In Search Of…? – Daily Inspiration, July 31, 2012

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

I remember watching a weekly television program titled In Search Of… as a child. The series investigated mysteries and phenomena. I would sit engrossed as the existence of UFOs as well as historical events like the Lincoln assassination were examined. It was breezy way to pass time and I always felt like I was learning something new, even though each show began with a disclaimer that the theories expressed were based on conjecture.

One form of media, a perennial bestseller, does not need such a disclaimer. We don’t have to be “in search of” its Author as He is always with us. We only have to accept Him. Every time I study the Bible I don’t just feel I am learning something vital for my existence, I know. The Bible is God’s Word. God’s Word has been tried, tested and proven throughout time. It is unwavering in the face of changing social mores. It is everlasting in a world of passing fads. Don’t take my word for it – study the Word for yourself.

May the Lord be with you.

He Enables Me To Go On The Heights – Daily Inspiration, July 30, 2012

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of the deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19

When problems come, they seem to come back-to-back, knocking the wind out of me and shaking my confidence. I try to not to let these moments rattle me but it happens as it happens for all of us from time to time. When we make the Lord our strength, however, He enables us to withstand difficult situations with confidence and assurance. Whatever difficulties you may be experiencing today, do not lean to your own understanding but, instead, lean on God for peace through it. He is with us and will deliver us, restoring our faith and making our feet like that of the deer, able to go on the heights.

God bless you.

Praise His Holy Name For Ever And Ever – Daily Inspiration, July 29, 2012

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:21

Today is the beginning of a new week, so let’s start it refreshed, renewed and full of praise! Let’s leave behind the pain and disappointments of the prior week; keep the past in the past. Make today a day of praise for our Lord – for His greatness, for His grace and for His mercy. If we keep this within our hearts, we will be able to endure upcoming trials with the peace and assurance that we are not alone, we have a Protector guiding us.

May the Lord be with you.

I Love You, O Lord – Daily Inspiration, July 28, 2012

“I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18:1

During my darkest nights and brightest days,
I praise You, my heavenly Father.
I cannot hide from others my testimony
of the wondrous things You have done and
continue to do in my life.
When my spirit weakens, You deliver through
unknowing messengers Your Word which strengthens me;
responses to petitions presented to You in deepest secrecy.
I know You are the One True God, there are no other gods before you.
You are my Strength, my Protector and my Guide.
Glory to You forever.

Amen

Humbly Accept Constructive Criticism – Daily Inspiration, July 27, 2012

“Let a righteous man strike me – it is kindness; let him rebuke me – it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.” Psalm 141: 5

Unjust criticism destroys but constructive criticism builds. Don’t let your pride keep you from sound instruction given by a righteous person. You may not like it – no one likes criticism – but take it for what it really is: someone taking the time to share with you his or her experiences for the sole purpose of strengthening you in your faith, in your profession or whatever area in your life that is in need of correction. So, don’t refuse constructive criticism, keep quiet and humbly accept it. It is as David wrote in Psalm 141:5 – kindness.

May the Lord be with you today.

What Are Your Heart’s Desires? – Daily Inspiration, July 26, 2012

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17

Worldliness is not an altogether external behavior. It begins internally and is characterized by our desires, which stem from the heart. We may outwardly disassociate ourselves with worldly pleasures but if we internally crave gratifying physical desires, preoccupy ourselves with accumulating wealth and material possessions and strive to attain status and importance, then we still have a worldly attitude. Having wealth, valued possessions and goals is not bad; it’s when we make them our gods and turn away from the One True God that it becomes sinful. Focus, instead, on self-control, generosity and serving others. We have had jolting reminders recently of the danger and devastation that unfolds when men and women place a higher value on their own will instead of valuing the will of the Father: the Aurora shootings, the Penn State molestations and even the current Jackson family drama and Twilight star Kristen Stewart’s indiscretion with a married man. All began with a desire in the heart none was willing or able to control.

What are your heart’s desires? Are you desperate for worldly comforts? Earnest prayer and confession will help you overcome desires that go against God’s will.

May the Lord be with you today.

God Responds To His Obedient Children – Daily Inspiration, July 25, 2012

“During the days of Jesus’ life on Earth, He offered prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7

We sometimes undergo trials not because we want to suffer, but because we want to do God’s will. Like Jesus, we should be obedient to the end. Let His example sustain and encourage you during trying times. We can endure knowing that Christ is with us.

May the grace of Jesus Christ be with you.

Bear With The Failings Of The Weak – Daily Inspiration, July 24, 2012

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.'” Romans 15:1 – 3

It is not strength, but weakness that makes people search for ways to destroy another’s confidence, happiness or contentment. Usually, these people are missing these elements in their own lives and may not even realize the hurt they cause when they make those off-putting remarks and hurtful statements. It is natural to want to respond in kind, but take a moment, breathe deeply, and remember Romans 15:1. There are times we should bear with the failings of the weak by recognizing the weakness and doing all we can to encourage them spiritually. Bearing with another’s weakness is not the same as accepting abuse. In fact, it is the opposite. The stronger person understands the problem does not lie in himself, but in the heart of the weaker person. If you find yourself today in the company of a person who seems to go out of his or her way to unfairly criticize you, resist the temptation to “get even”. Instead, use it as an opportunity build up that person so he or she can have the same peace, contentment, confidence and happiness that is inside you.

May the Lord be with you today.

“Where Is God?” – Daily Inspiration, July 23, 2102

“There is a time for everything and a season for evert activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

You may have asked or may be asking yourself now, “Where is God?” especially when troubles mount or our plans go awry. God’s plans for us don’t always match the plans we make for ourselves. His will for us does not match our will. When we choose to trust God, we must also trust His timing, no matter how difficult it is for us to understand. Don’t doubt or resent God’s timing. Doing so can lead to despair, rebellion and moving forward without making Him the center of your decisions. There is never a time to doubt God’s complete love for us. Not now. Not ever.

God bless you today.

Take Time To Rest – Daily Inspiration, July 22, 2012

“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing, so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work creating that He had done.” Genesis 2:2-3

Recent studies have concluded that lack of sleep can be fatal in extreme instances. We should work hard, but we should also take time to rest. Our Lord and Savior took moments away from the crowds to reflect. God, Himself, rested from all His work. In this time of modern conveniences that keep us constantly connected, we are able to accomplish more and more each day. Take the time, however, to disconnect. Rest refreshes and restores us for our daily work. And for our Christian service.

May the Lord be with you today and always.