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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Our Good Father

Romans 4:25 (ESV)
Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

What makes a father good? Importantly, it’s being a man the family can trust because he keeps his promises. Unfortunately, many don’t know what a father is, let alone a good father. So not surprisingly some have difficulty with God, our Father. How can God be a good Father if he was willing to send his Son off to die?

The answer: God the Father is good because he keeps his promises. When our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and brought upon the world the curse of death, our Father promised a Savior to rescue the world from the condemnation people deserved because of sin.

Throughout history, God kept his promise of a Savior, proving that he is someone we can trust—a good Father. He delivered Noah through a worldwide flood. He granted offspring to an old man named Abraham and his barren wife. He sustained the world wrecked by famine through Joseph, who became second-in-command to Pharaoh of Egypt. He delivered the Israelites from slavery and kept them alive in the wilderness for forty years by his servant Moses. He returned a remnant of Israelites from 70 years in exile, even after they had forsaken him.

And finally, God delivered his Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was delivered by the virgin Mary. On Palm Sunday, he was delivered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. On Maundy Thursday, he was delivered into the hands of the authorities by a kiss from Judas. On Good Friday, he was delivered over to death at the hands of Roman soldiers.

All this Jesus did for us. God demands we live a perfect life, but accepts the perfect life that Jesus lived on our behalf. God demands payment for sin but counts Jesus’ innocent death in our place. On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And to show that he is fully satisfied, God delivered Jesus from death to life. Our Father does not count our sin against us. Because of what Jesus has done, God declares that we are not guilty.

God our Father is good!

Dear Lord, thank you for being our good Father, whom we can trust because You keep Your promises. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fear Not.

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

When Jesus walked out on the water, in the middle of the storm, what did the disciples do? They were afraid! They thought He was a ghost! Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid...It’s me!” Jesus was with them in the storm. They didn’t have to be full of fear. We may face storms in our life. We might be looking head on into tragedy, we might be walking into a new school where we don’t know anyone, we might be stepping into a new thing and trying something different. You don’t have to be full of fear because God is with you.

Just like Jesus was with the disciples in the storm, He is with you in your life no matter if it’s stormy or clear. All through God’s word, He tells us, “Do not be afraid, I am with you” If we have faith in God, we don’t need to be full of fear.

In the Old Testament we read that the prophet Isaiah spoke a message from God to His people, “Do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. My powerful right hand will take good care of you. I always do what is right.” Jesus had the same message to His disciples and God has the same message for us today, fear not, I am with you.

Dear Lord, Thank You that You are with us and we are never alone. We don’t have to live with fear because You can calm any storm. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 15, 2018

God’s Word Says.

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

There are around 774,746 words in the Bible. It is said that the
Bible says not to fear 365 times, one for every day of the week. This may be true depending on which translation of the Bible you’re reading.

In the average Bible, phrases like “Don’t be afraid, do not fear, be not afraid and fear not” found 119 times! That’s a bit less than 365, but how many times does God need to say “Do not fear” for it to be true? ONCE!

Even if it was only mentioned once in the Bible, it’s true and God means it! Faith in God defeats fear! We weren’t made to be full of fear, we were made to be full of faith.

Dear Lord, Your word tells us, not to be afraid. We have faith in You and believe Your word that we don’t need to fear because You are with us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Calming The Storms.

Matthew 14:22-27 (ESV)
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.“

Jesus said to His disciples “Go, now, to the other side of the lake.” Meanwhile Jesus went by himself up a mountainside to pray. As the disciples made their journey across the water a storm filled the skies and the waves rocked their boat. The disciples were afraid.

“What is that?” Said Peter. John was confused...”What are you talking about?”  “Look.. Out there on the water!”  It was Jesus! He was walking out towards them. Walking ON THE WATER!  He called out to them “Be brave, it’s me! Don’t be afraid.”  Peter called out to Jesus “Lord.. If it really is you, tell me to come out to you on the water”

“Come.” Jesus said. Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking on the water out to where Jesus was. Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. His fear got the best of him and he called to Jesus “Lord, save me!”  Jesus quickly reached out His hand and caught him. “Peter, why did you doubt me? Your faith is so small.” As they climbed into the boat the storm calmed. We will surely face storms in our life, with faith in Jesus we don’t have to be overcome, we can walk above the storms of fear! Remember Jesus’ words “Be brave, don’t be afraid!”

Dear Lord, You have control over the winds and waves. We trust in you to calm the storms in life and we choose to have faith instead of fear. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fear or Faith.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

There are some crazy fears that people have. Octophobia - Fear of the figure eight. Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple. Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens (I do not have this one). Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks. Arachibutyrophobia- fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Hylophobia-fear of wood. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- fear of long words. Homilophobia- Fear of sermons. Lutraphobia- Fear of otters. And the list goes on and on.

These strange fears might seem funny to some of us but fear is a very real thing for people to deal with. Fear can grip hold of a person and hold them back from living the life God has planned for them. You may be facing fears of your own, fear of the future, of a new school year or fear of the dark. With God on our side we don’t need to live in fear. He hasn’t given us a fearful spirit on the inside, he’s given us a spirit of power and love!

The antidote to fear is faith. Fear and faith can’t be in the same place at the same time. Faith in God defeats fear!

Dear Lord, Thank You that You put in us a spirit of faith not fear. Help us to live with boldness and love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Doing Faith.

James 2:26 (ESV)
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Faith changes how we live our lives. Faith in action is living a life that is based on our Faith in God. Faith is demonstrated in what we do. Saying you have faith in God to take care of you is one thing but putting that faith into action is when things happen!

If someone says they have faith in God but never really trust in Him to provide for them they won’t ever give. If someone says they have faith that God will help them make friends when they go to a new school but never speak to anyone and hide, then they are not putting that faith into action! Faith is shown in our actions. DOING faith means that faith isn’t just something we say but it’s something we do. Put it into action and see God work in your life.

Dear Lord, help us to put our faith into action. May we speak faith and live by it in the choices we make and the things we do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Certain of these things

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Can we see God? Do you know what God looks like? Can you see faith? Can you touch it? Remember Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We might not be able to see God physically, but we can see what He does, we can feel the effects of Him working in our lives.

While we can’t see God in the flesh we have faith in Him. We know we can trust Him. We can see Him throughout His word, The Bible, taking care of His people and keeping His promises to them. We can see Him at work in the lives of our families, people at church and around the world.  Having faith is trusting God to do what only He can do! God can do anything! When we can’t see a way out, when we can’t see the answers to our problems, when we can’t see that miracle coming to pass, we can have assurance that God will take care of it. When we can’t see a way, God makes a way! We can be certain of what we don’t see.

Dear Lord, We live by faith, not by sight. You are faithful and we trust You to do what only You can do, You can do anything! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

God Is Faithful.

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Having faith in God isn’t about how good and how well we can trust Him. Our faith in Him is powerful because of WHO God is. HE is trustworthy, faithful and never failing. We trust God because of who He is and what He has done in our lives. He loves you, has a plan for you and is faithful to you. He’s not going to leave at the first sign of trouble, He’s not going to give up when things seem to hard and He’s not going to forget about you. HE is faithful and we can have faith and trust in Him. The One who promised is faithful.

Take a moment to think about who God is.

Now think about some areas of your life that you can trust God to take care of. Pray about these, remembering the One who promised is faithful.

Dear Lord, You are almighty, faithful, holy and loving. We give to You any worries we have, knowing that You are faithful to do what You’ve promised. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Faith In What You Can’t See

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

When you get in an airplane you trust that it’s going to fly and not drop out of the sky. You can’t see anything holding it in the air, you can’t see the forces that make it take off the ground and climb higher and higher into the sky. There are four forces that make an airplane fly and stop it from falling to the ground. Those are THRUST, DRAG, LIFT and GRAVITY.

We can’t see these forces, but we have trust that they are at work. We have confidence in the aircraft and all of those forces working together that we will be safe when we are in an airplane.

It’s a little bit like our faith in God. We can’t see the forces at work, God is bigger and more powerful than any force we can describe and we can’t see God, but we have to have confidence in Him for us to step out and live our lives. We can have faith and trust in God. Faith isn’t just a faraway wish that God will take care of us, provide for us, protect us and fulfil His promises to us, faith is CONFIDENCE and ASSURANCE in what we don’t see.

Dear Lord, Help us to have confidence in You, faith in what we can’t yet see. We know that You are at work in our lives each day. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 8, 2018

That’s impossible

Romans 4:18-21(ESV)
18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

 “That’s impossible, there is just no way that it could happen. I’m so, so old!” Said Abraham. God had given Abraham a promise. It was a promise that seemed so outrageous, so beyond belief that Abraham and his wife Sarah thought God must have been joking. God promised Abraham that he would have many many descendants. You see this was a promise that didn’t seem possible at all, for Abraham and Sarah didn’t even have one child, let alone many!

Abraham and Sarah were old. Very old. Older than your grandparents, maybe even older than your great grandparents and God told them that they would have a baby. Now, you don’t see many elderly women walking around pregnant, do you? No! It’s basically impossible!

Faith is trusting God to do what only God can do. We can have faith and trust in God. God keeps His promises, even when they seem impossible! Sure enough, God kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah, they had a son. They named Him Isaac just as God had told them to. We can have faith and trust in God. God keeps His promises.

Dear Lord, help us to live life with bold faith, trusting in Your promises for our lives. We know that we can have faith and trust in You please make it strong. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What is FAITH?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

Have you ever played a game of trust falls? When you close your eyes and fall backwards, trusting that your friend will catch you. Sometimes we fall and our friend doesn’t catch us as we expected. Hopefully no one gets hurt, but it can be pretty funny!

Here’s the thing, people aren’t perfect. People make mistakes, get distracted, don’t follow instructions. People mess up and fail. God is perfect. He doesn’t make mistakes, He doesn’t mess up and forget about us while we’re trusting Him to catch us. Life can sometimes feel like we’re falling backwards with our eyes closed. We don’t know what’s ahead, we don’t know what will happen to us but we do know God. God is all knowing, all powerful, all understanding and completely trustworthy. We can have confidence in God and assurance that He will not let us down. Faith is the confidence with have in God, He will never let us down.
We can have faith and trust in God.

Dear Lord, Thank You that we can have faith in You and that You will always be with us. Help us to live with faith and to trust You with every part of our lives. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Quiet Spot

Mark 1:35-39 (ESV)
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Ever pray on the run? While eating breakfast or on your way to school or work? You are not alone. We all get pretty good at shooting a quick group of words up toward heaven. “Lord, let me pass this test.” “Please let me make it on time.” “Lord help me get a raise.” Or the good old go-to prayer for any situation, “God, help!”

It turns out even Jesus needed to take a break from the busyness of helping people to spend time with his Father. Here he had just finished doing a lot of work: he called a few disciples, battled some demons, and healed lots of people. He woke up the next morning and knew he needed a break. Off he went to a quiet place and talked to God.

If Jesus needed to spend time with his Father, how much more do we need it? It’s impossible to really connect to God when we’re always on the run. When can you steal away for a few minutes with God today? Plan it now.

Maybe your solitary place is in the living room before anyone else gets up. Maybe it’s in the library after classes or out in the yard underneath a tree. Wherever it is and whatever time you do it, take time with God. After Jesus spent time alone with God, he knew exactly what he should do next. When his friends found him, he said, “Let us go somewhere else . . . so I can preach there also”. Not only does time with God build our friendship with him, but it also quiets the noise so we can hear what he wants us to do next.

Dear Lord, help us to take the time to just sit and talk with You. Help us to make it important to talk with You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Light up the world

Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

If you have ever seen the northern lights, then you know God can put on a light show like no other! The northern lights—or aurora borealis—are brightly colored lights that shimmer and dance across the sky in the areas around the North Pole. They are caused by fast-moving particles from the Sun (called solar wind) hitting the electromagnetic field that surrounds and protects the Earth from the Sun’s most harmful rays. When those particles hit gas atoms in our atmosphere, those gases glow, creating a spectacular light show. The lights are so vivid they can even be seen from space. The colors of the northern lights are created when the solar winds bump into different gases in the atmosphere. Yellow, red, and green come from bumping into oxygen. Violet and blue are created by the solar winds bumping into nitrogen.

Such an amazing show could only be created by an amazing God. And that light show’s chief purpose is to tell us how great and glorious our God is.

But the sky isn’t the only thing God uses to tell about His greatness and glory. God shines the light of His love into our lives and makes us glow with love for Him and for others. He fills us with His light for a great purpose—to shine into the world and show other people the way to follow Him.

How do we shine God’s light? God says it this way: “Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ”. When you live this way, you’ll certainly light up the world!

Dear Lord, light up our life with the light of Your love. Help us shine Your light into the world around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Packed with power

1 Corinthians 6:20  (ESV)
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Ants are tiny little creatures, but they can lift up to 50 times their own weight. The rhinoceros beetle can lift something that’s up to 100 times its weight. That would be like a person lifting something that weighs about 9 tons. Or think of it this way—a polar bear weighs about half a ton, so it would be like lifting 18 polar bears. Even more impressive is the dung beetle, which can pull up to 1,141 times its body weight—and you don’t want to think about what that dung beetle is pulling!

God can pack a lot of power and strength into tiny little packages. In fact, He packs an unbelievable amount of power and strength inside you. You see, when you decide to follow God and become one of His children, He packs His Spirit—the Holy Spirit—inside you. Your body becomes a home to the Spirit of God! That is an indescribable gift, but it is also a huge responsibility.

You see, this gift of the Holy Spirit wasn’t free. “You were bought by God for a price”, and God paid that price when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. As a result, God expects you to take extra good care of your body. That means eating good foods, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. It means not hurting yourself with drugs, alcohol, or smoking. But it’s not enough just to watch what you put into your body. Honoring God means not using your body to sin. This means avoiding things like using your mouth to gossip or letting your eyes watch things you shouldn’t.

As a child of God, your body is packed with the power, strength, and presence of God’s Spirit. Ask Him to help you use your body to honor Him and do what He wants you to do!

Dear Lord, we know that no matter our size You still can use us in powerfully big ways. Help us to do great things for You today. I the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Created uniquely

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

You probably know that a kitten grows up to be a cat, a puppy grows up to be a dog, and a duckling grows up to be a duck. But did you know that a kit grows up to be a fox? A puggle grows up to be a platypus? A flapper becomes a swan? Or a fry grows up to be a fish?

But the real question is what will you grow up to be? Will you become the person God designed you to be? God has given you special gifts and talents—things you can do that no one else can do in the same wonderful way. He wants you to use your gifts to love Him and love others. Loving God and loving others are the two greatest commandments, and you can find them in today's verse.

The great news is you don’t have to wait until you’re all grown up to start using your gifts and following God’s Word. You can start right now. But I’m just a kid, you might say. That’s okay—just check out what one kid in the Bible did. Josiah was only eight years old when he became king and led the people back to God.

Now, you don’t have to be a king to do what’s right and to lead people to God. You can be a teacher, a firefighter, the president—or a kid. Just love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love others—and you’ll grow up doing great things!

Dear Lord, thank You for creating us uniquely and with a purpose. Help use see all the ways—big and small—we can show Your love to others today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

No bones about it

Isaiah 66:14 (ESV)
You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
    your bones shall flourish like the grass;
and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
    and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.

Bones—they’re what separate us from the jellyfish. Well . . . bones, intelligence, souls, and a few other things. But the point is that bones are hugely important. You were actually born with 300 bones in your body, but as adults we have only 206. What happened? Did you lose some? No, but some of them did grow together. For example, when babies are born, the bones in their skull are still separate. They’re connected only by tough membranes called fontanelles—these create the “soft spot” on a baby’s head. Over time, the bones grow together and become solid. In the adult body of 206 bones—more than half of them are in your hands and feet. The femur (thighbone) is the longest, while the stapes (which is in your middle ear) is the smallest.

Bones do many things for your body. For example, bones keep you standing tall. They make up your skeleton and give your body its shape. Bones provide a frame for your muscles so you can move, and they protect your soft tissues and organs. They also store minerals your body needs—like calcium. And bone marrow—the stuff inside your bones—is actually a factory for your blood cells. So, yes, the bones of your skeleton are pretty important, but they aren’t the only bones you have.

You also need to have healthy “bones of faith.” You keep these bones healthy by praying to God, praising Him, studying His Word, and being with His people. The bones of faith are some of the most important bones you need to shape your life. They help keep you moving in the right direction as you follow God’s will. They protect the soft insides of your heart and soul. And they store up the power of God in your spirit, so it’s there when you need it. If you keep your bones of faith healthy, these bones will keep you standing tall when temptations and tough times come. Make no bones about it—these bones of faith are hugely important!

Dear Lord, show us how to keep our “bones of faith” strong—so we can always stand tall for You! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Faster than the speed of light.

Psalm 33:6 (ESV)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Have you ever wished you’d been there to see God create the world? I mean, how amazing would it have been to see how He did it all?

It would’ve been breathtaking and overwhelming. Why? Because when God said, “Let there be light!” there wasn’t just the flick of a universal light switch. Oh no! This was more like a light explosion that would have been way more than your eyes could handle.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 33:6 that the heavens were made by the word of God. He breathed out the universe and everything in it. So when God said He wanted light—that light came flying out of His mouth at 186,000 miles per second! That’s how fast light travels, so we call it the “speed of light.” God’s light streaked across the heavens, chased back the darkness, and lit up the entire universe in a blaze of brilliant glory.

Only one object can move faster than the speed of light—and that’s the speed of God. When you call out to God in prayer, He’s instantly right there to listen—and He starts working on His answer right away. The thing is, though, God may not give you that answer right away. Sometimes He asks you to wait for it, and sometimes He might not give the answer you want. But you can trust that God will always give you the exact, right answer—at just the right moment and in just the right way. He’s always working faster than the speed of light!

Dear Lord, we can’t even begin to imagine how fast light really is. And to know that You hear our prayers even faster than that is amazing to us. Thank You, Lord, for rushing to listen to us! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.