Tag Archives: Christ

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.

The Lord Will Hear When I Call To Him – Daily Inspiration, July 21, 2012

“Know the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.” Psalm 4:3

If you are faithful and devoted to God, know that He hears and answers your prayers. Don’t believe your prayers go unanswered because you may fall short of God’s high standards. Because we trust Christ for our salvation, God forgives us and will listen to us. His answer, however, may not be what we expect.

May the Lord be with you today.

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely – Daily Inspiration, July 19, 2012

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4: 16

Take a careful inventory of your beliefs. Wrong beliefs can lead one into sin and heresy. Stay on guard against those who attempt to persuade that how one lives is more important than what one believes. We must remain vigilant in our faith to keep from falling into sin that can quickly destroy us. As Paul exhorted Timothy, “…set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 Live so others see the Christ in you.

God bless you today and always.

The Power of Prayer – Daily Inspiration, July 5, 2012

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1: 9-11

Paul’s prayer for the church at Philippi is a prayer we should have for all believers- to be united in the love that comes from having a greater knowledge of Christ and deeper insight – or discernment – so we can differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. Broaden your circle of influence by praying for others today.

May God continue to bless you.

A Chosen People – Daily Inspiration, June 22, 2012

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Our Lord and Savior’s victory on the cross forever tore the curtain that separated us from God (Matthew 27:51). Now all people are free to present themselves to Him, not just the priests and high priests. Let’s sing His praises today!

May the Lord bless you today and always.

Faith Without Deeds – Daily Inspiration, June 20, 2012

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?” James 2:14

Do you live your life in a way that reflects your in faith in Christ? Do you believe in Him, yet don’t imitate his ways?

It is not enough to only believe, but your works should reflect that belief. As James 2 further states: “You believe that there is one God? Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder (v 19)”. Yes, even demons know who Jesus is, but they do not obey Him. Conversely, deeds without faith are just as pointless. Faith and deeds should work together in our lives because our deeds are a reflection of our faith. If you are easily angered, show indifference to your neighbor and possess an unforgiving heart but profess an undying faith in Christ, your deeds are not a reflection of your faith. Christ is forgiving, loving and accepting to all, regardless of race, creed or social background. We, as His followers, should be, too. Honestly examine yourself today. Do you talk a good talk? Or, are you walking the walk?

God bless you today and always.

Daily Inspiration, June 17, 2012

“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:6

A father’s role is important in the family. He is seen as a source of strength, a protector, a provider, a leader and an example. An example for his son of how to conduct himself as a man. An example to his daughter of how a man should conduct himself. Not everyone has had that physical example in their lives, but everyone has the opportunity to experience a spiritual example in our heavenly Father. He is the only perfect Father and our ultimate source of strength. Through His Word, He gives us wise counsel of how to lead our lives with honor, respect, contentment and inner peace. To those who have had a strong father, realize and understanding the blessing you were given. To those who have not, know that you have a Father who has never left you and loves you unconditionally.

Happy Father’s Day to all men who have selflessly and graciously taken on the awesome responsibility of being a loving physical presence in the lives of your children, whether they are your biological offspring or ones you have adopted in your heart.

May the Lord’s blessings rain upon you this day and always.

Daily Inspiration, June 11, 2012

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Christians are human and face human trials and tribulations daily. One common misconception is once you commit your life to Christ all your problems go away. Anyone who has walked this Christian path knows that is not true. With Christ, our problems don’t instantly go away; with Christ we have an anchor to steady us through life’s storms.

If life’s storms have you feeling down on yourself or others, remember that we are all God’s workmanship. Workmanship is defined as the art or skill with which something is made or executed. We are God’s artwork, so to speak. We should not feel that we – or others – are inferior or without merit based upon the world’s ideals. God has already deemed us worthwhile and valuable. The world’s opinions are constantly changing; God’s Word is unchanging. Let’s start believing what God says about us and place less value on the world’s view.

May God’s blessings continue in your life.

This Man Called Christ

Until now, you have been indifferent.

This Man, the one they call Christ, has been performing miracles throughout the land. Your neighbors tried to coax you into traveling to see Him, but you always resisted. Certainly, He is a madman, proclaiming Himself the Son of God when He hails from Nazareth. No, you would tell them, go ahead and chase after lunatics. I have better things to do.

As His fame grew, however, your stance began to soften. After meeting with Him, men lame their entire lives were walking. He restored a blind man’s sight in Bethsaida. There was even talk that he had raised this one man, Lazarus, from the dead. But right as you were deciding to see Him for yourself, the religious leaders warned, “Do not be fooled. This is the work of the devil, not God.” The leaders are men you have known your entire life and respect; you have never had a reason to doubt their word or their authority. So, again you resist.

During the night, however, there is a great commotion. You hear the cries from the crowd, “Crucify Him!” You shake your head in dismay. It is Passover, you think. We should be focused on our deliverance!

When your neighbors beckon this time, you follow but stand at the back of the gathering. The crowd has been whipped into a fever pitch. You see a procession from a distance. An acquaintance, Simon, is carrying a cross for a badly beaten Man as He is being mocked and struck. Ah, the murderer Barabbas is finally meeting with his fate, you think. Why would Simon assist him? When the procession stops at Golgotha, you see a crown of thorns have been fastened and placed upon His head. You find this odd.

You avert your eyes when He is crucified with two others. This barbarism sickens you. When you open your eyes, you see the Man has been placed between two others. But it is not Barabbas. You are shocked when to learn he has been released.

“Who is He, then?” you ask and someone points to a notice fastened to His cross, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

“That’s Him?” you ask aloud to no one particular. Near the cross, women are gathered, weeping. You want to leave, but can’t. Your feet are cemented. You are at once repelled and fascinated. You hear others say what you are now thinking, “Why doesn’t He save himself? He saved others!” You wait, but no miracles today. The leaders were right.

Without warning, the sun stops shining. Fear and uncertainty grip you as the darkness takes hold for the next three hours. The Man, the One called Christ, cries out and dies. At that moment, the curtain of the temple is torn from top to bottom and the earth shakes. You fall to your knees as others beat their chests in mourning. Surely, He was the Son of God!

You will your body into motion and walk home. There, you sit at your table and try to rationalize what you just witnessed, but you can’t. You only know your life will no longer be the same.