we take?

There are many roads in life that we come across.  Deciding which to take can sometimes be a challenge.  So when we come to a fork in our life, which road do we take?  Vernon Grounds wrote in Grooves of Grace this exact situation.  He writes:

A man was traveling in Canada one springtime when frost and melting snow made it nearly impossible to drive farther.  He came to a crossroads and saw a sign that said, “Take care which rut you choose.  You will be in it for the next 25 miles.”  That’s a wise warning for all of us–and not just when we’re driving in rough road conditions.

Whenever we come to a crossroads in life, what choice do we make?  In other words, in what direction will we travel and what habits–which ruts of routine–will we establish?

A habit is a pattern of behavior that we follow consistently.  We need to decide prayerfully what habits we will practice.  Will our habits be mere ruts of routine?  Or will they become “grooves of grace?”

Good health habits are important, but spiritual disciplines are far more important.  Are we choosing to develop consistent habits of prayer, Bible reading, and kindness?

A habit is just a rut of routine.  But good spiritual discipline can transform our ruts into grooves of grace.

Quote of the day:  Hess

“In the beginning we make our habits; in the end our habits make us.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NIV)

“No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Forks in the road come at all different times of our lives.  I seek to always be prayed up so that with Your Guidance, I may choose the right road.  I pray that I continue to develop all the great attributes that lead to Spiritual discipline so that my life may mirror You in it.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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