“THE GREATEST STRENGTH!”

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25 NIV  Read: 1 Corinthians 1:25-31 The strongest person in the world is reported to be Brian Shaw. Mr. Shaw has won three recent “World’s Strongest Man” competitions. Standing a full 6’8″ and weighing more than 430 pounds, he is reported to have lifted 1,140 pounds. Amazing! Mr. Shaw did not accomplish his victories by waiting for someone else. He took the gift which GOD gave him and put it into practice by diet and exercise. Mr. Shaw’s accomplishment is physical strength; not running the fastest, not being the tallest, not being the shortest, not being the best swimmer or not being the greatest tri-athlete. We have two lessons today. First, we all have something we are good at, something where we can excel. Do all you can to enhance GOD’S gift. GOD has given you the ability to do good. Use HIS gift to benefit yourself and to benefit others. Our second lesson is: The greatest strength we can ever possess is the weakness it takes in loving GOD. The denial of oneself takes more strength than anything else. If you have ever attempted to eliminate a bad habit from your life, you found this to be true. Without GOD’S help, it is easier to go along with the ways of this world and all of its evils than to be submissive to GOD and stand up for HIM and all HE has told us to do. Be strong. Give your life to God! Today’s prayer:...

“SOMEBODY DID SOMEBODY WRONG!”

“The LORD is a jealous and avenging GOD; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on HIS foes and vents HIS wrath against HIS enemies.” Nahum 1:2 NIV Read: Nahum 1:1-7 Do you ever listen to country music? There are a lot of songs referred to as ‘somebody did somebody wrong songs’. Actually, there was a song with that as the title! A lot of the country songs have this wronging as a theme. Somebody wronged somebody by taking their wife or what sounds worse according to the song’s lyrics; somebody took their truck or their dog! No matter who we are, somebody has done something wrong to each of us. We have all been wronged! Maybe you are holding onto a wrong of years ago and just can’t let it go or maybe somebody wronged you today. Depending on the who, where, when and how you were wronged, you might have wanted revenge. Revenge never settles the score. Revenge will not make you feel better or undo the wrongs you have felt. Turn it over to GOD. GOD in HIS own way will do what needs to be done. Understand, HE is on HIS timetable in these situations. GOD may not do what you want for revenge or within your timetable. Once you give it to GOD, it is his problem. Don’t take it back. You will feel better once you find comfort of giving it to GOD. The same GOD who allowed the free will of the person who wronged you is also your GOD who can heal you of the...

“NAME IT AND CLAIM IT?”

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV Read: Romans 10:9-13 There are several newer ministries professing a ‘name it and claim it’ doctrine. If you want a new Mercedes or a new job, they teach all you have to do is make up your mind that you want it or think you need it and GOD will answer your prayers giving you all you ask of HIM. Truthfully, there is nothing in scripture that tells us GOD will give us everything we want. Scripture does tell us to be aware of false teachers. GOD does want us to have all we need, but HE expects us to understand the difference between needs and desires. When Moses and the people were in the desert after gaining freedom from Egypt, they needed food. GOD provided the needed food for HIS people. Manna from heaven soon was not good enough for them. They wanted something different. To desire more is not a bad thing in itself as long as we are first thankful for all GOD has given us. ‘Name it and claim it’ so that GOD will provide it is simply not true. GOD knows what is best for us on an individual basis. Just because a neighbor can afford a new luxury car is not an assurance that we should also have one. Material possessions can be pleasures but are not a yardstick of success or happiness. The only ‘name it and claim it’ is JESUS CHRIST. If you...

“WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK?”

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11 NIV Read: Psalm 91:9-16 There is a local attorney who advertises he ‘has your back’. It seems he seemingly means well, but in reality he may be able to help his clients only in limited situations. Throughout a 24 hour day, no one on this earth really ‘has your back’. There are limitations we all have to live with. No matter what we want to do to help others, we all have limitations. We can’t be all things to all people and no one can be all things to us. So, “Who’s got your back?” In the day to day life we live on this earth, there are only three we can depend upon. No matter how good or bad you think a situation is only GOD, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT are there for you 24/7. Our triune GOD is with you no matter where you are. Even at times you feel all alone or abandoned, GOD has your back. Those moments when things seem so bad you know they can’t get any worse and then they do get worse…GOD still has your back. Sometimes our biggest problem is not remembering GOD really has our back but instead falsely depending upon ourselves or others to do what only GOD can do. Even when you feel all alone, GOD has your back. Today’s prayer: “My FATHER, Thank you for always protecting me. Help me to remember that even at times of fears and doubts, I am secure since you always have my...

“HE IS WRITING ON THE WALL!”

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.'”  Exodus 3:14 NIV   Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you–I am he.'”  John 4:26 NIV Read:   John 4:23-34 (Today’s devotional is dedicated to the Persyn family)  A close friend’s parents had been in a care facility for some time.   Both of their healths were failing.   His father asked one of my friend’s brothers if he could see the man writing on the wall.  He said he could not see it.  The aging father was convinced a man was writing “I AM” on a blank wall.   It was a comforting moment for the aging father whose wife laid just feet away, failing and silently being given morphine.   Two days later, his ailing wife was taken to heaven.    Of all the words for this aged man to see, “I AM” were the words he needed to see and to hear in his heart.   GOD answers prayers, sometimes before they are even asked.     Years ago, I was asked of all GOD’S scriptures, what did I think were the most important words in the Bible.   Without hesitation, I responded: “I AM”.   If we understand that GOD is the only “I AM”, then all other scriptures are dependent upon these two huge words; “I AM”.  Select any verse in your Bible and you will find that it exists only because GOD is the great “I AM”.   GOD is many things to each of us.  The greatest for each of us is “I AM”!   From the creation to the resurrection of...